zos xavius: These comments are truly hilarious! My K-3 has stepped flare patterns too. The only time I ever noticed it was in shots already ruined by veiling flare much like all the examples I've seen of the D750 flare "issue." This is so much ado about nothing. BTW, to the people that keep saying canon makes perfect cameras: get a grip.
That's funny because I find no joy really in using Canon gear. I just never really liked their gestalt. The Pentax K-3 and K-5 IIs though just fit like a glove. The have great ergonomics that are a pure pleasure to use. Especially with their grips attached. :)
These comments are truly hilarious! My K-3 has stepped flare patterns too. The only time I ever noticed it was in shots already ruined by veiling flare much like all the examples I've seen of the D750 flare "issue." This is so much ado about nothing. BTW, to the people that keep saying canon makes perfect cameras: get a grip.
JRFlorendo: This is a SLAM DUNK class action law suit, an engineering flaw by Nikon engineers, can't get any easier than that. Nikon just needs to slow down, it seem like they are coming out with a new FF camera every six months, at that rate, something is bound to get neglected. Sony and Toshiba already providing you with top grade sensors, slooow down and get the engineering and quality control right.
No. Its not.
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).
Furthermore why even bash pentax for producing an entry level body (which I must add blows all the other entry level DSLRs out of the water) and then mention the X-A1 at the same time? Contradictory much? But what do you know or care? You still have a K-100D with a tamron lens. Your so pentaxian you haven't bothered upgrading in 10 years. Yeah. Go enjoy your fuji. Or buy one if you don't have one for all I care. I'm not going to waste my time writing meaningless troll posts about how x-trans is a failure. (though I might have been guilty of that very same thing at one point) BTW, where is Fuji's answer to the 645Z? I think pentax is focusing on high end just fine.
This is hilarious! Its a freaking kit lens! Who cares if its constant f8? It might as well be! If it has high resolving power stopped down it would be still useful for many things. The old 18-55 was decent for a cheap kit lens. If you even remotely cared about losing a 1/3 stop at the wide end then you would obviously be looking at something better to replace it with anyways! Speaking of which many of pentax's non-star zooms are constant f4 or slower, so guess you are out of luck there too! Unlike the kit lens though, they are very usable at f4.
This kit lens has everything that everyone has been asking for really. Compact design, weather sealing, DC motor (FINALLY!!), and yet its supposed to be the equal of a far more expensive fuji lens? seriously?
BTW plenty of people matched limiteds to k-01s, k-30s and k-50s. Plenty of people bought those bodies for 2nd and even primary bodies because they were K-5 quality at a much cheaper price.
@marc petzold: ok cite one example where I am trolling on dpreview. yeah, that's what I thought. but sure lets have a 60+ comment thread about how ricoh is burning its users over a 1/3 stop on a kit lens that nobody in their right mind will even use wide open. Please. This is pathetic.
Your trolling is a joke. Period.
Even now this camera is amazing. I have a K-3 too and the K-5 IIs still gets regular use. It has been the most faithful and reliable Pentax I've had over the years. It's IQ has never let me down and is better than even the K-3 in certain ways. 16mp and decent lenses have given me beautiful poster sized prints. It's no D800, but its a lot smaller and lighter than one too. Paired with some small limiteds it is really hard to go wrong unless you need absolute speed or shoot sports. The files from the IIs have a crispness that the K-5/K-30/K-50 all lack. Removing the AA filter really makes a difference in a big way and has forced me to upgrade my kit to take advantage of it. Not that moving on to better lenses is ever a bad thing..... :)
There are tons of amazing and fun vintage lenses you can get for pentax for peanuts too. Yeah you can adapt them to other systems, but being able to just slap a lens on a mount and not worry about aperture or AF if the lens has it is nice.
tecnoworld: This morning I had a brief shooting session with the canon 6d of a friend, coupled with a sigma 70-200 f2.8 lens. He paid 2.000€ for the combo.
I think that for someone not needing 15fps or 4k video, that combo is much, much better than nx1+50-150, costs 1000€ less and delivers better iq.
I looked at the Reichmann review and I was actually impressed. High ISO looks a good stop better than my k-5 iis even, which for me was the lowlight king of aps-c. Coming from a 24mp k-3 I can say that with good glass you can easily out resolve a 6d which has an AA filter too. The real problem is that you need really good lenses where a 6d can perform comparatively with lesser lenses because they aren't as challenged. What Samsung has put together here is impressive in terms of IQ. How the camera handles and actually works is another deal, but their tracking AF seems pretty good really. Hopefully this will give Sony some competition on the sensor front.
solarider: Specs: RAW (SRW)
What, no DNG files? What were they thinking?
