pro photo 2011

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pro photo 2011: @John McMillin

I said: It is sad to see Pentax as a mainstream player in the 60's and 70's to dwindle to almost unknown these days. It's best days were when it had its Spotmatic series, KM/KX/K2 series, and MX/ME series.

You said: "Almost nothing" currently includes medium format, FF and APS-C DSLRs, and under Ricoh's label, a premium compact and 360 cameras. Is any other maker doing that?

My reply: It is market share that counts, not merely the number of product lines or the variety of products. A recent report said Canon has 45% of the camera market, while Sony has about 20%. Olympus and Panasonic each has about 5%. My guess is Ricoh/Pentax probably has 1%, if not less.

@dansclic

Olympus cameras are all M43 format which has taken quite a beating in the last few years.

Ricoh/Pentax (in that order) has FF and APS-C cameras, although they are far fewer in the number of units produced. And the Ricoh GR III probably contributes some of the better profits made.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2020 at 13:30 UTC
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pro photo 2011: @John McMillin

I said: It is sad to see Pentax as a mainstream player in the 60's and 70's to dwindle to almost unknown these days. It's best days were when it had its Spotmatic series, KM/KX/K2 series, and MX/ME series.

You said: "Almost nothing" currently includes medium format, FF and APS-C DSLRs, and under Ricoh's label, a premium compact and 360 cameras. Is any other maker doing that?

My reply: It is market share that counts, not merely the number of product lines or the variety of products. A recent report said Canon has 45% of the camera market, while Sony has about 20%. Olympus and Panasonic each has about 5%. My guess is Ricoh/Pentax probably has 1%, if not less.

@LightBug

Leica has an well-established mind share that Ricoh/Pentax lacks.

Pentax had a good mind share in the 60's and 70's but not any more.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2020 at 08:52 UTC
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pro photo 2011: @John McMillin

I said: It is sad to see Pentax as a mainstream player in the 60's and 70's to dwindle to almost unknown these days. It's best days were when it had its Spotmatic series, KM/KX/K2 series, and MX/ME series.

You said: "Almost nothing" currently includes medium format, FF and APS-C DSLRs, and under Ricoh's label, a premium compact and 360 cameras. Is any other maker doing that?

My reply: It is market share that counts, not merely the number of product lines or the variety of products. A recent report said Canon has 45% of the camera market, while Sony has about 20%. Olympus and Panasonic each has about 5%. My guess is Ricoh/Pentax probably has 1%, if not less.

@tinetz

Market Share = Mind share

If you haven't heard of Ricoh/Pentax, how do you learn about the brand's virtues?

I have a number of Ricoh's GR series cameras. It is a well-known street photo camera but the general public don't know that.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2020 at 08:21 UTC
On article Canon RF 600mm F11 real-world samples (387 comments in total)
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rmexpress22: I'm not normally negative on these galleries, but these are really, really bad. If you had told me these were shot a smartphone, I would have believed it.

It's really surprising, specially since in the forums people have posted 600mm f/11 and 800mm f/11 shots that look really good.

Apparently you have not seen pictures taken with smartphone telephoto lenses.

The maximum optical zoom on a smartphone now stands at 10X. Anything beyond that is digital, which looks terribly blurry and artificial.

So it is true that "the forums people have posted 600mm f/11 and 800mm f/11 shots that look really good".

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2020 at 05:57 UTC

@John McMillin

I said: It is sad to see Pentax as a mainstream player in the 60's and 70's to dwindle to almost unknown these days. It's best days were when it had its Spotmatic series, KM/KX/K2 series, and MX/ME series.

You said: "Almost nothing" currently includes medium format, FF and APS-C DSLRs, and under Ricoh's label, a premium compact and 360 cameras. Is any other maker doing that?

My reply: It is market share that counts, not merely the number of product lines or the variety of products. A recent report said Canon has 45% of the camera market, while Sony has about 20%. Olympus and Panasonic each has about 5%. My guess is Ricoh/Pentax probably has 1%, if not less.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2020 at 05:41 UTC as 25th comment | 9 replies
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pro photo 2011: It is sad to see Pentax as a mainstream player in the 60's and 70's to dwindle to almost unknown these days.

It's best days were when it had its Spotmatic series, KM/KX/K2 series, and MX/ME series.

@John McMillin

I said: It is sad to see Pentax as a mainstream player in the 60's and 70's to dwindle to almost unknown these days. It's best days were when it had its Spotmatic series, KM/KX/K2 series, and MX/ME series.

You said: "Almost nothing" currently includes medium format, FF and APS-C DSLRs, and under Ricoh's label, a premium compact and 360 cameras. Is any other maker doing that?

My reply: It is market share that counts, not merely the number of product lines or the variety of products. A recent report said Canon has 45% of the camera market, while Sony has about 20%. Olympus and Panasonic each has about 5%. My guess is Ricoh/Pentax probably has 1%, if not less.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2020 at 05:38 UTC
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Andrey K: Pentax FA* top of the line lenses from film era are all silver, Pentax FA limited lenses all have silver versions - so it makes sense to have a silver versions of every camera. Less prone to heating from sunlight too - same reason why many supertele lenses are painted white.

