Hartin: I'd really like a canon/nikon style joystick or direction pad to move the AF point. The last piece missing to have perfect ergonomics. Or at least a touch screen, that's also a great way to select af point.
Hahah for some reason we Pentaxians don't miss it, nor look for, a joystick/d-pad. I dunno, many of us were so used to having few AF points, and still get what we want in focus anyways.
Also, Pentax does like keeping buttons at a minimum...
good timing, Ricoh! Now all we need to see are final specs and more photos, and possibly a mockup. :)
A moment of silence for many Pentaxian purses that will be slain this year
beavertown: This ugly looking camera represents 2015? Really?
bet you think the Hasselblad Lunar is a work of art, no?
Frank_BR: Now that DSLR sales are downhill, Pentax plans to release its full-frame DSLR. Be brave, Pentax! Don't be afraid to fail!
Once a myth, now reality. Pentaxians have waited long for this... Glad to hear this announcement!
Donnie G: Now this is the kick ass Pentax that I've been waiting for. Not some wannabe medium format pretender dressed in FF 35mm clothes, but the real deal at an enthusiast accessible price point. Ricoh! You done good baby!
actually... some would say it's not "real" medium format just because its numbers don't match (the 645 part)
in essence though, it IS one. But anyways, once the second gen of this camera comes around, let's see how many 645Z's will sell at an even lower price.
Damn you, Pentax. Forcing competition again! =))
CameraLabTester: Yep... then reduce everything back on the computer to "manageable" sizes...
for Facebook, apparently? hehe
jodvovauk: Its back panel with buttons looks like from 1999, it's ugly.
well, beauty is subjective..
RichRMA: A very good and fair review for THE BEST sub-FF camera around. Sorry Nikon, still think no "real" successor to the D300s is a travesty..
@samfan: Yeah when salaries all over the world go dramatically higher too to suddenly afford FX lenses yes.
Frank_BR: Ove Bengtson, Hasselblad Product Manager said: "… This CMOS sensor model represents a major leap forward in camera development and breaks new grounds for medium format photographers…"
It sounds almost ridiculous when someone says in 2014 that CMOS sensor is a "major leap forward in camera development". In 2000 the Canon D30 already had a CMOS sensor! That is, the sensor technology of medium format is lagged 14 years compared to other formats. The technology in the MF field develops so slowly that in 2028 Hasselblad (if it survives until then) will be bragging that its MF cameras can shoot 1080i video…
MF technology has not lagged.
It's the price adjustments (and performance evaluation) between CCD and CMOS of that SIZE.
SDPharm: Here's my question: take an identical scene with this new Hassy and a Nikon D800, process them to the best one can, then print each to a reasonable size, say, 5 ft wide. Then hang them in a gallery with controlled lighting. Will I be able to tell which one is which when viewing them from a comfortable viewing distance of 3-5 ft?
No, print one like 30 feet wide and you will see the advantage of medium-format over the over-glorified "full-frame"
Imagine how a highway billboard 60 feet wide will look like if it were shot with an FF vs MF. You'll see the reason to go beyond 135.
SF Photo Gal: With 36 MP FF now available, I wonder if the need for this kind of beast really exists?
Dear SF Photo Gal,
Megapixels don't make a camera... 35mm and medium-format are "different animals" if you'd like to refer to them as such.
e.g. like a Lynx (35mm) to a Lion (MF) - same cats (cameras) but of different breeds and environments as well as characteristics
JaimeA: Please do not post any comments until we get a full review of the Fuji X-E2. How long can we wait??? The camera appeared months ago and has been on sale since. No excuses please.
lol winter's over and still no in-depth review for the 1Dx and D4 after what, 3 years? :)
and someone complains about the absence of a review for a camera that's a few months old? No excuses please.
Fuji doing a Pentax move :)
...or OK, Leica. (or H'blad, to a lesser extent)
parkmcgraw: 3 of 3
The camera body offerings today, somewhat analogous to how a fledgling and or pretentious cook, as appose to a skilful chef, creates a "what is that" sort of desert, not being knowable or skillful enough in the arts to produce a basic though very high quality cake or seasoned pie with ice cream.
In closing, please STOP removing basic system hardware functions and or options without first insuring that what is being selected to be the replacement item is superior on most all respects to the predecessor.
Do a job, big or small, do it right or not at all.
Dear Mr. McGraw,
Welcome to the world of capitalism.
Ayoh: Looks like it might do video judging by the Mic and Speaker holes visible on the left side of the body
And the new zoom has built in stabilization too looking at the switches
Should be a really impressive piece of kit, and 1/2-1/3 the cost of the competition.
don't forget it's medium-format, with an even wider field of view than 135-format. Do you know how thin DOF will look like (due to increased field of view) if you put an f1.8 lens on a 44x33 sensor? The subject will look blurred silly, perhaps only the tip of the nose will be good enough to view.
I've tried a 645D with a 150mm f2.8 lens and wide-open it's hard to get both eyes in focus if the subject isn't facing the camera directly
No interchangeable focus screens and no focus assist...
I hope it has focus peaking.
VirtualB: Aesthetically disappointing. Nowhere near the beauty and high quality look of an F3 or F2. Stamped metal look similar to the lower range FM and FE. Then there is the schizophrenic combination of a retro-design top with a modern-DSLR back...I very much doubt that a sophisticated industrial design house was involved with this abortion. Very disappointed as I was looking forward to this camera...
If they took out the LCD at the back then maybe it'll be a lot thinner and would need less buttons.
Then you'd have to go home and "develop" your photos in your digital darkroom. That'll be as nostalgic as design can get, wouldn't it?
OK, so just get a Pentax K3 (or K5 for that matter). Everything this is and more, minus full frame sensor. (Just get a KPS viewfinder magnifier for a full-frame sized view.) Backward lens compatibility. Amazing set of metal limited primes.
Perhaps DPReview might be reminded of this in their comments. Pentax rarely gets a mention with reference to the other companies and really that's forgetting some very relevant quality options.
Which Pentax? The only Pentax camera that went over $2500 is the 645D...
...with exception of the Titanium and Gold LX's collector's items from way back then
Doesn't Pentax have a camera that's also named Q?