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Pentax K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 50-200mm f/4-5.6 Lenses (Black)

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Value $69.95
You Pay: $526.95
Product Highlights
  • 16.3MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • PRIME M Image Processing Engine
  • 3.0" 921k-Dot LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps
  • SAFOX IXi+ Autofocus System
  • Continuous Shooting Up to 6 fps
  • In-Camera Shake Reduction System
  • Fully Weather-Sealed Body Design
  • smc DA L 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6AL WR Lens
  • smc DA L 50-200mm f/4-5.6ED WR Lens

The black Pentax K-50 DSLR Camera features a 16.3 megapixel APS-C-sized CMOS sensor and PRIME M image processing engine to produce high quality imagery while delivering fast performance throughout the entire camera system. The combination of these two technologies affords a high sensitivity level of ISO 51200, top full-resolution continuous shooting rate of 6 fps, and renders both still images and videos with notable image quality and clarity. Full HD 1080p video recording is supported in multiple frame rates up to 30 fps as well as HD 720p recording up to 60 fps. Video files are recorded in the high quality H.264 AVC/MPEG-4 codec and saved as .MOV files for easier sharing and editing. When recording video or making still imagery with live view, a 3.0" 921k-dot LCD monitor is available and provides a wide viewing angle for improved viewing in a variety of shooting positions.

Benefitting the image quality is the SAFOX IXi+ autofocus system, which works to ensure sharp, accurate focus quickly and smoothly. Additionally, when working with manual focus, focus peaking is available to provide a more objective and comparable method of acquiring critical focus. Also contributing to image sharpness is in-camera sensor shift image stabilization, which reduces the appearance of camera shake by about three shutter speed steps when working in low-light conditions or with longer focal length lenses.

For extensive control over image-making, in-camera RAW (DNG) image processing is available as well as HDR shooting capabilities. For expediting control over the most oft-used functions of the K-50, both the front and rear e-dials are customizable and can be programmed to control an array of exposure settings and camera functions. For creatively modifying imagery in-camera, a variety of filters, scene modes, and auto modes are available to enhance the look and feel of imagery prior to post-processing. In addition to the range of automatic camera settings, traditional manual shooting modes are also available, such as program, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, sensitivity-priority, and manual.

All of the K-50's technologies are housed within a polycarbonate-covered camera body that is supported by a stainless steel chassis. This body design is fully weather-sealed and protects the camera from moisture and dust as well as extreme temperatures from 14-104°. Additionally, the design of the camera allows the use of either the standard lithium-ion battery pack or four AA batteries as its power source when used in conjunction with the optional D-BH109 AA Battery Holder.

Included with the K-50 camera body are the smc Pentax-DA L 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6AL WR and the smc Pentax-DA L 50-200mm f/4-5.6ED WR lenses, which together provide a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 27.0-300mm, covering wide-angle to telephoto perspectives to suit working in a wide variety of situations. Both lens constructions integrate low-dispersion glass elements to help minimize chromatic aberration as well as improve image sharpness throughout the zoom range. Additionally, both lens bodies have been constructed to the same weather-resistant standards as the K-50 for use in inclement conditions.

16.3MP APS-C Sensor and PRIME M Image Processor
The combination of the 16.3 megapixel APS-C-sized CMOS sensor and PRIME M image processor is able to produce high resolution imagery with notable quality and low-light sensitivity to ISO 51200. The speed afforded by the image processor enables continuous full-resolution shooting up to 6 fps, a maximum shutter speed of 1/6000th of a second, and also supports full HD 1080p video capture.
SAFOX IXi+ Autofocus System
The SAFOX IXi+ AF system utilizes 11 focus points, including nine cross-type sensors, to quickly and accurately acquire focus using a phase-detection method. With the inclusion of an AF-assist lamp and a diffraction lens, precise focusing is possible in a wide variety of lighting conditions using single-shot or continuous focusing modes. If working in manual focus, focus peaking is also available to highlight lines of contrast within the scene to offer a more objective means for determining critical focus.
Fully Weather-Sealed Body Design
The weather-sealed polycarbonate body with stainless steel chassis affords a wealth of protection to camera and enables its use in a wide variety of conditions, ranging from rain and humidity to snow and frigid temperatures. The weather sealing is rated to protect from moisture and dust as well as an extensive temperature range from 14-104°F.

