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MacBook Jul 20, 2010 9:00 PM

Canon T1i or Pentax K-x
Main uses:
Photographing family activities (including the very photogenic dog)
Vacation shots, including architectural, museum, and landscapes

Intended lenses for right now:
18-55 (Canon and Pentax)
55-250 (Canon) or 55-300 (Pentax)

Bright viewfinder (older eyes with nearsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia)
Sharp photos
Accurate color
As light in weight as possible

The Canon seems to have more choices of additional new lenses at more reasonable prices. For instance, it seems almost impossible to locate a 18-250 Pentax (or Tamron) lens.

Thanks for information and opinions.

shoturtle Jul 20, 2010 9:14 PM

lighter and easier to travel with the pentax. Both are good low light camera, the pentax gets the edge there in noise at the higher iso's. Canon gets the edge in accurate focus in continuous focus for action. But both are good for action with the right lens. Both kits lenses package are good, but the pentax kit lens, the 55-300mm focus faster and very sharp on the long end.

Canon does give you allot more lens option then the pentax. But if you go with a megazoom lens, you can find the pentax 18-250 or the tamron for under 400 dollars. And they will all have IS since pentax has inbody IS. With canon you will have to look at the tamron 18-270mm VC to get IS or the sigma 18-250mm OS.

Pentax is the better bargain. Accurate color, each camera process a bit differently. So you need to see unedited samples to which one you prefer. But most dslr do not process that much as a point and shoot to leave more room for editing afterward.

Here is a sample of the pentax K-x and Canon T1i in low light.

I own a t1i, and shoot a K-x quite often. And both are very evenly match. Go to the shop and see which one feels better to you.

mtclimber Jul 20, 2010 9:29 PM

I would say that the better value is the Pentax two lens kit with the Pentax DAL 55-300mm lens. The better image quality of the T-1i is there, but that difference is very small IMO.

Sarah Joyce

MacBook Jul 20, 2010 10:16 PM

I have looked across the web and cannot find the Tamron 18-250 (in the Pentax) mount or the Pentax 18-250 in stock. This was the third lens I would be interested in, as a travel lens that has received pretty good reviews.

shoturtle Jul 20, 2010 10:31 PM

My mistake, I meant sigma 18-250mm not tamron. The tamron for the pentax is the same lens I believe.

mtclimber Jul 20, 2010 11:31 PM


You are correct. The Pentax 18-250mm lens is a re-badged Tamron lens.

Sarah Joyce

shoturtle Jul 21, 2010 12:51 AM

From rumors, tamron is looking to discontinue the 18-250 completely and have the 18-270 only. So that is why pentax no longer has the 18-250 and it is so hard to find the tamron 18-250mm either.

So there might be a pentax and sony 18-270mm coming out sooner or later. But who know if that is true?


On pentax Germany's website, the 18-250 is discontinued.

MacBook Jul 21, 2010 12:40 PM

Tamron 18-250mm
I just spoke with Tamron USA and they have discontinued the 18-250mm lens in the Pentax mount. They do not make it in the 18-270mm mount. No answer about their plans. This is one of the concerns about the Pentax brand, since an all-in-one lens is a great convenience at times that I would like to have.

mtclimber Jul 21, 2010 3:05 PM

MacBook- has three used Tamron 18-250mm lenses in the Pentax mount right now.

Sarah Joyce

MacBook Jul 28, 2010 6:35 PM

I had a chance to shoot with the Pentax K-x and even in a dance performance room, the shutter is quite loud. I did get a nice photo at 1600 ISO f5.6 and 1/8 of a second in one shot.

I have only seen the Canon at the store and it feels lighter and faster focusing by a bit, although the conditions are quite different.

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