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Old May 30, 2010, 10:40 AM   #31
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The Pentax 18-55mm kit lens will be mounted in a match color to the Kx body color. The 55-300mm lens is a Pentax brand DAL 55-300mm lens but it will be in a black mount. The color has no effect at all on camera or lens functionality.

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Old May 30, 2010, 10:58 AM   #32
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I figured not on the functionality...what does that lens typically run individually?
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Old May 30, 2010, 11:09 AM   #33
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From $280.00 upwards.

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Old May 30, 2010, 11:15 AM   #34
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Ah... So if I want 300mm then that package is the way to go.
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Yes, if you want the Pentax DAL 55-300mm lens, there will indeed be a measurable savings in purchasing the two lens kit.

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Old May 30, 2010, 12:06 PM   #36
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I saw a sigma 28 to 300mm when I was popping around

Not sure where I saw it...what would your take be on something like that as far as quality...it would be a more versatile lens as far as zoom is concerned, but am I sacraficing quality or speed or something I don't even know about?
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All you have to do is to look up the reviews on this particular lens, just as I did. In that case, you will find that the image quality with that lens is below par, it is a slow lens, and it offers no wide angle potential at all. The focal length begins at 42mm giving it no wide angle capability at all.

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Old May 30, 2010, 12:42 PM   #38
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Thanks...

I will do the research on my own from this point forward.

Thank you for all of your assistance.

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Old May 30, 2010, 2:31 PM   #39
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mackloon.

I am sorry you feel that way. No offense was intended at all. Instead, I wanted you to know that I was not just giving you an off the cuff answer, and that I had determined the fact.

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Old May 30, 2010, 3:22 PM   #40
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It's cool, no personal offense taken. I have just been really busy and a little lazy in research. I have a 20 month old, and a wife due with #2 any day.

Due to the circustances I have been unable to do hands on research at the stores as much, and my research to this point has all been done from my iPod touch. I originally started down this path to replace my G9. The thought was to get something similar or smaller. The problem was that I would have to step down in features (ZS7) or image quality (HX5V).

Of course I realize that either was a step down in IQ.

This brought me to my current new mission which is to find a dSLR that fits my needs and budget. This decision was made because I did not want to compromise on some key features and flexibility. In addition, I just bought my wife the Sony TX5, so I have a compact at my disposal if needed.

The initial conclusion created a whole new set of questions and comparisons that are not as clear as choosing the ZS7 from the other bucket.

The key features I am looking for all seem to be possessed by the recommendation of the Pentax KX, however I am a deal shopper so I want to pay the least possible while maintaining a very high value.

My key features after my brief browse through the forums and entry level comparisons are.

- live view
- a lens or multiples that cover from 20mm to 300mm with no gaps.
- the combined purchase has to be under $800.
- fast continuous shooting
- flexible settings that are easy to use.
- a solid auto mode to use while aclaimating myself with the camera.

Camera in considertion that I am going to work on compiling and comparing are -
- pentax kx
- Sony a330
- canon xs
- nikon d5000

are there any others that go on this list?

I am going to try to go through all of the reviews for these tonight.

Pentax kx is leading the way right now.

If anyone has links to professional reviews or comparisons let me know.

Thanks again fir everyoned input.

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