Pentax K-70 vs Sony A1

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Jon Donahue Contributing Member • Posts: 809
Pentax K-70 vs Sony A1
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Unless I'm mistaken, the Sony A1 is the best camera in the world. That's what they say. For $6500, you get an amazing number of features in a nicely compact package. And with its 8k video, you could actually make a real movie with it, given equally good sound and lighting gear. The A1 is excellent for everything, says DPR. Pro-level sports to flowers, birds, cars, architecture, and documentation. So for about $12,000 — camera, lenses, lights... you're in the photography business. Which, as a startup equipment cost, really isn't a great deal of money. I mean, how much is a new Case 580 Super N Backhoe Loader, if you're starting a construction business? Try $120,000.

But. Life being life, there are lots of us charged-out citizens of the credit card state who can't come up with 12 big ones for that Sony. But there are alternatives, particularly if you don't want to make full-length feature movies. Alternatives like the Pentax K-70. $600 instead of $6,500... and a full setup, camera, lenses, simple lighting package... for under $3,000. Will it do the job? Of course. But with caveats... you can’t go sell work that your gear can't produce. Like the sort of top quality huge prints that the 50 MP Sony can make in its sleep. I mean, for $600, there are limits.

But not many. Put a Pentax 18-135 WR lens on that K-70, and you can take pictures in the rain or in really crappy dusty dirty environments. And there are all sorts of corporations who will pay you top dollar for pictures of their buildings, workers, or products at work. And the worse the weather, the better. The more toxic the production line, the better. Because your competition... the guys with those really expensive cameras... are terrified of water, mud, dirt, all that. They are not going to go into a slaughterhouse to take beauty shots of a new Marel Blood Collection System knifing along at 1000-pigs-per-hour, are they?

So in comparison, is the K-70 as good a camera as a Sony A1? Sure is. Because you can make good money with it fast without hesitation. Image quality? Excellent, at the print sizes or JPGs for online viewing that you will be selling. Remember, a full-page image for a glossy magazine, let’s say 8”x10” in size, is only 2400x3000 pixels at the 300ppi the magazine editor wants... or 7.2 mb. And with your 24 mb image size, you have lots of room to crop. Just keep it simple, use f/8 through f/11 handheld in halfway-decent lighting conditions, and you'll have professionally-sharp pictures with great color... pictures that when used as described above will equal any from the Sony A1 or from any other camera!

 Jon Donahue's gear list:Jon Donahue's gear list
Ricoh GR II Pentax K-5 IIs Pentax K-70
Sony a1
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