Pentax vs. Nikon....are there any Pentax shooters that have used a d7000 or d7100?

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RPulley
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Re: Pentax vs. Nikon....are there any Pentax shooters that have used a d7000 or d7100?
In reply to ZenImage, 10 months ago

ZenImage wrote:

That's at least another piece to the puzzle figured out. I think that lens selection would really be the only major deciding factor in favor of the d7100 for me. Canikon have an arsenal of lenses, as well as third party options. I was a little worried that Pentax seemed to have a short lens list (I agree with pairing that beast of a sensor with complimenting features to boot with glass that won't hold it back)....though they do have a line-up of lenses that they are looking to release .

I always have to give Canon and Nikon credit for selling millions of cameras based upon the impressive list of lenses that 99.99% of buyers will not buy and likely cannot afford.

The Pentax lens lineup:

14mm 2.8
15mm 4.0
21mm 3.2
31mm 1.8
35mm 2.4
35mm 2.8
40mm 2.8
40mm 2.8xs
43mm 1.9
50mm 1.4
50mm 1.8
50mm 2.8
55mm 1.4
70mm 2.4
77mm 1.8
100mm 2.8 wr
100mm 2.8 non wr
200mm 2.8
300mm 4.0
560mm 5.6

Zooms (fixed maximum aperture)

12-24 4.0
16-45 4.0
16-50 2.8
17-70 4.0
50-135 2.8
60-250 4.0

Consumer zooms (variable maximum aperture):

10-17 3.5-4.5 (this lens is actually a better than consumer grade lens)
18-55 3.5 -4.5 wr
18-55 II 3.5 - 4.5 -5.6
18-135 3.5-5.6
18-270 3.5-6.3
50-200 4.5 - 5.6
50-200 4.5 - 5-6 wr
55-300 4.0 - 5.8

Add to this the new 20-40 and the recently announced 1.4x TC.

Just exactly what would you be missing in terms of lens availability? What about your photography would be limited by the list above?

It is true that some 3rd party makers do not support Pentax, while others do release lenses for Pentax such as the newly announced Sigma 30mm f1.4, among others.

You also have a very wide choice of older FA lenses, Pentax A lenses, and M42 screw mounts (many brands, adapter needed), all of which can be used on Pentax bodies.

A legitimate knock on the Pentax lineup is that most are APS lenses (DX in Nikon terms), so not only is there no "FF" body at the moment, the "FF" lens lineup is limited.

On the other hand, Canon and Nikon have no "MF" products to upgrade to, so a lot depends upon what you plan to do in the future.

Ray

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