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On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1450 comments in total)
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robbo d: Comparing the k1 to an a7iii is also garbage.

2 quite different cameras.

Sure a7iii is new with all singing dancing AF. But k1 is 36mp, has puxel shift, astro and handheld stacking.....

In Australia prices show the sony a little dearer by 3/400 dollars.

K1 is its own camera and therefore should be reviewed as such. The editorial doesnt seem to really compensate for this rather just promotes modern video and AF.

If you shoot video your hardly going to buy pentax.

Funnily enough these are stills based cameras and Pentax is very very good at stills shooting.....

@dpthoughts

"robbo, No you wouldn't do weddings with a K-1, because you need a camera with an autofokus (not talking speed for sports / animals for now, but precision and reliability for low depth of field, also for slowly moving subjects).

Then, in a church, you would prefer a camera with a silent shutter option (i.e. a mirrorless)."

Using af-s on the modern lenses is generally adequate with k1 and even on older crop bodied Pentax. Some of the older lenses, SDM motor are stunning optics but s l o w

During my last wedding with k1 and 70 200 got only 80% of slow walking bride / bridesmaids walking directly towardme. Try shooting my little dog doing ths same is a joke.... so yes, hence im moving on.

There are a surprising amount using Pentax for weddings and doing ok. It comesdown to working with what you have.

In terms of silent shutter. K5iis and k1 are about as good as it gets compared to s 5D. No complaints from me or my celebrants.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2018 at 04:35 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1450 comments in total)
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robbo d: Comparing the k1 to an a7iii is also garbage.

2 quite different cameras.

Sure a7iii is new with all singing dancing AF. But k1 is 36mp, has puxel shift, astro and handheld stacking.....

In Australia prices show the sony a little dearer by 3/400 dollars.

K1 is its own camera and therefore should be reviewed as such. The editorial doesnt seem to really compensate for this rather just promotes modern video and AF.

If you shoot video your hardly going to buy pentax.

Funnily enough these are stills based cameras and Pentax is very very good at stills shooting.....

@starbase..... quite true.
You could get a D810 if you valued better AF.
Many Pentax typical users dont actually care.
You see, they are walkabout shooters, landscapers and occasional astro shooters.
They often have older high quality lenses.
They can get extremely hi res images without buying a MF camera ... can do astro without buying the extra gear.
Can get even more detailed images handheld in one shot without stacking on a computer ....
Id like better AF and dont need 36mp hence im moving but understanding the Pentax user or potential buyer here is my point

Link | Posted on May 16, 2018 at 13:51 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1450 comments in total)
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robbo d: Comparing the k1 to an a7iii is also garbage.

2 quite different cameras.

Sure a7iii is new with all singing dancing AF. But k1 is 36mp, has puxel shift, astro and handheld stacking.....

In Australia prices show the sony a little dearer by 3/400 dollars.

K1 is its own camera and therefore should be reviewed as such. The editorial doesnt seem to really compensate for this rather just promotes modern video and AF.

If you shoot video your hardly going to buy pentax.

Funnily enough these are stills based cameras and Pentax is very very good at stills shooting.....

Astro, p/shift and hand held stacking will mean more to some than 4k video and spanky AF and vice versa plus relevant and easy to use compared to alternatives.
Pentax's new zooms are 36mp compatible as will the upcoming primes.
Landscapers will use iso 100 and those who choose high iso may well like the baked in NR.
So many are up in arms, who cares!!
When I process wedding images in the evening or a dark church and I end up with noise reduced images and extra DR, I may well be pleased to have less to do in my workflow and find the end result to my liking .... ???
Its a camera that lends itself to enthusiasts taking pleasing astro, landscape or products images pretty much OOC with little extra gear or cost.
In some ways, the mobile phone of the DSLR world with far nicer results.
Its not a perfect camera, nor a direct competitor to many others, just is what it is and many like it for that ...............
The purists are horrified despite NR happening for years.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2018 at 13:30 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1450 comments in total)
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robbo d: FWIW ..... the value rating and low light high iso ratings are rubbish.

While it doesnt do video or AF particularly class equivalent it does weather sealing, astro and pixel shift.

Now there are those to whom video doesnt matter and likewise astro or pixel shift..... but in a camera of this $$$ and pumping out 36mp .... those ratings dont make sense.

Im a realist about Pentax but 79% doesnt stack up to me either.

The AF score also incorporates metering, so thats kind of ok if not on the high side.

For studio, wedding, landscape and astro shooters this thing is very relevant and value for money.

