AmateurMike: I'm intrigued by the catch-in-focus. Is there any camera out there that has a similar feature, except allows choosing a focus point/area on a touchscreen?
@SimenO1 It works great the way I've described it & has done so for years. There is 90% focus accuracy just like AF. I'll get a split screen if I want to creep along and use focus peaking for times when I can be slow and precise.
Thank you for the review. I've used this leans for nearly a year and I don't find anything to quibble with in the review. It is one of my favorites but limited by its size and slow aperture more for some things than indicated here. I wouldn't use it for studio portraits, for example, even though one could in theory.
Thank you for another story about the K1. At this price point, it is starting to look like a real winner of a camera. I hope the 1.0 firmware can keep those reds.
Works great with a Rokinon A 135 f/2, It's just like your hand is the AF motor and everything else is automatic. AF is as fast as you are at turning the focus ring. Does take a bit of practice but what doesn't with a camera?
BattleBrat: I dunno, I think my 6D is going to be my last DSLR, if Sony releases an A99 Mk II I may go that way, but optical viewfinders to me are starting to become a limitation in this digital age, this coming from a guy with a cross prism focusing screen in his 6D who uses it almost exclusively with manual focus fast Zeiss primes.. Since I picked up my micro 4/3 camera, it reminded me of the DSC-R1 had before. I played with an A99 and love it, but don't want to invest in a possibly dead system and I am not ready to go mirror less with my Studio setup yet. I want to see what Canon and Nikon come up with, but what I've read above leads me to more disappointment. That new Pentax looks interesting I wonder if Zeiss will make some glass for it..
@BattleBrat - look up Zeiss ZK. At least they did in the past for sure.
Thank you for the video. It looks like things are hoppin' there.
Petroglyph: Ricoh is supposed to unveil a new lens road map at CP+ next week. That should be interesting. Like to see some DFA* primes on there.
Sounds like new limiteds if I interpret it correctly. But it is a bit vague.
An ILC version of the Quattro seems a really good idea, IMO.
FrankS009: Another DSLR? Too big and heavy for me.
Not necessary to carry a canoe now? Oh, I get it.
senn_b: who did pay for this publicity ?.. Ricoh ?, .. Sony ?, .. both ?.. what a pitiable idea anyway
Who would give that comment up votes? Now that's a pitiable idea.
R. Scott Sherman: This new Pentax blows away the antiquated, overpriced Nikons. Way to go Pentax!
MyReality: Nope. Click bait.
Sigma is one active lens maker! This one is really interesting as usual. It even has a tripod collar. 1.5 Kg & min. focus distance nearly a meter. An f/1.8 50-100 is very cool I'll admit.
kryten61: Pentax is not a sports camera, so why would you? The big advantage Canon and Nikon have over the Mirrorless camera's is focus tracking for sports shooter. Pentax would offer no advantage, so that said, An A7 is far more attractive. Any lens is available to you with a Mirrorless camera. These high res sensors are more than is needed for landscape rather than needing pixel shift especially at real world print sizes and outputs, I would rather have the lens choices than Pixel Shift. Sorry, this camera is about brand sentimentality rather than making any sense for a new buyer. I am sure it will handle well, be well made, and feel good to use, but all too late I reckon, Would have been better making a proper mirrorless camera but considering the real tech in the A7RII, Ricoh Pentax would struggle to catch up. This camera will make a few Camera Clubbies happy but cannot see it grabbing a new generation of shooters which is really what Pentax need, to be relevant.
The current prime (DFA645 400) is a little pricey and will not AF on the 645/K adapter - though it is available. And did Ricoh say the 1.4X AW TC will only work in aps/c mode so no tele-converted 150-450 in FF mode? Right, I didn't think the previous poster knew about 150-450 is why I mentioned it.
shademaster: I don't get the issue with lens catalog. 90% of us would be happy with a good 24-70 / 70-200 combo, right? (or maybe not...) I'm sure the pros would.
Just add the 15-30 f/2.8 which has also been released for me. with a 135/2 & 85/1.4 one can drop the 70-200 then add 300/2.8.
Sorry, just being silly. Actually, the 24-70 alone is probably at the 90% level for many.
KevinSB: Whoever wrote this is a very misinformed soul.....
Your analogies are idiotic at best.....Did you look at the prices of Canon, Nikon, Sony FF cameras at launch ? No that is apparent, a used 5dm3 is priced above a new K-1... Once you’ve bought a couple of lenses to go with your new K-1, that fairly reasonably $1800 has turned into a much, much bigger investment.'...What would a D800 or 5Dm3 with lenses cost ? (Quote)I can’t wait to try them out on the K-1. Unfortunately, while putting old glass on high-resolution cameras is a lot of fun, it does tend to show up the defects in that glass pretty glaringly. SHOW US AN IMAGE !!!!!
Sorry but this article is useless and void of any real information.....
I got what Barney meant, in context, for anyone considering switching brands or starting new with this brand. They would have to pick up some new expensive glass or use legacy glass until the new models drop to 'street' levels in a few months. It won't be long before I want the 15-30 so I'm considering the same complex, i.e., it ain't just 1800$.
jkrumm: Barney, maybe you know the answer to this question. Does the K mount Sigma 35 Art lens cover the full frame?
It might be the only newish one. But the 300 f/2.8, 70 EX DG and 500 f/4.5 are certainly goodish ones.
If nothing else, Sigma has never been shy about releasing K-mount lenses. At one point I counted 35 different models in K-mount for sale.
TonyPM: Weren't sigma and tamron already making full frame glass for the k mount?
Esstee: If you're referring to the Sigma 35 f/1.4 Art. It has been available in K mount for a couple of years at least.
I didn't see. Does the K1 have focus peaking the same as many of the later 'K' cameras? This would be useful with all the manual focus lenses out there.
Mister Joseph: Pixel peepers preparing to fap to pixel-shift sample images. Basically the D810 sensor on steroids.
No, the new one can correct for small motions (leaves rustling, etc.). More useful in landscape/architecture & might even stop small subject motions. This is the claim at least.
Thank you for the nice article & interesting history.