Why did I go back to Pentax?
(aka: why did I leave Full Frame)
I’ve kept this a little quiet; but I’ve sold the Nikon D800 and gone back to my first love – Pentax. However Pentax doesn’t have a Full Frame option, so you may be thinking this is a strange decision.
Let me explain…
First the soft and fluffy reason. The simple fact is that I never ‘bonded’ with the Nikon like I did with the K-5. I bought the D800 for no other reason than ‘because I could’. Full Frame is just better, right? But I just never got the urge to pick it up and play with it like I did the Pentax. I never looked forward to using it because of what it was. It became nothing more than a tool.
The Nikon was just waaaaay too much camera for me too. To shoot with a camera of that calibre, you have to compare yourself with every other D800 shooters out there. And 9/10ths of these are full blown professionals. I don’t have the skill to even eat the crumbs from under their table. This alone was disheartening enough to make me not want to use it. My photography was never good enough. Yet the K-5 was the perfect match to my current abilities, with still much room to grow. It’s almost like it flattered my style/skill/whatever.
Simply put; I took better pictures with the Pentax.
Shooting with Pentax is simply something special. *Everyone* has either a Nikon or a Canon. You’re just another Canikon shooter. Whilst shooting Pentax sets you apart from the rest. And I like to be just a little bit different. Some people might choose to turn their nose up at Pentax because its NOT Canon or Nikon; but thats their problem. I guess there is also a little bit of smugness in knowing the things about Pentax that others choose to ignore or are simple ignorant of.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and state something that a lot of people may grate against.
Full Frame cameras for anything less than a professional/Semi-professional are just a complete and utter waste of time. The money involved for starters is horrific. The amount of dollars I threw at the Nikon is insane (I wont mention exactly how much, but it was a lot). I did it ‘because I could’; but in the end it did absolutely nothing for my photography. In fact I would suggest that it made it worse. Or at least I never felt as pleased with it as I did with anything I took on the Pentax. And nothing I took on the Nikon wasn’t achievable on a APS-C camera. If I was a professional with a permantently set up studio or the most avid landscape shooter (think the next Ken Duncan) sure; I can completely see the point of this camera. But thats not what amateurs/hobbyists do. I know I dont. I’m out there doing the whole ‘jack of all trades’ thing.
Nikon like to say that their cameras are very back-wards compatible. But not as backwards (even remotely) as Pentax. EG: I got a m42/F-mount adaptor. Screwed it onto a stunning old m42 Pentacon 1.8 50mm. Nada, nothing, zip. Just wouldn’t work. This would have been a piece of piss for the Pentax. Was very disappointed.
Thats all very rambling; I know. And I’ll probably come back and edit this a few times. However that covers a lot of why I’ve gone back to a crop-sensor Pentax.
TL;DR – My heart was never into the Nikon. It’s Pentax that I still love.