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11-07-2017, 12:03 AM - 4 Likes   #1
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Former Canon guy here, now all in with Pentax

Hello All,

Iíve been shooting with Canon SLRís for 15 years and when it came time that I felt I needed to upgrade from my 5d mkll I decided it was time to switch systems since Canons sensors havenít been able to keep up with Sonyís. I had considered the D850, but when I searched into it a little more and came across the K1 score in DxO labs I gave it some serious consideration.
Comparing it against the D850 and the 810 I felt the K1 just offered something really unique and it was obvious it was the best bang for the buck as well.

I went all in and ordered the Silver Edition with three lenses which should be arriving this afternoon. Really looking forward to it. A solidly built and sealed body, WiFi, built in gps, 300,000 cycle shutter, loads of tricks off that shifting sensor and IQ on par with the 810 and close to the 850. Oh, and a grand less than the 810.
I couldnít resist, seems to me like the best value in FF DSLRís out there.

Just discovered this forum while browsing for more info on the K1. Looks like a great bunch of people here.

Hello from New York.

11-07-2017, 12:17 AM - 1 Like   #2
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Well, welcome to you from Dorset UK!

I think we're honest enough here to admit that there are some things that both Canon and Nikon do better than Pentax, but none of them get it all right and, as you say, the K-1 has great IQ (tops them all in circumstances where pixel shift is possible) in a great value package - and Ricoh seem to be committing increasingly to top quality glass to go with that IQ and the many unique features of Pentax.

Enjoy! (you will )

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Hi from Australia, and welcome to the Pentax forums and Pentax equipment. Any help or advice you may need with your new " brand " will be happily given by the members here. Good to have you aboard.
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What lenses did you get ?
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Tell you what. Wish I had the cash for a K1 let alone change systems. Hold on....... I'm tied in to a brill K3ii so why worry. May I wish you all the best with the K1. Welcome to Pentax forums.

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Im only up the road in wiltshire. Howdy 😉
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Well, welcome to you from Dorset UK!

I think we're honest enough here to admit that there are some things that both Canon and Nikon do better than Pentax, but none of them get it all right ans, as you say, the K-1 as great IQ (tops them all in circumstances where pixel shift is possible) in a great value package - and Ricoh seem to be committing increasingly to top quality glass to go with that IQ and the many unique features of Pentax.

Enjoy! (you will )


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Welcome aboard! You will enjoy your decision that I can tell you! And what a way to start with the silver limited K-1, just great!
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Blimey,
Im only up the road in wiltshire. Howdy ��
What?! - Pentax users in two adjacent counties! More of us than I'd realised
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Thanks to all for the warm welcome and good words.

Yes, ditching a system I was vested in for so many years wasn’t a decision that came lightly. I was hoping to sell off most of my Canon gear first but it is proving to be more difficult than I thought.

My GF’s dance company has a performance coming up on December 2nd and I wanted the new gear to shoot the event (as I always do a couple times a year) so I took a painful hit now and hopefully I’ll ease the pain once I finally unload the gear later on.

As for lenses, I bought the Pentax 15-30, 24-70 and 70-200. Eventually down the road I’ll look into some primes. I’ve read that the 15-30 (and maybe the others as well) is actually a rebadged Tamron lens? If so, that’s not a bad thing since the Tamron 15-30 is highly regarded.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Gahspidy Quote
As for lenses, I bought the Pentax 15-30, 24-70 and 70-200. Eventually down the road Iíll look into some primes. Iíve read that the 15-30 (and maybe the others as well) is actually a rebadged Tamron lens? If so, thatís not a bad thing since the Tamron 15-30 is highly regarded.
At least looking at my gear collection, Tamron is practically the second Pentax OEM glassmaker.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Gahspidy Quote
As for lenses, I bought the Pentax 15-30, 24-70 and 70-200. Eventually down the road I’ll look into some primes. I’ve read that the 15-30 (and maybe the others as well) is actually a rebadged Tamron lens? If so, that’s not a bad thing since the Tamron 15-30 is highly regarded.
the 24-70 is also a rebadged Tamron, but the 70-200 is all Pentax (and a cracking good, if weighty, lens)
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QuoteOriginally posted by ffking Quote
the 24-70 is also a rebadged Tamron, but the 70-200 is all Pentax
Thanks, good to know.
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So I received the K1 SE and lenses yesterday. First impression on its appearance was very good. There is just the right combination of silver and black that gives it a very attractive look.

I didn’t have much time last night to give it a go, but I mounted the 24-70 lens, fires it up and thought “what the hell is going on here”!
Coming from a canon system for the last 15 years the Pentax Controls seemed to be totally out of left field for me. I was alarmed!
I soon put the camera away to get to sleep, wondering if I would not be happy about this.

Got up this morning, had my coffee and took it out again. I’d say it took me about an hour of sorting through all the functions before I started to make sense of it all. I’ve only had a short time with it and haven’t even poured through the manual yet so I’m beginning to grow confident that I will get comfortable with it soon enough.

Low light performance and AF seems to work very well in the dimly lit room.

Looking forward to getting more familiar with it and putting it through some real use.
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Muscle Memory is tough to overcome. I'm still getting used to the switch of rear-button focus position from the K5 to the K3II. Mostly because the new position is more likely to smudge my glasses....

It takes time, but overall I think Pentax does a great job with ergonomics and menus. There are numerous ways to access quick menus for basic parameter changes.
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