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02-03-2010, 08:59 AM   #16
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Used Olympus (OM1) and Canon (AE-1) SLRs in high school. Used a series of Canon p&s digital cameras (A60, S2IS). Then I got a K100D and it's been all Pentax all the time.

02-03-2010, 09:26 AM   #17
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I have had various film cameras. My first DSLR was a Nikon D80. Switched to Pentax mainly because of better selection of prime lenses and have never regretted the decision.
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If you switched to Pentax after being loyal to another system, what system was it?

I used a Zeiss Ikonta 521 because it was already in the house. I began with Pentax in 1981, which was my first and only system camera. I have no loyalty to any system or camera: these merely have to do the job I require.

Do you still stand by your decision, or do you now regret it?

I have no regrets but for bird photography, of which I hope to dp more and more, the present Canon and Nikon systems are far more suitable.

If you regret it, why, and will you switch to another system again?

I do not intend switching to any other system, simply because I have eight K-mount lenses and I cannot afford the change.
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I have owned, and still got a few, Canons and Minolta.
My main SLR's for about 30 years were always Canon though, I still have a pair of Ae1p and an EOS 600 that although I don't use them I won't part with them.

I changed because the DSLR that offered anything like the features of the EOS 600 was way more expensive than the K10, and when I got to hold the K10 it was game over for Canon. At the time it was the best value for money and had the features that I wanted.
I hang onto my cameras until they drop and don't lust after the new model, so it was an investment as well.

Would I change my allegiance when the K10 dies? I somehow doubt it now because I don't regret changing to Pentax one bit.

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I,m a bit of both. I used mainly the nikon manual focus system up to switching to digital, but I do have a K1000 and a MZ5n. When I went digital I was impressed by thr build quality of the K10. The offerings from Nikon and Sony in the same price bracket did not seem as well made and the Canon EOS400D looked like it would not suvive the trip home from the shop.

I do not regret my choice of opting for the Pentax system and I do not think I will be tempted away. Also its nice to be a little different as you do not see many Pentax DSLRs in the North of England.
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QuoteOriginally posted by enoxatnep Quote
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1. If you switched to Pentax after being loyal to another system, what system was it?
2. Why did you switch?
3. Do you still stand by your decision, or do you now regret it?
4. If you regret it, why, and will you switch to another system again?
1) No.
2) not applicable
3) yes
4) not applicable

If anything, I'm the most content I've been since I shot 4x5. My kit is nearing that point where I'm just about "done" and I'm quite happy with what I'm getting out of it.
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1) As far as digital, started out as a Sigma SD9 (foveon) user but was dismayed by the lack of progress they made. Lots of unrealized potential with that chip......but before I went digital with the Sigma, I had a long line of Pentax film SLRs (ME, ME Super, LX, PZ-1p)....so I don't know if I switched or not!

2) When I saw that Pentax finally had a DSLR, I started paying attention to them again. Jumped in when the K10D came out and upgraded to the K20D not long after that.

3) Regrets? Ummm.....probably.

4) Regret it for the same reason I regret the Sigma....lack of progress/development compared to the other brands. Don't know which brand I'd go with but I'm seriously thinking about going with Sony. I've held off on any more Pentax purchases, especially lenses, until I decide whether to switch systems or not. Right now the economy is pretty much forcing me to stay put for the time buying and probably just start renting lenses as I need them. It's really tough to put into words what I feel right now...I'm not UNhappy with my Pentax gear, just disallusioned perhaps. Went for what I thought was a really good lens (DA* 50-135mm) and just past warranty the SDM failed...really pisses me off...but I still love the DA Limited 70mm that I got clear back with the K10D.

I'm giving Pentax 6-9 months to either sh*t or get off the pot with either expanding their lenses, fix the SDM issue and/or come out with a FF camera. If not, I'll probably jump to the Sony a850 and start over with them.

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QuoteOriginally posted by enoxatnep Quote

1. If you switched to Pentax after being loyal to another system, what system was it?
2. Why did you switch?
3. Do you still stand by your decision, or do you now regret it?
4. If you regret it, why, and will you switch to another system again?
1. I switched from Olympus 4/3 (an E-330). More recently, I switched back from Canon (40D).

2. The first time, because my only option for an acceptable upgrade within 4/3 (my E-330 was getting pretty beaten up, and ISO 100 was getting a bit limiting) was the E-3. Aside from the magnesium body, slightly larger VF and faster operation, the K20D was a better camera for my needs in every way and cost a few hundred bucks less. The later switch away from Canon was planned before I even bought it, but originally planned for m4/3. That changed when the K-x appeared with unbeatable (for the price) IQ and features in a package not much larger than the m4/3 cameras, and much cheaper, both of which were important factors since I was buying the camera primarily for a big trip.

3. I absolutely stand by my original switch. The K20D was a fantastic camera and if I can pick up a really cheap used one in a couple years I probably will. For the switch from Canon to Pentax instead of m4/3, I absolutely do not miss the 40D (the K-x is honestly better in most ways), and while I occasionally wish I had a svelte GF1 to slip into my pocket when I go out, I NEVER regret the K-x when I open a file up in lightroom and raise good, clean detail out of almost-black shadow areas.

