Summary: I bought my KX used in 1977. It was my second 35mm SLR (after using an old Praktica for a few years), and I have literally taken tens of thousands of photos with it. I was only 14 when I bought it, and it was really a top-of-the-line 35mm at that time. As a school newspaper and yearbook photographer, I got a ton of experience using the KX and it was an ideal camera for a student photographer.
Pros: Absolute reliability. Built like a tank. Superb metering, huge selection of compatible lenses, including the wonderful Pentax SMC line. Also, any Prakica/Pentax screw mount lens is easily adaptable to this camera. The only, minor, fault that I can think of for this camera is that it's exposure meter uses up batteries relatively quickly, but as the batteries are cheap and readily available, this is of minor consequence. Best of all, KX's are common today and inexpensive.
Cons: The aforementioned tendency to use up batteries quickly--hardly a liability. I also would have liked a split image focusing screen, but in practical terms, I never found the existing focusing aids to present any sort of liability. A great, great, camera.
Summary: I bought a Pentax K-x with the 18-55 and 50-200mm lenses for $539.It was a really great deal. This is my first DSLR camera. I have always just had a point and shoot camera and boy is there a difference.There is so much to learn and the manual will be your best friend if you do not have any prior experience. My first Pentax k-x had a black dot on the viewfinder,but amazon quickly sent me another one the very next day with no problems.The second camera was perfectly fine.
Summary: This is my first digital SLR camera. I just chose this because of its color. Almost all SLRs are just black and look everything same. But this is different. When I'm using this outside and people just say "I love your camera!". If you want something unique, this is good one. Of course it's pretty good and useful camera. Easy to use for beginner, and I think it has all basic functions as any other camera has.
Summary: I ordered my camera 1.14.2011 & got it 1.15.2011. I love it! Granted I am still reading up on everything. I have a traditional 8 mp digital & still love taking pics with my good ol' 35 mm. The K-x fits right in. The two lenses are great. My fave feature so far is the manual option. Do invest in a UV filter & read all of the other reviews, they helped a lot when it came time to purchase.
Summary: This camera is probably the best entry-level DSLR you can buy today. Let's start off with it's amazing price: The K-X is practically a steal for this price. I say this because usually if you purchase a camera with the amount of features and software that this one has, you'd probably be looking in the higher hundreds. Now, just because this is technically an entry level DSLR doesn't mean that it is weak on taking excellent photos.
Summary: I have had this camera for four months now and am really impressed. It has a lot of bang for the buck. You can keep it as simple as you want or take advantage of all the manual settings. The menu is very simple to navigate. I bought this on a recommendation from my brother who not only sells cameras, but owns two of this model now. When I saw the red one, I knew I had to have it.
Summary: I was looking for a starter DSLR, and after a little research I decided this would be a good choice- trust me, it was. Don't let the pink fool you, it gives great results even in low light. Once you play with it a little, you'll find it's easy to switch to fully manual mode to capture images exactly how you want. It was a big step up from my point and shoot, but it wasn't intimidating because everything is easy to figure out.
Summary: Stock lens is a stock lens. Don't rate the body based on the "eh" lens. That's with ALL cameras in this range. I've only had it for a little bit and this camera feels like it was invented by me. Every function in every step I'd want it to be just happens to be that way. I use Canon and Nikon at work all the time and they are not intuitive for me at all but this Pentax is perfect!
Summary: I'm a first time DSLR user and did a lot of research. I came down to the penatx and a cannon, I ended up getting the pentax and couldn't be happier. It's set up really well for first time DSLR users and the manual was actually readable. The in-camera color filters are amazing and camera itself is pretty simple to figure out. Definitely would recommend for anyone looking for an amazing camera at a very affordable price.