Pentax menu system - easy/user friendly?

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socalval
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Pentax menu system - easy/user friendly?
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This will be my first DSLR purchase. I've pretty much narrowed it down to the Pentax K-50 after comparing it the comparable Nikon and Canon models. I haven't been able to get my hands on the K-50 in person as none of the local stores seem to stock it. Costco sells it on-line with the 2 lens bundle kit and if I go that route I will have the opportunity to return it in store IF there is a reason to - but I hope there is no reason to as I'm pretty convinced this is the camera for me. I've even gone as far reading both the online user manuals for the K-50 and the Nikon 5200. (Is that weird? LOL) It helped a little to understand the features and settings etc., but it still has me wondering what it's like to actually flip thru the menu and find things.

I'd love to hear your opinions of the Pentax menu system especially those who have used both and wish to compare for me.

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It depends on what system you've accustomed to. I found Pentax menus the most user friendly of them all. Canon menus comes next.

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The Pentax menu system is very effective.

You can switch between main sections and sub-screens by using the front and rear dials respectively. You never need to scroll within a sub-screen.

I don't know the menu system of the particular Nikon model you are considering, but one of Nikon's advantages is the existence of a custom menu which you can populate with the items you need most often.

I don't miss a custom menu on my Pentax K-5 II since the regular info screen gives me access to all I need 95% of the time, but I'm pretty sure that if the K-5 II offered a custom menu, I'd configure it and use it, just in order to avoid relocating the few items I sometimes use from the configuration menu.

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socalval wrote:

This will be my first DSLR purchase. I've pretty much narrowed it down to the Pentax K-50 after comparing it the comparable Nikon and Canon models. I haven't been able to get my hands on the K-50 in person as none of the local stores seem to stock it. Costco sells it on-line with the 2 lens bundle kit and if I go that route I will have the opportunity to return it in store IF there is a reason to - but I hope there is no reason to as I'm pretty convinced this is the camera for me. I've even gone as far reading both the online user manuals for the K-50 and the Nikon 5200. (Is that weird? LOL) It helped a little to understand the features and settings etc., but it still has me wondering what it's like to actually flip thru the menu and find things.

I'd love to hear your opinions of the Pentax menu system especially those who have used both and wish to compare for me.

Pentax menus are not as nice looking as on other brands cameras, but they're quite effective and logically organized. People complaining most likely are accustomed with other brands cameras and their menu system, as I never heard of a Pentax user having such issues with his camera.

When I would occasionally use a Canon/Nikon camera, I wouldn't care about nice pictograms - but I would get a bit confused about how they're structured. I like Pentax better, but then I'm used to it. I like the Pentax interface better (Nikon sometimes needs 3 hands to handle), it's not such a big deal though and I could easily adapt to other brands.

In short: you'll be fine

Alex

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I find the Pentax menu system fairly easy to work through.  It's mostly an early days thing and once you have the camera set up the way you want you'll only go in the menus on occasion or to try something a little differently.  If you want commentary on what settings to pick or what does a given menu selection do you can always ask here.  I've spent a lot of time with four different menu systems on different maker's cameras and after a few days I don't think about the menu much on any of them. Once you get more advanced there is usually a certain amount of control customization available and one can stay out of the menus even more.  Have fun learning the camera it is a very good one.

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I've owned (or still own) the Pentax K10d, K-5, and old Fuji S9000z cameras.  All have perfectly functional menu systems, as I'm sure the Canon and Nikon cameras also do.  There's definitely some room for improvement here and there (and the K-5 has some definite improvements over the K10D, such as fixing up some of the ludicrously abbreviated custom menu item names).  The Pentax menus are more logically arranged than the S9000z's were, which seemed to have stuff thrown around more or less arbitrarily.

Probably my biggest annoyance on the Pentax cameras is the date and time and time zone setting, which is overly complicated for its own good.  Luckily, that's not something you have to deal with very frequently.

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I have used Nikon (D7000) and Pentax (K-5 IIs) DSLRs. I think any camera menu system is learnable, but I have a strong personal reference the Pentax. I have found the Pentax menu system is logically organized and easy to learn.

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Unfortunately dpreview does not have an indepth review of K50 as of yet, so checkout the menu screen shots from K30 (incase you haven't looked at it yet). K50 menus should be lot similar to this (infact even K5/K3 menus are all very similar):

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/pentax-k-30/7

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/pentax-k-30/8

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In reply to socalval, 6 months ago

Especially in the price range of the K50, by far the best usability: Best menu, best viewfinder, best build quality, best button layout (twin dials).

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everything falls in the right place. The interface is straight forward, without digging to deep menu to get the most commonly used functions.

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Thank you everyone for your comments. I feel more reassured and plan to make the purchase on line. I know any new camera- especially for a beginner will take a while to learn the system but I wanted to make sure it didn't have the reputation for being complicated or more geared for professionals.

Thanks again for all the help!

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socalval wrote:

This will be my first DSLR purchase. I've pretty much narrowed it down to the Pentax K-50 after comparing it the comparable Nikon and Canon models. I haven't been able to get my hands on the K-50 in person as none of the local stores seem to stock it. Costco sells it on-line with the 2 lens bundle kit and if I go that route I will have the opportunity to return it in store IF there is a reason to - but I hope there is no reason to as I'm pretty convinced this is the camera for me. I've even gone as far reading both the online user manuals for the K-50 and the Nikon 5200. (Is that weird? LOL) It helped a little to understand the features and settings etc., but it still has me wondering what it's like to actually flip thru the menu and find things.

I'd love to hear your opinions of the Pentax menu system especially those who have used both and wish to compare for me.

I've been shooting with Pentax DSLRs since 2006 and now have 6 different models. I bought a Nikon D300s about 4 years ago and last year I rented a Nikon D7100 for several weeks. I can state unequivocally that the Pentax menu system is by far and away the simplest of the two and the most intuitive to use. But don't let that make you believe that the Pentax system is less powerful because it is not. One of Pentax' great strengths is their usability - and that covers both the menu system and the ergonomics (handling). Pentax design is just brilliant.

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The Pentax menus are a breeze to work with compared to Nikons. I shoot with a Nikon D300s and Pentax K5IIs and K3. Going into the Nikon menus is daunting (dungeons!) for me just the way they are structured, but once the camera is set up one does not have to go there very often. I find the Pentax menus  much easier to work with, especially when accessing the quick menu, but then again setting up the camera and with so many external controls there is little need to go there. Not sure about the K50s external control features.

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I had never owned a DSLR (but had an Olympus and a Nikon SLR) before until my K-30.  My work place has an Nikon D300s which I use occasionally. I find both Pentax and Nikon menu system easy to use, with the Pentax quicker to get used to.

Now I have just suggested my workplace to get a K-3 as a replacement to the D300s.

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