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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 3 Days Ago  
RICOH ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF HD PENTAX-D FA★50mm F1.4 SDM AW STAR-SERIES LENS
Posted By JPT
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Some samples are up on this blog. You can see the full size for many of them by clicking the smaller thumbnails.

?????? HD PENTAX-D FA?50mmF1.4 SDM AW ? ???????????? - ????
Forum: General Photography 4 Days Ago  
K-01
Posted By JPT
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I have a K-01 and really like it, but from what you say, I don't think you'll be happy with the K-01. For a start, the screen is the same part as the K-30 as far as I know. In fact, the K-01 is very much like a K-30 without the viewfinder. Secondly, I don't think it's a good choice for street photography because the focusing is slow compared to other cameras. It's fine for street scenes when you've got time, but if you are trying to catch a particular moment, it's frustrating.

I guess you are thinking that not holding the camera to your face will be less conspicuous. In that case the Ricoh GR is really good. It's very discreet and basically made with street photography in mind. The focusing is not always the fastest, but it has the snap focus feature. You can set it so that half depressing the shutter release will focus as normal, but a quick full press will default to a set focal distance. So you don't have to wait for the focusing operation to finish if the subject is within the range you have preset. I believe the screen Ricoh used in the GR is the next generation from the one in the K-01, so brighter. Of course, this all depends on you being happy with the 28mm equivalent field of view, and I'm not sure how much a used GR costs compared to a K-01 where you live.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 4 Days Ago  
RICOH ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF HD PENTAX-D FA★50mm F1.4 SDM AW STAR-SERIES LENS
Posted By JPT
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And they say they are all pre-ordered and going to be shipped to customers this afternoon. They normally keep one to do a review/samples, but this time they've got to send them all out, so the review will have to wait.

If this is what they have allocated to one specialist store in Osaka, I wonder how many they are shipping to the big retailers like Bic and Yodobashi. Anyway, I think it's fair to say they are producing these in the hundreds, if not a few thousand.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-13-2018, 07:57 AM  
RICOH ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF HD PENTAX-D FA★50mm F1.4 SDM AW STAR-SERIES LENS
Posted By JPT
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It's the "after August" part I'm taking issue with. I think it was a wrong translation of 8月以降 (hachi gatsu ikou) from the start, probably through Google. Since my Japanese comprehension is far from infallible, I checked with my wife, who confirmed that's what it said.

Having said that, "after the beginning of August" could still end up being September for some people.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-13-2018, 06:08 AM  
RICOH ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF HD PENTAX-D FA★50mm F1.4 SDM AW STAR-SERIES LENS
Posted By JPT
Replies: 566
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I just saw that on the other site. I agree that their article is misleading in its title, but Iím just wondering where you got September from.

The item on the Ricoh website gives no date, and the the item on social media said 8月以降, which would mean any time from the beginning of August onwards.

In Japan, they have basically committed to a date of July 20 for availability, so they have to explain and apologise if they arenít going to meet it, even by ten days or so.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-02-2018, 03:41 PM  
DA*11-18/2.8 delay to 2019
Posted By JPT
Replies: 192
Views: 8,253
There is a ďDevelopmant StoryĒ article on the Ricoh sure, where named Ricoh Imaging employees talk about how the lens was development. If we are to believe that the lens is actually a Tokina design, that would mean the whole article is a fabrication. It seems a bit far-fetched to me.

I actually have a fair amount of skepticism in asahimanís comments, but I donít see any good reason to believe this is not designed by Ricoh.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-02-2018, 03:45 AM  
RICOH ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF HD PENTAX-D FA★50mm F1.4 SDM AW STAR-SERIES LENS
Posted By JPT
Replies: 566
Views: 30,165
Some more samples have been posted on Ricohís Facebook page (with apologies if you donít like Facebook).

?HD PENTAX-D FA?50mmF1.4 SDM AW????????? ???????????????? ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ????HD PENTAX-D FA?50mmF1.4 SDM AW?(??D FA?50mm)????????????? 2018???????????????????????????????????????????????????

I presume theyíre not full size, but Iím looking at this on a smartphone, so I canít tell.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-01-2018, 01:36 AM  
Major Image Sync app update in July
Posted By JPT
Replies: 6
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Iím happy that theyíre not taking the attitude, ďWe gave you the APIs - now do it yourself!Ē
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-01-2018, 01:15 AM  
Major Image Sync app update in July
Posted By JPT
Replies: 6
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Ricohís Image Sync app is scheduled to get a ďFull renewalĒ update. This much was known from Ricohís booth at CP+ a few months ago.

