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Old Jan 20, 2012, 3:56 AM   #1
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Hi, I was wondering if someone could give me a few ideas about what camera to get. Both seem to fit my budget and I know both have good and bad points. I'm a complete neophyte here so let me give you what I believe are the relevant details:

I would be getting either camera with a kit that includes two lenses (EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens + Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Lens OR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 55-300mm f/4-5.8 Lenses for the Pentax). Is there a big difference between the two?

I plan on shooting portraits and sports mostly (adult soccer). I understand the the T2i is better for low light shots due to a bigger aperture, how important is that versus the lens stabilization available with the Pentax?

Video would be useful - is there a huge difference between the two (1080 vs 720)?

I can live with the viewfinder annoyance on the Pentax but how much will the shutter speed difference of 1/4000 vs. 1/6000 to 30sec really affect my shots.

And lastly, the price is about the same for both.

Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old Jan 20, 2012, 5:28 AM   #2
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hi and welcome first if both fit your budget then next is to try them see how they feel. looking at the canon lenses then 18-55 kit isnt a bad lens but if you want to do portraits then you may well be looking at something better. the 75-300 isnt a good buy the 55-250is is a much better lens and punches well above its weight in iq stakes. as with the portraits lens then if you really want to do sports well then you will have to look at a faster lens for that too.
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For sports, stabilization isn't a big deal. You need to use fast shutter speeds anyway to stop motion blur due to subject movement, and that will take care of any motion blur due to camera shake. Portraits are another matter, however.

But I'd stay away from the Canon 75-300. The Tamron 70-300 Di LD, which is cheaper, or the Tamron SP 70-300 Di VC USD, which is stabilized. would be better choices.
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I don't think the 1/6000th sec shutter speed offered by the K-x will be of any significance- and low light ability will primarily down to the lens attached to either camera at the time.
One advantage of the Pentax in body stabilisation is that any older lens becomes stabilised- even the old manual focus ones.
With regards video- I'll leave that for someone else to comment on- I use a camcorder..!
Both are fine cameras and I'm sure both would suffice for your needs- but bear in mind you may want to add to your "system" of choice in the future- so accessory availability might be significant.
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Hi, I was wondering if someone could give me a few ideas about what camera to get. Both seem to fit my budget and I know both have good and bad points.
Welcome to the forum.

Either one would be a good entry-level DSLR.



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I'm a complete neophyte here so let me give you what I believe are the relevant details:

I would be getting either camera with a kit that includes two lenses (EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens + Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Lens OR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 55-300mm f/4-5.8 Lenses for the Pentax). Is there a big difference between the two?
The Canon 18-55mm IS is a good lens. The 75-300mm is not great. I don't
know much about the Pentax kit lenses. I have heard that their kit lenses are
very good.

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I plan on shooting portraits and sports mostly (adult soccer). I understand the the T2i is better for low light shots due to a bigger aperture, how important is that versus the lens stabilization available with the Pentax?
Aperture depends entirely on the lens and not on the camera body. Both
cameras are highly regarded for their low light capabilities. The kit lenses
are not ideal for your intended applications. The kit lens will produce nice
portraits, but you won't have the same control of depth-of-field that you
would get from a fast prime lens like the cheap & cheerful Canon 50mm f/1.8.

Sports photography can be quite challenging, especially in low light or
if you are far away from the action. For best results, you will need some
very expensive lenses. The Canon is probably the better choice for sports
because of it's faster AF and greater range of lenses.

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Video would be useful - is there a huge difference between the two (1080 vs 720)?
It wouldn't be an issue for me. However, if video is a priority, the Canon has
a clear advantage. AFAIK, the K-x doesn't have an external mic socket. This
makes it more or less useless for shooting video. The previous Canon T1i
model had the same limitation. The T2i and T3i can use an external mic.

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I can live with the viewfinder annoyance on the Pentax but how much will the shutter speed difference of 1/4000 vs. 1/6000 to 30sec really affect my shots.
Not a lot. I rarely feel the need to shoot faster than 1/4000s.

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And lastly, the price is about the same for both.
I would expect the K-x to be significantly cheaper than the T2i. The
newer K-r model is also a little cheaper than the T2i around here.

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Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.
The image quality from both cameras is very good. the Canon T2i
uses the same image sensor as the newer or more expensive models
like the T3i, 60D and 7D. Ultimate image quality will be the same,
although the high end models have other advantages like a better AF
system.

The K-x uses the same 12MP Sony sensor as the newer K-r and
the Nikon D5000, D90 and D300, all of which are highly regarded
for good image quality and low light performance.

Before you make your choice, give some consideration to the
cost and availability of lenses and accessories. Go to a camera
shop and handle the cameras. When there is little difference in
performance and price, the choice often comes down to the
look-and-feel of the camera.

Good luck with the new camera.

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