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Pentax k20 18-55 and 55-300


ozbodd 11 1
27 Mar 2009 5:33PM
Thinking about buying the Pentax k20 + 2 lens kit and would like some feedback on users who have/had one. I am particularly interested in AF performance, ISO and battery life.

I seem to be able to get a bundle for a keen price under 800

They are 12+ months old but do they still stand up in today's market?

I am upgrading from a Minolta A2 bridging camera and was also considering the Canon.

Thank you
Steve
dafteric 11 5 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2009 10:12PM
The K20 is an outstanding camera, probebly better in most ways than the similar priced cameras from the big manufacturers. I would recomend that you do nor get the pentax 18-55 as it does not perform that well. If you can strech to it the pentax 16-50 is superb. If that is not an option try an equivlent Sigma as an alternative. I'm have no knowledge on the 55-300
KenTaylor 16 3.1k 2 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2009 12:22AM

Quote:The K20 is an outstanding camera, probebly better in most ways than the similar priced cameras from the big manufacturers.

I would agree with that.
There has been an update to the 18-55 although I am not sure if its a worthy improvement. The 16-50 is considerably more expensive, over 100 more than the 16-45 for the sake of one stop. The 55-300 is unknown to me also while being cautious with zooms of that range that are often poor performers at some point in the scale.
Ken
5 Apr 2009 4:34PM
seens as you used minolta why dont you go with the sony a200 with 18-70mm for 300 and spend 500 on a nifty fifty, tripod bag etc.
pulsar69 16 1.6k 6 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2009 10:37PM
Hi Steve ,

I own the K20 , and also K10 , K200 and K100 !

The K20 is an outstanding camera and untouchable in its price range , live view , inbuilt stabilisation etc , its a bit irrelevant probably what lenses you start out with , the 18-55 mk 11 is actually ok , the mk1 was rubbish., I use the Da* 16-50 for my wedding work , occassionally i bang the 18-55mkii on my old k10 body if i need a travel light camera . I also use the Sigma 10-20 for wide stuff , and a sigma ex105 macro..

I would highly recommend this camera without a shadow of a doubt..

Andy
petemasty 11 155 England
8 Apr 2009 9:48PM
Have recently got into photography and bought myself the Pentax k20d after a month of racking my brains choosing between the brands. Bought the k20d cos i felt i got more for the money. And as a complete novice I've found masterig the many controls has been very straightforward and easy. I am more than pleased with it and would highly recommend it. As for lenses; well I cant really offer any advice as I have a Mk1 Pentax 18-55 and the Tamron 70-300 DI LD and they are perfectly useable. Will no doubt get other lenses as I slowly improve, but take it from me, I dont think you will be disappointed in the K20d. It feels substantial yet comfortable to hold, and most of all in my opinion, it feels solidly built.

Best wishes

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