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02-06-2016, 04:06 PM   #1
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K-50 vs. the K-30?

How does the K-50 stack up against the K-30? What's the basic difference?

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They are the same.
The K-30 just has different styling.

(In short)
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They are the same.
The K-30 just has different styling.

(In short)

I guess one of my main concerns was the discrepancy between the prices of the two, on the used market. I have the opportunity to buy a K-30 with the 18-55mm MkII lens (metal mount) for $150.00. Like new, with all factory accessories.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Dewman Quote
I guess one of my main concerns was the discrepancy between the prices of the two, on the used market. I have the opportunity to buy a K-30 with the 18-55mm MkII lens (metal mount) for $150.00. Like new, with all factory accessories.
Not a bad price, if you can stand the styling of it.

PS Have you decided to convert the broken K-7 to IR at all?

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Not a bad price, if you can stand the styling of it.

PS Have you decided to convert the broken K-7 to IR at all?




"if you can stand the styling of it." Hmmm..... I didn't notice much difference between the two.


As far as the K-7, no.... haven't decided what I'm going to do with it. You still interested in it?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Dewman Quote
K-30 with the 18-55mm MkII lens (metal mount) for $150.00. Like new
Sounds like a great deal. There are minor differences such as top ISO of 25,600 on the K30 and 51,200 on the K50. But if you check out the DSLR comparison tool in the camera section here it will give you the lot. Ay half the price of a new K50 I'd say it was hard to go wrong.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Dewman Quote
Hmmm..... I didn't notice much difference between the two.
Not much difference actually.
Easiest to see here:
Compare camera dimensions side by side

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You still interested in it?
I'll send you a PM.
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The K-30 had a sporty look, with what looks almost like leather on one side. It was not received super well, because some people did not like its appearance. Another downside is that the flash protrudes forward a lot, and I remember reading that that would block some third party older lenses from mounting correctly. This only applies for lenses that had a really wide base right after the mount. No modern Pentax lenses are like that, but I guess it could be a concern for some people.
Anyway, I think this is why Pentax decided to go ahead and re-make it as a K-50. Same insides, but a more classic look. It was well-received, because a lot of photographers like rather smooth, bland DSLRs. I quite like the more aggressive look of the K-30, but to each their own.

And that price with the lens seems pretty good (The lens is the WR version, right?)

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As others have said, for $150 it's hard to see how you could go wrong. Hell, for that price I'd buy it (and i don't even need another!! The K30/K50 are great cameras.
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I have both and there are very few differences. I think the K-30 is better looking for what that is worth. What Na Horuk calls leather look is a grippy rubber surface made to look rugged. I believe the K-30 was actually a very good seller even though it had a short run when replaced by the K-50, it never seemed to go on a fire sale price.

I would check the exposure count to see how like new it actually is. That seems like a really good price.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Dewman Quote
$150.00. Like new, with all factory accessories.
That's a great deal, IIRC, that package cost over $700 when it was new.
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Well, it's now mine. We'll see. I didn't need it as I already have two K-50's, but.... at that price.... and less than 4K shutter actuations, I just couldn't help myself.
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More detail here: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/6-pentax-dslr-discussion/311614-k30-vs-k50.html

Note that both K-30 and K-50 have been vulnerable to problems with the aperture control mechanism: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/58-troubleshooting-beginner-help/229294-k...e-problem.html

It affects a minority of units (no-one knows how many). Like many other users, I have had no problems in tens of thousands of actuations with two K-30 bodies. I've been very happy with mine. I prefer the look of the K-30 to the K-50.

Great buy at that price Dewman.

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They are same!!!
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They are same!!!
no they're not...There are differences even though those are few.
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