How good are these ebay/online retailer offers? (K20d)
I've been looking into getting a K20d and have found these Buy It Now offers on ebay all from the same seller, with good feedback..

Auction 1 $1400+28 ship18-55mm V2 Kit LensD-BG2 Battery GripExtra small stuff.


Auction 2 $1,380+28 shipTamron 28-80mmTamron 70-300mmExtra small stuff.


Auction 3 $1,530+28 shipTamron 28-80mmTamron 70-300mmD-BG2 Battery GripExtra small stuff.


Do any of these look good to anyone? I was originally planing to just get the normal kit lens, but are the Tamron ones any good?.

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Comments (8)

I can't comment on the prices or what is included but Cameta is a very reputable outfit. I bought my first camera from them and had no problems..

JImOlympus E-510 and a bunch of stuff to hang on it...

Comment #1

My opinion (and it's worth what it costs) is that you would be better off at Amazon or a reputable dealer like B&H. I don't think the Tamron lenses offered are anything special. Get the version II of the kit lens, play around with that and then get other lenses based on what you need, not what they want to sell you. Good luck...

Comment #2

Many of the combo deals on ebay feature a popular name-brand body, a couple of often mediocre lenses, and a bunch of useless cheap filler designed to attract the attention of novices..

Cheap filler often includes filter kits, memory cards, cleaning supplies of all sorts, bags, cheap tripods... the list goes on. Just look at how lavishly detailed those listings are. You'd think each item was worth the bid price all on it's own..

Identify the body you want and the lenses you require then add the prices together. If the kit price on ebay is comparable and the seller is reputable, then go for it..

Often that's not the case, however..


Comment #3

Cameta is a good reseller, no problems there..

Bigger potential problem, spending $1300+ for a weather sealed body and there is not a weather sealed lens in the bunch. You've got to ask yourself a bit of what's the point if that was one of the selling points for you..

One without the other is more or less like not having it at all. just a heads up....

E1 w/ grip, e510, e300 w/ grip, 8mm FE, 14-54mm, 35mm, 50mm, 40-150mm,50-200mm, fl-50, fuji - 6800..

Comment #4

The Tamron 28-80 is an ultra-cheapie (costs 60 new in the UK). I'd avoid it like the plague. Also it is not a good focal length range for a crop-sensor camera as it lacks a wide-angle. The 18-55 focal length range is the generally-accepted standard, for a good reason..

As for the Tamron 70-300: if it is the f4-5.6 AF Di LD Macro then it's fine. If it isn't, it is an outdated / superseded version which they are trying to get rid of..

If you are going to buy from this source, get the Pentax 18-55 lens which is pretty good (especially the new 2nd version), and then wait and see what sort of tele zoom you want later. Personally I am very suspicious of kits like this as they usually contain one headline item to grab your attention, and then a lot of junk in the way of no-name filters, memory cards, batteries etc. etc. that you are better off without..

Best wishesMike..

Comment #5

Freealfas wrote:.

Cameta is a good reseller, no problems there..

Bigger potential problem, spending $1300+ for a weather sealed bodyand there is not a weather sealed lens in the bunch. You've got toask yourself a bit of what's the point if that was one of the sellingpoints for you..

One without the other is more or less like not having it at all.just a heads up....

Yeah I know that, I am just getting the kit lens now to learn with, and will get one or both DA* lenses come fall before I go on a trip to Latin America where I think dust and rain can be an issue at times. With summer coming the kit lens should do ok, even though I live in Seattle  ..

I think I am going to go with the $1428 one from Cameta with the Petax v2 kit lens. I check B&H and they only have the body for $1300. Adorama has a kit but with v1 of the lens, to get the Body, v2 kit lens, and grip from them is $1508..

I am tempted by the K200d now, Cameta has it for $828 with v2 kit lens... I am wondering if it would be better to get that and upgrade later? Nah, I think I'll just get the K20 so I can get completely comfortable with it since I am goin to leave in Jan of next year before the new stuff comes out..

Well I am going to keep browsing till Sunday night, then order..

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Comment #6

Cameta is a reputable dealer. I've been a walk-in customer, bought from them for the first time about 20 years ago. You are not locked-in to the packages on their ebay auctions. Call them and tell them what you'd like and they can put a different package together for you. They will honor the "Buy-it-now" ebay price on phone and walk-in orders. May I suggest that you pair one of the Pentax cameras to a Sigma 18-50mm f2.8 EX DC Macro lens. It's a very sharp lens with a constant f2.8 aperture.My humble photo gallery:

Comment #7

I hate to say it, but you are not likely to go wrong with a reputable seller on Ebay..

I would go for the regular Pentax kit lens as a starter, because I don't know the specifics of each lens out there and Pentax is not going to pack this camera with a loser.It's not what you spend, it's what you buy!..

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