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Barry Duggan Photography: Do these triggers have ttl?

No, "just" HSS and PowerSync (aka "HyperSync") with manual power control.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2016 at 10:47 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2617 comments in total)
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Class A: @Richard Butler:

Couldn't agree more about the difference between 'classic' and 'retro'.

Did you see my earlier post about the "four-way controller" actually being an "eight-way controller", etc.?

I received an update notification for this post, but don't see a new post. Strange.

In any event, I don't understand why the fact that the so-called "four-way" controller is not acknowledged as the eight-way controller that it is.

Your readers would probably appreciate the hint that there is more to focus point control on the K-1 than meets the eye.

N.B. I also don't understand why the criticism towards a lack of a "dedicated" AF point controller. Once the corresponding configuration is made, the eight-way controller becomes a dedicated AF-point controller, AFAIC. I hardly ever need the other functions (JPEG settings, etc.) that are associated with the same buttons, so I don't really suffer from having to use an extra button press to reactivate them. The configuration option is mentioned, but essentially described as a workaround that does not satisfactorily address the concern.

And no, I wouldn't want a joystick instead of buttons. Maybe I'm odd that way. I also prefer track points over touch pads on laptops, because they are always directly accessible to a touch typist and they don't require one to repeatedly "push" the mouse pointer to a particular point, but simply accept a constant, minimal nudge. I guess fans of track points are in the minority, but that shouldn't mean that there preferred control is downrated, right?

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2016 at 02:07 UTC
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Alex Sarbu: Getting back to a (now) confirmed issue:

"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"

I believe this could be fixed in firmware, and that such a fix would make for a nicer shooting experience in low light. There are several other Pentaxians thinking the same, on the Pentax SLR Talk forum.

I think this behavior (having the AF lights to indicate selected/active AF points, and not focus confirmation) is better than the current one. I think it's fine having only the classic hexagon and the camera beep to indicate focus lock (some other things might be done, e.g. red AF lights blinking slowly if focus can't be locked).

DPReview, was this explicitly communicated to Ricoh? If not, could you please do it, I'm assuming you're in contact with them?
Thank you.

How is it a "usability issue" when there is an easy way to address your concern?

The AF mode button can be easily reached with the left hand from a natural lens holding position. Pressing it gives you (and DPReview) the behaviour you want, not pressing it gives one the behaviour Ricoh wants.

One would have to assume that Ricoh's decision on when to highlight AF points was a very deliberate one, no?

Not to crush your hopes, but from experience, Ricoh will not respond to your feedback. They had their reasons to not implicitly highlight AF points but to make users explicitly request it and I'd be very surprised if that decision were ever revised.

Implicit vs explicit AF area highlighting could become a configuration option -- and I would support that -- however, from experience, I don't think it will happen.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2016 at 21:33 UTC
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Alex Sarbu: Getting back to a (now) confirmed issue:

"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"

I believe this could be fixed in firmware, and that such a fix would make for a nicer shooting experience in low light. There are several other Pentaxians thinking the same, on the Pentax SLR Talk forum.

I think this behavior (having the AF lights to indicate selected/active AF points, and not focus confirmation) is better than the current one. I think it's fine having only the classic hexagon and the camera beep to indicate focus lock (some other things might be done, e.g. red AF lights blinking slowly if focus can't be locked).

DPReview, was this explicitly communicated to Ricoh? If not, could you please do it, I'm assuming you're in contact with them?
Thank you.

Just press the "AF mode" button if you want to see the currently selected AF point(s) being highlighted.

Keep it pressed, if you want to highlight it/them continuously.

This is a non-issue.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2016 at 13:40 UTC
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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.

@fatdeeman:
When you press the AF-mode button, only the currently selected AF points will illuminate.

This functionality addresses the concern raised by DPReview and Zenten4. Some may prefer activation via a shutter-button half-press and I agree it would be nice if that were a configurable option.

However, it is already easily possible to locate one's selected focus point before focus has been locked.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 11:09 UTC
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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.

@Favorable Exponynt:
Sure, the question is more one of supporting the fastest tethering possible.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 04:20 UTC
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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.

Small correction: Ricoh said something like "USB 2.0 was a common standard at the time of the development of the K-1".

You can watch the answer here: https://youtu.be/gSxy6WhianY?t=193

I still wonder what actual difference it would make with respect to SD card speeds and camera electronics.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 21:20 UTC
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ProfHankD: I thought wifi control was pretty common by now? Sony's open HTTP/JSON-based wifi interface, which works on 34 of their camera models, does it for me: https://developer.sony.com/develop/cameras/

Don't other brand cameras have this type of wifi support?

The Pentax K-1 support WiFi tethering with a free ImageSync app. Runs on Android and iOS.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 10:17 UTC
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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.

@Maxfield_photo: Ricoh stated the K-1 has USB2 only because USB3 was not available yet when development of the K-1 started.

Regarding the USB2 vs USB3 discussion I wonder which class of SD cards would actually support read speeds that exceed the USB2 standard and which cameras actually have controllers that exploit read speeds above the maximum USB2 speed.

