thinking about upgrading to Pentax...your thoughts please?
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01-11-10, 08:50 PM
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True enough about the Nikon but if you've got a few Pentax-fit lenses around then the K-5 makes a better upgrade unless you go through the process of trying to sell the older kit and completely change systems. I must admit I thought the K-5 was good but not enough to put me off my eventual desire for a Full Frame camera.... now I'm fairly convinced that the K-5 has all I need.
6fps for 15 seconds is impressive but I just cannot imagine a scenario where I'd be shooting anything like that, unless I started taking news photographs. Even 3 seconds - imagine it, tap your finger on the desk 18 times in three seconds - is of no relevance to me. 39 focus points - er, the advantage being?
Likewise, I couldn't ever see myself needing anything like that kind of shot burst speed, unless I was to become a news photographer or high speed sports, etc. For those that do though, its a very attractive feature of the D7000.
When I moved from the Olympus E-510 to the Nikon D90, I greatly appreciated the extra 8 focal points and I almost felt spoilt for choice. There have been times though when I have framed a shot and the target area (subjects eyes etc) has fallen between the 11 focal points on the D90 and wish there were more. I know the D300 has 51 AF points, which to me sees a bit excessive. The D7000 with its 39 is much more in a sensible region and would prove useful. I'd certainly prefer the option of having more to use, than not having the option at all.
HinFrance, Nikon digital camera body metering for non cpu lenses has been around since at least 2005 with the launch of the D200. With regard to Nikkor 35mm lenses, if memory serves all Nikkor AI lenses, which were first introduced in 1977, can still be used on modern DSLR's. AI converted lenses from 1959-76 can also be used too. Given that, I think there is a pretty good selection to choose from the 55 million Nikkors that have rolled off the production line to date!
Video on the DSLR may not be to everyones tastes but again, its undeniably a handy feature if you don't own a dedicated video camera or don't want to carry one in addition to a DSLR. Humping a heavy camera backpack on a day out is bad enough without the additional weight of a video camera too, so it certainly has its merits. Admittedly on the D90, D3000, D5000 it was pretty much a gimick, having to manually focus and preset the exposure but, the new AF video on the new DSLR's certainly brings it beyond that. Also. if you were being unncessarily hassled by over zealous police officers, security guards or member of the public who are ignorant of the law on photography in public places, then it is also a benefit to record any unfolding events.
True the Pentax body IS certainly is a nice feature. I enjoyed it on the E-510 when using the old glass lenses I had acquired for next to nothing, including a couple of mint condition Asahi 50mm lenses and it is a shame that Nikon hasn't followed suit, which would make all their old AF lenses, VR. That, I would like to see but, I won't hold my breath lol.
Until the likes of Olympus, Panasonic, Sony and Pentax/Hoya take over the lions share of the market, I doubt Nikon or Canon would make the leap. Then again, I can't see those 4 ever knocking Nikon or Canon off the top spot. I honestly would have thought Pentax would have ranked above Panasonic in the
On paper there isn't a massive amount of difference between the D7000 and the K5. For me personally though, the additional AF points and the AF video would be useful features that would sway me towards the D7000 over the K-5.
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