It is quite rare that a silver version is introduced AFTER a black version.

It the old days (60's to 70's) when silver/black versions were introduced simultaneously, silver versions typically outnumber black versions by a ratio of 5 to 1 or more.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2020 at 14:12 UTC

It is sad to see Pentax as a mainstream player in the 60's and 70's to dwindle to almost unknown these days.

It's best days were when it had its Spotmatic series, KM/KX/K2 series, and MX/ME series.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2020 at 13:49 UTC as 58th comment | 9 replies
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pro photo 2011: I deem Sony will prevail with its dual compatibility slots.

If you want inexpensive cards, buy SD UHS II or I.

If you want high-performance cards, buy CFexpress Type A.

You can wait until the CFexpress A cards come down in price before buying them. In the mean time, the SD UHS II cards are cheap and plentiful.

Currently, yes.

And because the slots also accept SD cards, this duality feature future-proofs the camera.

Others will follow.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2020 at 13:49 UTC

I deem Sony will prevail with its dual compatibility slots.

If you want inexpensive cards, buy SD UHS II or I.

If you want high-performance cards, buy CFexpress Type A.

You can wait until the CFexpress A cards come down in price before buying them. In the mean time, the SD UHS II cards are cheap and plentiful.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2020 at 23:33 UTC as 50th comment | 8 replies
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supersargas: -> Leica M lens
-> Fujifilm camera
-> Adapter

This test is invalid.

No need to waste additional time with a stubborn Leica fan.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2020 at 23:25 UTC
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pro photo 2011: Regarding the notion that these lenses were not tested on a Leica M body, It does not matter to the extent that you will notice.

Zeiss makes Leica M-mount lenses and they are consistently higher-rated than Leica's own lenses.

You will be disappointed when the lenses are tested on a Leica M body because you won't pass the blind test.

Nice try.

You failed the blind test.

Your theories are just theories.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2020 at 02:06 UTC
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supersargas: -> Leica M lens
-> Fujifilm camera
-> Adapter

This test is invalid.

@supersargas, AcuteShadows

Nice try.

You both failed the blind test.

Your theories are just theories.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2020 at 02:01 UTC

Regarding the notion that these lenses were not tested on a Leica M body, It does not matter to the extent that you will notice.

Zeiss makes Leica M-mount lenses and they are consistently higher-rated than Leica's own lenses.

You will be disappointed when the lenses are tested on a Leica M body because you won't pass the blind test.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2020 at 01:42 UTC as 18th comment | 4 replies
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supersargas: -> Leica M lens
-> Fujifilm camera
-> Adapter

This test is invalid.

It does not matter to the extent that you will notice.

Zeiss makes Leica M-mount lenses and they are consistently higher-rated than Leica's own lenses.

You will be disappointed when the lenses are tested on a Leica M body because you won't pass the blind test.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2020 at 01:40 UTC
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kcdogger: Forget Leica - all of them. Save your money. The difference is negligible. Of course we stupid people always think the most expensive is "the Best." Need more comparisons like this - but maybe then we wouldn't have anything to argue about.

@AcuteShadows

So what? It's just an ad. It goes to show that you are a Leica fan. You BELIEVE pictures taken by a Leica lens is different or better, yet when compared side-by-side, you can't tell which one is which.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2020 at 23:44 UTC
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kcdogger: Forget Leica - all of them. Save your money. The difference is negligible. Of course we stupid people always think the most expensive is "the Best." Need more comparisons like this - but maybe then we wouldn't have anything to argue about.

@LensBeginner

Then stop complaining. You are nitpicking.

@AcuteShadows

There is no perfection. Lens performance degrades towards the edges. This is especially true when shot at wider apertures.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2020 at 22:34 UTC
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pro photo 2011: In terms of quality of materials and manufacturing (even if it's hand-made), the Leica is definitely higher, but I won't pay 14 times the price of the 7Artisans 35/1.4 for that.

Yeah, BS logic.

Willingness to pay has nothing to do with whether they notice the difference or not. Just brand snobs. They can't pass the blind test.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2020 at 11:55 UTC
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pro photo 2011: I don't want anything that has to do with a subscription model.

These people want your money for life.

These software companies are greedy.

Users should have a choice whether to upgrade or not.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2020 at 11:47 UTC
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pro photo 2011: In terms of quality of materials and manufacturing (even if it's hand-made), the Leica is definitely higher, but I won't pay 14 times the price of the 7Artisans 35/1.4 for that.

@It is just a tool

"People who are willing to pay for it notice the difference."

Cut me a break. These people only notice the price difference.

Tell me about it if they can pass the blind test.

Chances are they can't. It's all make-believe.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2020 at 11:44 UTC
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