jmgir: I like this image.
That's very true -- a lot of the time, one just needs to be out there with the camera. Thanks. again.
Thank you. It was 5 degrees above zero and getting dark after a long day hiking with a heavy pack. I wanted to get back inside the lodge and get some food, but I came across this scene and stayed out in the cold another 40 minutes waiting for the bison to get into a good spot between me and Old Faithful. It was actually quite grueling to get this image, and right at the verge of useful daylight. My shots from just 5 minutes later are not useable.
Pentax already has an active mirrorless line -- the interchangeable lens Q series. Were they to add an entirely new mirrorless design to their development plans, they would be adding a fifth active program to the already existing 645Z, APS-C, the upcoming full frame, and the Q-series (not to mention the Pentax/Ricoh rugged-compacts line (WG-M1, etc.)). I think they are doing a commendably wide range of work already. The fact that they can make unquestionably top-notch cameras is clear with the 645Z and K-3 (as was true with the K-5 series), and the feature set/price ratio with the new K-S2 is remarkable. I'm sure the FF will be an excellent platform.
You miss the disco lights? I thought you hated them.
DPR's consistent backhanded digs at Pentax probably encourage the other trolls to follow suite. It seems unprofessional to me, at the very least, especially since they've been reminded of it. There is nothing fresh here about the camera not figured out by others days ago. The one piece of actual news that DPR could have conveyed (about the battery compartment) wasn't mentioned or pictured. I have no interest in the reviewer's mere opinion as to color schemes or something else entirely unspecified about the LCD rotating that apparently irritates him. As for the childish fixation on the K-S1's blinking lights, I'm reminded of nothing so much as New York Times' Gail Collins' fixation on Mitt Romney strapping the family dog on the roof of the car on a drive to Canada. Get over it. This camera is going to sell very well, but for me it won't be a click-through from here to Amazon.
Using AAA batteries, this compact, tilting flash is fantastic for the Q-series. Bravo, Pentax!
drummercam: Market release, late 2015. DPR review thereof, late 2017 . . . as part of a "round-up." It's Pentax.
Barney, I'm very happy Pentax still is strong enough to develop another new camera. But elsewhere someone here says "Pentax News? On DPR?" And the long wait for the K-3 review (which DPR eventually explained) frustrated many in the Pentax SLR forum. So the impression that Pentax doesn't get the recognition it deserves is real. That Pentax has been a scrappy survivor capable of building very robust, feature-rich cameras and excellent lenses would seem to beg for a kinder nod when they do something notable. Pentax gets some attention here, for which I thank you, but the occasional design error (K-S1 LEDs, K-50 121 colors, K-01 anything (except actual IQ)) seems over-magnified and unnecessary, because all of those are benign faults unconnected to what the cameras can do. I'm going to guess from your interest here that this new model will be of great interest to DPR when it arrives in its mechanical flesh rather than as a 3D print, and that it will receive a fair hearing. Thanks.
ChristianRock: This is what we have been waiting for, for years :) I think Pentax does it right in terms of giving their customers a well thought out tool that is a pleasure to use and gives great results. It's too bad that this took so long, if Pentax hadn't been taken over by Hoya in the 2000s and almost shut down by them, they would be much further ahead in the game at this point. Ricoh saved not just the brand but the Pentax way of doing things - out of the box yet friendly :)
I agree that the Hoya days might have been an unfortunate period. Hard to say with no insider knowledge. I do think, however, that the old Pentax ethic and heritage survives in those employees of Ricoh's Pentax division who weathered all of the storms, and good for them. They are still very capable of making excellent cameras and lenses. More power to them.
Market release, late 2015. DPR review thereof, late 2017 . . . as part of a "round-up." It's Pentax.
drummercam: Save $1,400 and get a Pentax K-3. Use the $1,400 to get two, or nearly three, of the Pentax HD DA Limited lenses.
I'm sure that most people, not just some, care about all of those things, Howie. But some of them also care about the $1,400 difference in price, too, which was my original point. But since you brought the other issues up . . . as for the viewfinder, Pentax uses Pentaprisms in all of its bodies, so you'll not find a maker more dedicated to nice viewfinders. D-750 has a pentaprism also, but many Nikons don't, and they appear to need a price bump to provide one. The K-3 is more than competitive in that department. Also, The Pentax Limited lenses and some of their DA* lenses hold their own with any maker, including Zeiss, with the caveat that Pentax does trade compactness for speed. But Pentax also trades you real bang for the buck, too, which remains my point.
Uh, yeah, I know, there Conrad, and I think that's just fine.
Save $1,400 and get a Pentax K-3. Use the $1,400 to get two, or nearly three, of the Pentax HD DA Limited lenses.
vintage OBP's might count as very old, but not these.
RStyga: How is this worth releasing when the K-5 series is currently manufactured?
K-5 series is out of production.
The Pentax FLU card does cell-phone camera operation also, and with adjustable shooting parameters.
I liked this one a lot. it'is a nice "slice of life" photo.
You need to set a better example, DPR. For just about any camera, this place can turn into a flame-fest pretty quickly. When YOU do it, you lend credence to troll comments. Some users like Pentax gear a lot for some very cogent reasons, and probably don't appreciate your "spoil your dinner" nonsense. Unless you can tell us what the useful takeaway is from a comment like that, I call it an insult.
Fabio Pirovano: I would test on KS1 but i'm not so happy in what i see and read.. They have one of best aesthetics never done for a DSLR like the K30 and quit for do a more classic "thing" like k50 or K500... they done one of greatest thing with K-01 named the brick(I got one amazing camera specially for the many format that can shot 16:9 included) and stop to produce... I would like a mix between K30 and K 01
I agree that the aesthetic of the K-30 was very well done. K-50 added a couple of functions (Eye-Fi compatibility, for one), but they need not have changed that edgy K-30 design. I'm happy to have the K-30 in blue version, but the K-50 120-colors marketing could have been done with the K-30.
falconeyes: This is another tough but not final exercise in Shaolin monk style patience -- to eventually become a true Pentaxian. Only few prevail ...
I understand. I truly do. Perhaps I am almost there . . .
sleibson: Ooooh, these are so purty. Kidding aside, there's method to Pentax's madness here. A marketing maxim is not to give a prospect a "yes/no" choice but a "which one do you like best" choice. It works every single day for cars. It will work for cameras. It won't work for the majority of DPR readers, who worry bout how many angelic shadows can dance on the darkened head of a pixel, but it will work for the much larger audience concerned with "Teal is my favorite color! I'm a San Jose Sharks fan." This is the same audience that will never augment the camera with a second lens. The kit lens is fine, thank you very much.
Actually, cars is a good comparison when it comes to color. Having not bought a new car in some years but looking for one now, I'm finding a plethora of colors and trims that seems to make no sense at all to me, but yet they exist because some marketing decider does the math and it works.
Depending on the manufacturing set-up, these color approaches Pentax is taking might be highly cost effective. First, these colored external case parts are definitely the least critical and likely the least expensive parts to make once the molds are produced, as they already are. Just pour in different colors for short runs. They probably are not making 10,000 "strawberry cake" copies, and then waiting to sell them, but rather making a small initial batch followed by incremental orders. All in the interest of making some ongoing profit while more serious products needing more up-front work are developed. That said, I might have called these "High Key" rather than sweets. And though I've not handled one yet, I'm guessing that K-S1 is robust like the usual Pentax bodies regardless of how it look on the outside
I've seen nothing yet on the performance of the 20m sensor, but I will hazard that it is worthy competition.