The interface type is one thing, achieving an actually quicker access to images is another.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 01:50 UTC
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michaelbs: I have the "normal" Cactus V6 system. If I buy one unit of the the new HSS version will I be able to make it work with my existing system and take fully advantage of the HSS feature?
Thanks in advance.

@Häakon: I don't think you can adjust the length of the pulse, but you can adjust the PowerSync timing.

In other words, you can influence where in the frame the peak of the illumination will be. You may put the peak outside the frame to achieve a pretty even (but weaker) illumination or place it somewhere in the frame for maximum efficiency (but less even gradation).

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2016 at 07:56 UTC
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joergensmi: @Rishi Sanyal "AF is not just about sports." AF is not only AF_C with pentax, why do you always speak of AF when you explicitly mean AF-C. I didn't see any negative comments about the AF-S option.
Did you test AF-C
- with 9 points
- with all points
- with the selectable point
- SEL-S (9) , SEL-M (25), SEL-L (33)

- Did you test contrast focus

There are some questions to your fotos.
Did you exchange them this morning? (06.07.2016)

Just another question:
Is it correct that the small picture in the lower left corner is the complete picture, especially in the section of the center AF point in AF-C? If yes, please can you explain why the central autofocus point is in the middle of the left tibia of the sports man. (this is the part of cyclist moving heavily). I would have taken the face or the helmet for the test.

Your test in total seems to be good, but some wording concerning AF in general could be improved to be precise. Most of the problems discussed here are about the wording

Further to my prior post:

Would it not have been advisable to use one of the f/2.8 AF points when using 200mm focal length at f/2.8?

It seems suboptimal to me, to use one of the f/5.6 AF points.

Do you always use the same -- non-centre -- AF point in your tests? Apart from mirrorless cameras, it will matter which AF point is used.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 16:00 UTC
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joergensmi: @Rishi Sanyal "AF is not just about sports." AF is not only AF_C with pentax, why do you always speak of AF when you explicitly mean AF-C. I didn't see any negative comments about the AF-S option.
Did you test AF-C
- with 9 points
- with all points
- with the selectable point
- SEL-S (9) , SEL-M (25), SEL-L (33)

- Did you test contrast focus

There are some questions to your fotos.
Did you exchange them this morning? (06.07.2016)

Just another question:
Is it correct that the small picture in the lower left corner is the complete picture, especially in the section of the center AF point in AF-C? If yes, please can you explain why the central autofocus point is in the middle of the left tibia of the sports man. (this is the part of cyclist moving heavily). I would have taken the face or the helmet for the test.

Your test in total seems to be good, but some wording concerning AF in general could be improved to be precise. Most of the problems discussed here are about the wording

@Rishi: You wrote "...we didn't use the center AF point. We used a focus point higher up from center."

It has been claimed that an inspection of the metadata revealed that contrary to your statement the centre AF point (#17) was used.

Could you look into this matter, please?

Surely, it would be not a useful test, if you inadvertedly used the wrong AF point.

I think you will also agree that contrast differences can have a huge impact so an argument that the tibia was in the same plane of focus than a higher contrast face/helmet would have to be rejected on the basis of comparability.

In some of the shots, it seems highly unlikely that any part of the rider was covered by your selected AF point. I'll stay out of this discussion as other people have already made extensive analyses and comments. I trust, however, that DPReview -- just as they did with their PixelShift test -- will repeat any evaluation that turns out not to be up to scratch.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 15:57 UTC
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mxx: I can't help thinking DPR tried a bit too hard to make the K1 look bad in their summary of pros and cons. Other cameras in this class do not even have pixel shifting, but that unique feature accounts for two of the cons. So if the K1 did not have pixel shifting, the cons list would have looked better! And the default JPG settings. Surely the kind of photographer who buys this kind of camera will be able to easily adjust the JPEG settings to her/his liking? I'm also not so sure how valid the criticisms of the menu layout and the control customization are.

I also find it unhelpful that the astrotracer, automatic horizon correction and AA filter simulation functionality are all made sub-points of a single "sensor shift shooting mode" bullet.

That these are all worthy of being main highlights is evidenced by the first page of the K-1 review where some of these are listed in their own right.

BTW, why is there no mentioning of the composition adjustment features? It should have been at least mentioned as one of the "sensor shift shooting mode" sub-points, right?

Final question: Why aren't built-in GPS and WiFi not in the "Pros" list? Add "lack of pop-up flash" to the "Cons" if you must, although I personally don't think that anyone should use a pop-up flash on a camera of this calibre.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 11:30 UTC
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mxx: I can't help thinking DPR tried a bit too hard to make the K1 look bad in their summary of pros and cons. Other cameras in this class do not even have pixel shifting, but that unique feature accounts for two of the cons. So if the K1 did not have pixel shifting, the cons list would have looked better! And the default JPG settings. Surely the kind of photographer who buys this kind of camera will be able to easily adjust the JPEG settings to her/his liking? I'm also not so sure how valid the criticisms of the menu layout and the control customization are.

