Finally the aliens who keep ignoring us will come and marvel at our planet.
Joe Ogiba: I paid $72 at Newegg for a 1TB WD USB 3.0 ext portable HDD last October so it looks like the floods really killed the low prices on WD HDDs. They need to come out with Thunderbolt versions for people with Apple computers .
Much as I've always detested WD externals, especially with regard to Macs (there ARE issues deeper than just reformatting once the vendor starts burning horrendous software into the firmware, but that's another thread), I impulsed bought a 500G FW800 Passport at a big box store on a Sunday sale impulse (couldn't have paid more than $70 two years ago) and eventually ended up with four of them. They've been great performers.
topstuff: Very good news !
This clearly indicates two things:
1, Ricoh have ambitions for the brand and plan to bring out more cameras.
2, While the K-01 is funky, strange and pretty left-field, and Pentax are to be praised for daring to be different, they also have new DSLR's in the pipeline.
This has made my day !
I might have agreed with the 50mm No Man's Land thing a year ago, but I took my longer and shorter lenses off my K5 on a whim and fired up my SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 that had been lonely in the bag and I swear I've barely taken it off in 3 months : )
andersf: If both elements and Lightroom are organizers/editors and handle RAW images, what sets LR apart as a pro application (and motivates the price difference)? Is there a substantial difference in operation between elements and lightroom? Is there a feature matrix somewhere so one can compare LR3 with Elements 10?
One might also look at it in reverse, which is how many do. Images go first into a program like LR or Aperture for conversion, global adjustment and roughing out the file to as close to desired as possible within their tools, especially exposure, color balance and overall look. But then the area based changes are more productively affected in a pixel editor like Elements, and even though you can use brush tools in the former they're much more limited than what you can do using selection tools and brushes in an editor like Elements. And since you can hook to the pixel editor from within LR (or Aperture), even though it must convert to TIFF it's still right there and can be output without leaving the program even though you've used another program to edit the image. The two kinds of programs are very complementary. I couldn't live with just one, because each one really isn't suitable to do what the other's strengths are, though in both cases there is wide overlap.
drwho9437: I think for at least those in the US this is not good news. Ricoh has not had any significant presence here and Pentax is barely noticeable. When Hoya purchased Pentax there were many rumors they did so for the medical division, this seems to be the case. I personally felt there was a collaboration between Tokina and Pentax enough (now Kenko-Tokina, don't know if Hoya still owns it).
I wouldn't say there will be any rapid end for Pentax in all this. But I don't find the result encouraging.
I agree. When I read the part about acquiring Pentax's US sales channels I thought "? WHAT sales channels?" : )
Fortunately I live in NYC, where B & H is not lacking for anything I could desire. But when I've been on the road all over the US and checking out camera retailers of all sizes, Pentax barely exists. I would be thrilled for this to turn around, but...