Pentax line-up to see first full frame DSLR by the end of 2015


The full frame DSLR category will soon gain a new member. A Pentax full frame DSLR will be available by the end of 2015, parent company Ricoh announced yesterday.


While Pentax already has both APS-C and the large, expensive medium format DSLRs, the unnamed camera is Pentax's first full frame to be headed to the market. (Back in 2001 the company displayed a full frame prototype that was never released). The new camera will be displayed at the CP+ show in Japan Feb. 12-15.

The camera will be compatible with DA format K-mount lenses, but will apply a crop, which negates the benefit of the full frame sensor. Two new lenses that will work with the camera without a crop will release in March, however, a 70-200mm f2.8 for $2,299.95 and a 150-450mm f4.5-5.6 for $2,499.95.

Outside of the full frame sensor size and K-mount lens compatibility, few details are available yet. The company's APS-C DSLRs are a bit quirky, but can usually compete with the likes of Canon and Nikon in terms of image quality—so it's a waiting game to see how the new full frame option will really stack up.