Pentax has announced the launch of a new model of photographic camera, namely the Pentax K-70 which is the first device of this brand with a hybrid focusing approach and which is launched to the market using as a hook its high level of sensitivity as it is able for ISO 102.400 functioning.
The Pentax K-70 is a camera designed to work outdoors and so it´s prepared to withstand inclement weather as it can operate up to 10 degrees below zero and it´s sealed to make it waterproof and dustproof. The device comes equipped with an APS-C sensor of 24 megapixels. It´s capable of shooting sequences of 6 images per second.
Regarding the video, the manufacturer has not seen fit to make the jump to the 4K technology. The camera is capable of recording at a Full HD resolution up to 60 frames per second and also has the capacity to apply over the moving image a system of continuous autofocus for moving subjects.
It seems that the Japanese company Ricoh has developed another high quality release for later this month and this time we are talking about a zoom lens. We had already seen the very interesting device called Ricoh Theta S, which is used with a smartphone and a Ricoh GR II camera, the first of its kind to have Wi-Fi. Well, today we will talk about a traditional lens: the new Pentax-D FA 24-70mm f/2.8ED, a high-end lens that promises happy results. Let’s see what it’s about!
Using the Pentax-D FA 24-70mm f/2.8ED
The nature of the Pentax-D FA 24-70mm f/2.8ED makes it really versatile in any type of photographic use, including scenarios with poor lighting conditions. From landscapes to indoor frames, this lens promises to deliver the best image quality. It has the ability of both taking regular pics, as well as getting a focal worthy of the wide-angle lenses.
Pentax-D FA 24-70mm f/2.8ED Features
Lens composition. Thanks to its composition of 17 elements in 12 groups, plus 3 ED lens, 3 spherical and 1 AD spherical, the lens ensures sufficient levels of light even in the corners and edges of the image. Also, the lens can reduce the chances of any chromatic aberration, allowing a clear image with high contrast and high resolution.
Nothing better than an original product in order to face a saturated market such as photography. After the “experiment” that led to the Pentax K-S1, Ricoh has just introduced the smallest water and dust resistant SLR – their new Pentax K-S2. Fantastic design, remarkable spec and an excellent connectivity with enough arguments to succeed.
The new Pentax K-S2 comes with a compact body (122, 5 x 91 x 72, 5 mm, 678 grams of weight) and a 100 point seal to ensure the protection of the internal components. The camera features a 20 megapixel CMOS sensor, and it comes without a low-pass filter (incorporates a sophisticated system in order to avoid the moiré effect). Offers an 11 point focus system (9 arranged crosswise) and allows to work between ISO 100 and 51.200.
With the images leaked a couple of weeks ago, Pentax officially presents its K-S1, a monocular digital reflex which most differentiating characteristic rests on the “luminous” style of its user interface.
That does not mean that technologically, the K-S1 is not advanced; it actually incorporates “the best” of the Pentax actual series in APS-C format, but it is true also that the design has been done – it is said – “In collaboration and under the supervision for design and color by the Tokio branch of Zyba Tokyo, Co., Ltd of the Zyba design company with its headquarters in Portland, Oregon, U.S.A”…. An in general, we already know what happens when, in the photographic sector, the great designers get in between.
Well… this is not only about the color combination, which are twelve colors of which we will talk later on, but also of a LED illumination system with color codes, directed not only towards the user (The photographer) but also the people photographed… yes.
The leaks this time were right. In the last few days news has been going around about the possible configuration of a new Pentax mirrorless camera with a compact design and a classic look that would afford users the manual controls normally found in an advanced camera. And the predictions have come to pass. On paper, the new Pentax Q-S1 appears to meet the expectations it has generated.
Inside, it has a state-of-the-art 1-by-1.7-inch CMOS BSI sensor and a Q Engine image processor that, according to the camera’s designers, offers great image quality and the necessary processing capacity to take as many as 5 photographs per second. But this is only the tip of the iceberg. Let’s take a more detailed look.
Pentax Q-S1, main specifications:
Backlit CMOS with a size of 1 / 1.7 "and 12 megapixels effective
|Maximum ISO sensitivity
||Yes / Vibration Reduction by gyro
||Full HD (1080/30p)
||3-inch LCD with a resolution of 460,000 dots
||AE (P), AE (Av), AE (Tv) and manual
||Yes (DRII) / Using ultrasonic vibrations
||Available in five colors for the body and eight for the front (40 different combinations
|Compatibility with Eye-Fi cards
||Up to 5 fps
||Yes (up to nine different exposures in one shot)
||105 x 58 x 34 mm
||203 g (including battery)
Ricoh Imaging Company charges back with a new launch that aims to liven up the heat of the summer. It is a model not of great importance, but of limited distribution, that will enchant the brand’s followers. We are talking about the Pentax K-3X Prestige Edition, an exclusive edition that arrives with 2000 units in the entire world, incorporating firmware modifications and a few changes from the basic model.
For Ricoh, it is a justified limited edition because of the popularity of the Pentax K-3, which is its leading model at the moment against the different SLR cameras they have in their catalog. Its popularity hasn’t stopped growing and at Ricoh, where it is known how important it is to strengthen the brand’s value, they believe fitting to distribute this limited edition model with which they will please their biggest fans and will help spread the popularity of the Pentax K-3 in stores.
Pentax, with their 645PZ, seems to take seriously their participation in the medium format market. More than just an update of the 645D, the 645PZ looks like a completely renewed concept, how things should have been from the start.
And although its appearance is practically the same, what counts is what’s under the skin of its weatherproof metal body.
Its sensor is the popular Sony CMOS with a 32.8 x 43.8 mm size and 51.4 Megapixels. It lacks a low pass filter, just like the new Hasselblad H5D-50C, or the Phase One iXU150 or Phase One IQ250 cameras.
What better remedy to overcome the hangover of the lCES than with more new photographic equipment? The CP+ show (Camera & Photo Imaging Show 2014), to be held in Yokohama between the next 13 and 16 February, has in store some highly anticipated releases (including, perhaps, the EOS 7D Mark II from Canon).
The company that will surely release several new models is Ricoh. And it has already been confirmed that a new version of its medium format camera, the Pentax 654D, will be announced, as well as two lenses and an accessory designed to create digital duplicates from film.
It is all about the new Pentax 645D
Currently, this new camera is known as Pentax 645D 2014. This is not the final name, in fact, as it seems unlikely to be called exactly like its predecessor. However, they have already unveiled some of its specifications. We don’t know much, but at least it’s enough to give you an idea of what this camera is capable of.
The company also introduced a small -angle zoom equivalent to 17.5 to 27 mm for their Q system
Previously reserved for fixed focal lenses, Pentax has unveiled their first zoom released under the exclusive Limited series. This is the 20-40 mm f2.8 – 4 DA WR, which provides coverage equivalent to 30.5 to 61.5 mm when mounted on any DSLR with APS- C sensor of the company.
In addition to its careful design and aluminum finish, this new zoom boasts the multilayer coating the company’s lenses have, as well as completely circular aperture diaphragm and ultrasonic focusing motor.