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January update to Pentax Full Frame

January 14, 2016  •  3 Comments

  pentax full framepentax full frame Ricoh Pentax have just updated the website teaser. As you can read the teaser goes into detail about the use of Fa limited lenses (31mm, 43mm and 77mm) with this new full frame body. It is no news to us that they are adaptable but its nice to know that Ricoh Pentax refers to these lenses as though they were literally made for this body. These famous ltd FA's were designed by the genius Mr. Jun Hirakawa, that has moved onto Tamron in 2010. Since he designed these lenses and has currently designed the new pentax FA 24-70 (made by him at Tamron, with some suggested pentax smc coatings), it is literally promoting him at Tamron for the new pentax FF. There are also rumors that his 15-30mm and the 70-200mm will be re-labelled for pentax and possibly some standard primes.

As we can see from the updated picture we get a great look at the back end of the camera and the lcd screen. The ergonomics of the body look slightly more sleek and round in design as respect to the proto type shown off at various camera exhibitions recently.

Unfortunately the example photos of what the ltd lenses can do are very poorly thought out and don't give us any idea what so ever as to the potential of the camera.

Marketing here hasn't been their strong point, so we'll just have to wait till the release date then.

Here is the link update:


Optimize the imaging power of the distinctive FA Limited-series lenses

14.01.2016 NEW

One of the benefits offered by the PENTAX 35mm full-frame digital SLR camera is that your favorite lenses, which many of you have used since the days of film photography, can be used at their actual focal lengths. This benefit applies to the high-grade FA Limited-series lenses. Favored by many PENTAX camera users, you can take advantages of the imaging power of these popular lenses in digital photography much as for film photography. I would like to familiarize you with some sample images captured by three FA Limited-series lenses.

The smc PENTAX-FA 31mm F1.8AL Limited has outstanding image-forming power and delivers high-contrast images. It offers a distinctive image description that accurately reproduces the ambience of the scene being shot. Captured by this wide-angle lens, Image 1 clearly depicts fine details even in the shadows.

Next is the smc PENTAX-FA 43mm F1.9 Limited. This compact unifocal standard lens has an angle of view and perspective similar to that of the human eye. Image 2 shows fine sharpness, rich gradation and a truthful sense of depth, all of which are distinctive characteristics of this particular lens.

Finally, the smc PENTAX-FA 77mm F1.8 Limited excels in contrast and resolution. Captured by this telephoto lens, Image 3 faithfully recreates the ambience of this particular scene with its high-contrast rendition and subtle bokeh (defocus) effect.

View larger image※Image 1: This image offers well-depicted details, even in areas of shadow.
• Lens used: smc PENTAX-FA 31mm F1.8AL Limited
• Image data: shutter speed: 1/320 sec., aperture: F5.6, ISO: 200

View larger image※Image 2: This image has excellent sharpness and rich gradation, with a truthful sense of depth.
• Lens used: smc PENTAX-FA 43mm F1.9 Limited
• Image data: shutter speed: 1/1000 sec., aperture: F2.8, ISO: 100

View larger image※Image 3: This image faithfully recreates the ambience of the scene with its high-contrast rendition and subtle bokeh effect.
• Lens used: HD PENTAX-FA 77mm F1.8 Limited
• Image data: shutter speed: 1/320 sec., aperture: F8, ISO 100

*shot with a camera under development. larger image's size: 1000px x 667px


Here's a brainstormer, if Pentax have asked for new patent on various af focus systems, I.e, phase detection and contrast detection could it be possible that our new FF Pentax is mirrorless. I have heard that there is so many problems and new innovations for af technology on mirrorless, so......could it be possible????????????
Deimos, I have seen these rumors but at this stage we can only speculate them as rumors. Asahiman's posts on pentax forums in the past have generally been quite spot on, apart from his last post in 2015 "october full of frames,... was it". Another interesting new rumor is that the K1 will be released with a kit lens which could be the a 28-105.
As per Pentax forum website:
Deimos 2 Hours Ago

On the other site it has been indicated by two posters (and "confirmed" by asahi man) the following:

-Improved 36MP sensor from D810 (better DR)
-Possible new feature to improve and expand edges of some slightly less than FF APS-C lenses
-Price: 1999-2300 euro
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