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Pentax DSLR Kit

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The list author says: "My List of Pentax kit."
Pentax K200D 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera with Shake Reduction 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
Pentax K200D 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera with Shake Reduction 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
"LOVE this camera.  Probably one of the most underrated Pentax cameras ever.  For that matter, it was underrated as a DSLR.  Weather seals, top LCD and a Battery grip in a sub-$1000 camera.  Even today there is not another like it."
Tamron AF016P-700 SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) Lens with Hood for Pentax AF Cameras (Black) (Model A16P)
Tamron AF016P-700 SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) Lens with Hood for Pentax AF Cameras (Black) (Model A16P)
"My absolute favorite lens.  Sharp even wide open and a light hog.  It stays on my camera for weeks at a time.  If you only buy one "good" lens, buy this one."
SMC Pentax FA 50mm f/1.4
SMC Pentax FA 50mm f/1.4
"I got mine before the price got stupid.  Tack sharp as long as you stay at f/2 or better.  Not that 1.4 and 1.8 are not useable, you just lose some sharpness.  Tiny and light, it is great for walk around."
Pentax DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED Lens for Pentax and Samsung Digital SLR Cameras
Pentax DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED Lens for Pentax and Samsung Digital SLR Cameras
"Just got this and it is quickly becoming a fave.  Very sharp even wide open.  It holds f/4 well past 100mm and f/4.5 into the 200's.  Much smaller and lighter than the Sigma it replaced."
Pentax 21870 DA 50-200mm F/4-5.6 AL Weather Resistant Lens (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Pentax 21870 DA 50-200mm F/4-5.6 AL Weather Resistant Lens (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"Great feel.  Seems sharper than the non-WR version but that might be "new lens" eyes.  Matched with my WR K200 body I feel like I can shoot any time, any where."
Tamron Auto Focus 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro Zoom Lens for Pentax Digital SLR Cameras (Model A14P)
Tamron Auto Focus 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro Zoom Lens for Pentax Digital SLR Cameras (Model A14P)
"Great walk around lens.  Wide and long, it is what I carry when I have no idea what I might find to shoot.  One issue - at its widest is sometimes refuses to lock on focus."
Pentax 21987 DA 35mm f/2.4 AL Lens for Pentax Digital SLR cameras (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Pentax 21987 DA 35mm f/2.4 AL Lens for Pentax Digital SLR cameras (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"Only had this for a day but I already love it.  it is TINY and weighs nothing.  It has no aperture ring and no focus distance indicator.  All Auto here.  So far great images."
Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Telephoto Zoom Lens for Pentax SLR Cameras
Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Telephoto Zoom Lens for Pentax SLR Cameras
"For $160 this is an amazing lens.  As long as you don t try pushing it, it is sharp with rich color.  Wide open and at 300mm you lose sharpness but drop down to 250ish and f/8 its greeat.  Excellent Macro function."
Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL II Lens for Pentax and Samsung Digital SLR Cameras
Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL II Lens for Pentax and Samsung Digital SLR Cameras
"One of the best "kit" lenses out there.  I would use it a lot more if I didn't have my Tamron.  Small and light, its perfect for a "vacation" lens."
Pentax DA 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED Lens for Pentax and Samsung DSLR Cameras
Pentax DA 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED Lens for Pentax and Samsung DSLR Cameras
"Like the WR version this is a nice, sharp lens that is small and light.  One thing to love about the Pentax DAs - almost all use the same 49mm filter.  Instead of a bunch of average ND/Polarizers I got one really good one of each."
Tamron AF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 Aspherical Lens for Pentax Digital SLR Cameras
Tamron AF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 Aspherical Lens for Pentax Digital SLR Cameras
"First lens I added to my kit.  Soft wide open, short range and light/plasticy.  That said it was a bargain at $44 and I more than got my money's worth.  If you are just starting out it is an inexpensive way to expand."
