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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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01-02-2012, 01:28 PM   #16
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Put in my votes and only used the triple vote for AF/tracking improvement and spread te rest for FF/APS-H/K-mount/OVF/improved flash and 400mm (this is not a camera future).

Good work.

P.S. Not on the list but 3-5 year warrenty would also be great to get.

01-02-2012, 03:03 PM   #17
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I was unable to find the choice for a quality 2x teleconverter.
01-02-2012, 03:04 PM   #18
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The binary choices ring hollow.

It's not an either or.

Pentax could continue APS-C DSLR K-mount and MILC new mount simulataneously.

In fact, that is most likely. That is what they MUST do to retain the current user base and tap the emerging mirrorless market in larger sensor cameras.
01-02-2012, 03:06 PM   #19
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QuoteOriginally posted by Clinton Quote
Many believe that Pentax cannot simultaneously support the Q mount, the K mount, the 645 D mount, and another mount. Many will believe that would signal the end of the K mount. Certainly, many will not be interested in buying the same lens twice for two different systems. I say, if you want support for something else and the K mount, vote for both.
Why would people believe this? The A-mount is not going away anytime soon because of the E-mount. Sony has been very surprised by demand for the NEX system it appears they will change their product line up next year to increase support (meet demand) for this line.

The K-mount has support from Sigma (Sigma makes more K-mount lenses than Pentax does). It is not possible for Pentax to be a viable company if it discontinues the K-mount anytime in the near future. I personally think the Q will be a short lived product, so I don't see support for the Q-mount as an issue. Even if it stick around it will only have a couple of lens options and not be a drain on Pentax R&D.

EVIL is going to be a very big percentage of the market. It is already taking a big percentage of the market in Japan and other Asian countries. EVIL can meet the needs of 80% of the market in a smaller, less expensive package. There will always be certain fields of photography where the OVF is a must have, but those will be higher end professional products.

I don't think Pentax can afford to NOT enter into the large sensor (4/3 and up) mirror-less market. There is too much market share ($$$$) on the table for a Pentax to ignore.

01-02-2012, 03:22 PM   #20
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QuoteOriginally posted by Winder Quote
Why would people believe this? The A-mount is not going away anytime soon because of the E-mount. Sony has been very surprised by demand for the NEX system it appears they will change their product line up next year to increase support (meet demand) for this line.
Well I think in 3 years time there will be nomore A-mount camera, because market shifted and Sony doesn't get a number one (or two) position in that maret. Professional DSLR, where all other systems shift to MILC and only professionals are walking around with DSLR.
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Neat poll, Clinton!

To me, the release of a FF and continuation of the K-mount are absolutely paramount. The K-mount is what makes the FF so appealing, and the introduction of a FF is what keeps the K-mount holding it's own.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Raffwal Quote
"You have 12 votes." But the poll says 9 votes only. Do I get it wrong? Also, I somehow missed the AF part before submitting...
Also looked over AF.
01-02-2012, 08:21 PM   #23
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QuoteOriginally posted by Clinton Quote
Many believe that Pentax cannot simultaneously support the Q mount, the K mount, the 645 D mount, and another mount.
Boy, you said it. The writing is on the wall; the Q mount's got to go!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Aristophanes Quote
The binary choices ring hollow.

It's not an either or.

Pentax could continue APS-C DSLR K-mount and MILC new mount simulataneously.
I suspect that it is, but I did ask the mods to change my text on the poll, as I didn't intend it to be nearly so polarized.

QuoteOriginally posted by Aristophanes Quote

In fact, that is most likely. That is what they MUST do to retain the current user base and tap the emerging mirrorless market in larger sensor cameras.
Why? The only conclusive thing I've heard is you save a few mm of space by doing away with the K mount. As far as I can tell, there is much more space to be saved elsewhere.

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"You have 12 votes." But the poll says 9 votes only. Do I get it wrong? Also, I somehow missed the AF part before submitting...
Changed the text to 9. I really meant 9. :P
01-02-2012, 09:02 PM   #26
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I cannot help myself but regard "Uncrippled K mount" as a pipe dream.

Any camera offering this would imply a surcharge equivalent to the projected new lens purchases lost. Only a very small number would buy a (non-MF) camera at such a price point.
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3 votes for discontinuing K mount. It's time to move on. I'd like to see what they can do without the burden of backward compatibility.
01-02-2012, 10:13 PM   #28
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QuoteOriginally posted by Laurentiu Cristofor Quote
3 votes for discontinuing K mount. It's time to move on. I'd like to see what they can do without the burden of backward compatibility.
Brave man! How, if I may ask, do you think the K-mount is holding them back? Registration distance? Contacts?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Laurentiu Cristofor Quote
3 votes for discontinuing K mount. It's time to move on. I'd like to see what they can do without the burden of backward compatibility.
They have that, it's called "Sony". I don't quite grasp how anyone would stick with a company as quirky as Pentax for any reason other than the awesome compatibility, no disrespect intended.
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Boy, you said it. The writing is on the wall; the Q mount's got to go!
At least it's in a different market space. Nothing like inventing a new product line to directly compete with your other product line. Didn't GM try that with like 12 car companies?
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