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Old May 4, 2007, 10:00 AM   #1
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Hi,

I'm off the to states at the end of the month and thought of buying a Pentax K10d from B&H whilst I'm there. Basically I was going to buy offline now and have it posted to my brothers house in the states so it waiting for my arrival.

Anyway, the deal I have found is;

Pentax K10D
Pentax Zoom Super Wide Angle SMCP-DA 18-55mm
Sandisk 2GB Ultra II Secure Digital (SD) Memory Card
D-BG2 Battery Grip
Impact, DL150 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Batter

All for $1,108.85, so that is 558, I need to double check, but I think that's quite a saving.

There are a couple of aspects that worry me, the Lens being the main issue. At work a few years ago now, I got a Cannon 20d with the standard lens, and it sucks, how good is the Pentax lens? Does anyone have any examples of photos taken with it at a high ISO, 1600 would be ideal. I'm asking this because the 20d has some really bad interference above 800.

Thanks for the help.
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Old May 4, 2007, 10:18 AM   #2
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The kit lens is as basic as it gets. Since you are saving quite a lot on the deal, how about adding the great FA 50mm F1.4 which goes for $195 after mail-in rebate? I mean in addition to the kit lens.

Note: there might be some state + local taxes you will need to pay if the recipient is in the same state as the store. B&H has physical presence in NY hence the sale taxes apply.
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Old May 4, 2007, 10:25 AM   #3
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I did consider buying just the body and a better lens.

Could you provide a link for the FA 1.4, can not find any info on it.
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Old May 4, 2007, 11:15 AM   #4
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Here is the link on B&H site:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...ughType=search

You might want to do some more research on the Pentax lens line-up and see what works best for you.

Regarding the lens I just mentioned, that is a prime, fixed focal length, lens that is excellent if 50mm is what you need.

Here are a few reviews of some Pentax lenses: http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/index.html#pentax

Here is some more sites that you might find useful:

http://www.pentaxslr.com
http://www.pentaximaging.com
http://www.photodo.com/products.html...mp;name=Pentax
http://www.dcviews.com/lenses/Pentax-lenses.htm
http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Pe...0mm_70mm_lens/
http://www.bdimitrov.de/kmp/




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Old May 4, 2007, 11:58 AM   #5
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Any of the Pentax 50mm primes are definitly worth the buy.

The kit lens is actually decent, certainly not a bad lens (unlike reports I hear from the Canon 18-55mm). I use it when I need the wideangle.
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The kit lens is an excellent starter lens, and is a real keeper, far better IMO than the Sigma equivalent. I have both, but I have relagated to teh Sigma while my g/f has teh Pentax.

It does very good quality close-ups and is useful as a general walkabout.


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Old May 4, 2007, 12:44 PM   #7
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So maybe if I tell you what I'm ideally after you can point me in the right direction.

I'm having trouble deciphering the range, its very confusing, maybe some one could give me a guide to that as well!

Ideally I would like a 28 - 70, 2.8...
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The kit lens is worth having simply because it covers such a useful range. 50mm f/1.4 is a must-have lens.

A fast zoom lens is significantly more expensive. Wait for DA*, as it will be more or less the same price as the fast Sigma/Tamron/Tokina zooms and if past reputatuion holds, significantly better.

The B&H kit you see it not worth it though.

You do not need a 2GB SD card from B&H. And a second battery is likely not going to be needed either.

If you go to tigerdirect.com, you can find many 4GB, very high speed cards for a fraction of the cost of B&H's 2GB card. Don't listen to the people that say Sandisk's Ultra series is the only good choice, because that's BS. Any card you get from a reputable store (ie, not counterfeit) will perform to its rated speed. In this case, Ultra II = "133x" speed rating.

Quick search on Tigerdirect shows a 150x speed 4GB SD card for $48
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...&CatId=380

If you don't mind SDHC (not compatible with iolder devices like MP3 Players....) you can get a 4GB Class 6 (150x) card for only $45
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...amp;CatId=2413

This is about the cost of a 2GB Sandisk Ultra II.


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Old May 4, 2007, 2:15 PM   #9
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OK, I go away for extended periods of time and often forget things, thus the second battery is essential along with grip. I come from a long background of film cameras, thus my lack of knowledge about digital! And many of the new DSLR's just feel to small without a grip.

The lens that is in the B&H offer is 3.5-5.6, nothing exciting at all, thus better lens.

Point taken about memory card...
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I think pretty highly of the kit lens. It may not be fast but it produces some pretty good shots and I have no complaints with it. Pentax is supposed to be releasing a 16-50mm f/2.8 shortly and the 16-45mm f/4 seems to have a good reputation too. I don't have any ISO 1600 shots with the kit lens but here is one I took with it recently that might give some idea of its capabilities. Oh, and I also second the motion on getting a 50mm 1.4, I have the 1.7 and it is one of my favorite lenses.

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