When it comes to full-frame DSLRs, there are plenty of options available from the likes of Nikon, Sony, Canon, and etc. However if you’re looking to move away from the more mainstream brands, you might be interested to learn that Ricoh has officially taken the wraps off its first full-frame DSLR in the form of the Pentax K-1.
The Pentax K-1 has been rumored about and leaked for a while now, so it is good to finally see it officially announced. In fact just last year, Ricoh showed off a full-frame prototype, so it looks like the prototype has become a reality. The only downside is that there will only be two fully compatible lenses available for the camera at the moment.
This includes the HD Pentax-D FA 15-30mm f/2.8 and the HD Pentax-D FA 28-105mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom. Note that there are other older Pentax full-frame lenses that you can use, it’s just that they won’t have autofocus or image stabilization. You can opt to use medium-format lenses by Pentax, but since this is a full-frame sensor, it will result in photos with a 1.6 times magnification.
As far as the camera’s specs are concerned, the Pentax K-1 will sport a magnesium body that is weather-resistant and dustproof. It will also feature a 36.4MP sensor, a top ISO of 204,800, and 4.4fps shooting speed. The camera will also feature a unique display that can be pulled out and twisted at odd angles.
The best part of the K-1 is its price. It is set at $1,799 for the body-only, and considering that there are other full-frame DSLRs that cost way more, this might be a good starting point for photographers who need an affordable full-frame camera. The Pentax K-1 is expected to be available for purchase this coming April.