walgarch

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Tester_v: It is just greed, it was free for years and it was running ok. Now even with the subscription it "loses money" and needs to increase the fee. Probably owners of the Flickr need to buy one more private jet.
There is no way in hell I'll pay for the service that uses may own data for free!!!

"it was free for years and it was running ok"

"Two years ago, Flickr was losing tens of millions of dollars a year." - Don MacAskill Co-Founder, CEO SmugMug + Flickr
https://blog.flickr.net/en/2019/12/19/the-worlds-most-beloved-money-losing-business-needs-your-help/

I think your definition and my definition of OK are vastly different

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2020 at 05:25 UTC
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Rootbeer Man: Is Pentax better than Canon and Nikon?

@dansclic If Pentax spent time marketing they'd sell more. They're already good

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2020 at 05:19 UTC

I'm honestly not surprised that hybrid on-sensor AF is now outperforming lower resolution PDAF sensors in DSLRs. Mirrorless manufacturers are leveraging all the extra information they can gather from the high resolution image sensors and making hybrid AF faster than CDAF or PDAF alone

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2019 at 04:09 UTC as 76th comment
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walgarch: This doesn't seem like a bad idea. This could allow the spun off sensor company to expand their manufacturing into made-to-order CPUs and GPUs, and everyone would reap the benefits of the economy of scale, meaning cheaper sensors.

As an example, it's working for AMD at the moment (they sold their semiconductor fabs a few years back and use GloFlo and TSMC to make their chips) against Intel who still own their fabs, and are stuck on an old process node (read: RnD issues). AMD gets to choose the best manufacturer for a chip, while Intel is stuck.

Since Sony is making the best sensors at the moment, it would probably suck for them to lose that cash cow though...

The processes actually DO share a lot of similarities:

"CMOS chips, on the other hand, use traditional manufacturing processes to create the chip -- the same processes used to make most microprocessors."
https://electronics.howstuffworks.com/cameras-photography/digital/question362.htm

"CMOS is the dominant technology used for VLSI and ULSI circuit chips used for anywhere from SRAM to microcontrollers and microprocessors."
https://en.wikichip.org/wiki/cmos

Heck, the S in CMOS stands for semiconductor :P I'm not saying that they can just start making CPUs and GPUs using existing equipment, but a lot of the manufacturing processes are the same. The spun off company could expand if they wanted to

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2019 at 04:36 UTC

This doesn't seem like a bad idea. This could allow the spun off sensor company to expand their manufacturing into made-to-order CPUs and GPUs, and everyone would reap the benefits of the economy of scale, meaning cheaper sensors.

As an example, it's working for AMD at the moment (they sold their semiconductor fabs a few years back and use GloFlo and TSMC to make their chips) against Intel who still own their fabs, and are stuck on an old process node (read: RnD issues). AMD gets to choose the best manufacturer for a chip, while Intel is stuck.

Since Sony is making the best sensors at the moment, it would probably suck for them to lose that cash cow though...

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2019 at 02:37 UTC as 48th comment | 4 replies

I'm really impressed by how well the K1 is holding up in this test. It also looks like the S1R is doing really well in the normal shots too, better than the high res mode. Which is definitely a plus if were getting great detail even in the normal mode!

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2019 at 05:49 UTC as 22nd comment
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jackgreen: Interesting, how well it will scale. Could AMD Ryzen 1800x or Threadripper could be a great cost-effective idea?

I think that testing the 7.2 with two cores did not prove much.

I believe that Puget Systems, my #1 source of LR performance, will have a lot of testing quite soon.

Pretty unlikely. Intel has in the past tanked performance on competitors hardware

https://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/1567108/intel-compiler-cripples-code-amd-via-chips

Adobe working with Intel on these "optimisations" leaves a pretty sour taste in my mouth. Intel are anti-competitive a-holes, and borderline liars given the current meltdown/spectre fiasco.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2018 at 10:24 UTC

Why did they have to call it "classic"? It just reminds me of the disaster that New Coke was :P

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 01:22 UTC as 122nd comment | 1 reply
On article The Nikon D850 could be the only DSLR you’ll ever need (1056 comments in total)

"The Nikon D850 could be the only DSLR you’ll ever need"

... until the next one comes out :P

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2017 at 03:22 UTC as 110th comment
On article Report: Ricoh announcing cost cuts in face of crisis (326 comments in total)
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Class A: It would behove DPRreview well to provide a more differentiated and balanced picture. Otherwise, mostly negative news could contribute to the decline of a classic camera brand (Pentax), not because Ricoh wouldn't be able to manage, but because customers have been driven away from Ricoh due to scary news.

The implied prophecy of Ricoh being in major trouble (they are not, they just made less profit then before) may actually materialise, just because it has been made and purported by popular websites.

I completely agree, but this is also Ricoh/Pentax marketing at it's worst. They need to get ahead of this, but instead they let Nikkei and photography news sites imaginations run wild. Hype up your products, announce new initiatives, send out those press releases, announce to the world the company is doing something with Pentax! Just don't sit on your hands!

