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Tons o Glass 0 Class: Can't wait to mount one of these on a Pentax Q!

I was just thinking that.... :-)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2015 at 22:12 UTC
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Boss of Sony: I thought DSLRs were a dying breed. Won't this FF mean that every lens Pentax has developed in the last 10-15 years will be cropping the sensor?

Not forgetting those millions of M42 screw mount lenses that have the same flange distance and work beautifully albeit manually with the k-mount adapter. Some legendary (Takumar) some not so (Pentacon) but all fun.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2015 at 22:06 UTC

I rather like the look of it. A mix of K-5/K-3 on steroids with a hint of 645Z thrown in. But of course it is only a tool, it is how it handles and performs that will matter.

Some interesting observations from me.

Large prism which indicates a 100% viewfinder. The K-7/5/3 etc are all 100% so it is probably a given, and being FF it will be bigger and brighter still. Good.
The articulated LCD. No just tilt or flip out, but instead a flexible articulation. That should be very useful indeed and certainly a USP.

No built in flash, but I have mentioned this earlier.

Different ways of accessing ISO/bracketing etc? If so, it will suit those who prefer buttons or dials, or even both.

Wifi? About time!

I am looking forward to April when it finally released and getting hold of one.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2015 at 21:36 UTC as 155th comment
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Satyaa: I generally like Pentax designs... the serious ones. I love the shooting modes and 5 'U' settings.

This new dial near the right hand looks tricky. If one uses bracketing regularly, and has to change ISO or CH/CL, would they have to turn this dial, use a wheel to change that setting value, and turn this dial back to bracketing? That would slow me down.

By the looks of it I won't like this new dial, or the new screen design.

I suspect that I won't buy this due to the size/weight. I am starting to feel that my D7100 is getting heavier by the year. What I need is a lighter version of A7 II or go with an M43.

It is possible, that they are providing two different ways for accessing ISO, bracketing and others using the third dial. Some people like pressing the buttons and are used to it, yet some others (other systems?) may prefer to use a dial and then wheel.

I may be wrong in this respect, but it looks like this.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2015 at 21:21 UTC
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peterpainter: Looks like there's no built-in flash. LCD panel on the top looks a bit small. Other than that I think I'd like one, but suspect I won't be able to afford it. Hope it's successful.

On the other hand, pre K-3II, the popup flash was was used as the wireless control flash for when you used the AF360 and AF540 strobes not connected to the body. It meant that you did not need a unit plugged onto the hotshoe ,ala Canon, to fire flashguns remotely. Sad that they have got rid of this feature.

Rest of the new FF body. Yes Please!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2015 at 21:17 UTC
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tnun: why no Pentax mount?

Fair point.

On the other hand, Tamron 35mm F1.8 vs Pentax 31mm F1.8 Limited or Tamron 45mm F1.8 vs Pentax 43mm F1.9 Limited.

Hmmm ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2015 at 19:10 UTC
On article CP+ 2015: Hands-on with new Pentax K-S2 (171 comments in total)
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Anirut J: Should I buy this K-S2 or should I wait for the FF?

Pentax, you're so mean! Great things are coming out all at once!

BTW, Although my K-r went crazy and I got angry and threw it hard on my lawn, it still works except for the AF system. Now, that's one tough camera in spite of it having fallen and rolled in a boat until a piece of the body chipped away and with over 40K shutter actuation in three years.

Pentax ... I still believe in you!

Buy both! Simples.
Same mount, same lenses (almost). One for telephoto,and nature and one for wide angle and better DOF for a certain focal length.
Best of both worlds. :-D

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 22:44 UTC
On article CP+ 2015: Hands-on with new Pentax K-S2 (171 comments in total)
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SETI: Ok, I'll add my 2 cents. My first DSLR was Nikon, then I moved to Canon and after all was impessed with Pentax gear! Amazing lenses with original FR, interesting cameras! 2 years with Pentax and now I'm with Canon and Olympus. Guess why?
Worst QC I ever seen! 4 repairs for 2 cameras (K-5 and K-r) and 3 DOA lenses! And very slow service. I still have my favorite 43mm Lim and use it with my Canon 6D.
Going for popcorn now =)

Well sit back and eat your popcorn. :-)
All brands have their issues, Nikon with the D600 and the oil, D750 and that light leak. Canon 5D mk3 with light leak with the LCD, 1D mk3 with focus issues. etc etc.
I have a few Pentax bodies and so far only one has gone back for repair due to a rather nasty stripe on all images, and that was the K20D. It was sent off and came back soon after with a replacement sensor. Great service!
Nikon, however have not fixed my bosses D3100 and focus issue, in spite of going back 3 times. So much so, he gave it to me, and it still has AF issues in spite of Nikon saying it is fine.

Like I say all brands have issues, you have been unlucky with Pentax.
As an aside my K-5 has now gone beyond 60,000 shots and still going strong. :-D

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 22:33 UTC
On article CP+ 2015: Hands-on with new Pentax K-S2 (171 comments in total)
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06m1r3m86: I've always loved the Safari Leica R's, and if I could get that in a modern DSLR, that would be awesome.

A point of annoyance, I currently have a Canon, would prefer to not switch brands, but I want a weather sealed camera so bad and Pentax has done such a better job at bringing weather sealing down to consumer cameras while still keeping the camera small. The K3, it's smaller than the Canon 70D and Nikon D7100 and yet it still has a full metal body and everything else those cameras have (though the AF doesn't have the same "wow" factor on paper). Why can't the other companies do what Pentax is doing so I wouldn't have to mull over my desire to stick with Canon?

