Originally Posted by Kev-
Do you notice much degradation in image quality at the wide and zoom ends of the lens' range? Reviews I read might just be overcritical, coming from very serious photographers, but they indicate notable issues at the extremes on those kinds. Does the K-x handle autofocus well in dim/low light situations? That's a peeve of mine on most point-shoots and even several Canon D-series I've tried out. I often wish for a crosshair type manual focus like the old AE-1's split rangefinder. I could always get good focus with that camera
Anyways, your pictures immediately stood out to me like, "hey, that's no ordinary camera", so I clicked the flickr links to see what camera it is
It makes the Jeep look great, too. I WANT ONE! (the Jeep, aaand maybe the camera too)
I've only had the camera for a few weeks and haven't done much with it yet (check back in a few weeks... VACATION TIME). I have been using the lens for a while and I love it. My brother is more hardcore than I am (Nikon D300 to give an idea...), but he was impressed with the lens. The only issue I've noted was vignetting at the really short focal lengths, but that's pretty standard with non-primes nowadays. With a 12MP sensor, it's easy enough to crop that out afterwards anyway.
As near as I can tell, this combo is good enough to do just about anything- if you made your living with the camera you might want something nicer, but I've found that unless it says Canon or Nikon, there's folks who will find something, anything, to gripe about. Low light performance is great, in camera HDR just doesn't exist anywhere else at this price point, and Pentax has a long history of getting things done at reasonable prices.
I do like the AF on this- it is better than my K100D, which itself was superior to any P&S I've ever seen. The K-X is nice and fast- as with any AF system it will occasionally lock on to the wrong thing, but I've seen far worse. I can't say I've done much low light work with it yet, but I never had a problem with low light AF in the K100D.
I just don't see how the only similarly priced DSLR (the Nikon D3000) can be anywhere near as good, and you have to spend a few hundred more to get the same features (Canon T1i and Nikon D5000). Maybe the new Nikon D3100 can trade blows at the same price, but nothing else can.
I think Pentax has some new models coming out, but I don't know if they're replacing the K-X. It's not been out all that long.