BrightEyesOnFire: $4500 for a slow medium prime...LOL okay maybe like five people will buy it.
F2.8 on 645 body is like F1.8 on 35mm bodies. is it slow?
nicolaiecostel: So Pentax finally dropped the ball and introduced in-lens stabilisation. Oh dear, I can still hear fanboys explaining how much better it is to have sensor IS vs. lens IS.
IBIS is for aps-c bodies. 645D is a Medium Format body. the size of the image circle is different.
valtheWU: just when were all the menus designed?
1997, drunk, while playing on a NES?
i feel sorry for all the people useing this camera.
and yet i still admire niche players. i just wished pentax would use more of the polished ricoh UI.
one of the main reason I switched from Nikon to Pentax is for the simplicity of the menu.
Heie2: I find the 3 months it is taking to review this camera and the ensuing "trickle" of sections within a complete review (which gives none of these "installments" any substance and context) insulting - how many cameras have you guys reviewed in the mean time?
DPReview - Fair and Balanced, right?
don't forget 645D, announced sept 2010 and still not reviewed at this time. only a brief preview posted months ago..
ThomasH_always: My take is very, very simple, and consistent:
No RAW, no interest, no buy.No viewfinder, no interest, no buy.
Got that in Japan at last? You delivered a half of "must have" features, its a no buy.
This is typical comment of a beginner. I know many pro photogs who doesn't always shoot raw. No viewfinder? Meet the great Daido Moriyama!
Ross the Fidller: Oh No! Not another X camera! ;)
Actually, it looks like they're trying to attract people that couldn't afford the OM-D (silver model) with some identifiable similarities. Why not go with the 'look' if it helps sales. :)
Pentax is actually continuing it's tradition with silver bodies. This X5 reminds me of the famous MZ series back in 90s. Take a alook at this image:
cpkuntz: Why do they use 2 mp sensors? Robust build? The Apollo mission used Hasselblads. Why not get some medium format goodness on board one of these rovers?
Apollo used Hasselblad cam? it didn't. but the astronauts did. it was Hasselblad film camera. so they just need to take home the developed film and the processing be done on earth.
it's a different case now with Curious. it is a robot, equipped with digital cameras. it needs to transfer the image wirelessly via satelite to earth station and it needs time. so bigger MP means longer transfer time.
if Curious uses Hasselblad 60MP cam, then I bet it will take a month just to transfer one image :)
marike6: It's not a beautiful camera, but has a solid looking grip, a terrific Schneider lens, and a tilt/swivel screen - all great things. But I don't know why vendors have to write f1.4 or f1.8 like the XZ-1 or Full HD on the front of cameras. They aren't places for specs. Take a cue from the X10, still one of the prettiest P&Ss ever. No logos, no writing, nothing on the front. The top panel can have any little "Full HD" or "AVCHD" spec cues designers want, but with the front, the cleaner the better.
I'm totally agree with you. those writings are a mess, and ruin the look. but however, they want sales. and those writings sell a lot to consumers. and if possible, maybe they would put on some endorsements from dpreview or dxomark..
Peiasdf: Just checked out Pentax's lens line up and I cannot find a single fast normal prime. The cheapest "50mm" is 35mm f/2.4 at $180 while the fastest is 31mm f/1.8 at $1,000. Where is the cheap f/1.4~f/1.8?
Good cameras, weird ass lens line up.
there is 55mm f1.4 and 50mm f1.4 if you need fast normal lenses. you can get them at b&h or adorama. the new cheap 50mm f1.8 (exclusively designed for aps-c, so it is really normal lens for aps-c) will hit the shelf next month.
scott_mcleod: This looks like a great camera, especially for the price. My only disappointment is the small RAW buffer but that will only affect a tiny percentage of buyers (though with RAM being so cheap nowadays you can't help but wonder if buffer size is artifically "adjusted" to provide more model differentiation)
I also like the colors - they have an Imperial Stormtrooper version, how about olive drab, camo or day-glo orange? That would look way cool! :)
I'm sure the RAW buffer will be increased with the latter firmware update. just like it was with K5.
jsis: I honestly think that Canon and Nikon make better cameras, nobody uses a Pentax.
"nobody uses a Pentax" ?where do you live?? in where I live, even canon users change the mount of pentax lenses to eos, to be able to use them on their canon dslr.
I don't like the highlights.
I think it's bad dynamic range. yes the overall is good, but look at those blown out highlight range. my cheap Kr can do better than this.
many of well known professional photographers I know are moving to 35mm format recently. those MF digital backs are way too high above the cloud..
this is very cool.. !
while I'm okay with every news about video/cinematography announced here, I will suggest dpreview to change it's name to dcreview (digital camera review) or direview (digital imaging review). serioulsy.. there no boundaries now between photography and cinematography in terms of equipment.
joe6pack: Come on now. If Nokia can make a camera phone with a 1/1.2" sensor. How come digital camera makers cannot fit a M43 or larger sensor in a Canon ELPH body?
I'm pretty sure every camera maker has such technology, or maybe even much better. it's just the matter of business. you know, they release it little by little. but they will aboslutely respond to this new nokia's breakthrough. let's wait what will come in the near future :)
guillealv: i am soooo relieved to know that i will still be able to buy B/W Tmax film and the developing liquids.... film photography can perfectly live together with digital, just like an artist can paint with oil or water colours.
I totally agree with you. digital is good, but it doesn't replace or kill film. both are usable mediums for different purpose and taste. only those 'gadgeters' who think that film is dead, that film is history.
Francis Carver: Which company is next to go down the proverbial drain, I wonder?
Sigma? Pentax? Canon? It's not going to be Fujifilm or Fujinon, of that I'm pretty sure.
@AndreyT actually samsung lenses are rebadged pentax lenses. and I don't think pentax will down. what I see now is the opposite.
@Francis yes, I think I agree with you. it's only about time that in the future, mirrorless tech will replace slr. and so the sensors, I believe that the future is the era of smaller sensor. size wont matter anymore.
pedroboe100: It's too close in size to my K5. My K5 is actually pretty compact for an SLR. I am keeping the K5. With the $800 I can buy another "limited " lens
the size is definitely smaller than Kr (which is smaller than K5).
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