|Pentax K2000 provides a rich learning experience in a lightweight, ergonomic package. One of the smallest and lightest available designs makes the K2000 perfect for spontaneity. Easy one-handed operation with a comfortable carrying weight makes transitioning from a point and shoot trouble-free.|
|UPC||0027075147539, 027075146570, 27075147553|
|Camera Type||Digital SLR|
|Sensor Resolution||10.2 MP|
|Sensor Size||15.7 x 23.5mm|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Lens For SD||AL 18-55mm|
|Focal Length Range||18mm - 55mm|
|Focus Adjustment||Automatic, Manual|
|Lens Filter Size||52 mm|
|Auto Focus type||TTL phase detection|
|Lens Construction||8 group(s) / 11 element(s)|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 sec|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 sec|
|Exposure compensation||±2 EV range, in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps|
|Exposure Range||EV 0-21 ( ISO 100 )|
|Exposure Metering||Center-Weighted, Multi-Segment, Spot|
|Exposure Modes||Aperture-Priority, Automatic, Bulb, ISO-Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter-Priority|
|Light Sensitivity||ISO 100-3200, ISO auto (100-3200)|
|Light Sensitivity Max||1600|
|Flash Type||Pop-up Flash|
|Red Eye Reduction||Yes|
|Camera Flash Features||AF Illuminator, Flash +/- Compensation|
|Flash Modes||Fill-in Mode, OFF mode, Red-eye Reduction|
|Memory / Storage|
|Supported Flash Memory||MultiMediaCard, SD Card, SD Memory Card, SDHC Card, SDHC Memory Card|
|Optical Viewfinder Type||Eye-level mirror pentaprism|
|Viewfinder - Field Coverage||96%|
|Dioptric Correction Range||-2.5 to +1.5|
|Screen Details||LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.7" - color|
|Connector Types||1 x DC power input, 1 x USB, 1 x composite video output|
|Expansion Slot||1 x SD Memory Card|
|System Requirements for PC Connection|
|Operating System Supported||Apple Mac OS X 10.3 or later, MS Windows Vista, MS Windows XP|
|Battery Form Factor||Standard form factor|
|Still Image Format||DNG (RAW), JPEG, PEF (RAW)|
|Min Operating Temperature||0 °C|
|Max Operating Temperature||40 °C|
|Additional Features||Brightness Control, Contrast Control, Cropping An Image, DPOF Support, Digital Image Rotation, Direct Print, Highlight Point Display, Histogram Display, Interchangeable Lenses, PRINT Image Matching, PictBridge Support, RAW Processing, RGB Primary Color Filter, Resizing an Image, Saturation Control, Shadow Point Display, Sharpness Control, USB 2.0, USB 2.0 Compatibility|
|Shooting Programs||Action, Candle, Food, Kids, Landscape, Macro, Museum, Night portrait, Night scene, Night scene with portrait, Night snapshot, Pet, Portrait mode, Stage, Sunset, Surf & snow|
|Special Effects||Black & White, Blue, Color, Color Extract, Custom Effect, Cyan, Green, HDR, High contrast, Illustration, Infrared, Magenta, Orange, Red, Retro, Sepia, Slim, Soft, Starburst, Toy camera, Yellow|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||1.1 frames per second, 3.2 frames per second|
Very fast autofocus; relatively nice viewfinder; wireless flash and in-body image stabilization.
No Live View mode; poor default JPEG image settings.
Speedy performance lifts the Pentax K2000 above the cheap-dSLR masses, but bad default settings make it an iffy choice for newbies.
Average review score based on 25 user reviews
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These are good cameras for the money, often avaiable at a bargain price compared to Nikon, Canon and Sony. I've seen MSN reports about thing to never by used and cameras and lens are on the list, but I WHOLE HEARTY DISAGREE WITH THIS!!!
If you by anything used or refurbished, do you homework on the product model and brand that you are considering, there are numerous online sources for cameras; dpreview.com , stevesdigicams.com, cnet.com. Small sights might have a more unbiased review, larger sights always consider sponsorship, it may or may not reflect favoritism in the ratings.
Nowadays just about ANY DSLR will take better pictures than MOST compacts or simple point and shoot digital cameras. Some exceptions are in the $350+ range, but there you are bordering on DSLR prices.
A DLSR will usually require at minimum one 28-200/300mm zoom lens or a set of two lens 18-55/80mm, 50/70-200/300mm for good overall coverage of both wide and telephoto images. On DSLR its important to get a good low side wide angle lens, since most DSLR cameras have a magnifier value associated with there lens.
On the Pentax K2000/K100D/K110D it is a factor of x1.5 so a 18mm lens becomes a 27mm lens and 300mm lens becomes a whooping 450mm zoom lens (other cameras like Nikon, Cannon, Sony can range from x1.3 to x1.6 so they are not immune to the same phenomena - it is a factor of the CCD sensor size being smaller than a 35mm film frame). If you shoot wildlife or other subjects at distance this can be a real plus over 35mm film camera.
