mmarian: Does the Alpa has at least up and down shift movements on the lens ?? That would make a significant difference between the Pentax and Alpa. Other than that, not sure where the huge price difference really is.
i was wondering the same thing. But it doesn't look like it.
princewolf: I can't buy one, so doesn't interest me. Waiting for Sony or Fuji to come up with that fixed-lens medium-format mirror-less for under 5000 bucks. Might be a long wait :)
@String.Weather-resistance? AF? Long lens? A viewfinder?Wait, all these are reasons to buy the much cheaper Pentax, not the other way round!
Langusta: Metal zippers on a photo bag? Great idea if you like your gear being scratched.
i'll agree here - a photo bag should have no metal zippers, or clips, buckles, etc.
miles green: Guys, i'm from Europe and carry a "man-prurse" as you call it. But this is a camera bag for girls!!!
It's obvious to you and me that this is a woman's article, styled after my mother's longchamps bag. But if you read the rest of the comments, it seems less aparent to others... As a manly man fotographer (despite my man-purse), I am all for the proliferation of girl photographers.
Guys, i'm from Europe and carry a "man-prurse" as you call it. But this is a camera bag for girls!!!
PhotoKhan: Ok, now DPR completely lost it...I've never seen such a commercial damaging article as this one.Recommending a camera with a side note "oh, by the way, we've not fully tested some" at such a crucial retail season...???...and they still wonder why they receive cameras for reviewing from manufacturers in an untimely manner.
Thanks you PhotoKhan, maybe this explains a lot....
stern: DPR says in its introduction to this article: "What follows is our enthusiast-level DSLR roundup. The cameras included all sport APS-C sensors and pull some pro-level features from their more-established counterparts."Well, this might hold true for the big two, but certainly not for Pentax. The Pentax K3 is in no way artificially crippled like her Canikon-counterparts. The only major "pro-feature pulled" from the K3 are the extra pixels (54 Mio.) of the rather expensive medium-format 645. Anyone wonder why so-called "full frame" sensors are smaller than "medium format"? Canikon have NO offer beyond "full frame". Full stop.
OK, the K mount lack pro sports lens (think 300/2.8 and more expensive). Are these really "enthousiast" lens? Likewise, canikon lack a complete set of high-quality compact aps-c specific primes to go with their systems. Let alone any WR stuff. They have different approaches. The K3 is built just like the 645Z - full metal, WR and full-featured. Is the 645Z not a pro camera?
medicus: Why not testing the FF equivalents? I am the opinion, that thry are the real enthusiast cams.
Agreed - i think the high frame rate APSc cameras with advanced AF systems, huge buffers, full metal weatherproof bodies, dual SD card readers etc are targetting an audience with a specific a shooting agenda, likely to include wildlife and sports...
what a beautiful picture!
"Brikk claims to donate a proportion of its profits to 'populations around the world which are suffering', and that 'For each product sold, a specific amount of aid is allocated and distributed to those in need through select NGOs'."
If companies like brikk don't want to avoid all the flaming, it might be interesting for them to elaborate on the sentance above. State that 80% of the price is going to a specific, named charity, then and all is pardoned.
Of course if the aid you're donating is 2%, it's better to keep things as vague as possible...
So what should we assume with a statement as vague as the above?
btw, i'm trying to figure out how many Nikon Dfs my wedding ring could gold plate, at the stated 4 to 5 micron thickness... Probably a dozen? That's quite a markup...
Mongrel: WOW! Just "wow"...I think this shot is a perfect example of "captivating".
Very well executed-and the processing is wonderful. On the gear side, I am impressed with the sharpness of the Sigma 85mm at f/1.4...
Superb picture!Judging from the dof, this does not look like it was taken at f/1.4 to be, more like f/8? It's an adapted lens on the A7R, so maybe te exif is wrong?
Finally!Nikon is 33 years behind Pentax - it took them a loooong time to catch up! Now i can finally replace my 1981 golden Pentax LX. :P
Well there you have it: compare RAW at a common-for-birding ISO 800 with the Sony 24 mpx sensor found in the Pentax K3 & Nikon D7100 & (i think) the Sony A6000.
What i'm curious to see is how the new Samsung NX1 will perform, as it has a BACKLIT sensor. Maybe it will be the "quantum leap" some are talking about?
RichRMA: 28mp is of course, minor one-upmanship against 24 that other top APS cameras have, but it's ok. The fast zoom is nice, but you are paying into near Nikon lens price territory for it. However, it would be interesting to compare it against the K3.
@Cynog: Yup, dpr's constant ignoring of everything Pentax is frustratingly striking, especially since the PENTAX K3 was voted "BEST APS-C camera of the YEAR (or something like that)" on this very site.
really cool! Thanks for posting! :)
jimrpdx: " As you can see, there wasn't a long wait for the K-3."
Sorry - was that humour? True I see no people, but I don't think anyone climbing the waterfall would get to stay long - assuming you are serious. And if you're being funny it's rather sad. Why does Pentax continue to get a disproportionate number of dismissive throwaway lines from DPR staff?
Everybody must have skipped the (year old) K3 stand and headed straight to the 645Z stand. Except for DPR, they missed that stand completely...
marc petzold: The tech specs are impressive - especially the AF system, not only 15fps with af tracking at full 28MP resolution, but also it can go down to -4 EV, from what ive seen into the NX1 video.
Sony A6000? Nice...but the NX1 is so much better...a DSLM never have been that fast yet, even faster then Canons EOS 1D X with 12fps...can't wait for the dpreview test...competition is always great, for further developments and price reduction...and by the way: cheaper as the panasonic Lumix GH4, and *if* the video quality is equal in 4k...we have another winner here... ;)
Indeed, and with back-lit sensor it might compete with FF even in low-light capabilities. I'd say the "preview" is VERY conservative:"The NX1's 15fps burst mode is quite impressive, as well".At 28mpx mind you!That would make he 1DX sluggish?
Dpr, shouldn't you throw the Pentax K3 in the comparison table together with the 7D classic and the Nikon 7100?
Marty4650: Sigma really has found their market niche.
Their cameras are designed for people who really value "being different" above all other considerations. It doesn't matter if they cost too much or perform too little as long as they are bizarre in some way.
No one can ever accuse Sigma of running with the herd. And the odds are, no one will ever be stealing their camera designs.
They probably should stick with what they do best.... making lenses, and leave grotesque camera designs for someone else.