K-1 looks like clear proof that Ricoh has nurtured the Pentax acquisition with planning and care, while allowing the Pentax tradition of great ergonomics in robust bodies, and sticking with K-mount to keep many older but still excellent lenses snapping. Goof job, Ricoh, and congratulations to the Pentax/Ricoh design and engineering teams.
Schroedingers_cat: Although 7th is higher than I generally place, I would have guessed this image would score higher still. Very nice.
Thanks for saying so. Maybe I was penalized for typing the wrong name of the castle, which was purely by accident.
Schroedingers_cat: Might this actually be called Bodiam Castle ? http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodiam-castle
A Google search on Bodies Castle produces some unexpected results :)
Yes, it is Bodiam Castle. I made typos on uploading, but found no way to correct the spelling. I was concerned about it, and you are correct to point it out. Thank you.
Fredrik Glckner: I find it strange that this feature has not appeared earlier. All the hardware is there already, it is just a matter of adding software for the extra process of checking.
This is a feature I would have expected Pentax to add: After all, they tend to be quite innovative and add useful features before the larger companies do.
Pentax definitely has AF adjustment on individual-lens basis in its cameras for some time now. I don't know if the implementation is the same as shown here, since all of my Pentax lenses have been accurate as to focus and I've not needed to adjust any.
Schroedingers_cat: "Built by engineers and perfected by designers."
That's as opposed to built by used car salesmen and perfected by prostitutes ? :) How is it usually done ? :)
Ya gotta love advertising bs :)
. . . and one would think it would have been designed before being built.
Thanks for coming back with the larger pictures!
norman shearer: Catch in focus with a pre-A series lens? I cannot do this with my Pentax K-3. There is a way round it by using some foil to connect certain elec pins on the mount face though I've never tried it myself. Is this how you got it to work Carey?
Catch-in Focus is indeed a setting on K-5, K-3, and K-S2 menus, and probably the K-30/50 series (don't have one at hand at the moment). It should be set to ON and the camera should be on autofocus. It's handy and accurate, but turn your focus ring slowly with slow shutter speeds so you are not moving the elements during the exposure. This feature and stop-down metering with a simple push of the green button give new life to the older Pentax lenses.
Cameracist: "Ignore that pretty heavy vignetting from the old manual Pentax 24mm F2.8 I "...how can I ignore it? Isn't that one of the selling points of the camera?I like my Pentax lenses and cameras, but am very curious why this happens? Sensor shift stabilisation? Would turning it off help?
I think your review in the short time with the camera was well done, Carey. There is no chance on earth that you could have gotten the Pentax hood if it wasn't with the lens, and very few of the older ones are. It was not a bad idea to use whatever 52mm round one available.
Yes, he probably should have mentioned it. It's definitely a non-specification hood for that lens.
The vignetting is probably from that non-specified round hood shown on the lens. The original Pentax hood for that lens is rectangular and not as deep.
Simon Zeev: Why they do not make a camera that can dive to at last 30m (100ft) that is the normal dive depth?4k is not as important as to take pictures and use an external UW flash at diving depth of a sport diver.
. . . . I'm sorry. I read that incorrectly. WG-M2 apparently gets down to 65 feet -- 2 atmospheres with no case. That's actually pretty decent.
I dive and agree with rugosa. If you regularly dive for photos in normal depths (100+ ft), you have better photo gear in waterproof cases. The appeal of these cams is for snorkeling and not needing any kind of case to perhaps get a few shots up where the light is good. WP cases have much more robust seals. Small cams like these can't incorporate seals like that and remain small. If they could have made it withstand even one atmosphere (33ft), they probably would have.
I have the M1 version and find the basic design more to my liking than than the GoPro's shape and handling. This M2 looks exactly the same in that regard. It's a viable alternative in this market.
Amnon G: The screen mechanism looks to me like a disaster waiting to happen. small legs in slots that can get dirt, get crooked, etc., a cable ribbon that's pretty exposed.
Why is this better than tried-and-true hinge system or the 180 degree flippable screens?
All in all it's good to see more competition brewing!
gskolenda: I would like to see all the newer Camera platforms that are plus 30 MP, have USB 3.0 instead of USB 2.0 These files are large and take time to move them.
It's not like USB 3.0 is new.
That depends on the size of one's hands, nicolai, which was not my point. My point is that Pentax engineers do internal topology as good as anyone, and the evidence somewhat suggests they might do it better.
marike6: This K-1 beauty got a tepid "Worth the Wait?" headline, and the new Sony A6300 crop sensor got an exuberant "Wow" headline? Now that's funny. All that aside, the Pentax 67 style prism housing looks awesome, looks like a dream camera, this K-1 is easily one of the most interesting releases on a long time. Can we please have a reviewer who won't write that "bulky" nonsense as a con? Many of us want cameras that handle well, and don't care if they fit in our skinny jeans. :-)
Well, as to the original question, my opinion is "Yes, worth the wait." After several takeovers and some setbacks that included the Tōhoku earthquake (sadly affecting all Japanese companies) and a separate, severe weather event in the Philippines that also affected Pentax infrastructure, and after much little-deserved denigration, and in spite of perhaps weak marketing investment in North America and elsewhere, the Pentax heritage has in fact survived long enough to bring FF to market, adding yet another format to a lineup that includes APS-C, 645, and its Q-system. Nor does the K-1 look like a last-gasp model, by any stretch. It looks pretty robust to me, as I'm sure it will prove. The Pentax designers and engineers deserve much credit here, as does parent company Ricoh, not only for staying with the project but for allowing certain Pentax qualities to persist into this model.
Flips to the left take my left hand off the camera. For a low shots, I don't find that very steady. I think that type is more vulnerable that this K-1 design will prove. If K-1 is typical of Pentax build quality, I think that LCD contraption is going to be very robust.
Considering (among other ready comparisons) that the Nikon D810 is larger but actually weighs less that the K-1, the K-1 is clearly making highly efficient use of internal space. The internal topology for USB 3 vs. USB 2 might have been part of the trade-offs Pentax typically employs in making very solid, compact models.
DonThomaso: The DA Lens compatibility chart from Ricoh seems very conservative. There are threads on Pentaxforums where multiple users are reporting in test shots with these lenses on film- or Sony A7-bodies, and e.g. DA40 Ltd, DA50/1.8, DA*55/1.4, DA70 Ltd are reported as "Fully functional".
It could be that the K-1's image stabilization moves the sensor quite a bit perhaps?
My own tests years ago of the DA40mm Ltd.on an MZ-S, including comparison against an SMC-M 40mm, showed no problems with the 40mm Ltd. on FF. Imaging Resource also specifically checked the 40mm Ltd on FF with the same result. The XS version should be the same (but good luck finding a nice CPL in 27mm threading). I'm hoping the DA35mm Ltd Macro is similar. Pentax has peripheral illumination correction as an in-body lens correction, which might be of use here.
The Pentax DA 40mm lenses -- the two Limited models (different coatings) and the hyper-thin XS (which can be had for less than a song right now) -- are FF in image circle coverage, with no fall-off in the corners. Those are nice normal primes designed for digital, ready to slap on this camera right now.