But if you are a fashion photo type this can be a issue under some but NOT most shooting situations (the ideal portrait lens has always been considered around 75-90mm, on a digital this is a 50-60mm lens). Landscape photos often have to take in wide expanses or shoot in cramped quarters indoors so every bit of a wide lens can be very important at one time or another when shooting this type of image. A bit more challenging for the digital photographer.
With the 2 lens kit mentioned the Pentax camera does quite well in a variety of scenes. But more important than that is that it has a larger CCD sensor (often referred to as APS size C) than most point and shoot digitals which equates to lower NOISE and higher ISO settings that give better photos in lower light conditions, truer color linearity (wider dynamic range).
UNIQUE to all three Pentax units mentioned are some in camera features beyond what I have experienced in Sony, Canon and Nikon. Pentax goes well beyond that with 14 color filter effects + b/w + sepia + soft + wide/tall options that let you do a quick edit and save in camera making the images ready for instant printing. This just might save a short or two for you that looks to plan or where the white balance just was not right where you wanted due to multiple light sources (None of the others cameras I have owned went that far with options without a lot of PC editing).
About PC editing, Nikon charges EXTAR $200+ for their advanced software, Canon bundles a basic viewer but no real editing tools, PENTAX gives you BOTH an excellent viewer which gives lens and camera settings data, PLUS a full editing program for RAW image processing at NO ADDITIONAL COST.
Nikon glass has always been KING, Pentax has as nearly long a heritage as Nikon starting with ASAHI Camera Co. Pentax responsible for line of great glass, both manual and auto focus that still work with the digital line of cameras costing less $$$
I love this camera. It was my first digital camera, stepping up from a film SLR. Lens compatibility with with the lens for my film cameras (K1000, ME-Super) was a major factor in my decision but now that I have the camera, I am even happier with it.
If you are stepping up from a basic point and shoot camera:
Buy this camera in a kit with a zoom lens. The camera will do everything your current camera does, only better. You can take your time learning all the functions and choices you have with this camera and not miss out on any shots in the interim.
If you are stepping up from a Pentax film SLR camera:
Your lenses will work just as they did on your film camera. The learning curve is not as steep as you'd expect. You won't have many of the fully automatic functions available with your old lenses but you won't miss them because you aren't used to having them. I started shooting with the digital camera the first day it arrived.
If you are stepping up from another brand of SLR or digital SLR camera:
Pentax is the finest quality you can get. They don't spend tons of money on advertising so the prices are more reasonable. Full compatibility with old lenses means you can pick up used lenses relatively inexpensively. You'll find that the Pentax cameras are better designed to fit in your hand. The shake-reduction technology on this camera is sensational and unmatched in other manufacturer's brands. Once you try a Pentax, you'll never look back to those other brands.
There's something good to be found near the end of a sales curve. As a photography professional, I'm not afraid of the obsolete. A Kodak Brownie with flash still has appeal for me. I search for deals that shout with value. And for that, I'm glad I waited to get a discount on the second-hand market. Buying this used camera was a risk. I paid a little more than I intended, but reviews of this camera's specs sold me. I am not disappointed. I would have paid more after making a few pics with what I bought. The 18-55mm lens that came with it is more than adequate for wide and close shots. I shoot in manual,so I added my favorite filters and an extra lens to expand the 18-55mm width. My plan is to add a 50-200mm lens.
The manual is free online in pdf. Documentation is excellent. If you follow current marketing trends for cameras, plan to spend $1000+ for what you get here. This Pentax is out of production, so shop with care. If you want a small, lightweight point-and-click, this is not for you. But if you want a great package, and don't mind buying a few accessories, then take a chance with this dslr.
I decided to purchase the pentax K2000 kit because it had everything I wanted and all that I needed as an entry level DSLR camera.
Out of the box, assembled and comfortably using this camera within an hour and probably could have been quicker if I was familiar with this type of camera. I previously used a Sony digital camera which I dearly love but without changeable lenses it is limited and I want to learn how to better enjoy photography as I travel. Also I was looking for a better quality of portrait for family pictures.
By experimenting with lens combinations and settings I have already taken better quality and more vibrant photos than ever before.
I highly recommend this camera, especially with the telephoto lens and wide angle adapter lens, for anyone wanting to begin learning photography with a DSLR.
After reading various reviews, I decided to try this light weight Pentax and it's been great so far. It was easy to use right out of the box with excellent photo quality under any conditions and an easy move up from point and shoot cameras. Just put everything on automatic, start taking pictures and then use the manual or help button to learn as you go to increase your knowledge base. I used Pentax 35mm SLR's for 25 years so moving to this was so easy with a huge jump in versatility and expanding my range. The menu was easy to navigate with many more options than the average p & S. It was an outstanding buy at half the cost of any used camera brand on Amazon. I do wish it had a live view due to my health issues holding a camera to use the viewfinder, but for my purposes, a tripod will work if needed.