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The lesser spotted Pentax user

Discussion in 'Pentax Chat' started by BigWill, Dec 22, 2000.

  1. BigWill

    BigWill Gorgeous oversensitive Nikon-loving cream puff

    I think Pentax used to be kings in the old MF days but seem to have lost the plot somewhat in the AF and digital age. It's not that their products aren't good, they're just not as good as the opposition, which is reflected in their sales/popularity. I think the Pentax marketing team need a good boot up the backside and the R&D department need to come up with some new innovations. (for which Pentax used to be renouned!)
    Big(The K1000 and 6x7 are still brilliant, but don't rest on laurels!)Will
  2. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Nonsence! The K1000 was rubbish. The MX was great, though. And the Spotmatics. And the K2. And the KX. And of course the 67. And the LX.....

    Nick CRIPN
  3. BigWill

    BigWill Gorgeous oversensitive Nikon-loving cream puff

    ...AND the 645!
    Big(Where did they go wrong?)Will
  4. Reading

    Reading Well-Known Member

    "What about setting up a pentaxpicture share ?"

    Visit the Pentax Users' Gallery at http://pug.komkon.org .

    "Maybe Pentax UK would even establish a web-site ?"

    Or subscribe to the best mailing list in the world - the Pentax-Discuss Mail List (PDML) - http://www.pdml.net . Used to be run by Pentax, but to remain impartial they passed it on to external organisers. Rumoured to still be read by Pentax R&D department though, so post your opinions here!

    Pentax UK do have a website, but its pointless - MZ-S not even listed on it yet!
  5. TimF

    TimF With as stony a stare as ever Lord Reith could hav

    Pentax site- Pah!! They dont even mention the two spot meters on it <img src="/img/wwwthreads/frown.gif">

    Get out and get shooting!!
  6. SCT

    SCT Well-Known Member

    Why do they have a web site. Proberly only gets 6 hits a year.

    Steve C Thompson IRIPN
  7. TimF

    TimF With as stony a stare as ever Lord Reith could hav

    Judging by the people who seem to post on this Pentax Room (hoards of Canon, Leica etc users) you're probably right!! /img/wwwthreads/wink.gif

    Get out and get shooting!!
  8. Canonball

    Canonball Well-Known Member

    Yeah, the Pentax website is about as much use as a chocolate fireguard. They could do a lot worse than take a look at Canon's site. The Virtual Camera Museum is excellent, bang up to date and includes every Canon camera made since the original "Kwanon" prototype through to the latsest models. Even the occasional cock ups, (T60, T80 & EF-M come to mind), are included. Nor are they too proud to admit the origins of their designs. They readily admit that their early cameras were heavily influenced by contemporay Leicas and that their early lenses were made and supplied by Nippon Kogaku, long before the first Nikon camera was copied from the Contax.
    Having said that though, the MZ-5n remains one of my favourite A/F SLRs. It's a brilliant design, you could literally take one out of its box, load a film and use it without even looking at the instruction book, it's so 'intuitive' to use. It's only 'fault' is the A/F. It's just too bloody noisy, but compared to a Canon EOS/USM combination, anything sounds noisy.

  9. openkast

    openkast Active Member

    Pentax added the popup flash to the AF SLR plot.

    I thought they were going through a resurgence with
    the MZ series (though the MZ5 was a bit of a false start).

    A quick poll of people I know throws up more Pentax SLRs
    than any other type (though all of them are occasional
    users) -- two MZ-50s, a Super A, MG, and a MX. One
    other has a K mount compatible (Vivitar I think). Last
    non-digital camera I bought was a MZ-M. All credit to
    Pentax for producing a manual 35mm SLR.

    Not much impact on the digital side though.

  10. Pentaneil

    Pentaneil Member

    Why are there so little Pentax users? I am a 14 year old kid from South-Africa. I baught a new Pentax MZ 30, and it really is a great camera. I use it almost every day for any kind of photography. I LOVE MY PENTAX!!! why can't other people also start to love one???
  11. Brian

    Brian Venerable Elder

    Welcome young man to the madhouse! You are absolutely right to love your Pentax. I bought my first camera 50 years ago and I still have a soft spot for it. It was an Ensign Selfix 16/20 with a five speed shutter. I used to put a lens hood on it and pretend that it was a tele photo lens. Ah those were the days.

    Anyway as I said before welcome, don't take any notice of the rest of this forum, they are all mad.

    Slimey the Snail.<img src="/img/wwwthreads/smile.gif">

    Oh and fill in your bio.
  12. BigWill

    BigWill Gorgeous oversensitive Nikon-loving cream puff

    Hi "pentaneil" (is your real name Neil?, fill in your bio, I hate talking to strangers). As Brian the mad snail says, (it's a long story but he's convinced he is a snail!) welcome to the forum. It matters not one jot whether your camera is popular or not as long as you are happy with it and can take good pictures with it. If more people thought like that then perhaps the more "unpopular" cameras would become popular.
  13. SCT

    SCT Well-Known Member

    Hi and welcome. I think you kids know something us olders don't. Nathan, another nuter (also my son) is a memeber and he is up for Pentax as well.

    Steve C Thompson IRIPN
  14. Tommy

    Tommy Well-Known Member

    I'm a Pentax user of some four years. My first 'proper' camera was an MZ-10 which I've still got and use. When I needed a second body I decided to stick to Pentax and bought an MZ-7. Two reasons for the choice: The Cannon EOS300 I was looking at too was a fine camera, but it felt a bit plasticy compared to the Pentax. Appart from the DOF prieview, which I'm sure would be useful but I 've never had a camera with this functon so I don't miss it, the spec's are pretty similer. Having bought a few lenses for my MZ-10, which obvjously fit the MZ-7 too, I didn't want to have to start spending more money building a collection of lenses that would fit the Cannon too, so Pentax it was. I love the MZ-7; if I'd been asked if there was anything I would sort on the MZ-10 to make it better, the MZ-7 is the machine I would have ended up with.

    My first post on the board. I had no idea we Pentax users are so rare. Maybe your right BgWill, it's just that we're shy.

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