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Which 6.1MP SLR camera?
I'm getting my girlfriend an SLR camera and i'm sticking with either Pentax or Nikon. The Nikon D40 or Pentax K100D Super. Which one should I go for? and which brand offers the "Most" affordable and broad selection of lenses?" Thanks in advance. Both are $540CAD..

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Neofx wrote:.

I'm getting my girlfriend an SLR camera and i'm sticking with eitherPentax or Nikon. The Nikon D40 or Pentax K100D Super. Which oneshould I go for? and which brand offers the "Most" affordable andbroad selection of lenses?" Thanks in advance. Both are $540CAD.

Hi.

The first thing I would say though is get her to have a play with both and get the one SHE likes the most.

There are things in favour of both..

I use the K100d (non super) and love it, others will love the D40...both are very good..

Image quality is very close, for lower isos maybe the Nikon by a shade, at higher isos then I would vote for the Pentax...a little more detail and noise is very good for both....Iq wise though there is very little in it...both use the same Sony sensor..

The shake reduction on the Pentax is a huge plus..

As far as affordable lenses...again fairly even, and depends on "affordable"...Nikon has more lenses but most of those extras over Pentax are the kind you would not be buying a D40 to use with. Then of course many affordable lenses can not be used on the D40 (no focus motor in the camera), the K100d is compatible with just about every Pentax lens ever made...Pentax has few motorized lenses as yet but they are coming...and there are some very nice primes for Pentax...A lens like a FA 50 1.4 is fairly reasonable and excellent on the Pentax .......plus it's stabilised ...the Pentax has a fair few more options available for fast lenses than the D40...again something to consider in low light situations...not much point having a good camera in low light if the lens are slower (though they are still usable and good)..

The autofocus of the Nikon is better (IF the lens is an autofocus one) and the flash system favours Nikon as well if flash is your thing....both do work well on the Pentax though..

The K100d has (almost) no buffer, and the shutter is a little loud for some. and some do not like the auto white balance so it comes down to what features she will most want and what she is going to do in future..

For ME the K100d is a great entry level camera that is also an excellent low light camera (way better than it should be for the price), the Anti shake and using AA batteries and being able to use all my lenses...some of which are older than me...and I am old, make it just about right for ME..

Pentax only puts out a few models so the Pentax cameras tend to need to have a few more features to be able to compete..

If it was ME in your shoes I would also see if she likes a D50 or even a D70s if you can find one as they would be better for me...but may not be for her..

I love that I can use an adapter to autofocus my old manual fopcus lenses on the K100d but the Nikon can not autofocus many brand new af lenses...thats just not right ...for me, but it sells by the truckload so the D40 is right for many many people..

Neil..

Comment #1

Pentax's in-body I.S. gives it an edge as non-I.S. lenses are relatively cheaper..

However if you wish to limit yourself to 1-2 lense at max. then D40 has some cheap I.S. lens options (18-55mm, 55-200mm). D40 has AF assist lamp too (no need to raise flash for low-light focusing). IQ wise both should perform well.In case of K100D you will have to buy a charger and rechargeable batteries too..

Neofx wrote:.

I'm getting my girlfriend an SLR camera and i'm sticking with eitherPentax or Nikon. The Nikon D40 or Pentax K100D Super. Which oneshould I go for? and which brand offers the "Most" affordable andbroad selection of lenses?" Thanks in advance. Both are $540CAD.

Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612..

Comment #2

Neil summed up the differences well. I was in the same position as you, choosing between the D40 and K100d (not super in my case). In the end I went with the K100d due to AA bateries, shake reduction in the body, and lens focus motor in the body. Pentax continues to make and develop new fixed focal length lenses, which I prefer..

If you get the K100d get two sets of Sanyo Eneloop batteries and an intelligent battery charger. The Eneloops are hybrid NIMH batteries and retain their charge while in storage much longer than regular NIMH's. There are other brands of hybrid NIMH's but I have no experience with them..

Enjoy..

Comment #3

Thanks for the replies guys, I'm definitely going to have to bring her with me, and let her decide but highly suggest the K100D (as it has better specs and value for money IMO)..

Comment #4

Mrxdimension wrote:.

In the end I went with the K100d due to AA bateries,.

I never had much luck with NiMh(AA). 2 leaked, and I only got 50 shots no matter what brand I use. a so-called "intelligent" charger costs mucho $. I stick with Lithium AA now..

Pentax continues to makeand develop new fixed focal length lenses, which I prefer..

Thats nice. unfortunately, Pentax is ceasing production of P&S, and DSLRs are soon to follow. The market is over saturated with P&S brands, and now that Sony and Panasonic have entered the SLR market, Pentax will go the way of Konica-Minolta...

Comment #5

There's no way Pentax DSLRs will disappear in the near future. Samsung is pushing them and financing them to create new models which are sold as twins under the Samsung brand along with the Pentax brand. If anything, Samsung could even purchase the Pentax DSLR line, similar to what Sony did with the Minolta DSLR and highend line. Korean Samsung is gunning for Japanese Sony no matter what it takes..

I vote for the K100D or Super, for features and value, as noted above, but she should handle both in a store. The two have very different "feel"s and balance, and that could make a big difference to her...

Comment #6

I keep a set of lithium AA's around also, just for emergency backup purposes to my rechargeables. I feel a high quality battery charger is worth the money considering AA's are ubiquitous..

It would be a shame if Pentax folded up tent. Healthy competition is good for all manufacturer's and purchasers. Between the merger with Hoya and having Samsung as a partner I feel Pentax and the K mount isn't going to disappear anytime soon. If it does I suspect their's enough value in the mount that Samsung or someone would carry on. I don't think my equipment will be dead ended..

Pentax builds the equipment I like today and makes it available for a fair price. The future risk is small enough I don't worry about it. To each their own...

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