Pentax full frame camera in the news again

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The Japanese online magazine Impress interviewed the head of Pentax Ricoh Product Development who said that "a new set of 35mm full frame specifications is being formulated and that new moire removal algorithms are being developed as new in-camera function (which the K-5IIs doesn't have). Besides, a Ricoh brand new camera will come." (translation via Ricehigh)

On several occasions during the last few months Pentax has been talking about their upcoming full frame camera and I believe it's almost certain that they will introduce some kind of a full frame solution in 2013-2014.

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  • geoffcbassett

    If they do I may switch from Nikon, I am a believer in In-body shake reduction over the in-lens version. I don’t have an large stake stock in Nikon glass yet (haven’t invested in high-end zooms) and would be willing to switch for the workflow (DNG out of camera) and shooting (Lighter bodies and lenses) benefits.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vlad-Temnov/590994139 Vlad Temnov

    What makes you believe in it more? I used Olympus systems before and it was in no way better than Canon or Nikon IS and VR. Yeah, if you go with Olympus you will get a some $$ saving on their lenses, in some cases, but Pentax full frame lenses aren’t really significantly cheaper than the competitor’s. In my opinion, VR/IS?OSS is only really useful when you doing the video for a good landscape shot you need a tripod in that case you dont need stabilization at all.

  • Karol Wojdyna

    Pentax – you’re late!

    • greg

      Who cares if they are late or not, who cares if anyone of the switchers will come back to pentax.

      If pentax will go into FF, many people will buy the camera. They will never be the market leaders, but they dont what to be.

  • Koseng

    Good news. A non-filter FF with moire remover alone would convince many serious photographers to switch brand. Nothing is too late. Meanwhile I stick with my K5 and all my limited lenses are full frame compatible anyway.

    • http://www.facebook.com/zosxavius Zos Xavius

      I think the 15ltd is APS-C ony. :(

    • zapp

      Unless they already own a Leica or Nikon model…
      No AA-filter is a nice feature, but not new to the world.

  • mythbuster

    I don´t believe Pentax need to go FF. This said, they are way ahead Canon and Nikon in quality control and competitive pricing.

    • ads

      lol dude. QC was pentax’s most critiqued aspect. they even had to launch the k5 all over again because of a failed AF sistem in the K5. remember the SWM motors failing in series ? i could go on forever, you know. failed flash units on the k10, bad sensor alignment in multiple models, the k-r still cant focus in low light properly, so on and so forth.

      • Andrés

        That was 2 o more years back. Till now no problem with new Pentaxs cameras.Till today Nikon(dusted sensor, AF, battery) and Canon(light leak, bad High ISO) are launching expensives failed cameras.

  • BP2012

    I hope it will be the best ff camera on market, just like K-5 IIs in aps-c arena.

  • xc1427

    a serious campact Ricoh カメラ with 1 inch sensor and f1.7 lens? let’s say it is named “GR1D”.

    • arnaudL

      ..An APS-C 16 mpx Monochrome sensor with a 2/28mm lens (equ. 35mm) in a GR1D body will be great!!!

  • Karol Wojdyna

    @ Koseng
    It is not too late for you, but it is for others. And first of all – it is too late for Pentax!

    If you consider how many D700 and EOS5D were sold so far and compare it with a sales of good used Pentax lenses (like FF “limited”) after those Nikon and Canon jumped into the market you know then, that many people switched and not going to switch back. We were waiting for long enough – 1, 2, 3 years. But how many waited for 8 years? Just some. So Pentax is not going to get them back, and us – we regret the money we lost selling out Pentax when switching to Nikon and the brand some of us liked to have on the camera’s belt since my first LX. Too bad!

    • Koseng

      As long as there is a FF DSLR market, it is never too late for Pentax, or any camera maker who wants to get into the market. That really depends on how Pentax would position their FF to the market, to brand switchers, new comers, upgraders…etc. Also as a smaller company, Pentax can survive in a niche market. Non-AA filter FF with moire remover would appeal to a lot of landscape and studio photographers already.

    • Koseng

      As long as there is a FF DSLR market, it is never too late for Pentax, or any camera maker who wants to get into the market. That really depends on how Pentax would position their FF to the market, to brand switchers, new comers, upgraders…etc. Also as a smaller company, Pentax can survive in a niche market. Non-AA filter FF with moire remover would appeal to a lot of landscape and studio photographers already.

      • Karol Wojdyna

        Oh yes – I agree to the word “niche”. They ruled the world of photography for so many years and now all they fight for is a small niche.

        Maybe if they would come with square 36×36 sensor idea, that would give a kick to the market, but the way it looks, no…

        I really wish they’d done something really outstanding, but with issues they have (like an almost-perfect camera K-5 with unreliable AF as in all previous AF analog and digital models I know) they cannot expect to succeed. If you spend serious money (I bet double size sensor will mean double K-5II price), you want a great camera with no backdraws. AF in Pentax was a serious one so far.

        And one more thing – no FF lenses except ‘limited” in the offer. I know most of older KAF lenses and just a few can be suitable for 24Mpix FF if they think to revive them.

        So I wish Pentax all the best, but I am afraid with their policy, they are wasting another chance.

        • MX

          Maybe the only important thing is AF speed for you but not for everyone.

          • Karol Wojdyna

            1. Who said that it is “the only impotant thing”?
            2. It is not the matter of speed but reliability. You want to shot an unique situation just when it fails to focus.

            So – read please instead of guessing thoughts when they’re typed clearly.

  • Karol Wojdyna

    @BP2012
    K-5 is a great camera – used to make the best shots among APS-C format until a few weeks ago. Wonderful.

    But… I would not call it a best camera although I wish I could do.

    IMHO – the photographer is successful when he or she gets good shots in various situations. I am sorry to be the way it is, but Pentax AF is NOT FAST nor RELIABLE at all.

    Regardless which SAFOX xxx it is – since my first analog Pentax AF, through MZ-S, digital K100 and K-20 and my friend’s K-7 and K-5 now – they are still worse in AF matter than Canon and Nikon. And I do not mean new competitive cameras. I mean even old anaog EOS50 or F80 (with a “screwdriver” AF).

    So what is the use of camera that theoretically can shot a way better exposures that any Canons or comparable with best Nikons when you fail to shot because it does not focus when you just need it (like when photographying children inside buildings or in parks during evening)?

    I am sorry. Every SAFOX they come out with claims to be great AF system, but none is good at all. SAFOX X+ or any sucks as the previous one. And I am really sad to say that since I really did not want to switch and loose money selling my “limeted” lenses and LX body to get Nikkors and F3 in addition when switched my digital camera brands.

    Too bad, Pentax – many devoted users just do not trust you any more…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Павел-Светлый/100002449575813 Павел Светлый

    now it’s boring… Pentax – do something! stop trolling!

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