KL Matt: The amount of positive, almost glowing K-1 coverage on DPR now is just astounding! The first blurbs sounded like the angle they were taking was: 1. Mock Pentax for taking 15 years to bring the K1 to market, 2. pan this landscape camera for lacking blazing fast AF tracking, and 3. proceed to pair the highest resolution DSLR Pentax has ever made with the very worst legacy manual focus prime Pentax has ever made and complain about the results. Interesting to see this about-face! No idea what to expect in the review. But it's almost like DPR actually gets the significance of the camera and what its intended purpose is now (i.e.: this is not a sports shooter, nor is it a camera made for manual focussing with the optical finder).
Unlike my D810, my K-5 makes a confirmation 'beep' in manual focus mode. With Nikon you have to keep averting your eye from the scene to the little visual range finder LEDs at the bottom of the display during manual focussing.
The focus point in the Pentax' VF also illuminates red when manual focus is attained, and, so long as this is accurate, I believe this method (combined beep and illumination) to be superior to split prisms.
Xentinus: Touch and try lol
If the K-1 were a tease she'd say "Try and touch... if you dare" ;-)
The above information about the DA*55 needing to be stopped down is incorrect. According to the following article it's a pretty even match with Nikon's recent $1700 58/1.4
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.
Don't overlook the fact that the DA*55/1.4 is also really a FF lens.
Weegee: I've always had a thing for Pentax. Even though I mostly used Nikon, when I tried the fabulous Pentax LX, I had to have one. I still own it!It was 3/4 the size of a Nikon F2 and silky smooth to use.
Now I'm more or less with Olympus ( EM-1 ) so switching would pose a problem.
I too owned an LX with a motor drive (MX too) and a sports finder. The best camera I ever owned!
I've been thinking of selling one of my D800E bodies lately (got two and a D810), and the K-1 will seriously tempt me to do that as I have wanted to do astrophotography for some time.
Pentax ergonomics leave Nikon for dead. Almost everything can be done with the right hand. Every time I have to use my left hand to make a settings change with a 150-600 sports or 120-300 sports attached to my D800 things become more than a little precarious where a tripod is not involved.
Pentax was my first camera and do I have a soft spot for them.
PS: I still own a K-5, K-01, FA31, FA77, DA*55 & DA*200 - all Full Frame lenses.
bossa: I hate to be pedantic (no I don't) but the twenty first century didn't start until 2001. The year 2000 is the final year of the twentieth century.
It goes like this: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
Not like this: 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9
That's great. Thanks. :)
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.
I hate to be pedantic (no I don't) but the twenty first century didn't start until 2001. The year 2000 is the final year of the twentieth century.
PKDanny: Great News!!
Where's mid-range body??? I hope Pentax will announce a new Pentax FF mid-range soon.
@PKDanny At this price would that be the camera they pay you for?
Ken Aisin: 36MP, 5-axis IBIS, weather-sealed, 100% viewfinder, and for just $1800!! What's not to like? Absolutely a photographer's camera. Makes me so wanna switch mount.
With longer lenses my D810/800E can be very difficult to use when I need to access buttons on the left side of the camera. These issues don't exist for my K-5.
I'm really looking forward to getting a K-1.
matthew saville: Man, combine this little but rock-solid workhorse with the "known" success of the Tamron-Pentax 15-30 2.8, and I think we have a new astro-landscape champion on our hands. This kit'll give a D810A + 14-24 2.8 quite a run for its money!
Thanks, but I've had them for years and it's not really the case that WB fixes it. I do accept that the coatings on the Sigma lenses I use (35/art, 50/art, 120-300/sports, 150-600/sports) might be a part of my perceptions though. Considering that though, there really does seem to be a colour balance issue with my Nikons. I also have a Nikon 70-200 VRII, a 24 PCE and I did own a 300/F4 AIS, which I regret selling now, so I have some perspective in this.My Zeiss 21/2.8 is amazing though.
D135ima: So small and so heavy. Correct me if am wrong. But I think that it is smaller than any FF DSLR and much heavier than any "non-including-vertical-grip" DSLR. How its fill like ? I want to know. I want take to hand that cute small and density brick.
Don't forget the magnets in the SR system.
It's way smaller than my D810.http://camerasize.com/compare/#557,659
But the lenses will be lighter/sharper due to no VR system within.
