Nikon F55 or Pentax MZ-60?

Discussion in 'Pentax' started by just me, Feb 20, 2004.

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    just me Guest

    For a beginner - interested in family photos, holidays, landscapes and
    general photography would you opt for the Nikon or the Pentax?

    Nikon F55 $400 with 28-80 AF kit lens at Camerahouse
    Pentax MZ-60 $400 with Sigma 28-90 AF lens at Ted's
    (Have also seen the Pentax with an additional Sigma 100-300 AF lens for
    about $60 more...this seems like pretty good value)

    Would the Nikon lens be neessarily better? Both "feel" fine in the hand and
    at that price also on the budget.

    What do you think?

    Cheers
    Jim
     
    just me, Feb 20, 2004
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    Miro Guest

    I prefer the "good" Pentax lenses. But the Nikon has obvious advantage with
    cheaper DLSR bodies and many more choices.
     
    Miro, Feb 20, 2004
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    koob Guest

    Jim wrote:
    For a beginner - interested in family photos, holidays, landscapes and
    general photography would you opt for the Nikon or the Pentax?

    Nikon F55 $400 with 28-80 AF kit lens at Camerahouse
    Pentax MZ-60 $400 with Sigma 28-90 AF lens at Ted's
    (Have also seen the Pentax with an additional Sigma 100-300 AF lens
    for
    about $60 more...this seems like pretty good value)

    Would the Nikon lens be neessarily better? Both "feel" fine in the hand
    and
    at that price also on the budget.

    What do you think?

    Cheers
    Jim

    Jim,

    Do not buy the Pentax MZ60. Buy this camera, and you will be at high
    risk of returning it at some stage in your first twelve months of
    warranty. Further more, you could be waiting up to eight weeks for the
    repair to occur - after sales service is shocking. Have you considered
    Canon at all? I know that the Canon EOS 300 is excellent value at the
    moment with a Canon 28-80 lens for the same price. This body will have
    better focussing and provide better flash control. Furthermore, every
    Canon lens is compatible with this camera (to my knowledge). Not the
    case with the F55. Nikon and Canon will both provide far better options
    in terms of availability of accessories and lens range. In any case, I
    would have a lot more faith in the Nikkor 28-80 lens than the Sigma
    28-90 equivalent for Pentax.

    KB
     
    koob, Feb 20, 2004
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    Beema Guest

    I'm a beginner and I'm using the Canon EOS 300, and I love it.
    It produces great photos, despite my best effort to cock them up with poor
    technical ability..

    I'm lucky enough to have a USM lens, which is fast and quiet.

    I'm now moving into the larket for a flash (currently looking at 430EZ)
    and a zoom lens (Canon EF 75-300 lens with Metal Mount)

    ....both from eBay
     
    Beema, Feb 20, 2004
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    Miro Guest

    You must come from the technical school of photography where the camera
    makes the photos.
     
    Miro, Feb 20, 2004
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    just me Guest

    Thanks for the replies. Will avoid MZ-60.
    Will check out canon/nikon features.
    Can't afford USM lens though.

    Jim.
     
    just me, Feb 22, 2004
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    Miro Guest

    You have to ask yourself ...... what does USM do given it isnt connected to
    the shutter or aperture settings. The non-usm does exactly the same thing.
     
    Miro, Feb 22, 2004
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    Beema Guest

    As a beginner, is there anything wrong with that while one develops
    skill...?
     
    Beema, Feb 23, 2004
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    Miro Guest

    Take back the power ! Be the photographer.
     
    Miro, Feb 23, 2004
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    Beema Guest

    And as I pass a few of my attempted creative shots to Miro, the laughter is
    heard from miles around.......

    Ahh no.... I'm getting there - reading, watching, trying, failing, trying
    again, getting slighly better..

    :)
     
    Beema, Feb 24, 2004
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