RadioGnome: Pentax oozes nostalgia. Your dad / uncle / schoolteacher / you as your first camera used to have a Pentax.
Ricoh makes me think of a pallet with cheap copiers at the local office supply store.
You must be ignorant concerning the compacts. Ricoh makes one of the finest pocketable compact GRD IV (1.9/28mm, superfast hybrid AF, fantastic photographer friendly interface), not talking about APS-C size GXR. I do hope Pentax will concentrate their effords on semiprof and prof DSLR (FF coming?) and leave to icoh what they do best.
jhinkey: It all comes down to how this puppy performs. If it's pretty sharp across most of the frame wide open and totally sharp over the whole frame at f/5.6 or so then it will be a winner for me. Especially if it has good flare and ghosting characteristics along with reasonable distortion (I suspect it will have a fair amount of distortion).
I had the 40/2 Ultron and really liked it, but it was too close in focal length to my 50mm f/1.8 Nikkors to keep around.
I would have really liked a 28/2, but then it would not nearly be as small. F/2.8 is fine for 99% of what I shoot anyways.
Looking forward to the reviews.
The only reason to make such lenses would be as a cheaper alternative to Zeiss manuals. On top of that should Cosina fit it with stepless aperture ring and long throw distance ring for wideo use then they would have a seller.
Cariboou: Now the 5.6 between 3-4 years 4.5 and in 10 years 2.8, sure if they give as the 2.8 immediately we to buy the last and nothing else, then I like know the real cost to the production, how much for one gram of the lens... I know that is a mystery, like a car nobody know...... only thing we can do is buy and pay eh...
Just put 300/5.6 on Nikon 1 and you`ll have 810/5.6. You can of course do it with 300/2.8 to get 800/2.8. Boy if they just made Nokia 808 with F mount!
It should read high-indensity magnesium (in-house density).
Now that is a brand worth watching.
Ricoh and other also rans, take note...
Ricoh, answer swiftly with GRD V fitted with superb 1.4/28 and articulated display.
A step in right direction. As everybody knows the smaller sensor the bigger noise on high ISO which can be countered by lowering ISO while using bigger aperture.
What real shallow DOF? Remember that because of the format MTF lenses have DOF two stops down compared with FF. Thus 1.8 on MTF is 3.5 on FF. You would be better of with FF Zuiko 100/2.
Poor D800e shooters! Finally they have a machine that picks up a single recognizable face from a crowd of 50000 including the band, only to discover that f.ex in France every one in the picture can practically object and legally block the use of that picture. England`s next.
lajka: Hej Samyang. Why not a model in Leica M-mount so we can use it with adapters on: Ricoh GRX, Fuji-Pro, Sony Nex, without need of buying a lens for each model. Or maybe that`s what you want? You can still make one for Samsung since it`s korean and it`s mount not allowing m-adopters is hopeless.
audijam. Have you heard about Bessas, Zorkis, Feds. These are film models that can be had for 50 bucks up. Beside the fact that Leica doesn`t make one. Finally, I do have Leica, it`s 20 years old M6 and you probably had in mind Leica Monochrom which I can only dream of possesing, which I don`t.
Actually, to simplify the problem, you can settle on 39 screw mount, cheaper and even more universal. C`mon Samyang, you can do it.
FTW. Samyang as you see up till now, doesn`t make zooms. It`s Tokina you should pray to. Actually Sigma makes one, the 10-20. Should it be top quality may I recommend Cooke, Angenieux or Zeiss. These boys make lense for super 35 format which is close to APS-C. I just can immagine such one f.ex. Cooke 10-20/2.8, weight 5 pound price 50.000$. Start working FTW.
Hej Samyang. Why not a model in Leica M-mount so we can use it with adapters on: Ricoh GRX, Fuji-Pro, Sony Nex, without need of buying a lens for each model. Or maybe that`s what you want? You can still make one for Samsung since it`s korean and it`s mount not allowing m-adopters is hopeless.
odpisan: The most beautiful Pentax ever.
Disagree, The Queen of Beauty Contest is Pentax LX and the little Miss is black Pentax MX.
Dave Oddie: Pentax seem to have forgotten the K-5 is an aps-c camera when designing the 40mm lens.
On a full frame camera that focal length is great (I owned an Zuiko 40mm F2 in film days) but on aps-c with a f.o.v equal to 60mm I can't think of a more useless specification for a prime lens.
Pentax are not the only one to do this. Sony brought out a 50mm "portrait" lens when that is really too short to be a classic portrait lens with a f.o.v of a 75mm.
They are both far too conservative and seem to think they should stick to focal lengths that are really for full frame rather than develop specifically for aps-c. A 28mm prime which is approx 42mm f.o.v would have been much better.
40mil is chosen because, if were interested in optics, this is the optimal focal lenght to create the smallest and brightest lens unit. Supprising comment coming from the owner of Zuiko 40/2. Just look at size of 35/2 or 5071.8 and you`ll understand. As to the effective crop on APS-C, well. Long time ago the high speed lenses were around 55-58 mm and are still sought after items. Just try to buy Konicas 60/1.2 for Leica mount. Good luck.
Gesture: This development begs the question: wouldn't there be some way to have such a camera take alternate sensors? Will be interesting if Ricoh tries a B&W sensor for the GXR platform.
Yes,yes,yes. Please Ricoh just do it. I have your m-unit and 28-unit and love them both. Do it Ricoh, B/W unit and HD unit just for filming. Of course both in leica m-mount.
All that talk about price and mental sanity of buyers. Leica improved what could be improved. It`s called technological progress without which we wouln`t have Nikons 800E, IPads and spaceflights. Some people buy BMW motobikes others Leica lenses.
dav1dz: People are missing the mark on this one. It's not all aperture rating or the lack thereof. Leica's produced a lens that is not affected the chromatic aberration.
You don`t have chromatic abberation only if you take picture in narrowband monochromatic light with the lens that is specifically corrected for this spectrum, like the ones used for electronic chip production.
Stilograph: I do not think Leica buyers consider any price to be an issue. For many, it's difficult to grasp, but at a premium pricing, the clientel they are going for is absolutely diffrent from a normal consumer. They flat out don't think about money same way others do.
I actually know a friend who got a Leica M8 and 35 Summilux for 3700 euros from an old lady, who got the camera for holiday pictures. She the proceedeed to buy Oly E-P3. I'm not kidding.
Anyway, i guess Leica is something that Apple was about 5-7 years ago. Unique. You buy it, beacause it's one of a kind, and everyone knows it's premium.
Stilo. You don`t have to be lucky spotting leica asph. in the fleemarket. There`s used market too. I bought from photobussiness some ten years ago a Noctilux for 600 $ just because it had couple hairthin miniscule scratches completely invisible in picture.
LaFonte: You have to understand that this is the "real" Zeiss, not a pay-for-rent name that is used on sony lenses. As such it actually isn't that expensive and will probably hold its value for a long time.
Zeiss ZM lenses are made by Cosina with exception of two: 15/2,8 and 85/2. These are made in Germany with according price.
Apewithacamera: GREAT LENS! BEST USED ATTACHED TO A NIKON D800!
Attached to NIKON 800 E !