Pentax K-1 full frame DSLR: new pictures leaked online

Pentax K-1 full frame DSLR camera battery grip
Another Pentax news (in case you are not following PentaxRumors.com) - the first press photos of the upcoming K-1 full frame DSLR camera leaked online:

Pentax K-1 full frame DSLR camera LCD screen
Pentax K-1 full frame DSLR camera Pentax K-1 full frame DSLR camera side view
Via Digicame-info

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  • pyktures

    1- It’s a Flagship camera
    2- Doesn’t seem to have fast AF point selection system
    3- FAIL…

    • Arn

      4 – you love to make moronic comments.

      • pyktures

        well hey even inferior cameras like the Canon 7Dii, Nikon D500 and the Sony A77ii (YES EVEN SONY WOW!) has a joystick to effectively move AF point.

        • On this one it looks like you just press the button directly above the four-way controller, and then use the arrow buttons to select the focus points. I think it may be better than the joystick; I hated the joystick on every Canon body that had it. Just my personal preference though, I know that many people swear by it.

    • Aspa

      Range Rover flagship model is quite different that Mercedes’ one, but both are still a flagships. Person with average IQ should know that as well as simple truth that another IQ, image quality this time, is sometimes more important for some people that technical features. IMHO, anyway…

      • longzoom

        Everything looks fine with this camera, indeed! Any idea about its DR? Pentax is famous with its very balanced highlights/shadows ratio, so…

      • duott

        If you only care about image quality, you can just buy a mirrorless.

        • Spy Black

          What’s buying a mirrorless going to do? No one has surpassed Pentax and Nikon for sensor/processor IQ.

          • duott

            They’re all using Sony sensors.

          • Spy Black

            Better than Sony themselves. The sensor is only half of the equation.

          • Neopulse

            Very well said

  • Mistral75

    33 AF points according to the diagram on the LCD screen (see second picture) instead of 27 in K-3 / K-3 II.

    • PHILIPPOS RAFTOPOULOS

      Nice catch! So it’s a new focusing system…

    • Any word on whether the AF system has meaningfully improved beyond what simply appears to be enabling points that were disabled on the K-3 and K-3 II?

      33 points is still rather underwhelming as it just adds columns of three points that were missing between the main block of 25 points and the two side points on SAFOX 11. This points to Ricoh continuing to use the same underlying AF sensor, which is not exactly a good sign. I actually noted this a while back on Pentax Forums: http://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/172-pentax-k-3/297512-how-much-better-af-tracking-k-3-ii-3.html#post3287934

      • Mistral75

        The speed of the processor in the AF system is said to be much faster than that of the K-3 / K-3 II’s.

        • What about frame coverage? That AF frame better cover a meaningful portion of the full-frame image area…

          • Mistral75

            Like this you mean? 🙂

          • Okay. A closer look at the reflex mirror indicates that there is reasonable coverage of the frame. The AF grid lines appear to cover at least 50% of the width of the mirror. The coverage isn’t particularly wide but it does seem to span the vast majority of the APS-C region so we know it isn’t a tiny cluster in the center of the frame.

  • Mistral75

    What do the chips on the top bayonet tab mean? There were no such things on K-mount until now.

    • Zos Xavius

      Good catch!

      • Kunzite

        Intriguing.
        There’s also a small tab close to that screw on the left?

        • Zos Xavius

          tell us 🙂

          • Kunzite

            I’d rather not; as it’s likely incorrect and I don’t want it to go around the web for decades.
            And actually it might be part of the same… something related to the central tabs. A corresponding right tab could be hidden by the (asymmetric) mount. Some sort of viewfinder whatchamacallit?

        • Mistral75

          Broken bayonet?

          • Kunzite

            No more broken than the back LCD, I suppose 😉

          • Mistral75

            I meant a bayonet damaged by misuse.
            K-1’s autofocus is performing so well that somebody tried to mount a Nikkor on the camera 🙂

          • Kunzite

            Have you ever seen such a thing? And… have you ever seen such a thing on a camera used for an official press release? Assuming it’s not a 3D rendering?
            It doesn’t make any sense. That thing is just something we can’t yet figure out because of the low resolution, and because we need more information.

            Yep, my first instinct was to (jokingly) say: it’s support for the Nikon AI tab 🙂

          • Mistral75

            There was a smiley in my post :).

            Another explanation proposed by sangha31 on Chassimages: these chips could be additional contacts for the new, fully-coupled Pentax 645 → K adapter.

