Lhermine: If you compare a merging of 4 shoots of the K-1 versus only 1 shoot of the D810 isn't only but logical that the K-1 gives better results, don(t you think?
Pixel shift's primary benefit is better resolution due to color accuracy. Better dynamic range is a by-product and not the main concern.
Terkwoiz: Amazing camera and great price. After reading through the comments it's clear that there is a lot of interest from current non-Pentax users but a main concern seems to be lens availability/affordability. Also concern whether the available lenses will be able to handle the demands of the sensor (ie: not originally designed for film).
Can any of you who know please list the best lenses available for someone who is interested in buying this k-1? I currently use Sony with 25mm, 35mm, and 90mm. I was thinking about getting the new Sony gm zoom but now I might switch over to this system 😄.Thanks!
For anyone interested in Kmount lens line up available for your specific interest and budget, I suggest you start a thread over in the Pentax SLR forum to get your questions answered. For budget minded people like myself, I recommend DA 40mm F2.8, DA 70mm F2.4, DA 35mm F2.4, DA 50mm F1.8, which you can buy brand new and they fit FF image circle. The new DFA 28-105 zoom can cover wider range of focal lengths. Of course there are literally millions of legacy Kmount lens out there in the used market for those bargain hunters, check pentaxforums.com for user review of these excellent lenses so you know what to look for.
GarysInSoCal: Impressive camera Pentax... but PLEASE show me a list of lenses for the K1 that I can afford... cause as of right now... I haven't spotted a quality zoom lens for this camera for less than $1600. Without a decent selection of affordable optics, this camera will go down in flames, regardless of it's technological advances.
The new Pentax D Fa 28‑105mm F3.5‑5.6ED DC wr is $500. There are plenty of affordable glass in Pentax, so K-1 will do very well indeed.
ttran88: Waiting for a limited edition K1.
That's going to be a collector's item for sure.
odpisan: I do not understand some writers of comments here.
Are they so extremly stupid?
For K-1 we have plenty & all kinds of diferent lenses which work perfect on FF.
But some poeople think that if Pentax did not make FF-camera until today there also is no lenses for FF - or what? Why they show their stupidity here & do not first look in the Pentax site?>:o(((
Jorge, then you need to go argue with the person that said "No brand is better than the other one" in the post above. He is in your mirror.
That's right Jorge, Pentax is just as good as Nikon.
Jorge, you are right that Nikon is no better than Pentax, that's why some of us choose Pentax.
Jorge, obviously you are not stupid. You care or feel insecure enough about Pentax to troll in the comment sections for days on end.
robspeed750: The observation that the $1800 investment is quickly outpaced by lens costs is just stupid in light of the the 2x initial cost of the D810, or equivalent(ish) Canon. Basically you can get a Ptax FF camera *AND* a lens or two for the price of the D810 by itself. #duh
Full disclosure: I am a Nikon fanboy and D750/F3 user.
@Thermidor, there is a new 28-105 kit lens announced here:http://www.dpreview.com/news/2115726922/ricoh-adds-15-30mm-f2-8-sdm-wr-and-28-105mm-f3-5-5-6-ed-dc-wr-to-full-frame-lens-rangeYou can buy that now for $500 to go with K-1. So going with K-1 with a kit only costs $2300 USD.
Rooru S: Will this camera work with Pentax 200mm F2.8, 300mm F2.8, 300mm F4, 560mm F5.6 and 600mm F4?
Yep, they will all work great on the K-1.
Osvaldo Cristo: I had forgotten some of the facts DPR brought in that article, but I remind most of them.
Although I like some of the ideas from Pentax and their general camera design I cannot understand why people could put his/her money on Pentax stuff. The company´s track is extremely erratic and IMO it isn´t worth the risk - mainly if you depend from them to bring your daily butter and bread.
It can explain their lower entry price: they are buying market. It is a pity, because it could be different... at that price it will be more difficult to create a decent customer´s support, to get money to R&D and to return something attractive to the investors.
Anyway I desire good luck to them.
Investing in Pentax SLR system has been the best thing in my photographic endeavors. Pentax and now Ricoh has been producing quality cameras for a long time. For me it started with K100D in 2007, now the system has advanced to K3-II and the FF K-1. Ricoh is a huge company, bigger than Nikon. Given their willingness to release K-1, I would say Ricoh is very committed to their user base, and they have the resource to play in the field for the long term.
iAPX: As usually for Pentax: where are the lenses?!?
Yes, fast full frame lenses, that don't need to be stopped-down, or cropped to work.
Reminds me of my Pentax K10D that was perfect to use old lenses, but didn't have fast lenses, and thus lost it's value to be sold at a bargain, to be replaced by a Nikon D300 (that I still use today!) with fast lenses.
To add to ogl's list:Released: 24-70mm F2.8, 150-450mm F5.6.Announced: 15-30mm F2.8, DFA* 70-200mm F2.8.DA lenses that work on FF: DA 40mm F2.8, DA 70mm F2.4.All FA, F, A, M, M42 full frame lenses from film era.
melgross: Considering the sales of Pentax, and how late this camera is, with Canon and Nikon owning the space (even Sony has just about a 5% marketshare), I just don't see the sales for this. Where is a full range of lenses? How long would that take (years)?
Pentax already has full range of lenses for FF, from recently announced/released zooms 15-30 F2.8, 24-70 F2.8, 70-200 F2.8, 150-450 F5.6, to well established FA 31mm, 43mm, 77mm Limited Primes, plus a few of the DA 40mm, 70mm limited primes, which you can all buy brand new. If you don't mind looking in the used market, many high quality auto-focus F, FA lenses are for the picking. And if you venture into the manual focus A, M lenses, all are compatible with the K-mount on all Pentax DSLRs including the K-1. Pentax has much longer history in lenses than Sony.
gskolenda: I would like to see all the newer Camera platforms that are plus 30 MP, have USB 3.0 instead of USB 2.0 These files are large and take time to move them.
It's not like USB 3.0 is new.
I have never used USB port on my DSLRs to transfer files. I always take out the card and plug it into my computer's card reader. USB3 is nice but it's only on the newer computers. So both computer and camera needs to have USB3 for it to work. I might as well get a USB3 card reader if I have a USB3 capable computer since that's how I work.
Daniel4: How do I move the focus point?
The 4-way buttons double as focus point selectors.
Sweets: "The rear screen's articulation mechanism is complex and fascinating, but it's not entirely clear to us what the benefit is over an edge-hinged screen than can be rotated to face inwards."... I do see advantages... as for one: using the cam above the head with dbg and be able to see on the rear screen by.... and same for taking a picture from below/@hiphight... not done with any other... :-) ... in Portrait in stead of landscape....
I feel the new articulation mechanism is genius. Side hinging on my K-S2 actually is a bit far out, the flip down screen on MX-1/XZ-2 is too restrictive angle wise. This new mechanism could allow pointing the LCD at me (I need to look at it for composition) without restricting its angle or being too far away.
kff: USB 2.0 ? Not 802.11ac ?
Probably they feel most people do not transfer images via camera's USB port?
bizao: Anybody Konws what is the resolution when capture with pixel shiftI didn't find anywhere
36 MP with double chroma resolution.
Dirtistasty2: The Pentax K-1 official site is pretty awesome too, I can really feel that there were caring humans behind this product.
Very nice story, thanks for sharing the link!
I feel like I'm dreaming, $1799 is a much more aggressive price than I had expected, but a great price to get the camera into more people's hands.