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02-10-2012, 06:17 AM   #16
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Who is going to be interviewing? And will this be private or just asking them at the booth? I'm going to be going tomorrow and excited to see the new lenses.

02-10-2012, 07:14 AM   #17
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Look forward to reading the interview, but expecting to read a lot of vague answers to some things.
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Release dates?

Especially 560mm, Adam. Thanks & Greetings...
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Make sure to get lots of pictures as well! Basically more detailed images (and info) for all shown products, i.e. front and back, left and right, top and bottom,... My main interest being the DA560/5.6.

tx! Wim

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What can we do to promote the brand / attract other users to the brand - synergistic efforts? We have financial and some of us emotional investment in the brand.

Do they plan to restore the museum or do a proper history of Pentax. It could be used as a marketing platform (here's our history; continuing the tradition; we've preserved the DNA and brought to the modern world; Just hold a new Pentax - you get the idea).

Will tehy be able to answer USA-specific marketing challenges / plans or is that off limits? (B&M presence, for instance).
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Good work, Adam! Thanks for your efforts and persistence. I know everyone here appreciates it.
02-10-2012, 07:41 AM   #22
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Adam or OLE: Please confirm whether or not the 40 XS and future XS lenses are compatable with dSLR bodies or not. Information on the PentaxImaging site says the 40XS is.
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XS line of lenses:
more information about this types of lenses - what is the focal length of mockup of new lens?
what is the future plans?

02-10-2012, 07:51 AM   #24
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I expect them to not answer the focal length of the new lens. If they wanted us to know now they would've told us now.

They might give more detail about the 560mm.

They probably won't give more detail about full-frame but ask them anyway.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Asahiflex Quote
For sure we also want more details about the 560mm f/5.6, beyond the usual marketing speak. What's the rationale behind this lens?
FF shooters need a good long tele!

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Who is the intended buyer?
FF shooters!

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What's Pentax hoping to achieve with this lens?
Keep FF (and aps-c) shooters from satisfying their tele needs with Sigma!


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Some advice

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The person you are interviewing will instinctually try to answer a 'will there be FF' question with slightly fluffy, non-committal language like "we are looking at all options and have ruled nothing out in the long term." Try to get beyond this fluff. Push the question from several different directions, bringing in the encroachment of mirrorless from new players in the tier like Fuji and and how it will affect lower-end aps-c lens sales, what the 500 5.6 and 50 1.8 really mean, and how Ricoh plans to position Pentax for the market that will exist 5 or 10 years from now - and the lens roadmaps that will need to be starting now to get into an advantageous position for that market. Ask also about the potential they see in emerging markets like China, India and Indonesia.

Fight the fluff! Dig in, ask again from a different angle, get some insight!

(And thank you very much for getting this interview. Kudos.)


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There's almost certainly a full-frame project at Pentax right now.

Our job is to convince them to bring it to the market.
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Adam, thanks for all of this. If it is possible, ask a question about how the two different lines of cameras, the Pentax ones and the Ricoh ones, will integrate. If there will be two lines with two different names and if the GXR will be the upper mirrorless of Pentax, with a dedicated mountor. Also, seeing the knowledge of both former companies into weather sealed camera, a true underwater interchangeable lens digital camera could be a possibility.
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Could you ask for a responce to the R&D Spendings survey on lenses report?

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/20195454/print.pdf

The entry's are up over 500 in the poll and the results still stand firm as in the report from october.
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would love to know if new management would address SDM issues for once and for all, pentax should provide free extended warranty for all sdm motors that failed due to design defect
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