This is just warm-up for the more serious stuff ;)
By the way, the Theta is important enough to be mentioned in the FY March 2016 1st Quarter Financial Announcement presentation:"The high value added hi-end cameras and RICOH THETA have grown well, andcontributed to profits."
There's an update for the K-S2 too:http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/english/support/digital/ks2_s.html
And new Image Sync versions on Google Play and AppStore.
Prognathous: RAW and pixel-shift puts all other cameras in this comparison to shame, very visible in the part with text.
Nicolaiecostel and his Holy Mission against Pentax!
Take a look at the bottom row and cry. The 5DS R can resolve it, but last 3 rows are plagued by moire (in RAW); the D810 is worse. And those are excellent cameras, with an amazing resolving power.The only 2 cameras which are clearly better (by a mile or so) are the IQ180 and the 645z.
RudivanS: Imagine the results if Sony R&D (RTD) got their hands on this ..
There already is a medium format camera that's "affordable", and uses the 50MP Sony sensor. Hint: it's on your list.Sony doing much better... scratch that, Sony entering the MF camera market just won't happen.
lhkjacky: Surprise that they didn't add OSPDAF & image stabilization in GRII.Anyway, I love my GR very much, not planning to upgrade any time soon.
You're talking about basically reworking the camera - a sensor change (+ accompanying electronics) and a body change (required in order to add SR).Though a weather sealed, SR-equipped GR would be so tempting...
theprehistorian: There's a golden opportunity for Nikon to kill the GR with a Coolpix A Mk ii (Coolpix B?!). 24MP, perhaps IBIS, weather sealed. Add a built in finder as well and it could even answer the prayers of those of us who would like the new Leica Q but need to have money left over for food!
The GR is indeed not weather sealed, but neither is the Coolpix A; I was responding to captura's claim that the Nikon is a better camera.Don't worry, Nikon won't kill anything.
AFAIK, the GR has a slightly better lens; and there's nothing wrong with its build quality.
A possible reason why Ricoh wasn't desperate to make lots of changes:"our capacity cannot keep up with our demand"Mr. Kasunobu Saiki, General Manager of the Marketing Communication Department, Ricoh Imaging (in an interview for Imaging Resource)
By the way, IR managed to get a larger list of changes, with no less than 17 points. One made me curious - the ability to remotely trigger Pentax flashes; did they change the hotshoe, too, or it's still Ricoh? (that's an area where they should decide on a standard IMO, and we know which it should be)
supeyugin1: Why do they need FF after thay converted all their lenses to APS-C? Pentax should stay APS-C, instead of going FF. It's more compact and lighter.
To move higher end with the K-mount. They want to sell us $2000+ K-mount cameras and lenses, that's the only way.The alternative is to lose those of us wanting such products to Canikon.
JamesD28: It's good to know Ricoh's putting quality control over getting a new product out for sales as quick as possible.....
Because Ricoh Imaging will be the last to get the FF camera they're working on? ;-)
JustDavid: ...and this new 70-200mm F2.8 example was due to be the first full frame lens to be graced with the Star designation...Not exactly correct, there were Pentax FF* (FA*) lenses back in the film era, some of them are still available to buy. This would be the first digital optimised Pentax FF* lens (D FA*)
And from what I see, it will be on a different level than the DA* lenses (price included)
I'm curious what exactly they want to improve.
Ephotozine for example tested a pre-production model, found it very good optically but they had some issues with the AF (they tested it on a K-3). But more than half a year just for tweaking the AF precision? IMO Ricoh wants to do something more substantial...
Ricoh has two option:1. To give up2. To gradually increase and improve their user base, by offering competitive products and expanding in areas previously untouched (like the K-mount FF DSLR)Guess what was their choice ;-)
fatdeeman: OMG stop bashing Pentax! If this was a Canon lens you'd have already given it a gold review boo hoo hoo etc
He's trying to make fun of some imaginary 'Pentax fanboys'.He's trying...
MAGMATCICO62: Greatly overpriced. The Pentax 645D is much much cheaper with the same CMOS sensor
1/4000And the 645z being an integrated solution can be an advantage, or at least it's not a disadvantage unless you have to use the back separately.
AFAIK, Pentax has only 3 lenses in the Schneider's price range; having those few exception is not a small feat ;) (which are those, by the way?)Anyway, I'd be curious to see a comparison between the latest Pentax optics and the equivalent Schneiders.
The Pentax 645z is not just a "cheaper PhaseOne/Hasselblad". It is:- affordable medium format- an outdoor camera (rugged, weather sealed)- as easy to use as a small format DSLR- the only stabilized medium format solutionetc.
Yes, it's using the 50MP CMOS sensor but that's the only modern sensor from the PhaseOne range.Pentax (Ricoh Imaging) is perfectly able to "continuously" update their medium format cameras, and when they do, the integrated product will be up there with the latest APS-C (and FF, in the future) camera. How long did you wait before this new XF camera?
Sure, there are issues too. Lack of new LS lenses, for example. Perhaps that's enough to make you pay 4x the price and get a PhaseOne.
onesoul: Why no swivelling, flippy touch-screen? Are Pentax 'serious' in this day and age about making a splash with such fierce competition around?
The problem here is that one can't just add an articulated screen; extensive modifications of the body are required - just moving the LCD 1cm backwards won't do. The body introduced with the K-7, never meant to have an articulated screen, will probably have to be replaced with a new design - and that means different circuit boards as well. Lots of extensive changes.
However, Pentax/Ricoh is currently busy working on the FF body; we don't want that delayed, right? ;-)
utomo99: Any sample with and without sensor shift function to capture the color ?
They have some sort of comparison here:http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/english/products/k-3-2/And the first two samples are with Pixel Shift Resolution On:http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/english/products/k-3-2/ex/
gr8wings: Mmmm ... no support for K5-II/s users ? This means s.o. should upgrade to K3 in order to use new FF lenses on aps-c camera ? It will be a reason more for not buying the forthcoming Pentax FF ... there are plenty of FF Nikon, Canon, Sony ...
As I keep saying, you can use the new lenses (albeit not the D FA 150-450's buttons) with older cameras like the K-5 series.