HHHmm.... 35mm F2 fixed lens even in a FF body... OK but not *that* shallow DoF. A normal FL lens, say 50mm F2.0, would be a much more appropriate shallow-DoF-wise choice. Also, I suspect a sensor for base ISO-only use. Andt he price is Sigma-like. A review has to reveal something extraordinary for most enthusiasts to consider this camera. It is, however, a pioneering product and will push competitors to release better products.
Disappointing.. 3200 ISO limit (and 6400 with boost)?? I suspect below average high ISO IQ... Smells like A900/850 performance... After all these years and still stuck with getting high ISO IQ to meet the competition... ts ts ts tsk...
Sony photo gear, especially above-average lenses, are very expensive.
Well, here we are, Pentax Q10 announced, most likely replacing the original Q and no DPR review still. Well done, not. Consistency in your reviews is rather important, if you want people to use you as a reference site, don't you think?
If this is the flagship model and offers no focus peaking, unlike the 'lowly' K-01 and K-30, then I might just redefine 'flagship' in my dictionary and, in order to use more effectively a legion of wonderful MF lenses, get a $400 K-01. Anyway, let's wait for a full review...
plevyadophy: FIRST IMAGE STABLISED MEDIUM FORMAT SYSTEM?
Am I mistaken, but doesn't this lens make the Pentax system the first image stabilized medium format digital system?
If so, that is quite significant and I am surprised that they haven't made more of that fact.
Yes, this is Pentax. Producing niche products... It is a sound strategic & marketing practice. Well done, Pentax!
At least photozone.de has reviewed the Q system lenses...
Much better, Fujifilm, much better. Don't flunk on the price test, now!
Zig Ermeson: There we have it, this camera is not for puss ies:http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/cameras/sigma_dp2m_review.shtml
..It is also for enthusiasts who don't know how to take photos but know how to pretend that they do by having an idiosyncratic cult camera. I have used a DP2 and indeed I was immediately impressed by its sharp and lively images but DP2 uses CDAF which is a revelation if you normally shoot with so-so adjusted PDAF DSLR cameras. Also, Foveon sensors are indeed superior in pixel-sharpness to Bayer-type interpolating sensors but not in colour accuracy (especially in higher ISO modes, in which they are grossly inferior). As for resolution, a 4.7MP x 3 Foveon practically outputs 8-10MP resolution-equivalent images and for the case of the Merrill series produces 20-24MP resolution-equivalent images (superb but hardly a Medium-format resolution nowadays). Yes, they are much cheaper than SOME cameras producing comparable-resolution images BUT AF speed, functionality etc ARE important too. Let's not get carried away...
Good (not ultra fast, just 'good') AF speed and high-ISO (at least between 800-2500) IQ? Brace for another huge disappointment...
Yes sir, K-30 is one powerful image-making piece of Pentax engineering at an incredibly accessible price. The only thing that personally turns me off is the redneck/bogan (depending on what country you live) design. Whatever happened to the classic K10D or even the decent K200D/K-r design??? Even Mark Newson could have done better here :-))) (poor fella... all this bashing he has received... I'm actually a K-01 design fanatic)
Benjamin Kanarek: Pentax, Canon, Nikon, Sony etc all build really good camera's that in most cases out perform the potential of those using them. The K30 is a good camera, but in the hands of a pixel peeping dysfunctional user, it will be of no consequence to anyone other than those who spend time in front of a screen determining which pixel outperforms the next. Just get out there and use your stuff. Yeah, I use Pentax to shoot for magazines the likes of VOGUE & Harper's BAZAAR. But I could do so with pretty much anything out there. We shot all of our HD video's with the Pentax K-x and K-01 and I hear no complaints from the clients. My K20D's and K5's have been used for everything that has been published over the last 5 years. I almost switched back to Canon last month with their 5D Mklll. But I might just as well get the Nikon D800 if I do switch. But for now, I am using K5's and Pentax lenses. None the less, I like the K30, especially in Blue.
A valid point; overanalysing on specifications and measurements is missing the point. So it is, however, when oversimplifying. All cameras are not the same in the art of picture-making; you cannot take a decent photo with a mobile phone unless you are planning to spent some serious time in post-processing and/or keep it at Polaroid-size (or pretend/state it has an 'artistic' -within/without quotes- look). 'Nothing wrong with Polaroid-size per se, of course, some photographers are famous for their Polaroids shots. Nevertheless, it is prudent to strike a balance -or realise the difference- between artistic perception and camera limitations. Otherwise, say, let's all start building contemporary houses with 18th century civil engineering technology.
ATTN: Richard Butler & Simon Joinson
Don't you think it's worth doing a full review, now? I mean before it is out of production!
Guilty as sin.. :-)
In my opinion there is perhaps not much to debate about a photojournalist who snaps a photo within a matter of seconds -only if the situation allows for any delay- and then act to the extend that he/she can. I would seriously reserve any intention to agreeing in any other case.
F1.4 is great but the DoF is still toy-like... FOV x4.6...
Potentially good high-ISO IQ but no DoF control with this lens & sensor size...
Its lack of EVF and its slow AF make this camera a special purpose one. Landscape and still photography is what one can use K-01 for with great success. Street photography would a big stretch, on the other hand.
I believe what photoshutter was trying to point out is the difference not only in focal length but also in DoF (and he also made a mistake in the calculation). It is true that the same lenses (whenever possible by the lens manufacturer) on 4/3 sensor bodies (m4/3 are 4/3 in terms of sensor size) are one F-stop darker than on APS-C sensor bodies and two stops darker than on FF bodies; this affects the DoF value. So, in order to obtain the same DoF on a 4/3-sensor camera you need one F-stop brighter lens (all other lens parameters unchanged). Practically speaking, in this case, the lens by Panasonic is 24-70mm F5.6 (35mm equivalent) and 16-47mm F4 (APS-C equivalent).
I'll have to repeat what I mentioned for the other Monochrome Leica... but I'd rather say that this is a Leica-victim camera. I wonder how many more years will Leica stay in business with products like these... They must be rich over there to afford keeping the same monolithic product designers...