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PentaxK-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 55-300mm Zoom Lenses (White)
 
4.7

(based on 123 reviews)

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    (31)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (105)
  • Good image quality (86)
  • Fast shutter speed (66)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (63)
  • Image stabilization (62)

Cons

  • Short battery life (13)
  • Poor audio (4)
  • Poor in low light (4)
  • Lag / shutter delay (3)
  • No image stabilization (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (97)
  • Travel (78)
  • Family photos (72)
  • Sports/action (63)
  • Low light (59)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (54), Yes (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (68), Casual photographer (38), Semi-pro photographer (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

More than i have expected

I have been a Nikon user for more than 7 years and with the recent release of K-x made me consider on jumping over to Pentax.

Initially the K-x appeared to...Read complete review

I have been a Nikon user for more than 7 years and with the recent release of K-x made me consider on jumping over to Pentax.

Initially the K-x appeared to me just a toy camera due to its color options but i wrong, totally. Currently i am using it for my landscape and nature photography.

The K-x is a perfect performer for anything. The size of the body coupled with its top features like fast burst FPS of 4.7/sec, good High ISO color noise control, in-camera RAW conversion and its robust chassis build blew me off.

Despite the lack of focus point dot in the view finder, the K-x able to support legacy lenses as well as DA* range lenses (SDM enabled) and Sigma HSM lenses is something that you cant find in any other DSLR bodies in the same price range.

The included kit lens works like charm and is a great filler while you are working on getting better lenses.

The 18-55mm have the fastest focus i have ever experienced in any kit lens i have came across. Flawless optics with slight obvious barrel distortion and slight obvious softness at widest open, CA are well controlled not to mention a sweet 1:3 reproduction at 55mm. A couple of stop down will improve the sharpness in your shots.

The 55-300mm may be a noisy and slow super telephoto lens but it is one of the top performer where sharpness are constant from 55mm to 300mm, a huge advantage from its younger 50-200mm. Softness may be quite obvious at 55mm wide open, a stop down to f/5.6 onwards fix it.

The whole menu system have the most friendly and no-nonsense interface i experienced. Its straight forward, simple and very accessible for some quick configuration fix.

The video capability are rather limited in the K-x. The build-in mic is a mono while there is no external mic support which leave the K-x video recording only good for family and casual purpose without a production in mind.

I would definitely recommend this K-x to anyone who wants to venture into digital photography or new to DSLR that seeks for price vs performance and at the same time without breaking their bank or melt their credit card.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice small size, great build quality!

I really liked the small size of the KX, plus the quality of the build. Very durable. However, I noticed the battery life was very short, and I had problems with the...Read complete review

I really liked the small size of the KX, plus the quality of the build. Very durable. However, I noticed the battery life was very short, and I had problems with the sharpness factor, although that could be due to the lens kit, plus I did not mess with any of the settings on the camera to compensate. I also found it to be a bit noisy when auto-focusing, but since I have not had anything else to compare it too, that may be alright. I hear there is supposed to be firmware that may fix the battery issue.

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3.0

Gre8 camera, but bad batteries

By Tania

from Florida

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Travel

Comments about K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 55-300mm Zoom Lenses (White):

I use the camera all the time. Picture quality is good. very comfortable to use since it is not heavy for the type of camera, but when I am most inspired I ran out of batteries. it uses 4 AA batteries. I have to constantly renew it, i even bought rechargeable ones and is worse. I wish i had a solution for this. if somebody give me alternatives, i will appreciate it.

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 8
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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5.0

Great camera, great value!!!

By Timmy

from usa

About Me Photo Enthusiast

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

  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

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

Comments about K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 55-300mm Zoom Lenses (Black):

I bought this camera as my first Dslr. It's fairly easy to use and takes great pictures. For an entry level dslr it does the job nicely.
Although some reviewers say this camera burns thru batteries quickly (which is somewhat true) this is a small price to pay for such a great camera in it's price range.

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 9
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  • No

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4.0

Pentax K-x Is Perfect for a Semi Pro!

By SheaCote

from NYC, NY

About Me Semi-pro 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
  • Quiet

Cons

  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

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

Comments about K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 55-300mm Zoom Lenses (White):

One thing I noticed right off the bat is that it takes AA batteries. When I heard about this originally I was turned off by this but after shooting with it for a while I actually thought of this as a positive. The Pentax K-x Digital SLR incorporates advanced DSLR features – including Live View and HD 720p video - in a very capable entry-level camera for those looking to step beyond the limitations of point-and-shoot digicams. Bundled with a Pentax 18-55mm zoom lens (a 27 to 82.5mm zoom on a conventional 35mm camera), the compact Pentax K-x makes the transition to a 'serious' camera system with interchangeable lenses easy and painless.

Great camera for semi-pros!

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  • No

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5.0

k-x agreat start

By skipper

from torrington wy

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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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
  • Light weight
  • Quiet
  • Small frame

Cons

  • Haven't found one yet

Best Uses

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

Comments about K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 55-300mm Zoom Lenses (White):

After a slight learning curve this is one good little camera. Being able to use my old pentax lenses and the using standard off the self batteris brought me to consider the k-x, along with pentax reputation. The only dissapiontment has been the software.

