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07-30-2008, 07:23 AM   #1
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Going to Purchase K200D Kit...

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After alot of consideration for the K200D, Nikon D60 and the Canon XSI, i will probably be purchasing the K200D in the next couple of days. I have a couple questions. I want to get a wide angle lense and zoom lense to go with the 18-55 Kit Lense. Should i stick with Pentax or go with after market. Im thinking a 50-200mm or 70-300mm for a zoom lense. Wide angle im still not sure of. This is my first DSLR from upgrading from a sony 7.1mp Point and shoot. Money not really a issue, i want to make a good investment the first time. Also any recommended accessories let me know.

Also im Stationed in south korea and will probably be buyin online. So far Amazon.com seems to have the best deals. Any suggestions there would be great also.


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QuoteOriginally posted by 68wSteve Quote
Hello All,

After alot of consideration for the K200D, Nikon D60 and the Canon XSI, i will probably be purchasing the K200D in the next couple of days. I have a couple questions. I want to get a wide angle lense and zoom lense to go with the 18-55 Kit Lense. Should i stick with Pentax or go with after market. Im thinking a 50-200mm or 70-300mm for a zoom lense. Wide angle im still not sure of. This is my first DSLR from upgrading from a sony 7.1mp Point and shoot. Money not really a issue, i want to make a good investment the first time. Also any recommended accessories let me know.

Also im Stationed in south korea and will probably be buyin online. So far Amazon.com seems to have the best deals. Any suggestions there would be great also.


Thanks

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18-55/3.5-5.6 mark I is not that good @ 18mm - if you want to consider 18-55/3.5-5.6 at all look for 18-55/3.5-5.6 mark II (but I do not think that K200D is sold as kit w/ mark II).
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QuoteOriginally posted by deejjjaaaa Quote
18-55/3.5-5.6 mark I is not that good @ 18mm - if you want to consider 18-55/3.5-5.6 at all look for 18-55/3.5-5.6 mark II (but I do not think that K200D is sold as kit w/ mark II).
Mine came with the mkII. Try Amazon dot com.
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QuoteOriginally posted by 68wSteve Quote
Hello All,

After alot of consideration for the K200D, Nikon D60 and the Canon XSI, i will probably be purchasing the K200D in the next couple of days. I have a couple questions. I want to get a wide angle lense and zoom lense to go with the 18-55 Kit Lense. Should i stick with Pentax or go with after market. Im thinking a 50-200mm or 70-300mm for a zoom lense. Wide angle im still not sure of. This is my first DSLR from upgrading from a sony 7.1mp Point and shoot. Money not really a issue, i want to make a good investment the first time. Also any recommended accessories let me know.

Also im Stationed in south korea and will probably be buyin online. So far Amazon.com seems to have the best deals. Any suggestions there would be great also.


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For super wide angle try the Sigma 10-20 . I got both my K200D kit (with 18-55 AL II lens) and my Sigma 10-20 from Amazon . Very fast shipping in the US - 2 days from order.

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I just got the k200d kit myself. It came with the II kit lens. I have been looking at longer glass myself. I am going with the DA 55-300. The postings I have seen is that it is much better than the DA50-200. And it is way better than the third party 70-xx offerings. WDO
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Pick up some assorted K and M Series lenses off Ebay. They are cost effective and can be darn nice. You can mess around and sell whatever you don't like for the same price you bought them for.

I'm cheap and not very serious. However, I am having a blast with my collection of old lenses. Every now-and-then I take a really, REALLY nice photo.

Sorry, I missed the South Korea thing. That may make Ebay difficult...
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QuoteOriginally posted by whitedogone Quote
I just got the k200d kit myself. It came with the II kit lens. I have been looking at longer glass myself. I am going with the DA 55-300. The postings I have seen is that it is much better than the DA50-200. And it is way better than the third party 70-xx offerings. WDO

I agree with the 55-300. It is better image quality than the 50-200 and the Sigma 70-300 APO, both of which I have (though the Sigma has recently died).

These 2 lenses are about $150 cheaper, however, and were not bad in themselves. The 50-200 is pretty small, and the 70-300 has the quasi-macro closeup feature, and both had closer normal focusing distances.

Since money is not the issue, I would get the body only and a different standard lens.

Cameta Camera (through Amazon) still offers the older version of the Sigma 18-50 f2/8 lens that is pretty nice, for $279. It will be up to 2 stops faster than the kit lens, and sharper, too.
Amazon.com: Sigma 18-50mm F/2.8 EX DC Lens for Pentax Digital SLR Cameras: Camera & Photo

A good wide angle is the 12-24, more costly than the Sigma 10-22, but providing excellent images.
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There is only a $50 difference on amazon for the Kit. So should i just get the kit, that way i have an additionl lense?

QuoteOriginally posted by SpecialK Quote
I agree with the 55-300. It is better image quality than the 50-200 and the Sigma 70-300 APO, both of which I have (though the Sigma has recently died).

