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Old Dec 23, 2006, 12:19 AM   #11
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I prefer the Sony but that's just me. What I always suggest to everyone I know is to go to the store and hold and play with all the cameras your considering. Make sure you have them put a memory card in and really play with them.

Then go home and read all the reviews you can find and check out the price of extra lens, flash and anything else you think you might like to have with the camera.

Then go back to the store and play with your top 3 again. By then you should be able to make a good decision. And be happy with what you decide on.
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Old Dec 24, 2006, 12:09 PM   #12
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I am in the same boat as you - wanting a camera where I can use my OLD sigma lenses. I have a thread in this forum where I got good advice about that.

In the end, I chose the Pentax K100D. You could very well chose the K10D, I believe, I just chose the K100D for the user-freindliness and price over the K10D (I'm a beginner with dSLRs, and not much further with SLRs).

From my research about this (and i'm no expert so i'm just parrotting the info given to me), I can buy an adapter for screwmount lenses, as long as they are standard mounts, which I think the old Sigma lenses are (I looked up my exact old SLR camera, which was an old German Praktika, to see what type of mount/bayonet it had and then to see if the adapters would fit). The adapters are cheap.

The only caveat is that the lenses, obviously, will be manual as opposed to the newer ones available today. Because the pentax has a shake reducer in the imager, rather than a special lens like on other dSLRs, that will be a bonus when you use your old lenses.

Again, I'm a complete beginner and only passing on what I understood from what was told to me. So I leave a disclaimer that my statements could be a little off, but post this anyways to open the door for any clarification from the people who REALLY know.
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Old Dec 26, 2006, 5:22 PM   #13
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On the original question, best buy under $1000. Complete system.....

$449.00 K110 D & 18-55 f3.5-5.6 kit lens
$229.99 Pentax DA 50-200mm f4.5-5.6
$220.00 Pentax FA 50mm f1.4
$199.99 Pentax AF360 TTL Flash
$1098.98 Subtotal
- $200.00 Rebate offer (USA only) through 1/9/2007
$898.98 Total

Or since the 50mm f1.4 seems hard to find, lets try subbing the 16-45mm f4 for the kit lens, and adding $100 for the K100D body w/ SR instead of the K110D:
$485.00 K100D body only
$399.00 Pentax P-DA J 16-45 f4
$229.99 Pentax DA 50-200mm f4.5-5.6
$199.99 Pentax AF360 TTL flash
$1313.98 Subtotal
-$250.00 Rebates
$1063.99 Total

Other best value, including 3 lenses and a flash is probably Olympus E-500:

$623.00 E-500 w/ 14-45 f3.5-5.6 & 40-150 f3.5-4.5 kit lenses
$189.00 Olympus 35mm f3.5 Macro
$159.00 FL-36 flash
$971.00 Total

Above prices are mostly available at Beach/buydig.

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