Entry level DSLR reccommendation

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by michal.rosa, Mar 11, 2008.

  1. michal.rosa

    michal.rosa Guest

    I'm thinking of buying a DSLR, either Pentax K100D or Nikon D40 -
    which one of those two would you recommend?

    michal.rosa, Mar 11, 2008
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  2. michal.rosa

    Noons Guest

    When you buy a dslr, you are also buying
    into a system made up of lenses, accessories
    and camera bodies.

    Nikon's system is arguably more
    complete, although more expensive.

    When it comes to quality between the
    two dslrs, flick a coin. Really. The small
    differences won't really matter that much,
    you'll be literally splitting hairs.

    Pentax system is cheaper, has more
    options in terms of lenses (the K mount
    was more popular with after market lens
    makers than the F mount).

    The D40 will have slightly better low
    light ability and it has a higher flash
    synch speed which is good for balanced
    flash with natural light. But it only
    auto-focuses with AFS Nikon lenses,
    which are more expensive.

    There are quite a few good reviews of
    both cameras in many of the d-slr
    sites, if you need urls let me know and
    I or someone else will post a few.

    Better form your own opinion?
    Noons, Mar 11, 2008
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  3. michal.rosa

    jerri Guest

    Hi Michal,

    both are good cameras and the K100D price will be a lot cheaper. If you
    most of your photography is "point and shoot" then the nikon will work best
    for you but if you are looking to shoot in Manual mode and play with
    settings the Pentax will be a bit more user friendly. Both kit lenses seem
    to work well.

    jerri, Mar 11, 2008
  4. michal.rosa

    Michal Guest

    Thanks, I know how to Google :) I've already did quite a lot of
    research and read quite a lot about it but was hoping to hear some
    personal experiences from people who might have used both of those
    I'm trying :) Already tested both of them but still can't decided.

    Michal, Mar 11, 2008
  5. michal.rosa

    Noons Guest

    Hard, isn't it? :)
    Yeah, sometimes I wish I could afford more than one system...
    Here is one more to consider:

    With the Pentax be prepared to often use RAW to
    get the best out of the camera: the jpg processing
    is not as sorted out as the D40's.

    This is not to say that there are major differences.
    Or that it is a big chore. Anyone using current
    affordable dslrs will more than likely be using
    RAW workflow anyway.

    Good luck wih your quest and hope you get a
    lot of fun of whatever your choice may be.
    Noons, Mar 11, 2008
  6. michal.rosa

    Michal Guest

    Thanks Noons. After some deliberation I've opted for the Pentax
    Michal, Mar 13, 2008
  7. michal.rosa

    Noons Guest

    That would be my first choice as well if I didn't
    have a huge investment in Nikon lenses.
    Enjoy it!
    Noons, Mar 13, 2008
  8. michal.rosa

    Pete D Guest

    Make sure you get the DA18-55mm Pentax lens, do not under any circumstances
    get the Sigma 18-50mm lens unless it is the F2.8 Macro.
    Pete D, Mar 13, 2008
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