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05-22-2010, 03:30 PM   #16
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Pentax are all about egronomics as far as I'm concerned, save for this issue. Every Pentax SLR should come with a retractable eyepiece, sort of like the old rangefinder lenses. 1/4 turn and pull it out 1 cm for comfortable use, then 1/4 turn and push it back flush for compact storage.

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QuoteOriginally posted by cfraz Quote
Pentax are all about egronomics as far as I'm concerned, save for this issue. Every Pentax SLR should come with a retractable eyepiece, sort of like the old rangefinder lenses. 1/4 turn and pull it out 1 cm for comfortable use, then 1/4 turn and push it back flush for compact storage.
EXACTLY! Would it be out of the question to borrow the eyepiece technology from the sports optics division? The Pentax binocs and spotting scopes have the retractable eyepieces for those who are eyeglass wearers, and they extend for non-glasses wearers. Not difficult, not expensive and not ugly either. Just look at the viewfinder on the Nikon D700 and you can see the possibility of the retractable viewfinder cup.
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Well, if the go with the sloped backplate, I pray they never release a 400mm lens.

You'll whack yourself in the nuts every time you chimp.
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QuoteOriginally posted by lithos Quote
Well, if the go with the sloped backplate, I pray they never release a 400mm lens.

You'll whack yourself in the nuts every time you chimp.
ALWAYS wear your cup when shooting.

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QuoteOriginally posted by dnaseigel Quote
EXACTLY! Would it be out of the question to borrow the eyepiece technology from the sports optics division? The Pentax binocs and spotting scopes have the retractable eyepieces for those who are eyeglass wearers, and they extend for non-glasses wearers. Not difficult, not expensive and not ugly either. Just look at the viewfinder on the Nikon D700 and you can see the possibility of the retractable viewfinder cup.
Great idea....PENTAX...OVER HERE! Use what you got already...sheesh, how hard is that?

QuoteOriginally posted by lithos Quote
Well, if the go with the sloped backplate, I pray they never release a 400mm lens.

You'll whack yourself in the nuts every time you chimp.
QuoteOriginally posted by bogiesbad Quote
ALWAYS wear your cup when shooting.
Nice one.

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QuoteOriginally posted by noblepa Quote
The sensor MUST be perpendicular to the lens axis....
So, a sloped back would only make the camera noticable bigger than it already is.
Exactly.
It just does not make any practical sense.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ytterbium Quote
Instead of making camera back at angle, why not simply tilt the viewfinder a bit up..
Vertical TLR style finder would be too extraordinary i believe.

There are and have been many interesting concepts, but there is a reason why they don't get adopted very well. Unfortunately some good ones are dropped because of subjective reasons (sales of extra accessories, user conservativeness, poor implementation etc).
Check out the optional viewfinders for the LX - the sports finder tilts the eyepiece up about 30 degrees, if I remember my brochures correctly. My K10 wears a O-ME53 viewfinder magnifier. Moves things out about 1/2", although that's not why I did it.
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You want a smashed nose? Try the 645n! That is about my only complaint about it.

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My bet is that the "forthcoming Pentax MILC" will look something like that Panasonic. Though let's hope it's more svelt and sexy.
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If Pentax would make a larger VF with 1.15x instead of .93x and bring the eye piece back it would be a win-win. There are a lot of people using older MF Pentax glass who would really be happy, and a bigger, brighter VF makes everyone happy.

Adding a second SD card slot is also going to add a little to the size of the body. The current K-7/K-5 design is almost too small for some people. I know there are people with smaller hands who probably love the current size.
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Something tells me that Pentax (Hoya) isn't that bad at listening. On a thread I'm following about Apple's glossy displays, someone posted the comparison below. FWIW, I've added Pentax by comparison (I had to exclude the same search with "Hoya" due to all of the non-English and boxing results).

apple “does not listen” customers – 7,760,000
ford “does not listen” customers – 3,740,000
microsoft “does not listen” customers – 2,690,000 hits
canon “does not listen” customers – 2,250,000
sony “does not listen” customers – 1,700,000
at&t “does not listen” customers – 1,210,000
ibm “does not listen” customers – 947,000
toyota “does not listen” customers – 871,000
nintendo “does not listen” customers – 727,000
samsung “does not listen” customers – 663,000
nikon “does not listen” customers – 217,000
“hewlett packard” “does not listen” customers – 205,000 hits
pentax “does not listen” customers - 41,900 results
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QuoteOriginally posted by uccemebug Quote
Something tells me that Pentax (Hoya) isn't that bad at listening. On a thread I'm following about Apple's glossy displays, someone posted the comparison below. FWIW, I've added Pentax by comparison (I had to exclude the same search with "Hoya" due to all of the non-English and boxing results).

apple “does not listen” customers – 7,760,000
ford “does not listen” customers – 3,740,000
microsoft “does not listen” customers – 2,690,000 hits
canon “does not listen” customers – 2,250,000
sony “does not listen” customers – 1,700,000
at&t “does not listen” customers – 1,210,000
ibm “does not listen” customers – 947,000
toyota “does not listen” customers – 871,000
nintendo “does not listen” customers – 727,000
samsung “does not listen” customers – 663,000
nikon “does not listen” customers – 217,000
“hewlett packard” “does not listen” customers – 205,000 hits
pentax “does not listen” customers - 41,900 results
I bet there are more photos taken today with the iPhone than Pentax DSLRs.
Flickr: Photos taken with an Apple iPhone

http://35slrcamera.com/iphone-5-might-kill-dslr-cameras-iphone-becoming-the-...popherald-com/
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Try to Google your local pub's name "does not listen" customers. You'll get very good results!
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QuoteOriginally posted by jogiba Quote
I bet there are more photos taken today with the iPhone than Pentax DSLRs.
Flickr: Photos taken with an Apple iPhone
Sure! Even after the honeymoon period for any given model wears off, I expect each iPhone to do well: people are carrying them anyway and often have them at hand while the do.

That article reads oddly?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Talisker Quote
how is this unique to digital SLRs? I think about it every time I pick up one of my rangefinders and wonder where the sore nose went
funny you mention this, I use my left eye with RF cameras, and my right eye with SLR's...I know, i'm weird.
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