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iudex: I believe there was no need to make this lens retractable. The original 55-300mm is pretty small for this zoom range and even a bit lighter than this new version.
As regards the new features I understand the benefit of these improvemens for video shooters, but for stills there is no real benefit, whereas the slower speed might be an issue (the original version is no speed demon and this one is even worse). Plus, the original version can be had for much less money (I remember some 260 SD price tag at B&H).
Anyhow, a new lens is always welcome, although I think there are APSC lenses that Pentax needs more (fast wideangle lenses, new 17-70, 16-50 and 50-135mm etc.).

The 55-300mm is not bad, but like you say, not a speed demon. However, I have found that it is quicker than the Tamron 70-300 put on my Nikon bodies. That thing is sloooowwwwww.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2016 at 17:01 UTC
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Ari Aikomus: Well... Maybe nice telezoom for APS-C K-70 camera, but where is new "70-300" zoom lens for fullframe K-1 !!??

They do have one, albeit not "officially". The DA*60-250 F4 is Full Frame capable, but of course only goes to 250mm. It is a start, but they really need a FF 70-300 to try and knock spots off the mighty Canon 70-300mm L lens.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2016 at 16:58 UTC
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JackM: Please look around the entire test image before commenting. It's not all roses.

And please remember that the K1 will be used WITHOUT PIXEL SHIFT 95% of the time. The terrible results without pixel shift are a dealbreaker, if this test shot is to be believed.

Lens issue.
I have already used about 8 different lenses on my K-1 this week and been very impressed with the performance.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2016 at 18:29 UTC
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futurewah: There is a lot to like about this camera, and I'm definitely interested. The only thing holding me back is the lack of modern, prime lenses. I think using Tamron's excellent zooms to make decent glass available was a good move, but I need and want primes on a sensor as good as this.

Why buy new? I have already taken shots with lenses 25, 40, even 50 years old on my K-1 and I am mightly impressed at both the lens and the body.
The SMC-F28mm F2.8 is a case in point, almost complete lack of CA and sharp! Even more so with the pixel shift. I will be using it an awful lot on my K-1

Link | Posted on May 5, 2016 at 21:39 UTC
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Nikman20: A clear rip-off of the excellent Godox original.

Thanks, I will look

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2016 at 21:23 UTC
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Nikman20: A clear rip-off of the excellent Godox original.

True, but looking at their website, they don't do the Elinchrom/Interfit version, only the Bowens one. If they did I would be happy.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2016 at 20:52 UTC

What a great idea. I have Elinchrom fit boxes and beauty dishes and I have been looking for something that I can use my flashguns out in the field. The fact that it is universal mount for any gun with the spring loaded jaws is perfect.
Not cheap mind, but probably worth it.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2016 at 20:15 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
On article In Fine Detail: Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R In-Depth Review (729 comments in total)
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srados: For me the best camera is made of: Nikon Body, Nikon AF, Canon lenses, Sony sensor, Fuji Film image simulation, Canon interface...and yes I am Canon Fan trying not to bias.I wish someone will make one for me. :)

Canon L lenses and Pentax Limiteds please. :-)

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2016 at 22:04 UTC
On article iPhone SE is a compact-sized iPhone 6s (183 comments in total)

I rather like it. iPhone 5 shape with processor and camera from the 6s. Could be the replacement for my 4s in a couple of months as it ticks most of the boxes for me (smaller size, fast processor etc) The camera bit is just a useful add-on.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2016 at 21:14 UTC as 47th comment

If this lens is as good as people are suggesting, both the C and S versions, I wish that Sigma would produce it with the K-Mount, especially with the K-1 about to be delivered.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2016 at 19:13 UTC as 3rd comment
On article The long, difficult road to Pentax full-frame (617 comments in total)

A very good article, I enjoyed reading.
Will I get the K-1? Yes I think I will.
I always thought that my first foray to FF digital would have been a D700 to use with my Nikon primes, but then again, having a number of K-mount lenses, Old and "digitally" optimised, the K-1 makes so much sense. So that was the decision.
Yes, I will be getting some of the New lenses as well, but the whole point of photography and kit, is have fun using lenses of different types, old and new, appreciating their pluses and minuses, but loving the results.
Sure I have a range of so called "Pro" spec optics for my work, which are superb, but I gain more fun from the older stuff.
I can't wait. :-)

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2016 at 21:15 UTC as 6th comment
On article Worth the wait? A look inside the Pentax K-1 (650 comments in total)
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marc petzold: The K-1 looks damn sexy for a DSLR, i must admit. ;)
Way cheaper than a Nikon D810, too. I'm way curious *if* Pentax/Ricoh can manage to get at least the same DR out of this proven 36 MP FF Sensor Design.

