PENTAX K-x Digital SLR Camera TWIN LENS 18-55mm Zoom Lens & 50-200mm Zoom Lens £374.99 delivered or reserve & collect @ Currys - HotUKDeals
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USE CODE 25POUND TO GET AT £374.99 . (Also possible 3% Quidco.)

(Note: Currys web page seems to keep varying every few hours between free delivery and 'reserve & collect' only.)

If you're looking for an affordable way into digital SLR photography, this entry-level Pentax K-x Digital SLR Camera + 18-55mm Zoom Lens & 50-200mm Zoom Lens kit represents a great kick-start to creative picture-taking!

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.

Take your photography to a new level with this Pentax K-x Digital SLR Camera + 18-55mm Zoom Lens & 50-200mm Zoom Lens kit!

Type
Type Entry-level Digital SLR
Sensor
Resolution 12.4 effective megapixels
Type CMOS
Size 23.6 x 15.8mm
Format 3:2
Crop factor 1.5x
ISO positions Automatic and manual (from 200 to 6400 ISO)
Can be extended from 100 to 12,800 ISO
Cleaning Vibration cleaning system
Super-Protect sensor coating
Dust alarm
Image stabiliser Sensor-shift stabilisation system (gain: 4 shutter stops)
Lens
Focal length 18-55mm (supplied lens)
50-200mm (supplied lens)
35mm equivalent 27-82.5mm (supplied lens)
75-300mm (supplied lens)
Aperture Depending on lens used
Digital zoom No
Minimum distance Depends on the lens used
Normal distance Depending on lens
Focusing Manual and autofocus
Viewfinder
Type Optical and Live View
Screen 2.7" LCD colour screen
230,000 dots
Angle of view: 170 degrees
98% coverage
Brightness adjustment to one of 14 levels
Viewfinder features Pentamirror viewfinder
Coverage: 96%
0.85x magnification (with 50mm f/1.4 lens)
21.5mm eye relief
Dioptre correction: -2.5 to 1.5 dioptre
Non-interchangeable "Natural Bright" focusing screen
Shutter
Speed Shutter speed: 1/6000 to 30 second and bulb mode
Flash sync speed: 1/180 sec, P-TTL, high-speed, wireless
Burst mode Quick shot: 4.7 frames per second for 17 shots with JPEG format and 5 shots for RAW format
Slow shot: 2 frames per second with JPEG format until memory card full, or 11 shots with RAW format)
Self-timer 2 or 12 seconds
Settings
Exposure modes 16-segment TTL metering: programme (programme hyper), sensitivity priority, shutter priority, aperture priority, combined shutter/aperture priority, manual, flash sync speed, bulb mode and video
Effects Settings for colour vibrancy (natural, bright, vivid)
Controls for landscape and portrait photos
Black and white function with different filter modes and a choice of tones
White balance Automatic, daylight, overcast, shade, tungsten, fluorescent (white, daylight, neutral and L), flash, CTE, manual, colour balance
Video
Video mode Yes, with sound
TV output NTSC or PAL video output
Memory
Photo file formats RAW (Original PEF, DNG)
JPEG (Exif 2.21), DCF 2.0
Simultaneous RAW+JPEG available
Maximum photo resolution 4288 x 2428 pixels
Video file formats AVI Motion JPEG
Maximum video resolution 1280 x 720 - 24 fps
Memory card SD and SDHC
Internal memory No
Flash
Built-in Automatic, manual (on/off), 2nd shutter sync, slow sync, red-eye reduction, high-speed sync (with external flash)
Guide number / Flash range 12 (100 ISO/m)
Hot-shoe adapter for external flash Yes
Connections
Interface USB 2.0
Pictbridge / direct printing Yes
Wireless function No
Other
Power options 4 AA rechargeable batteries (lithium, alkaline or Ni-MH)
Optional mains adapter
Battery life 1,100 shots with four lithium batteries
420 shots with four 1900m Ah Ni-MH batteries
Internal menus English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Korean, simplified and traditional Chinese and Japanese
Other functions Programme modes: auto-picture, portrait, landscape, macro, sport, nocturnal portrait and flash off

Scene modes: nocturnal, sea and snow, gastronomy, sunset, children, pets, dim light, museum, concert, night snapshot

