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06-20-2011, 03:04 PM - 1 Like   #16
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I have both the display screens of the D7k and K20D down to lowest, but it seems like the D7k is brighter and consistently "brightens" photos. When I pop it onto my computer, images tend to be fairly darker.
This could be due to the Nikon having a 921k-dot lcd compared to the K20D's 230k-screen when viewing in camera. So no amount of tweaking the brightness settings will work since the effective number of pixels being displayed are different. BTW, the K-5 and K-r have the 921k lcd screens as well. As for downloading to the computer, the D7000 is known to slightly overexpose, so that might be a reason for the brighter images.

Anyhow, I've owned a K-5 and D7000 as well. I agree with what most everyone have said. For my hands (small glove sizes), the K-5 felt better ergonomically. Although I liked the dual SD card slots of the D7000, it made the grip fatter and I felt I didn't have as secure a grip as i did with the K-5.

Nikon's SWM lenses destroy Pentax's SDM in terms of speed and accuracy. Screw-drive lenses are about the same when it comes to AF speed. However, there is nothing on the Nikon side that's equivalent to any of the Pentax Limited lenses. I never realized how unique or light-weight the Limiteds were until I started shooting with Nikon.

A lot of people talk about lens choices and how Nikon has more, but in reality, if we're talking lenses specifically for cropped sensors (like the K-5 or D7000), Pentax still outnumbers either Nikon or Canon. Off the top of my head:

DA/DFA 15, 21, 35, 40, 55, 70, 100, 200, 300, 11-17, 12-24, 16-50, 18-55, 18-135, 50-135, 50-200, 55-300, 60-250.

In comparison Nikon's DX lineup:

DX 10.5, 35, 50, 85, 10-24, 12-24, 18-55, 16-85, 17-55, 18-105, 18-200, 55-200, 55-300.

But of course, you can always use Nikon's full frame lenses on the APS-C bodies

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The K-5 has IBIS and can use the FA Limiteds. Game Over.

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The K-5 has IBIS and can use the FA Limiteds. Game Over.

This post Robin is going to get a rep point from me once i get home, using mobile at work.
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IBIS? Lost me there! Haha.

Edit: In Body Image Stabilization! Google my savior.

I'm a sucker for Pentax (and even converted my brother from Sony Alpha to Pentax) because of its vintage lenses (CHEAP!) and all the beautiful prime lenses they still make.

I spent a few hours picking lenses for the paper I work for today to see if we had money for them. Those VR lenses cost significantly more than non-VR counterparts. That said though, I'm too unfamiliar with Nikon's line of lenses to know what are their good lenses and such.

Thanks for the info about the screen lcd dots, I never really paid attention about those numbers so I didn't know what they really meant. But it's a relief to know that the D7000 we got isn't faulty and acting up - just a matter of getting used to.


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IBIS? Lost me there! Haha.
It's also a rather cool wading bird, but Pentax doesn't have any special claims on those. Check out the Scarlet Ibis -- very pretty!
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