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01-07-2010, 11:52 AM   #1
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K2000 w/ 2 lens kit or KX

I can get the K2000 w/ 2 lens kit for about the same price as the KX.

Besides high iso performance is there a compelling reason to go with the kx over the k2000?

01-07-2010, 02:36 PM   #2
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More image customisation like HDR effects, HD video (big selling point) and 11 AF points.

Have a look at this forum's camera review database for these two cameras and compare for yourself.
The K-x is a fine little camera.
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I'm not interested in video (my little sony DSC H10 is good enough for me).

Does the HDR rival bracketed RAW + processing on PC? I have seen some shots here in the forum and I am not sure that they are any better than a correctly exposed shot of the same scene.

What is the benefit of the 11 AF points? Do they help track moving objects better vs the k2000? Do they help to select the correct focus point when using auto select af points?

How do the kit lenses compare (or are they the same)?
01-07-2010, 02:54 PM   #4
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How much is the K2000 with 2 kit? (3imgs)

I picked up the Kx with 18-55 + 55-300 for $644 from amazon... And the 55-300 is a very good long zoomer. Worth $250 itself
The Kx shoots ISO 3200 clean, and ISO 6400 is pretty darn good. If you never need hi iso, go for the k2000

But after three and half with Pentax dlsr's K100d and K20d... the Kx is the first camera that has made me say WOW.

ISO 3200


ISO 6400




ISO 200



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The K2000 doesn't get a lot of love on this forum. I'd be really surprised if anyone told you to purchase a K2000/K-m over a K-x.

I just unboxed my first DSLR, a K2000 last night. I haven't had an opportunity to put it through its paces yet, but I plan to post my thoughts in the near future.

I would probably have gotten a K-x if I had the money, but only because it has the reputation of a cooler, better camera (and because of the color choices). I highly doubt that I personally would have used any of the features of the K-x that aren't available on the K-m (except for the HD video).

Good luck with your decision. I don't envy you!
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I wish I could go for the Kx + 2 lens kit. The budget my wife agreed to is $600, so that prices the 2 lens kit (plus batteries, charger, and case) out of my budget.

If the biggest difference between the 2 is the high iso I am probably going to pick up the k2000. I shoot ISO400 film (with a lovely Pentax M1.7 50mm), so "limiting" myself to 100-800/1600 shouldn't be a big deal

If the kit lenses are decent I can keep them around and pick up a body in a couple of years when both the k2000 and the kx are considered quaint.
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I have the K2000 and I wish I had the KX. So, if I had the option between the 2, I would take the KX. The 11-point focus would be worth it for me. And if the KX is better in low light, I'd really go for it. I don't care that much for video either, but there are some things (focusing ability) about my K2000 that I wish were better. And do you really want 2 kit lenses? I'd rather buy the best body I can afford and get the best lenses I could afford when I have the money to spend.
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QuoteOriginally posted by spinwards Quote
I wish I could go for the Kx + 2 lens kit. The budget my wife agreed to is $600, so that prices the 2 lens kit (plus batteries, charger, and case) out of my budget.

If the biggest difference between the 2 is the high iso I am probably going to pick up the k2000. I shoot ISO400 film (with a lovely Pentax M1.7 50mm), so "limiting" myself to 100-800/1600 shouldn't be a big deal

If the kit lenses are decent I can keep them around and pick up a body in a couple of years when both the k2000 and the kx are considered quaint.
1. the Kx 2 lens kit being mentioned is the one with the 55-300. Make sure the K2000 kit you're comparing has the 55-300 not the 50-200 lens
2. You'll be ok with the ISO 400 using the M50/1.7 but keep in mind the 2 lens' will be at best f2.8 or f3.5.

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The k2000 kit has the 55-200. Is that a known bad lens, or is the 55-200 good and the 55-300 better?
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Spinwards I would just get the K-x without the two kit and you can save up for more lenses later. The K-x may look the same as the K2000, but the K-x is so much more better in every way.
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This is a no brainer... the K-x is a lot better than the discontinued K200D. It is the better camera by a long way.
+1 to LeDave's view.
01-07-2010, 05:00 PM   #12
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You may not use or want the Video... but the Live View with magnification on the K-x is very useful for Manual focusing your M50 1.7... I used mf live view on all of those shots above.

I agree with a few others on here... In my honest opinion, it is twice the camera the K2000 is as far as usability goes. And with the 55-300 combo at Amazon the difference in price just makes it an obvious choice.


There has never been this much difference between last years model and this years model.
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QuoteOriginally posted by spinwards Quote
The k2000 kit has the 55-200. Is that a known bad lens, or is the 55-200 good and the 55-300 better?
The 50-200 is not a bad lens. Just that the 55-300 is a better value.
The 50-200 is f5.6 at 200mm while the 55-300mm is f4 at 200mm.

The price for this (in addition to additional $) is slightly longer and heavier.

Regardless of the lens - I think folks here are telling you that the K-x is a better value compared to the k2000. Just so you know, I don't have a K-x and have a K200d (not k2000) and am considering getting the K-x due to its Higher ISO capabilities. Live view and video would be gravy.
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QuoteOriginally posted by creampuff Quote
This is a no brainer... the K-x is a lot better than the discontinued K200D. It is the better camera by a long way.
+1 to LeDave's view.
Lol yeap. If I had to choose between even a K-x with no lens and a K2000 w/ two kit, I would buy a K-x white anyways just so I can stare at it It's just that much better!
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Roundup.

So:

K2000:
2 lens kit in my price range

KX:
1 lens kit in my price range
Best in class high iso
More auto focus points
Teh new hotness

Popular opinion favors the KX, but to get the most value I will need to purchase the 2 lens kit w/ 55-300 lens.

I'll price it out on amazon and do a bit of math to find out if I can afford the kx 2 lens before my trip to AZ. If not I will have to go with the 1 lens and use my PS sony DSCH10 for long zoom shots.
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