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Old Feb 24, 2010, 3:23 PM   #11
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You might want to consider the Sigma DP2, with an optional flash. Very little noise up to ISO 1600, and image quality that can match any camera. It's also quite small and easy to use, whether in auto mode or full manual, or anything in between.

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Old Feb 25, 2010, 5:47 AM   #12
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Thank you to everyone. Such great information! I went ahead and ordered the K-x with the standard 18-55mm lens today and I'll be getting the Metz 48 flash to go with. Not sure if I'm financially able to swing the brighter lens just yet as I'm already hitting my spending limit.

To answer the lighting question as best I can, we've had events at a few bars and a dance club, all of which were very dark. Much like a movie theater with the lights dimmed, but not all the way off. The dance club was even darker to showcase their dance floor lighting/effects system (and their damn fog machine that just about made me scream since my flash just bounced off the fog.)
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Where did you order the Kx from, and what prices did you see?
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That is the condition my brother shoots in, and with the metz flash it does a good job. You may want to invest the 16 dollars for a sto fen defuser. Or there are sites that shows you how to make a better make shift one. The built in one the metz works, but not as well as a sto fen.
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Where did you order the Kx from, and what prices did you see?
I got it for $504 at Tristate Camera in NY. Free shipping. Abe's of Maine has it for $509, a few other places are around $550 or higher with most being closer to $600+ range.

I checked Tristate out and they're an actual shop in NY, not just an online seller.
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You may want to invest the 16 dollars for a sto fen defuser.
That IS in my price range. Thanks! I have a feeling I'm going to become a regular here, you guys are great.

Now that I'm joining the SLR set, any recommendations on books or DVD's to help me brush up on using the thing? It's been about 25 years since I took Photography in middle school and I'm thinking I could use a refresher.

*edit* I found a lot of great information on the Newbie forum for tutorials and books...this probably wasn't the right forum for that question anyway.

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John is right, I wouldn't even consider this without an external flash, it will not only allow you to get the depth of field you require and assist with focusing but will also enable you to get some interesting effects as shown below.

The last really need some more contrast and saturation but it will do as a quick sample.
Wow, love the first shot... how did you do that?

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That IS in my price range. Thanks! I have a feeling I'm going to become a regular here, you guys are great.

Now that I'm joining the SLR set, any recommendations on books or DVD's to help me brush up on using the thing? It's been about 25 years since I took Photography in middle school and I'm thinking I could use a refresher.

*edit* I found a lot of great information on the Newbie forum for tutorials and books...this probably wasn't the right forum for that question anyway.
In steve's knowledge center there is allot of info. Also try the green lantern books for your camera. They are pretty good. And www.dslrtips.com for new dslr owners. The youtube video workshops work quite well. Hope that helps.
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In steve's knowledge center there is allot of info. Also try the green lantern books for your camera. They are pretty good. And www.dslrtips.com for new dslr owners. The youtube video workshops work quite well. Hope that helps.
The Magic Lantern books, maybe? Thanks! There's not one for the K-x yet, but I noticed the K-7 ML guide came out about 8 months after the release of the K-7, so I'm sure there will be one soon enough. The K-x is similar enough to the K-7 that I might just get that guide while I wait.

I was looking through the Knowledge Center last night and found a LOT of great stuff for photography AND software editing (like the Natl Assoc of Photoshop Professionals.) I may even join NAPP, too...since I've got CS3 and have been muddling through it on my own for a few years. It's definitely not something one picks up alone very easily.

Thank you again.
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