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Is the Pentax K-5 a decent beginner's DSLR?

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Is the Pentax K-5 a decent beginner's DSLR?
May 10, 2012

I've been trying to research which DSLR I should go for as something with which I can learn photography and which my wife can use like a point-and-shoot.

I have owned a Canon film SLR in the past and really liked the ergonomics.

This time round I initially only considered Canon and Nikon, and ended up deliberating over the Nikon D5100 and the D7000. The main problems were the limitations of the d5100 and the cost of the d7000.

Now I've come across the K-5 which seems to be the perfect intermediary, given it seems to outdo the D7000 in reviews and cost only slightly more than the d5100.

My only concern is that the Pentax doesn't have the range of lenses the Nikons have, and in particular has nothing to make the cheap 35mm and 50mm f1.8 Nikon lenses.

Will the Pentax let me learn, and are there good cheap low light lenses?

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