PK24X36NOW: Sorry, but I don't get it, Pentax. This is a 2:1 zoom ratio, relatively slow, variable aperture lens that isn't very wide on the wide end, isn't very long on the long end, and you want 849 POUNDS for it (I don't even want to think of what that is in dollars)?!
The main thing that's "limited" about this lens is what - range, versatility??
You would think that for your top-line lenses, you should be able to muster a 3:1 zoom ratio, constant aperture, and a focal length range that isn't boring.
Being different and exciting is the opposite of predictable, repetitive and being boring. In the tide of 3x zooms with huge aperture, this kind of lens is exactly what we've been missing all the time.
It's 30-60 mm in 135 format terms — it covers both classic 35mm and 50 mm FoV, with extra few mm on both ends. To many this could be the only lens they'd ever need. And it's WR too.It also has a classic touch to it, with a Super Takumar focus ring type.
Ricoh Imaging is really behaving quite strangely with this Q experiment. At one side they design a bunch of very cheap, optically irrelevant, fixed aperture and almost unusable "toy prime lenses" to define the playfulness of the Q system, and on the other, very, very expensive zooms to .. what end?
Most likely, this could be a well designed lens and quite excellent optically. But it defies the purpose, really; a good fast wide prime for half the money would lure more people into Q than this zoom. And that is exactly what Q users have suggested for many, many months already.
ntsan: It is even more expensive than Nikon 1 or EOS M's UW zoom lens, both of them have much bigger sensor to cover, I am pretty sure it will be much cheaper produce than either the 1" or APS-C
They are not in a hurry to sell them.
A good first step taken by a major DSLR manufacturer in building an alternative to a typical and ubiquitous blobby DSLR design — copied across DSLR brands for over a decade, and one that even mirroless cameras now mimic, in a desperate attempt to show 'seriousness' and secure some money.
Like a Leica camera often ridiculed here, or any other quality craftsmanship that comes with an asking price above one brass farthing, this is definitely not a tool for majority of users here. But it is an encouraging thought — something about it must be right, especially in times where everything looks so same, boring and depreciated.
It provokes a thought indeed, be it intelligent or a mindless rant, nevertheless.Well done Nikon.
So I presume that in the DPR final score it will have negative points for not having a dedicated video button, as is usual DPR's punishment to DSLR designs?
Judging by the shadow, it has a small grip?So it's not FM reborn. :-(
“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” ― Dorothea Lange, American documentary photographer and photojournalist
If this camera allows people same that aim Dorothea talks about, then it is a perfect camera for all those who find it sufficing and made for their taste, and I can see, many can. I wouldn't mind either.
Everything else, like 80% of nonsense in these comments, is irrelevant.
This one's specially designed by Marb Woodson ... :)
Yes, and I *almost* got married to Kate Middleton.
SayCheesePlease: camera, technology, optics, wood veneer- one of these things doesn't belong
I appreciate DPR posting these press releases
but what is Ricoh thinking?
What did people think this really is? In reality, this is just a marketing dept way of saying "oh look, we have a camera too — now it is out of big headlines because it is 7 months old, but here's a colour splash to make it one extra headline somewhere". They'll do the same in several months again.
The whole point of difference between Hasselblad and Ricoh in this is that the old dad Ricoh is fancying his own pipe in his latest preferred wooden finish.
I wonder when Nikon will do the same with the Coolpix A? Next year is the year of Horse according to Chinese calendar, and last time Nikon did something like this was the year of Dragon. So maybe Nikon will saddle up something for 2014?
Zvonimir Tosic: This is ingenious and well-played move from Ricoh: when everyone else in the industry is announcing newest FFs and latest lens designs, Ricoh announces more colours. If Ricoh Theta camera doesn't come in piano black, I'd be hugely disappointed.
Wife (Pentax) has a weird old stepfather who fancies to smoke his own pipes in various wooden finishes. This is the latest one ...
RussellInCincinnati: Also what is the compelling need for Ricoh to innovate in this camera class at this moment? The GR is all of, what, 6 months old? Is there another camera with quite this low weight/size, and quite this lens quality that also has an APS-C or larger sensor?
Could see making fun of Ricoh's "lack of innovation" as evidenced by this cosmetic announcement, if the Ricoh GR was years old and way behind the times, say. Which would be true if you could buy an APS-C camera now with a noticeably sharper lens, or significantly less weight, or one that produces noticeably less noisy raw files. What would that much more modern camera be?
Not at all. The GR is a very fine camera indeed. But what kind of world there would be if Ricoh doesn't deserve a well-meaning stab in the ribs, but only mindless praises?
This is ingenious and well-played move from Ricoh: when everyone else in the industry is announcing newest FFs and latest lens designs, Ricoh announces more colours. If Ricoh Theta camera doesn't come in piano black, I'd be hugely disappointed.
jande9: Does this mean that if you shoot with flash you will get moire? Most flashes are quicker than 1/1000.
Only if you point the camera towards your kilt ... In all other instances, there'll be no moire.
Ouch .. I mean, I think the Rx100 was really good. But I don't get the Rx10. Why replicate the AXXXX approach?
ogl: DPREVIEW - why did you put 560 frames with battery?
720 frames without flash and 560 with 50% flash.
Ogl, I can bet people will muster on average more than both numbers. Using a standard battery, K5 users go well above the 1,000 shots — 50% more than what "official" numbers say. Official numbers are usually the worst case scenarios.
Amateurbob: In the days of film Pentax was my camera of choice. I had a Pentax ME that I really liked. Pentax was known for high quality compact cameras and lenses. Compact is not Pentax’s forte today. They are leaving that to Sony. Pentax cameras are big and bulky. The older Pentax film lenses I now use on a Sony Nex camera. However, using a 35mm film lens on an APS camera must result in lower resolution than would be obtained on full frame. The lines per mm may be the same, but the number of mms is less. If I could afford it, I would be more interested in the upcoming Sony FF Nex for my older Pentax lenses than anything Pentax offers. If Pentax came out with an FF k-01 with view finder I would be very interested.
A question for those in the know: if moiré can be controlled by shaking the sensor, can it be equally controlled by post processing software simulating shaking the sensor? If so why add the extra complexity to the camera and why not use such software on any camera?
Are you talking about compact cameras, or about compact systems? There is nothing compact about Sony Nex camera and a zoom lens on it. On the other hand, in DSLR terms, Pentax is still very compact system, and has many compact lenses for DSLRs. But then again, chasing ultimate compactness often defies common sense, as it cripples usability and emotional confidence of a photographer holding a reliable tool in hands (which are not infant's hands in size).