From: Pinaki on
I want to upgrade my Pentax *ist-DL. Reasons: slooow autofocus,
poor low light performance, upgraditis(!). The obvious choice seems
to be the K-x. Does anyone have any experience with this camera?
What about the much discussed blur at certain shutter speeds?

Given the current market scenario, would it be more sensible to
jump ship and switch to Nikon? The D5000 is probably the closest
to the K-x. In terms of legacy lenses, I have the 18-55 kit lens,
55-200 / f3.5-5.6, the 50/1.7 (manual focus, but a beauty), and
a dedicated flash. It would be more expensive to replace the
whole set, but will it make sense in the long term? Is there a
marked difference in the picture quality between the two?

Any opinion / advice will be greatly appreciated.

Pinaki.
From: David J Taylor on
"Pinaki" <pinaki.sengupta(a)gmail.com> wrote in message
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> I want to upgrade my Pentax *ist-DL. Reasons: slooow autofocus,
> poor low light performance, upgraditis(!). The obvious choice seems
> to be the K-x. Does anyone have any experience with this camera?
> What about the much discussed blur at certain shutter speeds?
>
> Given the current market scenario, would it be more sensible to
> jump ship and switch to Nikon? The D5000 is probably the closest
> to the K-x. In terms of legacy lenses, I have the 18-55 kit lens,
> 55-200 / f3.5-5.6, the 50/1.7 (manual focus, but a beauty), and
> a dedicated flash. It would be more expensive to replace the
> whole set, but will it make sense in the long term? Is there a
> marked difference in the picture quality between the two?
>
> Any opinion / advice will be greatly appreciated.
>
> Pinaki.

Just a suggestion that if you are changing altogether, the Nikon D5000 is
an excellent choice (good value for money, fast AF, ISO 3200 is
acceptable) and rather than get the two lenses, you could alternatively
consider the 18-200mm VR lens. For low-light, there is the 35mm f/1.8
lens - light and compact.

I haven't used the Pentax so I can't comment on it, but Nikon and Canon
may have a firmer future judging by market share and comments from others.

Pop into your photo store and compare.

Cheers,
David

From: John A. on
On Thu, 20 May 2010 21:00:55 -0700 (PDT), Pinaki
<pinaki.sengupta(a)gmail.com> wrote:

>I want to upgrade my Pentax *ist-DL. Reasons: slooow autofocus,
>poor low light performance, upgraditis(!). The obvious choice seems
>to be the K-x. Does anyone have any experience with this camera?
>What about the much discussed blur at certain shutter speeds?
>
>Given the current market scenario, would it be more sensible to
>jump ship and switch to Nikon? The D5000 is probably the closest
>to the K-x. In terms of legacy lenses, I have the 18-55 kit lens,
>55-200 / f3.5-5.6, the 50/1.7 (manual focus, but a beauty), and
>a dedicated flash. It would be more expensive to replace the
>whole set, but will it make sense in the long term? Is there a
>marked difference in the picture quality between the two?
>
>Any opinion / advice will be greatly appreciated.
>
>Pinaki.

Note that Pentax has started making a profit, so the market may not be
as bad as you think in regards to their prospects for continued
existence & support.

I have tried neither camera so cannot comment further.
From: Pinaki on
On May 21, 3:07 pm, "David J Taylor" <david-
tay...(a)blueyonder.co.uk.invalid> wrote:
> "Pinaki" <pinaki.sengu...(a)gmail.com> wrote in message
>
> news:fe8d53e4-04bd-4382-a8a3-6efbc45121b3(a)11g2000prv.googlegroups.com...
>
>
>
> > I want to upgrade my Pentax *ist-DL. Reasons: slooow autofocus,
> > poor low light performance, upgraditis(!). The obvious choice seems
> > to be the K-x. Does anyone have any experience with this camera?
> > What about the much discussed blur at certain shutter speeds?
>
> > Given the current market scenario, would it be more sensible to
> > jump ship and switch to Nikon? The D5000 is probably the closest
> > to the K-x. In terms of legacy lenses, I have the 18-55 kit lens,
> > 55-200 / f3.5-5.6, the 50/1.7 (manual focus, but a beauty), and
> > a dedicated flash. It would be more expensive to replace the
> > whole set, but will it make sense in the long term? Is there a
> > marked difference in the picture quality between the two?
>
> > Any opinion / advice will be greatly appreciated.
>
> > Pinaki.
>
> Just a suggestion that if you are changing altogether, the Nikon D5000 is
> an excellent choice (good value for money, fast AF, ISO 3200 is
> acceptable) and rather than get the two lenses, you could alternatively
> consider the 18-200mm VR lens.  For low-light, there is the 35mm f/1.8
> lens - light and compact.
>
> I haven't used the Pentax so I can't comment on it, but Nikon and Canon
> may have a firmer future judging by market share and comments from others..
>
> Pop into your photo store and compare.
>
> Cheers,
> David

Thanks, David. The problem here in Singapore is that the stores do not
allow you to test the camera before buying - handling is OK, but no
clicking the shutter! I find it very strange, but it is true for all
the stores
I have tried.

As John says, Pentax may be turning the corner - that is nice. If they
would release a reasonably priced 50/1.7 and a better RAW
converter ....!

Pinaki.
From: David J Taylor on
"Pinaki" <pinaki.sengupta(a)gmail.com> wrote in message
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> Thanks, David. The problem here in Singapore is that the stores do not
> allow you to test the camera before buying - handling is OK, but no
> clicking the shutter! I find it very strange, but it is true for all
> the stores
> I have tried.
>
> As John says, Pentax may be turning the corner - that is nice. If they
> would release a reasonably priced 50/1.7 and a better RAW
> converter ....!
>
> Pinaki.

Pinaki,

You would think they would keep /one/ camera you could click with! Better
be careful where you rest your finger, but knowing that the shutter button
is located just where it should be is an important pat of handling. I
appreciate that if the shutter count isn't "zero" it could devalue the
camera (although part of me prefers to buy a tested camera rather than a
"virgin" one).

Does the K-x have a LiveView mode, do video? Have a swivel LCD finder?

Cheers,
David