Somewhat, kinda, breaking news on Pentax FF

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Somewhat, kinda, breaking news on Pentax FF
Oct 18, 2011


Some level of positive reception was given to a letter drafted by Adam. You may want to check out Pentaxforums 'news & rumours' section...

It may mean not much, but it could mean quite a bit. At any rate, it's a situation that holds more potential than any in the past 5 years regarding full frame.


Pentax Full Frame - An official statement from Pentax (they listened!)

Last month, the owner of (Spanish Pentax community/store) and I joined forces and wrote a letter to Pentax presenting a case for why Pentax needs to work on developing a full-frame DSLR.

The list of reasons what quite elaborate (here's a brief summary):

1. Every year, thousands of Pentax users sell their equipment and switch systems to other brands. Even Sony, which hasn't been in the DSLR business for very long, has made a full-frame body available. We believe that if Pentax were able to deliver a complete full-frame system, many more users would remain loyal to the brand.

2. The gap between the 645D and the K-5 is too large, and the 645D is only a good choice for a small subset of professionals.

3. All other major DSLR manufacturers have a full-frame camera, and are well-known because of their complete lineup.

4. Modern high-resolution APS-C sensors may soon start out-resolving most of the current lenses on the market and becoming subject to diffraction.

5. Considering the success of the K-5, future APS-C bodies, with whatever improvements they may bring, won't give current users as much of an incentive to upgrade as a full-frame body would.

6. A large portion of Pentax users has been awaiting a full-frame for years. If Pentax were to produce such a camera, not only would these users be satisfied, but sales would likely be very high. Futhermore, there are extremely many users with older Pentax bodies (*ist, K10D, K20D) who aren't upgrading to the more recent high-end models simply because they're not full-frame bodies or any big leaps.

7. Pentax users need to be able to continue trusting in the brand and know that the DSLR division is moving forward.

8. Pentax currently has a number of available-full-frame lenses (FA Limiteds) and has produced such lenses (FA) in the past. Why not build upon these designs in a future full-frame lineup?

9. Even users who have invested extensively in the Pentax DA (APS-C) lens lineup could consider upgrading to the full-frame body if it were to automatically support APS-C format lenses (by reducting the image size and indicating this in the viewfinder, like Nikon DSLRs do).

10. A number of Pentax users who shoot professionally are use two brands in order to gain access to a full-frame body. If Pentax were to bring a full-frame DSLR, those users would invest more in Pentax products.

11. The Pentax system is unique in that it allows users to take advantage of thousands of legacy K-mount and M42 mount lenses. A full-frame body would continue to be compatible with these lenses, and users would be able to take full advantage of their fields of view.

We also stated that key features of such a body should include a flash sync speed higher than the current 1/180s, an overhauled autofocus system, and sensitivity and framerate higher than that of the K-5.

In any case, Pentax listened! Not only did we get a written response from the president of Pentax Europe, but he assured us that management in Japan (as well as the R&D department in Europe) will be forwarded our feedback, and that (following acquisition by Ricoh) the company plans on expanding its Advanced Amateur and Professional product lines. Once I get permission to post the letter, I will attach in in this thread!

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