AlbertSiegel

AlbertSiegel

Lives in Japan Tokyo, Japan
Works as a Journalist
Has a website at www.albertsiegel.com
Joined on Aug 27, 2005

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cosinaphile: whats a camera ?

A camera is a device that takes pictures and is usually included in the thing that we carry in our pockets, that let's us text, make calls, organize our calendars, play games, browse the web, and keep up with our social media game, and sometimes it let's us take pictures. :)

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2019 at 23:19 UTC
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Leandros S: As others have pointed out, "no new announcements in some time" is fake news. Please retract or correct the statement. The DA* 11-18mm is a new Pentax-branded lens, released only two months ago.

@Mistral75:

I guess you and just disagree then.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:41 UTC
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Leandros S: As others have pointed out, "no new announcements in some time" is fake news. Please retract or correct the statement. The DA* 11-18mm is a new Pentax-branded lens, released only two months ago.

@Mistral75: The Pentax Rumor post quotes the rumor "Maybe this is why Ricoh does not continue to develop Pentax.” This implies that not much as been done in some time.

What DP Review did was say "According to the rumor, this served as the reason for no new announcements in some time."

Indeed it's not a direct quote, but it is the same idea which is why I said "more or less quoting".

Is either statement factually correct? No, not at all, but DP Review did not make fake news in this specific situation.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:03 UTC
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Leandros S: As others have pointed out, "no new announcements in some time" is fake news. Please retract or correct the statement. The DA* 11-18mm is a new Pentax-branded lens, released only two months ago.

To be fair about the DP Review post, it is more or less quoting the "no new announcements in some time" from Pentax Rumors and not making an original point or opinion themselves. The claims of "fake news" do not belong to DP Review in this case. DP Review did nothing wrong here as they were stating facts about the rumor.

Still though, this post is not the most accurate thing I've read. It claims the rumors first appeared on Pentax Rumors even though the linked source says it originated on another site. This article also fails to mention that Ricoh gave a similar statement on another site a few days before with an interesting and specific difference about the year 2020.

The story seems to have been written by a contributor and not staff, still, the editor could have at least caught the error about the original source. I imagine they will make the correction when it comes to their attention.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2019 at 08:50 UTC
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RedFox88: So it’s ricoh dslrs with the Pentax name they paid to Hoya to brand. Just like Kodak and Polaroid

Not at all. Ricoh bought part of the PENTAX corporation from HOYA. The PENTAX trademark ownership remains with HOYA, but Ricoh has the right to use it. They renamed Pentax Imaging Company to Ricoh Imaging Company. It is a separate company under the Ricoh Group. Ricoh did merge their camera division into Ricoh Imaging, so basically, the company is a mix of PENTAX and Ricoh, but the majority of engineers are from PENTAX. Nothing at all like Kodak or Polaroid.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2019 at 02:10 UTC
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egk4260: “Hoya is the owner of the PENTAX trademark, but there are no restrictions or limitations attached for RICOH to use the PENTAX brand in the camera business.“

Everyone has decreased the rate at which new products are announced, but perhaps Ricoh has been more cautious until assured their license to the trademark will be extended beyond 2020.

Who does Hoya license to produce lenses with the Pentax trademark?

T.I Asahi uses the PENTAX name for survey equipment since they bought that business from HOYA. Ricoh owns what's left of the PENTAX corporation (imaging division, including staff) and the right to use the name for photographic related industries. Brother bought the PENTAX printer division, but does not use the PENTAX name.

I've spoken directly with upper management and executives at Ricoh over the years. I did ask this very same question (about brand usage rights) two years ago and they said back then that there were no limitations on the use of the PENTAX name (including time) other than they could only use it for camera-related business. Their recent answer is pretty much the same.

So basically, there is no time limit on Ricoh's use of the PENTAX brand. The rumor seems to be false.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2019 at 00:01 UTC

A correction: The rumors first appeared in a Pentax Forums post as noted in the linked source. Also note that the official response which first appeared on Pentax Forums days ago is a little more specific in reassuring the use the PENTAX branding past 2020.

"This is not a fact at all. It is true that Hoya is the owner of the PENTAX trademark, but there are no restrictions or limitations for RICOH to use the PENTAX brand in the camera business. We will continue to offer the PENTAX brand cameras beyond 2020."

Link | Posted on May 30, 2019 at 23:29 UTC as 36th comment | 2 replies

I have been a DSLR shooter since 2004. I was also an early adopter of mirrorless cameras. I currently use both types of systems, and indeed both have good and bad points.

For me personally though, I find EFVs to be quite unpleasant. They genuinely cause me great discomfort being so close to my eye. I easily see colors separate, which at times leaves me with a minor eye pain.

Beyond the physical issues, there are refresh rate, dynamic range, resolution and low-light issues among other things that make it unpleasant for me to use an EFV. So for mirrorless, I just use the rear LCD.

The main drawback for OVF is not being able to see what you get before you shoot. But honestly, it's not a problem for me and offers a cleaner view. The cons of EFV keep me mainly a DSLR shooter, and I suspect that for many other people it's the same. The question is if there are enough people like me to keep DSLRs around? I think so. After all, they still make manual transmission for cars and vinyl records.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2019 at 03:20 UTC as 38th comment | 1 reply
On article DPReview TV: Ricoh GR III review (351 comments in total)
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AlbertSiegel: "finally we have a camera where Ricoh is using a lot of the technology inherent in the PENTAX brand and putting it into this camera"

The GR III was actually designed by the PENTAX team that mainly works on PENTAX cameras. This is basically a PENTAX with Ricoh menus and branding.

Indeed they are the same company (technically, a separate company owned by Ricoh that shares the Ricoh name), but most of the camera design teams are still mainly PENTAX staff originally. The Theta team on the other hand is mainly Ricoh staff originally.

