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06-27-2012, 10:26 AM   #16
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I'm really looking forward to hearing more about why this is such a bad idea.

I'm mostly just hopeful to buy this technology in the fall.

06-27-2012, 01:44 PM   #17
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QuoteOriginally posted by KungPOW Quote
The camera body in the SR patent looks like a *istD to me.

I don't think this is a new body design.
the *istD did not have shake reduction but did have a full frame mirror. Besides, why would Pentax update the *istD, K20d, K-7 bodies since they are out of production.

QuoteOriginally posted by joe.penn Quote
Look at the original file dates, these look like they may be extensions:

Dec 12, 2008
July 16, 2009

Dang, was feeling a little tingly inside for a moment or two.

Of course I am no patent expert and could be wrong...
Pentax has been working on full frame off and on for at least 12 years.
06-27-2012, 08:17 PM   #18
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My point has nothing to do with teh *istD having SR or not.

People are speculating that the body shown in the patent is/might be the new FF design body.

All I'm saying is that it looks like an istD, and is therefore unlikely to be an indication of the design of any new body.

I expect the patent and R&D for this SR system was from the early MZ-D days, and the *istD body was the best choice to show in teh patent documents.
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Note really, they keep using liste body in patents because there is no point in telling others your new body design.
Simple as that.

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Like I said, I think you're right KungPOW, about the drawing looking like an *istD body. But I also think thibs is right, that there is no point for Pentax to show their hand on any new design until they're ready.

@ thibs: Do you think that Pentax has the patent on SR, and since now they get their sensors from Sony, that there may be a quid pro quo going on here?
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Ffs, this is starting to feel like the long wait for Duke Nukem...
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It's about as meaningful as Ford submitting a patent application for an improved windshield wiper. Protecting intellectual property has more to do with staking claim to your market turf than giving us speculators any glimpse into future products.

Now if I saw a patent application for a truly innovative and improved autofocus system, and a new camera / flash communications scheme, I'd be very excited.

Still I guess by continuing to file patents, Pentax/Ricoh is demonstrating they wish to maintain the value of their intellectual property. Good thinking if you are planning continued investments in the business. Also good thinking if you are planning to liquidate.
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what ever it is, it at least has a viewfinder

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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
This just got filed:

Digital camera
One can patent something as trivial as this?
Doesn't make sense to me.
06-28-2012, 07:50 AM   #25
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Nobody read the whole thing?

It mentioned CCD sensor - could be old patent for K20D/K200D?

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I only briefly/partially read it, and it seems the simultaneous scrolling/whatever of 2+ images (in image comparison mode) already implemented on some cameras.
And of course, the camera image is a generic one (based on a past model) - it does not have to be any specific product, it does not have to be updated after new products are launched.
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QuoteOriginally posted by LFLee Quote
Nobody read the whole thing?

It mentioned CCD sensor - could be old patent for K20D/K200D?

Yeah, I caught that. Kinda chuckledabout it as I read these comments until yours.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ogl Quote
rather old the way.
Rather old the way. See joe.penn's post (#4) above.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RipDaJacker Quote
Ffs, this is starting to feel like the long wait for Duke Nukem...
Except the follow-up for this will be a much, much smaller disappointment.
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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
Yeah, I caught that. Kinda chuckledabout it as I read these comments until yours.
It was already the case with previous patents... they always talk about CCD but those are patents independent from the type (CCD/CMOS) of sensors so this is completely indifferent...

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