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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-16-2009, 03:18 PM  
K-x on photorumors
Posted By Mats
Replies: 155
Views: 15,198
5. Microfocus adjustment
6. AF Assist via flash
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-16-2009, 05:57 AM  
Pentax is investigating a mirrorless system camera
Posted By Mats
Replies: 172
Views: 32,256
Hi,
Why not keep the mount, with reduced sensor to mount distance?
This would mean:
- P can sell an adapter (with motor) for using todays lenses on a mirrorless camera
- New line of lenses with shorter "sensor to mount" distance to be introduced. Lens type recognized electronically by camera.

If a lens designed for a mirrorless system is put on a DSLR with mirror, then just flash an error message on the screen.

/Mats
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 05-25-2009, 04:48 AM  
Quality of K-7 video
Posted By Mats
Replies: 997
Views: 135,122
Then why do you post on this thread?

/Mats
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-24-2009, 10:25 PM  
K-7 Low Light AF improvements...
Posted By Mats
Replies: 28
Views: 5,687
The limitations could be in the K10/20 AF processing chip, if it cant handle more than "x" percent of possible SDM lens speed, then thats a real limitation of the body. There were someone at MightyMike´s "I tested the K-7" thread on dpr had tested K-7 with 50-135 claiming AF was significantly faster on the K-7. I suppose that there will be more info on this he coming weeks.

/Mats
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-20-2009, 01:42 AM  
is this pic of K30D?
Posted By Mats
Replies: 4,086
Views: 1,164,998
So 17.00 central european time!
/Mats
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-19-2009, 10:03 AM  
is this pic of K30D?
Posted By Mats
Replies: 4,086
Views: 1,164,998
Thanks,
Missed that.
/Mats
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-19-2009, 09:54 AM  
is this pic of K30D?
Posted By Mats
Replies: 4,086
Views: 1,164,998
Are there any images of the K-7 with the flash lifted?
Would be interesting to see if the AF assist lamp (led) is in the flash.
Another thing that is unclear to me is where the built in mic are placed? could that also be on the flash assembly? Maybe a way of decoupling it from AF motor vibrations?

/Mats
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-16-2009, 01:16 AM  
is this pic of K30D?
Posted By Mats
Replies: 4,086
Views: 1,164,998
Updated Speculation list.
I added GPS.. Think OGl ´s mysterious dove image has refers to doves ability to find the way home - built in GPS in the doves! Read somewhere that the new grip doesnt have GPS and i would be surprised if Pentax missed that "hiking" feature. Correct me if im wrong...

It will be an amazing camera!

/Mats


Estimated Price : 1300€ (kit K-7 w 18-55 II WR)

K-7 Body:
- More compact than K20D, bigger than K-M
- Stainless steel Frame with Magnesium alloy? shell
- Built in Flash (with video lighting leds also used as AF assist lamps)
- Ultrasonic dustremoval
- Built in GPS

- Improved APS-C sensor CMOS K20D++
- Sensitivity ISO100-ISO6400, ISO displayed in top LCD
- Separate ISO button
- No Fn button
- Continuous shooting 5.2 fps (non cropped)
- ViewFinder 100%, with histogram/image overlay?
- Shutter speed : 1/8000
- Flash sync : 1/250
- 77 zone exposure metering
- BackScreen : 3", 921 000 pixels, fixed
- More powerful battery (980 images)
- Improved weathersealing
- Separate White Balance sensor (lots of Pentax patents(US6958773) regarding WB sensors!)
- Improved AF
- 11 point (2.8 sensitivity??)
- "Greatly improved " Low light performance improved, Focus tracking ?
- AF works in Video mode
-Video mode
- 640 x 416 @ 30 fps
- 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps (720p (uncompressed?))
- 1536 x 1024 @ 30 fps

Live View with :
- Contrast detect AF with face detection
- 77 zone exposure metering

Connectors:
- HDMI output
- X-Sync
- Mic plug (stereo)
- external trigger

New grip
- With AF button
- Allows for higher fps
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-13-2009, 02:40 PM  
is this pic of K30D?
Posted By Mats
Replies: 4,086
Views: 1,164,998
From the images it looks as if the 4-way controller is moved downwards a little bit compared to K20D, not ideal from a thumb position point of view.

/Mats
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-13-2009, 01:15 PM  
is this pic of K30D?
Posted By Mats
Replies: 4,086
Views: 1,164,998
Looking at the rear of K-7 makes me wonder how to select AF sensor, i assume that the AF button doubles as a joystick. That would be a really nice HMI, use joystick to select AF sensor and push it in to activate AF.
/Mats
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-13-2009, 11:34 AM  
is this pic of K30D?
Posted By Mats
Replies: 4,086
Views: 1,164,998
Thanks
Of course, silly me, dumstrut på!
/Mats
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-13-2009, 11:32 AM  
is this pic of K30D?
Posted By Mats
Replies: 4,086
Views: 1,164,998
Thanks,
Can it be used for voice memos to still images also?
/Mats
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-13-2009, 09:17 AM  
is this pic of K30D?
Posted By Mats
Replies: 4,086
Views: 1,164,998
Think it has touch screen!
/Mats
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-13-2009, 08:13 AM  
is this pic of K30D?
Posted By Mats
Replies: 4,086
Views: 1,164,998
Hi updated the speculation list,
Compiled a list of current speculation status, added some questionmarks where i allowed myself to speculate a bit... Correct me if i´m wrong;)
If true, then an amazing value for money!

