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Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 03-22-2013, 09:31 AM  
Something smaller?
Posted By Laurentiu Cristofor
Replies: 41
Views: 2,505
Yes, but who said anything about doing that? I am only interested in ILCs - I see investment in a camera with a fixed lens as a waste of money - with an ILC, I can at least reuse some of the investment with future bodies. Also, a Foveon MILC will never be "the next big thing in technology" unless the Foveon technology itself sees a jump. At this point, it seems limited in terms of high ISO performance and I don't see that changing soon. Panasonic's newly announced sensor technology sounds more promising at this point.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 03-21-2013, 10:41 PM  
Something smaller?
Posted By Laurentiu Cristofor
Replies: 41
Views: 2,505
Not if the lens is a prime as you would get with the DP2M. The Panasonic pancakes are very small - look up images online.

I've been interested in the Sigma DP cameras since they first introduced them. There were several times when I almost purchased one. But they were expensive for what they offered back then and they still feel that way now. I am waiting for the day when they'll realize it might make sense to produce a MILC around that Foveon sensor.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 03-21-2013, 10:23 PM  
X-5 at Target
Posted By Laurentiu Cristofor
Replies: 3
Views: 1,376
I had seen the WG-1 and WG-2 cameras at Target for some time now, but this weekend I was surprised to see an X-5 as well. Looks like Ricoh is pushing to get more Pentax cameras in B&M stores.
Forum: Pentax K-01 03-21-2013, 05:11 PM  
Rip k-01
Posted By Laurentiu Cristofor
Replies: 139
Views: 10,720
No, that would mean that I sponsor a bad concept with my money. And my LBA/CBA is over, now I am in the phase where I am looking at shrinking my collection, not at adding more stuff.
Forum: Pentax K-01 03-17-2013, 10:05 PM  
Rip k-01
Posted By Laurentiu Cristofor
Replies: 139
Views: 10,720
An interesting vision about cornering the market otherwise than by having colorful camera models:



And here's the response to the question about considering a mount with a shorter registration distance:



If you didn't get the last part, try again:



I got that part about the K mount asset being that it has "some users".

And coming around to the fundamental question of "What is the point where the design of the K-01?", the answer was:



Sounds good.

Anyway, now we know how it turned out. :lol:
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-14-2013, 01:51 PM  
Pentax wants to hear what you think?
Posted By Laurentiu Cristofor
Replies: 376
Views: 42,423
Well, those other aspects are very important, but not to photography (which is the subject here, rather than Apple's business). It is the availability of cameras in phones that is killing the compact camera market. And then there is the social aspect of being able to share photos online on Facebook, for example, which is now impacting the design of cameras by increasing demand for features like WiFi connectivity. The classic camera companies are now in reactive mode.



Well, they understand more than others. You can remote control your NEX from an iPhone. The fact that we see this kind of technology integration from Sony, rather than from Canon, Nikon, or Pentax is what I was pointing out.



Yes, Olympus is part of the classic camera companies and Sony had inherited Minolta. But Olympus strikes me as the only exception here. Sony was not really transformed by acquiring Minolta - they absorbed it and products like NEX are the result of Sony engineering more than of any kind of Minolta product legacy. So I am aware that Olympus makes an exception, but I can only write so much in one post.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-13-2013, 03:24 PM  
Pentax wants to hear what you think?
Posted By Laurentiu Cristofor
Replies: 376
Views: 42,423
Point taken. Although, as you can see from the other reply to your post, trying to define what kind of company they really are is open to debate. :)



Yes, you can argue that, but that is not what they were mainly known for, unlike the camera companies with which they were being compared here.

The point is that historical camera companies (and by historical, I mean those that had a significant activity during film era) are no longer innovating in this field. And that is mainly because the biggest names, Canon and Nikon, are too concerned about rocking the boat by producing radical new camera designs. So the new designs pop out from outside this restricted circle: Apple, Olympus, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, Lytro. Or from companies that are trying to grow again, like Fuji.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-13-2013, 03:10 PM  
Pentax wants to hear what you think?
Posted By Laurentiu Cristofor
Replies: 376
Views: 42,423
Not anymore, but that's a different story. You know how it is: it's better to have had it and lose it than to not have had it at all.



Thank you for the cultural exchange. :lol:
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-12-2013, 07:58 PM  
Pentax wants to hear what you think?
Posted By Laurentiu Cristofor
Replies: 376
Views: 42,423
Easy - they don't have a Steve Jobs. None of the camera companies have such management today. Actually wait - Apple is now a camera manufacturer - the iPhone is killing compact cameras. What does it tell you when a software company eats away market from camera companies?



So which one do you root for here - Sigma or Pentax?
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 03-12-2013, 07:48 PM  
Renewed interst in the 645D
Posted By Laurentiu Cristofor
Replies: 17
Views: 2,135
I would be surprised if interest is rising on other forums without any of the forum posters providing any justification for it.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-11-2013, 09:05 PM  
Pentax wants to hear what you think?
Posted By Laurentiu Cristofor
Replies: 376
Views: 42,423
Well, B&H lists 31 of each, so it looks like things have actually improved and Pentax has reached parity.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-10-2013, 10:47 PM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By Laurentiu Cristofor
Replies: 2,044
Views: 176,415
Very interesting - please share more results from this combo.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-10-2013, 10:45 PM  
Pentax wants to hear what you think?
Posted By Laurentiu Cristofor
Replies: 376
Views: 42,423
monochrome was talking about "#3 slice of the market", not just about DSLRs. Pentax is probably at #6 right now, after Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus and Panasonic. Not sure how they compare with Fuji. Really, the only brand they dominate in consumer camera sales is Sigma, which ironically makes more K mount lenses than Pentax itself. :)
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-09-2013, 01:30 AM  
Suggestions for mirrorless?
Posted By Laurentiu Cristofor
Replies: 18
Views: 1,678
This will happen with all mirrorless cameras and adapted lenses because the camera cannot control the aperture of the adapted lens, so it has to display the result using whatever aperture is already selected on the lens.

