paul stenquist pnstenquist at comcast.net
Mon Oct 12 22:42:49 EDT 2009

On Oct 12, 2009, at 10:33 PM, Dennis Gibson wrote:

> In looking around I see it's commonly bundled with both the 18-55mm  
> kit lens and a fairly decent (GN 66 at ISO 100) looking but fixed  
> position hot shoe flash. No bouncing off ceilings like I like to do.
> Costco strikes again. On their web site they're selling the K2000,  
> 18-55mm lens and 50-200mm lens shipped for $499.99. Then they throw  
> in a free 2GB SD card. They're calling it a "Hot Buy: $50 off is  
> reflected in the price. While supplies last". Sounds pretty hot to  
> me. Expedited shipping to Southern California is $3.79!! Of course  
> if you don't like it they'll refund your money at any Costco  
> warehouse with no questions asked. I can't think of any reason not  
> to go for this.
> I bought the latest greatest just hit the market Canon superzoom  
> from them last month for $10.00 under MSRP. They threw in a free 2GB  
> SD card then too. Expedited shipping was $6.11 and it came UPS  
> Second Day Air. They also had an HP 8GB SD card with 100 free prints  
> from Costco for $19.99 shipped. I grabbed that too. It doesn't seem  
> to be there anymore.
> Does anyone know what dpreview.com has against Pentax? Most reviews  
> of Pentax products are at the least fairly negative. They just  
> reviewed the K-7 and have nits to pick about it. http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/pentaxk7

I found that review positive for the most part. They're correct about  
jpeg noise, because Pentax doesn't crush it with in-camera processing.  
Note that they gave it a "highly recommended" rating.

> They're not all that thrilled with the K2000 either. They thoroughly  
> cover all of the aspects; maybe the other reviews are more from the  
> view of a consumer.
> I'm off to find my Costco membership card.
> Dennis
> Santa Barbara, CA
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