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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
Ricoh/Pentax new strategy: Shift to e-Commerce and "studio-style" manufacturing
Posted By NZ_Ross
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My question to myself also. I really like the look of the new 21 Limited and what it brings to Pentax, but I also already have some very nice lenses in that focal range...
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 2 Days Ago  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By NZ_Ross
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Great story and images, thanks for sharing. My son who lives in Wellington was also there today :)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Days Ago  
Ricoh/Pentax new strategy: Shift to e-Commerce and "studio-style" manufacturing
Posted By NZ_Ross
Replies: 323
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If you look carefully at the statements made by Pentax around the K-3 III launch then you will note they have put a lot of effort into upgrading the pentaprism, operating system, autofocus system and use of the newer designed BSI sensor. They noted that these were once in a decade level changes. Having made that investment, it would seem illogical not to recover that across a wider DSLR range and longer time period.

Based on that observation I would expect Pentax will release a K-70 and K-1 upgrade with the newer systems and hardware. Most of the hard work to achieve this is already done.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 3 Days Ago  
Ricoh/Pentax new strategy: Shift to e-Commerce and "studio-style" manufacturing
Posted By NZ_Ross
Replies: 323
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The old one is stunning, so perhaps yes. Heavy though :)
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 4 Days Ago  
On why DSLRs were predominant before Mirrorless ILCs took over
Posted By NZ_Ross
Replies: 70
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The answer is very simple - they were a natural evolution of existing manufacturing capability, supply chains and supporting ecosystems. This article gives the history of SLR's. Originally designed in 1861, modern 35mm design and development in Germany in the 1930's, Japanese production inspired by German designs from the 1950's with a lot of the SLR innovation led by Pentax during that period.

By the time the transition to digital sensors in the early 2000's the manufacturers were using 50+ years of innovation in film SLR's, had well established SLR manufacturing lines and quality control systems, major film era SLR lens systems, and wide supporting accessory (flashes etc.) ecosystems.

Pentax and Nikon continued their respective film SLR era lens mounts right up to current time, with Nikon only introducing a new lens mount for their mirrorless system in the past few years.

The transition from film SLR's to digital SLR's leveraged all of the manufacturers existing investment, IP/patents, manufacturing capacity etc. whilst initially protecting a lot of their customers existing system investment. So a very logical and natural evolution of technology.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 4 Days Ago  
Ricoh/Pentax new strategy: Shift to e-Commerce and "studio-style" manufacturing
Posted By NZ_Ross
Replies: 323
Views: 14,516
I can remember how the computer industry changed when Dell came along and implemented a 'build to order' model. It upended the PC business, and has proved to be successful business model.

It will be interesting to observe how Ricoh implement this, and whether they offer a differentiated 'build to order' payment up front type product.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-16-2022, 09:42 PM  
Is photography dead?
Posted By NZ_Ross
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I am pretty sure photography isn't dead because good photography requires using the human-machine interface behind our eyes and in front of the back of our head :).

Gear and AI only solves a few of the myriad of issues involved in good photography.

Don't even get me started on the issues associated with the trend I see on YouTube of younger photographers holding cameras and lenses at arms length to see the camera rear display in much the same manner they would a smartphone.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 01-16-2022, 04:48 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By NZ_Ross
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Very nice
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 01-14-2022, 01:03 AM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By NZ_Ross
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Very nice :)
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 01-13-2022, 07:50 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By NZ_Ross
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I wouldn't take too much from that, watching is not bidding at this stage :)
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 01-13-2022, 03:50 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By NZ_Ross
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Very nice, thanks for sharing :)
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 01-12-2022, 02:53 AM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By NZ_Ross
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Yes thanks, watching already. I am always a bit suspect with older SDM lenses. My 55/1.4 is starting to 'squeak' but still working ok, but one day it won't - hopefully it will last for a while yet :)

---------- Post added 12-01-22 at 10:54 PM ----------



Zealandia is a fantastic spot, I always enjoy when I get to visit there.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-09-2022, 12:46 AM  
Jordan Drake (DPRTV): Pentax Will Live Forever
Posted By NZ_Ross
Replies: 18
Views: 1,194
That was also my plan, but what I am getting from the K-3 III is so good I am holding off on the K-1 II for now. I am not sure the K-1 II gives me much extra for the images I like to make.

Cheers

Ross
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 01-08-2022, 02:09 AM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By NZ_Ross
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Fantastic :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-08-2022, 12:49 AM  
Advice for upgrade - K3 or K3iii?
Posted By NZ_Ross
Replies: 29
Views: 1,529
I had a K-5, upgraded to a K-3 which I used for 7 years, and recently brought a K-3 III.

