abortabort: Filling out very nicely indeed.
Though looks like no new primes (other than the 56mm just announced) for the foreseeable future, specifically no 85/90. Still one of the best and fastest growing out there.
abortabort: yes, considering the basic zoom for X mount is 18-55/2,8-4 tha gain in speed is not huge; however for portraits (where shallow DOF is desired) you need wide aperture at the tele end and 1 EV is perceptible. Not mentioning lower models like X-A1, where the standard zoom is 16-50/3,5-5,6.
There are enough primes already, while there were no fast zooms, so it is a very welcome addition. While I am not so sure about the telezoom, the standard zoom looks perfect and for many it could be the only lens.
After the Sony RX10 and Oly Stylus 1 all the 1/2,3" sensored ultrazooms seems like dinosaurs just before the meteorite fall. 1200mm, f5,6 and 1/2,3" sensor, how good can the picture be? The only thing that needs to be praised is the weather-proof build (and a decent EVF considering it´s class).
After drowning my last smartfone I chose the Xperia Z1 because of the sensor size (and because it is waterproof). However I was a bit dissappointed by the outcome. It´s better than my wife´s iPhone 4s, but not that better as I expected from 1/2,3" sensor and f2 lens. I blame Sony for putting 20 MPx and for aggressive noise reduction. Maybe future possibility to shoot RAW may change things a little, we will see.
Matt1645f4: Pentax K3 but i agree with some of the comments regarding lack of lens line up, I use Pentax but i do sometimes miss the large choices offered by both Canon and Nikon, and third party manufactures who seem content to just build for the "big 2". And before i get slated by my fellow Pentaxians i refer to long lenses the 560mm is just crazy be nice to see a 70-400 f4
I agree that Pentax user has wider choice of lenses than people usually think, especially when Tamron/Sigma is taken into consideration. However the trouble sometimes is that third party makers tend to prefer Canon and Nikon, leaving Pentax behind. E.g. some Sigma/Tamron lenses are made only with C/N mount or introduced first for C/N and only later on for Pentax. This is exactly the case of Sigma 18-35mm (my lens of the year): I wanted to order this amazing lens for my Pentax, but it is still not available in Europe (although C/N mounts are on market for a while) and should be available in 1Q 2014.
iudex: I do not doubt that SL1 is a nice small camera, but praising it as there were no small camera+lens combos in the past is not really fair. Take any entry-level DSLR from Pentax, add an extra small 40mm XS lens and the combo will be even smaller than SL1 with 40mm STM lens. http://slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/1490Tha same with a zoom lens: Canon has nothing to compete with ultra-compact 20-40mm Limited zoom.
I see, Pentax cannot compete in video features with Canon, that ´s for sure. I just wanted to focus on DSLR small-form factor, which is no new invention of Canon, but has a long tradition at Pentax, not only the bodies, but most notably the Limited lenses (the 40mm XS being the smallest DLSR lens ever).
Kinematic Digit: I own the EOS-M, SL-1 and of course my other stuff with the 5Dmk3 and Leica gear.
I really love the SL-1 for it's compact size, and perfect amount of features for more than enough advanced amateurs to enjoy.
I rarely put too much bigger onto this camera than the STM lenses, but occasionally I put the 100mm macro L onto it and it's surprisingly fun kit to carry around. It even supports the hybrid-IS which I believe none of the other Rebels support (maybe the the T5i).
Great video on this camera as well and paired up with some great glass it just becomes a sensor to add to a lens because of it's weight and size.
Sure, this diagnosis already has a name: gear acquisition syndrome :-)http://www.dpreview.com/news/2013/07/10/photographer-blogs-about-gear-addiction
I do not doubt that SL1 is a nice small camera, but praising it as there were no small camera+lens combos in the past is not really fair. Take any entry-level DSLR from Pentax, add an extra small 40mm XS lens and the combo will be even smaller than SL1 with 40mm STM lens. http://slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/1490Tha same with a zoom lens: Canon has nothing to compete with ultra-compact 20-40mm Limited zoom.
What makes someone buy an EOS-M, if he already has a SL-1 as a back-up to his 5DIII?
Juraj Lacko: At high ISO this camera delivers for sure.
Exactly; Portrait at ISO 9000 and perfectly usable; great job. Raz darmo, fullframe. ;-)
Alhough I read "selection of lenses", I did not expect old Pentax manual prime. Nice job!
I think it is pointless to blame Jeff for breaking the camera or indicationg he omitted proper maintenance. Imagine a typical user of this camera: do you expect an average Joe to disassemble the camera, take the O-ring out, grease it with silicone every time, put everything back and after hour of preparation to go snorkeling? I believe he hust takes the camera asi is and goes underwater. Is it too much to expect the camera to survive one or two dives without going broke? I don´t believe this is what a 800 USD camera should behave.I understand that after some time the O-ring needs some maintenance, but in this case seemingly this was not the weak spot where the water leaked in. So no, thank you Nikon, I wait for a second generation, hoping the camera will be able to handle something more than a single dive before dying.
