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07-02-2010, 04:12 AM   #16
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If I were starting to shoot portraits, I would get either the K20, K7 or Kx (don't really care which one) and either the DA 70/DA *50-135. However, I would also think seriously about some type of lighting set up. Seems like that is an area that a lot of folks don't think about, but flash, particularly off camera can give some nice lighting effects.

Of course, I agree with the others that the skill of the photographer is the most important thing as to how photos turn out.

To have "professional" equipment can cost quite a bit. There is nothing wrong with buying cheaper, used equipment and then moving up over time.

07-05-2010, 02:44 AM   #17
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there are markings in the VF which allows to identify where those points are. Actually it's pretty obvious.

Also you CAN select AF point from 11 variants, so no need to limit yourself with central point. only real thing lacking is the highlight of points that are in focus. if you need this then yeah, kx won't deliver .. when you see/hear AF confirmation, you can only be sure in the selected AF point to be in focus.

another thing to consider when disregarding kx is it's matrix - people tend to consider its ISO qualities to be better than any other Pentax matrix to date - which may be important if you are going to shoot portraits indoors and in low light conditions.
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I have a K20D and K-x. There's no question in my mind as to which is better for professional portrait photography. The K20D is just a lot more camera. ISO 3200 performance is irrelevant to portrait photography, because the photographer needs to control the light. A pro can't rely on ambient lighting.

I recommend a used K20D (or K-7) over a K-x for the OP, along with an external flash, a light stand and an umbrella or diffuser, as a minimum kit. An 18-55 would be enough lens to start, the lighting accessories are more important than a lens upgrade.
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