In addition to the weather protection, the body also incorporates a bright optical pentaprism viewfinder that provides a 100% field of view for critical viewing in a wide range of conditions. Four optional focusing screens are also available to further customize the viewing conditions within the viewfinder and to suit different needs based viewing and focusing requirements.
In-Camera Image Stabilization
Pentax' sensor-shift type shake reduction image stabilization helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake when working with longer lenses in dim lighting conditions by up to the equivalent of three to four shutter speed steps. This helps to produce sharper overall imagery regardless of the lens in use. Also helping to balance imagery in-camera, a dual-axis electronic level is available to ensure consistent and straight horizons and plumb vertical lines.
Full HD 1080p Video
In addition to high quality still imagery, the K-50 also supports full HD video recording up to 1080p at 30 fps. Other frame rates available include 1080p at 24 fps; HD 720p at 60, 50, 30, 25, and 24 fps; and SD 480p at 30, 25, and 24 fps. Video is recorded in the high quality H.264 AVC/MPEG-4 format and can be saved in the Internet-friendly .MOV file format. Sound can be recorded along with the video using the built-in monaural microphone.
smc Pentax-DA L 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6AL WR Lens
The included standard zoom lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 27.0-82.5mm to suit working in a wide variety of shooting scenarios. It features the same weather-resistant construction as the camera body to enable shooting in harsh environments and also has an SP coating to help repel dust, water, and grease on lens elements. Its construction incorporates aspherical and super-low dispersion elements to help minimize chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range and also contribute to producing overall sharper, clearer imagery.
smc Pentax-DA L 50-200mm f/4-5.6ED WR Lens
The included telephoto zoom lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 75.0-300mm to suit working with distant subject matter as well as offering a narrower angle of view that is well-tailored to portraiture. Extra-low dispersion glass elements are integrated into the lens' construction to provide high image sharpness and clarity while also working to reduce chromatic aberrations. The lens also features a weather-sealed construction to support its use in harsh and inclement environmental conditions.
Other Camera Features
  • A 3.0" 921k-dot LCD monitor is available for live view monitoring, image playback, and menu navigation.
  • In addition to the standard lithium-ion battery pack, the K-50 also accepts four AA batteries as its power source when using the optional D-BH109 AA Battery Holder.
  • A 77-segment exposure metering system works to produce well-exposed and consistent results even in the most challenging lighting conditions.
  • In-camera HDR shooting works to effectively expand the dynamic range of an image and achieve greater shadow and highlight detail.
  • RAW (DNG) image processing is available in camera in order to quickly and easily convert images an Internet-friendly JPEG file format.
  • Built-in pop-up flash with a guide no. of 39.4' at ISO 100 provides additional illumination for low-light settings and covers focal lengths as wide as 28mm.
  • Programmable front and rear e-dials allow you to customize the controls available to quickly access without having to navigate through the camera's menu system.
  • Enhanced creative modes, scene modes, filters, and auto picture modes allow you to easily modify and adjust the overall aesthetic appearance of imagery in-camera.
  • Pentax K lens mount enables the use of a wide variety of both past and present K-mount lenses as well as compatibility with a variety of lens mount adapters.
  • Eye-Fi memory card compatibility for wirelessly transferring imagery directly from the camera.
  • Language support: English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, and Russian.
Imaging
Lens Mount Pentax K
Camera Format APS-C / (1.5x Crop Factor)
