Ricoh/Pentax full frame camera rumors

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Pentax Russia gave some new information on their upcoming full frame DSLR camera in a recent interview with penta-club.ruย (via Pentaxforums):

  • FF will be next year. Not later than Photokina 2014. Maybe, on spring or summer, 2014.
  • New DFA lenses will be offered. New 2.8 zooms will be made.
  • New Limited Zoom will be real.
  • New WR lenses will be launched.
  • K-01 failed because of design. Mirrorless cameras - Ricoh will offer something new.
  • New 645D will be later. It will be different from 645D. It was plans to launch 645DII this year, but the situation has changed.
  • SMC DA LIMITED are discontinued.

There are also rumors that Ricoh will announce a new LX full frame retro-styled camera (something similar to the Nikon DF).

Update: here is a better translation by a native speaker (thanks YuryFil):

  • FF is under development, the launch date/year is a secret. But the personal unofficial expectation of Pentax Russia - it would be announced on Photokina.
  • New DFA lenses and 2.8 zooms are planned for future.
  • Actually, nothing new from the roadmap.
  • New Limited Zoom is planned. Again, as in the roadmap ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • K-01 sold well (in Russia) only after price drop, because of the design. Mirrorless camera - Ricoh Imaging plans to develop new products there.
  • 645D was planned, but Pentax postponed the plans due to the market situation. The only statement - no 645D would be released this year.
  • SMC DA Lim are discontinued, new HD DA Lens are available.
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  • Ronan

    I’m surprised the K-01 failed…

    LOL

    • SimenO1

      I hope for a slim retro style K-02, with the empty mirror house barrel camouflaged as a mount adapter.

  • Sweeeeeet

  • Erik

    > New 645D will be later. It will be different from 645D
    Any indications whatsoever in what way it would be different. Really, the only thing I wanted was a full frame sensor!

    • guest

      It might be pink. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • aurele

    the SMC limited are discontinued, only HD limited will remain ๐Ÿ™‚

  • sperdynamite

    AMAZING. However I sold all my Limited lenses and shoot with a Nikon, so…what now? Way to waiting until 2014 to go to a proper format…

    • Karol Wojdyna

      I did exactly the same. Wasted fortune on 3 Limited FA to shoot… Nikon D700 now.

      Waiting until 2014 to do what – get fascinating, amazing, extraordinary novelty – K-01 in new colour of pink? (=magenta – I mention the colour, because other fascinating out of CMYK – black, yellow and cyan – exist already).

      FF 10 !!! years after Canon – why so much rush? Pathetic, really…

  • fera

    YEAAAA!

  • Neopulse

    I didn’t think the K-01 design “failed.” I thought it was pretty damn cool. Although it only looked good with pancake lenses, but still. And so happy the 645D is getting the update it deserves. Waited so long to hear a peep of a rumor about it. Hopefully when it shows up there will be kit discounts still for it like the 645D.

    • MrSkelter

      My silver FA Limiteds look great on my black K-01. It’s a beautiful camera and I love the design. Give it an EVF and increase the speed. It’s amazing otherwise.

      • Neopulse

        Yeah on the EVF thing, but I guess with what it has at that price point I think it’s awesome to be honest. Pentax still amazes me, hoping to see the 645DII soon, I’m hoping they make a slight bigger sensor so the 645 glass they already has the correct focal length with their older glass (that still work great).

  • Vin

    I wounder who will produce the sensors?

    • Neopulse

      No idea, I hope CCD.

      • SimenO1

        CCD was state of the art ten years ago. Now CMOS rules.

        • Neopulse

          Yeah….. so Leica, Hasselblad, Leaf, Phase One, etc are just idiots then right?

          • klakier

            No, they just don’t need good high ISO performance in low light. And Leica used CMOS in their latest M too.

          • Neopulse

            Yeah, and Kodak also made sensors for a couple of them. So what’s your point?

  • rainwilds

    Alright now that sounds more like it!

  • Can’t wait to see the FF camera. I’m also hoping they make an MX-1 successor next year.

  • GUEST

    GXR s10 —> MX-1
    K-02 —-> GXR II

  • Jer

    Damn a digital FF LX retro with interchangeable focus screens would sure be sweet.

  • Zoron

    Anybody find pentax design aesthetic lacking?….i know its photography…but it does matter….and not every1 will admit it….so i hope there r improvement in their new ff cam

  • ca95f

    645DII will be mirrorless.
    That should be a killer MF.

    • Neopulse

      Ya know… It would help them greatly in terms of flash-sync speed. The 1/125 of a second couldn’t catch a walking granny. And it would definitely make them the pioneer in that area. I would definitely purchase one of those.

  • If Pentax is bold enough and since they already have to make new lenses from the ground up, they should go FF mirrorless and make some competition for Sony. Pentax gets photography better than Sony, their cameras have full set of features, Ricoh have one of the best navigation menus, they have the optics and their price is always below what others charge for the same feats. This is basically an unexplored market, Pentax would make Sony make a run for their money, it would be the best situation for Pentax to launch a FF camera.

  • TinusVerdino

    In Soviet Russia rumors will spread you

  • Rob S

    Sorry but I have given up on a Pentax FF. They just filed patents for 3 more APS-C lenses. If there was going to be a FF it would have been when the K-3 came out. The K-5II should have been what the D600 is (minus the dust issue!). It would have put Pentax back on the map as a serious alternative to Canikon.

    My hopes that Ricoh would reenergize Pentax are fading fast. They have missed opportunities and seem more intent on making Ricoh versions of everything than bringing new cameras to market.

    • Neopulse

      I think it shouldn’t have been like the D600, the Pentax construction and weather sealing quality is far superior to that of the D600.

  • serge

    This is the fantasy from OGL… This person is something…. crazy… ๐Ÿ™‚

  • fjfjjj

    Here’s hoping for an EVF/mirrorless 645 system from Pentax.

  • YuryFil

    I speak Russian, and it seems that PentaxForums used GoogleTranslator to write this! Both FF and 645D “leaks” are… not true! Actually, in the original it is said:

    1) FF is under development, the launch date/year is a secret. But the personal unofficial expectation of Pentax Russia – it would be announced on Photokina.
    2) New DFA lenses and 2.8 zooms are planned for future.
    Actually, nothing new from the roadmap.
    3) New Limited Zoom is planned. Again, as in the roadmap ๐Ÿ˜‰
    4) K-01 sold well (in Russia) only after price drop, because of the design. Mirrorless camera – Ricoh Imaging plans to develop new products there.
    5) 645D was planned, but Pentax postponed the plans due to the market situation. The only statement – no 645D would be released this year.

    6) SMC DA Lim are discontinued, new HD DA Lens are available.

  • Jack

    If crops produce the pictures quality comparable to ff, IMO, there is no need for a ff. I gain 1.5x on a zoom lenses and telephoto that save my money. ; )

    • bill

      Hopeless Pentax made me hold SMC FF lenses and waited over decade now realize pentax FF is just dream never will come true

      • bill

        maybe migrate to Nikon , Canon or Sony is the solution for FF

  • Mel

    So far these rumors seem pretty credible. Here is hoping for full frame in septembe.r

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