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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-27-2019, 05:23 AM  
Upgrade from K3 to K1? Advice please!
Posted By johnha
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I went from a K-5 to a K-1 (having shot Pentax for ages I have enough FA lenses), I kept the K-5 because it wasn't worth selling a functioning camera for the low value it was worth. As an old film shooter, FF is much more comfortable as a format and I haven't used the K-5 for a very long time. My only criticism of the K-1 is the AF sensor illumination in the viewfinder isn't as easy to see as that on the K-5.

Sizewise, there's little difference between a K-5 with a grip (needed to make it comfortable) and a K-1 without (I don't need it - I always shoot verticals the 'normal' way with elbow sticking out as did with film and the camera grip is big enough).

Think about your DA lenses, do you use them all, particularly the wideangles (which may be significantly more expensive to buy for FF)? The FA35 gives a similar look on the K-3 that the 50mm will on the K-1, the FA77 is apparently a stunning portrait lens on FF (the 50mm on the K-3 is roughly equivalent to the 77 on a K-1). You can always use the DA lenses in 'crop' mode on the K-1 until you can find suitable FF lenses. I would try to keep the K-3, at least until you've been able assess whether keeping it long term is practical. As has been mentioned, I'd be wary of buying a K-1 without warranty/support if it means selling the K-3.

Ideally you need to handle a K-1 (take your 35mm & 50mm lenses) before buying to see how you feel about it, but an FA35, DFA50 & FA77 is a good start for FF lenses.
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