Geez! Sounds like an amazing camera! How to improve on that auto focus?Predictive auto focus?
Juck: I love this!! ,, simply because it makes all you armchair Ansel Adams' so very angry. lol ,, noone is making you use it,,, go home.
Just as much as no one made you comment on other armchair Ansel Adams' comments who weren't made to use it.
Waldo Nell: Wow. That last example is just horrible. How can the sun be behind the subjects, yet their shadows are cast to their right??? Better to get the photo right the first time.
Well, now you can!! Multiple suns, no problem!
Johannes Zander: Purchased immediately and hope to win the next Hasselblad competition... and if not that then Sony competition...
Hey, don't forget white architecture against a black sky with a wispy, long-exposure cloud as accent.
steelhead3: There goes any sales (the 68 is delayed by months), I wonder if the K1 is going to be delayed?
I smell a troll in the house..
This photon sucking brick of a camera is a milestone in digital SLR evolution and has been for over two years now. I might never own one just as much as I was never able to hire The Who for my birthday, yet I will always be in awe.
MattiD80: @RayVagh I don't like Canon colours, they are red-isch.
I don't like colors at all.
Sean65: I see the photographic community have been hit quite hard by the 5 Star review culture. Are people unable to make their own decisions these day and rely completely on journalists to tell them what to buy?
Interesting point you make there. I suppose before the interwebs one had to put in much more research and decision making oneself.
I love outside-the-box innovation like this! You have to admire the engineers' vision.
cirtapfotos: The Winner...Again Nikon D810 at 64 ISO can't be beat.
Wrong, the winner is me, a Pentax shooter who's beyond thrilled about the new, amazing possibilities this new system offers.
dpthoughts: I see two odd things which I dislike.
no 1. it is meaningless to compare a 4-exposure mode like pixelshift to an 1-exposure mode like single-shot in the D810. If you compare properly, you would do it against a series of four consecutive shots, which are merged in photoshop, with or without the help of an action to automate this.
Then, the alleged noise advantage of pixel shift would be what it is: void ;)
no 2. The K-1 steals its dynamic range advantage by means of cheating (doing denoising on raws). Evidence: the ratio between luminance noise and chroma noise appears to be shifted in favour for choma noise. If the firmware doesn't do any denoising, then this ratio must always be constant (due to maths).
This is a plausible explanation, why the K-1 will do so well on reviews, w/o having received a new miracle sensor from Sony. Sony wouldn't give such to Ricoh, so that Ricoh's cams appeared as cheaper and better than Sonys own ;) that never happened, of course.
Cheating?? Stealing?? WOW! Somebody is not happy.
Nick Brundle - Photography: I'm sure this is wonderful for Pentax but in the end it's the photographer who composes and captures the image. Things like knowing your camera, understanding exposure, and conquering composition in my opinion are more important. Just because I have more dynamic range won't help me to compose better pictures.Not being negative but yet again there is an article about dynamic range
What The Name is Bond is saying that if your camera has a high noise floor or poor dynamic range you are going to end up with noisy pictures that might need tedious cleanup in post, no matter how good the composition is.
He wasn't saying anything to the extend that dynamic range is a substitute for photographic skills.
I partially agree with you but from my personal usage viewpoint this is going to be opening up amazing new possibilities. The way I shoot, (very contrasty, sharp defined shadow and textures ever present in sunny southern california) where I often times have to massively underexpose to avoid highlight clipping, this excellent noise behavior will yield so much better results.Looking at your amazing photostream on Flickr, me taking similar photos (dark skies) with my Pentax K-3 would have very very much shot noise in it.
That's why I am really thrilled about the K-1 and its dynamic range.
Jack Hogan: Well done. I feel however that to fairly compare noise and DR in captures taken in pixel-shift mode with others, one should first stack four captures of the others.
It might sound fair but wouldn't be. Pixelshift completely bypasses the interpolation necessary to calculate data between pixels as is the nature of the Bayer array. You would still have four stacked interpolated images vs true pixel readout from pixel shift. That is also the reason why these images will create tremendous black and white photos as the scene's tonality is recorded 1:1.
If you are into audio, consider pixelshift lossless (like .flac) and regular photos a compressed .mp3 file, maybe at high bit rate but still compressed. Pixel shift is rawer than RAW, if you wish.
Here is a link to a very interesting French review (link is to google translate to English):
TheEulerID: Excellent results although, of course, inherently only suited to static subjects. I wonder if Sony might introduce something similar on their IBIS equipped cameras.
It also shows what would be possible should it be feasible to produce a sensor which senses all colour channels at each pixel (which Foveon can do) but without a huge amount of colour channel cross-talk (which Foveon can't). A big prize awaits for a company to solve that problem.
nb. Foveon's problem is it depends on a statistical relationship between the wavelength of photons and the depth absorption profile in silicon. It means a huge amount of inter-channel crosstalk which can only be cancelled with large signals. Nasty high-ISO colour in other words.
Even more surprising how many things I take photos of are perfectly still.
I agree, I do a lot of architecture, urban, classic cars etc. photography, it's going to be tremendous for that.
Roadrunnerdeluxe: Another very good hands-on review with some very nice sample photos can be found here:
Thanks for the really helpful review! The sample photos look amazing, even at that small size. Great to see what this camera can do in capable hands!
Another very good hands-on review with some very nice sample photos can be found here:
GabrielZ: Pentax's 'Limited Primes' are they FF or optimized only for APS-C?
Of the initial test shots of the K-1 posted here (since removed at Ricoh's request) some where shot with the 70mm ltd 2.4. It fully covered the FF image circle with only some vignetting wide open.Fully FF usable.