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12-10-2019, 11:02 AM   #1
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New K-R with kit lens available for $300. Worth it? If so, what is max SD card size?

Presently a Samsung GX-1L (*ist -DL2) owner. No shake reduction, no self-cleaning, no video and only 6MP. Can get a brand new K-R for $300 with kit lens, has shake reduction, self-cleaning, video (720p manual focus only) and 12 MP. Worth it? If it is, what's the biggest SD card it will take. Thanks.

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I think for $300 I would be looking at a k-5 or possibly a K-5iis. I don't think you could find a K-3 for $300. You could certainly get a K-30/50 but you would have to be prepared for aperture block failure. The K-R is certainly a solid camera, but I personally don't think it's worth $300.
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QuoteOriginally posted by agfa Quote
. . . what's the biggest SD card it will take. Thanks.
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Out of the box, the K-r only takes SDHC cards, limited to 32Gb. You have to upgrade the firmware to use SDXC cards, limited to 1Tb.

Many years ago I bought a used one for my brother for $300 so I know it's not worth $300 today. It's not a bad camera, there are just better used options. If my brother wanted to upgrade today I'd be looking at a K-S2 because he'd want the flipping rear screen. He's seen my K5IIs but isn't as impressed as I am with it.

Edit: Seven years ago!


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I agree with Vmax911. $300 is too much. You can get a much better used camera for that money. Since you already have lenses, you could get a used K-70 body for around $400. It's quite amazing to see the difference between a K-r and and K-70.
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I wonder if the OP has looked at the forum's marketplace " buy/sell "

it can be sorted by country:

The Pentax Marketplace | Buy & Sell Pentax Cameras and Lenses (United States) - PentaxForums.com

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I don’t know what’s meant by a “new” k-r as I don’t think it has been made since about 2012. In the UK there are plenty of k-r’s for sale for around 80 to 120 some with 2 lenses say $100 to 150. I only paid 396 say $500 for a brand new k70 recently.
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Had a K-R as a "travelling" body for a time but was not impressed with the image quality after using a K-5 - so sold it on and bought the K-30 (same sensor as the original K-5!), which was immediately much better all round.

So, as others have said, there are a lot better ways to spend your $300 than buying a K-R.


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QuoteOriginally posted by agfa Quote
Presently a Samsung GX-1L (*ist -DL2) owner. No shake reduction, no self-cleaning, no video and only 6MP. Can get a brand new K-R for $300 with kit lens, has shake reduction, self-cleaning, video (720p manual focus only) and 12 MP. Worth it? If it is, what's the biggest SD card it will take. Thanks.
Who is selling this camera? If it is from a Pentax dealer, and it really is verified new with a 1 year Pentax warranty, it is a nice little camera, not a bad price for brand new (if it is) but.... If this deal were the K-S2 with its kit lens, I'd say grab it. The K-S2 is much better camera, as is its kit lens (which is no longer offered as a kit), an upgrade over what you have in many ways. A 20mp design with 2-dial operation (thumb and finger) swing-out rear LCD screen separate selfie shutter release button, and much more. It was the predecessor to the current K-70.

If you are in the US, with the prices the way they are now, stores like B&H have some excellent deals going on current models towards which you might put that $300. Then you'd really get an upgrade! Just speculating here, the prices might be even lower after Christmas- but many stores have a price guarantee for a period past the sale date.

To me, the best deal going now is the KP at only $200 over the K-70. You get a camera of pro-build quality (magnesium alloy construction) that is more durable, and has an advanced set of controls making adjustments during your photography easier and more accessible. Great image quality and many features you can grow with.

What lenses do you now own?
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For 300 dollars I would look at a K-5II or K-5IIs with kit lens, it should be very doable.

The K-5 would also be a better option unless you shoot autofocus in artificial light - then it can't focus properly. The K-r has the same issue by the way, which is one of the two reasons I upgraded mine to a K-S1. The other reason is the viewfinder in the K-r is too small (I like to shoot with manual focus lenses). Megapickles/megapixels aren't that important to me, I only print up to 8.5x11 inches.

So why am I not recommending the K-S1? Mine has never had the aperture control issue, but a lot of them do. And the ergonomics aren't for everyone - it's very small, which I like, but a lot of people won't like the feel of the grip.

The K-S2 might also be found for 300 dollars, maybe even with the kit lens, or for a bit above that. Image quality better than K-5II but it might get the aperture block issue.
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KPs are going for around 550-600 used. And now granted that's almost double your budget, it's also well over double the performance. You can do much better than a K-R in that price range, k-5IIs, k3, K-S1/K-S2, etc...

Hell even a K70 could get into that range.
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