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Old Mar 14, 2013, 1:35 PM   #1
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I've finally decided to take the plunge. I'll soon be ordering a K-30 (body only). I got a great price on a DA AL 18mm - 55mm II to start out with. Might look into a Sigma 55-200 and a fast prime (35mm or 55mm) to round everything out for the near future. I like to photograph landscape, flowers, architecture, and hopefully portraits when my wife and I decide to have a child so I think the 18-55 will be a good starting walk around, the 55-200 when I need some zoom, and the 35 or 55 for indoors low-light portraits and nice DoF outside in good light.

Hopefully I'll get some photos up when I get to test the waters!
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Old Mar 14, 2013, 4:12 PM   #2
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Welcome, hope you enjoy your K-30

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Old Mar 14, 2013, 4:41 PM   #3
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Good for you. A friend has the K-30....loves it. He has noticed a significant difference between this model and his old K200D.....which he also really liked.
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Thanks! Hope everyone here is as nice as the Panny section. Not sure what's becoming of the FZ47 yet. Maybe selling to my sister or maybe keeping for my wife. We'll see!
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Congratulations! Sure hope you enjoy the new equipment. Will look forward to seeing some great shots with it. Sounds like a sensible plan for lenses - just watch out for LBA ("lens buying addiction"). If you are looking for good prices on old manual lenses, you might want to check out KEH.com
I've purchased (far too many) lenses from them, and their "bargain" grade lenses are usually the best!

PS - another great lens for portraits of family (including future young'uns) is the Tamron 28-75. This is the one used almost exclusively at the one wedding I photographed, and it worked beautifully...
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Congratulations! Sure hope you enjoy the new equipment. Will look forward to seeing some great shots with it. Sounds like a sensible plan for lenses - just watch out for LBA ("lens buying addiction"). If you are looking for good prices on old manual lenses, you might want to check out KEH.com
I've purchased (far too many) lenses from them, and their "bargain" grade lenses are usually the best!

PS - another great lens for portraits of family (including future young'uns) is the Tamron 28-75. This is the one used almost exclusively at the one wedding I photographed, and it worked beautifully...
Thanks. I feel like I got good value on the 18-55. I got it for $70 shipped in almost new condition. Looks barely used. The guy has both caps, but lost the lens hood but is giving two 3rd party lens hoods. For the II version, I'm pretty happy with that.
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Welcome! Can't wait to see your photos. I was tempted by the K30 as a second camera, but I really don't need another one. I'm sure you'll have a great time with it.

As far as a prime, there's a number of choices. I had the chance to shoot the DA 35 f2.4 and was really impressed with it. If it had been for sale when I was looking for a prime in that focal length, it would have been my choice, I think (since it wasn't I ended up buying both the DA 35 macro and the FA 31 Ltd). Now if price is not a concern then buy the FA 31, it's a wonderful lens.
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Welcome! Can't wait to see your photos. I was tempted by the K30 as a second camera, but I really don't need another one. I'm sure you'll have a great time with it.

As far as a prime, there's a number of choices. I had the chance to shoot the DA 35 f2.4 and was really impressed with it. If it had been for sale when I was looking for a prime in that focal length, it would have been my choice, I think (since it wasn't I ended up buying both the DA 35 macro and the FA 31 Ltd). Now if price is not a concern then buy the FA 31, it's a wonderful lens.
I'm really looking at the SMC Pentax-A 50mm f1.7... I know it's manual focus but the pictures look so nice! haha
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I have the earlier M 50 f1.7, I definitely like it better than the M50 f1.4 I also own. If that focal length works for you the A would be a good choice. I find it's my least used focal length, I either want something longer or wider, due to the cropped sensor I guess. It really does depend on how you "see" things.
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I would also like to welcome you to the Pentax forum. I have learned a tremendous amount from the friendly folks here, and I'm sure you will too. Sounds like you have a nice lens selection to start with.
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