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Old Jul 20, 2010, 8:17 PM   #1
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Default Pentax K-x vs Canon T1i

With price in mind, what is the best value between these camera and lens options?

Pentax K-x (white body) with 18-55 and 50-300 $699.99
(Black body version with same lens package is $719.99)

Canon T1i with 18-55 and 55-250 $730.00

I'd also consider the Nikon D5000 but the price point is above these two when the lenses are included.

I'm a beginner in DSLRs, coming from point and shoots. I have little knowledge of the technical aspects of these cameras and how to take photographs well. I want this camera to be a good learning tool. I like to take scenic, people, animals and action (sports) pictures mainly. I'd also like to use this for music concerts, too, so maybe the better low light camera is the way to go? That would be the K-x.

From dpreview, it looks like the K-x has better low light, build quality and ergonomics but the image quality is lower compared to the T1i. They rate the K-x the better value, but with the prices above $30 more isn't going to break the bank! Granted, the 55-300 > 55-250.

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This is the second time about the same thing, wow for 2 different posters.

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/wh...entax-k-x.html
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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.

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For shooting sports/action, the Canon is a better choice.

What types of sports are you interested in shooting?
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I posted 17 minutes after the other post. I am sorry if I threw you for a loop. I had my post open for awhile, gathering prices, etc. and obviously didn't see the other post.

For sports, it would simply be taking some shots from the stands while watching a football, basketball, or baseball game.
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Major league? Minor League? College? High School? Middle School?

For shooting from the stands in larger venues, you'll need something longer than your typical 300mm lens.
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Major league? Minor League? College? High School? Middle School?

For shooting from the stands in larger venues, you'll need something longer than your typical 300mm lens.
Major league. And I'd be happy with anything better than what I'm currently using gives me: Canon SD600.
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If you get a t1i, you will not want to use the ef-s 55-250mm for action. It is not a very fast focusing lens. It is sharp and good for general photography though. You will want to canon ef 70-300mm. That lens is 550 dollars.

The pentax kit lens AF is fast, and would do a nice job. So if you were not looking to spend more then 800 dollars. The pentax would fit the your needs better. But if you do go with the 550 dollars lens, the canon AF is a bit better then the pentax for action.
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I don't want to spend that much... so I'm leaning heavy towards the K-x!
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Major league. And I'd be happy with anything better than what I'm currently using gives me: Canon SD600.
That won't be hard. The SD600 has an angle of view equivalent to a 35-105mm lens on a 35mm film camera. The Canon 55-250 will give you almost 4 times the reach. It's not great for shooting sports, but for major league baseball, you'd need something a lot longer and more expensive to do much better. The Pentax will do a little better, but it's also not great, but it also should be able to work better for you than your SD600 has been.

Try them out and see which one you like better.
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