5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This is a great package, if you can get it for $100 or more less than current,
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This review is from: Pentax K-r 12.4 MP Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 55-300mm f/4-5.8 Lenses (Black) (Electronics)
Well, overall I love the camera. To be honest, I sold off the kit lenses (don't get me wrong, both a very good deal for the money) to buy a Pentax 16-45mm lens (which is amazing for the price). I sold my Canon 450d and a few lenses to buy into the Pentax platform and I don't regret it a minute.
The K-r is more compact and feels more solid in my hand. The grip is deeper and more comfortable. I wanted to upgrade to a body with better high ISO performance and didn't want to pay $1000 for a 60D body.
There is less noise at ISO 3200 on the K-R than there is at ISO 1600 on the Canon Xsi. I think you get a lot of value for the two lens kit if you buy it cheap enough. I sold the 2 kit lenses to buy the Pentax 16-45mm, which I love.
Would I buy a K-r instead of a K-x? I don't know. I've never compared the two head-to-head. I've heard that the AF performance of the K-r is superior, and the AF assist lamp in low-light conditions and the high-res LCD of the K-r are very nice.
In the end, I like Canon for the selection of lenses, but I think Pentax really delivers more for the money. I hope to soon own a few Pentax primes. Ultimately, I've loved Pentax products so far and can't wait to see what they unveil in the years ahead. This kit is probably worth what Amazon is asking, but I'd wait until the price reduces a bit.
so I went with a Pentax body. I don't regret my decision for a minute. Clarity at ISO 3200 is better than my 450d at ISO 1600 on this sensor.