09-12-2017, 03:21 AM
Quote:Pentax is a sad story. The KP and K-1 are - in my opinion - the best looking DSLRs on the market and they are capable too.
I'm much less impressed by their lenses though.
Agreed. I used to own Pentax but have switched to Sony. The build quality of the Pentax bodies (fit and finish, robustness, button placement, durability, ergonomic comfort) is generally superior to Sony and the other DSLRs I have used from Nikon and Canon. Not to mention the right aesthetics balance in appearance. They get the mechanical build details better than anyone else.
However the AF system, JPEG processing and AE performance compared to Sony is just poor. It was liberating to not have to constantly be frustrated by missed shots. Part of this is general inferiority of DLSRs compared to mirrorless in AF accuracy with fast lenses (which i use exclusively) but part is just inferior design.
I don't have high hopes for Pentax surviving much longer. Their market share has dropped and they do not have many resources for R&D compared to the competition. Fuji has taken their niche in the mirrorless APS-C segment. Now they are after their 645 market also. They wont be able to compete with sony in FF mirrorless. So basically all they can do is eek out a living selling to a tiny niche of their DSLR customer base, however I can't see this going on for much longer as they are in a shrinking market + high R&D cost death spiral while having the smallest resources in the camera industry.