Ricey: Am planning a trip to Antarctica, taking wildlife photos of penguins, seals, whales etc on ship and land. Also decent landscape photos of icebergs. Need something weathersealed, freeze resistant. My research so far points to OMD E-M1 or Pentax K5 II for my budget. Would appreciate advise from any of you semi-pros to help my choice. TIA
Have you checked out the Pentax K-3? Looks like a perfect camera for the Arctic . . .
Dale Forrest Photography: OK, I have to chime in here. I have been shooting for over 50 years and have used almost every brand of camera throughout that time. Ironically, the pentax spotmatic (black body) with a 50mm 1.2 lens (yes, 1.2 not 1:2) was my first camera as a kid. I was 14 years old then. Since that time I have used Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Sony, Hasselblad, Sinar, and many others. My interest in the K3 is due to the fact that they came up with a work horse camera that will allow me to use my technical experience and capture the images that I choose. I gave up on Sony because of the electronic viewfinder that they use when they gave up the optical glass. When I shoot wildlife, sometimes it is before daybreak and if my eye is plastered against an electronic viewfinder, when I try to locate the subject again I am blinded by the viewfinder. (give me glass anytime). Pentax is onto something here and I am taking delivery of my new K3 tomorrow. I can't wait to get out with it this weekend.
Thanks so much Dale! This isn't my first camera but it is my first real DSLR. I shot with a Canon AE-1 from 1980, then a point and shoot and Canon SX30 and always shot in manual so have a decent understanding of how DSLR's work. I held the K-3 in my hands yesterday and loved how it felt. I also looked at the Olympus OM-D EM-1 . . . I like both a lot. I'll be shooting mostly birds in the wildlife category. Tough decision for me as when I buy something I tend to hang on to it for a very long time. Thanks for the recom. on the zoom over primes!
Al Valentino: Been a dedicated nikon shooter for about 10 years but in 2013 i sold all my Nikon gear for a Fuji XE1 with zero regrets. However, i have been watching pentax and if i ever decide to reinvest in a DSLR i suspect Pentax will be it. I like what they are doing and also think the body design is superior.
What lenses would you use with the Pentax for wildlife and landscape?
A pro-photographer friend told me about this camera today & he is seriously interested. I live at the beach and hike daily and need a solid, sealed body so this fits that bill. Two concerns: Size & weight for hiking; availability of lenses. I have very old AE-1 glass but nothing else. What two lenses are your recommendations for wildlife and landscape and some portrait? Thank you!!