The K-3 is a good rugged camera, but the K-3 III is a level well above it especially for action shots, birds etc. I think the sensor is significantly better too, but can't quantify that, just looks much better images with my lenses. I have since sold the K-3 as I realised I would not use it again, and wouldn't go back.

If you can afford a K-3 III then I can recommend it - it is a 7-10 year purchase in reality, and will last the distance.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-06-2022, 12:26 PM  
Jordan Drake (DPRTV): Pentax Will Live Forever
Posted By NZ_Ross
Replies: 18
Views: 1,194
I think they are more likely to do what a lot of Pentax owners are doing at the moment - keep the DSLR's and glass that they have, and maximise usage and life. Pro's in time will make decisions based on market and client requirements. As you have noted, lenses is where most people have a lot of investment tied up, more so than any particular camera body.

I personally see my K-3 III purchase as having a 7-10 year life for my hobby stills photography, and who knows where innovation and development will have taken us by then.

Like many I have a smartphone, so that camera tech and computational imaging is available to me, and I also have a small m4/3 mirrorless system for my 4K work video production.

As always personal use cases and requirements will drive personal/professional purchase decisions.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-06-2022, 02:15 AM  
Jordan Drake (DPRTV): Pentax Will Live Forever
Posted By NZ_Ross
Replies: 18
Views: 1,194
Or perhaps never start their mirrorless journey :)
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-05-2022, 09:53 PM  
Jordan Drake (DPRTV): Pentax Will Live Forever
Posted By NZ_Ross
Replies: 18
Views: 1,194
Having put my money down last year with the purchase of a K-3 III, I agree with Jordan on this one.

Pentax will continue to produce well built, well featured and rugged DSLR's, iterating models every 2-3 years.

This is a business model that has a lot of life yet, especially as within a few years they will likely be the only producer of DSLR's. It is a given that it will not be high volume market, but rather a specialist niche.

I did have a hard look at switching to a mirrorless brand before the purchase of the K-3 III, but by the time lens purchases were factored in it became a USD $6,000 purchase - which was too much for my hobby last year :)
Forum: Non-Pentax: Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc. 01-01-2022, 01:18 PM  
Tony Northrup: "Canon declares DSLRs are dead"
Posted By NZ_Ross
Replies: 51
Views: 1,864
Do you need therapy now? :)

I agree with your summary, having watched the video at the start of this conversation.
Forum: General Photography 01-01-2022, 01:14 PM  
(DPR) Which Camera Will Survive? Sony a1, Nikon Z9 and Canon R3
Posted By NZ_Ross
Replies: 19
Views: 1,735
Very good fun, and some great one-liners in there :)
Forum: Non-Pentax: Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc. 12-31-2021, 04:41 PM  
Tony Northrup: "Canon declares DSLRs are dead"
Posted By NZ_Ross
Replies: 51
Views: 1,864
At the end of the day that has to be a very debasing way of making a living.
Forum: Non-Pentax: Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc. 12-31-2021, 01:17 PM  
Tony Northrup: "Canon declares DSLRs are dead"
Posted By NZ_Ross
Replies: 51
Views: 1,864
Hi Mike, since you have Sony gear do you know about this new adaptor? Review of the adaptor here
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 12-31-2021, 02:52 AM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By NZ_Ross
Replies: 18,458
Views: 1,419,463
Happy New Year everyone.

This evenings sunset here in Timaru that I posted on another thread.

I thought it was a pretty nice end to what have been a good year for our family
Forum: Non-Pentax: Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc. 12-31-2021, 02:41 AM  
Tony Northrup: "Canon declares DSLRs are dead"
Posted By NZ_Ross
Replies: 51
Views: 1,864
it is 10:30pm New Years Eve here in New Zealand, and I have just taken a nice image from my yard of the last sunset of the year here. K-3 III, Zeiss 28/2 (which is a very nice manual focus 'A series' lens), handheld.

I am still very happy with my DSLR, dead or not. I am also very happy with the image quality the K-3 III gives.
Forum: Non-Pentax: Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc. 12-30-2021, 07:34 PM  
Tony Northrup: "Canon declares DSLRs are dead"
Posted By NZ_Ross
Replies: 51
Views: 1,864
I admit to watching the video earlier today, and having a smile. Tony referred to the 'clickbait' nature of the video near the beginning :).

In the meantime, I will continue to really enjoy using my K-3 III, which most definitely is not 'dead'
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