This is very appropriate for the market Fuji's going for with this camera, and makes a clear statement about the quality of camera they believe they're offering.
HowaboutRAW: DNG raws only, I guess Ricoh made Pentax give up on the PEF raw format.
Not sure that's a good idea, DNGs ain't really all the same anyhow.
One reason this matters is Capture One only recently began supporting DNG files from Pentax. Sure, you could use them, but the colors came out wrong, for example, whereas PEF files came out really nice and processed excellently.
Perhaps it's better now - I haven't tried recently, but there was an obvious advantage in the past, where C1 could read all of the needed data from the PEF files.
All of the major commercial programs that support a wide range of RAW cameras have supported PEF, so I haven't had a problem.
Adobe has been spreading much FUD for a long time in trying to sell DNG. I think all serious photo apps will continue to support proprietary RAW formats for a LONG time. In reality, Adobe's "open formats" like PDF and DNG have already left many people with compatibility issues and/or an inability to read older files.
neo_nights: If Pentax is (and always has been) able to design this handsome camera, how come with the K-01 they asked a furniture designer to do the job?
The K-01 was the last Pentax designed under Hoya, so Ricoh really had to complete the project, release it, and see how it did. Now they can move on either way - if enough buyers tend to like it they can make more like it - if not, at least they had an interesting camera to release when everything else was still a ways off.
JacobSR: I don't know how Pentax does it, with all these features packed in a very compact body.I like the unique design, love those curves and bumps, the placement of the controls. It makes me want to pick it up and hold it to see how it feels. The ergonomic looks great. Excelent job Pentax.
@Nightwings It might be good to reserve judgement on the AF until we actually see how it works!
Pentax actually has put a lot into this camera at this price point - it shows they want and deserve a larger part of this market.
KennethDante: weather sealed for 850 bucks. wow this is a lot of camera for this price point. If I didn't just get the a57, I would be all over this. I really like the extra thumb jog too. ouch just stumbled on the missing external mic and hdmi out.
They had to decide on some features to leave out so some buyers will spring for the K-5 successor.
Timbukto: Canon 600D user, but this looks great. Also the extended upper lip is because the built-in flash extends up very high compared to other camera's in its class. This is a good thing since it means less barrel shadow from wide-angle shots or bigger lenses, less red-eye, and less deer in headlights look, and since it has wireless commander it might mean more effective range for off-camera flash too. Also seems to serve as a umbrella/canopy against the weather for built-in flash. That or they wanted a camera that looked like a robotech robot...but still pretty nice nonetheless.
Yes, I noticed that with the flash too, and I think it was a great idea.
While the price seems a bit higher than expected or desired, the rounded aperture blades and the precedent set by the DA35/2.4 suggest that the image quality may be worth it.
It would be nice, however, if they provide an upgraded version in the future, with a hood, maybe an aperture ring, designed for full frame, and possibly f/1.4 or f/1.2.
This is a great move by Pentax! Not only is it the body I'd want if I didn't already have a K-5 (I might want it for its AF anyway), it shows that Pentax is really committed to providing a full, solid line of Interchangeable Lens Cameras while addressing the most needed improvements across the line!
Stanny1: Whoopee! Because of the 2x crop factor, you pay a fortune for only a 24mm equivalent. If that lens was on my Sony NEX-3, I would have my 18mm true wide angle. Wait. I have the Sony Wide-Angle adapter on my 16mm NEX-3 from the factory. So I got my 18mm for only $90.00! Nothing like having an APS-C sensor instead of the point and shoot sized one in the 4/3 system!
@ zxaar, I'd be fascinated to learn how you became so familiar with the shortcomings of this lens 3 months before its release!
Looks like a great release that should be very welcome on the m4/3 system!
nicolaiecostel: They're going to go bankrupt anyways so they might as well boast with 1 fps and 12 ev DR for 20k. Instead of respinding at the D800 with a 5k 40MP back, 15k 80MP back and try to surpass the 100MP margin, they sit and watch as the MF clients migrate to 135.
I think many D800 buyers may believe they're getting MF quality, but I'm not sure many MF users will move to the D800.
I doubt many of these D800 buyers would spring for a MF anyway, they just like the thought that they're getting near-MF pixel resolution for a much lower price. Generally they won't care about the differences in lenses, DOF, CCD vs CMOS, ISO 35, or 1/1600 flash sync speeds.
MontyP: TechRadar is reporting that the new deblur tool demonstrated at Adobe Max in October won’t be available in Photoshop CS6.
Interesting ... !
Does that mean the demo was a little too contrived, or is there some other reason?
Phase One has had quality camera profiles for a long time, unlike Adobe, which is just starting to get the idea.
Thus the color management from RAW file to print works quite well, without having to jump through any hoops. This is one of the key reasons I selected Capture One, after having evaluated the competition (Adobe, DxO, Bibble).
MacDog44: This is my first post to the forums although I have been reading dpreview for years.
I just spoke with Steve in the Fujifilm USA Service Center. I was informed that I would have to cover shipping expenses to send it in to have the sensor replaced. This is unacceptable. Has anyone had any success getting a refund. At this point that is all that will satisfy me.
Never had these issues with Nikon or Sony!
Well, my new car's engine makes a VERY annoying rattling noise. However, it only makes it when I cross over train tracks.
There's one railway crossing on the way to work. Now I have to change jobs.
The links just above 'System Requirements' on page 1 are broken.
Jogger: testing a $6000 camera with a $500 lens.. makes perfect sense to me
@marike6 That's why I put "weakness" in quotes. There are a few 85mm lenses that have smoother bokeh, as I can see just from looking at the examples on that same Photozone site. A few of my own lenses have smoother bokeh.
I'm actually complementing the lens - it looks impressive. My point is it's very strong on an absolute basis - not just for the price - and I don't think DPR is compromising by using it for the studio test shots.
As you can see, my message was that this lens may in fact be the best possible choice for this test.
The 85/1.8G's primary "weakness" is bokeh, but that doesn't apply to DPR studio test samples. Sharpness, however, is outstanding.
And bokeh is still good, just not as good as a few more-expensive models.
Mescalamba: Now what about some new camera, dear Pentax?
K-5 is pretty good camera, but something new and exciting wouldnt hurt. Like full-frame for example.
Since it's likely the K-5 successor won't be announced until Fall, this is a good way to generate more interest and remind people how good the existing model already is. Likewise, Nikon hasn't felt the need to rush an announcement for a replacement to their similar D7000.
I look forward to better things as well, yet there's not much to complain about when the K-5 is still at the top of the heap for APS-C sensors. But sure, I'd be happy to upgrade to something that rivals the D3S or D4 (or better yet, fits between the D4 and D800 - 24MP with good high ISO and improved AF), should they come out with it.
It may be $100 less, but it's not $1000. The previous Silver Edition, body only, was about the same price as this bundle.
noneyabidnis: I'm so very excited about this camera!!! I've always loved taking pictures and got a used Nikon D700 a year ago, but now the D800 will allow me to become a true professional. I don't think I want to do photography for a living, but I like knowing that all my pictures will have that professional looking quality about them.
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