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10-20-2011, 10:45 AM   #1
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Buying first DSLR (k-x or k-r)

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I have pretty much decided on Pentax because I like the system (SR and good selection of "affordable" lenses)

I have put about a $700 limit on myself.

I am trying to decide between a used pentax k-x and then buying the 40mm 2.8 pancake lens or a refurbished k-r with the 35mm 2.4 lens ($600 at of all places).

The front focusing stories of the pentax k-r concern me a bit but I don't mind learning how to do a custom white balance when shooting indoors.

I am leaning towards a k-r as I like the better screen and timelapse feature built in.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

10-20-2011, 11:03 AM   #2
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I'd also go for the K-r as it's a current body with which you can't go wrong.

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10-20-2011, 11:56 AM   #3
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I would go with the K-R and the 35mm DA-L. You will not be upset.
Pentax K-R vs Pentax K-X
K-R is a better all around camera, you can see which focus point you are using, faster shooting, lithium ion battery or AAs (with adapter).

I picked up the K-R and bought that lens extra about a month ago and I love it.
10-20-2011, 12:23 PM   #4
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Where are you located? I'd shop around a bit. You can probably find the same K-r kit for about $600 new, not refurb. Then again, there's usually nothing wrong with certified refurbs anyway.

Definitely the K-r though. There's a whole list of reasons and improvements over the K-x.

10-20-2011, 01:56 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies everyone.

I think I am going to pull the trigger on the K-R with the 35mm f2.4 lens included. It looks like the kit lens is pretty cheap 2nd hand so I will probably pick that up as well from someone on this forum.
10-20-2011, 03:29 PM   #6
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I currently have the following gear after purchasing my K-r and all of this cost me under $800

Pentax K-r

SMC Pentax DAL 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 AF zoom lens
SMC Pentax DA 50-200mm 1:4-5.6 AF zoom lens
Sigma 100-300mm 1:4.5-6.7 AF zoom lens
SMC Pentax-M 50mm 1:1.7 prime lens
Makinon 28mm 1:2.8 prime lens
aftermarket Li Battery
aftermarket AA adaptor
YN460 Flash speedlite

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