thinking about upgrading to Pentax...your thoughts please?
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29-10-10, 12:33 PM
Join Date: Oct 2009
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... and I'm really happy with my K10d. Oddly, it dropped out of my backpack today, about four feet onto tarmac..... not a single problem, or even a scratch. I think it may have been thanking me for my support!
I've got a K10D and a K20D. For me the two key things about Pentax cameras are:
1) tough as old boots - important for someone as clumsy as I am. Both my bodies have been dropped (several times in the case of the K10D, once onto concrete from the roof of a 4X4 with a heavy 28-300 lens on). They are physically strong and weatherproof - I use my K10D snowboarding without any issues at all.
2) loads of user features that you thought you would never need, but turn out to be very useful in the end - examples are multiple exposure, auto 5 shot bracketing for HDR (not even available on a 7D) and the intervalometer on the K20D
The focusing is slower with non HSM lenses than Cankons, but accurate (and micro adjustable lens by lens). I have never understood why anyone would want multipoint focusing as the first thing I do with every camera I have is switch it to centre spot, and I have never been troubled by waiting for a focus lock. BUT if you want to shoot sports a Pentax would be a less than ideal choice I believe.
I also like the fact that you can use every Pentax SLR lens ever made from M42s through to the current range. I particularly like my Chinon f1.7 50mm which cost me £12 on eBay. Pentax colour rendition is also very pleasing to my eye, but now we are firmly in the realms of personal taste.
And that, in the end is what it comes down to. Are you happy with the camera in your hands? There really are no duffers on the market any more. I'll guarantee that whatever choice you make will give you pleasure and reliable service. I'm sure, however, that Pentax (and Sony) offer much more bangs per buck that anything from Cankon.
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