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.
King of Song: I hate to say this... but I will anyway. That guy is not a photographer, he's just a guy with a camera, who happened to be in the right place at the right time but still managed to ruin the shot.
The image is not a snapshot as the photographer was in control of the entire shoot and used his available tools to perfection.
"Just a guy with a camera" doesn't cover it and is an insult to anyone who loves the medium and who's studied it.
I guess we were all lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time when we were born, some are just a little luckier than the rest.
Dx0 aren't reviewing this camera - "it's not in our road map". I suspect DPR won't either.
The biased review sites usually wait until their favoured brands bring out a competing product so they can dig the boot in don't they?
...just saying ;)
It's now May 2015 and I read only a few minutes ago that Dx0 won't be testing this camera "for now" as "it's not in our Roadmap".
I'm pretty sure this camera would easily top their sensor ratings but we won't find out unfortunately.
And people wonder why Pentax enthusiasts think there's some kind of conspiracy.
Neez: Actually, i'm impressed. Everyone was expecting high ISO to look really really bad, but i see puts the 5DSR in between APS-C and other Full frame cameras. The D810 looks only slightly better in High ISO noise at ISO 6400. But it's still better than the 645Z which is a medium format camera.
This camera should be great for studio shooting, and up to the level of full frame cameras in the 2008-2010ish year range in low light, which is still good depending on your needs.
What i'd like to see is a single shot HDR mode, where the camera takes half the pixels at 1 ISO and the other half at another ISO. You'd still get a 25mp still image with phenomenal dynamic range, and you can dot it at normal shutter speeds with no ghosting.
The 645Z is clearly better than all competitors at high ISO and retains details that are reduced to chunks of colour in the other pictures.
zakaria: I think with this new pixel shift .. RICOH will use 24 mp sensor for the upcoming fullframe . I assume they will try to make this new feature a standard on all their new cameras.and this feature is just for preparing the flagship .
But so does HDR and yet people still use that.
Bhima78: I'm starting to think that Ricoh's sensor shift idea is actually better than Oly's as it will require a whole heck of a lot less processing, and can likely be done on the fly much faster. Plus, adding resolution isn't as big of an advantage as adding color information imo. If this works well, it could replace a Foveon sensor.
I suspect they limited the resolution aspect of this tech so as to not affect the future sales of their 36MP FF.
ProfHankD: A little late to be getting into the FF DSLR business, isn't it? Sure does look a lot like their medium-format bodies.The interesting question is what sensor?
It's never too late for anything because every year there are fresh faces entering every single market on the planet.
starjedi: Is the lens in front a FA 31mm？
intruder61: Apart from all things Pentax which i like...im really liking this, looks like the designer of the Lamborghini designed this.
That FA31 on the camera gives away the size as it looks just like a K-5 but with a much larger prism (I held up my K-5 with my FA-31 to compare). I suspect they'll eventually have two models - 50MP with a 24MP crop mode and, initially, a 36MP model with a 15MP crop mode.