Pentax interview pretty clear about FF inevitability....

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Alex Sarbu
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Re: Pentax interview pretty clear about FF inevitability....
In reply to anthony mazzeri, 10 months ago

anthony mazzeri wrote:

fakuryu wrote:

justin23 wrote:

The current lenses are a blessing and a curse in disguise. That is why I think if Pentax make a FF it will be a new mount with K mount adaptor.

No need for a new mount, the current K mount is already FF anyway unless they make a mirrorless FF which is IMHO company suicide at this point.

As I just mentioned, Ricoh already has a full frame 4th mount - the M mount - although they only used an APSC sensor with it. Which far from suicide, was actually very well received even though they didn't even sell a single lens to go with it.

The technical specification for a new mount are the least of their problem. And it was so well received, that Ricoh needed Pentax in order to transform their money-losing camera division into a profitable business. It was well received, indeed... by very few.

If they add their own proprietary AF points to make and sell their own MILC system lenses will really be the only gamble they'd have to take. So it'll likely come down to if they see any profit in making and selling lenses, as they can probably keep selling M mount bodies profitably even in small volumes regardless for those who can't afford a Leica having the option of a more affordable Ricoh, as happened with the GXR-M. So much so, many people who bought the GXR-M are/were waiting to buy the next version with newer sensor and faster buffer etc.

I doubt they will see any profit in getting rid of the K-mount user base, destroying their reputation, then having to work hard to get other users.

That won't happen; they are committed to the K-mount (and also 645D, Q).

Alex

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