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On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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miles green: @dpreview
In the conclusions you state "Another point of frustration was the fact that the focus points aren't illuminated in the viewfinder until focus is confirmed, which makes it hard to even find your AF point to know where to place it in low light conditions. "
If you press the focus mode button (on the side of the body) while you are shooting, all the active AF points light up (1, 9, 25 or 33 depending on your settings). I think this is the feature you were missing?

I agree that this is a somewhat annoying behavior of Pentax cameras. As it is now, the AF point only flashes to indicate that focus has been achieved, but this creates unnecessary redundancy, as we also have the green hexagon in the in-VF LCD and the focus confirmation beep. I, for one, would rather have one less thing to think about when I'm trying to concentrate on getting the shot, particularly when it can be automated. Luckily Pentax can do this through firmware. I'm not saying they should force it on everyone, but they could create a menu option called "Illuminate AF point on half-press" or some such. I can't think of a reason not to do it, so I believe it is a fair and constructive criticism.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2016 at 18:29 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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Utterlyotter: Holy moly, some Pentaxians are reacting like soccer moms being told that they´ve got ugly kids..

Stickers to put on the front of your camera.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 20:25 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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ervinberxolli: I have a Canon mark 2 and i was very happy with the camera but is an old camera and i want to upgrade to a new one. The Canon 5ds is to expensive and i dont like the colours and the dynamic range. Looking for other cameras i saw Pentax K1 and reading all the reviews that are on the internet about Pentax K1. Im thinking to give a try and change my gear to Pentax. The price is affordable and very good quality images. I shoot a lot of weddings and i want to know something more how pentax works with the flash if it is possible? AF is good enough for my kind of work also the 15- 30 mm, 24-70mm, and 70-200mm are good Lenses and cover 95 % of my work.

Thanks Gio, I got to thinking that my post may have been a bit harsh and it's good to hear that others are having some success. I guess it really boils down to what you are trying to achieve, and my setups tend to be a bit more complex than most people would attempt, i.e. multiple off-camera lights, overpowering the daylight by several stops (sync speed it a real problem for me). I also like being in charge of the balance between flash and ambient, and I've always felt at the mercy of pTTL when I'm forced to use it. For simple applications however, the Pentax flash system may be completely adequate.

My main point to the OP is rent one first and see if it will work for you. What I do NOT recommend is selling off all your Canon gear and buying a K-1, a few lenses, and a flash or two without first test driving the system. You may discover that it does not meet your needs, and then you'd be stuck.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 17:54 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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minzaw: ?? definition of Limited lens???

They're high quality primes (with one zoom exception), great image rendition, sharp, contrasty, all metal build, some have DoF scales. They are designed with an emphasis on compactness, so they have more modest apertures than pro glass from other brand, or even Pentax's own Star series.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 06:52 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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Utterlyotter: Holy moly, some Pentaxians are reacting like soccer moms being told that they´ve got ugly kids..

@peterpainter "P!$$ OFF"? "My Pentax beat up your ________"? "It's not the size of the lens, it's the motion of the sensor"?

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 06:42 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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Clint Dunn: Oh look...another camera that needs Sillypix to get the most out of the files. Seriously, Sillypix is the worst UI EVER. Come on Adobe get it together.

A while back I read that Pentax did something that deviated from Adobe's specs for the DNG format when it comes to pixel shift files. It may not be possible for Adobe to update DNG to accommodate Pentax, nor should they really be expected to, but it might be possible for Lightroom/ACR to support pixelshift files in PEF format in the future. If so that's an easy work around, you could use assign it to one of the 5 user modes.

Until then, users will have to either be content to shoot static scenes, or use Silkypix as their RAW converter for pixelshift files. Once the file is converted to a standard format like TIFF though, there's no reason it can't be imported into another program.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 06:27 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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Docno: "It becomes the only conventional DSLR to offer a full frame sensor with image stabilization."

Could be a little clearer... you really mean the only FF DSLR still in production. The Sony a900 had in-body stabilisation, and is certainly still available used. In fact, I just sold mine last month. :-) The quoted statement makes it sound like this camera was pioneering in this aspect...

This is a case of the "telephone game". The Sony a900 was the first FF to offer IBIS, the K-1 is the first to offer it on 5 axes. Originally it was reported correctly, but over time the media has omitted the 5 axis part.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 06:16 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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Zenten4: I agree with DPR 100% on the following:

"In addition to these limitations the focus points aren't illuminated in the viewfinder until you lock focus, at which point they glow red. This was a bit frustrating when attempting to focus in low lighting conditions. After all, if you don't know where the focus point is before you even initiate focus, how do you place your point over your subject properly?"

