Is the Pentax K-5 a decent beginner's DSLR?

Started May 10, 2012 | Discussions thread
rich12 New Member • Posts: 14
No, it is not...

Beginners can use it, but it definitely isn't designed for beginners. It is designed for pros and serious amateurs.

That said, you shouldn't believe most of what you read on the internet. No one ever outgrows any camera...although people obviously tire of them and/or are seduced by the latest camera hype (and hype is typically all it is). Any decent DSLR is capable of excellent photos (if you're using a good, not crap lens) in most situations. The more expensive DSLRs will enable you to take excellent photos in more situations or more easily in many situations (there are exceptions to articulated screen for macro work, for example). The more expensive DSLRs will also typically work better with a larger number of the manufacturers lenses, especially older lenses. For example, the D5100 you mention can't autofocus with a number of older full frame Nikon lenses. If you have some of those lenses, that might be a deal breaker for you.

Beware of fanboy fools on the internet. These people are typically mediocre photographers or worse, hardly make any images, and spend their days on forums trying to tell everyone how much better their brand or latest camera purchase is than any other camera. The advice of these people should be ignored.

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