Mark H B Findlay: Hmm puzzling. How do they do it? What kind of saw would cut a lens neatly in 2? And then the question why? Squillions of quids worth ruined... and it won't actually tell you how good the pics are that these things help you take. Or how good the sandwich tasted, for that matter.
Hugo808: Very amusing, but I expect the transparent Pentax to be in production by Easter. Probably with christmas tree lights inside....
PowerG9atBlackForest: Covering the "open" side with a sheet of black paper (or a mirror) - would it be possible to use the other half then? Say for a half-format camera?
i think it would cover the same format, but lose a stop of light.
I'm really happy they dropped SDM in favour of a beefier, faster and more reliable AF motor. I'm also impressed by the focus limiter and preset controls. Way to go Pentax! And the fact that DPR says focus speed leaves a very positive impression is music to my ears!
I'm surprised with all th negative comments about the looks. I'm imagining this with black lacquer and a brass top plate, slightly weathered. I think it will be gorgeous. The huge pentaprism looks like the one on the 67 (which i own) which is an integral part of Pentax's history. Ricoh has been generous in honoring Pentax history. This is also seen from the fact that the demo is shown with the 31 Limited, not with the just announced 70-200/2.8. I'm really looking forward to this camera.
DanMichael: The body looks mean and sturdy, however that lens looks out of place...
@tailingsBecause those of us who waited, waited because of the FA limiteds.
Wm Leddon Studios: I photograph Architectural Interiors & Exteriors, Fine Art Landscapes, and Environmental Portraits. I own a Canon 5D11 that does only an acceptable job for what I do. I passed on the 5D111 and will be passing on the new 5DS & 5DS R they do not address my needs.
There was an article posted by Nic Granleese's Blog headlined with the question is the Canon DDS R architectural photographers have been waiting for? Well not for me. I always find myself in precarious positions in order to get the prospective I want. One never photographs landscape or portrait compositions from a full standing position. Almost on every shoot I'm on, the camera is in a position where I can't see the LCD screen. The defiance to incorporate a fully articulating rear LCD screen on any professional camera is irresponsible.
Would love to see this camera mirrorless, converters made available for prime major brand lenses, a no AA filter option, w. Sony-Like dynamic range & low light performance AT MINIMUM.
the 645Z has an articulated screen....
Ben O Connor: All pentax owners screaming for full frame. But no one says "it has to have a mirror inside!."
Right Ricoh ?
I want an OVF, and this has the king of OVFs.And a K-mount.Heaven.
Robbie Corrigan: Ahh just so you know the 31mm Limited is not exactly a small lens. Compared to the other Limited's it is massive. So based on this, this prototype is a couple of mm wider, perhaps a cm taller than the K-3, grip seems deeper so its really like a taller, tougher K20D. Its VF could well be the star of the show, 100% field of view, 0.8 or greater magnification. First lens I will mount is my 43mm Limited and enjoy a 'real' normal FOV and go street shooting. When it gets dark, I'll find an available light only gig and dig out my A50 f/1.2 and immerse myself in my own photography heaven, a system I know, a big VF, a fast manual lens and lighting I have to adapt to.
Robbie my friend you've got it all wrong. First I'll mount the 31. Then the 77 followed by the 43, and the A 50/1.2 after the sun sets.
RichardBalonglong: This would look great with "Gun Metal" finish.!
It would be great in piano black with a brass pentaprism. And some use...
MacroBokeh: Pentax/Ricoh: knock! knock!Sony: Who's there?Pentax/Ricoh: Pentax/RicohSony: Pentax/Ricoh who?Pentax/Ricoh: The camera company that orders sensors from you and we would like to ask you to supply us again your sensors but this time the FF sensors.Sony: No Way! but! we can make a deal, share us your trade secret on IBIS and we will supply you with FF sensors. deal?Pentax/Ricoh: Yes sure! deal closed.
I'm a Pentax fan, but Sony has had IBIS on full frame since the a900....
Hurray!Thanks Pentax!Hope the VF is going to be as good as it looks.And please make a vertical grip for it.
RichRMA: Well, at least it's different, an attempt at offering something new. Each change in MP count results in less improvement. The jump Nikon made from 24mp to 36mp was a notable jump, 67% more pixels. 36 to 50 is about 47% so not as large. But, even with Canon's less than stellar sensor performance at high ISO, this camera will be the standard for low-ISO landscapes, at least in 35mm format.
The Pentax would beat anything at high iso as well
A Canon 1DX shooterhttp://chrisgilesphotography.com/blog/pentax-645z-review-pt1-the-journey/
A Nikon D810 shooter, in germanhttp://hofstaedter-pictures.blogspot.co.at/2015/01/3-tage-mit-der-pentax-645z-mittelformat.html?zx=4c785a990f9f06d8
Johannes Zander: For the moment Canon wins the megapixel race.But surly Nikon, Sony and maybe Pentax with a new FF camera have a very competitive answer.Anyway, 36mpix of my D800 are plenty for my amateur needs.
@johannes:this review came up on the Pentax forum a couple weeks ago, posted by a pro shooting a Canon 1DX
Scorpius1: No real advancement in senor tech,pity but I guess if you want high quality 50mp you always have the Pentax 645Z which is priced competitively and offers huge DR and excellent noise performance.
It is a Sony sensor in the Pentax 645Z
miles green: OMG!!!Is Canon playing catch-up with Pentax!? It's been like 40 years!I'm referring to the 645Z of course!
The lower end resolution wise, not high iso and DR. Actually i think all four MF camera manufacturers have launched (or will be launching) new cameras / digital backs with the same Sony 50mpx sensor.
OK, it's 2.2 times more expensive, but if you expect the lens to AF AND be sharp in the corners at many aperture settings, the P645Z probably has more lens options. And as i said, you also get the most malleable RAW files, the best DR, and best high-iso of ANY camera on the market in the same package.
Cdog: 11mm zoom? This is the second worse decision Canon has made recently. (see the 5DF-ail.
Can't wait to see how distorted the foreground objects will be and how ridiculously tiny the background will be. This is the perfect lens for NYC apartments. Literally nothing else.
I have the 8-16 sigma on aps-c (Pentax). Yes 12mm (equivalent) is a lot of fun so i assume 11mm is even more fun. So nice lens! Drawbacks would probably be just the filter "unfriendliness", but that applies to all ultra-ultra-wides. Also keep an eye out for stretched corners when composing.
OMG!!!Is Canon playing catch-up with Pentax!? It's been like 40 years!I'm referring to the 645Z of course!
Pentax already has a 50 mpx camera system, the 645Z, with better DR and high ISO than anything else out there - no compromises.