What makes Pentax special?

Started May 1, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: What makes Pentax special?
In reply to vjk2, May 2, 2013

What is "special" to me about Pentax for potential new buyers is...

  • you'll have no full-frame upgrade path.
  • it's highly unlikely that you'll ever be able to borrow or share lenses with friends.
  • USA warranty support is from a third-party repair shop in Arizona.
  • retail prices on old-design, full-frame, non-digital lenses keep going up and up.
  • DA* lenses use cheap micro-motors instead of ring-type ultrasonic motors.
  • used DA* lenses are always suspect due to worry of "Suddenly Doesn't Move" syndrome.
  • you get WR bodies and lenses but no WR external flash units (and the flash models are OLD)
  • you'll have a slim selection of third-party lenses (Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Zeiss, etc).
  • your third-party RAW image developer may be slow to support your camera body.

On the plus side...

  • the FA Limited and DA pancake lenses are nice.
  • Weather-Resistant bodies and lenses can be nice.
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