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Gear Test • Pentax K5IIs

In this never-ending battle of the APS-C sensor DSLR cameras from big brand names, would cameras such as the Pentax K5IIs stand a chance? We asked Mark Bauer to run a full field test on location, here are the results

Sometimes I get the impression that Pentax is the forgotten SLR manufacturer. The majority of gear talk seems to centre on Canon and Nikon, with Sony regarded as the 'third party'. A cursory glance at what is going on in the world of SLR photography reveals why this might be so – Nikon is pushing the megapixel and low noise boundaries, Canon is driving forward with record-breaking FPS performance and superb autofocus, and Sony is innovative with its sensor technology and use of electronic viewfinders.

By contrast, Pentax rarely seems to grab the headlines with groundbreaking new features. But what it does do is quietly get on with the business of producing very good, highly-specified cameras at excellent prices. And they may not...

Read this article, and many more, in High Definition, inside Issue 31 of Landscape Photography Magazine.

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Mark Bauer

Mark Bauer is one of the UK’s leading landscape photographers with work published worldwide. He is the author of 3 books, including ‘The Landscape Photography Workshop’ (with Ross Hoddinott).

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