I have been waiting since 2006 and now i am deeply sorry. It is here, the first impression says it is an excellent camera, the price is fantastic. so why sorry? Because it came so late. Now, it is difficult and unsure economic situation here in Norway and the Norwegian Kroner has gone so down. All these make it difficult if not impossible for me to put my hand on such a beautiful machine. Anyhow, I would like to congratulate all those who patiently waited and wish good luck, At the same time I have to thank Ricoh for being so serious and so consumer friendly. Good luck.
Perhaps the whole mystery is there! May be that is not a typo. May be they introduce a new system totally different with DSLR and call it Digital SRL.
Interesting review. I used to have a Manfrotto table top tripod for vacations. It did a good job but in Budapest I missed a bigger tripod very badly. Unfortunately i missed that little tripod and began to search for a compromise. A tripod as small as possible folded but high enough for some situation. I ended up to a tripod called Davis & Sanford Traverse TR-553-228. I have however not found any test or review on that tripod. I chose it only based on specification. I wonder if anyone does own that tripod to shed a little bit light on the tripod in action. Thanks
The Vorlon: So we have the usual - a device not available till June, and two people 'had it' and 1 'owns' it... smh
Funny! In the same note why not having another choice added: "I don't want it"
Can someone tell me how a camera bag looks like? I wonder what is the idea with a bag which "doesn't scream camera bag" when you open it and bring out an expensive looking camera out of it!
yesman12: Thanks DP editors. Good Interview. I don't blame Pentax for not sharing details. Looks like Canon is forced to respond to the 645Z with a 50Mp FF.
On the K mount and mirror less, I think the registration distance issue is a bit overplayed. 1) The over all size of the camera and standard lens combined is what counts, not just the camera w/o lens. The difference in length as measured along the lens axis between a Sony NEX and any other APSc dSLR becomes less when a 18-55 lens is mounted.2) The "dead space" could actually be utilized by rear protruding lenses (indeed they Planned a few for K01) specifically designed for a mirrorless K-mount.
Indeed I see other reasons for mirror-less ( simplicity of design, live view of in body IS, data insertion including histograms, no mirror box for size reduction) but I am not sure that cutting a few MM off the registration distance is that critical. The K-01 had more issues than its registration distance (ugly being one).
There is a rumor that Fujifilm considering a Medium format camera with the same sensor as Pentax 645Z. It is not a matter of being big and small in business. In Capitalism you have to consider everyone around you. In camera industry it is not only Canon, Ricoh should be aware of. Capitalism in simple language: If you have 1000 dollars and I have 1 dollar. You have to do whatever to get that only 1 dollar from me!
Build quality seems to be great. If the quality of the output is also good then they are worth the price.
Interesting! This picture has got the first place!
cgarrard: *Cracks knuckles*... lets see, what would I like to see in the upcoming FF DSLR... well
1. Class leading viewfinder (magnification, biggest brightest view of all FF DSLRs)2. No AA filter using K3's shift mech tech3. Weather Sealing (best in class)4. Intervalometer w/in camera time lapse video making/editing5. All of Pentax's standard excellent features carried over from previous cameras like the K3/K5IIS such as multi-exposure, dust alert, tv mode, high frequency dust removal, etc... etc... etc...6. A very fast processor able to take on all tasks as fast or faster than the K37. Built in lightning trigger technology8. 24mp or more resolution9. AF system more advanced than K3's10. Advanced manual focusing aids for live view (split screen simulation mode, better focus peaking options)11. Video that rivals cameras of its class, or better
And that is my "short" list. Yes, you like the idea of the built in lightning trigger mode, nobody asks for that.
The Nr.7 is excellent. I pay $100 extra just for that function.
select: only 15 years late... LOL
What 15 years? FF cameras as reality begin only in around 2007-2008 by Nikon joining the single-man club. The EOS 1Ds and Kodak cameras were in hands of a very few professional people. In fact we can say year 2008 is the year for FF cameras as it came to market to cater a much broader customer group. Nikon D700, EOS 5D and Sony A900, all came in 2008.
This time, it seems that the news is real. As I have waited in years and have not realized my dream, I still say: If it is true, I will be truly thankful to Ricoh for that. I assume, it will cost, so I start saving right now. This alongside to a process of making the wife ready for the disaster! In fact, I searched for a rumor about Pentax today. No mention in the sites established for rumors, but here I found it. One word: Happy!
OH! What a fantastic camera! What did photographers do before emergence of this camera?
Tord S Eriksson: This camera is a clone of the XZ-1/XZ-2 and the MX-1, as they use exactly the same lens and very similar sensor type. Evidently an OEM supplies the optics and the focusing mechanism, while the brand name makes the outer casing and add their own, tweaked, firmware (possibly the electronics, too, but the similarities are scarily similar).
The two that stand out, is the X30, with built-in viewfinder, and the MX-1 with none (not even a external, mechanical/optical, option, as the X10 has)! They are also the two heaviest, by the way:
And this Fuji takes photos. It must be a clone!
Is this an advertisement?
Do the leds have any function except abusing the battery?
We people are different. Many of us get exited by gimmicks and business holders enjoy this big group of people who pay for nothing essential. If you are in imaging business however, you should know that some of us only care about real progress. I for one am fed up with lots of colorful ordinary (good) dslrs with crippled sensor. I care about Full Format. Everything else is playing in playground. thanks!
Revenant: The naming scheme really makes sense. First the Q, then the Q10, then the Q7, and now the Q-S1. Anyone dare to guess what they'll call the next one?
munro harrap: IMHO this person photographed as images communicate better than our words do. I take pictures for the same reason. Any verbal remark or comment sounds "preachy".
But her pointless death need not be followed by any more photographers pointlessly dying- and death is pointless anyway, especially when it need not have happened.
If you have lived with anyone who has "served" in a war, or lived through it, they do not talk about it as it is obscene beyond words.
Obscene in the sense that it should not be shown as it corrupts and depraves the mind of the viewer. War photographs are as obscene as child pornography, and should not be seen.
We become as viewers the helpless distraught victims of the photographs of situations about which WE CAN DO NOTHING, because they are PAST.The war photograph cant stop what has happened at all, any more than famine pictures stop a famine, or pictures of a fire put the fire out.
War pictures are suffering and hate recorded and perpetuated, Spock out
On the contrary of what you claim, I am myself a war veteran. I have wasted 5 of my best years of life in a meaningless war. I would talk about what i have experienced with no problems. I believe those 5 years, if wasted, are still part of my life. Only by talking and by showing the reality of war, we can truly understand the cruelty of war. Comparing war photography with child pornography is total nonsense. While the latter is the ugliest crime the war photography, in my view, is a sacred act.