Last summer I thought I’d try DSLRs again, and after much research bought a Pentax K-30.
It’s a lovely camera and ticks many boxes.
So why wouldn’t I care much if I never used it again?
There are two main issues.
First, whilst it’s far from a cutting edge camera (released in 2012 and superseded multiple times since), it’s just far too complicated for my needs.
The menus are logical and familiar (I’ve had five or six Pentax DSLRs) and once set up, I don’t alter the settings much from shot to shot, other than aperture and exposure compensation.
But I just don’t like all that complexity.
It’s superfluous, like having a car with cruise control, an automatic gearbox, and a six channel sound system with full iPod integration, when you just want something you can rely on to get you from A to B, whilst being in full control yourself.
The second issue is the images.
Again, it’s just too good.
After some deliberation, the most apt word that comes to mind is handsome.
The K-30 is king of the handsome photograph.
Those that, like a handsome male model, a highly efficient smart phone or an expertly engineered bridge, you can admire coolly from a distance.
But not really have any emotional attachment to, or connection with.
The pictures are technically beautiful, but it’s an aloof beauty, not like the earthy and homely appeal of the quirky girl next door with the glasses and the crooked smile you had a crush on for seven years.
I kind of want to give the K-30 another chance, because it really is a great camera.
I guess I’m just hoping if I spend enough time with it, I’ll find something more to love, rather than admire from a distance.
Do you have cameras you admire but struggle to love? Do you have cameras that make pictures that are technical good, but leave you cold somehow?
Do you have a K-30, and if so can you help me love mine better?
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