At a recent Pentax-Ricoh Family Club meeting in Japan, they confirmed to attendees that it will happen in July.

This link is to Yaotomi Cameraís Twitter. It seems they attended.
Twitter

Itís not clear what this update will involve, but given the way they are billing it, it should be more than a minor upgrade.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-30-2018, 02:12 AM  
RICOH ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF HD PENTAX-D FA★50mm F1.4 SDM AW STAR-SERIES LENS
Posted By JPT
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Since this now has a release date, I figured it would be available in Ricohís Tokyo showroom, so I stopped by today. It was on a K-1 II, as it was when tried it first time at CP+.

I wouldnít know how to evaluate image quality in those conditions, so I was mainly taking note of the AF behavior and feel if he lens. It seemed to focus a bit faster than I remembered from CP+. It could have been tuned a bit, of it could just be my memory (plenty of ďbokehĒ there, too!). You certainly get the feeling that thereís some heavy lifting going on inside. I got a real sense that it was accelerating and then decelerating. It most hits the spot first time, but sometimes needed a final adjustment in the other direction.

In the quieter environment if the showroom, I was more aware of the noise it makes. Itís not noisy, but the sound is there and it is much lower pitched than any Pentax lens Iíve used before. Its less obtrusive and I think it will be basically unnoticeable in the field.

I realized that I donít have a lot of experience with high end lenses of other makes, so I went to a big camera store and tried some other brands. Basically, I felt that the the Pentax feels most like a Canon lens in use. The closest one I could find to try was a 50mm f1.2 on an EOS 1D. The Pentax on the K-1 II is comfortably faster than that combination. But in general the feel is quite similar to red ring Canon lenses.

The last thought I had was how perfectly balanced the K-1 body and DFA 50 are in terms weight and also the seamless feel of the design and materials. They just feel like they are made to be together. It doesnít really matter if you need this lens or not. If you have a K-1, you should let it be with this lens. You have no right to stand in the way of itís happiness.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-29-2018, 09:04 AM  
Development update regarding the HD PENTAX-D FA★50mmF1.4 SDM AW
Posted By JPT
Replies: 598
Views: 40,598
I'm happy to admit I was wrong about this. It turns out that Nokishita was in fact quoting the Ricoh Imaging price when they said 148,500 yen. The discounted price is 133,650 yen. I think this will be a good seller in Japan at that price, because it is very well suited to portraits and Japanese photographers seem to use shorter focal lengths for portraits than other parts of the world.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-27-2018, 07:12 AM  
Development update regarding the HD PENTAX-D FA★50mmF1.4 SDM AW
Posted By JPT
Replies: 598
Views: 40,598
It's like Mistral75 says - The price Nokishita is reporting is the price after the retailer has applied a discount, and those discounts will apply from Day 1. The official price on the Ricoh site will likely be about 170,000-180,000 yen, but that's a price no retailer will be expected to sell at*. I'm not sure why Japanese electronics companies follow this bizarre convention, but it's not just Ricoh.

My point is that the 300mm never really sold at 150,000. It was probably selling for 125,000-130,000 at launch. That would be the price to relate the Nokishita price to if you want to make a comparison. But anyway, it looks like all will be revealed on Friday, so we will soon know for sure.

* Different retailers have different ways of offering the discount. Some are quite transparent and just apply a straight discount (like Fujiya, which is why I linked to it). Others have a point card system, where they give back 10% to the next purchase. Even Ricoh offers discounts to its Family Club members and extends the warranty to 3 years for people who buy direct. A further complication is that some retailers show the price before the 8% sales tax and others including tax. So it's easy to get confused by the camera prices in Japan.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-27-2018, 03:00 AM  
Development update regarding the HD PENTAX-D FA★50mmF1.4 SDM AW
Posted By JPT
Replies: 598
Views: 40,598
The DA* 300mm sells for about 105,000 yen at the moment, but the comparison is a bit difficult because the DA* 300mm has had multiple price drops over the years. To see how 150,000 yen compares to other Pentax lenses, look at this list. |

This shop is a good barometer of the real price, and what Nokishita is talking about when they refer to the discounted price. So basically, itís a little cheaper than the D FA 24-70mm.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-26-2018, 03:55 PM  
Development update regarding the HD PENTAX-D FA★50mmF1.4 SDM AW
Posted By JPT
Replies: 598
Views: 40,598
If the reported Japanese price is correct, it compares quite well to the street price of similar lenses from other manufacturers.

Nikon (58mm, f1.4) and Sony FE 50mm, f1.4) are a bit more expensive, even after being on the market for a while. The Canon (50mm, f1.2) is a little cheaper, but much older, and any replacement would surely be more expensive to start with.

