I'll have you know there are at least 3 of us in total on the 2 biggest Pentax forums ... and between them they must have around 8 members which means roughly 25% of us have a K-1. Ricoh Pentax is poised for world domination.
Whilst I don't anticipate getting a K-1, impressive as it is, I'm more than happy with my 645Z and its lenses....onwards and upwards, I say.
Out in the forest today with the dog. Have to say I was a bit unsure whether I should have bought the K-1 to begin with as I never really wanted full frame but the detail you can pull out with the Sony sensor is quite incredible. Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 DG HSM
2 ... Army of 2
Weyhay ... doubled the ownership on this forum alone
Feel free to post some pictures
Must stop taking the camera out when I walk the dog, I mean how many pictures of leaves can one person take
Stout - Little Titan
The Low lighthouse is one of three lighthouses in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, England and the only one which is still active. It is a Grade II listed building. Built in 1832
Adventures at Night
The 2nd Severn Bridge illuminated at night
Hidden Landscape - Clun Castle
Early morning photographic adventure</a> in search of a hidden landscape around the ruins of Clun Castle in Shropshire, England.
A misty late morning blue hour made way to an explosion of fog and swirling atmosphere around the old castle ruins as the sun broke the horizon and warmed the cool of the night into the warmth of the day.
by Geoff Moore, on Flickr
Nice, I went to Burnham-on-sea in 2013. I had the Pentax K-5IIs at the time and only took a 18-135mm lens so not the best but ...
Picked up a decently priced mint D FA 28-105mm at the weekend which should be arriving today.
@Mike.P the D FA 28-105mm punches well above its price point! Id argue better than the 24-70 in quality from my testing/looking. I'm sure you will love it.
Bit of funky cloud action
Keeping it going.
Looking good Mike!
How did you find the 15-30mm Chris?
SRS have £500 off @ £999 and I'm tempted to give one a try.
Its a cracking lens and for that price I'd go for it, I think that's even cheaper than this time last year!
Excellent IQ albeit it is big!
I've no hesitation in recommending the 15-30 @Mike.P
The only frustration I have with Pentax is the AF tracking. So much so, I've bought a D500 for wildlife, and paired it with a 200-500. After disappointing results, the lens went back and I went out with the K-1 and DA 560mm to the local Nature Reserve for a couple of hours on Saturday. In poor light. Shooting between 1/125 and 1/250 at f5.6 and ISO between 1600 and 2500. Maybe I'm expecting too much of the 200-500 but I'm getting a 2nd copy delivered today, and it needs to be able to deliver shots like these, or its maybe a compromise too far.
Male Great Spotted Woodpecker
Female Great Spotted Woodpecker
And last, but not least ......
Some portraits too. Pentax K-1 and D FA 28-105
I have used a Canon 7D along with a Sigma 150-600mm sport for quite a while now, I got fed up with Pentax AF tracking (or lack of it) years ago. I have looked at the D500/200-500mm combo a number of times but am seeing some inconsistancy with the Nikon lens so the Pentax 15-30mm I was asking about went by the wayside and I purchased a new Canon 100-400mm MKII.
The 7DII is on my radar now but I don't do much in the way of BIF so I don't need fast AF over the winter months therefore I will probably wait and see what the next Canon body is going to offer.
I will keep the K-1 and a few lenses for full frame but I'm in 2 minds about what to do with the K-3II and crop lenses
SRS thought my 200-500 was fine but thankfully gave me a refund without a fuss. My new one has been delivered an hour ago. Will calibrate and see what it can do at the weekend. That 100-400 gets great reviews, yet I don't know anyone using it. Other than one guy using the 200-500 (who swears by it), the majority are using 300mm f2.8 with convertors, which is a route I might end up taking. But I'll want a long zoom for my yearly airshow.
Like you, I'm wondering what to do with my Pentax crop lenses.
Do I make it 3 or 4?
