Joachim Gerstl: I'm sure it is a great camera. Loved my X100. I sold it but most likely will replace it with the X100T or its successor because I always wanted a black X100.
I also have a Ricoh GR. I'm with the people that state that the Ricoh is great to shoot and nobody thinks it a serious camera but the Ricoh GR can't replace the Fuji X100 and vice versa. They are completely different cameras and shooting experience is completely different too.
For some the Ricoh GR might be better camera for others the Fuji X100 would be the by far better choice. They really can't be compared but I did for those who don't have the chance to try them out side by side.
Announced on 17th April 2013. Not even two years.
With Ricoh's ongoing firmware refinements, including the addition of new features and functionality, it has only improved since then.
A mini-marvel of a camera. Reasonably priced on day one, and a downright bargain now. Go get one and stop wondering what it'd be like.
Baron Sekiya: Canon has bought sensors from Sony in the past, and possibly present, for their compact cameras. My PowerShot had the recalled Sony sensor and had to be sent in to be fixed.
Canon has had a history of not be consistent across their lense line with quality. I've seen kit lenses what output garbage images with how soft they were and I owned their orginal EF 16-35/2.8L that was terrible. If they're going to put their name on a product it should produce quality images.
As for dSLR bodies Canon doesn't do a good job of listening to the American pro photo market and catering to their needs. They may listen to their own countrymen/women photographers in Japan but they are a go super slow company. I'd like to see mirrorless 7DMkII level dSLRs and higher that can shoot with minimal noise and higher flash sync speeds.
They also need to help with the legislation to get the EU to remove the videocamera tariff so dSLRs can shoot longer than 30 minutes continuous video.
Seems to me the US market is particularly fond of Black Friday-style close-out discounting, even if it means buying models since superseded twice or three times over. Thom Hogan has written extensively on this.
This lovely little quality can become quite malicious. I frequently see people openly hoping a sound, solid product will fail on the market for some reason or another so that the price will crash ever harder and faster.
Perhaps Canon, Ricoh/Pentax, et al. have deemed the US market too scabby to be worth the time and trouble.
Edgar_in_Indy: Hey Tokina! 1987 called, and it wants its lenses back!
Really, could they have made these lenses look any more cheap and generic? If the lenses turn out to be great performers (which would not surprise me), then the horribly dated looks will be even more unfortunate!
Heh, if they underperform Edgar will act smug, deriding both their optics and their cosmetic appearance.
But if they're perfectly capable lenses, "horribly dated looks will be even more unfortunate!"
Edgar has positioned himself to gloat either way. He has devised a game he literally can not lose.
Wonder if anyone else will play with him.
Mssimo: In a very successful attempt to match the sensor to the looks of the camera they are now using canons 20MP APSC sensor.
If you must attempt to troll, at least be coherent. This nonsense doesn't pass muster.
I.e. Get off my Internet.
escobar: I like Pentax, but please we need to get over this myth that somehow there are these millions of excellent old K mount lenses out there that are available and cheap. Unless you're looking for a 50mm f/1.8 , most of the desirable stuff on eBay gets bid up to ridiculous amounts . And the announcement of a Pentax FF ain't gunna help.
I bought a fantastic FA 100mm f/2.8 macro for something like US$240.
Digital Imaging Technician: The concept model looks like a simple 3D print (look at the striped pattern in the body). Is that all they're going to show?
They could withhold the WIP mockup altogether and just put out a sign saying: FULL FRAME CONFIRMED AND COMING SOON
When dealing with their "serious" products, Pentax have a reputation for making elegant, utilitarian designs. ("Serious" means the 645 and flagship APS-C bodies, not the K-01, K-S1, etc.) And this is a forte of Ricoh's as well: see the various iterations of the GR, including the early film models. They are not stunning cameras: they are understated, nuanced examples of industrial design. And they are beautiful.
The coming Pentax FF will follow suit. Like the K-7/5 and K-3 bodies, it will have edges to distinguish it from the amorphous blobs favoured by Canon. And I wouldn't be surprised at all if its design pays homage to the legacy of the venerable Pentax 67 system.
straylightrun: How can Samsung have seemingly unlimited resources but still not have a rangefinder-style body with integrated EVF (like a6000, X-E2 and GX7)?
