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Pentax K-3 Announced (April Fools 2012)

Full-frame, backwards-compatible K-mount DSLR · Posted on 04-01-2012 in PentaxForums News
Pentax K-3 Announced (April Fools 2012)

Update as of 10/2013: the Pentax K-3 has been announced for real- click here for details

It has been over a year and a half since we've seen a new DSLR from Pentax- the K-5 and K-r both came out in the fall of 2010, and the K-r ended up being discontinued in late 2011, prior to the announcement of its successor.

While we all expected the next DSLR announcement from Pentax to be about the K-z (the K-r's successor), today Pentax Japan surprised us all by giving us an early look the Pentax K-3, a new full-frame addition to their DSLR lineup.  Together with this camera, which will likely not start shipping until this fall, Pentax will also be re-releasing many of their FA-series full-frame lenses as D-FA lenses.

The key specifications of the Pentax K-3 are outlined below:

  • Sensor: 24.0 Megapixel CMOS (36x24mm)
  • ISO Range: 100-25,600 (50-102,400 expanded)
  • Autofocus: 29-point SAFOX X w/light wavelength sensor
  • Shutter: stepless, 30s-1/8000s rated for 200,000 actuations
  • Framerate: 6FPS at maximum resolution
  • Video: 1080p/720p recording at 60/30/25/24 FPS, VGA recording at 120/30FPS
  • Image processor: Dual PRIME M
  • Media: Single SDXC/SDHC/SD card
  • Body Color: Graphite black

Note that these are tentative and based on initial reports; the official specifications have not yet been publicly published by Pentax.

The K-3 uses the same "crippled" KAF2 mount that's found on other Pentax DSLRs, meaning it's fully backwards-compatible with manual lenses, but needs to stop-down meter when one is mounted.  Whenever DA (APS-C format) lenses are mounted, the camera will automatically switch to a 12-megapixel cropped sensor mode which only utilizes the APS-C image circle.

Professional photographers using the K-3 will be eligible for the PENTAX Professional Services program (PPS).

The K-3 features an iconic graphite finish, and borrows the thickened grip from the original K-5 limited silver.  The price of this camera has yet to be announced, although the fact that it has components in common with the K-5 will likely put its price in the mid-$2000 range.  We will post more details about this camera as they become available, and are very happy to see that Pentax Ricoh have finally stepped up their game!

Update: if you've gotten this far, we hope you realize this was an April Fool's joke and the K-3 is obviously not yet a reality.  You can discuss current Pentax full-frame rumors in the rumors forum. Despite this, we do hope to have the pleasure of making this announcement for real at some point in the near future!

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Pentakumar [Delete] Apr 17th, 2013 10:29AM

Damn you! I want one & I want it now!!!

DanDriedger [Delete] Mar 31st, 2013 4:43PM

Has everyone set their alarm clocks for tomorrow's annual announcement?

gooseta [Delete] Nov 27th, 2012 3:37PM

lol nice oly e-3 '3'you have there :)

MinoltaDan [Delete] Sep 15th, 2012 6:00AM

I think because of the 645D sensor size, they would be better off going to an APS-H sensor camera. and they would probably make it mirror-less with EVF so ETC could be better used for some lenses.

rjkfam [Delete] Aug 19th, 2012 2:41PM

Bring it on PENTAX.

andygonza [Delete] Aug 13th, 2012 8:39AM

If a FF Pentax is not announced at Photokina, I'll keep my K-5, but will be taking a serious look at the Nikon D800 to be my primary camera.

slappyfin3 [Delete] Jul 27th, 2012 9:16PM

it's not even april!!

pentaxmz [Delete] Jul 8th, 2012 5:44AM

You had me for a moment! I thought this was a real announcement! Damn you!

But was there a reason to describe the K mount as crippled? IMHO, it is the best camera to lens interface ever made... that is why (unlike the others) Pentax was able to maintain compatibility since day 1.

psur45 [Delete] Jun 10th, 2012 3:28PM

What I really want is a Pentax MX that shoots on a sensor instead of on film ...

pentaxior [Delete] Jun 7th, 2012 1:24PM

This must be the ultimate digital full frame camera. With 24 Mp it is far better that film.
Negativefilm is carrying some about 180 lines per mm., colour reversal about 125 lines per mm., random "pixels" (condition well exposed, well developed). The latter goes till 13 Mp, 24 Mp is (quadrupel pixel) better.
This camera should carry the name of..., not K3, not K1, but K Zero. From now on we all start all over again.
Much work to do, much to wonder about after work is done.

ogl [Delete] Jun 5th, 2012 10:58AM

It's April, 1's joke...Yes...BUT...The specs are nothing special and could be real.

GoJian [Delete] May 30th, 2012 1:50AM

I think this is quite a nice post. I liked the picture a lot, especially with the photoshoped K-3 in the front. Keep the hopes up folks!

rolis10 [Delete] May 24th, 2012 10:05PM

Are you keeping this post up so corporate can see the interest there is in a FF? Hey, maybe it will work.

NicZh [Delete] May 23rd, 2012 8:02PM

i just got excited for nothing...

jasonwarth [Delete] May 21st, 2012 8:03AM

yeah—I think this should be removed. It was funny the first 4 times I got tricked by it, but I'm tired of being tricked by it! Not to mention—if a real K-3 comes out with the K30, this will confuse the heck outta people...

miles [Delete] May 18th, 2012 6:36PM

isn't it time to take this prank down?

vietnam74 [Delete] May 18th, 2012 6:11PM

Maybe this one is the real spec of the new Pentax K3! (Hopping).

ursu [Delete] May 17th, 2012 10:20AM

After Pentax K 30, maybe the K 3 it's on the way.

rdruda [Delete] May 14th, 2012 10:04AM

That was funny.....................I was reall thinkg WOW!

teogin [Delete] May 14th, 2012 4:47AM

Why Pentax K-3 and not Pentax K-1.
At first we had the entry level Pentax K100D, then we had welcomed the Pentax K10D and the Pentax K1D would be nice! Nikon D700 uses less MPs. This would be nice for less spent memory.
So, my recommendation would be a Pentax K-1 with a special hand grip (as Pentax Z1(p)), with the technology of the Pentax K-5 and a price up to 1.500$ (not more because of the famous economical crisis)
Just imagine what is going to do if Pentax produces an approachable FF body.
Christ is risen!

oppositz [Delete] May 12th, 2012 8:51PM

Almost fell out of my chair. You got me! Ha ha

Gotta have a sense of humor

southgagal [Delete] May 7th, 2012 7:29AM

Agree with those who say that it was a bad joke to begin with and should be removed or labeled as a "Joke".

psdigital [Delete] May 4th, 2012 12:23PM

I agree. This is a cruel joke and should be pulled now.

Alan S [Delete] Apr 28th, 2012 1:54PM

K3? not very funny on the 28th. Most web based April fools jokes get pulled the day after

Rnovo [Delete] Apr 10th, 2012 7:38PM

OK all of you, just wait and see the next info and stop complaining.
I just want this as much as all of you so just standby!

prima [Delete] Apr 10th, 2012 4:24AM

what is Pentax re-release FA* 28-70 f/2.8 and FA* 80-200 f/2.8 ?

devs66 [Delete] Apr 6th, 2012 6:32AM

I will order 10! With all the money I just inherited by faking my own death, now I just need to get out of this coffin before I really do die:)

Gilzuma [Delete] Apr 6th, 2012 1:40AM

I really bought into that... however I think it might be a little much advertising this as your "Featured Article" on the home page... it is passed April 1st... It would be nice to have real news for the featured articles.

virgilr [Delete] Apr 5th, 2012 8:18AM

Oops- didn't see the Update at the end, sorry. Still, should be taken down since it has no relevance to what is currently going on in the Pentax space (which isn't anything good at all right now). From disappointing new products to (relative) price increases to a $5,000 lens for a $10,000 body, not sure why I check and see what's going on in the Pentax space at this point.

virgilr [Delete] Apr 5th, 2012 8:15AM

I think an update to this news item to clearly state it was an April Fools Day joke for a few days is required, then take the dang thing down!

enigmatic [Delete] Apr 4th, 2012 7:56AM

"This is cruel joke. This is like joking to a handicap person that we found a cure for you."

