Gordon Laing wrote:
Hi Johan, welcome to the Cameralabs forums and thanks for your kind comments!
Our K10D review has been delayed due to earlier technical issues and delivery of lenses, but as mentioned above I'm working on it right now!
Look out for the review soon...
Sounds great! Are we talking days-soon or weeks-soon?
I came within a whisker of getting the Pentax K10D but changed my mind at the last minute. (was also eagerly awaiting Gordons review )
What swung it for me was the range of lenses available for the Pentax, I just much prefered the Nikon lenses. It's no good spending a lot of money on a great camera if you then offset this by getting a lense of poor quality or one that doesn't suit your needs.
The Pentax K10D has some nice extras. Image Stabilisation is nice but since I'm doing Wildlife photography I would be taking more high zoom shots where in-lense IS is preferable.
The dust reduction is nice but several reviews of dust reduction systems indicate that they aren't much use - only the Olympus cameras have an effective anti-dust system.
Weather proofing the body is nice but this isn't much use if the lenses you are using aren't weather proofed. In this situation you are better off with a quality lense with better seals etc. As it was I just bought a rain hood for my DSLR - problem solved.
The main thing which swung it was just going to a shop and trying it out. The Pentax K10D was nice and felt solid but I felt the autofocus was slower than the Nikon d80 and also had trouble focusing through the shop window, while the D80 did not.
Either way though the D80 only won by a slight margin and it all depends on what you want to use your camera for.
I'm looking for a camera that is as allround as possible. I want to be able to photograph things at a multitude of ranges and under different conditions when it comes to light, etc. But mayby it is just stupid to have one system for such varriable circumstances?
I've been comparing and looking at the Pentax K10D, Canon 400D, Sony A-100 and the Nikon D80. I get the impression that most people prefer the Nikon. If you just look at the specifications I think the Pentax features stands out, but beeing a total beginner at these things I can't really value what features are important and/or actually work. It's therefore great to get opinions and information from the more experienced camera users on this forum. Thanks again!