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PENTAX KX TWIN LENS KIT £499.00 @ CURRYS

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banned6y, 8m agoFound 6 years, 8 months ago
One of Currys' Easter deals.
Excellent Value for Money - most single kits are £469
This comes with 18-55 and 55-200mm lenses.
Don't know how long it'll be at this price.
Looks like there is a voucher code out there too - SPRING5 for 5% OFF!!

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
If you can reserve and collect via topcashback or quidco it'll save a few extra pennies.

"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."

Not having a pop at you mate.

This always gives me a smile, whilst I'm old enough to remember film cameras there are many who are not. I never relate to what the 35mm equivalent is, what relevance does it really have as you see what you and either get nearer/further away or crop.
#2
One of the most under-rated SLR makers out there. Pentax makes mostly professional and laboratory equipment but also very good consumer cameras. The K-x is a good example. Very good reviews too. Anyone wanting a "serious" entry level SLR should really consider the Pentax system. You can see the "professional" background of Pentax camera making in ALL lenses ever made for Pentax can be used in their latest models (inclusive the old 42mm screw thread and 6x4.5 bayonet lenses). Lens front elements do not rotate and have a standard 52mm filter thread. The use of AA-type batteries makes the travelling photographer truly independent. Not many young people grown up in the "livestyle Ipod age" will value "camera making with the professional in mind" but they do make a big difference for the person who has to make a living from their photographic work.

Pentax K-x review here.
http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/pentax/kx-review

This always gives me a smile, whilst I'm old enough to remember film cameras there are many who are not. I never relate to what the 35mm equivalent is, what relevance does it really have as you see what you and either get nearer/further away or crop.


There you go. My Olympus sets automatically on 50mm standard focal length when switched on. I do use 35mm equivalent because it is a universal unit of measure. (It is more difficult to standardise digital lenses because of the difference in size of sensors. So you need a standard, which is 35mm equivalent)
#3
Flynn Jack


This always gives me a smile, whilst I'm old enough to remember film cameras there are many who are not. I never relate to what the 35mm equivalent is, what relevance does it really have as you see what you and either get nearer/further away or crop.


Still very useful to have the 35mm equivalent as a reference point as there is no standard for digital cameras (especially compact and semi pro). It is easier to compare different cameras for wide angle and telephoto. Furthermore all established books on photography were written for the 35mm or the four thirds format. Moreover if you use older flashguns from the 35mm era (yes, most good quality makes would still function perfect) it is useful to know the 35mm equivalent.
#4
pet2000;8278640

There you go. My Olympus sets automatically on 50mm standard focal length when switched on. I do use 35mm equivalent because it is a universal unit of measure. (It is more difficult to standardise digital lenses because of the difference in size of sensors. So you need a standard, which is 35mm equivalent)

I very much agree, there needs to be some sort of reference for the massive variety in sensor sizes therefore 35mm equivalence is as good as any because it's something many are used to already.

I disagree on the AA batteries though because having used AA powered cameras before, I never would again. I don't really buy the 'you can get AA batteries anywhere' because you simply can't, it's fine if you're around a town/city but plenty of people go out into the countryside which if the camera dies then that's it. Furthermore my AA powered camera let me down frequently because the camera couldn't accurately tell how much power the battery had which li-ion powered cameras can. In fact my current one can not only tell the percentage the battery is depleted but also the lifespan of the battery as well to give an indicator of its ability to hold a charge. My other annoyance with AA batteries is that if you lose one you waste that set entirely whereas with a chunky li-ion battery it's harder to misplace. Obviously if going away then some planning is needed on how many batteries to take but whereas my AA powered cameras let me down several times, I've never been let down by a li-ion powered camera even when it's not been touched for months.

John
#5
chcezary;8280174
Dude just buy sanyo eneloop and you will newer be let down by them!

While they're better than standard AA's, I wouldn't go as far as never being let down by them (I still use a lot of AA's for flashes) and they wouldn't change my mind about purchasing an AA based camera.

John
#6
Johnmcl7
While they're better than standard AA's, I wouldn't go as far as never being let down by them (I still use a lot of AA's for flashes) and they wouldn't change my mind about purchasing an AA based camera.

John


In case of Pentax, they also have bodies with propriator batteries. So, if you have more than one bodies, you can have both (after all, a SLR is not just a camera but a system). It's good to have a choice.

You can, of course always use a battery grip which takes 6x AA type batteries for some other SLR's.(or almost any aftermarket grip will allow the use of AA-type batteries).
#7
chcezary
Dude just buy sanyo eneloop and you will newer be let down by them!


Could not agree more, these work brillianly in my KX. Also gets round the problem of stupidly expensive Li-on batteries.
#8
Wow, hard to beliecve cameras still cost this much. At this price, this best take photos of the andromeda galaxy.
#9
chcezary
Firstly thought AA power camera isn't for me (nearly didn't buy this Pentax because of it), but change my mind when start using sanyo eneloop batteries, so
Just buy 2 sets of this batteries for you camera, (mark them as 2 separate sets) + excellent BC-700 technoline Battery Charger, and just enjoy your camera ;)


As I already use eneloop AAs all rounds the house with various gadgets adding a second set for the KX and the K200D I had before and the K100D before that was a no brainer.
#10
MadonnaProject
Wow, hard to beliecve cameras still cost this much. At this price, this best take photos of the andromeda galaxy.