Hehe, yep so true. But are Pentax users really handicapped?

bezuidar [Delete] Apr 4th, 2012 5:22AM

Now Pentax, let's make it the Real Thing now just to be otherwise! We challenge you :-)

mplumie [Delete] Apr 3rd, 2012 4:44PM

Ha ha good one!

Spodeworld [Delete] Apr 3rd, 2012 3:26PM

OMG...I took it seriously!!

george rubaloff [Delete] Apr 3rd, 2012 2:25PM

As webmaster you have some power. Pure and simple, you felt the power surging through your veins when you put this out...unfortunate that it was an abuse of your power.

asaru [Delete] Apr 3rd, 2012 8:58AM

This was not a good joke. It had no humorous or wildly unrealistic elements. In the original version without the bolded weasel words at the bottom, it did not signal itself as a joke in any way. It was just a set of lies about something too many people actually want.

Very, very poorly done. In extremely bad taste.

Logics [Delete] Apr 3rd, 2012 8:24AM

For those who believe that a trusted news site such as this should lose credibility over such a joke, get over it. All the trusted news outlets do this every year. From OTA networks such as ABC, NBC, BBC, etc., cable news stations such as CNN, MSNBC, FNN, etc., public radio such as NPR, PRI, etc., ...the lists go on.

This story had just the right amount of details to be believable and was on such a topic to make many of the astute *WANT* to believe it.

Congratulations on a job well done.

veato [Delete] Apr 3rd, 2012 4:14AM

I'm not sure what's funnier, the joke or the comments thread!

danielo [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 11:11PM

Wow... just when I thought I lost faith on this brand... good job!

legiman [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 11:04PM

Pentax Fool Frame !! :)

Blue [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 10:13PM

@rolis10, my comment wasn't meant as angry. It was meant in an endearing way. It was a pretty darn good joke.

bluedog [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 9:38PM

April Fool's Day

sckortyman [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 9:24PM

agree with dcshooter. should make a comment or take this off now thats its april 2nd (or later depending on when you read this

dcshooter [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 9:19PM

Now that it is the 2nd, can you PLEASE take this off the front page, or at least move the update stating this is a joke to above the bump? There are lots of users here who have English as a second language and/or come from cultures where April Fools' jokes are not common. Based on the comments, it seems that several users have cancelled purchases, sold off equipment, or otherwise wasted time and money over this prank.

mrjamesabels [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 8:21PM

Kinda pisses me off. I really would like a Full frame Pentax. However, I love my K5 so much! Hopefully later this year. If not, D800E it will eventually be. That means I'd have to sell everything Pentax. :(

rolis10 [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 7:45PM

Really sucks how angry so many folks are.

calsan [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 7:20PM

First thing I thought was Yay! Everyone will foolishly sell their DA limiteds and I'll snap one up cheaply...

Blue [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 6:27PM

eff you Adam!

Doanh [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 5:28PM

I was so excited about the upcoming FF, then depressed when realized it was April Fool. But hey it's April 2nd and it's still here! It must be true! My hope is alive again! To all those skeptic out there: Maybe Adam know something you don't :)

JFN [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 5:15PM


Maybe you now have learned a lesson, to be more critical, and not always believe everything you read on the internet.... ( I assume your posting here is a joke though... )

Bestzoom [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 4:18PM

Hooray!!! I will buy 3 if there is a FF Pentax!!

groesener [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 1:33PM

I don't think 299 statements that this was a cruel, cruel joke are quite enough. I am the 300th! (or so I was when I started typing, we'll see)

Moderators, if a picture of you in your undershorts and a Kodak X15 in your hand shows up on the internet, you'll know where it came from.
Cruel? Unusual? Yes. And it has been duly noted.

spyderweber [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 1:25PM

Nicely done! I saw the email on my phone yesterday and just came back today on my computer to get the details. I am very disappointed it isn't real (yet?), but this article is exactly what April Fool is all about. If you read something dated April 1 and you fall for it (like I did), then the author did a good job and you're a sucker. I fell for it so hard (before reading the whole article), I told other people about it. I also hope that the excitement/disappointment from this April Fools joke gets back to headquarters to inspire them to actually produce such a camera. I for one, still have a full range of full sized lenses from my PZ-1 ready to go!

chaza01 [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 1:16PM

The thing I dont get is if they're willing to make 560mm ££££ ($$$$) lenses, then why not a full frame? I guess the development costs but the sensor they just source from sony and the body wouldn't need to be anything radically different, just k5 solidity and WR but with slightly larger size. One things for sure though, for entry-levels, they need to make sure the next generation has video options matching the 550ds. Video may not matter to us, but it does to inexperienced consumers who buy and then learn rather than the other way round. I know dozens of people my age (15) who went for the 550d purely because of 18mp and 1080p video, despite me explaining that it was not really that important. Having said that, if they made the same decision based on the system and so availability of lenses and UPGRADE OPTIONS (E.G FULL FRAME), then I would respect their reasoning. Just my two pennies (cents). On another note, is it just me or did Sony start being taken a whole lot more seriously after they went FF..even without a massive lens lineup?!

Mojtala [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 1:12PM

You should compensate mye loose! I got this as Email and got much exited. I just wanted to check my email and see if there was anything important before living the house for vacation. When I got the news I just got enough time to annonce my dear K5 and two DA lenses for immediate sale. I thought not every body get this email and I can sell my equipments before the news get the world. I sold my items off price and now I have to pack the camera and lenses for shipping to the lucky guy. I belive you are responsible for my loose and should compensate the amount of money I have to pay to get simila equipments. I will contact you later with full details. Hope you have a good attorny!

petetax [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 1:11PM

You really got me - a great April fools post.

Mister Horrible [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 12:58PM

Not sure how this is an April Fool's "joke." Jokes have punchlines, they build up to something funny or rediculous. (Think of the classic "spaghetti crop failure," or last year when Google "admitted" that their Autocomplete was just a guy who typed real fast.

This is just a list of mostly believable specs, as could be found on any rumor site. Where's the joke?

Tanzer [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 12:52PM

I will admit, I almost got suckered into cancelling my DA lens orders, which I made just hours before the price increases and this "announcment", in favor of more FAs. I agree with atlnq9, we shoud think of this as really being targetted at Ricoh. I hope this serves as a wakeup call, as there's not much that is conceptually infeasible here.

outsider [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 11:28AM

This isn't april 1st, it's april 2nd. And this is a poor choice for an "april fools" joke.

john5100 [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 11:27AM

I don't mind saying that I got suckered in. Well done and very detailed.

rolis10 [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 11:24AM

Really not that big a deal!!! They were trying to be funny but it was in bad taste that's all. Who ever it was i'm okay with it considering how professional this site is run 99% of the time. Besides, look how entertaining this has been. come on people lighten up!

atlnq9 [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 11:13AM

I think it proved a very valid point. There are more people now than ever that wet the bed when they saw this. This is a very plausible body option for Pentax. I guaranty that news of this made it all the way into the Pentax Japan office's. They are probably all rolling on the floor laughing because they know if it is really coming or not. All the whiners need to go cry in the corner together and suck on their thumbs. Get over it.

