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03-13-2011, 10:20 AM - 2 Likes   #1
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I am proud to have a Pentax.

I have many friends who have Canons, Nikons, and Sony cameras, but no one else in my camera club has a Pentax. This thread is not meant to be a challenge to non-Pentax users nor to dedicated Pentax photographers. I have read about and seen lots of other DSLRs and have consistently felt that the quality of the camera has less to do with excellence than the quality of the person using it.

Yesterday, I joined with several other club members to "shoot" birds of prey at a nearby state park. One of my fellow shooters noticed my bright red and black "PENTAX" strap and asked me why I had bought a Pentax? I explained as I have in the past that I had started with a Pentax 35mm slr camera many decades ago. I had always liked their quality and when I upgraded from one camera body to another I kept some of the lenses that were interchangeable on all Pentax slrs or dslrs.

While shooting the raptors I regularly used the HDR feature of my K20D. It is so easy and automatic to do. Press a button, turn a wheel or two and bingo, every time you press the button the camera responds with three shots. During the shooting I got a few questions. Like do you always shoot HDR? No. Why are you doing it with birds that move. Because if the bird moves you can always keep one or two of the three.

When we got back to our cars, the Nikon shooters and the Canon shooters with very new and expensive dslrs began asking each other questions about HDR. Do you know how to take HDR photos? What button do you push. A Canon guru said he thought there was a button somewhere on the camera body that could set it up, but thought you might have to reset it for each shot. A Nikon user said he knew how to set it up, but has to press the button three times to get the range of HDR settings.

I mentioned that my Pentax is so easy to set. One button, two wheels and it would shoot HDR automatically. They thought a moment or two and said well they think their cameras might be able to do that too, but they just didn't know how. A Canon loyalist who teaches photography told the others that she had not only read the manual but two other books on her new Canon, and she could not find an easy way to do it. The Canon guru said he thought it had something to do with a button on top, but would research it after he got home.

I tried not to look smug while I thought, thank goodness I have a Pentax.

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I neve used HDR before though I have a K20D. Time to read the manual.
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The feature you are talking about is auto bracketing. I share your pride. 'nuf said.
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I agree with{ thank goodness I have a Pentax}. I still have my first Pentax even being over 30 years old every thing in it still works. All the lenses I have bought and have fitting my Dslr is a big plus. When I upgrade from my ist DL to a more modern Pentax (I plan on keeping the DL ). knowing that I can use all my lenses is a big plus.
Pentax in my opinion has always delivered more bang for the buck for me than the others

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I was looking at some old cameras in this antiques place that I went to for the first time yesterday. The guy who owned that particular case was going on and on about the Canon cameras and lenses in the case completely ignoring the Pentax and the Yashica in there.

I finally said "Excuse me, but can I see the Pentax?" and he looked at me like I was from Mars. I was checking out the lens and he finally asked me "Why out of all the cameras in there I went for the Pentax of all things?" I couldn't help but laugh.

We had a nice little talk about the versatility of Pentax, about quality of glass, and being able to use old lenses on DSLR's et all. Yashica too. I think he came away with a better respect for the brand after that, but seriously he was so puzzled at first. It was like those two brands, Pentax and Yashica didn't even register with him at first.

I nearly bought the ME for the lens actually till I got a good look at it and noticed that the lens had been pretty well scrubbed. It was in nice shape otherwise though and the Yashica looked almost new and had an ML lens on it. If I didn't already have a 50ML and an FRI I might have gone for that one, but I don't much care for the FX3 actually....
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We have a weekly challenge which I have been doing quite well with but our other shooters like to rag on me about Pentax so I just say thank you.....when they asked why I stated that I must be a pretty good photog to do so well in the weekly challenge with such "substandard" equipment
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I too was the only Pentaxian in my local ametuer photographer society.

I am now joined by a new first time Pentaxian who has just bought herself a K-r after completeing a DSLR course and over 1 year of researching.

Did she select it based on the excellent high ISO perfomance?...... no
Compact lightweight handling chassis?........ no
access to millions of legacy lenses? .......no
the Limited primes, perhaps? ...........no

because it came in HOT PINK ? !! ..... YES! < rolls eyes >
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Whenever I get asked why, I say why not!
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I am somewhat proud to own a few fine Pentax cameras.
And some Kodaks. And some Minoltas. And some Sony's.
And a couple each Argus, Mamiya, Petri, Praktica, Voigtlander.
And a Canon, a Conley, a K-W G&T, an Olympus, and a Zeiss.

