Zvonimir Tosic: Totally not interested in zoom lenses. but I have to admit this one is good.
Price is comparable with the competition, and the street price will always be lower, and when it comes in kits, it will be dirt cheap. So for a lens with quality motor, best coating on the market, and the WR, this may be the only lens some user will ever need. Why it's not f4 constant? Well it starts at f3.5 and ends at f5.6, so average is f4 anyway.
Well done, Pentax engineers.
Blur does not entirely depend on aperture, but on quality and distance of the background. If the background is natural, not too contrasty in change of light and shade, yet far enough behind the subject, f4 or f5.6 can produce a very nice bohkeh and all the subject plus some close foreground will be in focus. This kind of lens provides us easily a classic, beautiful and well focused portrait on subject and part of its close surrounding. Not a postmodern type, loaded with heavy blur where only tip of the nose is in focus. Yuck!
iudex, 85mm is 130 mm equivalent in 35mm Leica format. Thus the lens is good enough for medium telephoto. Traditionally, portrait focal lengths are between 70 and 100 mm in Leica format, and this lens fits the bill. You would not want ultra sharp lens for portraits anyway, and with good wide end — hopefully done well and without much distortions— this lens can be a discerning photographer's little workhorse. If the wide end is really good, then the price is well justified.
So it is premature to throw negative comments about price.
If nothing else, coating used and developed by Pentax is best in the market, and I would rather take one average Pentax lens than Sigma's top shell lens, because Pentax lens is usable in more situations thanks to WR and/or superior coating. Even 30 years old Pentax coating performs better than today's Sigma's.
Totally not interested in zoom lenses. but I have to admit this one is good.
Marty4650: Nikon makes a very similar lens for quite a bit less. The Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, which sells for around $600. But it may not be weather sealed.
While you really don't need to be competitively priced once you lock someone into your lens mount, setting prices too high can discourage new customers from getting on board.
How much would Nikon's lens cost if it had weather sealing?
Wallace Ross: It seems to me that comparing this against a regular camera is pointless, it is something completely different. I used the most up to date Google spherical app today and the whole process for one image including stitching took about 12minutes which makes creating a street view type walk through impractical. Then there is the Theta
Wallace, many people who buy smartphones as a primary photo tool will never need full 360 degree panorama. Most they need, and which many pictures show, is 120 to some ~180 degrees, most of the time.
However, targeting smartphone users is secondary to what Ricoh should have done. It is better to include this toy with their upmarket cameras, to enhance features of Theta and the camera. When you carry an iPhone to take shots, you hardly bother with extra equipment. And when you pack your camera, there is always room for Theta.
There is another reason: not a single camera in the market has as good or as simple stitching of the pano shots as the iPhone. iPhone has superior CPU power. Japanese cameras today lag compared to iPhone's photo abilities which utilise much more sophisticated software and the CPU power.
Yet with Theta, at least one click does 360 degree pano. Many DSLR users would love that option, but Ricoh leaves it to .. smartphone users?
Not a very smart strategy.
Imagine Apple designing an iPod which cannot connect to an Apple computer? That is how Ricoh designs Theta — engineers have a “cool” engineering idea, but that idea has never had clear marketing purpose from the beginning.
As a result, Theta is just one trick pony to be used with a smartphone, because Ricoh thinks it can become “the player” in the mobile devices market, together with Apple, Samsung and Sony. Who needs extra Theta for $400 when an iPhone by default does a seamless panorama as you see fit, and within a few seconds?
That is Ricoh's fault in thinking. Instead of "outsmarting" Apple, which they cannot, they should pursue their traditional camera market at the same time, and strengthen it with Theta, include Theta in camera deals, etc.
But again, it takes a century for Ricoh Imaging's marketing (if they have one to speak of) to add two and two together.
This Theta thingie by itself has little practical use. It is one trick pony.
The concept could be used and utilised much more if the Theta was a part of the proper camera, say, a pop-up-flash-like feature in a mid-class Pentax camera. So it records 360 degree scene at the same time your camera takes some shot in the part of that scene. One can take a subject, and a wider context at the same time — subject and its context: excellent for documentary and landscape photography.Even if that is too complex to do for them, they could give one for free with the purchase of some DSLR. Now they offer free grips, free batteries, flashes, cards etc. depending on deal — why not give one Theta and intrigue people with it? It costs same or less than a proper flash.