doc_taz_nj [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 10:53AM

What the FLYING F%^& is it with all the haterade? I did get my hopes up for a minute... still, I'd love more than anything in the world to get a Pentax FF DSLR in my hands. Really, I would. It was kind of funny for a minute. :P

MariahH [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 8:55AM

I'd actually be hoping for a more than 29 point

rolis10 [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 8:38AM

A buddy in high school broke up with his girlfriend as an April fools joke. She never got back with him. Some things you just don't say. We all say things we wish we shouldn't have. The site moderators have done an amazing job and this single post should not discredit them. We are all human and it wasn't a sin, just poor judgment. And we've all done it. Just don't do it again and all will be well. Cheers

snoopoff [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 8:36AM

"Update: If you're gotten this far, we hope you also realize that today is April 1st. With that said, we hope to have the pleasure of making this announcement for real at some point in the near future!"

me too!

jake14mw [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 8:12AM

It's not April Fools anymore. The story should be removed, or the April Fools comment made extremely prominent so that anyone looking at it now knows immediately that it's not true. In this day of search engines and cross-quoting it causes too much confusion.

motodigital [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 7:56AM

How about stop being b*tches and clean the sand out of your v*g*n*s long enough to realize a new camera -- real or fake -- isn't going to save any lives.

TheGrandPrixKid [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 7:28AM

April fools?

speterlewis [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 7:24AM

If this isn't true--and it sure seems to be a cruel joke, then I hope the administrators of this site will remove it quickly. For crying out loud, I almost went to the bank to get a home equity loan...

teetoeb [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 6:51AM

Wow, got me! Good one, but it stung in the end. Based on the comments, no one is looking forward to a Pentax FF.

PicsByRobert [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 5:30AM

Not very cool as an april fool joke. more like crude and insensitive.

Tessl8d [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 5:29AM

Do you think there's a there a long waiting list?

pentaxinator [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 5:28AM

three things that looked weird to me before checking the date:
the camera looks exactly like the k-5(common senses would say it has to be bigger),
there was no previous announcement that "pentax forums will have an interview/will be present at a press conference from pentax..."
and last but not least:
this would never work without announcing a few full-frame lenses with the camera or revealing which da lenses are ff capable

jascar [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 5:16AM

Really sad that you would trade your credibility for a few laughs on your constituents. I am sure that Pentax is impressed. Good luck in asking for support.

RallyDriver96 [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 4:52AM

I just did a search from Pentax K-3, it's amazing how many sites are quoting PentaxForums! Awesome April Fools joke!!!

Infrabasse [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 4:25AM

This April fool's update needs to be more visible that this!!
It's like you're ashamed of your joke. You should be, but man up a little and take responsability.

mark lj [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 4:17AM

As it is no longer the 1st of April is there any chance that you might be taking this off the site?

adam1801 [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 4:02AM

great news to we PENTAXIAN. Now the Brand is up to a higher level with more compact, lighter weight, more user friendly full frame dlsr. (as i believe the Pentax used to be)

akos [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 3:56AM

I strongly suggest to remove this absolutely not funny announcement from the front page. Credibility of the site was degraded. It is a topic that doesn't accept this kind of jokes. It is my 2 cents.

rares [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 2:22AM

a lot of people will be selling their gear because of this joke :))

Eulogy [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 2:17AM

Agreed. This needs to go off the front page. It's taunting us all :P

chickenandavocado [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 2:04AM

that was a really cruel joke
im still waiting to see an apology and removal of this from the front page!

5bdh5 [Delete] Apr 2nd, 2012 12:34AM

I believe it will be made in left and right hand versions

johnau [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 11:25PM

Good Luck to all, 1st April.

Mtax [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 11:11PM

It's sad to read this :))

"Update: If you're gotten this far, we hope you also realize that today is April 1st. With that said, we hope to have the pleasure of making this announcement for real at some point in the near future!"

LEON [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 10:41PM

In 90 minuets we will see if it true or not.
I wish I am wrong... as I want as many others a FULL FRAME and not a FOOL FRAME ;-)

rr1736 [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 10:36PM

Great joke Ha ha ha ha ha I just wish it were true

LEON [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 10:28PM

I can see the differences... but those probably done by photoshop.
It is in the small things like light reflections...

jonhock [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 10:10PM

vga recording?? and besides, it won't be a "K" designation, it'll be something like "FFP 1" (fullframepentax)and at an iso of 102,400 expanded I'll be looking to sell a couple metz flash units...

civiletti [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 10:07PM

worse than cruel: evil!

royden [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 9:46PM

I said in an earlier poll....4/1/12. My crystal ball told me.

rouds39 [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 9:11PM

It IS April 1st isn't it?

formercanuck [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 9:07PM

is this April fools?

Trapezoid645 [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 8:45PM

@Leon, you might want to double check the shape and size of mirror box. Hardly the same...

LEON [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 7:52PM

Edgar_in_Indy you are absolutely right. the same picture!

Carloz [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 7:40PM

Dearie me - I would have fallen for this but I was (for once) conscious of the date, 'cos of the story about an underground railway in Swansea dug by unemployed Welsh coal miners.

It's a good joke, but a sore point for a longterm Pentax fan - I switched to Nikon for digital when the *ist D was just too expensive compared with the D70, and I switched back to Pentax for the K10D (when I say "switched", you have to understand that parting with lenses isn't something I do if they're any good - "switching" to Nikon just meant buying Nikon lenses *as well*.). The K10D is flawed, though, with dodgy manual focus (imprecisely shimmed and fairly unimpressive focusing screen, albeit with a decent magnification compared with everyone else's amateur DX format bodies at the time).

Nowadays, I'm still stuck with a meagre 12Mpixels, but my, what big pixels they are, and gosh, how crisp and accurate is my manual focus with the first DSLR I've ever bought which felt, and still feels, like a proper SLR. I won't be chopping in my D700 anytime soon. I might add a D800, or a D4. I might even add a diminutive K5 for travel, but full frame is where it's at for me right now. I would *love* to see a K3 Pentax as described, it would be a serious contender, and if priced below or around £2000, it would be seriously hard to resist - something in essentially the K5 body, tiny and weatherproof with a full frame 24Mpix sensor and taking any old Pentax glass - hell yes. Do a "Nikon" and equip it with a retro aperture-sense ring like the Nikon D200, D300, D700, D800, D4, D3, etc etc, so it was FULLY compatible with old lenses, I would mortgage something and buy one tomorrow.

CRPhoto [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 7:31PM

It's just cruel!!!! lol

lguckert79 [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 7:27PM

this was the best but worest joke ever but that is the way this day goes so like it or not thats the joke

regor [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 7:18PM

If that were true, wow... that would be a killer cam, APS-C sized body, FF sensor... just like the old days !

Edgar_in_Indy [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 7:05PM

Yes, the picture of the K-5 at is the same one. Look at the reflections on the round metal strap post on the right side of the camera. The reflections and the lighting (three white spots) are visible and identical in the two pics.

I don't know about anybody else, but for a minute there I was doing the math in my head, and making a mental inventory of things I could sell to buy this big-daddy Pentax. And I've never even been a big FF proponent. If you build it, they will come.

Smeggypants [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 7:04PM

Get a sense of humour you guys. I thought it as funny. And ... it had me for a couple of minute s:)

polur101 [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 6:44PM

cheap shot

jcamero [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 6:23PM

Not funny here, if posted on a Canikon forum, it would be.

LowVoltage [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 6:17PM

@leok If you sold all your Pentax gear in 2011 to "go pro" then why are you haunting PF?

jdalitz [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 6:14PM

Nice one, guys :-) Had me going for about four minutes -- well worth it over morning coffee!

jhaji [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 5:59PM

Shame on you for the April Fool's fast one. Everyone knows the K-3 is gonna have the 36MP sensor.

falconeye [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 5:40PM

Nice April joke. But I like the German one for the NEX-7x better. E.g. under Technical data, it contained plenty of hints like: White Balance: .../Curve adaptive Xenon headlamps/... etc. (

MrStupid [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 5:35PM

Don't pay any attention to these people the Pentax Forum has been taken over by communists there really is a Pentax K-3 sell all your equipment NOW!

