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08-03-2015, 08:21 PM   #1
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Hi! K-S1 (+kit lens +200 store certificate) @ 345. To buy or not to buy?

Hi everyone.

I had been a Pentax owner for 5 years now, having K-7 and a few lens: 15/4, 35/2.4, 70/2.4, and 50-135/2.8. Not to mention M50/1.7 and 18-55.
I had been considering replacing my K-7 with some newer body, such as K-3 or K-S2, but the deal in local shop came up that seems hard to pass by, pushing plans for moee serious body to a later stage.
My question is - would it be worth to replace K-7 with K-S1? I am mostly shooting kids, hence high ISO and AF are important. Other areas are nature and street photography.

I would appreciate your comments on such move.

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QuoteOriginally posted by TomLT Quote
Hi everyone.

I had been a Pentax owner for 5 years now, having K-7 and a few lens: 15/4, 35/2.4, 70/2.4, and 50-135/2.8. Not to mention M50/1.7 and 18-55.
I had been considering replacing my K-7 with some newer body, such as K-3 or K-S2, but the deal in local shop came up that seems hard to pass by, pushing plans for moee serious body to a later stage.
My question is - would it be worth to replace K-7 with K-S1? I am mostly shooting kids, hence high ISO and AF are important. Other areas are nature and street photography.

I would appreciate your comments on such move.
I think you would miss the K-7's handling and button layout. The K-50 would be a better upgrade path, or the K-5/K-5 II, if you can find one at a similar price (you should be able to). Then again, effectively paying 145 Euros for a K-S1 sounds like a steal...

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QuoteOriginally posted by TomLT Quote
Hi! K-S1 (+kit lens +€200 store certificate) @ €345. To buy or not to buy?
where do you buy that ? I'm in europe and very interested in that offer !!
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Well, if you use your prime lenses the K-S1 should be fine. However handling with your DA*50-135mm will be compromised. This would seem a bit of a shame for such a great lens.

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where do you buy that ? I'm in europe and very interested in that offer !!
Hi redcat, in Lithuania. ? prad?i? - VilbraFoto has a deal.

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I disagree with Adam a bit here. I think the K-S1 is a lot more capable of good IQ than the K5, and I own both. However, the K-S1 seems even slower than the K5 when saving shots to the SD card.

I must admit that my recent purchase history includes buying a K-S1 about 3 months ago, loving the results but hating its slowness, then finally cracking and buying a K-3 three days ago. In the OP's situation I would either buy a K5II or IIS, or invest in a K-3 (NOT K-3II) as soon as I could afford it.
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I'd go with the K3 if you an.
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Welcome, lots of good advice already, so what will you do now?

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Hi redcat, in Lithuania. ? prad?i? - VilbraFoto has a deal.
K-S1 +kit lens +€200 store certificate = €345 ???
seriously, get it while you can. if you don't like it, you can still sell it at a higher price than what you paid for !!
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Apparently guys at the shop felt a mistake made, and when I showed up for purchase, gift certificate was gone, from the site as well.
So much for a try...

I actually would've bought K-S1 just for the sake of renewing camera body essentially for free (would try to sell K-7 for at least 150), despite the ugly shutter sound.

Now the obstacles are gone to go all the way and purchase K-3, which looks like a better option than the newer K-3II (with all its issues as of late).

Thank you for all your advises!
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That slow?

QuoteOriginally posted by Bagga_Txips Quote
the K-S1 seems even slower than the K5 when saving shots to the SD card.
I think if its slow saving to SD card you need to have a 95mb/s card. I have a K3 and any slower than 95 Mb/s if you shoot raw and the camera slows.
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QuoteOriginally posted by howieb101 Quote
Well, if you use your prime lenses the K-S1 should be fine. However handling with your DA*50-135mm will be compromised. This would seem a bit of a shame for such a great lens.

Howie Be
Why would the handling with this lens be compromised? Size and weight vs the body?
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