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05-28-2016, 10:02 AM   #1
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K10d upgrade Do I get a K3 or K1 full frame

Having been a pentaxian since the days of film I have quite a few lenses and bellows and extention tubes. I am thinking of upgrading, but do not know whether to buy a K3 or K3ii or go whole hog and save even harder for the FF K1, my main interests are macro and ornithology, I would like to get into astrophotography and already have the telescope and convertors to attach pentax to the telescope.

So would be really grateful for any thoughts on the matter

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05-28-2016, 10:12 AM   #2
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For both macro and ornithology, the K-3ii might actually be advantageous, since you are getting higher res APS-C crops which take advantage of the narrower field of view to get more effective reach in each application, as well as a faster shutter speed for BIF.

For astro, you will want a body with he built-in astrotracer, which both the k-3ii and K-1 have. Wide fields favor the K-1, but the K-3 cameras are still very nice astro cams.

QuoteOriginally posted by oldstoat Quote
Having been a pentaxian since the days of film I have quite a few lenses and bellows and extention tubes. I am thinking of upgrading, but do not know whether to buy a K3 or K3ii or go whole hog and save even harder for the FF K1, my main interests are macro and ornithology, I would like to get into astrophotography and already have the telescope and convertors to attach pentax to the telescope.

So would be really grateful for any thoughts on the matter

Cheers
05-28-2016, 10:28 AM   #3
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That's a very good answer right there.
Basically, the APSC cameras have a slight "magnification bonus", which might make them better for macro and telephoto.
The K-1 is a slightly bigger camera and has some innovative features and a tilting screen, and even those LED lights to help in dark.

I would recommend you go to a store where you can hold both cameras in your hands. Maybe that will give you the final push to decide.
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You can get some dandy glass with the price difference....

The K-1 definitely has an edge for big prints, dynamic range, probably autofocus in hard situations, shallow DOF. Has wifi, tilt screen. But needs FF lenses ideally. Heavier. Pricier.

The K-3II is lighter, faster burst mode, and cheaper. Works with all those APS-C lenses. More forgiving on DOF for those macro shots.

I don't think you'd go wrong with either; the big difference will be $$.

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A used k3,a new k1...or a new k3ii and wait andxsee if K1 prices drop? (It wont be soon)
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QuoteOriginally posted by oldstoat Quote
...I would like to get into astrophotography and already have the telescope and convertors to attach pentax to the telescope...
What telescope and what mount? Astrophotography through a telescope needs very good tracking. Google "autoguiding" for more info.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Oakland Rob Quote
You can get some dandy glass with the price difference....

The K-1 definitely has an edge for big prints, dynamic range, probably autofocus in hard situations, shallow DOF. Has wifi, tilt screen. But needs FF lenses ideally. Heavier. Pricier.

The K-3II is lighter, faster burst mode, and cheaper. Works with all those APS-C lenses. More forgiving on DOF for those macro shots.

I don't think you'd go wrong with either; the big difference will be $$.
About the DOF. The sensor size has no impact on DOF. What impacts is distance, aperture and focal length.
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I would hold out until the K1 drops in price.

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Having gone from a K10D to a K5 myself, I can tell you that either camera is going to be a massive improvement. The K10D is a good camera, but the newer cameras are slicker, faster, auto-focusier, auto-exposurier, comfortablier, and all-around cameraier.
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I was going to get the K-1 but after a bit of thinking about It I opted for the K-3 II - I'll revisit a K-1 purchase next spring. So far I'm thrilled with the K-3 II - awesome camera.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Tjompen1968 Quote
About the DOF. The sensor size has no impact on DOF. What impacts is distance, aperture and focal length.
Sure, except that in order to match FOV and DOF of a FF 50mm f1.4 shot, one needs a 35mm f1.0 on APS-C, so good luck with that!
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What telescope and what mount? Astrophotography through a telescope needs very good tracking. Google "autoguiding" for more info.
It's a 6" refractor with alt azi mount Then placed on a brick column rather than a tripod

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QuoteOriginally posted by Tjompen1968 Quote
About the DOF. The sensor size has no impact on DOF. What impacts is distance, aperture and focal length.
I have two lenses from 35mm film days so would they act as FF lenses on the K1

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QuoteOriginally posted by Oakland Rob Quote
You can get some dandy glass with the price difference....

The K-1 definitely has an edge for big prints, dynamic range, probably autofocus in hard situations, shallow DOF. Has wifi, tilt screen. But needs FF lenses ideally. Heavier. Pricier.

The K-3II is lighter, faster burst mode, and cheaper. Works with all those APS-C lenses. More forgiving on DOF for those macro shots.

I don't think you'd go wrong with either; the big difference will be $$.
I have two lenses from 35mm film days so would they act as FF lenses on the K1
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QuoteOriginally posted by oldstoat Quote
It's a 6" refractor with alt azi mount Then placed on a brick column rather than a tripod

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I have two lenses from 35mm film days so would they act as FF lenses on the K1

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I have two lenses from 35mm film days so would they act as FF lenses on the K1
Yes, 35mm=FF.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Ikarus Quote
Sure, except that in order to match FOV and DOF of a FF 50mm f1.4 shot, one needs a 35mm f1.0 on APS-C, so good luck with that!
And 50mm f/1.4 has to do with DOF in macro work in what way?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ikarus Quote
Sure, except that in order to match FOV and DOF of a FF 50mm f1.4 shot, one needs a 35mm f1.0 on APS-C, so good luck with that!
And to match a 300mm (not to mention 450mm, 560mm) on APSC with good DoF, you need a monster of a lens on FF! And to match the extra magnification from APSC you get in macro range (virtually pushing you beyond 1:1) you need an enlarger lens! Good luck with those!
Matching different formats is Sisyphus' errand
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Macro and ornithology has K-3II written all over it.
IN the APS-c crop area, the K-1 is 15 MP, the K-3II is 24 MP.
With the same lens, you will get more subject magnification with the same lens.
To make up for the less magnification on a K-1 you'll have to use the whole frame and more magnification. By the time you've used the better ISO to compensate for the loss of DoF, you'll also have lost your shutter speed an noise advantage. For those two things, a K-3 is probably just as good as the K-1 for a lot less money. Although, if you do everything needed, like use a longer local length lens, set up your image so you don't crop etc. etc, you will get a better image on the K-1.

Images like this image taken with the K-3 DA*200 and F1.7x AF adapter, for 340mm, you are going to need a Sigma 500 4.5 on a K-1 to do the same field of view.

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My 200 with 1.7x is quite portable. The Sigma 500 4.5, not so much.
To get the higher resolution with a K-1 there's a price far beyond the price of the camera. Since the K-3 already resolves the feather detail, I'm not even too sure you'd get anything from that extra 25% of detail.

The total cost of my DA*200 and 1.7 TC, which gives me 340mm ƒ4.5 is around $1200 CAD. The Sigma 500 is $7,500 CAD plus $2500 CAD = $10,000 for a K-1 setup. For me, i can afford the K-3 set up, not the K-1 set up. Resolution is a wonderfull thing, but it costs you 4 times the price, hoping that everything will line up, and the gods will smile, and you "nail one" and get a superior image.

Personally, if someone starts buying my images I'll go for it. Until then it's unlikely. I'm only willing to put that kind of money into something that can make me money.

But if you have the 10k lying around and strong back... go for a K-1

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