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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 4 Hours Ago  
Leica Sigma Panasonic working together.
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 32
Views: 565
Doesn't look terribly interesting. The Panasonic is going to be focused on video and Leica gear is all way too expensive for me. Sigma's designing lenses may help get a full lens line up out a little quicker, but honestly this isn't a train I'd try to catch if I was Ricoh.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 4 Hours Ago  
Photokina, Ricoh has Confirmed
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 1,573
Views: 77,267
I guess the question is how big an announcement would be required to think that the OP was right?

A GR and a lens or two? Does it need a new k mount body? Honestly, I would just be happy if Ricoh gives some solid hints about what is coming down the line and when, even if it isn't ready to release yet.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 18 Hours Ago  
K-3ii to D500... Is this the right move?
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 246
Views: 3,989
I think the big thing would be a new engine instead of the ancient PRIME one that Pentax currently uses. Beyond which the rumor included Samsung undercutting Sony's price by 30 percent. Those two features would be enough to probably swing things in Samsung's direction if the rumor is actually accurate.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 19 Hours Ago  
K-3ii to D500... Is this the right move?
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 246
Views: 3,989
It depends on the body, not? Pretty amazing on the A9 and poor on the A7 and varies on the bodies in between.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 1 Day Ago  
K-3ii to D500... Is this the right move?
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 246
Views: 3,989
These sorts of frame rates usually aren't available with mechanical shutter and so typically you have the mirror locked up and use an electronic shutter. Anyway, this all way speculative. It just need to be said that just because Ricoh has been at a certain place till now, it doesn't mean that they will always stay there.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 1 Day Ago  
K-3ii to D500... Is this the right move?
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 246
Views: 3,989
Regardless, assuming Pentax keeps an SLR design (which they will), there is no way that faster than 10 or 12 fps frame rate will be available except in live view, where tracking will be abysmal. I'm sure at the least frame rates in AF-C will be somewhat limited, even if the sensor they are using is capable of 50 fps. ;)
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 1 Day Ago  
K-3ii to D500... Is this the right move?
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 246
Views: 3,989
There are tons of rumors going around right now, among them a Samsung sensor capable of 15 fps and a new processing engine from Samsung as well. This sort of thing certainly could boost the K3 III up as far as specs considerably.

To be clear as well, I think the goal with Pentax is to get better, not be perfect. As was mentioned earlier in this thread, even the D500 isn't perfect. It is better than the K3 and has faster frame rate so it generates more in focus photos. Pentax still doesn't need to add 300 focus points to get a decent boost in performance and if the K3 III has similar frame rate to the D500 and is 80 percent as good as far as tracking auto focus (with a DC motored lens) then I think that is a win for Pentax.

As far as pricing goes, I think Mark and Big Mack are right. 1200 to 1300 is probably the max we are looking at. With the Pentax K-1 selling for 1700 and K-P just a hair under 900, whatever flagship APS-C looks like will have to fit into the slot between those.

Anyway, to the OP, good luck! It sounds like you have an itch to scratch and probably for your style of photography, a D500 is better.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
K3ii replacement
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 1,427
Views: 95,330
I agree and I hope my statement didn't come across as saying it was exorbitant. Reh had just commented that the DFA *50's price was too rich for him and that maybe Pentax is moving towards top end products that will be too expensive for him. My expectation is that they will continue to have different tiers supported. There will be a DFA 70-300 variable aperture zoom and a 70-200 f4 lens, both of which should be relatively cheap. The DFA * primes aren't going to be cheap, but they will be reasonably priced for what they are (will be). I will buy a DFA *85 on it's release if it is less than 1500 dollars. The other lens I'm looking for is the DFA 20mm f2.8 or a prime right around there.

But I agree, even Pentax's top end lenses are priced quite reasonably. It is just that if you are a hobby photographer, you may have a hard time paying over a thousand dollars for a 50mm prime.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 1 Day Ago  
K-3ii to D500... Is this the right move?
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 246
Views: 3,989
Just to reiterate what I said earlier, it is fine for the OP to move on if he thinks that his gear is holding him back. This is a Pentax Forum and of course we are biased towards Pentax. We have seen plenty of wildlife and bird shots with Pentax gear that are great and we know that they are possible. That said, maybe they are a lot easier with a different brand. I wouldn't have said that Pentax's focus was on sport or wildlife and while you can shoot those things with Pentax cameras, maybe if that is a primary focus, others brands are better.

