Thylacine

Joined on Oct 25, 2015

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memee_meen: I thought Pentax would be out first.

Pentax is a soft target for trolls who operate in a larger forum, and it’s easy to see how constant carping creates a false impression with some onlookers. It doesn’t take too much effort to see that the two brands were operating quite differently, with Olympus until recently pushing out too many bodies for the market segment (like Sony, who’ve also had to pull their heads in recently) and Ricoh doing the complete opposite, and concentrating its expenditure in a small but well-defined market. No-one here knows the detail of either company’s decision-making, but I doubt Ricoh’s about to ditch the Pentax brand any time soon.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2020 at 22:55 UTC
On article Ricoh introduces HD Pentax-D FA* 85mm F1.4 lens (470 comments in total)
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il_alexk: Roughly for times heavier and three times more expensive than optically excellent Samyang AF FE 85mm/1.4. That's even before mentioning the uninspiring Pentax AF.

Exactly why I switched from Pentax a few years ago and never looked back.

Fuji seems to have latched onto that “trend among some hipsters” with its Instax cameras. The last time I looked, revenue from sales of that camera and the film was holding up their profits quite nicely. How many move from Instax to Fujifilm digital? No idea, so if you do know, perhaps you could share.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2020 at 21:48 UTC
On article Ricoh introduces HD Pentax-D FA* 85mm F1.4 lens (470 comments in total)
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4sofnature: While third-party keeps making lightweight and affordable glass for E mount, Pentax is stuck with a dead mount.

Dead mount? Mine still seems to work, even with my new (live) lenses.

Seriously, why do you bother? DSLRs are still selling as well as MILCs, and no amount of obsessive trolling is going to change that.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2020 at 22:40 UTC
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Zvonimir Tosic: 35/2 → "The lens has six elements in five groups and a six-blade aperture."
Is this true? Also a screwdrive focusing?
O boy, Ricoh, basically, didn't do anything on an ancient design, not even added more aperture blades for better light and OoF control?
Total retro; then to save even more money, they'd be better to remove ALL coatings altogether, remove one more blade, to achieve nasty flares, incredible PF, LSD trippy bokeh, drilling-machine sounds and other unique toy-lens effects.

So, you’ve used one, I take it? I know it’s hard to believe when you’re used to strapping a modern, highly-corrected, fast, weather-sealed lens with inbuilt ring-motor AF onto your equally-expensive high-end DSLR/MILC/whatever, but some people are actually not that flush with funds that they’ll be willing to sell the kids to finance their hobby. Some people also judge the worth of their photography by the results they get from their gear, not from its cost or its modernity.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2019 at 06:26 UTC
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Adam Sharp: What size filter thread on the 11-18 any idea

The 70-200/2.8, as noted above, is an in-house design, which is why it's a D-FA* model. The only current Pentax lenses that are rebadge models are the D-FA 15-30/2.8 and D-FA 24-70/2.8, which were based on Tamron designs, probably for the sake of expediency when the K-1 was released.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2017 at 19:49 UTC
On article Review: Affinity Photo 1.5.2 for desktop (307 comments in total)
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MemnonII: Don't rely on software to compensate for your inability to use your camera.

A good photographer learns composition.
A good photographer learns their equipment.
A good photographer can accomplish the same result as a photographer with 10x larger budget.

EG: I want to photograph birds. Do I buy a 800mm lens at £10000 or do I buy a ghillie suit at £80 or a hide at £200, use unscented soap and some knowledge of the birds I want to photograph.

The internet is full of gear heads with zero talent tossing off over how the next camera off the conveyer belt is the must have thing in order to make their life complete.

I really despise morons that belt on about how the dynamic range of camera X is so much better than camera Y. Talentless, bad photographers will always bang on about equipment.

Good photographers get on with what they have and will be more likely to produce good results.

