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Old 06-01-2007, 08:24 AM
Darren Darren is offline
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Default Re: Need help with chosing a DSLR Camera

Expensive and super expensive?? The Pentax 50/1.4 is the least expensive of the 50/1.4s on the market and it is also typically rated the best. The Pentax 35/2 is another very highly rated lens that competes very well on price with what anyone else sells. The original Limited primes (31, 43 & 77mm) are all great lenses, but at a premium in price to be sure. However, the 31 & 77 specifically compete very,very well with what Canon and Nikon have in similar focal lengths and even higher prices. The new limiteds (21, 40 & 70) are also very good lenses, available at prices that compete very, very well with what the competition offers. They are a touch slow IMO, but the quality is excellent. Pentax's 16-45/4 is also optically excellent; imagewise it will go head to head with a Canon 17-40L, although the Canon's build quality and focus speed is no doubt better. The Pentax 14/2.8 also has been tested against the others and rated better; although it is not a full frame lens, which does make it easier to design and sell when compared to a full frame 14mm. It is much less expensive though.

Pentax lenses or bodies are not "super expensive", they are miles from it. I just can't understand what you are basing your opinion on. I will be the first to say that Pentax is more difficult, because it is not as easy to find what you are looking for, but if you can find it, you will find excellent equipment at terrific prices.
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