Pixels Actual: 16.5 Megapixel
Effective: 16.3 Megapixel
Max Resolution 16MP: 4928 x 3264
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.7 x 15.7 mm
File Formats Still Images: DNG, JPEG, RAW
Movies: MOV, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Bit Depth 12-bit
Dust Reduction System Yes
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Focus Mode Continuous-servo AF (C), Focus Lock AF Area Mode, Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)
Autofocus Points Phase Detection: 11
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type Pentaprism
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.92x
Diopter Adjustment - 2.5 to +1.5 m
Display Screen 3" Rear Screen   LCD (921,000)
Screen Coverage 100%
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-51200
Shutter Type: Electronic
Speed: 30 - 1/6000 sec
Remote Control Remote Control F or O-RC1 (Optional)
Metering Method Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Bulb, Manual, Movie, Program, Scene Modes, Sensitivity Priority, Shutter Priority, Shutter/Aperture Priority
Metering Range: EV 0.0 - EV 22.0
Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Cool White, Daylight, Daylight Color, Daylight White, Flash, Kelvin, Manual, Shade, Tungsten, Warm White
Flash
Flash Modes Red-eye Reduction
Second-curtain Sync
Slow Sync
TTL Auto
Built-in Flash Yes
Guide No. 39.37' (12 m) ISO100 
Max Sync Speed Electronic Shutter: 1 / 180 sec
Flash Compensation -2 EV to +1 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Dedicated Flash System P-TTL Remote Firing
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, Wireless
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
File Size 1920 x 1080p (Full HD)
1280 x 720p (HD)
640 x 480p (SD)
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Frame Rate @ 1920 x 1080: 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
@ 1280 x 720: 60 fps, 50 fps, 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
@ 640 x 480: 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
Video Clip Length 1920 x 1080
25 min.
1280 x 720
25 min.
640 x 480
25 min.
Audio Recording With Video, Mono
Performance
Continuous Shooting Up to 6 fps
Self Timer 12 sec, 2 sec
Interval Recording Yes
Connectivity AV Output
USB 2.0
Software System Requirements Windows: XP (SP3), Vista, 7, 8
Mac: OS X 10.5 or later
Power
Battery 1x D-LI109  Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.4VDC, 1050mAh
4x AA
AC Power Adapter K-AC128 (Optional)
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
14 to 104°F (-10 to 40°C)
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.1 x 3.8 x 2.8" / 13.0 x 9.7 x 7.1 cm
Weight 22.9 oz / 649 g With li-ion battery and memory card
Kit Lens
Focal Length 18 - 55mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 27.0 - 82.5 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 38
Angle of View 76° - 29°
Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" (25 cm)
Magnification 0.34x
Elements/Groups 11/8
Diaphragm Blades 6
Autofocus Yes
Filter Thread Front:52 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.70 x 2.66" (68.5 x 67.5 mm)
Weight 8.99 oz (255 g)
Kit Lens
Focal Length 50-200mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 75-300 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 32
Viewing Angle 31.5° - 8.1°
Minimum Focus Distance 3.6' (1.10 m)
Magnification 0.24x
Elements/Groups 11/10
Diaphragm Blades 6
Autofocus Yes
Filter Thread Front:  49 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.72 x 3.13" (69 x 79.5 mm)
Weight 11.46 oz (325 g)
Pentax K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 50-200mm f/4-5.6 Lenses (Black)
  • smc Pentax-DA L 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6AL WR Lens
  • smc Pentax-DA L 50-200mm f/4-5.6ED WR Lens
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery D-Li109 for The KR Digital SLR Camera
  • K-BC109 Battery Charger Kit for D-LI109 Battery
  • AC Plug Cord
  • I-USB7 USB Interface Cable
  • Hotshoe Cover FK
  • Eyecup FR for K7 Digital SLR Camera (replacement)
  • SLR Body Mount Cover
  • Camera Strap
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty

  • Included Free

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    PentaxK-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 50-200mm f/4-5.6 Lenses (Black)
     
    4.8

    (based on 22 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (16)
    • Good image quality (14)
    • Large clear LCD (14)
    • Fast shutter speed (13)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (12)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel (15)
      • Family photos (14)
      • Landscape/scenery (14)
      • Low light (11)
      • Wildlife (10)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (11), Casual photographer (6)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (18), Yes (3)

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      5.0

      Under appreciated!!

      By smackwater

      from monroe township, nj

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 50-200mm f/4-5.6 Lenses (Black):

        This camera lives up to expectations and to reviewers' recommendations. It offers excellent value for the money--far exceeding what comparable Nikons or Canons give you for hundreds more. The ergonomics are superior to the Nikon d5300. I love the grip and the feel. The screen is fixed which makes it easier for me to use (I don't miss the tilt or fold-out options) and the menu is very clear and intuitive. ( I returned an Olympus em-5 because its complex menu drove me crazy.) I'm not interested in video, so the fact that it's not the K-50's strong suit doesn't bother me. It also lacks a touch screen and smart phone transfer of images. Again, who cares? All I wanted was a camera to take good photos (the color and the sharpness of the kit lenses are very satisfying) with some weatherproofing and great ergonomics for a modest price. The K-50 is way beyond a basic camera--a fact its price point would not suggest.

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        5.0

        Very nice DSLR, Pleasantly surprised

        By Setter Dog

        from Tustin, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • High ISO Performance
        • Large Clear LCD

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 50-200mm f/4-5.6 Lenses (Black):

          I've had several DSLR cameras and this is far and away the most fun and most capable. Excellent in low light is one of it's strengths. The 55-200 is surprisingly sharp at 200mm focal length.

          One thing about this camera and lenses that you notice instantly is the build quality. The system is built like a tank. Very reassuring.

          Jack

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          5.0

          Couldn't Be Happier

          By Mode

          from Boston, MA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 50-200mm f/4-5.6 Lenses (White):

            I hoped this would be the perfect camera for me, and it was. Great night shots, great indoor shots, great architecture and outdoor shots. The weather sealing of this model was the main selling-point for me as I do most of my photography outdoors, and this camera does not disappoint at all. I personally recommend getting the kit with the two lenes - I wasn't sure if I should but I use both all the time.

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            4.0

            Have not used yet

            By djw663

            from CA

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 50-200mm f/4-5.6 Lenses (Black):

                  I purchased this camera because a friend of mine had one, loves it and could not stop bragging about the built in features and capabilities of this camera. I have also purchased one other item he recommended and it was all he said it was. As soon as we learn how to use the camera I'll change my review if necessary. Tip: order the optional AA battery pack, it was inexpensive and batteries run out at the worst time.

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                  5.0

                  Rock my world Digital SLR

                  By PhotoMat

                  from Chicago, IL

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Full HD Video
                  • Good Image Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Video

                    Comments about K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 50-200mm f/4-5.6 Lenses (Black):

                    This SLR for the money can't be beat. I have not put it down since it came in this week.This is my first digital SLR experience since my film days back 20 years ago were put aside for a career. To be able to shoot full HD video and have multiple shots with slightly different settings is a real pleasure along with tracking of all setting data for each shot. I have learned more in the past week than I did in a month in my old film life.It has also been a joy to introduce photo and video to my kids. My eight grader did a video report for school and I am sure will be more advanced than I in a matter of months.B&H was a dream when I changed my mind and upgraded to a larger package with multiple lens. Will not go anywhere else for my photo purchases.

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                    5.0

                    First DSLR...My Experiences

                    By Danny the Manny

                    from Michigan

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Large Clear LCD

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel

                      Comments about K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 50-200mm f/4-5.6 Lenses (Black):

                      Took the K-50 on a week-long trip, which was my first experience using a DSLR. I used it mostly in auto mode (which, I know, defeats the purpose of having a camera with so many manual controls) and was extremely satisfied with the picture quality. The camera was lighter weight than other comparable introductory DSLRs that my travel companions brought with them and its battery life seemed to be stronger than my friends' T5i, which was also a recent purchase. I look forward to learning how to better use this camera manually, but as far as I can tell in a brief comparison vs. the Canon T5i used by my friend on the same trip, the shots taken by the K-50 were superior.

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                      5.0

                      Solid camera at a great price

                      By Mr C

                      from Roanoke, VA

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • High ISO Performance
                      • Large Clear LCD

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 50-200mm f/4-5.6 Lenses (White):

                        I'm an amateur photographer/yearbook coordinator who wanted an entry-level DSLR I could use in dicey conditions (rain, snow, etc) and so far the Pentax has been everything I could have asked for. I don't have much experience taking photos with a DLSR, but the image quality, focus speed, and ease of use have all been phenomenal. The deal B&H offers is top notch. The telephoto lens, flash, and SD cards pretty much set you up for some pretty extensive shooting. While there are complaints that the engine on the lens is loud, I honestly like the authoritative "whir" that it makes.I haven't used any of the video functions, but I bought the camera to take pictures, no video, so it's a non-issue for me.