Had mine nearly a year, and also bought a D810 in the meantime. Used the K-1 in anger in Cuba last month (not gone through the pictures yet) but first impressions of using it plus the 15-30 are pretty good. images zinged out of the LCD, especially the old american cars zooming along the Malecon in Havana.
Frustrations are: different button layout compared to the K-3.
I am also contemplating the unthinkable: selling the K3 and the DA/DA* crop lenses. And the FA* zooms eek, I had always hankered after the 28-70 and 80-200 but realised very quickly the main limitation of both lenses, they are non-IF - a pain if you are using filters (and different filter sizes). Just ot get the DFA lenses.
As a usual singular Pentax user in photographic workshops I get regular comments about being a Pentax widow. I mention that during one of our regular club meetings a presenter commented that Pentax had WR but noone uses them, THAT'S BECAUSE WE ARE NOT SEEN! when it starts raining CaNikony users run for cover or shroud their cameras, and I say 'It's a Pentax!
Ding Dong! Great photos Alan
K-1 and D-FA 150-450mm
Rockin Robin by Mike.Pursey, on Flickr
Swans by Mike.Pursey, on Flickr
Anyone succumbed to the SRS deals?
I do want the 150-450 but I have the Nikkor 80-400 and already thinking about my next Costa Rica trip, and to get the 200-500 just for that alone....
As I have the DA* 16-50 and DA*60-250, FA*28-70 and FA*80-200 I have some very difficult choices to make if I want the DFA glass (24-70 and 70-200). The DA* is a good deal lighter than the FA/DFA. I thought earlier it would be nice if there was like a 16-35f4 option available, then I realise my Nikkor 16-35 is a bit of a beast.
I very nearly pulled the trigger on the 70-200mm DA* was an amazing price, but really just couldn't justify it. I'm now saving up for next year! until then, means I have to carry my Canon equipment and alternative 70-200mm F4 IS L also! which is a bit of a pain tbf!
I was thinking of getting the Tamron 70-200mm alternative, although that's just £600 I could have save for the Pentax 70-200 ...
It's a hell of a struggle to justify getting the new D-FA/D-FA* glass especially when I have the range covered, but it's inevitable that if the K-3 range becomes history then the DA glass will have to be sold off piece by piece.
My other issue is that I have a lot of glass that I have wanted over the year - FA*24, FA*85 and the FA Limited that don't get much use.....
IMGP4036 by Mike.Pursey, on Flickr
Pentax K1 MKII announced tonight, doesn't look a huge upgrade but nice to see Pentax still bringing stuff to the market, the K1 is an outstanding bit of kit, I imagine this can only be an improvement!
Indeed, hand holdable pixel shift should be nice, no tripod needed.
Seems they will also upgrade MKI bodies with the new board/processor for a fee as well.
Interesting, used the PS mode a few times with my old K1 but handheld would be excellent......
I wonder if they changed the profile of the body to allow use of unmodified Sigma lenses.
Just stumbled upon this thread and declaring another Pentax user to the fold, have been for years from a K1000 / ME Super / then a IST'd throu to a K10D / K5 / K5iis and a K1 plus in the bag a 645z,
I've also assisted a friend on Jersey swap from a Canon to a K3ii after using my wife's K5iis and feeling the quality not only in the feel of the kit but the images as well.
The detail and dynamic range (including the transition) is spectacular.
You'd hope so!
Pretty sure they haven't.
ISO 12800 comparison between the two cameras.
Pentax K-1 MARK II ISO 12800 by Mike.Pursey, on Flickr
Nothing out there at all today. Sigma 70-200mm OS f2.8 shot wide open and cropped hard.
Gull by Mike.Pursey, on Flickr
roll on upgrade season, and take my camera! Pentax!! Take it now!
It really does look very good, Pentax doing their old trick of taking the Sony sensor and out-doing Sony and Nikon with it.... wouldn't mind seeing that 42mp sensor from the A7rii/iii in one of these!