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Pentax DA 21 3382.50%
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01-26-2012, 05:50 AM   #1
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Pentax DA 21 limited or Fuji X10?

Okay here's my question. I shoot primarily with primes using my Kr. My lenses are currently, da 14, smc F 50 1.7, fa 77. I have a da 35 limited, but I want something a little wider and more compact. I'm selling my da 35 limited to fund either a da 21 (in silver hopefully) or a Fuji X 10 for its size and focal range. I know that lenses do not really go down in value and that bodies do due to technological advances. I carry usually 1-2 lenses and my Kr in my Domke bag to class and would like something more compact. I was looking at an XZ-1 at first but the 2/3" sensor is so much better. What would you do if you were in my position and have a budget of about $500-600?

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01-26-2012, 06:44 AM   #2
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Considering this is Pentax forums, we may be a bit biased here! When will the 35 show up at the Marketplace?
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I was recently making the same choice, except that I wanted a fast wide angle pancake. I finally went with a Samsung NX100. It has an APS-C sensor and I like the controls. Available pancake lenses for it include a 20mm f2.8 or 30mm f2. Whole package gently used still cheaper then the Fuji. I considered the Fuji X10 and X100, but decided against them because I heard negative things about their ergonomics. Still, I wouldn't mind having either a DA21 or DA35
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I bought an X100 and sold my DA 21 Limited............I still have a 15mm Limited and 40mm Limited for my K5...........I love my X100 (and its ergonomics).....I've heard very good things about the X10

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The X10 has too many quirks in my opinion and drops to 6 MP as soon as the riding gets just a bit rough. I'd stay with the K-r. If you haven't checked the review yet you may wish to do so:

Fujifilm X10 Review - Introduction -
01-26-2012, 09:13 AM   #6
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Buy the 21. Its a nice lens. Wait a little longer to see how the premium compact camera market shapes up.
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Thanks for the replies!
@RickParkhurst: I am not selling it(my DA 35 Ltd.) on the Marketplace right now as I'm in Poland and there's not awhole lot of people in Europe that shoot Pentax.
@Gaberlunzi: I thought about that as well! Infact I thought about getting a u4/3 such as a Panasonic GF3, but decided against it because I will end up getting LBA for that and I will have to feed two systems... so not a good idea...
@GDRoth: I heard mixed things about the handling. But when I held the X100 and the X10 I liked the feel of them both... Shame that the X100's sensor wasn't in the X10 even if it had a slightly shorter range...
@Ole: I will be keeping my Kr, don't worry about that :-P

Gaber has a good thought though, I'll look into Panasonic once again, I like the samsung sensor, but I'm not a fan of it's DR. Off to do more thinking :-P
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@sameagle: I was trying to get the lens over here in Poland, one of the authorized retailers of Pentax listed the DA 21 in Silver! I would like to get it but it looks like that was an error on their part. SO now the questions still is a regular DA 21 in black or an X10?

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Have they fixed the white disc problem yet?

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The Fuji X10 is a problematic camera. Quite a number of my friends who have it have experienced stuck aperture issues.
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I'd go for a m4/3 camera w/ a pancake lens (a Pany GF3 or Oly PEN mini w/ either a Pany 14/2.5 or 20/1.7) instead of a Fuji X10 if I'd go for a smaller camera w/ decent image quality.
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I'd get the DA21 Ltd AND a cheap compact to carry around... I have a Fuji F11 (need a new battery) and an Olympus c5050 (only 5m-pxl but £30) as digital carry rounds... The Oly has a hotshoe and full manual control which proves useful and the Fuji F11 you just point and shoot but produces nice pictures... Both small enough for a jacket pocket... The Fuji smallest...
But this week I've only shot mz-7 35mm and loved it... With Either F35-70 or FA50 it's very discreet slung on one shoulder and masses of fun...
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DA21 won't depreciate as much as a new camera will, so you may want to think about that aspect.
You only mentioned that you want something smaller and wider, so it seems you don't really need something real small like a pns/x10/m4/3 camera.

The X10 is a far easier package to carry around if that is what you are looking for, but rather pricy for a pns.

I'd rather go for a m4/3 camera like a GF3/EPM1/EPL3 for the benefits of larger sensor size and excellent sized and performing primes.
Reduced redundancy too when the body becomes outdated.
In fact an excellent 2nd hand G1/EPL1/GF1 etc can be had for a song (ie. ~$200); same 12mp sensor as the latest Olympus EP3 series.
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Why carry two camera if you only need to get a lens for one camera? Keep the system running - or consider the X1pro get camera and lens and check out if you want to switch systems ... The DA21 will work on future Pnetx cameras, you understand your current camera well and don't have to learn a new camera....

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