Marty4650: "Body cap lens"..... where have I heard that before?
Regarding OTF plane metering, I agree though I would have worded it as "refined" Olympus's metering.OM2 and LX - 2 great cameras sigh...
This body lens cap isn't anything new. For example you have loreo, which was kinda fun during the film days. And before that I use to poke holes on my lens cap for some pinhole photography.I think some are having an issue with you Marty for saying that Pentax is copycatting Olympus which simply isn't true.
Love the look! I love the idea of a camera made to wear**
Judging on how Pentax many to coax a decent quality out of the q10, I think it'll be good enough for me to bring everyday.
It would have been cool if they had the assignable lens ring but I guess they want to make sure the camera can be worked one-handed, which is great too!
Meh, the lack of external flash shoe doesn't worry me, I can always get a cheap Yong Nuo flash and use the flash trigger or even better get a hammer head camera flash and use it with that.
I'll be getting it for sure.
Henry Falkner: Your camera reviews are few and far between. You can't afford to allow yourselves to be distracted with baggage.
@Henryhahaha, caught it on my second read. Nice.
Mike Sandman: For all of you who laughed at seeing the OM-D in the photo at the beginning of the article:
I have the slightly smaller version of this bag, the D466, and it holds my Canon 5D Mark II with 24-105 lens attached in the bottom compartment along with at least one and sometimes two other short-barrel lenses. It's a tight fit and it's heavy, but it works. It also holds a 15" laptop, a quart-size Ziplock bag with assorted cables, and the computer's power supply. Sometimes I can even squeeze in an apple (the edible kind). It's my go-to backpack for long business trips when I will have a day off or a weekend to explore a new place. The chest strap is very helpful in keeping it on and comfortably in place. It's been around the world at least five times (all the way around...) and it still looks like new. One can sneer at the concept and at OM-D in the photo, but people who own these bags have the last laugh.
Actually I do. My day job requires me to bring a laptop. When I have a shooting gig at night, my camera's all neatly packed. Plus I cycle, the bag is right up my alley. I use 3 similar type of bags.A Thinktank shapeshifter, when I have a gig. A Kata Sensitivity V for the weekend(small but I love it) and a Timbuk2 backpack with camera-inserts for my daily commute bag.I would love a small bag and just carry a camera with a 50mm around but I realise I love my hands free even more. I tend to dump in rolls of film inside as well as whatever I find/buy on the way.
Hubertus Bigend: Is it just me, or is my impression correct that since Amazon's acqusition of dpreview even the most popular cameras take longer and longer to get reviewed and more and more reviews only come in trickles? If I still was the "early adopter" of camera tech I kind of used to be for some time, dpreview could not exert much influence on my decisions anymore these days.
Uhm..... what has film's death(or apparent slow demise) got to do with slow reviews?
The site's name is dpreview, it does reviews on digital photography. People come to the site for the reviews. If it does not have the latest or is not forthcoming with the reviews on digital photography, it sort of defeat the purpose of having a gear review site in the first place doesn't it?Dpreview is expanding more into other aspect of photography other than just gear reviews, I find that commendable and I do like it but I still stand by my earlier point.
Light Pilgrim: So Zeiss understood that they are loosing the business and are coming, finally, with an AF lens for Canon and Nikon?
@AlbinoThe only exception* would be the Pentax 43mm f1,9 that Pentax made in a ltm mount.
*discounting the t-mount and m42 and m39 mounts of course.
**Apologies to Albino, now that I think of it, they did not reverse engineer those mounts, it was open to begin with. So yes, your statement is correct.
Superka: nothing can compare to Sigma 50/1.4. Why to bye this one?
@Joe.....Most 50mm lens design are derivatives of Zeiss's original planar design.I would highly suspect, the Sigma is the same too. That being said, there are no real bad 50mm and pretty much all are on par. Most are pretty sharp, have high resolution and have good contrast. That is why before the advent of dslr(for the benefit of others, I'm sure you know this), the 50mm is the lens most beginners start with as it is also the most affordable and you go wrong with one.
The thing is, it is not about sharpness, there are other aspects of a lens that one might prefer over the other, perhaps the contrast, the saturation, the bokeh, the unsharp qualities, etc.
If somebody wants to buy a Zeiss, whatever floats their boat. The same as anyone wanting to buy a Sigma 50mm f1,4.
I could have easily as said, anybody wanting to buy FF cameras are poseurs but who am I to say right?
D1N0: How did they do that? Copied an ancient pentax design. http://www.pentaxforums.com/lensreviews/data/27/SMC_Pentax-M_40mm_Pancake.jpg
Uhm pancake lens predated Pentax's own you know.
Konica Hexar has a 40mm f1,8 lens way back then as well. Carl Zeiss did, so did some other less know lens maker.
In regards to its good performance, well it's based of the tried and true planar design(purportedly) which orginated from Carl Zeiss. A design used and refined by many lens and camera makers. So duh.....
Although due to its compact form, I would be more incline to believe it's more of a tessar in its design. Also a design originated from Carl Zeiss and also a proven performer.
If Canon actually screwed up in either implementation, I would dare say that Carl Zeiss himself, will not only roll in the grave but dig himself out, search for the Canon engineers and give them a proper smackdown.
Barbu: Bad Kreuznach. Go to your room ;)
Yet another brainwashed press release, unfiltered at the producer and unbelievably unedited on this site.
Even the rumors sites are more careful with what they publish...
