silversalts

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il_alexk: Number of **ACTIVE** Pentax users on DPR forum --> less than 100
Number of comments on a Pentax BS Marketing statement --> 822
Oops, 823 now, need to count this one as well.

Go figure...

Oh - a mature and insightful response. Refreshing.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2020 at 20:12 UTC
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Radovan: I was hoping that Pentax comes out with a compact rugged mirrorless camera with some innovative features and some kickass compact primes. Saidly they refused L-alliance and are sticking to OVF and small sensor. That being said, reading comments below, there actually might be a market for a modern DSLR, maybe not APSC though . Anyway, they need to stop with the silly poetry and start marketing the awesome features of their cameras. Or they gonna end up like Olympus. Excellent products with rich feature set but misunderstood benefits.

Why were you hoping thst? Ricoh has explicitly stated many times they choose not to compete in the MILC space.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2020 at 20:09 UTC
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CJCanuck: The K-70 is already compact, has plenty of control, weather sealing, IBIS, pentaprism and even a flippy screen. Wouldn't Pentax be better off just upgrading the AF and video on a K-70ii?

K-3 didn’t have an articulating screen.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2020 at 19:21 UTC
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silversalts: At the end of the day mirrorless cameras aren’t better, they’re just different.

I can manually focus a K-1 through the OVF accurately every time - it just takes time and practice. Every AF Pentax lens I own is fast enough and accurate enough to capture any moving image I need to capture.

I can judge exposure by eye - it just takes experience. In outlier exposure situations I can bracket or chimp. I don’t need a histogram overlay in the viewfinder and I turn it off in LiveView.

I don’t need a smaller camera.

I don’t need MILC-only features it to make images

All you smug gearheads go right ahead and brag about superior technology. It isn’t superior. It’s just different.

The only advantage mirrorless cameras have is for the manufacturers. Assembling a MILC is machine-driven. Capital for the machines is cheaper than people to assemble cameras, which is the sole reason Sony invented the MILC.

Flame away buys, but you know I’m right.

If I’m not mistaken a Sony MILC has 7 machine created sub-assemblies that are then hand assembled into a body, using (I think) 11 screws. That’s far cry from largely hand-assembled.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2020 at 22:13 UTC

At the end of the day mirrorless cameras aren’t better, they’re just different.

I can manually focus a K-1 through the OVF accurately every time - it just takes time and practice. Every AF Pentax lens I own is fast enough and accurate enough to capture any moving image I need to capture.

I can judge exposure by eye - it just takes experience. In outlier exposure situations I can bracket or chimp. I don’t need a histogram overlay in the viewfinder and I turn it off in LiveView.

I don’t need a smaller camera.

I don’t need MILC-only features it to make images

All you smug gearheads go right ahead and brag about superior technology. It isn’t superior. It’s just different.

The only advantage mirrorless cameras have is for the manufacturers. Assembling a MILC is machine-driven. Capital for the machines is cheaper than people to assemble cameras, which is the sole reason Sony invented the MILC.

Flame away buys, but you know I’m right.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2020 at 19:18 UTC as 64th comment | 7 replies
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scrup: How hard is it put an evf in a camera. Not asking for a new mount. Just build on the k-01 they started with.

Pentax is committed to OVF. EVF isn’t on the radar screen no matter how hbard or easy it is to make one.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2020 at 11:54 UTC
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hikerdoc: It seems we all confuse the historical Pentax Corporation with the current Ricoh product line “Pentax K”. Ricoh chose to license the respected name “Pentax”, presumably along with staff and facilities, as the basis for a K mount DSLR related product line. In the present is that really any different than Canon using xD and xxD; or Nikon using Dx, Dxxx, and Dxxxx as different identifiable DSLR product line identity tags to distinguish from their mirrorless R and Z lines? Most product lines eventually evolve or disappear, as will all of these. But for now, if you enjoy a DSLR, you still have three options easily identified by their names!

Not quite correct. Ricoh Corp. purchased manufacturing and owns facilities and tools, patents, a distribution network and inventory from Hoya Corp. and retained the employees in these departments. Ricoh Corp created Ricoh Imaging as a corporate structure to hold these assets and employees. The design and manufacturing personnel work for Ricoh Imaging.

Hoya and Ricoh Imaging have an agreement to jointly share the Pentax brand name and jointly promote and preserve its status as a quality, innovative brand.

Ricoh Imaging does not share designmers, other employees nor facilities with Hoya.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2020 at 11:43 UTC

What a shame. As a 50 year Pentax user I empathize with Oly users.

Olympus the parent company has been poorly managed for at least twenty years. At the end poorly manged companies have to sell pieces to preserve the core enterprise (which will probably be taken over in an LBO eventually).

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2020 at 15:47 UTC as 435th comment | 5 replies
On article Ricoh introduces HD Pentax-D FA* 85mm F1.4 lens (468 comments in total)
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kai liu: $1899? Canon 85mm f1.4 is $1499 now. We pay more for a less popular brand? Should it be the opposite? Less popular brand should charge less for their gears to attract more customrer?

Uhmmmmmm — Leica?

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2020 at 16:10 UTC
On article Ricoh introduces HD Pentax-D FA* 85mm F1.4 lens (468 comments in total)

You can’t shame me into trading Pentax for CaNiSony, or any EVF for that matter.

