CP+ 2015: My Encounter with the Pentax Full-Frame DSLR Prototype
At the CP+2015 Pentax booth, I found what was treated like a visitor from another planet… people gathered around and ooohed, some stumbled over, not sure what they were seeing but needing to see it. For Pentax shooters, was it only a mirage? Indeed, the prototype for the first Pentax full-frame DSLR was encased in glass. As the photo shows, it did not offer much in terms of specifics, but you get the idea. I asked a nice information person for details, and she referred me to a colleague, who told me clearly that there was nothing she could really tell me. I asked if she knew who manufactured the sensor, and she either didn’t know or didn’t want to say. I thanked her and thought I’d try again tomorrow. I went to look at the 70-200mm and 150-450mm lenses that are full-frame ready, and she returned to tell me the one thing she could: that the new full-frame sensor will also have an APS-C crop mode. The camera is scheduled to be released in late summer or fall.
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