When there is a void of feedback from a company, people will naturally fill in the gap with their biases.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 02:58 UTC
On article Report: Ricoh announcing cost cuts in face of crisis (326 comments in total)

Sad news really, but I assume that's why companies diversify. If Ricoh's office equipment division isn't as profitable as it once was, perhaps they'll start investing more in their camera divisions?

I don't think this report is all doom and gloom

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2017 at 08:01 UTC as 42nd comment | 4 replies
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walgarch: Seriously guys, how long have people been saying Pentax is doomed? We're at 'the boy who cried wolf' levels now. The camera market has been a mess for years now, and Pentax has stuck around. I'm really not sure what kind of proof you guys need anymore lol

This is getting out of hand, but whatever, I'll bite...

Just a couple of questions:
What other camera maker's cameras use the k-mount? If a camera brand has exclusive access to a mount is it essentially theirs?

Also, using tech companies as a reference is misleading and frankly setting up another strawman. You're also basically arguing that selling a company means it's dying (Pentax to Hoya then to Ricoh), but that's a bad inference because companies get sold all the time and by that reasoning WhatsApp should also be dying

Though you're right about Pentax being a brand name, even though I never said it wasn't...

You still haven't given any solid reasons why Pentax is dying though? Profit and marketshare are topics that Pentax is struggling with; could be a good place to start?

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2017 at 01:53 UTC
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walgarch: Seriously guys, how long have people been saying Pentax is doomed? We're at 'the boy who cried wolf' levels now. The camera market has been a mess for years now, and Pentax has stuck around. I'm really not sure what kind of proof you guys need anymore lol

@DPPMetro I don't think he does. The arguement that Pentax is a brand is true, but it's also a strawman arguement. Whether Pentax is a brand or not is not a question here.

My original point is that Pentax has stuck around, even with all the naysayers. ET2 counters with Pentax is a brand and HASN'T stuck around. I counter that argument with Pentax is the k-mount (which at it's essence it is, it's been the k-mount since 1975 and hasn't been shared with any other camera maker). ET2 counters with Pentax is a brand.

ET2's main assertion is that Pentax hasn't stuck around. I'm asserting it has since the 1970's because someone is still making k-mount cameras and lenses as recently as the KP and K1. So which is truer? That Pentax hasn't "stuck around", or that there was a camera released this year (the KP) and a FF camera and lenses released last year?

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2017 at 02:19 UTC
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walgarch: Seriously guys, how long have people been saying Pentax is doomed? We're at 'the boy who cried wolf' levels now. The camera market has been a mess for years now, and Pentax has stuck around. I'm really not sure what kind of proof you guys need anymore lol

@ET2 And yet we have the just-released KP, the K1 from last year, new FF lenses and new lenses on the roadmap. Pentax is the K-Mount, no matter who it's sold to. It's not dead till it's dead, and all this pessimism is just ridiculous. Ricoh is giving the k-mount a damn good go!

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 09:53 UTC

Seriously guys, how long have people been saying Pentax is doomed? We're at 'the boy who cried wolf' levels now. The camera market has been a mess for years now, and Pentax has stuck around. I'm really not sure what kind of proof you guys need anymore lol

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2017 at 00:51 UTC as 45th comment | 15 replies
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Peter Bendheim: "In January 2016, the F.A.A. issued a warning that lithium-ion batteries in a cargo hold carried the “risk of a catastrophic hull loss” on an airplane."

Source New York Times, September 11, 2016

This was pretty much my exact same thought. So what are people to do instead? Check in your electronics and carry on the lithium-ion batteries?... Do they even realise it's the batteries that are the actual dangerous things in most electronics

Can't get your travel ban, so gotta find some other avenue to get your "win"

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 22:29 UTC

I'd love to see this in a Pentax K mount. I wouldn't mind upgrading my existing Tamron 70-200 to one with a silent motor and weather resistance

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2017 at 04:11 UTC as 33rd comment | 9 replies
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Suave: Should we expect the Firefly version to have life expectancy of 2 years?

Only if you encounter a Fox

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 10:53 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 Review (2663 comments in total)
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Smaug01: A really well-balanced review, as usual. Nice job, guys.

@Rishi

Also Rishi, I kind of take offence that you would think I'm trying to make you guys look bad. Have a look back at my comments and you'll see I'm a pretty positive guy. Not everyone here is trying to make you look bad, and most pentaxians realise that every camera has it's short comings.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 07:30 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 Review (2663 comments in total)
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Smaug01: A really well-balanced review, as usual. Nice job, guys.

@Rishi

"single point continuous autofocus seemed to be the most effective way to utilize the AF system found on the K-1, but even that failed about half of the time during our AF bike test"

I'd never knowingly deceive anyone, but you're quite right. I misspoke, the 50% success rate was from AF-C not AF-S.

I still stand by my original assertion though. A 50% success rate is extremely low, even with AF-C, and goes against my experience with the camera

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 06:53 UTC
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