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On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2651 comments in total)
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fakuryu: That was quick!

Funniest thing I think I have ever read, I'm in tears.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 07:13 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2651 comments in total)
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McBrian: Haven't read all the posts so forgive it's been mentioned already.

The exif for the AF tests currently posted show SR was on, was the camera tripod mounted? It has always been the case that SR should be switched off when mounted on a fixed support although the K1 manual does not specifically mention this, but it does state that SR is automatically switched off when using remote or self timer so it's logical to deduce that SR should be off when mounted on a tripod.

Pentax has said, I think back in the K-5 days or earlier, that the SR system did a poor job of compensating for tripod based shake. That somehow it deals with shake due to hand-holding much better. In fact, I know older Pentax cameras turn SR off when you set the drive mode to remote release (because it only expects you to use this mode while on a tripod). I think Pentaxforums may have even does a test a while back, but I can't recall the conclusions. This all my be academic though because the K-1s SR system seems to be more effective than previous iterations.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 07:11 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2651 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....

Don't get me started on the flash system. Luckily there are some third party options that make up for a great deal of the shortcomings of the Pentax flash system. Cactus V6 seems almost purpose-built for the task. But at least the K-1 finally broke out of the 1/180th rut the company has been in for 22 years. Still, I'd trade 100k of those shutter actuations for a 1/500th sync speed.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 06:58 UTC
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Medex: i did my own test today an hour ago. Conditions:
1. The lens Pentax FA* 85 f1.4 - screw drive.
2. ISO 800, about 6:30 PM.
3. Av regimen.
4. AF-C SEL9 regimen.
5. Small JPEG (12 Mpix) to not overfill buffer during test shot series.
6. Exposure 1/500.
7. F 5.6.
Result: The best result was 29 in-focus pictures out of 30.
It is more than 95 percent hit rate.
The series of pictures is available on my facebook. User name Mindaugas MG-efoto.
Another real-life test was done with aperture f1.4. 14 shots in series, 12 - in-focus. The last two are out-of-focus and that is logical - very thin DOF. The series is also available on my FB.
In my opinion, the best result is when you start shooting the object in-focus already and use AF-C SEL9, not the single point. I did not try SEL27. You simply should keep your moving object in the 9 point focus area during shooting.

@Wallace Ross Well said. This is what the majority of gear obsessed camera buyers don't understand. There are cameras designed specifically for sports and fast action, they focus with lightning speed and are priced accordingly. But if all you plan to do is take photos of your cat, you really don't need a $6000 camera. The same is true of lenses, in fact, I think it's even worse here. People complain about the "limited" selection of Pentax lenses (not to be confused with the selection of Limited lenses), but what they really mean is there are no 600mm f/4 lenses, or 50mm f/1 lenses. And while that is perfectly true, most of them have no intention of ever purchasing such a lens, and would probably wet their knickers if they even saw the price tag of one of these behemoths. They just like to complain about the lack of lenses that they could hypothetically purchase.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 06:45 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2651 comments in total)
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varelse: I fully get the admiral ship is to be launched with a full complement of 2.8 artillery, to cover the deep waters of parking lot. :) I hope however Ricoh won't fall for the C/N marketing "size matters". As an outdoors camera K-1 needs a line of light compact f/4 lenses in good old Pentax tradition. While I can afford the ridiculous hunk of glass 15-30/2.8, I chose to get the antique F 17-28/3.5-4.5 and FA 20-35/4 for my mountaineering photo projects. Be there weighs more. :)

It sounds like you are into zooms, in which case there are a few FA series lenses that would be worth checking out. The FA 28-70 f/4 springs to mind, but there is also a FA 28-105 f/4-5.6 that is pretty compact for a 3.7x zoom. Obviously the FA limited primes are tiny jewels of lenses, but even the DA Limited Primes 40mm and above are worth checking out.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 22:01 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2651 comments in total)
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Maxfield_photo: Can anyone using the K-1 in pixel shift mode to scan C-41 film comment on how it compares to a drum scan? It seems like it would be the ideal tool. A link to a side-by-side comparison would be even better, but I know that's asking for a lot. Thanks in advance.

