When it was "pentax corporation "

Started Aug 23, 2019 | Discussions thread
James O'Neill Veteran Member • Posts: 5,273
Re: Now backed by more reliable resources

Joseph Tainter wrote:

James O'Neill wrote:

Leandros S wrote:

Saying it's a pity it's a brand is the wrong way to think about it, imo. Pentax is now financially backed by a much bigger corporation that can ensure the brand's long-term survival. From the way Ricoh has intermingled its products with Pentax ones and been keen to put its own name on the camera from day one, I'd say they'll be keeping hold of all that for a while. And the division is turning a profit in spite of the generally dire state of demand for dedicated digital cameras.

You couldn't hope for a much better situation, really.

Really ?

Total Pentax cameras released

in the last 12 months. Zero.

In the 12 months before that: one (up dated K1)

In the 12 months before that: also one (KP)

1 new camera and one update in 3 years.

New lenses 3 new lenses and one old lens with a new coating in the same time.

Ricoh announced the new 85mm lens 3 years ago, and I no longer expect it to ship before Ricoh makes it's long awaited announcement of Pentax's final closure.

I keep wondering how much "improvement" can yet be made to DSLRs. There are higher megapixel sensors that can be used. And of course Pentax could improve its autofocus. Other than that, though, what genuinely useful improvements can be made? I think we are in the era of diminishing returns to new models.


Off the top of my head these things I would be thinking about if were looking to keep Pentax alive.

  • A full frame camera which doesn't use APS-C focus (that's right the K1 and K1-ii don't have any focus points outside the APS-C zone),
  • Faster / more reliable AF.
  • Newer sensor (If not more pixels, better DR ) 
  • WiFi which can transfer a RAW file in under 45 seconds (yes the K1 Wifi is 10Mbit/sec and takes that long to ship a RAW file).
  • Faster USB .
  • Touch screen controls
  • Lighter weight / lower bulk bodies (once a Pentax strong point).
  • New FA lenses
  • Lenses with electronic aperture control only (1 so far).
  • The big 50 had a new motor, have they updated the motors in other lenses - no, they put a new coating on a 35mm lens design which 45 years old and released a screw mount lens in 2019.
  • Flash which is closer to the rest of the market.
  • An update to the 645 to something near current tech.
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