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Forum: General Photography 03-01-2018, 12:07 AM  
The three princesses - in China!
Posted By Poit
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Actually I have another student who is a graphic designer. Her school uses Canon 5D's (mk whatever, I don't know).

Anyway, I sent her some pictures of my K-3. She's done some research and is genuinely interested in getting one for herself.

So, I might just have done my little bit for Pentax China. Royalties can be sent via Paypal....lol

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Use Google translate Mark. I use it all the time to help with my teaching.

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It translates to "Pentax"....oddly enough

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I assume this thread has become culturally insensitive, too controversial, and will be closed forthwith.
Forum: General Photography 03-01-2018, 12:03 AM  
The three princesses - in China!
Posted By Poit
Replies: 17
Views: 1,971
It means "yawn" in Chinese!

Just joking. JOKING...OK????

It's the name they have for Pentax in China. I have no idea why it isn't "Pentax".
Forum: General Photography 02-28-2018, 10:13 PM  
The three princesses - in China!
Posted By Poit
Replies: 17
Views: 1,971
Thanks. I couldn't remember what he called it.
Forum: General Photography 02-27-2018, 05:09 PM  
The three princesses - in China!
Posted By Poit
Replies: 17
Views: 1,971
I don't think he was as aware of more 'modern' Pentax gear. He just knew about those old primes.
Forum: General Photography 02-27-2018, 07:22 AM  
The three princesses - in China!
Posted By Poit
Replies: 17
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Yes, that was my point! He knew the focal lengths and f-stops of each lens. I was blown away!!!

AND he knew they were called the three princesses.
Forum: General Photography 02-26-2018, 11:47 PM  
The three princesses - in China!
Posted By Poit
Replies: 17
Views: 1,971
So my current job is teaching English online to Chinese students. I live in Thailand these days so it keeps me in buttons and bows , as it were.

So I was having a discussion with a student about photography. Nothing unusual, it happens almost daily. Most are little unsure about Pentax (it has different name there anyway), but I had conversation yesterday and when I translated Pentax for him, he said ‘ooooooh....three princess. Very famous ‘.

It made my day for whatever reason.

I just thought i’d Share a nice story.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-24-2018, 04:57 PM  
CP+ 2018 Interview Question Suggestions
Posted By Poit
Replies: 146
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It has been suggested that Pentax wants to target the professional market (beyond studio and landscape). What are you doing to appeal to more professional photographers?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-23-2018, 06:39 PM  
CP+ 2018 Interview Question Suggestions
Posted By Poit
Replies: 146
Views: 11,938
Ricoh / Pentax has released some excellent products recently (the K-3, the 645z, and the K-1), but you have been VERY quiet for the past 12 months, and rumors continue to swirl about Ricoh selling it’s camera business. Are you able to comment on this?

Why such a small amount of activity after such great successes?
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-20-2018, 10:47 PM  
What is Pentax doing?
Posted By Poit
Replies: 82
Views: 7,710
The market research is readily available. Weddings are the largest market for pro photographers.

I have said for the past four years, make a Pentax camera and lenses that satisfies the weddings market, and they will satisfy almost everyone.

Sorry if I’m ‘bleating’, but a shepherd that doesn’t listen to his sheep is gonna lose his flock.

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Poit

I can take photos clackers

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Poit

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Your photos are still life, largely, clackers.

I was employed to shoot about 10 bike races. All pre-focused. I lost both jobs
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-20-2018, 10:16 PM  
What is Pentax doing?
Posted By Poit
Replies: 82
Views: 7,710
Well, that’s just nasty.

And I’m a troll?

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Correct me if my recollection is wrong, but I think kenspo specifically mentioned ‘professionals beyond landscape and studio’.

So, to my thinking, that entails wildlife, sports, weddings, out life. All areas that require great AF.

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Thank you. A voice of reason in this madness
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-20-2018, 07:23 PM  
What is Pentax doing?
Posted By Poit
Replies: 82
Views: 7,710
Thanks. I only use back button AF. Ever.

But it is kind of you to give some advice 😀

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Kenspo himself (who seems to be accepted here as the oracle, along with Asahiman) recently stated that Pentax were seeking to appeal more to the professional market.

Now if you are a loyal follower of kenspo, what do you think that might entail?

More lenses? Of course.
Anything else?
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-19-2018, 10:54 PM  
What is Pentax doing?
Posted By Poit
Replies: 82
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Contentious? what's contentious about suggestion Pentax get back in the game...seriously that is.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-19-2018, 10:00 PM  
What is Pentax doing?
Posted By Poit
Replies: 82
Views: 7,710
I tried to upload some samples, but file sizes are too big or something

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Frankly I am tired of this “change brands” cop-out.

My point is, and has always been...Pentax have deficiencies that are limiting their sales.

So you’re happy? Wonderful. Others are happy? That’s wonderful too. I love Pentax as well.

But it MUST catch up with what serious photographers want (AF first on the list), or the doom of Pentax will be real.

I don’t want that to happen. I’m sure none of you do either.

