Do I switch to another brand?


pschlute

Link Posted 18/09/2019 - 18:39
Benz3ne wrote:
[I quite often photograph my dogs, and it'd be nice to have that little bit extra confidence that it's nailing autofocus where I don't really get that luxury in the K-70 or K-S2 I own...


Using the K1 versus say a K10, and a DFA 70-200 f2.8 versus a DA 60-250 is like chalk and cheese. AF-C is totally different. Maybe not quite up to the market leaders standards, but a huge leap forward. 30% keeper changes to 70% keeper
Peter



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Benz3ne

Link Posted 18/09/2019 - 19:41
pschlute wrote:
Benz3ne wrote:
[I quite often photograph my dogs, and it'd be nice to have that little bit extra confidence that it's nailing autofocus where I don't really get that luxury in the K-70 or K-S2 I own...


Using the K1 versus say a K10, and a DFA 70-200 f2.8 versus a DA 60-250 is like chalk and cheese. AF-C is totally different. Maybe not quite up to the market leaders standards, but a huge leap forward. 30% keeper changes to 70% keeper

This is quite an interesting observation. I might have to look at stepping up in the future then! Itís frustrating thinking you should have a good number of keepers and flicking through to see that thereís a good number missed.
Iíll have to see if thereís a route to try one out for a weekend here and see what I think!
Thanks for the comment Peter.

johnriley

Link Posted 18/09/2019 - 23:16
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Iíll have to see if thereís a route to try one out for a weekend here and see what I think!

SRS do a Pentax Hire service, so you could simply hire a camera to try out.
Best regards, John

Benz3ne

Link Posted 19/09/2019 - 07:02
johnriley wrote:

SRS do a Pentax Hire service, so you could simply hire a camera to try out.

Perfect, thanks John. At £130 for three days, plus probably hiring the 24-70 lens to compliment it for 3 days, runs at £180 total which unfortunately isnít a particularly short sum... approximately 10% of the cost of the pair.
I shall deliberate! Iíll probably end up doing it around the end of the year if I donít just plumb for it...

richandfleur

Link Posted 19/09/2019 - 07:49
Benz3ne wrote:
johnriley wrote:

SRS do a Pentax Hire service, so you could simply hire a camera to try out.

Perfect, thanks John. At £130 for three days, plus probably hiring the 24-70 lens to compliment it for 3 days, runs at £180 total which unfortunately isnít a particularly short sum... approximately 10% of the cost of the pair.
I shall deliberate! Iíll probably end up doing it around the end of the year if I donít just plumb for it...

I reckon theyíd be up for you testing in store, bring your own lenses or try theirs etc.

Perhaps bring your own memory card and try it out, then review the shots later.

Benz3ne

Link Posted 19/09/2019 - 08:14
richandfleur wrote:
Benz3ne wrote:
Quote:

SRS do a Pentax Hire service, so you could simply hire a camera to try out.

Perfect, thanks John. At £130 for three days, plus probably hiring the 24-70 lens to compliment it for 3 days, runs at £180 total which unfortunately isnít a particularly short sum... approximately 10% of the cost of the pair.
I shall deliberate! Iíll probably end up doing it around the end of the year if I donít just plumb for it...

I reckon theyíd be up for you testing in store, bring your own lenses or try theirs etc.

Perhaps bring your own memory card and try it out, then review the shots later.

Slight hiccup - they're in Watford. I'm in S. W. Wales. I don't know whether it's economic for me to drive there and back to test a camera for an hour...

I shall continue to think on this matter!

JAK

Link Posted 19/09/2019 - 10:52
Benz3ne wrote:

Slight hiccup - they're in Watford. I'm in S. W. Wales. I don't know whether it's economic for me to drive there and back to test a camera for an hour...

I shall continue to think on this matter!

Well use a more local dealer then :
eg Carmarthen Cameras, Zion Chapel, Mansel Street, Carmarthen SA31 QX
Believe it or not SRS isn't the only Pentax retailer in the UK.
John K
Last Edited by JAK on 19/09/2019 - 10:59

Benz3ne

Link Posted 19/09/2019 - 11:08
JAK wrote:
Benz3ne wrote:

Slight hiccup - they're in Watford. I'm in S. W. Wales. I don't know whether it's economic for me to drive there and back to test a camera for an hour...

I shall continue to think on this matter!

Well use a more local dealer then :
eg Carmarthen Cameras, Zion Chapel, Mansel Street, Carmarthen SA31 QX
Believe it or not SRS isn't the only Pentax retailer in the UK.

Sure, of this I'm aware but wasn't certain whether they do a hire service like SRS (only one mentioned so far).
Thanks all the same!

Edit: Sorry OP for hijacking the thread.
Last Edited by Benz3ne on 19/09/2019 - 11:09

ronniemac

Link Posted 21/09/2019 - 01:35
DBlandford wrote:
Thank you to everybody who has taken the time to answer my question. I know this was the place where people would give me reasons why I should I should stick with Pentax. After thirty years I have so much kit it would be silly to start again with another brand. To answer some of your questions my camera bag has in at the moment both a K50 and K70 body, and also

35mm F2.4 DA AL lens
50mm F1.8 DA lens
18 70 mm F3.5 lens
18- 135mm F3.5 SMC DA lens
50 - 135mm F2.8 SMC DA lens
55 - 300mm F4 SMC DA lens
Sigma 150 - 500 F5 - 6.3 lens

I am thinking my next lens will be a 10 - 20mm but currently I am happy with what I already have as I shoot a mixture of landscape, studio and transport.

35mm F2.4 DA AL lens: Works FF on K-1 (very minor vignetting wide open which is easily corrected in post processing)
50mm F1.8 DA lens: Works FF on K-1 (very minor vignetting wide open which is easily corrected in post processing)
Other Pentax lenses need to be used in crop mode although the 55-300 is also ok FF when zoomed in.
The Sigma I do not know about so perhaps someone else will advise?

If you go for the K-1, you will be able to use your lenses one way or another. I'd highly recommend the new and inexpensive 28-105 as a good all rounder; not the fastest, but silent, very sharp, and not too bulky.

Good luck

PS The new top of the range aps-c camera has just been announced - just to add to the range of options you are facing!
Last Edited by ronniemac on 21/09/2019 - 01:38

vic cross

Link Posted 21/09/2019 - 11:04
Things are looking up. Have you noticed the new APS model that will be at the Japanese show and due for sale in 2020??????????????????
CHEERS Vic.
Sorry ronniemac I just noticed you mentioned the new APSc camera first.
CHEERS Vic.
Born again biker with lots of Pentax bits. Every day I wake up is a good day. I'm so old I don't even buy green bananas.
Last Edited by vic cross on 21/09/2019 - 11:07
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