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12-08-2008, 04:28 AM   #1
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First impressions K-M K2000 and a few samples

Here are my first impressions for those interested.

Positives
  • Elegant and smart menu system. More than one way to get to options if you want. Menus look good. Big text option.
  • Feels rock solid, well built: am used to a Canon S3IS. I still own my original Pentax KM, I'm starting to think it might end up feeling like another sturdy and simple KM, Why? Few buttons. Casing feels dense and tough, tougher than I expected it to feel.
  • Works with manual lenses from 1970's and 1980's easily: very pleased with this. Thought it would be more complicated. Check the results here on Picasa (the last three are with an old 50mm prime, but the EXIF does not seem to appear.
  • Size is perfect. Fits in the laptop bag so I can carry each day to work. More fun than a laptop This was really important to make sure I get the use out of the camera. Use it with the handstrap from an old Optio.
  • Plenty of scope for camera settings to stop the camera getting boring.
  • Really like the shutter sound: had missed this for the past few years.
  • Glad I did not have to throw away a memory card I will not use.
  • Fairly comprehensive manual. (I used to write these for a living.)
  • Good clear LCD. At last I can see this in daylight.
  • Thumbrest next to buttons works very well.
  • Flexible unit, and I can see this creating some great images.


Negatives
  • Viewfinder display a little dull, but still, for me, a real pleasure to use after my current camera.
  • A bit surprised I have to look through the viewfinder all the time. But after the useless Canon LCD (in daylight), I'm already used to this after a few hours.
  • Rudimentary software, looks dated.

Overall, pleased to be back in DSLR land: it was worth the wait for something portable with enough image quality, a chance to support Pentax, and be able to re-use a couple of reasonable lenses that were sitting in the cupboard for nearly ten years.


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12-09-2008, 04:27 PM   #2
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Great to hear you like your new purchase! I love the sound of my K100D shutter. I didn't look at your pictures yet, but I will get around to it. I picked up a K-m and it felt better and more sturdy than I thought it would. Enjoy your new toy!
12-10-2008, 04:37 AM   #3
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K-M just feels better and better

QuoteOriginally posted by ghost Quote
Great to hear you like your new purchase! I love the sound of my K100D shutter. I didn't look at your pictures yet, but I will get around to it. I picked up a K-m and it felt better and more sturdy than I thought it would. Enjoy your new toy!

Thanks Ghost. I am really enjoying this camera. Today I took the camera to work (again) and discovered you can apply in camera digital effects on top of each other. Yesterday I took a photo by accident I have never been able to take, ie raindrops in mid flight.

http://picasaweb.google.com/ElectronBeat/PentaxKMK2000#5277735341379888258

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Yes, I was pretty much surprised also when I first touched the K-m two weeks ago, way better than expected. Some full resolution photos can be found unter Pentax Km - a set on Flickr

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Thanks for your thoughts on it. Congrats with the camera
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Hi there TCOM : thanks for the Flickr link

I have a new photo site with a few K-m kit samples here:

Flickr: Redzircon's Photostream

cheers !
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Also handled the new Km 2day in a local store.

Very impressive build quality (way above the Canon 1000D & a notch above the Nikon D60)

Fits nicely in the hand and the viewfinder, although not as large as the K10/20 is a notch brighter - very pleasant.

The shop owner was definately liking it above the Canon.

On a side note he was impressed but lamenting the poor marketing of Pentax models, feeling that they should be giving more exposure for their dslr's

Also judging by the pics presented (Most using scene/auto modes) Pentax definitely seems to have their exposure algorithms spot on - they also seem to have given more "gain" (gamma??) to the final jpeg output

Hopefully this is their new foundational dslr and with greater cams to come!!

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Pentax K-M 2000

I have recently joined this forum and am very familiar with Pentax gear. I also own dslrs from other manufacturers.

I find that Pentax build their dslrs better, the kit lens is more substantial, the high iso image quality is better, and the built-in lens stabiliser is unbeatable.

I'm sure the new KM2000 will continue this tradition. Even Ricehigh seems to like it, although I'm surprised he still owns Pentax gear. His site is dedicated to Pentax fault-finding, primarily with underexposure, viewfinder issues, flash exposure and autofocus speed. He should look at other makers' problems while he's "measurbating."

My Nikon overexposes consistently when set to default, its high iso performance is not as good, and it has no image stabilisation. I refuse to buy specialised lenses. Its flash exposure is slightly better, but landscape colour is more accurate on the Pentax, as are skin tones, no matter how I adjust various settings. I like the Nikon for its overall results in dull weather, where the mid tones are nicely saturated.

The Canon reportedly has a poor kit lens, no image stabilisation without expensive lenses, and both Canon and Nikon lenses are much more expensive but no better optically.

No camera is perfect, but if I could only have one dslr, it would be Pentax. Good luck to the new Km2000.

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Good post

I think this is a terrific post and it puts into perspective no doubt some of the myths and nonsense people are fed in camera stores.

Thanks for posting.

What would me me really happy is if we all post our comments more often on other sites: yesterday I noted Amazon dd not have even one Pentax K-m review, so tonight I posted my own, hopefully this will appear in the next day or so.

regards Stefan Carey
04-01-2009, 05:34 AM   #10
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I bought the K-2000d about a month ago (having the K10d since December 2006) and I really really like it and prefer it than the K10d especially for the smaller size, faster autofocus and better high ISO. I don't want to touch my chunky K10d anymore.
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Thanks for your input, good to hear. Sounds like Pentax really worked hard at making it a camera, which will be very easy to go at for consumers.
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Congrats

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The K-M is one of those cameras that makes you smile when you put it in your hands - a very solid little package, neat interface and handling, very good IQ at ISO 1600 or less.
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You said it. It has the same personaity as the BMW tourer I once owned years ago. Solid, well made, and handles beautifully.
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