What makes Pentax special?

Started May 1, 2013 | Discussions
awaldram Forum Pro • Posts: 13,147
Re: What makes Pentax special?

AllBrands wrote:

What did Pentax ever do to you ? ... suffice to say your staying on ignore.

What is "special" to me about Pentax for potential new buyers is...

  • you'll have no full-frame upgrade path.

But at least you get a pro MF path unlike All (other) brands

  • it's highly unlikely that you'll ever be able to borrow or share lenses with friends.

I don;t even get your point here, my friends don't shoot for a hobby so irrelevant, I have one work colleague who is a photographer he shoots Pentax.

My professional colleagues shoot Nikon and Canon (1ds and d3/4) and we often swap bodies for a bit of light pleasure

  • USA warranty support is from a third-party repair shop in Arizona.


Nikons 22 authorized repair centres looks like 3rd party repir shops to me

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  • retail prices on old-design, full-frame, non-digital lenses keep going up and up.

not quite upto the $2000 Nikon glass though !

  • DA* lenses use cheap micro-motors instead of ring-type ultrasonic motors.

Do you even understand why Pentax use mico ultrasonic motors and not ring types ?

To answer for you it so they can support three way focsuing .. MF .. Screw and SDM

pity they don;t allow swithcing from screw to SDM but even so at least they show a commitment to legacy lens owners ....How your Canon FD glass fitting your EOS camera ?

  • used DA* lenses are always suspect due to worry of "Suddenly Doesn't Move" syndrome.

Eh again.? any second hand lens is always suspect the canon 17-85 is a pig of a lens

  • you get WR bodies and lenses but no WR external flash units (and the flash models are OLD)

Again your point what features are missing from these 'old' flashes

  • you'll have a slim selection of third-party lenses (Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, Zeiss, etc).

Proof ?

  • your third-party RAW image developer may be slow to support your camera body.

Eh , Pentax use DNG every 3rd party developer supports every Pentax body now and in the future

On the plus side...

  • the FA Limited and DA pancake lenses are nice.
  • Weather-Resistant bodies and lenses can be nice.

I suspect your not a photographer and spend you life googling for things to attack Pentax with, your points are badly made and lacking any foundation in personal knowledge completely deficient in any balance or truth.

I sorry but in my book your a very sad man.

As per usual your trolling ..... pityful

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How many times have you posted your 'list' ?

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Gary Martin
Gary Martin Veteran Member • Posts: 3,873
Re: What makes Pentax special?

Maybe we should merge this thread with the "Stupidity Reigns Supreme" thread?

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Pete peterson
Pete peterson Regular Member • Posts: 384
Re: What makes Pentax special?

In the UK it means you can take it out on more days than not since it doesn't stop raining around here plus excellent low light performance plus every lens will be stabilised all for a fantastic price.

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DenWil Veteran Member • Posts: 3,313
What makes Pentax special?

I know exactly what I can do with it. Replicable results 365 days a year. From below sea level to 10,000 feet.  No variation. Unless the processing is blown- which is no fault of the device-  I get every shot I take every time. Amazing clarity,  Bokeh, and color rendition from the multi coated lenses. Clients love the images and even after scanning they are perceived much differently than images originating from sensors.

While this may be true of Hasselblad (I don't see square)  and Mamiya  (I forget to rotate the back) I chose to work and continue to work for the foreseeable with Pentax.

Cosmo Not Junior Member • Posts: 28
Re: What makes Pentax special?

Complaints about Pentax glass are way off. I have never been happier with a $216 purchase. The DA35 is small, light , cheap, and sharp all over. F/2.4 ? Razor sharp. Its nice to be able to shoot in Tv and not worry I am going to end up with a soft shot bc of crap wide open performance. I will never sell this lens.

awaldram Forum Pro • Posts: 13,147
Re: What makes Pentax special?

You make a very valid point that I'd like to add my own thoughts on.

Pentax cheap primes are a cut above anything else

Pentax cheap zooms are = or slightly sub compared with competition.

Pentax top Digital Primes are outstanding with no compromise to sucker the speed gods.

Pentax top analogue primes are a little different to anything anyone else makes.

Pentax top zooms have a little of the 'Pentax prime' magic but often suffer CA due to sharpness.

What it all adds upto is a path different to Canikon options , Where it falls down is when folks assume its like any other hobby and they can buy themselves credibility.

When they find their purchases (bodies) have low resale value and their images are met with bland stares the disillusionment sets in and they move to the main brands and get the biggest branded strap they can find

Unfortunate, their images remain bland and their resentment increases.

Pentax is as special and Canon, Nikon, Sony or Olympus etc because they all offer something that the others don't. Whether the user wants that something is a personal choice that should be made with knowledge not stupidity.!

As they say  "Caveat emptor" or " fools rush in where angels fear to tread"

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mlkind Forum Member • Posts: 89
Re: What makes Pentax special?

Nothing, it is the photographers eye that is special.

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Gerry Winterbourne Forum Pro • Posts: 13,842
Re: What???

mistermejia wrote:

Jesus Christ!  I just checked the price for the 31mm 1.8 in Amazon and that thing alone cost $1100 dollars???  Man!  That IS expensive, this MUST be pro lenses for sure.  My plastic Nikon 35 1.8 gives me outstanding IQ for only $199.  Pentax is definitely probably not for me since i couldn't afford this prices at all, and i don't go out shooting under the rain anyway.

As I said in my earlier post in this thread, it's possible to cherry pick to show adverse examples of Pentax prices.  Comparing Pentax's most expensive with Nikkor's cheapest, instead of equals - cheap plastic Pentax v cheap plastic Nikkor - is a really juicy cherry.

Pentax sealing protects again dust and salt as well as rain.  Do you shoot only indoors?

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