Luis Fonseca: How does it compare powerwise with the new Pentax AF201FG?
Looks like the Metz is more powerful,http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/compare/Metz_26AF-1_vs_Pentax_AF201FG/BHitems/1100043-REG_1117720-REG
ronniemac: I was looking for a compact flash to go with the K-3 II, and considered this but was put off by the dimensions: 63x85x85mm/2.48x3.35x3.35in. Not exactly compact.
If anyone has this flash, can they confirm if the dimensions are correct and if the measurements are with the flash body aligned with or perpendicular to the hot shoe attachment.
Thanks for this guys, sure is small enough for the shirt pocket.
In the end I opted for the baby Pentax AF 201 which measures 65 mm x 72.5mm x 31mm, / 2.6 x 2.9 x 1.2 in. The Metz is a higher spec flash, but as it's only to replace the K-3 II's missing built-in flash, the AF 201 will serve its purpose. I have other flashes for when more than infil or basic flash is required.
Looks like the Metz and it's Sony equivalent will be a popular choice for flash- and mirro-rless camera users.
I was looking for a compact flash to go with the K-3 II, and considered this but was put off by the dimensions: 63x85x85mm/2.48x3.35x3.35in. Not exactly compact.
Done the deed, and included the tiny AF 201 FG just in case some day I find myself looking for a built-in flash. GPS I will use all the time.
Still going to keep the K-5 though, for low light situations.
Clever move Pentax. I was thinking of getting one of their clip on GPS units for my K-5, now I am persuaded to treat myself to a new camera.
The K-3ii is on my shopping list!
winkalman: For those lamenting the lack of a built in flash, why not just go with a small hotshoe flash that offers higher output and bounce capabilities like Metz's mecablitz 26 AF-1?
The WR alternative from Pentax is smaller:http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1117720-REG/pentax_af_201fg_flash.html
PaulinAussie: Please correct me if I am wrong....DA lenses are APS-C lenses while the FA are full frame lenses ??
Correct, the 560mm is APS-C, not full frame.But only just.....see http://www.pentaxforums.com/articles/photo-articles/da-560mm-f56-is-it-a-full-frame-lens.html
Eight current DA prime lenses cover full frame: 35mm f2.4, 50mm f1.8, both 40mm f2.8, *55mm f1.4, 70mm f2.4, *200mm f2.8, *300mm f4.0. Not saying that they will all perform as well in FF as they do in APS-C but they are virtually free of vignetting. On top of that, the current lens line up also includes a further 7 primes and 2 (+3 planned) zooms.
Launching a full frame with 20 FF lenses isn't a bad start.
Of course, not counting the very many film legacy K mount lenses which will all work without adapters - this, finally, is the dividend of staying mainly with one brand for over 35 years. Glad Pentax decicdd to launch digital FF before I popped my clogs - hang on in there man!
Madaboutpix: I, for one, like the hints on its design, even if the final product should look somewhat different. It is a distinct Pentax design, given the nod to the brand's legendary 6x7 film MF, and the way it is informed by current K-3 design. Which means that anyone upgrading from or supplementing a K-3 will feel immediately at home with the new FF. I made the same experience when I had a brief hands-on with the 645Z at Photokina, which despite its bulk handled basically like an oversized K-3, which is sheer joy to use.
Though I may not be able to afford it, I don't doubt it will be a competent photography tool and a source of joy to its owners. It makes me kind of proud to see Ricoh's commitment to the Pentax brand. They may be lacking the resources of the bigger players, but slowly, step by step, they're evolving a system that can only enrich the industry with its unique character ...
Very nicely put, I completely agree.
Rich Rosen: From its looks, it totally contradicts "smaller is better." It has very similar lines to the PENTAX 67. The pictures in this article, don't give us an idea of size compared to other full frame cameras or even current Pentax DSLR's.
Exactly, the small FA31 lens is the best indicator of size. The new FF Pentax is not a big DSLR.
although taller than the K-3, it's not otherwise much bigger, and the K-3 is small. The FA 31mm f1.8 is also a small lens, perhaps making the camera look larger than it is. Looks like the pentaprism housing on top conceals a pentaprism, which of course it does - unlike other cameras that are faking it.
