KameraFever: Though it doesn't have quite the AF as Nikon and Canon, this seems to be a landscape photographers dream. Tiltable LCD for difficult angles, IBIS, pixel shift capture for static subjects, and weather sealing at this price point are insane.
Jimmy--Since you're able to judge the AF sub-par, I'm assuming you have a K-1 in hand for thorough testing. Can you educate us about its other aspects?
NAwlins Contrarian: The autofocus points only cover a small fraction of the frame. That plus Pentax's historically class-trailing autofocus performance appear to significant downsides to what is otherwise a good value for the money with some interesting features.
Maybe, maybe not. I'll want to see how it fares in testing.
RedFox88: $1800 and no 4k? SMH lol!
In my experience, any post that requires the poster to LOL himself probably wasn't very humorous.
TN Args: I like the value proposition -- although Pentax lenses have always been overpriced IMHO.
I wonder why they didn't offer a pixel shift high res mode? Could have delivered 100 MP on tripod.
John's impression may be accurate but out-of-date. Retail prices of Pentax lenses are currently way down, at least in the U.S.
Malcolm Kantzler: Does anyone know if the Pentax 645 SMC lenses (manual, AF, and Leaf Shutter) will work with this camera with at least Aperture-Priority metering, and if so with adapter, what the adapter is? Those 645 system lenses are beautiful performers and I'd love to be able to use them on a full-frame digital body w/o the expense of a medium-format digital body. Thanks.
Yes. There are a number of adapters available online.
Terry Breedlove: I would buy in a heart beat. My only problem is I have several old Pentax manual focus lenses I would love to shoot with but I can not Manual focus the modern DSLR cameras if my life depended on it. I hate to say it but I am thinking about a Sony A7II just for that reason. I don't want to spend money on a bunch of new lenses but this Pentax really temps me.
Focus peaking really helps with this.
The focus peaking is one of our favorite features on our Pentax--very useful for MF lenses, indispensable for macro shots, nice for fine-tuning other shots as well. Not sure I need FF for my shooting, but glad to see this feature included.
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jl_smith: Looks like a nice camera but 10 bucks says it still has sub-par AF. Those thinking this would replace a D300 or 7D for AF -intensive shooting might want to reconsider.
I just have to wonder about folks who judge the K-3 wonderful or terrible, based on no info whatsoever. I'm sure tests of this feature will occur soon. Word is that the DPR preview was of a pre-production model w/o final firmware. They claim great AF, and we will know for certain soon enough. Hopefully it will be, for the sake of Pentaxians and for the competitive pressure it'll put on the big boys.
mpgxsvcd: Does this camera do AFC during video? Is the 4K video mode what everyone was calling the RAW mode?
AF yes, haven't heard yet about the other.
mosc: There are definitely some guys at Canon and Nikon that just pulled out some hair reading this pricing announcement! Not only does it hit their lens business but it puts the entire FF sensor format on notice.
Harold--agreed that there are other FF advantages. However, having something equivalent to a FF 2.8 zoom helps to equalize one big APS-C disadvantage. The newer APS-C sensors are also pretty good with high ISO and improved DR, as well. I'm personally picturing one of these on a $499 Pentax K30 IBIS body for a really capable non-pro kit.
Well it's understandably heavy, but I can slap it on my Pentax, get IS and focus peaking and go a long way towards eliminating my FF envy. Thanks, Sigma!
rgarijo: Sigma has just revived APS-C market. I am sure there is a grat party going on right now in Pentax headquarters.
Yep. I'm already thinking of getting one to replace my 17-50/2.8 for my K-5.
arpikusz: Is it just me, or are the K-30 the K-50 and the K-500 essentially the same camera? :-/
Pentax says as much--if you don't need WR, the K-500 lets you get the package w/o paying for what you don't want.
role_of_72: Apart from the AA battery thing this is what I call value for money!Now let's see some good lens to come, Pentax ;)
Using AA's is an option. It comes standard with the LI109.
Given the need for Pentax to build brand awareness, the optional colors seem smart...they would distinguish the P's from the C's and N's.
thomas2279f: Looks like good cameras; dig the colors, good resolution at 16mp, competitively price and some good lenses.
Only wish was that they included 1 D-LI109 battery with the camera and you may need quite few sets of 4xAA batteries and higher capacity ones to have decent battery life and the battery compartment could get a tad warm as well.
It does. The AA configuration is what's optional.
Seems like a good move. However, if I wanted one and already had lenses, I'd pick up a K-30 at B&H for $499 while they last.
Barry Fitzgerald: Pentax show they can put out well crafted photographer geared (dual dials, 100% prism VF), great bang per buck bodies. Sadly they insist on huge price increases on their lens range pretty much wiping out any interest most buyers might have.
Ricoh are doing exactly the same as Hoya did, price gouging on lenses. It really hurts Pentax and their potential.
In the US, many of us have found that some large online retailers can quote lower lens prices over the phone. Case in point, a 15mm Limited lens is $100/20% higher online everywhere than what I was quoted this afternoon on the phone by Adorama. Whether that brings prices into buyers' wanted range is up to the individual.
The Davinator: Earth to Pentax....no more entry level cameras. Good lord, you've got more entry level cameras then Klinger has dresses.
Still a pretty big market for those, and these models look pretty good next to their emasculated Canikon peers. Perhaps it helps not to have a corporation hobbling its affordable models in order to drive buyers into a FF market that may be best for some, but not for others. Whether lack of brand recognition keeps customers away is another issue.