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entry or mid-level Dslr

by jplv / January 13, 2013 11:08 AM PST

I am new in the DSLR's camera world. Right now I am testing the Canon T4i and the Pentax K30,,. I know that both cameras are entry level DSLR. My question is: Is it smarter to just purchase the mid-level camera as opposed to the entry-level camera, knowing that at some point I might just advance to the mid-level/semi-pro camera anyway. (Basically, should I just skip over the entry and go right into the mid-level territory instead having to upgrade later on and spend more$?)Q#2- Which camera is a better choice as an entry level,T4i or pentax k30(better camera overall) and the same question for the mid-levels pentax k5,nikon D 7000 or,sony a77

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I bought the T3i
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 14, 2013 12:23 AM PST

You could read more reviews but the only thing I found is the outdoor shots I take have me pushing the stock 18-55mm lens a little. Now I'm shopping for the 100 to 250mm lens but haven't decided yet. On the cheap I'm ordered a 2x lens to add on.

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The Difference
by PistonCupChampion / January 14, 2013 3:47 AM PST

A mid-level camera buys you some extra features and controls, some of which the K30 already has (weather sealing, pentaprism viewfinder, two command dials come to mind). They will not give you better image quality.

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re: entry or mid-level Dslr
by MarkatNite / January 14, 2013 7:35 AM PST

You should buy whatever best suits your needs right now. If your needs can be met by an entry level camera, that's what you should buy. Reason being, today's mid-level camera will probably be equivalent to an entry level camera in 3-5 years. So if "at some point [you] might just advance to the mid-level/semi-pro camera", you'll probably get a better camera if you buy it at that time than you would if you buy one now.

As for "better camera overall" there's really no such thing. (Actually, there is, but it really doesn't matter.) What matters is which camera best fits your particular needs.

So what are your particular needs? - Mark

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better camera overall?
by jplv / January 14, 2013 10:30 AM PST

particular needs? good image quality,good low light permormance ,good for sports,fast focus system,.Better camera overall?is-------.thanks.

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Of the two, the Pentax...
by PistonCupChampion / January 14, 2013 11:00 AM PST
In reply to: better camera overall?

...but the selection of lenses is not as deep as Canon; it's easier and possibly cheaper to find lenses to your liking for the T4i than the K30. That said, very few people need half a dozen or more lenses, and what Pentax offers should satisfy most amateurs.

If video is of interest, the T4i is better than the K30 in that department.

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pentax k5-k30
by jplv / January 14, 2013 12:52 PM PST

Should be worth spending the xtra$ for the pentax k5 over the k30 for the extra features for someone kind of new on dslr

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by jplv / January 14, 2013 1:52 PM PST
In reply to: pentax k5-k30

is there a noticeable difference in shutter speeds between the pentax k30 1/6000sec and the pentax k5 1/8000sec

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Wow !
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / January 15, 2013 12:41 AM PST
In reply to: k5-k30

You will never use that much speed in the real world because you won't have enough available light.
It might be interesting if you were trying to freeze a bullet in flight while using several spotlights.

The difference between 1/6000 and 1/8000 is about 1/4th of an f-stop.
Only under laboratory conditions would it make any differences at those speeds.

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