What I really wish Pentax would do

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Alex Sarbu
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Re: Why Pentax?
In reply to ET2, May 4, 2014

ET2 wrote:

Alex Sarbu wrote:

ET2 wrote:

SirSeth wrote:

Alex Sarbu wrote:

SirSeth wrote:

Alex Sarbu wrote:

RichRMA wrote:

Put out a mirror-less based on the K3, which IMO, is the finest APS-C DSLR there is. Just make the body thinner, so we aren't stuck in the Pentax lens straight-jacket. I've got over 100 lenses I can use with mirror-less bodies and would love Pentax's version of something like this. Build an electronic adapter to use the current lenses in AF mode, it's easy, you just need contacts.

Well, you like mirrorless cameras so I'm not surprised. But... why? There are many MILC makers, Olympus, Panasonic, Sony, Samsung, Fuji, Leica, JK Kodak, Canon - that are making APS-C or m4/3 cameras, can't you find something to your liking?

Yet there are only 3 DSLR manufacturers left

Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony, Olympus, Leica, and Hasselblad make DSLRs.

I stand corrected: there are only 3 small format DSLR manufacturers left: Pentax, Canon and Nikon.

Sony's SLTs are not DSLRs (since they're using an electronic viewfinder), Olympus gave up on DSLRs (no 4/3 product since 2010), Leica and Hasselblad have DSLR product in their line-up but those are medium format.

Sony announces SLT-A77 II high-end APS-C A-mount fixed-mirror DSLR

Well, that's the title anyway, and it's certainly not a mirrorless camera. But there is no reflex either. It is single lens electronic?

There is reflex. The mirror reflects some of the light to AF sensor.

Not everything with a mirror is a SLR.

Do you have list of cameras that had mirrors but were not SLRs?

A notable camera type is the Twin Lens Reflex. Rangefinders can also employ the usage of mirrors. That's common knowledge, btw.

Sony's SLT mirror doesn't even have anything to do with the viewfinder, which makes their classification as "DSLRs" even more inappropriate.

That's the question of definition. "D" it's a digital camera. "S" It has a single mirror. "R" The mirror is semi-transparent and reflects light. The camera uses Minolta SLR lenses as native AF lenses. You can call it "inappropriate" all you want, but there is nothing in the letters "DSLR" that refers to optical viewfinder.

Indeed, it's a question of definition and the "Single Lens Reflex" precisely defines a certain type of optical viewfinder system. It's more than a bunch of letters, like you'd want me to believe; there's historical context and meaning behind that designation.

By the way, Sony is calling such cameras "SLT", not "SLR"; it's sites like DPReview and people like you who are guilty for this continuing confusion.


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