Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Digital SLR and Interchangeable Lens Cameras > Pentax / Samsung dSLR, K Mount Mirrorless

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Sep 5, 2017, 2:27 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Monza76's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 4,093
Default Why am I still shooting Pentax?

Pentax is a brand that gets little respect from some younger photographers who have never seen a Spotmatic or a K1000 or an LX or an MESuper. They think that there are only two DSLR brands worth considering (nuf said).

I have shot with Pentax cameras since 1980 (or a few months before). Over the years I have appreciated their reliability and ease of use. When digital came along I considered changing brands but eventually stayed with Pentax. Over the years since I have collected many excellent FA lenses as well as a few DA lenses and a Tamron 70-200mm f2.8. To switch to another brand may be an option to someone with more disposable income (I am not poor but I do not have much excess cash). Then there is the simple, inescapable fact that Pentax is just as good as the rest (and better when you look at the rugged build and in body stabilization). Gear envy and the perception of many that only certain brands count (these people also pay way too much for jeans and running shoes) is a marketing myth which is very effective.

So, I do have an Olympus micro four thirds kit (all bought used or at close out prices) for travel and day to day but the Pentax K5 and K3 with my modest but capable selection of lenses have served me well and will continue to do so. I actually have experimented with both of the CaNikon offerings but saw no real need to switch.

No camera is perfect, no camera brand is perfect, get over it and get out and take some pictures. Tonight is a restaurant meal so it will be Olympus, but tomorrow...
__________________
Ira
Riverview, NB, Canada
http://aicphotography.blogspot.com/
_______________________________
Current equipment
Pentax K5, K3:
FA 35mm f2, FA 50 f1.4, FA 28-70mm f4, FA 28-80mm f3.5-5.6, F 50mm f1.7, Tamron SP 70-200mm f2.8 Di, DA 10-17 f3.5-4.5, DA 14 f2.8, DA 16-45mm f4, DA 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 WR, DA 50-200mm f4-5.6 WR, AF-540FGZ

Olympus E-P2, E-P5, OM-D E-M1: 9mm to 150mm lenses

_______________________________
Monza76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Sep 5, 2017, 4:08 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Australia, New South Wales central coast
Posts: 2,891
Default

G'day Ira

I agree with you here mate - the Pentax range of cameras show remarkable reliability and used to be very popular [until 2 other brands swamped the media via the advertising budget]

My first Pentax was back in the mid-60s, the famous Pentax SV with clip-on external 'cds' meter coupled to the shutter rotary knob

The other great thing about Pentax, is that they licenced the lens mount to others, so that soon there was a bevy of alternate cameras all having the Pentax 'K' mount

For me however, I found that the Pentaxes of the 70s & 80s did not encompass many of the new ideas being floated, and were particularly conservative in their feature list, so I moved to Ricoh and used Ricoh + K-mount lenses for many years before going digital around 14-15 yrs ago

I do have a Pentax Kx with Sigma 18-135 in the cameras arsenal, but it does not get much use these days - it has become a 'workshop' camera for students to play with

Phil
__________________
Has Fuji & Lumix superzoom cameras and loves their amazing capabilities
Spends 8-9 months each year travelling Australia
Recent images at http://www.flickr.com/photos/ozzie_traveller/sets/
Ozzie_Traveller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Sep 6, 2017, 8:13 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
hnikesch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Michigan
Posts: 1,810
Default

I guys I also have been shooting Pentax from the 70's on, when digital came out I really liked the Canon larger sensor P&S cameras and used them for many years. When it came time for DLSR I chose Pentax because I still had the film bodies and a few lenses around. I stayed with Pentax DSLRs from the K2000, Kr, and still have the K30. I have also added several F, FA, and DA lenses and plan on a K70 in the future. I have also found that cameras are tools and you need the right tool for the job. I use M4/3's Panasonic GM5 kit for travel. My Canon S100 for everyday carry and my Pentax kit for action, birding, sports and when I just want to shoot.
__________________
Hans

...It is better to burn a roll of film than curse the darkness. Equip. K30, Q7, DAL 55-300, DA 35 f2.4, DA 50 f1.8 DA 18-135, SMC-M 28 f3.5, SMC M 50 f1.4, Canon P&S S100 w/CHDK Beta, Panasonic DMC-GM5, Flickr:
hnikesch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Sep 6, 2017, 2:54 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
bilybianca's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Hassleholm, Sweden
Posts: 3,435
Default

I bought my first SLR 1985. I tried any camera i could get my hands on, to see what was important for me. Konica, Minolta, Nikon... I tried them all. It boiled down to Olympus or Pentax, for size and ergonomics. A well informed friend pointed at the k-mount, a mount Pentax had licensed to a number of other camera makers. Thus one could get and use Pentax, Ricoh, Vivitar, Cosina and a number of other lens options with a Pentax body.
So there was my first "real" camera, a Pentax Super A. A lens became two, three and more through the years.
Then came digital. I could see no reason to ditch all my lenses, and no brand had a huge advantage compared to Pentax. That is still the truth to me. Pentax is maybe not a lot better in any respect than the others (except pricewise!), but it still appeals to me for size and ergonomics (holding a Canon feels like taking photos with a shoe-box) and it's weak points are not so weak that the difference makes a difference to me. And those 1980's lenses are still as awesome as they were when they left the factory 30+ years ago.
bilybianca is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Sep 6, 2017, 9:01 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
mtngal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Frazier Park, CA
Posts: 16,052
Default

I'm still happily shooting Pentax, and have no desire to change - I couldn't afford it now. And I can't think of any good reason to change, either. My Pentax gear is good enough for me - any issues with my pictures have to do with the photographer, not the equipment. I used to be in the Army and there was a saying that mechanics had - a vehicle's problem was "operator head-space and timing" when there was nothing wrong with the equipment, just operator error. My camera(s) work fine, I just might not use them all that well.

When I decided to get a dSLR I had planned on buying a Canon Rebel. However, I looked at the Pentax because I'd been shooting Pentax since 1980 and had a number of nice lenses I could use, saving me some money. Most of those lenses were really only so-so lenses and have (for the most part) been replaced with modern lenses.

I like the smaller and lighter cameras since I am now once again having elbow problems though this time in my right arm (sigh). I may get the K-S1 fixed just because it is so light, but I do have a K100 as back-up for now. It's not all that heavy, either.
mtngal is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:52 PM.