First of all, thank you for visiting my blog for Martis Photography.
When I started looking for cameras in October 2009 I already knew I would look at Canon and Nikon because they are the big guns in the DSLR world and are very advanced in what they offer.
Although I found some cameras I liked by both brands, I thought there would be some better deals out there offered by other camera manufacturers which is why I took a look at Pentax. What I found out about Pentax excited me for several reasons:
- Pentax offers shake reduction that is built into the camera body which means any lens you use will have shake reduction support. Canon and Nikon don’t offer in-body shake reduction which means in order to get this feature you have to buy a lens that has shake or vibration reduction built into it, which makes the lenses more expensive. Also, you can use any lens ever made by Pentax and it works with the Pentax DSLR.
- Pentax lenses are more affordable overall when compared to Canon and Nikon lenses. Pentax’s version of the popular 70-200mm F2.8 lens is the DA* 50-135mm F2.8 and is more than $1,000 cheaper (focal length is around 70-200mm when on a Pentax body because of the smaller image sensor (APS-C sized) when compared to a full frame Canon or Nikon. Many DSLR’s have APS-C sized sensors and when a lens is on a smaller sensor camera, the camera crops the image and brings it closer which is why the Pentax DA* 50-135mm is pretty much a 70-200mm after you apply the crop factor which is 1.5…ok enough with the confusing stuff haha). The Nikon or Canon lens may be a little better in build quality and image quality but I have seen amazing shots taken with this Pentax lens and it’s one of their top quality lenses they make. The price for this lens is anywhere from $880-$1,129 whereas Nikon and Canon’s version can cost $2,000 and up.
- Pentax camera bodies offer great features for the price. For example, my Pentax K-x takes amazing high ISO shots all the way up to ISO 6400 (ISO 12,800 is possible but I rarely use it because it’s super grainy). ISO is a feature the camera can use and it basically means that the camera is forcing the image sensor to absorb more light but with this comes more grain because of the increased sensitivity to light, grain is better known in the photography world as “noise”. There aren’t many non full frame DSLR’s that can take high quality high ISO shots but the K-x can, which I love because in situations where it’s darker, you’ll need to use a higher ISO even if combined with a larger aperture lens (larger apertures allow the lens to let in more light). Combining the high ISO capability with a large aperture AND a little bit of flash allows the camera to see a lot of light which means better pictures in darker situations.
Listed above are some reasons why I decided to go with Pentax over Canon and Nikon. Now don’t misunderstand me, I think Canon and Nikon have amazing cameras (the Nikon D7000 is a great camera at an amazing price, $1,199 for the body only) and I love that they offer larger sensor full frame cameras (which Pentax doesn’t offer), but the price situation came into play for me and for what it offered at the price range I was looking to stay in, Pentax was the best choice for me. I may decide to switch to Nikon or Canon in the future because they have a lot more cameras and lenses to choose from, but for now I will continue to show up to portrait sessions using my trusty Pentax K-x around my neck and know it will get the job done.