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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 2:52 pm    Post subject: Pentax K-1 viewfinder Reply with quote

I'm considering upgrading my camera system (I come from Olympus Pen system) to full frame.

One thing I never liked about the Oly is the Electronic Viewfinder to focus with MF lenses. I'm not too impressed with the optical viewfinders on most DSLR's either. I read however, that the viewfinder of the Pentax K-1 should be pretty good.

I'm curious how it's viewfinder compares with the EVF of a Sony A7ii. Anybody that tried both with manual focus lenses?
I will use my camera mostly with MF lenses, so it's an important argument for me.


PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't answer your questions because I have no experience with that gear. But everything I've read about the K-1 is it is a fantastic camera for the price point. I recommend you go visit the pentax forums:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/

Click on the "Cameras" drop down in the top menu bar, then Pentax Camera Reviews. And there you are. Any other questions you might have about the K-1 (or K-1 II), you can most likely have answered by the helpful and friendly folks over there at the Pentax Forums.

I like PF. It's my next most favorite forum, compared to this one, of course.


PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2018 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another suggestion would be to try out the K1 at a store; bring 1-2 lenses with you.

I never tried one myself, but overall it seems a really nice package. If I had to pick 1 current DSLR, probably it would be this one.

The downside of an OVF with manual focus lenses is that there is no magnification. This can make accurate focus at very wide apertures, or with longer focal lengths, a challenge. The K1 has live view though, which can help in those situations.


PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 2:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The suggestion of bringing along a lens or two is a brilliant idea. I cannot speak for the Pentax DSLRs but Nikon utilized focusing screens that are optimized for about ƒ/2,8 and aren't well-suited for fast MF glass; unlike the OM series or Nikon FM3, focusing is a challenge unless there's some aid. The confirmation dot on Nikon is notoriously inaccurate. The now-defunct Katz Eye made great screens with split circle but from the D800/D4 onwards, Nikon purposely engineered the screen mount as to make interchange difficult.


PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 6:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

O and be sure you do some research upfront on how to set the camera for a manual lens. On a Pentax, you have to take a few initial hurdles, but once setup, it works very nicely. Especially if you have a lot of K-mount or M42-lenses, a Pentax is something to consider.