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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-01-2019, 02:12 PM  
Upgrade from K3 to K1? Advice please!
Posted By mikesbike
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If getting the KP, and you want to get exceptionally fine results from time-saving JPEGs right out of the camera, be sure to remember to set up "Fine Sharpening" in the Custom Image menus. I set this up in the "Bright" category, then later in the "Natural" as well, but I usually have the camera set to "Bright" unless dealing with very high-contrast situations. The "Bright" setting does not seem to exaggerate color to the degree other models have done, from what I see. The color is very colorful without being off.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-28-2019, 10:40 PM  
Upgrade from K3 to K1? Advice please!
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 49
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There are a couple of other compromises in the KP other than the top LCD panel, having to do with on-body controls. Of course, these compromises are for space-saving and for having the third control wheel on top. Instead of separate dedicated controls for AE-L and a back AF button, the AE-L button can be programmed to serve as an AF button instead. I prefer setting it to AE-L because I use this feature fairly often, and I am accustomed to using the shutter button half press for AF anyway. The lever around the power on/off button for optical DOF preview is gone, but other buttons are programmable, such as the one for level display, which could be set up for that purpose.

So, though some convenience is lost in controls having to be used in double roles, the third wheel on top provides additional convenient and efficient control features, also programmable, that are not found on the K-3. It is a give and take situation, but I think Pentax engineers have done a very good job in providing an exceptional and unique controls setup on a modest-size body. It is way beyond the controls setup of the K-S2 and K-70 style camera body, which in their own right are way above the typical entry-level DSLR camera bodies in both features and controls.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-27-2019, 07:01 PM  
Upgrade from K3 to K1? Advice please!
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 49
Views: 2,964
I think you've come to a good decision, having received some excellent advice. Of course, certain lenses like one you already have- the FA 35mm f/2 would definitely be a very useful, more versatile lens on a FF body. But since lenses are of utmost importance in formulating any system, and what you have being extremely impressive, does indeed fortify your decision. Your DA 20-40mm f/2.8-4 Limited and your DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 are killer lenses for delivering great IQ. Then including the Sigma 10-20mm in your kit provides a versatile and very wide FL range with excellent quality. Your DA* 50-135mm delivers a capability similar to a large, heavy, expensive 70-200mm f/2.8 on a FF body, and does so with very fine IQ at less than half the weight. Your FA 77mm Limited is a wonderful lens with either format.

It seems to me, the arrival of the K-3 II replacement should not be very far off. Then you'd have no regret in selling your current K-3 II. No doubt it will equal the KP for low light, which is close to the K-1.

OTOH, for the kind of uses you state, hiking, travel, etc. the KP might be even more ideal in its svelte compactness. I can tell you with the DA 20-40mm Limited on it, they really seem to be made for each other! I got mine in silver, and find both silver and black lenses look great on it. Much as did my ME Super years ago. And it does not seem you are in need of the deeper buffer or double card slots of the bigger K-3 type. The KP's battery is so small, having spare ones along is no trouble at all. The DA* 50-135mm is compact also for such a lens, and I find it handles very well on my KP. Those two lenses make a great team. There have also been some good prices offered lately for the KP. I just checked B&H to find they have it on special at under $800 USD once again.
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