These 2 lenses are about $150 cheaper, however, and were not bad in themselves. The 50-200 is pretty small, and the 70-300 has the quasi-macro closeup feature, and both had closer normal focusing distances.

Since money is not the issue, I would get the body only and a different standard lens.

Cameta Camera (through Amazon) still offers the older version of the Sigma 18-50 f2/8 lens that is pretty nice, for $279. It will be up to 2 stops faster than the kit lens, and sharper, too.
Amazon.com: Sigma 18-50mm F/2.8 EX DC Lens for Pentax Digital SLR Cameras: Camera & Photo

A good wide angle is the 12-24, more costly than the Sigma 10-22, but providing excellent images.


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QuoteOriginally posted by 68wSteve Quote
There is only a $50 difference on amazon for the Kit. So should i just get the kit, that way i have an additionl lense?



Yes. The II (which also came with my daughter's) is a no-brainer for $50. IMHO, you gotta have a lens to take along on those dicey occasions (that dusty mountain trail or bad weather beach day) where you'd leave the camera behind if you were worried about harming the lens. It ranks very highly among kit lenses, FWIW.

And I'll second that the Pentax 50-200 isn't so hot. I got it for my K10D during a rebate, and it was more a budget fit than anything else. It does the job, but it's a pretty medium performer.
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I don't know how the shipping would work to Korea, but Abes of Maine has the k200d kit for about $20 less than Amazon. If you search around the web for a $10 discount code, it makes it $30 less.

The only downside is that Abes will ask you to call them and they'll try to sell you a bunch of accessories. But if you politely decline, they'll stop. I just bought one from Abes and it came in a couple of days. So far so good!
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Just get a basic kit alone.

Get the kit set and that kit lens 18-55, which should be the first lens that any beginner should get with any beginner level DSLRs.

Do note that there is a version II versus the original version for the K200D and compare the price difference. If it is small enough, get the second version, otherwise, get the version "I", that is in fact really not that bad.

Don't get the twin lens kit. As you could decide later to invest further on the Pentax system or not before you buy too many stuff just in case you don't like the system later on.

Don't buy 3rd party stuff, as this would probably create more problems than it should be and you will never know it is just the lens or the body or both when issues arise.

QuoteOriginally posted by 68wSteve Quote
Hello All,

After alot of consideration for the K200D, Nikon D60 and the Canon XSI, i will probably be purchasing the K200D in the next couple of days. I have a couple questions. I want to get a wide angle lense and zoom lense to go with the 18-55 Kit Lense. Should i stick with Pentax or go with after market. Im thinking a 50-200mm or 70-300mm for a zoom lense. Wide angle im still not sure of. This is my first DSLR from upgrading from a sony 7.1mp Point and shoot. Money not really a issue, i want to make a good investment the first time. Also any recommended accessories let me know.

Also im Stationed in south korea and will probably be buyin online. So far Amazon.com seems to have the best deals. Any suggestions there would be great also.


Thanks

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I don't know how the shipping would work to Korea, but Abes of Maine has the k200d kit for about $20 less than Amazon. If you search around the web for a $10 discount code, it makes it $30 less.

The only downside is that Abes will ask you to call them and they'll try to sell you a bunch of accessories. But if you politely decline, they'll stop. I just bought one from Abes and it came in a couple of days. So far so good!
I guess that Amazon (if Amazon is in fact a seller) will return you some money if K200D kit will be on sale later (within 30 days ?) at lower price... so I 'd go w/ Amazon.
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The DA50-200 is a nice consumer lens, but I found myself wanting longer. I bought the Tamron 18-250 and sold my 18-55 and 50-200.

As for quality, I found the 50-200 fine. In fact, my only published portrait was taken with the 50-200, so it's good enough for that.
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I noted that you were talking about picking up some old k and m series lenses on ebay, I just picked up the 200d. I love it, but I was wanting to get some old glass to play with for a while until I get much better to put some money into glass. Do you have any suggestions for lens k and m on ebay? Does any one have some suggestions? With these K and M do you need an adapter?

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QuoteOriginally posted by 68wSteve Quote
Hello All,

This is my first DSLR from upgrading from a sony 7.1mp Point and shoot. Money not really a issue, i want to make a good investment the first time. Also any recommended accessories let me know.

Also im Stationed in south korea and will probably be buyin online. So far Amazon.com seems to have the best deals. Any suggestions there would be great also.


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Hi Steve,

Military and wanting to basically document your time overseas? If so, why not go for the kit (Mk II) and see if that range works first. It isn't a bad lens at all and worst case it gives you a lens you can toss in if/when you decide to upgrade the body and sell the K200.
From my own experience overseas in the USMC I had my K1000 and a 50-135mm and a 70-200mm and 50mm wasn't wide enough to capture the grandness of Okinawa. I'd have killed to have a real wide-angle lens.
So my advice is save those COLA rations and get the kit lens, see if 18mm is wide enough and go from there. With a caveat... if you're thinking you'll be doing much low-light photography you may be better off with one of the constant 1:2.8 Sigma/Tamron/Pentax wide zooms in the 16-50mm range to start off with.
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