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01-11-2011, 01:30 AM   #1
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Found this and thought it was very interesting: Full Frame Pentax Dlsr from 2001?.

So I was researching and came across a full frame Pentax DSLR. It was never put into production apparently. Think they will ever give this another shot? With better specs of course.



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if this was discussed before I am very sorry. Just was of interest to me. I think its a very awesome looking camera.

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I think alot of pentaxians still wish for a full frame some day... Hopefully not too far into the future!
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Yeah I find it funny that there is a Crop and then a Medium format, seems they are missing something...haha.
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This prototype was based on the MZ-S, the similarities are obvious, the high end camera in the MZ film SLR generation.
Story goes that Pentax never put this in production because the Philips sensor was too noisy and they abandonded the project in 2001.
Contax used the same sensor for their first DSLR, the Contax N Digital, the first full frame DSLR in 2002, which was produced for only one year. The noise level was too high to be usefull already above 100 ISO, and it was major cause of the the death of Contax in 2005.
Pentax instead came out with their last film camera in 2003, the *ist, together with their first digital, the *istD, which used a cropped sensor. Since then they have got more dedicated to the APS-C format in their lens program than any other brand.

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We've seen and discussed it before:

As for the future, Ned Bunnell recently says in this interview:

I noticed a few reader comments suggesting you should have asked about our full frame and mirrorless plans. I hope your readers know that until a product is officially announced, there’s really not much that I or any other employee of Pentax can say about what is or is not in the labs. I should add that we do keep a constant eye and ear on the market and provide these insights, trends and user needs to our folks in Japan.

Enough said about FF/EVIL...

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