Why use Pentax?

Started Mar 18, 2013 | Questions thread
Mike Hiran
Mike Hiran Senior Member • Posts: 1,187
Re: Please, Please, Tell Me More!

mistermejia wrote:

Hi everyone! I hope i am welcome here. Like jake, i am also open to discover new things and options. This is actually my very FIRST time i take a peak here into the Pentax forum. I can say that i got into photography only about 8 years ago because of my first born, and since then i have never stopped shooting. My cameras since then have been the Nikon D200/F5/D7000. A couple of months ago i sold my D7000, it was okay, very good camera but i never really liked the jpegs(i am mainly a jpeg shooter) and didn't find the punch on the photos, very difficult camera to operate in general, mainly the AF and exposure part of it.

About a month ago or so, i went ahead and bought Fuji S5 PRO and i am in LOVE with it, not selling, it is a keeper. I am using my nikon lenses on it, that's one of the advantages that i have by buying this one, which is fantastic, i already know each of my lenses and didn't have to spend money. BUT, i am also considering the new D7100, which people are already saying that it is A LOT better than the D7000, specially the AF. So the D7100 is on my top list currently, again, mainly because i have pretty good Nikon lenses already, BUT, again, i am "open" to other things since i haven't taken my credit card out yet.

Some have said here that they really like their pentax and would not switch, "although their pentax camera frustrates them". What is it that Pentax causes you to feel frustrated?? Also i have read that Pentax flash system is not the greatest. What exactly does that mean? i don't do studio work and really don't use multiple flashes, just my mounted one, can someone provide more detail what it means by a not so great flash system vs. Nikon?

Also, does a K5II have an optional battery grip?

Is the AF slow/inacurate in this cameras? Is there backfocusing experiences with K5II?

Does the K5II have video capability? How good is it?

Is there already a rumored K7 comming out soon?

The more details you provide the better for me :-). I saw some of the photo gallery provided in the begining and i will say that i have been impressed by them, i am not sure if those are RAW or jpegs but they look fantastic and VERY sharp detailed photos. I was looking at the newer Fuji cameras but they are just too expensive for my taste, and way too small for me.


Of course you're welcome; it's great you're taking the time to see what else is out in the world of cameras.

It's interesting to me that you're liking the s5 over the d7000... that tells me you like things that have that "feel" of being part of you where the camera feels like part of the creative process and not something that imposes itself on you.  This is where Pentax really shines I think.  There are many converts from Canon and Nikon that just love how Pentax DSLR's handle.  But from a technical point of view, the s5 is a pretty old camera and things like high iso shooting, more dynamic range on the sensor, and better AF systems with higher frame rates have advanced a lot since the s5 was introduced.  Although the D7000 uses the same sensor (for the most part) as the Pentax k5, k30, k01, k5ii, and k5iis (though the "s" version does not have an AA filter) I find the images look a lot different.  My uncle's d7000 images just don't look right to me, but of course I've gotten used to the Pentax Look.  Granted, this could be adjusted in software, but why should I have to?

As far as frustration, I think there are some who want Pentax to develop full frame cameras, or to make lens x, or maybe they want a tilting screen or wifi or gps built in, some want a revamped AF or flash system.  If you participate in any forum, there are no shortages of backseat drivers who think they know the direction Pentax should go.  And maybe some are right... but Pentax was bought by Ricoh around a year ago.  There are many, including me, who think this partnership has the potential to improve Pentax and make the brand better known and respected.  Of course this will take time...

So to your specific ?'s

flash - if you get a flash, get the Metz AF2 - it seems to meter more consistently than Pentax's PTTL, particularly when bouncing

Focusing - some tests have shown the k5ii to be on par w/ others, while some individuals who have used both say the Canikon upper end focusing is better, especially when it comes to sports tracking focus.  The k5ii and k5iis do not seem to have back/ front focusing issues.  But you can adjust up to 10 lenses independently for varying degrees of FF/BF if you have lenses that aren't as cooperative.

There is a weather sealed grip available and some aftermarket companies make them also.

There are rumors of a k3 coming out soon, but I'll believe it when I see it...

as for video quality... maybe check out youtube of vimeo and look at the samples there.

Hope that helps!

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