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If you love someone, but they are hurting themselves, do you not say something to them?
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-19-2018, 09:49 PM  
What is Pentax doing?
Posted By Poit
Replies: 82
Views: 7,710
OK, so maybe my issue is the use of AF-C?

I’m happy to accept advice, but how do you track and capture sharp images with a moving subject?

Even a bride walking slowly will have moved out of focus by the time the camera locks and is ready to fire

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Of course you can pre-focus, i’m Not that stupid. But you will miss golden moments like that

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I agree totally. The sigma is a dog for accurate focus. I usually used the DA * 16-50, which was better.

But for a very dark chapel I had no choice. F1.4 lense was needed
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-19-2018, 09:21 PM  
What is Pentax doing?
Posted By Poit
Replies: 82
Views: 7,710
At iso 800, f2? Maybe I need some improvement in my own skills.

I sorta thought that putting the focus poit in the subject and using the AF button would do the trick...
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-19-2018, 09:01 PM  
What is Pentax doing?
Posted By Poit
Replies: 82
Views: 7,710
OK so talk of cup holders and heaters etc gives me the message loud and clear.

I apologise profusely for suggesting that Pentax could improve.

I shall return to my hole.

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It is using a K-3, in a chapel, shooting the bride walking down the aisle. And the shooting the couple leaving. AF-C. 30% keepers at best.

Singma 35mm f1.4

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For landscape the K-3 is a gem. I love it in every respect.

For tricker situations it’s poor

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Actually even in a well lit chapel the AF-C was woeful. I missed a lot of special moments as the bride made her entrance
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-19-2018, 08:54 PM  
What is Pentax doing?
Posted By Poit
Replies: 82
Views: 7,710
My point is, in part, not about my own desires. It’s about Pentax attracting more customers. And that can only be good for those of us who love the cameras they make. Am I wrong?

The simple truth is that people looking to buy a new camera watch and read reviews. I have not read or watched one review that recommends a Pentax over its competitors.

But, to answer your specific question, if I was still shooting weddings I would gladly snap up a new Pentax with improved AF.

I wonder how many wedding shooters have passed on a K-1 because of AF etc
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-19-2018, 08:37 PM  
What is Pentax doing?
Posted By Poit
Replies: 82
Views: 7,710
Haha...no they haven’t. Well researched.

But maybe they’re working on it. 12 months with no new body is a long time, even for Pentax.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-19-2018, 08:32 PM  
What is Pentax doing?
Posted By Poit
Replies: 82
Views: 7,710
But perhaps you are all correct, there just isn’t the revenue these days.

Pentax is...doome...

No I can’t bring myself to say it
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-19-2018, 08:26 PM  
What is Pentax doing?
Posted By Poit
Replies: 82
Views: 7,710
I would like Pentax to be on a (semi) level playing field with others.

Why? Because it will attract more customers. More customers = more revenue. More revenue = more R & D. More R & D = better cameras for us Pentaxians.

Simple
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-19-2018, 08:19 PM  
What is Pentax doing?
Posted By Poit
Replies: 82
Views: 7,710
Firstly, there is no brand bashing happening on my behalf. I am merely wondering what they are doing.

I have only ever used Pentax. I love the cameras they make, but deficiencies in AF are frustrating. I used Pentax for weddings for some time, and it was (on occasion) embarrassing.

Sure, it’s easy to say “just change brands”, but that’s not viable for someone with shallow pockets. I do wish people would stop saying that. Changing brands is a huge cost.

Sony, Fuji, and Olympus have all greatly improved their AF systems. Why can’t Pentax? Surely Ricoh has at least the same resources as Fuji or Olympus?
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-19-2018, 07:26 PM  
What is Pentax doing?
Posted By Poit
Replies: 82
Views: 7,710
Ok, so firstly, I have avoided posting here for some time because I received complaints about being a troll. I was a tad peeved about that, I just speak the truth as I see it. I’m sorry if the truth offends some folk.

Anyway, I find myself wondering where the good ship Pentax is heading. With only one new body in 2017, and a handful of lense announcements (read ANNOUNCEMENTS...not releases) I began wondering what on earth was going on behind closed doors...

Asahi Man predicted, in 2016, that 2017 was to be the year of new lenses. Not exactly, was it? 3 new announcements? Only 2 of which are FF.

And so I thought to myself “well they must be busy doing some R & D to bring them up to speed in AF, touch-screens, AF joystick, and other goodies”. Keep pace with the D500 and D850...

But, with recent leaks about K-1 mkii, it would seem that all that silence has not amounted to very much. At least not yet.

They really took the industry by storm with 3 excellent cameras (k-3, 645z, and k-1), and now the seem to be letting that momentum slip away.

Thoughts?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-13-2016, 11:40 PM  
Going Pro? Switch from Pentax I'm told!
Posted By Poit
Replies: 100
Views: 10,607
Because whenever I have said anything against Pentax there is a howl of indignation. Read through this thread. Nitpickers united!

Perhaps not your good self
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-13-2016, 11:31 PM  
Going Pro? Switch from Pentax I'm told!
Posted By Poit
Replies: 100
Views: 10,607
Oh my giddy aunt, this place should be called Pentax Defence Forum.

I give up. Enjoy your gear folks. