Pentax rumors

Discussion in 'Ricoh' started by Luke, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
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  2. Yeats

    Yeats All-Pro

    Jul 31, 2012
    New Jersey, USA
    Very interesting. All my DSLR's have been Pentax, so I'm a wee bit sentimental.

    I just hope the "GRDV" is not a 28mm FOV camera.
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  3. krugorg

    krugorg All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    Good stuff!
  4. I'll believe it when I see it on the shelves. A bit like that full frame thats been coming for years.
  5. JJJPhoto

    JJJPhoto Regular

    Jun 12, 2012
    Although it's "possible" that the rumor is accurate, I doubt that Pentax is announcing 5 new DSLRs this year. That's a lot. I suspect it's more likely they are adding 2 or 3 new DSLRs and keeping 3 or 2 of the current line (making 5 total).

    I won't object to 5 all new DSLRs from Pentax this year ... that just seems like too many based on previous Pentax releases and the number of releases from other companies.
  6. Xuereb

    Xuereb Veteran

    Nov 5, 2010
    W. Australia
    Sue that FF is a' comin. Soon. Watch this space.
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  7. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    It always has been - I'd be pretty surprised if they'd change that now or most of their loyal customers might not upgrade. OTOH, that was Ricoh and this is Pentax, so Ricoh may not be looking at this as the new GRD - or maybe they do? I guess it'll become clear in time but that time in't yet. I'm gonna give the Nikon a pretty good workout, but if I decide I want to buy it, I might hold off until we know more about this Picoh/Rentax model... Between Fuji, Leica, and Sony, it seems the market for fixed lens 35mm cams may just be spoken for. The 28 market is still sort of open with a real specialized camera from Sigma (great IQ, but painfully slow, so only good for some types of photography, Ricoh's existing GRD and GXR models, and now the new Nikon. Seems like more room to play for new entrants. But I guess stuff changes fast enough that anyone might take a shot at any of these segments. Nobody saw the RX1 coming either...

  8. Yeats

    Yeats All-Pro

    Jul 31, 2012
    New Jersey, USA
    Heh, I was just bustin' chops wrt the 28mm FOV... I just don't have much use for it, and I guess that I associate that FOV with kit zooms.

    Here's speculation from out of leftfield: Pentax already developed a pancake 40mm lens for the ill-fated K-01, the Pentax 40mm f/2.8 XS SMC DA. It would be interesting to affix that to a compact body.

    It would seem (to me) interesting and uniquely Pentax to find a way to use an existing pancake lens, rather than develop a new one for this camera. The closest thing in the current Pentax stable for a 28mm FOV on APS-C is the DA 21/3.2 Ltd.
  9. Yeats

    Yeats All-Pro

    Jul 31, 2012
    New Jersey, USA
    Yup, I'm convinced that the FF is imminent.
  10. Compact Pentax with 40mm welded to it? Now that's interesting.
  11. Hikari

    Hikari Veteran

    Jan 5, 2013
    Maine, USA
    Not really. It would still need the flange distance for the the mirror box of their DSLRs. So it would not be a very compact body.
  12. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee All-Pro

    Jul 8, 2010
    There is a lot of competition right now in the mirrorless segment and Ricoh/Pentax no longer have any truly viable options. I'd expect to see more mirrorless options than DSLRs, but maybe not. 5 new DSLRs sounds like a lot.
  13. Yeats

    Yeats All-Pro

    Jul 31, 2012
    New Jersey, USA
    Pentax 40mm f/2.8 XS SMC DA was designed for the K-01, a mirrorless body.

    I agree that the body would be rather chunky, but a tweak to the design of the lens would help it fit better. Pentax wouldn't actually need to use a K mount. Size-wise, I'm thinking more like Nikon A, not Sony RX100.
  14. Uh uh. Adam said something like that here in 2011, and others have said similar things in many other places in the PF rumours section, before, and since. The K3 was definitely being announced at Photokina last year. Uhuh.

    We shall see. perhaps this time, it will be true.