Hardest question

Adam Maas adam at mawz.ca
Mon Oct 26 21:34:59 EDT 2009

Frankly, if he's unhappy with the current high-end Oly's he's not
going to be happy with Pentax unless his complaint is the lack of
primes. The K-7 finder is comparable in size, brightness and ease of
focus to the E-3 and Pentax's zooms are at best comparable in quality
to the HG series from Oly. If he's got anything less than an E-3, he
needs to look at the E-3 first.

He should look at a Sony A850 if he wants a truly great manual focus
experience. There's nothing in shouting distance for the money except
the G1/GH1 with their EVF. The A850's viewfinder is sex in a
pentaprism. The A900's even better. Especially with an M screen
installed (Sony offers a truly MF-optimized focusing screen in the M
type screens, It's at least as good as anything I've seen in a manual
focus body).


On Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 5:10 AM, Derby Chang <derbyc at iinet.net.au> wrote:
> Have a fellow colleague at work who is fed up with Olympus. He's had a
> sentimental attachment to OMs (and their Zuiko primes) from way back when.
> So he bought into the E series when he decided to go digital. But it's not
> doing it for him. Manual focus shortcomings mostly, and I sympathise. So now
> he is seriously considering the K-7. Fair enough, but he asked me a hard
> question. Given one AF lens, which would I choose? Without thinking I said
> the 77mm. But he's a bushwalker, and would probably would prefer something
> wider.
> So, tomorrow, I'm going to let him play with
> * 31mm ltd
> * 35mm DA mac
> * 21mm DA
> * 14mm DA
> but for good measure, even though they are longish
> * 77mm ltd
> * 43mm ltd
> * 40mm DA
> * 70mm DA
> This should be interesting to see what he thinks.
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