Ricoh's marketing is very slow in adding two and two together.
I am becoming diabetic after this. I mean, I really like Pentax cameras, love good Pentax lenses, and also think that it is good to sprinkle a bit of colour into the cameras here and there.But after the colour approach that has flooded over the entire Q line, Q7 and Q-S1, K-01, K30, K50, K-S1 and now ... special K-S1 "sweet colour combos", I as a Pentax user am frustrated: is not this enough?! Come on Ricoh, this is boring. It truly is. Serve us real food, not sweets with artificial colour and taste enhancers.
Leica X has a 900+ K dot display.Leica X-E has the same old 230K dots 2.7" LCD from the X2 because X-E is the X2 in a new trim. And that's it. That X2's LCD was the same LCD from the X1 camera from many, many years ago. It does sound odd. But it is pointless to wrestle with Leica regarding those matters because ether will offer some bizarre explanation. They know their audience best.
Pity the X-2, and now X-E, does not have a video mode at all. Not even the simplest one. It only takes photographs. To me that is more perplexing omittance than the ancient 230K display, considering that even their new M series — a synonym for a photo tool, not video tool – have a video mode.
Excellent. After 15+ years of digital photography fantasy and merciful exploitation of the old patents without clearly advancing forward, Canon and many Japanese photography oriented companies think "it's about time to close in a circle and start innovating." Well, yes, General Custer, welcome to the Little Big Horn, time to change strategy!Now, for Canon, that means "reaching the impossible". Indeed! And then they launch ads such as these, full of forte, corporate gibberish, chest pounding and hiding behind the brass band. Canon, I think this one deserves Tchaikovsky's 1812 overture at least, with real 100mm 'Cannons'. Let it be better than, your another — ultra-innovative of course — EOS-Meow (EOS-M).
A fantastic camera. Take anywhere design, powerful indeed, and with little care about light and compositions (if you need that on an occasion), it may deliver outstanding results. Thanks DPR.
The new LX100 has a appeal over other Panasonic m4/3 cameras because of the influence of Leica is far more prominent in it: from the new lens, to the layout of the controls.This is indeed a collaboration of the sort they once had in the DMC-LC1 era, and I am glad they have renewed the spirit of it. And considering the LC1 which employes 2/3" sensor was priced at $1599 at its delivery in 2004, today's LX100 with all its features is a bargain.
DPR has missed to present the 645Z and its new lenses because the 645Z is a professional camera setup for people who care about the ultimate in image quality. That, perhaps, doesn't fit DPR's audience in their opinion.
Instead, you have pages after pages after pages of 7D Mk 2 coverage from every angle. Wait for the new front page thread soon, "7D Mk2 — How it feels when you plant citruses with it around your neck", which is a followup of "7D Mk 2 – Planting and photographing azaleas in our winter garden".
RStyga: PENTAX execs:Recall KS-1, please! Say that the battery circuit causes led malfunction, or that the flash light turns reddish in anger when the "leds" are on. Something.. just get this "thing" out of production, now!
K-S1 is one of smallest DSLRs ever, and by all means is more advanced and sophisticated than any similar DSLR in the market today. However, I could not say the same for your comment; small yes, reflects a similar sized worldview, and as sophisticated as a cat in rubber boots.
Photoman: I got to give it to Pentax/Ricoh....they know how to do ugly. Some of those colours make me feel ill.
Did you see them in real life? Colours are quite good and finish fin. However, not all possible colour combos make sense, but you can choose a combination that fits your shoes.
All today's official talks about DSLR models that we all know came too late sound like conversations with palaeontologists about dinosaurs.
New S Typ is the first MF camera that shoots 4K video (24 fps). It beats Pentax 645Z in that. And Leica S lenses are marvellous too.
BobbySan: Buy a Fuji x100S/T and spend the remaining £700 on a ticket to somewhere exotic and shoot
Your commitment to Fujifilm digital cameras tells of nothing else but that you are not keen to use film anymore, and that the first generation of digital Leica cameras isn't up to today's standards. It's like comparing first Mac and latest Mac.
You really have not tried one of these. The lens itself on this camera is worth all the money.
No comments on this one? C c c ... for many a discerning photographer, this, a sans-LCD camera, was a dream, and a true tool for the art.