I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more.
No, I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more.
Well, I try my best
To be just like I am
But everybody wants you
To be just like them.
They sing while you slave and I just get bored.
I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2020 at 17:49 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On article Ricoh introduces HD Pentax-D FA* 85mm F1.4 lens (468 comments in total)
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david_sladek: I see the new line of lenses as three point strategy:
1. offer product that Pentaxians and potential customers can aspire to
2. move as far as possible from what today's and future mobile phone photography can offer. Because it will grab larger and larger groups of users
3. offer quality that can satisfy the MF users because there is no R&D in the MF line

I should also add, that a the products practically copy results of the massive user survey that Ricoh/Pentax did a couple of years ago. So they are fulfilling our wishes - which other company can say this?!

@dpthoughts:You know less than nothing about the Pentax brand.

KP was NOT originally intended as a K-3ll successor. K-1 was intended to be the Flagship - there was NO K-3ll successor 0lanned at the time KP was released.

KP was intended to be an alternative to APSc MILC bodies in size and weight, but with an OVF. Once Ricoh understood Pentax users want an APSc body with full Flagship features they set to work on K-new, which will put paid to any discussion points left in your cynical trick bag.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2020 at 17:44 UTC
On article Ricoh introduces HD Pentax-D FA* 85mm F1.4 lens (468 comments in total)
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Darren James: Man, they always lean on the high-price to make up for low sales numbers, don’t they? I love my K-1 as much as the next person, but yeesh. Surely Ricoh could have toned the engineering down a bit, it only needs to render a max resolution of 36mp to match the K-1’s nearly 10-year old Sony sensor...
Oh Pentax, it hurts to watch you wither and die 😢

Pentax designs lenses for the future, not for the past. This lens will outresolve sensors several cycles in the future. Intentionally.

Link | Posted on May 29, 2020 at 01:15 UTC
On article Ricoh introduces HD Pentax-D FA* 85mm F1.4 lens (468 comments in total)
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Leandros S: Concave front elements are overall rare and interesting. Intrigued for sure, looking forward to finding out how it performs.

@drummercam: CZ Ultron 1,8 50mm is a prime legacy example of a concave front element lens. I have it in m42 mount for use on Pentax DSLR’s (with OEM Pentax M42 > K Adapter). I’ve never had a problem with dirt accumulation, and this new Pentax lens has the Aerobright ll dirt and smudge resistant coating on the front element. You are looking for a problem where none exists.s

Link | Posted on May 28, 2020 at 02:49 UTC
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kewlguy: 21mm f/4? Yeah that's fun, really....

FA Limiteds all have f/4 as the center mark on the DoF Scale. We don’t know yet what the brightest aperture will be.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2020 at 14:26 UTC
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Nikolai Vassiliev: 16-50 is still Tokina made from 2007?
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Not that old disinformation again. Get your history right. Tokina licensed the Pentax design,.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2020 at 14:23 UTC
On article Ricoh video details the next flagship Pentax APS-C DSLR (656 comments in total)
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kobakokh: Probably its will be next generation of KP, which was is great camera. Largest VF for APS-C DSLR will be absolutely great, new lenses too. For photographers (not videographers) its will be next great camera.

@PDL It is a Pentax Flagship. PixelShift and Oboard GPS are assumed. No need to promote those features.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2020 at 14:18 UTC
On article Ricoh video details the next flagship Pentax APS-C DSLR (656 comments in total)
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EXkurogane: It will definitely ship on schedule despite the pandemic because they only need to make 10 of them 🤔
Like, maybe 7 YouTubers and 3 customers 😏

Pentax owners are camera users, not people who wear jewelry on a camera strap.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2020 at 14:15 UTC
On article Ricoh video details the next flagship Pentax APS-C DSLR (656 comments in total)
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panther fan: At this point why bother with a DSLR AF system? Just remove the second mirror and let the light which passes the SLT directly fall onto the sensor. That way you got micro adjust free, 1 bazillion points, perfectly accurate AF with 100% AF coverage.

Mirrorless AF goes down to -4/-6Ev so cutting the light the system receives by half is not really a problem. And you can also save yourself the hassle of having a metering sensor in the viewfinder.

But . . . Doesn’t that’s require an EVF?

Link | Posted on May 15, 2020 at 13:59 UTC
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dpthoughts: My speculation: it will be on par with the current Pentax KP "flagship".
Let's remember the KP specs:
- uselessly tiny RAW buffer, only 8 frames
- shutter life expectancy down to 100
- USB only 2.0
- only single card slot
- no GPS
- no metal any longer in the body frame, all plastic
- battery lasts for only 420 shots (embarrassing, worse than many mirrorless cams today)
- instead of upgrading to a modern sensor, they'll carry on deploying a secret RAW denoising cheating chip to cheat test results even on lower ISO (like they had attempted for the K-1 II, before DPR and a mathematician had unveiled that cheat).

@dpthoughts I think you are going to be surprised, but you’ll never admit it. You are like a terrier who thinks he’s after a rat but refuses to quit when it turns out to be a badger.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2019 at 18:04 UTC
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Dericali: Reading the comments here, one can assume that most people on this website believe the most important part of photography is buying the right camera.

Most people here wear their cameras around their necks as if they are jewelry - and they have to send the right joiner signal.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2019 at 17:57 UTC
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