Why does Pentax FF have to truly be FF?

Started May 25, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: Why does Pentax FF have to truly be FF?
In reply to aekn, May 25, 2012

Pentax does not make its own sensors. Therefore, it must buy them from someone else, and it is definitely cheaper to buy them off the shelf rather than have them custom made. They can either pay dearly for an oddball 1.1, 1.2 or whatever format sensor, or buy a Sony full frame sensor.

The best bet is that Pentax will either have a full frame based on the same sensor as the Sony FF inside the D800 or it will not produce a full frame at all. Any other possibility is extremely unlikely.

aekn wrote:

With all this speculation about Pentax going FF and whether the gorgeous DA Limiteds will or won't work without vignetting, it made me think there has to be some sort of happy medium that would be acceptable to still use the DA lenses. I find it difficult to believe that Pentax would hold prices high on lenses that will potentially have much less appeal when a FF camera was released.

Could a "compromise" FF camera be in the works, with perhaps a 1.1x or 1.2x crop factor? Or would the proposed FF camera automatically compensate for each lens, cropping as needed?

Just speculation on my part, since everyone else seems to be doing so (as we're all entitled).

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