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Forum: Pentax K-1 05-15-2017, 10:22 AM  
Any Regrets After Switching from Canon to K-1?
Posted By Karmaya
Replies: 68
Views: 9,484
Thanks everyone for your thoughts and additional input. To the extent anyone is interested, I did try the K-1 for a while and there is so much about the K-1 that I absolutely loved. I loved how it handled and the way the buttons are laid out. Even after years of being with Canon, the K-1 seemed very easy to learn (I was afraid it would take me forever to figure out). I loved the results I got, with one huge exception: its AF system just wasn't what I wanted/expected, even though many of you pointed out that its AF system wasn't stellar. While I enjoy landscape photography, I also do sports and animals photography. I thought I'd be happy with using the K-1 for all the things it's perfect for and keep my old 7D for sports and animals, but after having the K-1 for a couple of weeks, I wasn't truly happy with my decision. I knew from the get-go that switching systems (esp considering all the great Canon lenses I already have) wouldn't be the smartest decision. If money were no object, I would have kept the K-1 and also bought the 5dM4. :-) Anywho, after considering the pros and cons of both cameras for my way of shooting, I decided to return the K-1 and get the 5dM4 instead. I felt a bit silly because I so agonized over this decision before finally deciding to stay with Canon. Granted, the 5dM4 is much more camera than I've ever had and it'll take me a while to learn, but so far I love it and believe I made the right decision, and am having fun learning it. One thing I didn't think I really cared for/needed but that I now absolutely love on the Canon: its touchscreen. I guess this means I'll have to leave this awesome K-1 forum. To all who've responded to my post, you have helped me immensely and I'm very grateful. You Pentaxians rock! Thanks again and happy shooting everyone!
Forum: Pentax K-1 02-13-2017, 02:28 PM  
Any camera-based tutorials you'd like to see?
Posted By Karmaya
Replies: 12
Views: 1,021
I'm a recent K-1 owner (having shot Canons since the late 70s) and was searching the forum for any K-1 tutorials that might help me learn all there is to know about my new camera. I've actually read the entire manual (never done that before for any product) but the manual only tells you all the fun things you can do, but doesn't explain when to use which setting, etc. I am also interested in the camera's autofocusing system (which settings are best for certain shots) when I came across this thread. lithedreamer, have you had a chance to write your article and if so, where may I find it? Thanks in advance!
Forum: Pentax K-1 01-16-2017, 09:47 AM  
Any Regrets After Switching from Canon to K-1?
Posted By Karmaya
Replies: 68
Views: 9,484
Hi Teiki, I wasn't meant to imply that the 6D was outdated as far as its capabilities. I realize it's a very fine FF camera. I meant it's been around several years and not the latest as far as technologically advanced. There are rumors that the new version or a replacement is up for release this year. I would like to get the latest technology in my next camera. I still enjoy (and shoot with) my old 7D and for my purposes it's a better camera than the 6D. The 6D is not weather-sealed. In fact, even though it was inside a bag during a rain storm, but the bag wasn't totally waterproof, the 6D got damaged beyond repair. I can't have a camera that can't take a few drops of water. :-) which is one of many reasons the K-1 is so appealing to me. Thanks for your response and happy shooting!
Forum: Pentax K-1 01-12-2017, 02:09 PM  
Any Regrets After Switching from Canon to K-1?
Posted By Karmaya
Replies: 68
Views: 9,484
Thank you everyone for taking the time to respond to my post, post sample shots, and share your thoughts, experience and suggestions. You’ve given me more to think about than I expected. One thing for sure, I’m very impressed with you Pentaxians for being so quick to help!

I’ve been wanting an FF camera for years, but couldn’t afford the one I wanted, and didn’t want to “settle” for something less or something used. After looking at the K-1, I couldn’t help but think it’d be the “almost perfect” camera for me. But, as several of you pointed out, once you’ve acquired several lenses for a particular brand camera, it’s very difficult to switch. Even though I never had an FF camera, I’d buy the best lenses I could afford, and have accumulated some nice ones over the years, most of them L lenses. So if I do get a Canon FF, I’d be set as far as lenses is concerned, with the exception of a “walk around lens,” that is.

