It's too early to conclude this to be "just another FF DSLR" as we don't know much at all about the camera... yet. But knowing Pentax/Ricoh, it's quite likely to be more compact than similar models from Canon and Nikon.
Not sure what developments back in 2001 have in relation to 2015, though.
What is "AF+ MF control for all X-mount lenses"? Thanks in advance.
audiobomber: You can't tell IQ or build quality from a photo. Ricoh says this lens is intended for people who want higher IQ than a kit lens. It's safe to say it will outperform the 18-55, 18-135 and the various superzooms.
The DA 18-135mm feels like a pro lens; it is tight, no creep, no rattles or looseness anywhere. It makes a Tamron superzoom feel like junk. I expect the 16-85mm will be the same build, and hopefully IQ will match my 16-45mm. If so, I'll sell the others and get this.
iudex, just because the DA 20-40 is on sale TODAY doesn't make it cheaper. It's regularly at leastt $900.
ThatCamFan: Pentax/Ricoh please STOP making ugly as SH** camera's, you have gone down the drain since the K5II
I think the K-3 is one of the best looking DSLRs ever.
tarsus: As a long time Pentax user including DSLRs and the Q10, I ask what is the point? This is just a a stupid retread. How about a flip or articulating screen, bigger chip, EVF or optional EVF? What were they thinking?
Shades of the K-50 replacing the K-30.
So what's the new button on the front for?
Tom Zimmer: part two.
This is all very different from the way the rest of the world (read: Windows) does things. Instead of re-writing, applications, they are evolved and end up containing lots and lots of archaic (read: very old) code that should go away, but can't because lots of little parts rely on that archaic code.
Again, Do i like having to re-learn a program when Apple re-writes it? No. BUT, I will because I understand it is for my own good.
I am a professional software engineer, I don't work for Apple, and I make my living writing Windows software. Believe me, i know how it works.
Tom, I have a different explanation. Apple appears to be unifying most of their software to run on both OS X and iOS. They've basically done it with Pages, Numbers, and Keynote and it appears Photos is the next domino. Oh, and from what I can tell the latest versions of those mentioned applications are not as comprehensive as the previous.
I won't be surprised if Apple and Adobe are working together to make Photos a "container" of some sort for Lightroom. Use Photos for file storage and management and Lightroom as a seamless editor of the files. Who knows?
steven8217: I am happy with the Nikon Capture NX2 bundle with the Nik Color Efex Pro3 for 4 years, no plan to make any change even Nikon migrate to the Capture NX-D.
Fine as long as you only buy Nikon cameras for the rest of your life.
JOrmsby: I've used them both for years, Aperture for storage/organization and basic edits, and Lightroom for heavier RAW processing. I'm sad to see Aperture go, but the next Photos app should be enough to do the same for me.
My only concern is this gives more leverage to Adobe, who I really hope doesn't make Lightroom a BS subscription service like they're done Photoshop. If it goes that direction, I'll be done with Adobe all together.
Guess I'm also bummed that this probably means we won't ever get Raw support for my new EM-10 in Aperture either...
RAW support is really a system capability so I wouldn't declare quite yet that your E-M10 won't be natively supported. Agree about the Adobe concern.
Timbukto: What is happening is that the Apple platform has *long* shifted from a platform of mostly creative developers, to a platform of mostly brain-dead consumerism. Most of the money is now from consumers of images, movies, music, and apps, and not necessarily the development of them (although in that case it would be plain to see that its by far the apps and content providers that profit share here). But independent developers of content? Not much $$ there and an infinitesimally small piece of the pie Apple currently has compared to the bread-dead consumerism market.
I'd believe the total professional abandonment angle if not for development of the new Mac Pro. That in no way is a "consumerism" machine.
arhmatic: Wondering if they will eventually issue a pro photo editing software sometimes in the future... at the same level with Final Cut Pro.
Sure doesn't sound like it.
ck139: "The Pentax 18-135WR has poor optical quality".Really? You have used one? My copy at least has perfectly acceptable optical quality. Is it as good as a wide aperture prime lens? No. If the Fuji version has even better optical quality than the Pentax then that will be excellent.
The Photozone results don't match up to what many people have obtained with their own lenses plus it's in conflict with other trusted review sites. The only credible explanation that's floated around is they had a bad copy.
"Niedringhaus was killed in an attack in Afghanistan, while covering the country's 2014 presidential election at the age of 48. Fellow AP journalist, Kathy Gannon, a 60 year old Canadian, was seriously injured in the attack, and underwent emergency surgery. The attack took place at a checkpost on the outskirts of Khost city in Tani district, where the journalists were part of a an independent election commission convoy delivering ballots under the protection of the Afghan National Army and Afghan police. While the two were waiting in the car, an Afghan police unit commander named Naqibullah walked up their car and opened fire. After the attack, the officer surrendered, and was taken into custody."
stevez: Not sure what Olympus is thinking here. Everything I read lately indicates that the compact camera market is dying. Perhaps super zooms are excluded from that? On the plus side, it might be a good camera for someone graduating from a phone camera.
Yes, I think it's perceived by the camera industry that superzooms are the one segment of the small sensor market that has some sustainability.
Richard, thanks for the update and I always enjoy reading your reviews. You give good info beyond the facts. Have to agree about the selectable AA filter simulator. It's hard to see that it would be used much at all but I guess it's good to have it for that rare situation when you think you might need it. The AA filter simulation bracketing is what makes it useful, IMHO.
Jim in Hudson: I still think it's a shame Olympus hasn't brought that excellent 12 - 60 lens over to the m4/3 mount. Seems like it would be an outstanding walk-around lens for this camera plus the E-M1 and E-M5.
yabokkie and deep7 -- I would agree but for my opinion that a 3.3x zoom range isn't enough to really cut it as a single walk-around lens. The 5x range on the other lens is much better especially considering it's reputation as having very good optics.
I still think it's a shame Olympus hasn't brought that excellent 12 - 60 lens over to the m4/3 mount. Seems like it would be an outstanding walk-around lens for this camera plus the E-M1 and E-M5.
This camera makes the Pentax Q7 look brilliant by comparison.
drummercam: "Cannot change drive mode, white balance, or AF mode remotely"
I find it hard to see all of these as "cons." In the special circumstances in which I'm likely to use remote camera control with my phone or a pad, I'm likely to set the basic parameters for the circumstances before I put the camera in place. Certainly, I won't want to switch to manual focus if I've placed the camera where I can't reach it to manually focus it. If I need to pre-focus manually, I will have done that before putting the camera in-place. The FLU card can't fry an egg, either, but that's not a mark against it.
Remote WB control also seems little needed. Drive mode, maybe I would want to switch that.
Paul1974 -- AF/MF is a physical switch on the camera. It's hard to see how that could be changed remotely.