Hi Pentaxians and friends,
How many times have I heard or read that Pentax didn't have enough lenses to compete with the other DSLR makers. Although this may somewhat be true in the extreme telephoto and extreme zoom lenses, I can't imagine it being a reason not to get a Pentax DSLR. The current available new lenses have a range of 10mm all the way on up to 300mm. They are not all f/2.8 or faster lenses, but with the capabilities of today's DSLRs, I'm not convinced that faster lenses are really that indispensable. You also have a choice of good lenses with Sigma and Tamron. Don't discount the used lens market where the Pentax 400mm and 600mm "A" lenses can still be purchased at a decent price. No, they're not AF but there was good photography before AF you know!
It's not uncommon to shoot with a DSLR @ ISO800 or higher with very acceptable results. Also, with the shake reduction technology, depending on the lens in use, steady shots can be achieved at a slower speed and thus smaller aperture. I had a discussion with a friend the other day and he was complaining that in the 35mm era, he could easily get a 300mm f/2.8 lens. Well...giving that all Pentax DSLRs are APS-C sized, and that the photographic community keeps comparing/converting APS-C sized lenses to 35mm lenses, the current DA* 200mm f/2.8 is really the equivalent of a 300mm @ f/2.8 for the APS-C sensors. Other than sport photography, not too many people really need extreme telephoto while not using a tripod. Even sport shooters don't usually shoot handheld. They all use a monopod at minimum.
Thank you for reading,