Discussion in 'Pentax' started by Dudley Hanks, Mar 8, 2008.
Indeed, I have a box full that I still use.
Bridge camera? Pro-sumer?
But, for pro use, I think it'll be a while yet. If nothing else, it's hard
to beat the confidence one derives from looking through the lens and seeing
the actual scene one is about to capture.
I hear that some camera makers are working on a screen which will
allow you to look through the lens and see not just the scene you're
about to capture, but exactly how the camera will in fact capture it,
including if you wish such technical details as aperture, shutter,
what the camera chose to focus on if using autofocus, areas of the
image which are overexposed and so on.
That should be even more confidence building, don't you think?
Not only do they work... they will autofocus too!
The pentax DA* lenses have a double AF system.
On cameras that support it they will use SDM and on older cameras
they'll revert to the old screwdrive AF.
According to these pictures, they really seem to have had one in
development, at least:
Surely that's a name that's not been used in years. Who owns it?
There was a recent news story about the namebrand making a reappearance.
Pentax introduced the prototype Spotmatic at Photokina in 1960, describing
it as having a TTL spot meter. The camera wasn't actually released till 4
years later, and it featured an averaging meter, but Pentax kept the
"Spotmatic" name. The camera was neither "Spot metering" nor "automatic."
That notwithstanding, I still have my original Spotmatic IIa from 1973, and
it looks in mint condition and performs flawlessly. I've accumulated 22 SMC
Takumar lenses over the past 35 years, along with another 11 camera bodies,
bellows and other accessories. I use them all, and have no plans to "go
digital." I scan my films and am quite happy with that arrangement.
The lenses are superb, and it would cost a fortune to replicate the system
in digital if, in fact, such prime lenses were even available.
Not bad for equipment that has been in service for a third of a century!
What is in a brand name? I prefer to buy on quality, price and a product
that does what I want - rather than follow the 'trendy/in' names.
The K10D does that and is one of the best cameras Pentax has ever made.
Speaking of live view, have you had a look at the newer D-SLRs that have
liveview that can be fed out to a larger screen? Could be helpful for vision
Apparently it is pretty good on the K20D.
Damn Pentax is awesome, what a great feature.
I wonder how well it performs in very low light - I'm
thinking of it's application astronomical photography.
Yes, it's a great camera. In fact, I was reading an article a week or so
back which touted the Spotmatic as one of the best cameras to use when you
visit a developing country.
The author's point was that, if you only have a digital, and if your camera
/ memory cards fail, you might not be able to fix or replace while in that
country. Yet, film tends to be available, and the Spotmatic has a proven
reputation for reliable service in rough conditions -- even 30+ years after
You're a lucky photog...
Yeah, but you still get lousy pictures holding the damn thing out at
arms length to frame and focus ... not to mention all the additional
camera movement from trying to trip the shutter at the end of that long
It appears to have been almost ready for market when Hoya acquired
Pentax. Since then the project is variously described as canceled or "on
I don't know if the market is really there for medium format digital,
since all the MF digital I know of on the market are actually crop
sensors, none of them actually 6x4.5, 6x6, or 6x7.
I figure a full-frame DSLR would get images as good as a crop sensor MF
Not soon, but not impossible either. Nikon swore for years they were
never going to offer a full frame digital, and look at the D-3.
And I think the 645D development effort may someday see the light of day
as a FF DSLR.
Well, the K100D and K10D names were specifically meant to recall fond
feelings many a photographer has for the K1000.
I certainly agree with you on that, but everything I've read so far
indicates they're not resting on their laurels The new K20D is a good
improvement on the K10D.
actually, nikon never said that they would never offer full frame.
what they said was that they weren't planning on it until it was cost
effective to do so.
If you need to hold it at arm's length you need new spectacles.
(Note that the actuall MF frame sizes are 42x56, 56x56, and 56x70mm.)
The current "cropped" MF digital sensors are 36x48, which is exactly twice
the area of "FF", and so does have a theoretical advantage. It also turns
out that MF lenses are razor sharp on 5D density digital sensors, so 24MP
and higher images that are painfully sharp corner to corner are a piece of
cake for MF digital. Anything 24MP and over in FF is going to be a stretch
for even the best Nikkor or Canon lenses at anything other than f/8 or f/11.
David J. Littleboy
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