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Pros Of Pentax

Here are some reasons why Pentax cameras are a good choice for the passionate photographer.

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Pentax has long been classed as one of the top brands in the camera industry. But just what makes them stand out from the competition? Here, we round up some of the plus points of Pentax cameras along with some quotes from professional Pentax users on why they love their equipment so much. 

One pro of Pentax cameras is the ease of use. Pro photographer Christopher Bissell swears by Pentax gear for its usability. Talking about the Pentax 645D, Chris says: "the camera isn’t complicated and all the controls on this camera are quick and easy to access" says Chris. "You can move modes without having to press 'OK' and it really is an intuitive camera to use."

Of course, Pentax cameras are also renowned for their image quality. Andrew Czyzewski takes stunning landscape photos in his spare time and he thinks Pentax gear stands out from the field in more ways than one: "Pentax images always have some character and grippiness that I feel is missing with some of the other brands." Plus, Pentax Ricoh gear has been used by Andrew's family for years, with his dad owning a Ricoh camera.

The Pentax K-50 has a colour scheme to suit everyone, since it is available in 120 colours. This makes it super customisable. None of the other brands have such a wide colour scheme as Pentax. The design of the cameras has also been a plus point for Russian motorsport photographer Arsen Alaberdov. "I really like the aggressive sporty design the camera has", he says in our article about taking motorsport photography photos with the K-30

So, there you have it. why not try out some Pentax or Ricoh gear for yourself?


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3 Sep 2013 7:52PM
Chris is right. Pentax cameras are designed for photographers. All the important controls are simple and where they need to be.
Other things that make Pentax stand out.
Weather sealing from a low price point. a reasonable amount of lenses that are also weather sealed to partner the body. The focal lengths for these are uninterrupted from 16mm right through to 250mm, with further points at 300mm and 560mm.
Legacy. Ahh yes. The ability to use any Pentax K-mount lens that has been made since introduction in the 1970's without issue.
M42 screw mount lenses. Buy an adapter and you have the ability to use them without issue. One important thing about this is that the flange distance for an M42 lens is the same as the K-mount lens (a Legacy of Pentax formally using the M42). this means an official adapter will be perfect making the old Takumars more than just useable on a modern Pentax DSLR body. The surprise? Those old Takumars work beautifully with Digital too.
Pentax ability to "dare to be different" with cameras like the K-01 and the Q. Also, don't forget the aformentioned 645D.
Fairly small DSLR bodies that are well built yet packed with features.

Pentax may be small nowadays, but because they are small they can be more flexible and produce products that a photographer actually needs, without frills that they won't use, as in the end, the result is a camera that produces stunning quality photographs.
4 Sep 2013 1:53PM
For me, this article doesn't capture the real pros of Pentax cameras.

1) Weather sealed DSLRs at the cheaper end.
2) The lenses. Pentax don't have as many lenses as Canon and Nikon, but they have a unique set of lenses: the limited range of prime lenses. No one else offers lenses like these. No one else has a 70mm lens as small as the DA 70mm, or a 15mm as small as the DA 15mm. And the 40mm lens is simply the smallest DSLR lens you can buy.
3) Image stabilisation that is in the camera, not the body. This makes the limited prime lenses even more unique. No one has a lense as small as the DA 70mm with image stabilisation. (Only a few Nikon/Canon prime lenses have image stabilisation, and they are not small.)
4) Pentax didn't change their lens mount when they moved to digital. So you can get predigital lenses (both autofocus and manual focus). And, because of 3 above, even the oldest manual lenses (effectively) have image stabilisation.
5) With the Pentax K-01 I can have a DSLR and a mirrorless camera which both take the same lenses (and flash and other accessories).
6) And with the Q range, I can have a DSLR and a tiny mirrorless camera, that both take the same flash. (And with the K mount to Q adaptor, I can also use my DSLR lenses on my Pentax Q for extreme telephoto and or macro photography.)


(though he isn't even using the smallest of the prime lenses).
4 Sep 2013 3:41PM
Thank you for adding your opinions guys!
What isn't covered and is a very important consideration for me in the studio is the ability to shoot tethered (via self powered USB cable) - which Pentax doesn't support. Until there is this support I'm afraid that sadly Pentax don't even feature in the list of new cameras I'm considering. Sad Which is a shame - I loved my old film Pentax cameras. Sad
annatefkah2 10 14 United Kingdom
25 Nov 2013 10:05PM
I've had Pentax cameras since the 1970s From Spotmatic, K2, LX, MZM, K10D, K5 and now the K3 which is absolutely fantastic! Still have all my old cameras AND the LENSES Smile

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