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Forum: Pentax K-1 06-29-2020, 03:51 PM  
Sensor Cleaning Advise K1MII
Posted By landofcourtness
Replies: 28
Views: 1,563
I really like this product! For $20, you get 12 swabs + cleaner. I purchased it back in 2018, and I still have 7 of them. It's perfectly cut to fit the full-frame sensor (they have other sizes too), and its perfectly cleaned it each time. Works for my K-1i anyways. It's a pretty good deal!

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Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 06-27-2020, 02:12 PM  
Hello from Massachusetts
Posted By landofcourtness
Replies: 9
Views: 362
Haha... I definitely would just get acclimated to the extremely perfect ergonomics, especially if its your first Digital Camera or ILC. That Green button was such a gamechanger in terms of having me embrace the other features and freedom to explore manual. I had a K-5, and then jumped up to the K-1 after shooting exclusively with K-5 for 2+ years. But I do believe that the K-3 is truly a great value! and can usually be had between $300-400 (a big range I know, but I got mine for $325 w/grip). The bump in MP to 24, 2-card slot, AA-simulator filter, ISO performance... are really big upgrades for the price, almost to the point where I would say the APS-C offerings since haven't really been that much better. That 2+ years with K-5 really helped to develop my understanding though.

Welcome!
Forum: General Photography 06-26-2020, 08:12 AM  
What is your other camera ?
Posted By landofcourtness
Replies: 49
Views: 1,660
I primarily shoot Pentax... K-1 when I need the detail and have the slow pace to allow. I really think that 36MP is the perfect amount, K-3 when I need a little bit more zoom/punch + fast pace... Both/Double-wield at events (K-1 = close pics, K-3 far)

Film: k1000, p30, ME Super (probably my least favorite Pentax anything ever), Z-5

Previous (given away): K-5, K-01 (Bday gift for sister), KP (for brother's wife)


I'm with Self. Acquired a G85 kind of on a whim, because I wanted something with better Video, while also scratching my EVF itch when I feel like I'm being left behind. It's a pretty amazing camera on its own. The 4k is buttery, although the AF-zooming in video can fluctuate relentlessly. Manual is the way to go. The IBIS is really really good too! It has a fully articulating screen, and its touch too. The 4k-photo mode is kind of a cool gimmick. One thing that is extremely underrated until you have it, is the ability to shoot silently!! During an event, and you have that one person where you can hear that mirror-slap over and over again. If there is one thing that mirrorless 100% has over DSLR, this has to be it! It really does plug most/all of the holes that Pentax isn't. And the entry level lenses are dirt cheap! But since I shoot manual during video, a Pentax adapter is super clutch.

Olympus RIP TG-860: This is my go-to underwater/rugged camera. They have other rugged cameras from other brands too, with slightly better specs. But I think this is the best one simply because it is the only rugged camera that possesses a flip-up screen. There is a kind of 'haze' (not sure how else to describe it, especially when underwater, just re-emerging) over the pictures + 1080p video though, but I don't mind it really.

DJI Mavic Pro: Drone, I don't use it as much as I should... but the footage and capabilities are truly amazing! It's also just really fun to fly. It really does shake up your paradigm, and way of viewing something!

DJI Mobile 3: This only works with a person's phone... but it is quite the gimbal! It has so many cool capabilities. You can track a subject, create panaramas, timelapse, cool transition(s) features. It's the full package. And crazy that it only costs $100. And since it uses your phone, you just need to upgrade your phone, to upgrade the 'camera'. It can replace a lot of things!!

I love street photography and the ability to keep a APS-C capable camera that is pocketable, so a GRIII feels like it might be in the future in the next 2-3 years (even if they come out with a IV, I'll still just pick up the III). But right now that's pretty much it, until the K-New drops. All I really feel like I need/want is something with a higher buffer/fps, and probably do prefer APS-C for the extra 1.5x punch. Be perfect for birding/event. (sadly, that video-conference had me a bit underwhelmed) Give me a FA-teleconverter (that works with other brand lenses too! this one is not really needed though), and I feel I will be set for the foreseeable future!

