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Friday, February 27, 2015

Pentax FF is Planned to be Launched in October, Priced at 2,000 Euros

See what Pentaxeros reports:


Whom I consider is a reliable source as they are close to the official Pentax.

Well, I believe that the last lump of plastic thing is just to keep commercial secrets by the RP whilst letting interested users to know something is really coming soon, the testing prototype or even the beta machine should be more than that, in view of the launching date which is so close.

A Good K-s2 Quick Overview

(in Japanese)

Different non-standard colour schemes are shown. New features and functions are briefed.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Overjoyed Pentaxians!


Nice humour! But very true!! :-D

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

[Official] Compatibility of the K-mount FF Converter with DA Lenses! ;-D


Well, if you just don't understand why this is actually the Pentax K-mount 135 FF converter, read my previous experiment of this! :-P


Compatibility of DA Lenses on Full Frame

DA 16-85 Vs DA 18-135 Comparison Reviews

By PF: http://www.pentaxforums.com/articles/review-news/hd-pentax-da-16-85mm-first-impressions-review.html

By a User: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3799349

The DA18-135 is not bad IMHO.


My Practical Review on the DA18-135

Friday, February 13, 2015

PF's Interview with Pentax' Officials at CP+ (Mr. Kazunobu Saiki and Colleague)

Transcripts in English and Chinese are as follows, dropped down and translated by a Chinese Xitek Pentaxian:


First of all, thank you for publishing the news about the upcoming launch of a full-frame DSLR.

The PentaxForums.com announcement reached over 200,000 Pentax fans on Facebook and was met with very positive feedback.

Do you have any thoughts to share with the fans that eagerly await the full-frame product launch?



To tell the truth, I was relieved because many Pentax fans don’t say “It’s too late!”. I’m very glad to hear the positive comments from Pentax fans. Thank you for waiting for a long time.



What kind of users and applications will the new full-frame Pentax DSLR be aimed at? How will it stand out alongside the competition?



The first users are Pentax fans, besides it’s important to get back the Pentax users from competitors. Therefore, it’s not up to making have many strength
of Pentax.(??) Besides, it’s important to have attractive features newly which other competitors don’t have.



What do you think is the most suitable resolution for DSLRs with full-frame sensors?

Current cameras in the industry have resolution as low as 12Mp and as high as 50Mp as of this month.



I think the suitable resolution is changing. According to the sensor technology, and environment to handle the image to date(??)



Can users expect more full-frame compatible lenses to become available together with the launch of the full-frame DSLR?



We are going to develop DFA lenses as soon as possible, you can see the new lenses on the newest lenses roadmap.



Do you have plans to re-launch or update any FA-series lenses as with the 645 lineup, or will you be focusing on new designs going forward?



We are going to design new lenses basically, however, we are also going to redesign some FA lenses which have good resolution performance.



You state that the full-frame will support DA lenses via an in-body crop function.

How would lenses with 35mm image circle coverage such as the DA* 200mm f/2.8 be handled?

Will you change any existing lens designations/specifications?

你们说全幅将通过机内Crop功能来支持DA镜头。那对于那些可以覆盖35mm图像范围的镜头呢?比如DA* 200mm f/2.8,机身将如何对待这些镜头?



It’s true some DA lenses cover the full frame image circle. However, we make it priority to develop the new lenses basically, rather than to redesign the DA lenses.



Do you plan to reintroduce the aperture coupler in the Pentax full-frame body so that legacy lenses can meter without having to stop down?

你们有计划在全幅机身中重新引入Aperture Coupler么?这样那些老镜头就不必缩小光圈测光了。


I think it’s important, but it’s difficult because of the limited space.



How would you describe the response to the Pentax K-S1? Has it seen success among gadget-oriented people?

你们怎么形容Pentax K-S1的反应?看到它在面向电子科技的人群中的成功了么?


Because K-S1, we try to attract non-Pentax users mainly, in that sense, we have very nice interests, but before that, the (??) so far we couldn’t get return as we expected.



Do you have plans to improve the speed of the SAFOX auto focus for fast-paced shooting?



The AF performance of K-5 II has been improved. We are improving speed one more, and new telephoto zoom lenses, have high speed actuator and new developed algorithm, so you can you then comfortably.

自动对焦性能已经在K-5 II中得到了提高。我们又进一步的提高了速度,新开发的长焦变焦镜头中,我们使用了高速电机,和新开发的算法,因此用起来会很舒服。


The Pentax lens lineup still lacks products such as leaf shutter lenses, tilt/shift lenses, and extension tubes. Is this an area you feel important to expand?



It’s important, especially for 645 series, so, we are considering.



Why is wired tethering not possible with the Pentax K-3? Do you plan to offer this feature in the future, i.e. via Image Transmitter 2?

Many users find the speed and range of the FluCard to be insufficient.

为什么没有办法在K-3上联机拍摄?你们有计划提供这个功能么?比如通过Image Transmitter 2?许多用户发现FluCard的速度不足以支持联机拍摄。


Image Transmitter 2 is developed for 645Z, however, some K-3 users requiring us, so, therefore, we are considering with firmware upgrading.

Image Transmitter 2是为645Z开发的,不过一些K-3用户反映了这个需求,因此我们正在考虑通过固件升级的办法来解决。


As industry trends change, do you have plans to continue pursuing more consumer imaging gadgets like the Ricoh Theta based on the market response?



Of course, it’s important to expand the market(??) with new imaging gadgets.



