Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
03-15-2013, 01:16 PM   #31
Site Supporter
jatrax's Avatar

Join Date: May 2010
Location: Oregon
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 10,715
QuoteOriginally posted by woodywesty Quote
The size and comprehensiveness of this Pentax Forum boggles the mind...
Yep, please take the time to explore. Always seems like I find something else just when I think I found it all. Check the menus at the top. There is also a very good marketplace for buy/sell.

03-16-2013, 07:39 AM   #32
Loyal Site Supporter
ivanvernon's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Medina, OH
Photos: Albums
Posts: 1,953
QuoteOriginally posted by woodywesty Quote
Oh God... now you've gone and done it. I'll be on that site all weekend and my wife is going to kill me... ;-)
The size and comprehensiveness of this Pentax Forum boggles the mind...
WoodyWesty
Interesting reading this thread--your questions and the answers. Pentax Forum actually is another good reason for adopting Pentax. If you cannot get an answer to either the simplest or most complex question by searching the Forum, then just ask the question in the best one of the many forums,and you are sure to have a definitive answer within 24 hours or less!

By the way, I strongly recommend watching for non-Pentax lenses as well as Pentax. I read the comparative review of Tamron, Sigma, and Pentax 17-50 f 2.8 lenses and wound up purchasing the Tamron. It is a marvelous lens, and takes the place of almost anything within its focal length range.

Best of luck as you enter the "Pentax fraternity"!
03-16-2013, 08:21 AM   #33
Veteran Member




Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Iowa
Photos: Albums
Posts: 2,269
QuoteOriginally posted by MarkJerling Quote
Where's the K-mount discussion? I'm not aware that Pentax is suggesting dropping K-mount. I'm not sure there could be a benefit in doing that. The longstanding major benefit of Pentax is backwards compatibility with a lot of good glass in K-mount.
Yeah, if Pentax were to pull such an epic bonehead move, I would jump ship & go Nikon. I have about a dozen lenses, and when my current Pentax bodies conk out, I'll need something to work with them. If Pentax no longer makes a K-mount body, I (and every other Pentaxian) would be hosed.

I'm not too worried about it, though. That would be weapons-grade whack yourself in the head with a polo mallet repeatedly until you're dribbling on your shoes derp of the highest magnitude, and most likely it would be the end of Pentax.
03-16-2013, 10:21 AM - 1 Like   #34
Loyal Site Supporter




Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Tumbleweed, Arizona
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 5,091
QuoteOriginally posted by GibbyTheMole Quote
Yeah, if Pentax were to pull such an epic bonehead move, I would jump ship & go Nikon. I have about a dozen lenses, and when my current Pentax bodies conk out, I'll need something to work with them. If Pentax no longer makes a K-mount body, I (and every other Pentaxian) would be hosed.

I'm not too worried about it, though. That would be weapons-grade whack yourself in the head with a polo mallet repeatedly until you're dribbling on your shoes derp of the highest magnitude, and most likely it would be the end of Pentax.
I have thought quite a few of these endgame scenarios through and have come to the conclusion that if something were to happen to Pentax, I would just purchase what others are dumping. Look around and you will find quite a few folks still using their *ist bodies - which are going on 10 years old. The K100D are going on 8 years old. The K5/II/IIs basic design are going on 3 years old now, but for all intended purposes have "everything" you need. They will be taking great images for many years to come. K mounted glass - manual and screw drive will just keep going with a bit of servicing and care.

A couple of weeks ago I watched a video clip on the photographer who was putting together the 2013 Worldwide ad campaign for Porsche. Essentially an unlimited budget. What camera body was he using - a Contax 645. The last Contax body was produced in 2005.

K mount glass will always be in demand, Cannon bodies will take them and manual focusing is not a problem. I could stock pile enough K5/II/IIs bodies to serve my purposes. I really don't need any more glass.

Do I expect any of this to come to pass - NO! Do I need full frame, NO! What I see, I can go out and use and be very happy. As Ricoh and Pentax figure out what they are going to do (and I am expecting them to not do "stupid"), I am going to go out and take some images. Oh yea - I still have a few things to acquire to support (in the most literal mechanical sense) the little Q, so need to pull out the checkbook there.

Not worried about the sky falling - and if it does, it would be a potentially interesting image to capture....



03-17-2013, 12:17 AM   #35
Forum Member




Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Adelaide
Photos: Albums
Posts: 98
QuoteOriginally posted by woodywesty Quote
Wow Jatrax, I just looked at all the old Pentax glass you have. I thought I had a bunch with 5 lens's but 'you've got many more and the cream of the crop at that. I know that the old glass isn't going to be as good as the modern "good" glass but these old lens's took some pretty nice pictures for me years ago and I look forward to being able to play with them again. In the next couple years while I'm saving for that expensive Sigma 300mm 2.8 lens I want to try playing with my 300mm Super Tac if I can find a better 1.4 or 1.6 teleconverter than my aged screw mount teleconverter that looks a bit like a piece of glass from a Cole bottle bottom... ;-) And thanks for the tip on how to use the M42 lens's..

