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02-07-2015, 09:42 AM   #331
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The green ring looks good together with the green led around the shutter button...which turns red in video mode...

Maybe they are going to release a full lineup of dedicated cinema lenses and decided to keep the red ring for those :P

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'finger grease' - disgusts me
Don't touch it. :P


That new lens is cute. I want it.


What I didn't understand about the K-S1 was the grip. Apart from being pretty, what are the benefits? It's not like it is saving any space by being so small, you just ruin ergonomics and have to use a small battery. I'm glad they do a version that doesn't have this issue, though it could be a bit more snazzy looking (as long as there is also a real K-50 successor). The small grip only has an advantage when you can make the mirror housing smaller, and that is impossible.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Na Horuk Quote
I think this is what is surprising me the most! The K-S1 wit the LED lights? Quickly removed in K-S2. Red rings? Gone. FF? On its way! Who knows what's next, but it won't be easy on our wallets..
I appreciate their willingness to try new things, and I hope that doesn't change. Who knew people cared about the green rings? It's a tradition only as old as the DA lenses. In a parallel universe, the green ring is a hated symbol of crop-sensor lenses, and everyone cheered their demise.

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It's not like it is saving any space by being so small, you just ruin ergonomics and have to use a small battery.
I have to disagree. The smaller grip makes a significant difference in my camera bag - the K-S1 can easily fit in a slot formerly occupied by a MF film camera, and not even the K-x could do that. While the K-S1 can't use the AA battery clip, it's the same Li-109 as the K-r/30/50/500, so no great sacrifice there. I personally would have shaped the grip a little differently, but the handling still comes closer to those film cameras that I grew up on and honestly prefer to the big grips. It all depends on what you are used to.
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I appreciate their willingness to try new things, and I hope that doesn't change.
Yes!!

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I have to disagree. The smaller grip makes a significant difference in my camera bag - the K-S1 can easily fit in a slot formerly occupied by a MF film camera, and not even the K-x could do that. While the K-S1 can't use the AA battery clip, it's the same Li-109 as the K-r/30/50/500, so no great sacrifice there. I personally would have shaped the grip a little differently, but the handling still comes closer to those film cameras that I grew up on and honestly prefer to the big grips. It all depends on what you are used to.
The first outing my wife and I took in 1984 with my Super Program was interrupted by the short life of the tiny button batteries that powered it, and we spent much of the morning finding someone who carried them. Ever since then I have had at least one spare battery set, but I have also valued the ability to use easily-obtainable AA/AAA batteries, so inability to use an AA battery clip is a big loss as far I'm concerned.
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The first outing my wife and I took in 1984 with my Super Program was interrupted by the short life of the tiny button batteries that powered it, and we spent much of the morning finding someone who carried them. Ever since then I have had at least one spare battery set, but I have also valued the ability to use easily-obtainable AA/AAA batteries, so inability to use an AA battery clip is a big loss as far I'm concerned.
True, and I felt the same way until I bought my first Li-only camera and had to adapt and carry a spare (I have worn out many sets of NiMH AA batteries and even a few gift-shop-crap AAs). However, I'll bet the vast majority of entry-level K-r/30/50 buyers never bought an AA clip, so the K-S1 is exactly the same to them.
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QuoteOriginally posted by THoog Quote
True, and I felt the same way until I bought my first Li-only camera and had to adapt and carry a spare (I have worn out many sets of NiMH AA batteries and even a few gift-shop-crap AAs). However, I'll bet the vast majority of entry-level K-r/30/50 buyers never bought an AA clip, so the K-S1 is exactly the same to them.
in order to better appreciate that which you have, get a Q.

And three spare batteries.
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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
in order to better appreciate that which you have, get a Q.

And three spare batteries.
I have 2 spares for mine.

I would be concerned, but it is my secondary camera.
A Canon Rebel is still my primary camera, and I do have a battery grip (which accepts AA batteries) for it.
My comments about the K-50 / K-S1 are based on the fact that i would buy a K-camera to replace the Rebel as my primary camera.

BTW - I also have an appropriate 12-volt charger for each camera, so I could charge as I drive if necessary.

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QuoteOriginally posted by THoog Quote
I appreciate their willingness to try new things, and I hope that doesn't change. Who knew people cared about the green rings? It's a tradition only as old as the DA lenses. In a parallel universe, the green ring is a hated symbol of crop-sensor lenses, and everyone cheered their demise.



