Yesterday, we asked our forum members what some of their favorite lenses were. Of course, the Limiteds dominated!
Last month, we joined forces with the spanish Pentax community Pentaxeros and wrote a letter to Pentax proposing that Pentax should expand the K-mount DSLR system by introducing a full-frame DSLR. We also listed several reasons why doing so would be a good idea (below is a brief summary):
- We believe that if Pentax were able to deliver a complete full-frame system, many more Pentax users would remain loyal to the brand.
- The gap between the 645D and the K-5 is too large, and resolution isn't everything.
- Having a complete DSLR lineup will bring more respect to the brand and attract the attention of new potential customers.
- Modern high-resolution APS-C sensors may soon start out-resolving most of the current lenses on the market and becoming subject to diffraction.
- Considering the success of the K-5, future APS-C bodies, won't give current users as much of an incentive to upgrade as a full-frame body would.
- Thousands of Pentax users has been awaiting a full-frame for years. If Pentax were to produce such a camera, not only would these users be satisfied, but sales would be through the roof. Futhermore, there are many users with older Pentax bodies (*ist, K10D, K20D) who aren't upgrading to the current models simply because they're not enough of a leap forward.
- Pentax users need to be able to continue trusting in the brand and know that the DSLR division is moving forward.
- Pentax currently has a number of available-full-frame lenses (FA Limiteds) and has produced a complete autofocus film lens lineup in the past. This means that a modern full-frame lineup will not have to be developed from scratch.
- Even users who have invested extensively in the Pentax DA (APS-C) lens lineup could consider upgrading to the full-frame body if it were to support APS-C format lenses (as Nikon DSLRs do).
- A number of Pentax users who shoot professionally are use two brands in order to gain access to a full-frame body. If Pentax were to bring a full-frame DSLR, those users would invest more in Pentax products instead.
- The Pentax system is unique in that it allows users to take advantage of thousands of legacy K-mount and M42 mount lenses. A full-frame body would continue to be compatible with these lenses, and users would be able to take full advantage of their fields of view.
Below is the reply from Andre Dierickx, President and Managing Director of Pentax in Europe.
In the absence of any recent news from Pentax, we turn to a breakthrough from Canon: the announcement of the EOS-1D X "Advanced". The 1D X is Canon's new flagship which not only introduces several improvements over the 1D Mark IV, but also sets several industry-firsts.
The general specifications are as follows:
- New 18.1 megapixel sensor
- Full-frame sensor
- 12FPS shutter rated for 400,000 actuations
- 14FPS JPEG-only capture
- New 61-point autofocus system
- Dual Digic 5 image processors
- MSRP: $6800
- ISO 50-204,800
- Availability: March, 2012
In 2009, we made our pentax forum mobile-friendly not only by adding a lightweight mobile layout, but also by adding support for TapaTalk, a native forum-browsing application for Apple, BlackBerry, and Andriod smartphones. Whenever you open our forum from a mobile device, you will automatically be shown the mobile skin, which will make browsing a breeze even when you're away from your PC!
Today, we're very happy to announce that we've extended the mobile skin to our entire site! Now you can also browse our in-depth reviews and news posts directly from your mobile device. Like on the forum, your device will automatically be detected.
If your smartphone has an advanced browser, you can always disable the mobile layout by clicking on the appropriate link in the site footer. We hope that this addition will allow you to catch up on our homepage content - especially the reviews! Enjoy!
B&H Photo, one of the largest and Pentax retailers in the US, will be closing this week and next in observance of the Succos holiday.
Below are the times during which online ordering will be unavailable:
|Wednesday, October 12, at 6:15PM EDT||through||Saturday, October 15, at 7:30PM EDT|
|Wednesday, October 19, at 6:00PM EDT||through||Saturday, October 22, at 7:15PM EDT|
If you want to have your order shipped prior to the holiday, you must place it before 7am tomorrow (Wednesday, October 12th).
It can be difficult to comprehend how small the new Pentax Q is unless you see it side by side with some familiar objects. So here you have the Q with its standard prime lens next to a smart phone leaning against an FA 31mm Limited lens pouch! Yes, the Q with lens would fit in the lens pouch with room to spare!
So, we can safely conclude that the Pentax Q is "Qute"!
As you may know, PentaxForums.com features a photographic Marketplace (classifieds section) geared toward users of Pentax equipment. The Marketplace sees hundreds of item listings every month, and in addition to having one of the largest Pentax audiences on the web, is also a very safe place to buy and sell gear. If you haven't yet taken advantage of this section, we highly recommend you check it out!
We've recently improved the section by adding a watch list feature. If you're looking for a particular item(i.e. a Pentax 31mm lens), simply add that key word to your list and we will send you an e-mail as soon as such an item is listed!
We hope you enjoy the new watch list!
We're happy to be bringing you a comparative review of one of the most popular DSLR lens types: the fast (F2.8) normal zoom. In our comparison of the Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 OS HSM, Tamron 17-50mm F2.8, Pentax DA* 16-50mm, we take a detailed look at the handling, features, and optical performance of each lens.
While lens is the best deal, and which takes the best pictures? Read the review to find out!
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