In the third-party world, the Zeiss Otus (55mm, f1.4) is more than double the price and the Milvus (50mm, f1.4) is cheaper, but neither have AF. The Sigma is considerably cheaper, selling for around 95,000 yen. We donít know what the Tokina version of this lens will sell for.

However, of all the lenses mentioned above, none of them would be stabilized on a Canon or Nikon DSLR. So I think thereís a very compelling case to get the Pentax. Itís only current Sony FE cameras that can also stabilize with such a lens.

Since the Japan price is always higher than the US price, I think 1,300 USD sounds likely.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-26-2018, 05:54 AM  
Development update regarding the HD PENTAX-D FA★50mmF1.4 SDM AW
Posted By JPT
Replies: 598
Views: 40,598
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-21-2018, 08:26 PM  
HD DA*11-18/2.8 patent was filed by Ricoh in Japan.
Posted By JPT
Replies: 64
Views: 4,809
I think it would be hard to justify keeping the DA14mm f2.8 in production, especially if the new zoom is sharper. The DA 12-25 f4, on the other hand, could still have a place with a price cut.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-20-2018, 04:13 PM  
Full frame Pentax (Ricoh) GR-E with curved sensor?
Posted By JPT
Replies: 136
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Thank you. That Leica is the kind of thing Iím talking about. It doesnít seem to have many elements, and itís a full frame lens. If Ricoh could make an APS-C coverage collapsible version of this and fit it in a smallish body, it would be a unique and great compact.
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-20-2018, 07:43 AM  
K-1 II seems popular in Japan
Posted By JPT
Replies: 43
Views: 2,079
It's a good question and I don't know the answer. I only present this as an indication, not comprehensive data. I think the only source that could give really full data would be CIPA, but in the data they show publicly, they don't break it down by model or manufacturer as far as I know.

The other thing that you can see from Kakaku.com is how many of the 50-60 retailers that typically stock Pentax still have stock. So it can indicate if a camera is close to discontinuation.
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-20-2018, 07:08 AM  
K-1 II seems popular in Japan
Posted By JPT
Replies: 43
Views: 2,079
I should probably clarify, since it's me that mentions it half the time. It's a price comparison site that indicates a sales ranking from the numerous online stores it covers. So it's more than just one store, but doesn't give an overall picture. If you look at it over time, it's an indication of how one model is doing relative to others in the past.

It's fair to say that most of the camera makers are very low key in their promotion in Japan at the moment. Only Canon is advertising on TV, and certain others have been very quiet with product introductions just like Ricoh (I'm thinking Olympus and Nikon). I'd like to see any of them more aggressive in promotion.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-20-2018, 06:55 AM  
Full frame Pentax (Ricoh) GR-E with curved sensor?
Posted By JPT
Replies: 136
Views: 24,461
This isn't what I meant. I mean one lens that extends like a zoom to one of two focal lengths. That's what the Canon I was talking about did. It was called Canon Sure Shot Telemax and I'm not saying it was a great camera. I'm just saying it was versatile enough for a travel camera and wondering if there is any advantage in size or sharpness in this approach compared to a zoom. If the sharpness or size/aperture could be better than a zoom and as good as the GR's prime lens, there might be a point. Otherwise, I'll concede there's no point at all and a zoom would be better.

---------- Post added 06-20-18 at 11:35 PM ----------

This image is a survey Ricoh gave attendees to the GR 10th anniversary event in 2015. It's titled "Imagine a GR!"



The points they are asking are (top to bottom).

- Body size
- Sensor size
- Focal length (I think the rightmost option is "Dual focal length", hence my thoughts above)
- Lens aperture
- Megapixels
- Macro ability
- Image stabilisation type
- Toughness
- Viewfinder type
- LCD monitor

This is a long time ago now, but it does show some of the variables Ricoh has been considering for the GR. There have been some clues that the new GR might not be a straight follow on from the GR II, including Asahi Man's comment above and Takashi Arai's comment that it might be called something other than GR III. I'm quite excited to find out.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-18-2018, 08:28 PM  
Pentax D FA* 50mm f1.4 and Tokina Opera 50mm f1.4
Posted By JPT
Replies: 82
Views: 5,366
I posted about this some time ago, but I had both in my hands at CP+ and both lenses are very similar. However, the barrel of the Tokina feels more plasticky and smooth, compared to the Pentax, which feels more like other Pentaxes. I wouldnít say either felt cheap though.