TaiChiTom [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 5:28PM

Having recently spent about $3K on Zeiss lenses in hopes of a future Pentax FF DSLR I am not amused.

recando [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 5:23PM

Really a good joke, ...
I think I found tho original picture.
It is nearly impossible to make the same light setting.

leok [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 5:15PM

The jokes on Pentax - I sold all my gear in early 2011 and went Nikon Full Frame. So many pros shooting Pentax have been forced to do the same.

Have fun waiting...

zosxavius [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 5:08PM

Here is an image with the two superimposed from photoshop showing the only thing different really is the mirror.


MrStupid [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 5:00PM

Look there goes a megapixel! Ha Ha made you look.
No but seriously there's a big booger hanging out of your nose.
Oh no I hope nobody get's mad cause this stuff isn't true.

Ron_Man [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 5:00PM

Lol wow I fell for it........

zosxavius [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 4:59PM

Oh wait...I did a comparison...the mirror is bigger and AF area is expanded. This could be a clever photoshop.....but there are some differences the pentaprism box slightly wider too? Its possible.

Trapezoid645 [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 4:47PM

SR on the original Silver Limited is white in black frame. Hate to say it, but the mirror box looks larger in this "K-3" than in K-5. Look it up...

Yotagreg [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 4:45PM

Great joke coulda bin better though - how bout the K9

Tonto [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 4:43PM

Haha, happy April fools! wouldn't suprise me if they released something on April 1st

Irukanji [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 4:14PM

It isn't even April Fools day...

Tom Woj [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 4:10PM

Love the reactions due to this! ;) My god, some people are so depressing.

uswrdm02 [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 4:02PM

Too many cameras.

okular [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 3:58PM

Looking closer, the number "3" and "SR" tells it all. K5 silver special edition. Nice try :D

wax [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 3:39PM

K-01 should be launched this day!

wax [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 3:31PM

First I declare "great Pentax you are the best", then I realise my self hardly I could afford a K-5, on discount. So joke or true, this ain't change my life, at all.

marimba [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 3:18PM

hee hee hee... good one! :D

MrStupid [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 3:14PM

We've all made bad jokes before at least I know I have so I wouldn't go crucifying any body over this one and I'm the guy that sold the $10,000 worth of Nikon gear to make the switch. I probably would have gone with "Pentax Found In Titanic Works Perfectly" but it's history and as history has it I was glad I made the original switch to Pentax "A" gear and later to Pentax APS-C gear.
History: Back in the day Canon and Nikon made some pretty great lenses (even though most of the zooms were variable F stop and colors would shift from lens to lens) and then they forced people to buy a whole new set of pretty great lenses but now they will focus all by them self and some of them will only work on APS-C cameras. Now with Pentax, history was a little different they made totally awesomely fantastic lenses, they were sharper, none of their zooms were variable F stop, they didn't have a problem with color shifts from one lens to another, and they were much more affordable (totally baffling) and then they came out with a whole new line of lenses. like the other company's they were pretty great lenses. They were "variable F stopy" and "autofocusy" like the others now but still no color shift from lens to lens and they didn't switch mounts allowing you to use your old lenses (if you could deal with the now weird focal lengths). So like everybody, I always want more than I got but I'm still ahead with Pentax.
It's like your wife, she might not be as hot as she used to be but you've got some great memories and she's still the best thing going, trust me.
Just kidding, I don't know your wife. And there's your bad joke.

Very stupidly yours,

Alizarine [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 2:50PM

Hmm what's with the manual white balance logo on the left-hand grip?

zosxavius [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 2:45PM

pendulum: yeah because professionals have no use for the higher resolution and low light capabilities that full frame offers. Portrait shooters have no need for reduced depth of field. Some people can't afford MF (like most people really). These tools exist because there is a demand and a need for them. The larger you can print, the more marketable your work is for landscape shooting. I'm happy with aps-c personally, but I can see a need and desire to want to go into full frame eventually. If I can get a 22 or 36mp FF camera, why wouldn't I choose that over a 16mp crop sensor? The new sony 24mp sensor for aps-c has lower dr and higher noise than the existing k-5 sensor. Clearly they traded resolution for IQ. I'm hoping that the new K body uses something better than the nex7 sensor........

Bob from Aus [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 2:45PM

It's now April 2nd in Australia, so can this thread now be deleted. Very cruel for the FF fanatics LOL

GoremanX [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 2:15PM

The BEST part about this April Fool's joke is the violently negative reaction from some of the people who fell for it. BAHAHAHAHAAAA!

igor [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 2:09PM

Nikonians shoot 36mp D800 already... and laugh at this joke probably....

enoxatnep [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 2:02PM

This is the reason why I hate April Fool's Day. I picked up on the joke right away, but what a cruel joke to somebody perhaps from another culture on this forum who doesn't understand this retarded North American concept every April 1st.

benhai [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 2:00PM

Just sold me Pentax gear and switch back to Nikon. Hope this full frame K-3 will make photography easy. K-7 made me do lots of post processing. I do wish Penatx can work on smart metering. Not just through everything in the histograh to me without deeper thinking. I have great trouble with the color tone directly out of the camera many the times.

My bad two cents!

hameggsbacon [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 1:56PM

I like to feel I have a fairly well rounded sense of humor and I can take the piss pretty well. This just hurt man. It was cruel and not terribly funny either.

zosxavius [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 1:34PM

goremanx: "Seriously, some people just can't take a joke. As far as April 1st pranks go, this is one of the better ones, and I enjoyed it (and yes, I initially fell for it completely until I did the above)."

This is supposed to be a news site. Also it touches on a sore spot for a lot of people here. A lot of pentaxians are fed up and dumping their gear. That's not really a good thing and not something that stupid jokes like this will help with. Ever hear of rubbing salt in a wound? With the k-r discontinued and the k-5 looming towards being discontinued as well (I've heard rumors of production halting from japan fwiw), I think that Pentax needs to make some big announcements soon. This isn't really a time for jokes I don't think. I think that if the people behind this website felt the need to joke, they could have come up with something other than a full frame k-3. If this is true, then lord almighty, a lot of people will be very, very happy, but I really sincerely doubt it given how the mockup is basically a k-5 limited silver with some bad photoshopping. The pentaprism box would have to be larger to be full frame and offer 100% coverage, giveaway number 1. Also only the mirror is in the picture, not the sensor. Giveaway number 2. Why is there a white balance icon on the front? Why would they use the same k-5/k-7 body for a full frame? Really doubtful. wccchamp18 is right. This is about as bad as saying "honey i'm pregnant......but it's not your baby!"

Why not let sleeping dogs lie and look at the good that is going on? Why remind people that their hearts have been broken over and over again? Pentax is number 3 in japan. The next competitor down the line, sony has a full frame, with not a huge lens catalog. This makes pentax the only major dslr manufacturer that does not have a full frame model. There is no real reason pentax couldn't test the waters. They have the financial backing. I guess time will tell what direction they are going to steer this ship.

Sol Invictus [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 1:14PM

I fell for it hook, line and sinker. As badly as I wanted it to be true, I'm laughing my head off now. Mostly at some of the outraged reactions to a pretty damn good April Fool's day joke.

wcchamp18 [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 1:05PM

This is about as bad as saying "Honey, I'm pregnant....but it's not your baby!"

Welfl [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:51PM

Wouldn't it be funny if the real April Fool's joke here is that people are being tricked into thinking it is an April Fool's joke?

