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02-25-2008, 01:30 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by dosdan Quote
I saw many reviews for the Canon 400D and have owned the Canon P&S A70 & A85. When my P&S was lost by my niece 6 months ago, I decided to upgrade to a DSLR. I could have bought the market leader 400D, but when I looked around I saw that the K100D Super seemed to have a better bang-for-the-buck for my 1st venture into the DSLR field. The K10D was more expensive & complex, and frankly, was overkill because I did not know how much use I'd make of a DSLR and I didn't want to waste too much money.

Another thing that attracted me to Pextax was its underdog status. Most of the stuff I've owned in any field has come from an underdog who seemed to produce a better bang-for-the-buck than the market leader. And I find it a bit boring owning a market leader product - I don't want to follow what most people do - I distrust brands that advertise the most, whether it be cars, food, software, hardware. It must be part of my personal makeup. I'm an Aussie so that may have something to do with the attraction of the underdog.

The K100D Super has turned out to be an excellent purchase. I love being able to purchase old lenses relatively cheaply and their good quality. I like fiddling with them and trying to get the best out of them. For me it's an interest and a hobby. I don't care what most pros use or how suitable Pentax is for sports photography. These are specialist areas and require different and very expensive equipment.

I like the Pentax vibe - smaller, good quality, good value, a fair bit of character. I happen to think that at a purely technical level Canon makes the best sensors and lenses but there's no way I could afford their high-end equipment.

I don't know whether the K20D and K200D have maintained their value-for-money rating, or not. It's too early to determine that. It seems that there are still a lot of *ist D/DS/DL users here who feel that owning the latest model with the highest megapixels and fastest shot rate is not the treadmill they want to run on. I suspect I'll stay with my 6MP K100D Super for a while yet and work on becoming a better photographer first.
Good on you mate, couldn't agree more. I got the k10D for much the same reasons. I'll keep the Canon A650iS for trips where the K10D is a bit bulky, but you have hit the nail on the head as far as I'm concerned. My mate has a Canon 400D and to me it really is a toy, quite a nice one but still a toy. the Canon D40 is much more expensive than the K10D and the Nikon D80 is also dearer and not as good to my thinking.

Cheers
Brian

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