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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-21-2017, 10:05 AM  
For each Pentaxian buying K-1 another Nikon/Canon shooter jumped ship to Pentax
Posted By larsbars
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I'm one of the Nikon converts. Nikon was really starting to annoy me by disabling features on cameras just to position them in their line up. As an example, look at what they did recently with the D7500 by removing a second card slot (compared to the D7200). This is clearly just to ensure that pro's need to buy the D500 even if they don't need the D500.

Pentax seems very much like the company that is dying to give the customer everything they can for the lowest price possible. I want to be part of an ecosystem where people are scrappy and care deeply about what they're making. Nikon seems like they're pretty damn far from that at this point.

I really do love pentax. I do think though that they really need to focus on two things to continue with the momentum of growth and to keep current converts happy. The first is to somehow convince tamron and sigma to continue making lenses for pentax. What tamron and sigma have been doing with their lenses recently is amazing and it does sort of feel like we're missing out. I'd love to be able to get the sigma 85mm art on my K-1. The second thing I think they need to do is improve autofocus speed so that these cameras can be depended on to shoot action/sports. Do something like what Nikon has some with the D500 and add a dedicated processor for autofocus.

I know the pentax community is very tight-knit and many of us are people who come directly from film or are at least "old school." The response to criticisms of pentax seems to basically be "when I was a kid, I had to walk both ways uphill to school in the snow." It's not helpful and it will fly less and less as more converts come to pentax. I would imagine the only way pentax stays alive is for them to find a strong and compelling reason for people to move over to pentax and to stay. The K-1 went a LONG way towards making this reality. I think they need to continue to push. I don't think their full-frame lens line-up that they've promised is enough.
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-20-2017, 10:34 AM  
Pentax K-1 wiping the floor with Nikon D810, D850.
Posted By larsbars
Replies: 108
Views: 20,611
Yeah I can't attribute it to the camera for sure. I don't have a lens that crosses over to both cameras obviously. I will say though that i've used 3 lenses on the nikon and 3 on the pentax and the preference remains the same across all of those lenses. I'd guess it has more to do with the camera than the lenses but I don't know. The interesting thing to me is that the D850 doesn't impress me above and beyond the K-1 with anything except autofocus ability. Maybe that will change as I get more familiar.
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-29-2017, 02:48 PM  
K1 holding value
Posted By larsbars
Replies: 6
Views: 1,446
I just sold one for 1450 on the marketplace. Sad to leave pentax but I've really started to focus on event photography (bicycling, running, etc) and weddings. AF is really accurate and good but it's not SUPER quick. If i was still doing portraiture and landscapes there wouldn't have been a reason to leave. The camera is ridiculously cheap for what it offers.
Forum: Pentax K-1 12-07-2016, 11:11 AM  
Flash recommendations
Posted By larsbars
Replies: 33
Views: 3,142
You should be aware of the fact that the K-1 does not use the Flash's AF beam for metz flashes (and i think any other third party flash). I ordered a Metz 52 af-1 thinking it's the best deal for the money but its pretty disappointing that the af beam is useless, especially since I want to use the k-1 for weddings where I need AF assistance in low light. I am considering returning it right now.
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