LensBeginner: A 645Z is a portable option compared to other MF alternatives.However Dpreview seems to always find the way to insert a derogatory remark aimed against Pentax...
@cgarrardwell it could be, but it's not just me... I've heard a lot of similar complaints.
Then again I'm not used, for instance, to the Patriot Act, so maybe yeah I'm a little bit sensitive when it comes to equal opportunities, freedom of speech and such odds and ends...
@bluevellet yet they chose a Pentax@Mr. Butler I don't doubt that, it might just be a knee-jerk reaction... however it's not the first time that this happens.
A 645Z is a portable option compared to other MF alternatives.However Dpreview seems to always find the way to insert a derogatory remark aimed against Pentax...
marc petzold: Dear RICOH, you badly missed the point - we, the Users don't need especially a very slow 18-50mm f/4-5.6 zoom, especially not colappsile - if i need something way handy, i take a DSLM mirrorless anytime with me, over a DSLR, when space is an issue. But a traditional DSLR-styled body, with small lenses, especially F4 starting range....for whom is it made for? Take a NX3000 for instance with the PZ 16-50, and you do have a very nice Zoom Range from 24.5-83mm, starting at F3.5 to F5.6. Or any small NEX 3N to NEX-5N,R,T or A5x00 Series (Alpha) with the matching 16-50/3.5-5.6 PZ (the IQ is worse than the Samsung equivalent).
@marc petzoldI beg to differ...
lightnfast: I know it is an impossibility, but goodgooglymooly, if they made a FF frame that would be decent and be in the price ranges of the midrange APS-Cs today. It is not a pipe dream, well maybe it is...I never thought the price of gas would fall as it has...but then again. Now that would set the consumer market on it's ear...
@lightnfast: for the moment you can't have the rose without the thorns...
nicolaiecostel: Everyone's announcing cameras and Ricoh is announcing announcements. What have they been smoking?
@William KoehlerStill, the sales exceeded their productive capacity.
And if I were them, I'd postpone work on FF in order to pump out at least a couple of leaf shutter lenses for MF.
It might be a "niche of a niche", but if it makes a profit, then it's way better than venturing in an unknown market with a new body, without even having the lenses ready.
jaxson: Collapsing the kit lens seems like a half assed attempt to reduce the size, but one which still leaves you with something massive over mirrorless.
This new body actually seems sweet for me, as an upgrade to the K-30. Assume it's Weather Resistant also?
Mic input is a video only feature, but it's honestly only useful if you have audio levels displayed. Otherwise you don't know if you've set the gain right.
Also, disable the STUPID Movie SR simulated shake reduction and return to real sensor shift stabilisation, and allow focus peaking to work DURING video when we need it most, and they're pretty much onto a winner.
I reckon it'd be nice on my K-01... :-)
...focal range is also interesting.
Joe Ogiba: If Ricoh does not show the rumored full frame Pentax at CP+ 2015 it will be party over for Pentax since Pentax showed a full frame DSLR in September 2000.https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7477/16022494430_a29c87dc06_b.jpg
OH NOES!!! THEN PENTAX IS DOOMED!!!...please, not again...
Killer MF offering and very good APS-C lineup, there's no way they're dying anytime soon.
RStyga: How is this worth releasing when the K-5 series is currently manufactured?
Yes, all of them.K-5, K-5II and, the last to get out of production, the K-5IIs:http://www.pentaxforums.com/articles/pentax-news/pentax-k-5-iis-discontinued.html
"Almost all of the newer Pentax K primes has FF image circle"SMC-M lenses are soft almost all over on APS-C wide open, and APS-C corners are not even FF corners. What about vignetting then?Expecting top of the line digital performance from 35-40 y.o. lenses is not a given.Sometimes it happens, yes, but it's not something I would rely on.
"I think Pentax FF makses sense."It made more sense /before/ the 645Z was such a huge hit...
Maybe they're just too busy working to concentrate on babbling?Cue the 645Z, for instance...
@Alex: glory indeed... minor5500 and flare750... :-P
smafdy: Drop the price down to compete with the Pentax k-3, and I'll buy two. I already have plenty o' old Nikon glass lying around.
I'm a Pentax user myself... but... come on!The K-3 is one year old and is APS-C, you really can't compare those two, or expect such a price drop.
If this was an unsuccesful product, then I could expect a price drop, but not in this state of things.
Prescription: double dose of Realism (TM) - unless you were being sarcastic, that is... ;)
Howard Moftich: this would have been oh so useful about a month or so ago. Really? Wait until barely a week beforehand?
...then there's always Easter! ;)
Samuel Dilworth: It sometimes feels like a full-time job keeping on top of Adobe software. The update process is byzantine and the documentation is vast, sloppy, self-contradictory, and hard to find.
A case in point:
“The new features listed in the release notes are only available in Photoshop CC.”
Has anyone figured out what these features are?
That's a standard advisory.Since there aren't new features here, it doesn't apply.It's only ctrl+c, ctrl+v laziness...
bluevellet: Hopefully, proper animated GIF viewing this time around.
I can't believe no matter the version, no matter the computer, no matter the windows OS, it still has buggy GIF playback.
Add to that MPEG2 support under x64 systems...It's available under x86 but it's been lacking in 64-bit OSes since what, four versions?
leblase: This seems like a very disappointing camera: I find the quality of the pictures displayed pretty lousy, lacking sharpness and detail. It also seems either the machinery or the lenses provide quite a poor color separation ability.Really, quite a surprise, as I was hoping for something better or at the least more mature.I do not see anything in it that gives sense to the medium format advantages, and many of its inconveniences.All in all (except for the price), when compared to the Blad, it's really not a good deal.As pointed by the authors one really has to wait for someone to come up with a better proposition
To those who have weighed down a tripod:a lower position for the weight shouldn't be preferable?As in: hanging from a hook opposed to on top of the legs?
atamola: oh my...the number one feature in the A7 II for 90% of potential buyers/switchers/upgraders is the IBIS claiming 4.5 stops... and yet, the geniuses with the camera did not even try to go below the 1/focal length rule
@rrccadE mount lens with OSS (Optical Steady Shot):lens stabilizes the Pitch and Yaw axes, the body takes care of Roll, X and Y.So it's actually a synergy.
Edit: what EinsteinsGhost said.
Seriously, would that claimed 4.5 figure mean that you could theoretically shoot a 200mm at less than 1/12 and get away with it?What would the keeper rate be? :-|