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11-04-2006, 12:53 PM   #1
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Which model better fits my needs?

Since I can't go in a store and compare the DS, DL and K100 or K110, I have to ask the experts. Let's say that I have a choice between these cameras for general use and some long telephoto work (birds and some astronomy). I would sometimes use a 600 mm f/7.5 APO lens that is not very bright. Since the lens is purely manual, being a T-mount model with a fixed aperture, I can't rely on the auto focus of the camera so I have to use the matte screen and manually focus. The question is, which of these cameras would be better in this peculiar case? Is there really a big difference in brightness and mostly ease of manually focusing in the viewfinder?

Also a question about lenses. Is there a big difference between the Pentax kit lens and a Sigma 18-200 as to sharpness? Which one would be the best for everyday use? Would a combination of kit lens plus a Sigma 70-300 APO be MUCH better than using the 18-200 as an only lens. I might also consider a good macro prime for critical work if necessary. Thanks for any info.


11-04-2006, 01:02 PM   #2
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I replied to your post on DPReview, so please don't cross-post on sites. I'm sure our members will have some good advice, though, so stay tuned for replies!

In essence, however, all the *ist series cameras are the same, but if you're looking for the best possible viewfinder, go for the *ist D, DS, DS2, or K10D since all the others have pentamirrors.

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I have a DS, and love it, having said that, the K100D would be my choice unless you are inclined toward the 10D. I have shot a few shots with the 100D at a local shop and found the view to be plenty bright for my 62 yr old eyes and the SR was very effective. If you combine this with the great high range ISO quality, it would be an excellent choice IMO.

Lenses- I'm relatively new to SLR shooting (or any other kind too) and have collected quite a few lenses but finally found that if you buy the best you can afford, it is cheaper in the long run. Research every purchase thoroughly and you will rarely be disappointed.

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