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Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-14-2017, 12:15 PM  
Anyone using an Intel NUC?
Posted By johnmflores
Replies: 19
Views: 1,695
Someone actually sells a fanless case for the Skull Canyon that looks like the future:




Akasa Thermal Solution
Forum: Ricoh Theta 360 Cameras 10-14-2017, 07:36 AM  
Ricoh Theta Spherical Society in the Round
Posted By johnmflores
Replies: 239
Views: 23,811
My nephew and I pretend that we have a sports talk show and put videos on YouTube. This was shot with the Theta V.
















You Tube




YouTube mangles the video; I can't wait for them to improve their delivery.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-13-2017, 09:48 PM  
Anyone using an Intel NUC?
Posted By johnmflores
Replies: 19
Views: 1,695
Ive got two things in my favor:
  1. I went to too many punk, ska, and new wave concerts growing up and too many years on motorcycles without earplugs so my hearing is attenuated at certain frequencies.

  2. When Im doing some heavy processing I just turn the stereo up to 11 and rock out. Or make some coffee and take a nap.

Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-13-2017, 07:00 PM  
Anyone using an Intel NUC?
Posted By johnmflores
Replies: 19
Views: 1,695
Ive been using the Skull Canyon for over a year now. Took a little bit of time transitioning from a Mac - getting my 2 RAID drives (Drobo and Promise Pegasus) to work and some early teething problems (overheating) but after some firmware updates its settled in nicely. The fan does get loud when doing some heavy Photoshop, Lightroom, or Premiere still but that doesnt bother me. I would def buy again.
Forum: Ricoh Theta 360 Cameras 10-13-2017, 12:35 PM  
Ricoh Theta Spherical Society in the Round
Posted By johnmflores
Replies: 239
Views: 23,811
A mural grows in Brooklyn


Theta Image
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-12-2017, 12:12 PM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By johnmflores
Replies: 1,984
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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-11-2017, 02:32 PM  
Metabones 0.5x Speed Booster for Pentax Q cameras
Posted By johnmflores
Replies: 64
Views: 4,703
Did you mean fringe?
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-08-2017, 07:41 PM  
Variable ND Filter for 49mm Lenses
Posted By johnmflores
Replies: 7
Views: 344
for 49mm I bought 3 ND and a polarizer and a neat Tiffen filter pouch to hold them.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-08-2017, 08:36 AM  
Paper Archives what lens should I take
Posted By johnmflores
Replies: 20
Views: 538
Bring a polarizer too to cut down on reflections if you are shooting documents behind glass or documents on glossy paper stock.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-07-2017, 04:59 PM  
Pentax video: is it really that lousy?
Posted By johnmflores
Replies: 23
Views: 1,160
If you are happy with it then that is all that matters.
Forum: Pentax Q 10-06-2017, 05:55 AM  
Let's share shots with Q!
Posted By johnmflores
Replies: 5,648
Views: 764,454
Cool shots. Welcome to the thread!
Forum: Ricoh Theta 360 Cameras 10-05-2017, 07:12 PM  
Ricoh Theta Spherical Society in the Round
Posted By johnmflores
Replies: 239
Views: 23,811
Someone's having fun with their new toy! Love that last one!


Theta Image
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-05-2017, 07:07 PM  
Financial Results:FY2018/03
Posted By johnmflores
Replies: 605
Views: 34,756
My Q7 with the 01 Prime used to be my constant companion. But I leave it home now because my Samsung shoots stills that are nearly as good and video that is considerably better and has a touch screen that is much bigger, brighter, and higher resolution. I still haven't used the Samsung for a paid assignment but I've thought about it...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-05-2017, 05:11 PM  
Financial Results:FY2018/03
Posted By johnmflores
Replies: 605
Views: 34,756
No, computational photography as seen in phones is not likely to convince users of this forum to give up their cameras and nice glass, but it may convince a whole bunch of phone users that they don't need to upgrade to a costly and bulky ILC after all.

