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07-13-2011, 10:37 AM   #1
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Decision: White Pentax K-x or Silver Olympus EP1

The white K-x is neat. The silver EP1 is classic. I know the K-x has much better IQ and control over EP1. But to keep a low profile, say you want to bring a camera into a Disney ice-skating show, I guess K-x is not that easy.

Anyway I wonder which one to keep. K-x with DA 35/2.4 or EP1 with 14-42.
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I think I will just relax and enjoy the show.
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so you're planning to shoot a really dark show that sets you a decent range from the performers with either a camera that's lens is probably too short for the job or a camera that doesnt handle shooting in the dark all that great. IMO, neither choice sounds very good for the situation you posted
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QuoteOriginally posted by adpo Quote
so you're planning to shoot a really dark show that sets you a decent range from the performers with either a camera that's lens is probably too short for the job or a camera that doesnt handle shooting in the dark all that great.
Ditto - get your $150 by selling the 35 2.4, take that cash (add some more to the kitty) and get yourself an 85mm 1.4 (may still be a wee bit short). From there, figure out a way to smuggle the K-X in, attach the 85mm, turn your ISO up to about 4000 (or even higher), and fire away flash free...




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so you're planning to shoot a really dark show that sets you a decent range from the performers with either a camera that's lens is probably too short for the job or a camera that doesnt handle shooting in the dark all that great. IMO, neither choice sounds very good for the situation you posted
I have to keep the camera as low profile as possible. But I can always carry a separate lens in the pocket, 135/2.8 or 70-300/4-5.6 for K-x, or 45-200 for the EP1. K-x is definitely better in low light condition but if I cannot bring it in, well...
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70-300/4-5.6 for K-x
Well, if you don't want to attract to much attention, and if that is the sigma 70~300, then you don't want to take that thing - extended and focused out it is a fairly large lens in length...



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think about what joe just said: an f/1.4 lens at ISO 4000+. With any slower lens, you're looking at barely useable images at 6400-12800 iso. Dont expect much if you go with the olympus.

as for inconspicuousness, do you have any bags you can hide it in (diaper bags, large purse, etc)? The k-x is pretty small as far as dslr cameras go and can probably fit into a large purse with the 85mm f/1.4 attached. You could also slip the 85mm into the pocket you mention and keep the body in the bag.
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77mm LTD + K-x is small and fast and relatively long

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problem with the 77mm is that its rather expensive and im assuming (correct me if im wrong) that the OP has a rather limited budget based on the suggested lenses+bodies
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Thanks for all the conspiracy theories. Indeed I don't have the 77 LTD. I have a 135/2.8 though. My mid to long range lenses are all Canon: 85/1.8 and 200/2.8L. Guess I have to sell the EP1 and keep the K-x then.
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