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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-21-2018, 07:51 AM  
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Posted By northcoastgreg
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I've probably visited about a dozen or so national parks in the last five years. If you had seen me during any of those visits, you would not see any of my cameras attached to a battery grip. But that doesn't mean I don't own grips or don't use them. I just don't use them for landscape photography at national parks. Indeed, I would not buy an APS-C DSLR that didn't have a grip for an option, and the reason is: I find that a grip makes it easier and more comfortable to shoot with large, heavy lenses. Then when I'm shooting with smaller lenses, I can take the grip off and have a more compact system.

Now I won't be buying a grip for the K-1 because I find the camera plenty large to balance with large lenses.

The old manual focus lenses may not be "forever, but they're certainly last for a good long time --- perhaps several lifespans. And while the DFA lenses are better, the differences are actually rather subtle and hardly significant. While for APS-C I'm sticking with modern lenses, on the K-1 I do a fair amount of work with vintage lenses, largely due to cost and weight/size considerations. Other than the macros and the 28-105, all the DFA lenses are quite large and heavy and quite expensive, and I'm not a fan of large and heavy glass for landscape shooting (heavy glass is a necessary evil for quality critter photography, and so I'll put up with it in that venue).
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