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12-26-2008, 02:57 PM   #1
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What would you do?

Hi All:

I received a little money for Christmas that my wife said I could spend on photo gear. Take a look at my equiptment in my sig line. I'm thinking either a K20D (with the 3 year waranty) or a 12-24 lens. At this point I think the bigest bang for my buck would be updating the K100D...what do you think?

12-26-2008, 03:46 PM   #2
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I'd go for the 12-24. It will compliment your kit well and most likely retire your original 18-55 lens.

Wait for the next body. It will hopefully have better high ISO performance and will make all your lenses appear faster.
12-26-2008, 04:32 PM   #3
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Go for the 12-24. You won't be sorry.
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Do you shoot much below 28? If not, then I'd go with the body. I think the K20d is a big upgrade from either the K100 or K10. With a 3 year warranty it should last you until the K40d comes out.

If you need to go wide a lot though, then the lens might be better. I don't like zooms though, so I have a bias that way. I'm waiting for the 15ltd.

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Go for the body--K20D is a big step up from the K100D (or even pick up a used K10D)
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I agree with upgrading the body. normally I would say the lens, but the K20D is such a steal at the moment, that I think just having the new body and that ridiculously good 14.6 CMOS sensor, could renew or even make your current lenses better. particularly the 50mm. I don't think the 18-55mm will stand up to it (which is why pentax released the 18-55mm II) but unless you have an absolute need for the better wide angle performance of the 12-24 then I think you will be far happier with a K20D. for most applicatins the K20D is certainly the Best digital SLR pentax has ever produced, and likely the best SLR overall thay have produced in a long time.
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Screw it - think BIG! Get the K20D and the 12-24 lens.
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I think firstly I need to swap my wife for yours.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Tom S. Quote
Screw it - think BIG! Get the K20D and the 12-24 lens.

I like your thinking but with the body as stated b4 it will make your lenses stand out out more alive(with the exception of the 18-55 kit)

QuoteOriginally posted by kerrowdown Quote
I think firstly I need to swap my wife for yours.
My missus is in fairy world for now so its doable,so long as the credit card detail are lost

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Well, since the questions was "What would you do?", I would buy a K200D and a DA21, it would go nicely with the rest of your lenses. Right now you're lacking a wide angle, and the 18-55 will be disappointing on the K20D. Getting the K20D *and* the 12-24 works for me too!
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Get the lens. The K20D will make you dump the 18-55 and 70-300, and you'd have to buy more lenses...and you'd STILL want to get the 12-24.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kerrowdown Quote
I think firstly I need to swap my wife for yours.
That's a different kind of forum entirely...
12-27-2008, 06:12 AM   #13
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Get the lens. You're lacking in the ultra-wide end, and a new camera won't give you any wider FOV. Whenever the next new model comes out, you'll be able to pick up a K20D at a good discount.
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It's not an easy choice and I agree with opinions for both. I guess my main question would be, have you really noticed you'need' wider than 18mm a lot of the time? I have a wider lens (10-20mm) and although I like it, I find it's a specialty lens and gets used a lot less than many others.

The body on the other hand improves everything and is used all the time. I will make you want to look at even better glass though.
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I would buy a K200D and a DA21
Had not even considered that!

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