Figure 1: My Pentax K5 probably isn’t under warranty now.
So … I guess my K5 has long been out of warranty anyway. About a year ago the mirror-box went out of calibration. Anyway – I think that’s what happened, and I thought about sending it in for a re-cal. Subsequently the LED/Live-View screen went belly up, and finally the main board. The cost trade-offs seemed to imply that fixing the K5 was no longer an option, so I decided I may as well take it apart and see what makes it tick. After a dozen or so tiny little screw removals …
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Figure 1: Should I go mirrorless?
When I first used my K5, I was enthralled. It was easily the most solid feeling camera I’ve ever owned. Most cameras give me the feeling that I have glass in my hand (smile) – and that I have to be careful. The K5 made me feel like I had a hatchet in my hand and that tossing it into a spiraling arc that ended on a cleaved tree trunk would do it absolutely no harm.
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Figure 1: Antique maritime binoculars shot by the SD14 (by Sigma).
So, it seems that camera comparisons are never really apples and apples, but instead apples and oranges or pineapples. Why compare a camera that is circa ~2007 (the Sigma SD 14) with a much newer camera such as the K5 from 2013?
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