Wow, those are some impressive result, thanks Medex! It looks like you use the FA 100 2.8 macro as well. I've noticed that I can get better results with that lens on my K-3 than I can achieve with my Epson 4990 scanner, so I had my suspicions that the K-1 would be even better.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 18:27 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2651 comments in total)

Can anyone using the K-1 in pixel shift mode to scan C-41 film comment on how it compares to a drum scan? It seems like it would be the ideal tool. A link to a side-by-side comparison would be even better, but I know that's asking for a lot. Thanks in advance.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 22:28 UTC as 119th comment | 7 replies
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2651 comments in total)
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thezapp: Nice review guys. Most of us will read additional review and can add their own two cents. Instead of bashing Pentax for not knowing where the focus point is, one could just state that LCD overlay from Canon and Nikon apperas more useful. This was stated in previous Pentax reviews and is one of the things I expected from the K1. AF speed and comparison may be not the most objective testing procedure, but honestly Pentax K5 AF was sub-par, K3 is usable and K1 will be OK for regular work. Pentax is working on many fronts here and excelled in some unique areas like sensor shake reduction, pixel shift, image resolution, weather sealing and availability of a not at all redundant FF camera. This should be compared in future reviews of pear systems. D8x0 comparison will be obsolete in the near future...
What really shakes me about the K1 is that Pentax shifted away from small footprint camera and lenses to FF camera system with large lenses. More compact high quality FF lenses is needed.

I agree completely that it would be helpful to know which focus point/zone is active when half-pressing the shutter/AF button. It's hard to track a subject when you don't know where to start, and this is particularly problematic in the dark since it can be difficult to tell where the edge of the frame is, even if you know which point is active. As a temporary fix, pressing the AF mode button can help solve this problem, but certainly this is something Pentax can fix through a firmware update. Let's hope that they reach the same conclusion.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 22:06 UTC
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Maxfield_photo: Someone should tell the "European" Southern Observatory that Chile is in South America, they're liable to drown when they try to walk home from work.

Um, yes, I am joking. Sorry if that wasn't obvious.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 21:40 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2651 comments in total)
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Paul Liukas: I got it, great camera for landscape. Just no good lenses to resolve its capabilities for landscape. Zooms are not that good. My fuji 18-55 outperforms 24-70 (pro?). If there could be some wide good primes...

The FA 31 should be up to the challenge of delivering enough resolution for landscapes. If you don't want to go that route, there's always the Sigma Art series, or if you're really serious, the Schneider Super-Angulon 28.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 19:07 UTC
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WesVDell: So, just to be clear, if I can shoot a moving subject on my K3ii, then I should have no problem doing so on the K1? That makes my mind up, since the k3ii does just fine for me.

For distant subjects like aircraft that aren't likely to fill your frame, you may want to stick with your K-3ii. You will be able to take advantage of 24mp in the APS-C area of the frame rather than 15.3mp. However, I think the K-3(ii) and the K-1 make a compelling two-camera kit for event shooting. Put your long glass on the K-3ii, and your wide glass on the K-1, and you can quickly switch between a high MP count for distant subjects, and a high MP count for close up.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 19:02 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2651 comments in total)
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Mister Joseph: Looks like the PERFECT real-estate / architecture camera. D-FA 15-30/2.8 is optically identical to Tamron 15-30/2.8 yes?

Same optical formula, but the Pentax version has their proprietary HD coatings, and weather sealing. It's also worth mentioning that you can get a reasonable amount of shift functionality on a Pentax body, particularly at the 15mm end.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 18:54 UTC
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PhotoRotterdam: I hope this K1 will fare well in the sales. We need this competition.

