***** Five-Star Article!Thanks, Richard. Your writing is so clear and informative... VERY much appreciated.
I use an APS-C Pentax K-5 IIs. Take pictures for ads and brochures, for web pages, for e-mail newsletters. Nothing fancy -- the 75% of all commercial images that just don't need full pro photographer magic. Bread-and-butter work.
Far as I can tell, I don't need a full-frame camera. 16 MP gives me a lot of room to crop. I also shoot 'wide' to get even more space to crop or distort perspective in Lightroom. For lighting, PocketWizard Plus units and a couple of Yong-Nuo 560 II speedlights, and a white umbrella.
If I ever decided to drastically ramp up my skills and equipment, I'd skip past full-frame and get a Pentax 645Z... AND a full complement of studio lighting equipment, backdrops, etc. But that's a whole other time and money investment situation. You have to know yourself, and psychologically, I'm happiest with my simple jobs that I can do quickly without getting confused by highly-professional equipment...
My career was in high-tech. I can tell you for a fact, it takes a LOT of capital to bring a product to market. With the key being your 'burn rate', how fast the money is disappearing, a race against failure. This is not news to high-tech investors... hoping for that one super mega success. Business is risk. If you are risk averse, try short-term US Treasury bonds...
I use a Pentax K-5 IIs and a Sony RX100 to take pictures for ad clients... who use them on the internet and on small-quantity-run Xerox Docucolor-printed flyers and brochures. With RAW, Lightroom, and a simple PocketWizard Plus/YongNuo 560 II flash setup, I have all I need, actually overkill for the customer requirements. Next camera? A new Pentax, when the fully-articulating screen and wifi button make their way to the K-5-type platform, whatever its called in a year or so.
Full-frame? no need at all.
Why on earth would someone buy this new camera, when you can still get a K5 or K5 ii for less money? What am I missing here?
SEEMS to be aimed at women? No kidding!
Great product. Surprised that no-one thought of it sooner. wonder what else you could use it for?
John McMillin: I know what you mean about the strong reaction a camera such as this will draw from bystanders. About ten years ago, I pooled spare funds with a photographer friend to buy a used Pentax 645 film camera, just for grins. After I received it and shot a roll., I arranged to meet up with him at a convenient spot that happened to be my kid's elementary school, right at afternoon pickup time. The sight of two men handling such an apparatus in sight of children so alarmed one mom that she called the principal out to confront "the perverts." It was a good thing that I already had a friendly relationship with that principal, as a parent and volunteer. The mom still was convinced we were up to no good. "See-- it's a movie camera!" she accused. So I whipped out my big, long, uncut ... roll of developed E-6 and asked her, "Do you think we're an IMax crew?" Well, I wish I had said that! She's still sure I'm a perv, I bet.
I have an old Pentax 645N. Same size. You have to get past your own fear of being noticed. Because... in my case... I've found that nobody else really cares. OTOH, wandering around with a Hoodman loupe gaffer-taped on the back of a Pentax K-01, I've had all sorts of questions from admiring younger people about where can they get a video camera just like that...
I use a Ricoh GR. Fits in my shirt pocket, unlike the Leica. And MUCH better image quality, judging from the pix above... plus way better ergonomics. Best of all, since nobody knows what a Ricoh is, I don't get pestered by people... ever. The Leicas, I think, are like Ferraris... cameras and cars for people who need highly visible logos. Though to be fair, isn't there one Leica with no branding... and decent manual controls?
If you had one of these, might just be perfect for street photography -- I can't think of anything less threatening. And 20 MP ... plenty of room to crop out those subjects who broke out laughing when you took the picture...
Naive of me, but does the price include a lens?
And, can't tell from the photo, but isn't it too big to fit in a man's workshirt pocket? A la XZ-1, RX100, GR, etc...
My cameras use SD cards, not MicroSD cards. The Surface Pro 3 only has a MicroSD port. How does this help a photographer?
I have an RX100 with a Franiec grip. It's a fantastic pocket camera. I know the newer ones are better, but they are also larger and heavier. Think I'll stick with my 'original'.
I'd keep this review unfinished until the Pentax FLUcard arrives -- guess that's the last piece of the puzzle.
And then -- we Pentax owners will finally see if our flagship camera earns a rating equal to or better than its Canikon equivalents!
I am shocked at the low pricing for this excellent camera -- and for those from other mfgrs -- and also how fast the value depreciates. Scary, scary business. Great times for the consumer, but you wonder how much longer this can go on.
jon404: I'm out of touch. Could someone tell me why, in this digital age, we need detachable backs? Don't you just swap out memory cards? Or, do these backs include a hard drive -- and , if so, do you actually need one... with the high-capacity memory cards that are available now?
Thanks Jerome -- sounds like nothing's changed, back to Speed Graphic time!
I'm out of touch. Could someone tell me why, in this digital age, we need detachable backs? Don't you just swap out memory cards? Or, do these backs include a hard drive -- and , if so, do you actually need one... with the high-capacity memory cards that are available now?
Just a Photographer: Powered by Sony?
And why does such premium valued brand use low cost plastics for their body casing?
As per a post below, to get you to buy the crocodile skin grip. But may be less expensive to go to Florida, shoot an alligator in the Everglades, and make the grip yourself -- perhaps with a Ferrari logo or two to match that quintessential Hassy cachet.
3X the price of the new Pentax 645D-II... same 50 MP sensor? What am I missing here?
Looks to me like Nikon is extremely vulnerable, with 76% of their income from cameras. The others are more diversified. They should probably merge with Samsung, and start developing a line of Nikon-branded smartphones to cover their bets.
Smeggypants: Look on the bright side ..... at least it wasn't designed by Marc Newson!!
Hey! I've got a Pentax K-01... and it's wonderful... very easy to use. I give Newson a big plus for it... but not for the Leica...