The K1 has the IQ to knock spots off even the Canon 50 Mps sensor in it's pixel shift mode, which increases resolution and reduces noise, any movement in the image is ignored.....an improvement over the K3II ...also hand held shooting can be used in the four consecutive shots.
In this mode it will be the reference FF sensor.
Just waiting for the test results!
Tokina had an association with a few of the earlier DA* lenses, signs of that with the DA16-50mm F2.8 showing with the bothersome CAs.
Oh and can we put this "the DSLR is dead" mantra to bed, at least for the time being?
Frankly it looks for all the world to be having one hell of a late night!
The lenses subject to the Pentax-Tokina collaboration were launched between 2004 and 2008 (without counting the re-made 100mm f/2.8 macro). AFAIK most were Pentax designs.
Pentax collaborated with Tamron in the past, even well before digital (and during the Pentax-Tokina collaboration). Of course, Pentax remains a reputed optical lens maker. They can, and do make lenses of their own.
One such example is the Pentax D FA* 70-200mm f/2.8, a very impressive design, with no less than 8 special glass elements.
Not forgetting the brief link with Samsung when they had duplicity models, the Samsung GX10 and the Pentax K10 followed by the Samsung GX20 and the Pentax K20.......the latter two had the 14.7 Mps Samsung sensor.......
Unhappy with that collaboration Samsung split with Pentax and took it's own unfortunate mirror-less route resulting in it's photographic demise having brought to market a stream of less notable models, with what seemed like one of mirror-less's most accomplished and sophisticated sports cameras ever, the NX1!
Still think it was a big shame.....the NX1 was just what many ML fans were looking for....just that Samsung didn't want hang in there.... while Pentax still marches "ironically" on.......
Were there a few lessons learnt there in the Pentax board room do you think?
and pentax bashing never ceases
An interesting but ultimately flawed point of view.
Pentax come up with the Q, and the K-01... when the choice of making a proper mirrorless camera system wasn't an option. Both were developed while Hoya was preparing to sell them to Ricoh.
The old full frame project was canceled because of the sensor, and the other camera using the same sensor (Contax) failed miserably.
Pentax has more FF K-mount lenses than the Sony FE.
Last but not least, going mirrorless - what you seems to think it's the "right" kind of camera - wouldn't solve any one of those points. On the contrary, on the lens side things would've been much more dire.
Yes, maybe, but what does Ricoh/Pentax gain now? After the FF hype is slowly fading out and the mirrorless hype about to start? Coming up with a project which will rest like lead in the shelves? Which dealer will dare to present Pentax while there are so many equally good Canon/Nikon/Sony bodies out or expected? Having more lenses than Sony in the portfolio - what kind of surprise ist that meant to be?
I recall the times when Pentax came up with their LX. Exchangeable finders, state-of-the-art flash system, all very nice - and it never came even close to be a serious competitor to Nikon F3 or Canon F1 / A1. The lens portfolio had gaps others didn't and I have to say, I found Pentax to be too small (only for Japanese hands the right size) and their lenses looked like cheapo Beroflex, Dabubia or whatever was coming from Eastern Europe. Every other brand managed to have a more professional design than Pentax was able to do.