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08-20-2008, 07:40 PM   #1
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Pentax K100D Super + 18-55mm kit lens or Penatx K200D + Sigma 24-60mm f/2.8

Hi,

I am bit experienced user of SLR and thinking of migrating to DSLR. I have got two offers for two different brand new Pentax DSLR kits.

1. Pentax K100D Super + Penatx DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II for AU$ 550.00
2. Penatx K200D + Sigma 24-60mm f/2.8 for AU$ 800.00

If I were you, which offer would you accept? All your advices, comments and ideas would be highly appreciated.

Thanks

Thareen

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As good as the k100d super is I would go for k200, because of the newer technology and better resale value if you wish to upgrade later on.
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Hands down the K200D. The lens is better and the sensor is as well. The K100D Super is a great camera but the K200D just advances that.

When it comes to lenses, buy the best you can afford, period. You will never regret the image quality of a better lens and the resale value stays strong as well.

The kit lens is fine and we have the best kit lens of any brand but the Sigma is faster and a much better performer.
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I have a K100DS but i am dying to upgrade.... So buy the k200d and dont worry about upgrading (for now).....

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Thanks pentaxdude & Peter Zack for your prompt response. I know Sigma 24-60mm f/2.8 is a good lens. But it is for 35mm full frame. I have no idea of how good it would be for crop sensors. That's why I am worrying for K200 + Sigma f/2.8 over K100 Super + kit lens. Do you think paying extra $250 would be really worth?

Look forward to hear any comment.
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Or get the Super + Sigma 24-60mm F2.8..
For me I'll make use of that US$800.00 for a much better lens..
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my view of the k200 vs the k100 super:
k200 has weather sealing, more shooting modes, more mp (debatable whether this is absolutely a positive)
k100 positives are cost and that it is be slightly better (lower "noise" at high iso's) in low light.
Kit postives are that it is lighter than the sigma and the filter size is smaller which makes these filters less money. But it is prone to flair w/ sun hits the front lens.
The Sigma will be much heavier than the kit, but is sharper and is much better in lower light. It doesn't go as wide though... but since you haven't had a slr before, you won't miss it right away; as time goes on, you'll see what your preferences are and you can make your choice as to what lenses to purchase next. I have this lens, and would prefer it to the kit.

all in all: i'd get the 200 and the sigma.
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I'd get the K200D over the K100D, but I'd be looking at ways of getting it that don't necessarily involve the 24-60, unless you like big heavy zooms that aren't really wide enough. Is there no way to get it with the 18-55, or body only so you can consider the 16-45 or 17-70, for an equivalent price? I suppose you could always sell off the 24-60. Not that it isn't a good lens on digital - just not the sort of lens I'd want as my main lens.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Thareen Quote
Hi,

I am bit experienced user of SLR and thinking of migrating to DSLR. I have got two offers for two different brand new Pentax DSLR kits.

1. Pentax K100D Super + Penatx DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II for AU$ 550.00
2. Penatx K200D + Sigma 24-60mm f/2.8 for AU$ 800.00

If I were you, which offer would you accept? All your advices, comments and ideas would be highly appreciated.

Thanks

Thareen
If you purchase the k200 and Sigma, you will need very quickly to purchase the kit lens, or another, to get wide angle back. 24mm is only a P&S 36mm wide view - no where near true wide angle. The 18-55 II is a very good lens for the tiny price. Spend the other $250 on the DA 50-200, and with the change purchase a good circular polarizer for the 18-55.

Another choice you could consider would be the k200 and DA 18-250, which by all reports and what I have seen here, is a remarkably good super zoom.

You might notice that I have no super zooms in my arsenal, but I caution you that it has taken me a very long time to collect this equipment, and I prefer not to zoom much more than 3x.

The k10d, 12-24, 16-50 and 50-135 were the result of a small inheritance. The SF-1, MZ-S, 24-90, 28-90 and 70-210 were purchased new over a period of quite a few years. The 400 was purchased used, 20 years ago. The 100 was purchased used a few years ago.

I have also owned several lenses from makers other than Pentax, and have settled on buying Pentax only as a personal choice. The colour effects are consistent across my entire lens arsenal, for one thing. I am an old curmudgeon for another
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QuoteOriginally posted by Peter Zack Quote
Hands down the K200D. The lens is better and the sensor is as well.

Allow me to say HA!

The 6MP Sony sensor has much much better high-ISO performance than its 10MP sibling.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ftpaddict Quote
Allow me to say HA!
The 6MP Sony sensor has much much better high-ISO performance than its 10MP sibling.
The pictures I've taken side by side with my DS and K200D prove otherwise. You have to blow up the K200D images to 100% - in other words, larger than the DS images - before the noise starts looking worse. At the same viewing sizes, the K200D images have no more noise but do have more detail.
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