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Old Oct 28, 2009, 10:09 PM   #1
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Default Pentax Kx ... v. positive review.

Photography Blog today published a very positive review of the new mid-entry-level Pentax DSLR, the Pentax Kx.
http://www.photographyblog.com/revie...ew/conclusion/

It got five of five stars, and a numerous plaudits. It seems to be a welcome addition to the entry-level DSLR field. I liked the sample images. Is it worth the price? What about the Km, currently discounted?

Anyone have any reaction to the review? (And Sarah -- any more reaction to the one in your hands?)
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You kind sir, have not been following what is happening in the Pentax SLR folder-

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Old Oct 28, 2009, 11:59 PM   #3
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My bad -- I searched and searched and searched the first (and only) Pentax folder I found in the folder list. Alas, it was the Pentax P & S folder. Steve's has whole separate branches for P&S and DSLR. Who knew?



Thanks for the heads-up. The Pentax DSLR folder is here:
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pe...msung-dslr-73/
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We have only just begun, but what do you think?

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Old Oct 29, 2009, 12:46 AM   #5
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I think I'd rather be the one taking the test shots ...

I like the camera a lot -- it may be my bridge onto the DSLR continent (in which case I'd hop straight over the vast quirkiness of Point & Shoot land). It seems to be a fine value. But please note that my opinions are ... jejune. I happen to like the "toy robot" version.

I have downloaded some of the RAW files to look at. Is there a free RAW developer which works with PEF files?

I will comment further tomorrow in the Pentax DSLR folder.
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Kriekira-

I believe that Raw Therapee, which is free, will work with Pentax RAW files.

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It doesn't look like Dave Coffin (the author of dcraw.c ) has added the new K-x to his raw conversion code yet. So, many products like Raw Therapee using some or all Dave's code are probably not going to work with the PEF files from that camera yet.

Now, if you use DNG versus PEF, you should be able to convert them (although the output won't be optimized for a specific camera that way).
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Thanks Jim and Sarah -- I am a complete newbie to photography, and have stalled on the RAW runway. I am limited to programs which run on Macs. I do have the CS4 trial version, which includes PS CameraRAW, but it hasn't yet worked with any of the RAW files I have (all are from newly released cameras). I do have Silkypix, and it works for the RAW files produced by a Panasonic FZ-35 which I've borrowed. ...

Can you recommend a path to get up to speed in RAW processing?

Thanks!
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Chances are, the next Camera Raw update from Adobe will include some of the newer camera models (basically, you just download the latest Camera Raw.8bi plugin, uncompress it, and copy the plugin to the appropriate folder on your PC). But, I don't see the K-x listed in the latest 5.5 update:

http://www.adobe.com/support/downloa...jsp?ftpID=4577

Ditto for other products (including many products using dcraw.c code). Chances are, the next updates to them will include support for the K-x. But, right this minute, you may need to stick with the camera manufacturer's included software if you're using PEF files (or use DNG files instead when shooting in RAW). Because each camera tends to be a bit different, raw conversion products have code specific to a given camera model's raw files (so, the software for raw conversion tends to lag a bit behind the introduction of new cameras).
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Thanks for an excellent explanation, JimC-

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