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K30 price crash!!!

Discussion in 'Pentax Chat' started by JerryNash, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. JerryNash

    JerryNash Well-Known Member

    https://www.srsmicrosystems.co.uk/Search/k30/

    Seems Pentax have entered into the Christmas spirit early, you can now pick up a body-only K30 for £319 after cash back!!!! SRS are also having a Pentax open day this Saturday - might have to pop down and trade in the K7... Decisions, decisions...
     
  2. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    Holy Cr@p, Jerry, that's really inexpensive .... that retail is less than our (store) cost/net :eek: ... even with the battery :eek:. And, to me, the uber bonus is being able
    to use four(4) AA batteries ........ even if the Lithium-Ion battery isn't a powerful as
    the K-5/5ii battery

    Cheers,

    Jack
     
  3. JerryNash

    JerryNash Well-Known Member

    With that discount I'll happily shell out for the adapter - I just can't believe how much the price has dropped, its an absolute bargain.
     
  4. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    Hi Jerry,

    The AA Adapter along with a set of Eneloops and a 4 pk of Energiser AA Lithiums ... who needs anything else :D

    Cheers,

    Jack
     
  5. JerryNash

    JerryNash Well-Known Member

    Well, I went down to SRS and had a play with the K5ii, Q10 and the K30 and I have to say, they were all very good. In the end I opted to trade in the K7 for the K30, and it'll only cost me £44 !!!
     
  6. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Brilliant deal Jerry. At those prices it's very tempting...
     
  7. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    Woooooooooooooooo Dogggggggggggggggggggggies ... that's a screamer, Jerry :cool:.

    Now, I wonder who I can find to buy my K-r along with my Tamron 100-250 lens, which a week and a half ago was an 18-250 :(.

    Cheers and looking forward to seeing some pics :)

    Jack Simpson
     
  8. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    Ooh, Zou, I daresay, it's past the point of being tempting ;).

    Cheers,

    Jack
     
  9. JerryNash

    JerryNash Well-Known Member

    Plus SRS gave me a free 16gb SDHC card and a fancy Pentax camera strap for free. I feel like I'm in profit overall!
     
  10. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Effectively cheaper than the Q10. That's crazy cheap for such a capable camera.
     
  11. JerryNash

    JerryNash Well-Known Member

    I have the Tamron 18-250 too Jack, though it still covers all of its focal range, fortunately!

    I'll post a pic or two as soon as I have the time, at the moment I have a new born son (also called Jack!) who, as well as being a handful, is just begging for some shallow DOF portrait shots! :)
     
  12. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    A cracking lens, Jerry, although after bringing out the DA50-135/2.8 to play with on the K-5ii .. I forgotten how good of a lens that is, as well :)

    And, tremendous baby naming skills you and/or your Missus have :D

    Looking for lots of DOF baby pics :)

    Cheers,

    Jack
     
  13. JerryNash

    JerryNash Well-Known Member

    Well, got my K30 delivered on Tuesday (SRS had sold out by the time I got to their opening day!) and i have to say i'm very impressed so far (and not just because it arrived a day ealrier than promised).

    Initially i had to overcome the differences between the slightly lower build-quality and reduced number of external controls compared to the K7, but thats unsurprising considering the K7 is a higher-classed camera.

    I can say that the autofocus is noticably faster than the K7, particularly in Live View (having installed the new firmware) which is now very useable, however AF is quite noisy - a fairly standard issue with Pentax. The metering/ auto-WB are very good (i never used auto-WB in the K7 as it was a bit iffy), i haven't needed to change to manual WB yet.

    Handling-wise i'm not really missing the top-plate LCD of the K7, all the info i need is on the main screen and can be changed with minimal fuss. Obviously the camera is a little smaller than the K7, so not quite as comfortable to hold, but i'm glad to still have the dual control wheels, even if they are not quite as large/ pronounced as in the K7.

    Overall though the build-quality is above that of its nearest competitors, having played about with the Canon 650D and the Nikon 5100 (I don't really want an articulated screen on a DSLR). Its a shame the K30 doesn't offer an additional battery grip. I was considering getting one for the K7 before i traded it in, this does make me wonder whether i might trade back up for a K5ii in a few years.

    The most obvious improvement from the K7 is the low light performance. Photos seem to be clean of noise at ISO 800, i haven't needed to venture beyond that yet, but high ISO was always the K7's achilles heal, so this will make a massive difference.

    I haven't explored much of the new features yet, but i'm VERY happy with my trade-in. :)
     
  14. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    Hi Jerry,

    After having played with the K5ii for over a week and having used the Q for
    the past year, for the most part, I found the K5ii large(ish) ;) Having only
    played with/handled the K-30 whilst updating the firmware, it definitely feels
    different to the K5ii which, I imagine, is similar to your K-7/K-30 difference in
    handling. I guess, now, the only thing to do is to take a K-30 out for (at least)
    a day :D On the plus, part of K-30, Pentax Canada just announced a price drop
    on it -- the usual $80 -- which, in conjunction with a $40 rebate, makes it seem
    like someone might be getting a new fullsized DSLR :eek:

    Cheers,

    Jack
     
  15. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    I'm really not in the market for a new DSLR, despite my new lustings for an OM-D having tried one today. However... I did also get to try a K-30 today and was highly impressed. Feels much nicer in the hand than the K-5 (for me) and several leagues ahead of the K-r. Very well priced at the moment*, weatherproof, and the 18-135mm is a really nice complement to the camera.

    *Less than half the price of the OM-D, but a LOT more than half the camera, if you know what I mean.
     
  16. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    I do know what you mean Zou :).

    cheers,

    Jack
     
  17. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Wow, somebody understands me! :D
     
  18. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    I gotta Zou, I flog these things ;), albeit not the Olympus kit.

    Cheers,

    Jack
     
  19. Monobod

    Monobod Phantom of the forum

    Zou

    if you do go for a K-5ii in a while, you should be really pleased with the high ISO low noise performance. I have a K-5 and still got the K-7 and whilst the two are similar in handling, the K-5 is heads above on image quality and faster AF too.

    I have the battery grip, which fits both, but it does make the K-5 a really heavy beast to lug about.
     
  20. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    Heavy nothing David, just wait til you get your new Wildlife Lens .... then, maybe, you can say a tad heavy(ish) :)

    Cheers,

    Jack
     

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