I'm not saying this is so, but wouldn't it be funny (in a good way) if it is?

mikeuk [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:49PM

It's not funny at all for Pentax. I'm thinking to sell off all my Pentax gears to jump boat. I'm losing faith in Pentax after seeing that they spent their limited resources in weird products like Q and K-01.

If Pentax want to be taken serious again by keen photographers, show us you have commitment to develop products that can compete with Nikon/ Canon FF or Fuji X Pro.

wtomlin76 [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:46PM

I really want to be angry at you for this joke, but instead I just sit here, shake my head, and grin.

VaSA [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:43PM

Possibly the best April Fool's joke of all time...

GoremanX [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:39PM

canoetripper said:
"had been considering selling all of my Pentax gear"

...yeah, so was I. My Limited Edition silver K-5 and even some of my silver Limited lenses that aren't FF-compatible. The difference is, I didn't get "angry" when I realized this was a joke. I laughed it off as a good prank. Get over yourself and stop being so angry.

Vadim-Rostov [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:35PM

1 april. :)))))

HypnoCin67 [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:23PM

I agree with chse--have a little sense of humor! But also, I have it on good authority (all April Foolery aside) from my contact at PPS that they are expecting an announcement to THEM from Japan any day about the Pentax FF camera--they are very excited. It IS coming folks!

chse [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:15PM

Oh common! What happened to your sense of humor here? This one is very well done- whats the use of an April fools joke if you notice it the first second.

Paul MaudDib [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:15PM

It's easy to tell this was a PentaxForums joke rather than an official Pentax product. The specs and features are reasonable, the styling is interesting, and it's not offered in a wide array of eye-hurting colors.

canoetripper [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:11PM

I had been considering selling all of my Pentax gear (including my K-5) so I can get into a format with a full-frame body, so this "announcement" had me really, really excited! I hope you'll understand why I'm struggling to move beyond my anger and find this joke to be funny.

GoremanX [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:10PM

To all you whiners complaining about the "poor joke" being "in bad taste" and potentially ruining your eBay auctions... all you had to do was:

a) click the links in the announcement to see that there was no mention of this camera anywhere

b) look for other announcements anywhere else on the web

c) look at your calendar

Seriously, some people just can't take a joke. As far as April 1st pranks go, this is one of the better ones, and I enjoyed it (and yes, I initially fell for it completely until I did the above).

LEON [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:07PM

this is interesting...
just being curios... I made comparison between k5 ltd:
1. on k5 SR logo is not red.
2. there is nothing on a small grip on k-5

sjwaldron [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:04PM

I'm not amused.

pentax33 [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 11:58AM

Does nothing but a lie from April 1.
Or a future project for the brand?!
I hope it's true, because Petaxiam have a camera well deserved.
Best wishes to all, and we will push for it to be true.

johnami [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 11:54AM

If pigs could fly, so could I. Thanks for the smile ;-)

chse [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 11:53AM

Thinking about it- if they would have announced the K-01 today - I would have immediately said "yeah, right! nice try" - this one took me until I read the whole post.

bluespearbone [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 11:51AM

Blimey. Have never been so close to needing fresh laundry as when reading that email. Good one to the Jokers

Danny Delcambre [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 11:49AM

Adam laugh or serious???? I believe its April Fool Day!!!

robgo2 [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 11:47AM

I don't even want FF, but this "announcement" had me salivating.


stevebrot [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 11:34AM

Too, too, cruel!

zosxavius [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 11:34AM

Given the extreme disappointment displayed here on this website at the lack of a full frame option, if this is a joke, it is in the poorest taste possible. I don't really care at this point about FF, but I would like to see pentax do it because it would make them a real alternative to the professional. APS-C isn't enough for everyone. People have been screaming for full frame for a long time for a reason. It looks too fishy (and fake) to be real, so I'm just going to shake my head. Note to pentaxforums: if you want to remain a credible news site, you should really refrain from douchebaggery such as this. This like like telling a kid that has terminal cancer that there is a new cure and then going "whoops april's fools"

Terrytootall [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 11:27AM

Dear PentaxForums ... This is a cruel joke. I so wanted to believe ....

ElJamoquio [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 11:02AM

Wait, I already robbed the liquor store downstairs and now the comments say this isn't real?

jhaji [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 10:57AM

April 1 announcement? Shame on you!

marval [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 10:56AM

I think I'm leaving this forum, bad information !!

grahamcoad [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 10:52AM

Well! I have full frame Pentax lenses on Ebay, with auctions ending tonight (Sun 1 April) I panicked when I saw this and started agonising over whether to pull the auction. OK it's funny, BUT I might have messed up hundreds of pounds worth of bids....

jhaji [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 10:50AM

FF! Yipee! Congrats, pf on the scoop. It's been quoted on other forums with the url blocked.

mysterick [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 10:39AM


Urkeldaedalus [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 10:38AM

"Professional photographers using the K-3 will be eligible for the PENTAX Professional Services program (PPS)."

I'd believe the full frame camera's existence far before I would believe this final sentence.

monochrome [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 10:23AM

The ultimate joke will be tomorrow -- when Ned announces that he, in collusion with the world's largest Pentax online discussion Forum, pulled a fast one on you yesterday. The funny thing about yesterday was -- wait for it -- there IS indeed a FF camera coming, the LXD. Responses from the testers who have had the body for weeks under an NDA, is that it beats the D800 in ergonomics, design elegance, fps, flash sync, AF speed, accuracy and hit rate, video (full h.264 HDMI out monitor, etc) and ultimately IQ - all for $2,899.

No colors, though. That was just a bad LXD trip.

ThorThum [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 10:16AM

Dammit, I peed my pants, then cried.

usmcxm35 [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 10:12AM

I have just enough time to return my K-5 to B and H!

BigDave [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 10:03AM

well done! Either way WE are gotten! If the post is real, so many think it to be a prank, it is! If not real, the specs are done very well and the post seems quite plausible!

let's see what tomorrow brings!


Selenium_27 [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 10:02AM

It really a good prank, as so many people is craving for it :)

LaRee [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 9:50AM

That is just down-right mean!

ChatMechant [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 9:39AM

One of the best April Fool's Day pranks ever. Even more brilliant if it is real, to have posted it on April Fools Day. Either way, well done sir. Very Well Done.

lol101 [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 9:33AM

Now that is just cruel... everybody knows that the real Pentax FF model will be announced at Photokina... 2028! :-)

MrMotivations [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 9:28AM

As "gags" go, this one is a definite "sky is falling" type. So, to whomever allowed this senseless post to go forward:

I am removing my financial support from this forum.

....just kidding.........???

Norseman [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 9:21AM

I think I'll wait for the full "Pro" model, the K-1!

rparmar [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 9:21AM

It even has the crippled mount! Yes! ;-)

ticoun [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 9:20AM

we'll see tomorrow if it's really a joke... maybe it's true, who knows?

momotazur [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 9:16AM

This is cruel joke. This is like joking to a handicap person that we found a cure for you.

Marcus Kauffman [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 9:14AM

Good one! You totally had me there for a minute. I love how perfectly you captured the community's desire for this camera.