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 6
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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5.0

Love This!

By .betsy.anderson.

from Portland, OR

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Image Quality
  • Quiet

Cons

  • Lag / Shutter Delay

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Wildlife photos

Comments about K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 55-300mm Zoom Lenses (Red):

Love this camera! Its all that I wanted. Very happy with it!

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 9
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  • No

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2.0

On which side do you stand

By Ned

from Quebec

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Image Quality

Cons

  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

  • Family Photos

Comments about K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 55-300mm Zoom Lenses (Red):

This camera targets the DSLR entry market.
Looking just at the specsheets, it clearly outperforms every other in its price range.

Yet, there's a bit of a problem:
It does leave the impression that
in the long run it means a less durable value for a still quite significant investment.

Buyers usually go for low price and high performance.
However, a trade-off between the two is tricky business ...
And this may well be the case with the K-x:

1) It is by far not 'dirt cheap'.
2) This makes hard to accept
the number of issues with quality and technology, such as the battery, or AF operation. Speaking of the latter:
a) it is slow(er than competition's lens-embedded)
b) expecting a perfect synergy between body and lens, it is hard to understand why the K-x makes clumsy (futile, noisy and battery-killing) attempts to drive the lens past the focusing limits, when the tele-lens is pointing to an object that's too close. Even most compacts don't do this!

Bottom line: The low(er) price of the Pentax K-x may not be all THAT competitive.
Especially, if you don't want to feel somewhat diminished (just a couple of months later) in the presence of some other entry DSLR owner.

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 4
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  • Yes

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1.0

a badly conceived & manufactured child's

By Proud Canadian

from Quebec

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Pros

    Cons

    • Poor Image Quality
    • Poor Image Stabilization
    • Poor In Low Light
    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

      Comments about K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 55-300mm Zoom Lenses (Red):

      #with AF & IS
      the camera shakes with clumsy & noisy vibration;
      AF & IS are slow and inefficient,
      leaving the impression of a badly conceived & manufactured child's toy;
      this even casts serious doubt on the Pentax production quality-control standards

      #Power
      --- refused to work with NiMH rechargeables;
      --- failed contact with a set of regular AA;
      --- drained another set of fresh regular AA within a SINGLE flash shot!

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 4
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      5.0

      Very pleased w/ performance & price

      By Big Dog

      from Smyrna, GA

      About Me Casual Photographer

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 55-300mm Zoom Lenses (Black):

        - used for family, recreational, and business

        - Great because it performs competitively w/ it's higher priced name brand competitors.
        - Easy to use.

        - Not so great b/c I would have preferred a rechargeable battery to the Energizer Litiums (And oddly B&H recommends purchasing the rechargeable batteries in addition, despite the fact that the instructions explicitly advise against their use).

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 10
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Nice camera

        By Harry Paratestes

        from Utah

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Included Software
        • Needs firmware update

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 55-300mm Zoom Lenses (Black):

        Very nice camera. Easy to use even without reading the manual. High quality pictures and nice build quality. Build quality seems higher than similarly priced Nikons and Canons. Both lenses seem sharp. The software (Silkypix)that comes with the camera is basically garbage. Invest in Lightroom 3 instead. Camera needs a firmware update out of the box. Not sure why manufacturers don't send cameras preloaded with the lastest updates. Overall a very good buy though.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 9
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        it's worth the price

        By vitaliykvn

        from Russia

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 55-300mm Zoom Lenses (Black):

          I purchased the camera to take pictures of my horses. I tested it today afternoon. In whole it was very good. Quick and accurate enough. Autofocus was wrong a few times. I am particularly pleased I've bought doble kit with 55-300 mm lens. Plactic back caps shrink, imposible to put on after 15 min at cool air. but it was realy cold weather (-25 C).

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 8
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Great camera, Great Price, Great Photos

          By Jim

          from Norfolk, 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
          • Quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 55-300mm Zoom Lenses (Black):

            Well built, great quality.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 10
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Very Happy With My New Purchase

            By PhotoNick

            from Nashville, TN

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Battery Level Issues

            Best Uses

            • Special effects

            Comments about K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 55-300mm Zoom Lenses (Red):

            This is my first SLR camera so I'm not qualified to compare it with others out there but I am very happy with it. I especially like the low light photos it produces. I specifically bought it for that purpose.The only problem I had was the high battery drain but I fixed that by installing the firmware update off the Pentax website.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 8

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            3.0

            Nice small size, great build quality!

            By colhamish

            from Minnesota

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • High ISO Performance
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

            • Poor Image Quality
            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel

            Comments about K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 55-300mm Zoom Lenses (Black):

            I really liked the small size of the KX, plus the quality of the build. Very durable. However, I noticed the battery life was very short, and I had problems with the sharpness factor, although that could be due to the lens kit, plus I did not mess with any of the settings on the camera to compensate. I also found it to be a bit noisy when auto-focusing, but since I have not had anything else to compare it too, that may be alright. I hear there is supposed to be firmware that may fix the battery issue.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 8
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Perfect camera for Newbies

            By Lee the pilot!

            from Duluth Ga

            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
              • Video
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 55-300mm Zoom Lenses (Red):

              This is my first DSLR camera and love it! We have a new born little girl and our other small digital camera just takes to long. Also have an older 35mm Canon AE-1 but must have a DSLR. With the 300mm zoom lens you won't miss a thing. Fast shutter and able to take 4-5 frames per second, love the camera. It takes excellent pictures even in the auto point and shoot mode! Can't wait to actually be able to use the camera to it's full abilities!

