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02-02-2016, 02:17 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by Setter Dog Quote
Not sure if you're serious or what, but your post makes no sense to me,........
I'm rarely serious. "AA haters" amuse me. It's not like anyone complains that Li-Ion batteries are available. Of course, there are the other kind of "AA" haters, but you have to move up to the flagship cameras to get that choice.


I was a little upset that Pentax didn't make a "direct" AA body when I upgraded from my K200d, but I now like the battery adapters on my K-50 -- they could double as battery holders if only Pentax would make battery storage CAPS. If I was a mechanical engineer, or had any experience doing plastic part design, I'd think that would be a great application for a 3D printer. Maybe even sell some.

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Hi Folks,

I haven't been hanging around the Pentax forums for awhile now, having sold my K50 about 6 months ago and changed to m43 as my main system.

I now have a potential "need" for a WR camera in the National Parks this March and am wondering what to get. I'm thinking of the Pany FZ300 but can't shake the memory of the K50 from my head. I liked the camera and have regretted selling it. I'm considering the K50 w/18-135mm WR lens. It would be okay for most of my shooting in the parks. I don't like to change lenses much and would probably only add one other lens, a fast prime for indoor shooting.

As a JPEG shooter, I liked the results of the K50 and also it's low light results. The ability to use AA batteries was a nice feature.

Technology changes rapidly and I'm wondering if there's a better option than the K50/18-135 in the same price range, $500-600? If there's a good long zoom available, I'm not locked into the 18-135mm.

Thanks for any input. You folks are the experts!

Jack

IMO, it is a good option. And you don't have to spent $500 - $600 .
I bought a K-30 which is almost the same as the K-50, for $199 on ebay. Basically a brand new camera.
I bought the DA 18-135 lens on ebay as well for $180. This one was clearly used, not brand new, but still in good condition.
You may not do as well as I did on price, but I think $500-$600 is probably more than you have to pay, unless you insist on a brand new one.

I would recommend you don't limit yourself to JPEGs, however. As good as the low-light performance is on the K-30/K-50, you will be amazed at what you can do with a RAW file in terms of being able to recover a picture with the wrong exposure. For example, a picture that might have an unintentional contre-jour, ie. against the sun, may look all black on JPEG with no hope for recovery. But it's actually amazingly recoverable in RAW, due to the extra color bits.

As far as batteries, buy a few AA adapters, and eneloop, or eneloop XX, or their Amazon-branded equivalent, and you will be set.
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How on earth can you beat the cost AND features offered in a NIB K-50 for less than $300? I'm not sure it's possible. For some reason, it seems like a lot of folks dismiss the K-50 as a "red-headed stepchild" in a lot of instances. This befuddles me.
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How on earth can you beat the cost AND features offered in a NIB K-50 for less than $300? I'm not sure it's possible. For some reason, it seems like a lot of folks dismiss the K-50 as a "red-headed stepchild" in a lot of instances. This befuddles me.
No kidding. I use my K-01 on a regular basis. I'm having a little trouble wrapping my head around these supposed "necessary features" you have to have, that aren't on a K-50. If you can get a great deal on a K-50 and 18-135 for less than a KIIs and 18-135 package, I seriously doubt you're ever going to notice the difference. I would just go with price.

As for the 16-85, I look at that lens as part of a two lens package along with a 60-350 or 50-135. If you're going with one lens go with an 18-135. Odds are, it will do everything you want. The logical good lens to go with it would be a cheap DA 50-1.8, that gives you something to work with in low light situations, and more expensive options, either a 200mm f2.8 or 300mm 4, and perhaps a 15mm. That gives you a lightweight does everything kit to shoot for in the future.

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I use a KS-2 and 18-135 quite a bit and it's a great combo but it can't use AA batteries. If that is important I think a KS-1 can and they are less expensive for the same 20MP sensor.
The k-50 and K-5iis are also both fine choices. Hard to go wrong, really. The KS-2 flip screen can be very handy sometimes too.
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It's hard for me to imagine a better deal right now in a new DSLR camera for the nonpro enthusiast intending to take the rig outdoors than the K-50/18-135WR package.
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Cross posted from another thread.

Currently in my library...

DA 18-135 2,794
DA* 60-250 2,004
Between the Sigma 70 macro and 8-16 - 1676 ( Aperture just calls all the SIgma's one name.)(These are probably more tha 1000 70 macro images.)
40xs-631
FA 70-210 569
DA 21 532
FA 50 1.7 522
A-400 407
DA 35 - 96

There's no denying which side of the toast my bread is buttered on.

The longest owned lens in this group is the FA 50 followed by the 18-135.

Not included is my 18-55 and Sigma 70-300, which were my lenses (along with the 50 1.7 and the fisheye for years, during my *ist and K100D days.


Read more at: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/10-pentax-slr-lens-discussion/250604-how-...#ixzz3z8OtSqDo

If you are like me, buying the 18-135 as a first lens is a no brainer in any case. And it's a nice overlap with the 55-300, the consumer long lens of choice, when you decide you want longer.
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The K-50 probably does 98% of everything I might want to do (not that I make money from photography, and fall into the "enthusiast" category) and cost about 10% of a camera setup that would do 100%. I got the body-only option and bought the metal-innards version of the same lens (not the "L" version that comes in the kit), and that's my main "walking around" lens. I didn't compare the cost of the kit w/the "L" lens against the cost of the body+metal lens, I compared the cost of the body+metal lens(es) w/the cost of the K-S2 & K-3ii equivalent setups. Did I mention that I absolutely love what I got? (And I hope they cured the aperture motor problem before they made my camera (if there really is one).)

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QuoteOriginally posted by Outis Quote
I think the K-50 with the 18-135 would be a great choice. If you get more use out of the wide end than the long end of a zoom, you might look at the 16-85, or if you really want a newer and slightly more advanced body, you might consider the K-S2, but honestly I think you'd be very happy with what you already have in mind.

I second what Outis said. The K-50 and the DA 18-135mm is a hard combination to beat!
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