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Voigtländer Ultron SL 40/2 Aspherical
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This guy gets it.
I get a malware warning with this link, Quentin. Whatever it is.
Pentax A zoom 24-50/4. Not to bad.
I am sorry but my reaction has to wait a little. I just wrote a long piece answering you question but this bloody annoying thing happened to me again.
Once you're ready and post, Getdpi logs you off and everything is gone. Just forgot to copy it before posting.
I have got to do other things now.
I must say I am not a very good pixelpeeper, But what I can say to start with is that the files from the K-1 are much better and more editable then those from my Sony A7r with the same sensor.
But my mind is quiet simple and to me 51 million (bigger) pixels are a lot more then 36 million pixels, sothe Pentax Z should be better, although when pixelshift is used, the punch in the files is really great and look as good as the Z. (Could it be done for the Z as well with a firmware upgrade?)
The proof of the pudding would be to examine a big print which I did not do yet.
I am really happy with this camera! Like the Z it is very well made and very sturdy, but not to big for a dslr. It is a bit fat, so to speak. A real good streetcam as well and a joy to use with legacy Pentax or M42 lenses because of the focus assist beep, but you know that from the Z already.
Every mirrorless cam should have this feature, it is faster and more relyable then focus peaking.
And for slow photography the huge magification with live view works like a charm.
For me it is a great addition to the Z,for if you want to travel lighter. Also having the two different sensor sizes with the same type of Sony sensor treatment is a big plus.
Pentax was a late surprise for me. A real great traditional camera maker.
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As much as I like the 645Z, I am increasingly aware of its weight (especially with the 28-45mm), the lack of an ultra wide lens and the conspicuousness of the camera. I would like a smaller system where I don't feel I'm foregoing quality. I tried a DP2, but its quirks and limitations were too much for me. I have a shelf of old SMC Pentax lenses from my LX days waiting for a full frame body, so I am hoping the K-1 with pixel shift, will compete with the Z. Please let me know any further observations.
I dropped the IRIX people a mail to ask when their 15/2.4 is coming. I have high hopes for that lens.
The answer was that they aim for this summer. (It was spring before.)
I am finding it razor sharp in the center with the corners sharpening up @f/5.6. It close focuses to @ 15cm or so.
They're still out in the wild......just have to look.
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There's definetely something really special about this camera. Or you guys came from another galaxy.
Please do Rich!
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.... I'm afraid Quentin is just seriously using his short vacation for...vacation....
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Had to take the time to compare images of the same subject. As you know the images from the Z are really good. Been the usual route. K5, K5s, K3 and 645D. The only camera I have never warmed up to is the K3 for some reason. Output is technically correct from the K3 but always left me unimpressed.
Comparing images of the same scene with the Z and K1, the Z has an edge only in the amount of data. The K1 files are really hard to explain. They just have an organic feel to them. Images appear more 3D if that is possible. I find that ooc files require very little if any adjustment when opened. Color is spot on, dynamic range is impressive, and noise is nearly nonexistent at high iso and easily controlled.
Just be careful ! If you do get your hands on one you likely won't want to put it down. I tried
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took the K1 for a spin yesterday, and I must say, the last time I was so excited about a camera was, you're gonna beat me with a stick now, when I started shooting with my very first digital, the Olympus E-1. Seriously!
There is something about this lovely maschine that I can not really explain, it just feels right. I have no photos to share, I just tried her for 30 minutes in front of the shop, because usability and how it feels is so very important to my needs, I would even compromise to some extend on image quality.
I am not so much into videos, and this is apparently a weak point of the K-1, but for the occaisional memory clip for home use, I guess it is more than sufficient.
Very, very nice camera with some extraordinary features like compensating earth rotation for basic astrophotography is a big plus, let aside the robust feel, and that was where my Olympus E-1 came to my mind, she too was build like a tank and trustworthy under some rather extreme conditions, the K-1, only being six letters apart from the E-1 feels the same.
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Yes agreed Ray and Georg! It is a wonderful camera and that could be the reason it took them so long.... It is a pity they couldn't use the latest 42mln pixel sensor from Sony, then it should have been by far the best dslr around, IMO wise. And now I want pixelshift on the Z, should that be a possible upgrade with firmware?.....
Voigtländer Ultron SL 40/2
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Took this with the M 50/1.7 a cheapo €40,- lens.
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That 15-30 looks to be a great tool! Thanks for sharing.
Not being knowledgable in any way on the Pentax system. If you had to commit to a systenm with three lenses, which would you get to cover the biggest possible range?
I think currently there is nothing out there that would compare to my Sony G 70-400, and my Zeiss 135mm f/1.8 would that be right?
On the long end, the D FA 150-450mm seems to be an alternative, I wonder, on APS-C this would be equivalent to 230-690mm, can you switch that to APS-C and have the longer length available as well?
On the wide end the 15-30 looks a killer.
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Forgot one to ask, has anyone of you tested the shft/tilt capability of the sensor on architecture for example? They say 1.5mm shift and +/-1% tilt is possible. If you checked that out, how useful is that for landscape?
But seriously these B/W images look good.
If you get a chance could you make an image in a village/town to
see how the lens handles architecture and straight lines?
I have a Pentax FA 20mm on the way. Seems to be good and small
I am now testing a Pentax-A 24/2.8 and A 35/2.8
Will try out the 15-30mm F/2.8 on an urban situation soon I hope. Here though are my thoughts about the combo so far.
First, I purchased the lens with the Lee's Tamron 15-30mm adapter to use their 150 filters. This further increases the size of the lens which is already large, to say the least. Lenses like the 21mm Zeiss Loxia on the Sony A7RII show just how good a well designed compact wide angle lens can be.
The Pentax version of the design has the exact same front profile and the Lee adapter designed for the Tamron lens is a perfect match. Lee were unaware of this, but I told them and they were grateful for the information.
The 15-30mm is well made. Intial impressions were good. However, it was thrown in to battle with a vergeance in the wet weather of a Cornish "summer".
Be careful with focussing. When I first received the lens, It appeared soft, with poor edges. It needed some lens adjustment with the K1, -7 in fact, then things snapped in to focus (literally). Better still, use live view and examine focus using focus peeking at 100% on the rear screen. The tendency is to focus too close - you need to focus very very near infinity for it to work as advertised. The lens will focus well past infinity.
Overall, sharpness is excellent particularly at F/10 which is optimum for sharpness and DOF.
However, a tad bigger than that Loxia...
EDIT: I'm not saying performance at wider apertures is not good - far from it. Reviews suggest that it is very good. It's just not my style, with a massive lens like this, to go street shooting with it. Once on a tripod, I would tend to use smaller apertures, up to F/11 or so.
Personally I will later on buy the Samyang 135/2. An MF lens, but that is no problem on the K-1. It gets really good reviews as being the best Samyang of their lens line. There is no reason for disdain.
APS-C size is just a crop function as I understand it so it just takes a smaller part of the image.
To say that I am enjoying using the the K1 is an understatement. Getting to play with some old friends. This image is from a Pentax smc-m 75-150 zoom lens that I just purchased for $37. Is it going to set any resolution records, no. Is it fun to use, you bet. I have tried it in the studio and it creates a very nice portrait. The attached image is at 150mm 1/80 f11@ iso 200 Camera Raw +.45 exposure and 100% sharpening. No other adjustments.