If you haven’t been on YouTube for a few days, you may have missed Kai’s latest video ‘I Switched to Pentax.’ The title of the latest video is a little misleading, but the message within is important. If you’re a fan of the old Digital Rev channel where Kai and Lok goofed around, you’ll enjoy the video regardless. Let’s talk about it, and the quite important message Kai is trying to get across after the break.
There are so many cameras on the market today that it can be quite hard to know where to turn. Do you stick with a brand that you like, even though it may lack some features, or do you jump on board the popular camera train so that other photographers don’t make fun of you for using a camera that may not be seen as hip and cool? Unfortunately, I believe many opt for the latter out of those two options as they don’t want to be seen as behind the times. Isn’t it sad your peers will ridicule you for your choice of a camera? It’s pathetic, but that’s the world we live in now, and that’s what makes Kai’s latest video refreshing.
In his latest video, Kai, in his usual witty ways, tries to hammer home the point that it’s okay for us as photographers to use the cameras we love. Kai has a deep love for Pentax cameras, and he talks about how, during his college years, he loved using Pentax cameras because they were always a little left field and were never the popular choice. Still, more than that, he loved the way Pentax cameras felt in his hand, he loved the features, and he loved their output.
As a huge fan of Pentax cameras myself, I agree with him. Still to this day, I think the Pentax K1 II has the best ergonomics of any camera I have ever used (and I have used a lot), and Pentax lenses (especially the 31mm, 43mm, and the 77mm limited lenses) are simply beautiful.
In the video above, Kai walks around Hong Kong with his trusty Pentax KP. The KP is a crop sensor (APS-C) DSLR that features a 24-megapixel sensor, image stabilization, insane amounts of weather sealing, and a gorgeous optical viewfinder. Meanwhile, Lok continues to make him the butt of jokes.
While Kai and Lok are playing around in the video, this really does happen while out in the field. I’ve experienced it myself when shooting with my Pentax (KS2) and Olympus (E-M1 II) cameras. Kai’s message is just use with the camera you love. Shoot with what makes you happy, and forget those who have all boarded the popular camera train just for the sake of it. I know a few photographers who switched because everyone else did and they have regretted it.
Did Kai actually switch back to Pentax for good? No, he didn’t, but he owns quite a few Pentax cameras, and he enjoys using them very much, and that’s all that matters. Sure, DLSR’s may not be as cool or as glamorous as Mirrorless cameras anymore, but if that’s what you like, go for it, enjoy it, and create magical images with it! If you use Mirrorless, don’t hate on those who use DSLR’s, and DSLR shooters don’t hate on Mirrorless users. We’re all in this together. For more of Kai’s work, check out his YouTube channel.