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EDICATED PEN­TAX USERS have been cry­ing out for a full- frame body and, with the Pen­tax K- 1 ( 1), the wait is fi nally over – it looks to be a beauty, too! Boast­ing a 36.4- megapixel CMOS sen­sor mea­sur­ing 35.9x24mm, the K- 1 al­lows 35mm fi lm SLR users to make the most of their old lenses, while a crop- func­tion al­lows the more re­cent D FA- se­ries op­tics to be used too. The Pen­tax K- 1 boasts an ex­ten­sive range of modes and fea­tures aimed at en­thu­si­asts and pro­fes­sion­als and is ro­bust for use in all weather thanks to its dust­proof, weather- re­sis­tant mag­ne­sium- al­loy con­struc­tion.

The im­age sen­sor uses an AA ( anti- alias­ing) fi lter- free de­sign for ul­ti­mate sharp­ness and works with a newly- de­signed PRIME IV imag­ing en­gine to al­low im­ages to be cap­tured at up to ISO 204800. The built- in Shake Re­duc­tion sys­tem use a fi ve- axis mech­a­nism to com­bat shake with up to a fi ve- stop benefi t. It also o ers a Pixel Shift Res­o­lu­tion Sys­tem that cap­tures four im­ages of the same scene by shift­ing the im­age sen­sor by a sin­gle pixel for each ex­po­sure, then syn­the­sises them into a com­pos­ite im­age. It claims to give truer colours and fi ner de­tail than con­ven­tional full- frame sen­sors.

The AF sys­tem uses 33 AF points, of which 25 are cross- type while me­ter­ing is han­dled by an 86,000- pixel sen­sor. Other fea­tures in­clude a 3.2in LCD vari- an­gle with 1,037,000- dot screen, 4.4fps con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing, Wi- Fi, GPS and Full HD movie record­ing. Avail­able in April, the K- 1 is ex­pected to cost around £ 1,600, body- only.

With pre­vi­ous dig­i­tal lenses be­ing suit­able for APS- C sen­sors, Pen­tax will need to re­lease a range of lenses ca­pa­ble of han­dling the K- 1’ s big­ger sen­sor. An­nounced with the K- 1 is two such lenses, the £ 1,500 FA 15- 30mm f/ 2.8ED SDM WR ul­tra wide- an­gle zoom ( 2) and the £ 500 FA 28- 105mm f/ 3.5- 5.6ED DC WR stan­dard zoom ( 3). www. pen­tax. co. uk

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