LF Photography: Nothing against Nikon or the D810A, but this particular sponsored video at this time makes it look as if Nikon is worried about the Pentax K-1 taking over as the DSLR king of astro-photography, which it probably will. Hence this sponsored video, trying to convince astrophotographers to stay with Nikon.
Then again, I could be wrong and this could all be a coincidence.
Anyway, nice video.
Until Pentax releases a K-1 with a selectable IR filter, the D810A has nothing to worry about.
Great results... I'm no longer worried about this not being the "ISO 64 version" of this sensor.
D135ima: In normal mode, simulation of antialias filter enabled ? Why Nikon 810 sharper even in the center. The problem is not in the lens
I'm seeing this too. In Normal mode, the Pentax isn't holding up as well as it should against the D810 at low ISOs.
AndroC: "Ricoh got back to us as of March 3, 2016 and has agreed to allow us to publish the K-1 samples here at a resolution of 2000px on the longest side."
Speaking as somebody who is keenly interested in moving to the K1 from my beloved Sony A850, I am disturbed by the question of why Ricoh is restricting resolution on published images. After all, it is only a matter of two or three weeks before the camera is available - are they seriously going to make firmware changes in the short time before that, and produce stunningly much better images? I find this strange. Would it not be more convincing to show the full detail of what this camera may do?
Forgive me if I'm skeptical that this sensor is leaps and bounds cleaner than that in the D810... it doesn't even have the sub-ISO 100 ability of that sensor.
Indeed. We can expect the IQ to fall somewhere between the D800E and D810. Frankly, I think only DXOMark will be able to discern between those two points. They're both excellent!
TonyPM: Weren't sigma and tamron already making full frame glass for the k mount?
For quite some time, until recently. Their very latest releases are not available in K-mount. The 18-35/1.8, 30/1.4, 35/1.4 and a few other late models made it in before the cutoff though.
DDWD10: The build looks nice, but the pictures of the raw magnesium alloy body don't show a top panel. Is it assumed to be plastic, like the Canon 6D, to allow for WiFi/GPS?
Yep. I'm confused. The official press release states:
"The K-1's top panel and front and back frames are all made of sturdy yet lightweight magnesium alloy."
Yet the press photo shows the top plate missing... and the neck strap eyelets are notched up and joined to the bottom magnesium frame. It seems that this photo, along with WiFi/GPS, would imply a polycarbonate top plate. Can anyone who has actually handled the camera confirm?
PrakticaB: Nice to see you emphasize the Astrotracer, which is to be found on Pentax camera only. The picture Ricoh provides is fine, but Andromeda galaxy with 300/4 lens would be much more impressive.And I also like the careful characterization of AF speed :)
The single-shot limit is 5 minutes, which should track wide field pretty well. If it means being able to leave my Star Adventurer and bulky tripod at home, that's great!
Their sample image for Astrotracer could, and should, be much better than that.
Howard Moftich: It's clear they let the designers 'play' a bit w/ the LCD, LEDs, dial/button setup, astro mode, etc etc. Nice to see a company 'go there' w/ unusual but very useful features.
I only wish the actual buttons lit up, a la D500. The K-1 requires me to pull out the LCD to shine light on the back panel to be able to see the buttons.
I appreciate the thought though. I've been using my K-5 IIs for astro for years and I still fumble for the controls in the dark.
Help me out. This is the only one I found:
The build looks nice, but the pictures of the raw magnesium alloy body don't show a top panel. Is it assumed to be plastic, like the Canon 6D, to allow for WiFi/GPS?
Can you just tilt the LCD up and down on the intermediate cradle without pulling the thing out on the 4 twisty legs?
Tom Schum: If this camera is going to have a Sony sensor, is there any chance it will be the sony FF BSI as found now in the A7RII?Pentax might be bringing a Sony sensor (of any size) to the market in this camera but hopefully they will bring it in a more photographer-friendly minimum-fiddle durable body. They can sell a lot of Sony sensors this way so why not sell it with the best available sensor at the moment?
As someone who shoots a lot of low ISO landscape, I'd really prefer the ISO 64-native D810 sensor over the 42MP A7RII sensor which has a little less DR.
rhlpetrus: Does DPR know if sensor has AA filter on it?
From what I have read, it does not.
Wesley Byrne: What does the lever above the viewfinder do? Toggle 1.3x viewfinder zoom?
Viewfinder shutter for long exposure/night shooting. Keeps stray light from getting in through the viewfinder.
XGA LCD, brand-new sensor with a huge ISO range... can't wait to try this one in person.
Sergiusbr: Who needs a DSLR? non-Sony users?
Fast lenses with Pentax? Barking up the wrong tree, I'm afraid.
DDWD10: One of the most well-rounded Canon compacts in a while!
Oh dear... pony up for the Sony, then!
One of the most well-rounded Canon compacts in a while!
JKP: Full frame EOS 6D costs less than $1100 in some places. I would pick it up before any APC-C cameras in the same price range.
Deal-a-day websites are your friends!