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03-29-2017, 03:39 PM - 2 Likes   #1
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New to the forum and K-1 on its way!

Hello all - itís my first time posting on the forum.

I finally ordered the K-1 with grip tonight after selling several lenses, my K-r, my MX, a laptop and numerous other things to raise the funds. Iím very excited as Iím lucky enough to have the FA31, FA77, A50 1.7, Super Tak 55 f1.8 and K28 f3.5 Shift lenses to play with when it arrives! Iíve also held on my K1000 to keep them company

Any hints and tips on getting the most out of the K-1 these lenses gratefully received!

03-29-2017, 04:11 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forums. I hope you enjoy your K-1 and lenses. Happy shooting!
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Welcome!

Having had a K-r and those wonderful lenses to play with, you probably don't need any help with regard to using manual lenses on a digital body. The main trouble you'll have is deciding which one to put on first!

For now you've got everything you need at the wide to short tele end to keep you shooting for a while. The only thing you need now is something with reach, but with no fear of old glass you shouldn't have too much trouble finding something to see you through.

I found my Super Tak 55/2.0 to be a real bokeh beast wide open (or close to it) and near minimum focal distance on my K-5, and IIRC your 1.8 is little or no different in optical formula terms. Should be awesome on the K-1.

The only tip I could possibly give you for your lenses on the K-1 is this - GET OUT AND TRY THEM ALL!
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G'day mate, and welcome to the forums.

You have some great lenses for the K-1 and your K1000 so clearly you're set to enjoy yourself capturing some 36 megapickle images as well as film.

I'd recommend when the camera arrives you do the battery charge thing then download the latest firmware (1.40). This will give you the square crop, night setting for the LCD screen and other improvements. The extra dial is new of course so in addition to the normal dials you have to decide how you intend to use that third wheel. I'd recommend you try some different options in the first few weeks as this is a very subjective preference.

You have some interesting auto drive modes for multiple exposures, star trails etc so read up on those and give them a trial if they are likely to be of use for your photography. Get familiar with the small button above the four way controller as this will switch the controller in and out of adjusting the focal points. This needs to be fairly automatic to you if you don't like looking at the camera. Get it wrong and instead of moving the focal point you're changing drive modes or something else.

The rest? Format two cards, check for the arrow on the back screen next to the cards this will show you the primary write card, set up your preference of file type (I'm a DNG man myself), Turn on the horizon indicators and electronic first curtain shutter for live view, there's a choice of grid patterns for LV and well okay, how about a good read of the manual first as well as the firmware release notes so you know the new features you will have available to you.

Oh, test your AF assist confirmation with your manual lenses, the VF may show the focus is correct, but when the AF beep goes it may not be. You can adjust that too so no biggie. Lots to enjoy mate, hope we see some of what you capture around here too.

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Thanks for the rapid replies everyone!

pathdoc - Yes, I'm especially interested to see how the Super Tak 55 performs wide open!

Tas - Thanks for all the K-1 tips. Funny you mention the square crop mode - that's something I'm especially looking forward to. I'm imagining it's going to feel a little like having a 6x6 medium format... maybe?!
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QuoteOriginally posted by olly_c Quote
Thanks for the rapid replies everyone!

pathdoc - Yes, I'm especially interested to see how the Super Tak 55 performs wide open!

Tas - Thanks for all the K-1 tips. Funny you mention the square crop mode - that's something I'm especially looking forward to. I'm imagining it's going to feel a little like having a 6x6 medium format... maybe?!
Not as luxuriously large as a 6 x 6 MF viewfinder, but a great way to compose with a square if that's something you like to do. The square is superimposed on the full frame, just as per the APSC crop so you see what's outside of your framing too which is useful for moving targets especially.

I think you'll be amazed with some of the features of the camera coming from the Kr, especially the resolution jump. Speaking of, I hope your computer has a big screen and you've got lots of hard drive space too.

SD cards no smaller than 32GB is my recommendation, I use 2 x 64GB so I can spend a day at a sporting event in Constant High drive mode and have sufficient capacity for sequences of images at full res. Not such an issue with more deliberate shooting of course, but you'd fill a 16GB card pretty quick with this thing and the cards are not too expensive in the 32/64 range to make it viable to carry that size in the camera.

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QuoteOriginally posted by olly_c Quote
Thanks for the rapid replies everyone!

pathdoc - Yes, I'm especially interested to see how the Super Tak 55 performs wide open!
Welcome aboard!!!!

I have the SMC 55 f1.8 lens. Got it when I purchased a Spotmatic II some 45 years ago. Awesome lens.
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Welcome to the forum, enjoy all that kit once the K1 arrives.

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Tas - Yes, very much looking forward to the step-up from the K-r, although I may miss its compactness a little! 2 x 32Gb cards is what I was thinking. Any recommendations on which ones?

Gaweidert - 45 years use is quite an endorsement for a lens! I think my copy is from the late sixties so probably a similar age. I love the build quality.
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Tas - Yes, very much looking forward to the step-up from the K-r, although I may miss its compactness a little! 2 x 32Gb cards is what I was thinking. Any recommendations on which ones?

Gaweidert - 45 years use is quite an endorsement for a lens. I think my copy is from the late sixties so probably a similar age. I love the build quality - I'm sure it'll last another 45!
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Any recommendations on which ones?
Sandisk Extreme Pro. They're UHS-I which is what you need and have a speed rating of 95MB/s. More importantly; they're reliable. Oh, and as you have the grip, you can grab a third and store it there for back up.

https://www.sandisk.com.au/home/memory-cards/sd-cards/extremepro-sd-uhs-i

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Welcome to the forum Olly. I see you joined July last year. Good to see you posting and we look forward to seeing those K-1 shots.
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