Bye Pentax K-5 -> Hello Sony A6000

Started Jun 3, 2014 | Discussions thread
Paul Kersey Photography
Paul Kersey Photography Regular Member • Posts: 414
Re: Bye Pentax K-5 -> Hello Sony A6000

BobORama wrote:

flektogon wrote:

Yes, the days of DSLRs are numbered. Of course, this doesn't apply to the professional DSLRs. I selected the A6000 image comparison with the K-3, and guess what? A6000 easily beats K-3. And for a fraction of size and price.

Yes, the A6000 solidly beats the K-3 if you:

  • love chroma noise and color blotches
  • want a shutter that sounds like someone cutting off fish heads with a hatchet
  • if you are the wicked witch or live in a desert and never get it wet
  • don't need an extra 2-3 stop advantage for image stabilization with any lens
  • don't mind having big glass look like a great dane mounting a chihuahua

Even if the A6000 had better IQ, it would only be when mounted on a tripod.

Where the A6000 does win is in terms of size and video. If those things are important to you, then the Sony offerings would be worth considering. But in every other respect, not so much.

Its funny, I just used my K-5 with a ( completely free to me ) takumar 135 / 2.8 at my daughters dance recital, with the atrocious lighting so typical of these events. I got a lot of fairly decent handheld shots @ f/2.8. Looking at the Sony lens options, I'm not sure that would have been impossible with any of the "less expensive" lenses that Sony offers for the A6000, except for their $1500 cine primes.

I like the K3 but don't really think it can appease all as it apparently does you. I shoot my a6000 no higher than ISO800 so I can deal with the noise. But really, the Pentax has its own struggles, particularly with handling reds and detail as you climb the ISO scale (suggest you go to the Imaging Resource if you haven't already). This was true with the K-5 and every model since.

Having said this, I am considering a Pentax, probably the K5 or II for black and white shooting and its weather proofing. I would add the generally poorly reviewed 18-135. The K-3 isn't on my list as my next camera of 24 or greater megapixels will be a Sony full-frame compact.

Sony lenses by and large are not good until to fork out $600 or more, even then price doesn't guarantee optical quality, just read the reviews. Sigmas and Samyang are where it's at for the Sony, for my purposes.

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