Why am I proud of these? I dunno. Because I should be?
I'm fond of good ones I've found, and good ones I've inherited.
The inheritances are special, connecting me with Dad and uncles.
I'm not so proud of some trash cams, but they will be recycled.

I'll restate this. I am NOT proud of my K20D -- I am HAPPY with it.
Same as with the vehicles I drive or ride, the utensils I eat with.
I am happy with my tools and accessories. They keep life lively.
But I see no reason to be especially proud of the hammer I use.

Do I like not being part of a Canon-Nikon-Sony-Olympus 'herd'?
I dunno. I suppose so. Whatever. That's not a big concern to me.
I bought Pentax for quality and cost-benefit, not to avoid herds.
If I had money, my next cameras might be Sony: a850 and a NEX.

I am happy to own Pentax. I am happy to be on these forums.
I am happy to own a couple hundred lenses. I try not to brag.
Bragging about gear either means, "I'm clever!" or, "I'm rich!"
I *must* be clever, buying good lenses cheap. I sure ain't rich.

What, I'm not a proud flag-waving Pentaxian? Shoot me now...
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At a recent company event I was asked by a friend, who I recently discovered was a freelance photog, "why Pentax?". He shoots Nikon. My response "I'm a free thinker". After that event which I shot a couple hundred shots my company event photographer and our media manager were both surprised by the quality of shots. They normally deal in Canon. Looks like I'll have 6 or 7 shots printed in the company mag with distribution of ~5000.

Pride < Joy IMO
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I think Pentax users benefit from the fact that Pentax has fewer lines of cameras and so they don't feel like they need to leave out features in order to protect their upper end lines.

I do think that brand names you choose says something about you. Some people feel better using a brand name that everyone else around them uses, while others like to be different. Not a big deal either way.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rondec Quote
I do think that brand names you choose says something about you. Some people feel better using a brand name that everyone else around them uses, while others like to be different. Not a big deal either way.
A brand says something about you if you let it; or it will be interpreted as meaning / saying something, whether you intended that or not. Some people *are* driven by the marketing, which to me too often looks like bait-and-switch: Buy this entry-level Rebel with kit.lens and you too can be published in NAT.GEO and SI and HUSTLER, is the implicit message. And sure, some want to make a statement: I want Nikon to show that I'm a pro, or Pentax because it's NOT Canikonympus, or Leica because I'm f*cking rich, or Kodak because I'm All-American, or Sakar 'cause I'm, like, really REALLY cheap.

Some may just grab whatever looks like a good deal, or is on sale, at their usual big.box store. Or they read CONSUMER REPORTS, and get whatever is labeled a BestBuy -- not fanboys, just pragmatists. They probably have other matters to worry more about, so the camera is just another appliance purchase, not a statement of personal identity. Like, do you obsess over having only Hitachi kitchen hardware? Are you a Frigidaire fanboy? Others follow a brand because of familiarity. My stereo and video and laptop and P&S are all Sony and I like their reliability, so my dSLR will be Sony too. I almost went that route, and I'm seriously considering a a850 and a NEX.

And some will want one of everything. We have more than a few members here with multiple dSLR systems, pro or not. And others who TRY everything, switching systems every few months. And others who just do whatever the voices in their heads instruct them. If your personal demons demand that you buy a Hassy, what choice do you really have?

And the vast majority of camera buyers and users will never ever participate in a forum like this; will never ever obsess over or even think about a camera brand; will never ever concern themselves with anything but getting 'good' snapshots of friends and family and vacations and parties and pets etc. They are the silent majority. We are enthusiasts, activists. Not necessarily fanboys; but we care enough about photography to argue the merits of craft and art and gear and ethics. How many here self-identify as Pentaxians? Vs, how many self-identify as Photographers? Or as Artists or or Illustrators or Scientists or Engineers or Spies or Pornographers who happen to use cameras for their work? Can't we all get along?
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The club that I belong too has all kinds of cool cameras in it. I use Pentax because to me its like an old shoe. Very familiar and very comfortable. I like that. Makes photography easier for me.

My buddies feel the same way about their canikons and they should. I also drive my convertible Mustang because I'm a fan of Mustangs. It works for me.
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