Previous: Sony a6000...this is truly a do-it-all camera!! I've never seen a camera that can take 11fps pictures before. And the AF is pretty amazing with how wide spread it is! The size is super compact too. It is almost pocketable w/pancake lens. 1080p is top-quality as well, with 24MP photos. It is only really let down by god-awful battery life!!!!!!! (given to sister when she entered college 2-years ago). My father was gifted an Olympus EM-5 II, as part of a Free flight give away if you purchased one 4-5 years ago. Best Deal ever!!! (flight home for holidays, and my father was able to get his 1st digital camera... he used to be an old professional Nikon film shooter before giving it up)
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 06-26-2020, 07:30 AM  
Hello from Massachusetts
Posted By landofcourtness
Replies: 9
Views: 362
Welcome... fellow Massachusetts fist-bump!! Boston, MA

I remember when I got my K-5... Good luck not upgrading again in the next year or so... haha
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 06-21-2020, 08:41 PM  
DO NOT send your Pentax Sport Optics addressed to Precision !!!
Posted By landofcourtness
Replies: 6
Views: 910
This is probably a stupid question... what is a sticky (note)?
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 06-02-2020, 05:25 PM  
Irix Dragonfly 150 2.8 Macro 1:1 $299
Posted By landofcourtness
Replies: 19
Views: 1,911
Yes, it does work on the Pentax KP (or any FF or APS-C body)... or I assume that it can. I only have a K-3, so I can only give voice to that for personal use. I will say, that it can be slightly more difficult to keep steady (in comparison to FF), due to the 1.5x extra crop. But it works flawlessly aside from that. Seems reliable and robust! and gives the best IQ that I've seen so far (maybe only my Sigma 35 1.4 Art can challenge)
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 05-27-2020, 07:16 PM  
Replacement for Pentax K1 MKii Visor
Posted By landofcourtness
Replies: 3
Views: 535
Hmm... have you looked underneath the Eyepiece?? Is the crack actually the viewfinder? I just checked my K-1 + K-3, and there's a pretty good amount of glass in between. I can imagine that cracking, but if you look underneath (it's okay if you didn't know that you could do that. For the longest time I thought it was just 1-piece. Then when the rubber on the eyepiece started to tear, I looked into replacing it) , maybe the viewfinder glass is okay?

A new Eyepiece isn't that expensive (~$30): o-me-53

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Forum: Pentax Price Watch 05-22-2020, 08:44 AM  
128GB MicroSDXC UHS-1 + 10,000mAh Power Bank = 18.05
Posted By landofcourtness
Replies: 2
Views: 360
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07S5QW5V3/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_...&ie=UTF8&psc=1

I tried to find the option on my phone, and couldn't see the option. You have to scroll down (on computer... maybe it will also work on a tablet?) to see the deal for $21. Then once both items are in your cart, there is a $5 off coupon that you can click to bring the total to 16.99, which comes out to 18.05 total (which is the price of the power bank alone). It will say that the total $40, but it takes it off 18.99 once you go to checkout. Not sure how long the deal will be up for.

Cheers
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 05-07-2020, 08:38 AM  
Bought a K-1 in 2020, did I make a mistake?
Posted By landofcourtness
Replies: 49
Views: 2,051
I would question... is there really something that the Tam 70-200 2.8 or Sig 70-200 2.8 (and other associated focal lengths) don't offer you?? It's true that they no longer support new Pentax mount, but things haven't really changed that much. I've had both the above lenses, and each did everything I imagine wanting it to do. They are both rugged (the Tam maybe a bit more), and if you want silent then the Sigma AF (my current) is whisper level. I've never used the DFA, but I have both the 28-105 + 24-70 and if the 70-200 performs similarly, it doesn't feel like its a noticeable difference. Maybe just the ability to focus-override (that's a legitimate feature when using it with AF, then making a small adjustment to the focus you really want) And then when you factor price (Sig/Tam can be had for roughly $500 vs newer 1.4-7k+ super lenses. It's not 3x as good, if even 1.5x), its punching! I will admit that the Tam 27-75 2.8 isn't as good as the DFA, but for $200 the Tam was well worth it imo, as it gave me the ability to experiment with 2.8 on FF for the first time, while I waited for the DFA price to come down (~$550).

