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Old Aug 4, 2010, 4:59 AM   #1
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Default Pentax K-X or Canon 500D

Hi everyone.

I want to buy one of these 2 camera's but doubting to much so hope you can help me.
Found some graphics myself but not fully understanding what it means.
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/pentaxkx/page21.asp
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canoneos550d/page14.asp

Also my friend has the Pentax and is really enjoying it.
But some more proffecional photographers are saying it is better to buy a Canon because of the possibilities for the future
Also that it is easier to sell when you want another camera.
Pentax has a low range of lenses when Canon has a lot more because of his known.

I must say money is not really that important.
Because the camera's with 18-55 are 100euro difference but
it will become an issue when in the future the lenses I want to add will cost more than the other.

I want to make mostly photo's of nature/landscapes on my holidays and make photography a kind of hobby. Also little insects and animals will be somethings to think about in the future.

Hope you can help me.

Regards Ralph.

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Old Aug 4, 2010, 6:14 AM   #2
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For the two things you say you want to photograph, I'd say the Pentax is the better choice. Because the Canon has a slightly smaller image sensor, it has a slightly narrower angle of view than the Pentax (when both have the same focal length lens attached), so the Pentax would do better when shooting landscape. Also, Canon only has one stabilized macro lens, while all Pentax macro lenses, and all third party macro lenses for the Pentax mount are stabilized by virtue of Pentax' sensor shift image stabilization in the camera body, so photographing small insects will be easier and cheaper with the Pentax.
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Rofman, I just bought a Pentax 3 months ago. I really enjoy it, and I mostly do landscape. It works well for me.

All the best in your decision making, which ever camera you buy.

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Welcome to the forum.

It seems you have already done your research very well. In terms
of image quality, there is very little difference between these two
cameras. The Canon has a better range of lenses available, particularly
here in Ireland where Pentax is not as popular as Canon and Nikon.

When I was faced with the same choice, I bought the 500D
because I knew I could easily find SH lenses at reasonable
prices. I also had a slight bias in favour of the Canon
because it is made in Japan.

Go to a shop where you can handle both cameras. When
there is so little to choose between the Canon 500D,
Pentax K-x and other cameras like the Nikon D5000,
the 'look & feel' of a camera can be the deciding factor.
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Well I bought my camera Pentax K-X with 18-55mm and 8GB 20mb/s
Thank you for your opinion
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Well I bought my camera Pentax K-X with 18-55mm and 8GB 20mb/s
Thank you for your opinion
Nice camera. Good luck with it. Don't forget to come
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Good luck with the Pentax. It's a fine camera.
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Nice camera. Good luck with it. Don't forget to come
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http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pe...ml#post1126432 some quick auto mode pictures
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Rhofman, thanks for the pictures! By the way, when I bought my Pentax, being a typical first-born... I decided to go through all the modes, one at a time, starting with the Automatic. It was a lot of fun. Be sure to read your booklet, experiment with the settings... take notes if you need to... but remember, a lot of the work is done in the camera, and a lot of work is done with post-processing software. I use Photoshop Elements 8, though there is a free version of GIMP, if you are trying to save money.

I prefer using the manual modes, but I have taken my time to learn the camera. Again, it is fun, and I hope you enjoy yours.

All the best.

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Now that you have your Kx, you should look at http://www.pentaxforums.com/ for lively discussions. And you will read about the HUGE number of legacy lenses available, many cheap. Any Pentax-compatible lens made in the last 60+ years will work on your Kx. You will become infected with LBA. You will start with the excellent 18-55mm kit lens. Then you'll fret about what glass to get next, and you'll ask about differences between 55-200 and 50-300 zooms, and wonder whether to rob minimarts to pay for some *Limited lenses, etc. It's all downhill from here...

Let me head that off. The kit lens is a great place to start. You could take a year learning the camera inside and out, learning what the lens can do. And then you might ask yourself, "What do I want to do that I can't do with this?" And the answers might be ultrawide, ultralong, low-light, macros, infrared, etc. When I started researching my first dSLR a couple years ago, the answers led me to the Pentax K20D and a fisheye zoom, a superzoom, and a low-light prime, all autofocus. (And flash and tripod.) Since then I've accumulated way too many cheap old lenses, mostly manual primes, and I've put together a basic carry-kit, with a few add-ons:

* DA10-17 fisheye zoom, or the faster Zenitar 16/2.8 fisheye, for tight quarters
* DA18-250 superzoom, THE utility walkaround, no longer made but available used
* DA18-55 kit lens, compact and useful, and good for hanging filters and adapters
* FA50/1.4 or various not-costly manual Nifty Fifty's: portraits, low-light, general
* cheap manual 21-24-28-35mm primes for focused street and 'scape shooting
* fairly cheap manual 85/2's for portraits and dim distances
* fairly cheap manual 50/4 and 90/2.8 macros for sharpness
* rather cheap manual 135/2.5 for yet further dim distances
* quite cheap slow manual 200/5.6 for ULTRA CRISP distances
* Schneider Betavaron fixed-focus enlarger zoom, for weirdness

The autofocus kit lens is great for general shooting, letting you focus on the subject rather than the details. Manual primes force you to learn to look & see & think & compose, to move for different perspectives & angles & relationships. And old manual primes have special character. Like I said, I have too many lenses (about 80 I can hang on my K20D) but their average cost was under US$25 each.

Where you'll go is entirely up to you. Great macro setups can be assembled, cheap, like for well under US$100. Action sports and distant wildlife require long fast costly lenses... but we have tricks, eh? Landscapes can be shot with your kit lens, or with slow primes for sharpness and character. Low-light shooting requires fast glass and/or a tripod and/or good flash. Experimenting with a bellows loaded with cheap enlarger lenses or stuffed with any optical material that will fit, is great fun. It's ALL great fun.

Enjoy your Kx!
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