I wonder what people have expected? That Pentax will break summer’s idle silence by announcing a digital 35mm camera first? Pawn movements first. Them move Knights, Kings and Queens.
Zvonimir Tosic: Warning: This camera is NOT designed nor made for geeks around. Just for normal people who print 5x7 and share memories rather than DXO charts.
Nah, Nikon is too nerdy a camera with such a small reach. Superzooms are the best!
Mike FL: For little over $200, you can get Panasonic DMC-LZ40 42X Optical Super Zoom 22-924mm Equivalent.
22mm wide angle is very useful.
Warning: This camera is NOT designed nor made for geeks around. Just for normal people who print 5x7 and share memories rather than DXO charts.
Instead of lamenting, congratulate your mums, dads, sisters, brothers, girlfriends, and yourself for helping Apple make the iPhone the most popular camera ever. It is as expensive as a real camera, and with a plan, the cost is high even as buying pro DLSR gear. But it is sooo convenient, so easy to use, you need no knowledge of photography, and it does it all for you, you do instant Facebook updates, right? Now the most popular camera's maker has introduced its own developer substance for its negatives, that does it all of you, they way they like — whether you like it or not. You didn't want have a real camera with you because it was so "inconvenient"? Now you are given no real photo software too and the most inconvenient of all news. Let's clap to ourselves, for we have been sooo smart.
Is this DPR article apologetic, or is supposed to be educational? I ask that because I never see similar explanatory/apologetic articles delineating "life-enhancing changes and wise decision of the manufacturer to take exactly this way of development" for cameras from say, Sigma, Leica or Pentax.
"Life-enhancing changes", article says. For whom? For the owners of the D800, or for the owners of other cameras? Are owners of the D800 supposed to sell their camera in order to buy a new and enhance their lives, or users of others cameras have had quite a dull life so far, but which D810 can turn into an enhanced experience?
Raist3d: Perfect just got more perfect ;-) oh Ricoh if you could do a telephoto version of your camera with some nice collapsible lens tech. Would just carry around those two.
The Ricoh GR is the best street photographer camera I have ever used. I am just not a wide angle photographer only bit it is so good I keep and use. Great tool.
For a telephoto converter/version, you and I can write to Santa. He is a less fictional entity than Ricoh Imaging's marketing team.
LarryLatchkey: Next generation GR with built-in view finder pleeeease.
I'm also really waiting for a G(X)R-style, compact, large sensor compact interchangeable lense system from Pentax-Ricoh.
I know I'm repeating (myself & other Ricoh fans), but I have to say once more that the handling of this camera feels so incredibly organic. It really makes you wonder why such few cameras have two wheels in that position for easy control of settings. I'm flirting with an OM, but I'm not sure if I find it too slippery, and the wheels are not so comfortable to reach. In contrast to a Ricoh, one-handed use is almost I'mpossible.
X100 you cannot slide in a shirt's pocket. That is the whole issue.The GR with an EVF becomes larger (unless some RX100MK3 EVF popup solution is made, but even for that it needs extra space somewhere). If they want an EVF to make, and with it camera becomes bigger, then why stop there? Why not a fast f2 lens too? Then the GR becomes a true X100. Not pocketable, heavier, not a X100 exactly in terms of form, but not the GR either. A new breed of a camera. I think they may introduce one such camera, but they will not call it the GR.
It will not happen (in-built EVF). An another type of camera is possible, but not the GR with an EVF, because then it would become an A6000 — as pointless as it is.
DPR thinks FL coating is news when Nikon delivers it, but when we state Pentax has done it ages ago, then suddenly no one cares about that fact.
drummercam: Pentax introduced flourine coatings a long time ago. From DP Review News, May 2009 -- "The front surface of these lenses is treated with PENTAX-original SP (Super Protect) coating, which applies a special fluorine compound to the lens surface through a vapor deposition process. This SP coating not only effectively repels dust, water and grease, but it also makes it easy to wipe off fingerprints and cosmetics." I have both dusty/rainy hiking and rafting experience with a Pentax SP-coated lens and have yet to touch the front element with a lens cloth.
Pentax recently added entirely new High-Definition coatings to its Limited lens series, and has another coating called aero-bright on some of its 645 lenses. I'm not sure that any maker tops Pentax for lens coatings.
