Without a doubt the Pentax is a superb camera by any measure. You couldn't do wrong with it..
That said, the Nikon D300 is at the top of the bar when it comes to prosumer level APS-C cameras. If you're looking for the brightest viewfinder, fast accurate focus, and features that a photographer can enjoy, get the D300. It's an all magnesium weather sealed body and will hold up like a tank..
Another nice thing is that it opens the door to Nikon glass, some of the best in existance. Pentax prime lenses are pretty good, but many of their consumer zooms are rebadged 3rd party lenses. Now that Hoya has bought Pentax, maybe the future will see Pentax back into the race with great glass. I hope so..
Now, let me address the lens issue for you. The D300 will mount any Nikon lens made since 1977 and any before that until 1959 with a slight modification. If you buy DX lenses for the D300, they will not be usable in full frame mode with a full frame camera later. Now the D700 and D3 full frame cameras will use a DX lens, but only in crop mode. They still work though. Nikon rarely obsoletes anything.
IMO though, if you buy a D300, you might want a kit lens in DX, but after that only buy full frame lenses. That way, if you move up to full frame, you'll sell the D300 with the DX kit and everything else will work in full frame mode..
I'm going to say it once more. The D300 is a fantastic camera and I"m not sure anything at that price comes quite close. Maybe the Canon 40D. If I didn't own a bunch of Nikon equipment, I'd consider the Canon 40D or the Olympus E3.Cheers, Craig..
I can find the K20D for $350 cheaper than the D300. I don't have anyPentax or Nikon gear. I've held both, and they both feel great(slight advantage Nikon). Their spec's are not the far off from eachother. I will probably only purchase 2-4 lenses (18-55mm, 55-200mm,and maybe two more)..
I tell myself that I'm buying into a system. Issue being in 2-3years a full frame sensor cameras will be a lot more affordable. Iknow I will end purchasing one. If the 2-4 lenses I buy willcontinue to fit, then I guess I'm buying into system. Does anyoneknow if the lenses will be compatible with a full frame sensor?.
Would you consider purchasing 2-4 lenses as actually buying into asystem? I do not spend $1,000+ on glass..
I tell myself that the $350 saved can purchase close to 2 Pentaxlenses. But, I've read so many rave reviews on the D300, basicallysetting a new benchmark..
Third option is to wait till after Photokina .
I'm sure others have debated this as well. Any suggestions? I'mlooking for some insightful information to convince me either way.....
If flash or fast shutter spped or the latest greatest auto focus are your thing(s), then by all means get the Nikon....if not then the pentax..
Pentax lenses are as good as any, especially the limited primes..
There ARE more pro grade lenses available to Nikon....but they cost a lot more than a thousand dollars...some of the better pentax ones do as well..
One thing though, at the level of lenses you are wanting, some of the third party ones are as good as the offerings from Nikon and Pentax...the zooms anyway....in fact I would get something like a tamron 28-75 2.8 for either at least with that level camera....and they would be stabilized on the pentax,versus able to shoot at faster speed on the Nikon.....which matters to you more?.
I really think you should go with a lesser camera, then get the glass one good lens at a time, then get the better camera, rather than get a good camera now with lesser glass..
As to old lenses, pentax backwards compatability is tops..
While the Nikon will allow you to mount MOST Nikon lenses, the Pentax will let you mount (and use with most functionality) just about every K mount one ever made without an adapter and even all m42 (Pentax screwmount lenses with a simple glassless adapter ...and they will all be stabilized with metering and focus confirmation. (this applies to all Pentax dslrs, not just the K20d..
Heck, It will even take some old Nikon lenses if you are careful and mount, meter with focus confirmation and stabilization. (An old manual focus Nikon 85 1.8 is my current favourite lens on my k100d...and am waiting for a Nikon 35 1.4 to arrive...it may need a clean and fix before I can use it but it was less than a kit lens in price)..
You'll get better results forgetting both and go for a entry level model and spending the $$$ difference on better glass than the low end kit lenses..
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You'll get better results forgetting both and go for a entry levelmodel and spending the $$$ difference on better glass than the lowend kit lenses..
I do agree, buy the minimum slr to do the sort of photo's you want,and invest in one good lens. Learn to use that kit before you buy more equipment. Do be prepared to expend effort learning, getting constructive feedback, and improving. If you're not willing to put effort into your hobby the most expensive equipment in the world won't help you produce good results..
Think Pentax K200d, Nikon D80, Olympus 510/520, or used equipment in good condition...
Pentax prime lenses are pretty good, but manyof their consumer zooms are rebadged 3rd party lenses..
Many? I think not. Very misleading info. 18-250 yes. What else?.