If I feel any limitation in my lens, its in the camera body itself (ex: not having the FPS or Buffer for a situation). But as Serk said, if 'modern' is what you want, that is the situation. I would just say that there doesn't seem to be that big of a difference to me, except in price. When other mounts get new 3rd-support, it is easy to feel like you're getting left behind though so I understand the feeling.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 05-07-2020, 08:20 AM  
Irix Dragonfly 150 2.8 Macro 1:1 $299
Posted By landofcourtness
Replies: 19
Views: 1,911
Just updating... that it did in fact come in 2-days ago. It didn't come in the cool blue box that you see with all of the Unboxing on YouTube. It came with the case, two back end-caps, one front-cap, lens hood, tripod mount. As far as condition, it does appear to meet the advertised condition; in Perfect condition. I wouldn't be surprised if it were some kind of hold-over from a kind of 'review-copy' or so. I can truly say that the lens is built like a tank! It's heavier than any other lens, including my 70-200... almost to the point where its easy for me to feel fatigue just from using it. Maybe, it's also a combination of the needing to use my hand not only to hold the camera+lens, but also needed to use the manual-focus. The Manual Focus feels really nice, and I fully support all manual lenses have that little bump for guidance. The rubber is super squishy-comfortable, but you definitely miss if the little bump isn't felt. 270* is a really long focus throw... and in terms of use, it takes me some serious time to figure out what direction to rotate the barrel to get the focus you want. I have a Tam 90, but I don't remember it's focus being so sensitive, in terms of getting in focus what you want... BUT I don't think I've ever felt so much control, and it might be that its giving a new understanding of DoField. You can really feel it move over your field of view. I also really do love having all of the info on the barrel. I've never really fully understood how or when the 1:x came into play until now (or I'm starting to). The last thing I'll say is Holy Focus Breathing! As you turn the barrel to find your focus, look again and somehow the object has moved slightly closer/further away.

All-in-all, its been a fun couple of days playing with it as a Macro-lens. I imagine as I use it more, I'll get more used to which direction the barrel needs to turn to get the focus I want, and the Focus Breathing really isn't that big of a deal. It's a rugged lens, with superb IQ (might be the best lens that I have, which is saying something!)... for $300, no complaints at all. Makes my K-1 sing! Maybe I'll post some pictures, once I take this thing outside. I don't feel like I need to add any lens to my lineup, as it feels pretty complete now!! (I would like a super telephoto of some kind... hoping for that new teleconverter to extend my Sig 70-200 into 140-400 to help with when I shoot sports + birding)
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-26-2020, 01:12 PM  
Does anyone actually print photos any more?
Posted By landofcourtness
Replies: 58
Views: 2,213
I very much do! As a teacher it's essential to have a printer at home in general, and then I like to have a printer that can also double for Printing Photos. Some people have mentioned cost, and I think its very much relative to the size that you are trying to print. For those interested in a really cost-effective option, I really like the HP Envy 7855, which can be had for roughly $99. This printer does a great job of printing, scanning, etc... and while I do think the quality isn't as good as a Canon Pixma Pro ($400), it does punch above in terms of quality. I also want to 1) emphasize the use of Photo Paper! as when I was first printing to just normal paper, I was very much underwhelmed by the quality of the photos. Switch to printer paper... Bam, Big difference! (just don't be stupid like me and forget to switch out your paper when doing teacher-stuff, AND 2) signing up for an HP-ink plan. This is the specific reason I chose this printer, because of this feature. The HP ink plans make it so that you don't have to pay for ink. When you are about to run out, they just send you a batch of ink in the mail... and this happens automatically without the need to contact someone specifically. The plans per month are $2.99-50 page limit (what I use, for this specific one, $36/yr), 4.99-100 page limit, 9.99-300pg, 14.99-500pg, 19.99-700pg (what I have for my printer at school, since a lot fo students use it, and another teacher+her students). Any extra pages roll-over too. That seems like a pretty good deal imo!