/Mats

Still no correction of the list;)

Estimated Price : 1300€ (kit K-7 w 18-55 II WR)

K-7 Body:
- More compact than K20D, bigger than K-M
- Built in Flash (with video lighting leds also used as AF assist lamps)
- Improved APS-C sensor CMOS K20D++
- Sensitivity ISO100-ISO6400, ISO displayed in top LCD
- Separate ISO button
- Continuous shooting 5.2 fps (non cropped)
- ViewFinder 100%, with histogram/image overlay?
- Shutter speed : 1/8000
- Flash sync : 1/250
- 77 zone exposure metering
- BackScreen : 3", 921 000 pixels, fixed
(Someone used "BackScreen" name.. funny, is there a "FrontScreen" or "InternalScreen" , see VF speculation)
- More powerful battery
- Improved weathersealing
- Separate White Balance sensor (lots of Pentax patents(US6958773) regarding WB sensors!)
- Improved AF
- 11 point (2.8 sensitivity??)
- "Greatly improved " Low light performance improved, Focus tracking ?
-Video mode
- 640 x 416 @ 30 fps
- 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps (720p (uncompressed?))
- 1536 x 1024 @ 30 fps

Live View with :
- Contrast detect AF with face detection
- 77 zone exposure metering

Connectors:
- HDMI output
- X-Sync
- Mic plug (mono)
New grip
- With AF button
- Allows for higher fps
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-13-2009, 06:04 AM  
is this pic of K30D?
Posted By Mats
Replies: 4,086
Views: 1,164,998
Hi,
Compiled a list of current speculation status, added some questionmarks where i allowed myself to speculate a bit... Correct me if i´m wrong;)
If true, then an amazing value for money!

/Mats


Estimated Price : 1300€ (kit K-7 w 18-55 II WR)

K-7 Body:
- More compact than K20D, bigger than K-M
- Built in Flash (with video lighting??)
- Improved APS-C sensor CMOS K20D++
- Sensitivity ISO100-ISO6400, ISO displayed in top LCD
- Separate ISO button
- Continuous shooting 5.x fps (non cropped)
- ViewFinder 100%, with histogram/image overlay?
- Shutter speed : 1/8000
- Flash sync : 1/250
- 77 zone exposure metering
- BackScreen : 3", 921 000 pixels, fixed
(Someone used "BackScreen" name.. funny, is there a "FrontScreen" or "InternalScreen" , see VF speculation)
- More powerful battery
- Improved weathersealing
- Either AF assist lamp or separate White Balance sensor (lots of Pentax patents regarding WB sensors!)
- Improved AF
- 11 point (2.8 sensitivity??)
- "Greatly improved " Low light performance improved, Focus tracking ?
-Video mode
- 640 x 416 @ 30 fps
- 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps (720p (uncompressed?))
- 1536 x 1024 @ 30 fps

Live View with :
- Contrast detect AF with face detection
- 77 zone exposure metering

Connectors:
- HDMI output
- X-Sync
- Mic plug (mono)
New grip
- With AF button
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-04-2009, 02:06 AM  
is this pic of K30D?
Posted By Mats
Replies: 4,086
Views: 1,164,998
Could be a body curve preventing your fingers to cover the AF Assist lamp?
/Mats
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-30-2009, 12:05 PM  
is this pic of K30D?
Posted By Mats
Replies: 4,086
Views: 1,164,998
We do not know that the lens is the limiting factor, it could be so that the lens AF speed is PWM controlled to a speed that the AF module in the body can handle. A faster AF module in the body might make it possible to control the lenses in a different way.
Pure speculation, of course...

/Mats
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-02-2009, 12:41 PM  
And a K20D rumor/info from Israel ...
Posted By Mats
Replies: 34
Views: 7,527
My guess is:
- K200D super (named K300D) : 14.6 MP, new AF, 3.5 fps
- K30D: 1,3 crop sensor, new AF, 5 fps, 1080p video, HDMI
- 645D
/Mats
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-10-2008, 01:56 AM  
K20D test shots at Lets Go Digital
Posted By Mats
Replies: 6
Views: 7,100
Thanks for the link, although not final firmware the K20D still impresses me.
/Mats
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-27-2008, 12:07 PM  
K20D raw files at high ISO
Posted By Mats
Replies: 21
Views: 8,214
Well, it is not the first time Pentax named things odd (*ist ... great camera, not so great name). It is strange that Pentax has not highlighted this new custom setting more in their press material, it could have cooled the AF upgrade militants down a bit. Or maybe Pentax fears that there will be so many out of focus shots with trap mode enabled so that they dont want to market it as an improvement.

