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PENTAX K-x Digital SLR Camera + 18-55mm Zoom Lens & 50-200mm Zoom Lens £427.49 @ Currys

£427.49 @ Currys
Use voucher code SALES5 to get 5% off, the price other wise is £449.99. Voucher expires on 11/08/2010. Delivery is free. This is a excellent entry level SLR camera, it has won BEST D-SLR 201… Read More
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Use voucher code SALES5 to get 5% off, the price other wise is £449.99. Voucher expires on 11/08/2010.

Delivery is free.

This is a excellent entry level SLR camera, it has won BEST D-SLR 2010 TIPA award.

The features that caught my attention is Live view and HD recording (720p).

IMHO at this price with 2 lens its a excellent deal.

possible 3% off if you go via Topcashback, so that would be £12.82 bringing the price further down to £414.66 !!

The voucher expires on 06/08/2010 so if you are intrested then do hurry up!

Description from currys website as given below:

For an affordable way into digital SLR photography, look no further than this entry-level Pentax K-x Digital SLR Camera + 18-55mm Zoom Lens & 50-200mm Zoom Lens.

This 12.4 mp camera features a CMOS sensor, with advanced image processing and performance coming from the Pentax PRIME II engine. You'll experience beautifully smooth and detailed photos from this great DSLR!

When it comes to composing your photos, the Pentax K-x Digital SLR Camera provides an optical viewfinder as well as a Live View function, which lets you frame your pictures on the camera's generous 2.7" TFT monitor.

Photographic demons such as dust and camera-shake are fought off by the Pentax K-x Digital SLR, too, thanks to an integrated Dust Removal system and built-in sensor-shift image stabilisation. The net result will be consistently pin-sharp pictures which require minimal Photoshop work!

Video shooters will also be delighted at the 720p High Definition movie capability with a 24fps frame rate. Switch between stills shooting and movie capture with ease!

The two lenses included in this Pentax Kx Digital SLR Camera + 18-55mm Zoom Lens & 50-200mm Zoom Lens twin-lens kit equate to 27-82.5mm and 75-300mm lenses in 35mm equivalent terms. With this small kit you'll be able to capture almost any subject which crosses your path, from a sweeping vista to mid-range wildlife and sports pictures.

The Pentax K-x Digital SLR Camera is an easy-to-use camera which provides all the automation or manual control you need. Whether you're a novice photographer or a little more experienced, this affordable kit has something to offer, and its compact design makes it painless to carry your gear around.
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#1
Hmmmn.... this DSG deal has been posted a couple of times before, but this discount code makes it the best price yet.

I'm not really in the market for an SLR, but if I was I think this is the one I'd go for. Very highly reviewed camera. Very tempting.
#2
This is a good package if you can stump the cash for your first DSLR (in my case first) , the features you mentioned also caught my attention (HD, Liveview), however after buying this, a bag, filter, memory the overall cost would have gone up. The quidco voucher has been there for some time now, infact you could have got this package at the prices you mentioned a couple of months ago aswel, currys have had this on offer for some time. I ended up going for the Olympus E420 DSLR at ebay argos clearance that I posted. Happy with the purchase. If I had the cash though Id have invested in this so it is also a very good deal. I have a seperate HD camcorder so will use that for HD footage. Good luck with your decision if you have not purchased it yet.
#3
Excellent camera - hot deal
#4
RB1978
This is a good package if you can stump the cash for your first DSLR (in my case first) , the features you mentioned also caught my attention (HD, Liveview), however after buying this, a bag, filter, memory the overall cost would have gone up. The quidco voucher has been there for some time now, infact you could have got this package at the prices you mentioned a couple of months ago aswel, currys have had this on offer for some time. I ended up going for the Olympus E420 DSLR at ebay argos clearance that I posted. Happy with the purchase. If I had the cash though Id have invested in this so it is also a very good deal. I have a seperate HD camcorder so will use that for HD footage. Good luck with your decision if you have not purchased it yet.


To be frank this is my first SLR, my initial budget was circa £300. Been looking for a decent SLR for a while and had my eyes on this model, mainly because of the features and the reviews.

Remember this model of Pentax takes in lens from almost all the older models (does need adapter in some case), so you can have 2nd hand lens, filters etc at a very reasonable/cheap price.

Also I wanted something that I can use to record HD movies and didn't want the hassle of carrying a camera and camcorder.

I have taken the plunge already and gone for this.

