What is your Alternate Camera?
Most of you on this forum would likely have a Pentax DSLR as your Primary camera, you may even have a Pentax DSLR as your secondary camera, but what is your alternate camera, one that is very different in either form or function from your main Pentax.
My main cameras are a K5 and K5II, with a K20D as backup, but my alternate camera is a GoPro Hero 3 Black edition. Its role is to go places that my DSLRs cannot.
So what are your alternate cameras?
A weather sealed ultra wide, is that too much to ask?
Pentax SLR talk FAQ
Nikon Coolpix S2550 - small, cheap, easily pocketable and capable of some degree of video.
Canon SX220HS mounted to the flash hotshoe for simultaneous HD video recording.
Works well, but unfortunately the sound of the SLR taking pictures is recorded. But it's better than no video at all.
Beauty is in the eye of the photographer
Samsung NX200 with the 30mm pancake...
Graflex Speed Graphic
My Panasonic LX3. Also great for close-ups.
Pentax K-5 IIs, Sigma 17-50 f2.8 EX DC HSM, LX3, Pentax MX w/Pentax 40-80 & Soligor 80-200 f4.5 lenses, Lightroom 4.3, CS5
I have two alternates, actually: a Leica M9 when I want FF and the handling of a rangefinder, and a Ricoh GXR when I want compact size and the handling of a MILC. I'm considering a Fuji X-E1 for the future, as I could use my older lenses with obsolete camera mounts on it, such as my Canon G Zeiss lenses.
Jim King - Retired Colormonger - Suburban Detroit, Michigan, USA; GMT -5h (EST)
Pentaxian for over 50 years.
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It's a $140 refurb from B&H. 16 mp. Wish it did .DNG raws, but the .jpgs are pretty good. I use it for those occasions where my K-5 or K20D or K-01 would be unsuitable, such as at the Pearl Harbor memorial, where "big cameras" are forbidden. I'd use it in situations where the camera might be at severe risk, such as kayaking or canoeing, but an old-but-still-good *ist DS and cheapo FA 28-90 lens seems better for that.
K-5 and K-01 as primaries
Panny LX-5 as a compact
An old Olympus C720UZ (UltraZoom - I laugh at your modern superzooms!) 3MP digital from about 2001 that still sees daily duty at the shop for web shots.
Nikon FM (my first camera)
Leica M3 (my Dad's camera)
Mamiya M645 Pro
I may need an intervention, I'm actually looking at 4x5 cameras right now, even though it would cost about $70 a shot (film, processing, drum scanning). Of course, I could bring that price down if I build a complete darkroom...
It's not about the tool, its how you use it
So i have a K20D and a K-01 ... but family photos and video it's an NEX-3.
For a long time my alternate was a Canon G11. However I find myself using the K-01 for that duty now. When I need something really quick I have started using the Galaxy S3 cell phone.
Though it's getting hard to say which camera is the alternate. I've gotten to where I take my OM-D pretty much everywhere, and use my K5 for "specialty" shots like telephoto, or long/fast shots.
Even bad photography can be fun