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K-30 with 18-55mm: $619 at B&H!
Posted By: Adam, 02-19-2013, 02:06 PM

Save $7 off the body-only price and get a free lens- savings don't get much better than this!

Pentax K30 Digital Camera with 18-55mm AL Lens Kit (Black) 15624


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02-19-2013, 03:20 PM   #2
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First the black drops - next the blue drops... that's the way I need it to go, anyway. Will hold out for the blue.
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Hmm... that is interesting the one with the lens costs less than K30 body...
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Hmm...interesting, would be good to know why its price is lower than the K30 body itself...

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QuoteOriginally posted by OrangeKx Quote
First the black drops - next the blue drops... that's the way I need it to go, anyway. Will hold out for the blue.
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QuoteOriginally posted by OrangeKx Quote
First the black drops - next the blue drops... that's the way I need it to go, anyway. Will hold out for the blue.

When you go to B&H page search for k30 and the blue and white ones are there for the same price.


I am waiting for the one with the 18-135 lens to go on sale....

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QuoteOriginally posted by Powerstroke 7.3 Quote
When you go to B&H page search for k30 and the blue and white ones are there for the same price.


I am waiting for the one with the 18-135 lens to go on sale....
This lens is also more interesting to me. I haven't touch my kit lens for more than two years
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Pentax K-30 . . . have enjoyed it now through many lenses . . bearing in mind that the camera is not weather sealed if one isn't using a weather sealed lens as well (ie; SMC DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR and SMC DA 50-200mm f/4 - 5.6 ED WR) which are 'also' referred to as 'kit' lenses however I feel that both are better lens than the standard 'kit' 18-55 and 50-200.
Of the four my favorite is the 50-200 WR . . Amazing sharpness across the range but the REAL winning feature is near zero aberration !! I mean shots of dark skinny branches against bright sky and NO purple edges to me that takes the prize.

To date the sharpest lens I've been blessed to own for the K-30 is 'old-glass' SMC Pentax-M f/1.7 50mm ASAHI . . manual focus but the focus peaking and viewfinder indicator works. The old 50mm can be had cheap too, got mine for about 25 dollars on E-bay.
Another 'old glass' deal was a Quantaray 100-300mm f/4.5-6.7 LDO . . at less than $25 in superb condition (E-bay). However the 100-300 while fine for fairly serious Telephoto is not blessed with the amazing low distortion of the 50-200 WR Pentax lens . . so I stay away from high contrast shots and if I want 'sharp' I need to get closer. Even so my point is simply don't ignore the 'old' stuff available for super cheap . .

I've had the K-30 underwater (briefly thank God) and it's been banged around and in sub zero cold with wind chill closer to 30 below . . Caution when attempting to change a lens in COLD sub zero (even if it seems calm and sunny) the cold will instantly KILL your K-30 . . if you expose the innards to it. It was a 'quick' switch and thankfully I found that changing the battery and restarting a couple of times and everything is OK . . better to not do it.

K-30 Battery does NOT like cold . . I usually carry three batteries with me for a day long trek, the two spares kept in inside pockets warmed by body heat. Don't get me wrong here, I've found that *even when the battery power indicator is just a red outline* I can get many more photos out of that battery by keeping the 'LCD' shut off and shutting off the camera when not actually using it . . sounds like a given but I like to have my camera READY to shoot as in ON all the time if at all possible. I've never had a problem though or been caught short when carrying two for past 2000 photos. After market batteries are cheap too . . just do your homework as to which ones are the best.

I have a Sony SLT-A57 for backup but in winter and rain only the Pentax will do . . there's a lot I like about the Sony as well but these two cameras are fairly evenly matched in capability and photo quality given equal lenses is close to the same as well . . while I don't expect to purchase another camera for a year or two (one never knows what may inspire or opportunity arise) . . I'm excited to wait and see what these two companies are going to be offering a year or so from now . . . whooo hoooo!

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And if you are in the U.S. and can't get to that price point on one stretch of the dollar bill and still want your K-30... Well check QVC

This is the same deal I got at the end of January. 629.99+tax+shipping divided in 6 mo payments.
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I just went to the website, and ordered the camera accidentally. -_- I cancelled the order. I already have a Pentax K-5 II.

I didn't know they were selling the red K-30. :O

I really love the white K-30.
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Adorama also has these K-30 kits for the same price if you prefer to patronize them instead.

Actually, I only see it in White now K-30 White

Yesterday they had Black and Blue models as well.. strange.
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Yup, looks like Adorama has lowered their prices as well. B&H still has all of the kits in stock at the moment.

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