I have to disagree. The smaller grip makes a significant difference in my camera bag - the K-S1 can easily fit in a slot formerly occupied by a MF film camera, and not even the K-x could do that. While the K-S1 can't use the AA battery clip, it's the same Li-109 as the K-r/30/50/500, so no great sacrifice there. I personally would have shaped the grip a little differently, but the handling still comes closer to those film cameras that I grew up on and honestly prefer to the big grips. It all depends on what you are used to.
Hm, but at the thickest point it should be as thick as the K-S2...? I used old film cameras too, but I prefer the sculpted big grips we now have (though the old cameras were better looking). To each his own, I suppose. It's good that Pentax will (hopefully) produce both cameras.


As for battery, where on earth did they fit that in there?


My spare D-Li90 is barely usable anymore, but I carry a charger that can use USB, a USB charger that charges 2 devices at the same time and a USB battery pack that can charge the D-Li90 a few times. The charger also works with a 12V socket, but I don't bring that along. The original D-Li90 is easily able to do 1000+ photos on a charge... two days ago I shot 1 hour and 8 minutes of video AND 543 stills, and there was still battery left. Makes me feel little anxiety having just one battery...
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I am mostly a lurker on the Forum, because there are already dozens of "experts" who know how to run Ricoh/Pentax better than Ricoh/Pentax.
A well-deserved pat on the back for your efforts. Don't let those who cry for attention diminish your fine efforts.
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And a big thank you to Ken from the other side of the world, for injecting a large dose of enthusiasm into the Pentax ecosystem - I wish you all the best for your new relationship with Pentax.
The other side of the world? He's just down the street from me!

But yes, very refreshing with some input from an enthusiastic insider!




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What I find intriguing about the K-S2 has nothing to do with the camera itself. It's that after the loooooong anticipated announcement of a FF, this thread seems to have more activity than any of the threads on it or the other newly announced gear.

As Spock would say...................... fascinating.
Fascinating indeed. And I suspect the K-S line will continue to create forum activity.
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how about red used for knowing there was an SMC but this is the HD version ?
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Hm, but at the thickest point it should be as thick as the K-S2...? I used old film cameras too, but I prefer the sculpted big grips we now have (though the old cameras were better looking). To each his own, I suppose. It's good that Pentax will (hopefully) produce both cameras.


As for battery, where on earth did they fit that in there?


My spare D-Li90 is barely usable anymore, but I carry a charger that can use USB, a USB charger that charges 2 devices at the same time and a USB battery pack that can charge the D-Li90 a few times. The charger also works with a 12V socket, but I don't bring that along. The original D-Li90 is easily able to do 1000+ photos on a charge... two days ago I shot 1 hour and 8 minutes of video AND 543 stills, and there was still battery left. Makes me feel little anxiety having just one battery...
Well, the K-x can fit, but it's snug, and the grip pushes against the divider, meaning less room in the next pocket for lenses. Also, the lighter weight of the K-S1 means I don't need a neck strap for it, and neck straps always seem to expand to take all available space and then some.

The K-S1 battery bay does take up about half of the right side of the body. The battery is oriented left-to-right, like the K-01. If the K-S2 has the Li-109/AA combo battery bay, I think it would be oriented front-to-rear, like the K-30/50/etc. FWIW, in the right-side pictures we've seen, the rubber plug for an external power cord appears to be in the same place as the K-30/50.
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Exactly!
Fascinating indeed. And I suspect the K-S line will continue to create forum activity.
Pentax's having a FF camera may make them look more like a major player, but I'm guessing that more of us have the resources to buy a member of the K-S line than to buy an FF camera.
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I Photoshopped the KS-2 picture to make it look like how I wanted it to be - with more space for my thumb. Only thing reduced was the thickness of the LCD border. What do you think?

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I Photoshopped the KS-2 picture to make it look like how I wanted it to be - with more space for my thumb. Only thing reduced was the thickness of the LCD border. What do you think?
It's a good start... I made a quick little photoshop addition to it, placing the playback button where I think it belongs, then expanded the rubber thumb grip. I also added some texture for grip, as seen on the K30.

See here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/adudenamedjosh/16466354025/

This camera just needs more thumb real estate IMO

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