Affinity Photo, Photoshop and the like are the digital equivalents of the darkroom processes we used for film. I don't agree that post-processing is a minor or optional part of the production of a good picture. Anyone can take a photo, but composition and camera technique are only the start of making a picture. A rant against post-processing software is as irrelevant as one against Edward Weston's darkroom technique. New equipment makes gear-heads happy, even if it doesn't make them better photographers – good luck to them, but they clearly aren't the only snobs on the block.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2017 at 08:25 UTC
On article Opinion: Park vandals need to be stopped (324 comments in total)
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Jacob the Photographer: Vandalism is impossible to justify. BUT at the same time we have to be realistic , looking at that peculiar rock I can imagine it would not have ben long before it collapsed anyway. Fresh in my mind the not so long ago collapse of an other of the 'Twelve Apostles' off the South Coast of Victoria / Australia. Just Google "Collapse of Twelve Apostles Great Ocean Road". And very recent the collapse of a huge chunk of Sydney Harbor (Port Jackson) North Head. Let's be graceful no one got killed - in Oregon and here in Australia

I imagine the 18 million year reference is the age of the sandstone, rather than the amount of time this particular location took to be carved into the final formation. Ultimately, of course, they're the same thing, but changes to erosion forces over time may accelerate the process toward the end. I assume, of course, that your skepticism isn't reflecting a belief in the work of Bishop Usher, in ageing the Earth. If it was, there'd be a lot more head shaking going on.
Nonetheless, an untutored human-centric view of the world would also have been the motivation of the people involved in this act.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2016 at 00:09 UTC

Does this mean Ken Røckwell's family will starve? I couldn't support anything that encourages child abuse.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 00:23 UTC as 9th comment
On article CP+ 2016: Pentax K-1 past and present (152 comments in total)
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inspiron530: I went to CP+ over the weekend and remember listen to one of their conference. At one point the speaker talk about the decision to do K-1.
It turned out, K-1 has been a very hard push for many years directly from the developing team, which he said, it is a very nontraditional way for Pentax because most decision to do or not to do something usually coming from marketing department. And Pentax marketing team has never favor the idea of FullFrame K-1! because they don't think it will sell.
I wonder what marketing research data they have on hand.
This is the same marketing team that think rainbow color camera will sale! LOL
Personally, I think it is time to change their Marketing team. A marketing team like that will run the brand into the ground. Or they already did?

And by the way, from what he said, I get a feeling that if K-1 is not a success, it could be the last Pentax FullFrame ever.

Development of the full frame Pentax was halted mainly under Hoya ownership, when they seemed more interested in stripping off the assets they wanted, and only keeping the Pentax brand sufficiently viable for a sale. To their credit, they did allow the development of the 645D, albeit slowly, and the Q, but I assume that's because the business cases showed a return within their sale time frame. It's not the case that the Pentax marketing is to blame for the delay in the Full Frame rollout. In both Hoya's and Ricoh's cases, you can point to the senior management team for blame or praise, as you wish.

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2016 at 07:56 UTC
On article CP+ 2016: Pentax K-1 past and present (152 comments in total)
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Roadrunnerdeluxe: Don't feed the trolls.

My reply was to the very silly Jorge Bayonas post, which he has since deleted, not yours, Roadrunnerdeluxe.

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2016 at 07:50 UTC
On article CP+ 2016: Pentax K-1 past and present (152 comments in total)
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Roadrunnerdeluxe: Don't feed the trolls.

Just be happy with what you've got. You don't have to participate in artificially dividing the world into trolls and fanboys. People like things and don't like things. You're not going to change anybody's opinion with name-calling, and neither are they.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2016 at 23:01 UTC
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TN Args: Hang on, isn't this a D810-like sensor in a D610 (not D750) performance package?

Price is about right for a D610-beater (better sensor MP if not noise and ISO).

No electronic shutter is bad news for a 36 MP sensor that will, as DPR keep saying about hi-res cameras, be tricky to get 36 real MP out of.

Crippled on lenses. Sony owners can start thumping their chests now.

Crippled on video. A brand new sensor with 1080P, barely passable.

Crippled on lenses? How do you work that out? It's started with more new lenses available than Sony's A7 did, so is that a new benchmark, or just a silly dig?
Crippled on video? Ricoh quite clearly stated some time ago that video was not on their list of priorities, so anyone who buys this body for video could not in their wildest dreams say they were deceived. Behind the game is a better description.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 03:53 UTC
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Thylacine: Ricoh's strategy for developing the camera business under the Pentax brand has been available for anyone to see who bothered to do even a small amount of research. So far, it appears to have been extremely successful in the MF segment, with the 645Z, and moderately successful in the APS-C DSLR segment, with the K-3 and K-3ii, not to mention the K-S2. This new body merely fills the gap between the two existing ranges. A little rational thought will reveal to anyone who cares to try it, that the forthcoming 35FF (as distinct from MF-FF) is not intended to be their major sales product in the immediate future, or even their major profit earner - that will continue to be the APS-C range of cameras, although I wouldn't mind betting that the 645Z has been extremely profitable in its own right.
Ricoh is using the rich history of the Pentax brand to give some comfort to younger buyers who may not be aware of it, or are just dazzled by flim-flam (but that's the Internet for you).

