Again a Pentax Full Frame dream…

The current K-o1 mirrorless and K-mount APS-C camera.

The Chinese Fengniao editors interviewed the Ricoh head (source RiceHigh). And they once again confirmed that:

“Our development team is still working on it and the project is not aborted.”

Doens’t sound really promising when you say “is not aborted” :) That said a while ago an anonymous source told us this:

Pentax’s new fullframe “might” be a mirrorless, using a newly developed hybrid mount that accepts current K-mount lenses and adds the ability to use newer short flange lenses as well.

Now let’s see if something will happen. It’s about time after 5-6 years of Pentax FF rumors floating around the web :)

  • Joe

    pentax need to work on some new FF lenses first

  • Common Sense

    why it’s colored that way? Is it the version for mentally “different” users?
    And who normal would buy this days pentax? It’s DEAD. It was DEAD long time ago. There are no modern lenses for it. there are no modern flashes for it.
    it’s DEAD.

    • Krzych

      Is your lonely cerebral ganglion used only to hold the ears in place?

  • bibi

    Pentax trying to survive …

  • ke

    “Now let’s see if something will happen. It’s about time after 5-6 years of Pentax FF rumors floating around the web”

    A lot longer if you count from the full frame DSLR they were showing off well over a decade ago at Photonika.

    • Simon1

      Joe: Pentax needs to get out a FF camera first. They godt a lot of FF lenses, but not a complete lineup. Three lenses, wide, normal and tele zoom are all they need to get a decent lineup. If they dont shop up at FF camera launch we still godt Sigma and others + older FF lenses.

      Common ehh.. “sense”: Thats one of many colors. Why do clothes have different colors? Why should everyone dress up in black?

      ke: The Pentax FF DSLR MZ-D was shown in 2000.

  • tecnoworld

    pentax and samsung should team up again and produce a very good FF mirrorless camera with IBIS, very fast operations, gorgeous IQ, touch screen + manual controls, all at a competitive price, so that it can beat Sony to the market. But I doubt they ever will.

  • Mike

    Even Duke Nukem Forever was eventually released. So there is still hope for a FF from Pentax yet. And since the boat for FF DSLRs departed a long time ago, maybe they can still catch the arriving FF mirrorless ship while it’s still at the dock. But don’t hold your breath.

    • kassim

      Unfortunately, it was a disappointment.

  • Matus

    I would say that before Pentax produces an FF camera a’la K-01, they should rather produce good quality semi-pro FF DSLR for under 2000 € and then start to play around with FF mirror less cameras. They have the know-how and the technology to do that (DSLR that is).

    Personally I find the DLSR-like mirror-less cameras just a ‘bridge’ solution before the companies slowly develop dedicated lenses for mirror-less cameras and persuade most of their users to switch and than slowly ‘abandon’ their DLSR roots – I predict we will see a smaller version of ‘film dying’ but it will be ‘DSLR dying’ sometimes in some 5 years from now.

    So, Pentax, put your balls on the table and just bring that damn FF DSLR :)

  • Mistral75

    Pentax’s new full frame “might” be a mirrorless, using a newly developed hybrid mount that accepts current K-mount lenses and adds the ability to use newer short flange lenses as well.

    This is the description of the A mount, used on some prototypes. “A” stands for “Ace”, as a symbol of it being superior to K (“King”) and Q (“Queen”).

    Whether will see commercial bodies with A mount remains unclear.

  • peevee

    “Pentax’s new fullframe “might” be a mirrorless, using a newly developed hybrid mount that accepts current K-mount lenses and adds the ability to use newer short flange lenses as well.“

    And who is going to design all those new short flange lenses? Pentax hasn’t designed their own lens in ages, even for compacts, borrowing designs from Olympus and Tokina instead. Even if they have some lens designers left, it is a VERY small team unable to create a whole new system quickly. Why do you think k-01 used the old mount instead of using a new one like everybody else?

  • X.9.

    Pentax. Is. Preparing. An. Interchangeable. Sensor. Camera. 

  • laolianer

    There was news about Pentax FF every year, but never come true. I do not believe anything about it before a real camera presented.

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