Alex Sarbu

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Elliot H: no surprises there

An interesting statement, care to elaborate?

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 17:48 UTC
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DPPMetro: R.I.P. Pentax

(although Pentax ceased to exist as a company after Ricoh bought it and converted it from an entity to a brand).

It was a bumpy run, which continues to be bumpy on an increasing basis.

A lesson in history (although wasted on DPPMetro): Pentax originally was a brand of the Asahi Optical company (Asahi Optical actually used it). Many of the most notable Pentax cameras were launched by said Asahi Optical, for example, the Asahi Pentax itself, the Pentax Spotmatic or the K1000.
It was not until 2002 that Asahi Optical renamed themselves to "Pentax Corporation".

Pentax Corporation's independence was lost when Hoya Corporation (interested in Pentax' medical division) and SPARX (a major Pentax shareholder) conspired to "merge" Pentax and Hoya - ultimately resulting in a hostile takeover. There was no Pentax Corporation afterward.

How about the present? Well, Ricoh Imaging is continuing to launch Pentax products (albeit at a somewhat sluggish pace). We have the mighty K-1, new D FA primes are in the works, more lenses were *added* to the roadmap this Spring, at CP+. Good things are happening.

Don't believe the FUD-spreaders; they're filling the Internet with nonsense.

Link | Posted on May 2, 2017 at 19:56 UTC
On article Pentax KP Review (658 comments in total)
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Andrei L: I'm just disappointed that they don't seem to want to invest in the AF area, which is a shame for such a well rounded crop camera. Sure I do MF and zone or anticipate, but every now and then I'd wish some 3D tracking that's functional. That's basically the only aspect that has never been properly addressed by Pentax. I don't want a D5500 or A6500 or Panny just for AF and video.

If you can, try it with the 55-300 PLM.

Yes, the screw drive AF noise is off putting, in many cases. I can tolerate it with my DA Limiteds, but I'd rather have DC/PLM in-lens motors.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 07:55 UTC
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attomole: Almost completely pointless

It's amusing how people would bother posting nonsense like "pointless" and "meh" about a rapidly growing market where Ricoh is a leader.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 17:50 UTC
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DPPMetro: It's funny that the new FW update doesn't address the finding that has now been confirmed that in AFc and focus priority, the K-1 will release the shutter before focus is acquired, basically ignoring focus priority and making it a shutter priority camera in continuous shooting.

Then, ludicrously, the mods again locked this thread. Seriously, mako has some serious credibility issues, but luckily, I saved the thread. The mods are really doing a nice job on the pentax forum of making the company look better than it is. Try to discuss anything constructive-critical of Pentax, like finally identifying a significant AF issue that could be fixed in FW and the Mako has been deleting numerous posts and now locked the thread about the K-1's massive AF flaw.

The most important limitation being that Pentax users don't generally agree with you.

L.E. Yes, I'm talking about Pentax' AF being "useless", not the "there are limitation" strawman.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2017 at 10:21 UTC
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DPPMetro: It's funny that the new FW update doesn't address the finding that has now been confirmed that in AFc and focus priority, the K-1 will release the shutter before focus is acquired, basically ignoring focus priority and making it a shutter priority camera in continuous shooting.

Then, ludicrously, the mods again locked this thread. Seriously, mako has some serious credibility issues, but luckily, I saved the thread. The mods are really doing a nice job on the pentax forum of making the company look better than it is. Try to discuss anything constructive-critical of Pentax, like finally identifying a significant AF issue that could be fixed in FW and the Mako has been deleting numerous posts and now locked the thread about the K-1's massive AF flaw.

If you want to be respected, respect the others; calling people "true believers" won't help with that.
Respect the people, respect their choices. Don't insult us for using tools we're reasonably happy with; doing that says something about *you*, not about us.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2017 at 08:10 UTC

The first hints I'm aware of, regarding a 4K Theta were in Pentaxforums' Photokina 2016 interview.
It's not just words, but also information ;-)

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 11:24 UTC as 13th comment
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zakaria: Please ask them about the future of Pentax brand after the Nikkei report. I know they denied but no smook without fire.

Contrary to the popular opinion, there can be smoke without fire. Not sure about smook ;-)
In the meanwhile, we have hints about a K-3II replacement (not quite ready yet!) and a new GR from a Japanese photographer with good connections to Ricoh Imaging, a Ricoh Imaging Japanese survey asking about what camera would we want (last year they had a similar but wider scope lens survey), they're working on the Theta just as they said...
Yep, I'd say they're doomed...

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 11:22 UTC
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IdM photography: What Ricoh/Pentax should add is an automatic lens calibration function, like Nikon has been implementing in their latest DSLR's....

