Today we’re talking about one manufacturer’s approach to camera design and a bit about the Astro-tracer feature that’s built-in to one of their cameras. This is Latitude Photography Podcast, Episode 104 for January 24, 2021
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Today I’m talking Pentax once again but this time I have Aaron Martinez with me, Aaron, welcome to the show!
The World of Pentax Aaron, tell me, in a nutshell, a bit about you as a photographer, whatever you’d like to share and also I’m interested to know why you shoot Pentax.
Camera Choices; mirrorless or no? One thing I wanted to talk about is the new release they’ve announced, the K3iii
It’s a new flagship APS-C camera. But maybe before we dive too deeply into it I should state that I’ve long thought that a mirrorless body would absolutely be in my future. And it may still be.
I’ve tested the Fuji system and the Sony. I’ve long considered sticking with Canon and just upgrading there, but I have to admit a huge part of me simply feels a lack of interest in the cameras of today.
The first camera I ever regularly shot with was a Pentax that my brother bought in Hong Kong when he was about 15. A friend had moved over there and he went over to visit.
In college, I started shooting a Contax 167MT, a beautifully manual and classic styled camera. I bought it in ‘95 I think. It broke so I upgraded significantly to the Nikon F5. Now THAT was a camera!
I soaked the F5 in an underwater housing in ‘03 so I took the opportunity to really consider my options as digital was absolutely happening. At the time I really liked where Canon was headed. So I stayed with film but switched to Canon. I bought the 5D in ‘07 and have been really loving my 5D mk4 ever since late ‘16.
With the announcement of the RF mount I saw the writing on the wall basically saying that I would eventually migrate to mirrorless, but I decided to give all the manufacturers a fair shake since I’d be upgrading all my lenses anyway.
The Fuji system is an amazing experience to shoot, but ultimately I decided the X-Trans files weren’t for me. I have a blog post about it if anyone is interested and a link is in the show notes. https://brentbergherm.com/shooting-xt3/
Sony cameras–I now regularly shoot an a6400 for video and I took one to Unalaska Island in December 2019–are excellent. The quality I’m experiencing out of that camera is awesome and I know the full frame cameras are also just as amazing. But their design is rather lacking.
Then comes Pentax. The way they talk about their cameras is rather interesting. I don’t see any other manufacturer doing this. But they are focusing on the design of the product as well as the experience of using the product. As a design professor this really resonates with me!
They play very strongly on their heritage of SLR photography. And they have five principles that guide them: