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06-22-2007, 09:30 AM   #1
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Thinking about K100D

I am considering my first digital SLR and I like what I've read so far about the K100D. My question is this: Should I just get the body and use my existing lenses or should I spend the extra 50-60 dollars for the kit lens. My lens list for my ZX-7 is as follows:

Vivitar series 1 19-35
Pentax 28-80
Tamron 20-300

I'd appreciate hearing from some of you about your experience.

06-22-2007, 10:22 AM   #2
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Hey Paul,

If it were me I would only buy the kit lens if all your existing lenses were manual focus. Having autofocus is nice and without a split prism focus screen manual focusing can be frustrating. The autofocus is very precise, much more precise than I can reliably attain using the standard focusing screen and a manual lens.

06-22-2007, 10:39 AM   #3
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I picked up the K100D and kit lens last October. It was my first SLR. The advice I received from most was to buy the kit lens. If I had to do it over again, I would pass on the kit lens and spend the extra bucks on something better. Not that the 18-55 is all that bad but I wish I would have saved the bucks and picked up better glass to begin with. That's just me though......

I'm going to be getting the Tamron 28-75 which is suppossed to be a very good lens.......
06-22-2007, 02:32 PM   #4
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I bought K100D some time ago, never regreted it...
kit lens, is OK,but since you have other glass with similar focal lenghts, than maybe you can buy just body, or add some extra bucks and get something better if you want autofocus...
anyway make sure you buy the camera, it's really good

06-23-2007, 03:17 AM   #5
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The one thing you have to remember is the 1.5x crop factor. You do seem to have the FL bases covered with your current lenses, but the kit lens is such a bargain, I'd recommend getting it anyway. It performs very well for the price.
06-23-2007, 02:51 PM   #6
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Hi Old School,
It will all come back to $$$$ my friend. I would get the kit lens but.....
if you can afford it, the advice to go for a better quality lens is very sound, you certainly will not regret it. I would look at Sigma 17-70, Pentax 16-45 or the new 16-50.

The kit lens (Pentax 18-55) is good value, but a bit short in my opinion, if you could get a Sigma 18-125 for around the same price that will give you a little more versatility.

Between my wife & I we have the Pentax 18-55, Sigma 18-125, Sigma EX 24mm, Sigma 135-400 & Pentax DFA 100mm. The 18-55 lives on Anne's DL and gives pretty good results, (although I notice the DFA 100 is getting a little more use).


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