That's the continued risk of improving phones.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-05-2017, 06:18 AM  
Financial Results:FY2018/03
Posted By johnmflores
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The context is still there, I just switched the example from L16 to the iPhone because of all of the pre-criticism of the L16 lol. The iPhone has evolved from a single lens, 30-31mm EQ wide angle to a pair of lenses (one wide, one normal/long normal) plus computational algorithms to take vastly improved portraits that under certain conditions can look like they were taken with a long normal or short telephoto. And the Google Pixel 2 has a single camera but the 12 megapickle sensor is a Dual pixel sensor. According to PhoneArena.com, this is how it works:

"the Pixel 2 now supports Portrait mode that blurs the background and lets the subject in a photo stand out. And it works not only with people and faces. This is possible due to Dual Pixel technology. Dual pixel means just what it says: every pixel on the camera sensor is actually two pixels. This is traditionally used for faster auto-focus, but Google uses it in a clever way: it creates a depth map of a scene and allows separation of an object from the background."

There's a lot of innovation happening in phone cameras right now because they are all seeking a competitive advantage. There's no reason to think that we're at the endpoint of development, and future phones will continue to encroach the low end of the ILC market.

And what you call spreading doubt is trying to realistic about the situation. Every camera maker has been hit hard by the phone invasion. Some think the worst is over. Some think we're in the eye of the storm. We'd all love Pentax to be more competitive in this new camera landscape and it's ok to disagree on how that can be achieved.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-04-2017, 08:33 AM  
Financial Results:FY2018/03
Posted By johnmflores
Replies: 605
Views: 34,756
I've not seen any reviews of the L16 yet so I'm withholding judgement. But put that camera aside and think about what Apple and others are doing with dual cameras - modules with different focal lengths and different sensors, and algorithms to blend them together. And look at the iPhone X Face ID. It's basically creating a 3-D mesh of a person's face and then overlaying graphics over it in real time. This article shows how it's miniaturized the Microsoft Kinect from 10 years ago into a tiny module at the top of the phone:

iPhone X basically has a Kinect on the front to enable Face ID | TechCrunch

Yes, I know that physics is physics, I'm an engineer by schooling. But these new techniques are applying sampling and data manipulation in new and interesting ways. We are at the very beginning of what some are calling computational photography. Apple, Google, and others probably have camera development teams that rival Canon and Nikon but are looking at traditional photography challenges from an entirely different perspective. I'm sure there are hundreds of engineers and developers working on the telephoto problem because if one company solves it first they'll have a competitive advantage.

Even once-staid Microsoft is innovating:

Image Composite Editor - Microsoft Research

I'm excited about where it will take us. And these innovations will probably end up in phones first long before they end up in traditional cameras.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-04-2017, 06:15 AM  
Financial Results:FY2018/03
Posted By johnmflores
Replies: 605
Views: 34,756
Thanks for the detailed response. I agree with a lot of what you say but I'm still uncertain of the size of the new entrants to the camera market. Yes, volume of entry-level product is certainly down but are new entrants moving up to mid-level products? Are they skipping the entry level Canikon and going straight to a smaller but higher-priced mirrorless? And if so, how many are there? It would be interesting to see more data on this.


I do think that new entrants are critical to the continued viability of the market otherwise the market will eventually age out and manufacturers will continue to make up for lost volume with higher prices. What to sell to them and how is the million dollar question.

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Ten years ago nobody would have predicted that the phone would have decimated the camera industry. And ten years ago it would have been difficult to believe the image quality of the latest phones.With that recent history, I'm open to the next ten years bringing progress that I can't imagine now. The Light L16, for example, has a 150mm lens in its array. They've fit it in there with folded optics. The camera looks to be twice as thick as a phone though but who knows what the next 10 years will bring?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-03-2017, 07:02 PM  
Financial Results:FY2018/03
Posted By johnmflores
Replies: 605
Views: 34,756
A large volume of those DSLR owners over the last 5-10 years have been soccer moms and dads that bought an entry level Canon or Nikon DSLR with one or two kit zooms. They stand on the sidelines and shoot in P-mode, Green mode, or if they're lucky and someone that knows a little bit about camera, the little Running Human mode.

