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12-17-2014, 11:24 AM   #1
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K-S1 listed as one of the beste DSLRs in german Magazine "Der Spiegel"

German news magazine "Spiegel" just nominated the three best DSLRs for Christmas shoppers, figuring the Nikon D750 (pro), Canon 7D Mk2 (semi-pro) and the Pentax K-S1 as best entry-level DSLR.

The article specifically praises K-S1s straightforward design and usability.

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This is because the Germans have impeccable tastes. This camera really is a winner in many ways. It is going to be added to my kit within the next year. If all you care about is image quality this camera nails it.
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But then they just looked at what the camera is, and didn't really base their opinion on what a Pentax is "supposed" to be. It was just a matter of time.
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It is nice that the feature photo is of the K-S1 instead of one of the other two.

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This is because the Germans have impeccable tastes. This camera really is a winner in many ways. It is going to be added to my kit within the next year. If all you care about is image quality this camera nails it.
Well, ok, It wouldn't be exactly my type of camera design but perhaps I'm not german enough ;-) At least that's free publicity for Pentax which is a good thing after all!
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I'm not German at all, and I have fallen in love with the K-S1 over the few days I have had it. It is a joy to handle and it is the best digital camera to use with legacy lenses that I have tried.

As a result I am in the process of selling my K-01 and will likely do the same with my K-5 IIs.
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Well, I was born in Germany*, and I have a K-S1, so maybe it was something in the water.

The K-S1 is definitely not for everybody. That doesn't mean that it isn't for anybody.



*Army brat. Moved back to the US when I was two. No memories of Europe whatsoever. I was cheated!
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I'm not German at all, and I have fallen in love with the K-S1 over the few days I have had it. It is a joy to handle and it is the best digital camera to use with legacy lenses that I have tried.
Interesting, is Live View better implemented than in the K-01? What else do you prefer in comparison to "the brick"?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Sandy Hancock Quote
As a result I am in the process of selling my K-01 and will likely do the same with my K-5 IIs.
Wow, that's a statement!
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It is a little smaller in most dimensions than the K-01 (except for the pentaprism hump of course), but it feels *a lot* smaller.

The ergonomics are really good. The grip works *much* better than I expected, and the button layout is a work of genius. The green button is just behind the shutter release, so stop-down metering with old lenses is literally a snap, and the AF/AE lock button needs just a small rightwards shift of the thumb. The exposure compensation button is also really well placed.

I have had more luck manually focussing through the viewfinder than with any of my other DSLR's, to the point where I rarely use live view, but when I do I would say the focus peaking is about the same as The Brick.

The IQ is stunning. There is something about the images I can't quite quantify; it's almost like the old CCD sensor of my K10D.

And it looks AWESOME in Moon Silver

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My thoughts were along the lines of selling my K-5 and K-01 to be replaced by the S1.
Seems the best of both cameras, if one likes a smaller package, and I do.
My MX-1 has gotten a lot of work lately.

I really would like to try one in hand before buying, and I'm not sure that's even possible in my area, need to call around to see I guess.
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That's a sexy image, Sandy. Maybe I'll sell my k-30 for one.
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QuoteOriginally posted by geedee Quote
Interesting, is Live View better implemented than in the K-01?
If I may, the focus peaking is a lot better - a legacy lens dream.

Flashing red of the high contrast area, not steady white outlines ... much clearer. As usual, you press the OK button to get 6x magnification.

BTW, Sandy gave a great tip on the best way to hold it - curl the pinky underneath the body.

It's so good, that I now do the ring finger as well - the angles are perfect for thumb and index finger to buttons and controls.

The weight of the camera is almost entirely supported by the left hand, as you do with a mirrorless and big lens. The right hand is very, very relaxed.
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If I may, the focus peaking is a lot better - a legacy lens dream.

Flashing red of the high contrast area, not steady white outlines ... much clearer. As usual, you press the OK button to get 6x magnification.

BTW, Sandy gave a great tip on the best way to hold it - curl the pinky underneath the body.

It's so good, that I now do the ring finger as well - the angles are perfect for thumb and index finger to buttons and controls.

The weight of the camera is almost entirely supported by the left hand, as you do with a mirrorless and big lens. The right hand is very, very relaxed.
Sounds really good, but: Whaa! Please stop talking me into buying a new body! It's so close to christmas and I've got some cash left...
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QuoteOriginally posted by geedee Quote
Sounds really good, but: Whaa! Please stop talking me into buying a new body! It's so close to christmas and I've got some cash left...
So what you are saying is that you have some cash left to spend on a new body?
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