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On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2613 comments in total)
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rrccad: I wonder what comes first.. people moving on and not complaining about the review? Or Ricoh releasing the k-2 follow up camera.

I think it could go either way.

I'm not sure I've ever seen them release a second flagship model soon after. The KS-2 came pretty quickly after the KS-1 because that camera was not well received. The only other quick replacement I can remember in recent years by Pentax was the K-50 which replaced the K-30, and in that case the upgrade was fairly minor, a stop higher ISO, and a more traditional looking design. I'm not sure I would hold my breath waiting for the K-1 mkII, but hopefully when it does come, they will fix a few of the shortcomings of the original like better video, better AF tracking, and for heaven's sake USB3. Why does the K-1 not have USB3, when the K-3 does?!

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 07:01 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2613 comments in total)
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sneakyracer: Pentax should have made this camera mirrorless instead. DSLRs only make sense nowadays for sports and action and in very low light (including inside the studio with strobes). Oh well, maybe next time.

The problem is (unless they went the K-01 route, i.e. space for the mirror box, but no mirror) that would require the creation of an entirely new lens line. They got blasted by many reviewers for only having 12 lenses at the time of launch. Can you imagine if they had to start from scratch? The most compelling reason against going mirrorless though is the die-hard Pentax fans who have been screaming for 15 years that they want to use their film lenses again in the format for which they were originally designed. No, a mirrorless K-1 would have been a disaster. Many of us still admire the simple functionality of a reflex mirror. Its the same reason we have mirrors in our bathrooms instead of a video camera and monitor, it just works.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2016 at 23:10 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2613 comments in total)
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RolliPoli: K1!!! .....Me have many Pentax/Takumar lenses!
Me want K1!!!!!

It's all the Thorium in those old Taks.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2016 at 21:17 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2613 comments in total)
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Bueche: According to DPR (Conclusion & Samples - last sentence)...
K1 is good for (and i quote) 'existing Pentax shooters'.

That's of course a humiliating statement, but the wording is very much in line with the rest of the review.

I agree, that's kind of a given, but I suppose it could be worse. Imagine if they said the camera was Not so good for existing Pentax shooters. All 15 of us would be totally up in arms. :P

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2016 at 21:16 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2613 comments in total)
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ffking: "Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category."

I think this quotation is at the heart of many problems in testing. If you compare results with the D750, does the k-1 36Mp actually produce inferior results to the 24Mp sensor of the D750? The D750 is being assessed as a 24Mp camera, and the K-1 as a 36Mp camera, and the comparison is because of price: if Ricoh upped the price by $1k, then the K-1 would be compared to the D810, and other Mp-dependent parameters such as burst rate and tracking would be more in line. Given that the number of variables is big and interdependent, surely it would be best to show only absolute figures and have a standard text which says which things are mutually incompatible - robust weather sealing and lightness, more megapixels =slower burst rates; higher Mp density = less good low light performance etc ,- the camera designers balance all those factors and make compromises they believe will suit the market they are aiming for.

It's always a little difficult to find cameras of other brands to compare to Pentax camera. I'm not saying Pentax is without their faults, but they tend to offer a lot of bang for the buck, so the question becomes do you compare them to other cameras based on "bang", or on "bucks"? I don't know that there is an easy resolution to that question that will satisfy everyone. For instance if you are doing a noise comparison with a camera like the D750, which is closer in price to the K-1 than the D810, you really need to normalize the image size since one camera delivers 50% more pixels.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2016 at 21:08 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2613 comments in total)
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Professor999: Do any other brands have 'Catch-in focus'?

Here is a shot I did with the LTSCTY (Let the subject come to you) method of Catch-in-Focus. There is a small amount of blur, but I think it has much more to do with the 1/180th shutter speed I was using due to the need to sync with the flash. She was moving at a pretty good clip, and although we did the shot several times to get the right hair bounce and expression, I had a 100% keeper rate in terms of focus.

https://500px.com/photo/162265525/running-in-the-woods-by-michael-maxfield?ctx_page=1&from=user&user_id=10650569

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2016 at 19:13 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2613 comments in total)
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Professor999: Do any other brands have 'Catch-in focus'?

@Professor999 I guess the major drawback to Catch In Focus is you won't get a 14-shot burst sequence, but my question is, why would you want one? I'd much rather have one shot that I know is in focus to post process, rather than 14 that I have to sort through to find the best one and discard the other 13. I guess some people want that, but the emphasis given to this test in the rating system seems disproportionate. I can count on one hand the number of times I've shot a burst sequence.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2016 at 16:33 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2613 comments in total)
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Professor999: Do any other brands have 'Catch-in focus'?

