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01-18-2016, 08:52 PM   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by geotux Quote
I sometimes I wonder what it is that makes the proud owners of a Pentax tick. I suppose, apart from the K-mount, which is certainly one of the biggest reason to be a Pentax fan, the fact that its not Canon or Nikon means that you are not following the masses and you feel unique?
The camera doesn't make me unique. My photos do. One thing Pentax brings is bold colors and contrast you don't see as much with the other brands unless they're doing multiple exposures. At least, my immediate colleagues can't harvest colors like I do. I feel like the "washed out" look that's all the rage now is simply because the camera/lens does that and it's too much work to pump it.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Murra54 Quote
If Stan the statistician is still standing perhaps he could compile some information regarding the correlation between owning a K1000 and still using Pentax
I'm not sure there'd be a lot there -- for decades I've been meeting people who "started with a K1000 and loved it" and then switched brands and pretty much don't even know Pentax made any other models.

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01-18-2016, 09:56 PM   #33
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I've just posted a preliminary summary of the reasons non-Pentax-users might opt for Pentax this year as part of a separate project at https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/137-photographic-industry-professionals/3...-2016-a-4.html

Feel free to comment and respond to these rankings.

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01-18-2016, 10:47 PM   #34
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High quality image making at the lowest cost. No nonsense approach to their cameras and lenses. Shooting with an iconic brand that is as relevant today as it has ever been.

My Canon and Nikon shooting buddies thought I had lost my mind when I let go of my Canon system and switched to Pentax. After seeing what can be done with the Pentax system, they stopped laughing. When they found out how much less I had spent for the gear, they started crying! When they see the new kick ass FF, and the price tag, they are going to go into cardiac arrest!

And this tidbit no one has mentioned... Diana Krall singing about taking pictures with her Pentax. Now, how many brands can claim they are featured in a hit song?

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QuoteOriginally posted by btnapa Quote
And this tidbit no one has mentioned... Diana Krall singing about taking pictures with her Pentax. Now, how many brands can claim they are featured in a hit song?


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Pentax just seems to be a more honest brand to me, cf. Canikon.
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I had Ricoh XR-P film camera and a small selection of K Mount manual lenses. Obvious choice was Pentax. Once I picked up a friends Nikon D something or other and had trouble finding the controls so I put it down again. Never looked back
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QuoteOriginally posted by clawhammer Quote
Honest answer? The same reason I drive a Subaru...
I've just realised my K5 has the same boxy squared off lines as my Impreza. There's your answer.

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I used to be a Canonist before I figured out what I really wanted. As a Canonist I hoped for built in IS, but in 2008 I realized that would not happen. At that time lenses with IS was a lot more expensive then similar lenses without. I didn't want to pay for multiple IS units. Another thing that bothered me with Canon was the CR2 raw format. I use some windows computers and some Linux, and it was a little, but unnecessary hassle to get the files supported and opened. Yet another thing was build quality. Decent build quailty and large bright view finders was way more expensive over at Canon. That brings me to my reasons to choose Pentax. First K200D, later K-5 and probably a K-1 later this year.

- Built in stabilization both saved me money compared to buy lenses with it and got me stabilization in lenses that was simply not possible with Canon (like wide angles and fast primes)
- Old lens support made the transition from Canon easier (I had a few old lenses after my dad)
- DNG raw format
- The only solid build WR APS-C cameras in my price range
- The largest and brightest view finders in my price range
- Unbeatable image sensor performance (K-5 in 2010) for my type of photography
- No notable drawbacks for my type of photography (I don't need ultra fast AF, 1/250s flash sync or thetering)
- Slightly larger sensors makes slightly theoretically better image quality (relevant for future upgrades) and more importantly, gives me slightly wider angles of view and utilizes slightly more of the lenses image circle.
- I usually prefer underdogs because I don't want to be a sheep and because smaller companies usually have better offerings to compete with the larger ones that floats more easily on market share and brand name. If everybody think as sheep, (large group predator protection), then monopolies would form, prices increase and innovation go into hibernation, only waking up to kill newcomers. Healthy competition enhances innovation and value for money. That is the ideology and logic behind supporting underdogs.

