Ι don't like Canon' approach in many issues, but the ltwo etters 1D is something we all have to respect because the first 1D (of 11Mp and $11,000) was the first dSLR outperformed film cameras as to IQ in every aspect... And boosted brand's image and acceptance sky high till our days...
Roadrunnerdeluxe: A very in-depth, very promising preview on the K-1, titled with:
"Pentax K1: Super Resolution Mode Appears to be Best DSLR Quality Yet"
It looks suspiciously great. I opened the flowers image and I had a thorough look. I assigned some profiles, I pushed it and some more. My conclusion is that no matter if it is an sRGB jpeg image behaves excellent despite the fact that some sharpening has been applied from original shooting settings (I am not a pixel peeper and to my opinion any brightness/contrast/sharpening should ne applied in PP, except some frustrated cases). The image quality is better than larger sensors delivered some years ago, especially the CCD ones. Comparing to other cams, even with larger sensors (mainly Hassies from which I have some very good shootings from friends), is rather useless, they all deliver great images more or less, with any quality issues depending rather on lenses than on cams. Great cam and in awfully tempting price. Nice job!
Johannes Compaan: I just had the pleasure to grab a RAW from the K1 and play around a little. Without to much of a hassle, the result was astonishing. Have a look:
It would be nice, when K1 will be available, if someone owns the Pentax's 200mm (do I remember rifgt?) architectural lens, to take some building pics...
Kurt_K: I think it's very unfortunate that Dpreview never got around to doing a GX8 review, especially when one considers the size of the review staff.
@Richard Butler ... Ιs this a threat or something..?
Edgar_in_Indy: Can somebody please remind me why Canon and Nikon refuse to unshackle their sensors, and finally allow them to move?
Βecause they invested some good money on it and they want to take their money back and they won't change their line till they get it back the way they budgeted it. When they do they will retain some lens models for casual users and then they will persuade their users to buy their new IBIS approach. More than that, it's quite difficult to teach old dogs a new trick, especially when his friends call this trick legacy.
Me too cams but with a serious touch of care. Nikon wants to have its mark in each niche and does it seriously the last couple of years. It's a matter of brand's self respect I guess.
From what I saw the lens is just right especially in raw format. What it may perceived as flaw seems to be the limits of m43 system. Files from both cams seem handy. Sharpness and contrast are as anticipated to be. To my opinion, basic image enhancement in our days is hardly a 2 minutes work, except the most kit lenses, and is sine qua non of any serious photog workflow. Pixel peepers opinion is out of the question by any means of course... Slightly overpriced though (a 10-15% cheaper would be just fine)...
ronniemac: (continued)It's worth noting Pentax's marketing policy is firstly to offer something for Pentaxians who want to upgrade to FF without having to sell off all their gear or support two systems, then to provide evidence of an upgrade path for those taking their first steps into DSLR photography. On both counts I believe they have succeeded. Are they trying to take Canikonys away from their chosen systems? Of course not. Manufacturers of photographic equipment respect each other and the individuals who invest in photography gear, irrespective of brand.
We would do well to emulate this respect. Thank you all.
Obvious generalization is the key word. Serious professionals and serious enthusiasts is out of the question in this topic. They have decided on what they used and know how to cope with in any case. I think that the rest boys' arguments, to put it as nicely I can, of any ...tribe mainly rest in what we call cognitive dissonance combined with their consuming habits and some, let's say, psychological aspects of their character...
I think that, wanting it or not, people who like Pentax are not of the kind of silly fans of Canikon and thus are pretty indifferent for their comments. I think they share the more or less cool approach of Pana, Oly and some Sony users...
645D: On paper, the K-1 looks as good or better than D800/D810 on most features, except one thing: is the AF as good as the latter?
@Jorge Bayonas Ι am sure you tested it, pls share your real life experience... Don;t be ashamed... We won't tell anyone your fantasies...
The only thing u cannot see on paper is ergonomics and IQ in real life according to your own taste. Both very very personal...
I scanned some slides shot with my MX and Pentax 50mm, f 1.4 lens back from '80s with a Nikon 4000 slide scanner recently and I found out that SMC lens'S performance was better than some Canicons with equivalent prime lenses (50mm and 105mm) at least aberration wise. I think that a DxO SMC lens mapping can bring old lenses back in work with this cam, lenses someone can find in astonishing prices these days and in good condition.
Copy from a caption: "The progenitor. The original, unnamed Pentax full-frame DSLR, which was to be based around a 6MP Phillips CCD sensor, and was originally intended to ship in spring 2001" seems that was in the same path with Nikon's Reuter-Kodak which I tested for a month back in 2000 if I recall right. Its price was about 14,000$ at that time and I think it was the first DSLR camera. I really think that at that time Pentax had not enough credits to fight against Nikon, maybe this is the model that lost against Nikon's, if there was let's say an international contest as for which proposal will be adopted by Reuter, I doubt it though. It is funny but I think at that time both Minolta and Pentax seemed to be the first to move into digital. As for lenses modern sensors outperform old lenses abilities, but maybe a DxO correction mapping can make them battleworthy again, at least in some cases.
samhain: Loving those LED's! So smart. Sometimes... It's just the little things :)
I am not a fan of any brand than the one that suits my needs and likes. Red or green lighting is very useful when shooting in the dark. And I still have my MX and 50mm, 1.4 lens...
veritalens: Question! I have never used any Ricoh/Pentax cameras (although I would like a GRII), is the pixel-shift procedure output comparable to Sigma's Foveon tech? Is the output similar?
It seems to me that K1's images can be extrapolated 4 times their original size with practically no problem.
Shouldn't glow in red or green also?
Serious, "mean and bad" connoisseur's tool.
Silly overpriced... But a useful tool...