HubertChen: Maybe when seeing how big Full Frame Lenses suitable for sensor shift image stabilization are will cause a good thing: A lot of those who cried for a Pentax Full Frame camera for so long might realize that APS-C has its place. It provides a great balance: You can bring a complete range of lenses in a shoulder bag versus a full fledged photo back pack!
Good, go with Nikon if that's what you wish. Just don't ask us to follow you. It's fine if we make different choices.
Even for those not interested in "full frame" this is great news (despite strong opposition from those scared that their brand new D600 or whatever will be surpassed by a Pentax :-p). It shows that Ricoh is very serious about Pentax.
For your "one and only DSLR"... that's interesting, as you have two DSLRs in your Gear list.
Barry is of course right, if you have to make money out of photography you'll use a different approach as if you have a stable job in a different area, and photography is a hobby. And we are entitled to our hobbies.
Bruce Clarke: Is this really the future?
Yeah... what you're doing is called "just kidding"... really...
Someone who is starting with DSLR photography probably doesn't need a "full frame" camera - APS-C is a very capable format.
Perhaps you should buy a 10-year old Canon 5D and convince yourself that it must be much better than whatever up to date, modern DSLR Pentax could make?And exactly which Nikon "full frame" you were able to buy in 2005?
SMPhoto: 150-450 seems like an interesting choice to get one of the first 2 development spots, when you don't have the necessities covered yet, like a 24-70 2.8, 16-35 2.8, etc.
Indeed; those lenses would be necessary when we'll have the real product. And Ricoh knows this, the latest roadmap includes both a "D FA Large diameter standard zoom" and a "D FA Large diameter wide zoom".
PaulinAussie: Please correct me if I am wrong....DA lenses are APS-C lenses while the FA are full frame lenses ??
That was Pentaxforums being terribly sloppy - Canon and Nikon have "full frame" lenses with an equal, and sometimes higher level of vignetting in the extreme corners. Yet nobody would dare to call those APS-C only.
jpino79: Pentax said that this full frame camera is mainly for Pentax fans? Is that true?
So are Canon and Nikon "full frame" cameras.There's nothing unusual here, it's easier to persuade your own customers than to 'steal' the competition's (for Pentax, this would apply to some ex-customers as well).
Hugo808: Wow, Pentax really know how to make an ugly camera!
Well, you can always count on Sony to make a truly beautiful camera. Wait, you can't! :-p
This is a 3D-printed mock-up. The real product will have the necessary finishing touches to make it as good looking as a K-3.
Anastigmat: The articulated LCD is a welcome sight. Other than that the camera looks rather conventional and similar to the APS-C models it is making. The green button means there will probably be no aperture coupling ring to use older lenses that do not have the electrical contacts. The pentaprism housing does not look like it is interchangeable, so there will be no digital version of the Pentax LX.
What I love to see is OTF TTL flash, which measures and controls flash output by reading light reflected off the sensor, a feature Pentax abandoned after the *ist D and DS. Now all Pentax cameras use P-TTL flash which has a preflash, just like all other camera makers (Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus) do. The mockup also shows no evidence of a pop up flash. That would be a serious omission, because Canon has been severely criticized for omitting the same feature. Ultimately though the really important features will be image quality, pixel count and selling price.
The green button's primary function is to reset exposure parameters to an "auto" value. The MZ-S had a green button, and it was designed to be used with aperture rings. So its presence does not indicate the lack of an aperture coupler.
shutterbobby: Last comment on interview with Ricoh...Thanks you for waiting for FF for long time,I invite you to look forward to it and RENT IT??!! So its not even for Sale when it comes ;)
Read more at: http://www.pentaxforums.com/articles/cpplus-2015/exclusive-pentax-interview-at-cp-2015.html#ixzz3Rb6C7Aqr
It's "lenses", doh! It's difficult for a Japanese to properly pronounce the word, as they don't have the letter 'l' in their language. Thus, 'renses'.
Mike FL: Marketing is already running away from Pentax after Ricoh puts hands on Pentax.
Posts like Mike FL's are a good sign: Pentax is once again seen as a threat.Oh, how desperate they are... making up nonsense random FUD, just to say something, anything as long as it's negative.
Nuno Souto: Without a shadow of a doubt: IBIS.
What are you talking about? Pentax has in-body stabilization since 2006.
ZeneticX: OMFG those are fracking huge lenses.... ops sorry wrong topic
They are Pentax designs; why would you think that an optical company would have to sub-contract others?AFAIK, in their previous collaboration with Tokina Pentax designed almost every lens.
Richard Murdey: And most important of all: why is the accent ring green? I thought the "HD" lenses wore red nowadays ...
Likely, Pentaxians complained way too much about the red rings, and Ricoh/Pentax decided to give up.
agentlossing: I kinda like it. It's an improvement, anyway, for Pentax's recent track record.
Over the K-3 or 645z? :p
Ben O Connor: All pentax owners screaming for full frame. But no one says "it has to have a mirror inside!."
Right Ricoh ?
Wrong, and extremely so.
DPReview, this is how it should be done:http://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2015/02/09/pentax-k-s2-targets-the-family-photographer-with-handy-mix-of-enthusiast-co
Not your constant mockery.
tailings: Still with the snarky, DPR? I see no mention of 'blinking lights' in the Pentax press release, so why include that in your article title? Pentax has announced a very good looking mid-level DSLR and you have to take a jab?
It must be difficult having their "war" against Pentax/Pentaxians *and* trying to appear somewhat "impartial".
There's something very wrong with you if you have to look in the calendar, on 6th of February, asking if it's not somehow April 1st ;)
andy amos: Just had a thought! Its not April 1st again?? Those who have followed the Pentax FF holy grail will know where I'm coming from!!