Which camera?

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  1. ARMANDII

    ARMANDII Low Flying Administrator Staff Member

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    I would visit a "proper" photographic shop, such as Jessops, who actually have cameras in stock that you can test There's on near you at 12-14 Clumber St, Nottingham, NG1 3GA.

    As you know, I'm a Pentax Fan and user and have been for decades so it's no surprise that I recommend the Pentax K50. It's got a great sensor, is weatherproofed, has a metal body, is backed up by decades of great, almost cult, lenses that can be picked up quite cheaply, and it has a great optical viewfinder that outclasses a EVF every time.

    Pentax K-50 review – Features

    At the core of the Pentax K-50 is the same 16.28-million-pixel sensor last seen in the K-5 II, although there are key differences. For example, the K-5 II offers 14-bit raw-file capture compared to the 12-bit capture of the K-50. This gives the K-5 II the potential to capture a more comprehensive range of tones, particularly in highlight and shadow areas.

    The Pentax K-50’s sensitivity range is an impressive ISO 100-51,200, with files saved as either raw or JPEG files. Usefully, Pentax raw files are saved in the DNG format, which means they are compatible with nearly all raw-conversion software programs, so potential purchasers need not worry about having to upgrade to new software.

    One of the key selling points of Pentax’s K-series DSLRs is that they are fitted with the Pentax K mount, which has been in use since the 1970s. As such, there are many second-hand manual and autofocus lenses available. As Pentax DSLRs currently lack the popularity of some of their competition, older lenses can also be purchased at extremely good prices.

    All the lenses can benefit from the Pentax K-50’s built-in sensor-shift image stabilisation, which also has a tilting movement to ensure even better stabilisation. However, the movements of the sensor don’t just prevent camera shake, as there is also a horizon-correction function that can slightly shift the sensor to get horizons perfectly level. This tool works well when used with the electronic level, ensuring that you get perfectly straight horizons every time.

    An even more interesting and specialist use of the sensor-shift capability is for the unique AstroTracer function. AstroTracer works with the O-GPS1 GPS unit and actually moves the sensor slightly during exposures of up to 5mins, to ensure that star trails are not recorded when shooting the night sky.

    Further differences between the Pentax K-50 and the K-5 II are that the K-5 II has a better AF system, and a magnesium-alloy body rather than the polycarbonate body of the K-50. The K-5 II can also shoot at 7fps, as opposed to the 6fps of the K-50.

    Like other Pentax DSLRs, there is a great range of in-camera customisation options, including AF fine-tune and setting how the auto white balance responds to tungsten light. An intervalometer, multi-exposure mode, lens correction and dynamic range optimisation are also crammed inside the K-50’s body.
     
  2. David K

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    I have a Fuji HX550 EXR bridge camera which I love...I mean, 24 - 1000mm lens + 48x zoom.
    I also have a Pentax K50 DSLR which I also love, All in all, aforementioned mentioned offers a very useful scope.

    I sometimes feel Canon & Nikon have the market sewn-up, but would strongly advise looking what Pentax has to offer.
     
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      Update - I bought an Olympus Pen F around this time of year in 2016 Olympus Pen F Compact System Camera With M.ZUIKO 17mm Prime Lens, HD 1080p, 20.3MP, Wi-Fi, Front Creative Dial, 5-Axis IS, 3" Vari-Angle Touch Monitor, Silver at John Lewis

      I've continued saving my pennies, and tommorow I'll be picking up one of these Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Mirrorless Camera - Jessops - Compact System Cameras with £200 cashback, free £249 battery grip, free £99 extra 3 years warrant (now ended) and £100+ of Manfrotto freebies.

      Next planned purchases are one of these Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f/4.0 IS Pro Lens - Jessops - Lenses with 600mm 35mm equivakent gocal length, then one of these Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 1.4x MC-14 Teleconverter to go with it and convert to 840mm 35mm focal length equivalent.
       
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          my old camera is a panasonic lumix Fz1 which lives in my car boot and used for all sorts of quick shots to put online for forums..the quality is sufficient for that and the flash is quite adjustable
          i added a panasonic lumix G1 about 6 years ago and use that usually for "better" shots and although a micro 4/3 gives pretty good results..and is mirrorless...
          imho most digital cameras will produce acceptable results if care is taken with the basics of aperture/speed/iso and judicious fill in flash..
          tripods are a camera's best friend as they let the camera take the shot without any question of sharpness due to camera shake..unavoidable,..poor focus or incorrect depth of field, and for natural history: obligatory!
          cheers
          alison
           
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          • Scrungee

            Scrungee Well known for it

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            I got slightly diverted as I attended an Olympus workshop last month and received a discount for £220 off plus a further 3 year's warranty for one of these https://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk...TAL-40-150mm-f2.8-Pro-Lens-and-1.4x-Converter so couldn't say no, as that also reduces the teleconvertor cost by about £100.

            Then yesterday I received an email notification of 10% photographic stuff + 3 year extended warranty, so finally ordered that 300mm lens for £100 less than anywhere else, plus with another long extended warranty.

            Now living on homegrown Chard, Potatoes, Runner Beans, Onions, Tomatoes, Courgettes and Blackberries, homebrew, etc. for the forseeable future.

            The only bad news is having to delay delivery until later in the week after we've been to our daughter's graduation
             
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