If the phone evolves to incorporate a decent zoom function for youth sports, that high volume end of the DSLR market will evaporate overnight.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-03-2017, 12:37 PM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By johnmflores
Replies: 1,984
Views: 171,223

Lost Keystones
by John Flores, on Flickr

In a special collector's issue of RoadRUNNER Magazine, "Touring North America's Backroads"
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-03-2017, 12:19 PM  
Financial Results:FY2018/03
Posted By johnmflores
Replies: 605
Views: 34,756
Do you have any data to support these assertions?
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 10-02-2017, 06:11 PM  
K-S1 to keep the dream alive?
Posted By johnmflores
Replies: 15
Views: 481
The KS-1 likely falls somewhere between the K-01 and D500 in AF performance, probably closer to K-01. If your offspring are still accelerating, I'm not sure how satisfied you will be.

You might want to look for a used Nikon 1 V1 or V2 for a second camera.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-02-2017, 02:38 PM  
Financial Results:FY2018/03
Posted By johnmflores
Replies: 605
Views: 34,756
That's certainly true but I wonder how many photographers are foregoing the nice compacts and accepting the quality available on their phone. I know that I have. Whereas five years ago I'd bring a camera and a prime to a social gathering just in case a photo opportunity arose or buy a small mirrorless camera just for that situation, today I leave the camera home. Less use = less wear = less compulsion to upgrade perhaps.



I'm talking about the larger trend. I'm sure that we've all seen this chart:


SOURCE: This Latest Camera Sales Chart Shows the Compact Camera Near Death

it's interesting to compare the numbers you shared with the same report from 2011:
http://www.cipa.jp/stats/documents/e/d-201108_e.pdf

Revenue is nearly halved from those halcyon days, most of the loss in fixed lens cameras. And while ILC unit sales are down ~23%, revenue is actually up 4% thanks to the move upmarket and the higher profit margins there.

The recent sales data that you share is certainly encouraging but I'm not quite ready to say that the size of the market has stabilized. A couple more quarters of good growth would be nice, as would more timely product releases from Ricoh.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-02-2017, 09:37 AM  
Financial Results:FY2018/03
Posted By johnmflores
Replies: 605
Views: 34,756
Is anyone here arguing that workstations are going to be "fully" replaced by tablets and smartphones? I certainly am not.



It boils down to this:
  1. Is the ILC/serious camera market stabilized or will phones continue to erode the market size of ILCs?

  2. Can Ricoh successfully compete within this shrunken market?

  3. What is the growth potential of getting phone photographers to step up to ILCs?


My recent posts discuss the third point and what features might be important there. I am positing that any ILC targeting that market should focus on phone integration because computer desktop tools are not critical to that group.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-02-2017, 08:06 AM  
Financial Results:FY2018/03
Posted By johnmflores
Replies: 605
Views: 34,756
Two of the top 5 camera brands on Flickr (and 4 of the top 10) are phone makers. Apple is #1. Samsung #3. I'd be very surprised if the workflow includes a traditional computer.

And Flickr is a camera-enthusiast website. I'd imagine that more mainstream sites like Instagram skew even more mobile. Instagram in fact does not enable uploading via a traditional computer. It's mobile upload only, so for people like me who like to upload photos taken with ILCs I have to add even more steps to my workflow to make that happen.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-02-2017, 07:06 AM  
Financial Results:FY2018/03
Posted By johnmflores
Replies: 605
Views: 34,756
I don't see the PC dying completely, just it's pre-eminence in consumers' digital life. PCs will continue to be useful as tools to creative professionals and serious amateur photographers for the foreseeable future. But for everyone else they are less and less important.

I analyze website traffic for a number of clients and for nearly all of them 50% of their website traffic is coming from phones. PCs are second at around 45% and tablets a distant third at 5% or so. And the trend is for phone traffic to rise even more.

With this in mind, cameras that seamlessly interface with phones - not PCs - may be especially attractive to those looking to step up from their smartphone to a "real camera" and building out wifi and bluetooth connectivity on these cameras is critical. The new Ricoh Theta V, for example, has both. The implementation is still a bit wonky but at least they are there and working on it.

The big question is whether or not the PC + ILC market has stabilized yet or will shrink further and whether or not the industry is right-sized for the market.

I don't think the shakeout is over yet.
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