Build quality of cameras. Is it a big deal to you?

Started Nov 15, 2011 | Discussions thread
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Re: More important for some than others, but it can also just 'feel' better.
In reply to Heie, Nov 15, 2011

Heie wrote:

sean000 wrote:

The downsides are that better build quality usually means a heavier piece of kit that costs more.

Pick up a Pentax K5, and then say the same thing.

That's why I said, "usually." I can think of plenty of other exceptions as well, but most of the time I think that rule sticks. My Nikon 35mm f/2 has better build quality than my cheaper 50mm f/1.8, but without being significantly heavier (although it is a little heavier). I'm more familiar with Nikon and Panasonic gear, so I can't really speak to the K5. But in terms of both Panasonic and Nikon, better build quality in a camera body usually means there is more metal involved that adds to both the weight and the price compared to a body that is made of more plastic and aluminum. Better build quality doesn't have to mean more weight, but it often does.

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