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Old May 24, 2012, 5:25 PM   #11
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The FA limited lenses will work on a full frame camera - they were designed for film cameras. I don't know about the DA Limiteds - I suspect they will vignette. I understand the DA*200 will work all right on a film camera, it's supposed to be the same basic design/optics as the previous film lens. I think that there's information about the various DA lenses and how they work on film cameras over at pentaxforums.
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Old May 24, 2012, 6:02 PM   #12
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I suppose they could offer a cropped mode on a full frame sensor, ah who am I kidding... but anyway, thought you might find this bit about the K-30 interesting if you have not seen it already:

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I am mystified that Pentax won't make a camera with a swivel/tiltable screen.
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Old Jun 1, 2012, 12:55 AM   #14
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I wonder what it doesn't have that the K5 has, to make the K5 more expensive. If I were looking for a camera right now, I think I might have a hard time trying to choose between this new camera and the K5. Also, if I were looking for a second camera I'd most likely buy this one. I wonder if the AF is going to be better than the previous Pentax cameras. Now that would be something interesting (though not enough to tempt me away from my K5).
Nikon is in a similar situation. The D7000 is a better camera than the more expensive D300S in almost all regards. I would think that a K5 replacement is probably not far down the road. I'd guess the 24MP Sony sensor may find a new home in the next "serious" Pentax. I seriously doubt a 135 film sized sensor will be in the picture. Pentax is not big enough to retool for "full frame" (hate that term by the way) lenses. Too many of their current DA lenses would not work on the larger sensor and only the expensive FA limited lenses (and maybe the FA 50mm f1.4) are still in production as film era lenses. Although a large sensor camera would be more expensive and probably appeal to people who could afford the more expensive glass I seriously doubt the economics of the situation will work. I would not completely rule it out however, after all the 645D made it into production and most of my lenses say FA on the label so I could be a potential customer for a reasonably priced 135 sensor camera.

For any young ones out there who do not remember film, 135 is the actual film size designation for 35mm film.
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Old Jun 1, 2012, 12:57 AM   #15
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The FA limited lenses will work on a full frame camera - they were designed for film cameras. I don't know about the DA Limiteds - I suspect they will vignette. I understand the DA*200 will work all right on a film camera, it's supposed to be the same basic design/optics as the previous film lens. I think that there's information about the various DA lenses and how they work on film cameras over at pentaxforums.
The longer focal lengths may not vignette but all of the shorter DA lenses probably will.
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I am mystified that Pentax won't make a camera with a swivel/tiltable screen.
That is one thing the K-01 should have had. If you are not going to supply an EVF than you should at least have an articulated LCD on a camera with no optical viewfinder.
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I am mystified that Pentax won't make a camera with a swivel/tiltable screen.
It may be that any workable design has already been patented by someone else who doesn't want to share technology at all (or license rights at a reasonable price) with anyone they feel would be a viable competitor. Pentax would have to come up with a novel workable design that is patentable and economical enough to produce.
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