Lee Jay: I think all but number 1 would be much better in color.
I don't get the fascination with making the viewer feel color blind.
These photographs are exceptional. I'm very impressed, and I don't impress easily. The photographer's skill (particularly in regards to timing) is very apparent. There's a lot more going on there than machine guning snapshots & converting to black & white.
Good stuff DPR!
I bet a full frame x100 would get those sales back up...
zakaria: from what iam seeing this machine is the most beautifull dslr for my taste.it is the k5 approch with 645z look.with pentax unique features and this design pentax is a winner.
I think it's possibly the best looking dslr to date. But then again, I love the feel & design of older cameras. And this one with its design roots planted in older Pentax medium format film cameras like the Pentax 67 has me drooling.
Pentax can be accused of many things, but I don't think bad design & egronomics is one of them(k-01 being the exception, but the design was outsourced on that one)
marc petzold: The Pentax FF DSLR Design reminds me somehow about old Contax SLR Bodies, mostly from the way the Wheels are being made.
@marc good observation, the wheels are definitely contax-esqe
kriztian: Dear god. Where is the video button!!!! Please let there be one in the final production. No 4k I belive not many people will buy the camera.
My guess is you switch it to video then hit the shutter button. I like that implementation.
technocamper: This camera with the 43mm Limited. I'm done.
Hopefully the Fa ltds play well with it. They're amazing on 35mm film format, time will tell how well they perform on the new high res ff sensor
GRUBERND: that prism bump deserves a wooden grip.not the hasselblad kind but something of 67 epicness.i like the three adjustment dials.
Agreed, that would look awesome!
timo: Forget the knee-jerk naysayers, most of whom have never laid hands on a Pentax camera. Everything will depend on how well it does the job it's designed to do.
Other factors matter, up to a point, but very much less so.
Actually... I'd say the lenses are far more important than the body.Bodies come & go.
I shot Pentax for many years and loved all the old k mount lenses(particularly the fa 43 & 77). But with the new generation of high mp ff sensors... Pentax/Ricoh will need to bring out some new glass. Hopefully new, optimized versions of the fa ltds. But a 50/1.2 & 85/1.2 would really make some serious waves- especially considering they'd be stabilized.
To me, Pentax digital has always been about tough, stabilized bodies with great egronomics & nice, unique lenses. It's a great formula, and hopefully they stick with it.
mediasorcerer: this is a subjective opinion based on personal observation and use, however, im finding the 5 axis i.s. in my sony tends to make some photos have a doppelganger outline around the edges of foreground subject matter and i now dont use it much at all even handheld in the evening because of this aftereffect i have noticed in arw files onscreen.i think images are sharper without out it, just have to develop the skill of holding the camera very still-technique.It tends to show up even more when using editing effects like contrast etc.its not as handy as you would think, maybe it works better when there is slightly more movement rather than less, ie if you are holding the cam very still the ibis creates the effect, thats all i can think of, but its there for sure.
This camera doesn't have image stabilization, lens or body.
CAT SCRATCH IMAGES: I just read the Sony online brochure and I can't find any mention of the shutter. Is is leaf? Is the sound dampened? Is there an electronic silent option? Can anyone point me in the direction of any info regarding these things? Please and thanks!
It's a leaf shutter.
Very impressive lens, sigma is really on a roll. Making Canon/Nikon lens division look like they're stuck in molasses :)
xmeda: Pentax mount?
Why make a Pentax mount when Pentax doesn't even have a full frame camera? When (or If) the Pentax FF camera finally comes out, I can see sigma making it in K mount.(But it might depend on how well the camera sells )
s_grins: EVF that does not inspire, and does not belong hereFixed lens makes camera suitable for studio only
"An EVF that does not inspire, fixed lens makes camera suitable for studio only" might be the funniest comment I've read all week.
User4729623552: The RX1 was my dream camera and I preordered it. I was never more disappointed in a purchase; the camera delivered in ABUNDANCE image quality, producing some of the best I have seen.
Of all my camera purchases, it was the first one I returned. The battery life was unusable, no EVF or tilt-screen made composing challenging for some work, no bounce flash, and terrible ergonomics were sour stains on an otherwise brilliant camera.
With the hotshoe freed up by the EVF, and a tilt screen which I have become addicted to in my studio work, my two major complaints have been removed. I have a set of A7iis and was going to be adding an A7Rii, but I think I will give this another round...even though I am worried about the battery life...
Why worry? The battery is tiny, slightly bigger than an SD card. You can fit 3 of them in your coin pocket.
Cal22: 'Sadly ...there is no in-body stabiization!' That's right! I don't understand Sony: A camera with an image resolution that high should have built-in stabilization; it's a must!
@Dynaxx darn you and your facts, interfering with a good complaint ;)
zerlings: I am disappointed that it doesn't touchscreen and touch shutter. Sony could have easily installed it but they chose not to. I'm not looking for smartphone but this is a compact camera so it's supposed to be convenience and easy to use. I found touchscreen and touch shutter in the EM-5 and G7X tremendously useful. In my experience it is way faster and more accurate than other methods. Not to mention picture browsing, focus checking, manual selection etc...
I much prefer analog buttons over touchscreen. For me, touch screen goes out the window in daylight, constantly having to turn the brightness up & cover it so I can see.i also prefer the feel of an analog button- I know when I push it and don't have to look twice to make sure I didn't miss it or hit the wrong button.
Personal preference I guess...
topstuff: What a desirable camera.
I must say that I suspect the IQ from this will be simply spectacular.
Somehow, with a fixed lens and a leaf shutter optimised for that lens alone; no AA filter, zeiss designed glass and that huge sensor; I think this will perhaps have among the finest IQ of any FF camera. And it is small and portable.
Well done Sony.
Looking at photos of them side by side, the Leica Q is actually a bit bigger. I much prefer the focal length of 35mm over 28, but I would actually prefer the lower mega pixel count of the Leica for a small personal camera like this.
I think Sony hit a home run with this one. It's gonna be hard to resist this camera
straylightrun: I got really excited until I read they are manual focus only. Oh well, I'm sure one day someone will make a compact native FE lens with AF.
@kambic dude.. What do you care if it's AF or MF? You don't even have a Sony A camera.
Pretty funny.... 2 guys trolling Sony FE MF lenses- one guy upset because new Voigtlander lenses aren't auto focus, the other doesn't even own the camera their made for.
These comment threads are a trip :)
samhain: The 24-70 is THE zoom lens for full frame professional shooters. Bad move using a re-badged tamron for what will be the most used zoom lens for full frame shooters.
They should've thrown everything and the kitchen sink at this lens. This should've been a star* lens. Or better yet- DA* 24-70 f2. Now that's a lens that will make photographers jump up and switch brands! Throw in a metal bodied DA* 50mm f1.2, 85mm f1.2, and 135mm f1.8 and Pentax would be the talk of the town.
I really hope Ricoh/Pentax has some more exciting lenses up their sleeve. Because that's what it's gonna take to turn heads outside of current Pentax shooters. All the old lenses, as awesome as they are... Aren't going to cut it with high resolution 36mp or 42mp FF sensors...
@Alex it would weigh a bunch, and cost even more :)But it would be awesome!