Would it be possible to leverage the SR mechanism to increase the effective resolution of a Pentax DSLR?



We have tried to increase the effective pixels with shake reduction, but dataset is big, but image quality is not improved. So, we are now trying to improve the resolution performance, without increase the effective pixels.



Do you have any comments in response to the technical feature suggestions presented by our users?



It’s really nice to listen to the end users, because they have requests and expectations. We study carefully, and depending on the necessity of the requirement, we might consider to implement onto the firmware upgrading.



Why has Ricoh Imaging decided to launch the full-frame DSLR now?

Can you comment on how it will stand out relative to the competition?



Ok, as you know, we have a lot of K-mount series lens, as well as 645 mount, so we had valued our existing customers, and we believe with this time has matured, it’s really nice time to release full-frame for whom waiting for that.



How does the size of the Japanese market for Pentax and Ricoh cameras compare to international markets?



Frankly, the comparison of Japan market for Pentax Ricoh is larger than the one for the global market.



Has the Ricoh Imaging international market share for ILC’s increased over the course of the past two years?

Which product category has been the most successful?



As you know, the market itself has really aggressively decreasing. We are facing that trouble, but we are safer than total market trend.



Sony has been dominant in sensor manufacturing the last few years.

Are you seeing other manufacturers wanting to partner with Pentax?

Does Pentax see some advantages to partnering with other sensor manufacturers?



Selection of sensor is purely for our engineers to make our product more attractive, so we are not attaching to A name brand or B name brand, so it’s merely to what kind of performance the device provide to us.



Would you like to share any closing remarks with the community?



Yeah, both of us are really thanks for this interviews. After the launching of the full-frames, everybody is exciting. So, please be happy, until the product come into your hands.

Thanks for waiting for Pentax full-frame camera for a long time. I’m glad to …(??)

Some More Photos of the New DFA Lenses

I have lost clue to the sources of the photos as these are found in the Internet Pentax forums, so cannot make the credits.

One More (and Better) PS Job for the Pentax K FF

Multiple view angles and "side-by-side" against the K-3, really nice! Good job, man! :-)

Credit: Chinese Xitek Pentaxian

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Size of the New FF Body

So, it is somehow big, as many Pentax fanboys have complained for years for *all* 135 Full Frame bodies of other brands. So, what would they say now? :-P

Besides, just found this PS job at the Chinese Xitek forum, does the mockup feel more realistic now? ;-D

K-mount FF Body Mockup Unveiled at CP+

(in Japanese)

The new body would not have RTF, i.e., the built-in flash, as seen.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Pentax Lens Roadmaps Updated (K, 645 and Q)




IR K-s2 Preview


AF201FG Flash


K-s2 and HD DA 18-50 Specs


Not bad.

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Ricoh US Pentax Forum - Topic on Upcoming Full Frame and Discussions

You are encouraged to provide your inputs and comments. Yet mind you that this maybe a marketing mean, though.


I have already provided my comments, so your take now! :-)

Tip: For easier reading and post tracing, you can set "Topic Options" to "Newest to Oldest".

Friday, February 06, 2015

Pentax K-s2

(in Japanese)

Compared to the K-s1, built-in WiFi and flipped monitor are added.

Thursday, February 05, 2015

D FA 150-450mm 1st Quick Review with MTF Diagrams and Comparison against the Competition

(in Japanese)

Seems to be the biggest and heaviest amongst the peer but the MTF diagrams look best, too.

Additional Confirmed Information about the Upcoming Pentax FF

"参考出品製品の概要  ●デジタル一眼レフカメラ(製品写真)

Important Highlights:
- K-mount DSLR body!
- 35mm Full Frame sensor!
- No Product Name Yet
- Support existing DA lenses in crop(ped) mode
- Still in development and aimed to launch within 2015

UPDATE: Yet an official Ricoh announcement in English can be found as follows:


Pentax Forums Discloses Image of the Upcoming Pentax 135 FF Prototype

Maybe with the consent of Ricoh, the PF has done this:


Do note that the PENTAX logo is a sticker, though. :o :(

So, after waiting for more than ten years, the Pentax 135 K-mount should come this fall, finally.


My Pentax Lenses are Given Completely New Lives! :-D

This is What the Limited Lenses Should be Put Onto!

DIY: Adapting the Pentax FA*85/1.4 onto the Cantax K-5D Mark III

Compatibility of DA Lenses on Full Frame

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

HD Pentax D FA 150-450mm f/4.5-5.6

Source: Digicame Info (in Japanese)

So, the symbolic green rings of the digital line of PENTAX lenses are back finally and the two new lenses are undoubtedly equipped with the latest HD coating. Ricoh finally has recognised that they had done something very wrong marketing wise. Everything looks much better now and it does not hurt the feeling of we stubborn old Pentax brand fanboys anymore! ;-p

HD Pentax D FA* 70-200 F2.8 Full Frame Lens is to be Announced Tomorrow!

Source: Digicame Info (in Japanese) Via:


Tuesday, February 03, 2015

D-FA 645 25mm Lens Discontinued! :-o


What a short life lens! Just wonder what Ricoh is planning to do and why discontinued this lens, which is actually the only ultra-wide lens in the 645 digital line!

Sunday, February 01, 2015

CP+ Pentaxians' Precaution!

See what NCN recommends.. Really nice! I like it! :-D

National Rumor Service (NRS) Identifies Anomaly Over Pentaxica