lacikuss: I read the interview and couldn't find any clue of what is coming, perhaps because the interviewer didn't have either.
Instead, how contrasty was the Fuji interview: open, knowledgeable, informative and respectful.
saiki did say the main target for this new ff is loyal pentaxians. japanese consumers comprise a larger percentage of loyal pentaxians than any other group. if there is a stellar product, others will buy, but right now the japanese market remains key - and loyalists don't need reminders of what pentax has done in the past. westerners seem to have a hard time grasping that a company like pentax has survived all the vicissitudes because of a costumer base that is not western.
earful: i just want it to be credible enough to help decrease the price of the panny fz1000. :)
i just want it to be credible enough to help decrease the price of the panny fz1000. :)
Peiasdf: DOOMED before it even came out. SONY A900/A850 came out when the competitions only have 5D2 and D700 at $600-$800 more and A900/A850 didn't make a dent in the FF market. SONY also have a full line of FF lenses for the Alpha twins.
Now the competitions have 6D, 5D3, 5D4, D610, D750, D810, DF not to mention SONY's A7 series. Pentax lenses for the last 15 years are also all geared toward APS-C.
people on this board forget that even for large international japanese companies, the main market is still japan. the west is not the world.
FrancW: latest specs from spanish site
US $2275 ans 36mp
so what are they calling the camera?
timo: All my great old K-mount primes will come into their own again. This won't do a lot for K3 sales though.
For me, a lot will depend on price, size and weight. I'm confident about the performance.
It'll be interesting to see how the Pentax lens range develops.
i think i recall some comments about leica lenses not working all that well on the a7, either. not sure that's the fault of the lens or the camera or just a general mismatch? could even be the adapters. at least you don't have to worry about any of that, right, since you obviously wouldn't want a pentax ff anyway?
moimoi: Although I welcome Pentax-Ricoh going for Full Frame, it is unfortunately way too late.
i don't have data at my fingertips, unfortunately, but it has always had a smaller share than the big two - and sony has pushed ahead, as well, i believe. pentax also has generally not spent the $ on advertising the others have, something pentaxians in the west have bemoaned. what i think keeps pentax going, though, is that it seems to do okay in japan. once again, not the leader, but respected and apparently getting enough sales to hold on. as you said, we will have to see.
that's been the song about pentax for years. but despite always seeming to be at the edge of the precipice, being sold twice in the past few years, etc., the brand clings on. i have thought of moving to sony's a7s with my pentax glass and my leica glass. now i will wait. so not everyone sees things the same way. if i could predict the market as well as some here seem to think they can, i would be a multimillionaire by now.
that's a hypothesis and to give it serious credence, you'll have to produce some data. i doubt ricoh decided to move forward on ff and lens development without having done some market surveys first.
Petroglyph: This is the same as RIcoh released the 645Z. They showed a prototype (concept camera) at CP+ last year and the 645Z was available by summer 2014. I still expect the final model of the new FF to be available in the summer 2015 but they've given themselves some leeway by saying sometime in the year. Likely features; high resolution FF sensor with optional 'crop mode', fully WR sealed body on an all metal frame (magnesium & stainless steel), similar ergonomics to other Pentax cameras, 3-position AA-simulator (off, low, high), In-body image stabilization, TaV mode, astro tracker OGPS, diffraction correction (jpeg), 8 fps burst, 14bit lossless raw compression, industry leading dynamic range, compatibility with about 65 million lenses, temperature operating range -10 to 45 C , 200000 mtbf shutter, 1/8000 shutter. etc. Also likely about 8 more lenses by 2016. What an interesting camera news day.
stellar af and low light performance also requested.
the nastiness here is over the top. there are several nat geo photogs who used the 1020 (dont know if they still are). i think they enjoyed the challenge. i doubt anyone has claimed the 1020 or any other phone cam is the be all and end all. annie leibovitz nonetheless praised the iphone camera. well, it's true, if it's good enough for annie leibovitz, it may not be good enough for those without her talent. maybe that's what's sticking in everyone's craw.
thanks for taking note of previous winners. i was about to ask, because it does give some perspective to how much value the award actually has.
just to remind dpr, however: you did waffle by giving the rx1 79 (below the line for ff, i would say) plus a gold.:):):)
isn't this kind of thing getting to be the norm? if i recall correctly, there was a brouha awhile back over a nature photography photo that turned out to have been staged. maybe it just shows you can have talent - surely the reputations of these photographers were not based on one photograph - without integrity. nothing new there.
Mssimo: I would think the fixed lens quality would influence the overall score of the camera. Still 79%?
@wcguy: the ways of dpr can be mysterious. but thanks for reassuring me that it wasn't just a senior moment. or maybe we both need aluminum foil hats!
i would swear when the review first went up it said 80%, but that must have been a senior moment. does it matter? even if it said 90% and it didn't appeal to me - for any variety of reasons that might not have to do with just iq - i wouldn't buy it.
cheetah43: A viewfinder is a must. Sony should discard the flash. Available light photographs from RX1 have been demonstrated to be good. But vignetting is a serious flaw. Post-processing is not ideal. Sony's work is cut out if they want to sell RX1 in numbers. Why should a pro have to carry a separate viewfinder for RX1? He will want the RX1 for its quality and compactness.
who says pros are the intended buyers?
Trollshavethebestcandy: I liked the size, weight, responsiveness, quality feel to it but it felt like a premium PS camera. What is the niche? This is not for soccer moms. This is not an ideal travel camera. This is not a "Pros" cam. This is not an enthusiast camera due to cost. This is a camera geek camera. It is a nice camera but I think double the price of the Fuji X-100S for probably a 10-15% performance of output advantage is not that much of a return. If you have to spend another $1,000 on a viewfinder and hood ect you might as well get the XPro1 and a handful of their best lenses for the same cost. Basically I am saying this camera should be about $2,000.
it's fine at the price if you're coming from a leica m8 or m9, where a top of the line lens alone runs in the $3k to $6k range (even used) depending on speed and focal length. to a great extent, the niche is that part of the leica niche that does not make available af and low light capability.
Timmbits: So is this made in China then, with the sensor speckles and all?
made in japan. apparently assembled by hand, as with leica m.
Ray Sachs: This camera could appeal to a lot more of those "decisive moment" shooters if it had one of two things - faster AF or some sort of decent distance scale to allow use of zone focus. The first would require a re-engineering of the whole AF system. The second would require a relatively simple firmware upgrade. Sony really limits the market for this otherwise fine camera to highly contemplative shooters who are mostly shooting stationary stuff. It's got so much potential as a high end street or photojournalism camera that it could realize so easily, but doesn't. The RX100 has the same limitation in an entirely different category. People love Leicas for street work despite the lack of AF because zone focus with their manual lenses is such a pleasure to use. That won't work with this lens, but a good electronic distance scale in the LCD/EVF would accomplish much of the same thing, as in the Fuji cameras. Focus peaking is great for critical focus, but useless for critical moments.
i don't shoot street normally, but coming from both an m9 and and x1, i suspect that once people really learn to use the rx1, the complaints will diminish. the rx1 focuses more quickly at this time (at least imo) than the x1 did when it first came out. a firmware fix (not a total re-engineering of the af system) did bring improvements to the x1 and if sony does the right thing by its customers a similar fix should help with af issues on the rx1.
the section on menus confused me a bit. all of a sudden it appeared that the a99 was begin discussed.