Rumoured Pentax FF : follow classic mz5n

Started Nov 3, 2013 | Discussions thread
noshea Regular Member • Posts: 178
Re: Rumoured Pentax FF : follow classic mz5n

JeffAHayes wrote:

I realize this thread is largely IN JEST, but at any rate, I'm going on the record to say that...

I, for one, am NO FAN of this "retro trend" in digital cameras, with new cameras coming out with old-style dials on them that give FEWER options (such as 1/8 second -- 1/1000 second, plus B, or thereabouts), and similar limitations, and usually cost as much as or MORE THAN comparable FF cameras with all the features we've come to expect (I'm thinking specifically of recent models by Fuji and Sony).

As long as Pentax has taken to get to FF, IF Ricoh DOES come out with a "K-1" next year, I, for one (and I think I speak FOR MANY) hope it will be something like a FF version of the K-3, except maybe with another new feature or two (or improvement, etc.).

After all, That's still what the majority are producing, and what I think most camera buyers want. And I think if Ricoh is going to try to earn back a decent share of the market for Pentax it DOES NOT need to go off in eclectic directions.


Let's start from the facts that:

a)  Ricoh does not have the resources to throw at FF that SoCanikon does

b) They probably cannot afford to test the market with several varied models

d) Pentax users are known for being more happy than perhaps any other group with the ergonomics (read K-7 upward) that Pentax have diligently nailed down and refined;

So, le's make our expectations prudent. Pentax users can only get one shot at an FF.

The following would win commendations from existing Pentax user base and probably attract some of the Nikon folk sore about the pig's ear made of the Df (camera and pricing):

A slightly larger K-3 body, STILL OVF with an FF sensor (expect them to use existing Sony/Toshiba 24MP stock), probably having to drop IBIS (or maybe not?) and adding a couple of incremental features (my vote would be for a humungous, interchangeable split-screen OVF).

You'd still have an outstanding, tried and tested body. You can have it in APS-C or FF or both, with the same MP count and with FF say up to 20% larger body but still competive with others in its class d800, D610, 6D,  etc. Pentax could probably charge up to £1,000 premium against the K-3 though because they are keen on price, at around £1,800 they would sell a lot. In almost every respect (except an incomplete FF lens line-up - also needs filling) this FF would be superior and better value for money than its mainstream competitors. Not for the first time.

I'm not convinced a brace of f2.8 zooms are the way to go with a compact system but a sensibly priced FA 24 F2.8 would do the minimum to round out the FF prime lens offering (if you want state of the art AF, go to Nikon). Customers should be picking Pentax because it offers a distinctive approach, not the same one.

It's not visionary. It's not ambitious. No need. I'll have two of the K-1, one of the K-3. And I will sell my Nikon FF gear.

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Ricoh GR Nikon D850 Fujifilm X-T3 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G +8 more
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