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| p.4 #20 · Tired of Canon's AF System, Which DSLR is best for MF? |
I think in your situation I'd go for Pentax unless there are specific Canon lenses you are interested in.
The K5II is basically a Nikon 7k with more tweaks but 'inferior' AF. By that I mean it's AF is slower but more accurate (a French magazine, I don't have the link now, tested multiple cameras and lenses from multiple manufacturers and Pentax came out on top for accuracy though somewhat slower - already known to most Pentax users - which makes them slightly inferior in fast paced multi-frame shooting but great for portrait, landscapes, family etc).
I used 2 x K5s and had around 35 lenses (over 20 MF) from different manufacturers (CY, Cosina, Leica, Nikon etc plus all the huge range of fantastic legacy Pentax lenses, ALL of which can be used on any modern Pentax camera), Contax Zeiss being my favourites. Easy to change focus screens (and relatively cheap, ca. US$100, and choice if you buy from the excellent Taiwanese supplier) to say nothing of the holy trinity of incredible primes considered 3 of the best lenses ever made (31mm, 43mm and my favourite the 77mm). You can of course get professional Leitax conversions for many lenses to Pentax PK mount.
If you want modern AF lenses then you need to check out the range first to make sure you can get the lenses you need as Pentax's range of new lenses is nowhere near as extensive as those of Nikon/Canon and if you plan to buy long lenses (over 300mm) then you are realistically restricted to Sigma or legacy lenses.
The other great feature of Pentax cameras for MF users, using legacy lenses, is the famous 'Green Button' which stops down with one press for you and of course EVERY lens is stabilised with in-camera stabilisation.
If in no hurry I'd even wait for the new K3 (same sensor as the 7100 but Pentax always seem able to tweak a little more from it than Nikon, 8.3 fps, dual SD, 60i video, and of course Pentaxes are superbly fully WR). Size factor may also suit you (roughly the same as the 7100) and the price is just US$1,299 expect that to drop slightly right after launch.