One thing to keep in mind is that Pentax worked with Tokina before, and during that time they were able to produce a lot of high quality lenses in a short time. If working with Tokina allows them to do that again, I donít think many will be complaining.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-18-2018, 08:20 PM  
Full frame Pentax (Ricoh) GR-E with curved sensor?
Posted By JPT
Replies: 136
Views: 24,461
I used to have a Canon point and shoot film camera that had a lens with two focal lengths, but not a zoom. I think it was 35mm and 70mm. I donít suppose it was the greatest camera in terms of image quality, but it was a versatile enough travel companion for a student.

Iíve never seen a digital camera with such a design. I wonder if it would have any advantage, in terms of keeping the lens compact or sharpness compared to a zoom. I think a camera that did 28mm and 40mm (equivalent FOV) would keep a lot of people happy.

Iím just thinking aloud, and have no idea if itís feasible, but Iíd be very interested in a GR like this if they made it.
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-11-2018, 07:10 AM  
K-1 II seems popular in Japan
Posted By JPT
Replies: 43
Views: 2,079
It's true that Map Camera isn't the cheapest place to buy second hand lenses, but in their defense cheapness isn't really the appeal. They often have multiple copies you can try and compare before you commit, and they also give you a remarkably good warranty. They are probably one of the safest places to buy a lens. Of course, if you are going to take it out of the country, you might not care about the warranty.

Just one example of a lens I've sometimes looked at, they currently have 11 copies of the DA* 50-135 at between 45,000 and 53,000 yen, and they all come with a 12-month warranty. That's the same as Ricoh offers for new goods. You can get that lens cheaper by hunting around, but If I was going to buy a used SDM lens, I'd want a warranty.

By the way, the number of K-1s in the used stores has exploded since the K-1 II came out. I think it's mostly upgraders. Also, I noticed the Tamron 28-75mm in K-mount has been selling quite well recently. It's a bit of an assumption, but I think the cheaper K-1s on the market are enabling a new lower budget crowd to buy in to full frame.
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-07-2018, 07:41 AM  
K-1 II seems popular in Japan
Posted By JPT
Replies: 43
Views: 2,079
There are two things I have observed that indicate that the K-1 II has has a successful launch in Japan - not stellar like the D850 or recent A7 cameras, but solid nonetheless.

Firstly, the position of all K-1 series cameras on kakaku.com has improved. (This is a price comparison site for online sellers)
- For several months the K-1 has been between 60th and 80th in ILC cameras.
- After the release, the K-1 price dropped and it went up to around 30th, even going above the KP, which has been the top Pentax almost constantly since it's release.
- Today, the K-1 II is at 45th, the K-1 at 55th, the K-1 silver at 118th, and the K-1 II lens kit at 121st. Given that K-1 sales are split across four kits now, that performance is not bad at all. The KP is back at 25th now, so still the top seller.
- You can see where the K-1 sits against other full frame DSLR kits at this link http://kakaku.com/camera/digital-slr-camera/itemlist.aspx?pdf_ma=14,58,251&pdf_Spec113=1 Hope the link works.

Secondly, Ricoh announced that the upgrade service would be delayed for some customers on May 31. The reason they gave was "we have received applications that far exceeded our initial expectation". So it looks like the upgrade service is popular too.

I think that Japanese customers are much more likely see the benefit of the accelerator because they tend to judge based on printed output. There are a number of influential print magazines that run reviews of cameras. What overseas websites think about pixel level detail won't bother them much.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 06-04-2018, 04:41 PM  
Poll: What should the next Pentax Full Frame be?
Posted By JPT
Replies: 93
Views: 3,197




This is my opinion too. I think the positioning of the K-1 and itís lenses is all wrong. With the body and lenses theyíve made and promised so far they are going into direct competition with Canon and Nikon. But they canít win that game, because Canon and Nikon set the rules. Pentax is always going to be X number of lenses ďbehindĒ the competition.



What they have needed to do from the start is to come up with a unique proposition for Pentax. Frustratingly, it has been staring the in the face from the beginning. They have the FA Limited lenses. Make more of those, and a smaller, lighter body that is still full of good features, and I think they would have a winner. I mean something like a full frame version of the KP in full frame and anc expanded range of D-FA Limiteds.



So my suggestion is:

- 24mp

- Same AF as the K-1

- Under 700g

- Same compromises as the KP (one card slot, small battery, small grip)

- Redesigned, lighter IBIS and mirror/prism mechanism ( the difficult part)

- Accelerator to remove unsightly detail from images :-)
- $1,500 launch price

- Renewed, expanded line of D-FA Limiteds

- Accelerate delivery of moderate priced zooms (probably implies delaying high-end ones)



Overall concept: Bring back 35mm format to the compact format it was designed to be - a FF DSLR system you donít need a backpack to take on holiday.
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