This isn't a point and shoot that you can pick up for naff all at the counter of Tesco's. Digital SLR cameras are an entirely different league.

If you think £500 is expensive: http://www.jessops.com/online.store/products/76827/show.html
And that's before you buy a lens. Of course that camera is in an entirely different league to the Pentax, but at least that comes with 2 lenses :-D
#11
MadonnaProject
Wow, hard to beliecve cameras still cost this much. At this price, this best take photos of the andromeda galaxy.


You get what you pay for, generally speaking. The picture quality and flexibility of a DSLR is in a different league to an £80 compact. If you want to see some really expensive gear have a look here:

http://www.warehouseexpress.com/buy-sigma-200-500mm-f2-8-ex-dg-telephoto-zoom-lens-canon-fit/p1030537

http://www.warehouseexpress.com/category/basecategory.aspx?cat03=3065&Brand=37&Range=188#first

http://www.warehouseexpress.com/buy-hasselblad-distagon-cfe-4-40-mm-if-lens/p1008725
#12
Flynn Jack
If you can reserve and collect via topcashback or quidco it'll save a few extra pennies.

"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."

Not having a pop at you mate.

This always gives me a smile, whilst I'm old enough to remember film cameras there are many who are not. I never relate to what the 35mm equivalent is, what relevance does it really have as you see what you and either get nearer/further away or crop.


If you use cropping too much you will start to see a drop in quality. This is the same as using a digital zoom which is universally accepted as being a last resort thing to do. Your other point about moving closer isn't always practical. When I'm spectating at Silverstone the officials get very twitchy if I try to get on the track because my zoom won't let me get with the action. It's a tad dangerous as well!
#13
Use code SPRING5 to get another £25 discount.
#14
I have a Pentax K200D with various lenses (recommended by a friend who did a lot of research into professional quality / lower cost SLRs), and its a fantastic piece of kit. Did you know that you can still use Pentax lenses going back decades on their new SLR range (minus modern features such as auto-focus of course, but great of you have good quality optics such as macro or telephoto lenses sitting around).

I also recommend using Sanyo eneloop batteries - I have never run them flat, and have easily got many hundreds of images off one charge (depends on flash use, of course).

Also recommended is a decent bag - and if you carry around a laptop you can't go past a Lowepro fastpack backpack, currently on special at Amazon;
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lowepro-Fastpack-200-Backpack-Panasonic/dp/B000YIYOJ6/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1270374171&sr=8-9

The only downside to having this camera and multiple lenses is the weight! But what you lose (gain?) in additional weight is more than compensated by higher quality images - I had forgotten the impact that depth of field and quality of lenses can have on image quality.

H&R added.
J
#15
Sockpuppetuk
Use code SPRING5 to get another £25 discount.


Where is the box for the code. I can't find it in checkout.
#16
chcezary
Dude just buy sanyo eneloop and you will newer be let down by them!


Or just buy CR-V3 batteries. I got a pair from 7 Day Shop for my K100D Super and they last ages.

[Edit] Just checked and not sure this does take CR-V3 packs like my K100 which also takes AAs.
#17
I noticed this in Plymouth city centre yesterday.

I think that this a good deal. I just bought the twin lens kit (with the 55-300mm zoom, better for me) for £589 with bag and memory card and 2 year warranty, but if I'd seen this with the extra 5%, I may have been tempted. :roll:

You can use the camera straight out of the box, but there are a lot of features to play with once you get into it and so far I'm loving it :thumbsup:

You can get a good idea of camera prices here http://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk/index.html

The single lens kit is around £449, but I did find it here http://www.devoncamera.co.uk/index.cfm/photographic/Products.Details/product_id/6598/subject/pentax_kx_1855mm_dal_free_sanyo_eneloop_battery_charger_kit for £419 + £8.99 P&P (but can't vouch for the company).
#18
Thanks for this.

Sanyo Eneloop Charger + 4 AA Batteries - RRP: £3,560,000.00, Price: £15.92, You Save: £3,559,984.08 (100%) :giggle:
No, I'm not posting that up as a separate deal :)
#19
This is a good deal and the camera gets good reviews too http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/pentaxkx/page29.asp

I think it is true that people (including me) get sucked into the idea that only Nikon and Canon make good Dslr's and it just isn't the case.

Don't forget to use the "spring5" voucher.

.
#20
I bought this camera with the 300mm kit and its very impressive, you need to use it correctly, as with any SLR, you really cant just point and shoot and expect to get a nice piccie (although its not bad), I'm now remembering my old SLR techniques and the camera is great!

Also it came with some enegiser super ultra mega fadago batteries and they have lasted ages so far, I carry a couple of sets of eneloop type batteries around in the bag too. AA is really not an issue

My charger also has a car adaptor so no probs on holiday etc either


Lee
#21
it isin't a steal but is surely a good price for a good mid-range camera...Pentax is definitely under-rated and in my opinion are surely deserve more credit!
H&R added :)
#22
Thanks for the info
My friend and I both bought it at the same time, using the Spring10 code to get 10% off, bringing it to £450 each with possible further £35 quidco.

It's a shame it's not the 300mm lens kit, but I'd it would suffice for us.

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#23
just to let everyone know that despite currys advertising lends hoods being included, only the caps, not hoods are included.
#24
If you boughbt this then claim the hoods from currys (this is what I have done). They were advertised and thus have to be provided.
#25
Oh cool, how do you claim the hoods and where was this advertised?

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