@obpisan I have used Catch In Focus to great effect in the manner I described without ever touching the lens. It can be done one of two ways, the "let the subject come to you" method which works well for cars, runners, cyclists, birds in flight etc, and the second method, the "rack focus" method that you are describing which works better for static subjects. Mr. Forsyth's comment is correct in that for the first method, you need to pre-focus on a point, and make sure your that your subject "hits their mark" as it were. This can be done with single point, but also with 9 or 27 point focus zones.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2016 at 16:20 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2613 comments in total)
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FantasticMrFox: Are you sure there is a 'limited lens selection'? Are you really sure?!

https://thefoxtakespictures.com/2016/05/13/pentax-and-the-no-lenses-myth/

"So here is a list of current, reasonably modern lenses for the K-1. All of them feature autofocus, are still in production or sold new and cover the full frame image circle. [...] That is 20 genuine Pentax lenses (5 zooms and 15 primes) and 14 third party offerings (8 zooms, 6 primes) for a total of 34 lenses. [...] So to recapitulate, Pentax has everything from 15 to 450 mm covered with high quality zooms, and there is a ton of primes from 14 to 560 mm, including macros, not less than four 35 and one 31 mm lenses and another four 50 mm ones. And if you are willing to manually focus, there is an entire world of lenses available used."

One fact that I never see mentioned when talking about sensor coverage of a particular lens is final aspect ratio. Most of my shots end up being 8x10s, some 11x14s, 9x12s for my models. All these formats are "more square" than the native 3:2 images that come out of the camera. I think I am not alone in this. Many lenses that do not completely cover a 3:2 frame do actually cover the sensor in the area of my intended aspect ratio. I know they can't really put a footnote on each lens "Works for 8x10, but not 9x12", but if you intend to crop the long edge of the frame anyway, there may be more than 12 lenses available.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2016 at 07:44 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2613 comments in total)
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Professor999: Do any other brands have 'Catch-in focus'?

Yes, I think Nikon calls it "Focus Trap". It's curious, that would be my mode of choice for shooting a cyclist. Just set it and let the cyclist do the focusing for you. Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2016 at 07:16 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2613 comments in total)
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jacek2008: Sorry DPR, but your bicycle test is just plain stupid. How can you compare AFC between cameras when shooting on the street with (available natural) DIFFERENT lightning every time? In D500 bicycle test there was a bright sunny day. The guy riding bicycle is far more better lightened that the one in k-1 test. So the AF in d500 had an much easier job to keep tracking a high contrast bright subject. The question is how would K-1 do in the exact same scenario as d500 or how would d500 do in k-1 lightning scenario. I believe the top Nikons AF is better than Pentax, but please guys a test done like this is totally flawed. Far from professional job. Just develop an proper and fair AFC test under artificial conditions to test all cameras the same and judge on that.

Well said Falk, would that everyone understood the challenges involved with AF-C testing.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2016 at 06:20 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2613 comments in total)
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Carlos Loff: Im going for this camera, I just hope the Pixel Shift can be used for the rest of the features when we disconnect the Horizon one ---

First of all there can be several lines the camera wrongly considers the Horizon and secondly sometimes the Horizon line must not be horizontal for the picture to be straight, because, for example on a river or buildings line, they may be slightly drifting away from viewer (not 100% frontal) and therefore they must not be exactly straight on the final picture --- There is only one type of lines that assures us the picture is rightfully straight - Verticals at the centre of the frame, providing those lines belong to elements we know are straight-vertical in nature - buildings, statues, water falling, etc

I think it's +/- 2 degrees, at least that's what it is on the K-3, but it might be different on the K-1 because of the larger sensor, idk. I love auto horizon correction, like a built-in intervalometer, it's one of those features that Pentax includes in their cameras and then completely fails to advertise. Way to go marketing dept.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2016 at 06:10 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2613 comments in total)
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Joesiv: I think it's a bit odd to not reference that pixel shift ISO's are actually 4x's less sensitive.

In the review, the "ISO100" pixel shift results are fantastic, but I didn't see it mentioned that it takes 4x's more exposure time to create them, meaning 2 stops less sensitive. Perhaps an addendum or note about that? Or perhaps make compensate in the widget with a footnote on pixel shift results.

Interestingly, if you take the 2 stop advantage away from the pixelshift results, all of a sudden comparing to it's competitors makes sense. Of course you still get the benefit of a sharper and more color purity, but the noise advantage is gone, which makes sense given the actual exposure time.

Every manufacturer takes liberties with ISO. I read one review, can't remember where now, that said that ISO100 (non-pixel shift) on the K-1 would be called ISO 50 if it were released by Nikon.

It's probably more correct to think of PS mode as using averaging to reduce noise, though I can definitely see your point about ISO 25. When there is motion between frames though, the camera (or Silkypix) uses just the pixels from the first frame, so those areas of the image actually are ISO 100.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2016 at 05:57 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2613 comments in total)
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elixer: "At high-ISOs the K-1 performs on par or better than its peers, such as the Nikon D810, WITH RESULTS COMPARABLE to the Sony a7r II. It even out performs the D810 in ISO's that exceed 6400 which is very impressive for a camera at this price point. The low light performance performance of the K-1 is surprisingly nearly on par with 645Z. When comparing the K-1 to full frame cameras at its price point such as the Sony a7 ii, the camera out performs its competition in nearly every aspect"

Reviewers, please help me to understand why there is such a HUGE gap in the "Low light / high ISO performance" when I compare the Sony A7RII and the Pentax K1 using your resource. Can you break it down just a little more?

