PENTAX K-x Digital SLR Camera + 18-55mm Zoom Lens & 50-200mm Zoom Lens at CURRYS! - HotUKDeals
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This is a very good price for arguably the best entry level digital SLR for the money. Most places are selling it at this price without the extra lens.

Use code 'APRIL6' to get it at this price. Code valid until 5th may. Dont forget quidco either. Could save yourself another £12.

Just some info....

"The camera is based around a 12.4 megapixel CMOS sensor with onboard A/D conversion (a system often associated with Sony), with output fast enough not only for the camera to shoot at 4.7 frames per second, but also for capturing 24 frames of 720p HD video per second. Along with the sensor come higher ISOs - now up to 6400, expandable to 12800. Plus there's a revised version of the K-m's shutter mechanism to allow the high continuous shooting speed, which ups the maximum shutter speed to 1/6000 sec. The camera also features a new 'cross-processing' mode on top of an already impressive range of filters and processing options.

Pentax K-x Key Features

* 12.4 megapixel APS-C-format CMOS sensor (total pixels: 12.9 million)
* PRIME II imaging engine
* 1/6000th maximum shutter speed
* 720p HD video (24 fps)
* 2.7" LCD monitor (230,000 dots)
* Image sensor cleaning (sensor shake)
* 11 selectable AF points
* IS0 200-6400 range (100-12,800 when expanded)
* 4.7 frames per second continuous shooting (for 17 frames)"

Check this out for the full review http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/pentaxkx/page29.asp
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#1
This may sound like a retarded question as I am new to the slr world. But if you compared 200mm to an optical zoom what would it be? Thanks for the offer looks really good.
1 Like #2
There is normally a 1.6 multiplyer so 200=320
#3
karpy
This may sound like a retarded question as I am new to the slr world. But if you compared 200mm to an optical zoom what would it be? Thanks for the offer looks really good.


3x, 4x, 5x etc optical zoom of compact cameras is simply the ratio between the maximum and miinimum focal lengths. i.e. the 18-55mm kit lens is 3x optical zoom, the 50-200 is 4x optical zoom. For the two lens kit overall you could think of it as a 12x optical zoom.

The "1.6 multiplyer" mentioned by moeman is irrelevant since it cancels in the above calculation. It is further irrelevant as it pertains to a comparison of 35mm film SLR with APS-C sized sensor digital SLR thus it has no bearing on a comparison of digital compact with digital SLR.
#4
Many thanks.

So it has nothing to do with the focus range. I was basically just wondering about the zoom capabilities. I see these new bridge camera's with 24x optical zoom which to me basically means I can zoom into something from a distance.

I want a lense that I can take with me to Florida to get close ups in shows etc. from a distance. Would a 200mm lense do the job?
1 Like #5
Quick answer: Yes.

Focus range and focal range are not the same BTW. Focal range is just another way of saying zoom range.
#6
Cheers so if I get a x2 telephoto adaptor lens I will in effect increase the focal length of a 200mm to 400mm?
Your help got me this site which explained it a bit more http://www.paragon-press.com/lens/lenchart.htm

Can anyone tell me is this camera better than the Canon EOS 450d or Nikon D5000?
#7
karpy
Cheers so if I get a x2 telephoto adaptor lens I will in effect increase the focal length of a 200mm to 400mm?

Precisely. Bear in mind, though, that a x2 converter not only doubles the focal length but also makes the image very much darker! The converter is taking the centre 50% width x 50% height of the image and enlarging it (by a factor of 2 ofcourse) so that engergy is now spread over 4x the area. i.e. your 50-200mm f/4-f/5.6 lens is now a 100-400mm f/8-f/11 lens. Outdoors this is fine. Indoors it will give the autofocus a very hard time!

karpy
Your help got me this site which explained it a bit more http://www.paragon-press.com/lens/lenchart.htm

That's a good explanation

karpy
Can anyone tell me is this camera better than the Canon EOS 450d or Nikon D5000?


I would suggest that was is rather more important than which camera is "better" is which one you are most comfortable with the controls/menus; you can only know that by trying them in a shop. I've not used any of the above cameras (though I've used the 50-200 lens and a 1.7x converter) but for what it's worth the K-x seems to be getting very good reviews for the high quality of its images at high ISO in dark lighting conditions; probably not Nikon D3 territory though ;-)
#8
Bt2mRPgn
3x, 4x, 5x etc optical zoom of compact cameras is simply the ratio between the maximum and miinimum focal lengths. i.e. the 18-55mm kit lens is 3x optical zoom, the 50-200 is 4x optical zoom. For the two lens kit overall you could think of it as a 12x optical zoom.

The "1.6 multiplyer" mentioned by moeman is irrelevant since it cancels in the above calculation. It is further irrelevant as it pertains to a comparison of 35mm film SLR with APS-C sized sensor digital SLR thus it has no bearing on a comparison of digital compact with digital SLR.


So what would a focal length of 50mm on this camera equal on a compact zoom, e.g. a Canon IXUS 105?
1 Like #9
The "1.6 multiplier" is totally relevant as many people still use the 35mm equivalent as a benchmark in terms of "real" lens reach. I know I do, and I know that 3x, 4x or whatever is pretty meaningless as it is different for each lens, depending on what length it starts at.

I always thought it was 1.5x as a multiplier though, so here, 18-55 = 27mm-82.5mm and 50-200 being 75mm-300mm.

This is a great camera, and a very decent price with 2 kit lenses.
#10
Thanks for all your help. I'll call into jessops and ask to try some Camera's out. I have had a better response here than most of the Camera specific web sites I have been asking questions at.

A special thanks to Bt2mRPgn
#11
Thanks for the heads up on this, just ordered one. The camera has just been awarded the best buy budget SLR from TIPA http://www.tipa.com/english/award-details.php?iId=1768&sAward=Best+DSLR+Entry+Level
#12
JayDubya
The "1.6 multiplier" is totally relevant as many people still use the 35mm equivalent as a benchmark in terms of "real" lens reach. I know I do, and I know that 3x, 4x or whatever is pretty meaningless as it is different for each lens, depending on what length it starts at.

I always thought it was 1.5x as a multiplier though, so here, 18-55 = 27mm-82.5mm and 50-200 being 75mm-300mm.

This is a great camera, and a very decent price with 2 kit lenses.


I disagree. The original poster was coming from a digital compact camera background where the "1.6 multiplier" is utterly irrelevant. It only has meaning when comparing Digital SLR to Film SLR (and also to the latest frop of "Full frame SLRs").

As to whether it's a 1.6 or 1.5 multiplier it rather depends on the brand:
Canon low end = 1.6x
Pentax, Sony, Nikon = 1.5x
Canon mid-range = 1.3x
Canon, Nikon high end = "full frame"
Olympus = 2x
#13
Bt2mRPgn
I disagree. The original poster was coming from a digital compact camera background where the "1.6 multiplier" is utterly irrelevant. It only has meaning when comparing Digital SLR to Film SLR (and also to the latest frop of "Full frame SLRs").

As to whether it's a 1.6 or 1.5 multiplier it rather depends on the brand:
Canon low end = 1.6x
Pentax, Sony, Nikon = 1.5x
Canon mid-range = 1.3x
Canon, Nikon high end = "full frame"
Olympus = 2x


Well, they didn't say that. And to talk in terms of "optical zoom" to most is very vague. To talk in terms of exact focal length is pretty precise, even if you have to "multiply up" to get to a standard that has been set for decades.
#14
cant get code to work
#15
found new code for this now type 6may into promo code section
#16
this is a very good deal. wish i had the money :(

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