BNapa: When I shot weddings regularly about 7 years ago. I suffered through Canon's sub par focusing and flash system. I envied my friend's Nikons for what Canon lacked. Then again I was shooting mid-range Canons and they were shooting high-end Nikons.
When I picked up my Pentax K5IIs, I had high hopes that the focusing would be better than my 6D's but it was not.
What I charged did not warrant or support buying high-end Canon or Nikons to get a camera that would focus when i asked it to. I have high hopes that K3 would be the camera.
I would gladly use manual focus just so the camera allows me to triger the shutter at the right moment. But my eyesight is not what it used to be so I have to rely on autofocus.
I miss a lot of good shots because of the focusing problem. My 5D, 7D and now the 6D and the k5IIs all have the same problem.
Do I have to switch to Nikon to get it done?
Try by Pentax:- put on MF lenses- switch on AF (!!!)- keep the trigger down- camera will not take photo until centre is sharp- when you get the bet sharpness, camera automaticcaly takes a fotoWith a little practice you can shoot almost fast as with AF by AF-lenses ...It works by mine ...:o)))
NCB: Physical dials versus rear screen. I think DPReview has missed the point here, for two reasons:1) some of us find rear screens cluttered. When we want to take a pic we don't want to have to scan through the info squeezed onto the screen to find out what were looking for, and check when we've altered it. Screens are a pain. The dials separate out the information, and are much easier to see at a glance what a particular thing has been set to. And indeed to alter that thing.2) some of us wear glasses for reading, but not when taking pics. Rear screens are not easy to read for us people, one reason why I never buy a camera without a viewfinder. Dials don't present the same problem.
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ZecaMuzzio: Congrats Nikon! A camera made for those that were taking photos since Nikon F, F2, FM, FE and the like. Too bad young people don't know what this means. Time when there was no auto-focus, computers inside cameras, and awesome photos were been made nevertheless. Time when to be a photographer it meant a lot of hard work. Yes, no movie making! this is a camera for photographers, yes, freezing moments. Yes, buttons and dials just the way it was before, operating this camera it's like drinking water. Yes, no menus and distractions, all the commands we need to take great shots are right there ready to work. Perfect, yes the sensor from D4, pro sensor for pro photographers, no whistles and bells. The price is just perfect, not on the high end as the D4 and it could not be cheap as the low end cameras. Well done Nikon! finally here! What a GREAT option for photographers that once were and still are kicking _ _ _ out there looking for the right camera! An instrument for the experts!
JimWongyyz: Seems those born after 1980's don't appreciate workmanship and good design.
Sometimes I wonder if they prefer Casio over Rolex. If they argue that a Casio has more functionality and more accurate than my Rolex, how should I answer.
chooflaki: I am quite interested this camera. I have always found menu driven controls frustrating. Never been able to be completely comfortable. Having all the controls which I use 90% of the time within easy hands reach makes this camera very tempting. Most of the negativity I have read seems like nitpicking or irrelevant for my purposes. I don't care about video. superfast frame rate, 51 point focusing and shorter battery life. I do think though that it looks a bit clunky and I hope the focusing screen is interchangeable in case It is not entirely satisfactory. I have some gem legacy lenses that I would love to use again. Not a deal breaker at this stage even at the current price. I recall when the Fuji X100 was released. Plenty of underserved negativty. But now an accepted success story.
Nowelly: I find these comments incredible. As a current Nikon user, an ex-Canon user (back to the days when it all started with the EOS 650), I have to say that the Df is a refreshing addition. I will also say, as a Nikon user, in photography, ergonomics mean "ease of access to the majority of critical exposure and mode controls at a heartbeat" (because often in photography, you need to make a split second decision, not browse through endless menus and two-handed command dial + button options). Photography is all about getting that vital shot, not about faffing with over-complicated gear and impressing your mates with what hangs around the neck. The Df offers a return of that elusive one-turn dial adjustment or flick of a switch, made possible without removing an eye from the viewfinder ... many photographers will view that possibility alone, with D4 sensor, as worth it's weight in gold.
photoad: Knobs and dials that stay where you put them.Knobs and dials that you can see at a glance.Knobs and dials that you learn their position.
All killer features.
It might even fit in your pocket?
I was hoping for 16Bit RAW
I use several FX Nikons and a V1. The V1 is silent and the fastest thing in the world. Plus it's RAW.
My point: forgetting the styling, the practical functionality of the Df is unsurpassed in today's SLRs, but the pedestrian frame rate lets it down if you want to fire off a quick burst. Hence the speed that a mirrorless mode can offer is the next big thing. That would either be a 'retina' viewfinder that is truly real time, or a locked up mirror and an electronic shutter.
Back to this camera, it was a long wait for a return to basics. Thank you Nikon.