RAW button programming
22 custom features
Digital filters
Colour extraction
Stainless steel chassis
Accessories supplied 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL Lens, 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED Lens, USB cable, 4 x lithium AA batteries, O-ST53 strap, Software CD-ROM
Software supplied PENTAX Digital Camera Utility 4.0 (PENTAX Photo Browser 3 & PENTAX Photo Laboratory 3)
Dimensions 122.5 x 91.5 x 67.5mm (camera body)
67.5 - 68.5mm (18-55mm lens)
66.5mm x 78.5mm (50-200mm lens)
Weight 515g for K-x camera only
580g for K-x camera with batteries and memory card
230g (18-55mm lens)
255g (50-200mm lens)
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#1
Good deal. Superb little camera.
#2
nice....
#3
SOOoooo Tempting!
#4
Hot price.
#5
wow - great price.
Just shows that for a similar Canon/Nikon your are just paying for the brand name
#6
Omg I bought this not so long ago for £450 :( Even so for the price I paid I'm over the moon with it and at this price you be silly not to buy one. It really is an excellent beginner dslr with great lowlight shooting abilities. This camera really does punch above its weight. Nice find OP!
#7
Sliwka
Very good price for all this, heat added. If you are looking for something: smaller SamsungPL100 for £89 http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/samsung-pl100-only-89-3-quidco-curr/797895


smaller DSLR?
#8
These are great cameras. Pentax make really interesting stuff, thats better value than Nikon and Cancon.
#9
Are the lenses cheap?
#10
pitsapatsa
wow - great price.
Just shows that for a similar Canon/Nikon your are just paying for the brand name


Not quite; both Canon and Nikon's nearest equivalents do have advantages (see http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/pentaxkx/page21.asp) but this does seem good value nonetheless. There's also something of an advantage to shooting a commonly-used camera, so as to gain the advantage to borrow lenses and buy them used.
#11
Can ANYONE telll me?

I'm considering one of these as its been a long time since my SLR days BUT I still have a LOAD (About 7x Inc 1x 80-180 Zoom) M42 screw lenses from the past.

Is it worth hanging on to them?


I'm fairly sure that you can get adaptors


Edited By: rizla01 on Nov 11, 2010 19:16
#12
rizla01
Can ANYONE telll me?

I'm considering one of these as its been a long time since my SLR days BUT I still have a LOAD (About 7x Inc 1x 80-180 Zoom) M42 screw lenses from the past.

Is it worth hanging on to them?


I'm fairly sure that you can get adaptors



I stand to be corrected, but I am pretty sure M42 thread lenses will fit Pentax cameras without the need for any adaptors. The only thing is that focus and possibly aperture settings as well, will most likely have to be set manually. I'm almost 100% certain the lenses will fit and work fine, though.

PS. Sorry, being dumb, of course it will need an adaptor.

Edited By: andyken on Nov 11, 2010 20:07: ps
#13
You cant reserve it using the code...how annoying
#14
Great little camera, hot. Bought a twin lens kit from Currys at a higher price. I do wish I'd paid extra to get the 50-300mm zoom.

With adaptor M42 lenses will fit, although they will only meter in manual mode
#15
Sorry to be ignorant but what difference will metering in Manual mode make?

Never had AF in those days.

Would I be correct in saying that this means BOTH exposure AND aperture would have to be set by me? Therefore I would be best advised to hang on to my trusty light meter too, then?

Having said that with AF DSLR's does anyone still use a light meter?
#16
This or the Canon Eos 500d?
#17
Cracking package for the money.
#18
Which one, Canon Eos 500d, Nikon D3100 or this one?
#19
I've got a Minolta autometer 111. Bought a new battery, as I hadn't used it in years. And I still haven't used it.
I don't have any M42 lenses, but I do have a K and KA lenses. KA communicates perfectly with the camera. With K lenses you set the aperture, press a green button which steps it down to that aperture and meters correctly. I've only used this with an old Tamron macro lens. I found that I used this as a starting point, took a test shot, and then adjusted (opened up a stop). The beauty of digital over film is doing that test shot costs nothing
#20
I've tried to order but the curry's page keeps redirecting me after payment back to the 'select payment type page' :( anyone had luck?
#21
There are a multitude of superb Pentax lenses from the past that will fit this camera just fine. I've a load of Pentax KA SMC lenses lying unusued alonside my Super-A body (who remembers those?!). Shame I'm broke right now as would love to dust the old beauts off.
#22
pitsapatsa
wow - great price.
Just shows that for a similar Canon/Nikon your are just paying for the brand name


yeah forget the crystal clear IQ and build quality of their kit... (_;)
#23
Good reviews and this is £500 plus on amazon great find

