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audiobomber

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audiobomber: Here's my interpretation: Ricoh has undergone a review of all business segments due to the current challenging business climate. All options were on the table, including divesting divisions and dropping product lines. The camera business is particularly challenged due to falling demand and tough competition. This is what Nikkei reported on.

Pentax and GR lines passed this scrutiny, and will continue to attract resources. The Theta line is highly successful and will get a push, along with other related product lines that Ricoh is working on, which are not specifically mentioned (likely automobile market and others). This what Ricoh stated in their rebuttal.

Hi rrccad. What you said agrees with what I said. It is business as usual for Pentax and Ricoh GR.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 21:34 UTC

Here's my interpretation: Ricoh has undergone a review of all business segments due to the current challenging business climate. All options were on the table, including divesting divisions and dropping product lines. The camera business is particularly challenged due to falling demand and tough competition. This is what Nikkei reported on.

Pentax and GR lines passed this scrutiny, and will continue to attract resources. The Theta line is highly successful and will get a push, along with other related product lines that Ricoh is working on, which are not specifically mentioned (likely automobile market and others). This what Ricoh stated in their rebuttal.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 13:48 UTC as 10th comment | 3 replies
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DPPMetro: Thankfully, other sites have gotten wind of the mass deletions of posts in the DPR pentax forum by an out of control mod that is only leaving posts by essentially two fanboys.

Why is this, DPR? No rules violations, nothing over the top, experiences as Pentax users, disappointment, and so on. They even delete posts asking for K-1 firmware fixes that are very specific. The mod even deleted numerous posts about how Ricoh cancelled Pro Service on us without even saying anything and how 645 users will no longer have Pro Service included with purchase.

Why is DPR trying to cover up the issues users are having with the brand? We can't even ask for firmware fixes that we've been waiting for with the K-1? The mod even locked the thread with a DPR writer in it regarding the K-1 review, but not before mass deletion of posts.

DPPMetro bashes Ricoh and Pentax daily in the Pentax Forum with FUD, lies and half-truths. Do not feel sorry for his lost posts, he is just a troll with nothing of value to say.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2017 at 16:50 UTC
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DPPMetro: If it's false, then why is DPR deleting literally dozens of posts in the Pentax forum, which is now raising lots of eyebrows and anything but invisible. All the posts being deleted are leaving mostly one-sided propaganda posts in favor of Ricoh.

Basically, all discussion is being edited to look like mostly questions and assured positive posts remain.

Why is this going on, DPR? Dozens of posts? This has been going on in the Pentax forum for a very long time.

It should be no surprise that DPPMetro posts are being deleted. He is only on the Pentax forum to tear down Pentax with lies and half-truths. Banning him is not much good, he'll just come back under another name.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2017 at 11:55 UTC
On article Pentax KP Review (648 comments in total)
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wed7: Will this KP + Limited pancake lenses a better buy vs Fujfilm X-T20 + XF primes?
Camera to be used for AF-S shooting and for personal/travel/general photography.

I'm a long-term Pentax user. I bought an a6000 and some very nice primes up to 60mm. I didn't think I would miss IBIS, but I was very wrong. Even with shorter primes, it is a major boon.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 20:07 UTC
On article Pentax KP Review (648 comments in total)
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brianphoto: I was curious about low light performance. Was this mentioned in the review or did I miss it? I usually photograph swimsuit models, so I'm not concerned too much about the autofocus tracking, mostly for low light when I have to do lingerie type photos. How is this in low light?