The only real drawback, to me, is if you're trying to print something that is bigger than 8.5 x 14" (legal-wide) or A4. You do have to have them professionally done for any canvas-type things (your pictures look pretty cool, and I haven't seen a place that turns photos into a paint by numbers???) or photo-books. It fits most of my needs though (normally just decorating walls with photos in frames), at a fraction of a cost.
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 04-26-2020, 11:41 AM  
For Sale: Flashes/accessories: Metz 58 AF-2, Metz 58 AF-1, Yongnou YN-560, RF Triggers
Posted By landofcourtness
Replies: 5
Views: 869
PM sent for flash triggers
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-25-2020, 10:38 PM  
Should I finally invest in a K-1?
Posted By landofcourtness
Replies: 58
Views: 2,217
I was more referring to what Barney/zapp said (on page 1) who suggested waiting for details on the next APS-C camera, prior to acquiring something new. Based off the camera bodies the OP says they have, that feels like good advice. The idea that the advantages to FF are more negligible now with more modern cameras, and might be even moreso with this upcoming new advancement, before OP begins to go down the road of investing in a bigger sensor (and the changes that come with that). As someone who likes to double-wield K-1/K-3, I would ride a K-3 out since the successor is actually a reality.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-25-2020, 09:36 AM  
Should I finally invest in a K-1?
Posted By landofcourtness
Replies: 58
Views: 2,217
I think most people have said what I agree is best... to wait until this new camera comes out. It looks quite the jump in technology! and we hope that it will be well worth the full-price. However, I think the way that Pentax appears to release cameras, is the first camera represents a big leap in tech (I think this feels like the significant leap felt from the K-5 to K-3, maybe even moreso)... and then they just funnel that tech to their 'budget' (ex: k-70), 'full-frame' (k-1), and then 'misc' (kp). Whenever someone asks me which type of (Pentax specifically) camera they should buy, I almost always start them out with the K-3. Are the improvements from the K-3ii, k-70, k-1, kp... really that different in terms of IQ? In some ways yes, but only incrementally and FF being what it is.

Having both a K-3 and K-1 (I actually picked up the K-3 afterwards) I can tell you that there is a pretty big bump up in IQ, as well as situations where you really feel the improvements play themselves out. There's the obvious 36MP jump up, which really any APS-C really can't overcome that part, and Pixelshift shouldn't be understated (I think the 3rd wheel is pretty big in terms of handling too)... but then there's the low-light performance where it truly shines. There are circumstances where the K-1 can take clear and 100% useable photos to the point where you'd never know that it was taken when it was. The dynamic range is impressive, but so is the way for it to manage noise as well. I always point to this video, when I reflect on the amazing range it has (3min):














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However, there are places/circumstances where even the old K-3 has a big advantage over the K-1. The only real shortcoming in the K-1 imo, is the RAW buffer and 4fps. The K-1 will fill up after a handful of pictures, while the K-3 will shoot RAW photos for days and at 7fps. You really feel it during moments that are fast-paced like sports or events (I take pictures for my school sometimes) Also, you do miss the 1.5 crop factor in some instances. Using the K-1 you do have to re-adjust to taking that step back, but moving back to APS-C and its basically like putting a teleconverter on your FF-lenses. Also, one thing I didn't consider at the time that I made the jump, is that I would have to basically replace all of my lenses. It is shooting with the K-3 that has convinced me that there is value in having both. APS-C for events and speed (that 1.5 reach really comes in handy!), FF for when you need the added detail.


