In many many ways the K-1 is an amazing camera. If all I did was portraits, landscapes and still lifes it would be damn near unbeatable, especially for the price.

However, for action photography, it can really suck donkey balls. The focusing is a huge improvement over the K-3ii, but the focus points don't cover nearly enough of the screen, especially if you want to place critical compositional elements at the "third points". Despite the improvements over the K-3, focus speed is still way too slow, especially compared to when I've shot a friend's Nikon 810.

My biggest gripe is the bus speed. Did they really think that people would buy a full frame camera and always shoot JPEGs? I was photographing dance competitions this weekend. Things happen fast, unpredictably, and often in rapid succession, particularly when there is more than one couple dancing at a time. After about a minute or two the buffer will fill up, and then take something like five minutes to empty. Once it fills up, it takes something like 30 seconds before it's ready to shoot again, and I have no idea of whether there's room in the buffer or not. I just have to press the shutter and wonder whether it's not locking focus, or just still emptying the buffer.

Gah! Every time I try to shoot action, I'm tempted to switch to Nikon. Unfortunately, there's about 15,000 reasons why I can't.
Larry Colen (postbox on min4est)

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