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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-02-2019, 09:11 AM  
Upgrade from K3 to K1? Advice please!
Posted By Merv-O
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I'm sending it back to Precision--thanks for that. I was just correcting your assumptions. For the record, I have been shooting pictures for 51 years and still maintain a darkroom. I'm familiar with most phases of photography, including digital Iso and AF performance. But every single lens mounted on this K-1ii is off. The on-body calibration of -10/+10 doesn't fix it. When you have 10 hours on your LensCalc and it still isn't performing, it's frustrating. So I'm sure your tripod advice was meant to be instructive...Thanks/no thanks...and let's move on.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-02-2019, 07:42 AM  
Upgrade from K3 to K1? Advice please!
Posted By Merv-O
Replies: 49
Views: 2,932
It's the calibration and it pisses me off....My K-1ii is an early model (3/18 manufacture date) but that is no excuse...For my $2,000 that camera should have been good to go. Also, the slow screw drive lenses (old FA) don't measure up to the quality DA Limited Lenses. So chill out Boris. Don't misunderstand--the renderings from my KP, my old K-3 and my Leica Kits are better than my "Flagship" K-1ii. Has nothing to do with tripod usage or diaphragm control.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-01-2019, 01:40 PM  
Upgrade from K3 to K1? Advice please!
Posted By Merv-O
Replies: 49
Views: 2,932
Also, please remember that although the 24mp sensors are similar in pixel density, the KP sensor is sharper than the K-3/ii series simply because it is a newer more refined design. That in and of itself to me takes precedence over much of the ergonomics between the KP and the K-3/ii. Imaging is everything to me. I grew up on all manual control so these new Pentaxes are a dream. (i'm still pissed about my K-1ii's calibration though--way off. Hello Precision?).
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-27-2019, 06:55 PM  
Upgrade from K3 to K1? Advice please!
Posted By Merv-O
Replies: 49
Views: 2,932
Funny that you saw the same thing I did Norm. I believe that the K-1ii needs some firmware refinement. The sum of the parts are fine, but there is so much more that can be done...let's hope CP+ yields some new software/firmware for this body. Also fine lens adjustment should be made automatic as it seems to be a common weakness in the K-1ii. Every lens is either front focused or rear focused, few, if any of my lenses are as clear as they should be....the KP fired solid right out of the box...a true little champion...lookinh forward to really working it up.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-27-2019, 11:01 AM  
Upgrade from K3 to K1? Advice please!
Posted By Merv-O
Replies: 49
Views: 2,932
This is an excellent post as it made me think about what I have spent thus far on the FF upgrade--let's see, not for the faint hearted:

K-1 Mark ii w/DFA 28-105mm. $ 2,200.00
Pentax 50mm 1.4. 300.00
Pentax 35mm 2 240.00
SIGMA 70-300 FA 150.00
Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 430.00
Irix 15mm Firefly 495.00
S]GMA 28mm f/2.8 60.00 (manual--great old glass)
SIGMA 15-30 DFA 355.00 (used bought here at PF)
$ 4,250.00

This is a modest kit of lenses too....but wait add the cost of clear/UV filters (Hoya or B&W at 30-60 apiece), a quality bag (Domke F2, e.g.) padded strap (the K-1ii is a heavy pup after all) and your'e pushing $5,000. That is a serious commitment...now here's the rub: My KP (takes) and K-3/ii (took) pictures that are stupendous and I see very little differential in my style of imaging. I'm thinking of sticking with APS-c and selling it off--my one year experiment. Ugh.
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