Simply jaw-dropping! Just wow!
Why not 16mm?
Well, at least it comes in Pentac mount.
IMO, this camera is probably aimed at those who want to use a DSLR but don't care to use (or know not how to use) the OVF. I've seen a large number of DSLR users who use just the LV, because they're so used to using P&S and phones.
The rear is designed so that these people can easily access the mode dial. They are not what we seasoned photographers would call as photographers, but rather 'snap shooters'. They just wanna look cool going places with a cool-looking DSLR.
The exposure compensation is placed on top because they wouldn't care to use it, even if they know what it's for, because they wouldn't care to know why they should use it. If the button is place on the rear, it would confuse them. And they'd using the SCN mode 98.89% of the time.
Nothing wrong with the design, Pentax. You did the job.
Anirut J: For me, this lens would be a heaven-sent. I do a lot of photo-journalism type of work where it's all about military exercise actions, moving in from far away and suddenly running into confine space. Everything gets so dynamic. I don't have all that time to change the lens. (I've done a lot of lens changing while running with the troops.) I've lost a lot of photo opportunities because of lens change, let alone dust getting onto the sensor.
I know full well that the IQ will be so-so, if not out right bad. But, hey, there's no such thing as a free lunch. We'll have to sacrifice something for something.
But ... what about Pentax mount? Will there be any? Or, will Pentax get Tamron to do a re-badged? Keeping fingers crossed.
^yabokkie, you said, "a camera man usually carries two or three bodies on foot, with 24-70/2.8, 70-200/2.8, and 300/2.8 or 400/2.8 lenses ..."
Try carrying all that when you have to be patrolling with the troops in tropical forests, running amongst trees, dodging thorny plants, etc. and staying quiet as well.
Seriously, you'll learn to appreciate the lower IQ of super-zooms once you're in a demanding situation where you have be as light as possible and as versatile as possible. Oh, carrying you own water bottles, too.
For me, this lens would be a heaven-sent. I do a lot of photo-journalism type of work where it's all about military exercise actions, moving in from far away and suddenly running into confine space. Everything gets so dynamic. I don't have all that time to change the lens. (I've done a lot of lens changing while running with the troops.) I've lost a lot of photo opportunities because of lens change, let alone dust getting onto the sensor.
Well ... Just use the right tool for the right job.
There's nothing to preach (or brag about), really. It's simple common sense that doesn't require any 'big names' to tell us what to do.
bettyhilda: Bless you for your compassion!
Thank you, bettyhilda. He's had a surgery and is still under medication.
A big thanks to everyone for your concern with the floods in Thailand. The industrial estate where Sony is located has been much affected yesterday. I don't know about the factory itself, but the area is now flooded, expecting may be upto 2 meters of water. (Note: emphasis on MAY BE). I'm here braced and ready for the impact at home which can occur anytime.
Thanks again for all your concerns. God bless.
As a Thai (South East Asian), may I say that this lady is not in a prayer. With this mood, she's either saying "welcome" or "thank you". This gesture of "Whai" (a Thai word) does not always mean prayer. It is a gesture of respect. I have nothing against the picture, just wanting to share some cultural understanding.
Thanks for your comments. The subject (and the song itself) may be a bit too abstract and philosophical to be understood by the general masses.