Help : Shifting to digital

By: manila76 5877 days ago
Hello there.

I have a sturdy pentax film-based camera with wide-angle and telephoto lenses (both are AF K2 compatible). Somehow I am thinking of buying a digital SLR.

Could anyone suggest a budget DSLR? By the way, I am from the Philippines but I just moved in to Iowa to study my masters. so, somehow, my budget is abit tight. So, nothing fancy on the DSLR for a moment but at least I could have a good starting point as I shift to digital. Then I would just add on other peripherals as budget allows it.

By: johnriley 5877 days ago
You have existing Pentax lenses that will be useable on Pentax DSLRs, so it would be advantageous to take advantage of this.

Any of the *ist series of DSLRs would be fine, the *istDS, *istDS2, *istDL and *istDL2 all produce excellent results and are now no longer in production so remaining stocks may be available at a good price.

The current Pentax K100D and K110D are excellent 6.1MP cameras and are not expensive.

The Samsung DSLRs are the same as their parent pentax models, and the GX-1L with 18-55mm and 50-200mm lenses is available at an incredibly low price (399 in the UK) If price is a major concern, this is what I would recommend. You get two lenses, an excellent body and the use of your existing lenses as well.

Hope that helps!

By: TomBrown 5871 days ago
You can probably find a good used *ist series camera body, or even a K110 or K100D from someone who is upgrading, for an extremely low price. I saw a K100D with kit lens asking $340 not long ago.

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