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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-15-2020, 09:50 PM  
Patents possibly linked to the APS-C flagship
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 108
Views: 11,777
Interesting. If by "not using the SAFOX sensor anymore but the RBG sensor" you are saying the metering sensor completely replaces the PDAF sensor in K-new for autofocus duties, I'm not sure that all the bits of info we have so far add up to that conclusion.

Early images of the K-new with no lens installed apparently showed the reflection of a larger (than in K-3) PDAF sensor under the mirror box, implying a larger coverage area. The cutaway drawing showing the new prism arrangement also shows a large area below the mirror box - I don't see the purpose of that space if not for a PDAF sensor.

I think prior Pentax cameras used the metering sensor to assist autofocus in tracking objects (by color, maybe shape), essentially giving the system cues on which PDAF point to use as object moved across the frame. My take on this may be completely wrong.

The sensor in the patent seems to be a Foveon-like sensor. Maybe it can be used together with a PDAF sensor to enhance the AF system? Or maybe the patent is for a future camera's AF system? Anyway, I'd be surprised if K-new doesn't use PDAF. I have no idea if they'll call it SAFOX or something else. But this is all guesswork by me based on what I think I know - again I may be completely wrong.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-25-2020, 10:30 AM  
Another snippet from Pentax HQ
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 410
Views: 30,115
I remember one of the first interviews conducted by PentaxForums with a Pentax executive from Japan. It seemed obvious to me that the executive, while appreciative of PentaxForums, was not all that familiar with what the forum was about. He seemed completely surprised to learn that PentaxForums had a virtually complete database of all Pentax lenses, for example.

The latest Ricoh financial reports show that for the year ended March, 2020, the "Other"* business unit category, sales for The Americas was about 2% of Domestic sales (2.9 vs. 150.4 billion yen). Europe, Middle East and Africa totaled about 3% of domestic sales.

Recognizing that Ricoh Imaging may just be a small part of "Other," and Pentax a small part of Ricoh Imaging, one cannot assume the 2% figure applies to Pentax brand. But I think there is a significant possibility that we PentaxForumites have an inflated view of how important we are to the Pentax brand.

* In the past, Ricoh Imaging (which includes Pentax brand) was part of "Other." I didn't see Ricoh Imaging referenced at all, but am assuming it's still part of "Other." If someone knows better, please correct me!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-12-2020, 08:46 PM  
R03010 = K-new was registered by FCC on 27 July 2020
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 238
Views: 26,867
From Ricoh's press release* on Jan. 26, 2017 announcing the KP, linked by kwp in post #138 of this thread:

1) The notation tagging the press release:


New release of PENTAX KP, a middle-class digital single-lens reflex camera equipped with the new APS-C size sensor

2) The title of the press release:


Middle class digital SLR camera equipped with new APS-C size sensor

3) The first paragraph right after pictures of the KP:


Ricoh Co., Ltd. (President: Zenji Miura) and Ricoh Imaging Co., Ltd. (President: Noboru Akabane) have a compact body that can be carried around every day, high basic performance that supports full-scale production, and photographers and shooting scenes. We are pleased to announce the release of the PENTAX KP, a middle-class digital single-lens reflex camera with a variety of customization functions to suit your needs.

Ricoh Co. president and Ricoh Imaging Co. president both clearly and without ambiguity identified the KP's place in the Pentax line-up with no bumbling, before any outrage, before the camera was sold.

Unfortunately, Ricoh USA executives waffled on the issue, but they only distribute product. I'm not sure why we give so much weight to what Ricoh USA folk said in interviews vs. what company officials who planned, designed, and brought the KP to market actually wrote about it.

* Translation by Google Translate, highlighting added.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-04-2020, 10:01 AM  
Meet the new flagship
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 765
Views: 74,279
All those people who a wanted long-bed, crew-cab, auto tranny, center console, 3-DIN radio and trick tailgate pickup and bought the Tundra must be really, really mad at Toyota now.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-05-2019, 10:22 AM  
New Sony APS-C Sensor - 26MP
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 1,219
Views: 95,090
Fixed it for you...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-02-2019, 07:37 AM  
Pentax ME-D!!!
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 66
Views: 16,046
And the Minox Mini-ME
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-12-2019, 04:37 PM  
Ricoh booth at CP+
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 476
Views: 42,462
Sort of a Q-"H" sensor, then?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-27-2018, 09:40 PM  
Amateur Photographers (UK) Predicts End for Pentax
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 955
Views: 79,653
To add to Mark's comments: A FF pentaprism is much larger and heavier than it's APSC cousin. Also, the FF mirror box needs to be able to swing a mirror that's about 50% wider.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-06-2018, 07:11 AM  
K3ii replacement
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 2,451
Views: 204,255
Like they did with the K-3 series? The K-3 II is lighter than the K-3.

Yes, Pentax cameras generally are heavier than other brands which lack IBIS and magnesium body shells.

No, the K-3 does not weigh more than a D750. No matter how many times you repeat it (and ignore another poster's reminder to check your facts). The K-3 II is 50g lighter (body only) than the D750, the K-3 is 35g lighter (body only). With battery and memory card, the differences are even greater: K-3 II is 55g lighter, and K-3 is 40g lighter than D750.

