A very rare Sunday off today. Took the K-1 and 150-450mm down to Calshot to shoot some windsurfers this morning but there were none about despite the windy conditions. Wonder if the new parking charges have frightened them off.
I'm awaiting delivery of a mint, low shutter count K1 (1300 activations), bought from a PU forum member. It's the first edition, but that's not a problem for my use.
I'm going to be using some lovely F & FA primes, as well as some fabulous M42 SMC Takumar and Zeiss Flektogon lenses - I'm really looking forward to seeing how those lenses perform on a full frame body.
For my wildlife/birding I will still be using my M43 gear, at the moment I'm not going to be acquiring any long lenses for the K1 or K5iis. (Although looking at some of Mike's 150-450mm images I don't know how long I will be able to resist!).
I leave next Monday for a 5 week holiday in South Africa - the dilemma being 'what gear to take'. At the moment I think it's got to be the M43 due to size/weight considerations as there are some longer lenses required.
Anyway, hopefully after the next month or so Mike will have some company!
I quite liked the exclusivity but it will be nice to have some company
Personally I would only take the K-1 on a wildlife shoot (I imagine that's what you will mostly be doing in South Africa) as a last resort, long lenses are just too much of a pain when travelling, M43 was built for that sort of thing I imagine (and macro). I had a K-5IIs when I first got my K-1 and vowed I would never sell it (best sensor ever in any crop camera IMO) but the K-1 is like a IIs on steroids in crop mode and gives better performance.
I'm back from South Africa and posting this to celebrate the ownership of the K1.
Just a quick shot, whilst out for my one allowable (!) exercise this morning, of my local church.
Shot with the F28mm f2.8 - cost me £120 on the PU forum, and is sharp as a tack. The vignetting is down to me fitting an inappropriate Super Takumar lens hood!
I'm trying to come to terms with the K1, and being used to Pentax menus etc. is a great help.
My initial impression is very positive - but there seems to be a tendency to underexpose a lot of images?
If I'm honest I am quite undewhelmed with Pentax/Ricoh these past few years and I doubt I will buy the new 21mm, 85mm, 16-50mm or the new APS-C body.
I am more than happy with the K-1, 15-30/24-70/100/70-200/150-450mm (and a few primes) which works great for tha majority of my photography and perhaps I will look elsewhere next year when the air show season restarts.
Pentax K-1 & 150-450mm WR from this morning. Again huge crops, mostly around 80%. As much as I hate the small file size left it shows how good that Sony sensor is in the K-1 (and how sharp the 150-450mm is)
Bit bored with birds now, may be time to dig the macro lens out.
Thanks to my recent pre-Covid-19 visit to Cuba where I opted to buy a pair of 64GB Sandisk Extreme Pro 170 mb/sec cards to use in my D810/D500 combo rather than lug a hefty VAIO plus numerous HDDs, the pair new sit in my K-1. Currently nothing sits in the battery grip tray as I don't expect to be able to make use of that capacity for quite some time, guess it will take a lot of shooting to fill them up.. I also got some UHS-II cards for the D500 and the 16/32 Gb SD cards are relegated for use in the D810...
I was able to photograph some red beetles that are devouring some lilies in our garden yesterday. I will post them once I get myself organised.
I think ALL is stretching it a bit, there is only 4 of us at most
Anyway, I have 2 64GB Sandisk Extreme Pro cards in the camera and one in the grip as a backup, I have a 128GB version of the same card in my D500.
Interestingly I took one of the cards out of the K-1 the other day and a small piece of it has broken off, doesn't seem to be in the card slot but it will no longer click into place so I contacted Sandisk and they have sent me a prepaid label to return it via courier and they will replace it. Decent service I thought.
My first DSLR's were Pentax, only changed because at the time I wanted longer faster telephoto lenses.
Colours were excellent and the lenses very good too, just a bit limited for choice in certain areas.