Pentax raw files are dng if you want them to be. Its just a container. There isn't any difference for me in using Pentax raw or dng. It's possible the conversion in software is doing something to the raw data when converted to dng. Really it sounds like adobe needs to get on the ball and offer native support. Nothing should be cooked once its out of the camera.
Maklike Tier: RichRMA, have you seen the MTF values of the new 40-150? It's as good as the best primes, weather sealed, AND significantly cheaper than the older four-thirds glass.
Coatings don't increase resolution, but they increase transmission. Sure zooms can be prime sharp at their optimal focal lengths. That's a product of design not coatings.
Simon97: Raw at 1600 looks like Canon has made some improvement in noise performance. It is small, but along with more pixels it is evident. My favorite APS-C sensor is the Sony 16mp. I kind of wish they'd improve upon it rather than go with more pixels. Still waiting to see how the Sony 20mp sensor looks on this test scene.
I don't think I'll be parting with my k-5 IIs anytime soon even with a K-3. The sony 16mp sensor really hit the sweet spot in terms of performance on aps-c.
Zeisschen: My observations:
- Sharpness on pixel level is very bad, actually it's incredibly soft. I hope I can't blame the lens as a Canon lens at F8-F10 should be sharp! Other reviews suggest that's due to the stronger anti aliasing filter compared to 7DmkI that shall give less moiré in videos.
- The dynamic range, even at ISO 100, is really bad. Even my now 3 years old Sony NEX-7 wipes the floor with this sensor looking at the amount of contrast and color I can pull out of shadows without getting noise at ISO 100. There is no banding visible like on the 7DmkI, but that's proabably just due to a better processing.
- 7DmkII has very old and outdated sensor tech with some improved processing power inside. It's made to be a fast camera with very fast AF for action and sports shooters. For them this camera will be just fine and certainly do the job.
- More picture quality demenading photography like Portrait, Landscape and Macro should be done with better sensored cameras.
These comments are hilarious. Who cares about DR?? Wow. DR is arguably perhaps the most important metric. 12 stops is really only one stop better than slide film. I can push my files from the k5 I and IIs all over the place. I can barely push shadows from my k-7 1EV before banding gets ugly. Many scenes have wide, challenging tonal ranges. But yeah, DR is only for pixel peepers and armchair photogs right? Its one of the most important metrics IMO.
photo perzon: More Panasonic jpeg skin colors?
Panny has the worst colors. Noisy sensors, bad color, aggresive nr, useless JPEGs. No thanks. Wake me when they get it right.
xmeda: I'm using K20/K5 with DA18-135WR and Sigma lenses mostly.. I'm served well.. All I want now is some tuned K3 body without flaws.
Usually I use these Sigmas:8-1617-50/2.817-70/2.8-4.570-200/2.850-500/4-6.3
Ricoh should replace DA*16-50 and create some 50-200/2.8 and some long 500mm beast and WR wide-angle 8-16 or 10-20 lens, otherwise there is no reason to change my setup. Also those SDM lenses troubles.. slow focusing DA*60-250.. optically interesting lens killed by AF speed.
Although I also have DA12-24/4, DA18-55WR,FA*24/2, F28-80, FA28-105/3.2-4.5, FA35/2, FA50/1.4, DA55-300.. they are less and less used. Sigma won this lens match by range and image quality. Ricoh should think about their current lens lineup.
And PLEASE get rid of those DA-L lenses. They don't deserve PENTAX label! Build proper DA-WR models only.
The K-3 has flaws? Outside of some questionable design with regard to video, its pretty hard to fault the k-3.
Eugene232: I am waiting for a Ricoh GR 2..35mm, titled screen, pocket size, no VFfor reasonable price, as Fuji X100 too overpriced
It will never happen. The heart of the GR is 28mm.
"The K-S1's closest competitors are the Canon SL1 (EOS 100D) and Nikon D3300, both of which have lower MSRPs (not to mention street prices) and are equally capable"
Wow. I guess less fps, less focus points, less cross type points (the sl1 has 1 lol), a weaker sensor (in the case of the SL1), pentamirror, and less than 100% coverage viewfinders certainly make the SL1 and D3300 equally capable doesn't it? Biased much dpreview? Do those cameras have in body stabilization? No? But yeah, equally capable. Ok. Whatever you say.
I'm usually not one to nitpick on colors from the JPEG engine, but hey JPEG is useful in a lot of situations and these colors, skin tones, and WB are all seriously weak sauce. The ACR conversions look off too, probably due to bad WB.
(unknown member): 2k is illegal in most places. FAA rules for drones are non commercial use, under 400ft agl and line of sight.
Pretty sure that the 2k is range and not altitude. AFAIK, anything under 1000ft is mostly legal.
EvokeEmotion: First you gypped, then you lied.
Don't worry, just slash the price by half and we'll forgive you.