Thursday, May 25, 2006

Mike Johnston on the K100D: "Bee-yoo-tiful"

Mike Johnston, known for his affable columns over the last twenty years on various photography topics, and now blogging "The Online Photographer" almost daily, has weighed in on the announcement of the K100D and sounds enthusiastic for Pentax. He usually follows Pentax's offerings and uses anti-shake on other cameras, so it's nice to see that he's pleased with the new camera.

As he says himself, Mike wrote a nice little essay on the *ist DS a year and a half ago that's must reading for anybody interested in Pentax's appeal to photographers. Comments in that essay about the 50mm 1:1.4 lens boiled over onto the internet and consequently people still quote him when they talk about wanting this lens, even for their Canons. Maybe it's no coincidence that I use a picture of a Super-Takumar 1.4 up in the corner, there.

One day soon I'm going to try to get in touch with him to ask about all that hoo-ha and his history with Pentax cameras, but I hope he doesn't think this blog is just for "gear heads." I try not to indulgently knit pick or quote verbatim what you can easily read else where. What I hope my blog ultimately gets across is that once you're comfortable with knowledge about your camera you'll hesitate less and take more assured pictures. Well, and it's also about my crush on my K1000 camera that's been in my family for about 30 years, but that's for another day...

Link: The Online Photographer

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