I *think* I'm ready to move from Canon, but where's the cheap prime? Our beloved Rebel XT met its end last weekend when my little brother-in-law dropped it. Doubly unfortunate, the 50mm 1.8...
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I *think* I'm ready to move from Canon, but where's the cheap prime? Our beloved Rebel XT met its end last weekend when my little brother-in-law dropped it. Doubly unfortunate, the 50mm 1.8 lens was on it at the time, and now will neither auto-focus nor even unscrew from the camera body. Phooey.
The upside is that now I can upgrade to a better model, with video capabilities to capture our 18-month-old daughter in something better than cell-phone quality. And though I'd always envisioned trading up to the latest and greatest Rebel (currently the T2i, which does seem pretty awesome), the demise of my prime now means I can start from scratch. (That was the only additional lens I'd bought, save my Lensbaby. And that may go on Craigslist; I haven't used it as much as I expected to.)
The Pentax K-x 12.4 MP Digital SLR with 2.7-inch LCD and 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL Lens (White) seems perfect for us, seeing as I hate using the flash and don't see a need for 1080p. (Though my TV can display it, my iMovie HD can't really process it, so it seems like the extra resolution would just take up space on our drive.)
A camera with great low-light capabilities and built-in autofocus (*very* excited about digging for old lenses; the Lensbaby -- and my Holga -- are giveaways that I like experimenting with photography) should fit the bill perfectly.
There's just one problem: The (lack of an) inexpensive "portrait" lens. The 50mm 1.8 went on the Rebel whenever I got ahold of the camera; my wife preferred the convenience of the zoom but I was in love with its sharpness and wide aperture. Even better, it was less than a hundred bucks. I see that Nikon sells something similar.
But what about Pentax? I hear nothing but raves about their lenses, including some regarding outstanding "value," so what do Pentax fans do to fill that niche of a low-cost, high-quality, huge-aperture lens to make an entry-level dSLR into a lightweight walk-around gem?
I ask because I'm sure there's some solution here; I'm just not seeing it. And getting ready to make the decision of whether to just move up to the T2i or try a new thing by going with Pentax. After that all that would remain is choosing a color...
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