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12-31-2014, 04:40 AM   #1
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K-S1 price drops

Amazon UK has a black body-only for 399 now, while Jessops has it at 329 with kit lens (after 40 rebate). A couple of other sites appear also to have reduced their prices. Perhaps a sign of things to come? I hope these are permanent reductions and not just undeclared sale prices.

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Those seem more in line with the sale prices we've been seeing in the US lately. Of course many of our sale prices end tonight
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Great news! Hope more people will try it out, it's such a nice camera.
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Amazon UK has a black body-only for 399 now, while Jessops has it at 329 with kit lens (after 40 rebate).
OK that must have been a typo by someone at Jessops. It's now showing at 429, which is in line with everyone else.

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I have had my old and reliable K100D for about 6 years now and I have been looking for a used K5 IIs to replace it.

But at last week I noticed K-S1 discounted at 299€ for the kit here in Finland, I didn't have to think twice.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Xtreme Quote
I have had my old and reliable K100D for about 6 years now and I have been looking for a used K5 IIs to replace it.

But at last week I noticed K-S1 discounted at 299 for the kit here in Finland, I didn't have to think twice.
Great pickup, Xtreme - enjoy your pictures!
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Thanks clackers. I'll be getting familiar with the S1 at the weekend.
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The K-S1 body is selling for the equivalent of just over 300 pounds here in Chengdu China, with a non-wr lens it's about 360. So for me it is a no brainer, I am semi-retired now, and somewhat lazy, so instead of buying the K-3 that was in my plans for sometime in the future, I grabbed a black K-S1 body. Saves me about 200 pounds, and about 200gms. Check this out:



Less than a kilogram, with 3 nice primes - 21, 40, 70. It replaces my old K-5, and I like the results I get from it, as you can see from some of the other shots on my flickr page. If I buy a second K-S1 later in a different colour, or maybe even a K-S2, I would sometimes be able to realise my dream of carrying 2 bodies, with the 21 and my 100WR macro already mounted. And still be under 2 kg.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Bagga_Txips Quote
The K-S1 body is selling for the equivalent of just over 300 pounds here in Chengdu China, with a non-wr lens it's about 360. So for me it is a no brainer, I am semi-retired now, and somewhat lazy, so instead of buying the K-3 that was in my plans for sometime in the future, I grabbed a black K-S1 body. Saves me about 200 pounds, and about 200gms. Check this out:



Less than a kilogram, with 3 nice primes - 21, 40, 70. It replaces my old K-5, and I like the results I get from it, as you can see from some of the other shots on my flickr page. If I buy a second K-S1 later in a different colour, or maybe even a K-S2, I would sometimes be able to realise my dream of carrying 2 bodies, with the 21 and my 100WR macro already mounted. And still be under 2 kg.
Congratulations! This is the ideal use for the K-S1 and the reason it should be taken more seriously by Pentaxians. I've been using a similar set with my K-01 for the last couple of years, and it means that I don't hesitate to bring it with me wherever I go. With the K-S1, you get that as well as the best APS-C viewfinder on the market. There is almost no IQ compromise with this set up - you just lose a control wheel. A bigger grip and WR wouldn't be useful with these lenses anyway.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Bagga_Txips Quote
If I buy a second K-S1 later in a different colour, or maybe even a K-S2, I would sometimes be able to realise my dream of carrying 2 bodies, with the 21 and my 100WR macro already mounted. And still be under 2 kg.
Hmmm - I'm not so sure I'm happy you pointed this out. I once tried carrying 2 cameras of significantly different weight and controls and got so frustrated that I haven't done it since. While I had been eyeing with interest the drop in prices to the K-S1, I decided that I really didn't need another camera, just because I find the camera fun to shoot and the colors are nifty. I had a vague thought that I might at some later date replace the K3 with the K-S2, to save the weight but still leave me with WR, but I wasn't in any rush to do anything. Now you brought up a very good reason for me to get either another K-S1 or a K-S2. I do miss shooting with 2 cameras - I used to do it often when I was shooting with the DS and K100, then when I had the K100 and K10. This is not helping my CBA!
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QuoteOriginally posted by JPT Quote
This is the ideal use for the K-S1 and the reason it should be taken more seriously by Pentaxians.
I've said this before, but one of my biggest frustrations with Pentaxians' hostile response to the K-S1 is that in many ways, the K-S1 follows the philosophy of the DA Limited lenses - small size & great IQ at the expense of WR, some handling, and other features (like big apertures). You can argue consumer "plastic" build quality versus Limited "metal", but it's really a cosmetic difference. I've seen the plastic inside a self-dis-assembled DA 21 - the self-dis-assembly feature being an unfortunate side effect of making the lens so small.

If the weather is nice, my current day-trip kit is a K-S1 and one of: DA 15/21/35, with a K-01 and the other two Ltds in the bag, along with one "big" lens (Tamron 17-50, DA 18-135, or maybe a Samyang MF lens like the 10/2.8). The K-S1 handles outside work where the 20MP sensor shines and a viewfinder is best, and the K-01 gets the inside work where the 16MP is less noisy in low light and the quiet shutter is desirable.
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QuoteOriginally posted by THoog Quote
biggest frustrations with Pentaxians' hostile response to the K-S1
Perhaps we can lay much of the blame of K-S1 "failure" on the NFMsNFA crowd, the vast majority who never even touched the camera.
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Hasn't dropped far enough to interest me. My wife's birthday is in two weeks and I'd consider it as a gift, but only if under $400USD with the lens. I think she'd get a kick out of it because it's so cute.
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QuoteOriginally posted by JPT Quote
Congratulations! This is the ideal use for the K-S1 and the reason it should be taken more seriously by Pentaxians. I've been using a similar set with my K-01 for the last couple of years, and it means that I don't hesitate to bring it with me wherever I go. With the K-S1, you get that as well as the best APS-C viewfinder on the market. There is almost no IQ compromise with this set up - you just lose a control wheel. A bigger grip and WR wouldn't be useful with these lenses anyway.
Totally agree with you on this. I mainly pair the K-S1 with the 40mm xs. With that set up and a small wrist trap you can actually fit it in a pocket. OK - a fairly big pocket and it's a bit bulgy, but so easy to do and you can take it everywhere. A couple of limiteds in another pocket and it's all good.
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