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Pentax K-1

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Pentax K-1 Innovative Features

Why spend time on a DSLR brand trailing a distant third after Canon and Nikon when the DSLR market is declining? Because the Pentax K1 features truly are impressive as of early 2016: I don’t think that any DSLR has ever piqued my interest this strongly, particularly its SuperResolution pixel shift mode, though lens selection concerns me.

Pentax really thinks about making cameras more useful and useable for real world shooting challenges. CaNikon really are not delivering even a fraction of what the innovation Pentax is delivering in the K1. If CaNikon (and Sony too) implemented all the good ideas that Pentax is bringing to the table, more terrific things would emerge, and the industry would leap forward via competition. It might even rejuvenate the camera market a good bit. So it’s worth the trouble to go into the K1 in some detail.

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Diglloyd DAP is DSLR-oriented, but also contains workflow and other topics. Much of the focus is on Canon and Nikon but also Pentax and Pentax medium format.

Special emphasis is placed on lens evaluation, focusing on Canon and Nikon and Sigma lenses, but with a few others like Rokinon/Samyang.

  • Make better images by learning how to get the best results right away.
  • Save money by choosing the right lens for your needs the first time, particularly some of the new Sigma Art lenses vs Nikon and Canon.
  • Workflow discusses image organization, raw conversion and post processing. Many examples show processing parameters for direct insight into how the image was converted.
  • Jaw-dropping image quality found nowhere else utilizing Retina-grade images up to full camera resolution, plus large crops [past 2 years or so].
  • Real world examples with insights found nowhere else. Make sharper images just by understanding lens behavior you won’t read about elsewhere.
  • Aperture series from wide open through stopped down, showing the full range of lens performance and bokeh.
  • Optical quality analysis of field curvature, focus shift, sharpness, flare, distortion, and performance in the field.

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Pentax K1 Pixel Shift schematic
Pentax K1 SuperResolution pixel shift mode versus conventional Bayer Matrix demosaicing

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