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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2016 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome! Very nice series from K1.
I need one now!


PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2016 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

for a variety of reasons i recently gave pentax a try--the KS2 plus the da lt wr 20-40mm. honestly, i couldnt be happier. i surely miss the manual controls of my rf cameras, but the build quality, weather resistance, grip, and IQ results are simply fantastic, and well beyond what i anticipated at the prices i paid.


PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2016 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Impressive shots, thank you jenkwang.

Notice there's a problem with one of your Flickr shots in previous page. Wink


PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2016 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Olivier wrote:
Impressive shots, thank you jenkwang.

Notice there's a problem with one of your Flickr shots in previous page. Wink


Ok. thx.
Caught it. (Sent in some agents to fix the Matrix anomaly ) Smile

I had thought I had already replaced it on Flickr, but it seems to be still using the un-fixed version. Very Happy


PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2016 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

But do you guys think Pentax will ever catch up to the needs of the majority of the populace/pros to actually regain a decent market share or nah?


PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2016 1:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SkvLTD wrote:
But do you guys think Pentax will ever catch up to the needs of the majority of the populace/pros to actually regain a decent market share or nah?


Its hard to say if its not possible, but certainly a very long road and an uncertain one with MILC being a new option.

The new lenses that cater to the want/need of the buying public of higher edge to edge sharpness are already released in the form of the DFA15-30; 24-70/2.8; 70-200/2.8; 150-450.
There are primes scheduled for 2017 and later.


However, I would not like to think of all this as some sort or winner/loser thing.
Pentax is out there as the odd camera maker.
The one who makes smallish lenses, and some being all metal build which still cater for a good AF+MF experience.
A lens maker which has a design philosophy that believes in actual image taking and an impression of the image taken with the designed lens is a criteria (as opposed to just topping spec sheets so that they catch the eye of potential buyers ).

The maker of the oddball DSLR that is feature packed for the money and has added features others have not (pixel shift; LED aid lights; built in SR; Astrotracer; etc)



Lets hope Pentax stays Pentax.


PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2016 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The number of members of this site gives us all an idea of just how important Pentax really is in the mainstream.

Wait, how viable is Pentax as part of the Ricoh group. I.e are they just a tax write of for Ricoh? Razz


PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2016 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

K1+M20/4

20160513-IMGP0392 by jenkwang, on Flickr


20160513-IMGP0368 by jenkwang, on Flickr

I just love the M20/4.
While lenses get more and more macho, I am relieved that there are such lenses like the M20/4 that are a good small size for my preference of an easier to carry around setup.


PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2016 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes looks bloody great.


PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 12:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How does it work with the older Pentax M42 lenses?


PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 12:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whoo Turtle


PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2016 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mo wrote:
How does it work with the older Pentax M42 lenses?


I've not tried them yet on the K1.

I will update this thread over time when I do.


PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2016 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

3 shots with the M20/4

20160515-IMGP0428-1 by jenkwang, on Flickr


20160515-IMGP0432 by jenkwang, on Flickr


20160515-IMGP0450 by jenkwang, on Flickr


PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2016 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you,I look forward to seeing them when you do. These are all very beautiful,my favorite is the one of the wheel and 3 big buildings.


PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2016 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great shots !!....seems that Pentax is a Keeper Like 1 Thank you!


PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

IMGP0494-PixS by jenkwang, on Flickr

A sample shot with the Samyang 14/2.8 with the K1 pixel shift feature.

The IQ is really astounding.
Even license plate numbers can be read off clearly on the right edge.

Full sized sample on my flickr


PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2016 1:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This comes about to show that the K1 pixel shift feature can be used for studio still life using strobes.


The idea is this :
2 flash on wireless triggers (in lightbox/softbox) - these fire at the same time to give 1 more stop of power for the same setting.
Hence, if both are at 1/4 power, they give 1/2 power of a single flash while retaining the charge at 1/4 usage. (ie. can fire roughly 4x w/o a long recycle time)

Since its indoors, set ambient to as dim as possible after setting up the shot (plus focusing, etc)
At f8, f11, I'd think its shutter speed should be slow enough to be in the seconds range.
Choose a shutter speed such that there is enough time to trigger the flash via remote (4x thru the PS sequence )



Took me just 20-25 mins to tinker up the setup. (pls pardon the poor composition)


Pixel Shift -for strobed still life test sample by jenkwang, on Flickr


2 YN560IV on light stands pointed to the same silver umbrella.
1 silver umbrella on the other side for fill
Flashes at 1/4 power

K1 set to pixel shift, M mode, ISO100, 5s per frame, f8 (lens : Vivitar 55mm macro)
5s timer release

Focus is on the Yashica-Mat name plate.


Basically, I set up the shot, and focus, turned off the lights that would affect the ambient exposure.
Released the timed shutter released.
Once picture taking started, I started my stopwatch and manually triggered the flashes with a YN603N II within the interval of each 5s frame.


Full size uploaded on my flickr (just click on the sample and navigate there ).
See to believe


PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2016 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the IQ of your images taken with the Pentax K-1 simply is awesome, outstanding!


PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2016 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kuuan wrote:
the IQ of your images taken with the Pentax K-1 simply is awesome, outstanding!


Kuuan, thanks.
This is a great camera indeed.
I do think Pentax tried to put in everything that they can for this one as the first FF DSLR from them.
Before this, I had thought that they would be rather late to the game, but they have certainly shown me that with conscious consideration, they can provide something that is still fresh/different.


PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2016 2:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is a link to a K1 review that I am writing on (on-going)

http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1615366


PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2016 7:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pinholecam wrote:
Here is a link to a K1 review that I am writing on (on-going)

http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1615366

Thank you very much.
But link doesn't work for me. I reach a window with "error 403 forbidden"


PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Olivier wrote:
pinholecam wrote:
Here is a link to a K1 review that I am writing on (on-going)

http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1615366

Thank you very much.
But link doesn't work for me. I reach a window with "error 403 forbidden"


I think they had some server problems.

It should be up now. Smile


PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, still same problem : 403 forbidden. Sad


PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Olivier wrote:
Sorry, still same problem : 403 forbidden. Sad


Sorry to know.
I click on the link and it seems ok.

Maybe its somehow stored in the browser cache?



Ok... short summary of the K1.
Its good. Very Happy


PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

finally, dxomark review and sensor score of the K-1, it scores well: https://www.dxomark.com/Reviews/Pentax-K-1-sensor-review-Full-frame-marvel