Pentax will soonbe making interchangeable lens cameras for four different sensor formats; 645, K series APS-c, K series FF, and Q. All but the latter are pentaprism. Nice for people like me who like to see what they are shooting rather than a digital representation of it.
In any event, soon there will be a better choice of DSLRs for everyone to choose from - competition is good.
D1N0: Didn't bother to include the Pentax K-1? Typical dpreview bias.
Good things come to those who wait,and wait and wait and wait...............
prefer Nokia refocus
Witty, enjoyable, quirky, amusing and engaging - I have the greatest respect for this photographer, admiring his persistence with an unusual way of addressing a common theme. I suspect a great deal of care has been invested in these excellent photographs, both in constructing the ideas and in composing the photographs.
That all were taken with medium format film using a manual focus and exposure camera (Pentax 67) tell us quite clearly that Nagano is not merely taking snapshots even if the concept of snapshot might well be central to his work.
Fantastic to see so much humour and skill in these excellent photographs, well worth looking at the full set in flickr. Thanks to DPReview for sharing.
AV Janus: Are these lenses all new designs or just rehashes?If new, they should have redesigned the whole system into mirrorless, smaller package and with smaller flange distance required.
Its a wasted opportunity if the already went through all the trouble of redesigning the new lenses.
I do apologise for causing confusion, Galbertson. I was referring to the range of Pentax 645 lenses that have been available in the US since the release of Pentax's 645D, i.e. just 3. At the same time 16 have always been available, new, in Japan and Europe. At least you would have been able to purchase them used or to buy from EU/Japan direct.
Next, did I actually say that the USA was not discerning? Clearly there was a lack of discernment on the part of the importers of Pentax USA. Someone screwed up, Mr. Takashi Arai, 1st Product Planning Group Strategic Product Planning Dept. Global Marketing Division, Ricoh Imaging Company, LTD was clearly gob-smacked when he found out that the majority of 645 lenses were unavailable in the US. (See comments above the 645 image in http://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2014/03/14/ricoh-qa-ricoh-tech-into-pentax-cameras-whither-pentax-full-frame ). Now not all 645 FA lenses are top quality, but many are considered Pentax's finest lenses.
These lenses were designed for the film 645N, and have been in continuous production since then, just not supplied to the US. Fortunately, we have had them always available in the UK, as is the case in Japan and other discerning countries.
tabloid: I would be interested if it was mirror-less.
In my opinion thats the future.
Indeed it would be interesting to see a mirrorless MF digital camera, and I'm sure Sony will oblige soon enough.
For me, though, nothing compares to looking into Pentax's magnificent MF pentaprism - it makes such a delightful viewfinder. However I do agree, others would prefer a more lightweight system and electronic view finder or to use the rear live view screen.
Of course, owners of Pentax's older 645, 645N, 645Nii, and 645Ds have already bought into weight lifting - and yes, I do need the exercise!
Fantastic camera, well done Ricoh-Pentax.
The enduring Pentax philosophy of backward compatibility means that Pentax MF film shooters can upgrade to digital MF and use their existing lenses. This also makes the 645 Z more affordable. Crop factor makes it worth investing in the 55mm standard lens to supplement the previous 75mm standard lens. Going from 35mm to 25mm is expensive but tempting if wide angle landscape is your thing.
Nevertheless, I have six 645 FA lenses which I still use on my 645N, so although the body is expensive for a hobbyist, it is a real possibility, and one that I am saving up for. I could never entertain this prospect with any other MF manufacturer.
The availability of so many functions that are native to the K-3 means that, other than for smallness and portability, it is not necessary to own both cameras - another factor that makes the 645Z an affordable alternative. (but I'm keeping my K-5 and Limited lenses though!)
No more winging, please!
Thanks for a thorough review, much appreciated. Sounds like a good step forward for Pentax/Ricoh, something to go with my K-3.....when I take the plunge.
Don't worry about the negative comments, some Pentaxians are never happy!