The K-1 weighs 30 grams more than the D810. That's 30 grams. Who would complain about such a small number?
Hi Matthew, thanks for your comment.
Correction: I meant to say that I have a D810 in my original post.
This K-1 would go very well with my FA31, FA77, DA55 and DA200. All that's left of my once extensive Pentax kit.
I've also got a few lenses I want to sell but it will all depend on the reviews.
PS: The pentax incarnation of the Tamron 24-70 is almost 3x the price (I have a Tamron 24-70) and my Nikon 14-24 is one of my favourite lenses of all time.. has less barrel distortion than the Tamron (err Pentax) but more flare. But there's also the superior Pentax colour to take into account. I've never been happy with the colour from my Nikons.. too yellow.
I've got a D180, 2x D800e, a K-5 and a K-01.
I've been thinking about selling a few cameras and this K-1 may just be the tipping point. I really want an astro camera and I absolutely hate the pink amp-glow of my Nikons.
I look forward to reviews of this camera.
Also, it's quite a bit smaller than my Nikons:http://camerasize.com/compare/#557,659
Seumas: I would like to thank dpreview for spending so much attention to the K1but 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?
The DA 55 f1.4 is in fact a full frame lens. I'm always shocked at its resolution on my K-5 at f/2 and I have the latest Sigma 50/1.4 'Art' on my D810.
thegreat26: I have been waiting since forever......but not for being second.Anything less than Sony's 42 mp sensor will not be good enough. All those rumors about the 36mp.......if they are true......Nikon is using this sensor for the last 2 years.
I've got 2x D800E, 1x D810, 1x K5 & 1x K-01 and I can assure you that amp glow in low light is my biggest issue with the Nikons. It's totally invisible on my Pentax cameras, but easily produced with the Nikons.
I like to expose so as to get the maximum tonal range on the sensor and manipulate the exposure afterwards. This works very well with a K5, but, in some situations, not so well with my Nikons.
As much as I love my D800's, it'd be tempting to buy a K1 if the amp glow issue was gone.
b craw: As an academic (that declaration made with full awareness that many currently view academia with suspicion), I once again feel compelled to state that 'prizes' such as this rarely present the most important work(s) of their time. By most important, I mean that work which ultimately will shake out, via more rigorous dialog, as critical in moving art or specific art media forward - the avant-garde, if you will. These contests more often serve to reinforce curatorial trends, which all-to-often (re)present a pale echo of a more vital edge of dialog. Although I am not indicting Stewart's work specifically, I am seeing conceptualism and Postmodernism rebranded and deployed (for lack of a better way to describe it) in a rather anemic form in many of these quasi-art contexts. And, in the same way that the Grammy's really don't capture the most important music of any given year, these contests usually serve as analogous in terms of the thinness of their perception.
Images are visual communications that should be read - too many people here are making comments that reveal they assume the work is meant to grab them, rather than the other way around. To those making such demands, even in that context, it's your expectations that you are viewing - not the actual language of the art.
Pretty pictures, whilst they can captivate you for a few seconds can be like eating too much candy.
I made my comment below about this picture so I won't repeat myself here.
It's a brilliant image, an amazing composition that defines alienation and self absorption. The dividing line (background line on the wall) separates the imagination (of the girls) from the earthly ho hum they find themselves in and also anchors the entire image by drawing a line through each character - yet whilst it unites them they are still separated.
My only "complaint" is that the table is slightly oblique and would have been more stable compositionally if it were perfectly parallel to the edge of the image frame.
Art is not about rules and regulations, it's about breaking through that stuff and expressing yourself. The message is always more important than what many call "the craft".
danny006: It doesn't look like the milky way to me?
The image is of The Lagoon Nebula in Sagittarius. It's usually shown as red but here they appear to be trying to make it look like a human eye would see it through a large telescope.
Zvonimir Tosic: We should call it Penron lens. 6 months into the waiting for the FF camera(s), and Ricoh gives us a rebadged Tamron lens. I would expect from a legendary Japanese optical company like Pentax to conjure up a design and a lens of their own, something users can crave about and be totally excited in terms of the forthcoming FF.
I own the Tamron 24-70 for my D810. I tested it against the older Nikon 24-70, which it beat easily, so I wouldn't agree that the new lens won't come up to scratch. With Pentax coatings this lens will be very nice indeed.