sentro: The 15-400 looks sweet....I wonder how much that will be?
It has in-lens motor - in fact a new design.
dagobah: Besides the tweaks for these lenses, is there any new functionality in the K-3 firmware that I can look forward to?
K3 will be at FW 1.21 soon after about 1 1/2 years so they must be fixing a bunch of things. They did add diffraction correction to the menu in one of the releases. So a few new features get in there.
Pentax 150-450 is in the Canon 100-400 L II class and has bigger expensive (86mm) front element to allow f/5.6 at 450mm. Cost, unfortunately, will be in line and push 2500$ at first.
tlkw79: Got bugs in K-3 firmware. Wait for 1.21 then.
It is the LCD back light that stays on after releasing a half press of the shutter - if you didn't take a photo or view anything and if you have the LCD turned off in the first place. :^} I assume they didn't mean for that to be a feature and will fix in FW 1.21 coming shortly. Not a big deal for me as I had to search for it to make it happen and the back light is not very bright anyway.
MacroBokeh: hhmm no K-50 firmware update..
I hope they plan to provide an update for the K5II, K5IIs & K50, etc. But I don't even know what features this enables and which ones the cameras are capable of without the FW upgrade.
Thank you for the heads up.
ProfHankD: I hate to say it, but this doesn't look as good as my A-mount Sigma 28-200mm f/3.5-f/5.6 Macro D Aspherical IF, which cost me less than $20 and works great using an LA-EA2/4 on my NEX-7, A7, and A7II. The colors are better here, but everything else favors that old Sigma, and the Sigma even pulls off quite good sharpness on the NEX-7's 24MP APS-C sensor... which doesn't look so likely for this lens. It would be nice to have some 24MP APS-C (e.g., A6000) shots with this lens to compare... I assume the complete test will check both FF and APS-C?
4. Isn't this an OSS lens?
Conclusion - Pros
IS is useful Excellent DR Metering/WB Excellent rez - Decent at least Large, EVF Comfortable Solid PDAF Buttons Mic & jack XAVC-S More lenses - Only need the FE 55 for this one. Tilt LCD Improved start-up time -
Noisy high ISO Raw compression issues 16-bit Tiff is uncompressed, 14-bit NEF or PEF is lossless compressed (Two high order bits are dropped) 11-bit Sony lossy raw should be fixed. Heavy - FE lenses are pretty big OTOH Control dials small Subject tracking can be unreliable No way to magnify at AF point The shutter is quite loud - Way too loud. Over-sensitive eye sensor - Runs down the batt too fast. No touchscreen -
Woah! I agree with all the pros and most cons although some were a little picky. I must be slippin'. Nice review guys!
Excellent video, please continue to produce them. The camera; looks capable. The slow motion, excellent. Broken arm; ouch! In speed skating we say, 'Check yourself before you wreck yourself'. Yeah, I've broken a couple.Production quality; Very good but I thought the sequences with shooting data display should have been held longer than a 2 or 1-1/4 since the info often got by before I could hit pause to read the shooting data. Good job guys.
Thank you for posting. Nice to see & hear from some of the other DPR folks on there as well.
Looks like an amazing lens. I'll have to 'get by' with my 16-35 for now. This one is too wide for even me.
mosc: I don't think I've seen more resolution at 450mm than that except from those really huge >$10,000 EF L lenses. Very impressive. I know pentax makes a couple long telephoto APS-C lenses but this puts them to shame. Combined with 28mp, this is FF telephoto reach, resolution, and clarity.
It's okay. I hope for NX users sake my predictions are wrong about the weight and price of an OEM 300 f/2.8. Heck of a deal if I'm wrong by the way.
I'll wait until I see a production copy of the new Samsung in action. But based on price and just guessing I'd say the Samsung 300 will be 3-4:1 priced compared to the Penatx 300 and 2-3:1 heavier. Pentax 300 f/4 weighs only 1 kg and is about 1000$. For comparison the Sigma 300 f/2.8 is 3400$.
Which Pentax long lens is put to shame? 560 f/5.6, 150-450 f/5.6, 300 f/4, 60-250 f/4, 70-200 f/2.8, 200 f/2.8 or 50-135 f/2.8. And in what way are they 'put to shame' by this lens?
lacikuss: I read the interview and couldn't find any clue of what is coming, perhaps because the interviewer didn't have either.
Instead, how contrasty was the Fuji interview: open, knowledgeable, informative and respectful.
lacikuss; You won't waste any time in research. Hmmm.
Mike FL: Ricoh's biggest achievement of 2014.
It is not easy to getting there, getting that above, that far...
Mike FL; petapixel? seriously?
"Looking at all of the mirrorless cameras out there, there’s nothing that really frightens us."
That's a relief, I was going to sell all my Canon gear this week until I read that. :^)
Not really. Thank you for posting the interview, DPR.
Check out the video interview at IR if you want to know more what Mr. Saiki is like. Video can convey more than print. I think DPR did a good job with this one, however. I'd don't grasp where the not respectful or knowledgeable is coming from. Projection perhaps?
What is the colour scheme on the K-S2 shown in the interview? It almost looks like camo and might be interesting to wildlife photographers. Very nice interview, DPR. Keep up the good work.
fmian: Full frame camera with a major feature being crop mode for crop lenses.What's the big deal about a crop mode? I can easily create a lightroom preset to do the same thing.Am I missing the importance of this??Enlighten me.
Yes, He wants everyone with DA lenses to know they won't throw you under the bus. In fact the lenses will work just as well, if not better than, before. It gives customers choices - always a good thing IMO.