I mean how many people in relation to total amount of these types of cameras sold really need 4k or video or 3D super tracking or blindingly quick fps and massive buffers. Sure forum geeks will, but the total % of users NOT.

What makes me change brands is 24mp, eye focus and 3rd party lenses .... but thats just me and im also not the majority

.... then buy a video capable camera as you have suggested !!

What im suggesting is that the K1 is a stills camera and a very good one designed for stills work, not video.
If you want 4k thrown in, go for it ........... buy a Sony(fantastic cameras).... but many don't care for video or 4k and therefore a landscape, outdoors shooter who lives for stills will love the K1 for what it is .......

Link | Posted on May 16, 2018 at 13:02 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1450 comments in total)

Comparing the k1 to an a7iii is also garbage.

2 quite different cameras.

Sure a7iii is new with all singing dancing AF. But k1 is 36mp, has puxel shift, astro and handheld stacking.....

In Australia prices show the sony a little dearer by 3/400 dollars.

K1 is its own camera and therefore should be reviewed as such. The editorial doesnt seem to really compensate for this rather just promotes modern video and AF.

If you shoot video your hardly going to buy pentax.

Funnily enough these are stills based cameras and Pentax is very very good at stills shooting.....

Link | Posted on May 16, 2018 at 06:00 UTC as 34th comment | 26 replies
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1450 comments in total)
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robbo d: FWIW ..... the value rating and low light high iso ratings are rubbish.

While it doesnt do video or AF particularly class equivalent it does weather sealing, astro and pixel shift.

Now there are those to whom video doesnt matter and likewise astro or pixel shift..... but in a camera of this $$$ and pumping out 36mp .... those ratings dont make sense.

Im a realist about Pentax but 79% doesnt stack up to me either.

The AF score also incorporates metering, so thats kind of ok if not on the high side.

For studio, wedding, landscape and astro shooters this thing is very relevant and value for money.

I mean how many people in relation to total amount of these types of cameras sold really need 4k or video or 3D super tracking or blindingly quick fps and massive buffers. Sure forum geeks will, but the total % of users NOT.

What makes me change brands is 24mp, eye focus and 3rd party lenses .... but thats just me and im also not the majority

The lens change and settings change wont make a massive difference to other than pixel peepers.... so theyve doctored the NR and for some have made it look more pleasing results OOC.

Its DPRs editorial integrity which is questioned now and their testing guidelines.

The camera is relatively small but heavy ... not big and hardly any heavier than a d850 ... so what gives with the silly add on comments... ?

Handheld stacking is mobile phone esque technology which is clever and class leading. .... funny how peoples attitude are blinded by their preferences rather than quality un biased editorial.

Im selling my k1 ..... but for many its the perfect cam and kudos to Pentax for bringing that set of specs to it rather than trying to fight nikon at their own game

Link | Posted on May 16, 2018 at 04:35 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1450 comments in total)

FWIW ..... the value rating and low light high iso ratings are rubbish.

While it doesnt do video or AF particularly class equivalent it does weather sealing, astro and pixel shift.

Now there are those to whom video doesnt matter and likewise astro or pixel shift..... but in a camera of this $$$ and pumping out 36mp .... those ratings dont make sense.

Im a realist about Pentax but 79% doesnt stack up to me either.

The AF score also incorporates metering, so thats kind of ok if not on the high side.

For studio, wedding, landscape and astro shooters this thing is very relevant and value for money.

I mean how many people in relation to total amount of these types of cameras sold really need 4k or video or 3D super tracking or blindingly quick fps and massive buffers. Sure forum geeks will, but the total % of users NOT.

What makes me change brands is 24mp, eye focus and 3rd party lenses .... but thats just me and im also not the majority

Link | Posted on May 16, 2018 at 04:26 UTC as 35th comment | 3 replies
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1450 comments in total)
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Zvonimir Tosic: We have two options:
(A) Blame the reviewer for odd choices of lenses and whatnot, or,
(B) Blame the manufacturer for not improving enough in most important area (image quality), but complicating, and "cooking" the camera update and "all new features" so that the final result is not as clear as before.
Truly, it can be both, but, considering that same reviewer did formidable job last time, it is clear that the manufacturer lost the focus with the Mk2. This new camera did not get anything substantially better to justify itself. A totally unnecessary "update", and a good lesson to the manufacturer.

Oh for goodness sake.... this is a repeated cycle of straw clutching by the Pentax faithful who can't bare to think that there is a downside to being a user ....