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                        5.0

                        Great outdoor camera

                        By Malcolm

                        from Rockport, ME

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                        • Fast Shutter Speed
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • High ISO Performance
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Water Resistance

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel

                          Comments about K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 50-200mm f/4-5.6 Lenses (Black):

                          This is a great outdoor camera that has water resistance so that I do not need to be worried when I use in around snow and water. The camera is very easy to use with many features and settings; picture quality is very good; it works well in low light situations.I will be using it primarilly for photos and with the view finder, so any deficiency in video or tilt LCD were not of concern.

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                          5.0

                          right choice for me

                          By TheLiarsCircus

                          from Huntsville, Al

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Astrophotography Prospect
                          • Controls
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                          • Fast Shutter Speed
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • High ISO Performance
                          • K Mount Lens
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Price
                          • Viewfinder

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Astrophotography
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Time lapse

                            Comments about K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 50-200mm f/4-5.6 Lenses (Black):

                            what an awesome camera!! learned on an Olympus e-510 and wanted to upgrade to an updated dslr, especially in terms on better high iso capability and boy is it!!! almost feel like I do not need dark frames for m astrophotography projects but do it anyways....the dual dial is rad but i'm not used to it yet...built in intervalometer(although I haven't used that function yet)....the pictures I get are great and very impressed with indoor low light capture much better than my e510 and what I would say is zero noise in comparison....also got the o-gps1 and I am impressed with exposure times I get (now if I knew where to point to get something interesting!!) love the weather sealing of camera and lenses not that it's been tested or tried just the fact I have no worries....so glad I chose this over the sony a58 it suits me better for my astrophotography projects....I still have much to learn about this camera and photography in general but I could not be happier I got the K-50 it kicks!!!

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                            5.0

                            Perfect! Great Product, Customer Service

                            By Dai Deqi

                            from Centreville, VA

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                            • Fast Shutter Speed
                            • Good Image Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 50-200mm f/4-5.6 Lenses (White):

                                I'm new to the DSLR world but did a lot of research before buying. The Pentax K-50 bubbled to the top because of its features, the Pentax/Richoh reputation, weather-sealing, and AA battery adapter. Lots to like there. I chose B&H over other on-line vendors because I'm convinced some of the vendors are selling refurbed and/or gray market goods. Plus, B&H sweetened the deal with two kit lenses, a 32 GB card, and $ shoe-mount flash. What a stea...I mean deal! Everything arrived just as I ordered it, and it all worked right out of the box. What else can I say! I definitely shop B&H again.

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                                5.0

                                Great Purchase

                                By clyattw

                                from Central Florida

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                                • Fast Shutter Speed
                                • Good Image Quality
                                • High ISO Performance
                                • Large Clear LCD

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Family Photos
                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Travel
                                  • Wildlife photos

                                  Comments about K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 50-200mm f/4-5.6 Lenses (White):

                                  Weatherproofing is a great feature.
                                  Ability to use Eye-Fi cards.

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                                  5.0

                                  Highly Recommend

                                  By The MOM

                                  from Flushing, New York

                                  About Me Photography Student

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                                  • Good Image Quality
                                  • Good Image Stabilization
                                  • High ISO Performance
                                  • Large Clear LCD
                                  • Quiet
                                  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Family Photos
                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Travel
                                    • Wildlife photos

                                    Comments about K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 50-200mm f/4-5.6 Lenses (Red):

                                    My son uses it for school & loves it!! Excellent camera..

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                                    5.0

                                    Uncommonly good dslr Camera

                                    By Steven

                                    from Madison, Wisconsin

                                    Comments about K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 50-200mm f/4-5.6 Lenses (White):

                                    A nice, solid, feel, easy to focus, beautiful pictures so far. Editing on the camera has proven easier than I thought it would be. Weather sealing is a reassuring extra. Still need to explore the manual and the camera's many functions, but the start has been quite rewarding !

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                                    4.0

                                    Great, solid camera at a great price!