A lot of times I find that most DA/APS-C lenses can actually still 100% be used in 1:1-mode, which gives ~24mps. That's pretty useful!

I think you should just wait though, as many of the advantages in low-light are pretty negligible now with the new cameras. I got a KP for my sister-in-law, and sometimes I envy at it's low-light ability, and the newer cameras have Pixel-shift too. I think you should wait for this next APS-C camera. We've seen it, so it seems like its pretty far along. My guess is that Full-frame with similar tech will come right after that. It would suck to buy a K-1 now, and then the FF come out 2-4 years from now with the vastly new tech. Then if you still wanted to go with the K-1, it be cheaper... but in the meantime new APS-C would mean not having to worry about lenses too. Sadly, with the state of the world, this timeline might shift a bit in terms of waiting.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 04-22-2020, 12:47 PM  
Irix Dragonfly 150 2.8 Macro 1:1 $299
Posted By landofcourtness
Replies: 19
Views: 1,911
When I checked out, it said that there were only 2 left, so I guess there were only 3-total (or at least from when I found it)

To Snappy: I've just recently started to get into Astro... don't you usually need a focal length that is really wide (I've been mostly using a Sig 35 1.4). This much punch, and I would imagine you'd be super zoomed into the nights' sky. I suppose it's all relative. I've also received things significantly faster than it was advertised (here in Boston, if distance is some kind of a factor). Also, enjoy your channel! Have been subbed since your Six MegaPixel club video. Almost convinced me to jump on some Samyang/Rokinons of my own.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 04-22-2020, 09:40 AM  
Irix Dragonfly 150 2.8 Macro 1:1 $299
Posted By landofcourtness
Replies: 19
Views: 1,911
Yeah, it seems to be the perfect Macro lens... once you get used to the focal length. After waffling (and especially in terms of my bank account), I decided to pull the trigger. For $317, it seems like a deal you won't find again. I've been hoping to get into Macro a lot a lot more (have mostly been using my Tam 90 2.8, but have felt it has been lacking) Not sure if it's a covid-19 thing, but it apparently won't get here until May 14th. As it says in the Pentax review, because Pentax has IBIS, that drawback is pretty much negated! It feels like the perfect match for a K-1 (and maybe some TTL-HSS), with the ability to draw out all of the IQ that 36MPs has. And a plus that it comes weather sealed!

Any feedback on the lens itself or things to look out for/tips would be great!!??
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 04-22-2020, 07:22 AM  
Irix Dragonfly 150 2.8 Macro 1:1 $299
Posted By landofcourtness
Replies: 19
Views: 1,911
Hey,

I was just seeing that Irix announced an Dragonfly 45 1.4, and then on the Pentax In-Depth Lens Reviews I saw one recently for a similar 150 2.8. I have a Tam 90 2.8, but I have always thought about adding a 135mm at some point... so it seemed kind of similar. Never had an Irix, but I've heard really good things. I do really like the look of them (kind of like a Samyang/Rokinon, but the next step).
Irix 150mm F2.8 Macro Review - Introduction | PentaxForums.com Reviews

On Amazon they have the same lens, from the same retail/manufacturer in 'Good' condition for $299 (listed $495). You have to click the other sellers option... but if you look, I think you'll see that its from the same company/location as the 'New' full-price. Not sure what 'Good' means, but figured coming from the actual company seems like a good sign... and a pretty good deal!!
amazon.com : Irix 150mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1 Dragonfly Lens for Pentax : Camera & Photo?tag=pentaxforums-20&
Forum: Sold Items 04-07-2020, 01:07 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Lowepro Backpack
Posted By landofcourtness
Replies: 2
Views: 647
For the LowePro bag, does it come with the modular packs (tripod, accessories, etc)??