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 10
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              Love it!

              By dvest

              from Alabama

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • High ISO Performance

              Cons

              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 55-300mm Zoom Lenses (Black):

              I am very pleased with this camera. I think it is one of the best values out there right now. The image quality is excellent. Very nice color, contrast and low noise even at high iso. The kit lenses build quality isn't all that great but their image quality is very good. I wish the lens hoods had been included and am not that crazy about the plastic lens mounts but for the price I guess I can't complain. Overall I'm very happy with this kit.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 10
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Great Camera

              By Gary the Photographer

              from Ky

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              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
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 55-300mm Zoom Lenses (Red):

                Landscape,wildlife,family photography.
                Very easy to use,just shoot and let the camera do the work.
                Haven't found anything that I dislike about the camera

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 10
                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                5.0

                Great First DSLR

                By moreorles2

                from Boston,MA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action

                  Comments about K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 55-300mm Zoom Lenses (White):

                  I downloaded the owner's manual before I purchased the KX and read it three times before I received the camera. Once in my hands it was a snap. Great step up for me from my point-n-shoot Olympus. It is simple to use and I am blown away with the quality of the photos.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 9
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Love the Pentax K-x!

                  By jijo272

                  from CT

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 55-300mm Zoom Lenses (Black):

                    I find that other SLR's are just too large and this is the perfect size for me and easy to use - AND glad to have a viewfinder which many of the new cameras don't have!

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                    • Yes

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                    4.0

                    Good product

                    By Gibsgrace studio

                    from ohio

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization

                    Cons

                    • Short Battery Life

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 55-300mm Zoom Lenses (Black):

                    This camera is a good product. I use it as a back up professional use camera. the K-X is not a point and shoot even with the Auto setting.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 5
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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Love. This. Camera.

                    By mmg8785

                    from Grand Rapids, MI

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent optics
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Works with old glass

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 55-300mm Zoom Lenses (Black):

                      I've been taking pictures for a long time. As a kid, I developed a knack for composition with a Kodak X15 and a 110 pocket instamatic. I saved my allowance for film and processing. In 1982, I bought a Pentax ME Super for my honeymoon. Years later, I bought a Pentax ZX-50 to photograph my growing family. Loved both cameras and the lenses I used with them. A lot. With the advent of digital, I received an Olympus Camedia C-730 as a gift... and then my love of photography began a swift decline. So slow, so frustrating, so hard to see what I was shooting. Decent photos, but no creative control, no fun. Argh.A familiar tale, I am sure.Then during this holiday shopping season (12/10), I received a gift check intended for a camera. As a busy professional and single mom now, I shopped a bit locally, and quickly decided on a Canon T1i kit with 18-55 and 55-200 lenses and a few extras at a local club store for $749.99, a great deal I thought. Long story short, by the time I got to ****** for the kit it was out of stock. The other local ****** still had five, but I was out of time. After returning from a weekend trip, all T1i kits were gone from stores and website. I was very upset. But, as one who tries to see the forces of good in all things, I decided I was not meant to have that camera and started shopping again.THANK GOODNESS.Thanks to a friend's comment about using old lenses, I Googled "Pentax digital slr" and found the K-X. Many hours of online researching and reading later, I was on the B&H site, looking at this kit. All online reviews of B&H were stellar, everything I read about the K-X was music to my mind, and I knew I had found the right camera for me. For about $100 less than the Canon T1i kit, I was getting a comparable camera and a better set of lenses. Slightly fewer megapixels, but I'm happy with 12.4. I was especially excited about the ability to use my old glass lenses, which are still so familiar and comfortable in my hands and to my eye. And this has the anti-shake in the camera instead of the lens, which just makes so much sense.[...] So far I have only used the camera for holiday family snapshots, but I am already in love. It feels right in my hand. The controls are intuitive and familiar to me. I can SEE what I am shooting again. Autofocus is fast and furious, the shutter is snappy and quick. I have read the entire instruction book, and honestly, I may never use all the functionality of this camera. Still, I am going to have so much fun trying. My initial photos are exceeding my expectations, and I feel like I did with my first 35 mm camera so many years ago.At this stage of my life, I don't get excited about too many material possessions. I really believe we would all be better off to consume less stuff and spend more time enjoying our friends and family. But this camera has already given me a rare sense of material delight. It is so well-designed, so beautifully made. Since receiving it I've returned to the club store and looked again at the Canons, and I am SO GLAD I bought this instead. I'm not sure why it is priced lower, because I think it looks and feels like a better piece of equipment.I have yet to try it with the the 300 mm lens, or try it with my trusty old manual zoom. But I can't wait.I am so happy with my choice. I love my camera again. <3

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