Pentax Confirms that a Full Frame DSLR is on its Way


In what is probably the biggest news to come out of photokina 2014, Pentax has officially confirmed that they are working on their first full frame DSLR. No further details or timeframes were mentioned, however. Interestingly, just a few days ago, the company’s best DSLR, the K-3 has seen a severe price drop.

The revelation was through an interview with online portal PhotographyBlog after the information was first shared on Ricoh France’s Facebook page. It comes after the company unveiled prototypes of two new full frame lenses at photokina.

Both lenses are K-mount DFA lenses, one of which is a super telephoto, presumably in the range of 100-400mm, while the other one is a large diameter fast telephoto, perhaps a 70-200mm f/2.8.

Considering that the Pentax K-3 is probably the best non full frame camera at the moment (at least, until we test the Canon 7D Mark II and Samsung NX1), this will be exciting news indeed. Pentax has managed to get more out of the 24MP APS-C sensors than both Nikon and Sony, and if they use that same expertise with full frame, one can expect fantastic things. This will also be a welcome news for oldtime loyalists who have vintage Pentax glass.

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