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/pentaxkx/page29.asp?random=9257
#24
Got the Samsung GX-L1 that was posted here a while back - has the same two kit lenses. I have to say that the 50-200mm lens is superb and is one of my favourite lenses.
Soon got the Canon envy and got myself a 40D last year. Basically Canon are no.1 - never seen any paps using anything other than Canon/Nikon.
Look in any photo mag in WHSmiths and most published photos are taken with Canon or Nikon - other makes are just over-looked (maybe Sony are just creeping in there), think it's some sort of snobbery.
#25
This isnt available for home delivery how can you get the £25 off on the collect in store?
#26
you cant Nassar
#27
bargainhunter2009
you cant Nassar

Hi, so does this mean this deal is expired
#28
Nassar
bargainhunter2009
you cant Nassar


Hi, so does this mean this deal is expired


says on the order page that you can enter the promotional code at the end of the checkout process.
#29
andyken
Nassar
bargainhunter2009
you cant Nassar


Hi, so does this mean this deal is expired


says on the order page that you can enter the promotional code at the end of the checkout process.
they are lying
you cant
#30
rodman

says on the order page that you can enter the promotional code at the end of the checkout process.
they are lying
you cant[/quote]

So it looks like is effectively a £399.99 deal? Still a great price IMO.

However, would the kit with a 55-300mm lens for £479.00 here be worth the extra?
#31
The camera with the 55mm-300mm lens is available here:

http://www.cliftoncameras.co.uk/Pentax_KX_with_18-55mm_DAL_and_55-300mm_DAL

it is a far superior lens. Highly rated and well worth the £100 extra. It used to be £525 at its cheapest.
The 50-200mm lens is a nice cheap option, but not in the same league and if you want as nice lens it becomes superfluous.

from
http://www.photozone.de/pentax/396-pentax_55300_458?start=2

Verdict

The Pentax SMC DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED is a viable choice when it comes to an affordable long range tele lens. The resolution figures are pretty decent and in field conditions it shines with a snappy contrast characteristic. The secondary characteristics (vignetting, distortions, CAs) are about average for a lens in this class. All-in-all it is optically superior compared to its smaller cousin, the SMC DA 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED. The build quality of the lens is fine and the AF is fast enough for most applications. A sound offer relative to its pricing.

here is the review for the standard 50-200mm lens from

http://www.photozone.de/pentax/138-pentax-smc-da-50-200mm-f4-56-ed-review--test-report?start=2


Verdict

Lately we've seen a couple of impressively performing budget tele zooms like the Nikkor AF-S 55-200mm f/4-5.6 IF-ED VR but, unfortunately, the Pentax SMC-DA 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED is not in this league. The resolution characteristic of the lens is rather mediocre - the image borders at 200mm and more so at 50mm are very soft at large aperture settings. For portraits or close-ups this is a lesser problem because the borders are usually a non-issue here but for long distance images you better stop down to f/8 or better f/11 to get decent results. On the plus side the bokeh (out-of-focus blur) is pretty nice (for a slow-speed lens) and CAs as well as distortions are quite well controlled. The level of vignetting is fairly high at wide-open aperture although not a big issue beyond. The build quality of this extremely compact lens is pretty decent. All-in-all you should prefer the Pentax DA 55-300mm f/4-5.6 ED instead.

Edited By: eye will on Nov 11, 2010 22:25
#32
eye will
The camera with the 55mm-300mm lens is available here:

http://www.cliftoncameras.co.uk/Pentax_KX_with_18-55mm_DAL_and_55-300mm_DAL


it is a far superior lens. Highly rated and well worth the £100 extra. It used to be £525 at its cheapest.

As there is no home delivery option and the £25 off code cannot be applied to collect in store purchases the Clifton deal is £79 more

Do you know anything about Clifton Cameras? Are they reliable?
BTW you can use the code "pentaxpro" to save on delivery.


Edited By: Raspberry on Nov 11, 2010 22:48: edited code
#33
bargainhunter2009
Are the lenses cheap?

No! Any lens test I've read rates the Pentax kit lenses at par with Olympus and above Canon and Nikon kit lenses, and definately above Sony kit lenses (18-55). The 50-200 is good too.

Pentax is part of the Hoya group and they make very good industrial lenses. Hoya is famous for filter, so all glass-related.




