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What is the most suitable DSLR for "a beginner" .. PENTAX K-

by Makhzanji / June 5, 2013 3:32 AM PDT

Hello ..

first of all, I'd like to point out that I am a hobbyist, I practice photography for my own pleasure, right now am only using my phone and my point and shoot camera "it's been a while", and i would like to get more serious "not like a pro or something ... i just want to get better results" ... I've done a lot of research, and narrowed down my choices to 3 cameras, which are:
I've considered the K-5, but i read a lot of complains about the "mirror flop" problem, and that scared me a little bit.

2- nikon D5200

I really like this camera, but it lacks weather sealing "that what makes the K-5II very tempting in that price range".

3- nikon D3200

I thought of getting this one "as the cheaper version of the D5200" with a couple of lenses, or even a bundle "bunchof them are available in amazon.

Ok ..... I like to shoot outdoors mostly, like landscapes, birds, and camping trips , and because of that "I think", a durable camera would be preferable "also, considering the fact that I live in Libya (north Africa) where the weather is a little dusty and HOT" , I also like to shoot some video occasionally.
aaaaand i can't spend more than a 1000$, sooo what do you think ??

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Does that mirror in the usual DSLR send you away?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 5, 2013 3:50 AM PDT

How about the new mirrorless DSLRs (with a viewfinder.)

I have the common Canon t3i after similar discussions and frankly I won't take it out in the pouring rain. I use my older camera for that.

Here's a shot I like:

On that trip I carried the stock lens (18-55), this shot used the 40mm fixed lens and another used the 55 to 250 zoom. I used all the lens on the trip but seem to stick with the 40mm at the ready then decide to swap if I want.

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Own K-5 II, have had no problems

I've have the K-5 for about a year and it's behaved perfectly. I have a number of lenses including legacy
ones from my Pentax film SLR and never have had one problem. I've even used it in light drizzle and the waterproofing works.

I also have just bought a Samsung NX-1000, a mirrorless camera with a DSLR-sized sensor and am very happy with it. It's small, light, takes gorgeous photos, and is currently very cheap, currently $324 with a 20-50mm lens on Amazon. If you want a camera you can carry around all day with no fatigue, this one is it.

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North Africa
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / June 5, 2013 8:54 AM PDT

I corresponded with a soldier that was stationed in Iraq and his worry was dust.
He said the sand was more like dust and some people had camera problems because of it.

That makes the Pentax camera look like a good choice.


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