K-01 AF speed test and new K-mount lenses.

The video on tops shows the AF speed of the new K-01 camera paired with the new 40mm super pancake lens. Not a bad performance but also not extremely good :)

Pentax also unveiled the new lens roadmap (via PB and PR):

  • 50mm DA standard lens (2012)
  • 18-200 DA high magnification zoom lens (2012)
  • 12-28mm DA wide zoom (2013)
  • 24-38mm DA zoom limited lens (2013)
  • 120-380mm DA tele zoom (2013)
  • 18-85mm DA zoom lens (2013)
  • DA AF RC 1.4x teleconverter (2013)

Here is the image of the lens roadmap (Click on it to enlarge):

And here are some more K-01 news:

Pixiq (Click here) shared some thoughts about the K-01: “Design-led? Actually, I think the Pentax K-01 means business
And some more thougths by Admiringlight (Click here).
Hands on review at Techradar (Click here).

Preorders and price info:

Black K-01 body at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here)
Silver K-01 body at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
Yellow K-01 body at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
K-01 with all different possible kit lenses at BHphoto (Click here).
K-01 body +40mm pancake preorder at Adorama (Click here)
K-01 body +18-55mm and 50-200mm preorder at Adorama (Click here)
40mm pancake at BHphoto (Click here)

And the most (pre)ordered mirrorless camera of the moment is…the Fuji X PRO 1!

Guess which camera is on top of the mirrorless camera ranking at Amazon (Click here to see the ranking)? Despite the high price the Fuji X PRO 1 (click to preorder now) sells like hotcakes! A wonder how sales will be in Europe were preorders didn’t start yet. I guess Fuji was serious when they told us months ago that they want to become the number three of the digital camera market!

All preorder links (all USA):
Body: Amazon (Click here!!!), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
18mm f/2.0 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
35mm f/1.4 lens Amazon (Click here), Adorama too (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
60mm f/2.4 macro at Amazon (Click here), Adorama too (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here)

Pentax K-01 announced (news, reviews and preorder roundup)


Important: I am continually updating this post with new links. Reload this page every couple of minutes….not every second please, it would crash my server :)

Preorders and price info:

Black K-01 body at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here)
Silver K-01 body at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
Yellow K-01 body at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
K-01 with all different possible kit lenses at BHphoto (Click here).
K-01 body +40mm pancake preorder at Adorama (Click here)
K-01 body +18-55mm and 50-200mm preorder at Adorama (Click here)
40mm pancake at BHphoto (Click here)

 

Previews and image samples:

Hands-on preview at Imaging Resource
Hands-on preview at ePhotozine
Hands-on photos at Photographyblog

New lens roadmap:

Photographyblog saw the new K lens roadmap: “the roadmap predicts that 3 new lenses will be released in 2012 – a DA Standard lens, DA High Magnification Zoom lens, and a DA Telephoto lens. In 2013 4 new lenses will make an appearance – the DA Zoom Limited, DA Tele Zoom, DA Wide Zoom and DA Zoom, with a new DA AF RC 1.4x teleconvertor too.

Press release links:

ThePhoBlographer
Amateur Photographer
Dpreview
Techradar
Photoscala (german)
Focus Numerique (french)
Pentaxforums
Quesabesde (spanish)
Prweb
Nexthardware (italian)

Hands-on videos:

Interview with the K-01 stardesigner:

Poll:

Take your time to read all previews and specs carefully. Only after that answer:

Camera pictures (Click on it to enlarge):

 

It’s a Ricoh-Pentax day: New A16 24-85mm GXR module. And 40mm Pentax at Bhphoto.

It’s a big Pentax-Ricoh day! The Pentax K-01 hasn’t been announced yet (coming in a few hours) but the new 40mm pancake is already visible at BHphoto (Click here). And Ricoh announced the new A16 module. You can read the full specs and see image samples here: http://www.ricoh.com/r_dc/gxr/unit6.html.

Stay tuned to see the full K-01 press release soon!

New K-01 40mm lens rumors (RiceHigh)

RiceHigh reader OGL (Click here) shared some more detail about the upcoming 40mm lens for the K-01 system:
smc PENTAX-DA 40mmF2.8 XS Specification:

Lens Mount: PENTAX KAF Mount
Focal Length: 40mm (Equivalent to 61mm in 35mm format) (My Note: That is, a K-mount mirrorless system with an APS-C sized sensor!)
Aperture: F2.8
Minimum Aperture: F22
Lens Construction: 5 elements in 4 groups
Angle of View: 39° (with PENTAX D-SLR camera body)
Minimum Focusing Distance: 0.4m
Maximum Magnification: 0.13x
Number of Diaphragm Blades: 9
Filter Diameter: 27mm
Maximum Diameter & Minimum Length: 62.9mm x 9.2mm
Weight: 52g

1. Exterior design by Marc Newson
Together with the PENTAX K-01 camera body, the exterior of this lens has been designed by Marc Newson. Mounting this lens on the K-01 results in a highly stylish imaging tool.

2. Easy-to-use, super-thin lens for everyday use
This unifocal standard lens offers a focal length equivalent to 61mm in the 35mm format, and measures a mere 9.2 millimeters in length, making it the world’s thinnest interchangeable lens. Thanks to its super-thin design, it is highly portable and easy to store and carry. Its optics were designed based on those of the acclaimed smc PENTAX-DA 40mm F2.8 Limited lens. Its maximum aperture of F2.8 produces sharp, bright images in a wide range of applications, including snapshots, scenic photos, portraits, and even incident-light indoor shooting.

3. Exceptional image-description
In addition to numerical evaluations made by various testing machines, PENTAX has also conducted an image-quality evaluation of hundreds of images actually taken with this lens. As a result, it not only offers outstanding specifications, but also demonstrates exceptional image descriptive power and an image rendition unique to this lens. It features a round-shaped diaphragm, which produces a smooth, natural bokeh (out-of-focus) effect in the background.

4. SP coating to block dirt and dust
The front surface of this lens is treated with SP (Super Protect) coating, which applies an exclusive fluorine compound to the lens surface through a vapor deposition process. This SP coating not only repels dust, water and grease, but also makes it easy to wipe off oily stains such as fingerprints and cosmetics.

It is further noted in another reply comment of his that the new K-01 will not have any viewfinder, no EVF nor OVF neither.