Edited By: pet2000 on Nov 11, 2010 22:43
#34
Thanks for the info, guys. Have changed the price in the title to £399.99, to be on the safe side, but it may still be possible to phone Currys and explain that the web page definitely says can use code, so try to get it applied over the phone instead - just an idea, not sure if it will work, but worth a try for £25.
#35
* No autofocus points in viewfinder, probably the most serious omission
* Auto-exposure tends to the dark side in low light settings
* The shutter is quite noisy, not suitable for candid shots
* The LED could be a little bigger and sharper
* Autofocus is slow in Live View
* There are serious limitations in video mode
* Auto-ISO doesn’t work in manual mode
* K-x uses 4 AA batteries
1 Like #36
Darthchaffinch
* No autofocus points in viewfinder, probably the most serious omission
* Auto-exposure tends to the dark side in low light settings
* The shutter is quite noisy, not suitable for candid shots
* The LED could be a little bigger and sharper
* Autofocus is slow in Live View
* There are serious limitations in video mode
* Auto-ISO doesn’t work in manual mode
* K-x uses 4 AA batteries

And worse of all, you can't make or receive calls!!!
#37
* No autofocus points in viewfinder, probably the most serious omission
* Auto-exposure tends to the dark side in low light settings
* The shutter is quite noisy, not suitable for candid shots
* The LED could be a little bigger and sharper
* Autofocus is slow in Live View
* There are serious limitations in video mode
* Auto-ISO doesn’t work in manual mode
* K-x uses 4 AA batteries


Maybe I'll get a camera with a mains lead, I can't have one with AA batteries.
Rumour has it that there is no GPS either.
#38
Darthchaffinch
* No autofocus points in viewfinder, probably the most serious omission* Auto-exposure tends to the dark side in low light settings* The shutter is quite noisy, not suitable for candid shots* The LED could be a little bigger and sharper* Autofocus is slow in Live View* There are serious limitations in video mode* Auto-ISO doesn’t work in manual mode* K-x uses 4 AA batteries

Not quite sure what that proves, all cameras have some niggling ergonomic faults. For example

■Visibly more noise in RAW files than some of the competition
■Slightly less highlight range in JPGs than the competition
■Relatively limited RAW headroom, channel clipping means color accuracy can often not be maintained when recovering clipped areas in RAW conversion
■Metering has occasional tendencies to overexpose in very bright, contrasty conditions
■Unreliable auto white balance and presets under artificial light
■Still slightly plasticy appearance and surfaces
■Grip is a little small for larger hands
■Flash has to be raised for AF assist (although AF is good even in low light)
■Limited exposure compensation range (+/- 2.0 EV)
■Contrast detect AF so slow it's useless for most types of photography (it's the same for most of the competition though)
■Slightly more expensive than the competition

That's the Canon EOS500D. For this price, the Pentax is an excellent buy.
#39
rizla01
Can ANYONE telll me?

I'm considering one of these as its been a long time since my SLR days BUT I still have a LOAD (About 7x Inc 1x 80-180 Zoom) M42 screw lenses from the past.

Is it worth hanging on to them?


I'm fairly sure that you can get adaptors



No - you can't - not without adapters. This is not a screw fit camera, they don't make those any more. And as others point out, you then lose the auto-characteristics of the lenses (if they had it in the first place)
1 Like #40
booshmoon
Got the Samsung GX-L1 that was posted here a while back - has the same two kit lenses. I have to say that the 50-200mm lens is superb and is one of my favourite lenses.
Soon got the Canon envy and got myself a 40D last year. Basically Canon are no.1 - never seen any paps using anything other than Canon/Nikon.
Look in any photo mag in WHSmiths and most published photos are taken with Canon or Nikon - other makes are just over-looked (maybe Sony are just creeping in there), think it's some sort of snobbery.


Snobbery, absolutely. "Canon are no. 1" eh? The majority do end to stick with the mainstream regardless. No so long ago Pentax were top dogs. The cameras they produce are very nice to hold and use, and as for the image quality, definitely very very good, and certainly good enough for some of the fanboy morons who insist on blindly putting them down due to "reviews" they've read and not through actual use.

My 6 year old Pentax DS ("only" 6mp OMG the shame!) is still excellent - and get this, the image quality remains unaffected by any new camera released to the market. With 25 year old glass...

Note that when I bought my Pentax DS 6 years ago, the equivalent Canon ("Rebel" or something) was HIDEOUS in comparison. Hideous. Plastic, and feeble, with ok IQ. But which one sold the most?

PS: The Samsung equivalents were / are an excellent way of shaving yet more off the price if you want a Pentax - due to snobbery again - the Samsungs essentially being the same cameras with a different badge.

Edited By: JayDubya on Nov 12, 2010 00:06

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