D750 from Nikon | Imaging Products | Nikon D750:

K-3 II from Specifications? PENTAX K-3 II | RICOH IMAGING:

K-3 from Specifications?K-3 | RICOH IMAGING:
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-24-2018, 02:27 PM  
New gear on Photokina
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 21
Views: 4,210
In contrast to this kind of self-important post?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-04-2018, 11:06 PM  
February 2018 CIPA numbers are in... the DSLR lives!
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 165
Views: 18,961
Lots of talk about sales figures but I haven't seen much about *usage* data. So I'll throw in my purely anecdotal data point.

I recently spent a week at Southern California theme parks. I saw *lots* of DSLRs, ~100 +-20%, 4 or 5 MILCs and tons of cellphone cameras. The big surprise to me - 15 - 20 film SLRs.

I'm not sure there is a strong correlation between camera type purchase and actual use.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-04-2018, 10:39 PM  
Linux photo import and management - advice / opinions, please
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 37
Views: 3,506
I use Rapid Photo Downloader too. It can create and name your file directories per your specs and file copy is as fast as hardware allows. I don't think it has tagging capability. I use DarkTable for tagging - ok but not as good as Digikam.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-12-2018, 10:02 AM  
More Limited lenses
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 210
Views: 19,258
There was a time when 3rd party lens makers produced many K-mount lenses not available from Pentax. The result? Pentax got smaller and smaller.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-09-2018, 05:29 PM  
More Limited lenses
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 210
Views: 19,258
My point was that given the shrinking of Ricoh's core business, I thought it unlikely that Ricoh Imaging would come to papa and ask for some pocket change, let alone investment money with expected payback in a decade or so.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-09-2018, 08:11 AM  
More Limited lenses
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 210
Views: 19,258
Some time after Ricoh acquired Pentax, they announced a major global reduction in work force due to contracting markets. IIRC it was 20 - 30%; in any case significant and unprecedented in the company's history.

It would be hard to imagine company executives - let alone shareholders - approving speculative funding for a small (low single digit percentage of Ricoh) business unit. Everything I've seen for Ricoh Imaging since, save perhaps some production capability shortly after Pentax's acquisition strongly hints that any development funding comes from their own profits.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-09-2018, 10:30 AM  
K-1 Mark II!
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 875
Views: 112,070
Besides, grandfather speaks in a language that the kids - at least the noisiest and most impatient ones - don't understand.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-20-2017, 11:09 AM  
D-FA* 85mm f1.4 also coming
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 1,820
Views: 181,027
Ceiling fan, but it will only be available at the U.S. Ricoh webstore.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-05-2017, 10:40 AM  
Any more news on the new Tamron 16-300?
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 91
Views: 22,198
For buying super zooms (or any photo gear), there's MasterCard.

But a rant about complaining by Nicolas06, priceless.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-14-2017, 10:47 PM  
K-1 Firmware UPDATE: v1.42
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 67
Views: 7,726
The Unstable one.

I heard that a quick-thinking photographer observed said bug while shooting flower macros, captured it and sent it back to Ricoh, where it seems to be responding well to regression therapy.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-28-2017, 09:50 PM  
Financial Results:FY2018/03
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 675
Views: 59,846
I don't have a problem with the ideas that ILC manufacturers should do more to integrate their products with mobile computing platforms (notwithstanding the fact that from what I've seen and tried, mobile platforms offer a much less efficient user interface for content creation and cost much more than my PC [admittedly I take the build from parts and use free software route which is abnormal]).

But I just don't see this huge market some are dreaming of eagerly waiting to jump into the ILC world if only they could instantly edit their raws on a 5 inch screen and post immediately. Finally: a quality 3 X 4 inch picture of my cat on facegram! I think the true barrier here is not the software, but the ILC form factor. "Wait, you mean I need another lens to get good pictures of birds, and it costs $1800? I just spent $700 on a lens to take pictures of people and another $800 on a closeup lens! I'll need special bag for all this stuff, too, won't I."

No, in my view, the limitation in this huge consumer ILC market we're talking about is not the outdated and mobile device averse software of current ILC's (as nice as it would be to have that integration), but rather the necessity to buy thousands of dollars worth of lenses to get the most out of an ILC, the inconvenience of carrying a big bag of gear around with you, and fiddling with the lenses just to shoot a picture.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-26-2017, 07:59 PM  
K-3ii marked as discontinued
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 660
Views: 80,994
Whether comes a K3 replacement or not, my plan is the same: shoot with K-5IIs.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-24-2017, 09:38 AM  
Pentax User Map : New Forum Feature!
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 88
Views: 17,278
Last I looked, the map shows only 506 Pentax forum members out of 73,569 members altogether (about 0.7%). The map doesn't show where the other 73,563 members live. In fact, if you extrapolate the same ratio of 2 out of 506 members shown on the map as being in Spain to the whole membership, that gives around 290 members in Spain.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-19-2017, 03:05 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 6,327
Views: 825,147
Nice. More evidence 3 out of 4 soldiers are more interested in Pentax than in official proceedings. 😏

I wonder if the photographer normally prefers live view over viewfinder technique, or if it's just an accommodation to his headgear. He'd probably have to tilt his hat back to an unapproved angle with the camera held up to his eye.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-14-2017, 06:18 AM  
K-3ii marked as discontinued
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 660
Views: 80,994
I should think buying Pentax was the defining moment Ricoh signaled they were NOT going MILC. Why spend a billion yen on brand, production facilities, expertise, and goods just to abandon virtually all of it and start over with something completely different?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-13-2017, 09:55 AM  
K-3ii marked as discontinued
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 660
Views: 80,994
I don't think Kunzite meant anything like that - in fact precisely the opposite.
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