BTW your deal post did very well! congrats!
#5
RB1978


Congrats on your purchase :), and happy shooting!! If it helps you then here is a link to a bag I bought, it was given by SS87 so heat and rep goes to them:

http://www.jessops.com/online.store/products/76079/show.html

has space to stick a ipad in there aswel!


I also bought that bag!
#6
SirHugo
RB1978


Congrats on your purchase :), and happy shooting!! If it helps you then here is a link to a bag I bought, it was given by SS87 so heat and rep goes to them:

http://www.jessops.com/online.store/products/76079/show.html

has space to stick a ipad in there aswel!


I also bought that bag!


Can people who bought this bag, tell me a bit more about it?? I am looking at a bag to carry my olympus and the battery grip I have with it??

Also like someone mentioned, the Oly 420 is a gr8 camera to start off with as well, you can buy all old OLY OM lenses and use the Focus confirm adapter for about £25 and use the cheaper but optically fantastic lenses with the OLy bodies. Also use Nikon, Canon, M42, Leica and OM mount Oly lenses using adapters.

Back to the bag.. should I buy it.. I need to carry One camera with grip, one spare lens, batteries and maybe a flash!!
#7
Is Pentax a good brand of camera?
#8
janeyjane
Is Pentax a good brand of camera?


Yes, they have been making great cameras and lenses for a long time!
banned#9
Hi all, I hope im not breaking rules doing this. I have this exact camera and dual lense set. Bought it a few months ago for a photography course I was going to do, but never did. So its for sale £350 inc. delivery.
#10
Spod
janeyjane
Is Pentax a good brand of camera?


Yes, they have been making great cameras and lenses for a long time!


Yes Pentax is a cracking brand. Though personally my view point is that they are not as well known as the Canikon duo!! This means after market support is minimal and you are at the mercy of quality but expensive Pentax kit.

I personally went for Olympus and today if it came to buying a camera I would look at canikon or go with Olympus (out of the Oly-Pentax-Sony trio). And I would still go for Olympus as I feel they have a bigger ecosystem than Pentax. olys also come with the BEST kit glass you can get with a camera. No one can dispute that, though I have to say Pentax comes second.
Oly also have the ecosystem of being able to us enearly any old lens with an adapter!! And lastly not many people realise this but Oly is the only brand which is designed with digital sensors in mind, while the others are film designs modified for digital use. Google it and you can see the detailed analysis of WHY 4/3rd was developed!!

Hot deal, but make sure...
1. You feel the camera in your hands first!!
2. You are aware of exaactly how much additonal lenses cost and any after market accessories. US is better than Uk for these.
Lastly, it was a tough decision for me, Oly or Pentax, but I went for Oly!
#11
janeyjane
This means after market support is minimal and you are at the mercy of quality but expensive Pentax kit.


What a strange thing to say when going on to advocate Olympus, which itself makes an equally small range of expensive lenses. Tamron and Sigma both make lenses for Pentax and Sigma make flashguns too. That is at least as good support as Olympus gets!

I'm not a Pentax fanboy myself - I'm a Nikon user. I used to have Pentax before AF came along (long ago) so I've experienced the quality in the past.

I would say that Sony gets far better support from the independents than either Pentax or Olympus
Take a look at the lenses available on jessops.com for example - they have 16 available in four-thirds mount, 17 for Pentax, 52 for Sony "A". I'd say that Sony was much better supported than either Pentax or Olympus but both Pentax and Olympus have enough independent support for most users.
#12
I would buy if I could afford at the moment...regardless of the "ecosystem".
#13
Spod
janeyjane
This means after market support is minimal and you are at the mercy of quality but expensive Pentax kit.


What a strange thing to say when going on to advocate Olympus, which itself makes an equally small range of expensive lenses. Tamron and Sigma both make lenses for Pentax and Sigma make flashguns too. That is at least as good support as Olympus gets!

I'm not a Pentax fanboy myself - I'm a Nikon user. I used to have Pentax before AF came along (long ago) so I've experienced the quality in the past.

I would say that Sony gets far better support from the independents than either Pentax or Olympus
Take a look at the lenses available on jessops.com for example - they have 16 available in four-thirds mount, 17 for Pentax, 52 for Sony "A". I'd say that Sony was much better supported than either Pentax or Olympus but both Pentax and Olympus have enough independent support for most users.


