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08-18-2016, 03:55 PM   #1
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just inquiring if every one who has gotten there new k1 , is satisfied. really want to get one but been waiting for actual hands on reviews. a couple of things i have saw and heard where the issues with the pixel shift and a problem with the top dial locking up? thanks

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QuoteOriginally posted by retired2007 Quote
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So far beyond satisfied there are no words. By far the best camera I have ever owned. If you are going to read online comments about issues you should balance that with the positive reports. Including the many hands on reports posted on this forum.

I know of no issues with pixelshift, what specifically are you worried about? Some software does not support it yet, but the Pentax software does.

I did see one poster with a top dial that locked up. Not to be sarcastic, but they are turning out a reported 7,000 per month of these, plus initial stock and we have one locked dial? I see so few complaints it is amazing. I strongly think this is the LEAST troublesome camera release in modern Pentax history.

Be concerned about the price or how it fits your hands, but don't be concerned about the quality of the camera.
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just inquiring if every one who has gotten there new k1 , is satisfied. really want to get one but been waiting for actual hands on reviews. a couple of things i have saw and heard where the issues with the pixel shift and a problem with the top dial locking up? thanks
Google is your friend.

https://www.google.com/#q=hands+on+review+pentax+k-1

also PF,

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I've had mine since day 1. Only my third SLR in 37 years, Everything about it just seems to work.

However, I have recently been using my old K-5 when away on trips due to its marginally smaller weight and size. When I return to my K-1 it reminds (again) of how far Pentax (Hoya/Ricoh) have moved in 5 years!

Autofocus - works decisively and accurately on all my lenses without any +/- corrections
Viewfinder - large and bright
Back Screen - intuitive and flexible
Raw Files - incredibly detailed and malleable - like the K-5; but almost 2.5x bigger.
Plus amazing SR, GPS tagging and WiFi built-in.

My experience is about as far from disappointed as I can imagine. I have only used PS a few times; I feel it is only useful for static subjects, but the results are tangibly better at extreme pixel-peeping. Absolutely no issues with lock-ups, unlike K-5 with low battery and live view...

People may be having issues with their K-1s, but I have not personally experienced anything that can't be attributed to either simple user error or the downside of extremely high resolution and large file size : ie physics.

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Very nice all round. My only quibble is that there is shutter shock that reduces sharpness at the pixel level at 1/100 sec shutter speed or there abouts, especially with a light lens like the D FA 28-105. However, I have adapted by shooting at higher (or lower) speeds. Otherwise, the K-1 produces impeccable images shot after shot. Coupled with the D FA 70-200, it is simply astonishing.
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I've found mine to be great..... I'd get one before you run out of heart beats....fellow retiree here....2010

I'd expect a 2-5% issue with any complex devices these days..... so K-1 seems quite good to me.
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QuoteOriginally posted by retired2007 Quote
just inquiring if every one who has gotten there new k1 , is satisfied. really want to get one but been waiting for actual hands on reviews. a couple of things i have saw and heard where the issues with the pixel shift and a problem with the top dial locking up? thanks
In case it matters, I am about 2 months older than you!

I've had my K-1 from day one, and I've probably shot about 25,000 frames with it. These include lots of action photos at airshows and motorsports, (using FF and burst mode, hence the frame count), some wildlife including birds-in-flight, (ditto), portraits, urban landscapes and interiors, and "miscellaneous".

It is by far the best general-purpose camera I've ever used. My K-3II is now simply my back-up camera in case the K-1 breaks. I'm gradually getting rid of my APS-C-only equipment.

I wrote a user-review "K-1 in the field" at DPReview. It has links to a lot of photos I've taken with the K-1. (I've taken and uploaded lots more since then).

But - I also bought the 5 recent Pentax FF zooms lenses. They work well with the K-1, and vice-versa, and nearly all my photos were taken with those lenses. So my experience may be different from that of people who use other lenses.

As I said: "... general-purpose camera ...". I don't pigeon-hole it as a camera just for any particular subjects. But neither am I under the illusion that it is the best camera in the world for any one of the subjects I shoot. So obviously people who have a more specialist interest in particular subjects will be able to criticise it, and often do, especially sports-photography enthusiasts.

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It is a very nice camera. Biggest issues have to do with really big files and the buffer taking awhile to clear. This is not a sports camera, although you probably could get away using it as such in crop mode.

Build is really nice and I have had no problems with my mode dial or functionality.

Images that come from this camera are excellent -- lots of dynamic range and very nice color transitions. They just have a lot more latitude in processing than those from a K3 or K5. Pixel shift is OK. It does take an extra step in the work process since Lightroom doesn't have a motion control feature in it, if you take a PS image, you have to run it through a secondary program (dcrawps or DCU) to generate a 16 bit TIFF file that has the motion controlled. Then you process that file in Lightroom. A little clunky, but it does work and makes the feature usable in the real world.

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Am I the only one that isn’t super impressed by the feeling of the build quality? My first impression was that it felt really plastic, the mode dial especially felt like an empty plastic shell molded in one piece (which it probably is), the top and the whole right side conveyed an empty plastic feeling. Whereas The K-5 has a more solid feel, although this impression of the K-1 might change with usage. I’ve only had it for a couple of days as of yet.

The tilting screen though, I’ve got used to that one really really quick, very nice if you do a lot of tripod work. If I’m working at a weird angle it takes about 3 seconds and the screen is perfectly aligned to my position. VERY nice.
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Extremely satisfied!! Had it since mid-May, have taken over 4,000 images with it already including many Pixel Shift shots (including foliage and moving water). In contrast to Gimbal, I find the feel to be extremely solid and satisfying. Ergonomics are great (even if I find the 3rd wheel a bit superfluous). The tilt screen is great. Pixel Shift works beautifully, although it takes some experimenting with the workflow for processing the images. The slow buffer clear is probably my biggest wish for improvement. I bought it primarily for landscape although I have used it for sports and people shooting as well. The ability to recover significant detail from over and especially under-exposed areas is nothing short of phenomenal. This, more than MP, is the single biggest advance in image quality and shooting flexibility over my K3ii.
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Yes, I'm satisfied - it's a clear upgrade from the K-5IIs, in about every way (except the additional weight & larger size, and the need to buy new lenses...).
I find Smart Function dials less useful than I thought, and the Flexible Tilt LCD more useful than I thought; and I'm not yet using properly the customization possibilities (which are definitely very nice to have). I'm still discovering the camera...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kunzite Quote
I find Smart Function dials less useful than I thought, and the Flexible Tilt LCD more useful than I thought; and I'm not yet using properly the customization possibilities (which are definitely very nice to have). I'm still discovering the camera...
+1 My thoughts exactly.
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I'm also extremely happy with my K-1.

My “review" at DPReview is by no means a proper review -- I initially only wanted to rate the K-1 and then noticed I was supposed to write text as well -- but it contains some observations and, perhaps most importantly, some myth-busting.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Gimbal Quote
the top and the whole right side conveyed an empty plastic feeling
Perceptions are often truth, but you might find this image of the magnesium alloy shell to be interesting, particularly with regards to the right side.

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Perceptions are often truth, but you might find this image of the magnesium alloy shell to be interesting, particularly with regards to the right side.
Yes I know, but in reality you don't get to feel the metal since the grip is covered in rubber, there is a rubber flap covering the remote plug and there is a plastic door covering the memory cards, and there is also a thin plastic plate right behind the rubber grip covering most of the side. (Or so it feels, that might be wrong though)
There is some metal coming through above the memory card door though. where the strap is attached.
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