The K-3 focusses in the dark. I imagine the K-P will as well, since the AF hardware is the same. K-5 low light AF was pretty poor in comparison to the K-5 II and K-3.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 19:58 UTC
On article Pentax KP Review (648 comments in total)
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zakaria: It seems the silver award is reserved for pentax until Ricoh comes with new AF system.
Since k5 no gold. 😃

The K-3 received a Gold award. It would have taken you two minutes to research this instead of posting misinformation.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 12:05 UTC
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ScottnLaguna: The Ryshi kayak shot is amazing! I shoot whales and the water is always competing with the whale for AF. Combine that with a choppy sea and a heavy lens and well, you can get a black eye. I now shoot a D500 and it is amazing. Tried group AF but the water won't really allow it. Single point, continuous with tracking a bit above normal. For me the jury is still out. I am trying to find the perfect sweet spot with tracking. 10fps oof sux. Shooting whales is hard. You don't know when or where and your platform is moving, a lot. Plus the water steals the attention and looks a lot like whale. I prefer to shoot a large apperture, like 3.2 so focus matters. I will play around with tracking in a few days while in Maui. Thanks for the article.

> The Ryshi kayak shot is amazing!

I'm amazed that you think so. Check again at 100%, the face is out of focus.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 12:05 UTC
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (891 comments in total)

> "I like the 'being there' feeling of an optical viewfinder, but almost any camera with an EVF also allows for a easily legible level gauge, which is a must for me"

Hmm, my K3 has and OVF and level gauge. My a6000 has an EVF and no level gauge.

As to OVF vs. EVF, no contest. Sure, it's a nifty little trick to see your exposure in the viewfinder, but fine tuning exposure in p-p is dead simple. Everything I need to see is visible in the OVF, especially my subject. The EVF slide show is a fatal flaw for shooting action. Nice to hear that the a6500 has made some headway.

Richard's comment about APS-C viewfinders applies to lower level models with their dark little pentamirrors. Upper range APS-C models (and all Pentax models) have a proper pentaprism and 100% coverage.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 16:37 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply
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straylightrun: The big question: Does this have an af assist light that is compatible woth Sony's own native lenses?

I was contemplating a flash for my a6000, but no AF Assist is no-go for me.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2017 at 01:22 UTC
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QuarryCat: the 25 mm is a good and heavy lens,
but...
you can't do real close-ups,
on a journey you won't need f:1.2 that much - if ever
even f:1.2 can give you pictures like 2.4/50 mm - what sounds a bit boring to set people or animals free
I 've got a 0.95/25 mm mFT Voigtländer, which is quite cool - I can go very close to 1:1.9 (full frame equivalent)

so my best lens for travel in the mFT-cosmic is by far the Olympus 2.8/12-40 mm with close-up capability, even a bit lighter then 1.2/25 mm

no other camera maker has such a good, compact, sharp lens for traveling - and no other can get so big close-up pictures.
No Nikon, no Canon, no Fuji, no Leica, no Sony, no Panasonic - nobody.

"no other camera maker has such a good, compact, sharp lens for traveling - and no other can get so big close-up pictures."
Pentax has the pro quality DA*16-50mm f2.8. The DA 20-40mm Limited would have been a great choice for the author's trip.

M4/3 lenses have to be extra sharp to make up for the sensor size. The 12-40 doesn't score any better on sharpness than either of the above.
https://www.dxomark.com/Lenses/Compare/Side-by-side/Olympus-MZUIKO-DIGITAL-ED-12-40mm-F28-PRO-on-Olympus-OM-D-E-M1-versus-Pentax-HD-DA-20-40mm-F28-4-ED-Limited-DC-WR-on-Pentax-K-3-versus-smc-DA-16-50mm-f-2.8-ED-AL-IF-SDM-on-Pentax-K-3__1233_909_1262_914_179_914

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 13:07 UTC
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Yxa: Ugly and with the same "AF" as K3-II

K-3, K-3 II and KP use the same SAFOX11 processor, same AF points and 86,000 pixel auxiliary sensor. There are no differences in AF capability save for tracking algorithms. There's no technical reason the algorithms couldn't be added to the K-3 and K-3 II via firmware.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 13:43 UTC
On article Hands-on with Ricoh's compact Pentax KP (634 comments in total)
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twomonger: If the AF still sucks then there's really not much of a compelling reason to upgrade, IMO. I've been waiting for the longest time for Pentax to put out a decent camera for action... but as their third party lens support (no new sigma lenses) declines and they keep putting out things like this, I'm more and more tempted to start looking at other manufacturers (while keeping my K-50 for astrophotography and landscape).

