Pentax as first DSLR?

Started Jul 17, 2013 | Discussions thread
Petroglyph Veteran Member • Posts: 6,037
Re: Pentax as first DSLR?

yardcoyote wrote:

I recently made my first post over in the beginners' forum,

There is a beginner forum?  Most of us should probably be over there.

but here's a recap: I was an enthusiastic amateur film photographer for many years, then stopped shooting entirely at the beginning of the digital age. Last year I started a blog

So you have a er...  blog?

I was assuming if I did that I would go with a Canon, probably the Rebel T3i, since the bodies and lenses are common as dirt and easy to find new and used at more or less reasonable prices,

reasonable is in the eye of the beholder.

and the camera has a good reputation.

You know this is the Pentax forum?

Then I saw that letter K ... and the old K mount fever was reignited. Back in the day, I was all Pentax all the time-- slice me through and you'll still see "Asahi Pentax" engraved on my heart. I'm sure some of you feel the same way.

I'm not particularly brand oriented so I do have and use Pentax gear I'll admit that.

So what do you think of a K50 or K30 as a first DSLR? From looking at the specs, there is a lot to like about these cameras-- big bright rangefinders, image stabilization in the body, the AA battery option-- and the reviews seem to agree that they offer excellent IQ for the money, particularly for still photographers.

You will be pleased with them for whatever creative thing you wish to try..

But the lens selection seems to be skimpier

This one has been hashed over and over here.  I wouldn't go with this angle.

than Canon's, and there are disturbing grumbles about declining optical quality.

Not heard that one.

Would you recommend buying into Pentax at this time?

I did two years ago that's all I'll say.  I had ME-Super longer ago than that.

If you have experience with both the Pentax and the Canon, which would you recommend to a DSLR newbie who has some basic knowledge of photography?

That is a hard one.  I'd say get the Pentax and keep your eye out for the replacement to the 7D a little down the road.  Meanwhile get in a lot of shooting with your new gear.

And finally, how practical is it to use the old manual K mount lenses on a modern DSLR?

With K-Mount it is easy as pie.

My modest but optically excellent collection predates any kind of autofocus.

Catch-in focusing.

Thanks ahead of time for answering any of these questions!

Have fun with your photography!

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