MrSam: I bought the P7700 a few months ago and I've been absolutely thrilled with the images that it can produce. I bought it from Amazon for slightly over $350 and couldn't imagine spending $200 more for the dubious benefit of a tiny EVF on the 7800. With that one exception, the cameras are identical.
It´s not quite fair to compare the price of old model and it´s successor that has just been introduced. In couple of months the price of P7800 will fall somewhere near the price of your P7700. And an EVF is a very useful feature, especially when it doesn´t add any bulk to the camera.
@dpreview: where did xou take the shots? I recognize the usual tower in Seattle, but most of the pictures look like from some tropical place, I woudl say Hawaii. Am I right?
pca7070: The optical quality of the kit lens is so-so.
I cannot see any difference between the pics taken with the 18135mm and the 16-50mm. Which is for me a proof that the 18-135mm is not that bad as many claim.
Nukunukoo: Curious to see how this Sony sensor compares to the Toshiba ones. Very tempting if the IQ is right. With a Sigma 18-35mm 1.8 + on-cam OIS, it could potentially be a great indoor Wedding shooter. Had the opportunity to work with a K-5 II and am very impressed with the low-light focus compared to my Nikons. I hope the K-3 keeps that feature, contrary to what posters here say.
I wonder whether someone has the Sigma with Pentax mount. I have just ordered one for my K-30, but is still not available. Anyhow a super-sharp lens like the Sigma 18-35 should get the best out of K-3´s 24 MPx sensor.
I see no reason to complain: the pictures are good enough and it proves the 18-135 is not that bad as many say: on a bright day you cannot tell the difference from the 16-50mm. OTOH I agree there is no photo to evaluate the influence of AA filter off; some small patterns would be needed. But I guess after samples a full review will follow, so we will see soon.So for me the K-3 (having seen some other reviews) is on par with the best APSC cameras and definitely a good deal. However to pixel peep the sharpness or moiré some better lenses would be suiatable (I am pretty curious about the combination of K-3 nad the new Limited zoom 20-40mm).
iudex: When I look at the Pentax lens roadmap published earlier, this lens is exactly what the roadmap promised. http://www.openpn.com/wp-content/gallery/apn-pentax/pentax-k-mount-lens-roadmap_2013.jpgWhat makes me look forward to other annonced lenses, especially the upcoming DA zoom with cca. 16-85mm and the 150-400 (?) telezoom.I can imagine having a standardly fast zoom with sufficient reach (from wideangle 16 mm to short tele 85 mm) say with constant f4 and for low-light situations the Sigma 18-35/1,8. This could be the perfect lens combination for me. ;-)
And the latest lens roadmap (with 20-40mm included):http://www.openpn.com/wp-content/gallery/apn-pentax/pentax-k-mount-lens-roadmap_2013.jpgSo it is clear no other lens will be introduced in 2013.
HubertChen: This could be a perfectly balanced lens:
* Great IQ* Great Handling and Materials* Small and light weight* Quiet AF for Video* Unobtrusive for street* Potentially good bokeh (rounded blades + good lens formula)* weather sealing* Fast AF with Quickshift (manual focus override)
So lets wait for the test results. If they are excellent, than 1000 USD is a price many will be willing to pay for it, including me.
A truly unique and useful lens. Perfectly balanced to be the outstanding feature.
Ah, if the next Pentax Camera is like an A7 from Sony, except have the viewfinder in the corner, then we have a really cool system! (And I do not care for the thin camera body if each lens has to be longer to compensate for the short flange mount, but I care the build in EVF and I care it is placed in the corner like Range finder cameras, as in the corner it is more convenient to use and the camera does not collide with my nose)
You can bet that the picture quality will be better, just like every Limited lens outperforms normal DA lenses. The point is the 20-40 Limited is not a competitor to DA* 16-50. The 16-50 is noticeably wider and longer, but much bigger and much heavier. I see the 20-40mm as an alternative to Limited primes: similar image quality, but with the advantage of a single lens mounted.
When I look at the Pentax lens roadmap published earlier, this lens is exactly what the roadmap promised. http://www.openpn.com/wp-content/gallery/apn-pentax/pentax-k-mount-lens-roadmap_2013.jpgWhat makes me look forward to other annonced lenses, especially the upcoming DA zoom with cca. 16-85mm and the 150-400 (?) telezoom.I can imagine having a standardly fast zoom with sufficient reach (from wideangle 16 mm to short tele 85 mm) say with constant f4 and for low-light situations the Sigma 18-35/1,8. This could be the perfect lens combination for me. ;-)