Good point about PixelShift contributing two negatives when, at most, it should not be a plus point if it really has too many downsides.

I don't like it when cameras are described differently, even though they are the same in certain aspects. The D810 "Pros" include --

* 36MP sensor with no OLPF yields high image resolution

* Viewfinder with OLED overlay offers 100% coverage

* 'Split screen zoom' display in live view allows horizons to be leveled precisely

The first one applies to the K-1 as is.

The second one applies to the K-1 save the "OLED" part (but there are, configurable, overlays).

The third one is outmatched by the K-1 with the optional tilt and pitch display in the viewfinder (plus an LV version).

Yet, one finds none of these points in the K-1 "Pros".

P.S.: "Time-lapse and interval shooting modes..." also made it into the D810 "Pros" but not into the K-1 "Pros". Perhaps it is the "exposure smoothing" that made the difference?

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 11:23 UTC
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terryh2c: Thanks for the review - I've been waiting for it to come through - interesting.
Unlike the previous poster I HAVE been really looking foward to the release of this camera. Everyone has their own reality . . . . .
Personally I like the basic video function - fine by me - in fact it's a positive as they have put all their R+D into stills . . . . . .
Wondered if any older film-era lenses were tried?
Everyone with a keyboard has lamented the lack of modern lenses but Pentax has a very long back catalogue of fine film era lenses - but that seems to have been largely ignored.

No, not everyone laments the lack of modern lenses. After all the focal range from 15-700mm is covered at f/2.8.

And most importantly, the idea that all classic film lenses are not that usable on a 36MP sensor is nonsense that is often repeated but always false.

If you use an electron microscope then all lenses can be shown to have flaws. Just because one has 36MP does not mean one has to produce huge prints or do extreme crops. At a standard output size, say 16x20, a 36MP sensor is not more demanding on a lens than a 16MP sensor.

On the contrary, the higher resolution of the 36MP will help to improve quality overall and avoid moiré. With the exception of old zoom designs, decent classic film lenses easily outresolve a 36MP sensor in the centre when stopped down.

There are a lot of gems available in K-mount and the idea that one can only consider the latest lens releases by Pentax because film lenses are not up to the task, is entirely inappropriate.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 11:09 UTC
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pentaust: Regarding "Autofocus", there is not a single positive comment in this review. Normally, everything has pros and cons. So, I consider this AF review incomplete. Least but not least, I use both a 7DII and a Pentax K1, so I can compare both in the same conditions, my experience is the following: while the 7DII is clearly more snappy , the K1 is not as bad as the review would suggest. Typically, I shot 1400 K1 frames over the last week, and about 30 of them were not fully focused, so that's about 98% success, much higher than the 15% given in this review based on a dozen of shots.

@Rishi: No, that's not "OK".

Your final verdict is "Poor Autofocus performance", period. You don't state that you found the camera to be not as good as other class leading cameras in certain dynamic conditions.

Your unqualified "Poor AF" verdict is not reconcilable with the experience by pentaust (and many others for that matter).

If you try to dodge that by stating that different scenarios were used in testing (n.b. how do you know what pentaust is shooting how?) then I don't think your testing is representative.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 10:57 UTC
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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.

You can illuminate all focus point indicators by pressing the AF-mode button at the bottom left.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 10:51 UTC
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odpisan: Hmmm

Fast, continious AF is a weak point. But I am oldfashion photographer & if I shoot sports I take only one shot .. as here

https://goo.gl/photos/ZRBSdoJar5NKRJ7z6

in other circumstances in 99% I have enough time to focus.

Ok .. I must think it over.

New owners of K1 are all very impressed as I see on forums.

I find the summary point "Poor Autofocus performance" entirely inappropriate. They probably just mean "Dynamic AF tracking performance not comparable to best in class".

After DPReview have cleaned up their wording, it has become clear that they really just complain about AF tracking. The K-1 is not a sports camera to begin with and not everyone needs top tracking performance.

For a lot of users, AF performance is fine, definitely anything but "poor".

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 10:39 UTC
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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

Carlos, the K-1 has built-in electronic levels. It measures its tilt and pitch against the gravitational field of the earth and thus does not rely on image content.

One can turn on a display of the level of tilt and pitch of the camera in the viewfinder. I don't think DPReview mentioned this very useful feature, but it does exist.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 10:22 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2617 comments in total)

@DPReview:
You need to set custom function 20 "Change AF Point Button Options" to setting "Type 2". Then your complaint about accidentally changing WB while attempting to move the AF point selection becomes moot.

With this setting the four-way controller becomes a permanent AF point controller and in the rare occasion (who changes WB during shooting and not in post?) that ones needs one of the other four-way controller functions, their choice becomes temporary, i.e., the buttons automatically revert back to AF point control.

BTW, it really is an eight(8)-way controller, not a four-way controller, as the buttons are formed in a manner to allow diagonal movements by pressing two buttons as one.

I've pointed this out 5 months ago and Richard Butler said he'd get back to me on this but unfortunately never did.

I personally prefer a button-based approach of AF point selection over a joystick. I don't think you should assume that everyone would want a joystick.

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