By - ACLA_GamerYT
Why a new camera?
What’s your lens collection like?
>I'm currently shooting with a Fujifilm X-E1 and a Pentax K-01
It reasonable to guess he/she has both Fuji and Pentax lenses.
That doesn't say *which* lenses they have.
I had figured that was the case.
To answer OP’s question, it’s handy to understand why they want a new camera in the first place.
Knowing what lenses is in their collection (either Fujifilm or Pentax) is helpful because, being on a budget:
a) buying a new Pentax camera doesn’t make much sense if the majority of your lenses are fujifilm (and vice versa)
b) buying a new canon/Nikon/Sony/etc. doesn’t make much sense either for similar reasons to the above
c) their $500 budget could be better spent on investing on new glass if their lens collection is limited.
I mainly have lenses for the Pentax, even though I don't use it that often. I mainly got my lens collection from my dad who used to shoot with a similar Pentax, but doesn't really use actual cameras anymore.
I have a 18-55 mm lens for the Fujifilm. For the pentax I have a 50-200 zoom lens, a fish eye lens, a 28 mm wide angle lens, a regular 35 mm lens which is on the camera right now.
Without knowing *why* you want a new camera, and at your limited budget, this is hard to answer.
Google and eBay are your friends here
What are you trying to accomplish besides just getting a new camera that costs about $500? you haven't given us a clue since we don't know your hands. And all of them are durable.
Since you're forcing us to guess, I say whatever feels nice in the used section of your local camera store.
Mb guys, I want a new camera because I haven't been really liking the way that the Pentax shoots, so I've been wanting a change of pace.
Could you expand on what you mean in terms of "I haven't been really liking the way that the Pentax shoots"? The K-01 was one of the first mirrorless bodies, and in terms of ergonomics is substantially different from a DSLR. The K-01 is about 10 years old. With the majority of your lenses for Pentax, I would suggest either a K5/K5II/K5IIs or the K70, or perhaps a K3.
I have a friend who shoots both a K70 and now a K1. On his Instagram page, the first couple of rows is the K1 and the rest is the K70.
I don't like, the fact that it doesn't have a sight and when taking pictures with it, the screen is so grainy.
The dslrs have a true optical viewfinder using a pentaprism that makes it for pretty bright viewing. 10-12 years when the K-01 came out the digital viewfinders (small TVs) were pretty crappy. I think that's why Pentax just didn't have a viewfinder at all. I have a K5IIs with the same rear screen and it does alright. I shoot a lot of night images, so the viewfinder is useless, and just use the rear screen for composition.
The K-01, K5, K5II, K5IIs, and K70 - along with the K30/50/500 all share the same 921K dot rear screen. The K3 and newer have a higher rear screen resolution of 1037K dots.
>Ok so, I'm new here,but I'm looking for a new camera. I'm currently shooting with a Fujifilm X-E1 and a Pentax K-01,
Yeah, I can see why you might want to upgrade from older bodies like this, and the K-01 is pretty weird.
But. Nearly anything else in a camera system (lens, flash, tripod, etc.) is going to cost less and last you longer than a new camera body. Are you *sure* it's a new camera body you need vs. something else in the Fuji X or Pentax K systems?
>but I feel like I need another camera.
*Why* do you feel you need a third camera/camera system? Have you considered whether or not you want to sell of one system or the other and concentrate your gear in once place? Or sell off everything and start over?
Particularly since you say:
>I'm mainly only doing photography as a hobby right now, posting some pictures on Instagram.
When you're delivering low-resolution web images, you don't really need the latest and greatest in sensor performance. Even bodies as old as the X-E1 and K-01 can deliver for this. Particularly if you have the right glass and gear to accomplish what you want. Digital cameras reached sufficiency a long time ago.
>I'm currently looking for a decently durable camera that will feel nice in the hands and that can be worked with.
How is your X-E1 or K-01 *not* this?
>I'm currently on a $500 USD budget. Any suggestions?
Get a bigger budget? The COVID chip shortage is causing prices on all the cameras, used or new to rise, just like car prices have gone up. What you could get with $500 three years ago is not what you can get today.
But more specifically what are you upgrading *for?*
>I have a 18-55 mm lens for the Fujifilm. For the pentax I have a 50-200 zoom lens, a fish eye lens, a 28 mm wide angle lens, a regular 35 mm lens which is on the camera right now.
Have you considered getting [a Pentax K to Fuji X mount adapter](https://fotodioxpro.com/products/pk-fx) so you can use your Pentax glass on the X-E1 as well (or instead of the K-01)? (Assuming your K lenses are old enough to have aperture rings, and you don't care that much about autofocus, etc.)
Or, selling off all your Pentax K gear and concentrating on the Fuji X mount? Or picking up a K-mount dSLR, say, a used [K-70](https://www.dpreview.com/products/pentax/slrs/pentax_k70), instead of shooting the K-01?