Peter Jonkman: Nice photos (and article!), but the motorbike sample appears to be fullsize rather than VGA size. Sorry, I saved that one for future reference ;)
Darn it! Missed it!
agaoo: Why not 4K? :-(
Personally, I'm happy that Pentax puts an emphasis on still images over video. Even on my K-5 the video is good enough for occasional use. If I was serious about video, there are cameras dedicated to video.
Matthew Miller: The article notes: "and our initial impressions of shooting with one older 50mm Pentax prime aren't wholly encouraging."
That's because the classic 50mm f/2 is just plain, it pains me to say, not that great. I think it's probably even safe to say that it's the worst Pentax prime lens ever. Put that down and find the f/1.7 instead (still easily available for budget prices everywhere).
What I meant was the borders on APS-C with this lens are already not that great (which I would expect to be worse on FF).
Agree completely. Thats a relatively rubbish lens to put on a nice camera like this. Even on APS-C this lens is not stellar.
Update; Thanks for the DPR replies. Sure manual focus can be a challenge -especially without a split prism focus screen. I would hope focus peaking in LV would be a big help though?
Jonathan Wilson: Looks great. I'm certainly looking for something around this focal length but sadly there are apparently no plans to make this in Pentax mount.
Scottelly, I could see the 35 not selling so well in Pentax because now there is some comparable AF competition at 35 (FA 31 f1.8 Ltd, FA35 f2, DA35 f2.4). However for 24mm this is not as much competition (second hand FA* 24 f2 or MF Samyang 24). The DA 21 is nice and small but slow, wider than 24, and of course not FF compatible.So I think the Sigma 24mm could sell well in Pentax mount.
Looks great. I'm certainly looking for something around this focal length but sadly there are apparently no plans to make this in Pentax mount.
Alex Sarbu: DPReview, this is how it should be done:http://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2015/02/09/pentax-k-s2-targets-the-family-photographer-with-handy-mix-of-enthusiast-co
Not your constant mockery.
Ha! Its even worse for DXO. Pentax (recent cameras anyway) specs there are highly inaccurate (in a negative for Pentax). I have pointed it out to them a couple times over the last couple of years but they never get fixed.I guess its because they only take Nikon / Canon seriously due to their higher sales volumes.
spidermoon: Like the K-S1, the DOF switch is replace by the video switch, and there is no dedicated button for dof check. Maybe nowdays it's an outdated feature since you can review your picture after taking it.
The DOF preview is one of those features I thought I would use quite a bit but in practice I have not used since I first got my K-5. Its pretty much as easy just to take a photo to check (you don't have the dim view finder to deal with).
Looks a nice lens. If they come out with a Pentax mount I would be tempted. There is no current Pentax 24mm - nearest is 21mm (APS-C).
agc73: Doesn't appear to be working. Nothing happens when I click to vote on the camera list.
FYI using Chrome on a MBA.
Yeah its not working for me either. Tried dragging with Chrome and Firefox
RStyga: I wonder how this compares to the 18-135mm WR... 2mm difference is very close in FL, even when it's in the wide end and considering the 1.5X.
2 mm at the wide end is actually quite a bit. Anyway I'm hoping it will be better optically than the 18-135 - at least Pentax seem to be positioning this lense above the 18-135.
Gosman: Too expensive. When on sale, the Pentax 16-50 constant 2.8 WR DA is about $900. That's what I'm waiting for!
The 16-50 is not a perfect lens though. The SDM puts me off for a start.
Jonathan Wilson: Can't people just get past the LEDs - you can turn them off if you don't like them! I can actually see a case for them sometimes when shooting children (or when you want to distract the subject).Yes I realise this is largely a Canon / Nikon site. People were still moaning left, right and centre even when the K-3 was announced. And most of the people moaning have never even tried a Pentax camera. BTW I used to own Canon and I have tried Nikon cameras too.
Good point sandy. Although not for tripod work.
Can't people just get past the LEDs - you can turn them off if you don't like them! I can actually see a case for them sometimes when shooting children (or when you want to distract the subject).Yes I realise this is largely a Canon / Nikon site. People were still moaning left, right and centre even when the K-3 was announced. And most of the people moaning have never even tried a Pentax camera. BTW I used to own Canon and I have tried Nikon cameras too.
Apart from price (which is typically launched higher then rapidly drops - the K-50 price has already stabilised), this looks like a very capable entry level DSLR. I'm pretty sure the Nikon D3300 etc don't have switchable low pass filter, 100% OVF or built in SR for a start so I'm not sure about your comment of them being equally capable.Look forward to seeing some full reviews.
Wye Photography: Sample images http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/english/products/xg-1/ex/ at ISO 100.
I really don't have to say anything more...
Hmmm - thanks for the link.Looks a bit like my ISO3200 on my K-5. Hate to think what an ISO higher than 100 would look like.
Technically / functionally this looks a very capable camera - and thats what matters for professionals.However aesthetically, I find these cameras pretty ugly. Maybe there is only so much you can do with a camera this size.
Ugly (as the 5D is too) as ever but a nice camera never the less.
mckracken88: This camera has noise levels ALMOST on par with the D600 and in body shake reduction, great image quality and it only gets a SILVER award mostly because of video focus?
I agree with what has been said, there needs to be a seperate VIDEO category.Personally I dont care about making movies, and i bet most here do not.
I agree - I can't understand why this doesn't have the highest value for money rating too? Weather sealed, two control wheels, excellent IQ, excellent high ISO performance, really good ergonomics, excellent performance, good metering, good auto white balance, relatively compact, excellent viewfinder (Pentaprism!), reliable autofocus and compatible with all the 35mm lenses Pentax has ever made!
I have no idea what Pentax would have to do to get a high rating here? Is it really just the video (which I have seen some good reviews for)?
NJHr: This camera is currently the bargain of the century here in the UK. The price has dropped down to £319 with the £50 cash back promotion running. I am buying as soon as I have some cash, hello Pentax you got yourself a new customer. I am sure you will make back the money on the limited pancakes I will undoubtedly buy.
This is exactly the problem I'm grapling with. I am decided on getting a K-30 but unfortunately you cant get the 18-55 WR bundled with it here. So do I get the, somewhat over priced 18-135? Some like, some don't. I suspect patchy QA involved and sample variation.