Hi! I just got my white Pentax K-x fom B&H (www.bhphotovideo.com
) and totally LOVE it! It beats the K20d in many ways and it runs cicrcles around my 2 beloved K100d bodies!
Batteries are not an issue!
Look at it this way:
Once I am out of the supplied Lithium batteries, I will be back on Eneloop rechargeables.
No biggy carrying spares.
Why do I not mind?
The K-x is 1/2 the price of a K-7 and less than any close competitor.
Swapping batteries is not big deal then!
What makes it so good?
Image quality, responsiveness, handling - the perfect camera for my hand!
This thing SNAPS a picture and is a real little rattler in fast multi-shot mode.
The K20d has some metering quirks, but the K-x has me thinking for the first time in YEARS that I can dispense with RAW capture.
I could could not believe the JPGs I got at iso 6400!
I really thought I was messed up with my night shiift and getting halucinations, until I fumbled for me reading glasses and started pixel peeping!
This thing is giving a full frame piece, like a Canon 5D MkII or a Nikon D700 an honest run for the money.
Sure, I can see SMALL differences, but at 1/5 the price, who cares?
Do yourself a favor and compare the Canon 5D, Nikon D700, and the Pentax K-x at www.imaging-review.com
- they now have samples on all three.
Be fair and use the medium NR samples, as most people will use out of camera JPGs anyway, and the processing that Pentax has implemented is just plain neat!
Look at the shots with the nice wine and booze bottles (MMMMMMM - YUM!) and look at the neck labels. I stick to mostly center frame to eliminate looking at lens artifacts from the outer field of view.
This thing beats the old 80/20 law by giving better than 80% image quality for less than 20% of the money of full frame pieces - it's a no-brainer!
I am no fan boy either and have even bitten the hand of some employers that fed me well - it's my nature!
Search for "lapratho", "Pentax", and "bornlate" here and on the web, and you will find some brutally honest and well deserved Pentax bashing - but with the K-x they came through!
Here is another aspect about AA batteries:
I just spent 26 dollars on a special order, generic brand, rare to find Lithium-Ion battery for my "old" Panasonic LC40, - my first really nice digicam, and at the time I considered it a leap forward from my old film gear. Original Panasonic batteries for this one don't even seem to be on the market anymore!
Now - how long do you think those proprietary batteries will be around?
You guessed right - if you treat your gear well, they will die long before your camera. And what then? I was lucky to find a battery for a 6 year old camera - that is sadly a sore statement about our throw away world society.
AAs will be around much longer than any proprietary battery, and I tend to treat my gear well
Oh - have I mentioned? The K-x doesn't have the old Kit lens and it is a step for lack of the nice nice former manual focus override clutch, and yet it is good enough, that the light weight of it, together with the K-x's superb low iso IQ has bumped my heavier "fast" glass by Tamron and Sigma, which cost me a penny!
If you don't have legacy glass and are just starting out - go for it!
In conjunction with the new 50-300 tele it'll be a long time until you really need better glass, and then only for special needs!
Hey - I am even a "RiceHigh" forum member, and it's not an issue for me- what do you say NOW you ----, eh?
Ok, I need sleep getting off my night shift, and I better quit watching Scorsese movies, before I make you buy a K-x with an ice pick on your butt
Now keep having fun and make some pictures!