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12-10-2019, 03:34 AM - 9 Likes   #1
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Good news ... K-1 is one of 20 most important cameras of the decade - DPReview

Some nice recognition from DPReview !!!

Reads => " 2016: Pentax K-1

Pentax is one of those brands that its fans just love - passionately and loyally. Now owned by Ricoh, Pentax has had a rocky few years but it's still hanging in there, thanks in no small part to a small army of repeat customers that can't imagine ever buying from another brand.

The K-1 is a really solid camera - literally. Peppered with buttons, dials and switches, it's an SLR in the classic mold, and one of the toughest models on the market. Specifically meant to appeal to outdoor photographers, the K-1 and its successor the K-1 II is one of the very few cameras we'd feel confident about taking out into truly awful weather. Backlit controls and neat features like 'Astrotracer' make it attractive to nocturnal photographers, too.

We said: 'The Pentax K-1 is a 36MP fully weather sealed, image stabilized full-frame DSLR that offers an enormous amount of features at a bargain price. Although the autofocus system fails to catch up with some of its peers the image quality that the K-1 offers is some of the best on the market and users will enjoy the ability to utilize the K-1's clever sensor shift technology.'

July 2016

It's pretty rare to hear phrases like 'this is a camera for MX owners' uttered in a product briefing, but it's great to see a company taking such good care of its legacy (and of its most loyal customers).

The K-1 was the first full-frame Pentax DSLR, but it isn't in this list because it had a significant impact on the wider photography market (although in some respects it was very competitive, especially for landscape shooters). It's included here because it's one of those rare products that deserves to be celebrated: a love letter, in effect, from a manufacturer to its customers. The K-1 was packed with all the special features that Pentax users had come to appreciate in the company's APS-C DSLRs, and being full-frame it was fully compatible with their collection of lenses going back decades - something that Pentax shooters had been waiting for, for a long time."

These are the 20 most important cameras of the decade (and one phone): Digital Photography Review

These are the 20 most important cameras of the decade (and one phone): Digital Photography Review


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Excellent news !
DPR seems to eventually get the Pentaxist's message
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'one of 20 most improtant cameras of the decade'

At least it wasn't one of the most impotent ones...
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I thought DPR hated Pentax, did they recently change their editorial line ?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Mistral75 Quote
'one of 20 most improtant cameras of the decade'

At least it wasn't one of the most impotent ones...
Yeah ... good one and I corrected the spelling error. Stupid fingers ...
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Interesting, especially since they are no fans of Pentax …
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DPR has come a long way from the times when they'd make fun of the K-01 on a regular basis...
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QuoteOriginally posted by fsge Quote
I thought DPR hated Pentax, did they recently change their editorial line ?
That is probably too simplistic. As some have pointed out, Ricoh is so small that they have no reservations stressing any negative point ad nauseam. But they can appreciate also the good points. Still, if you read between the lines their sentiment that Ricoh/Pentax produces mainly products for Ricoh/Pentax users is prevalent also in this text. Where they really fail is if their assessments were based on sloppy research and when the community points out their errors. They are stubborn, defensive, sometimes even ignorant and accuse the community for "fanboyism", a preferred term. Thus, not hate, just a form of passive agressiveness from time to time.

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QuoteOriginally posted by MMVIII Quote
That is probably too simplistic. As some have pointed out, Ricoh is so small that they have no reservations stressing any negative point ad nauseam. But they can appreciate also the good points. Still, if you read between the lines their sentiment that Ricoh/Pentax produces mainly products for Ricoh/Pentax users is prevalent also in this text. Where they really fail is if their assessments were based on sloppy research and when the community points out their errors. They are stubborn, defensive, sometimes even ignorant and accuse the community for "fanboyism", a preferred term. Thus, not hate, just a form of passive agressiveness from time to time.
Maybe I am mistaken but isnt it DPR which had KP as the worst (or close to) camera of 2017? It is more than sloppy research or passive aggressiveness to me.
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That's nice. Not sure if DPR would rank among my top twenty websites for the decade........
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Maybe I am mistaken but isnt it DPR which had KP as the worst (or close to) camera of 2017? It is more than sloppy research or passive aggressiveness to me.
No, that wasn't DPR. DPR actually had a fairly positive review of the KP and gave it a silver award. It more recently got listed as one of the best cameras under $1000.
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The good news is that the K-1 was an important corner stone for Pentax, AND relatively successful (relative to any other Pentax camera model of the last 5 years). The bad news is that Ricoh global vision completely messed up the good start of the K1, by cutting costs on lens developments when Pentax K1 system growth needs it the most. That's a ridiculous move. No wonder why Kenspo left Pentax.
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break down this way:

samsung 3

sony 3

olympus 1

leica 2

fuji 3


apple 1


pentax 1

canon 2


nikon 4

seems weird to give two mentions to fuji's medium format cameras and leave out the 645z and the hassleblad x1d-50c which i believe beat fuji to market in 50mp mirrorless. left out the 5dsr? samsung doesn't even make cameras any more. replace the crapple phone with theta.
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QuoteOriginally posted by sculptor666 Quote
break down this way:

samsung 3

sony 3

olympus 1

leica 2

fuji 3


apple 1


pentax 1

canon 2


nikon 4

seems weird to give two mentions to fuji's medium format cameras and leave out the 645z and the hassleblad x1d-50c which i believe beat fuji to market in 50mp mirrorless. left out the 5dsr? samsung doesn't even make cameras any more. replace the crapple phone with theta.
Much has to do with how you define "important". For example, the 'Canon T90' was perhaps the most important camera of the 1980s - not because of what it provided on film, not because of how many it sold, but because (D)SLR cameras for the next couple of decades looked very much like it..
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QuoteOriginally posted by sculptor666 Quote
seems weird to give two mentions to fuji's medium format cameras and leave out the 645z and the hassleblad x1d-50c
It's logical from a commercial standpoint, amazon doesn't have good sales prospects for both 645z and X1D, they consider those a niche products that don't represent significant sales on amazon not matter how they rate them on DPR. DPR will assess potential amazon sales impact of promoting products on DPR (sensitivity analysis), computers are connected these days (*), amazon can measure the impact of DPR actions in real time, so they'll promote products with the highest sales potential first. You can rely on DPR reviews anymore , it's very biased because it's sales driven.


(*) I used to work for the large retail chain for a few months, and every sales of every counter (via reading bar code on product package) was fed back into their logistics and marketing department database, they even could correlate sales with the weather conditions make prediction about future sales based on the weather forcast. They could measure how much more sales they made on top of normal sales rate when deploying an ads campaign. And this was already like this 15 years ago... imagine what it can be now with internet and online sales... super easy.

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