Simon97: Very good quality. One must consider that many of these were shot with a 51 MP camera and that asks a lot from the lens.
straylightrun: Great lenses, but seriously overpriced.
Overpriced? Nonsense. Not all f/1.8 lenses are created equal.
Finally people are seeing the value of stabilized fast primes. Over at Pentax, we've had this luxury for about a decade.
These Tamrons look great, lovely sun stars as well.
wy2lam: I cannot spot any metering control and WB control on the switch, which is troubling. WB adjustments and switching among spot, segment, and centre-weighted are the most frequent operations...at least for me.
WB is on the 4-way controller on the back. Metering used to be on the K5/K5ii, but is gone since. Knowing Pentax, there must be an easy way to get to it, other than digging into the menus.
shnikus: I want one in sunset-orange with lime-green grip.
you never know, this is Pentax!
technocamper: This camera with the 43mm Limited. I'm done.
When this camera arrives at my doorstep, i'll have the 31, 43, 77 and 200 macro in front of me: a big dilemma!
acooper: is Pentax making an electronic ND filter? Is the ISO -/+ dial stand for lowering sensetivity in strong light situations ?
it is not unlikely. A patent they filed allows for a hybrid prism OVF/EVF. That would include a variable-reflection mirrr which could double as an ND filter. Donno if it's ready for production though...
Zvonimir Tosic: A camera of this calibre has "AUTO" on the main dial?I suggest erasing that, and adding "Canon user" mode. Or "m4/3 folk" mode.
I always use auto mode, when i hand to camera to someone else. Very useful. Otherwise i have to start with explaining why i removed AF from the shutter button.... etc, etc....
Tapper123: Interesting camera design.
I don't quite get how the articulating LCD works here.
Also, is it true that it has a combination OVF and EVF?
Lastly, I know very little about modern Pentax systems. What lens system does this use? Or is this a whole new mount and system from scratch?
"Also, is it true that it has a combination OVF and EVF?"That's speculation, but there is a patent.
"What lens system does this use?"K-mount, since 1975.
BigShooter: My 31mm is trembling in anticipation!
Mine too, and her 2 sisters as well!
steelhead3: With sdm nomenclature on the lens (they seem to have had problems with this in the past), do you still think this is a rebadged Tamron (a very good lens)?
Apparently it has the Tamron ring-type AF motor. Can't imagine why Pentax thought it would be a good idea to write "SDM" on the lens...
Becksvart: Sv, Tv, Av...eeh.
A for Aperture priority, S for Shutter priority..yet this is easier to remember than that darn playback/trashcan switch between Sony A cameras and the Canon 7D.
You forgot TAv, that's the coolest of them all!
Tom Caldwell: I wish Pentax well, for all my comments. But I am looking for a home for all my Canon EF lense and this is not it. Maybe if I had a shelf of PK lenses I might get slightly enthusiastic. But I haven't.
I can adapt my EF lenses to either Sony E/FE or M4/3 of which M4/3 seems to be the one that gives me the best dslr-like AF performance.
Adapt to PK? You must be kidding - I am trying to get out of the dslr body munch machine - not perpetuate it.
Adapt PK lenses to a mirrorless body? Yes if you are into MF basically for the earlier less automated kind.
Therefore this camera is simply wet dreams for those left with a cupboard full of PK lenses.
Pentax flange distance is greater than Canon EF, so no, you can't adapt Canon lens to this.
Leica already has a mirrorless full-frame mount: the M mount, which has been in existance for the the biggest part of a century. Why come up with a second FF mirrorless lens mount?OK, it lacks AF, but there's always room for electric contacts...The studio samples seem out-of-focus. A re-do?
the taxi will come from the other direction...
Thanks for the article, that was very pleasant and informative reading. It sounds like a very promising lens!
wed7: SDM = Sudden Death Motors - Oh the horror!
They put a ring motor in this one, but for strange reasons kept the SDM name. !?
Stunning shot!!! Well done!
Beautiful image, congrats!