The Pentax K1 II and I had the perfect first date!
It has been a little while since my introductory piece here on The Pentax Pioneer, but things have been busy, shutters have been shutting, and flashes have been flashing since then, and that is always a good thing. Not a day after receiving the camera, and my Pentax FA 77mm f1.8 Limited, the camera, myself, and my good buddy John Bradford decided to hit the town with our cameras and gear so that we could both put our Pentax's through their paces.
Oklahoma City is actually a really cool place to do some photo walks. The downtown area is lively, the canal offers some good photo ops, the skyline is really quite nice (although small compared to some) and there are some really interesting buildings scattered about. John and I met up at around 3pm on a glorious sunny Friday afternoon and we set out on our journey around downtown OKC.
John is a fellow Pentaxian. He shoots with the K1 and the K70 and he loves everything about them. He also has a really cool website, and YouTube channel that you guys should check out.
Photo walks are something I truly love doing. They give you a great excuse to get out and about, get some exercise (which I sorely need), hang out with great people, and snap some great pics. No matter how many time I go out, I always find something new to capture. You can really to get to know a place quite intimately when you purposefully slow down and explore its inner workings.
The Pentax K1 II and the 77mm f1.8 Limited were both put to work during out almost 6 miles trek around downtown OKC. It took a little while for me to get used to the extra bulk and weight after using a Fujifilm X-T3 for close to 8 months, but after a short while, the K1 II felt right at home in my hands, and with it paired up with the legendary Pentax FA 77mm f1.8 limited it didn't take long for magic to start happening on our first date.
Spring has arrived here in OKC, and as we walked around downtown we found ourselves surrounded by pops of colors all over the place. These Tulips and Daffodils were just begging to have their picture taken, so the K1 II and I obliged. This image was shot at f1.8, ISO 400, 1/1000 second.
This image is straight out of camera with zero adjustments made to it. Surprised? Oh I was too believe me. The contrast, the colors, the character that this 77mm lens are nothing short of breathtaking. The bokeh, and overall sharpness are amazing as well.I sure am glad I made this lens a priority. It's a stunner.
I purchased the K1 II and the 77mm lens because on my business side of things I do a lot of portrait work, and so I needed a solid lens and body that would work for me. While we didn't really do any portrait work as such during this photo walk, I did grab of a shot of John while we were out looking over the city. It was shot wide open at f1.8, and again, there have been no edits made to this image, it's right out of camera.
The FA 77mm limited when paired with the Full Frame K1 II has a gorgeous film like quality which I absolutely love. I wasn't even a quarter way through my first date with the K1 II but I was already beginning to fall in love with it. It felt so good in my hands, it's super easy to use, and it just does everything you ask of it first time, every time.
After walking around some more, John and I decided to head to the top of a public parking garage that gave us amazing views of the OKC skyline. It looked like the sky was setting up nicely for a gorgeous Oklahoma sunset so we decided to hang tight. It gave us both the opportunity to grab our tripods and take some incredible pixel shift images.
Pixel Shift is a fantastic feature in Pentax cameras that basically takes four images, with the sensor shifting over one spot between each shot so that the each section of the file will have a perfect blend of red, green, and blue pixels. This leads to better color reproduction, better contrast, increased image sharpness, and less moire. It's a game changing feature that can really help you get some stunning shots.
This image of the OKC skyline when viewed in all of it's glory is something to behold. When zooming in you can see desks and chairs through the windows of the towers. It's really quite incredible just how much detail this camera and its sensor are capable of resolving.
Unfortunately the sunset didn't quite workout as planned, but we were still able to capture some pretty stunning shots with our Pentax gear.
As you can see, the Pentax K1 II can produce some really stunning images. The amount of details in the images will simply blow you away. I don't usually pixel peep, but I will say it was incredibly satisfying to do so with these files while in post. I was also amazed at the dynamic range levels of this camera. The amount of detail that can be pulled out of the shadows, and that can be recovered from the highlights is simply spectacular.
As the sun went down and we packed up our gear, both John and I knew that we had made the right choice in moving over to the Pentax side of things. We both left this photo walk satisfied beyond belief with the images we were able to capture.
All I can think is, if these are the results after really using the camera for the first time, just how amazing will they be when I am fully comfortable with everything that it can do. I for one cannot wait to get to know my K1 II better.