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02-02-2018, 08:50 AM - 1 Like   #1
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First full frame and new Pentaxian! and why I chose pentax...

Hi everyone!

I've been learning photography for the last year, no formal training, just a lot of googling, youtube and a few books. I starting getting a few gigs and became one of the main event photographers for a music festival my good friends have put together here in Kentucky (link to our FB page for those who might be interested), which is pretty exciting for me. After doing a few concerts I was starting to really feel the limitations of a lower end crop sensor camera, particularly in low light situations where I cannot use a flash.

Why I chose Pentax vs...

Canon
I decided to jump ship from Canon as I wasn't too invested in the system, in regards to lenses that would transfer over to full-frame.. just a 50mm f/1.8 really and a Yongnuo flash. I liked the 5D Mark IV but I wasn't that impressed by the specs for $2700... and the mark III is just too old of a camera, though a workhorse. Of course you have to consider Canon's available lens selection, but in reality, I can only see myself using a select few.. 24-70, a 70-200 and maybe a couple primes. All the brands offer those.

Nikon
Looked at Nikon and REALLY considered the D750 and D810 (which can be had for almost the same price as the d750 now), specs were impressive on both, especially the D810 as I love doing Astrophotography and landscape but I wasn't a big fan of the look of the camera. The d750's low light performance and versatility caught my eye, but I also love using vintage lenses and apparently many lenses don't adapt well to Nikon, and that turned me off a bit.

Sony
The A7RIII is a bit out of my price range, but I love everything about it. Everything adapts to it, huge resolution, EVF and its built well. Sadly the A7RII only has 1 SD card slot and the battery life sucks. The G-Master lenses are also quite expensive.

Fuji
Ohhh its such a shame the X-T2 isn't full frame, I loved everything about it, especially it's built quality... those knobs! Considering this or the X-T20 as a light travel camera down the line, but for the kind of work I like to do, I felt I could do better on resolution and low light stuff.

and finally... Pentax!
What can I say, its built like a tank, looks good (though not as nice as a Fuji) and knobs! no AA filter... great resolution. It adapts vintage lenses so well, and even stabilizes them like the Sony. The Astrotracer feature blew me away, didn't even know that was possible... I had been looking at star tracking mounts for some time. The one drawback for me, is the lack of Sigma and Tamron lenses... I was looking to buy the Tamron 24-70 and 70-200 G2's, which compared very closely to Canon's legendary 24-70 + IS, maybe one day!

What pushed me over the top was the fact B&H let one slip under the radar... a "used" K-1 Silver edition showed up for $1700 a couple weeks ago, apparently 1 of only 2000. About the same price as the black ones used + a battery grip and extra battery. It was a no-brainer. When I got it, it was brand new.. everything still in plastic in the box and the shutter count was only 60. Woohoo!


I think B&H's crap search function on their site let me get this steal, their search yielded nothing, I had to Google the name of the camera and B&H in order to find a link to it on their site.

I'm really happy to be here! and I'm loving the camera so far Thanks for reading!

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Thanks! I'm really coming around to the silver, it looks like an old retro camera... and I love retro stuff partly thanks to LGR on Youtube.. I love thrifting and even have an old GE woodgrain alarm clock next to my bed. Though I would have preferred chromed brass like the k1000 or Canon AE-1 but I guess you can't really do that with a magnesium alloy body,
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became one of the main event photographers
Welcome, I'm pretty sure the K1 will continue deliver the results you need.
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Welcome!

Did you know that the Pentax 24-70 2.8 is basically a repackaged Tamron? So you get that anyway. And the Pentax 70-200 2.8 is superb, so you won't be missing the equivalent Tamron. The Pentax does cost a bit more but it's still reasonable, not nearly as expensive as the equivalent Nikon or Sony...

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Welcome to Pentax! Your silver K-1 looks great. Mine is just nice to hold, not to mention the great pictures it gives me!
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It's a great camera and so much fun to use.
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