…Maybe I’m not a Pentaxian after all. I was all gung-ho about it, I have used a Pentax k30 and Pentax K01 previously and loved them both (still not Sony though) , but, and there is a but, there is an elephant in the room.
I got to thinking about, and after searching for the sort of lenses I would ordinarily have my eye on – 35mm 1.8, 50mm 1.8, 85mm 1.8 etc I found that they either didn’t exist and/or that the nearest equivalents (ie 43mm 1.9) are priced at double and sometimes more than the Canikon and Sony looky likeys.
Considering that I had chosen Pentax as the package which seemed to offer great value to performance ratio, all of a sudden it didn’t seem to be stacking up in my favour.
Enter the interloper – Nikon D7100 – I have previously tried and failed to love the legendary ‘budget’ full frame D600, so I certainly had no great expectations that I would find this lower class body as good, if not better.
Wrong – once up and running I did a few test runs between the Pentax K30 and D7100, both with 50mm f1.4 lenses and as I had noticed prior, the K30 images seemed muddy. In comparison the D7100 was singing.
I double checked my results with my friend Claire www.itsnotthecamera.wordpress.com and she concurred (I won’t repeat her exact words) that the Pentax had to go. And go it will.
(At least I hope it will!)
So (for now) I am a Nikonian. I’ve joined the masses, bowed to the hype and now go in search of the perfect budget zoom lens. I know they aren’t popular but on a trip round the Zoo with three kids under five I’m not stoppin’ to change lenses every five minutes, and no, I am not remortgaging for the 70-400g f2.8 or somesuch.