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View Poll Results: What system did you start with?
Started on Pentax, stayed with Pentax 8057.97%
Started with Canon, switched to Pentax 128.70%
Started with Nikon, switched to Pentax 96.52%
Started with Fuji, switched to Pentax 10.72%
Started with Olympus, switched to Pentax 75.07%
Started with Sony, switch to Pentax 32.17%
Started with other (specify below), switched to Pentax 2618.84%
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07-31-2014, 08:48 AM   #1
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Start with Pentax? Or switch to Pentax

I am just curious if you guys started with Pentax, or switched from another brand.

Personally, I had always shot canon. I am not on Pentax for the better ISO and DR, and the better build quality than Nikon IMO.

07-31-2014, 08:54 AM   #2
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Is this just digital or do we consider film as well? My first DSLR was a Pentax but I had a number of SLR's over the years.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jatrax Quote
Is this just digital or do we consider film as well? My first DSLR was a Pentax but I had a number of SLR's over the years.
both. I started on film with canon.

If you started with minolta, I guess you can vote for sony too since they bought out minolta for the lens tech.
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Well, actually I started with a Praktica LTL, but then switched to Pentax, influenced by my father's use of the ancient AsahiFlex. I now am fully committed - some would say I should be committed! - with Pentax K1000, ME Super, MX, LX, 645n, K 10, K 5 and other brands - Voigtlander Vitessa, Retina IIIc, Zeiss Ikon Contessa, Olympus OM 4, Komaflex S .......

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Started with a Nikon FM2 then waited for digital to be good enough and grabbed a Pentax K-r after comparing IQ with all other brands at that price point. Then quickly went to a K-5IIs. Handling the K-5 IIs is as tactilely enjoyable as the FM2 was.
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I started with a Canon DSLR, but only because it was gifted to me. Switched to Pentax after doing my own research.
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Long ago in the film days, I started with Leica then went with Minolta for my SLR system. My first digital camera was a Fujifilm P&S. I went to Pentax with my first DSLR.
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Discounting my first camera a Kodak Instamatic, my first SLR was a Pentax KX purchased in late 1975.

I have continued on with Pentax 35mm & 6x7 film bodies. (I do not shoot any digital)


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Praktica LTL was my first SLR in the 70's. Later on it was replaced by a Pentax KM.

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I started out with Praktika LB and later came to Pentax ME. had a flirt with Minolta when they introduced AF, but after that: Pentax K20D, K5 and now K5IIs!
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Started with Praktica, had a series of Sony P&S over the years, went to the Sony NEX-5R as my first MILC, then added a Pentax K-30, then a Q, then a NEX-6. Each has its advantages and disadvantages for me, so I use them all at different times.
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I started with Pentax and every opportunity I'm reminded by every industry expert that it was the biggest mistake I could have made. Especially since forever.

Staying with Pentax just proves I can't learn from my mistakes. To try to make the most of the hopeless situation (self-inflicted, mind you), I clean and lubricate the O-rings on the mounts of my lenses with my tears.



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Started on an ME Super back in the late 80s
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Started with Ricoh on film (Singlex TLS). Stayed with Ricoh on film (XR7). First digital with Canon (G2). First dSLR (K10D) with Pentax.


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QuoteOriginally posted by halfspin Quote
Handling the K-5 IIs is as tactilely enjoyable as the FM2 was.
...and that is saying a lot.

07-31-2014, 10:07 AM   #15
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Started "Other" a Mamiya DSX1000 slr in 1975, then a Canon AE-1 a couple of years later, a Mamiya 645J and C330 TLR then eventually a K100D, via various film point and shoot zooms, and Olympus, Fuji compact digitals and n Olympus digital superzoom.

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