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Old May 29, 2010, 11:06 AM   #21
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If LiveView is a real priority, then you must look at Sony because they seem to be the leaders in LiveView technology. For me LiveView is a non issue. Thus, a good optical viewfinder is all that is required.

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Live view is more of a nice to have than a must.

I would prefer the viewfinder, however there are time when extending to get a shot does not allow for the eye to reach. In those situations it is nice to be able to check if you have your shot in the frame.

So talking about entry level dslrs how would you rate them if you were forced to rank models? You can include entry +1 where the base kit is 800 or less...

I looked at the canon xs, and it looked and felt good for a base model.

Your input is appreciated and highly valued.

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Old May 29, 2010, 1:44 PM   #23
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The Canon XSi is a very good camera, but it has now been discontinued. That means in the Canon line you now have to look at a more able DSLR camera, the T-1.

The Nikon D-5000 can be found discounted and will fit into your budget nicely. I does not quite have as much high ISO capability as the Canon T-1.

The Pentax Kx is the king of the hill for high ISO capability and has received very good professional reviews. You can get a two lens KX kit with the Pentax 18-55mm lens and the Pentax 55-300mm lens for around $700 or less. The 55-300mm lens is a very good lens.

If a bottom line price is a priority, the Sony A-230 and the Olympus E-600 offer a lot of bang for the buck, but at the same time give up a measurable amount in terms of image quality to the Canon T-1 and the Nikon D-5000, and the Nikon D-90, an even better choice.

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So looking directly at the kx, what are the standout issues or shortfalls to consider? If I am shooting eye level vs live view what are the disadvantages of the shot.

It has been along time since my canon rebel 35mm, and things have drastically changed. With that being considered, how is the auto mode onthe kx, as I acquaint myself with the unit, and that manual style of photography again?

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The stand out features of the Pentax Kx are:

Small compact size camera body

Award winning high ISO capability

The camera body is fast to focus and in shot to shot times

Any Pentax mount lens will work giving you a wide selection of lenses

The only negative issue with the Kx is:

No focus point illuminate in the optical view finder-minor issue

The Auto Mode works well on the KX, but you would have many more features available to you using the Programed Auto Mode which works just like Full Auto.

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Now you're on to dSLRs? I give up.
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I have an obsession bug... I can't shake it.

Probably going to end up with 2 when this is all said and done.
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I like the kx... Where is the best place cost-wise to get the 18-55mm + the 55-300mm kit?
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Last week when I did a check it was B&H that had the best price. However, those prices are always changing, so I would make a final check to be sure.

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I noticed that the camera comes on different colors...pretty cool. Though the color does not change the functionality of the unit I was wondering if that 300mm kit came in white? If not, what is the actual brand and specs of that 55 to 300mm lens in that kit?

Just wondering how much that was individually?
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