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Old May 24, 2011, 2:21 PM   #11
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Thanks, John. I'm finding this interesting because it's the first time I've become aware that there's a reasonable alternative to Oly DLRs. I'm not interested in switching, just that it's nice to know.

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Old May 24, 2011, 4:04 PM   #12
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For me, Pentax was close to be my second choice if I had to switch (Nikon, with the D7000 was a just a bit ahead). However, if I switch, I will probably go with mainstream ... simply because I don't want to end-up being "stuck" with "dedicated" lens / bodies.
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............. On the other hand they have an extremely tiny market share in DSLRs and it seems Sony, Oly and Panasonic believe the future lies elsewhere. So, of the three remaining companies tied firmly to SLR, I would think they'd be the most likely of the 3 to abandon SLRs. So, it all depends what you mean by "long haul"
Pentax is the smallest share of the current DSLR market; even Olympus easily outsells Pentax. You have to wonder, especially as they are no longer an independent company since they were acquired by Hoya. It may be that they are less likely to stay in the market than others, but that is just a guess.
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I think Pentax was in some trouble before being acquired by Hoya, but they seem to be on a pretty good footing at this point and seem to be just fine with their position in the market place.

They have a nicely developed current lens lineup and, more importantly, have retained the same K mount they've used since the early 1970's when they first developed the mount to replace the Spotmatic screw mount bodies so there are thousands of lenses you can directly mount and use on them with varying limitations.
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Old May 25, 2011, 6:45 AM   #15
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I think Pentax was in some trouble before being acquired by Hoya, but they seem to be on a pretty good footing at this point and seem to be just fine with their position in the market place.
And although you never really know, it doesn't seem like Hoya is getting out of the photography business any time soon.


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They have a nicely developed current lens lineup and, more importantly, have retained the same K mount they've used since the early 1970's when they first developed the mount to replace the Spotmatic screw mount bodies so there are thousands of lenses you can directly mount and use on them with varying limitations.
I had always assumed that if I were to replace my Oly glass with anything as good, it would be CZ glass, which on a value per dollar basis seems to be really expensive. I didn't realize that Pentax has a good set of lenses available. Thanks for the feedback.

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Thanks guys. Thats wealth of information. I think it would be appropriate to switch from Oly to other system seeing how they are totally going to abandon the DSLR market.

I want to invest in a system that would last for at least 5 years if not more. Investing in Pentax would be difficult as it seems I cant find any distributor in my country. I've seen the reviews of Nikon's D7000 and it seems to be a competent alternative to Pentax K5 (price wise cheaper to K5 as well).

But first I need to find a buyer for my Oly. Will keep you guys posted.

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If it were me, I'd either keep what you have (you do a nice job with it), or do option two and pick up the 14-54.
Personally I have the 14-54 mk-1 with my E-3, but I'm tempted to get the 12-60 to get the world's fastest autofocus combo:
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Are there other bodies out there that feature the same flip out screen that the Oly has? So far, I've only seen partial flip out screens, that only tilt a bit.
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Old Jul 9, 2011, 10:55 AM   #19
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I have decided to go with Nikon D7000. The camera comes with 18 - 105 f/3.5-5.6 kit lens. I'm gonna get me a 50mm f/1.8d as well for portraits and low light . The whole package including a 16gb card with UV filters for both lenses is costing approximately USD 1630 which I think is a pretty good deal considering Amazon is selling only the kit at $1,500.

I'm going to keep my Olympus gear. The 70 - 300mm is one hell of a reason to keep my E-510 which I think isnt going to sell that easily considering I have only come across just 2 Olympus users in my whole country.

I will post my first impressions in a few days when I get the D7000 in my hands.
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I have decided to go with Nikon D7000. The camera comes with 18 - 105 f/3.5-5.6 kit lens. I'm gonna get me a 50mm f/1.8d as well for portraits and low light . The whole package including a 16gb card with UV filters for both lenses is costing approximately USD 1630 which I think is a pretty good deal considering Amazon is selling only the kit at $1,500.

I'm going to keep my Olympus gear. The 70 - 300mm is one hell of a reason to keep my E-510 which I think isnt going to sell that easily considering I have only come across just 2 Olympus users in my whole country.

I will post my first impressions in a few days when I get the D7000 in my hands.
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Don't blame you in the least. I've read many reviews- all positive- regarding the D-7000. It is a good dslr. I've not made the jump as yet as I'm, not sure wether I want to step up to FF or continue with a cropped sensor. Another factor that comes into play, here where I live, is that Canon's sold in a number of camera shops. Nikon is only sold in the big box stores. I would like the ability to buy and do business locally - if at all possible.

I, for one, would love to hear what you have to say about it.

Congrats and good luck
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