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On article Report: Ricoh announcing cost cuts in face of crisis (285 comments in total)
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petreluk: Feuding, accidents, malfunctions, crazy conspiracy theories, old dinosaurs, mad fantasies, mayhem, breakages and trousers falling down. Yes, welcome to another wacky episode of Flintstone and Rubble I mean Ricoh and Pentax as filtered through the wunnerful lens of DPReview. Is there really a #BrandInCrisis here? Maybe, maybe not, but I can't help feeling that DPR would like to think there is and in the meantime the opera goes on ...

I've no idea, and the fact is neither have you. It's none of my business anyway. Sit back and enjoy the show. It's just a website and just a camera anyway too. Nothing to get excited about. It would be very sad if Pentax went south but there are far more important things in life than a brand of camera and one out of millions of websites.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2017 at 10:51 UTC
On article Report: Ricoh announcing cost cuts in face of crisis (285 comments in total)

Feuding, accidents, malfunctions, crazy conspiracy theories, old dinosaurs, mad fantasies, mayhem, breakages and trousers falling down. Yes, welcome to another wacky episode of Flintstone and Rubble I mean Ricoh and Pentax as filtered through the wunnerful lens of DPReview. Is there really a #BrandInCrisis here? Maybe, maybe not, but I can't help feeling that DPR would like to think there is and in the meantime the opera goes on ...

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2017 at 10:42 UTC as 38th comment | 3 replies

Thanks for your article. Very interesting.

Many questions feed into the future of cameras. One important one is choosing a design which is economically efficient to produce on modern automated production lines. The possible demise of the old mechanical shutter over the next few years means the camera of no or very few moving parts is closer - circuit board production, then. There are questions of designing for heat, power draw, communications, etc. Above all, designing to take advantage of modern computing power and modern software such as intelligent face and scene detection. All this before one has even got to video, The old DSLR mounts don't sound like an ideal vehicle for much of this.

The signs do all point one way, I think. But how that way will really turn out to work isn't yet known in the case of Canon and Nikon. It's a very tricky problem for them with no guarantee of success whichever way they go.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 12:36 UTC as 164th comment | 1 reply

Less than 30 commments on the images here and at the Awards site from some of the most astoundingly talented photographers at work today. Well worth a morning of wonder. More than 400 comments whenever Canon change a widget. DPR isn't really a site for photographers, is it.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2017 at 10:04 UTC as 5th comment | 4 replies
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Triplet Perar: It is not an issue with Pentax / Ricoh Imaging.
Problem is the mother ship, and one must read through the accounting language. Ricoh covers up lots of own incompetence here, and I'll explain why.
Ricoh Imaging, though, a totally separate and independent business unit, has been thoroughly reorganised by itself, and they design, develop and market products without *any* external help from Ricoh whatsoever.
Ricoh, however, did not repurpose some of their assets, and THAT they now wish to claim as "loss" in "camera business". Repurposing must be written off as cost for a new production. For Nikkei, all that "stuff" are "cameras". Despite that Ricoh Imaging does not create loss. In short, due to complicated internal accounting, people think who-knows-what. Ricoh is incompetent, and should have taken better care of assets, not under-utilize them.
Ricoh Imaging, though, does not make compact cameras for ages now, those fabs should have been taken care of, but Ricoh didn't do it.

Many thanks for making my point for me, @Aristegui. No mention of the good fortune to be able to enjoy a camera at all or gratitude to those who give us Pentax. Sad.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2017 at 22:22 UTC
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Triplet Perar: It is not an issue with Pentax / Ricoh Imaging.
Problem is the mother ship, and one must read through the accounting language. Ricoh covers up lots of own incompetence here, and I'll explain why.
Ricoh Imaging, though, a totally separate and independent business unit, has been thoroughly reorganised by itself, and they design, develop and market products without *any* external help from Ricoh whatsoever.
Ricoh, however, did not repurpose some of their assets, and THAT they now wish to claim as "loss" in "camera business". Repurposing must be written off as cost for a new production. For Nikkei, all that "stuff" are "cameras". Despite that Ricoh Imaging does not create loss. In short, due to complicated internal accounting, people think who-knows-what. Ricoh is incompetent, and should have taken better care of assets, not under-utilize them.
Ricoh Imaging, though, does not make compact cameras for ages now, those fabs should have been taken care of, but Ricoh didn't do it.

