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11-17-2016, 09:38 AM   #1
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Pentax K1 or Nikon D810

I want some advice I have some pounds for a good camera and want to buy before brexit forces prices up. I cannot make my mind up between a Pentax K1 with 28-105 or a grey market Nikon D810 with 24-120. I take photos of various different subjects mostly landscapes, architecture and people but I do take some of motorsport. Any thoughts? I have a Nikon D300 at present and the worry the AF on the K1 might be a step backward.

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I had the D300. I was not impressed with it. I now use a Nikon D7100, much better camera.

For motor sports get a Nikon D7100 or D7200.

For landscapes, the K1 is supreme. Much cheaper and better than D810.

Advice from a guy who has both Nikon and Pentax systems.
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Gray market may mean no service from Nikon. For motor sports I'd choose a D500 or 7D Mk II. For everything else the K-1.
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if it were me, no question, I'd grab a K-1 over the D810. If AF tracking is slightly better on the D810, the Nikon is still weaker on weathersealing, pixel shift resolution, built in GPS & astrotracing, in-body shake reduction, sensor shift for perspective correction, selectable anti-aliasing filter, green button feature, etc etc...

How DO they get by?

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They are both excellent cameras and excellent lenses. It's splitting hairs but I'd say if it's mostly landscapes, architecture, and people, I'd go with the K-1. If motorsports is important then I'd suggest the D810 or even the long, long, long awaited D500 which is the king of APS-C right now.

For sure you're getting a better value with the K1 package. For landscapes and architecture the pixel shift is another bonus. But I'd prefer the Nikon 24-120mm more for the wide end than the long end.

For what it's worth, there is a significant difference between the D7100, D7200, and D500. Perhaps with what you save with the K1 you could get a wide angle prime?
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QuoteOriginally posted by amarsh1958 Quote
I want some advice I have some pounds for a good camera and want to buy before brexit forces prices up. I cannot make my mind up between a Pentax K1 with 28-105 or a grey market Nikon D810 with 24-120. I take photos of various different subjects mostly landscapes, architecture and people but I do take some of motorsport. Any thoughts? I have a Nikon D300 at present and the worry the AF on the K1 might be a step backward.
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Thanks for your answers, You have given the answer I thought I might get. I had also thought about the D500 but had dismissed it because of lack of DX lenses and having to get XQD memory cards. I had hoped to go to the Salon de La Photo in Paris last week and get my mitts on all of the cameras, put memory cards in and had a play but circumstances conspired against me and I couldn't go. The only other thing that I think might be a bit annoying with K1 is lack of built in flash which is a thing I don't use often but is great to have for a bit of fill in.
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QuoteOriginally posted by wtlwdwgn Quote
For motor sports I'd choose a D500 or 7D Mk II. For everything else the K-1.
I'd say the same thing.

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K1 DUH!!! But you did visit a Pentax forum... LOL

In all seriousness, I think the Nikon 35, 50, and 85 1.8 lenses are a bargain And I would highly consider those lenses if I were in that system. Also, resale value of the Nikon will be higher, Pentax depreciates much much faster. This is purly the eye of the consumer, but Nikon tends to draw a bigger crowd so you will keep a bit more money should you choose to sell it.

Obviously, the K1 is amazing, but it is probably a better value for those of us already in this system.

Choose wisely my friend... It is often costly to change systems.
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K-1 AF will shoot anything as long as the settings are appropriate, including action. Address to forum below will show motocross images done with K-1.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/190-pentax-k-1/328166-pentax-k-1-does-motocross-mx-racing.html

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D500 if sports is the most important factor. everything else the D800 or K1.

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I'd recommend trying to shoot with both before you buy. I've a relative new comer to photography, but I've experienced a lot of softness of focus with the K1 in low light conditions, such as portraits.

If you're ever planning to use your camera to shoot video, then definitely go with the Nikon.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Dericali Quote
I'd recommend trying to shoot with both before you buy. I've a relative new comer to photography, but I've experienced a lot of softness of focus with the K1 in low light conditions, such as portraits.

If you're ever planning to use your camera to shoot video, then definitely go with the Nikon.
'Softness of focus'? My K-1 is always spot-on for portraits.
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QuoteOriginally posted by amarsh1958 Quote
I want some advice I have some pounds for a good camera and want to buy before brexit forces prices up. I cannot make my mind up between a Pentax K1 with 28-105 or a grey market Nikon D810 with 24-120. I take photos of various different subjects mostly landscapes, architecture and people but I do take some of motorsport. Any thoughts? I have a Nikon D300 at present and the worry the AF on the K1 might be a step backward.
K-1 is not a step backwards from the D300 in any way. If the majority of the work you do is landscapes, architecture, & people then I would go with the K-1. I use the K-1 with pixel shift for architecture and interiors and its by far a better option than the D810 for this application. The 28-105mm is a very good lens for the money. It might be the first zoom that doesn't have a constant aperture that I will buy since 1996. I'm still waiting on Ricoh to announce their new glass, but the results I have seen from the 28-105mm are very, very good for the money.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Fenwoodian Quote
I had the D300. I was not impressed with it. I now use a Nikon D7100, much better camera.

For motor sports get a Nikon D7100 or D7200.

For landscapes, the K1 is supreme. Much cheaper and better than D810.

Advice from a guy who has both Nikon and Pentax systems.
After a quick read of the thread, I vote of this answer....

I'll trust a guy using both systems over a guy like me who hasn't any day.
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