I hope Pentax address this issue in an upcoming firmware upgrade.

Let's hope that is something they add via firmware update, and traditionally, they have been pretty good about doing that.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 05:49 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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Midwest: The only full frame DSLR with a stabilized sensor... maybe because stabilizing the sensor on a DSLR (instead of the lens) doesn't make a lot of sense unless you LIKE a viewfinder that has nonstop jitters.

Stabilized lenses make me a little sea-sick, but each system has it's own pros and cons. I don't need to see that the image is stabilized, just like I don't need 10 billion dots on my screen. What gets written to the card is all that matters to me.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 05:18 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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star shooter: Anyone know how the sensor 'moves' in relation to the stars? How long can one exposure to the stars with this feature and what lens will it work with to get the best picture?

Keith you're right that civilian GPS is intentionally inaccurate to hide the exact position of the satellite, but apparently it's accurate enough for a 5 minute exposure. This is like the 8th Pentax camera that can do astrotracing, (though one of the first to have it built in). The real limiting factor is the rotational speed of the earth, and the fact that, from the equator, the northern and southern skies move in opposite directions so certain focal lengths may capture too much sky to track.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 05:10 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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Jorge Bayonas: Aren't the individual body colors important anymore for Ricoh? Will the K-1 be available in a pink, orange and yellow body color mix where i can choose each part with a different color? It was a strong selling point before on the K-50. Together with the LED lights it would look very special.

'You can have any color you want, so long as it's black.' -Henry Ford

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 04:54 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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eyeswideshut: Sometimes it's the little things in life - like an LED over the mount. I mean how brilliant is that!
Oh and a great camera, too! Congratulations Pentax

There's one thing that worries me about this feature. In order for the light to come on, obviously the camera has to be on, but if the sensor is on then the charge may attract dust. I also had the unfortunate experience of changing lenses on my K20d years ago which the power was still on, and accidentally cross threaded the mount. I inadvertently shorted out the SDM contacts, and from then on SDM wouldn't work at all. Luckily many of my SDM lenses also had screw drive. Still, I think it's a bad idea to have power going to certain circuits during a lens change, and I hope Pentax had the foresight to cut the power to those sensitive components.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 04:43 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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zlatko: The rear screen looks way too complicated, but the camera looks very impressive overall. It looks like the boss, and it's competitively priced. That pentaprism reminds me of the pentaprism on my 1960's Pentax SLR. Very nice touch.

There was something I heard mentioned one time, in one Pentax press release, and in true Pentax marketing fashion, I haven't hear is since. They said that the funky screen mechanism keeps the center of the screen centered on the lens axis, making panning and tilting more intuitive, particularly for video. I've never used a tilt screen so I can't offer any opinion on how much a problem that is with other methods of attaching the screen.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 04:30 UTC
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jpeghorror: I love it! And the price is right. But now I must put on my devil horns, because somebody has to.

Where is the rumored pro warranty program? I wouldn't spend this much on a body to have to send it to Precision. My risk taking ends at $750 right now, ymmv.

I thought for sure they would update the FA Ltds with new coatings and possibly weather sealing.

If you're going to offer live view, offer more than one aspect ratio. Cropping afterward is fine, but isn't WYSIWYG the point of live view?

Actually, I don't find a lot to complain about here. K-1 is a still shooter's dream and I would love to buy one before my next trip in May, but a camera like this deserves better than third party warranty service. Guess I'll wait for the close-outs, like I did with my K-3 II.

Pentax does need to step up their pro services game. I'm considering buying the K-1 from Canada even thought I live in the Continental US because I've read a lot of complaints about Precision, the US service center.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 04:24 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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ervinberxolli: I have a Canon mark 2 and i was very happy with the camera but is an old camera and i want to upgrade to a new one. The Canon 5ds is to expensive and i dont like the colours and the dynamic range. Looking for other cameras i saw Pentax K1 and reading all the reviews that are on the internet about Pentax K1. Im thinking to give a try and change my gear to Pentax. The price is affordable and very good quality images. I shoot a lot of weddings and i want to know something more how pentax works with the flash if it is possible? AF is good enough for my kind of work also the 15- 30 mm, 24-70mm, and 70-200mm are good Lenses and cover 95 % of my work.

There is a saving grace for the Pentax system, but ironically it is not of their making. The Cactus V6 system (with the optional RF60 flash units) very neatly addresses many of the shortcomings of the Pentax system. Foremost it adds flash "groups", allowing you to control multiple off camera speedlight from the camera's position. It also allows you to get around some of the limitation of sync speed and Pentax's overprotective implementation of it. However, the Cactus V6 system is a manual flash solution, so TTL shooters are largely out of luck. Flashes equipped with an auto thyristor offer a workaround, but it's still not as reliable as Canon, or particularly Nikon.

