will this have a titanium edition as well? :)
Frank_BR: What is the purpose of the red window on the right of the playback button in picture 4? I suppose it's a sensor of finger presence, or the rear IR receiver for remote control.
For a microsecond came into my mind that it could the red window of film counter, as those used in old cameras for 120 film :)
The entry level models only have one in the front. :)
maxola67: Anyway, it looks better than latest brick-like Leica.
The Leica looks good for its own market, in my opinion.
Rick_Hunter: Don't worry, at this pace, by the time Pentax will finally finish its first full frame DSLR, DSLRS will be a thing of the past and substituted by newer technology (E.G. mirrorless) - Way to go, Pentax!
Nukes were invented like, 70 bloody years ago! Welp, as an weapon of mass destruction it sure is dinosaur tech. North Korea sure is ridiculously late, managing to have one (rumored) only as late as 2006. So why is NoKor taking their sweet time rolling out the finished product? My, NoKor is as doomed as Pentax!
T3: I just wonder if there's really enough of a market for another big, chunky FF DSLR at a time when FF mirrorless is coming into play. We're at the beginning of an inflection point in the camera market. Pentax may be a little too late to the game with this FF DSLR product line. I think it would have been a lot more interesting, and future-forward of Pentax to have introduced a FF mirrorless body instead.
I live in Asia too, and while it's true that mirrorless cameras have increased in "population" recently in the hands of people around me, so did the DSLR users.
Let's just say Asia is a really big market for cameras, whatever format, in general. Hooray for improving economies!
wolfie: Interesting to see the positive enthusiasm for more size and weight as an advantage over mirrorless ...reminds me of how dinosaurs (dino-slrs) failed while pesty little mammals took over every niche they occupied. But hey if you want to persist with a viewing system that only existed because of film, your welcome to the size and weight penalty - which says nothing at all about about supposed better image quality.I think between Ricoh & Pentax they could have done something unique in mirrorless, maybe in a few years 😣
"Interesting to see the positive enthusiasm for more size and weight as an advantage over mirrorless"
Put a Bigma or that Chinese 135 f1.4 lens on a m4/3 camera and see "how well it balances" :)
CameraLabTester: Full Frame?
Seriously, Ricoh... you should have just gutted the innards of an MX, replaced it with digital soul, and made a splash.
But instead... you just made a spray.
Unfortunately digital souls are in shortage right now. Digital Chamber of Guf not producing according to levels of demand lol
Just a Photographer: A DSLR... Really?
According to the latest CIPA figures 2015 will be another year that looks disastrous for the camera industry.
If the trend continues only 20 million digital camera's will be sold of which about only 15 million pieces are DSLR's versus 5 million MILC cameras.
The current ratio DSLR vs MILC is about 3:1(Especially US+Canada looks very conservative compared to other parts in the world. But thats probably because they like BIG.)
Compared to 2013, the market halved again and is even less then 20% of what it was compared to 2010.
The camera market isn't looking great, and it shows why there were so little announcements this year.
Bring it on Pentax, but sales is probably not going to soar.
So you say that cameras in general have a downward sales trend, then say it's only DSLRs that are a bad investment? Quite confusing.
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