Pentax Full Frame DSLR Officially Announced
Reference Product at CP+ 2015
By PF Staff in Pentax Announcements on Feb 4, 2015
It has been a long wait. Die-hard Pentaxians have been craving a full-frame camera for what seemed like an eternity. The lack of such a camera caused many to leave the brand, explore other paths, and even engage in debates about just about every potential aspect of this mythical DSLR. As of the writing of this article, our Pentax Full Frame forum contains some 24,000 posts: more than sections about real cameras such as the K-30 & K-50.
For those of you who stuck with us while waiting for that long-desired full-frame, the wait is about to pay off. It's not April 1st. Today, with the announcement of two full-frame-ready Pentax D-FA telephoto zoom lenses, Ricoh Imaging also stated in a press release that a Pentax full-frame will hit the market by the end of the year. Icing on the cake: it will be on display as a reference product at CP+ 2015. Below is an official product photo of the camera in development. Click on it to enlarge:
Notice the presence of a placeholder for the SR logo, which implies that the upcoming full-frame will feature in-body stabilization just like existing Pentax cameras. This will make it unique among full-frame DSLRs.
We will be on site at the CP+ show to report on the event, and as ever you can expect an exclusive interview with Pentax representatives.
A look at a paragraph found in the press release of both the HD Pentax-D FA* 70-200mm F2.8 ED DC AW and the HD Pentax-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW further reinforces this news:
So there you have it: future models with larger image sensors and the Pentax K-mount. If we had to guess, we'd say 36-megapixels and a slightly bigger body than the K-3 to facilitate a larger grip. Exciting news lies ahead for Pentaxians, and you'll be the first to learn more by following the PentaxForums.com homepage coverage.
Thank you, Ricoh. You may be late to the party, but you're about to make loads of Pentax fans very, very happy.