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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Hour Ago  
The world's first PK-FE autofocus transfer ring
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 23
Views: 756
I see you have a Lego version as well. ;)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Hours Ago  
[New video Oct 27] New information about upcoming APS-C flagship model
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 410
Views: 22,899
I hadn't seen this financial data. A surprise. Somehow I was expecting Canon ja Sony to be the two survivors in this business in the long run.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 16 Hours Ago  
Sony alpha-K-mount adapter with af!
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 14
Views: 547
Now that would be something if it works! I first assumed it was for A-mount, but the lenses are on an E-mount A7.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
[New video Oct 27] New information about upcoming APS-C flagship model
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 410
Views: 22,899
How I see Ricoh strategy today is that they can't (and perhaps aren't even trying to) attract new users. After all, most of traditional Pentax strengths (like WR, IBIS, compact size) can be today found in other brands. Often in cameras that are in other ways even better or cheaper. So Ricoh is today selling mostly to long time Pentax users, with either a significant investment in K mount lenses or a nostalgic brand loyalty. And because these customers are loyal, the company can charge above the relative value of the cameras.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
[New video Oct 27] New information about upcoming APS-C flagship model
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 410
Views: 22,899
1999. Expected availability March 31st.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
[New video Oct 27] New information about upcoming APS-C flagship model
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 410
Views: 22,899
Could it be RAW and RAW+ (RAW + JPEG)?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Days Ago  
[New video Oct 27] New information about upcoming APS-C flagship model
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 410
Views: 22,899
This?





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Viewfinder Overlay AF Points, Grid Display, Electronic Level, AF Frame, Spot Metering Frame, Crop, Smart Function, Operation Control Lock



Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Days Ago  
[New video Oct 27] New information about upcoming APS-C flagship model
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 410
Views: 22,899
What sensor is it? 26~ish Megapixels. Is it a Sony IMX571? Fujis use 26 Mp sensors, are they the same?
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 4 Days Ago  
What software do you use to post process your photos?
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 63
Views: 1,490
What software provide good Pentax lens corrections? Especially on a Mac?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-18-2020, 02:05 AM  
'Be patient and wait' (Kimio Tanaka)
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 148
Views: 11,436
IIRC, in this interview














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from May they say that they have some challenges getting components due to covid, but they try to release the camera in 2020.
Forum: General Photography 10-15-2020, 06:46 AM  
Is there a Pentax camera shortage due to the pandemic?
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 22
Views: 1,238
Well, one purely camera store has a web store and b&m stores in major cities in Finland. Another store sells all kinds of electronics, but used to have a pretty good selection of cameras. Apparently they're both dropping Pentax. Another good purely camera store is mainly a web store, but they also have one b&m store in the capital. They used to carry a lot of Pentax also, but now the only Pentax DSLR they have on stock is the K-70. Hope they aren't dropping the brand as well. (Actually this store sold their last remaining K-1 Mark I cameras for some 1000 in the spring but I didn't know of it at the time. Still kicking myself for not being up to date...)
Forum: General Photography 10-11-2020, 08:15 AM  
Is there a Pentax camera shortage due to the pandemic?
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 22
Views: 1,238
I have checked some half dozen Finnish stores with an internet presence (webstore or stock listing on the web) and it seems that one store has just K-70 and 645Z on stock and another has K-1. That is more or less it!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-11-2020, 05:00 AM  
New K-New? Who Knew?
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 159
Views: 18,870
Perhaps they're returning to the PK/R mount. ;)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-10-2020, 10:06 PM  
New K-New? Who Knew?
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 159
Views: 18,870
A related question: What do we actually KNOW of the coming K-new (or coming K-news)? I mean official information from Ricoh, not guesses, rumors or wishes.
Forum: General Photography 10-10-2020, 09:54 PM  
Is there a Pentax camera shortage due to the pandemic?
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 22
Views: 1,238
I have been out of the Pentax loop for quite some time. Lately I have been checking the Pentax DSLR prices and availability here in my native Finland again. It seems that most of the stores that used to sell Pentax have zero or almost zero cameras on stock. I wonder if this pandemic has caused a shortage on some camera parts and therefore of cameras? Or is it just that in this economic uncertainty the stores keep their stock at the minimum?
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-10-2020, 09:04 PM  
Wondering where to go camera-wise (especially re: MFT)
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 27
Views: 982
OK. Thanks everybody. Many good ideas and suggestions. My starting point may seem confusing, because it is! I felt lost in my camera strategy. I’d like to especially thank northcoastgreg because he has been using so similar equipment and his experience helps me understand what to expect with different upgrades. Also helped to hear that significant AF advancement has really happened (in stead of telling me I just can’t do it right).

