I love my Pentax K5 and believe that for the price I paid for it I wouldn’t get a better quality camera. I love the good low-light performance, the handling, the extensive exposure modes, the inbuilt shake reduction, weather proofing and the overall feel of the camera. I’ve also invested a fair amount of money in lenses for this camera. But ….
I’m looking for a set of extension tubes so I can get some really close macro images of spiders, dragon flies etc, and it seems to be impossible to find any. I can get basic extension tubes but not tubes with the electronic contacts to keep the exposure system working. If I look for the same thing with Canon or Nikon I can easily find many different makes which cover a variety of price points. I could also find bellows and a very large variety of different USM focusing lenses etc.
Now I don’t like Canon (which is a purely personal thing – I’m sure they make great cameras) – I’ve always been attracted to Pentax and Nikon because they were the top makes when I was a teenager. I keep looking at the D7100 or the D600 and thinking – should I ?
Either of these cameras would involve a large investment in new lenses. The D7100 is a crop sensor camera, similar to the K5, the D600 is a full frame sensor which would mean buying lenses suitable for a full frame sensor. All this seems a lot of money to spend just to get access to extension tubes or bellows, but I wonder if it is time to move to a ‘bigger’ system than Pentax can now provide?
I know that my photography doesn’t warrant a camera of the class of a D600 yet, but the Nikon line does have a more advanced line so there is always something to move up to. It’s the sort of decision that you have to make at some point and the later you leave it the more expensive it becomes.