MX-1 Full-Sized Sample Images including RAW

Started Jan 23, 2013 | Discussions thread
DS21 Senior Member • Posts: 2,084
Re: Isn't it the same lens and sensor as the xz-2?

marike6 wrote:

DS21 wrote:

marike6 wrote:

Toccata47 wrote:

Aside from that, the difference in output should be down to software mostly, no?

I suppose it is the same lens as the XZ-1 and XZ-2, but it would seem that Pentax has used it's excellent SMC coatings indicated by the red "SMC" on the filter ring.

And AFAIK, you are correct that it's the same 12mp 1/1.7" BSI CMOS sensor from Sony which is an very good performer at lower ISO settings. Haven't been able to convert any of the DNGs but the ISO 100 image of the church (that have impressive sharpness, colors and detail) unfortunately, but even a couple of the ISO 1600 images at night look good.

It is just marketing, it would be too expensive to really put SMC coating on an Olympus lens (and modify their production line to do so). Pentax DA 18-250 (made by Tamron) also had SMC written on it, but it is exactly the same lens as Tamron, including lens coating... It is convenient that both original XZ-1 coating, and coating Tamron uses in their lenses, is very similar in color to SMC.

That's certainly possible, but you don't know for a fact that it's not SMC coatings, do you?

Certainly if Pentax licensed the lens from Olympus, they would be free to use SMC coatings provided, as you mentioned, it wasn't too expensive to do so.

Why would Pentax license the lens from Olympus, and then bother to manufacture it themselves. Then they might as well design and produce their own lens. Olympus is still making the lens and delivering it to Pentax, do you really believe they would change their production line just to add SMC coating, when for all practical purposes it looks exactly the same (to the untrained eye) as their original coating.  I would love to be able to believe manufacturer's marketing speak once again, but the reality is different.

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