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Old Apr 11, 2007, 7:30 AM   #11
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Generally I should be able to get away with white balance issues when I am using a flash within range. But there are those times when I cannot use a flash.

Processing with JPEG is also not a good idea when you are performing multiple changes, since the quality of the JPEG will keep on degrading every step you make a change and save.

RAW is still the better solution. But sometimes I prefer to shoot with JPEG for convenience's sake.

Anyway, is Pentax a good "system" to start building into as Canon and Nikon?

Wouldn't Canon or Nikon be the better choices to makeover Pentax?

Why wouldn't Canon or Nikon do the job?
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Old Apr 11, 2007, 7:59 AM   #12
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Wouldn't Canon or Nikon be the better choices to makeover Pentax?

Why wouldn't Canon or Nikon do the job?
Herein lies the problem. No one system has everything. I generally feel both Canon and Nikon are better overall systems than Pentax. BUT, and this is important - you had a stated need of shooting low light interiors hand-held. That is where anti-shake is a real benefit. As Ken mentioned, wide angle image-stabilized lenses aren't too readily available in Nikon & Canon. Ken mentioned the Canon 17-55 2.8. The question is wheather 26mm equiv is wide enogh for your needs.

Pentax offers you the anti-shake with any wide angle lens you use. So, you have to decide how important the anti-shake is to you. If it is important then the answer to your above question is: NO, Canon / Nikon will NOT do a better job. If your answer is either: No, it's not as important or I can use the Canon 17-55 IS (don't know what if any wide angle VR lenses Nikon has) then the answer is YES - the WB and jpeg of the other systems will be more beneficial.

So, there is no clear cut winner - you have to decide which features are the most important to you and go with the system that best supports those features.
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Old Apr 11, 2007, 9:05 AM   #13
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shutterbug.us wrote:
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Wouldn't Canon or Nikon be the better choices to makeover Pentax?

Why wouldn't Canon or Nikon do the job?
Herein lies the problem. No one system has everything. I generally feel both Canon and Nikon are better overall systems than Pentax. BUT, and this is important - you had a stated need of shooting low light interiors hand-held. That is where anti-shake is a real benefit. As Ken mentioned, wide angle image-stabilized lenses aren't too readily available in Nikon & Canon. Ken mentioned the Canon 17-55 2.8. The question is wheather 26mm equiv is wide enogh for your needs.

Pentax offers you the anti-shake with any wide angle lens you use. So, you have to decide how important the anti-shake is to you. If it is important then the answer to your above question is: NO, Canon / Nikon will NOT do a better job. If your answer is either: No, it's not as important or I can use the Canon 17-55 IS (don't know what if any wide angle VR lenses Nikon has) then the answer is YES - the WB and jpeg of the other systems will be more beneficial.

So, there is no clear cut winner - you have to decide which features are the most important to you and go with the system that best supports those features.
That makes it all sound complicated to me.

To be very honest, Pentax haven't gained my trust enough, so I don't feel comfortable buying into their dSLR system.

I will feel more comfortable with a Canon or Nikon anytime, I can assure you.

What I would like to do now is to try to compensate for the image stabilizer matter , since it seems to be the factor in determining the system I would be building on (This can be dangerous in my opinion).

I have placed the image stabilizer as a nice have, but not as a "necessary" feature in my original thread.

The image stabilizer will be helpful in no doubt, but I just do not like the idea that it will determine the system for me to build on.

Any suggestions from the Canon or Nikon system that will match my shooting criteria closely will be welcome.

Right now, I would just keep the Pentax K100D in mind; though the Pentax capable lenses are yet to be determined by the "experts" in here.

Thanks for the existing responses.
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