4. My only continuing regret with Pentax is that a lot of the glass I want is either very pricey or doesn't exist in this mount. My K-x isn't going anywhere; it's likely to eventually get paired up with a Sigma 30mm f1.4 (I had one for 4/3 and loved it) to be my low-light specialist. However, I'm planning on moving to a D90 for my main body since it has the same sensor with Nikon's flash system and the ability to mount a vast range of Nikon and third-party glass, much of which is truly excellent, and because some day I'll be able to include the 105mm f2 DC in that lens stable. Based on my experience of three different systems and a variety of different lenses on each, that's pretty much my ideal lens...

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1. I learned on Pentax and Nikon film cameras, went with Nikon in order to share lenses with other photogs at the newspaper.
2. I switched to Pentax digital after a brief fling with a D40 showed me how hard it is to use Nikon with old glass. Pentax offers such amazing old, top quality, affordable (getting less so) glass!
3. I do not regret it for a moment!
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My first SLR was a Miranda. I had to sell it during some hard times in the early 70's. I bought a Spotmatic to replace it. I made a switch to Nikon in the early 90's and bought one of their Pronea 6i APS film camera's and a couple of lenses. That was probably my biggest camera mistake ever. I got a lot of great shots with the camera but the camera had serious problems with the film auto winder and I spent more money getting it repaired than I spent on it. They discontinued the line almost as soon as they launched it and their customer support was nonexistant. When I switched to digital, I looked over everything. I went back to Pentax and have no regrets.
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I tried a canon bought the body and took it out for a few weeks. It just didn't 'feel' right.

I had used Pentax SLR 15 years ago, and decided I would go back when I found out my lens would work. (Don't know how I missed that one, only about 400 billboards around the city tell me Pentax lens are compatible.)

Very happy with the choice, don't think I will change to anything else.
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1. If you switched to Pentax after being loyal to another system, what system was it?

Canon

2. Why did you switch?

Semi pro body (40D) too big and heavy, no decent affordable consumer lenses, expensive upgrade path for 'L' series lenses and accessories

3. Do you still stand by your decision, or do you now regret it?

Loving the K20D now, used to have the K10D, compact and light compared to the 40D

4. If you regret it, why, and will you switch to another system again?

Won't switch again, lost a lot of money doing it, and will have to spend even more money to have what I had 2 years ago - 50mm 1.4, FGZ 540 flash and D-BG2 grip.... DOH!
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QuoteOriginally posted by enoxatnep Quote
(I'm not sure exactly where to post this, so I'll try here. Also, my apologies if there's a similar thread like this, but I searched before starting this one. Here goes ...)

Just curious:

1. If you switched to Pentax after being loyal to another system, what system was it?
2. Why did you switch?
3. Do you still stand by your decision, or do you now regret it?
4. If you regret it, why, and will you switch to another system again?
1. I switched from Canon 350D (rebel xt).
2. I got a Pentax film camera for a few bucks and decided to go full analog, so I sold the Canon to fund more film stuff (cameras, lens, etc.). Main reason for it was the price (used Pentax P30 for 15€ or so). It was only after I got it that I came to the conclusion that the Pentax system is great! I now have a k110d just for snaps.
3. I've had second thoughts... Pentax doesn't make full frame lens anymore and used prices for FA lens skyrocketed! AF even on top cameras like the MZ-S isn't that great, and for the price of an MZ-S you can get a Nikon f5 which is in a different league. But I'm stubborn!
4. I don't think so, but you never know. I now have MZ-S, (P)Z1-P, MZ-5n, ME-Super in 35mm, K110d in digital and 645n on medium format. Thinking of getting a 67. And some great glass to go with all of it. We're talking of a considerable investment... Plus, I do love my glass and handling/metering in all the cameras. Really wish Pentax would lauch a full frame camera, not for the camera itself, but for the full frame prime lens avaliability.
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I'v had a Pentax since 1970 - Spotmatic II. I didn't take a lot of pictures - just too busy and too expensive. Went digital about 7 years ago P&S and then picked up my K100 about 5 years ago. Always impressed with Pentax glass, and the APS-C sensor size is just fine by me. I really do not want a larger camera, the K20 is large enough.
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QuoteOriginally posted by enoxatnep Quote
(I'm not sure exactly where to post this, so I'll try here. Also, my apologies if there's a similar thread like this, but I searched before starting this one. Here goes ...)

Just curious:

1. If you switched to Pentax after being loyal to another system, what system was it?

I think I am not too loyal to any company, but my firsts two digital cameras where a Canon Rebel and then a 5D. Before that I used a Pentax 6x7, before that a Nikon FM2.

2. Why did you switch?

Cost, size, good compatibility with MF primes, great construction quality, and in-body SR.

3. Do you still stand by your decision, or do you now regret it?

No regrets so far.

4. If you regret it, why, and will you switch to another system again?
No regrets, but could switch again.
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