AF c is garbage
General AF is slower
Slow focusing lens system
Video is rubbish
Still generally excellent IQ despite this glitch
Designed for landscape astro and people walking down the park with their dog ..... but dont bother trying to shoot the dog while its playing !!!

Link | Posted on May 9, 2018 at 04:33 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1450 comments in total)

As usual Ricoh's silence is deathly .....
Neither confirm nor deny and let the minions postulate things to death!!!

Link | Posted on May 9, 2018 at 04:25 UTC as 131st comment
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1450 comments in total)
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Schoug: I was really concerned by all this until I checked the test results myself - I find the detail loss very minor (less than the noise improvement) except some corners where lens differences and focusing might come into play. I don't think I would have bothered had I owned one. Adjusting this function would of course be an improvement. Whether the Mk II update is worthwhile or relevant in 2018 is another aspect altogether, but I wouldn't conclude this version has significantly worse IQ based on the studio scene. /original K-1 user, RAW shooter

I think the loss being minor or major depends on individual impressions. Canon 5D has been smoothing files for years and its the most loved eedding camera.

The noise in the mk1 is very acceptable and possibly Pentax is trying to see where they van go in the future and this is not an end game rather a start point of tech in the future.

I shot a wedding the other day with my subby using a couple of older 5D, the Pentax files are a bit more detailed but hey.... i prefer a focused image than a detailef oit of focus image....

Link | Posted on May 9, 2018 at 02:21 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1450 comments in total)
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zakaria: Pentax K-1 II's hand-held 'Dynamic' Pixel Shift mode is not quite what you think it is
Apr 9, 2018
By Dan Bracaglia, Rishi Sanyal.
Then in 8 may..
K1ii worth the upgrade .
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Any one new to photography world will get the feeling that Pentax k1ii is a bad camera from the first line.
...
Why the insist on killing this camera.

The article also 'flew in the face' of the big thumbs up given to mobile phone tech heralding one touch imaging .....by the same editor.

Despite all this, it remains that the k1 is indeed a very good camera at the price point bringing tech that is relevant to walkabout photographers, landscapers and astro shooters.

The k1 mk ii has some improvement while clearly affecting IQ a little .... and we've seen this happen before in other brands. Something sacrificed for another.

I think the faithfull need to accept the mk1 and mk2 for what they respectfully are.

However there are some for whom, what it does bring is not as important as what it does not ....

Link | Posted on May 9, 2018 at 02:16 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1450 comments in total)

Fair review ...... time marches on and Pentax has tried a backwards tweak. I know the K1 and DFA 70-200 is an improvement over my K3 and 50-135 in terms of wedding shooting but still miss a few easy shots and shooting my dog at speed is, well..... a joke.
K1 is a great rugged stills cameras and AF S capable at smaller apertures with some cool features as stated, but it's horses for courses and this horse has bolted for me..... will continue the sale of my Pentax gear.
A7III sounds like my kind of rig............

Link | Posted on May 7, 2018 at 13:51 UTC as 270th comment | 1 reply
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cirtapfotos: Everyone Except Pentax...Moved On.

Aha ....
nobody else is doing pixel shift as well,
nobody is providing a DSLR with handheld layering,
nobody else has built in astro tracer function,
nobody else is pushing the iso boundaries like this
This editorial gives a strange clinical response to a technology that no other ILC manufacturer is providing while the writer champions the wonderful mobile phone tech.
Pentax is providing cameras for it's chosen genre that are are virtually unmatched by the competition. Outdoors, weather sealing to the masses, landscape, products and astro.
If you wants sports or video, go else where.
The un informed fail to applaud this brand for it's leadership.
This from someone who is selling off a lot of his Pentax gear because i'm going back to my photographic roots where Pentax doesn't shine, yet willing to applaud the pro's rather than one eye'd ideals.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2018 at 03:15 UTC

"Ultimately Dynamic Pixel Shift Resolution mode can be useful for capturing more detailed images than a standard JPEG or DNG, but the potential for artifacts limits its appeal."
........ is this a back handed face slap to a company that has done something akin to the wonderful mobile phone tech you so love in your other editorial ?
So with further tweaking over time via upgrades and new models, Pentax is doing something that nobody else is doing, yet you give a clinical response to one and a glowing report to the other .... it would add a little more to your editorial credibility and reduce apparent bias .... while I completely respect your thoroughness, is this not worth a footnote of sorts, like ..... yet a DSLR company that is making efforts to improve ease of use and technology to the masses ? Bravo for a fine effort given your Pentax lack of resources compared to the obviously massive competition.

