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09-04-2019, 01:17 AM - 9 Likes   #1
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I got a K-1

So... I bit the bullet.

I very recently came across some extra income from work, and what were the odds, a used K-1 for 830, 12k shutter count? Well... after some encouragement from friends and loved ones I decided to go for it.

I could not be happier. This thing runs circles all over the poor K-7: Detail, ISO, AF performance, VF, even ergonomics are somehow even better (and the K-7 was already 10/10 there!). The third dial is genius. The 5-axis SR is unbelievable, half a second at 35mm! And, perhaps most importantly, those gorgeous Pentax-M primes and the Tamron 90mm are all yelling in excitement because now they feel far more at home.

My only concern is substituting my standard zoom (Tammy 17-50), but I got a super cheap Tokina AF 35-70 that I'm actually liking quite a lot. And honestly, considering how the K-1 goes to ISO 3200 better than the K-7 was at 800 I am not worried about the lower speed of the lens.

I cannot wait for the next photo outing!

09-04-2019, 02:09 AM   #2
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K1 at that price is a steal. I paid my K1 2000 Euros back in 2016 when it was released. I can't believe such a good camera can now be had for about 1K Euros (830E in your case).
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K1 at that price is a steal. I paid my K1 2000 Euros back in 2016 when it was released. I can't believe such a good camera can now be had for about 1K Euros (830E in your case).
I have been seeing them recently at around 900-950 used, but this one was like "wow".
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Congratulations... that's one heck of a deal !!

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It will be one of your best purchases ever.
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Congratulations, Serkevan, have fun!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Serkevan Quote
So... I bit the bullet.

I very recently came across some extra income from work, and what were the odds, a used K-1 for 830, 12k shutter count? Well... after some encouragement from friends and loved ones I decided to go for it.

I could not be happier. This thing runs circles all over the poor K-7: Detail, ISO, AF performance, VF, even ergonomics are somehow even better (and the K-7 was already 10/10 there!). The third dial is genius. The 5-axis SR is unbelievable, half a second at 35mm! And, perhaps most importantly, those gorgeous Pentax-M primes and the Tamron 90mm are all yelling in excitement because now they feel far more at home.

My only concern is substituting my standard zoom (Tammy 17-50), but I got a super cheap Tokina AF 35-70 that I'm actually liking quite a lot. And honestly, considering how the K-1 goes to ISO 3200 better than the K-7 was at 800 I am not worried about the lower speed of the lens.

I cannot wait for the next photo outing!
Congratulations! You're going to love it.
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The K-1 is a very nice camera. It is capable of a lot.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Serkevan Quote
So... I bit the bullet.

I very recently came across some extra income from work, and what were the odds, a used K-1 for 830, 12k shutter count? Well... after some encouragement from friends and loved ones I decided to go for it.

I could not be happier. This thing runs circles all over the poor K-7: Detail, ISO, AF performance, VF, even ergonomics are somehow even better (and the K-7 was already 10/10 there!). The third dial is genius. The 5-axis SR is unbelievable, half a second at 35mm! And, perhaps most importantly, those gorgeous Pentax-M primes and the Tamron 90mm are all yelling in excitement because now they feel far more at home.

My only concern is substituting my standard zoom (Tammy 17-50), but I got a super cheap Tokina AF 35-70 that I'm actually liking quite a lot. And honestly, considering how the K-1 goes to ISO 3200 better than the K-7 was at 800 I am not worried about the lower speed of the lens.

I cannot wait for the next photo outing!
You made a great decision---and already you can tell you did. Good on your loved ones for encouraging you.
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12K shutter count is nothing. You've got a marvelous deal there, and a huge step up from the K-7! Now you can use the money you've saved for perhaps the FA 35mm f/2, updated with HD coatings, and or the FA 42mm f/1.9 Limited. Both are very much at home on a K-1, having been designed for 35mm film, and are very versatile for walk-around use. I have both (non-HD coatings) and for years both were favorites on my film bodies.

I have not yet taken the FF DSLR plunge, but those lenses do beckon, as does another favorite, my Tokina 28-70mm f/2.6-2.8 ATX Pro II.

For a fine-performing all-around zoom lens, however, you might eventually consider getting the DFA 28-105mm lens, very versatile and offering WR construction.
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12K shutter count is nothing. You've got a marvelous deal there, and a huge step up from the K-7! Now you can use the money you've saved for perhaps the FA 35mm f/2, updated with HD coatings, and or the FA 42mm f/1.9 Limited. Both are very much at home on a K-1, having been designed for 35mm film, and are very versatile for walk-around use. I have both (non-HD coatings) and for years both were favorites on my film bodies.

I have not yet taken the FF DSLR plunge, but those lenses do beckon, as does another favorite, my Tokina 28-70mm f/2.6-2.8 ATX Pro II.

For a fine-performing all-around zoom lens, however, you might eventually consider getting the DFA 28-105mm lens, very versatile and offering WR construction.
I have been actually considering MOST of these lenses already . But one step at a time... I plan to have this body for a loooong while now, and I have (I think, hah) enough decent lenses for my photography... the 28-70 Tokina is now earning a long hard look though :P
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You are unlikely to go wrong with that deal!

Its a great camera and I'm sure you will enjoy it.
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Excited for you. Enjoy!
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Congratiulations!


If you like the Tamron 35-70, my modest proposal would be to get hands on a F 35-70 SMC (be carefull, there are plenty of non-SMC).


Have fun!
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Congratiulations!


If you like the Tamron 35-70, my modest proposal would be to get hands on a F 35-70 SMC (be carefull, there are plenty of non-SMC).


Have fun!
That was my first option, it would have been the perfect fit (focuses closer than the Tokina and it's quite lighter). However, I didn't get it on two different auctions and all my other options were in the ~100 range, while the Tokina was 24, so for now it stays
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