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Forum: Pentax K-70 07-06-2016, 09:10 AM  
Initial thoughts about the Pentax K-70
Posted By BigMackCam
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You make a good point. The perfect system (for any of us, I would suggest) probably doesn't exist... There are usually limitations (to a greater or lesser extent) with one or more aspects of any system depending on the individual photographer's use case(s). Then again, it's always sobering to remember that less than 20 years ago, professional photographers were doing (almost?) all of what we do now with 35mm film cameras containing much more rudimentary technology. So a huge amount of what we expect and look for now in our camera systems is luxury rather than necessity. As far as DSLRs are concerned, there really isn't a bad choice - all models from all of the brands are very decent, and the same is largely true with the lenses available for them. There aren't really any "bad" cameras or systems, and most lenses - even kit lenses - are capable of good results these days :)
Forum: Pentax K-70 07-06-2016, 07:43 AM  
Initial thoughts about the Pentax K-70
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 63
Views: 11,040
@Sasha - in all honesty I would be extremely surprised if either the 50-135 or 60-250 are updated any time soon. They may not be the latest technology, but nor are they particularly outdated, and they are optically good (especially in the case of the 60-250). Lens development for APS-C format will be quite limited for a while, I think, as Ricoh needs to concentrate on developing it's catalogue of full frame glass, and the current APS-C lens line is already quite comprehensive.

Going back to my previous recommendation, I wouldn't waste effort hoping for what may be - that way lies almost certain disappointment. Better to act (or abstain) based only on what is :)
Forum: Pentax K-70 07-04-2016, 07:35 AM  
Initial thoughts about the Pentax K-70
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 63
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I don't have much experience of constant aperture lenses in the zoom range you're looking for. The obvious choices would be the Pentax DA*50-135 f/2.8, or the slightly slower, bigger, but - according to test data - optically superior DA*60-250 f/4. Both are technically APS-C only, and neither is cheap, but prices for used examples have come down quite a bit since the release of the K-1. With the 50-135 you need to be careful buying used as a number of earlier units ran into problems with the SDM AF motor. I don't believe the 60-250 has suffered from those problems, based on what I've heard from my preferred camera retailer here in the UK. Both lenses get excellent reviews, and they can be used to good effect wide open - so the 50-135 at least is still pretty fast if that's a priority.
Forum: Pentax K-70 07-04-2016, 03:58 AM  
Initial thoughts about the Pentax K-70
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 63
Views: 11,040
I would never recommend anyone to buy into a particular lens mount or system on the basis of what might be - only ever what is - otherwise, from the outset, the user will spend time hoping for things that don't yet exist. There are plenty of great prime and zoom lenses already available for Pentax (especially APS-C, like the K-70). If they cover your needs (for most purposes they should), and your main interest is stills photography rather than video (which isn't a strong point for Pentax) then by all means consider a K-70... I'm sure you would love it - but consider the KAF4 compatibility and any future KAF4 lenses as a bonus rather than a key feature. I've been shooting with Pentax since 2010 (when my photography experience was very limited indeed), and I can tell you the only limiting factor for me is my ability - not the cameras or lenses :)
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