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03-27-2016, 01:47 PM   #1
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Out of the loop for a while, need new camera. Catch me up.

Hey folks. I used to post here pretty regularly while I was doing my Lego 365 projects, but haven't really picked up my camera in earnest in about 3 years. I'm finally going on my honeymoon in Iceland in June and is time to buy a new camera because my near 10 year old K100D Super just ain't gonna cut it.

I also haven't been following camera news of any kind in almost as long. So I need some help figuring out what to get.
I don't think I'll be going full frame so I'm more interested in the other cameras. I'm looking for what are the top 2 or 3 models. I'll be using said camera for every type of shooting and would also like to be able to attach a battery grip.

Thanks y'all!

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Hey, welcome back!
1) K-1, full frame, coming soon
2) K-3II, APSC flagship
3) K-S2, APSC, cool mid-upper tier
03-27-2016, 01:50 PM   #3
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K-3 or K-5 would be your best bet.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Morbo Quote
Hey folks. I used to post here pretty regularly while I was doing my Lego 365 projects, but haven't really picked up my camera in earnest in about 3 years. I'm finally going on my honeymoon in Iceland in June and is time to buy a new camera because my near 10 year old K100D Super just ain't gonna cut it.

I also haven't been following camera news of any kind in almost as long. So I need some help figuring out what to get.
I don't think I'll be going full frame so I'm more interested in the other cameras. I'm looking for what are the top 2 or 3 models. I'll be using said camera for every type of shooting and would also like to be able to attach a battery grip.

Thanks y'all!
I would recommend the K-3. It's got the same hardware as the latest K-3 II, but instead of on-board GPS, it has a flash. Plus, it's a bit cheaper.

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If the wedding is getting expensive the K-50 is a great camera and an impressive bargain.
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If you want to attach a battery grip your only options other than the K-1 full frame are the K-3 and the K-3 II in a new body or K-5, K-5 II. The K-50 and KS-2 do not have grip support.
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I would recommend the K-3. It's got the same hardware as the latest K-3 II, but instead of on-board GPS, it has a flash. Plus, it's a bit cheaper.

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So it's the only real difference the flash / GPS?

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If the wedding is getting expensive the K-50 is a great camera and an impressive bargain.
Heh- the wedding was in 2010. But we finally have time and money to go on our honeymoon after 6 years.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Morbo Quote
So it's the only real difference the flash / GPS?
Yes it is.

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Honestly, anyone who would ask us, but, give us a budget here.

Iceland you say?

K-3 with an 18-135 bundled if you can find it for a good price. The 55-300 for telephoto and you've got everything covered.

If it were me I'd go for a K-S2 and 18-135

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A $120 more for a tilting back screen and 20 MP and water resistant.
200 less than the K-3 package.

I didn't go shopping, you can probably do better.
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If it were my I'd go for a K-S2 and 18-135
No battery grip.

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like to be able to attach a battery grip
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So it's the only real difference the flash / GPS?
Pretty much. The K-3 II also has the pixel shift resolution feature, which is innovative but has limited practical applications.

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I'll probably look to get at least one new lens but I've already got the 18-55 from the K100D Super, along with a cheapo 70-300 macro, a Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 (favorite lens), and a Pentax 50mm f/1.2.
Since Iceland is more about the wide open spaces I'm looking to get a good quality wide angle to replace the stock 18-55.

I'm assuming all those lenses will still work on a K3 II?
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I'm assuming all those lenses will still work on a K3 II?
Yes they will!

What 50/1.2 do you have?
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Pretty much. The K-3 II also has the pixel shift resolution feature, which is innovative but has limited practical applications.
You'd need to pack a tripod to use that feature, but I imagine it might produce some great results for landscape work in Iceland.
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Yes they will!

What 50/1.2 do you have?
Sorry it's a 1.4, this one: Pentax Normal SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 Autofocus Lens 20817 B&H Photo
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