The point I was trying to make is that by being a mostly PENTAX camera, the GR III is designed to a higher standard and with features that were inherited from the purchase of PENTAX imaging. Add that to the beautiful GR design and Ricoh menus, and you have a winner of a camera that is a major upgrade over the GR II and one that should be considered even by owners of previous models.

What impressed me most is how they managed to shrink the Shake Reduction system. It makes me wonder if they can to the same for larger sensors and if that will lead to a smaller "full-frame" body.

I'm not sure if it comes across in my message, but I'm very excited about this camera!

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2019 at 05:06 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Ricoh GR III review (351 comments in total)

"finally we have a camera where Ricoh is using a lot of the technology inherent in the PENTAX brand and putting it into this camera"

The GR III was actually designed by the PENTAX team that mainly works on PENTAX cameras. This is basically a PENTAX with Ricoh menus and branding.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2019 at 14:25 UTC as 65th comment | 4 replies
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AlbertSiegel: This lens is not an OEM product like the 15-30 or 24-70, but rather an original PENTAX design which they licensed out to Tokina much like they did with their DA*16-50 and DA*50-135. PENTAX lenses under the star or limited designations are fully PENTAX designs.

My source is through my direct conversations with designers and executives at Ricoh Imaging. I'm a journalist based in Tokyo, and as part of my work, I meet with them several times per year. In fact, I will meet with them again later this month to talk a bit more about this lens.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2018 at 14:57 UTC

This lens is not an OEM product like the 15-30 or 24-70, but rather an original PENTAX design which they licensed out to Tokina much like they did with their DA*16-50 and DA*50-135. PENTAX lenses under the star or limited designations are fully PENTAX designs.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2018 at 14:02 UTC as 121st comment | 31 replies
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ttran88: Thank you Sony, I’ve been mirror free for 4yrs now!! Once in a while I see a big black dslr I have flash backs of my mirror slapping years and want to throw up. MILFs for life!!

Oh... I thought you meant the other type of MILF... Moro Islamic Liberation Front (real).

Seriously though, all these terms for mirrorless. Why not just go with SLM (Single Lens Mirrorless) as it seem fit in best along the lines of SLR and SLT?

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2018 at 04:30 UTC

Nice to see how the photo of Tanaka-san turned out. Looks great! More so considering the often difficult lighting situation at these shows. I was standing next to Carey when it was taken. I don't know anyone form DPR, I just happened to be there for someone else.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2018 at 15:36 UTC as 67th comment
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GreatOceanSoftware: Please stop making spinning hard drives. Just stop.

Don't buy it if you don't like it. I'll take a spinner over a SSD any day. I'm very happy they still make them and will continue to buy them until something better for long-term storage comes along.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2017 at 07:15 UTC
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Richard Franiec: I vote for the next ten olympic games to be held in Japan. Enough said.

As someone living in Japan, I would like to vote against such an idea.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 23:34 UTC

It seems there is a controversy about his story being true. http://www.podniesinski.pl/portal/attention-seeking-kid-keow-wee-loong/

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2016 at 10:33 UTC as 5th comment | 3 replies

Posting this non-story is just rewarding unlawful, disrespectful, and foolish behavior.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2016 at 01:24 UTC as 9th comment
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AlbertSiegel: This idea has been around for a while in one form or another. PENTAX was working on such an idea about a decade ago. http://worldwide.espacenet.com/publicationDetails/biblio?adjacent=true&KC=A1&date=20070125&NR=2007019945A1&DB=EPODOC&locale=en_EP&CC=US&FT=D

I did ask Ricoh higher-ups about this, but as is usually the case for such things, they had no comment. I suspect that the idea was placed on hold like so many other projects at the time after the HOYA merger.

It's a shame what happened to PENTAX Corp. I wonder where they would have been today and what products we would have if not for the merger.

The old factory in Tokiwadai (Tokyo) is now a luxury condo building. Ricoh finally moved their PENTAX staff out two months ago from the old PENTAX office building across the street, which HOYA still owns since the merger.

The bright spot in all this is that Ricoh seems serious in succeeding with PENTAX products, so I can only hope that innovations such as this will continue.

Indeed they have, but a number of projects have been heavily delayed or even abandoned due to the merger. It's a shame we'll never see the DA* 30mm that was planned. I love the DA* 55. I can only wonder what the 30 would have been like.

A small bit of trivia: Jun Hirakawa was the designer of the DA*55, FA* 85, FA Limited 43 and Limited 77 lenses. He was let go by HOYA PENTAX after the merger and ended up working at Tamron. The new Tamron 24-70 is one of his designs, which has also been re-branded as a PENTAX lens for their new FF camera. A bit ironic I would say.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2016 at 08:38 UTC

This idea has been around for a while in one form or another. PENTAX was working on such an idea about a decade ago. http://worldwide.espacenet.com/publicationDetails/biblio?adjacent=true&KC=A1&date=20070125&NR=2007019945A1&DB=EPODOC&locale=en_EP&CC=US&FT=D

I did ask Ricoh higher-ups about this, but as is usually the case for such things, they had no comment. I suspect that the idea was placed on hold like so many other projects at the time after the HOYA merger.

It's a shame what happened to PENTAX Corp. I wonder where they would have been today and what products we would have if not for the merger.

The old factory in Tokiwadai (Tokyo) is now a luxury condo building. Ricoh finally moved their PENTAX staff out two months ago from the old PENTAX office building across the street, which HOYA still owns since the merger.

The bright spot in all this is that Ricoh seems serious in succeeding with PENTAX products, so I can only hope that innovations such as this will continue.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2016 at 13:54 UTC as 26th comment | 2 replies
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