Pentax AF 360 FGZ Flash for Pentax and Samsung Digital SLR Cameras (w/ case)
Pentax AF 360 FGZ Flash for Pentax and Samsung Digital SLR Cameras (w/ case)
"Pentax strobes are pretty limited but they do the job.  Wireless PTTL, full manual down to 1/32nd power.  Tilt but no swivel.  There are better strobes for less but this one works and works every time."
Pentax 39687 Battery Grip BG3 (for K200D) (Retail Packaging)
Pentax 39687 Battery Grip BG3 (for K200D) (Retail Packaging)
"Another item I got before the price got stupid ($30).  Essential gear for the K200.  You will run out of light before you run out of power.  Makes the K200 the perfect size and weight IMHO.  Essential for Portrait shooting."
David Busch's Pentax K200D Guide to Digital SLR Photography
David Busch's Pentax K200D Guide to Digital SLR Photography
"Great guide for the K200.  All the basics plus.  Worth is for the explnation of the custom settings alone."
Lensbaby The Composer for Pentax K mount Digital SLR Cameras
Lensbaby The Composer for Pentax K mount Digital SLR Cameras
"My go to when I need a creative boost.  Easy to use, hard to master but when you do, the results are stunning."
Lensbaby Optic Kit
Lensbaby Optic Kit
"Worth it for the Plastic optic alone.  Single glass adds just that little bit of extra distortion.  Pinhole is a chalenge and a half!"
Lensbaby Fisheye Optic
Lensbaby Fisheye Optic
"AMAZING addition to a Lensbaby.  Up close you get that signature fisheye distortion.  Step back and you can capture amazing panoramas.  A Lensbaby must have."
Lensbaby Macro Kit (AMACK)
Lensbaby Macro Kit (AMACK)
"Haven't gotten to use it enough."
Lensbaby Soft Focus Optic
Lensbaby Soft Focus Optic
"Haven't gotten to use it enough."
Kata KT DR-467 Digital Rucksack (Black)
Kata KT DR-467 Digital Rucksack (Black)
"Absolute best camera bag IMHO.  Holds a body with grip, 4-6 lenses, accessories, laptop and a tripod.  VERY comfortable for even long hikes. Also fits in an overhead or under a seat on aircraft."
Kata KT DT-213 Digital Torso-Pack
Kata KT DT-213 Digital Torso-Pack
"Great for a body, two lenses and a strobe.  The strap takes some getting used to.  Quick opening and closing.  Lots of padding and protection"
Induro Alloy 8M Tripod AT-213 65-Inch Max Height 22lb Load Capacity
Induro Alloy 8M Tripod AT-213 65-Inch Max Height 22lb Load Capacity
"Absolute TANK of a tripod!  It is also HUGE.  I am 5' 6" and with the legs fully extended I have to stand on my toes - and that is with the center column all the way down.  Nice bag that is big enough for the legs with my 498RC2 attached."
Manfrotto 498RC2 Ball Head with Quick Release Replaces Manfrotto 488RC2
Manfrotto 498RC2 Ball Head with Quick Release Replaces Manfrotto 488RC2
"Just a joy to use.  My first "real" ball head.  No sag even with heavy lenses.  Took me about 5 minutes to adjust to the controls.  Separate pan is great for panos."
Promaster FTD 7000M Dedicated Motorized Zoom Flash - Pentax AF Film Cameras
Promaster FTD 7000M Dedicated Motorized Zoom Flash - Pentax AF Film Cameras
"A strobist dream flash.  Control down to 1/64th, built in slave, multi flash mode, LCD screen and a built in fill flash.  I picked mine up for less than $30 on eBay.  Powerful but BIG."
Sekonic L-358 Flash Master Light Meter
Sekonic L-358 Flash Master Light Meter
"I thought light meters were only for old cameras.  I was wrong.  This is essential for strobist work unless you really like "shoot-chimp-adjust."  Set up your strobes, get a reading, set your camera."
Giottos AA1920 Rocket Air Blaster Small-Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Giottos AA1920 Rocket Air Blaster Small-Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"Will be replaced by a large eventually but this works.  Remove lens, blow off sensor."
