Which K5 package?


Link Posted 28/12/2010 - 13:43
I'm on the point of ordering a K5, and I can't decide whether to pay the extra 400 for the 18-135 lens over just the body alone. I've already got the DA18-55 and 50-200 that came with my K100D package, and I also have a Tamron 3.8-5.6/28-200. I do mostly landscapes and casual street stuff, so 18-135 would suit me very well. I don't like changing lenses much and I'm not wild about the Tamron. What do you reckon?


Link Posted 28/12/2010 - 14:01
To be fair, only you can decide. But you might be able to recoup some of the cost by selling and redundant lenses on eBay...maybe the Tamron and the 18-55mm?
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Link Posted 28/12/2010 - 14:24
Well you get 80 cashback on just the body or 120 for body and lens.

So .. buy the body and lens then sell the 18-135mm for 400 and you are still 40 better off.

Infact I would be interested in the 18-135mm
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Last Edited by Mike-P on 28/12/2010 - 14:24



Link Posted 28/12/2010 - 15:23
The 18-55 that came with the K100D was the version 1. I wonder if that is a match for the K5? Just food for discussion

As you don't like to change lenses, I think the 18-135 is the way to go (and you can do street photography in the rain).

If I'm not mistaken, the 18-135 does not have a screw drive. If I'm right, it will not autofocus on the K100D (but will on the K100D super). Not sure if it's relevant (you might have sold the K100D).
Pentax K10D + Vivitar 55/2.8 macro + Super Takumar 55/1.8 + SuperMultiCoated Takumar 85/1.8 + SuperMultiCoated Takumar 135/3.5 + SuperMultiCoated Takumar 200/4 + Super Takumar 300/4
Pentax K100D + DA18-55ALII + DA55-300
Pentax K5 + FA31Ltd + M50/1.7 + DFA100WR + M120/2.8 (+ DA18-55WR at occasion)
Last Edited by sterretje on 28/12/2010 - 15:24



Link Posted 28/12/2010 - 16:59
sterretje wrote:
The 18-55 that came with the K100D was the version 1. I wonder if that is a match for the K5? Just food for discussion

I thought the later 18-55 MKII was tweaked to suit cameras with extra pixels and higher resolutions. Somthing like K20 onwards.
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Link Posted 28/12/2010 - 17:22
The price difference @ SRS is 480 (510 @ Park, 515 @ WEX)

Body only 979 or 1459 with lens.

Personally, I'm not sure if it's worth 480, so where did you find a 400 price, as I didn't think it was worth that either!

Edit: The twin lens 18-55WR + 50-200mm WR combo is 1145, so if it was me, I'd probably buy that and sell the rest to offset the cost + 120 cashback.

Last Edited by Unlocker on 28/12/2010 - 17:25



Link Posted 28/12/2010 - 19:05
Sorry to slightly hijack the thread.... but its a bit unclear on the Pentax Cashback site - but can we get any Pentax lens to qualify for the full 120, or is it just the K5/Kr Bundles? This may be a question for Chris@SRS I guess...

Basically I think the 18-135WR isn't a useful lens for me (got the DA 12-24 and DA* 50-135 already...amongst others... ), and if I spend >2k I can claim the VAT back (long story...) so ironically it could be cheaper to buy a 1000 Ltd* lens or something... Well, sort-of cheaper... Unless I sit on my hands for 6 months and buy a D3S/D4 *ahem* thread drift...
Still shooting in the dark (literally and metaphorically)...
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