WordsOfFarewell: Nice I've waited 5 years and then I finally gave up and switched to Nikon last summer. :/
a day late and a dollar short...but when it debuts (if it ever does), at least it won't be another of those mirrorless insects.
Very impressive. Amazing what computers and material science can accomplish. Especially noteworthy is the lack of apparent distortion.
Sharp, great color, distortionless and exquisitely detailed. The bokeh is decidedly short of dreamy however....
Jonathan Lee: would it be full frame mirrorless and take k mount? i would hold on buying the other brand's FF mirrorless.
Correct. For example, if it's mirrorless, I will be looking elsewhere.
It says DSLR so hopefully it will not be mirrorless. I have a complete set of 1975-1976 issue K mount lenses (not counting zooms) which were introduced with the K series cameras (24 in all). It took me 12 years to get them all and yes, some were pretty expensive. Finally I will reap my reward if this is true! :-)
If you came from film, only full frame or better, the 645Z will really satisfy you. Down deep all you old film shooters know this is true. However many if not most photographers today grew up with digital for whom the smaller size of the APS-C or 4/3 formats hits the spot with no nagging regrets about image quality.
I'm inclined to believe that this will go the way of the K-01 (which was a much better camera than it's fate). As a dedicated lifelong Pentax shooter with 5 bodies and 30 lenses, I gave up on APS-C and am back shooting film on my MZ-S, PZ1-p and ZX-5n.....patiently waiting for the much rumored and perhaps never to happen full frame K-1. I wish the effort by Ricoh/Pentax had been directed thus rather than on this blingy little thing.
Sandyramirez: I bet it takes amazing shots and has creamy bokeh
The Otus lenses are made by Cosina. I have been involved in product design for 4 decades. If you design it, you make it...or you don't really know it...period. I have many Nikon and Pentax lenses....all made in Japan...Leica lenses all made in Germany or Leitz Canada. For me there are no exceptions. The OTUS lenses should be made by Zeiss...not Cosina.
pity that these lenses are not actually manufactured by Zeiss...a great Japanese contract manufacturer for sure....but still not Zeiss.
I must admit, as a film shooter, I admire Olympus most of all for the indefinable quality of the images. But as you thumb through images one after another you realize it's only digital....I want to go digital so bad and get away from the lab....but the flat, waxy, magazine like quality of all digital images just can't be ignored....even with Olympus which appears to be one of the very best of them as seen (at least to me) in this gallery and the one from the M5......
If this is what I have to look forward to when I switch from film and get on the effete digital merry go round, I think I'll pass.
There was no Takumar 50mm f/1.2 lens for the Spotmatics. Pentax couldn't make a 1.2 lens until 1975 with the K mount bayonet lenses. The flange on the screw mount used by all Takumars was too small.Of course you were only 14 then and memory sometimes plays tricks. :)
That said, this new K-3 seems to be an ace new camera....you should really enjoy it.
no video! hooray.....pre-Ai lenses....hooray....my dreams come true...
as expected, they stink. Placing an image on a 1/3 inch sensor is for kids.
bikinchris: I have this phone and find that in good light the camera does a fine job. See my gallery for a few examples.
exciting image capability...about equal to watching grass grow...
armanius: Bye bye K01!
correction: manual lenses can be stopped down but you'd never know it from the manual....found it in the blogs...the camera is looking better!...
rock solid in your hand....not plasticky....and I do like Leica...I have three film M's...
I bought this camera when the price dropped. It's a shame that a camera built like a Leica and has IQ second to none, http://www.pbase.com/classics/stuff, especially at high ISO had a few fatal shortcomings. For me the screen's daylight performance and the fact that it cannot stop down manual lenses were irrecoverable flaws. Why make a large mirrorless camera so it could use all the lenses and only go half way? The focus was OK with AF lenses but difficult with manual lenses...no in focus beep like my MZ-S and PZ1p......definitely could have used a viewfinder and a reticulated screen...so net net another marketing failure for Pentax. Finally it is boring...but then so are all digital cameras except for the single digit Nikon pro bodies.