FINALLY, Pentax (Ricoh) announce a full frame DSLR.
Pentax is finally in the full frame DSLR game. Ricoh today announced the new Pentax K-1, a camera that it claims “offers innovations not available in any other DSLR.”
Not sure about the “first in a DSLR” gimmicks though, nothing ground breaking from this camera except that it takes K-Mount — a decade later. As mentioned on twitter by @lamlux, the innovation is HDR on knob….
WEX photographic hands-on review:
On paper, the K-1 continues the long-held Pentax tradition of delivering an excellent and well-rounded feature set at a reasonable price – very reasonable when you consider the asking prices of similar models at launch.
Ricoh is set to buy Pentax from Hoya for approximately 124M$ (only!), 3 years after Pentax merged with Hoya.
DCResource has a copy of the press release
Their intent is apparently for Ricoh to produce DSLR cameras to supplement their small line of compact cameras.
Update: The British Journal of Photography has a longer analysis.
Pentax just announced the Pentax Q, a mirror-less camera with interchangeable lenses and a small sensor of 1/2.3″. There will be 5 lenses available.
As usual, DPReview has a preview.
Just a few comments after reading the specs and the preview:
- Small sensor. I already find the m4/3 to be noisy due to its size. 1/2.3″ is significantly smaller and the quality will likely converge to a compact: lot of noise at higher ISO.
- Barely smaller than the Sony NEX (or a micro 4/3), according to the picture on DPReview, despite a much smaller sensor.
Also the lenses will include a “standard” prime (kit) 48mm equivalent, “standard” zoom ($300), a fisheye with manual focus and fixed aperture f5.6 ($129) and for less than $100, two “toy” lenses, one wide (28mm equiv.), one (100mm equiv.) telephoto whose image look will remind of the Diana or Lomo.
At $800 with the prime lens, I don’t really see where the Pentax Q fits in the market. That reminds me of the Pentax Auto 110 film SLR.
Popphoto has an article about 12 film cameras worth buying right now.
The tragedy in Japan has made the current DSLR market a scary place, making this a perfect opportunity to get (back) into film.
Their list (in alphabetical order):
- Bronica SQ/SQ-A
- Canon EOS 1N
- Canon AE-1
- Fujifilm GA645
- Hasselblad 500c/500cm
- Leica R-series
- Mamiya 645 Pro
- Nikon FM10
- Nikon N80
- Pentax 67
- Pentax K1000
- Ricoh GR-1
It seems to cover all the bases from medium format, compact to reusing lenses from your DSLR. But the most awkward in the list is the FM10 as I think they should have recommended an older model instead, one solidly built. Also notably absent are TLR or 35mm rangefinders like a Bessa.
What is interesting to see is that Ricoh is still in the same line of products with their Ricoh GR-Digital: highly praised compact camera.