This system could be interesting specialist system for extreme macro and extreme tele, but this is EXACTLY the lenses Pentax does not provide for some reason. You can adopt some, but will lose EXIF, AF, electronic aperture, size advantage etc, so it is not very good way. Besides, the lenses would be FF or APS-C optimized, meaning they unnecessary (for the price and size and weight disadvantages) cover the much (up to 40x) larger image circles while not having enough center sharpness for the tiny pixels of Q.
Raist3d: I still see a baffling number of not so well informed posts thinking Pentax is just twisting in the wind the Q mount. For those who may not know, the Q mount has become rather reasonably popular in Japan and profitable for the company.
This is why they are committing to the format. Outside of Japan some sales have picked up (don't know how good there), but one of the bigger markets is one where the Pentax Q mount is indeed making a profit for Pentax.
As for those who say "why this and not a Nex or etc." you need to pick up a Q in person to understand. Yes, there is a photographic benefit for a true pocketable camera that can change lenses. If you don't see the advantage or it doesn't work for your work it does not make it useless for a set of photographers. And you know, that can be ok- it may not work for you but work for someone else.
A lot of the people I see complaining about the sensor size don't even seem to do photography.
"Nothing interesting or significant? Can you put a fish eye to any of the cameras you mentioned? "
Yes, fisheye converters are quite cheap, and putting them on top of a lens does not expose sensor to dust.
"Oh and you can do better shallow DOF or a portrait with the 06 telephoto which is constant f2.8 and 249mm equivalent on the Q. Tell me, what other cameras offers these options?"
With equivalent apertures, every camera does better.
Zvonimir Tosic: There's a good analogy in the history of western art; within a body of work of any good artists, most abundant were sketchbooks, studies, exercises. Then, compared to it, way less large scale works. Artists like Turner had almost 100:1 ratio of studies vs big works. John Constable said that he'd always part with big pieces, but never with sketches. Take a look at Leonardo da Vinci, etc. You get the idea: it all starts there, in endless exercise and developing ideas quickly.Likewise, consider the Q system as an ultimate sketching, exercising tool for photography. You can exercise in a small scale and feather-light weight whatever a big system can do, even similar handling, and then apply gathered knowledge in a bigger (DSLR) system for more important work when times come. For some people, smaller scale work is all they love to do, and end up doing for pleasure, and that's okay too.
You can "exercise" just as well with Pana FZ200, without the hassle of changing lenses.
DPR, there is a mistake in your article (in the lens comparison table) - 15-42 zoom is not 03, it is 06. 03 is fisheye.
glarry: You Simon Joinson did it again!It isn't first time u (DPR’s reviews) mention about live view and micro 4/3 cameras, if you want to be fair all Sony (here including classic mirror SLR) got fast LV. I have Sony A580 and what u see in LV is what you get. I tried a Nikon SLR, u push the shutter,the photo is coming after 2 seconds, meantime other people are in your frame.
You quickly lunched "Find&Replace" function on 1 y/o 650D review (although missed a page). Good job, the camera does not deserve more. :)
dynaxx: A "new" camera that sums up what this camera manufacturer is all about.
I used to think Canon would look at their competitors ( innovators / collaborators with the great names in photography / moving the digital photgraphy experience forward ) and think "we have to change". But no ; they don't even care. They just spend more on marketing and contunue to "churn" the consumers locked into their lens mount. It just means that when the crash comes, it will be more cataclysmic
"This year's Canon innovation is a DSLR that's smaller than the competition, the SL1/100D."
It is about as heavy as Olympus E-420 from 5.5 years ago and just about as outdated, right at release this time.
f64manray: Canon makes a fine still camera, but it severely lags behind the GH3 in the video realm. This is becoming more than a joke.
"Canon makes a fine still camera"
Not really, its base ISO DR is whopping 2-3EV behind the competition (Nikon/Sony/Pentax...) and high ISO quality is 1EV behind Nikon and Pentax and Sony NEX (and even behind Sony's translucent-mirrored Cameras and smaller-sensor m43s). It is not even funny anymore.
People are laughing at Canon now. 4 years ago, when the sensor was first released in 7d, it was VERY different. It is a fast-paced industry, and somebody fell asleep at the wheel...
Tom Elst: $ 799 at todays rate is € 599. Or vice versa € 999 is $ 1332 . I know where I am going to spend my euros on this lens! I might even buy two, and sell one in Europe.
"I know where I am going to spend my euros on this lens!"
Flying to NYC? Don't forget to add about 10% of the local sales tax and duty when you return home. :)
Aris25: Ha Ha!!!$799 in US | £799.99 in UK | €999 in EU | very fair pricing!!!
Now price the healthcare over the lifetime and college for kids in the US and the price of toys is NOTHING.
At that price, it is absolute must have for any aps-c DSLR owner. At last you will have the ability to get right framing and perspective outside of studio. :)Especially great on Sony and Pentax, with stabilization.
Now Sigma, make the same for mirrorless - must be easier (and the result smaller) without the retrofocus design. :)
The 5-15 suddenly becomes usefully wide. :)
Gold award for the slow focusing f/2.8 non-stabilized fixed FL weighing as much as 50/1.8? It's small size would be useful on SL1, but its FL (64mm eq - neither normal nor portrait) is not. It's FL is not bad for FF, but heavy vignetting makes it f/3.5 and slower for half of the frame, and it is not tele for such heavy vignetting to be ignored. Fail.
Just shows you that 13 mpix is unnecessary (too much) for f/2.4 lens over 1/3" sensor. There is no details at this level, or even close, even at ISO 40.
harrisoncac: I do not know why FujiFilm ditched its highly acclaimed SuperCCD technology.Since they did that, I haven't bought a single camera from them. Meanwhile their camera design really lets me down. The glory of S5 pro has gone and gone.
"You never worked with the X-Pro1, I think?That's an amazing camera after 2 years I work with it :-)"
One problem - it is not 2 y/o yet, barely 1.
utomo99: Any prediction, when new camera with better sensor will be available on the market ? this year or next year ?
2015 at best.
"advanced sensitivity 1.2 times more sensitive than conventional sensors**** Estimation from Panasonic image sensors"
That would make it... still a little behind the best Sony sensors.
A little late, aren't they?
On the contrarian note:at least in bright sunlight the images from this camera will have a 29 times higher chance to have proper framing and perspective and enough DoF do fit what is interesting in the picture, unlike all those fixed FL fixed lens Nikon As and Fuji X100s shot wide open just for the heck of it.
<runs for cover from the fanboys>