By the way, Ricoh Imaging is "studying how to realize this feature".
(as stated in Pentaxforums' CP+ Ricoh interview).
Maybe a future product will have it.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 06:38 UTC
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DPPMetro: What's funny is that everyone was claiming (with no evidence) on the Pentax forums that the next update for the K-1 would fix lots of problems and enhance features and then they release this puny update that doesn't do anything. Almost seems like it was released to give some signs of life in the company after the credible Nikkei report about the questionable future of Ricoh in photo imaging.

I don't remember such claims, other than mechanical SR in video (which didn't made into v1.41, and was actually promised by Ricoh Imaging - so it will come).

Could you post links to the multiple baseless claims you were seeing?

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 06:36 UTC
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IdM photography: What Ricoh/Pentax should add is an automatic lens calibration function, like Nikon has been implementing in their latest DSLR's....

A good suggestion, although not trivial to implement. I hope the feature is not protected by patents...

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 21:18 UTC
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DPPMetro: It's funny that the new FW update doesn't address the finding that has now been confirmed that in AFc and focus priority, the K-1 will release the shutter before focus is acquired, basically ignoring focus priority and making it a shutter priority camera in continuous shooting.

Then, ludicrously, the mods again locked this thread. Seriously, mako has some serious credibility issues, but luckily, I saved the thread. The mods are really doing a nice job on the pentax forum of making the company look better than it is. Try to discuss anything constructive-critical of Pentax, like finally identifying a significant AF issue that could be fixed in FW and the Mako has been deleting numerous posts and now locked the thread about the K-1's massive AF flaw.

This "massive AF flaw" is allowing a shutter release without performing a final AF confirmation (and correction, if needed) in AF-C, like it happens in AF-S. Only if you mash the shutter release button; otherwise the camera will have time to confirm focus.
Workarounds were suggested: don't mash the shutter release (wait for AF confirmation), try using the AF button for focusing.
Behavior with moving targets was *not* considered. Should the camera delay shutter release - in AF-C - until it can confirm perfect focus? I'm not sure about that... I'd rather have AF-C reacting faster/to smaller changes in distance.

There's nothing constructive about your posts, including the attacks on the moderating team.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 20:36 UTC
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Peiasdf: Anyone remember the marketing spin Samsung gave when rumor begin to go around Samsung is leaving photography? Yeah, Ricoh is doing the same spin to clear stock.

Japanese photography insiders know for a while Pentax is going under. Tamron and Sigma haven't made any lens for Pentax even thought that sounds like free money.

What kind of "associations"?
Samsung's DSLR cameras and lenses were rebadged Pentax; this stopped with the NX. Pentax' K20D and K-7 used Samsung sensors; this also stopped.
I don't expect a new line of Pentax refrigerators just because of some past collaboration.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 12:49 UTC

It seems the K-3 II's replacement and a new GR are in advanced stages of development:
http://thisistanaka.blog66.fc2.com/entry/1097/ (Japanese)

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 11:10 UTC as 7th comment
On article Pentax KP Review (658 comments in total)
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Alex Sarbu: It seems the K-3 II's replacement and a new GR are in advanced stages:
http://thisistanaka.blog66.fc2.com/entry/1097/ (Japanese)

Sorry, this was meant for the other article :-)

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 11:08 UTC
On article Pentax KP Review (658 comments in total)

It seems the K-3 II's replacement and a new GR are in advanced stages:
http://thisistanaka.blog66.fc2.com/entry/1097/ (Japanese)

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 10:45 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
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povetron: What should be the reasons to choose this over K-3 II? I don't get it. Or if someone would want to save some money then he can buy K-70. Even K-3 II is cheaper now.

Yes, different needs and different preferences (which shouldn't be ignored). And different budgets to act on said needs and preferences :-)

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 09:11 UTC
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Peiasdf: Anyone remember the marketing spin Samsung gave when rumor begin to go around Samsung is leaving photography? Yeah, Ricoh is doing the same spin to clear stock.

Japanese photography insiders know for a while Pentax is going under. Tamron and Sigma haven't made any lens for Pentax even thought that sounds like free money.

FUD, lies, and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schadenfreude

The article doesn't say what you claim, and you made up the "Japanese photography insiders".
Besides, new Pentax products are expected.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2017 at 07:29 UTC
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stevo23: What did Samsung first say when rumors surfaced? I recall there was denial.

Strange that Pentax would exit after just releasing such a killer set of DSLRs.

I'm just stating a fact, I'm not trying to convince you. However, the red herring (marketshare) didn't go unnoticed - K-1 is a low volume item, and its sales were "as good as expected".

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 18:14 UTC
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stevo23: What did Samsung first say when rumors surfaced? I recall there was denial.

Strange that Pentax would exit after just releasing such a killer set of DSLRs.

It's obvious to me that the K-1/FF project had to prove itself; it wasn't pushed by the management but by the engineers.
And it did.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 17:45 UTC
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