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09-09-2008, 05:10 AM   #1
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Anyone notice the marco ring flash patent from Pentax?

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09-09-2008, 06:22 AM   #2
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Orthodontists are going to love this one. I can see it now, Pentax -- Official Camera of the ADA.
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Message to Hoya: hire someone with better drawing skills than a blind monkey before filing the next patent.

If i recall correctly there is a p-ttl ring flash in tge rumors list.
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I've been reading some things on lighting etc. and the thought came to mind that Pentax really needs a ring light for their cameras. I wonder how long this will be in the making before we see it?

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I heard from a Pentax dealer that a ring flash is going to be announce at the Photokina.
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It well likely be based off of one of the existing p-ttl packs with the ring flash added at the lens. It shouldn't have taken an engineer long to have done that. I expect the price to be more than a k200d body.
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Gah! Writing patent applications must be one of the most boring tasks ever conceived by mankind; next to spreadsheets.

The drawings are hilarious; to say the least.
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Those are some silly drawings, but I think Pentax will release this for Photokina

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drawings

most patent drawing are absolutely awful, I don't know if it's a rule or something! But check out some of the nintendo ones, those guys are artists for christ's sake!
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Has been confirmed by a UK Pentax dealer on the UK Pentax forum!
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Laughing my ass off at the drawings :-D
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QuoteOriginally posted by LaRee Quote
I've been reading some things on lighting etc. and the thought came to mind that Pentax really needs a ring light for their cameras. I wonder how long this will be in the making before we see it?
There is a P-TTL macro flash on the market, marketed under the Promaster label. A Pentax macro flash won't be cheap, probably more expensive than my *ist D, which is compatible with TTL macro flashes that are dirt cheap on the market.
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ring flash already exists for Pentax P-TTL :
Re: help wich macro flash ring or like that for k10d ?: Pentax SLR Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review
TTL Steuerung: P-TTL für Pentax & Samsung
Artikel-Nr. : 371033

There is also the option for ABR800 handheldable ringlight :

AlienBees: AlienBees ABR800 Ringflash

OK1000 Pentax Blog: Flashes

but for sure fun pictures in the application

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QuoteOriginally posted by Shashinki Quote
Those are some silly drawings, but I think Pentax will release this for Photokina
I heard that Pentax will announce an SMC based face cream (patent pending) at Photokina. It is well known that people with male pattern baldness often have very shiny foreheads, which reflects a lot of light towards the flash meter, causing underexposure. It seems like a problem without solution until one day a bright engineer at Pentax thought about using the Pentax SMC coating, the best anti-reflection coating in the world, and applying it to the scalp of the offending subjects. Voila! Problem solved. No more inaccurate flash exposures caused by male pattern baldness.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jonson PL Quote
ring flash already exists for Pentax P-TTL :
Re: help wich macro flash ring or like that for k10d ?: Pentax SLR Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review
TTL Steuerung: P-TTL für Pentax & Samsung
Artikel-Nr. : 371033

There is also the option for ABR800 handheldable ringlight :

AlienBees: AlienBees ABR800 Ringflash

OK1000 Pentax Blog: Flashes

but for sure fun pictures in the application
Sigma has one also but it is back ordered and possibly out of production. Promaster has one as well.
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