Educate me on Pentax

Started Mar 3, 2016 | Discussions thread
Tatouzou Senior Member • Posts: 2,050
Re: Educate me on Pentax

You already have got lots of useful replies.

For more details, I suggest you go to, where you will find a complete database of all Pentax lenses ever made, from vintage screwmount M42 mm back 50 years ago to the most recent.

There are user's review of most ofl these lenses, and in depth staff review of almost all current new glass or camera.

Pentaxians are few, but many are fans: they feel proud to shoot with very well made cameras designed "by photographers for photographers".

When you are used to Pentax K5 or K3, other brand DSLR feel cheap plastic, save the >2000 €/$ flagships.

Pentax AF has improved a lot in the last few years.

In K3, it is accurate, fast and responsive, and doesnt lag much behind similarly priced cameras by Canon or Nikon. But it is of course not as efficient in tracking targets in continuous AF as top grade Canon or Nikon cameras, which cost twice the price of a K3.

I shoot Pentax since my Spotmatic bought in 1970 when I was a student, and still working.

I keep it as a "souvenir", but I dont shoot film any more since my first DSLR, a Pentax Ist-DS bought in 2005 (which still produces quite good raw 6MP pictures, but of course lags far behind recent cameras as regards AF and low light/high ISO performance).

My present DSLR is a brand new K3, but I will keep my K30 bought 2 years ago and a pleasure to use (see my flickr account).

The K3 is in another league, magnesium alloy body, lots of controls and customizing possibilities, 2 SD slots, feeling like a top grade professional tool.

Did not need it, but my son first bought one, upgrading from K5, thus I could try it when he visited me for Xmas, and it was addictive....

Addictive also are the Pentax "limited" lenses, very compact nicely machined top grade lenses, which dont specially shine on test charts or brick walls, but deliver outstanding pictures in real life scenes (see details on Pentax Forums):

-full frame: FA 31 f1.8, FA 43 f1.9, FA 77 f1.8

-APS-C: DA 15 f4, DA 21 f3.2, DA 35 f2.8 macro (1:1), DA 70 f2.4, DA 20-40 f2.8-4 WR.

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