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02-08-2012, 11:23 AM   #121
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Here is the latest response from Canon to Pentax's new product announcements!


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02-08-2012, 04:54 PM   #122
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I am delighted that Pentax is announcing new products, I don't think I'm interested in anything mentioned so far but it is certainly a great thing for Pentax.

But I do have a concern about the new XS line of lenses. if they are truly k-mount then they will fit on any k-mount camera, right? So what happens when someone mounts that rear protruding lens on their k-x or k-r? Do we have a repair on the mirror coming up? If it is designed not to mount on a camera that it would harm then it is not truly k-mount, and if it does mount on all k-mount cameras then it is not K-01 exclusive.

I am confused.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jatrax Quote
If it is designed not to mount on a camera that it would harm then it is not truly k-mount, and if it does mount on all k-mount cameras then it is not K-01 exclusive.
Maybe that's why they designated some lenses on the K-01 as "XS" - these won't fit on normal K-mount cameras. It's like the... special line for K-0* series

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Now, if they introduce something similar to the now discontinued 18-250mm and price it right,
There's also that in the lens roadmap, though with that big a range, I don't think that would be easy for newbies to get too. But good investment, yes!
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But I thought that it was clear that the DA 40 XS will fit on any K-mount DSLR?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Mareket Quote
Also it's quite a long lens design judging by the protruding rear tube...
Yes, physically long, but most probably with a short focal length.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Clavius Quote
But I thought that it was clear that the DA 40 XS will fit on any K-mount DSLR?
Yes, but it looks like the upcoming, nameless wide-angle (?) XS lens probably won't.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Erik Quote
Yes, but it looks like the upcoming, nameless wide-angle (?) XS lens probably won't.
That's a shame, because it means the K-mount family will split into two. And one can be dropped later on. The K-01 was a confirmation that Pentax is committed to the K-mount... until now.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Clavius Quote
That's a shame, because it means the K-mount family will split into two. And one can be dropped later on. The K-01 was a confirmation that Pentax is committed to the K-mount... until now.
However, it's a strong sign that Pentax wants to go ahead with the K-mount. Mirrorless is the future, if you want it or not.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Clavius Quote
That's a shame, because it means the K-mount family will split into two. And one can be dropped later on. The K-01 was a confirmation that Pentax is committed to the K-mount... until now.
I believe Pentax/Ricoh is committed to k-mount. Otherwise they wouldn't have released the 560mm lense. At least that one doesn't look like it has any protrusions.

I'm thinking a higher end mirrorless is in the future to use the XS lenses.

It's also really a great way to kick-start the mirrorless series by offering the entire k-mount lens lineup until they get their XS lenses going. This is definitely a multi-pronged attack to quickly acquire market share. I also suspect the XS lenses will be mostly pancakes where it will address criticism of the thickness of the body by having thinner lenses.

This is going to be a GREAT year.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Asahiflex Quote
Mirrorless is the future, if you want it or not.
Nope: mirrorless is the past. Remember, nowadays people UPgrade from (mirrorless) point&shoots to mirrored cameras. Why take a step backwards to mirrorless, if you can shoot DSLR?!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Clavius Quote
Nope: mirrorless is the past. Remember, nowadays people UPgrade from (mirrorless) point&shoots to mirrored cameras. Why take a step backwards to mirrorless, if you can shoot DSLR?!


Because entry level viewfinders suck?
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Because entry level viewfinders suck?
Not as much as no viewfinders.
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Not as much as no viewfinders.
Word!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Clavius Quote
That's a shame, because it means the K-mount family will split into two. And one can be dropped later on. The K-01 was a confirmation that Pentax is committed to the K-mount... until now.
Definitely not, because the "in-protuding" lenses will necessarily have to be limited in focal length, hence limited in number (for example the "leica ranges"), otherwise the "compactness" advantage falls apart.

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Definitely not, because the "in-protuding" lenses will necessarily have to be limited in focal lens, hence number, otherwise the "compactness" advantage falls apart.
I agree. This trick makes great sense for wide angles and wide to longer zooms. No advantage for normal and tele lenses.
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