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11-03-2009, 02:23 AM   #1
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Why FF didn't happen?

Could be I'm a romantic fool, but this is what I found while searching news from PDN - Photoplus New York 2009. Not much about Pentax there.
The past was greater.

NEWS! - Pentax EI-3000 and unnamed digital SLR - exclusive pics!

I keep dreaming about MZ-S, possibly the best camera ever made.
If Pentax would have taken this project further, who knows where we'd be today...



FF, 6Mp, KAF2. I would pay big bucks for it, today. No second thoughts.
And this was way back in 2001.

11-03-2009, 02:29 AM   #2
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Ever heard of Contax N Digital? It used the same sensor as this prototype.
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The answer is easy. Contax had died after launch FF camera with the same 6 MP sensor from Philips. Pentax decided not to release such camera.

The price was too high for 2000-2001. Pentax is small company and the market (and the users) weren't ready to pay $6000-8000 for 6 MP FF camera.

Pentax will make FF camera below $1500-1700 next year. Not for $6000. The time is changed.
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That sensor actually killed Kyocera. They never did work all the bugs out f it. If Pentax had released that camera it would have been their first and last DSLR, and they'd be gone as well.

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Actually this was part of Pentax's problem. They were sort of playing around with full frame, etc while everyone else was actually releasing digital cameras. Their initial foray into the digital dSLR marketplace was with the 6 megapixel *ist D, which sold for 1600 dollars retail. I had actually considered getting one, but I went with a film *ist instead because of the high price. That was in 2003, long after Canon and Nikon had started releasing digital SLRs. When you are late to the party, you just have to pick up the scraps that remain.
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WOW! a FF and built-in flash..cool.
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QuoteOriginally posted by octavmandru Quote
FF, 6Mp, KAF2. I would pay big bucks for it, today. No second thoughts.
And this was way back in 2001.
Presuming it retained the Philips sensor, I most certainly wouldn't. I'd choose the K-7 over it in a heartbeat, even if it sold for half the K-7's price.

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Other than DOF and viewfinder, why do people still go gaga over full frame? APS-C cameras of the same quality would eventually be equal in performance to the full frame cameras anyway

Dont we pentax users like to keep it small?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Andi Lo Quote
Other than DOF and viewfinder, why do people still go gaga over full frame?
- low light performance (bigger photosites or ganged photosites)
- better wide angle support (but at a loss of tele support, so you really need APS-C for sports/wildlife)

Pentax will probably eventually have to go to it when Canikon brings it to the low end ($1K bodies) and puts out all the ads trumpeting FF superiority so the consumer lemmings only buy FF cameras ;-)
It'll probably happen in a few years...
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QuoteOriginally posted by kenyee Quote
- low light performance (bigger photosites or ganged photosites)
- better wide angle support (but at a loss of tele support, so you really need APS-C for sports/wildlife)
Right now maybe it's hard to imagine APS-C sensor beating FF in terms of low iso... but I'd say it's not impossible. Who knows what the next sensor technology breakthrough is in though?

The only reason why full frame is wider is the existence of sigma 12-24, otherwise FOV wise APS-C already have lenses that equal all the full frame wide angles. If we have an 8mm wide angle prime / zoom released for aps-c someday, the advantage really would disappear. How many people really buy a full frame just for Sigma 12-24mm?

For me myself a reason i would use full frame is to use the taks at their true FOV... once the 1ds / 5d1 drops below 500$ I'd probably get one just to do this By then pentax might already have a full frame though.
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holy old news batman!
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I didn't consider Sigma's 12-24 full frame lens as a reason to buy full frame dslr

I didn't consider Sigma's 12-24 full frame lens as a reason to buy full frame dslr.


Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 G First Test: Introduction

I did however buy a D700 to drive the Nikon 14-24mm 2.8. The nikon ultrawide zoom is clearly superior to 12-24mm full frame Sigma.



QuoteOriginally posted by Andi Lo Quote
Right now maybe it's hard to imagine APS-C sensor beating FF in terms of low iso... but I'd say it's not impossible. Who knows what the next sensor technology breakthrough is in though?

The only reason why full frame is wider is the existence of sigma 12-24, otherwise FOV wise APS-C already have lenses that equal all the full frame wide angles. If we have an 8mm wide angle prime / zoom released for aps-c someday, the advantage really would disappear. How many people really buy a full frame just for Sigma 12-24mm?

For me myself a reason i would use full frame is to use the taks at their true FOV... once the 1ds / 5d1 drops below 500$ I'd probably get one just to do this By then pentax might already have a full frame though.
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Sure, the prototype has potential - it may have even been a hit.
But it wouldn't have made much business sense for the reasons already given.
It makes a lot more business sense now - seems to be a lot more interest, and preemptive plans for Pentax photogs to go FF...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Samsungian Quote
I didn't consider Sigma's 12-24 full frame lens as a reason to buy full frame dslr.


Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 G First Test: Introduction

I did however buy a D700 to drive the Nikon 14-24mm 2.8. The nikon ultrawide zoom is clearly superior to 12-24mm full frame Sigma.
Wasn't aware that there's a full frame lens that wide and that fast at the same time... Looking at that link looks like the lens is beastly sharp o_O; 9-15mm/2 (or 2.8 even) that good would be pretty hard to make in aps-c indeed
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Indeed, 14-24mm nikon is INSANE

Indeed, 14-24mm nikon is INSANE. Stunning image quality throughout zoom range. I've always been drawn to ultrawide imaging and nikon making a 14-24mm sharp as primes zoom made me buy my first ever brand new nikon camera and lens. As soon as I get my D700 L Plate I'll be working on my pano~stitching skills with the 14-24mm 2.8 in vertical, portrait mode. Where's my Mail, Man?

That said Canon possibly has one in the pipeline they just processed usa patents on. Competetion is fun for consumer... well, as long as the goodies they create remain affordable. Canon and Nikon usually have lenses ready to go when they get around to processing patents in usa.

Optical system and optical apparatus ... - Google Patent Search


I realize 14mm full frame isn't as wide as 12mm full frame sigma but image quality for me trumps wider field of view.



Next up, another full frame design ultrawide lens that shines on full frame.

This is next lens I'll buy. Pricey at $2500, indeed.

The most expensive lens I'll have ever purchased.

But at least it exists and gives me a goal to shoot for:


http://www.jo-1.de/images/Bonifatius%20Kirche.jpg

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1029&message=33571393





QuoteOriginally posted by Andi Lo Quote
Wasn't aware that there's a full frame lens that wide and that fast at the same time... Looking at that link looks like the lens is beastly sharp o_O; 9-15mm/2 (or 2.8 even) that good would be pretty hard to make in aps-c indeed

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