wheatear: I've just returned a Pentax K-5, bought new from the Camera Centre, Cardiff, via Amazon. The autofocus was unreliable to the point of being useless. Colour renditions, even after resetting to 'Natural' were not pleasing, and under-exposure was the norm. My Panasonic G1 delivered better pictures, in side by side comparison, in almost every one of over 50 shots, indoors and out, mainly landscape and church architecture.
The supplier, the Camera Centre, Cardiff, claim they could find no fault with the camera.
The SD card mechanism is barely fit for purpose, so difficult is it to extract a card without dropping it.
The K-5 was a huge disappointment.
Pentax k5 is a marvelous DSLR. Has the quietest shutter of any dslr i know of - doesn't include those PS with small enough sensors they can have electronic shutters. I've also had only a few focus problems in the 3 years i've had the camera. Well built camera. Sure the card receptacle is a little tight when new but i;ve never considered that more than a small problem. I love that camera.!!! I've sold 8 pictures in October from that camera. Take it out in the rain and snow all the time.
Tord S Eriksson: I was a stern believer of Pentax, and the K-5, but eventually sold it, and a head of lenses, to get a D600 (which has slightly lighter oil/dust problems than the K-5), and a handful of nice lenses (loved the DA15, FA43, FA77, & a few more).
Never regretted it for a second, but it is sad that Pentax takes such a cavalier attitude towards the users, and the problems with the SDM (supersonic drive motor), used in many of their lenses.
For years the users had to pay for replacing the faulty SDMs in their lenses, with new ones, that was just as bad as the original ones!
Then, suddenly, the guys at Pentax were very frank, and says 'Oh, yes, we know about that', and still didn't offer any kind of compensation to the customers!
The company eventually did owe up on the K-5 oil splatter problem, as no charge for the customers, and quickly released the K-5 II, that doesn't have that problem in the same degree.
By then they had lost me, and my wife, and I am now in the Nikon camp.
All dslrs have dust problems, but not oil splatter. Some of the K5's has oil underneath the sensor glass cover and for those, Pentax covered with no charge. The K5II never had any oil problems that I've ever heard of. The D600 had continuing oil/dust problems from the shutter mechanism if i recall correctly.
seidensticker: Most of us feel screwed by Adobe and will look elsewhere. I wonder whether Adobe was forced into this new pricing because they are at the tail end of innovation. Witness the paucity of new features in CS6 versus CS5. How do they get income when they are at the end of innovation? Charge a monthly rent. Then, whether they innovate or not, they get paid. Now they will have no incentive to innovate.
Adobe just screwed themselves. When i joined a photography club, it was the other members who recommended photoshop. Not to mention legions of volunteers who instructed the next generations in how to work with Photoshop. Does Adobe really believe that screwed over customers are going to recommend their product in the future. You can bet that i'll never recommend anything to do with Adobe. Adobe isn't about ART, they are about money. Once they get this rental scheme in place, they can raise the rates to whatever they want.
Donnie G: I'm not a compact system camera fan. Probably will never buy one, but that doesn't mean that I can't express appreciation for what I see as good design. The standout feature for me in the NEX-6, as well as the rest of the NEX lineup is its grip. Sony is to be commended for putting serious effort into making the cameras comfortable to hold. So, for that feature and for the sheer weight of numbers of models that they are bringing to market, I hereby declare Sony to be the king of compact system camera manufacturers. Hail to the King! :)
I would agree but clarify to "King of the APS compacts" which later may be modified to "king of the APS and FF compacts". I find the Nex6 and the new 16-50 zoom and maybe 1 fast prime to be a very tempting combination.
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