Very funny!


george rubaloff [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 9:13AM

If this is a truthful announcement, then, thank you, and, of course, "I'm in." If this is an April Fools joke, then the Pentax Forum Webmaster has lost my trust. As a joke, it's not funny whatsoever...particularly to loyal Pentaxians.

befocus [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 9:10AM

obviously fake, the real k-3 has the 36mp sensor with binning that give 18mp image with +200% DR and details xP

klh [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 9:04AM

So NOT funny. I was fooled as well.

richard balonglong [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 9:03AM

Hmmm... An "announcemt" of a full frame Pentax camera on April Fools Day is really a mind blasting!
I just saw saw an image of a "new" Pentax, but I don't know if it's a teaser image of a new Pentax camera or a hoax image...
Saw that image from a Korean site (which the words I only understand are "Pentax K-z? Pentax K-3?").

v5planet [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 9:02AM

Very cruel...

bobell69 [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 9:00AM

Now let me see today's calendar says April 1st. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Den [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 8:57AM


shakumar [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 8:57AM

It is sad that this good aspiration is deemed silly enough to be an AFJ.
I'm sure lots of us want a backward-compatible digital K body.
Here's a tiny hope that Pentax would read this and realize that it has what it takes to take on Nikon full-frames. Just need to do it.

MrStupid [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 8:57AM

Until I read down I was thinking "Well seacapt is gonna really be happy he bought those A lenses from me and now Pentax finally has not only a usable camera for shooting films in the K-01 (the best one out there and it even shoots stills) but also a real 35mm camera that can really use the fantastic older A/M/K or even screw mount glass the way God intended with out screwing up the focal length plus I now have a comon sense practical reason to upgrade from my awesome ass magazine snapin billboard shootin *ist DL....... I mean it's defiantly respect-worthy or at least nice in gesture to not do the creepy planed obsolesce totally unnecessary lens mount change thing, like all the other company's but still the focal lengths now just get weird (for me unusable) especially the zooms and especially for me the "35-105 3.5 A". I mean I dumped $10,000 worth of Nikon gear and switched to Pentax after shooting with that lens, I bought 3 of them and the "50 f4 macro" was icing on the cake. I maintain Pentax should have come out with a full frame "real" camera and left it alone. An APS-CQGJZ sensor..... why? Look there are $2000 APS-C cameras and there are $500 APS-C cameras, there are $2000 full frame cameras and there are....... something wrong with this picture is what there are and If your thinking "well full frame sensors are just that much more expensive" wait a little while and maybe Tinkerbell will stop by and you two can discuss production sense.
Well that's it for my rant for this April fools day, I hope you enjoyed.

Very stupidly yours,

amusingmia [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 8:48AM

I'M IN !@!

PapaCC [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 8:47AM

You had me on this one! I got up this morning determined not to fall for anything my wife might try to pull. Then I fell for this, hook line and sinker.

I even said out loud to myself "I want this one".

stanic [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 8:39AM

good one but at least there is still some faith left :D

CraneGuy1 [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 8:32AM

Ya burned me good. I almost cancelled my D800 order.

mrNewt [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 8:27AM

You son's of ****** ... I got up and looked at my messages and got all excited at your email ... then remembered is the 1st.
Hope all your camera gear will get broken :).

chuck_c [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 8:23AM

Good April Fool's Day joke Adam. I was very excited about my next new Pentax camera. I guess I will just continue wait and hope.
You people who are put off by this "joke" need to get a life. It is really sad that you have no room in your life for a little humor

EssJayEff [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 8:20AM

I fell for NPR's Beethoven's 10th Symphony discovery, too. I better be careful today!

jackassp [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 8:17AM

Cruel joke.
When both the K-r and K-5 are discontinued soon, what are we or you going to do?

steveoliver [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 8:15AM

Very well done, but not very funny. It's sad that it's not true (if it's not...) *crosses fingers behind

kswier [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 8:14AM


ruggiex [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 8:01AM

selling all my DA gears, who's with me!!!

GoremanX [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 7:50AM

bahaha! What a great April fool's joke!

kibipod [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 7:49AM

thank you for nice APRIL FOOL'S news. greatly appreciate :-))

mikeSF [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 7:49AM

ooooh nooooo! bad one.

jlstrawman [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 7:44AM

These responses are hilarious. The sad part of this all is how many people apparently consider a camera more important than life itself.

Neanderthal75 [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 7:39AM

FINALLY!!! Should the K-3 actually have the specs listed above, THIS is the Pentax for which I've been waiting!!!!!! Full Frame, 20+Mp,improved AF, and DOUBLE the LifeCycle actuations!....The price is about $500 more than it should be, but hey, that may change!

Kudos to Pentax for finally kicking the mule in the butt and getting it going!

Colbyt [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 7:35AM

If it was not April 1 I might get excited. I will if the post is still here on April 2.

Gotcha [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 7:30AM

Is this real? Ran through the web and all articles mirror this one. Just purchased a K-5 and now this. Would have loved to save my $$ to later this Fall if this is for real!?? April fools?? Can't tell. Truely not funny ;o)

djayvo [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 7:29AM

Like most I got my hopes up and started to think how to manage to buy one. However being April Fools day and after the realism of the joke I took it in stride. It did make me realize though that if Pentax ever monitors this sight that they should appreciate the strong following of Pentax users. Maybe they should build up are faith and bring out a system like this at a very good price. Personally I would love to go to the photo club were no one shoots Pentax and show them this system and say “”Told You So”. Some times the best hype is from the user and not the magazines. This camera and lens at say 2500usd would rock the camera world and bring Pentax to the forefront. Just my look at this April Fools joke and the emotions it stirred.

maxfield_photo [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 7:28AM

Should have added max sync speed of 1/500th :P

chromo [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 7:28AM

Got me...
And for those who thought this wasn't very funny, well it is ha ha

jtriem [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 7:19AM

April Fools Joke!!!!

patrick9 [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 7:16AM

Sharp looking. It would be nice if the real k-3 looked like this

DavidOBryan [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 7:11AM

You got me!

normhead [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 7:10AM

Was it last year I fell for the one about the device that would turn my Program Plus into a full frame digital camera?

Pentaxguy [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 7:08AM

April Fools......just kidding!

Notice this was released on April 1st.

Vorture [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 7:06AM

Damn you april's fools!!!

EricBrown [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 7:05AM

I am not in the market for a FF camera, but I think this was in bad taste given the sensitivity of this subject to many Pentax customers. I love a good joke, but playing people's hopes is a bit cruel. If anything this will send a clear message to Pentax the FF is needed on their line up.

I did Google this after I read it, mosty Pentax Forums links. But, now DRP has the link on their site. If this is not true, I'm sure the mother ship will say something about it...

Tanzer [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 7:02AM

The only factor that's "off" a little bit is the price -- initial price should be more like the mid- or low-$3000 range.

Todd Adamson [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 6:56AM

When did photographers become too dumb to use The Google?

Mrimmer [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 6:56AM

The forum moderators, I'm afraid have severely undermined their credibility. I for one, read this forum for its timely as well as honest presentation of the facts. This trust is something that one does not acquire immediately but rather is earned over time.

To betray that trust by false reporting is inexcusable. You may snigger and clam that I the reader should have a sence of humour, but unfortunately it is your credibility that you have seriously jeapordized. what a shame!

Trusted advisors do not play pranks on their readers it is

HypnoCin67 [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 6:51AM

OMG!! How exciting--and sounds like a great price, as compared to its competitors, as always! Way to go Pentax!!!!!

karma13612 [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 6:49AM

Gosh, I was starting to plan how to save the money. I am not without a funny bone and a sense of humor, but I really believed this. And although I respect this forum and it's moderators and organizers, I think it was a bit cruel. I have been waiting for years for a full frame that was quality and affordable. Nikon teased me for years with saying they were going to update their D700 and then didn't I discovered Pentax thru my husband and love my K-5. With this announcement, I really thought my wish had FINALLY come true.

An April Fool's joke is supposed to be a 'joke on you' that makes you laugh and a little uncomfortable. Not sad and disappointed.

