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09-10-2011, 06:13 AM   #1
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is my ZX-30 and lenses worth anything?

I have a REALLY nice Pentax ZX-30 body, a Pentax 28-80 MM (part number 27957) lens, a Tamron AF 100-300MM (model 186DP), hood for lens, filter, bag, boxes and manuals.
Is it still worth any $ ? I haven't used them in years, probably 10 or more. I think I bought it all new in 1998, right before everything went digital.

If they are not worth any $ can the lenses be used with a new DSLR ?
I bought a really nice camera, never took any classes to use it or understand things like exposer times and probably don't understand 50% of what this thing can do.

09-10-2011, 08:32 AM   #2
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Yes your lenses will work on the Pentax DSLRs. As for what they are worth, you will need to do a little homework (Ebay completed auctions, Pentax Forums Marketplace Sold).

I sold a ZX-10 pretty fast for $25 to a forum member here.

09-10-2011, 09:17 AM   #3
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Naw, they're worthless. Send them to me and I'll dispose of them safely for you.
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09-10-2011, 09:44 AM   #4
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RioRico -- thanks for the offer.

Since the lenses will still work I am going to try and find a decent DSLR.

Any suggestions on a DSLR? Don't need pro quality, just something that will use these lenses and will take decent pictures. Something easy to use as well.

Guess I need to go lurk at the DSLR forum and see if the marketplace has a decent used DSLR.

Thanks for the input.

09-10-2011, 09:52 AM   #5
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ALL Pentax dSLRs "will use these lenses and will take decent pictures". Ease of use? None are difficult for those with any photo experience; even n00bs can handle them. Check the dSLR reviews and comparisons, under the CAMERA tab at the top of this page. Cheers!
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All of the Pentax DLSRS are easy to use and produce awesome pictures!
Your lenses will work fine in any of the cameras; so get a KX or a KR [the newest amateur]
09-10-2011, 07:15 PM   #7
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I found myself in the same position with a 1998 ZX-10. I was lucky enough to find a 5 or 6 year old Pentax *istDL, which is a 6 megapixel DSLR in a used camera shop. I spent all of $50US, and got an 8MB SD card and a fresh set of lithium AA batteries as part of the deal. The old lenses work perfectly, including autofocus and autoexposure. Since I'm beginning with a DSLR, this is fine for my purposes. And the lenses are quite capable of producing excellent quality, so that the 6 megapixel doesn't seem to be a problem. It might not be necessary to buy new.
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Where is this wonderful place where one can find *istDLs for $50? I need a second body.

09-11-2011, 03:23 AM   #9
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I found mine at Don's Used Cameras in Dallas, but he only had one.

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