09-30-2013, 09:16 AM
Things have been looking worrying at Ricoh/Pentax as, apart from an update to the K5 to the K5II ( a modest AF and screen improvement), there has been little in the way of advances in three years, two new models, a K30 upgrade (the K50) and the K500 entry model complete it's range. So if this announcement turns out to be true, this is for Pentaxians "just what the doctor ordered". Simplistic AF has been one of the short-comings of Pentax and this twenty seven point system could well be addressing that with a real possibility of AF tracking being effective. New sensor sans AA filter and better video H264 and audio monitoring will be a great upgrade from the K5's space greedy jpg format and it looks like there's a lot more.
Pentax had to do something to show that it's still up there with the best of them and this could be it.
Lenses, well, let's not hold our breath.
A K-3 may entertain (some) existing customers but the real problem is that these numbers are diminishing. Without new lenses it'll be a very rocky road ahead - although I actually like the currently lineup.