Kudos to Ricoh, better a FF Pentax DSLR late, then never. Now it only have to be good enough compared to Nikon.

Pentax's PRIME processor does seem to get superior DR than Nikon can out of the same sensor for some reason. With that in Mind I am sure that the DR will be better than the D810.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 22:31 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 First Impressions Review (992 comments in total)
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Seumas: I would like to thank dpreview for spending so much attention to the K1
but i just wonder what about the 50mm f2 in the picture about the use of vintage lenses?

the most common 50mm MF is the f1.7 version, another common and appreciated 50mm 's the f1.4 version.. So why did you choose (and maybe use?) the cheapest f.2 version?

I agree that the nifty F1.7 is the sweetest of the 50mm lenses, but the newer DA50mm F1.8 runs it awfully close. :-)

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 19:21 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 First Impressions Review (992 comments in total)
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samhain: This camera is beautiful.

As a former long time Pentax shooter, my big question is: how good will the fa limiteds be with this new sensor? Those 3 little lenses were the reason I went with Pentax in the first place, and the darlings of the lens line up.

If I was Pentax, I would be working hastily on bringing out updated versions of those lenses(and ideally have production brought back to Japan).
Throw in a new 50mm 1.2 & 85mm 1.2 (and a pro level flash) and I think they'd could draw in a LOT of buyers.

When I first started shopping cameras, a Japanese photographer I really respected wrote: "bodies come and go. You buy into a system for the lenses."
That always stuck with me.
And a stunner 50/1.2 & 85/1.2 would call to wedding & portrait shooters like a siren.

As the pixel size on the K-1 are larger than the K-3, I would say you should be fine. Having used a 77mm Limited in the studio, on my K-3, I was stunned at how good it still is, even down to pixel peeping. A good lens is a good lens, no matter how old, and all three amigos will be superb on the K-1. My only reservation is the 43mm and its tendency to produce awful CA wide open, something my M50 F1.7 is far better at controlling.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 19:16 UTC
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Tons o Glass 0 Class: Can't wait to mount one of these on a Pentax Q!

I was just thinking that.... :-)

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2015 at 22:12 UTC
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Boss of Sony: I thought DSLRs were a dying breed. Won't this FF mean that every lens Pentax has developed in the last 10-15 years will be cropping the sensor?

Not forgetting those millions of M42 screw mount lenses that have the same flange distance and work beautifully albeit manually with the k-mount adapter. Some legendary (Takumar) some not so (Pentacon) but all fun.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2015 at 22:06 UTC

I rather like the look of it. A mix of K-5/K-3 on steroids with a hint of 645Z thrown in. But of course it is only a tool, it is how it handles and performs that will matter.

Some interesting observations from me.

Large prism which indicates a 100% viewfinder. The K-7/5/3 etc are all 100% so it is probably a given, and being FF it will be bigger and brighter still. Good.
The articulated LCD. No just tilt or flip out, but instead a flexible articulation. That should be very useful indeed and certainly a USP.

No built in flash, but I have mentioned this earlier.

Different ways of accessing ISO/bracketing etc? If so, it will suit those who prefer buttons or dials, or even both.

Wifi? About time!

I am looking forward to April when it finally released and getting hold of one.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2015 at 21:36 UTC as 155th comment
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Satyaa: I generally like Pentax designs... the serious ones. I love the shooting modes and 5 'U' settings.

This new dial near the right hand looks tricky. If one uses bracketing regularly, and has to change ISO or CH/CL, would they have to turn this dial, use a wheel to change that setting value, and turn this dial back to bracketing? That would slow me down.

By the looks of it I won't like this new dial, or the new screen design.

I suspect that I won't buy this due to the size/weight. I am starting to feel that my D7100 is getting heavier by the year. What I need is a lighter version of A7 II or go with an M43.

It is possible, that they are providing two different ways for accessing ISO, bracketing and others using the third dial. Some people like pressing the buttons and are used to it, yet some others (other systems?) may prefer to use a dial and then wheel.

I may be wrong in this respect, but it looks like this.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2015 at 21:21 UTC
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peterpainter: Looks like there's no built-in flash. LCD panel on the top looks a bit small. Other than that I think I'd like one, but suspect I won't be able to afford it. Hope it's successful.

On the other hand, pre K-3II, the popup flash was was used as the wireless control flash for when you used the AF360 and AF540 strobes not connected to the body. It meant that you did not need a unit plugged onto the hotshoe ,ala Canon, to fire flashguns remotely. Sad that they have got rid of this feature.

Rest of the new FF body. Yes Please!

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2015 at 21:17 UTC
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