I was hoping somebody would bring me to explain this. Regarding the Sony's, when I was shopping around about 16months back, there was a lot of talk about the quality of pictures not being very good. They have improved, but with anything SONY, they are big fans of propreity stuff, like the hotshoe flas etc. I am not saying they are bad, it's just that I find it irritating.
You are to an extent right, Pentax does get similar support as Olympus, but I love trawling on ebay and getting good deals on old OM lenses. I have a 135mm 2.8 which I got for £15 pounds! Am now looking at a 50mm 1.4 or 1.8 for about £25-£30. Though not ideal for AF, I intend to use these in low lights, where MF is the only reliable option. Nearly all the entry level DSLR will struggle at low lights. The Olys have the advantage of Live view which really helps low light focusing. SO thats what I meant by a larger ecosystem. My only other gripe has been that the Oly (and I think even some canikons) lack the AF assist light, they use the flash, which is very annoyin.. I have bought an aftermarket Vivitar flash for £58 from teh US and that suits me well!!

In the end the camera is only 10% of the equation (In the first 1 yr of owning it, maybe it is 90% :) You can't just buy a DSLR and take cracking pics. Its the creativity in you. I tell everyone, taking good pics is 3 things... 40% taking good pics, 40% post processing them and 20% marketing them to yourself or others, to get the feelgood!!

I went for the E520. I have 4 lenses 14-42mm, 40-150mm, 18-180mm and 135mm. Hoping to get a 50mm f1.8 as well. If I had to go for an upgrade, as I have all the glass, Id go for the E30 or the E620!!
If I had to restart and I had megabucks, I'd start with the Nikon D90 (which was not avaiilable when I started my hunt 16 months back)
#14
Been looking into these for a while the price is excellent, but the 50-200mm lens is not that good. A better choice is the basic camera and lens and the 55-300mm lens which I have seen as a combination for £515, but it is a bit more expensive, this is a good deal but when you end up buying the 55-300 lens the 50-200 is redundant. I suppose you could sell it on ebay and get some wonga back. It is rated as a cracking camera, the focusing points are not visible in the view finder so You may not know what you are focussing on and therefore miss the picture. It seems to be the sticking point on general agreement of it being an excellent camera.
#15
looks to be a great deal, if the 55-200mm is a rebranded tamron 55-200mm then rest assured it's a cracking lens

can't comment on how well it handles in real life but spec/feature wise the K-x looks to be the best entry level DSLR there is
#17
REaLLy waNNa bUy tHis

Do you guys think that the price will go down any further .. ???
banned#18
jbanjeet
REaLLy waNNa bUy tHis

Do you guys think that the price will go down any further .. ???


Maybe by Christmas time... but I doubt it until then. Unless a competitor offers some serious discounting, starting a price war.
#19
AndyMG
Spod
janeyjane
This means after market support is minimal and you are at the mercy of quality but expensive Pentax kit.
What a strange thing to say when going on to advocate Olympus, which itself makes an equally small range of expensive lenses. Tamron and Sigma both make lenses for Pentax and Sigma make flashguns too. That is at least as good support as Olympus gets! I'm not a Pentax fanboy myself - I'm a Nikon user. I used to have Pentax before AF came along (long ago) so I've experienced the quality in the past.I would say that Sony gets far better support from the independents than either Pentax or OlympusTake a look at the lenses available on jessops.com for example - they have 16 available in four-thirds mount, 17 for Pentax, 52 for Sony "A". I'd say that Sony was much better supported than either Pentax or Olympus but both Pentax and Olympus have enough independent support for most users.
Well said. I'm a sony fanboy at heart but I dont get blinded into buying anything and everything that is sony. My preference is sony, but only if their offering is similar or better than what others are offering.As to why Jessops keeps so many sony lens could mean many things, higher sales of Sony SLR, more profit margins on lenses. I mean some people do look at how many lens are available before buying a SLR and this might just tip the balance.On another note, I dont understand why Canon and Nikkon doesn't have IS built in the body. It seems like a scam, fleecing their customers to buy IS lens. I mean would one make a car where the shock absorbers are built in the tyres, is that a good design? That is the main reasons Canon or Nikkon does not look attractive to me.

I am a bit of a newbie so what you are saying is that the Canon and Nikon do not have the motor built into the camera so the lenses are more expensive. Is this true of all their models?
#20
Image stabilization on Canon/Nikon is based in the lens. While IS for Pentax/Sony/Olympus is mounted on the sensor, so you get IS on any lens.

