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07-04-2011, 05:47 PM   #31
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I like my pentax lenses. Maybe I should do 2 brands. Nikon or Canon for low-light/sports/anywhere where a reliable camera is needed and Pentax for when I need to pack light and keep only the limiteds for the Pentax.
This is my solution BUT i should have gone with Nikon.

I'm using a 7D but like i should have gone Nikon, i'm adding a 5DII soon.

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Chill dude, my k10d and k7 shutter died last time. I did also wonder of jumping ship. After some checking, it was my lens which destroyed both of the shutter. Just take it to repairs.
The lens can do this to the shutter?
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The freeze is a problem with the K5 but a warranty replacement is no problem. I had the freeze happen first time with a manual focus lens with no electronic contacts. The mainboard was replaced. The second time I was using a lens without AF, can't remeber if it was an A or FA series lens. In that instance the body was replaced. I'm hoping Pentax are looking into the cause of the problem as I don't see the last of folk reporting this problem.
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Can't argue with you much.....I'm not in your shoes and my K5 is near perfect so far, not even any flash problems whatsoever.

There are things that are not easily explained....like my 43 year old son that is about to embark on his 4th marriage.......got three bad ones? Well, there are all kinds of ways to look at it, isn't there? They were all different "brands", and so is his new one......eventually he will get a "good one"......or take up golf......do you play golf?

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Hi Rupert,
Could your son be the bad one possibly? :ugh:

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I hope you'll get a good K-5 copy this time and will stay a Pentaxian.

If things don't work out, however, consider a full-frame SONY (A900 or A850). Beautiful camera. High ISO performance is not a forte but colours, smoothness of tonality, and the viewfinder are droolicious.
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I guess i must be lucky, Ive had no problems with my k5 at all, infact I feel its probably the best camera ive used to date.
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QuoteOriginally posted by psychdoc Quote
What the &****heck!!!
I like my pentax lenses. Maybe I should do 2 brands. Nikon or Canon for low-light/sports/anywhere where a reliable camera is needed and Pentax for when I need to pack light.
This is also my long term plan. At the moment its when I need to pack light Pentax + Limiteds. In the future, get a full frame Nikon/Cannon for times when I don't have to worry about the weight.
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This is also my long term plan. At the moment its when I need to pack light Pentax + Limiteds. In the future, get a full frame Nikon/Cannon for times when I don't have to worry about the weight.
It's looking more and more that I'll be heading down this road too. I suspect that I'll have to take a hit on some of my high-end K-mount glass (esp. Zeiss ZK) when I go to sell it, though.

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Went to the camera store to try out the Nikon D7000 as a possible replacement for K5 if after I send it in for repair it acts up again.

No hope of salvation! Just did not like the way it felt in my hands. Did not like the way you check for white balance options after a shot.

Guess I need to look at some Canon options. I had a friend who had a cheaper one that had some kind of jog-wheel that I detested. Hope they have one with a nicer body.

What is a comparable Canon with the K5 and Nikon D7000. Anybody?
the logical is the 7d

I tried a friends and didn't like the functionality, but actually found it better than the other canons i tried this way

i actually prefer the nikon of the 2 (still feel the pentax interface while not perfect is a damn site better than the rest

The Sony FF AFAIK are both on the discontinued file (though are still out there) and there is due to be a replacement (possibly) this fall
have to say they do well in good light with that really nice Zeiss lens assortment
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I can sympathize with those that have severe problems.....and hope that Ricoh is going to bring solutions to the problems that Hoya has not addressed...but before I would jump ship I would look closely at those Nikon and Canon Forums.....if you think you are entering a "Promised Land" it will give you a reality check that you might appreciate before you roam the desert for 40 years.....

The K5 is a fine camera...for the vast majority of users.....but the same can be said for Canon and Nikon products. To think that they are all satisfied users without similar problems is to deny reality. I want Pentax to improve their QC.....same thing many Canon and Nikon shooters want from their products.......just go look for yourself.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Rupert Quote
I can sympathize with those that have severe problems.....and hope that Ricoh is going to bring solutions to the problems that Hoya has not addressed...but before I would jump ship I would look closely at those Nikon and Canon Forums.....if you think you are entering a "Promised Land" it will give you a reality check that you might appreciate before you roam the desert for 40 years.....

The K5 is a fine camera...for the vast majority of users.....but the same can be said for Canon and Nikon products. To think that they are all satisfied users without similar problems is to deny reality. I want Pentax to improve their QC.....same thing many Canon and Nikon shooters want from their products.......just go look for yourself.

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Well put rupert

the really issue is of course mass produced electronics will have a failure rate (usually in the 5% in the first year range) Some people unfortunately get unlucky and get more problems than others. Brand will not change that
If you look even higher up the chain you'll see bitching about leica as well and hassy and phase one and mamiya..... almost always down to the electronics/computerization.....ask about issues with mechanical workhorses and you will rarely here anything beyond maintenance issues
cars are no different, for the most part actually the high performance spend more time in the shop than the middle of the road stuff (i have a Ferrari mechanic friend - he's never at a lack for work)
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QuoteOriginally posted by JohnBee Quote
I remember when we owned an Olympus and it was a dog of a camera.
Problems up the Ying-Yang!

Then a salesperson at a nearby shop convinced me to go with a Canon.
And so we returned out Oly and made the swap.
However ... as it turned-out the Canon was fairly new and riddled with quirks and OS problems - AARG! I was fit to be tied!

So we took the camera back and exchanged it for a 20D which was older but stable and we shot with that camera for about 2 years.

Then I jumped to Nikon for about a year then Pentax.

The moral of the story is that there is no safe spot when it comes to overcoming system quirks and defects. In fact... I found most all of the manufacturers that we had to deal with were pretty much the same in terms of customer care(that's shitty btw).

Anyways, I can say this.
By the time I got to Pentax, the K100 was quite mature and a godsent in terms of dependability. And so went our journey with Pentax. But while we were in transition(looking, experimenting etc) it was very rough going.
I found switching systems to be very hard on a person.

My two cents.

PS. we have two K-5's and both have been problem free so far(knock on wood).
Sorry about the problems with the K-5. As JohnBee said, all the makers have such. My sister had wanted a Nikon SLR for years. I bought her one for her birthday last year. It had a known problem and sure enough it showed up in her camera. Fortunately Amazon swapped it out no questions asked. Anyway, hope things settle down for you.
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