Your K-50 AF is three generations surpassed.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2017 at 23:39 UTC
On article Hands-on with Ricoh's compact Pentax KP (634 comments in total)

No way I would trade my K-3 for a KP.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2017 at 23:38 UTC as 165th comment
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Mister Joseph: So all the Sigmas (19/2.8, 30/2.8, 60/2.8 and this 30/1.4) are real winners for the e-mount user. It seems that Sigma is aware of this APS-C e-mount "gap" and is filling it accordingly. Gotta admit, OSS and small size are nice features too, though.

There's certainly no gap for normal lenses. Sigma is competing with Sony 28mm f2 (FF but small size), its own 30mm f2.8, Touit 32mm f1.8, Sony 35mm f3.5 macro and Sony 35mm f1.8. If they want to fill a gap, they should have provided something wider than 19mm or longer than 60mm.

Or how about a high quality but affordable standard zoom? There's a gap for sure.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 03:02 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2661 comments in total)
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rrccad: nice camera, good on pentax for FINALLY coming out with it.

a little redundant on the market, but i'm sure it's a boon for pentaxians or those interested in a limited kit (yet bulky) AF kit.

Personally I could never see the need (or desire) or even wish to get behind a non stabilized viewfinder and AF / AE system but the sensor itself is stabilized.

I'm sure it's possible .. don't get me wrong - before the dozen remaining pentaxians jump all over me. it's simply not optimal and just about every camera manufacturer offers a better solution and photographer experience (EVF with sensor stabilization, IS in lens for optical, hybrid such as sony's newer systems,etc). It's half baked - especially with longer telephotos where framing can be drastically different then what the sensor sees, not to mention part of the advantage of IS is stabilizing the view and also the AF system.

I'm actually surprised it's not on the con's list actually.

DSLR's that had IBIS had unstabilized OVF's, i.e. Olympus and Sony. Oly left the DSLR market, Sony abandoned the OVF. Pentax is the only DSLR maker with IBIS.

Other DSLR users should envy this feature, especially now that cameras are coming out that can use both IBIS and ILIS like Sony and Oly. Pentax can use either IBIS or ILIS (Sigma K-mount).

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 22:33 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2661 comments in total)
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rrccad: nice camera, good on pentax for FINALLY coming out with it.

a little redundant on the market, but i'm sure it's a boon for pentaxians or those interested in a limited kit (yet bulky) AF kit.

Personally I could never see the need (or desire) or even wish to get behind a non stabilized viewfinder and AF / AE system but the sensor itself is stabilized.

I'm sure it's possible .. don't get me wrong - before the dozen remaining pentaxians jump all over me. it's simply not optimal and just about every camera manufacturer offers a better solution and photographer experience (EVF with sensor stabilization, IS in lens for optical, hybrid such as sony's newer systems,etc). It's half baked - especially with longer telephotos where framing can be drastically different then what the sensor sees, not to mention part of the advantage of IS is stabilizing the view and also the AF system.

I'm actually surprised it's not on the con's list actually.

Prove that it has any deleterious effect on AF or framing. I say it's an advantage to see camera shake in the viewfinder. It has caused me on more than one occasion to improve my stance and grip to ensure that shake was minimized.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 20:47 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2661 comments in total)
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rrccad: nice camera, good on pentax for FINALLY coming out with it.

a little redundant on the market, but i'm sure it's a boon for pentaxians or those interested in a limited kit (yet bulky) AF kit.

Personally I could never see the need (or desire) or even wish to get behind a non stabilized viewfinder and AF / AE system but the sensor itself is stabilized.

