|Pentax K-5 with battery grip and Chinon 50mm f1.9|
Perhaps a surprising choice or proposal for many ( especially since I have emphasized system cameras ) a Pentax K-5 DSLR - but it could also have been another Pentax model, such as the K-3 for example.
Why would you take a Pentax DSLR for "Manual Photography" and Vintage lenses?
No, the camera does not have a retro look,
no metal (not on the outside anyway)
no shutter dial, but plastic wheels.
The Pentax DSLR has virtually none of the "basics" I have suggested for choosing a "Manual Camera" except one, which is the Flange to Focus distance.
In the early years ( as early as 1949 ), and like many other brands, Pentax had an M42 mount.
Years later ( around 1975 ), after Pentax designed its own bayonet mount, they remained true to the original M42 FTF spacing, namely 45,46mm
That is a big advantage, because for Pentax there is an internal adapter, which comes flush with the camera flange, and thus makes it possible to use M42 lenses without "protrusion" as is the case on a system camera.
Old PK ( Pentax bayonet ) lenses can be used anyway without the use of an adapter.
That and the fact that the largest selection of vintage lenses are in the M42 and PK range, making the Pentax a tempting alternative.
It gets even better,
Pentax has a great "in camera" image / shake stabilization ( Fuji doesn't )
Optical viewfinder with focus confirmation - also on manual lenses !
Weatherproof housing ( Fuji X-T1 also )
Higher Iso then Fuji X-T1 ( 12800 - 6400 )
Higher shutter speed then Fuji X-T1 ( 1/8000 - 1/4000 )
Longer battery life ( aprox 980 - 350 )
But it weighs more and it's bigger !
|Pentax K-5 with Chinon 50mm f8 Iso 200|
|I tried to take a picture with my phone through the viewfinder of the camera|
Maybe something to think about ?
When I took the above picture I was completely surprised, it was so long ago that I put a manual lens on a Pentax, and it was so easy, taking pictures and focusing through the super large and bright optical viewfinder . It was once again clear to me why a Pentax DSLR is such a great camera.