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So... what’s bad taste? Friends & relatives alike have been commenting about my preferences or taste over my choice of uh... anything to everything!

Bad taste or is it bad choice? Was it given or is it even an option to begin with, in the first place???

My photography buddies, friends & colleagues, some wonders… some puzzled & some even laughed when they found out that I’m a Pentax user. Well especially when its coming from the point that I’m actually a Photographer & I ought to be using ‘real’ camera like any of those Nikon or Canon chaps; never mind if they’re professionals or not.

Well, I have no doubt that those Nikon & Canon are good cameras & in fact! They are in many ways better than my Pentax. Period! Then why the hell am I still holding on to Pentax for the last 29 years? To be honest here, my 7 years with the press has seen me buying off my company’s expendable photographic equipment at a low low price & they are in perfect working condition. Nikons & Canons… I kept them for awhile & gave them all to my beloved students; Yes… Gave and kept my Pentax.

So… the million dollar question on your mind probably... “Is Pentax that good?”

A sure ‘Yes’ from me & of course the other brands are offering lots of singing & dancing features that my Pentax don’t because it rely on me, the photographer to do the singing & dancing (and I’m good…) performances. Most were overly overkill in terms of putting bells & whistles on to a light-proof box or the currently digital cam. My Pentax makes me a better photographer as it assures me that there are no short-cut (in which there already is…see others!) in learning photography.

Ok… guess a better explanation is I was born in a poor family. I understood what poverty is & knows how to appreciate what real & true values can do to one’s life. Hardship is nothing as it will make me a better person, a stronger person. Now, I'm a working adult & I can afford the better things in life because of …??? poverty & my poor parents. I’m better off now doesn’t mean I’m about to change my parents because they were once poor. This is about reflection; this is about the environment that moulds a person.

I travel to photograph as a hobby & in an unexpected turn, photography allows me to travel the world & document it. It sits me in the Business cabin without forking out a single cent. It pays for the bread (sometimes dipped in shark-fin soup) on the table & food for the soul. It shows me the most beautiful side of mankind & also her freaking side… This is what photography gave me, this is what Pentax show me. My Pentax makes me realized that… I learnt from it & it grew with me. Can you betray it? Can you sell your parents? Not me.

So there you have it people… all about my bad taste and I chose to stick with it even if its bad to you, its my life… Be interesting.
 

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i have never regretted choosing pentax..

and when people express disbelief that i use such an obscure brand, i say.. the results are what matter, not the tools. :)

at the end of the day, when you look at the photogrpah, it doesn't say what camera was used. and it really doesn't matter to the people who know better.
 

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I’m actually a Photographer & I ought to be using ‘real’ camera like any of those Nikon or Canon chaps; never mind if they’re professionals or not.
'Real' camera? Nonsense. With your skills ... it doesn't matter Pentax or Kotex ... the results says it all. I use a Canon camera ... a 'real' camera ... and I'm not a photographer. How leh? :cry:
 

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'Real' camera? Nonsense. With your skills ... it doesn't matter Pentax or Kotex ... the results says it all. I use a Canon camera ... a 'real' camera ... and I'm not a photographer. How leh? :cry:
then use pentax... it will make u into a photographer... :)
 

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'Real' camera? Nonsense. With your skills ... it doesn't matter Pentax or Kotex ... the results says it all. I use a Canon camera ... a 'real' camera ... and I'm not a photographer. How leh? :cry:
True..dosent matter pentax,kotex or tampax. Im still using seagull twin lens..yashica..and some russian cameras etc.... I dont understand why those ppl... sigh..
 

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wow so emotional ;p

C&N are for professionals, P got more artists.

always think this way, dunno how.
 

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:dunno: i think P is just dandy for professionals also..

IQ can make it mar :)
I think pro as in full-time pros who need that pro-level of aftersales service, available loaner equipment in case of breakdowns and so on. Canon and Nikon have such, but not Pentax.

In terms of IQ, camera usage and build, any brand can be pro quality.
 

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Well said, Francis. You are one of the very few photographers here who use Pentax professionally, which is enough to say that Pentax can be as good as C/N even for a pro. For us amateurs, Pentax sure is good enough.

IMO, the most important thing in photography is passion, just like what you shown here.

Cheers Pentaxians!

 

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I think pro as in full-time pros who need that pro-level of aftersales service, available loaner equipment in case of breakdowns and so on. Canon and Nikon have such, but not Pentax.

In terms of IQ, camera usage and build, any brand can be pro quality.
well, that's true, probably among other things.

maybe for singapore it is more applicable. i would like to think that for most of the world, where it isn't such a "small place", then even aftersale service, loaning of equipment.. for assignments and the like.. it is limited. for example, i don't think C&N are actually going to help out a war photographer who got his camera damaged :bsmilie:
 

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well, that's true, probably among other things.

maybe for singapore it is more applicable. i would like to think that for most of the world, where it isn't such a "small place", then even aftersale service, loaning of equipment.. for assignments and the like.. it is limited. for example, i don't think C&N are actually going to help out a war photographer who got his camera damaged :bsmilie:
Yes, it depends on the genre of photography the pro does, and the locations they work in. A pro travel/war photographer is a long way from a pro event/wedding/studio photographer.

In a big city like NY, say, a wedding photographer will have access to C&N's pro service centers and schemes for pros. But for the average pro, I guess he'll rather play safe and go for the 'pro' option in terms of service accessibility and presence.

I read of pros who shoot with the big 2 for work/clients, while they use 'lesser' but preferred brands for their own personal (hobbyist) shoots.

Anyway, glad to know we do have a pro Pentax user among us. Way to go, Francis! :)
 

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Well said, Francis. You are one of the very few photographers here who use Pentax professionally, which is enough to say that Pentax can be as good as C/N even for a pro. For us amateurs, Pentax sure is good enough.

IMO, the most important thing in photography is passion, just like what you shown here.

Cheers Pentaxians!

with Pentax i can jump higher..see for yourself i'm not lying..:bsmilie:
 

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wow so emotional ;p

C&N are for professionals, P got more artists.

always think this way, dunno how.
Pentax camera is call *istD, right? :D :D
I actually liked the thinking behind the name, but seems like I'm the only one.....

Artist; Perfectionist; Extremist; all the good stuff have*ist :)
 

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"Hey man! I bet my coating kicks your coating's ass!"
 

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hv always love Pentax since my days with the MX,
but after reading this thread,..

wtf, same o same o as the N n C camps.

self promoting justification.
 

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hv always love Pentax since my days with the MX,
but after reading this thread,..

wtf, same o same o as the N n C camps.

self promoting justification.
:bsmilie:

how is it selfpromotingjustification?

i think it is the opposite! :)
 

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I had an old friend called the cam I used ITE: is the end, a choice who cannot make it to Uni ...

off course I got pissed off... having him said that ... already made me sick feel about the b.... he use .....

What makes me more sick, is that he thinks he is smarter...
 

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I had an old friend called the cam I used ITE: is the end, a choice who cannot make it to Uni ...

off course I got pissed off... having him said that ... already made me sick feel about the b.... he use .....

What makes me more sick, is that he thinks he is smarter...
But some ITE grads go on to become big shot towkay. :cool:
 

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