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02-13-2015, 07:57 AM   #151
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QuoteOriginally posted by Yassarian Quote
If half a year before going to production they still have not finalized the chassis/body *design*, they certainly would not be able to sell the camera half a year later.
No offence, but the people who actually do the job told us the camera will be ready by the end of the year. I would rather believe them, than empty speculation.

Half a year represent about 1/6th of a camera development lifecycle.

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No offence, but the people who actually do the job told us the camera will be ready by the end of the year. I would rather believe them, than empty speculation.

Half a year represent about 1/6th of a camera development lifecycle.
none taken, this is all speculation, after all. However I wouldn't say the marketing folks at a trade show are the ones who actually do the job. They are responsible for drumming up interest and hyping up a product. Deadlines come and go, I wouldn't put much stock in it until they actually show a working prototype. The fact that they did NOT show a working prototype causes me to *speculate* that they are not that far in the development cycle yet. Else why wouldn't they show at least a more advanced prototype than a lump of plastic? I'm pretty sure they are NOT afraid of their competitors stealing their trade secrets, seeing where Pentax's market position is. If anything Pentax is *EAGER* to get the news out that they will have a FF in the future.

It's not like this is the first time they showed a FF prototype, right? And that other one was way more than a lump of plastic... So IMO, it's all speculation at this point. If you believe the marketing folks says that you'll be able to get this camera by EOY, that's fine - I am more realistic/pessimistic and based on what they have publicly shown, it sure appears iffy.
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About the mpx....look the KS2, they could give the camera 24mpx but they didnt, because it will steal sales fron K3. Same on the KFF and the 645Z. It will be 30 something mpx, dont be afraid.

And about the other FF prototype...really?? it was another era, there wasnt the 2 telephoto, and the roadmap, and a bunch of pentaxians wanting the camera. Actually digital cameras were in utero compared with film resolution in that time.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Yassarian Quote
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It's not like this is the first time they showed a FF prototype, right? And that other one was way more than a lump of plastic...
More reasons why they have to be more conservative this time... previous failure was not their fault (but rather sensor supplier). Time will tell.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Enrique S Toso Quote
About the mpx....look the KS2, they could give the camera 24mpx but they didnt, because it will steal sales fron K3. Same on the KFF and the 645Z. It will be 30 something mpx, dont be afraid.

And about the other FF prototype...really?? it was another era, there wasnt the 2 telephoto, and the roadmap, and a bunch of pentaxians wanting the camera. Actually digital cameras were in utero compared with film resolution in that time.
Yes they are definitely much more committed this time around. My point isn't whether they will release a camera at all, but WHEN. If they cancel this project this time, might as well just kiss the brand goodbye. I waited for a long time for a FF from Pentax, I would reserve my excitement for when there's something more concrete than a lump of plastic and marketing folks giving vague promises with nothing to back up... Hopefully the interview will yield more answers than questions.

Optimistic about a FF, pessimistic about the deadline, that's all.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Yassarian Quote
Yes they are definitely much more committed this time around. My point isn't whether they will release a camera at all, but WHEN. If they cancel this project this time, might as well just kiss the brand goodbye. I waited for a long time for a FF from Pentax, I would reserve my excitement for when there's something more concrete than a lump of plastic and marketing folks giving vague promises with nothing to back up... Hopefully the interview will yield more answers than questions.

Optimistic about a FF, pessimistic about the deadline, that's all.
If Pentax has said by end of year, there is a very good chance it will be before then. Most likely it will be officially anounced end of summer with deliver within a couple months. Seems to be the trend with Pentax these days. Who knows it could be sooner.
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I could bet that it will be 36 mp. For me 24 could be enough thou.
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24mp + IS would be easier to hand hold than 36mp, right?

Am I the only one who doesn´t want to have to use this thing on a tripod all the time?

My hope is FF Pentax will stand out from the latest Canikon DSLRs or mirrorless options & existing Pentax APS-C cameras like the K-5 by combining the higher image quality & low light capabaility of a FF sensor with OVF and in-body IS in a smallish body so I can use it instead of just admiring the specs.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Yassarian Quote
none taken, this is all speculation, after all. However I wouldn't say the marketing folks at a trade show are the ones who actually do the job. They are responsible for drumming up interest and hyping up a product. Deadlines come and go, I wouldn't put much stock in it until they actually show a working prototype. The fact that they did NOT show a working prototype causes me to *speculate* that they are not that far in the development cycle yet. Else why wouldn't they show at least a more advanced prototype than a lump of plastic? I'm pretty sure they are NOT afraid of their competitors stealing their trade secrets, seeing where Pentax's market position is. If anything Pentax is *EAGER* to get the news out that they will have a FF in the future.

It's not like this is the first time they showed a FF prototype, right? And that other one was way more than a lump of plastic... So IMO, it's all speculation at this point. If you believe the marketing folks says that you'll be able to get this camera by EOY, that's fine - I am more realistic/pessimistic and based on what they have publicly shown, it sure appears iffy.
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Optimistic about a FF, pessimistic about the deadline, that's all.
Uhmm - you are just wrong. Full Stop.

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24mp + IS would be easier to hand hold than 36mp, right?
No, you would just see more shake-induced blur at the pixel level, not at normal print sizes. That said, i don't have any trouble hand holding the D810, even with unstabilised lenses.
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QuoteOriginally posted by derekkite Quote
I wish the K-3 had the option of a different color trim. I have two bodies and would like some easy means of telling them apart.
I had the same thought so in preparation I sold my K-3 and bought a K-5IIs instead.

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Uhmm - you are just wrong. Full Stop.

Exactly, I mean it's not like Pentax have missed a promised deadline before .... is it?
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Exactly, I mean it's not like Pentax have missed a promised deadline before .... is it?
  1. How many deadline promises has Ricoh made?
  2. How many deadline promises has Ricoh missed?
If they said, "By the end of the year," they meant by the end of the year. That means the dealer holiday order period starts, well . . . . . . right about, uhhhmm, NOW.
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We are a miserable pessimistic bunch. Ricoh Pentax are a very different outfit from Pentax Pentax or Hoya Pentax for that matter. The FF camera is in hand, and will be delivered before the end of the year as they have stated. We have updated roadmaps for lenses, and they are working through them step by step, the range is constantly being refined and I for one am very happy with how Ricoh is handling the Pentax brand from a product delivery standpoint. More work is needed for marketing but that also will come in time. Build the product range, get it to state where they can confidently go toe to toe with the competition first and then market / target the segments they have or are building the range to. Patience people, Rome was not built in a day remember.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Cynog Ap Brychan Quote
No, you would just see more shake-induced blur at the pixel level, not at normal print sizes. That said, i don't have any trouble hand holding the D810, even with unstabilised lenses.
so maybe it is me that needs in-body IS rather than the camera
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QuoteOriginally posted by windhorse Quote
so maybe it is me that needs in-body IS rather than the camera
Good one! I should really have said that I don't get any more blur with the D810 than any of my other cameras. I have to remember to keep the shutter speed commensurate with the lens in use, though,
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QuoteOriginally posted by robbiec Quote
More work is needed for marketing but that also will come in time. Build the product range, get it to state where they can confidently go toe to toe with the competition first and then market / target the segments they have or are building the range to.
since when has product development preceded marketing i thought it is the other way around ie figure out what you can sell then develop a product to match the specs
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