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11-24-2015, 03:11 PM   #1
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Suggestions Needed - Upgrading Pentax K500

Eventhough my K500 is under warrenty, its national only to India. To send it to the service center here in US is an expensive deal. a Minimum of $200 + any thing for the parts. Where as I am able to get a new K50 (weather sealed) for $300 body only.
So I descided that I would retire my K500 or take it back to Indian when possible. Since I got my hands on with K500, I would now want to upgrade. Considered the options of Ks2 & K3II.
I am getting a KS2 body only at $470+taxes. K3II at $765+ Taxes. Both are weather sealed. I have my K500's Kit lenses, DA 18-55 and DA 50-200.
Can I use them for KS2 or K3II as Both cameras or WR where as the lenses I have are not. How would that impact the maintenance ? Since both lenses are K- mount, I assume they fit into KS2 or K3II.
If I just buy the body of Ks2 or K3II can I buy any Tamron Superzoom Macro or the one from Sigma and use with Ks2 or K3II ?
Which camera and lense combination would you suggest ? Since I am making a fresh investment, I would want to make it more wise by making use of the existing accessories or by purchasing a separate lense instead of reinvestment on Kit lenses.
My budget is very low though. I would have prefered buying K50 (a WR version of K500) for $295 but trying to see if there is a better alternative ..


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11-24-2015, 03:23 PM   #2
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Your K500 kit lenses are not WR.
Tamron/Sigma superzooms are also not WR.
Tamron/Sigma superzooms are not the best quality lenses you'll find and the Macro isn't that good
Three prices/kit levels that might be nice for you (can't find exact prices)
K-50 18-55 WR
K-S2 18-50 RE WR
K-3 18-135 WR
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Great. Thank you.
Can I use my K500's non WR lenses over the K50 or KS2 or K3II ? How would that impact ?
This way I can save come $150 bucks.

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They will work fine, like they did on your K-500, they just won't be WR.

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They will work fine, like they did on your K-500, they just won't be WR.
How about K-01 Mirrorless.. Looks like I can use K Mount lenses on that one too ? how is this camera performing ?
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Yes you can, but it would most likely disappoint you after using the K-500.
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QuoteOriginally posted by bertwert Quote
Yes you can, but it would most likely disappoint you after using the K-500.
Well... maybe. Its the same sensor, isn't it?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Imp Quote
Well... maybe. Its the same sensor, isn't it?
I mean feature wise, handling, etc...

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@ tosudarshana, all pentak k-mount cameras will accept k-mount lenses. So all pentax DSLRs, and the K-01. Pentax Q mirrorless and Pentax 645Z medium format will not accept k-mount lenses, unless you have an adapter, but all pentax dslrs and the k-01 will accept k-mount lenses.

K mount lenses include any current SMC DA, SMCP DA, HD DA, DFA, DA* lenses. All older K-mount lenses work as well, including FA, F, FAJ, A, M, K. Only M42 lenses are not k-mount, because they have a screw type attachment, not a bayonette type attachment.

If you are looking for cheaper lenses, perhaps look into older pentax lenses. This is a good source: http://www.keh.com
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@ tosudarshana, all pentak k-mount cameras will accept k-mount lenses. So all pentax DSLRs, and the K-01. Pentax Q mirrorless and Pentax 645Z medium format will not accept k-mount lenses, unless you have an adapter, but all pentax dslrs and the k-01 will accept k-mount lenses.

K mount lenses include any current SMC DA, SMCP DA, HD DA, DFA, DA* lenses. All older K-mount lenses work as well, including FA, F, FAJ, A, M, K. Only M42 lenses are not k-mount, because they have a screw type attachment, not a bayonette type attachment.

If you are looking for cheaper lenses, perhaps look into older pentax lenses. This is a good source: http://www.keh.com
This helps.. Also I am trying to find a local Service center in Chicago for my K500 any suggestions ?
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if you can't say what you want that the k500 didn't have the k50 is the way to go. I went with the k-s2 because I wanted wireless tethering and a little more pixel cropping room. If you don't need features don't pay for them and spend that money on glass.
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if you can't say what you want that the k500 didn't have the k50 is the way to go. I went with the k-s2 because I wanted wireless tethering and a little more pixel cropping room. If you don't need features don't pay for them and spend that money on glass.
I am getting the body of K50 for $270 and K-01 for $380.. which one should I go with ? KS2 is my option if I can afford to pay $470 for the body. I think K50 would probably my choice just based on my affordability.
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I would get the K-50, great camera!
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buying a k50 with lenses may be a cheap option if you want WR kit lenses,
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on a budget k50 or used something. K01is great if it has something you want. It's smallish and no mirror flap. It has a style. None of these would make me pay more than for the k50. Go cheap price because you are not going cheap quality. Go higher price for features you want. A k50 with good glass will take excellent pictures. A k3 can't do much more in the best conditions. The difference is when things are not perfect.
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