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Pentax K-r DSLR and DAL 18-55mm/DAL 50-200mm Twin Lens Kit - Black
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
After saying I couldn't be bothered lugging around a DSLR and all the gubbins I was seduced back by my daughter's Olympus 520 DSLR. While I could get on with the Olympus' clunky menus I did love the feel and image quality. So what DSLR to buy? Traditionally I have had (and still own) several Canon cameras and I also liked the look of the Nikons. A bit of research soon indicated a problem. Both Nikon and Canon have the image stabilising built into the lenses so every new lens costs more because you have to keep buying the same thing. Also both manufacturers have changed their lens mounts several time so old lenses do not fit new bodies. It didn't take too long to short list those manufacturers whose image stabilisers are built into the bodies and who support the original lens fitment. There was only one: Pentax. I tried them out at my local camera store and the K-r was the best compromise on price and features. The K-x lacked a lowlight focus lamp and used the flash which I really dislike and the K-5 and 7 were lovely but way too expensive. That left the K-r.
After 7 months of ownership including a trip to Spitzbergen and shooting at -32C I can safely say I am still delighted with the camera. It offers everything a keen amateur needs and will also work in idiot mode for non photographers. My only regret is buying the twin kit lens set as I have just replaced both lenses with a new Sigma 18-200mm lens which is better quality and avoids excessive lens changing. I have also bought and sold a number of older lenses to experiment with and the most I have paid for a lens is £70 and the least £7.50!
So my advice is avoid the centre ground Nikon/Canon offerings and be a little braver, stand out from the crowd!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 26 May 2011
Bought my Pentax k-r a few months back and I have nothing but praise for it. Menu system isn't as complicated to navigate as you might think and the camera can be set up and customised to suit the user in a few minutes. Super fast autofocus and reasonable viewfinder, and the kit lens isn't too bad, though adding first-class lenses will make a difference. There are probably more features than you'll need, but for your first digital SLR this is highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 29 May 2013
Purchased for my daughter as a birthday present (that she researched and chose) last summer. She is currently living in Kazakhstan (!) for her PHd research and has taken hundreds of photos during the winter and Spring in all manner of light and weather conditions. She tells me that she is delighted with the results it produces and its ease of use. She considerers it very good VFM. No problems with use in ultra low temperatures. I also purchased a Sandisk 'Extreme' 16Gb SD memory card to go with it on account of its rapid write speeds to allow quick fire high resolutions shots.

She has no regrets about the recommendations she gave me as a birthday present! Great to have a happy daughter :))
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on 22 November 2014
Firstly, this camera has a lot of good things to it and I genuinely wish Pentax great future - unlike the big two (Canon and Nikon) they put more emphasis on R&D than on marketing.

Downsides;
1.In this particular model there is autofocusing issue acknowledged by Pentax. The issue was not resolved and the customers not offered redress. Shame.
2.Recently the lens release button on my k-r...just fell out. I did not subject the camera to any abuse so this suggest that there is a design problem here. Looking at forums it appears that newer "k" models have similar issue.

Upsides:
1.The k-r and many subsequent models are compatible with the pentax GPS unit which gives you one great feature - Startracer. Basically the unit determines your location and allows for reasonably sharp night sky images to be taken without extra equipment. It uses the built-in sensor stabilisation mechanism to follow the moving sky during long exposure times required for taking pictures of the stars.
2.I got my set for great price and given that the kit lenses are good value. recently added Pentax DA 55-300 and delighted with the quality if this lens.
3.pentax cameras tend to be backwards compatible with older lenses which gives you a lot of flexibility.
4.Pentax tends to give more value for your money (as long as there are not quality control issues as described above).
5.As I mentioned above they seem to work hard on introducing genuinely new ideas in their products and very little on marketing. This is how business should be done rather then spending large chunks of the revenue on heavy marketing like their competitors do.

currently I am looking at getting Pentax k-3 but this will be largely dependant on how pentax handles my complaint about the fallen off lens release button.
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on 21 December 2013
Firstly, I like Pentax. And I'm a new beginner that why I chose the K-r.
After searching around of the Pentax K-R on different online store, this type is economical and practical.
Besides that, the information of seller is genuine and believable.
Production post was duly arrived which made me satisfied to the utmost degree.
I think I made a right choice.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 15 July 2011
With the camera and 2 lenses, this is a snip, best bargain I've had for some time. The name Pentax speaks for itself as a genuine camera and lens manufacturer rather than an electronics firm that makes cameras. The 18-55mm and 50-200mm lenses are superb, coming complete with body and lens caps. Its already given me a great deal of fun and there is a lot more to come I know. Highly recommended to anyone.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 22 August 2011
I'm not going to repeat all the superlatives of other reviewers. Not because it doesn't deserve them, but so as not to bore the reader. Yes it is a 5 star camera, but I've deducted a star because the User Guide on the mini cd provided with the camera was for the K-x. That isn't what you would expect from a huge organisation such Hoya, of which Pentax is now a part. I downloaded a copy easily enough, but it is huge. 355 pages. I needed to print it off, because it is rather limiting to have it only on your laptop, unless you take your laptop with you when you take photographs. I have to confess that I am unlikely to take the hard copy manual with me either. It cost me an arm and a leg in printer ink.

The second star was deducted on a design issue. Remote shutter release is only available via the infrared receiver. There is no jack plug socket on this camera. The infrared receiver is on the front of the camera, so is really only of use if you want to include yourself in the shot, or if you intend to delay shutter release to give yourself time to evacuate from the shot. So if you had hoped to take wildlife photos using a remote shutter release with this camera, forget it.

There are of course loads of positive points. Read the other reviews for those.
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on 1 September 2011
I am very happy with this camera, It has so many features, I still learning what it can do. Does need more explanation on occasions.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 November 2011
This bundle has two most common used types of lenses: wide angle and zoom lens. The quality of this cheap kit lenses is not very good. You will not see such sharp, bright and colorfull pictures that you can see in sample images for this camera in web reviews. But the quality is much better than of compact cameras. You will definitely see the defference between this camera and 100-200 pounds compact without any special movements like extremal magnifying and exploring pixels. (I just don't know what about more expensive compacts)
Then, I think, controls are very good and intuitively understandable.

This camera is cheaper than nikon d3100 or canon 550d and the picture quality will be more or less the same. This will be very good choice if you want to know if you will do photography in future or not. Or to understand if you want to carry big case with a camera with you. Or if you have some old pentax or soviet lenses. This camera has sensor stabilization and any lens will be stabilized. This is not true for canon or nikon cameras.

So, if you want just to try photography and doesn't care of brand names, get this camera and you will be happy. But firstly, go to a story and try to hold it and compare its ergonomics with others.

Important notion! If you want to shoot videos you would better take nikon d3100 because this camera doesn't have continuous autofocus in video mode.
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on 23 January 2015
just fabulous
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