And it is $80 for both?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-30-2020, 12:04 AM  
In-Focus Notification - Turn On!!
Posted By landofcourtness
Replies: 18
Views: 1,205
Yes, it's been this way for a pretty long while, which is why I haven't noticed the camera not indicating this for so long. I turned it back on, to explicit see when this occurs now.



I'm not sure what you guys are saying here? Are you that by setting up Back-Button focus, that it could be the reason that it appears to be happening less? In terms of Back-Button focus, I don't quite use it the way most would think when considered when they say Back-Button Focus. I guess I do the opposite, where pressing the AF-button stops the AF when pressing the shutter (if that makes sense)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-26-2020, 12:54 AM  
In-Focus Notification - Turn On!!
Posted By landofcourtness
Replies: 18
Views: 1,205
Thanks for all of the feedback!!

I cleaned the contacts on all of my cameras + lenses, and did tests on my K-3 and K-1 (my old K-5 I gave to a family that I work with, so couldn't test). It doesn't really register the pentagon ever... or at least I can't seem to find that point, even though I can obviously see that I am going out-in-out of focus. I was practically gradually going through the Manual focus too... still no pentagon registering. I thought maybe it was a problem with compatibility, but on the DFAs it hasn't really been that big of an increase. I have been able to experience the Pentagon (w/sound, I turned it on) under a few circumstance... but I wasn't able to reliably re-create it. There are moments where I think its reached 'peak-focus' but for some reason its not registering... and not really sure why

I did change the catch-in focus setting. Not sure what it changed though (I thought this was a Auto-feature, not a manual one).

I did try and change to AF, just to see... and it focuses (like normal, it always worked and was never in question). The Pentagon lights up and everything. It's not that far off from where I was MF, but without the Pentagon. Mike asked, if this is happening to all of the Cameras... Yes! Neither of them seem to get/not get the Pentagon regardless of Lens/Body or setting/mode. I don't know when it stopped, but I just remember it being easier to activate/indicate. I haven't tried to explore it really in the past 1-2 years, so not sure. Steve mentioned technique... Not the greatest technique in terms of skill (kind of what inspired this) is there a particular technique that would make this more/less likely?? I feel like everything is pretty steady, and we're just simply rotating the focus-ring.

Thanks!! Any other input would be greatly appreciated...

List of lenses (for reference): Sigma DG EX 17-35 2.8-4, Sig 35 1.4, 28-105 DFA kit, 24-70 2.8 DFA, Tam 90 2.8, Sig 70-200 2.8,
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-24-2020, 05:30 AM  
In-Focus Notification - Turn On!!
Posted By landofcourtness
Replies: 18
Views: 1,205
Hello,

This may be a silly question or issue... But:

My camera(s) used to have an indication of when things were in focus (especially useful when shooting Manual Focus). It would be a slight flash of a Red-dot in the viewfinder (the same way it would flash, when pressing AF). This feature was on my K-5, K-3, K-1 at various points. Sometimes, if you had the noise feature turned on, the camera would even beep at you.

Anyone know in the settings, how to get this feature back. I'm not sure what caused it to go away? so I don't know how to get it back?? This is a super helpful feature, so it be really nice! (Changing the Phase Focus Area, AF.S/AF.C, Metering, Viewfinder Overlay, Other Display Setting, seem to address it)

