For me there is also always the dilemma going for a walk: do I take the K-1 or the K-5. Weight/size versus quality. The K-5 with the DA 21/3.2 limited is so conveniently small and fits well under a coat in cold weather, though I see people thinking  I am growing a belly. Once I decide to take the K-1 the question comes up whether the ND grad filter should go along, but that implies also the tripod, so I'll take a backpack with more lenses...

Never do I put APS lenses on the K-1 following Northrup's advice on YT as there is no gain in pixels. With both cameras I am frequently struggling on focusing so that is not an issue for me.


Op 2018-04-14 om 10:09 schreef Larry Colen:
I've noticed that lately that when I'm grabbing a camera to have with me when I go out, I've been a lot less picky about whether I grab my K-1 or K-3.  Ignoring price, if you happen to have both lying around, there are a lot of ways in which the K-1 is a better camera than the K-3, and a few that the K-3 is better than the K-1. If size, weight and fps don't tremendously matter, then the K-1 is a pretty damn nice APS camera in crop mode. It doesn't have the resolution in APS of the K-3, nor the frame rate, but the focus is better, and its focus points cover much more of the APS frame.

In challenging light, or challenging focus conditions, the K-1 does better, not hugely but noticeably so, than the K-3. However, in decent light and for that matter even some pretty lousy light, walking around taking pictures, I can think of very few cases (if any) where I'd look at the final image and be able to tell whether I shot it with the K-3 and 16-50 or the K-1 and the 28-75.

To be sure, there are lots of times that to get a particular shot, I really need the larger sensor in the K-1, those are usually night time wide angle shots.  Also, when I'm photographing musicians and don't want to get great shots of microphones with blurry musicians in the background, the K-1 far outshines the K-3. But I've recently been surprised to realize how often, for basic shooting, it really doesn't matter to me which camera I grab.

I will note that I haven't gotten to the point of grabbing the K-1 and APS only lenses like the 18-250.

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