Pentax vs. Nikon....are there any Pentax shooters that have used a d7000 or d7100?

Started Feb 13, 2014 | Questions thread
jay_akita Regular Member • Posts: 255
Re: Pentax vs. Nikon....are there any Pentax shooters that have used a d7000 or d7100?

RPulley wrote:

ZenImage wrote:

That's at least another piece to the puzzle figured out. I think that lens selection would really be the only major deciding factor in favor of the d7100 for me. Canikon have an arsenal of lenses, as well as third party options. I was a little worried that Pentax seemed to have a short lens list (I agree with pairing that beast of a sensor with complimenting features to boot with glass that won't hold it back)....though they do have a line-up of lenses that they are looking to release .

I always have to give Canon and Nikon credit for selling millions of cameras based upon the impressive list of lenses that 99.99% of buyers will not buy and likely cannot afford.

The Pentax lens lineup:

14mm 2.8
15mm 4.0
21mm 3.2
31mm 1.8
35mm 2.4
35mm 2.8
40mm 2.8
40mm 2.8xs
43mm 1.9
50mm 1.4
50mm 1.8
50mm 2.8
55mm 1.4
70mm 2.4
77mm 1.8
100mm 2.8 wr
100mm 2.8 non wr
200mm 2.8
300mm 4.0
560mm 5.6

Zooms (fixed maximum aperture)

12-24 4.0
16-45 4.0
16-50 2.8
17-70 4.0
50-135 2.8
60-250 4.0

Consumer zooms (variable maximum aperture):

10-17 3.5-4.5 (this lens is actually a better than consumer grade lens)
18-55 3.5 -4.5 wr
18-55 II 3.5 - 4.5 -5.6
18-135 3.5-5.6
18-270 3.5-6.3
50-200 4.5 - 5.6
50-200 4.5 - 5-6 wr
55-300 4.0 - 5.8

Add to this the new 20-40 and the recently announced 1.4x TC.

Just exactly what would you be missing in terms of lens availability? What about your photography would be limited by the list above?

It is true that some 3rd party makers do not support Pentax, while others do release lenses for Pentax such as the newly announced Sigma 30mm f1.4, among others.

You also have a very wide choice of older FA lenses, Pentax A lenses, and M42 screw mounts (many brands, adapter needed), all of which can be used on Pentax bodies.

A legitimate knock on the Pentax lineup is that most are APS lenses (DX in Nikon terms), so not only is there no "FF" body at the moment, the "FF" lens lineup is limited.

On the other hand, Canon and Nikon have no "MF" products to upgrade to, so a lot depends upon what you plan to do in the future.


As far as what's missing and limitation of the current lens lineup - I'd say slow built in AF motors, crazy yo-yo prices over the last few years, bad reputation for SDM lenses (I realize reliability seems to have improved greatly - I've owned three and only had problems with the 50-135), and no current zoom greater than 300mm.  IMO opinion the 50-135, 60-250 & 55 F1.4 are all excellent optically (never owned the 16-50 because of mediocre reviews) but my photography was limited by the AF speed.  That was with a K5, the K3 has gotten great reviews as far as AF improvements go especially with tracking, but you're still limited by the relatively slow SDM motors.  I went from a K20 > K7 > K5 and as far as I could tell the motors never moved any faster even if AF lock improved ie) "micro" corrections greatly reduced.

A lot has been written about Pentax users being cheap and not wanting to pay for high end lenses, IMO the reasons above are why people shy away from high dollar Pentax lenses.  I was OK with the trade-offs when prices were significantly cheaper than Canikon, now that they've jacked up the prices for (in many cases) the same old lenses up to double their selling prices just a few short years ago (with updated coatings at best) is it any wonder people willing to spend the money question the investment?

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