Jonathan Lee: with HD on lenses, does it mean the next gen camera will have killer quality on video? :)
Ricoh / Pentax never said that, Joe. In a year ago interview, they only said that they can't increase video performance with current hardware, because video is hardware dependant. They didn't tell anything about what they plan for the future.
brendon1000: This is the reason why I didn't go with Pentax when I started out photography.
Slow prime lenses are OK if they are reasonably priced. But come on $700 for a slow 21mm f3.2 and $800 for a 15mm f4 ?
Not denying build quality is good but there are so many cheaper lenses out there than you can buy the cheap lenses twice and still come out on top price wise.
I think an m43 system will offer faster but similar size lenses on smaller bodies.
Interestingly, this is the reason why I did go with Pentax.
bcalkins: Nice set of compact primes - Pentax seems to get what is possible with APS-C in terms of offering small, dedicated primes with focal lengths that make sense for a 1.5 crop sensor...
Olympus is doing a fine job,yes. But altogether, Pentax has 8 Limited lenses, and Oly's offer isn't quite there yet.
Thus shows Sony's responsibility for the environment; why dump worthless plastic into their own bin and pay for the processing into something more valuable, when there are thousands of households willing to buy it and fill up their bins at a fraction of Sony's cost.
Only competitor doing something similar is Leica, and compared to Leica, Pentax is doing a helluva good job in offering a competitive product.
I can smell a retro-looking DSLR coming ... available in black, and in silver. LX-style, tilting screen. Oh, how rude! :-D
samhain: If they had added weather sealing to them, they may have enticed current owners to upgrade. I can't see many users upgrading because of a new coating, except for maybe the few diehard pentaxians who have to have the new stuff.
Should've added weather-sealing.
I think if they did introduce WR throughout the line, in their books that would be an all new production cost which isn't justified, I'm afraid. This is an upgrade with a minimum of interference in current design and appeal.
007peter: Love the lens, hate the price. I had the pleasure of using the older 21mm + 70mm pancake. The hands-on experience is incredible, as good as my father's real West-German Made Zeiss. But Pentax lens are just TOO EXPENSIVE. I'm mean $749 for a 70mm f/2.4 "TOO SLOW". Make it a 70mm F/1.4 ~ F/1.8, then we're talking. Until then, I can go get a much (1) Sharper (2) Faster Olympus 75mm f/1.8 for the same price, or go cheap for a $230 Sigma 60mm f/2.8. As long as Pentax keep over-charging its own loyal consumer, its market-share will continue to shrink.How much lower can Pentax go. The companyh has been sold twice already.
You know, I understand that. But if I had too choose to own 5 cheap lenses or 2 good ones that will outlive cheapos by 2 decades or more — for the same price — I'd choose latter.
Richard Murdey: Anyone else notice how "Pentax" is displayed much less prominently than it was before this re-style?
They've just been redesigned and streamlined with more thought. From design's perspective, how many Pentax name iterations is needed in a lens that fits in a shirt pocket? Two? Three? How many Apple name iterations are there per each Apple's device and where it's written?
Gary, speak for yourself; I think that once someone impartial tries DA70, he or she would conclude the value surpasses the price tag considerably. These lenses match Leica's Summarit quality at 1/3 of the price, plus they're AF and quick-shift too.Optically balanced, hand machined aluminium and finish ... how much you think they deserve to cost? You live in fantasy world with no meaning for real value in it.
Frank_BR: Pentax playing Leica... What is the purpose of producing such expensive lenses? Pentax should focus efforts on true innovations rather than boutique products.
Well, maybe to differentiate itself from a red ocean full of boring, plastic sameness that plague today's digital photography world?
Best damn looking lenses in the entire DSLR universe right now. And I trust new improvements in coating and in iris shape add extra flavour to image quality.
Considering very tight tolerances in lens design, adding WR would change the design of all these lenses, add all new cost. We'd be paying twice this price. Not only that, lenses would inevitably change their look, maybe became "chunkier", and overall less appealing than they're now.Or shall I rephrase — these are not workhorse, motorised, weather sealed monster lenses, but classically elegant lenses for screw drive only. They're your elegant convertible 2-seater, not your 4WD Hummer.
Zvonimir Tosic: I suspect Apple is doing this partly on a purpose, and by design — delaying important camera support — because it is in their best interest that as many people as possible use iPhone as the primary snap tool. When camera isn't properly supported, people will be reluctant to utilise it fully and will feel frustration, which they believe is due to camera manufacturer not doing their job (with Apple) properly — not the other way round.
Otherwise, Apple won't be able to brag around iPhone is the most popular "camera" on Flickr.Adobe, however, is in neutral position re all that hardware wars, and despite their questionable recent Creative Cloud moves, I believe with faster and timely updates they are a far better option for the photographers out there.
I mean, Pentax 645D support coming out after 3 YEARS since camera's been introduced ... Apple, shame on you.
For example, Aperture 3 was introduced in Feb 2010 with bells and whistles, "a vital software for camera enthusiasts and pros". That was 3 years and half years ago.Same that year, in June 2010, iPhone 4 was introduced. iPhone 4 shortly became the most popular camera on Flickr, and "coincidentally", since that time, Apple has put Aperture in state of silent and very slow updates and has never been updated to a major new version.
I suspect Apple is doing this partly on a purpose, and by design — delaying important camera support — because it is in their best interest that as many people as possible use iPhone as the primary snap tool. When camera isn't properly supported, people will be reluctant to utilise it fully and will feel frustration, which they believe is due to camera manufacturer not doing their job (with Apple) properly — not the other way round.
I believe I'm going to be the only one within the forthcoming 600+ replies to say something *positive* about these two cameras from Canon; I think they're lovely additions to compact camera world. My b'day is soon, and if you're disappointed with your G16, please send it my way.
A parody. In fact, this reminds me of the scene from the "2001: A Space Odyssey" film (yes, it was film-ed): An ape recognises a new tool. Ape grabs it and smashes everything around with it. Feels powerful, uses that tool to play, to kill prey, to kill other apes.
There is a fine line between "arghhh, I can do it", and "ought I do it?", which ape cannot recognise yet. People of 70, 100 or 150 years ago, didn't have tools we have today but they had vivid imagination to compensate and that is why those old images worked so well. Today, it seems the opposite is true.
So compared to the original "2001: A Space Odyssey", this is colour parody is same as "2001: A Space Travesty".
This is disgusting. Not only we believe we can make "better look" by "fixing" the "defects" of old, but don't give a damn about the intention, feelings and vision of the original artist in the first place.What's next? "Henri Cartier Bresson, 'The Decisive Moment' now in full colour, and with happier mood in all pictures?"
So this, I presume, was taken with an iPhone.
I don’t get it; the smartphone is already so thin. Attach a large lensor onion on it, means, the lensor must be carried around somewhere, in a bag I presume, as a delicate, large size onion.If one has a smartphone, and an RX100, the whole 2-piece combo is easier and less fragile to carry than this 2-piece combo, and — hey! — the lens in RX100 can hide itself inside the RX100 body. Plus, the RX100 body is already better designed for shooting than a smartphone. And no one is carrying a bulging onion hidden in the bag.At Sony, I wonder who is using family's brain cell at the moment?