I love this forum when I get a chance to visit, but this wasn't really that funny. At all. But, my Pentax is still awesome so I will keep my faith and hope that someday this announcement won't be a 'gotcha'.

monochrome [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 6:47AM

Uhmmmm, as i read I was thinking how glad I was I hadn't sold my FF lenses last month and thinking which I could sell to raise the cash . . . .

secateurs [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 6:46AM

Ahhh! You're not supposed to joke about things so close to people's hearts! Anyway, it's after midday here in Australia, so the joke's on you!

pama123 [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 6:42AM

I've been making donations for this?
Not impressed.

Uluru [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 6:36AM

Of course it's a joke — a 24MP 135mm sensor delivers only 10MP in APS-C mode, not 12 MP. Bad maths for April fools day. :)

ppro [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 6:33AM

OF course it's wishful thinking but it would be nice if they made a version that was comaptible with the Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMARS (screw mount, open aperture lenses that have the ability to work with open aperture metering...) That compatibility would be "super" retro, but of course probably not a viable commercial effort for Pentax...

utopian [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 6:28AM

what if its real? lol

mrmentera [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 6:27AM

I throw myself out of the window when I realized. Well, no loss for the world. I was an asshole.

Good joke! Really good! :D

D0n [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 6:25AM

Pentax "professional services program"?
I can take a joke, but if you want it to be believable, you gotta know when to quit....
Happy April fools.

ENicolas [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 6:21AM

Cruel - I don't care what day this is, this is just cruel....

benjikan [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 6:13AM

PS...Adam, I have that new DA*15-75 f1.8 lens waiting for you. I picked up two when I was in Tokyo last week. Shall I mail it to your home address?

benjikan [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 6:12AM

I already ordered 2 for myself...I don't know what you are talking about...I know for a fact that this is the REAL Deal... Have you ordered your yet Adam?

Biro [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 6:04AM

Everyone has a problem when the April Fool's joke is on them. Lighten up everbody! This was a great April Fool's effort. Nice job, Adam! What's really going to be funny is watching the Internet echo chamber pick ths up. Rice High already has, except he's covering himself by reminding his readers that today is April 1.

alanjoke [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 6:02AM


Mr. A.S. [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 6:02AM

Thank you guys. Amused. But the first few seconds, I believed in new a full frame K-3.

Cucuc [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 5:50AM

Aaa come on people! I bought it too and was happy to hear it and then sad when I got the joke. That's the way this day is supposed to feel. :)) Stop whining !!!

But, my dear forum, be prepared for payback !! :))

geojazz [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 5:45AM

This would be a very tasteless, cruel & unprofessional announcement for those of us professional photographers who have been waiting for this. I was hoping that all the petitions, begging and threats did not fall on deaf ears.

Quazimoto [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 5:43AM

The problem I have with this April Fool's joke is not that it plays on many of our members' great hope and wish for Pentax, thus disappointing many people once they realise (though that's part of the problem) - but it's that it's such a low ball. A GOOD April Fool's joke takes creativity and dedication, not just using a position of authority to deceive people. The other thing is - there should have been a subtle give away, like when clicking a link it said "April Fools" or something, or just at the end if it had said, "But before you get too excited, check the date."
Instead, the announcement here was everything like a real announcement would be - which is just an abuse of power really. I hope that if Pentax ever DO announce a full frame, the forum mods/owners are napping and miss it - it'd serve them right.

GregL65 [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 5:41AM

You had me for a second there, and even then I still sortof wanted to believe...

WPRESTO [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 5:32AM

The kit lens will be a 20-200mm f2.8 USM, constant aperture, with three aspheric and two fluorite lenses, rumored to be the sharpest lens ever offered in K mount. It focusses to 1:2 reproduction at all focal lengths!

goldenarrow [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 5:32AM

The world economy would implode if this were to actually happen. Thing is, it looks so doable, and professionals would start warming up to the brand again.....

felixkh [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 5:30AM

Got me there . . .

Alizarine [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 5:28AM

lol nice one there =))

Bruce [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 5:27AM

Had me sucked right in, but hey great April fools joke, well done!

Particle [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 5:21AM

I would like to have it. At an affordable price. And possibility for standard batteries/rechargeables. IF Pentax would ever bring this camera, I expect an unaffordable ridiculous pricing (like for SDM-fail lenses etc.).

When I started Pentax DSLR 3 years ago, I choosed the brand because of backward compatibility, good price-performance ratio, and very good in-house service in Germany. Guess what's left now... but hey, another story.

I am rather happy with K-x and the cheaper non-SDM DA lens lineup as well as F and FA.

imtheguy [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 5:10AM

Cruel, humorless, thoughtless, no imagination......and I bought right into it!

hegedus [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 5:08AM

nice news...would be great if announced tomorrow or any other day...

Schmidlapper [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 4:59AM

I can use this covering the just announced Led Zeppelin/Pink Floyd reunited double bill tour, from the stage no less.

Giklab [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 4:53AM

Nearly dropped my phone when I saw this, then read the first comment. This one got me BIG TIME.

duyquyet [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 4:42AM

Apirl fool's :( very bad.............

sam-joseph [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 4:41AM

April fools joke or not, let's hope Pentax/Ricoh takes notice of this one, and picks up the ball and runs with it.

Delgado [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 4:33AM

Grow up please. There must be better things you can do with your time.

Usuqa [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 4:31AM

fooled me too.. and the sad part is its easily a camera pentax could make and one that would sell loads.

RallyDriver96 [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 4:26AM

I just woke up my wife to tell her about the camera... now not only am I disappointing, but also afraid to go back into the bedroom for fear of my K7 being thrown at me. It's too early for April Fools... there should be time restrictions!

VladimirYo [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 4:17AM

Predictable not funny post. Look at comments.

akos [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 4:17AM

I think it was a very-very bad joke. Seriously.

zodan(jos) [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 4:09AM

This is a sick joke :( sad and cruel :( April Fools !!!!!

chaza01 [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 4:00AM

Love the graphite finish though

chaza01 [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 3:54AM

You fooled me. And now I am very annoyed.

Monobod [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 3:53AM

Sad, sad, sad and cruel too. You know we have been waiting for this with baited breath. You have ruined my day.

KJon [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 3:50AM

You got me good. I finally broke down Friday and bought a K5 and my first thought when I saw this post was "it figures - just as soon as I've bought a K5, Pentax goes and releases a full-frame".

raider [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 3:44AM

This is a sick joke :) I was taken by surprised and then realized it is a hoax. Pls don't do that again :)

fccwpe [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 3:40AM

April Fools!

aruk5 [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 3:39AM

I wonder whether pentaxforums would risk its reputation by doing an april fools joke on its subscribers?

aruk5 [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 3:38AM

whether this is an april fools joke or not fact remains a full frame dslr is long due from the pentax stable.

Davidshutttersup [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 3:34AM

I fell for it

Annatefkah [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 3:28AM

Nice try at fooling us all. Just wrong date to announce. LOL A more believable name might have been K35D (in line with 645D) Cropped sensor mode would be a joke in itself. Don't need video features but a live view adjustable angle screen would be more use and also to be able to use old M lenses too.

lastpix [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 3:27AM

Nice catch :-) Enjoy Fool's Day!!!

fikkser [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 3:27AM


JFN [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 3:14AM

This was EVIL!

