It's time for me to upgrade my aging Canon 40D. After 8 years of shooting Canon, I'm thinking of leaving - Canon's cameras just don't excite me anymore. I have a fierce aversion to anything Nikon (no real reason, I'm just very stubborn), but I've always been enamored with Pentax; I started out with SLR photography 12 years ago with my dad's old 1981 Pentax ME Super!
The new K-5 IIs has me quite interested. It looks to be stellar if it's anything like the K-5. My problem is that I know nothing about the Pentax system anymore, and that's where you fellow DPSers come in: does anyone have a crash course on Pentax lenses, and what all the acronyms mean? DA, DA*, ED, AL, IF, WR, SDM, DC, XS, Limited... I'm so confused!
I'd like to get similar lenses to my current line-up, so if anyone has suggestions on the following please let me know: 10-22, 50/1.4, 100/2.8 macro, 24-105/4 and 75-300 (not a great lens, but don't use it much). That being said, I understand Pentax primes are quite good, so don't mind replacing wide or telephoto zooms with 1 or 2 primes. I would like a good standard zoom though - my 24-105 is my pride and joy!
I'll sell my 40D and lenses (except the 24-105, will keep that for use on my 35mm film camera for B&W film). This should help me fund new purchases. In addition, I have a sizeable budget already (+-£1000), so total would be say £2500-£2700.
Lastly, what does the external flash system look like with Pentax? I have a Canon 580EXII that I love!
At the moment, it's either K-5IIs or Canon 6D (very different, I know!) - internet reviews and hands on pending
Thanks for all your help!!
*edit* for anyone wondering why I want to upgrade my 40D, my issues are: (1) ISO maxes out at 1600 (or 3200 extended), but the noise above ISO 800 is very visible. I've had success with noise reduction in Lightroom, but it only goes so far... (2) sensor technology is a little old, mostly this manifests as limited exposure range (I've compared my photos to some taken with a Canon 5D3, miles apart in terms of exposure range). (3) megapixels - I've started doing a lot of printing, and often crop my photos. With only 10MP to play with, some of my prints start looking a little blocky. An additional 6MP will be quite welcome.