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05-19-2016, 09:10 AM   #1
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K-1 Shutter Button

My K-3 has a very digital shutter button, giving a click when I press it all the way down as opposed to just auto-focusing.

My K-1 doesn't really have that, giving me little to no feedback when the auto-focus ends and the shutter press begins. Kinda mushy button.


Doesn't bother me too much and I already got used to it, but wanted to know if this was normal.

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Had not noticed, but I'll take my cameras to a quiet place (to be sure no one bothers them) and listen to what they have to say.
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I use back button AF, so I never noticed. The shutter button seems crisp and clean to me.
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Bit mushy, yes. I like to have a bit of feedback on the shutter button. Hardly a deal breaker though.

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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
Had not noticed, but I'll take my cameras to a quiet place (to be sure no one bothers them) and listen to what they have to say.
It would also be something you could feel. Even in total silence I can't currently tell at what point the button takes a picture.

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Bit mushy, yes. I like to have a bit of feedback on the shutter button. Hardly a deal breaker though.
Can you actually tell when you take a picture though? Sometimes for me I just want to Focus and I accidentally take a picture, something that never happened on the K-3
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One of the blog reviews mentioned the same thing.
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QuoteOriginally posted by lightofhonor Quote
It would also be something you could feel. Even in total silence I can't currently tell at what point the button takes a picture.



Can you actually tell when you take a picture though? Sometimes for me I just want to Focus and I accidentally take a picture, something that never happened on the K-3
Only from the mirror activating. It's not ideal.
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Only from the mirror activating. It's not ideal.
Ok, I meant from you feeling the button click so I guess it's the same for me. Not the biggest deal, but I thought it was a downside.

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QuoteOriginally posted by lightofhonor Quote
Ok, I meant from you feeling the button click so I guess it's the same for me. Not the biggest deal, but I thought it was a downside.
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For High Speed mode, I've noticed it is very difficult for me to fire off a single shot when needed. I invariably shoot two frames. Don't have that with the K3 or K5IIs. I'm sure I'll get used to it, but it's annoying to be sure.
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QuoteOriginally posted by gryhnd Quote
For High Speed mode, I've noticed it is very difficult for me to fire off a single shot when needed. I invariably shoot two frames. Don't have that with the K3 or K5IIs. I'm sure I'll get used to it, but it's annoying to be sure.
That I have also noticed.
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There is a definite 'step' but it is more subtle. It took me a couple hundred clicks to adjust. Some speculate on other threads Pentax responded to criticism of the K-3 button, which requires a vibration-inducing 'punch'. K-1 is intentionally a gentle squeeze, like a sharpshooters' rifle trigger.

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The K1 definitely has a mushy shutter button. I use back button focusing so it doesn't interupt my shooting, but if you do use the half shutter focusing it will cause some issues. It just seems vague as to how hard you have to push for focusing and how hard you need to push to fire.
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I agree with monochrome. My first thoughts were that the shutter felt more "tuned" like a custom trigger job on a firearm. I have not found that I accidentally take multiple shots if I only want one in burst mode. This, however did happen quite often with the K5, K5II, and K3, but even then, I really didn't find this anything more than a minor annoyance.

I guess I can understand that some might consider this a detraction, but it's certainly something that is easy enough to get used to. It's just another "cup half full/half empty" esoteric point for people to nitpick about.

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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
K-1 is intentionally a gentle squeeze,
Agreed.

I think it is part of the camera designers effort to [infinitesimally] reduce body vibration by allowing/encouraging softer shutter button presses.

After all, they must have had warehouses full of K-3II, KS-2 etc shutter buttons that they could have put to use in the K-1 at little cost. So not using that 'old' shutter button probably reflects some engineering decision about how a 'mushier' shutter button would help improve the camera.
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