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Is this a good deal please?

AuraTodd
Posted 22/07/2016 - 10:24 Link
Hi I've discovsred a website called camera centre UK and have discovered this deal. Has anyone heard of the camera centre, and is this a good deal please?

Pentax K-500 Black Digital SLR with 18-55mm DAL Lens
Price: 298.00
Edited by AuraTodd: 22/07/2016 - 10:27
JohnX
Posted 22/07/2016 - 11:01 - Helpful Comment Link
They have the K-S1 for less, which despite the naysayers when it was launched is a great little better specified camera.

What lenses do you have already? Do you really want/need a DSLR?
Chrism8
Posted 22/07/2016 - 11:02 - Helpful Comment Link
Looks ok to me, always good to be based in the UK and have contact numbers and a UK address, haven't dealt with them, but I would

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johnriley
Posted 22/07/2016 - 11:32 - Helpful Comment Link
I would go for a K-S1 rather than a K500. The K-S1 is a very compact, very light and very good camera.
Best regards, John
SteveLedger
Posted 22/07/2016 - 12:02 Link
The K-500 hasn't been produced or even available for such a long time, I wonder where they got their stock from.
MrB
Posted 22/07/2016 - 12:03 Link
It might be worth searching around for a used Pentax K-5 II at a similar price level. The K-5 series seem to be bomb proof!

Cheers.
Philip
SteveLedger
Posted 22/07/2016 - 12:22 - Helpful Comment Link
Agreed. K-30 > K-5II I'd consider quite an upgrade too.
jemx99
Posted 22/07/2016 - 13:39 Link
SteveLedger wrote:
Agreed. K-30 > K-5II I'd consider quite an upgrade too.

I have both - they are both great cameras and have points for and against. Results are the same.
However think if I was after something cheap but good I'd look at the Ks1 too, looks to have a few modern features and decent sensor.
DoctorJeff
Posted 22/07/2016 - 14:30 - Helpful Comment Link
1 - Buy via Amazon. Any probs and go back to Amazon and let them deal with it.

2 - Buy from John lewis. they will pricematch Camera Centre as quoted here:
https://www.pentaxuser.com/forum/topic/john-lewis-and-the-price-match-55097

If its old stock from "somewhere", think again.

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AuraTodd
Posted 22/07/2016 - 15:07 Link
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What lenses do you have already? Do you really want/need a DSLR?

I need a DSLR because I now photograph events, and training excercises of our local search and rescue team.

I have a 18-55m, 55-200m and a 18-250 lens.
stu62
Posted 22/07/2016 - 19:11 Link
on a differant note the old sarum air show is on the 18 th and 19th of sept remeber you saying that you didnt know it was on last year i will be in my usual spot on the english heritage site lol
percy
Posted 22/07/2016 - 21:27 Link
I see there's a K-S2 body on ebay with an asking price of 310, but open to offers. link
It looks alright and the vendor seems to have decent feedback. I'm tempted myself but don't need another camera.
But of course you'll need to make up your own mind about buying a used camera unseen
sportyman531
Posted 22/07/2016 - 22:18 Link
AuraTodd wrote:
Hi I've discovsred a website called camera centre UK and have discovered this deal. Has anyone heard of the camera centre, and is this a good deal please?

Pentax K-500 Black Digital SLR with 18-55mm DAL Lens
Price: 298.00

I bought my first K5 from them 3 or 4 years ago when the K5 had just been superceded and the price had dropped like a stone. Camera still going strong, well it should be only 5,700 actuations! They say they have been in business for 45 years and I wouldn't hesitate to do business with them again if the right deal came along. I've never been there, everything was done "on't'internet" and by phone.
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sportyman531
Posted 22/07/2016 - 22:21 Link
percy wrote:
I see there's a K-S2 body on ebay with an asking price of 310, but open to offers. link
It looks alright and the vendor seems to have decent feedback. I'm tempted myself but don't need another camera.
But of course you'll need to make up your own mind about buying a used camera unseen

I see SRS are selling KS-2's on their ebay site for 349 new, better value than 310 used. However, I think that when the new K70 hits the shelves the KS-2 will drop even further, 300 or even less?
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percy
Posted 23/07/2016 - 05:25 Link
sportyman531 wrote:
percy wrote:
I see there's a K-S2 body on ebay with an asking price of 310, but open to offers. link
It looks alright and the vendor seems to have decent feedback. I'm tempted myself but don't need another camera.
But of course you'll need to make up your own mind about buying a used camera unseen

I see SRS are selling KS-2's on their ebay site for 349 new, better value than 310 used. However, I think that when the new K70 hits the shelves the KS-2 will drop even further, 300 or even less?

I agree, and would take that in to consideration if making an offer on a S/H camera. But if the camera is needed now and maybe the OP has set a spending limit then it may still be a viable option

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