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anybody tell me why I should buy an entry level pentax rather than canon Nikon or sony
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If you already have one of these versions then that may be reason enough?
If you like it, and whether you prefer its feel.
You like having many and various camera brand models to play with
Variety is the spice of life
Nope...sorry...no idea why.....
Pentax and Sony DSLRs feature in camera shake-reduction - so you get this feature with every lens attached. For Nikon and Canon image stabilisation is lens based so you can either get a lens with IS/VR or not.
Pentax are also Weather Resistant (WR) from the Pentax K-50 upwards (not the K-500), and a number of the kit lenses are also WR.
As a Canon user I can only advise that the S/H market for lenses is greater for Canon than other makes IMHO.
As such, this makes entering into the realms of "proper" cameras much more feasible.
All of the leading brands are capable of producing good quality photographs in the right hands.
The important thing is to understand what you want to photograph and set yourself a budget to achieve your needs.
However, you will find that the more that you get into photography, you will aspire to better and more expensive equipment.
This doesn't mean that you will take better photographs, just that what you take will be as good as it can be.
The points that would interest me, assuming you mean the K500 v a Nikon3x00 or 5x00 - (not sure about Sony), are:
- pentaprism viewfinder
- twin exposure dials (one front, one back) so apparently can be set up for exposure com etc. - worth looking into the external controls available for the comparison (I understand Sony Alpha - a58? - external controls are pretty good too).
- other features. For example, the Nikon 3x00 don't have exposure bracketing, HDR etc whereas the Pentax does (I think it also micro-aligns the HDR pics). Would need to map these out and decide which ones were important.
As far as I'm concerned it's the extra manual controls plus bracketing that would sell it to me if I were buying.....
Also I think it can shoot nearly 6fps which doesn't really interest me
But, there is some question about active autofocus point not being displayed in the viewfinder which seems somewhat odd to me and some reviews don't even mention (my latest Chasseur d'Images magazine recommends K500 as the best DSLR under 500 euros and doesn't even mention this as a negative......)
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