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View Poll Results: Why a Pentax DSLR?
Price 52750.62%
Better Options 41039.39%
Loyal Follower 24423.44%
Good Optics 40038.42%
Hate the main stream big brands like canon and nikon 19118.35%
Just do, that's all 625.96%
Other.. please specify 23722.77%
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09-10-2009, 09:07 PM   #226
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Re-entered film on Pentax SLRs, built up a nice collection of Pentax glass, took a hiatus, then came back on digital.

09-11-2009, 07:34 AM   #227
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Had a compact cam. Researched around and on the bottom line Pentax was cheaper than C or N for the same kind of equipment. No-brainer.
09-12-2009, 06:51 AM   #228
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Other / Optics

I had too much Pentax glass to consider anything else. I bought the K20D in April '09 w/ the SMC PENTAX-DA* 1:2.8 50-135mm ED (1F) SDM.

I'm not entirely happy with the crippled k-mount, but have learned to make it work with some of the wonderful M glass that I have. The most often used lens in my bag is the SMC PENTAX-M MACRO 1:4 100mm which I use to photograph my spouse's glass art (beads) for eBay. The SMC PENTAX-M 1:2.8 28mm has also spent a fair amount of time on this body.
09-12-2009, 04:09 PM   #229
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I checked all of them !

Other : I love the film cameras ! I can use all my lenses on all my cameras !

09-13-2009, 11:16 PM   #230
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Price was a big factor for me. I previously had 3 Canon P&S and was itching to move up to a DSLR. The K100D was 30% less than either the Nikon D40 or the Canon 400D with 2 lenses. The fact that I could use the SD cards and card readers from my P&S was a bonus, and using AA batteries is great.

Now I have just moved up to the K20D. Again, looking at comparable offerings from other brands, the Pentax allows me to own a semi pro camera for a much lower price that comparable cameras from other brands.

I have also found the in body shake reduction means Pentax compatible lenses can be more affordable than the same lens for other brands.

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09-14-2009, 02:11 PM   #231
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Price was the only reason for my K20D purchase. Everything else in its class that I looked at was slightly more money.
09-15-2009, 06:14 AM   #232
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My dad is a Pentax shooter, he gave me his old *ist DS and the 18-55mm kit lens. I got into photography in quite a way, really enjoyed it, started to really improve my shots but really wanted a more robust body with increased resolution.

It was either buy into Canon or get the K20D. The weather sealing, robustness, in-body IS and compatibility with existing and old glass made it the obvious choice, but also the Canon 50D at the time was well over twice the price for me. In addition, the pixel peeping 50D Vs K20D over on dpreview revealed that the image quality of the Canon 50D was identical to the K20D. I decided that I didn't need a machine gun camera body at the time, 3 FPS was more than enough on the K20D.

So in a nutshell:

I was already a Pentax shooter.
The K20D was half the price of the competition.
The K20D was a superior body than the 50D for my needs.
09-15-2009, 06:43 AM   #233
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I bought the K10D because it was weather proofed. Original plan was to buy 16-50 and 60-250 lenses soon after, but I still don't have neither thus I don't have a weatherproof system.

Currently I can't afford to switch back to Canon so I'm pretty much stuck with my K10D hehe.

09-15-2009, 07:23 AM   #234
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I checked "Other", because in body shake reduction was the number one deciding factor for me. I also was a previous Pentax film SLR user, and always liked my Pentax better than Canon or Nikon.
09-15-2009, 07:48 PM   #235
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Just do....

I just like 'em...pretty simple. Just like me.
09-16-2009, 02:08 PM   #236
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I had a ZX-50 for years and was pleased with the quality of the camera and the pictures. Also had a Tamron zoom lens I wanted to keep using, and my aunt works for a local camera shop and can get good prices for me. So in August 08 I bought a K10D and have been quite happy with it.

09-16-2009, 02:28 PM   #237
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I was given a K1000 as a little boy with no manual. I learned how to use a camera, and after trying a bunch of different digital cameras and selling them because I didn't like them, I tried the K10D. I loved it, and I still have my K1000 and use lenses on both bodies currently.
09-16-2009, 02:28 PM   #238
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I bought mine because it uses AA batteries.
09-16-2009, 11:50 PM   #239
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QuoteOriginally posted by 02fx4dude Quote
I had a ZX-50 for years and was pleased with the quality of the camera and the pictures. Also had a Tamron zoom lens I wanted to keep using, and my aunt works for a local camera shop and can get good prices for me. So in August 08 I bought a K10D and have been quite happy with it.

That mirrors me to the date(except for the relative who works for a camera shop)!
And my zoom lens was a Sigma.
09-17-2009, 01:44 AM   #240
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Why did you buy a Pentax ?

I too bought a Pentax after considerable research into Nikon, Canon, Oly, and Sony, and decided that Pentax gave you the best value for money by far, the best quality product in that range of DSLR, and probably the most important aspect SR !!! I have a rather shakey hand. And I now have a Pentax K10D and am very happy with it, but if I win Lotto I will probably get the K-7 and a lot of good glass.


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