Yeah, Canon, Nikon and Sony shooter should all be excited about the K-1, even if they have no intent of ever owning one, simply because it demonstrates that a company can make a full featured camera under $2K. In a time of declining sales, the big boys are surely feeling the pressure to compete with the underdog.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 18:49 UTC
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Tobi Wan Kenobi: Q1: What do Nikon D2-D5, D800/810, D750, D700, D600/610, D500, Df, D200/300, D7000-7200 DSLRs have in common? They ALL have aperture feelers to ensure full functionality in aperture priority and manual exposure mode with all classic AI(s) manual focus lenses (except for some exotic fisheye lenses that protrude into the mirror box).
Q2: What do ALL Pentax DSLRs, K-1 included, have in common? Answer: no aperture feeler. With lenses before KA-mount (classic K-mount SMC lenses before 1983 as well as, for instance, all Ricoh/"Rikenon" lenses), we're restricted to stop-down metering.
When I realized that, I became ... deeply disappointed, to say the least. Of course, if I was a Pentaxian, I would have known earlier. But isn't that a real shame? What a missed opportunity for the K-1. Does anyone else, apart from me, hope that the K-1 MkII will have that feature?

An aperture simulator (i.e. uncrippled K-mount) would have been nice, but not a deal breaker for me, it's only K and M series lenses that are affected. Even an aperture simulator won't allow Takumars to meter automatically.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 18:38 UTC

Someone should tell the "European" Southern Observatory that Chile is in South America, they're liable to drown when they try to walk home from work.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 17:40 UTC as 9th comment | 4 replies
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2651 comments in total)
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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.

Pentax cameras tend to feel a little dense, but the lenses are a bit lighter. Overall they feel more wieldy to me compared to Canon and Nikon, like a rapier vs a broadsword, much less nose-heavy. This also helps tremendously with dampening mirror slap.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 17:35 UTC
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KrisAK: So, on the Kinsey scale of Canon-Nikon color, where does Pentax sit?

Pentax is very similar to Nikon in their color rendition. There is a slight bias towards amber, so skin tones look better at the expense of vivid blues and purples. It can be fixed easily in post with a colorchecker.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 17:29 UTC
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sportyaccordy: Jesus Christ. $1800? IBIS and weather sealing? Shame on you Canon! Shame on you Nikon!

Because of brand name recognition?

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 17:20 UTC
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FantasticMrFox: "Other doubts were expressed about the availability of lenses for the K-1 ..."

Unlike a certain other manufacturer, that only now, several years after the launch of its first full-frame offering, is slowly managing to offer a good selecting of high quality glass for it, Ricoh is throwing this camera on the market with an entire range of high quality zooms covering 15 to 450 mm, several high quality full frame primes (the stellar FA Limiteds, the D FA 50 f/2.8 Macro, D FA 100 f/2.8 Macro, FA 35 f/2), and APS-C primes that have been tested as fully functional on FF (DA 50 f/1.8, DA 35 f/2.4 etc.), offering a wide range of lenses from $100 to $2,000.

And that does not even include manual-focus legacy glass. I'd assume that is the widest offering of lenses any manufacturer ever had when entering the full frame market, and we can expect more and more new modern lenses (especially primes) soon.

@Richard Murdey Not if, like me, you shoot mostly 8x10s and 11x14s. The corners get cropped out.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 17:17 UTC
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avr70: The test is right. But as AFC working only on Z-axis, I don`t think, that K-1 is not good for wildlife, as review stats. Just imagine, that there was wild bear instead of bicycle! Jumping to your direction! At this moment I obviously had more worries, than slow AFC. Btw I had met wild bear in forest. He spotted me too, but didn`t escape. He was almost completely behind bushes and I start approach to him to get photo, before he escapes. He gives me so loud warning voice, that I quickly left this area. No photo was taken. Z axis AFC is not important for any camera, unless same rare situation. It is just option, like gps.

I'm not a wildlife shooter, but I've never understood all the fuss about blazing fast AF for wildlife. In most of the photos I see, the animals are standing, not running. Birds in flight are a different matter obviously, but usually they are far enough away that changes in the Z-axis are proportionally small. I feel confident that I could capture just about any wildlife shot with my K-3, and by all reports the AF system on the K-1 is supposed to be an improvement on that. It seems to me that photographers are sometimes guilty of making mountains out of mole hills when it comes to gear when really technique, patience, and practice are far more important in determining success.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 17:01 UTC
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