Why use Pentax?

Started Mar 18, 2013 | Questions thread
Jim in Hudson Senior Member • Posts: 2,292
Re: Why use Pentax?

Jake64 wrote:

I am a Nikon user but I am far from a fanboy. My question is, why do people choose Pentax over big hitters like Nikon and Canon? I don't think I have ever seen anyone using a Pentax DSLR in person or in a photo. I have combed through dozens of photos of photographers but they all apper to be using Nikon and Canon products. I also looked into wedding and studio photographers. The ones that do mention what equipment they use, it is never Pentax. Is that initself the allure; that few use it and it feels more special?


IMHO, the biggest reason you see Canons and Nikons everywhere is their retail presence and, to a lesser extent, their marketing.

At equal cost, a Pentax is fuller-featured and the image quality is tops. The Canon Rebel line doesn't use a pentaprism but instead a pentamirror. Go into any camera shop and you'll see the difference immediately. Also, Canon APS-C image quality lags behind Pentax and Nikon.  Last I looked, all of the lower tiered Nikons use pentamirrors, too.

Every Pentax DSLR has dual control wheels, weather-resistance, and in-body image stabilization. Hard to beat that.

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