K-mount adapters for Pentax new-mount cameras

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Alex Sarbu Forum Pro • Posts: 10,054
Re: K-mount adapters for Pentax new-mount cameras

Chris Mak wrote:

Alex Sarbu wrote:

Mark Ransom wrote:

Alex Sarbu wrote:

DS21 wrote:

Alex Sarbu wrote:

DS21 wrote:

asahi man wrote:

Currently nearly all the development power is going into K fullframe SLR.

Body and lens development,very interesting and in 2 classes.

But, SLR!!

Best regards

Translation: anybody hoping for a K-3 II successor, don't, you got your KP, that should be enough for you. No more "flagship" APS-C body, we are going all FF.

That is not a translation. That is you expressing your own thoughts.

OTOH Ricoh Imaging said they're working on an APS-C flaghip... how, whom should I believe?


"Currently nearly all the development power is going into K fullframe SLR.

Body and lens development, very interesting and in 2 classes."

Are you saying Asahi Man is not to be believed?

Asahi man doesn't say anything about 'no more "flagship APS-C". I believe him (even though he's often cryptic), and I believe Ricoh.

I don't remember Pentax's exact wording on that statement. Did they say they were actually working on it, or simply investigating it?

I would rather not see too much behind the exact wording - at best what we have is a Japanese to English translation. But here are some examples:

"DE: So you are actively developing a new APS-C flagship.

TA: Yes."

"For the flagship APS-C model, we have just started to develop that."

That was at CP+ 2018. One year before:

"A successor to the K-3 II is being researched."

Source: various interviews.


There is the interview with a Ricoh/Pentax official in English, posted on the pentaxforums website, from last march CP+ 2018:

"....we are now starting to develop a new DSL which can be positioned as a successor to the K3 series...."

His words are clear, nothing lost or added in translation, because he is using his own English words: they were starting on the development of such a body last march.

Yes... but "nothing lost or added" might be overoptimistic, because there was a translation - his.

So they were "researching" the camera at least since the beginning of 2017, and "developing" it at least since the beginning of 2018. What does that mean? It takes years to make a new camera, how much of it is "research" and how much "development"?

All I can be sure of is that I'll find about the camera about a week before its official announcement, from Nokishita. At the latest.

If almost all of Pentax's development power is at this moment going to FF (bodies and lenses), then it it fairly easy to do the maths on the fate of the APSC K3 successor, at least to my eyes.

"Almost all" still leaves room for lenses such as the DA* 11-18mm, and one or two (or more?) APS-C cameras.

There was a rumor about other APS-C lenses, but until I see something more serious I'll take it with a grain of salt.


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