The shooter [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 3:11AM

Sick joke! But not as sick as the notion behind it that you have to goad the laggards over at Pentax / Ricoh into making a decision and informing the market. I'm having a close look at D800

Chaitanya [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 3:06AM

yet another April Fools day joke, I would have loved it if this was real.

shemazar [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 3:03AM

Lame joke? :|

RonHendriks1966 [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 2:59AM

It is the first of april, so I'm allowed to be happy with this news all day :)

hal_a [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 2:56AM

This is an april fools joke. Pentax is not releasing a full frame dslr

Ameiji [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 2:47AM

I see what you did there >:)

filorp [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 2:41AM

No no no!!! My first impression (about 2 seconds untill i seen the number 3 deawn on the body)was really nice - its actually first time since k10 when pentax was reason of joy for me..... Oh moment, let it last forever please!!! thank you for the sofisticatedly cruel aprill fulll

xinawesome [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 2:38AM

Happy April fools! B&H and Adorama both raised K-5's price to $1499 don't seem like a joke...

siamthai [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 2:38AM

I havn't been fooled in many years but this one really got me. (^_^)

lreyns [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 2:38AM

This is NOT funny.......!!!

jstenudd [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 2:36AM


nabeel_co [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 2:30AM


threeshoes [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 2:27AM

What fun! It could be a real winner.

rainwilds [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 2:20AM

That is super cruel! Maybe it is a hint though from insiders?

Andy Elliott [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 2:18AM

I cheered out loud... then thought about the date... good one, you have to laugh!

sfstino [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 2:12AM

my feelings are hurt. I was so happy. I even started convincing my wife why we need a full frame camera.

hoanpham [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 2:09AM

That's i may say a very good april joke!

sam-joseph [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 2:09AM

Got me in too.

gabesgang [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 2:08AM

This one hurts! Ouch. Had me all worked up there for a second.

Armanius [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 2:02AM

Is this an April Fool's joke? It would totally suck ...

french_mike [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 1:58AM

it would be perfect ... not to crazy, just perfect

SMPhoto [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 1:55AM

Lol, you bastards. Probably the only time I've been fooled so hard on April 1st....

pentax33 [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 1:51AM

I hope not lie, because it is April 1st today ...! :)
But I hope that Pentax Releasing soon in the market this Full Frame camera as the Pentax users have lost by not having a full frame.


vietnam74 [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 1:50AM

You've got me! I'm ready to call Abe's of Maine and cancel my recent K5 order tomorrow morning! :)

Pentax should go with dual SDXC card and good video support for their next model! Hopefully they also need to figure out the way to disipate the heat generated by the sensor for long movie recording.

ChrisA [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 1:47AM

Made me laugh! Cruel, yes, but hey, it had to be done :D

Lenfari [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 1:44AM

I would like to say fuck off

bss001 [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 1:30AM

oh no ,i dont like to be fool

yyyzzz [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 1:30AM

This is a very crude joke and I don't like it a bit!

Ben E [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 1:29AM

Haha, April Fools

kff [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 1:27AM

it is an interesting message,
but many interesting would be message about a special photographic tablet (Android, W8, iOS) with simillar features and with bigger display and with a special handle holders with camera controls for taking picture and video .... with shared memory for tablet OS and for camera.... this solution is for me The innovation and one of possible directions to future ...

Taviali [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 1:23AM

april first, you've never been so harsh :(

flat4 [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 1:23AM

now that's just plain cruel to joke like that...

Col [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 1:21AM

April Fools are supposed to be funny not heart breaking! You're a cruel team, thought you were on our side.

Surely its going to be the first in the FK series the FK-u

kluvi [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 1:21AM

You got me!
Nice guys :-D
But it feels little-bit sad...

DSims [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 1:13AM

Oh, and also the cropped sensor mode should be probably be about 10 megapixels, just as the Nikon D800 goes from 36MP to 15MP in cropped mode.

DSims [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 1:09AM

A news item that's an April Fool's joke needs to have some clues that it couldn't be real. The only thing odd I notice is the manual white balance icon on the body. Does anyone get the hint or pun here? I don't see it.

Oh, and of course, Pentax doesn't announce products until about a month (or two) before they actually ship it. But only a Pentaxian would notice this, and of course Ricoh could change this policy.

synonyms [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 1:06AM

I hate you guys.

Tanzer [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 1:05AM

I get the joke, but I also get Adam's message. There is nothing outrageous about this concept. Realistic pixel count, burst rate, and video capability, and most of all, a cropped mode for DA lenses. Let's make it so. Why not, Ricoh?

WillWeaverRVA [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 1:00AM

You can't fool me. Sorry. (The "3" didn't look right, and the body is just that of a K-5, with a larger sensor photoshopped in!)

Pa. Patriot [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 1:00AM

Really, not funny. Diminishes the credibility of pentaxforums

Alex Zhang [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:59AM

Breaking news! in a very pleasant way:)

NZ_Ross [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:58AM

It is 1st April evening here in NZ when the email arrived.

First thought - Yeah, Right!!!

Peter Zack [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:57AM

What the D800 should have been 24MP. Nice AFJ guys, my heart skipped beat when I saw the email blast, then realization hit that it was 04/01....

oddesy [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:55AM

almost, almost got me :( this is right on the fringe of being a cruel joke to pentax customers lol

Max-E [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:50AM


joelypolly [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:49AM

I was so excited until I realised the date.... was ready to pull out the CC too

tforb [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:46AM

Well done and appropriate for the date. Very funny.

Falke [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:44AM

april fool

Chex [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:43AM

Awesome! This is pretty much the best that we'll see of a Pentax FF.. My D800 won't be jealous by any means.

kneonx [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:43AM

it'd be a nice april fools if they told us they had no new products and actually did pop out a fullframer :)

civiletti [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:39AM


sckortyman [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:39AM

lol, not on dpreview so april fool joke

marq [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:38AM

I must say though, that's a very nice 3 on the mock-up K-3 logo. Well done Photoshopper!

VIXIV [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:37AM

this is some messed up joke right here lol

mickeybphoto [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:37AM

Cruel cruel cruel.... I said no way!!!! Then oh man... no

Raffwal [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:36AM


Spare Tire [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:36AM

Did they also announce a full frame 645D2?

marq [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:36AM

I almost forgot it was April 1st until I read the comments....Back to looking at the Mark III.

James_R_Strickland [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:34AM

Not funny.

Salagubang [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:34AM

I posted this on all my Pentax groups and buddies but quickly deleted it when I read that t'was 2013.


Spare Tire [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:33AM

Cruel joke

sckortyman [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:33AM

Either april fools joke or dreams come true. If its real then WOW

Keiler [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:32AM

This reminded me it's the 1-st of April. :)
It's sad for the company that they are "launching" new products only on this day.

tjk911 [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:30AM

Oh god you a**holes! I pretty much spammed all my Pentax shooting friends' facebook walls and was absolutely going batshit crazy on chat before...

I'm going to go cry now.

feishui [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:29AM

April fool´╝č

alstauffer [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:27AM

Got me good! I don't care about full frame because I'll never be able to afford it, haha, but even I was starting to get excited reading this...

K10Perry [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:26AM

Ha ha. :-( I was all ready to start a savings account too.

Kryscendo [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:24AM

This sure pisses me off real good.

JohnBee [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:23AM

LOL - I was totally expecting this. :p

Zav [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:20AM

Seriously? Not funny :/

KungPOW [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:18AM

For just a few minutes, I really was excited.

Now I'm just sad.

Canuck_yuen [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:17AM

Your timing is a bit off, either this is great news or a nasty April Fool's joke... :

Oh well, we Pentaxians will keep hoping for that full frame unit....


RickyFromVegas [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:17AM

Really not funny.

vinsant [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:17AM

That was mean. Very. Very. Mean.

Also, well done.

dugrant153 [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:13AM

ARGH! This is a meaaaaannnn trick...
Almost like the one EGM did for the Legend of Zelda Trailer.

gkey [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:11AM

Too good to be true...

ironlionzion [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:08AM

checked how much money was in my back account, then saw the date. damn you pentaxforums!

ruman962 [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:08AM

Haha! April Fool!

deadwolfbones [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:06AM

Not believable, sorry. :D

wlachan [Delete] Apr 1st, 2012 12:05AM

Nice try. You almost got me. LOL.