I do think I would try the DFA 150-450 before moving on. It seems like a relatively simple thing to do and maybe it bumps up the number of keepers to a tolerable amount. I do think that this type of photography can get pretty expensive -- mainly because of the top end glass's cost. It's probably why I stuck with landscapes and photos of my kids... :lol:
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
K3ii replacement
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 1,427
Views: 95,330
Other than the DFA *50 I don't really see that. The DFA *70-200 is quite reasonably priced compared to Canon, Sony, and Nikon 70-200 f2.8 options and my expectation is that when Pentax does release their 70-200 f4 it will actually be quite reasonably priced.

They have a lot of entry level zooms and a couple of entry level primes (DA 35 and DA 50) and to me, they even have the mid-level are covered pretty well with the DA limiteds, FA limiteds and DA *primes. I do think think that the three or four DFA * primes they want to have their best engineering go into them and have them be really top end. That will put them in the thousand-ish dollar range, which is quite expensive, but they still have a lot of other options in their line up.

My expectation is that even when they upgrade the DA * zooms, they will still be less than a thousand dollars.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Days Ago  
K3ii replacement
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 1,427
Views: 95,330
I suppose. The DA *55 is actually quite small and a lot of the issue with that lens is how long the focus throw is. But there is no doubt that the amount of time it takes to rack from one end to the other is measured in seconds, not miliseconds.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 2 Days Ago  
K-3ii to D500... Is this the right move?
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 246
Views: 3,989
I think, Ian, that you probably would have gotten to a K-1 with either a Sigma 500mm or DFA 150-450 and stuck with that. The "improvements" that the K-1 II brought aren't necessarily the sorts of things that a wildlife photographer are interested in. Also, while you've not pushed it in this thread, you have been a huge proponent in other places of using full frame for wildlife shots. Clearly you've been able to deal with a little lower frame rate (actually not too different from that in the K-1) in order to get high quality photos.

Obviously you shoot with Nikon now, but your skill is such that I think you would actually get high quality images with a K-1 and DFA 150-450.

I guess I'm saying that while the OP seems focused on the specs of the camera, you have not been focused on the same things as the OP at all, otherwise you would have looked more seriously at a D850 or for that matter a D500 and you didn't.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Days Ago  
K3ii replacement
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 1,427
Views: 95,330
My assumption with updated DA * lenses is that they would be optically revised as well as losing the dual drive system. The issue with SDM is not just that it is prone to failure in these lenses, but also that it is really slow. The DA *50-135 is about my slowest lens to focus -- probably only second to the DA *55.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Days Ago  
K3ii replacement
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 1,427
Views: 95,330
I would think if Pentax released updated 16-50 f2.8, 50-135 f2.8, plus the DA *11-18 f2.8 that would be enough to take APS-C users through till the spring when the K3 II sequel will likely be announced. It still might be too much to expect a reboot of the 16-50 and 50-135, but newer drive motors would make a nice improvement on them both.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 2 Days Ago  
Full frame Mirrorless cameras...are they going to dominate ? Who will buy?
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 168
Views: 3,519
Primes with a focal length of close to the registration distance are the smallest lenses for a given mount. If you have a shorter registration distance, as Norm says, you can make smaller lenses in the 20 to 25mm range. On the other hand, for a mount like the K mount, you can have really small lenses that are a bit longer like the DA 40, DA 70, FA 43, and FA 77.

There are a couple of things more to mention. One of the ways that that mirrorless companies shrink their lenses is by under engineering them and using in camera adjustments to fix aberrations, vignetting, etc. Lenses that are well corrected and have fast apertures, like some of the Zeiss lenses and the new DFA *50 are going to be big lenses, regardless of the registration distance. The final thing is that fast zooms are big regardless of the lens mount. I don't think there is much difference in size between 24-70 f2.8 lenses of similar performance regardless of mirrorless or SLR construction.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 2 Days Ago  
K-3ii to D500... Is this the right move?
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 246
Views: 3,989
I suppose it is an issue of cost versus performance. The OP has made it clear that he can deal with lenses in the 1500-ish price range, but doesn't really want to go much above that. That really cuts a big chunk of telephotos out. In the Pentax arena there are basically the DFA 150-450, DA *300 with converter and maybe some Sigma options. There are certainly more in the F mount, but I don't know that there is actually a huge difference in performance between similarly priced options in this focal length. Many of the "24 telephoto" lenses in F mount are going to be pretty pricey.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 3 Days Ago  
Samsung NX1 - Fuji XT3!!!!
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 26
Views: 1,244
Looking at the past, Samsung sensors were Sony before Sony was. A generation of sensors ago, Sony was focused on getting more dyanmic range at base iso and at the same time, Samsung was churning out high frame rates and better video performance. In the time since Samsung went away, that seems to have become Sony's drive as well.

