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02-20-2012, 06:46 PM   #91
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I wonder whether Mr. Kawauchi san is a seasoned photographer or even only just an amateur. If he was I doubt if he would have said what he did when commenting an the suitability of the K-01 in respect of big tele lenses. He said the K-01 provides a better balance with long tele lenses. May be so, but has he ever tried to frame a shot at just even 300mm hand held without a VF just using the cams LCD ? (In sunlight ?) A good interviewer would have picked him up on this immediately. But perhaps the prepared questions did not allow for this.


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I really hope Hiraku Kawauchisigns up here right at PF. He's manager product planning and it is here he meets his market. We better enter into a dialogue now than to publish monologs ...
Mr. Kawauchi san does not appear to speak any English because if he did even with a reasonable grasp of English he could have read off the pre-prepared English answers just as well as he did the Japanese ones.

This tells me he won't read this forum, and his English speaking underlings, if they read the forum here may only report back to him what he wants to hear. I know and understand the Japanese mentality.

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QuoteOriginally posted by garyk Quote
Pentax is buried but not dead. With no funding and no development in the lens division. It is just a dead end. The 560 is a joke period. Great marketing but still a joke. This interview says it all.
This has got to be the first time Pentax has been accused of great marketing.
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QuoteOriginally posted by arnie0674 Quote
This has got to be the first time Pentax has been accused of great marketing.
And about the 1,254,212 time the death of Pentax has been inferred.
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On the one hand, I applaud the initiative for the interview and am grateful to those involved.

On the other hand, did we really need another interview like this?

Burning topics like
  • K-5 successor
  • SDM reliability
  • tethering software (more than just shutter release and image transfer, models other than the 645D)
  • full frame
were not discussed.
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I would say - K-r and K-5 successor.

I've talked with master who repaired DA*16-50

I'm not specialist, but he said
"The problem of SDM is in one small thing - design imperfection of one of pinions...No good quality of material of pinion + design mistake = broken SDM."

I don't know if Pentax changed the design of this gear and replaced the manufacture of this details...


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Thanks Adam. Interesting information and it will be an interesting year I think. I'm in no hurry for a full frame - it wouldn't make me a better photographer overnight ;-)
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QuoteOriginally posted by Schraubstock Quote
Mr. Kawauchi san does not appear to speak any English because if he did even with a reasonable grasp of English he could have read off the pre-prepared English answers just as well as he did the Japanese ones.
Two quick points here, (I know it's totally off topic, but...) Saying "Mr. Kawauchi san" is redundant, it's either Kawauchi-san or Mr. Kawauchi. Second, all students in Japan take English starting in the fifth grade and running through high school, it's in the national curriculum. It's usually taught by native Japanese speakers though, and I think many Japanese are self-conscious about their pronunciation and grammar, and so they choose not to speak English outside of class. Little do they know that most of us don't talk good neither.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Schraubstock Quote
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I wonder whether Mr. Kawauchi san is a seasoned photographer or even only just an amateur. If he was I doubt if he would have said what he did when commenting an the suitability of the K-01 in respect of big tele lenses. He said the K-01 provides a better balance with long tele lenses. May be so, but has he ever tried to frame a shot at just even 300mm hand held without a VF just using the cams LCD ? (In sunlight ?) A good interviewer would have picked him up on this immediately. But perhaps the prepared questions did not allow for this.




Mr. Kawauchi san does not appear to speak any English because if he did even with a reasonable grasp of English he could have read off the pre-prepared English answers just as well as he did the Japanese ones.

This tells me he won't read this forum, and his English speaking underlings, if they read the forum here may only report back to him what he wants to hear. I know and understand the Japanese mentality.

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If you really did understand the Japanese mentality, you wouldn't have called him "Mr. Kawauchi san."

Expecting anything but prepared answers for this interview shows just how removed from the realities of corporate spokesperson life, some folks here really are. What are you expecting, some Geraldo Rivera kind of "gotcha" scene or something?

Companies don't let their secrets out of the bag on other people's schedules or demands. A lot of folks here just have to calm down.
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Rumored Sigma 135/f2?

I came up empty doing some quick searches on the above, any links?

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... and Sigma is rumored to be working on a 135mm F/2 so I guess I wont need to give Pentax any of my money anyway.


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Great interview.. I liked his reaction about the "Every company has secret projects" bit.. I'll remain hopeful that Pentax does eventually go FF, until then I'll have access to a K-5 and 43Ltd... I'm holding onto my nice M42 mount glass forever! It will all work nicely on a D700 or D800.
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QuoteOriginally posted by garyk Quote
Pentax is buried but not dead. With no funding and no development in the lens division. It is just a dead end. The 560 is a joke period. Great marketing but still a joke. This interview says it all.
Is that a bad joke or only trolling?