If all that is true, why would a flash shooter pick Pentax? Well I was already well entrenched when I began doing flash. There are workarounds, but you have to be clever about it. If you want a robust, easy-to-use flash system there are much better options.

Folks can flame me if you like, but I speak from experience.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2016 at 21:40 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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ervinberxolli: I have a Canon mark 2 and i was very happy with the camera but is an old camera and i want to upgrade to a new one. The Canon 5ds is to expensive and i dont like the colours and the dynamic range. Looking for other cameras i saw Pentax K1 and reading all the reviews that are on the internet about Pentax K1. Im thinking to give a try and change my gear to Pentax. The price is affordable and very good quality images. I shoot a lot of weddings and i want to know something more how pentax works with the flash if it is possible? AF is good enough for my kind of work also the 15- 30 mm, 24-70mm, and 70-200mm are good Lenses and cover 95 % of my work.

I've been a Pentax shooter my entire photographic career, and probably 80%+ of my work involves flash, so I feel fairly qualified to answer this. I hate to say it, but Pentax is lousy at flash, IMO. People think AF, or video is Pentax's weakest suit, but no, to me, it's flash by a long shot. For a more thorough discussion you should read the flash sub forum at PentaxForums.com, but in a nutshell: the sync speeds are low, TTL is unpredictable (but better than it used to be), there is little 3rd party support, there is no native support for "groups" or "zones", off camera HSS requires a hotshoe mounted speedlight, camera exposure comp controls the flash exposure as well. I do manual flash, so I'm able to get by. As a wedding shooter you will probably rely on TTL, and getting consistent results may be a challenge. It might be worth renting a K-1 and a flash to see if it will work for you, but if you are serious about flash, consider Nikon. Canon is ok too. continued....

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2016 at 21:27 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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phatbog: i'm coming from high end medium format, FF & aps-c, digital but sometimes film. My conclusion is simple, after 2 months with the K-1 and +20,000 actuations on this camera, with +20 pentax FF AF lenses, i disagree on almost anything you find bad.
AF doesn't miss. AFC is almost perfect. everything with this camera beats or is equal to Canon & Nikon high end FF. Remember Canon & Nikon have dedicated cameras & gear for sports. Pentax doesn't . What you loose with Pentax in perfect pro sports photography, you gain everywhere else. I'm sure if you would've spent more time with the K-1 you would've find it way better than your conclusions. ;)

@nicolaiecostel For medium format shooters, having more than one AF point is a luxury. And subject tracking, what is that? No, for MF shooters image quality is the only concern, and in that respect the K-1 does better than most 35mm cameras.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 21:13 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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Jhaakas: An excellent review, in details.
I am a fan of Pentax and have been on Pental SLR forums following the K-1. It is quite tempting to go and get a K-1 but decided to wait until this review to get an unbiased opinion.
And that is exactly what this is. It lays out the shortcomings compared to other brands available in the market.
I am pretty happy - rather more then satisfied with my K-5 image quality. I would wait for K-1 to catch up with AF to be at par with Nikon/Canon.
I also feel there is much improvement needed with regards to video and flash.
Pentax still wins for the Shake Reduction (IBIS) and the excellent image Quality ..!!
Again, thanks DPReview for the efforts taken to post this review....

Alex, that is a popularly held misconception. The original Canon 1D had a focal plane sync speed of 1/500th, but you could sync up to 1/16000 with it's electronic shutter. It's not that it's impossible, it just puts greater stress on the shutter, decreasing the life expectancy, therefore companies don't do it anymore. Hence why I said I'd trade 100k of those shutter actuations (I don't do burst shooting). But an electronic hybrid shutter would be fine with me too.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 18:14 UTC
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PVCdroid: I have to wonder when size and weight will be recognized as a negative by DPR? This thing is a monster and will wear your arm out in no time. It's easy to make something big.

Pentax lenses tend to be lighter than their C/N counterparts though thanks to the in-body stabilization. If you've never held a Pentax camera with a lens attached, they tend to balance beautifully in the hand. When someone hands me a Nikon for instance, I'm always surprised at how nose heavy it is.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 07:56 UTC
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Keith57: Marvellous, just what the world needs, another old school, me too, flappy mirror big bodied heavy camera for old lenses.

It's funny, you say that as if it's a bad thing, yet that is precisely what I look for in a camera. Big for my big hands, heavy to counterbalance my old heavy lenses I attach, and a flappy mirror to preserve battery life and so that I can judge the scene as it appears to my eye. One man's trash is another man's treasure.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 07:21 UTC
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