Woody Westy
No point saving for the Sigma 300 2.8 if you buy any K mount camera. Sigma don't make it in Pentax mount and probably never will.
03-17-2013, 10:20 AM   #36
Site Supporter
jatrax's Avatar

Join Date: May 2010
Location: Oregon
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 10,715
QuoteOriginally posted by Dark_Mist Quote
No point saving for the Sigma 300 2.8 if you buy any K mount camera. Sigma don't make it in Pentax mount and probably never will.
Maybe you should tell Sigma that?
Sigma 300mm F2.8 APO EX DG Lens Reviews - Sigma Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database
Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG Autofocus Lens for Pentax 195109 B&H
03-17-2013, 10:22 AM   #37
Pentaxian
normhead's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Near Algonquin Park
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 25,055
And

SIGMA 300MM F2.8 APO EX DG HSM PENTAX EX300DGP
03-17-2013, 10:39 AM   #38
Site Supporter




Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Northern Wisconsin
Posts: 703
Maybe they just don't import them to OZ... I've never understood why companies sell products in one country and not the next or why the same lens or camera cost less in the US but more in Canada or Europe?? Of course Viagra is cheaper in those countries so maybe things equal out.... ;-)

Woody Westy

03-17-2013, 11:45 AM   #39
Site Supporter
jatrax's Avatar

Join Date: May 2010
Location: Oregon
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 10,715
QuoteOriginally posted by woodywesty Quote
Maybe they just don't import them to OZ... I've never understood why companies sell products in one country and not the next or why the same lens or camera cost less in the US but more in Canada or Europe?? Of course Viagra is cheaper in those countries so maybe things equal out.... ;-)

Woody Westy
Lots of folks from OZ buy through B&H or Adorama in the states and I don't see why Henry's in Canada wouldn't ship to you either. Not sure about import duties or freight but bottom line if you want one, you can get it if you want it.

A quick search comes up with this dealer Sigma AF 300mm F/2.8 APO EX DG Lens for Pentax AUSTRALIAN STOCK | CameraPro Australia It says they are in Brisbane but they've got a web store as well. I know nothing about them, you will have find out if they are reputable on your own. At current exchange rate that is cheaper than B&H in the states (if I did the math right).
03-18-2013, 06:29 PM   #40
Senior Member
CB Knipp's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Sendai, Japan
Posts: 169
Since you state having some specific expectations and needs, then I would say the you really need to try them all and see which feels most natural to you as they are all good cameras and each is different and designed for different people. My personal ranking would be
1: Pentax K30
2: Nikon D5100
3: Canon T3

The Canon is great for video, but would be the last pick in still IQ and has the lowest build quality. On the opposite end, the Pentax has great IQ and has the best build (plus the only one with weather sealing if that matters to you) yet it lacks in the video department compared to the others. The Nikon has great IQ and good video, but is not quite as robust as the Pentax. The Pentax also feels the best in hand (to me) and has a great viewfinder. You really need to try them all in person and think what means most to you and how you plan to shoot. To me, the Pentax seems the most photography oriented and I enjoy Pentax glass. They are all good cameras though! Just my 2 cents
03-18-2013, 07:25 PM   #41
Site Supporter




Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Northern Wisconsin
Posts: 703
QuoteOriginally posted by CB Knipp Quote
Since you state having some specific expectations and needs, then I would say the you really need to try them all and see which feels most natural to you as they are all good cameras and each is different and designed for different people. My personal ranking would be
1: Pentax K30
2: Nikon D5100
3: Canon T3

The Canon is great for video, but would be the last pick in still IQ and has the lowest build quality. On the opposite end, the Pentax has great IQ and has the best build (plus the only one with weather sealing if that matters to you) yet it lacks in the video department compared to the others. The Nikon has great IQ and good video, but is not quite as robust as the Pentax. The Pentax also feels the best in hand (to me) and has a great viewfinder. You really need to try them all in person and think what means most to you and how you plan to shoot. To me, the Pentax seems the most photography oriented and I enjoy Pentax glass. They are all good cameras though! Just my 2 cents
Hi CB,
I know that Canon and Nikon have and have had for decades great selections of glass to put in front of their cameras but so has Pentax just fewer. The fact that I have five Super Takumar len's from the early 70's combined with the backward compatibility makes a new digital Pentax SLR the obvious choice. While it appears that the K5ll doesn't do video as well as Nikon and Canon I don't see the need for it in the first place so thats no loss. So I guess I'm going to keep this 40+ year affair with Pentax going and I'm sure my old Super Takumar len's will out live me.. ;-)

