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View Poll Results: would you invest in the new "back to the basics" k system (please read post)
if price 75% body, 50% lenses 1317.81%
if price 50% body, 75% lenses 1621.92%
when hell freezes over, no thanks. 4460.27%
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07-26-2010, 10:12 AM   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by noahpurdy Quote
I would bite if it was the following:

1. Full-frame.
2. An LX styled body.
3. Leica like build quality.

That said it would still have to be regelated to a secondary system for me because I absolutely need AF for half of my paid jobs (Event coverage).

But then again if that's what you want why not just buy a Leica?
I think we used to have a Leica when the LX was still in production noah. In keeping with the back to basics theme, it would be nice to see Pentax get back to that standard again.

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QuoteOriginally posted by 8540tomg Quote
I think we used to have a Leica when the LX was still in production noah. In keeping with the back to basics theme, it would be nice to see Pentax get back to that standard again.

Tom G
TouchÚ. Couldn't agree more. I'm just skeptical Hoyatax can deliver that type of quality.
07-26-2010, 09:18 PM   #33
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K-Pen-D

Hmm, an evil idea that's neither EVIL/MILC nor FF: Steal the design of the Olympus Pen-FT half-frame 35mm SLR, with a PK lens mount. Working name: K-Pen-D.

The Pen-FT (and its kin the Pen-F and Pen-FV) shot frames the same size as an APS-C sensor. Rather than a top-mounted pentaprism, the Pens had an internal vertically-oriented porro-prism (like in binoculars), giving it a low, flat-top profile. Because there were no 'legacy' lenses to support, the Pens' Zuikos were designed with a register of 28.95mm, compared to the Pentax 45.46mm. Thus a K-Pen-D would need the mount extended by 16.51mm (~2/3 inch) -- enough body thickness to contain sensor and screen.

Compared to FF SLRs, the midget Pens use 1/2-size mirror and prism; images are portrait mode, not landscape. The K-Pen-D would similarly have a smaller, lighter, faster, quieter mirror, a smaller and lighter prism, and it would easily slip into a pocket. This is without an AF motor, of course. We're talking BASIC cams, right? Optional add-on: battery pack with AF motor, for sluggards who can't handle MF.

It'll never happen, of course.
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