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On Pentax WG-3 GPS (68 comments in total)

Well it does look less than a tub-toy than the Canon does, especially in all black.
I own a non-GPS-3 and am happy with it for what it is. Yes, I'd like to see something sturdier in so far as water sealing - I owned a Nikonos at one time.
Here's a link to an image I made last month:

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2013 at 14:11 UTC as 20th comment
On Pentax WG-3 GPS (68 comments in total)
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Manic Tuesday: .
i tried this piece of sh*t about 2 years ago. the first time i put it a few centimeters under the water surface it flooded. wtf???

Maybe you should have closed the latches before you took it in the tub with you.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2013 at 14:09 UTC
On Connect post Nikon says it wants to 'change the concept of cameras' (135 comments in total)

It's impossible to predict where the dust will eventually settle, if it ever does. Keeping your head down and doing the best at what you know while learning seems to be a corporate ethic long forgotten. Everyone seems to instead be grasping at the great unknown; as which hot combination of existing technologies will sell. Or, simply pasting a well known brand name on a lesser item. One could expect as much luck as reading entrails, tarot cards and conjuring up the witches from Macbeth.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2013 at 17:27 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon Coolpix AW110 (100 comments in total)

Taken with my WG-3 last month:

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2013 at 17:20 UTC as 44th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon Coolpix AW110 (100 comments in total)

Buy a Pentax WG-3 in black, with or without GPS. It's a great value and doesn't look like a tub toy. You can use it as a general purpose point and shoot and not look foolish. The image quality is outstanding too for a camera of this type.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2013 at 15:04 UTC as 46th comment | 1 reply

If they're smart, Ricoh will retain the Pentax name on the camera products. It's known in the industry as a legacy brand naming. Ricoh makes some terrific products, especially their copiers - people really don't care what name is on the office copier, so long as it's reliable - which they are (more than Xerox, alas). Other smart corporations have bought up notable brands brands and have refrained from "peeing on all the bushes" as it were. As good as it is, would anyone want to buy Unilever Cherry Garcia ice cream?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2013 at 13:30 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
On article Pentax unveils blue and white K-01 in Japan (262 comments in total)

Hmm. Opportunity missed, maybe. Perhaps a Tiffany version of this camera - blue is close and you could charge another $400~$500 more. Or, go towards the blue-green and put it behind the Clinique counter. Gotta work it.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2013 at 13:16 UTC as 21st comment
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vladimir vanek: "Lytro has released a firmware update that enables the Wi-Fi chips inside its 8GB and 16GB light field cameras." - this kind of statements sounds a bit strange to me. They always present it like an advantage for the user. But hey, why don't they just admit that they've been selling not fully functional products and say something like "we were so eager to release the cam to the market that we weren't able to enable all its functions at the time of the release"??? Is it some kind of fashion to release unfinished products, such as those M****$oft OS' that need a week of updating after installation? And they act as if it was absolutely OK. But, it's like selling a car with V4 engine for V6 money and then releasing an "update" that will unlock 2 more cylinders.... WTF??

Yes. And I hear that Chrysler is going to release a really good and competitive new small car in the form of a firmware release for the Dart will make it almost as good as your average Corolla. Stay tuned.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2013 at 13:32 UTC
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Tape5: Controlling focus after taking a picture is like eating everything on the table first and vomiting what you don't like later.

Yes. Photos from this unfortunate mutated monstrosity are rather bilious. This stuff should stay in the realm of surveillance equipment where it belongs.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2013 at 00:26 UTC

Macintosh and Krell audio both make/sell/re-brand iPod docks. At a certain point it's not even a piece of legitimate apparatus, it's merely swag.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2013 at 13:33 UTC as 18th comment
On article Best Digital Cameras for Kids (144 comments in total)
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Dodi73: My son already uses my FM3A. It's 2 y.o.
Well, I don't put film in it yet he can already basically operate it :) Look, reload and shoot :)

Look for yourself how bold he looks with the fm3a in his hands !

Too cute, indeed. My kid used my Nikormat as a hammer.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2013 at 14:07 UTC

I imagine that making an ordinary phone call from this thing would make one look like Maxwell Smart with his shoe-phone. Leica iPhones are only a small step away into the abyss.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2013 at 16:39 UTC as 22nd comment

I seem to remember Saab pasted their name and fascias onto Chevrolet and Subaru during their death throws. People actually bought a few of them. Perhaps people didn't mind paying more for something that looks like what it isn't.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2013 at 14:48 UTC as 23rd comment
On article Leica announces X Vario zoom compact with APS-C sensor (757 comments in total)

Well it is more panache than a Lumix. And that red Leica badge of honor. Weeoh!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2013 at 11:21 UTC as 12th comment

Hasselblad Lunar anyone? There's also an exciting lineup of 2014 Maybach's about to hit the showroom floors any minute now too. Point is, that you can "tart up" just about anything and charge ridiculous sums of money for it if it has a name brand with some cachet graffitied on it. I'm still upset about my red Leica flip-flops that fell apart.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2013 at 11:14 UTC as 70th comment
On Canon PowerShot D20 (83 comments in total)

Seems there was at one time an "Area 51" Nikonos :

For the serious underwater guys there are all sorts of housings for DSLR's and HD video equipment. They may be a better investment that that Hasselblad Lunar:

Personally I would like to see a prosumer level camera even if it didn't fit in my bathing suit pocket. Something like an underwater Canon G1X or Sony RX1 or NEX even a Fuji X Pro 1. If one of these were made, it would still be a $3.000 to $4,000 camera. Any takers?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2013 at 10:55 UTC as 20th comment

Look up Fiat Multipla or Pontiac Aztek if you think you haven't seen hideous.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2013 at 19:29 UTC as 21st comment
On Canon PowerShot D20 (83 comments in total)

No hot shoe. Nope. VLF or ULF radio slave sync pulse perhaps? Think outside the bathtub!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2013 at 19:18 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
On Canon PowerShot D20 (83 comments in total)

A couple of photos taken with the WG-3:



Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2013 at 12:54 UTC as 29th comment
On Canon PowerShot D20 (83 comments in total)
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jaygeephoto: I have recently purchased a WG-3 camera and am very impressed by it’s capabilities. Since I am a professional photographer and own some very bulky and expensive equipment, I thought this camera would be perfect for the many outdoor activities I enjoy.

I was equally surprised to find out however how few people know about this camera. I take every opportunity to show it off especially to my friends who are outdoor sports enthusiasts. Their reaction is almost always the same: “this is cool, -I didn’t even know they made this – where can I get one – I’ve never seen this in stores – does Pentax still make cameras?” After researching Pentax products further I feel that the entire line of very capable cameras is very much under-represented in the marketplace, especially in New England and the US in general.

Two of the big the camera companies have positioned themselves very well in the big-box stores and small retailers to make their presence known. Canon and Nikon specifically with a smattering of Olympus and Sony thrown in for good measure. It's unfortunate. Back in the days of film (that was shortly after the last ice age) we would call photographers and labs who only bought one brand of film and paper (the name escapes me right now, it came in a yellow box) "K---k Weenies".
There is definitely a good market opportunity here since most smart phones are terrible swimmers no less be left out in the rain - for now.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2013 at 12:06 UTC
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