Lol, 90 per cent of the remarks on here are special pleading by people who in the greater scheme are wealthy and who could buy a different camera tomorrow. But here they are, waving their cameras at thousands of families soon to be without an income after layoffs and saying they and their precious label on a box matter so much more. Not one word of support in 250 or so posts for the staff at Pentax who are facing a horribly uncertain time after these press reports and who've tried so hard for years. It's sickening. But please, don't let me stop you and your compadres from continuing the raving.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2017 at 08:28 UTC
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Triplet Perar: It is not an issue with Pentax / Ricoh Imaging.
Problem is the mother ship, and one must read through the accounting language. Ricoh covers up lots of own incompetence here, and I'll explain why.
Ricoh Imaging, though, a totally separate and independent business unit, has been thoroughly reorganised by itself, and they design, develop and market products without *any* external help from Ricoh whatsoever.
Ricoh, however, did not repurpose some of their assets, and THAT they now wish to claim as "loss" in "camera business". Repurposing must be written off as cost for a new production. For Nikkei, all that "stuff" are "cameras". Despite that Ricoh Imaging does not create loss. In short, due to complicated internal accounting, people think who-knows-what. Ricoh is incompetent, and should have taken better care of assets, not under-utilize them.
Ricoh Imaging, though, does not make compact cameras for ages now, those fabs should have been taken care of, but Ricoh didn't do it.

Ricoh have their back to the wall and do not want to go down as another failed Japanese corporation. They intend to lay off scores of people all over the world. Yes, that means many many families suddenly losing their livelihood. It's a horrible experience as anyone who's been through it will know. The idea that a grand exception should be made for a tiny camera operation mainly of appeal to relatively wealthy folk, mostly elderly these days, is in very poor taste, imho. Of course no one wants Pentax to vanish, least of all its staff who should come first in our thoughts. But the operation simply has to pay its way in the modern world and we should accept that sufficient changes need to be made to ensure that it does. Ricoh are pretty good stewards in my view, but we cannot expect special treatment for camera buffs when the bigger picture is a very serious one for the company.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 08:24 UTC
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HSway: What Ricoh is saying matters, not the stuff Asian Review is typing. Nikon is sold to Sony for a couple of years if I took all the rubbish floating around seriously. In the case of Ricoh - Pentax it can be damaging. OTOH, if I was using Pentax I’d be looking at things the company is producing/planning. But that’s just common sense. If there is too much of talk and speculating it’s actually a good approach the company should consider – to publish a roadmap for their products.

It is not what any of these huge corporations say which matters. They are past masters at saying almost anything. What matters is what they do. Watch what they do very carefully and then you'll see. In any case we are all spoiled for choice. Any of a dozen cameras from half a dozen different brands will perform excellently for every pocket and deliver more capabilities than most of us will ever need. It will be sad if Pentax go down, but that's all. Next day there are still dozens of excellent cameras around and millions of shots to take.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2017 at 11:07 UTC

The Ricoh Board is trying to turn around a huge biz in trouble and Pentax cameras are only a very small part of it. Ricoh is conducting a thorough reworking of the whole corporation. Maybe Pentax will do well out of this change, maybe it won't. The keyword is "change". Neither we nor, I suspect, Ricoh yet know what that will bring. It isn't terrible news but it isn't good news either. Sadly, a lot of similar messages are coming out of the camera industry at the moment and it's unrealistic to think everything can just carry on as before. We'll see.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 21:22 UTC as 56th comment
On article Pentax KP Review (659 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Pentax keeps proving, over and over again, that having outstanding cameras that are jam packed with features, and that deliver incredible image quality and value just isn't enough to make a serious dent in the shrinking DSLR market that is dominated by two 800 pound gorillas.

It just seems like an exercise in futility. What a pity.

Their chance went with the entry of Fuji into the market, I'm afraid. For a few years they had a chance to become the APS-C system by far above all others but were too conservative to take it. As you say, a pity. Still a fine new camera, though.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 14:13 UTC
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (866 comments in total)
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nicolaiecostel: What pro users (like myself) want is 17 inch screens with 32-64 gb ram, >1tb storage, conventional keyboard and plenty of connectors of all types, ESPECIALLY USB.

What Apple wants is to make change for the sake of making change and selling overpriced adapters.

I suspect that pro users need to accept that high-end imaging whether still or especially video will soon produce files whose size and computing needs are going to choke any laptop over the next few years. And that this will become a market far too small for a huge company like Apple to service profitably. Apple needs production runs in the millions. There will never be millions of 60-120 mpx 4K/8K camera owners. I think with these new laptops Apple are signalling that they want to stay with the broad mass of computing requirements, not the outliers, but that they want to appeal to the high end of this (high end as in extremely wealthy not as in extremely demanding computing needs). In other regards, I can't see what's wrong with these new machines. They will seem commonplace in a year or two.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2016 at 23:19 UTC
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Marty4650: This could have been the camera of the year in 2008!

Lol, I suspect you may have nailed it. My guess is that this will be a very good, well-made camera but so hemmed in by the cautious conservatism both of its userbase and of Ricoh, and also hemmed in by lack of lenses compared to competitors, that it will never really gain any traction in the wider world.

