In a pro photography world virtually owned by Canon and Nikon, Pentax’s scrappy determination is admirable. Although it rarely grabs the headlines, this company consistently turns out well-built cameras at good prices.
We’re hoping that applies to the company’s latest SLR, the Pentax K-7, which we got a hands-on look at earlier this month. Priced at $1300, it’s priced against semi-pro cameras such as the Canon 50D, but has many professional features that match far-pricier models. For one, the magnesium-alloy case is completely sealed against dust and water and certified to keep the camera working all the way down to a frigid 14 degrees Fahrenheit. You don’t get that kind of battle-ready performance from the big boys until you step up to pro models like Nikon’s $5000 D3 camera. Just like its price, the K-7′s weight is also way lower: at 27 ounces, it’s about two-thirds the weight of Nikon’s D3.