K-x nuff said
K-x nuff said
If you want a Nikon, get at least a D90 (or D80 2nd hand). D5000's shortcomings will make upgrade path difficult unless you don't intend to ever move away from the kit lenses. Tiltable LCD isnt that useful as well, given the D5000's next to useless AF speed in liveview mode (Sony A500/550 is much much better in the aspect).
K-x is clearly the way to go if you just consider between the 2.
Nikon do make lots of AF-S lenses, with more coming on stream each year. Same situation goes for the 3rd party manufacturers.
If you're talking about cost differences (eg. AF-D 50/1.4 vs AF-S 50/1.4), then I absolutely agree that the AF-S lenses cost more than their non-motored counterparts...
But DIFFICULT to upgrade...? I don't think so...
In any case, no matter what system just about all photographers will still use center focus even if they intend to put the subject on the left or right of the frame. It's a basic technique that everyone should know:
1. Point the center of the frame at your subject
2. Half press the shutter release to begin focus
3. Wait for the beep sound (or some other visual indicator) that tells you focus is locked and on
4. Recompose the frame how you want too
5. Fully depress the shutter release to take the picture
I don't subsidize marketing campaigns.
get the Kx ....i am newbie Dslr user too and one month plus ago i got a Kx and love it.
dont worry about the stories about hard to get pentax lenses etc etc....only one month and I have collected 6 lenses now.
For red pentax KX, it only comes with a kit lense? I'm thinking to get the dual kit but heard that only black is available.
thought it was canon vs pentax...anyway here's my take:
it's actually simple, if you are not brand conscious, go pentax..if you are brand conscious go canon or nikon, canikons are expensive for a reason, they've built and established their reputation onto the mainstream masses and have proven their solid outstanding performance, they have the money for research and development so they get to pioneer technologies, they have more support as they have more users (~80% slr users are canikon)= more support for accessories, customers service etc..so when you choose a brand, you dive into their system, and once you get into that, it will be hard to switch then..it's like samsung, sony vs LG for LCD...nokia vs motorola..etc..
what's little said about Pentax's pioneering efforts is in the k7, have u seen such features packed into a small (smallest), light (lightest), full weather-resistance (again the only one in it's class) APS-C semi-pro in the market other than k7? it makes the rest look like bricks.
that's what I call major breakthrough..
This is the only thing that stop me from buying k-x. I always select my own focus point. In fact, those who shoot portrait will tell you that the focus point should be at the eyes at all time. If you cannot see the exact focus point, it is very difficult to ensure that the eyes are in focus instead of the cheek or nose.
but, between k-x and 450d, i think i will choose k-x. white camera with matching white lens is way too cool
Take note that the in-built stabilization is a very useful feature in the long run.
For instance, nikon users will have to fork out like $800+ for the new tamron 17-50(with vibration control) while you could stick to the older version saving at least $300 .
If you want features in-between ard the price range, the sony a5xx is another option (in-built stab, tiltable screen, noise quality even better than the D90 but lacks the HD video & DOF features pentax have).
I am baffled when ppl claim the limitations of lens choices for the pentax series. Seriously how many lens are you going to use? And do note that every lens you use come with an in-built stabilization from your pentax body
Wow. Surprised to see so many neutral non-Pentaxians giving your vote to Pentax. Very knowledgeable bunch. As a Pentaxian, giving my vote to the kx may seem bias but kx is no-doubt one of the best entry level cameras. I always tell my friends, Canon and Nikon is good, yes, for their mid and pro range bodies and lenses. I have my respect for the D700, D3, and Canon's superb series of L lenses, especially those mid-super teles with ultra wide apertures. But for entry level cameras, I wouldn't say C/N are the best choices. Too many a times I have heard silly stories of peer pressure for getting a N/C or funny remarks against P. But why are we subjecting ourselves to comments and ideas of the ignorant?
I say the lens is the soul of a camera. What about the body? Well, it's just the body...
I think you still don't have any Idea what Pentax's next DSLR is...
Last edited by banana0ne; 23rd January 2010 at 11:27 AM.
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Yes, without the in-built motor, it does cut off users from slapping on a cheap 2nd-hand AF lens, and also cuts off users from doing AF on those AF-D lenses, which is pretty annoying, considering i'm also in the same predicament. (D60 user here haha)
Also, I totally agree with the cost differences if you were to strictly buy AF-S/HSM/DC-motor lenses; buying the same range of lenses with just body-driven AF is much much cheaper.
The last point I want to emphasize is that... even though the brand has many lenses, are you gonna get all of them? The cost might even prove to be a dead end. Take me for example;
Me is Nikon User. Me wants Fast VR Tele (Nikon 70-200/2.8), Me needs to part with $3k (I haven't and I won't.)
If you get the tamron or sigma, you won't get stabilization.
Compared to this;
Me is Pentax Stabilized body User. Me wants Fast Tele. Me gets (70-200/2.8 Sigma or Tamron). Me parts with $1k and saves $2k. Stabilization is in body, so ANY lens can be stabilized
In view of that, I highly recommend the K-x. Imagine getting image stabilization on old lenses! Think screw-mount lenses! Heck, I could get a 50/1.8 + m42 to K-mount for $150 flat! And it's stabilized! Can you name me a 50/1.8 from other brands that is stabilized? (other than Sony haha, they got in-body IS too :P)
Last edited by gibss; 24th January 2010 at 11:59 AM.
Nikon & Pentax :)