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11-08-2016, 10:05 AM   #1
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DPReview K-70 Review Posted

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Shaking up the market: Pentax K-70 Review: Digital Photography Review

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Can't really blame them, the video is quite sub-par and the AF isn't something to brag about either. But slow kit lens? Really?
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Similar to what the reviewers at Imaging Resource said. It's a great camera, but definitely not for me.

I'm dead set on the next generation APS-C flagship. Something tells me that it's gonna be awesome & chances are that the AF with a KAF4 lens will give Nikon D7200 AF a run for it's money. I'm guessing that even screw mount AF performance will be better than the current generation K-3/3II.

Now if only Pentax can give us more KAF4 lenses so that a bunch of other Pentax owners can make the leap.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Giklab Quote
But slow kit lens? Really?
I was puzzled by that (they tested with the 18-135/3.5-5.6) and the assertion that there was limited feedback when focus was attained. I dunno...how is it done on a D5500 or T6i?

That being said, the "con" points in the conclusion are well-made and accurate. It would also be good to note that they rated the T6i at 75% and the D5500 at 79%. The K-70 walks away from both of those other cameras in many areas important to a serious photographer, but the target market (at least for the Nikon and Canon product) is not serious photographers.


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Interesting how it won (10) in almost every category (losing in only 4) and still has a similar rating to the other 2 cameras.

I have not read the whole review or ever used the k-70...but those are my 2 cents.

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QuoteOriginally posted by The Squirrel Mafia Quote
Something tells me that it's gonna be awesome & chances are that the AF with a KAF4 lens will give Nikon D7200 AF a run for it's money.
Huh? I don't see the relationship. KAF4 adds in-lens diaphragm control to KAF3 with subtraction of the aperture actuator lever. AF with KAF4 is the same as KAF3...in-lens motor only.


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QuoteOriginally posted by radman Quote
Interesting how it won (10) in almost every category (losing in only 4) and still has a similar rating to the other 2 cameras.
Use the comparison feature on the conclusion page to see the +/- . Video, AF performance, and JPEG quality, all of which are important in this market segment, really hurt the K-70.


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QuoteOriginally posted by The Squirrel Mafia Quote
I'm dead set on the next generation APS-C flagship. Something tells me that it's gonna be awesome & chances are that the AF with a KAF4 lens will give Nikon D7200 AF a run for it's money. I'm guessing that even screw mount AF performance will be better than the current generation K-3/3II.

Now if only Pentax can give us more KAF4 lenses so that a bunch of other Pentax owners can make the leap.
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Huh? I don't see the relationship. KAF4 adds in-lens diaphragm control to KAF3 with subtraction of the aperture actuator lever. AF with KAF4 is the same as KAF3...in-lens motor only.
To be more specific, it's not the KAF4 mount that makes the new 55-300 AF faster with the K-70, but the PLM focus motor.

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The first paragraph of their Final Word
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The K-70 is a very compelling option, especially for cash-strapped enthusiasts that are looking for a camera that they want to take complete control of and customize to their personal taste. For them, the Pentax is the obvious choice, as there's no penalty for buying a body on a budget in terms of features and controls, which isn't the case with other manufacturers
is the sort of thing that most companies would kill to achieve. This is a very positive review.

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To be more specific, it's not the KAF4 mount that makes the new 55-300 AF faster with the K-70, but the PLM focus motor.
The important take-home lesson is that the 18-135 needs to be updated to provide whatever the 55-300 provides, because their evaluation of the camera is much better with the latter than former, and the "kit" lens will affect marketability.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Scintilla Quote
...but the PLM focus motor.
That is what I meant to say. We need more faster focusing lenses.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Giklab Quote
Can't really blame them, the video is quite sub-par and the AF isn't something to brag about either. But slow kit lens? Really?
by slow kit lens, I think they were referring to the continuous AF speed for tracking etc, when compared to PLM. Not aperture.
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DPR K-70 review

I'm not seeing any reference here to the DPR review of the K-70. Did I miss it?

Shaking up the market: Pentax K-70 Review: Digital Photography Review

Apologies if links to DPR are not permitted here - I can't recall the relevant rules.
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No problem, there's a thread in the K-70 forum already, though
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/193-pentax-k-70/333463-dpreview-k-70-review-posted.html
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But.. it is more affordable than the Canikon cameras it was tested against, it has two e-dials, WR, in-body SR, pentaPRISM (not mirror, like the Canikons) with much better coverage. All of these are top points for anyone who wants to do more than just Auto mode P&S.
Why is a DSLR judged by a slow kit lens and its video capabilities? In my book, the K-70 beats the Canon Rebel T6i, Nikon D5500 no question.

But I may be old-fashioned, using a DSLR for still photography.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Na Horuk Quote
But.. it is more affordable than the Canikon cameras it was tested against, it has two e-dials, WR, in-body SR, pentaPRISM (not mirror, like the Canikons) with much better coverage. All of these are top points for anyone who wants to do more than just Auto mode P&S.
Why is a DSLR judged by a slow kit lens and its video capabilities? In my book, the K-70 beats the Canon Rebel T6i, Nikon D5500 no question.

But I may be old-fashioned, using a DSLR for still photography.
You and me both. I have some 45000 images in my library, and maybe five minutes of video (generous estimate).

But then I don't think we're seen as the main target audience for this camera. Not by DPR at least. My opinion is that the K-70 in many ways fit more advanced users than do the T6i and D5500.
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