Actually, I am now thinking I’ll keep using both systems in the long run. I’ll use the E-M5 as long as it works and will get a more modern Pentax body.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-10-2020, 12:51 PM  
Wondering where to go camera-wise (especially re: MFT)
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 27
Views: 982
I mean APS-C size, compared to FF.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-10-2020, 09:57 AM  
Wondering where to go camera-wise (especially re: MFT)
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 27
Views: 982
That is what I'd do if I was starting from scratch. Sony probably. But getting both a new body and even a couple of decent lenses at this point is a bit steep.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-10-2020, 09:17 AM  
Wondering where to go camera-wise (especially re: MFT)
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 27
Views: 982
You may be right. On the other hand I'd like to finally get the FF camera that I used to dream of before I started using MFT. But due to my experience with the AF of older models makes my afraid I'd be disappointed with it. Again.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-10-2020, 06:16 AM  
Wondering where to go camera-wise (especially re: MFT)
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 27
Views: 982
Yes, that is what they say officially but I'm not too confident. Panasonic is investing in L mount so they may not produce m43 forever. And while JIP is officially saying they'll go on with camera production, it is all about making the company profitable and if they can't do it, that's it.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-10-2020, 06:08 AM  
Wondering where to go camera-wise (especially re: MFT)
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 27
Views: 982
Well, the thing is that we may not want to take pictures only in sunshine and of zebras. :cool:
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-10-2020, 05:43 AM  
Wondering where to go camera-wise (especially re: MFT)
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 27
Views: 982
Tom, good points. I realize this may sound a little contradicted. But as my K-5 did not have a much better IQ - if any - than my E-M5, I was not willing to carry the heavier camera. And while Pentax AF can be very slow and loud, especially with screw AF lenses, my problem was always with the accuracy of AF. Even after lens calibration it has always been a hit and miss experience. But if a FF K-1 gives me a much better IQ and low light performance, I might be willing to carry the heavier camera.

It could be that I am a bit bored with the Olympus (or have GAS), but also it is my only MFT body and I don't think they'll be around much longer. So I have to sooner or later decide whether to get a new one or not. I actually once even dropped the camera (luckily with the kit zoom) to the concrete floor from 1 m but it has so far been working OK.

But as camera tech and IQ goes further, I think many of us always lust for the newer and better in stead of the camera that was good 10 years ago.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-10-2020, 04:12 AM  
Latest news about Olympus.
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 10
Views: 750
I wonder if Sigma would be willing to sell Foveon MFT sensors to JIP? Now that would be an interesting "high end" option.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-10-2020, 04:09 AM  
Wondering where to go camera-wise (especially re: MFT)
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 27
Views: 982
I was originally a Pentax shooter and still have a couple of camera bodies (K20D and K-5) and quite a few K mount lenses, mostly for APS-C (incl. DA 15 21 40 70 mm Ltd). But for many years I have been shooting mainly with my Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mk I for two reasons: weight and AF.

While Pentax makes DSLR bodies that are light compared to most other brands, there is still a significant weight difference to carry around compared to the MFT system. Second, I have never been quite happy with Pentax AF. Even AF-S has never been very reliable on any of my Pentax bodies (K200D, K20D, K-x, K-5). I am sure users tell me it is much better in more current bodies and I have no doubt. But all the same, it is year 2020 and many users aren't happy with the AF of even the latest models.

For my MFT, I have a small semi-decent lens collection (Olympus 12-40 mm f/2.8 Pro, Panasonic 35-100 f/2.8, PanaLeica 25 mm f/1.4 and Olympus 45 mm f/1.8). As my E-M5 is already a bit older and has seen some action, I have been thinking about upgrading. But now with this JIP sell, I am hesitant to spend any more money in MFT as I see this as the beginning of the end of MFT. And frankly, I think that the time for MFT has gone. MFT used to be a great compromise between IQ and camera weight/size/price. APS-C cameras were bigger, not to mention FF. But this has changed. There are now FF cameras about the same size as my E-M5. Admittedly many lenses are significantly bigger, but not all. In today's situation I would certainly not buy into MFT if I was starting from scratch. I think that over the years Olympus lost its way. In stead of keeping to making great compact cameras they started making huge pro models which are bigger than many FF cameras and cost up to $3000.

Selling my current gear and starting over is not an option (for I would not get much money from them and I really really really hate selling stuff). So now I am thinking of two main possibilities and a third different one:

A) I'll buy one of the last OM-Ds (probably an E-M5 Mk III) and keep shooting with it until it dies. But as camera IQ in general gets better year after year, I wonder how long would I be happy with a new E-M5.

B) I'll return to actively using a Pentax and will finally buy the long awaited FF camera. The problem is that I don't really have a great lens collection for this. While my DA 40 and 70 could apparently be used with some vignetting and I also have an FA 50 f/1.4, a DFA 100 mm WR, a Sigma 24-80 mm f/2.8 HSM and a DA 55-300, this is by no means a great full frame lens collection. And buying a K-1, I would not be willing to spend a lot on new lenses. I am sure some will say why not get a modern APS-C body like a KP (or Knew), but I am not tempted. While I am sure they're in every way better than my K-5, I just don't feel the desire to buy yet another APS-C body with its sensor short comings.

C) My third option is just waiting to see where all this camera business turbulence takes us and meanwhile stick to mainly using my Ricoh GR II. The thing is that as camera sales go down year after year and now there's this pandemic to complicate things further, I am not sure which camera companies will be around in a few years to begin with. Canon and Sony?

So, what do you folks say of these thoughts and ponderings?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-27-2020, 10:01 PM  
Ricoh Imaging appointed global spokesperson
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 101
Views: 8,569
September equinox was less than a week ago. I don't think there's a single place on Earth where Sun rises at that time.
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