            Here below a picture showing the contacts of the Pentax 645 mount:

          • Kunzite

            They look nothing like that. I don’t buy it.

          • Mistral75

            They don’t have to: they would be on the other side of the adapter. But I am not endorsing the idea, simply quoting the one who expressed it.

          • Mistral75

            In the end, it was a LED to illuminate the lens mount 🙂

          • Kunzite

            Nope.

          • Kunzite

            In the end, it was nothing 🙂
            See here a high quality image with the mount:
            http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/pentax-k1/pentax-k1A.HTM
            The LED is situated in an upper position (it didn’t made sense to put it inside the mount, of course).

    • Probably part of the new focusing screen assembly. It appears the camera has a transmissive LCD, as Ricoh says that a crop frame is displayed when in APS-C mode (see the official full-frame teaser page):

      The APS-C setting captures all images in an APS-C image size, regardless of the lens, while displaying a cropping frame in the camera’s viewfinder.

      • Mistral75

        I agree with your first point, less with your second: “more likely than not“, the camera is turned off and yet one sees those frame lines.

  • Mistral75

    Pentax gear to be announced alongside K-1:

    – Pentax K-1
    – Battery Grip D-BG6
    – Pentax-D FA 28-105mm f/3.5-5.6 ED DC WR
    – HD Pentax-D FA 15-30mm f/2.8 ED SDM WR.

    Source: Digital Camera Info http://digicame-info.com/2016/02/post-774.html

    Interestingly enough, the 28-105mm is not ‘HD’ nor ‘smc’.

    With its ‘SDM’, the D-FA 15-30mm f/2.8 is definitely a rebadged Tamron (but who doubted that?).

    • speedPhoenix

      28-105 is an old design ? Never heard of it. BUT what ever it is, I will save money for K-1 + 24-70, and 15-30mm.

    • jar_jar_

      I’ll be interested to see if the Pentax badged 15-30 has any changes like how the 24-70 got an anomalous dispersion element over the Tamron branded version.

      • Zos Xavius

        that’s because the pentax version lacks optical stabilization so they had a missing element to fill.

        • jar_jar_

          The diagrams for both lenses show the same layout of elements, with the Tamron having 4 aspherical elements (one hybrid material followed by three made of glass) to the Pentax having 3 aspherical elements plus the 1 anamolous dispersion glass element (which replaces the first glass aspherical element of the Tamron in the diagram).

          • Zos Xavius

            Perhaps pentax enhanced the design? I agree it is a mystery!

        • SimenO

          Optical stabilization is not a lens element, its _moving_ lens element(s) as oppose to the same elements being non movable.

          • Zos Xavius

            So you are saying its not an element, but it is an element? 🙂 All I know is that if you take one element out you have to replace it with something generally. I’m probably wrong. It was a wild guess.

          • It’s not about the stabilization element(s) being removed from the non-stabilized versions of the same lens, it’s about them being permanently fixed and non-movable instead. Just as Tamron and Sigma have been doing for a while with the Pentax and Sony mount versions of their lenses. 🙂
            If Tamron has licensed the design to Ricoh/Pentax, the latter can probably tweak it to their heart’s desire. Hard to tell as I wasn’t a fly on the wall when they were signing the papers. 🙂

  • Nuno Saldanha

    Despite the obvious lack of design originality, congratulations Pentax! Wishes of all (deserved) success!

    • Kunzite

      If it works, don’t break it!
      But the LCD mechanism and the new settings wheels are definitely original.

  • ms

    Speaking strictly on aesthetics….I actually preferred the look of that matte 3D printed model. Maybe it’s the photos but that plastic doesn’t look nice. At least they did not go with the metallic PENTAX badge from the 645z. I actually wish they took the styling (and even the name) from past RICOH products. Regardless I am sure it will be an awesome camera.

    • Kunzite

      What plastic? Like the K-3, the K-1 has a magnesium alloy body (with a stainless steel frame). It looks very nice, and it’s very sturdy.
      It’s the 3D printed model who is plastic.

      • SimenO

        I’m sure the metals are covered with a layer of rubbery plastic for increasing the grip friction and reducing the heat transfer. A metal camera would feel very cold in cold conditions. The K-5 and K-3 don’t feel like bare metal would.

        • Kunzite

          The metal is obviously painted/coated; but not with a “rubbery plastic”. And of course, on the grip, thumbrest and on the left part there’s the rubbery “leather”.

          • ms

            Whatever the coating is. It might just be the product photos. Generally I find the look of the camera quite dated.

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