Why is an OM-D better than a Pentax K-5?

Started May 9, 2012 | Discussions thread
Dolan Halbrook
Dolan Halbrook Senior Member • Posts: 1,212
Re: Why is an OM-D better than a Pentax K-5?

There are a couple of simple fundamental question to ask yourself. Do you feel safe with Pentax? Do you want to buy an APS-C DSLR now?

Unless you have a lot of K-mount lenses already, there is not a lot of reason to take such risk with a company with an uncertain future. Pentax has been sold twice already and there is little left in that camera company now in Ricoh's hands. For example, no new models for DSLR now.

Very fair concerns about Pentax viability, ones that I happen to share.

Assuming you still think it is OK and safe, then consider this. The K-5 is no more than an very old K-7 with a Sony sensor and some trivial update. The same old and inadequate 11-point AF system, the same out of date flashes, the same problems in lens lineup and the dreaded SDM lens motor problem and even worse, independent lens makers keep dropping support for Pentax K-mount, e.g. no new Tamron, Tokina, and others. The Nikon D7000 is much safer bet if it has to be a DSLR.

You miss the point that the K-5, even if a bit old, is still an absolutely rocking DSLR. Have you actually ever used one? There's a reason why it scored so high when reviewed by this very site.

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