Conjecture is that the K-1 Mk II would be getting the Sony A7R II/A7R
III 42 MP sensor. This makes sense, as Pentax makes it living using
Sony sensors, after Sony has had a given time of using them for their
own competitive advantage first. Presumably Pentax gets them at a
reduced price after they have been in production for a year or two
also, and all of the economies of scale have kicked in.

From a DXO standpoint, the K-1 was rated a 96, while the A7R II was
rated 98 and the A7R III (same sensor) was rated 100 (tied with the
Nikon D850). The only two scores ahead of that were the Pentax 645Z
(101) and the Hasselblad X1D-50c (102).

So Pentax is squeezing their top end camera, though presumably people
are using the 645 for other reasons (lenses they own, for one thing).

Since the Sony A7R II and IIII share the same sensor, a look at a
comparison between the two may be enlightening.

As with all upgrades in MP, one MAY have to consider their image
editing platform when accessing the FULL cost of upgrading.

It will be interesting to see what the original K-1 sells for on the
used market, once the Mk II is shipping and more come on the market.

On Thu, Feb 8, 2018 at 1:57 PM, P. J. Alling <> wrote:
> Replying to my own post, sheesh.
> In the part about the Czceh Republic "Servers" should be serves,
> The part where I mention people taking this as a sign of Pentax's eminent
> demise, should also include a disclaimer that Pentax Forums should be
> considered dangerous to you mental health.
> Those are just the things that jump out at me.  I should really re-read
> these things before I hit send.
> On 2/8/2018 2:41 PM, P. J. Alling wrote:
>> They don't link to an original document.  Is it actually discontinued or
>> no longer in production.  A small distinction, but an important one.  Ricoh
>> is a small player, at least compared to the biggest manufacturers like
>> Canon, Nikon, and Sony, and to have more than two cameras in it's lineup,
>> the older designs are most likely out of production, but they're still not
>> discontinued.
>> After a cursory review of the discontinued rumors, I found only one
>> official notice from the Czceh Republic, where the distributor doesn't even
>> have it's own dedicated web site.
>> USA and Canada both show the K-1 as a current product.  I didn't check any
>> others but I assume that all the larger distributors have reasonable
>> supplies.
>> I don't expect it to be officially discontinued by Ricoh until the K-1II
>> has been on dealer's shelves for several months.   Local distributors are a
>> different story.
>> The USA distributor for example discontinued the K50 three times, then
>> quietly recontinued, (yes I made that word up), that model when more became
>> available.  They've done the same with various lenses, the demise of the FA
>> 35mm f2.0 has been reported in the North American market several times, yet
>> you can still buy them at B&H Photo new.
>> It's almost certain that /production/ of the K-1 stopped several months
>> ago, because, well, the production line had to be modified for the K-1II so
>> that a sufficient inventory existed by it's launch date.
>> So we have one small distributor of the K-1 announcing it's official
>> discontinuation, in the area it servers, and magically the K-1 is
>> discontinued everywhere.
>> Some people are taking this as a sign of Pentax's eminent demise.
>> My question is where is the K-3 III, or what ever the heck it will be
>> called.  Ricoh has said that there will be one.  That the K-P is not it's
>> replacement, (though it's pretty certain that the K-3II is out of production
>> to free up a production line to produce the K-P).  The K-3 line pretty much
>> competes with the Nikon 7xxx series bodies, and is getting kind of long in
>> the tooth compared to the 7500D, and the K-P doesn't compete there except on
>> build quality, resolution, (though how much better 24mp is than 20mp, in
>> practical terms is a question). and Price.
>> On 2/7/2018 10:32 PM, Darren Addy wrote:
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