Purely from a looks point of view, I am not sure about the black leather(ette) It would have looked so much better with a dark brown ala certain FM Golds and Pentax LX gold. But then again I am not in the market for a gold camera, but lots of rappers will be. I do like the idea of a chunk of the price will go to charity. So kudos for that.
Cheap looking but not really cheap feeling if other recent lenses are to go by. HD coating, excellent. DC motor? Ditto. Weather sealing? Excellent. Very flexible zoom range, but only after tests will we know how it performs. No point in presuming until tests are done.35MM FF? Maybe a typo, but possibly not.
Lets wait for the performance tests before slagging it off.
Finally to another poster, it is spelt dying and not dieing. And that word has been mentioned for the last 35 years when it comes to Pentax, and yet........
Ozyxy: I like the Sv and TAv modes, why can't Canon, Nikon and Sony have these modes as well?K-S1 is so flashy it will be difficult to use it for street photography where we take pictures of people without their consent... at night they'll see the LEDs. However, I find it difficult to use a DSLR at night as I can't see the buttons, so these LEDs might help...
Cheng, Pentax had TAv mode as far back as Dec 2006 with the K10D, which pre-dates the D3 by nine months. It is a good idea though, one click to the setting rather than dig into to the menu to set the camera up.
Now back to the K-S1. Well it is certainly "interesting".
I find it strange that it is £11,400, yet EUR11,000. At current rates, if you cross the channel and buy it in France you could buy it for effectively £8700 saving you £2300 and still have the Europe-wide warranty. Rip off Britain again?
Edit, sorry just seen to thread below. Still If the 11K euros includes tax, it is still a rip-off. Do we know if this the case or is the euro price without local tax?
Andy Dan: The next step will be a golden one like the old LX :-P but made out of plastic.
New lenses that's what Pentax really needs. How about some new 2.8/4 zooms and 1.4/1.8 primes Ricoh? You will never launch the fabled full-frame so newer aps-c glass is a must. Fuji did it in style from scratch.
It's a pity that Pentax has had some bad management and marketing in the last 10-15 years.
Dont forget the F2.8/4 zoomsDA* 16-50 F2.8, DA*50-135 F2.8 DA20-40 F2.8-4, DA17-70 F4, DA*60-250 F4. All bar the 17-70 are weather sealed as well.
So with ogl's list, that is 11 lenses that meet your criteria.
Excellent and original. I love the puppy in the camera bag.:-)
retro76: I guess color truly is subjective. I don't own a Pentax, but the colors from the JPEGs in this review are extremely attractive. Dpreview loves Olympus's color response (I'm a former owner of the OMD EM5) and always felt Olympus was highly artificial looking.
I agree, I have always preferred the colours I get from My Pentax system over the Nikon I have. They are somewhat richer in rendition and more pleasing to the eye, even from RAW. The Nikon just cannot match. Even some friends of mine who use CaNikons are very envious of how Pentax can produce blues. They even call it "Pentax Blue". Mind you Pentax still struggles with reds, almost overcooking them, but don't most DSLR's?
mtnredhed: Wonder what happens to Bowens? It was owned by Calumet
The same as the European stores. Business as usual.Bowens are a British registered company running under British corporate law.
offertonhatter: I spoke to one of the people at a UK branch today. They are unaffected by this. I don't know how this works if your parent company in the US goes under yet the UK arm is unaffected, surely it would be considered an asset. I guess some legal bod in business law would know how this works.
I am glad though, as the UK stores are very good, and I always go there for studio equipment as there is not many other places around.
Thanks for that Nick.
I spoke to one of the people at a UK branch today. They are unaffected by this. I don't know how this works if your parent company in the US goes under yet the UK arm is unaffected, surely it would be considered an asset. I guess some legal bod in business law would know how this works.
jaygeephoto: Perhaps "signature" leather or other finishes associated with other high profile name brands would be the way to go here. If you're going down this route at least have some look associated with a brand that has some cache, not some silly box of crayon colors. Imagine the cameras in Porsche Cayman red leather with a neck strap the same color as the yellow seat belts! Look, Hasselblad made a Ferrari red edition of it's camera. You can see one (in captivity) at the Dubai mall, if you're interested. But I digress. April 1st is coming up fast; so get busy with your best Photoshop or Solidworks skills and make something truly interesting.
yardcoyote, they started during the Gordon Bennett cup in 1900. Ironically USA was Red and Italy only adopted it in 1907. Now going with racing colours how about the Orange and Blue Gulf Colours of the 60's onwards. now THAT would be a great scheme for a camera :-) Oh hold on you can get that combo for the Q10 and K50. So Fuji, why not give us the X-Pro1 in the same combo?
Chris Noble: Interesting article! "When Sigma was founded there were over 50 lens manufacturers in Japan. Now there are only really three major ones - Tamron, Cosina and Sigma. We have survived because we make unique products. "
I wonder how many camera-branded lenses are actually made by these 3.
Focal, the two lenses you mentioned were co-designed with Pentax, and as such are still available on the Pentax mount (as Pentax lenses). Why Tokina dropped these two stunning lenses, and yes they are stunning, under their own name for the other mounts is beyond me. I certainly know a lot of APS-C CaNikon users who would love to have the 50-135 lens for their camera.
Markol: So let the awards-war begin!(Remember, there are only 2 possible categories of DSLRs- silver or gold ;-))
I thought Nikon ones came in Black or dark red? (Sorry could not resist) :-)
MrLuffy: FA 31,43 and 77 lenses are not supported?
Thanks, missed that. ;-)
thx1138: $600 for a freakin' 1.4x TC is ridiculous. Street price needs to be half that.
Good point Audio. I believe from Canon user friends that the TC's are sealed. I don't know about the Nikon ones.Third party ones are not sealed from experience.
Where does it say max format size 35mm? I don't see it in the text.Anyway it is a DA type converter. DA=APS-C digital. Still Pentax users do know that certain DA lenses will work with FF without issue, certain lenses will not. All I can say is that unless the lens stated of the OP are tried with the converter, there is no guarantee that the will work with it. Only by trying will a tog know......
From what I am reading, it is a DA (ie Digital only) converter, rather than an FA converter. From this I think I can deduce that it will work with the FA limiteds you mentioned, but only on APS-C Digital bodies. The proof will be someone giving it a go on a Pentax Film camera to see it if vignettes. Pentax/Ricoh appear to just cover themselves for film users. (Until the FF Pentax appears :-) )
In the UK it is still £20-30 less than the Canon version. Still it is £80 more than the Nikon version. Mind you the Canon is quite recent and the Nikon one is now a few years old. So yes, it is a steep price, but compared to others, it is not bad. Street price will probably drop.
completelyrandomstuff: I don't know if dropping Pentax name is such a good idea for them, but I am sure they have done their market research...
They did state back in 2012, that the Ricoh name will be for Fixed lens cameras, and interchangable lens cameras will be Pentax. These are just the first examples of this decision.
Innovation from Pentax. A Tiltable LCD screen for the next Gen 645D. I like the idea.