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2015 at 09:41 UTC
On article Opinion - Erez Marom: Whatever it Doesn't Take (188 comments in total)
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ulfie: Landscape photography is, IMHO, the most challenging type. To portray the vast 3-dimensionality of real, naked-eye seeing onto a 2-dimensional print or screen is daunting. I have in storage in my basement a whole box of 35mm Kodachrome 25 and 64 slides, many taken hiking with a teeny but very capable Rollei 35S w/ 40mm f2.8 Sonnar lens. When I view them I always feel something is lacking even though they are quite decent exposure and composition-wise. What's missing? The feeling, visual and physical, of the vast 3-D space at the original site(s). This cannot be replicated in prints or on screen.

It could be as easily argued that landscape photography, at least of the kind described in this article, has become a huge cliche and rather a ramp for the selling of vastly expensive master classes and workshops in exotic locations. I suspect that in time folks will come to see that there is something inauthentic and curiously lifeless about many contemporary landscape works, though that's not a comment on the ones in this article. None of this is really directed at the writer of the article but much of contemporary landscape photography has become an industry of slick sales and marketing, with the camera-makers piling in for their $$$, and to be treated with some caution, imho. "Landscape pornography" after heavy photoshopping is nearer the mark in the worst cases.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2015 at 22:30 UTC

The image released suggests a classic DSLR. It's pretty brave of Ricoh to do this since technology and perhaps the market point the other way, towards smaller, mirrorless cameras with better IQ from new-gen sensors. Only time will tell whether this is a Quixotic gesture since Ricoh will need to sell several tens of thousands of these beyond the couple of hundred gear heads and their test charts on an Internet site. The quality of the two newly announced FF telezooms will be crucial in this regard. If they are anything less than stellar then some of the fans on here will start to drifts away. Still, who wouldn't applaud a Quixotic gesture from an industry short on romance and pizazz.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 09:57 UTC as 66th comment | 5 replies
On article Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path (1624 comments in total)
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LensBeginner: A 645Z is a portable option compared to other MF alternatives.
However Dpreview seems to always find the way to insert a derogatory remark aimed against Pentax...

The Pentax forum seems to be doing very well in that department without any help from dpreview

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2015 at 21:46 UTC
On article Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path (1624 comments in total)

Holding $4K' worth of kit in your hand rather than $1K or $500 changes the dynamics of everything both for the photographer and for the subject. Be careful it isn't for the worse. I've always felt better and got better results from something smaller, simpler and more informal than a big beast, so APS-C is fine for me. Look at the work of some of the masters you admire: in many cases, their images were taken using equipment far, far inferior to even a middle-rank APS-C camera, by today's standards, and using film stock modern digital sensors greatly outperform. "Gear" is hugely overblown, imho.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2015 at 21:10 UTC as 409th comment
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Mescalamba: It kinda reminds me James May and his Dacia news in a lot of TG episodes. :D

Pentax releases "yet-another-good-for-nothing" APS-C dSLR. Like, seriously why? Whats wrong with them, that in age of things lik D610/D750 or 6D. Or various A7x models they release APS-C dSLR.

A lot people which would like to have Pentax camera waits probably since 2003 to finally get that mythical Pentax FF camera.

And still nothing..

Yea sure, they make 645Z, which is pretty amazing thing. Also bloody expensive (not considering MF terms, but as normal camera, its isnt cheap system by any stretch).

Affordable FF camera is whats "cool" today. So, Pentax, how about some FF?

Why? Because Ricoh have a business to run and scores of camera division staff to pay might have something to do with it. Allegedly affordable FF cameras are cool for about half a dozen collapsed old hipsters with too much money and a sad obsession with gear, compared to the vast mass of buyers who want a reasonably sized camera they can afford. FF is not remotely representative of or even suitable for the market at which this particular camera is aimed. And given the huge slide in camera sales over the past few years, FF may not be a suitable business venture at all for many companies, the Pentax brand included.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 00:15 UTC
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marc petzold: Dear RICOH, you badly missed the point - we, the Users don't need especially a very slow 18-50mm f/4-5.6 zoom, especially not colappsile - if i need something way handy, i take a DSLM mirrorless anytime with me, over a DSLR, when space is an issue. But a traditional DSLR-styled body, with small lenses, especially F4 starting range....for whom is it made for? Take a NX3000 for instance with the PZ 16-50, and you do have a very nice Zoom Range from 24.5-83mm, starting at F3.5 to F5.6. Or any small NEX 3N to NEX-5N,R,T or A5x00 Series (Alpha) with the matching 16-50/3.5-5.6 PZ (the IQ is worse than the Samsung equivalent).

If you can't work out who a solid, mid-range, consumer camera with a kit lens is made for then there isn't much anyone can do for you, I'm afraid.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2015 at 21:17 UTC
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