Some of these points can be summarized as bang for the buck. Some are more by chance (that i had a couple of old lenses) and other are more about ideology. No other brand had a more compelling combination when I made the made the jump from Canon, and that is still the situation 8 years later.

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1. Bang for the buck. (The lenses used to be cheaper as well)
2. Ergonomics
3. The Limiteds
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I started off with prejudice towards Pentax, having liked one a friend at uni had in the late 70s - so the ME super was as good as anything in the price bracket in the early 80s when I bought my first camera. When that ground to a halt (following immersion in mountain stream), I saw no reason to change brand - cameras were becoming more automated, but the was still not a huge lot to choose between brands. I was aware that Pentax was already trailing a little in AF- I think their relationship with Honeywell might have worked aganst them there - but nobody's AF was so good that it wasn't quicker by hand - so I bought and SFXn - after that I started accumulating a few decent lenses, and I was locked in. The only time I might have jumped ship was with digital, but I was using 67s by then, and digital simply couldn't get anywhere near the IQ - so I didn't go digital until the K10D had been out for 18 months or so.I though hard about Canon, but I couldn't do it. I still couldn't imaging using a different brand (sad but true) and Pentax has everything I want. It might not be the best at any one thing (possible exception weather-sealing), but for a non-specialist who wants cameras that will take punishment and whatever the weather can throw at them, they are the best package by far - and having stayed with them through some difficult times, which change when they are back up there with Ricoh's impetus.
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I guess I would say to me, in general, I think that Pentax has a philosophy that fits with the way I shoot. Nice, well built products, great ergonomics and great value. I have found, looking at other brands, that they tend to have two tiers of lenses -- cheap (consumer zooms, 35 f1.8/50mm f1.9) and really expensive. Very few of the lenses fall in the middle, which seems to be covered more by third party products. But it seems that Pentax has a lot of glass in that middle area and it is really nice glass too.

I bought into Pentax in the beginning because it was a good deal, I stay with them because of the glass. Not because they make the fastest lenses out there, but because they make interesting lenses with more focus on out of focus rendering, perhaps, than on border sharpness. Camera bodies come an go, but good glass stays for a long time.

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I am a hobby photographer (although my wife does shoot professionally) and Pentax allows me to capture the images the world around me and capture little bits of my kid's growing up with small, well built lenses that seem to make things look their best. I've grown over time as a photographer and it feels like my gear as allowed me to do that and never gotten in the way.

Who could ask for anything more?
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I had actually gone into the shop to buy a Nikon, but after picking up the K30 and K5 the Nikons felt like plastic toys compared. The Pentax just felt more substantial and fitted perfectly into my hand. Plus of course the two control dials and bright viewfinder - I was sold! Another poster said something similar but I too own a Subaru for the same reason, it doesn't feel like a toy.
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QuoteOriginally posted by geotux Quote
So why do you think Pentax makes the difference?
Because the 15mm Limited controls my mind
01-19-2016, 07:21 AM   #45
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QuoteOriginally posted by luftfluss Quote
Good one. I should have said camera brands, namely our friendly Canon and Nikon brands!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Rondec Quote
I guess I would say to me, in general, I think that Pentax has a philosophy that fits with the way I shoot. Nice, well built products, great ergonomics and great value. I have found, looking at other brands, that they tend to have two tiers of lenses -- cheap (consumer zooms, 35 f1.8/50mm f1.9) and really expensive. Very few of the lenses fall in the middle, which seems to be covered more by third party products. But it seems that Pentax has a lot of glass in that middle area and it is really nice glass too.

I bought into Pentax in the beginning because it was a good deal, I stay with them because of the glass. Not because they make the fastest lenses out there, but because they make interesting lenses with more focus on out of focus rendering, perhaps, than on border sharpness. Camera bodies come an go, but good glass stays for a long time.

FA 31 limited



DA 40 limited.



FA 77 limited.



I am a hobby photographer (although my wife does shoot professionally) and Pentax allows me to capture the images the world around me and capture little bits of my kid's growing up with small, well built lenses that seem to make things look their best. I've grown over time as a photographer and it feels like my gear as allowed me to do that and never gotten in the way.

Who could ask for anything more?
Nice pics. Great examples of what each one of these lenses is capable of.
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