I'm sure it's possible .. don't get me wrong - before the dozen remaining pentaxians jump all over me. it's simply not optimal and just about every camera manufacturer offers a better solution and photographer experience (EVF with sensor stabilization, IS in lens for optical, hybrid such as sony's newer systems,etc). It's half baked - especially with longer telephotos where framing can be drastically different then what the sensor sees, not to mention part of the advantage of IS is stabilizing the view and also the AF system.

I'm actually surprised it's not on the con's list actually.

Unlike you, rrccad, I shoot a Pentax DSLR at 630mm FOV regularly. IBIS reduces shake and has zero effect on framing or AF. Please show me any reference to these issues regarding Canon or Nikon shooters with non-stabilized telephoto lenses. I've never heard of it.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 19:49 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2661 comments in total)
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rrccad: nice camera, good on pentax for FINALLY coming out with it.

a little redundant on the market, but i'm sure it's a boon for pentaxians or those interested in a limited kit (yet bulky) AF kit.

Personally I could never see the need (or desire) or even wish to get behind a non stabilized viewfinder and AF / AE system but the sensor itself is stabilized.

I'm sure it's possible .. don't get me wrong - before the dozen remaining pentaxians jump all over me. it's simply not optimal and just about every camera manufacturer offers a better solution and photographer experience (EVF with sensor stabilization, IS in lens for optical, hybrid such as sony's newer systems,etc). It's half baked - especially with longer telephotos where framing can be drastically different then what the sensor sees, not to mention part of the advantage of IS is stabilizing the view and also the AF system.

I'm actually surprised it's not on the con's list actually.

"part of the advantage of IS is stabilizing the view and also the AF system."

If you're shaking so badly that you can't maintain the framing, no stabilization system will help. If what you are saying were true, long tele lenses with no IS would have the same issue. IS prevents motion blur, it has no bearing on framing. I prefer to know if I'm shaking the camera, so I can take counter-measures.

"I'm actually surprised it's not on the con's list actually"

That's a ridiculous statement. Every review and photography site considers IBIS to be an advantage. Shake reduction performance has steadily progressed to where it is now, 5 stops on the K-1. Every lens I mount on a Pentax is stabilized, with no cost or IQ penalty for ILIS floating elements. Those are the advantages.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 17:31 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2661 comments in total)
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pentaust: I can see a lot of offended replies following the review of Pentax K1 AF performance. On the one hand some Pentax users feel offended from the poor review given to Pentax K1 AF performance. And DPR feel offended when their methodology is questionned. Well, every AF servo module is designed to perform best for a set of use cases. For example, Pentax Single Point AFC tracking is not meant to be used for tracking a fast moving subject such as a bike or car or motorbike etc... Single point AFC is used in focus prio mode to focus on slow moving target, such as at weddings, so, if you (DPR) got poor AFC single point results on a bike, you did not use the proper mode that is planned by Ricoh engineers. If you used multipoint AFC tracking and selection focus priority instead of FPS priority, you'd already get a lot more keepers. And if you'd use focus preset, your keeper rate would increase even more.

"Even a CDAF-bases Sony RX100 IV passes it with flying colors in single point mode, as does an a6300, a7R II, Panasonic with DFD, Canon 5Ds, Nikon D500, etc."

The K-1 @ f2.8 vs. a Sony RX100 @ f8 FF equivalent, D500 @ f4, A7R II @ f4? And what about the effect of focal length on DOF? Are you seriously comparing 70mm and f8 equivalent on the RX100 to 200mm f2.8 on the K-1?

"If it can't keep focus on our cyclist, that's not an indication that we used AF-C wrong"

I would never shoot that scene without Expanded Area AF, and I would select one of the three f2.8-sensitive points for initial focus.

How do these cameras compare for sports shooting, where AF Hold is crucial? My K-3 hits 80%+ and the K-1 should be better. I had over 90% hits shooting mudbog racing, which is much faster than a bicycle rider.

Words like "poor" and "pathetic" show your attitude toward Pentax. Favoured brands don't receive the same drubbing as Pentax when they are behind in AF (e.g. Fuji and Olympus).

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 14:48 UTC
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