I doubt there is actually a huge difference between them in terms of practicality. The question would have more to do with how much Pentax is able to use the features that such a sensor would be capable of. Would Pentax enable 15 fps if that was a possibility? Probably not. They probably would stick at 10 or under. Would they enable 4K video? And so on.

Overall, I have no particular opinion about who supplies sensors except that competition tends to be good and drive innovation.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Why Do YOU Stay With Pentax?
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 146
Views: 4,759
I'm not sure that I agree with your assessment of the Forum situation. There are hundreds of photos posted every day on the Forum of varying quality. It is clear that Pentaxians are using their cameras to take photos and share. I, personally, take and post multiple photos every week and enjoy the photo threads like the "Share Your K-1 Photos" and lens threads quite a bit. Furthermore, when anyone has a question about how to use their gear or take certain photos, there are plenty of answers.

At the same time, it is like anything else and people discuss various aspects about the future of Ricoh and other brands, comparing them and contrasting them. Maybe wishing like you, for mirrorless options or maybe just tweaks of existing SLR designs. These things drive conversation too.

It isn't an either or proposition. People can come to share a photo and stay for a discussion. As long as it doesn't get too heated, it is all good. :)
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 3 Days Ago  
Full frame Mirrorless cameras...are they going to dominate ? Who will buy?
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 168
Views: 3,519
I doubt it. The majority of ILC photographers still use SLRs. The majority of new sales are still SLRs and that is considering that many people aren't updating them nearly as often as they used to. If Tokina releases a new lens in EOS or F mount, it will sell far more copies than if they release it in Z mount or EOS-R.

For that matter, it isn't particularly hard for them to port it over to those other mounts if they want to and if copies aren't selling, they can take them off store shelves and replace the mounts relatively cheaply.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 3 Days Ago  
K-3ii to D500... Is this the right move?
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 246
Views: 3,989
I guess unless you are desperate to move on I would wait till the spring. That's when I think we'll see a K3 II sequel. I doubt it will be at a D500 level when it comes to tracking auto focus, but I do think it will be better than current cameras and probably good enough for your purposes. In the meantime, I would look at different glass. SDM lenses are notoriously slow to focus and I just don't think you'll get good tracking performance with the DA *300 compared to the DFA zooms, particularly not when combined with a TC. Having the focus range limiter can really help as well.

That said, life is too short to shoot with gear that you struggle with and it is understandable if you want try out other gear. I'm just not totally sure that for your purposes a D500 plus 200-500 would get significantly different results compared to DFA 150-450 and a K3 II.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 4 Days Ago  
Is Pentax in the need of a M/L system?
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 103
Views: 2,803
Even if everything Thom says comes through it doesn't make him relevant except to a hand full of camera nuts who want constant analysis of the camera market. The majority of photographers (much less folks in the average population) wouldn't read stuff like this unless they were paid to do so.

But he isn't Nostradamus and there are just as many examples of things he predicted not coming to pass as the opposite.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 4 Days Ago  
Wild rumour: Samsung to provide APS-C sensors to Ricoh Imaging (and Fujifilm)
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 150
Views: 7,575
It is interesting. Probably the biggest thing is that it would supply an update processor that would allow Pentax to move forward with video, which seems to be a big thing on a lot of people's minds. As far as Samsung's sensors, they seemed to do the modern thing where they trade read out speed for some dynamic range at low iso. The NX 1 still had better performance than the sensor in the K3, albeit with 15 frames per second possible.

The thing to remember is that just because a sensor is capable of crazy things -- 15 frames per second or 4K video at 120 frames per second, it doesn't mean that Pentax has to enable all of that. Still, I think Kunzite is right when he says that some of the specs listed are just made up.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 4 Days Ago  
Photokina, Ricoh has Confirmed
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 1,573
Views: 77,267
This talk of future proofing is silly. Neither format is going to go away, but at the same time, as long as Pentax supports a recent enough generation of SD card, it should be more than adequate. It isn't as though something is going to happen in 2 years that will add 50 megapixels to your camera.

As I said before, the issue with the K-1 is that Pentax nowhere near supports the current fastest SD card write speeds. And yes, buffer size and clearing needs to be addressed, even if it wasn't a top concern on a poll. It is the one thing that detracts from the K-1's usefulness in things like wedding photography.
Forum: Pentax K-1 4 Days Ago  
Pixel Shifted Images
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 861
Views: 95,615
Country Road (DFA 15-30)

Country Road by Vincent1825, on Flickr

Country Road by Vincent1825, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 4 Days Ago  
HD Pentax D FA 1:2.8 15-30mm ED SDM WR lens club!
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 397
Views: 47,284
Country Road (DFA 15-30)

Country Road by Vincent1825, on Flickr

Country Road by Vincent1825, on Flickr
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