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Upcoming Pentax Full Frame Camera To Feature Same 42MP Sensor as A7R II?

By Anthony Thurston on June 26th 2015

We are all anxiously awaiting the unveiling of the upcoming Pentax full frame DSLR. While we pretty much know what it will look like, unless Pentax decides to change course from what they have released, we have little idea what the internals will be.


Today, an interesting rumor popped up over on PhotoRumors indicating that the upcoming Pentax FF DSLR would, in fact, feature the same 42MP sensor that will be coming in the soon to be available Sony A7R II. If this is the case, that would be a huge bonus for Pentax, as previous rumors stated that they may use the 36.4MP sensor from the A7R.

If the new body does use the newer 42MP sensor, it will be interesting to see what sort of image quality Pentax could get out of it and how that stacks up against the Sony (and by then, likely Nikon, too) offering using the sensor. But wait! There is more.

The rumor also states that in preparation for the FF launch, Ricoh (who owns Pentax) will be opening a U.S. Factory service center. This is HUGE news for Pentax shooters, not just those who pick up the FF DSLR. One of the big complaints that I have heard about Pentax over the last several years is how the repair and customer service was lacking compared to other camera makers here in the U.S. Having a U.S. based factory service center and no longer using third-party outfits would be a huge plus for all Pentax shooters.

[REWIND: Pentax Full Frame Announced]

Finally, the last bit of noteworthy news from the rumor was that Tamron will be adding Pentax to their lens mount options. This supposedly comes directly from a Tamron rep, so we will see what comes of it.

What are your thoughts on this ladies and gentleman? Does this make the upcoming Pentax FF sound more interesting to you? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

[via Photo Rumors]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Jay Trotter

    Even going back to the days of medium format film camera’s Pentax has always been under appreciated (at least with respect to market sales). They’re turning out very feature packed DSLR’s these days at prices lower than Canon & Nikon. Now having said that I actually have never owned a Pentax. (smile)

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    • Jeremy Huynh

      Agree. I think Pentax is totally under rated.
      They only lacked of a FF DSLR (which is coming soon) and still need more ultra sonic lenses.
      Their camera bodies are astonishing, and the weather sealing seems very tough.
      Besides, they have unique features which would be very useful for what I do (IBIS, Astro tracking).
      I think I would switch from my canon gear to them if only they work on more lenses, beside their FF.

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  2. Austin Swenson

    I am wondering how the price point will compare it they have the same features as the Sony, I haven’t really looked into Pentax before and don’t know anything about their glass, but if the quality is there, it may be a great option.

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    • Stan Rogers

      Pentax makes a camera that’s a photographer’s delight. And their prices have always been moderate for what they offer. Their glass is… *opinionated* would be the best term, I think. High quality, but it tends not to be particularly fast and the focal lengths don’t jibe with the rest of the industry. They have something of a fixation on small and light — pancake designs, or as close to it as they can get — and tend to be just a notch wider than similar offerings elsewhere. If you’re a landscaper or a street shooter, you’re golden. If you need wafer-thin depth of field or reach, you’re looking at third-party glass, for the most part.

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    • John Cavan

      Totally agree with Stan, I shot Pentax from film all the way through to the K5 before jumping ship to Nikon for the D800. As nice as the D800 is to handle, I miss the feel that Pentax cameras have in the hand. It’s hard to describe, but Pentax has always been a camera made by photographers for photographers and it shows in some of the little detail that you wouldn’t always think about.

      In any event. I’m really pleased that they’re finally doing full frame. I just wish that they had done it couple of years ago, I’d still be with them.

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    • Matthew Saville

      Considering that the K-3 II stomps both the Canon 7D 2 and Nikon D7200, on paper in one aspect or another, (though not every aspect for every camera, I guess since AF has always been a toughie for Pentax) …plus it adds a few highly unique features that certain photographers simply cannot find elsewhere.

      And, it does this for $1100. Now for $900, actually.

      Considering this, I wouldn’t be surprised if a full-frame Pentax K-3 II with the A7R II sensor costed about $2K, or no more than $2300.

      It is a good day to switch to Pentax. If you’re cool with the whole DSLR > Mirrorless thing, and want features like pro-level weather sealing and astro-tracking built-in…

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