I believe Canon/Nikon have different sets of lens that support IS/VR.
#21
Just need to cip in here, with a few points:

1. Yes, Canon and Nikon make you pay for stabilisation in every lens while with Sony, Pentax and some Ollympus bodies it's buit in.

2. Yes, you can use legacy Olympus 35mm lenses with an adapter but with Pentax you can use all Pentax fit bayonet lenses with no adapter. Pentax have the best backward lens compatabilty bar none.

3. It's true that Pentax have fewer lenes than Canon and Nikon but Tamron and Sigma make Pentax fit lenses and very few users will ever need more.

4. I have a K-x and it's a very fine camera. For anyone looking to get into DSLRs this should be at the top of your list.
#22
I don't think the cost of building VR into the lenses is very significant when the lenses are produced in volume - the market price for a lens is more to do with what the manufacturers think the market will bear rather than the manufacturing cost, which is way less than what we end up paying.

VR in lens is meant to be more efficient, but really not enough independent research has been done to verify or refute that.

Note that Nikon reported a 15-fold increase in profit for April-June this year compared to last year - but no significant reduction in lens prices ...
#23
AndyMG

On another note, I dont understand why Canon and Nikkon doesn't have IS built in the body. It seems like a scam, fleecing their customers to buy IS lens. I mean would one make a car where the shock absorbers are built in the tyres, is that a good design? That is the main reasons Canon or Nikkon does not look attractive to me.


In-lens IS is supposed to be superior to in body IS particulary on longer telephoto lenses, but ultimately any IS is better than no IS. If you're buying the very top end ££££ lenses with top tier sharpness & IS then there's no need to care about in-body IS, if however you're buying the next lens down such as a tamron 70-200mnm f2.8 in body IS is a big bonus
#24
This case which I have:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lowepro-Altus-120-Shoulder-DSLR/dp/B002EQI348/
Is dead cheap and fits my K-x and dual lens kit (the same one as being sold here) perfectly.
The shorter lens (18-55) attached to the body fits in the main section, and the longer lens (50-200) fits into the external zipped section.
Great bag which fits this kit perfectly for less than a tenner!
#25
Good camera ... went to PC World to buy one but realised that other DSlr have the back screen which can be twisted, swivel .... but the screen on this pentax is fixed ... that is the only reason i did not buy it
#26
godsakes
AndyMG
On another note, I dont understand why Canon and Nikkon doesn't have IS built in the body. It seems like a scam, fleecing their customers to buy IS lens. I mean would one make a car where the shock absorbers are built in the tyres, is that a good design? That is the main reasons Canon or Nikkon does not look attractive to me.
In-lens IS is supposed to be superior to in body IS particulary on longer telephoto lenses, but ultimately any IS is better than no IS. If you're buying the very top end ££££ lenses with top tier sharpness & IS then there's no need to care about in-body IS, if however you're buying the next lens down such as a tamron 70-200mnm f2.8 in body IS is a big bonus

Cheers, would you need IS for Telephoto lense? I would have thought the best way to use these lens would be with tripod and hence may not require any IS?
#27
jbanjeet
Good camera ... went to PC World to buy one but realised that other DSlr have the back screen which can be twisted, swivel .... but the screen on this pentax is fixed ... that is the only reason i did not buy it

Did you end up buying something else? just out of intrest which other camera were you comparing against.

Yes swivel would be nice, but i dont think I will have a particular high need for swivel/twisting feature.
#28
AndyMG
jbanjeet
Good camera ... went to PC World to buy one but realised that other DSlr have the back screen which can be twisted, swivel .... but the screen on this pentax is fixed ... that is the only reason i did not buy it


Did you end up buying something else? just out of intrest which other camera were you comparing against.

Yes swivel would be nice, but i dont think I will have a particular high need for swivel/twisting feature.


The prices for most well known dslr will drop in November (i work for Currys) ... so waiting till then to buy one
#29
AndyMG

Cheers, would you need IS for Telephoto lense? I would have thought the best way to use these lens would be with tripod and hence may not require any IS?


well you don't need IS but it's certainly better to have especially on longer telephoto lenses as camera shake is magnified... however IS only benefits you on 'slower' shutter speeds when handheld.

Yes if you use a tripod then there is no need for IS, indeed IS would be counter productive as it's trying to correct camera shake which isn't there (or at least there shouldn't be any shake if you've bought a worthwhile tripod and are using it correctly)... but few users will always carry and use a tripod with them
#30
Should be unexpired. They've got it back in. Mines been sent out this morning.

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