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04-16-2022, 02:10 AM   #346
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I was satisfied to have switched from apsc to full frame, until I recently looked into the possibilities and costs of large format film (4x5, 5x7 or 8x10), now I see the difference between apsc and full frame digital rather insignificant. Everything digital is small, designed for convenience and speed, no so much for absolute image resolution. I might be been better staying with my apsc lenses, upgrading my K3 to a K3-III and spending the K1 money on large format film.

04-16-2022, 12:59 PM   #347
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Ive never used a K1 but I did own a Canon 5D mkiii and can say, without reservations, I much prefer my K70. I enjoy APSC and even prefer the field of view with most commonly available focal lengths so I have no interest in going the full frame route again. Prints come out perfectly fine in my experience, though it just depends on what youre going for, really. Nice that the options are there
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QuoteOriginally posted by biz-engineer Quote
I was satisfied to have switched from apsc to full frame, until I recently looked into the possibilities and costs of large format film (4x5, 5x7 or 8x10), now I see the difference between apsc and full frame digital rather insignificant. Everything digital is small, designed for convenience and speed, no so much for absolute image resolution. I might be been better staying with my apsc lenses, upgrading my K3 to a K3-III and spending the K1 money on large format film.
biz-engineer - indeed. The trend I’ve noticed especially using the Zeiss/G Master/Nikon Z lines of top end glass seems to move towards ‘RPG/Matador’-like hefty and large cylinders bordering the medium/large format kit once you start packing all the required accessories into a carrying solution at the end of the day.

In my case as my current subject interest is in small wildlife and random curiosities, DFA* 70-200mm is permanently mated to my K1ii for the last 4 months.

Crazy as it may sound - I’m deliberating having a smaller APS-C (perhaps a KP due to the articulating screen feature and more Live View shooting to get away fro. The smaller viewfinder) in the wider angle/street role with the ‘stack of primes’ Limited 20-40mm. I know this would make some of us cringe at being reminded of the old days when you had to carry an extra film body + lens for the film speed but this time it’s for not faffing around with switching lenses…

Maybe I’ll just stick to the phone for this sort of thing…for now…
06-20-2022, 01:03 AM   #349
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QuoteOriginally posted by Munki Quote
Sorry for necro, but for my personal use, I'd say I would've been happy with a kp and going back to APS-C. The compactness really does it for me. I haven't really touched my K1 all that much if I'm going to be truly honest with myself.
I do understand this very well.
I got a K1 (I) and have good lenses for it but due to weight/size/age my most used Pentax is my KP.
First I had difficulties with the grip (I still find the K5-Series the best to hold in my hands) but I got used to it.
I had a K3 and the K3II but was very happy when the KP came out.
Also it allows me ooc JPEG in really good quality.
On the K5IIs I miss KAF4 and focus-peaking which I use a lot with macro
If I'd have the choice for just 1 DSLR it would be the KP. No need yet for the K3III.
But I must admit, when I work with the K1 I am amazed how good it is!

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QuoteOriginally posted by texandrews Quote
Ergonomics trump size/weight every time.
I may go the opposite way.
For me, my KP is my primary camera, but weight is becoming an issue for it.
I am experimenting to see if I will be satisfied with what a “Q” gives me on birding walks with my wife.
At age 74, lugging the KP is too much, so I may otherwise have have a choice of not going or of not taking a real camera.
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I have used APS-C (Pentax and Fujifilm) for welve years and just recently switched to FF (Panasonic Lumix S5) and I have to say I'm happy with the switch. Still, some of the differences I'm noting are due to the sensor size, some due to the camera being mirrorless and some due to the camera being much more modern than what I've used until now. It's not fair to compare a 2014 DSLR with a 2020 mirrorless and say "wow - FF/mirrorless is so much better!".

Advantages:

- Better image quality at low ISO
- Much better image quality at high ISO
- All my beloved old film-era primes now have the field of view they were designed to have and are far, far easier to focus - a real joy to use compared to APS-C (DSLR or mirrorless)
- Extremely fast and reliable AF
- Shallower depth of field when I want it (which is quite a lot)
- Virtually any DSLR lens can be adapted

Disadvantages:

- More expensive (though much of that is due to changes in the market: a K-3 III costs more than my S5)
- Lenses are generally larger
- I'm not so confident of the weather and dust sealing as I am with my Pentax gear
- Lens choice is much less (though that's mainly because it's the L mount) and partly moot anyway because of disadvantage #1
- Ergonomics are not as good
- Worse battery life, which I notice on the S5 but never really on my Fujifilm gear

All in all I'm very glad I made the change and I'm enjoying it. Part of me wonders why I didn't do it sooner though another part of me feels that now was the right time in many ways. I still have my nicest Pentax digital and Fujifilm gear to use and how long it stays around will depend on several factors but it's hard to see myself without at least one Pentax DSLR and a few favourite lenses. If my K-3 dies then I'll get a cheap used DSLR or revive my K200D and I'm still also using film and the majority of my film gear is Pentax. In short, I can't see myself ever not being able to call myself a Pentaxian.
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I like having my lenses do what I expect of them. As a 95% film shooter, I have a bunch of film-era lenses that work fine on APS-C, but give you a very different field of view compared to my film camera. So I need to have an ultra wide lens to get a moderate wide field of view. In some cases, like using the Pentax macro bellows and slide copier, it actually makes it very difficult to find a lens that fits and works within the bellows limit of the setup. With FF, any of the 50mm lenses (preferably macro) works perfectly.

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