MILCs should offer this behavior with native lenses as well, but for some reason, they don't always offer this choice. It's funny how in this case, it's better to adapt the lens than to use it on the native mount.

If you also have M42 lenses, that would be another reason to avoid the K-01 - you can get adapters that lock properly onto the mount with the NEX.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-06-2013, 05:55 PM  
Pentax wants to hear what you think?
Posted By Laurentiu Cristofor
Replies: 376
Views: 42,423
I can just say that if Pentax would have taken such measures, I would have probably spent a good amount of money on some DA* lenses. But the often reported SDM issues have kept me away from this entire line of lenses. I don't mind the 1 year warranty for screwdrive lenses, but a longer warranty would have definitely made the DA* lenses look like safer investments.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-06-2013, 05:32 PM  
Impressive Canon new sensor
Posted By Laurentiu Cristofor
Replies: 6
Views: 1,051
Does anyone know what was the sensor size for the 3-EMCCD camera they were comparing with in the video?
Forum: Pentax K-01 03-06-2013, 05:21 PM  
Rip k-01
Posted By Laurentiu Cristofor
Replies: 139
Views: 10,720
You also probably want to take out of the picture any competitive products and technology trends and brand recognition. Within that evaluation framework, I would probably agree with you that the K-01 is a very nice camera. Within that evaluation framework, we would also not be able to find many reasons for why it was discontinued.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 03-05-2013, 05:59 PM  
How much time do you spend on photography??
Posted By Laurentiu Cristofor
Replies: 17
Views: 1,511
Worth starting a separate thread :)
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-05-2013, 05:58 PM  
Does Full Frame == Better color?
Posted By Laurentiu Cristofor
Replies: 6
Views: 1,109
I'd go with what DxO measures.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-05-2013, 05:54 PM  
Nikon Coolpix A: 28mm effective APS-C compact
Posted By Laurentiu Cristofor
Replies: 52
Views: 4,165
They sold more Nikon 1 than I would have expected, so this might sell well too...



Yes, Nikon can do AF right and Foveon sensors were not high ISO contenders.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-05-2013, 04:36 PM  
K-10D Sensor
Posted By Laurentiu Cristofor
Replies: 12
Views: 1,237
I have not seen any clear indication on whether the sensor is made by Sony or Samsung or Kodak. Since there is a link above suggesting that Sony is the maker, here is another link where it is pointed out that the K10D sensor looks physically different from the Sony ones (different pin number).

Samsung makes sense, but it is also possible that they didn't make APS-C sensors at that time and they only started with the K20D using CMOS technology, so the K10D CCD sensor could come from Sony or even Kodak.

I also would like to see a definitive answer to this question.



Looking at dxomark specs, it looks like sensors that are assumed to be the same, are actually slightly different. I assume that camera manufacturers can customize to some extent the sensors that they order. The sensors would end up being like minor revisions of a major version product, in software terminology. So at a high level, you can consider them to be the same, but if you dig into details, you may start seeing differences - these differences probably do not have a significant impact on the performance, but might account for the minor differences that dxomark shows in their scoring.



It looks like Japanese companies do not always like to reveal their business partnerships, but as to specific reasons why, I could only speculate. It is not unusual though. Pentax doesn't advertise the contributions of Tokina or Tamron to their lenses. Olympus didn't officially acknowledge the sensor manufacturer for the E-M5/E-PL5/E-PM2.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-05-2013, 04:14 PM  
Nikon Coolpix A: 28mm effective APS-C compact
Posted By Laurentiu Cristofor
Replies: 52
Views: 4,165
Now we can see how much a brand name and timing matter. Sigma kept putting out cameras like this one for the past 5 years - and their Foveon sensor technology was at least intriguing.
Forum: Pentax K-01 03-05-2013, 04:09 PM  
Rip k-01
Posted By Laurentiu Cristofor
Replies: 139
Views: 10,720
What does this tell you about the future of Nikon 1? :)

Nikon is slow on the uptake too. They are the last company to produce a compact camera with a large sensor. This Coolpix A camera now competes heads on with the Sigma DP cameras. If it sells poorly, Nikon is likely to conclude that compact cameras with large sensors are not a marketable concept.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-04-2013, 05:50 PM  
Impressive Canon new sensor
Posted By Laurentiu Cristofor
Replies: 6
Views: 1,051
This is a 2.1MP sensor for video, not a sensor for photography. I don't see it influencing any photo cameras in the near future. The incense sticks demo was impressive indeed.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-04-2013, 05:37 PM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By Laurentiu Cristofor
Replies: 2,044
Views: 176,415
Yes, or a 400mm on APS-C. It is *very* compact - I reviewed it here, btw.



I don't remember, but the price right now at Adorama and B&H is $299, so it was probably that:

Tokina 300mm f/6.3 Telephoto Lens for Micro 4/3 Mounts RX300M43

Tokina 300mm f/6.3 Reflex Telephoto Macro Lens for MFT RX300M43
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