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Nowelly: To zyghom.... You are missing the point of a camera. A camera is for shooting still images. Today's DSLRs are just so crammed with unnecessary gimmickry (you want video - get a video camera, does the job better, you want to get the exposure right - learn about light, photography and exposure, then you will, and you won't just have to rely on the machine in your hands)... This camera is designed for the purist (and there are many out there who WILL buy it), young and old (or middle like me!). Some of the most famous pictures in history were taken on old Nikon F cameras, by some of the world's most highly acclaimed photographers. Did they need live view or video, or button, command dial and menus in a screen? Nope - none of it. Did they take their pictures effortlessly: yes. Dials are the most efficient way of adjusting the major settings in a camera - why change the winning formula? Why not turn it into an object of beauty too (which it is).
What is the point of those photos? Such photos can make almost every new camera nowadays. This gallery is senseless without extreme light conditions, sport action, fast moving objects etc.
"Every beggar praises his own bag!" always said my grandpa almost a 100 years ago & that is the same situation with new "bag". :o)
Never had such a problem - but my friends do.I am very satisfied with my GX20 (Samsung 18-35 mm, Pentax 35mm/f2, Sigma 70-300 mm, Pentax 50mm/f2 MF) + Panasonic FZ28. I must admit that I follow the development of photo-technology & sometimes I think that new Pentax 5 II would be a nice choise. BUT at the end counts only a photography & do not think that my photos would be much better because of new camera.
I am pretty old man - but I'll buy a yellow one for sure! Here in Balkan is stealing of cameras very popular & I am sure that such a camera is unattractive for a thief who knows that a black one is much easier to sell.
But WHAT YOU DO NOT KNOW about Penax (MF lenses):By Pentax is very easy to use manual lenses. Much easier as by others. MF lenses react like AF lenses with a simple trick: leave AF on (!!) by MF-lenses, hold the trigger & turn the focus ring on lenses - the camera automatically takes photo when focus is perfect.
newpictaker: I had a red Pentax k-x. It was a nice camera for the price range. In the end I jumped ship, not because of the colors. Rather it was the entire Pentax system. It just wasn't the system I wanted. It was harder to find a vibrant community for them (other than pentaxforums, a very nice bunch of folks, btw.) The used market was very small. It was just harder to find stuff for it.
Oh, I don't care about the "it fits all lenses ever created" either. Some do, I know. I do not like or care about manual lenses but I respect those that do. It's not the Gospel. It's photography. Just not the system for me.
My camera was red though. Loud too.
By Pentax is very easy to use manual lenses. Much easier as by others. MF lenses react like AF lenses with a simple trick: leave AF on (!!) by MF-lenses, hold the trigger & turn the focus ring on lenses - the camera automatically takes photo when focus is perfect.
Yesss - that is a right marketing idea for rich people tired of expensive & heavy Nikons & Canons, people which want something special.
They are tired of explaining to everybody on the yacht that: "... this Nikon has a full-frame sensor and it only looks like ordinary camera .." and than half an hour explaining what "full-frame sensor" is, to the friends which do know about photographing so much as nothing. . About design we do not need to speak, because such people do not have any taste for it anyway.
Here those friends will hear only short answer: "Hasselblad!" and they will know that this is something very expencive & that Nikon&Canon Co. are a piece of s**t comared with Hasselblad.:o))))
jaad75: K-5's RAW buffer is at least 23 RAWs.
The best part of Pentax cameras is, that I can use all lenses ever made for Pentax. I have some 20 years (or more?) old lenses which are perfect - currently used on Samsung GX20.
Now the time has come to think about changing body for K-30.
jsis: I honestly think that Canon and Nikon make better cameras, nobody uses a Pentax.
Clever&smart photographers use Pentax - other use Canon&Nikon.>;o)
The most beautiful Pentax ever.
VERY IMPORTANT VERY IMPORTANT VERY IMPORTANT
VERY IMPORTANT VERY IMPORTANT VERY IMPORTANT
Please excuse may bad english.
Here I see a very good bussines opportunity for you (London photographers).
Because all security people are stupid, crazy ignorants & almost illiterate dummies, it would be a very good idea toORGANIZE A PHOTO-COURSE
for them. In one or two hours (50€/hour) somebody should explaine them what small pocket & a littgle bigger bridge cameras are capable of. So DSLR is not a spy camera in any case.
Please do it as fast as possible, because I intend to come in London to take a few houndred serious street-photos & I do not want to have problems with those idots.
"We really want to be like Hasselblad but couldn't get Porsche or Lamborghini on board. So we just painted it red and gave it a sporty car name."
The most beautiful camera ever made. Is it the best? Yessss - one of the best.
Interesting link to Ricohhttp://www.ricoh.com/release/2011/0629_3.htmlI also think that Pentax has no future there.