While I agree that the market is headed that way, I don't need for my camera to be able to share pictures with my friends and family, listen to iTunes, make a phone call, or play Angry Birds; I need it to take the pictures that I tell it to take. The notion that 'you can't go back' to a normal camera is hogwash, I've just re-transitioned to film and I'm enjoying every minute of it. Cameras don't have to be these soulless technocratic monstrosities. Honestly I like Leica's philosophy of simplicity, just not their price tag.
Sweets: .... left out the ... K3-FF ... :-)
No, Pentax did.
ptox: I want it in red! (I refuse to make compromises!)
OMG, wait: can't I get this with the sapphire LCD cover of the previous generation? Uh, dealbreaker.
The Pentax 645D Grand Prix edition is for you then :P
BrightEyesOnFire: $4500 for a slow medium prime...LOL okay maybe like five people will buy it.
Know of any other macro lenses faster than 2.8? Besides, you don't shoot macros at 2.8 unless if you're using them for portraiture, in which case 2.8 is razor thin on medium format.
Hey, they put a normal hotshoe on it, good for them.
plevyadophy: FIRST IMAGE STABLISED MEDIUM FORMAT SYSTEM?
Am I mistaken, but doesn't this lens make the Pentax system the first image stabilized medium format digital system?
If so, that is quite significant and I am surprised that they haven't made more of that fact.
Pentax's marketing department is, well... ... I'm not even sure they have a marketing department. Remember their slogan a few years ago? "Be Interesting" Yeah... might wanna take your own advice there, guys.
Oo, minimum focus distance is low too. Could make for some interesting, if perspective-distorted, product shots
RStyga: Yes sir, K-30 is one powerful image-making piece of Pentax engineering at an incredibly accessible price. The only thing that personally turns me off is the redneck/bogan (depending on what country you live) design. Whatever happened to the classic K10D or even the decent K200D/K-r design??? Even Mark Newson could have done better here :-))) (poor fella... all this bashing he has received... I'm actually a K-01 design fanatic)
I'm sure he cried all the way to the bank.
Heie2: DPR - Please do the correct thing of classifying this as the same category as the Canon T4i. While the K-30 has significantly better IQ and will compare to the K-5 and D7000 for overall IQ, classifying it at those levels will cause it to be improperly scored compared to the T4i - it's main competition.
This is an interesting point, how do you classify this camera? There is some general consensus among the Pentax community that this camera is the successor to the K200D. Like that camera, it's water proof, and where as the K20D has a top LCD, this one does not, much like the K200. This may signal that Pentax is returning to a 3-tiered APS-C lineup.
So the lines of succession would look like this:K2000D (K-m) > K-x > K-r > K-01?K200D > (nothing, this generation was skipped) > K-30K20D > K-7 > K-5 > ???
The K-5 has been officially discontinued, presumably to make way for a new flagship APS-C to be announced at Photokina. It's unclear whether the K-01 is meant to be seen as the successor to the K-r, so there may or may not be a new entry-level DSLR on it's way. The Q is it's own mount as is the 645D, so they don't really enter into the equation.
I do agree though, the T4i is this camera's main competition and possibly the D5100 (5200?), not the D7000 and 7D.
marike6: I wonder if the X-5 has the same sensor as the Pentax Q. The Q has outstanding IQ relative to it's sensor size, so a camera with such a long zoom might be interesting. I wouldn't buy this because there is no raw, but I'm curious for future Pentax cameras.
Speaking of the Q, I still cannot believe that DPR has no intention of reviewing the Pentax Q. All the generic cameras they review, yet the first ILC to feature a BSI 1/2.3" sensor, a camera loaded with features and a first rate build quality and because of some assumptions about sensor size and the Q was essentially ignored by DPR. Talk about dissing both readers and Pentax. Oh well, at least we've been consistently updated on what's happening at Instagram or with the latest Samsung P&S.
I'm still waiting for the 645D review that was promised almost a year ago.
Quote:"We wanted to see how practical it was to use the 645D 'in the field' as a replacement for a smaller sensor SLR, and - aside from an aching shoulder after a day of lugging it around - we were pretty impressed with what we saw. Until we get the 645D back into the studio to complete our testing, check out our quick 24-shot gallery after the link"
Guess that camera wasn't important enough.
wkay: I think the samples have film quality (I likey). Anyone else feel that?
If you like that film look, throw an old 50mm Takumar on, it's like dying and going to vintage heaven.
gl2k: The blueish tones are pretty intensive. Hobby shooters will like it ... not so sure about pros.
Dunno if there was kinda landscape mode used ?
Pro shooters know how to set their white balance, and probably use a color checker to ensure accuracy.
The only line of Pentax compacts that has ever caught anyone's attention is the waterproof Optio line, which kind of fits well with their series of weather sealed DSLRs. If dropping their compact line means more resources can be allocated towards creating my full frame LX-D, then I'm all for it. Mmmmm, waist-level finder...
How many ink tanks?
ValVe: Where does this stupid +-0.5EV bracketing bullcrap misleading rumor come from?
I am getting the advertised +-3.0EV in 0.3EV steps, the limits are set by pressing down in drive mode menu and rotating the knob or pressing right-left.
I tell you that as an owner, F/W version is 1.0
It's one of those things that people assume because it's a default, like the fact that lens correction is turned on by default which slows the burst frame rate, especially in RAW.
Ok, I'll chime in. Many have commented that the K-01 misses the point of a mirrorless camera, which is apparently to be small. If that is indeed the point, then Pentax already has an answer to that in another camera, the Q. I'll admit, I don't "get" the mirrorless craze. For me, IQ is paramount, all other consideration like size must take a back seat.
One thing that hasn't drawn a lot of attention is that the K-01 utilizes an APS-C sized sensor which affords better DoF control than a μ4/3 or smaller sensor found in many mirrorless systems. The other thing that is largely overlooked is the camera body is only part of the equation when it comes to IQ, a small part at that. The larger part of that equation is the glass you mount on it, and here is where the K-01 shines.
That being said, I don't want the thing; too small for me and no viewfinder, but my point is Pentax obviously has a different target market in mind than the typical mirrorless camera buyer. The K-01 is about great glass.
Jeezel Petes, you think they'd at least test the lenses that are being sent out for review by the media. Honestly folks, every Pentax lens I've ever owned has been perfect right out of the box, I really haven't even noticed any FF/BF issues, they're not all this bad. Some days I'm ashamed of my brand.
Peiasdf: Just checked out Pentax's lens line up and I cannot find a single fast normal prime. The cheapest "50mm" is 35mm f/2.4 at $180 while the fastest is 31mm f/1.8 at $1,000. Where is the cheap f/1.4~f/1.8?
Good cameras, weird ass lens line up.
Odd that people consider 50mm to be "normal" on APS-C, it wasn't entirely normal on 35mil. To answer the OPs question you have to look to some of the older lenses which are still readily available on the used market. There's the FA 35mm f/2 or if you don't mind manual focus the A 28mm f/2 Any lens can be "fast" if you bump up the ISO a bit, and since the K30 will use the same sensor as the K5, there's virtually no consequence below 1600.
You can check out pictures from any Pentax lens here http://pentaxphotogallery.com/
The bear must be a Canon shooter.
AngryCorgi: It's a WR K-01 with a pentaprism, higher max shutter speed, better ergonomics, and faster PD AF for only a $100 premium. So how are they going to sell any K-01s now? Or have they given up on that failed experiment in hideous design??
I think all of thier DSLRs since the K-x have PDAF in mirror-down mode, and CDAF in live view.