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View Poll Results: What do we want from Pentax?
Full Frame 14058.58%
Full Frame 8033.47%
Full Frame 5824.27%
APS-H 177.11%
APS-H 31.26%
APS-H 10.42%
APS-C *Only*, no FF or APS-H 239.62%
APS-C *Only*, no FF or APS-H 125.02%
APS-C *Only*, no FF or APS-H 93.77%
Continuation of the K mount 18677.82%
Continuation of the K mount 11146.44%
Continuation of the K mount 7330.54%
Discontiunation of the K mount for a shorter registration distance 104.18%
Discontiunation of the K mount for a shorter registration distance 52.09%
Discontiunation of the K mount for a shorter registration distance 20.84%
Electrical viewfinder and removal of the mirror 2811.72%
Electrical viewfinder and removal of the mirror 72.93%
Electrical viewfinder and removal of the mirror 31.26%
Optical viewfinder, continued mirror 10242.68%
Optical viewfinder, continued mirror 3414.23%
Optical viewfinder, continued mirror 218.79%
Faster / Predictive Autofocus 15464.44%
Faster / Predictive Autofocus 7531.38%
Faster / Predictive Autofocus 3815.90%
Smaller camera bodies and lenses 3012.55%
Smaller camera bodies and lenses 41.67%
Smaller camera bodies and lenses 31.26%
Super telephoto options, 400mm and above 6426.78%
Super telephoto options, 400mm and above 2410.04%
Super telephoto options, 400mm and above 156.28%
Less expensive gear 4719.67%
Less expensive gear 114.60%
Less expensive gear 104.18%
Leaf shutter 62.51%
Leaf shutter   00%
Leaf shutter 10.42%
Electronic shutter 135.44%
Electronic shutter 20.84%
Electronic shutter 20.84%
Improved video support and controls 5322.18%
Improved video support and controls 135.44%
Improved video support and controls 83.35%
Improved flash sync speed 6928.87%
Improved flash sync speed 125.02%
Improved flash sync speed 52.09%
Improved wireless flash support 3815.90%
Improved wireless flash support 114.60%
Improved wireless flash support 62.51%
Uncrippled K mount for M and K series lenses 8937.24%
Uncrippled K mount for M and K series lenses 2711.30%
Uncrippled K mount for M and K series lenses 145.86%
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01-22-2012, 04:39 PM   #136
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QuoteOriginally posted by bigdavephoto Quote
If the adapter is made so that the distince is the proper 46.5mm, that would work, but no contacts so your all auto lens would be turned into a full manual lens. If you want contacts and motors and gears added, that pushes the price right back to the 4-5-6 hundred dollar mark that most people would not be willing to spend.
You're back to where we started from. Here's how I answered the first time around:

QuoteOriginally posted by Laurentiu Cristofor Quote
The Kenko device that I linked to costs $179. And it is actually a set of three tubes - each as complex as each other. A single adapter would not have to cost more than a third of that - $60, but let's say $100, because Ricoh is EVIL and wants to milk the Pentax brand (cheap sarcasm) or maybe because Kenko sells for a smaller market (grim realism) - still $100 is not a prohibitive price to use all your lenses on a new camera. And it is quite a way off from your $600 estimate or Clinton's $800 one. After all, people are willing to pay $100 to buy a crummy PKA adaptall-2 adapter, just so they can control aperture of old MF lenses through their camera bodies.

If Ricoh wants, they can phase out the K-mount without losing compatibility with all the K-mount lenses. It is technically possible.

I don't think Ricoh wants that though. They seem committed to supporting the K-mount and DSLRs - at least for the near future. And that makes sense if they want to move to an SLT type of design in the future - I can buy that (both figuratively and literally). But I wouldn't have much interest in a K-mount MILC and I would start having doubts about the Ricoh strategy if that is what they are going to announce this year.
I don't have anything else to add.

01-22-2012, 10:57 PM   #137
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QuoteOriginally posted by Clavius Quote
If I have to use my precious glass via an adapter, I can just as well jump to another brand. I can do that with other brands too.
You can do it if the mount registration distance in the other brand is SHORTER than that one in your precious lenses.
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"Less expensive" is entirely area-related. Here, for example, Pentax gear is the cheapest of the major camera manufacturers, but our market is defective anyway.
01-23-2012, 12:48 PM   #139
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I should have thought about this example before, but what I've been arguing earlier is for Pentax to do what Olympus did when they introduced the Micro Four Thirds mount - they offered an adapter so FT lenses can be used with full functionality on MFT cameras. The cost of the adapter: $179. Kenko could probably make a less expensive one.

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