Favorable Exponynt: The Pentax K-s2 is around 500, but that was probably already in some other round up :p
No mention of the Pentax K-50 either. It is excellent value for money and a true dslr (pentaprism not mirror), plus weather sealed etc. My own preference is for the K-S2, fantastic little camera.
It's really good that you give us choice. The black screen uses less power on certain cell phones, e.g. Nokia 1020, therefore makes more economic use of batteries. Personally I prefer black, but I know many others prefer white.
Thanks for posting this Barnaby, looks like you are having difficulty concealing your liking for this camera, and that's OK. Looking forward to the day I am able to treat myself to a K-1.
Nice that Pentax have added an additional grip (which also doubles as a rotating rear screen!).
420deimos: Well, that new movable LCD screen is no joke:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6bVqtb5SdI
Pentax do seem to have come up with a new idea for a camera grip!
bossa: Some Pentax lenses are branded as DA when they are still Full Frame designs:
The DA* 200/2.8 is a FF lens. It is a redesigned FA 200/2.8. The DA*300/4 and DA*55/1.4 are both also FF lenses.
I'm sure there are a few more as well, but I thought I'd mention this as the DA*55 was listed as a crop lens in the article.
Indeed. There are 21 Pentax lenses that will work full frame, although a few of these will benefit from going down one stop. Pentax forum has new an article explaining this.
It's nice to see so many users of other brands wish Pentax well with the new K-1, and as a Pentaxian I do appreciate their best wishes. Whether out of empathy or from an awareness that competition is good for all of us matters not, but it is nice to know that all users will benefit through competitive pricing and better designed gear.
Of course there are just a small number who are doing their best to dampen down the celebrations for the arrival of Pentax's first full frame offering. Constructive criticism is fine, but trolling isn't and it reflects badly on them. Pentax users aren't effected by the negativity of a few and I hope others are able to see it for what it is. If in doubt it is worth looking up a spoiler's gear list and most recent comments - its revealing. Other than to say this, I prefer to not take the bait.
(continued)It's worth noting Pentax's marketing policy is firstly to offer something for Pentaxians who want to upgrade to FF without having to sell off all their gear or support two systems, then to provide evidence of an upgrade path for those taking their first steps into DSLR photography. On both counts I believe they have succeeded. Are they trying to take Canikonys away from their chosen systems? Of course not. Manufacturers of photographic equipment respect each other and the individuals who invest in photography gear, irrespective of brand.
We would do well to emulate this respect. Thank you all.
Jorge Bayonas: I will sell all my nikon cameras and lenses and move to pentax. you guys in the comments section have convinced me. wow, didn't knew that buying cameras was like entering a new religion :)
If, like me, you are finding Jorge Bayonas' trolling an irritating distraction from what has otherwise been an interesting response to Barny's well researched and nicely written article, consider reporting him to the moderators and flagging his comments as inappropriate - unless of course he desists.
random78: Im my opinion K-1 is the first pentax DSLR which would have attracted users from other brands to shift. The sensor in K1 is one which so many people lust for, and to be able to get that in a $1800 body is attractive enough that many will take notice. The main issue is the lenses. If Ricoh releases a few moe FF lenses this could become very interesting.
Good point Fakuryu but there are a couple missing based on research using film cameras and Sony AR with adapter. The others are:
DA 35mm f2.8 LimitedDA* 200 f2.8DFA 24-70 f2.8DA* 60-250 f4.0DA 560 f5.6FA 50 f1.4FA 35 f2.0
The extent to which all these existing primes may need stopping down is something we will see when tested on the K-1. Perhaps Pentax are rightly being cautious.
Still, it's not a bad start for FF, hopefully more will follow to fill the gaps.
Barney, that is one excellent article. Thanks for putting it together.
Like you I do worry about the cost of the best new zooms, but hey, it will be less than a 645z with its new lenses. Is it worth mentioning that, when I last counted, Pentax currently offers 22 full frame lenses, some are FA, some F DA, and quite a few primes are DA which may require stopping down although I have seen evidence to the contrary. Granted that a few of these are not yet in the shops, but I live in hope. Hopefully Sigma, Tamron, Samyang etc will help out, although it will only be if there is financial benefit.
Like you, I started out with an MX. You must have bought an old one as surely you're much younger than that! I still enjoy the K-3 II but Pentax seem to have identified their target market correctly. Although not at the front of the Q (pun), I will indulge myself with a K-1. For Pentax's sake, I hope others do also. Lots of old glass to have fun with too.
Thanks again, nice article.
Louis_Dobson: What a super camera! Shame they couldn't have managed it a year ago, it would have been a killer. Who wants a not very sporting dSLR now? If I wanted FF I'd pick an A7, sadly.
"Who wants a not very sporting dSLR now?"
If you don't and that's ok, but maybe you should remove the Pentax K-1 from your wish list and replace it with the A7 - if you wanted FF. It's nothing to be sad about.
fotokeena: Can the manual focus lenses of the Pentax 645 be used on this camera? is there an adapter available now?Thanks!
....and has since it introduced the 645 way back when.
Azathothh: Pff loz that swivel LCD screen look so clunky. Pentax take a look at Canon, that's the way to do it.
If Pentax users wanted Canon, there's nothing to stop them buying Canon, some have. Most of them don't because they appreciate what Pentax is and does.
Clearly the K-1 is not designed for you. But if you are interested in conventional flip out and tiltable screens do take a look at both the K-S1 and the 645Z (These are both Pentax cameras and weather resistant b.t.w.)
Poweruser: If you want to use Tamron lenses, why not just get a Nikon / Canon?
Because they are not Pentax cameras.
Glad I went down the Lightroom and Flickr routes. It's a poor show from Google that they're dropping Picasa after people have invested so much time working with it and using it for their archive.
Luis Fonseca: How does it compare powerwise with the new Pentax AF201FG?
Looks like the Metz is more powerful,http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/compare/Metz_26AF-1_vs_Pentax_AF201FG/BHitems/1100043-REG_1117720-REG
ronniemac: I was looking for a compact flash to go with the K-3 II, and considered this but was put off by the dimensions: 63x85x85mm/2.48x3.35x3.35in. Not exactly compact.
If anyone has this flash, can they confirm if the dimensions are correct and if the measurements are with the flash body aligned with or perpendicular to the hot shoe attachment.
Thanks for this guys, sure is small enough for the shirt pocket.
In the end I opted for the baby Pentax AF 201 which measures 65 mm x 72.5mm x 31mm, / 2.6 x 2.9 x 1.2 in. The Metz is a higher spec flash, but as it's only to replace the K-3 II's missing built-in flash, the AF 201 will serve its purpose. I have other flashes for when more than infil or basic flash is required.
Looks like the Metz and it's Sony equivalent will be a popular choice for flash- and mirro-rless camera users.
I was looking for a compact flash to go with the K-3 II, and considered this but was put off by the dimensions: 63x85x85mm/2.48x3.35x3.35in. Not exactly compact.
Done the deed, and included the tiny AF 201 FG just in case some day I find myself looking for a built-in flash. GPS I will use all the time.
Still going to keep the K-5 though, for low light situations.
Clever move Pentax. I was thinking of getting one of their clip on GPS units for my K-5, now I am persuaded to treat myself to a new camera.
The K-3ii is on my shopping list!