No just..... it's ok but try harder next time

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2018 at 02:42 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply

In your mobile phone editorial, you are proclaiming the benefits of one touch systems, yet here you are making Pentax's efforts to do the same appear like a poor effort when K1 Mk2 users are loving the benefits.......
"One of the defining characteristics of smartphone photography is the idea that you can get a great image with one button press, and nothing more. No exposure decision, no tapping on the screen to set your exposure, no exposure compensation, and no post-processing."
.... is this not a pretty darn good effort on behalf of the often derided Pentax to try and bring modern tech into the DSLR for a one touch effort instead of a many minute PP session ? Isn't time going to bring further advances and improvements?
Despite some artifact-ing we are getting a one touch result that is better than a single image and saving many the time later on the computer...... where does your praising of one and pulling apart of another finish?

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2018 at 02:14 UTC as 13th comment
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Andrew Higgins: Pentax is one of the iconic brands in photography, but sadly their light has dimmed in recent decades.
I started out with Pentax MX kit (still have it, wonderful), and find it very heartening to read the enthusiastic Pentax owners comments below, as I'd love to see the brand rise again.
Just as the Spotmatic and K1000 were The photo students cameras of their time, maybe Pentax should offer today's students a discount, or even a college loan scheme, to get the camera back into the hands of young photographers?

agree with your sentiments in general, marketing by Pentax, Hoya and now Ricoh has been dismal and there does not seem to be desire to get the brand back to any form of its past sales %. Price is not so much the issue, but network and putting entry level model DSLR's into new buyers beit young or not is key.
The high end FF and MF cameras create more margin but not always sales %/$, although I think Pentax realise they are becoming the future. Trouble is they don't have R &D to support development of ap-c and MF at the same time, where people get disappointed that 645 and K3 series are being left behind.......

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2018 at 04:35 UTC
On article Why brand market share shouldn't matter to you (552 comments in total)

Correct .... Brand share should not make any difference. It comes down to what type of photography you shoot and what you feel is comfortable to you.
Canon are #1 because of clever marketing and spending on network of sales and pro support. This does not make them the best cameras. They do the basics well, are not the best at a lot of things apart from the above.
To move massive % of sales will take time and series of big GAFF's by Canon and a series of good moves by Nikon / Sony.
Canon sensors and DR is mostly a red herring. when you know how to shoot the right exposure, I don't see bad images from Canon landscape users. Pentax whom I currently shoot with have incredible DR, but you have to nail the focus first before you talk about DR ....... just saying.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2018 at 04:19 UTC as 3rd comment
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Elliot H: I have yet to see a pro use a Pentax digital camera

Seen and know of a number using Pentax, I shoot weddings with them ... what a typical flame bait idiotic comment

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2018 at 03:53 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-H1 Review (1545 comments in total)
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tjm2157: Splitting hairs people, there is no such thing as a bad camera today. Next time you are at the mall look at all the photos in the windows. I will give you $1000 if you can tell me what kind of camera it is shot with. I will give you another $1000 if you can look at multiple photos and tell me which ones are taken with a crop sensor camera and which ones are taken with FX or even medium format sensors. Point is, you can't. Just buy the system that has the lens you need and the body that is featured the way you want. You think in the "film days" people argued over the dynamic range and auto focus, they just made good photos.

Absolutely true. There are differences in operation and marginally different performance parameters which people are becoming use to picking out which may or may not please them.
I shoot weddings with Pentax and prefer crop camera's because the A1 prints are faultless ... i minimise my FF use due to massive file sizes and what really counts is how i compose and the emotion i bring not what brand i shoot.
AF is another funny subject, because even in sports i generally shoot AF S not AF C therefore with standard photography skills i can get shots the user of a Nikon can get .... funny old game this nit picking.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2018 at 22:50 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 Mark II: What you need to know (460 comments in total)
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CaPi: The legendary hostile Pentax fanboys arrived..
Don't look below. It started out nicely and interesting. Now here they are poisoning the well others that actually care about using the camera have built before them

Old cameras .... you've hit the nail firmly on the head.
So many people with ideas, usually keyboard warriors, many of whom wouldn't have the money to fulfill all these pipe dreams anyway .... those idea's are often out of left field to fulfill the niche of 1 in 100000.

The k1 has AF which is more than enough for most who generally use af s ..... even a lot of sport's shooters do

Its an astro landscape general shooting centred camera and these improvements will push it over the top.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2018 at 01:10 UTC
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