K_Photo_Teach: When you see the effort required to eek out the best resolution from this camera it becomes clear that lack of in body image stabilisation should be negatives in the reviews.
Amazing detail from the 800E though, simply amazing.Well done Nikon - i think its a game changer
I think you are mistaking marketing and market presence for usability.And don't forget that Nikon and Canon makes quite a number of booboo as well. Remember Canon's 24-105 L issue? The light leaks on their new body? Nikon's battery issue? AF contact misaligned? Every brand has them, just that not every brand has very vocal minority dumb noobs who don't know how to use a camera and blinded by the problems that other brands has as well.
xlotus: I don't know what's wrong with these people, whining about the focal length.
m43 has 20mm (=40mm FF). There. It's not just Canon.
It's small and inexpensive. I will get one for sure.
Ummm I dunno, maybe take pictures with it. I don't thing I'll be using it to hammer any nails.
Perhaps Canon is bringing in a new line of lens using STM so that it can be used for both phase and contrast af.Could the new Canon mirrorless be coming? Ala K-01
Mssimo: OK, one last time for the people that still don't get it:
This is a 75mm f1.8. It has the DOF of a 75mm f1.8. Its NOT a 150mm lens (Duh) Let me say it again. Its not a 150mm lens. This lens will produce the SAME DOF of a 75mm on a Pentax Q, u4/3, full frame, MF, LF or your kitchen wall. A 75mm will always be a 75mm. Do you get the picture? The image circle of this lens will over a u4/3 full frame.Don't compare it to a 150mm because its not one. This is not that advanced...
waxwaine: That´s not compact!
seems compact enuff for me.
ithinkthatsme: For DOF maniacs, some sample photos are here: http://olympus-imaging.jp/product/dslr/mlens/75_18/sample/index.html
So, to resume it, you have a lens that gives you the Effective Focal Length of 150mm lens wich you can expose as an F1.8 lens and have shallow DOF of an 150mm/F4 lens ... i think people doesn't realise how shallow an 150mm/F4 lens will give you. Oh yeah and it weight a lot less and also much smaller.
150mm f4 dof equivalent is pretty shallow, you can even get the same effect on a 50mm at f2 on an apsc sensor (if you want) at a shorter working distance even. I would like to add, that on an em-5 it might look big because the camera itself is pretty small. I noticed in the pic above that the filter thread is 58mm? that is pretty small, not as small as the Pentax FA 77mm(@49mm) but small enough.
locke_fc: What I don't get is why all manufacturers insist on releasing 50mm lenses for APS-C bodies.The 50mm has all reason to be for FF, as it approaches the normal angle of view. In APS-C though, it's pointless. The equivalent 75mm is neither here nor there: too short for portrait, too long for walk around and general purpose shooting.
So why this fixed mentality that APS-C needs a fast 50mm? I don't get it. Anyone looking for a portrait lens on cropped sensors would better served by a 60-70mm lens.
Maybe it is because, if you have a 50mm lens, you can still use it as a 50mm lens on a FF camera when you upgrade? True for Canon/Nikon/Sony anyway. Whether or not Pentax will have a FF version, remains to be seen.I did a few paid gigs using the 50mm as the main portrait lens - seems alright to me.I'm not too sure of the pricing issue, but a quick check on amazon still shows the price as "mostly" better than the equivalent version for other brands. Though the news that they raised the price did sucker punched me, I thought of buying a few more later on, ah the price you pay for being slow.
nicolaiecostel: This is a crop lens, meaning no future FF model from pentax. At least they cleared that one up. This lens has small optical elements because it only covers a crop sensor, it hasn't got aperture controlled by a ring so it will not work on the majority of film cameras, (except the MZ-S ?), and has a plastic mount, and a screw driven AF. So in all honesty, apart from it's nice design and aperture blades, this should be even cheaper than the Nikon 50 1.8D. I hope it will be a nice lens but it sounds more like a rip-off, at least at this price.
You fail to show me, a diagram, a specifications of sorts, dimensions and yet you still claim "smaller optical element" will not cover FF? (whatever that means) And with this oh-so-persuasive comeback, expect me to understand? "In order to have aperture ring to be used in video or film" This lens was designed to be used on dslr. You do know what a dslr is right? I hope you do video alot since you're making this your dealbreaker. In fact the rest of your post doesn't make sense to me. It has been my past experience that prices goes down after the initial kick-off (it fluctuates after that but usually holds steady)
Peadingle: Rather disappointed as a long-time Pentax fan looking to buy a DSLR. Why? Because the K-30 doesn't have an articulating viewing screen that my current two digital cameras have, and a feature that I am not now prepared to be without.
@nicola-sumthinHave you been to a waterpark or sea-side when the waves are crashing or on a boat ride? Or to Thailand when they have the water festival or India Holi festival. I can tell you.....no an umbrella will not save your normal-not-weather-sealed-camera.
arpikusz: Why can't Pentax sell this lens for $150? Both Nikon and Canon has 50mm 1.8 lenses for around $100-$150...
Maybe its because of the quick-shift? *shrugCanon ef 50mm f1.8 is cheap, plastic mount but no quick-shift feature.Nikkor 50mm f1.8G is about the same price, metal mount and has manual override. I dunno maybe when it's out, the price would normalise between those too. Just speculating. I hope Dpreview will do a review on the lens.
@mhikeWhich 2 primes were those? Just curious, FA lenses? Because those are the ones I know cost more than the other brands used. I think its because its kinda hard to get. It can be ridiculous sometimes the price that are asked.