Best,
Forum: Sold Items 03-07-2020, 09:43 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K-3, DBG-5 Battery Grip, 3 batteries
Posted By landofcourtness
Replies: 6
Views: 777
I'm not in the market for a K-3... I already have a K-3 + K-1. But this price is insanely good for a K-3 + Grip (about a $75-100 on its own). Some person will be made very happy
Forum: General Photography 02-23-2020, 10:10 PM  
Need Help Buying A Camera For My Wife
Posted By landofcourtness
Replies: 25
Views: 1,020
I agree with Travel... though this is a Pentax-forum, based off what you said you're looking for, its hard to persuade you away from Sony cameras... especially if video is a consideration. The real question is how portable are you talking? If you're looking/hoping to literally put it in a pants pocket, then the RX100 series is great! (lower resolution though 20MP). I think the III/IV is the sweet spot here. If you're willing to go a little bigger then the a6X00 series probably fits your needs (the a6000 is the most affordable, unless you want the newer AF eye-detect thing in the 6100). It's what I'd probably get over anything else. 11fps alone is enough logic for me, especially if Auto is the preference. You literally just point and fire. Helps that it has higher 24MP too. The standard pancake kit lens is pretty versatile. The good thing about either of these series, is that I actually don't think there's that big of a jump from the newest and older models. They're all pretty good.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-17-2020, 12:57 AM  
Poll: Why did you go full frame?
Posted By landofcourtness
Replies: 151
Views: 6,513
I actually really enjoy shooting Both APS-C and Full-frame...

Having grown up shooting film (k1000, p30, Z-5), I didn't get my first digital camera until the K-5. That pretty much lasted me up until I purchased the K-1. In truth, I probably could have still be satisfied with just that camera (it truly is that amazing!). However, for the 3-4 years that I was using the K-5, I had been reading the major advantages that can come from Full-frame that when they announced the K-1; it seemed to fit. Then when you looked at everything that it came with: 36MP (this was kind of the biggest finalizing factor or what pushed things over the line. 16 to 36MP makes a big BIG difference), Low-ISO, Pixel-shift, 3rd-wheel, Movable Screen, better Live-View, AA-simulator... there's a lot, even in terms of upgrades.

Some factors that I will say that I didn't think about... was that I didn't think enough about the fact that I would have to replace pretty much my entire lens-lineup. I really like my current FF-lineup, but I practically had to start over (aside from my DA 50 1.8). Also, one advantage of moving to FF is the field of view, having that ability to step-back... However, that 1.5 crop factor actually does come into play sometimes!!! Full-frame, you love it... the way it alters your composition. But that 1.5 crop is basically like having a teleconverter inside of your camera. I literally got a K-3 specifically so I can have that again (I would give my K-5 + APS-C lenses to a student's family that I had been working with)... I will also say that it was also due to the painful Buffer that the K-1 has on it too. K-3 eats through RAW photos. K-1, you have to switch to JPEG during fast-shooting moments... but this isn't that discussion.

So as it said in the beginning... I think they both have their place. APS-C for when you need that reach and buffer, FF for when you need the detail. I usually end up double-wielding them when shooting sports/events now (As Joey might say... put your hands together). The last thing I'll say, mostly in terms of ISO-performance. Since the K-1 came out (ex: KP/K-70), I think that advantage is significantly smaller now. Now I feel that the main advantage for a K-1 is mostly the IQ. It'll be interesting to see how this new camera (whenever that happens) will compare. It looks pretty clear that the features will be significant, but the IQ.
Forum: Pentax K-5 12-14-2019, 05:50 PM  
To buy or not to buy ( a used K5)
Posted By landofcourtness
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I think it's fine. I had a K-5, and put thousands of shots on it. It is an amazing camera! As my first DSLR, I have a lot of love for it.

I think a lot of it depends on the price. But for me, its always difficult for me to recommend a K-5 (or any camera prior to K-5) and that is not because of flaws with a K-5... but it is because of the existence of the K-3! Unless the price is around $100, I don't think I can push people to that place. For ~$300 you can get a K-3, and it is such a big upgrade in almost every way. The AA-filter, 24MP sensor pretty much gives you the IQ of any (APS-C) camera that exists today, 2-card slots, AF features, Buffer. I'm not sure any of the APS-C cameras that have come out since this one (K-3ii, KP, K-70) aren't really that big of a detour.

So I would probably not recommend it... I'd instead save slightly more to get a K-3. But if that logic doesn't match what you care about... you will be getting a durable camera that will outlast your need, like most Pentax Cameras.
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