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12-25-2009, 10:04 PM   #1
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Neutralday initial thoughts on K-x

Not the full review yet, but still going out of the way to heap early praise on this camera. Also some more high iso crops, that again look very good.

Pentax K-x Digital SLR Camera Quick Review: Impressive | neutralday
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"A well made camera. Can’t say enough good things about the K-x grip. It’s deep for such a small camera, and I’m continually amazed at just how well sculpted it is. Elsewhere the K-x of course provides a good deal of plastic, and limited grip material (none on the back for the thumb), but all in all a sturdy little camera. The multi-selector buttons are a bit to shallow for my tastes, but for the most part there’s little to complain about here. Did we mention that really nice grip?"

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Things really shine here, in fact it’ll probably surprise some folks how good the K-x image quality is. We’ve still got many more pictures to take, but I’m happy with how the IQ is shaping up. Also surprising, the low-light capabilities of the K-x. ISO 1600 is quite usable, and honestly ISO 3200 and 6400 are just really impressing me. The K-x really is one of the better APS-C cameras out there for higher ISO work."

"I’m liking the K-x enough that I wanted to get these first impressions out before everybody spends all their Christmas gift money. Given the price, abilities, and image quality, the K-x is a worthy option for consumers looking to get an entry-level DSLR. More in an upcoming review, but for now–I’m loving the K-x."


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My wife received a KX for christmas. Weather not the best for pics but so far it looks pretty awesome. Im trying my best to leave it alone but its a struggle lol. Been explaining the different settings to use but that can be confusing for me looking from the outside and owning a K10D. Havnt done a comparison test yet. Thats coming. High ISO blows me away but i couldnt help wondering if my K10D could have done the same at a lot less ISO in the same light. Can anyone explain how to get 1/180 or even close to that out of the flash. Tried every setting we could find in the menu and got no where near it. Hopefully a sunny day tomorrow and find out a bit more.
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Ill try and put a pic up here taken at 3200. Exif is here.
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QuoteOriginally posted by keithg Quote
High ISO blows me away but i couldnt help wondering if my K10D could have done the same at a lot less ISO in the same light. Can anyone explain how to get 1/180 or even close to that out of the flash. Tried every setting we could find in the menu and got no where near it.
Keith, if you want to force a higher shutter speed, you'll probably want to use 'M' or 'Tv' mode. Either way, you should be able to shoot 1/180 with the flash. I don't expect that your K10D would be any different in this regard.

Also, K10D is a fine body but would not be able to match a K20D, K-7, or K-x at ISO > 800.

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Thanks Andrew. Will try that. Yes, K10D is easy and has the X position which is set at 1/180 sec. I have no problem at all in using K10D at 800 or 1600. Other night had to push the iso old style to eqaul of 3200 and 6400. One shot was at 1/10 hand held at 2.8. Could only see shadows. It worked. Set the iso at 1600 and then knock back +/- 2 full stops to get enough speed for handheld. Bought it up to 1/10 sec. Then on computer bring exposure back up again. 1 down and one up is eqaul to 3200. What i was getting at though was i felt that the KX needed higher iso than the K10. I didnt have it there so i dont know but will test it out. Felt that K10 at 400 iso would have pulled the same readings as KX at 3200. Maybe not that much but you know what i mean. Ill see if i can put a pic up taken with K10 at 800. Cheers
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Just did a test with both cameras. Same lens. 50-135 2.8. Had lens on 2.8 and 50mm. Tried 400 and 800 iso. Both pulled the same speed. I guess my wife will be doing all the low light stuff with the KX as my pushed ones work but not that good. Just gets you the shot.
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Very interesting camera. Had a quick play with the KX in Keithg's post and very impressive.
Some quick shots at 6.30pm hand held with my Sigma 70 - 300 DG APO on it. Was completely dark at 7pm. Resized in photoshop to post on web, no other work.

ISO1600 - f5.6 - 1/60th



ISO1600 - f5.6 - 1/60th



ISO6400 - f5.6 - 1/400th



ISO6400 - f5.6 - 1/400th



ISO6400 - f6.3 - 1/100th



ISO64600 - f6.3 - 1/100th
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Hell Nobby.....your taking a risk with Marg's new camera and the subject in the last shot!

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Nah, he was the slowest moving thing in the yard and I figured it was my best shot of getting the camera to focus on him in the dim light. lmao
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