                                    By BigDog

                                    from Campbell, CA

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                    Pros

                                    • Easy to Use
                                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                                    • Good Battery Life

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Family Photos
                                      • Indoors/Low Light
                                      • Sports/Action
                                      • Travel

                                      Comments about K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 50-200mm f/4-5.6 Lenses (Black):

                                      Built like a tank! Easy to use.

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                                      5.0

                                      Awesome beginner DSLR

                                      By Gerald charles

                                      from New York NY

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                                      Pros

                                      • Easy to Use
                                      • Good in Low Light
                                      • Great Resolution
                                      • Large Clear LCD
                                      • Small / Compact

                                      Cons

                                      • Short Battery Life

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Family Photos
                                      • Indoors/Low Light
                                      • Macro Photography
                                      • Sports/Action
                                      • Travel
                                      • Wildlife photos

                                      Comments about K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 50-200mm f/4-5.6 Lenses (Black):

                                      easy to use great photo

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                                      4.0

                                      So far what I expected

                                      By Dino

                                      from Milford NH

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                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                                      • Good Image Quality
                                      • Good Image Stabilization
                                      • High ISO Performance
                                      • Large Clear LCD

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Family Photos
                                        • Landscape/Scenery
                                        • Sports/Action
                                        • Wildlife photos

                                        Comments about K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 50-200mm f/4-5.6 Lenses (White):

                                        General photos, nature photography, sports photography.
                                        Love the rugged feel of the camera and that I can use my old legacy lenses.
                                        Would like if it had build in WiFi.

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                                        4.0

                                        The little engine that could

                                        By Chef Jeff

                                        from Asheville, NC

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                                        Pros

                                        • Fast Shutter Speed
                                        • Great Resolution
                                        • Large Clear LCD
                                        • Small / Compact

                                        Cons

                                        • Noisy Auto Focus

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Indoors/Low Light
                                        • Travel

                                        Comments about K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 50-200mm f/4-5.6 Lenses (Black):

                                        I used the camera mostly for travel and hiking. I appreciate the many advanced features in such a small package. The 100% viewfinder is very nice. The water resistance, solid construction, and having the image stabilization in the body make this a good value. I have found that the jpegs right from the camera need very little tweaking. The all metal construction give it a little heft despite the small form factor.

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                                        5.0

                                        Great first DSLR

                                        By Professor Bill

                                        from Brooklyn, NY

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                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                                        • Fast Shutter Speed
                                        • Good Image Quality
                                        • Good Image Stabilization
                                        • Large Clear LCD
                                        • Weather resistant

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Family Photos
                                          • Indoors/Low Light
                                          • Landscape/Scenery
                                          • Sports/Action
                                          • Travel
                                          • Weddings/Events
                                          • Wildlife photos

                                          Comments about K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 50-200mm f/4-5.6 Lenses (Red):