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Companies don't let their secrets out of the bag on other people's schedules or demands. A lot of folks here just have to calm down.
100% agree.
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QuoteOriginally posted by citrontokyo Quote
Expecting anything but prepared answers for this interview shows just how removed from the realities of corporate spokesperson life, some folks here really are. What are you expecting, some Geraldo Rivera kind of "gotcha" scene or something? Companies don't let their secrets out of the bag on other people's schedules or demands. A lot of folks here just have to calm down.
I agree completely. I haven't even looked at the interview, just following the thread, as I knew that it wouldn't be the place or time for any big announcements regarding possible new products.
This endless speculation about what is going to happen is starting to become depressing reading matter. I can see threads that act as a sort of wish list, might be of importance, if one can get that information to the Pentax decision makers, as it might give them an insight in what members of this forum, who is mostly of western culture, want, which in turn might lead them to consider incorporating some of those wishes into their designs.
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QuoteOriginally posted by citrontokyo Quote
have called him "Mr. Kawauchi san
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Saying "Mr. Kawauchi san" is redundant,
Quite right, it past unnoticed by the keeper. Should proof read more carefully before posting. But believe me guys, I spend(t) a fair amount of time in Japan and have a fair grasp of everyday life there and the -Mr.- gaffe is a language matter and has nothing to do with understanding or not understanding mentality. In any case I was merely trying to point out that Kawauchi san is unlikely to frequent this forum because of his lack of English.

One of my Japanese friends holds a very senior position at Marubeni, his English is good but not fantastic. He would certainly conduct interviews like this in his native tongue to avoid mistakes. However he is very urbane and would splice into the conversation a few English retorts or idioms he has picked up to show everybody that he is on the ball and in sympathy with his interviewers and create a casual atmosphere. (I have seen him do this.) This technique is thought in public speaking/relation classes.

Anyway we are getting off topic now.

QuoteOriginally posted by citrontokyo Quote
Companies don't let their secrets out of the bag on other people's schedules or demands.
I don't think this needs to be pointed out, forum members, I would suspect, are sufficiently street wise to figure this out for themselves.

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I agree completely. I haven't even looked at the interview, just following the thread, as I knew that it wouldn't be the place or time for any big announcements regarding possible new products.
So it was a complete waste of time for everyone involved?

I've certainly missed an important question, easy to answer: apparently the 560mm is a DA lens because it's optimized for APS-C (Kawauchi-san himself told that in the interview). Why the odd focal length and what will be its strong points when compared to the competition?

And regarding FF: Kawauchi-san knows very well that many experienced users are wanting a Pentax FF. He did not laugh because he found that question funny, but because I'm sure that's one of the questions he gets often. After watching the interview I strongly felt that a) they are definitely working on a FF model and b) they are also definitely working on several FF lenses. They're only waiting for the right sensor to come along. Or they have already selected the right sensor, but they're still tweaking the camera.

I'll say it again: this year is the 60th anniversary of the first japanese SLR, the Asahiflex. 60 = LX in Roman numbers. They (i.e. Marc Newson) already brought back the old "K" letter styling in the K-01, and I have the feeling the LX-D will come at Photokina, the 18th of September of this year... Mark my words. And I also have the feeling they will do something special with the viewfinder (anyone owning a Pentax LX knows what I'm hinting at). Pentax would be dumb to let that opportunity pass by...
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Opportunities passed by... Ford never took my suggestion about the 2000 model year 'millenium falcon'.
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So it was a complete waste of time for everyone involved?

I've certainly missed an important question, easy to answer: apparently the 560mm is a DA lens because it's optimized for APS-C (Kawauchi-san himself told that in the interview). Why the odd focal length and what will be its strong points when compared to the competition?

And regarding FF: Kawauchi-san knows very well that many experienced users are wanting a Pentax FF. He did not laugh because he found that question funny, but because I'm sure that's one of the questions he gets often. After watching the interview I strongly felt that a) they are definitely working on a FF model and b) they are also definitely working on several FF lenses. They're only waiting for the right sensor to come along. Or they have already selected the right sensor, but they're still tweaking the camera.

I'll say it again: this year is the 60th anniversary of the first japanese SLR, the Asahiflex. 60 = LX in Roman numbers. They (i.e. Marc Newson) already brought back the old "K" letter styling in the K-01, and I have the feeling the LX-D will come at Photokina, the 18th of September of this year... Mark my words. And I also have the feeling they will do something special with the viewfinder (anyone owning a Pentax LX knows what I'm hinting at). Pentax would be dumb to let that opportunity pass by...
I hope that business realities don't get in the way of sentimentality.

You are of course right that releasing an LX-D this year would be great from a historical/commemorative perspective. And there would be a marketing angle that would work quite well. If you're right I hope Pentax isn't rushing a camera to fit this time window, rather that they've been planning this from the beginning.

Re: LX I presume you are suggesting removable view-finders? An optical one and an EVF? Could be interesting. If executed extremely well then it could work. It would be expensive though! Such a camera would certainly upstage Olympus in the the retro-revial stakes.
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