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PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 2011 8:20 pm 
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Hi all I am also thinking of getting the kr & am even more impressed with the comments I have read on this thread. I have a couple of questions, the kit I am planning to get includes the 18-55mm lense & the 55-300mm lense & I am wondering does anyone have any opinions on the 55-300 or has anyone any experience of it. I am planning to use the camera for general use and also for football matches my son plays in & I want to get in good & close to the action. I was also wondering about the video recording ability of the camera, I currently have a point & shoot Sony dsc h20 & have no experience of DSLRS


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 2011 10:21 pm 
Padraigr - I'll be getting a K-R myself within weeks, and I've been "looking closely" at the Pentax DSLRs for over 2 years - from K-M to K-X, and now K-R.

The K-R now has the fully functional points focusing screen that the previous models didn't. It retains and inproves the very good low-light / high-ISO abilities of the K-X. The viewfinder is rated as good for entry-plus level, and the LCD/Live-View screen has been greatly improved (also the magnifying focusing function for on-tripod and macro, etc.)

Like all modern Pentaxes, it retains the ability to use the last 40-years of Film-SLR lenses, including Asahi-Pentax/Takumar, Tamron, Sigma, Carl-Zeiss/CZ, and Russian glass back into the Soviet era. Obviously the optics qualities vary a lot, but some very good lenses are available at quite modest prices.

You do need to check carefully before buying the earlier lenses - some "excellent" lenses can at first seem to have the same descriptions as "woeful" specimens... Lenses called "M42" (often good to excellent Asahi-Pentax Takumars) - need a Screw-Mount adaptor, and will be manual.

K-mount lenses, from the 1980s, but more around from the 1990s, mount directly to the camera, and can be manual, to semi-manual, to semi-auto.

There is a huge database of Pentax-compatible lenses back to the 1950s at Pentax Forum, which you can access without being a Member - but if you join, you find "Clubs" threads for everything from "most modern", to Clubs for specific lens types - M42, K-mount, Takumar, Tamron, and a lot more.

The Pentax "kit" 18-55mm is regarded as quite a good getting-started lens.

The "kit" 55-300mm is the "L" (base model, NOT like Canon's "L" lenses!) - version of the DA ED 55-300mm. The differences are that the ED is metal mount, not the L's plastic, has quick-shift which the L doesn't, and comes with a hood - which you'd need to buy for the L.

Optically the L and ED 55-300mms are identical. They are claimed to be optically the best of the to-300mm zooms available at the price. They rate higher than Sigma's popular 70-300mm DG APO lens.

The K-R does have controllable HD Video, if that's an interest. It also has the fastest Continuous shooting of the entry/entry-plus level DSLRs, at 6fps.

In additition to the usual DSLR Auto, P, A, S, M, modes, it also has a Sensitivity mode - set the ISO, and the camera does the other settings.

You can Download the KR Manual, and read it right through, which is quite informative, to see what it actually can do, and how.

Dave.


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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2011 7:09 pm 
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Still havent decided if the KR is the way to go or should I go Nikon d3100, d5000, or d5100. The main issue I have is in relation to video, I would like to have some quality & dont know if the kr ticks the box in that respect. Anyone any experience or views on video???


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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2011 1:25 am 
Buy one ! :)
I organised my partner to get one for her life as an art teacher in the Cook Islands.
She is very happy with it . I gave her my DA-L 55-300 so she could do school sports etc. She is very happy with it too.
I replaced the 55-300 with an immaculate second hand DA model. That focus clutch is good value.
I had earlier got a K-x for my daughter and she continues to love it.

K-r video guff
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/pentaxkr/page7.asp

Pete


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PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2011 8:34 am 
padraigr,
I've had my K-r for about a month. At first I wasn't too impressed with the video in low light. The kit lens' aperture just doesn't open wide enough f(3.5), so to compensate the camera boosts the ISO making the footage pretty grainy. I went online on ebay and got an old f2 50mm lens for less than 20 dollars. The video looks awesome now. The wider aperture really helps in low light and allows for some very shallow depth of field.

Here is a short film i shot with the KR last week.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOYMLh4jD-k

PS: The kit lens is fine for well lit environments, but i would really suggest picking up the extra 50mm lens, it will serve you well...just make sure it has a pk mount.


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