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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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03-14-2007, 02:04 PM   #91
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inherited...

I inherited a body and some lenses - it's to long ago and I can't even remember what body. I traded most of it to a mz-5n and a Sigma 28-105 f2.8-4.0. Can't remember when, but the MZ-5n was fairly new on the marked.

03-14-2007, 02:46 PM   #92
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I just have to stand by the brand that has been bomb-proof for me since I was 8 years old and yes I may be only 24 now, but it's been my brand for my entire photographic life and the only thing that could swing me to someone else would be if they were actually hands down better at everything and reasonably priced. I think I've found my one brand to love and unless tragedy happens it will stay that way.

Oh and I also choose pentax because they are great cameras and will always be something the other guys will look over their shoulders for until Pentax just blazes by.
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Perceived best price in pro lens line.

I trusted in the lens road map and believed I would have spend a lot less getting pro lenses from Pentax over time. I will have to wait and see for sure.
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I'm heading for a remote part of India shortly, and the K10D seemed tough and robust, and has weather proofing - important because I'll be there when the monsoon hits. I also liked the notion of the anti-shake in the camera and not in the lens, and the ability to use a myriad of older second hand lenses. The dust reduction was also important. Am I happy with my decision? Yes and no. The yes part speaks for itself. The no part is more a reflection on my own ability, having graduated from a point and shoot. The absence of scene modes is a pain in the ass for someone like me, but I imagine as I get better, this will diminish in terms of being a negative. But I love holding it. It fits my hand perfectly, and feels so very rugged and strong. It tends to inspire confidence.

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Put me down for "Backwards Compatibility", which was not one of the options.
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Like the feel, ease of use and price was /is major factor, I was always very loyal with the olympus cameras I have had, but the k20d blows them all away
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QuoteOriginally posted by jcool Quote
Like the feel, ease of use and price was /is major factor, I was always very loyal with the olympus cameras I have had, but the k20d blows them all away
thanks for the dig. it started becoz of the K20D and it's cheap and backward compatible primes. and also the DA and DA* and limited series before they got all darn expensive (X2 increase). I'd say screw the new lenses for now, I'm buying older Pentax lenses.
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1. Build quality. The K200D was the only entry level SLR to get good marks for this.
2. AA batteries. Only K200D & K-m/K2000 take these in the body.
3. In-body shake reduction. That rules out C & N, leaving Pentax, Sony & Olympus
4. Good quality kit lens. As I knew Iīd be stuck with it for a while. Only pentax & Oly provide a good one.
5. Ability to use old lenses (although I havenīt taken advantage of this yet).
6. Good viewfinder (K200D has the best in the entry-level class).
7. Lenses that always come supplied with hoods. How Canon get away with not doing this is staggering.
8. AF motor in the body. How Nikon get away with not having this boggles the mind.
9. Bracketing. As above.
10. Sensitivity priority. very useful.
11. Reasonably priced lenses. Although wit recent increases this applies less, theyīre still cheaper than C or N.

I think thatīs more or less everything.

07-09-2009, 04:26 AM   #99
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I had a Russian 500mm mirror lens, and an Auto-Chinon 1:1.4/55 lens, both with an M42 screw mount, and wanted to use them. I bought the K-m because the 500mm lens wouldn't fit the K20 or K200 (the flash overhang interfered on those cameras).
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I selected other, as I had older Pentax lenses that I wanted to use.
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Wow, this thread spans some time, doesn't it?

I went with Pentax because I'd always loved their glass - it was much better than my 80s Canon glass back in the day - but never could find an LX when I had the cash to buy it. So I stuck with my Canon F1s and Canon FD glass. Digital came along, and I was starting all over, and I remembered that glass...

Also, I realized that the Pentax offered a whole lot for not much money.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Darius4522 Quote
I'm heading for a remote part of India shortly, and the K10D seemed tough and robust, and has weather proofing - important because I'll be there when the monsoon hits. I also liked the notion of the anti-shake in the camera and not in the lens, and the ability to use a myriad of older second hand lenses. The dust reduction was also important. Am I happy with my decision? Yes and no. The yes part speaks for itself. The no part is more a reflection on my own ability, having graduated from a point and shoot. The absence of scene modes is a pain in the ass for someone like me, but I imagine as I get better, this will diminish in terms of being a negative. But I love holding it. It fits my hand perfectly, and feels so very rugged and strong. It tends to inspire confidence.
I can relate to that. I wish Casio would come with their own DSLR, which would inherit all the awesome features of Casio's P&S cameras. 999 user-definable custom presets would be a good start.
07-09-2009, 01:29 PM   #103
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I got my *ist D and some lenses / accessories as a gift. Been adding to the system since.

I love Pentax. Lots of cheap old manual lenses available---yet with image quality as good as or better than the expensive competition's counterparts.
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Combination of value for money plus quality, which is what I like in everything!
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