I've always had leanings towards Nikon, mainly because (a) I've never read a bad review of their cameras or lenses, and (b) Nikon DSLRs are largely responsible for the most impressive illustrative shots in the half-dozen or so photography books I own (most of them written by a pro photographer whose work I particularly admire). All that said, I've never actually owned a Nikon camera of any kind in my life! When I finally took the plunge and bought my first DSLR a year ago, having done loads of research beforehand, including trying out various cameras in-store, I opted for a Pentax K-5, simply because I felt at the time that there wasn't a DSLR in the Nikon range to rival the K-5's combination of performance (especially in low light), build quality (especially weather-sealing), ergonomics, and price.
However, the Nikon D7100 looks like a game-changer.
Other reasons for switching (some possibly based upon false assumptions stemming from my relative inexperience - more on that later - of DSLRs in general and Pentax in particular)...
Nikon cameras and lenses are widely-used, and so the second-hand market is more buoyant. Consequently, I could approach future upgrades (as either a 'new-or-used' buyer or a 'used' seller) with confidence.
Pentax have a smaller market share, with fewer stockists, and a correspondingly less fluid second-hand trade, while I am also aware that the company has changed hands more than once over the years. Taken together, these factors make me feel slightly apprehensive about being 'locked in' to the Pentax system going forward.
Pentax always seems to be the 'poor relation at the back of the queue', behind Nikon (plus Canon and Sony, for that matter) when it comes to compatible lenses and accessories offered by third-party vendors - a good example being teleconverters: Pentax offer none of their own, while Kenko's Pentax-fit teleconverters are only available as DG versions (not DGX, therefore no enhanced EXIF data) for lenses with screw-drive AF (not SDM); Kenko teleconverters for Nikon, on the other hand, will accommodate Nikon lenses that Nikon's own teleconverters will not!
I've been a keen photography enthusiast since Adam was a lad, but still consider myself a relative novice when it comes to DSLRs. I've also been delighted with the K-5, and would be absolutely gutted, having given it up, to be disappointed by its replacement.
Obviously, I want the hassle and expense of switching formats only once (if at all), so the bottom line is: would you or wouldn't you, and why?
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