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Sony A57 or Pentax K-30

Hazza306Hazza306

Hi guys, looking at purchasing one of these two cameras but not sure which, so i'm asking you guys as I know there are a lot of photography buffs on this forum.

Basically I want one as I'm going traveling soon and I want a camera which can capture great images, is versatile and provide me with a fantastic quality of photo. If anyone has any experience or guidance then that would be great, I'm a complete newbie to all this :S

Thanks guys

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    aircanman
    Sony hands down, or even better, look for a Canon.
    Goonieman
    Sony defiantly, don't forget you can use old Konica minolta lenses with the Sony.
    CyDoNiA
    I am biased as I own 4 Sony Alphas but I would still recommened them over pentax just for lens support etc. People go on about getting Canons but really I have never felt the need to switch to a Canon and half my cameras have more features than Canon do at that price range anyway.

    I am sure Pentax are still decent but I think you will find far more support for Sony and you can use older Minolta lenses on them too.
    aircanman
    CyDoNiA
    I am biased as I own 4 Sony Alphas but I would still recommened them over pentax just for lens support etc. People go on about getting Canons but really I have never felt the need to switch to a Canon and half my cameras have more features than Canon do at that price range anyway.

    I am sure Pentax are still decent but I think you will find far more support for Sony and you can use older Minolta lenses on them too.


    I have never tried a Sony, but I have used Canon, Nikon and Pentax, as far as DSLRs are concerned, I will choose Canon, even the basic EOS with 18-55 IS lens will really please with lovely pics.
    chesso
    5757alan
    K-30.

    Don't know why previous posts make a fuss over backward compatibility. You can use Pentax compatible lenses from over 30 years ago. Even older with an adapter.

    Don't know any other manufacturer that offers a weather resistant body at this price point.

    Given the price reduction to the K-5 you may want to consider that too. Believe it is close to being discontinued. Its replacement will cost a lot more. Check its reviews against the likes of the Nikon D7000 or the Canon 7D. For me it beats both of them in all areas except long lens wildlife photography.

    In the opening paragraph of this early review of the K-30 on dpreview they say

    "..... the K-5 - arguably the best APS-C DSLR currently on the market"

    http://www.dpreview.com/previews/pentax-k-30/

    Edited By: 5757alan on Aug 19, 2012 16:17: Link to review
    CyDoNiA
    aircanman
    CyDoNiA
    I am biased as I own 4 Sony Alphas but I would still recommened them over pentax just for lens support etc. People go on about getting Canons but really I have never felt the need to switch to a Canon and half my cameras have more features than Canon do at that price range anyway.

    I am sure Pentax are still decent but I think you will find far more support for Sony and you can use older Minolta lenses on them too.


    I have never tried a Sony, but I have used Canon, Nikon and Pentax, as far as DSLRs are concerned, I will choose Canon, even the basic EOS with 18-55 IS lens will really please with lovely pics.


    The Sonys are basically evolutions of the Minolta cameras as Sony purchased them. It is true to say most DSLRs nowadays are very good. Technically some have better sensors than others and Nikon use Sony sensors in a lot of their range anyway. Never tried a Pentax but they have been making them for years too.

    3 biggest brands at the moment are probably Canon, Sony and Nikon though. I think with Canon you pay more for the Canon name than you should need to and features wise (in the same price point) I always found them a little lacking in some areas like frames per second. I wouldn't say any of them are "rubbish" though.

    Just one thing to mention. Whilst it is true you can use older lenses with adapters sometimes those adapters cause issues because they have to sit in between the camera and the lens they change the focusing point of the lens slightly and in some cases that means it can't focus on "infinity". Not always an issue but can be to some people. Plenty of lenses around cheap on ebay etc that won't need adapters for whichever camera you choose.

    Edited By: CyDoNiA on Aug 20, 2012 10:08
    Hazza306
    Cheers guys, went into Jessops and had a play with both. The pentax feels awesome however the Sony just seemed so much quicker and is about a hundred pounds cheaper so reckon ill go with that one :D

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