                                          I'm a relatively new photo enthusiast. Almost a year ago, I got a $ bridge superzoom (Sony DSC-HX200V), and now I'm hooked. I started learning some of the more advanced features, but I wanted to "get serious" with a DSLR. (I love the Sony for what it is, but the 1/2.3" sensor can only do so much, and it doesn't have a thread for lens attachments like filters.)I'm glad I chose the K-50. If this is roughly where you're at, and your emphasis is on still photography, this is a great choice — especially if you're into outdoor photography, at all.The features and image quality just can't be beat at anything like this price. (If you don't need weather sealing, I believe the K-500 is basically the same camera, and it is ridiculously cheap.) The value is most obvious with the pro-style features, like dual control wheels and weather sealing; get ready to spend over twice as much for those features with one of the two major brands. (If you want to use it outside much, the sealing is the killer feature. We're going on an Alaska adventure this summer, so the weather resistance sealed the deal for me.) Another major benefit is the in-camera shake reduction system. This means the telephoto lenses can be cheaper than IS telephoto lenses for the big 2. (Compare the prices on the weather-resistant 55-300mm Pentax lens versus the not-weather-resistant Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens.) The burst shooting, 6 fps, is downright crazy.I made this choice after reviewing just about every online image quality comparison I could find, and I thought the K-50's IQ was generally better than and very rarely less satisfying than the output of an SL1 or d3300.Now that I own the camera, I'm already very impressed, and that's without yet learning how to do much with the manual modes. AF is super fast and very accurate. (If it's focused on the "wrong" thing, just point it at the "right" thing, half-press the shutter, keep the shutter half-depressed to keep the focus locked where you had it, and frame and shoot as intended. It's so fast that I can do all of that in about half a second, and I'm still not even a very experienced amateur.) The full auto and scene modes are very good. Right out of the box, if you're at least kind of knowledgeable about the basics of photography — if you can frame a shot and not work too hard against what the lighting is giving you — you'll get good-to-great shots right away.Kit lenses are solid as well. I basically just leave the 55-200mm on for running around. It makes for great portraits with fantastic bokeh/depth of field. (Put everything on auto, set the zoom length to roughly 85-100mm, and then start taking awesome portraits pretty much instantly.) It zooms well enough for kids' sports and not-super-distant wildlife shots, too. (For our trip to Alaska, my spouse — who's also pretty good at framing a shot and holding a camera steady — will carry the superzoom for those shots that an SLR can't get without a ridiculously large & expensive zoom lens.)There are a lot of fun effects and other post-processing tools, too, if you'd rather do these in-camera than in software. (I wouldn't recommend that strategy generally, but deleting the bad shots and trying some minor processing is a fun way to kill the ride back from a day's adventures, and I've found at least one effect that's easier in-camera than on a computer.)The real viewfinder is also very good; it has 100% coverage — another feature not common in this price range — which helps with framing shots. (For those with slightly diminished eyesight, they have a neat accessory that B&H should but does not suggest: the Magnifier Eyecup O-ME53, which magnifies the viewefinder by an extra 40%. It gets 4.5 stars on B&H, with most of those saying their vision "isn't as good as it used to be" and it's helped substantially with manual focus via the viewfinder.)The Live View is also very good, and if you want to use manual focus with Live View, you can zoom in a lot closer to focus, a feature I've already found helpful. This camera is thus great if you want to learn to take pictures (more) like a pro. A lot of reviews suggest it's also great if you have film SLR experience and want to feel like you're getting back on that bike (not least since the mount works with most legacy Pentax lenses; for newbies like me, that just means some fun on @ down the road). Even if you just want something fairly easy that kicks tail right out of the box, this is a fine choice and a great buy.Like all cameras, it does the best in outdoor daylight. (If it's very sunny, shots can get a little washed out, but this is also really true for all brands. Thus, I'd recommend a circular polarizing filter.) It still does pretty darned well in low lighting; images get noisy by 1600 ISO, if not a touch sooner, but the built-in flash is lightyears ahead of what you'll get out of even a bridge camera. Even with higher ISOs with no flash, though, it still holds its own; for the price, it does better than the competition, but don't expect it to work miracles in poorly-lit scenes. Here's where I've started to tinker with the more advanced settings. The Sensitivity Priority mode works well, and I can cap the ISO at 800 or 1600, then just be sure to shoot with a steadier hand (exposure will get longer to compensate) and shortest possible focal length (to allow in more light). The short focal length in particular is a sensible compromise; low-light shooting is usually up close (indoors), so just put the 18-55mm lens on and start from there. Again, full auto does fine here, too, but I've already gotten even better with just some basic trips into more advanced settings.Check the sample images. These are straight out of the camera. The daytime shot (Mermaid Parade in Brooklyn) really needed a polarizing filter, and it still came out pretty good.Here are the disadvantages for this camera, none of which compromise my core purposes for acquiring it.1. It's loud as heck, by contemporary camera standards. The AF motor makes a real ruckus, and you could record the shutter to use it as a sound effect. If you put it on fast burst mode, it sounds not a little bit like a machine gun. If stealth street photography is your thing, this is probably not the camera you want. (I even went with the red model; makes it easier to find me at a parade.)2. Out-of-the-box at least, the video is just passable — a bit worse than what I've seen from budget Nikon SLRs and definitely not as good as Canons. I think I can do better once I learn more — and buy some extra gear, like an external sound recorder (good idea no matter what SLR you use) — but I still have small hope that I'll ever get GREAT video out of it. Don't fool yourself that a $ SLR kit will match a $ video camera, of course, but this is definitely a still photographer's camera.3. People complain about the battery life being less than with other brands. I haven't even had that experience at all; I took about 1200 daytime shots in about 3 hours on one charge, many of them using LiveView (the screen is plenty bright and clear for most angles, even though it doesn't articulate) and many in rapid-fire bursts. Apparently, other brands can do even better than this. In any case, I bought the off-brand backup battery and it works perfectly as well.4. The kit lenses have different barrel thread sizes. You'll probably want to get a 49-52mm step-up ring so that you don't need to buy two sets of filters. 49mm is the size on the longer zoom lens; accessories are somewhat easier to come by in the 52mm size. If you're in the city,. ............

