Ok Camera, Good Lense or Good Camera, ok Lense?

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  1. Vuorilla

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    I am considering upgrading my kit... but I don't think I will be able to afford a very good camera, so I was wondering, a very good fast lense fitted on a so-so camera, is it comparable to a killer camera but only fitted with a not-so-fast kit lense?

    To make my question clearer, let's put it this way:

    Pentak K200D fitted with the best lense out there, a very low F, etc. (I don't know which one, I haven't searched for it yet)

    Or Canon 50D with the kit lense.
     
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    A adequate camera + good lens is better than a good camera + lower quality lens.

    "Low F" value is not the ultimate indication or measure of quality lens but in general, faster lenses ("Low F") are usually equipped with better optics.
     
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    The camera is a recording device.

    If the lens pass a bad image to the camera, the camera will record a bad image.
    If the photographer capture a bad image (out of focus/badly composed/blown out highlight ...) through the good lens, the camera will record a bad image.

    So the camera can only capture a good image when the image is good before the light fall onto the sensor/film.
     
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    pugnacious33 TPF Noob!

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    Ditto, and ditto.

    I also recommend that people not fall for the "all-in-one" zoom trap. I know good lenses are expensive, but I think you're better off having several lenses of quality, even if it means saving up and waiting to get the next one.
     
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    Thank you all for your answers. So I guess, I will stick to my Pentax and invest in better lenses. :)
     
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    I have acquired a bit of knowledge from the research I've done about cameras in the past couple years. I think that in the modern consumer market, obsessed with pixel count, iso, and video, the essential part of the camera, the lens is forgotten. A camera's lens is essential; it controls the aperture, and focal length. This can control things like perspective, depth of field, and the speed of the lens. In a nut-shell I think that a good lens is more important than a camera with a bunch of features, or a high pixel count.
     
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    Can you find a good deal and get both? Maybe try craigslist.
     
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    Okay Body + Good Glass will benefit for you. Then Later on you can upgrade the body.

    (I know its been said before)
     
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    Good glass-always :thumbup:
     
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    Yes. What everyone else said (why am I even posting...?).

    Ideally, you'll want both. Glass has higher priority though.
     
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    Even though it had been said before, each one of your answers helped me to decide whether to upgrade the glass or the camera. I am glad I bought a Pentax for the enormous choice of lenses that this company offers, but on the other side, I would have wished to buy a Canon, for the quality of their cameras. I hope, one day, Pentax will manufacture high quality cameras in the likes of Canon and Nikon.
     
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    ?

    Pentax gets a lot of crap from people, but I'm sure they're just as good as Nikon or Canon.

    As I understand it, weather sealing is pretty much standard on Pentax, where on Nikon & Canon, only the top of the line has it.
     

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