Discussion in 'Pentax Cameras' started by EDL, Apr 28, 2012.
So what swayed you to Pentax over a Nikon, or a Canon, or Sony, or...?
AA batteries, running on 4 of them...at least in the older Pentax models.
I used to use Nikon and Hassy in the 70's. Quit and sold out.
In the 80's bought a couple of cheap Pentax K1000's bodies for $98 each new. Then quit film and got a cheap PS dig camera in the late 90's.
In Jan '12 got back into photography and got outfitted with numerous Pentax dslr bodies ($140 - $285) and the finest Pentax and 3rd party glass. Very happy with them.
Just wish Pentax continued with the 4 AA battery power option. I never make prints and only view on the 'puter. So 6 -12 mp is OK for me. Really you can't tell the difference with mp very much on the 'puter unless you blowing up a cropped section. But would like a FF 24mp Pentax running on 4 AA's if they was such a beast. We all seem to go for the bigger and better ego booster.
I also considered going Nikon D800, buying 3 bodies and some lenses for $24,000. If the D800 ran on 4 AA's I would have dropped the $24K without a blink. But fudge all these greedy cam companies that screw the consumer with their proprietary packs. I wont buy them. Nikon lost $24 k in biz from me. Sure it is nothing to Nikon, but still lost biz all the same.
But...when all is said and done...Nikon is the best.
You do know that you can use AA's in Nikon's Battery grips, right? Canon too!
Spent a couple months reading up on forum posts and reviews of the Canon 7d, Canon 60d and Canon 5dMKii. Borrowed a friend's 5d. Went into stores and played with a 7d and 60d. Really wanted to stick with Canon because they treat their customers very well (in my experiences). Really liked shooting on my Canon S90 (where I learned how to shoot manually).
Happenstanced onto a review of the Pentax K5. Did more research, and literally could not find a bad review on it. Researched the glass and found it to be of excellent quality as well (and also being able to use ANY K mount lens without adapters). Went to a camera store and played with a K5 and 7d to refresh myself, and found the controls on the K5 to be exactly how I think the controls should be layed out (as little button pushing as possible).
Liked it so much I bought one the very next day.
Oh, and you can use AA batteries in the K5 grip as well. I don't know why anyone would want to bother with bulky AA batteries either, but to each their own.
1600+ shots with OEM batteries in a grip in the 5D Mark II... I'm not sure AA's would perform as well, but I could be wrong.
I bought a ME Super back in the eighties and some glass. Then in 2010 decided to get back into photography, so I bought a K7, since I allready had a bunch of glass that I could use. I really like the layout and navigation of the menus. My wife has a D5100 and my Pentax is much easier to set than the Nikon.
I got the Q because I haven't used anything but a point n shoot for the last 10 years. Read up on small interchangeable lens bodies and liked this one. Good camera for me. I still have my Nikon SLR from high school. Not needing the full DSLR capabilities this thing is perfect to carry around and take great pics with. It's like a DSLR I can have fun with.
I got the K-x a couple of years ago for the following reasons:
-Kit lens rated better than other major kits.
-Compatibility with some excellent vintage lenses (both K and M42 mounts)
-Value for money.
"Why did you buy a Pentax?"
Because they were all out of Playtex and Tampax.
They have ... all their entry and mid level camera use AA, the K-x, K-r and the new K30. The K-r and K30 can use both, proprietary Li or AA...
What irfan.in.x said nailed it for me as well. I had an old K1000 with several lenses. I liked being able to start out using these and have to buy new right away. One of these is 70-300 Macro that love. Manual focus but it still works quite well.
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