A couple of you brought up a good point. Financially, it’d be reasonable to buy the K-1 and a good lens or two, as it would cost about the same as the 5Dm4 – at least for now. But shooting the way I like, sooner or later, I’d want a macro lens, a wide-angle, a nice zoom and maybe even a fisheye, all lenses I already have for a Canon, but would have to buy again for the K-1. I didn’t think that far and appreciate those of you mentioning it. Sure, I could sell my Canon lenses to pay towards the new Pentax lenses, but does it make sense? Financially, not at all. On the other hand, once I do get my hands on a K-1 and it feels right and perfect, I might be willing to take a financial loss and go all Pentax, or I could keep everything Canon (with the 7D) and add more things Pentax, but I’d have to convert part of our home into a “photo storage area” (which hubby would not approve of). :lol:

I sure wish all cameras were made standard, so that all lenses would fit all camera bodies, no matter the brand. Would make a photographer’s life so much easier, wouldn’t it? We could keep all our lenses and switch camera bodies back and forth to our heart’s content. Again, thank you all for your invaluable input!
Forum: Pentax K-1 01-11-2017, 01:56 PM  
Any Regrets After Switching from Canon to K-1?
Posted By Karmaya
Replies: 68
Views: 9,484
Good Afternoon.

I'm a brand-new member (joined this morning). I joined because I'm considering getting a K-1 and figured this forum is a great way to learn more about this camera. Everything I read about it so far makes me think it's perfect for me. However, there is a problem: I've been a Canon shooter since the late 70s, upgraded cameras and added lenses (some really nice ones) over the years. I'm pretty heavily invested in Canon, so to speak. Whenever I upgraded cameras, I never even looked at other brands because it just made no sense, what with me already having all these great Canon lenses, right?

My current camera is the Canon 7D. While outdated, it's still a great camera. But when hauling it (and several lenses) on vacation became too cumbersome, I added a Sony bridge camera as well as the tiny RX100m4, the two became my travel gear.
However, after almost 40 years of shooting, I've decided I want a FF camera, if only to see what I've been missing all these years. I want to get one soon, before retirement, as I may not be able to afford it when retired.

I was looking at the 6D, but it's too outdated. There are rumors of a 6Dm2 sometime this year, so that could be one option. I always dreamed of owning a 5D, but never could afford it, until now. I was about to order the 5Dm4 but, given its huge price, decided to do something I haven't done before: research FF cameras, any brand, to make sure I'm getting the best camera for my money and needs. I've never spent $3,500 on a camera before. Well, I've never spent $3,500 on anything smaller than a car, so I wanted to make sure I'm getting the best bang for my buck.

I looked at Nikon, but none struck me as being better than the 5Dm4. Since owning two Sonys, I also checked Sony FFs. There's one in the same price-range and the good thing about Sony would be that I could use my Canon lenses (with adapter), so that's on my short list for now, though I'm not sure I really want to go the adapter-route.

Long story short, throughout my search, research, reading reviews, watching video clips on YouTube, etc., the one camera that also kept popping up was the Pentax K-1. Always heard Pentax made great cameras, but I thought Pentax was out of business, probably because I never see them in camera stores.

The K-1 sounds almost perfect for me. It has almost everything I want. The only downside, it's not considered a great sports camera (I enjoy shooting Indy and NASCAR races), but I decided to keep my 7D which is great for that. I'm not much of a videographer, so learning that the K-1 isn't the best for videos is of no concern to me. If I do need video, I'll bring my Sony or use my iPhone. :)

My favorite subjects to photograph are landscape, wildlife, macros, and pets. While I don't really like shooting people, my family often expects me to be the photographer at events. From all I've read, the K-1 should be able to handle all of these things very well. So should I switch brands and start over with Pentax? I am torn because the financial-planner part of my brain says NO. But then I look at the price tag and realize that for the price of a 5Dm4, I could buy the K-1 and a good lens to go with it (trying to forget that I may want to add more lenses later, which is what my financial-planner in me doesn't like).

So if anyone in this forum reads this and can relate or has made the switch from another system to Pentax, please share your thoughts. If you've switched from Canon FF to Pentax, are you totally happy with your decision? Finally, if I do get the K-1, what would be the best all-around lens(es) (I'm a pixel-peeper) I should get for my purposes, considering it'll likely be my only K-1 lens(es) for a long time. Total price not to exceed $3,500. :) Thank you all!
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