Why Pentax Need a New Mount Now

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Bill Robb
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Re: Why Pentax Need a New Mount Now
In reply to 6x9, 8 months ago

6x9 wrote:

Currently Pentax have two mount types - K(AF3) for APS-C (and potentially for FF), and Q for a small size sensor.

There is now a clear trend towards mirrorless cameras with big sensors (APS-C, MFT), as they offer DSLR quality in compact package. Current APS-C sensor bodies are comparible in size with 1/1.7"-1/2.3" ones.

But they don't offer DSLR usability in any package. When they get that straightened out, you might be on to something.

Although it is fun to use the Q series, I do not think there is real future for Pentax Q format, unless it stays as a fashion thing (see how many color options are offered for Q-series).

Now we come to the K mount. Pentax K-01 was the first mirrorles with this mount. Although it has a benefit of offereing full compatibility with K-mount lenses (which is great), this camera is clearly off the mainstream as it does not offer similar compact body as competitors. Now K-mount becomes a clear limitation for mirrorless design, and needs to be "upgraded" to fit mirrorless path.

Tke K-01 is a one off joke. Every manufacuter makes an Edsel from time to time. This was the Pentax Edsel.

Ideally, this new mount should be suitable for FF. It would probably need to be a bit larger, to make sure that it is suitable for in-body stabilization.

Or just leave well enough alone, since the registration distance is ideal for the 24x36 format.

The faster Pentax takes this decision to move to a new mount, the better (but still preserving compatibility with older lenses via a special adaptor).

The faster Pentax does what you suggest, the faster they lose about the only bragging right they have, which is full, unadapted compatibility with every bayonet mount lens they have made, and the faster they lose compatibility with their present screw drive AF lenses.

Not a good idea.

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