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07-15-2018, 12:05 PM - 8 Likes   #1
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New KP - I'm amazed!

Coming from many years with the K-5, and always struggling to obtain focused photos, I find that this camera is a focusing beast! Maybe all the practice that I got with the K-5 (working on every technique possible to reduce camera blur, etc.) has helped somewhat, but I can't believe how well this fine camera focuses. Makes me believe that Pentax must surely be equal to (or better than) other revered brands. The KP build quality is also outstanding - feels just as well-built and solid as my beloved K-5. I'm really looking forward to getting to know the KP!

(I'm also pleased that I snapped this up during the Amazon Lightning Deal)

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Thanks for sharing your satisfaction. Pentax has been steadily improving many features since the K-5. Autofocus on the latest cameras is very good. People who use continuous autofocus still complain but that is a limited segment of users.
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Congratulations on your new KP, and thanks for sharing your thoughts. It's great to hear that the AF difference is so noticeable. I've only tried the KP at a show, with the 55-300 PLM attached, and I must say I was pretty impressed - but I didn't know how much of the credit was due to the camera, and how much to the lens.

Enjoy that lovely new camera!
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Congratulations on the KP! But your post isnít helping me NOT buy one.

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Congrats! I agree, it is wonderful.
I was an early adopter, something rare for me, and have had no regrets.
When i moved from the K10D to the K5 I said I'll never want/need a better camera.
Then came the K-S2, aperture block on it gave me the excuse to buy the KP.
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Also an early adopter I'm still very happy with mine.

When I got mine I was working as a photo/AV technician at an art school and I was using cameras from all the brands on a daily basis, so I could see a difference in the continuous AF and video AF - It's not bad at that, but other cameras are better. On the other hand, the Kp is absolutely amazing at low light, including low light focusing in single AF stills mode - I haven't used another APSC camera which can match it in the dark, so I'm quite happy with the trade off there.
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Enjoy your new K-P - nice to read some positive comments for a change!!
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QuoteOriginally posted by magmotif Quote
Coming from many years with the K-5, and always struggling to obtain focused photos, I find that this camera is a focusing beast! Maybe all the practice that I got with the K-5 (working on every technique possible to reduce camera blur, etc.) has helped somewhat, but I can't believe how well this fine camera focuses. Makes me believe that Pentax must surely be equal to (or better than) other revered brands. The KP build quality is also outstanding - feels just as well-built and solid as my beloved K-5. I'm really looking forward to getting to know the KP!

(I'm also pleased that I snapped this up during the Amazon Lightning Deal)
I'm very glad to hear that, I also snapped one up during the lightning deal. It was delivered several hours before I was home to open it up, I've spent last night and today (besides for Wold Cup watching) setting it up, reading about the new features (coming from K-50) and have just gotten to take a few test shots. I'm hoping in a few hours to get outside when we have better light to take it out for some more tests.

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QuoteOriginally posted by magmotif Quote
Coming from many years with the K-5, and always struggling to obtain focused photos, I find that this camera is a focusing beast! Maybe all the practice that I got with the K-5 (working on every technique possible to reduce camera blur, etc.) has helped somewhat, but I can't believe how well this fine camera focuses. Makes me believe that Pentax must surely be equal to (or better than) other revered brands. The KP build quality is also outstanding - feels just as well-built and solid as my beloved K-5. I'm really looking forward to getting to know the KP!

(I'm also pleased that I snapped this up during the Amazon Lightning Deal)
Yuup ! Glad to see you got one ! I grabbed my second one on the "Lightning " Sale and it just got here a day late (sunday).Been using a KP for a couple months now , and although I feel I gave up a few things from the K-3II , I got a few things I liked a bit more with the KP.
I can only imagine coming from a K-5 to the KP......must have been a Big Shock !
Even though I cant buy another body for a two full years or more...….Im Happy for a good long while with mine !

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QuoteOriginally posted by ChipB Quote
Enjoy your new K-P - nice to read some positive comments for a change!!
Ive got nothing but good to say about mine ! The only negative I see …….. it still isn't the " K-4 Flagship" we have all been waiting for....lol
Close enough for me.....I jumped on board !
One of the very best things for me going with the KP..... Sold My K-3II and will never have to look at that disgusting thread on the K-3 page " Why I wont Buy a K-3" .....I detested that thread......I called it the "Thing" !

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Congratulations! KP is a wonderful camera. I’m accustomed to the ergonomics with the medium grip - it feels natural. I sold a K-3 to get the KP, so pretty much the same transition in ergonomics.
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Iím also starting to get a sense of the low light strengths of this camera. All I can say is WOW! Iíve read all about it and looked at the online images, but when itís experienced first-hand itís so much more impressive than I anticipated. I also have to say that the ergonomics are quickly becoming very, very familiar - one of the attributes that Iíve always appreciated from this brand.

For me, this is a flagship


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QuoteOriginally posted by robtcorl Quote
Congrats! I agree, it is wonderful.
I was an early adopter, something rare for me, and have had no regrets.
When i moved from the K10D to the K5 I said I'll never want/need a better camera.
Then came the K-S2, aperture block on it gave me the excuse to buy the KP.

So how did you find the overall performance of the KP to the K-S2? I have the K-S2 now, and am not entirely convinced the KP is enough of an upgrade; The ergonomics look kinda no-go for me. I'm waiting for the K3-III; my K-S2 is working quite well for now, but I really do want to move up to a magnesium frame, as long as it has a flippy screen.

I apologize in advance for hijacking the thread.
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magmotif: KP is an amazing camera with class leading image quality.


kozlok: KP brings so many improvements and is not prone to block aperture problem. I would definitely go for it unless you need larger buffer and faster burst rate.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kozlok Quote
So how did you find the overall performance of the KP to the K-S2? I have the K-S2 now, and am not entirely convinced the KP is enough of an upgrade; The ergonomics look kinda no-go for me. I'm waiting for the K3-III; my K-S2 is working quite well for now, but I really do want to move up to a magnesium frame, as long as it has a flippy screen.

I apologize in advance for hijacking the thread.
The KP is of magnesium alloy construction. I have been shooting with the KP for well over a year. I also have a K-S2, which I like as my ultra-light, compact body, as well as having my good old K-5 IIs, which is built in essentially the same design as a K-3. As far as IQ, the KP is better than either of the other two, and some of that depends on which lenses you are using. Just using the DA 18-55mm kit lens will not reveal as much difference as will a premium lens, except in low light performance, where the K-S2 is good, but the KP will easily retain better detail at higher ISO settings. The KP also has a much more advanced control set. For me, the ergonomics of the slim-bodied KP are better for handling with the more compact lenses like the Limiteds, than either the K-S2 or the thicker K-5/K-3 bodies.

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QuoteOriginally posted by magmotif Quote
Coming from many years with the K-5, and always struggling to obtain focused photos, I find that this camera is a focusing beast! Maybe all the practice that I got with the K-5 (working on every technique possible to reduce camera blur, etc.) has helped somewhat, but I can't believe how well this fine camera focuses. Makes me believe that Pentax must surely be equal to (or better than) other revered brands. The KP build quality is also outstanding - feels just as well-built and solid as my beloved K-5. I'm really looking forward to getting to know the KP!

(I'm also pleased that I snapped this up during the Amazon Lightning Deal)
Congrats on getting the unique and excellent KP! I am wondering which lenses you are using. From your other comments, I see you are rapidly finding out its performance advantages! The K-5 is no slouch for low noise, but the KP is definitely even better. I know you'll enjoy this handsome little mighty-mouse for a long time!

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