When you say a "rangefinder-style body," you really just mean a box, don't you? Like most compact cameras? (Sigma's Quattro line notwithstanding)
Prairie Pal: At least Pentax has a road map, honors it, and is transparent enough to disclose it to their loyal customer base. ...Nikon!
gskolenda, who do you think will come out on top?
While many people love Sony's innovations in mirrorless cameras, financially, Sony as a whole is in pretty deep poop. Panasonic is in the same situation. Olympus seems to be keeping its head above water, but it is sustained by its endoscope development, not by cameras. I don't know about Fuji's situation.
More info here: http://www.dslrbodies.com/newsviews/panic-is-setting-in.html
Samsung, on the other hand, is a rampaging powerhouse of a corporation. Is Samsung the future of photography?
fmian: Extremely risky move dropping tech budget into this.The market already has very dominant players in it.Pentax should be trying to carve a new niche instead of trying to squeeze in between the competition.
I know their sole offering is a niche one (and what an understatement!), but Sigma is still a manufacturer of true DSLRs.
There are also the medium format vendors, including Hasselblad, Leica (S system), Phase One-Leaf-Mamiya, and of course Pentax themselves.
Why yes, I am pedantic.
tkbslc, I understand where you're coming from, but I regard that strategy as a form of security through obscurity, which as a concept is an utter failure.
Seems Ricoh is either supremely confident in their upcoming offerings, or they figure they have nothing to lose in being open. And I doubt it's the latter.
Were there any detrimental effects at all resulting from their preview of the unfinished (and at-the-time unnamed) 645Z? I can't think of any, but perhaps I missed something.
I admire this kind of marketing. No BS. Just results to date, and promises of great things to come.
MayaTlab0: Too late. The future is with shorter flange distance mounts, Pentax K's mount is too inflexible to be successfully adapted to various designs. In addition Pentax's FF lenses lineup may have tons of references, but most of them are old and optically challenged. And new APSC lenses, like the 20-40, aren't particularly brilliant, and are suffering from QC issues.
Despite having some excellent points Pentax' APSC DSRLs have never been particularly successful. Now Pentax is going to do the same, but against FF DSLRs competitors. I'm not sure the result is going to be any different.
"The future is with shorter flange distance mounts"
justmeMN: Hmmm. The camera is for the "young selfie crowd", but is designed to look like an old-fashioned rangefinder camera.
A rangefinder-aspirant with a faux prism? Doesn't add up.
Karl Summers: This camera wasn't ready to be released prior to Christmas, yet Nikon did it anyway before the camera was thoroughly tested for defects. Now there is a major recall and Nikon is taking a huge hit for it. The company has poor leadership. I remember a poster stating the Canon 5D Mark III had the same issue, yet I don't remember a major recall for that camera.
I don't need the constant headaches that Nikon inspires. Canon may not have the latest greatest sensor tech, but at least I can rely on my camera.
And one more thing, this is what you get for buying the first incarnation of a new product line...suckers.
I appreciate your sarcasm. :)
Still, I think perhaps this is a good time to remind people of this:
marc petzold: OMG, by all through the years - Pentax Special Editions...that one is the worst...a DSLR for 10-14 year old, for their FB & Twitter Pics...c'mon Pentax, get back to business and be serious! But i can believe this "Sweet" Collection stuff would sell nice into asian countries...for the manga & anime guys..it looks basically like something from Nintendo...why not sell a Super Mario Edition?! couldn't be worse than that...i can see it near christmas...Daddy, i want that freaky Pentax Kid DSLR! <kid moans>
Don't worry, I was also talking to marc. Sorry for the confusion.
I'd still like a reply from him.
Why do you hold young people in so much contempt?
I believe that's what they call "getting old."
I hope EPSON has updated the connectivity options. Seems trivial, doesn't it? Hopelessly unimportant—until one day you add a WiFi-capable printer to your LAN.
You can't go back to USB after that.
I would like to know about the in-camera menu fonts. Are the fonts to your satisfaction?
Can't really call it a stand report if you avoid their new flagship.
That's the 645Z, in case I need to point that out.
(Don't forget its lenses.)
James Booba: Congratulations Samsung!
Dear Sony! Waiting for your response in January with 4K / APS-C internal to finally replace my good old 7D.
@Canon. Sorry guys, too late too little.
Why don't you replace Old Faithful with the NX1 instead of bidding Sony to ape it?