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                                          5.0

                                          Praise for Pentax!

                                          By Pedal with Pentax

                                          from New England's Pioneer Valley

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                                          Pros

                                          • Brand Switch Made Easy
                                          • Easy to Use
                                          • Fast Shutter Speed
                                          • Good Battery Life
                                          • Large Clear LCD
                                          • Weather resistant

                                          Cons

                                          • None yet

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Macro Photography
                                          • Sports/Action
                                          • Travel
                                          • Wildlife photos

                                          Comments about K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 50-200mm f/4-5.6 Lenses (Black):

                                          I'm a former loyal Canon film shooter; circa 1980's. As an amateur, My digital family included only Rebels; first an XT, then T2i. Fast forward to 2014 & time for a fresh look at those new Canon midrange & mirrorless bodies. My EOS lens collection meant 60D/ 70D were short listed. Quickly my hopes were dashed; Canon seems to offer only enormous bulky grips & too many complex functions for me, the old film head. So I looked at Nikon, Fuji, Panasonic; nothing felt right. I started searching above my price comfort zone. Not a bad choice, since today's hot buy is usually condemned to dust bin the next day. Sony's A7000 was captivating but the "funky digital viewfinder" and membership price scared me away.

                                          Nearing wits end, I wrapped my little mitts around a K-50 body... Eureka! Finally that "mind/body extension" I desire. The two-lens kit and B&H great price make the switch too easy. A couple weeks on now and it still feels so right. Simplicity and oh, that black and white feature; just set, shoot, view. I get the muted highlights and moody dark shadows I love, without the fuss of post processing. Didn't need to spend days reading the manual to get the hang of the controls. Full manual settings are again becoming my old friend; 100% viewfinder does make a difference; shots crop as anticipated. Continuous mode fps still blows my mind - crazy fast for this old amateur. The body and lens lettering & display graphics are large enough for my 40-something eyes. As a Pentax newbie, I'll say kit lenses are solid; a smooth action, producing crisp images throughout the range. (Far better than a circa 2010 after market Canon zoom I bought & quickly returned). Battery; about 200 shots so far & no sign of weakness. (DSLR rule one, a spare battery.) Image stabilization in the body!? Beautiful idea; simplifies the whole lens-motor issue & apparently helps keep lens costs down. When I'm rushing to power up, my finger doesn't find the on/off switch intuitively yet; blame that on my old Canon fingers, not on a Pentax weakness. In retrospect, I probably should have researched lens library build costs; wide, prime & otherwise. Seems like Ricoh compatible lenses aren't as prevalent as Nikon/ Canon. Oh well. Since I got a sealed, rugged metal reinforced body ready for damp & extreme temps, two WR zooms, ALL for less than one big name body… I guess I can splurge on a 12-24 & 35 prime. Ride on, there are photos everywhere!

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                                          5.0

                                          I love this camera!!!

                                          By Bonnie

                                          from Oregon

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                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                                          • Fast Shutter Speed
                                          • Good Image Quality
                                          • Good Image Stabilization
                                          • High ISO Performance
                                          • Large Clear LCD
                                          • Quiet

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Family Photos
                                            • Indoors/Low Light
                                            • Landscape/Scenery
                                            • Travel

                                            Comments about K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 50-200mm f/4-5.6 Lenses (Red):

                                            This is the best camera I've ever owned. I love the way it takes pictures and love the way if feels in my hands. It's easy to hold and takes very good pictures. I love this camera!

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