I'm not seeing a huge difference. At 12800 the K-1 looks to me about half a stop cleaner then the A7RII, but above and below that point the differences are less. Above that point in fact, all the cameras look equally unusable to me, but then I'm a studio photographer with all the light I could ever want. I would guess that any differences have to do with each brand's electronic engineering. Maybe Pentax has a shorter path from the sensor to the A/D converter.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2016 at 05:38 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2613 comments in total)
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Weekend Photoguy: Is anyone else seeing problems with reaching focus at infinity with A series lenses? The first weekend I tried my K-1, I noticed that all distant landscapes shot with my Pentax A 24/f2.8 were soft, but I just figured I messed something up. However, now that I've spent more time with the camera, I'm learning that there are a number of A-series lenses that it won't work with (a brand new Rokinon 14mm/f2.8 is another example). I'm wondering if others are seeing this or if it's only my camera. Note that these lenses work fine on my other Pentax cameras (an ist*D and a K20D). I'm getting the impression that Pentax my have changed the flange to sensor distance just enough to make it impossible to reach focus with some earlier lenses, but I'd like to confirm this.

Are you using the in-focus indicator to determine when your shot is in focus? If so that might indicate the need for some AF fine adjustment, even though you are using a manual lens. (I'm not sure if the camera will be able to remember the setting on a per-lens basis though with an A-series lens) You can check by listening for the in focus confirmation, then switching to live view with punch-in magnification. If there is a discrepancy, try a +/- 2 adjustment, and see if it improves.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2016 at 05:06 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2613 comments in total)
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odpisan: @DPreview
2000 coments & rising
Did you ever write a review with so many coments?

Gratz on being #2k

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 06:47 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2613 comments in total)
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Petroglyph: Remember the Nikon D800/800E that got a 35 page review complete with instructions about how to set up all the menu items & what they do? A camera that had (known later) PDAF issues at the time. No wifi, no Pix shift, no 87 weather seals, no astro tracker, no GPS, no TaV, no tilt screen, no function lighting, no focus peaking, no adjustable brightness on the LCD screen, it did have USB-3, cough, what's up with that Pentax? You have USB-3 on the aps/c cams. Anyway, a fuzzy blow up of a soccer player's face 'proved' it could do AF tracking. D800/800E (3300$) conclusion:

82% Gold Award.

That makes perfect sense, Jim, thanks.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 21:24 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2613 comments in total)
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fatdeeman: Why isn't the Pentax forum filled with posts where people have carried out similar tests to debunk dpreviews claims?

If users are genuinely having a much better experience and believe dpreviews findings to be as erroneous as they make out then it should be a pretty simple matter to prove it.

Even from the small youtube frame, it is possible to determine that the plane of focus fell much closer to the subject than in the DPR tests. It also should be pointed out that the TCSTV test was vastly more difficult with the number of possible alternative high contrast targets (i.e. the "aspens", which look like birches to me) for the camera to lock onto. In the video Nick was shooting at 1/500th which may account for a small amount of motion blur. Both tests used f/2.8, but in real life, a smaller aperture would offer a wider safety net. I'm not saying that TCS's results invalidates the DPR tests, which I agree shows disappointing performance, my point is simply that others are having more success with the camera. Perhaps there is some magical combo of hold priority and AF point selection that yields a higher success rate. And yes, I agree that it should be easier to achieve in a flagship camera.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 21:20 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2613 comments in total)
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Petroglyph: Remember the Nikon D800/800E that got a 35 page review complete with instructions about how to set up all the menu items & what they do? A camera that had (known later) PDAF issues at the time. No wifi, no Pix shift, no 87 weather seals, no astro tracker, no GPS, no TaV, no tilt screen, no function lighting, no focus peaking, no adjustable brightness on the LCD screen, it did have USB-3, cough, what's up with that Pentax? You have USB-3 on the aps/c cams. Anyway, a fuzzy blow up of a soccer player's face 'proved' it could do AF tracking. D800/800E (3300$) conclusion:

82% Gold Award.

Hmmm, that's interesting, I hadn't noticed until now. Testing methods aside, both the D800E and the K-1 received a score of 84, yet one won a Gold award and one received Silver. It matters little to me as only one of these cameras is compatible with the lenses I own, but I would be interested to hear the rationale behind giving two different awards for the same score. Forgive me if this question has been asked already (which doesn't seem impossible given the length of the comment section).

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 19:55 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2613 comments in total)
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fatdeeman: Why isn't the Pentax forum filled with posts where people have carried out similar tests to debunk dpreviews claims?

If users are genuinely having a much better experience and believe dpreviews findings to be as erroneous as they make out then it should be a pretty simple matter to prove it.

Ask, and you shall receive.
https://youtu.be/87yGmD71nyA?t=10m50s

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 18:11 UTC
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