And that kit lens, it's weather resistant, but I haven't seen any clear pictures of the lens mount, is it plastic or is it metal?

The mount on the camera is metal. The bayonet on the 16-50 in the pictures is plastic. Don't let that put you off, as on light lenses the plastic bayonet is very good indeed.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 22:21 UTC
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Rutterbutter: Lets see what would we want...
- 36+ Megapixel
- 1/250th / sec flash sync or faster
- wifi
- focus peaking
- Dx lens compatibility
- Faster Focus speed and sensitivity
- 4K video/30+fps
- Touch screen with toggle to de-activate
- 7+FPS
- ISO Native 50-102400 or higher
- 100% viewfinder
- Weather sealed/magnesium body
- Digital focus crop. Like D7100 for maximizing focus coverage
- Better in camera HDR and live preview of filters
- No AA filter
- 1000 shot battery approx
- Swivel screen and articulating.

Feel free to add to this. but this would probably be the best selling camera ever..

My thoughts.
1. 36mp? More than likely
2. It is possible, the flash units are capable, just needs a shutter to suit.
3. A nice to have, even just to control the camera from a smartphone app
4. Will have it, but can we something other than white.
5. DA lens that can be switched off for those DA lenses that are already FF compatible (DA35 f2.4, DA50, DA40, DA70 etc)
6. more than likely a New SAFOX
7. Unlikely
8. Hate them
9. Possible
10. Possible knowing how Pentax get the best out of the sensor
11. Confirmed
12. More than likely
13. Why? Just get a cheap telephoto, the image will be superior.
14. Erm, just get a good bit of software and do it post.
15. Probable
16. I will go for this, Depends if they keep the same battery as K-3/K-5/645Z Not a problem though. probably have a battery grip as an option anyway.
17. Confirmed

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 19:30 UTC
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ogl: OVF 100% 0.8x - not lower
36 MP sensor
wider AF points than in APS-C cameras
No AA filter
It's enough for me

I can't see it being anything other than 36mp for the camera. Even though 16MP would be superb with excellent low light performance, and 24mp being a good balance. But if Pentax are going to sell beyond the diehards, they do need to match the D810 and get close to the 5Ds in the resolution stakes, especially as the rest of the potential specs will hit a price range above the D750 (magnesium body, IBIS, Full weather sealing, tilt/twist LCD etc)
If it provides me Excellent images at up to ISO12800 for my theatre work, to which my K-5 is good at, then if it is 36mp then so be it.
It will mean, as Nikon users have found out, that you have to be more careful when you shoot as even the tiniest movement during shooting can produce less than perfect shots. But we had to take that into consideration when shooting film anyway. :-)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 19:17 UTC
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offertonhatter: Just noticed something, I think we all have.
First Kit zoom to have the DC motor as opposed to the screw.
Silent focus with a kit lens on a Pentax! Whatever next? :-)

Before anyone mis-reads my statement, I meant the the first Pentax kit lens with silent focus. I know that CaNikon have had them for years. ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2015 at 23:40 UTC

Just noticed something, I think we all have.
First Kit zoom to have the DC motor as opposed to the screw.
Silent focus with a kit lens on a Pentax! Whatever next? :-)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2015 at 23:10 UTC as 23rd comment | 2 replies

Now this is interesting.
I have the AF540 mk1, the AF360 mk1 and the old but works AF200.
I like this new model. especially the sealing and the tilt head (the 200 does not have that)
Cheap price too and looks pocketable.
I may get one, will be useful.
No mention of "wireless" off camera flash that both the 360 and 540 have. Does it have this feature? Looking at the lack of red panel on the front, I guess not.
Can DPR confirm this?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2015 at 22:58 UTC as 19th comment

Is it FF compatible?

Just kidding!

Still a nice addition to the range, albeit a "kit" lens, but then again the Pentax kit lens does have a tendency to punch above its weight when it comes to IQ. Not outstanding, but pretty good.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2015 at 22:51 UTC as 25th comment
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tombell1: Interesting .... Especially with K-01

I was thinking the same thing. :-)
The "brick" lends itself to small lenses, Limiteds, DA35 and DA50, my F-28mm, F-35-70mm, in fact, just about all those tiny impressive primes that Pentax have made over the years.
Good travel set - K-01, 18-50 RE, 35-70, 35 F2.4 and 50 F1.7, not forgetting the 10-17fisheye as well. Wonderful :-)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2015 at 22:42 UTC

Interesting new DSLR. Better looking than the K-S1 especially that grip.
Replacement for the K-50 perhaps?
Not sure about the sports stripe though.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2015 at 22:15 UTC as 82nd comment
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offertonhatter: I have started saving already. :-)

Don't worry, my K-5 is not going anywhere either, nor my K20D, K10D and *istDs. I love them too much. The FF will be icing on the cake :-)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 07:07 UTC

I have started saving already. :-)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2015 at 22:20 UTC as 192nd comment | 2 replies

I am very interested in the superzoom. 100-400mm? possibly.
In lens stabilisation? doubtful but it does have two switches. Maybe one is for restricted af range. 30m-infinity and close-infinity. Something like that
More interesting is the buttons on the top and side of the lens. Similar buttons that Canon use on big lenses with focusing? Possibly.
If it IS a 100-400mm F4-5.6 I will be very interested and a perfect complement to my DA*50-135 and DA*300.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 22:50 UTC as 12th comment
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