@nicolaiecostel - I don't think there's any real disagreement between what we've said. Even though this new body is mainly aimed at existing Pentax users, they won't be missing an opportunity to promote it to new users. They have also stated that they want to grow the Pentax brand significantly, and you don't do that by marketing to a small group, one part of whom (the older part) is shrinking in membership and capacity to fund new gear.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2015 at 20:27 UTC

Ricoh's strategy for developing the camera business under the Pentax brand has been available for anyone to see who bothered to do even a small amount of research. So far, it appears to have been extremely successful in the MF segment, with the 645Z, and moderately successful in the APS-C DSLR segment, with the K-3 and K-3ii, not to mention the K-S2. This new body merely fills the gap between the two existing ranges. A little rational thought will reveal to anyone who cares to try it, that the forthcoming 35FF (as distinct from MF-FF) is not intended to be their major sales product in the immediate future, or even their major profit earner - that will continue to be the APS-C range of cameras, although I wouldn't mind betting that the 645Z has been extremely profitable in its own right.
Ricoh is using the rich history of the Pentax brand to give some comfort to younger buyers who may not be aware of it, or are just dazzled by flim-flam (but that's the Internet for you).

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2015 at 00:19 UTC as 77th comment | 5 replies
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neatnclean: SRL = Sorry Ricoh Losers.
SLR = So Long, Ricoh.

They will soon go under ... Before any of the other imaging gear suppliers will. Trying to launch another DSLR system in 2016 (or 2017, 2018?) rather than offering a brilliant alternative to the only FF-sensored mirrorless system in the entire market can only be called "entrepreneurial suicide". Almost unbelievable how owners/shareholders of a company can let something so evidently wrong happen.

So, I take it you run a business that's either bigger or more successful than Ricoh? I don't think so. Mirrorless has a lot of hype, but DSLRs are far from finished. Both have strengths and weaknesses and Ricoh is simply playing to the strengths in the Pentax brand, as part of their development strategy since rescuing it from Hoya's asset-stripping ownership. There have been two Pentax efforts in the mirrorless domain to date, only one of which has been successful, so it's possible that Ricoh will use their own brand for development in that area. The GR is a little gem in its own segment, so they have some degree of credibility there. Really, neatnclean, you should do some research before posting troll-like comments.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2015 at 00:00 UTC
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Sickheadache: In the 3rd Picture..I see a potential problem with guys and women with big hands and fingers...As you snap your pictures..it seems that ISO button would get press also. That screen in the back ...sure looks complicated and complications means...break downs. lol

It is suppose to come with 36mp. But since Sony is making a 42.2MP now...That would be nice also.

All camera manufacturers re-use suitable components from their other bodies. If you look at the $10k 645Z, you'll find shared components with this one, just as with the K-3. What do you think is wrong with that? You can either take a negative view (trollery) or a realistic one that acknowledges that's how you keep costs (and therefore prices) at a reasonable level, especially for a small manufacturer.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2015 at 04:36 UTC
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T3: I just wonder if there's really enough of a market for another big, chunky FF DSLR at a time when FF mirrorless is coming into play. We're at the beginning of an inflection point in the camera market. Pentax may be a little too late to the game with this FF DSLR product line. I think it would have been a lot more interesting, and future-forward of Pentax to have introduced a FF mirrorless body instead.

There's always a temptation to think in terms of one's own market, at best, and more often probably to think in terms of one's perceptions of the market. Ricoh are not in the habit of putting something into a market without careful research and consideration. They are not Sony and they are not Leica, to cite both ends of the range of approaches to marketing.
In the West, this body is, as robbo d states and Ricoh executives have explicitly said, one for the Pentax enthusiast of many years standing. In Japan, it will sell best at first, but the developing Asian economies (still including China, but increasingly India where the brand was recently re-introduced) are not like the mature Western markets, and the burgeoning middle classes there have no loyalty to brands in this area. The shrinking middle classes in the West may prove harder to convince.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2015 at 03:35 UTC
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