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Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-05-2018, 04:19 PM  
So glad Pentax isn't making a mirrorless now!
Posted By MrMojo
Replies: 69
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For me, the SLR was the style of camera I cut my teeth on. And it was small enough, but had bigger negatives than those awful cheapo 110 cameras, so that you could get a good enlarged image out of it.
The SLR fit in my hand, my luggage, felt right. The way of shooting (eye to cup) suited me, but then I appreciate this is because there were few alternatives and it was what I was used to.
A good few years ago (1990s?)I bought a Kodak digital camera, the quality was awful, put me right off. I continued with my Pentax SLRs and was quite happy.
Then two things happened at the same time, I started using Android smartphones and bought a DSLR (K110D). This would be 2007-ish.
The smartphone cameras are amazing for the subjects they're good at, but I never liked the "screen" composing and setup, even though the pixel count was high. I still use them for snaps, on the grounds I always have one with me.
The DSLR however was right up my street. Everything worked as it should, it spoke the same language of ISO/F stop/speed as my film cameras. I was hooked.
Now as I type I still have my film camera, and (via a K70, K10 and K100) a K5 and a K3. I think the K5 and K3 are awesome ergonomically, and the images they produce are great for me. I'm a keen amateur not a pro which leaves me in full control of what is "acceptable".
The SLR/DSLR world is where I live. I know, I'm a dinosaur. I know, mirrorless is the future. I know, EVF is the way forward. But I look at the Nikon and Canon announcements and see highly uncomfortable looking cameras, no smaller than my "K"s with the lens adaptor on, and I'm not tempted. At all.
There have always been other formats, other ways of capturing images. I'm not criticising any of them, if someone enjoys photography that's great in my book, regardless of the make and model they use. If I'm asked why I use Pentax, I'll tell people, but I won't persuade. If they want Canon, Nikon, Sony, M4/3, mediums, rangefinder........ go for it, it's a personal choice.
So, out of the ramble above (sorry!) I'll be quite happy for Pentax to keep making boring, traditional SLRs which I'll keep using until i can't hold one any more. I've never had a Pentax I disliked, or one that failed to impress. So I hope they keep it that way.
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