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04-27-2010, 07:15 AM   #1
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Purchasing K-x Kit

I am close to pulling the trigger on a K-x and welcome advice here on what to buy if I should go with a kit. I can get the camera with the 18-55mm kit lens or with an additional 50-200mm lens or 50-300mm lens.

I think the 300 is out on cost, although I realize it is well thought of here. What about the 50-200mm? Is it worth the additional $85 for the kit from the kit with solely the 18-55mm? If the longer zoom is not that good, I still have an old Takumar-A 70-200mm manual lens that I could use for that duty. I guess I wonder if auto-focus is that important at that focal length? What else would I be giving up? Or is the kit price with the two lenses (about $595) too good to pass on?

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If you think there's any chance you'll want either the DAL 50-200 or 55-300, buy them with the kit. That's the least expensive you'll find either lens.

I haven't tried the 55-300, but I have the DAL 50-200, and I like it a lot. I use it much more than my 18-55, but then I also have a few other lenses. (See my sig.)

I've read that the DAL 55-300 is a better lens (compared to DAL 50-200), but it's also more expensive and heavier.

Occasionally you can get a DAL lens when someone sells one out of their kit. But if you want a metal mount and quickshift, you'll be buying the DA versions anyway.
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I would recommend getting the 55-300 kit.

I went with a white k-x with the 18-55. I bought a Sigma 17-70 used and I'm somewhat satisfied with it, but I sure would like the reach of the 55-300. I'm looking for a used one now. Too bad I have to pay more now to get it. I should've just went with a black k-x with the 55-300 kit in the first place.

Anyway, if you get the k-x and want to sell the 55-300 right away, i'd be interested in taking it off your hands. It would net you a cheaper k-x.
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Any comments on using a manual 70-200mm that I already have instead?

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Any comments on using a manual 70-200mm that I already have instead?
should work great.
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I guess for me, what it comes down to is, is it worth an additional $85 to get a 50-200mm kit lens in addition to the 18-55mm kit lens?
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QuoteOriginally posted by gkamieneski Quote
I guess for me, what it comes down to is, is it worth an additional $85 to get a 50-200mm kit lens in addition to the 18-55mm kit lens?
It probably is.

You wouldn't BELIEVE some of the stuff that some of our members here have dropped on concrete or into water.
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I guess for me, what it comes down to is, is it worth an additional $85 to get a 50-200mm kit lens in addition to the 18-55mm kit lens?
Definitely. I'm very impressed with my 50-200mm. Here are some of my first shots with that lens on my K-x: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-beginners-corner-q/96085-k-x-shoot...gh-isos-2.html

I believe you'll find you need a zoom that goes beyond 55mm, and the 50-200mm is perfect in your case.

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I believe you'll find you need a zoom that goes beyond 55mm, and the 50-200mm is perfect in your case.
He already has a longer zoom--a great old Tak--so it's not about the FL.

I think he should go for it because the characteristics of the two are going to be so different, not to mention fully auto compared to fully manual, for such a low cost to have both at your fingertips.
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Thanks for all the opinions. My Tak is an 'A' so it wouldn't be full manual as I can dial it to the 'A' setting with the aperture ring, but still it sounds like many enjoy the 80-200mm new style. Funny thing about my Takumar-A though as it is marked as made in Taiwan.
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He already has a longer zoom--a great old Tak--so it's not about the FL.

I think he should go for it because the characteristics of the two are going to be so different, not to mention fully auto compared to fully manual, for such a low cost to have both at your fingertips.
I was thinking as far as auto-focus. I know for some of the things I shoot, AF is a must.
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The 55-300 is much better than the 50-200. Why not get the 55-300 and sell the 70-200?
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get the DAL 55-300
or keep your money for DA 55-300 (suppose to be better)
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Hmmm...Adorama now has the kit with just the 18-55mm for $498. It will cost at least $100 more to add the 55-200mm into the kit, probably $180 more for the 50-300mm, all DA-L zooms.

Does it make sense for me to just use the Takumar-A 70-200mm? Other than AF on the long lens, what else am I giving up? If I turn the aperture ring to "A" do I get the program modes or do I just have aperture-preferred MF? I know I can program the camera to recognize the lens for SR.
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If you do the math, you're gonna pay less buying them as part of the kit. But only you can answer if you really NEED it when you already have that great old Tak glass at 7-200.
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