Woodywesty
03-18-2013, 07:29 PM   #42
Senior Member
CB Knipp's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Sendai, Japan
Posts: 169
I am glad to hear that, Woodywesty! And it is not really about how much glass a company puts out, but how much it suits your style and vision. You will (probably) never need dozens of lenses anyways. Enjoy your old lenses on your new camera!
04-16-2013, 01:59 AM   #43
Moderator
Site Supporter
MarkJerling's Avatar

Join Date: May 2012
Location: Wairarapa, New Zealand
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 6,187
QuoteOriginally posted by John Roberts Quote
I've had an Olympus digital camera for eight years and am looking to move into the DSLR world. Three cameras have caught my eye due to their affordability (for my budget) and feature set: the Pentax K-30, the Nikon D5100 and the Canon Rebel T3.

I will be using the camera for work assignments at a small weekly newspaper where I am a writer first and photographer second. By no means am I an accomplished photographer, so I usually shoot in "Auto" mode and let the camera do all the thinking for me.

I cover the gamut from car wrecks, to group shots, to live action (from the sideline) at nighttime football and basketball games. I need a camera that performs equally well in all of these environments.

Since this is a Pentax forum, the response might be predictable, but we'll see.

1) Which camera is best for me?
2) Since I often have need for a wide angle lens and, for sports, a zoom lens, which TWO lenses do you recommend for me?

Thanks, from a first-time DSLR shopper.
Hi John
If going Nikon, I would think the D5200 may be a better choice than the D5100. For the money, I'd get a K-5 over a K-30, but that's just me. The K-5 with WR kit lens goes for $849 with free shipping from Adorama. Pentax K-5 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm AL "WR" Lens, Black 14762
K-30 with WR kit lens sells for $797. Pentax K-30 Digital SLR Camera with DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR Zoom Lens, Black 15601
If your organisation already have Nikon lenses, then the Nikon may be your better choice. If you're looking for all-round good performance, in a tough package, then K-5 or K-30. K5II unfortunately is quite a bit more $$$! Pentax K-5 II Digital SLR Camera with DA 18-55 WR Lens 12027
In terms of photo quality, K-5, K-5II, K-30, D5100 and D5200 will really all give very similar results unless you start with some really good glass. (Lenses)
Kind regards,
Mark
04-16-2013, 04:32 AM   #44
Moderator PEG Judges
Kerrowdown's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Highlands of Scotland.
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 32,163
QuoteOriginally posted by First Poster Quote
but I guess I want someone to help me make up my mind about which camera is best for my needs
Will it be our fault, if you get one we recommend and you don't like it.

Enjoy doing the research with us, it's part of the fun on any new purchase, especially photographic wise.
04-16-2013, 05:03 AM   #45
Pentaxian




Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: North
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 3,894
I've touched on the user interface/system aspects of using a K30 here :
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-k-30/218715-pentax-k30-out-about-user-review.html
most reviews just focus on the spec vs spec, but its the features/interface/system of a Pentax that makes it special and joy to use (to me at least)


The lower end Nikons, one has to use only lenses with built in motors and all that mess.
Personally, I dislike the messy arrangement and to me Nikon's worth are in higher end cameras.

Canon cameras, you get what you paid for. (ie. less if you pay less)
At least no motor/non-motor lenses to pay attention to. (which I like)

I know for sure, the K30 CDAF is faster than your other 2 options. (even a 60D is far slower)
The K30 also is weather sealed, which the 2 are not. (just get a cheap 18-55WR for rainy days)

As for lenses, start with the 18-55WR.
Photo journalistic style, with a fast prime, personally, I'd use a DA35/2.4; DA40/2.8 or DA50/1.8; FA50/1.4
Unfortunately for sports and if you need long lenses, you get what you pay for on any brand.
Long fast lenses are not cheap, so if on a tight budget, then its the 55-200; 55-300; 70-200 of the brand you choose.
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
camera, dslr, lens, pentax, pentax help, photographer
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Will a new K mount lens for a DSLR work on my ME Super? iamtheju Pentax Film SLR Discussion 5 12-27-2012 06:53 AM
My experience with carrying a dslr for 3 days of a wooden boat festival philbaum Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 26 09-16-2011 08:55 AM
Cityscape Shopping for boats Kammerer Post Your Photos! 5 05-18-2011 07:45 PM
Shopping for primes : a fast lens & a landscape one...Dazed and confused... S0l Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11 01-14-2011 02:16 PM
shopping for a wide: 28mm SMC vs Takumar, or even a 21mm DA limited?! shoey Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 11-02-2006 07:11 AM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 05:26 AM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top