Future of Pentax?

Started Mar 29, 2013 | Discussions thread
Barry Pearson
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Re: Future of Pentax?
In reply to Anastigmat, Mar 31, 2013

Anastigmat wrote:

It is all quite simple. The future of DSLR photography is FF, and the future is now. The APS-C sensor will dominate the mirrorless camera market, and the future of micro 4/3 is in doubt.  Olympus insists that it will still be making DSLR cameras with 4/3 sensors, but there has not been many new models in recent years. Further, Olympus is in financial trouble because its cameras just aren't selling.  If Pentax continues to drag its feet on FF, then it too will follow the path the Olympus is heading.

Are you saying that Pentax needs an FF camera so that buyers of smaller-sensor cameras know they have somewhere to go? Or that all buyers of Pentax dSLRs will go straight to FF?

I've had 5 APS-C Pentax cameras: *istD, K10D, K-7, K-5, and K-5IIs. Each has had a better sensor than the previous one. In parallel, software has greatly improved, so that Lightroom (with its latest noise reduction & Photoshop & lens profiles steadily give better results than the previous software.

The result is that my print size and quality, and projected image quality, has steadily improved over those years, and become easier. I used to print at A3 with good print quality, now I can print (after cropping) at A3+ with very good quality, and I keep some A2 paper in case. I know plenty of very good club photographers with APS-C sensors, including one who is also a professional and uses the K-5IIs.

So: why would a typical Pentax buyer need FF? Or are you saying that Pentax urgently needs an eye-level electronic viewfinder mirrorless camera with APS-C sensor, because it is only dSLRs that need FF? And if so, why?

I think there is merit in the argument that Pentax needs an FF camera so that people know they have a forward path. But unless they can cover the range (cost, weight, size, etc) with eye-level electronic viewfinder APS-C cameras plus various FF cameras, surely there is still a place for APS-C dSLRs? (Perhaps Pentax needs a K-mount/APS-C equivalent of the Panasonic Lumix G3?)

Some of the discussions about FF appear to concentrate on what a minority want, and ignore the fact that the vast majority of photographers don't do the sort of photography that needs FF.

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