You do not care. DPR thinks FL is news when Nikon delivers it, but when we state Pentax has done it ages ago, then no one cares.
What is S2? I have heard of V1 and V2 and J1 and J2. But S1 and S2? What are they compared to V and J?
From the first preview, it was rather obvious that sensor alone is not a problem with this camera. But its lens. With a better lens, even a mediocre sensor would raise the level of enjoyment and overall results. Then it might have been a camera that is a well-deserved update.
Unfortunately, they have decided for a bigger sensor and poorer lens, and that hardly exceeds results we get from a slightly smaller sensor coupled with a better lens and imaging engine. If there ever was a camera that clearly illustrates what compromises engineers must face, and then choose wrongly pressured by marketing "decisions" (large sensor, large sensor), this is the school-book example.
Excellent DPR. Now we have to believe what you thought you believe that you heard during the presentation, an information which cannot be found in the official information.I guess you also believed that Pentax mentioned you, or you thought so, in some unofficial talks over the interrupting phone communication that the AF-C works with the SR on, and you hurried to test it and show to everyone, despite the fact it is nowhere mentioned in the official manuals, and in fact, discouraged.Any chance you have thought you have heard Santa really lives on the North Pole, but you believe you have been misinformed about it by Mr Grinch?
But then, if software correction is a "bad" word in many people's dictionary, why kit lenses by other manufacturers never look so good in their results even after their software corrections?Perhaps because no amount of software and ingenuity can mask the fact how bad they are. They must be an utter piece of rubbish then, and yet, you are willing to buy, live and enjoy that utter piece of rubbish only because it is utterly cheap ticket to dreamland.Image taken with any camera is always an illusion, equally as an idea that any lens can be done cheaply. And yet, deeper the illusion, it seems, the happier crowd is. "Cruel" reality simply flies above the head because no one has guts to look at it with a lens of expectations and understanding totally undistorted.
Zvonimir Tosic: Nice, but never as beautiful as a dedicated 50mm lens. All right, who dares to be the first manufacturer to make a compact camera with a fine, retracting 50mm lens? Or something around 40mm?Film cameras were much more advanced / adventurous in this regard, with Contax T2 still being the king of the compact history's hill with its amazing 38mm Sonnar lens (IMHO, better than this Fuji's 35mm from X100).
Yes, Sigma is very nice, but still biggish. Definitely not compact.
Nice, but never as beautiful as a dedicated 50mm lens. All right, who dares to be the first manufacturer to make a compact camera with a fine, retracting 50mm lens? Or something around 40mm?Film cameras were much more advanced / adventurous in this regard, with Contax T2 still being the king of the compact history's hill with its amazing 38mm Sonnar lens (IMHO, better than this Fuji's 35mm from X100).
bluevellet: Cool feature if you already own the camera, but not really worth buying the camera for it. A real interchangeable lens camera is better and most m43/APSC mirrorless cameras are probably smaller with a 35 and 50mm lens attached.
No it isn't. You can hardly make a detachable 23mm lens of the size of X100's lens — just look how big is the Leica's Summarit T 2/23.
Boss of Sony: Is this camera better than Canon 70d or Pentax K3? Can someone help me? I have no idea.
It is very different. Most refined classic DSLR experience, which is also highly enjoyable, is I think one in the Pentax K-3. I believe Pentax makes best DSLRs and delivers top-notch DSLR experience, bar none.
One step below that classic and highly polished experience, and more towards the gadget level that appeases hordes, is the 70D. If you have canon lenses, maybe a good choice. But I think its OVF and usability is rather lacking, albeit there is enough gadgetry inside to keep you occupied for months.
A77 is different than both. I frankly do not understand the appeal of this line of cameras from Sony, because it is not built to provide any special aesthetic experience. A cacophony of technologies without a certain aim. I think Sony has lost the idea what matters in photography after a rather nice A100 camera, perhaps because most of it was designed directly by the ex-Minolta team.
Every single camera manufacturer applies for various patents monthly. I wonder why is this one taken out and presented on DPR? First I remember was a news "Sony is planning a possible firmware update", then this patent about a possible product from Sony — which in both cases is "news" about no news. A pinnacle of journalism, indeed.