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03-03-2021, 03:35 AM   #46
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The K1 feels perfect in my hands.

It has enough bulk to say: I'm a serious camera.

It is light enough so I will nearly always take it instead of just my point and shoot (or my K3 while i still had it).

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I like a large and hefty camera, and the Pentax K-1 is not the only such one out there in any case. I do landscape and some technical photography and I don't care about conspicuousness as there is rarely anyone else around. I would not use a K-1 for street photography anyway - I'd use an old P&S that I would not care if I got mugged for.

Size and conspicuousness are an advantage in many professional situations - I'm an amateur, but my father did weddings, portraits, theatre stuff etc part time. At a wedding, "crowd control" was part of the job (the pictures were very formal in those days) and a large camera on a heavy tripod (he used a MF) helped him stand out as the Authority, especially when half the guests were toting 35mm SLRs. Similarly, portrait customers could feel assured they had hired a professional when he arrived with a camera that was obvioulsy bigger and more expensive than their own.

Maybe I'm odd in that I don't give a hoot about comfort in the hand etc. Perhaps because I carry in a shoulder bag and only take the camera out for a shot. Or because I'm used to using a Pentax 6x7. I'm reminded of an famous essay (sorry can't find the link right now) in which a guy compared amateur tools with professional ones. He compared an amateur drill gun - in tasteful colours and sculpted plastic handle - with a professional thing called a Hole Hog - which he described as a brutal cast metal cube with handles like short lengths of gas pipe with rubber hose on them. But the amateur drill would burn out if it jammed while the Hole Hog would start spinning its operator!

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03-03-2021, 05:05 AM   #48
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lord Lucan Quote
I would not use a K-1 for street photography anyway
I do!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lord Lucan Quote
Maybe I'm odd in that I don't give a hoot about comfort in the hand etc.
If you like what a camera does you use it.... at least that's my take. Ergonomic form is nice but not essential.

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Here are the two articles:

$2000+
2017 Roundup: Semi-Pro Interchangeable Lens Cameras $2000+: Digital Photography Review


$1200-$2000

2017 Roundup: $1200-2000 interchangeable lens cameras: full-frame: Digital Photography Review

Guess the Pentax was afforable enough during that time that it made it on to the <$2000USD list.

As the article (pg. 8) says,

Thanks very much for the links, I read the reviews (and some of the outraged comments from Pentaxians) and see what you mean!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lord Lucan Quote
Maybe I'm odd in that I don't give a hoot about comfort in the hand etc. Perhaps because I carry in a shoulder bag and only take the camera out for a shot. Or because I'm used to using a Pentax 6x7. I'm reminded of an famous essay (sorry can't find the link right now) in which a guy compared amateur tools with professional ones. He compared an amateur drill gun - in tasteful colours and sculpted plastic handle - with a professional thing called a Hole Hog - which he described as a brutal cast metal cube with handles like short lengths of gas pipe with rubber hose on them. But the amateur drill would burn out if it jammed while the Hole Hog would start spinning its operator!
I agree. I think of my K1 as the "hole Hog." I do have a few Fuji cameras too but the feel is not the same.
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Update: I got my K-1M2 on March 4, and now that I've been using it for a while here are some observations.
- It handles very well, ergonomics are great. It fits my hand well, even without the battery grip.
- You can notice the increase in weight vs. the K-70, and it is a bit larger in size as well. Not a huge difference, incremental, but certainly noticeable.
- I suspect one factor behind people perceiving the K-1 as "heavy" is the density (weight/volume) of the camera. It is rather compact for its weight. I suspect that if a person handles two cameras of identical weight, but one is significantly smaller in size, they would think that the smaller one is "heavier" or more "massive" than the larger camera.

It is actually this last factor that I perceived as a positive for Pentax DSLRs. When I compared the "feel" of several entry level to mid range DSLRs in a local camera store, I didn't like at all the feel of the Canon and Nikon models. Their light weight and the way the controls and lenses moved gave me a feeling of low-grade construction. This may have been a misperception on my part, but that is how I felt. In contrast, the "solid" feel and smooth operation of the Pentax models always signaled to me a feeling of quality and precision manufacturing. Again, perhaps not always the most reliable impression, knowing now that sometimes some of those Pentax components would later prove to be unreliable (e.g., the aperture solenoid in my K-50 and K-70). However, I think the perception was mostly accurate, as besides the aperture solenoids my K-50 was a wonderful and robust camera, and my K-70 continues to be so.

Oh, and I noticed that a significant part of the weight is that HD 28-105 lens. It weighs about 30% more than my comparable SMC Pentax-FA 24-90mm F3.5-4.5 AL [IF] (2001). However, I think the 28-105 will prove to be a favorite lens on the K-1, just as the 18-135 WR is for my K-70.

Thanks for all of your comments! - Richard.

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March 4th/forth, OldChE, and conquer! Enjoy that K1M2. I totally agree with your perceptive comments about density and size, and the comparison with Canon and Nikon models---I use 5DmkIV's at work for video and they feel cheesy to me.

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March 4th/forth, OldChE, and conquer! Enjoy that K1M2. I totally agree with your perceptive comments about density and size, and the comparison with Canon and Nikon models---I use 5DmkIV's at work for video and they feel cheesy to me.
Thanks. Being a chemical engineer, ideas like "density" come naturally to mind.
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Took this soon after getting my K-1 Mark II, with the 28-105 WR lens.
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