Sensor Brush Artic Butterfly 724 (Brite) - VD4051360
Sensor Brush Artic Butterfly 724 (Brite) - VD4051360
"IMHO the ONLY way to clean a really dirty sensor.  A typical cleaning at a shop will cost you $30-45.  Pays for itself fast!"
La Crosse Technology BC-700 Alpha Power Battery Charger
La Crosse Technology BC-700 Alpha Power Battery Charger
"AMAZING charger.  The refresh/recharge takes as much as 24 hours but your batteries last forever after that.  At full power, I can go from dead to alive in 2 hours."
Sony NH-AA-B4EN Cycle Energy High Capacity AA Size 4-pc Blister Pack (2500mAh)
Sony NH-AA-B4EN Cycle Energy High Capacity AA Size 4-pc Blister Pack (2500mAh)
"Absolutely the best batteries I have used.  They last forever - as in a month of daily shooting.  Combined with the La Crosse charger they will keep you shooting."
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 [OLD VERSION]
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 [OLD VERSION]
"I never shot RAW until I got Lightroom 3.  Makes RAW shooting no different than JPEG as far as post goes.  Presets are awesome and addictive.  Im an Apple guy but Lightroom beats the crap out of Aperture"
Viveza 2
Viveza 2
"Took about an hour for me to really figure out the interface but since then Viveza has become one of my favorite tools.  AMAZING control without any masking hassels."
Dfine 2.0
Dfine 2.0
"For the K200, anything above ISO 250 introduces visible noise.  Dfine removes it.  Ultra easy to use in auto mode and lots of control otherwise.  If you print or sell your images, Dfine is am must."
Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 [Mac] [OLD VERSION]
Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 [Mac] [OLD VERSION]
"Buy this while you can!  Full copy of Bridge CS4 is included giving you the next best thing to Lightroom for RAW processing.  Version 9 has the "organizer" from the Windows version.  85% of full Photoshop.  Add Elements+ and you are at 95%."
Scott Kelby's Digital Photography Boxed Set, Volumes 1, 2, and 3
Scott Kelby's Digital Photography Boxed Set, Volumes 1, 2, and 3
"THE BEST digital photography books hands down.  One page, one lesson in a book small enough to carry in your bag.  See the image, learn how to shoot it."
Neewer 43-inch / 110cm 5-in-1 Collapsible Multi-Disc Light Reflector with Bag - Translucent, Silver, Gold, White and Black
Neewer 43-inch / 110cm 5-in-1 Collapsible Multi-Disc Light Reflector with Bag - Translucent, Silver, Gold, White and Black
"Yup, its a knock off of a more expensive reflector.  Who cares!!!  Its a reflector!"
B+W 49mm Clear UV Haze with Multi-Resistant Coating (010M)
B+W 49mm Clear UV Haze with Multi-Resistant Coating (010M)
"I always use filters on my lenses.  Even my $44 Tamron.  I used to use cheap filters but this year I decided to upgrade.  BIG difference.  If you can afford it, go with the good ones."
Hoya 77mm Pro 1 Ultraviolet (UV) Filter
Hoya 77mm Pro 1 Ultraviolet (UV) Filter
"See above."
Heliopan 705801 58mm UV Filter
Heliopan 705801 58mm UV Filter
"Of the three brands I think I like the Heliopan the best but all are great and a HUGE improvement over my $10 Tiffens."
B+W 49mm Circular Polarizer with Multi-Resistant Coating
B+W 49mm Circular Polarizer with Multi-Resistant Coating
"Because all my Pentax DAs use 49mm filters I could justify spending for a really good CP.  HUGE difference in clarity over the cheap ones."
Joby GP3 GorillaPod SLR-Zoom Flexible Tripod + BH1 Ball Head with Bubble Level
Joby GP3 GorillaPod SLR-Zoom Flexible Tripod + BH1 Ball Head with Bubble Level
"Awesome addition to my bag.  I carry this when I don't think I need my full tripod."