/Mats
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-27-2008, 02:33 AM  
K20D raw files at high ISO
Posted By Mats
Replies: 21
Views: 8,214
Thanks, I once had a Chinon Af camera where trap focus meant that you set focus and picture was taken when subject came into focus, I´m glad this is not the case with K20D.
/Mats
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-26-2008, 03:59 PM  
K20D raw files at high ISO
Posted By Mats
Replies: 21
Views: 8,214
Thanks for your report, very incouraging. Downloading one of your .DNG files right now.
Regarding AF and Trap focus, does Trap focus mean that the double check of focus is not performed or does it mean that you set focus to a certain distance and image is taken when subject is within that distance?

Regards
Mats
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-25-2008, 02:32 PM  
Remember the UFO thread...
Posted By Mats
Replies: 5
Views: 1,811
I have read some reviews of Nikon D3 and one of the points that are mentioned often is the confidence that the photographer has in the D3. If K20D beats D3 in that area we should all be very pleased.
/Mats
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-25-2008, 04:00 AM  
Remember the UFO thread...
Posted By Mats
Replies: 5
Views: 1,811
Remember the UFO spotted in Brisbane....

123K10D posted

" This is what I saw. Last Sunday (at dusk) a very slick wedding photog crew - 3 photogs/1 video op. Two of the photogs had Nikon D3's, and even though the light was low, these things were hammering out shots - like 6 - 8 per second - probably ISO6400 and their 2.8 zooms.

Anyway, the third photog didn't have all the extra camera gear that the Nikon shooters had (shoulder bag thingies) and something around their necks plus headsets - like the CIA :-). He just had a camera which I'd never seen before... The new Pentax ('one' of the new models anyway).

At first I saw the back and thought it could be a D300 with a battery grip, but then I saw the front, with the Pentax logo and a DA* 50-135 on it. Cool! Anyway, all I can tell you is this:

Compared to my K10D, this was what stood out:

It has a big screen at the back.

Couldn't tell if it had a battery grip, or if it was moulded into the body, like the D3.

It was shooting at the same speed as the D3's (or near enough) - very, very fast FPS.

The weirdest bit was this - the D3 shooters were chimping every now and then. But the Pentax shooter didn't chimp once, in the 5 minutes I saw him shoot god knows how many shots, he didn't check a single frame - from the back at least - maybe he was reviewing them in the viewfinder? Don't know. And this guy was the lead photog, he got first dibs at every op, and the others all deferred to him.

If you're wondering why I didn't walk up and go "hey man! cool, is that the new K something?" - you should have seen these guys (and one girl on one of the D3's) - they looked like they were at the end of the longest day of their lives. I've never seen a group of people look less happy making a living. And they were sticking like glue to this very rich looking wedding party - not exactly an opportune time to strike up a conversation.

Wasn't going to post this, because I thought, "what the hell would Pentax be doing, trialing a new camera in Brisbane, Australia?.. nope, I saw what I saw, and the DA*50-135 is a VERY distinctive lens - which I have actually used.

If you think this is fiction, good, because I would if I'd have read this - but I saw what I saw. And I've been seriously considering getting a Nikon D3 for it's FPS and low light ability (starting to sell photos now, and pet photography is where I want to go - so, action shots in poor light are typical) - after seeing what I saw on the weekend, I'm going to put the idea on hold until Pentax anounces their new gear - hopefully, it will be cheaper than Nikons."


And Big Ben replied

"Like in the X-Files, That was a real UFO you saw...I know because I saw the same UFO only really close up. Like I said, Pentax are really going to shake up the market. Of course there will be those that will bitch about stuff that really doesn't matter that much in terms of real front line usage. I mean, when I shoot, I want to forget I'm holding a camera. My idea of a good camera is when I forget I am holding a camera. The more transparent it is in its use the better. The new Pentax is one of those cameras that get very close to that ideal. Not perfect, but what is?

Yup, from the sound of it, you saw the holy grail. Just remember the old adage, "always keep your eyes on the other hand than that which is doing the trick" or something like that."



So what is in that other hand (assuming we all were watching the K20D hand) that should really shake up the market?
The K1D might not be that far away..

/Mats
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-20-2008, 01:31 PM  
Price K20D: 1299 Euro
Posted By Mats
Replies: 98
Views: 16,301
On thursday there will be a server breakdown on this site...:D
and this message will be lost in the recovery process :eek:
So why am i posting something you will not be able to read:confused::confused:
(unless you cant stay away until thursday??)
/Mats
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