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04-17-2021, 02:05 PM   #106
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QuoteOriginally posted by Cerebum Quote
OK, that's my K3 updated. I love the way Pentax supports old cameras
K-3 Old!????? Say it ain't so!!

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I wonder is there a quiet unsung engineering hero back in Japan reading through this thread with a satisfied smile on his face looking back on maybe 6 months worth of work? ....
Six months work to tweak a firmware? Proposing that to your boss is asking for demotion.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kobayashi.K Quote
Six months work to tweak a firmware? Proposing that to your boss is asking for demotion.
I did say maybe. How many cameras got firmware updates for the SMC / HD FA Limited's? How many rounds of regression testing did they need to do for each model? While they only mentioned the FA Limited's, they would also have had to regression test against every current screw drive lens DA's, DA L's, FA's D FA's to make absolute sure that something funky didn't show up. The actual code change might have only taken a few days but making sure it is production ready is another task altogether.

And whether or not it would create a demotion type scenario is likely down to the working environment and or bad management. If I was your boss and you proposed an all round improvement but would take 6 months, then I'd ask you why you felt it was going to take that long and weigh up the resource / benefits and your time analysis. Seems alien to me to threaten a demotion for a good idea / operational improvement.
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QuoteOriginally posted by robbiec Quote
I did say maybe. ...
Calm down Robbie you are taking it too serious.
BTW NASA did a firmware update for the Ingenuity helicopter on Mars in two days.


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QuoteOriginally posted by Kobayashi.K Quote
Calm down Robbie it wasn't meant serious.
BTW NASA did a firmware update for the Ingenuity helicopter on Mars in two days.
I'm calm
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kobayashi.K Quote
Six months work to tweak a firmware? Proposing that to your boss is asking for demotion.
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BTW NASA did a firmware update for the Ingenuity helicopter on Mars in two days.
"Firmware update" is not a 'one size fits all' thing. We - at least I - don't know how difficult each job was, nor how many lines of code need to be added/changed.
People here act though changing firmware is an easy task - without knowing anything about it.
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Updated both my K3 and KP with no problems.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Larrymc Quote
K-3 Old!????? Say it ain't so!!
Actually, mine still looks and works like a dream, so, how about seasoned, mature, the patriarch of my camera collection...... OK, that's a bit much, let's go with one of the others

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I guess some of my cameras might benefit from new firmware

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Firmware works well with my macro 'grenade', the FA50/2.8 Macro, still hunts a bit but that's at mfd and I might be a mm under so user error possibly contributing to it as if I extend out to 2m or so it just locks. Best bang for buck in my lens arsenal, always surprises me.
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I did a quick before/after comparison and I can confirm - the autofocus of the my SMC-Pentax FA77 seems to be much snappier and locks on better to the subjects. I haven't had the lens for long enough to take it on a proper shoot, but when I took it on a walk I always felt it was a little unreliable and indecisive when focussing. That seems to have changed now.
Which body?
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I wonder if super resolution is completely software based. That would be a nice surprise from pentax if the could add it to my K3 in a firmware update.
At the time the K3ii came out it was widely discussed. The claims I recall indicated it needed more precise positioning of the sensor and those components were upgraded in the new gear.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Cerebum Quote
Actually, mine still looks and works like a dream, so, how about seasoned, mature, the patriarch of my camera collection...... OK, that's a bit much, let's go with one of the others
Yep, definitely better. You are to be commended for your prompt correction, Good Sir!!
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I updated my K-1 II and also to me it seems more "snappy" with less hunting on screw driver lenses. Also the face recognition holds more the subjects!!!
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So far, no negative comments posted after upgrading to the latest firmware - looks like Ricoh did it right. I know my K3 and K1 are both happy :-)

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