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|07-03-2013 11:17 AM|
|ybilas||Is there a new coupon? The ones in OP don't work anymore|
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|06-28-2013 09:17 PM|
|06-28-2013 12:54 PM|
The only thing pentax really need to improve on is the ability to change fstop on the fly instead of lock in. It could be a firmware change but they rather just gay us and sell a new camera.
|06-28-2013 12:41 PM|
|06-28-2013 08:12 AM|
|06-28-2013 08:08 AM|
Pentax has better color depth than the 60d, better exposure range, better construction, weather sealing, in-camera shake reduction, a larger lens base, better low-light performance, etc etc. 60d has a slightly higher megapixel count (which is not necessarily a plus on the same sized sensor...less light per pixel, but still a potential plus if you blow things up to wall sized), a better luxury class lens selection (if you're a birder, or a wildlife shooter, Pentax is probably not your best bet because it has a more limited selection in the $10,000 and up range of lenses.) For the vast majority of people though, it simply doesn't matter. For someone just getting into dSLRs, who has to buy into a system, one way or another, it's probably a question of what they want to shoot, where, and how much they are looking to spend. If they're going to be entry-intermediate and never delve into full frame, Canon and Nikon really lose any significant advantages, and Pentax's advantages make it a better choice. Pentax's lack of FF and pro-level longer lenses mean it's not a choice for most pro's. But honestly, those folks aren't coming here to find gear deals
|06-27-2013 08:46 PM|
|ineto||so like this DSLR, but at $624 I just can't afford it.|
|06-27-2013 08:41 PM|
|dyce||focus peaking and built in image stabilization (sensor shift) should make this a great camera for using any manual lens with a dummy adapter right?|
|06-27-2013 06:14 PM|
This is a good price if you really want to get into the Pentax system or already have a bunch of Pentax lenses, but honestly most people would be better off with a Canon or a Nikon.
I used Pentax exclusively for doing a lot of photography for work for several years and recently switched to a Canon 5D MKII because I needed to step up to a full frame camera and have been shocked at the difference in image quality.
The shots I was getting from my Pentax cameras were always soft and dull and needed a lot of processing to look right, but the shots I'm getting from the 5D are nearly perfect right out of the camera.
I still have a soft spot for Pentax because I love being able to collect and use really old lenses, but their sensors and in-camera processing just aren't as good as those from Canon/Nikon.
|06-27-2013 05:04 PM|
|06-27-2013 04:30 PM|
|06-27-2013 04:19 PM|
|MarnieC||Probably a silly question... Any chance my EXTENSIVE Pentex 35mm Lens collection wud work on this? On ANY DSLR's?|
|06-27-2013 02:55 PM|
Don't know if any of this will help anybody but I did a lot of reaserch/thinking/debating on what Pentax system (wanted the weather resistance) to buy over the last week or so.
I determined I'd go with the K-5 (when it was $634 from buydig) and pick up a WR 18-135 lens off Amazon for $400 (likely grey market) as from what I had read this is the best all around WR lens and I intended to use this on a long motorcycle trip so space is limited. Then the K-30 with the WR 18-55 deal for $500 from Hunts photo was posted. After even more reaserch and determining it was enough for me (and a better overall deal IMO) I went with the K-30. The only thing I really preffered on the K-5 was the tougher shell. Recieved the K-30 camera and am very happy, but then I wanted a lense with longer reach so I did more lense research. This turned out to be a great resource: http://www.pentaxforum
I was thinking of going with the WR 50-200 as it is cheaper than the 18-135 WR and has a bit longer reach as I will be taking mainly outdoor/wildlife photos on the trip. I then started looking at lenses in the 50/55/70-300 range (none being WR) and found the Pentax DA 55-300 had great reviews for the price ($~350) which was still cheaper than the 18-135 WR (but twice the price of some of the other brand lenses). Then I found out there is a DA-L 55-300 that is supposed to be a kit lense that shares the same optics but looses the hood, metal mount, and quick shift focusing of the DA for $100 less. I ended up ordering the DA-L 55-300 and will see how it goes carrying 2 lenses on a week long motorcycle trip I will be doing next week. If it is a hassle I will purchase a WR 18-135 and leave the others at home (or sell them) when I take my multi-month trip later this summer.
So I ended up with a K-30, 18-55 WR, and DA-L 55-300 for ~$750 which is ~$300 less than I'd have paid for the K-5 with 18-135 WR and I think (well hope) the K-30 with the 2 lenses will be a better system for me. Granted everyones situation is different so this may not be an ideal setup for others.
TL-DR: Planned to get a K-5 with WR 18-135, but ultimately decided to go with a K-30, 18-55 WR and DA-L 55-300 for ~$300 less. YMMV. Lots of good info here: http://www.pentaxforum
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