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03-06-2020, 06:06 AM - 4 Likes   #1
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Finally!!! Got My New (to me) K1!

After about a year and a half trying to save up, I finally got my K-1. Bought it from a nice young gentleman here in Vegas off of Offer Up. awesome experience meeting him and I commended him on how well he cared for his gear. Lookin over this camera I am in awe, I really like how it adjusts the crop rectangle as I zoom in and out with my Sigma 8-16, and from what I can tell (by manually stopping it down on preview) it will work just fine on full frame setting anyways. I spent some time trying different lenses out on it and am very impressed when I put my A lenses on it, it brought me back to my film days, cant wait to get shooting with these lenses.
Still trying to figure out those two top knobs, but Im sure I will figure it out once I go over the owners manual. Is there some general settings for this camera that I need to know ahead of time? I know I have to update the firmware....
I still think I will be using my K3 extensively, mainly for the reach and burst rate, but my K1 will be fullfilling my macro, landscape, and studio needs in the future...

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03-06-2020, 06:11 AM   #2
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That's awesome! Happy for you and can't wait for photos from your K1 good luck with everything!
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My suggestion is that you go through the menu lists, item by item, with the instructions in hand. (Figuratively speaking, you can't hardly read the little book without a magnifying glass - I use the PDF format document downloaded from Richo's website.) That way you can make systematic and intentional decisions about each item. Any item that you're not sure of, and which the instructions don't sufficiently explain, can be clarified by reference to the "advanced search" function on this website, or by more general explanations available via conventional search engines. Lots of good photo explanations on Youtube, as well.

Pay special attention to the custom setting camera modes. My suggestion is to have the dial set to M as you define your initial settings for the "general case", and then save that set to each of the custom setting modes. After that, set the dial to each of the custom modes in turn, modifying the particular settings for whatever special function you want that mode to be useful for, e.g., landscape, macro, astrophotography, etc.; remember to save the special set of modified settings to the correct custom mode number. After you save each modified custom mode, turn the dial to the next one, which will restore the initial settings and start over for that special function.

This could take days, assuming you don't have the time to do it all at once. Have some method of keeping track of where you are, what you've done, and what you're going to do next.
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Sounds like good times coming....mine get used most of the time, with the K-3 confined to hikes where there might be wildlife or birds.

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Sounds like good times coming....mine get used most of the time, with the K-3 confined to hikes where there might be wildlife or birds.
That's the same here, my K3 is just about unbeatable for hiking, which I now do a lot of. I may try and take the K1 on a hike or two, but I bet it's like ten pounds connected red to my DFA 150-450.....
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Good things come to those who wait...

Congratulations - it looks like a beauty!
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QuoteOriginally posted by BirdDude007 Quote
After about a year and a half trying to save up, I finally got my K-1. Bought it from a nice young gentleman here in Vegas off of Offer Up. awesome experience meeting him and I commended him on how well he cared for his gear. Lookin over this camera I am in awe, I really like how it adjusts the crop rectangle as I zoom in and out with my Sigma 8-16, and from what I can tell (by manually stopping it down on preview) it will work just fine on full frame setting anyways. I spent some time trying different lenses out on it and am very impressed when I put my A lenses on it, it brought me back to my film days, cant wait to get shooting with these lenses.
Still trying to figure out those two top knobs, but Im sure I will figure it out once I go over the owners manual. Is there some general settings for this camera that I need to know ahead of time? I know I have to update the firmware....
I still think I will be using my K3 extensively, mainly for the reach and burst rate, but my K1 will be fullfilling my macro, landscape, and studio needs in the future...

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Congratulations on getting the K-1. It is an incredible camera. The flippy screen is so addictive. I miss it when using any of my other cameras.

As mentioned there are lots of features and customization to set. I use the top wheel to quickly set ISO. When set up to match a photographer's preferences, the K-1 just gets out of the way and the work flow is seamless

Enjoy the new camera,
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Congratulations! Sounds like you having a ball!

I remember I was thrilled in the same sort ways when I got my K-1 and I still love it. Positive surprises for me (as they were not factoring in my buying decisions) were the great feel of the K-1 in my hands, the tilty screen (fantastic for awkward compositions) and even the GPS (locating where the photo was shot). My only (relatively minor) gripe is that we have yet to see a relatively compact modern Pentax UWA lens option - for me I'm otherwise happy with the FA limiteds (and DFA 28-105 for travel + WR).

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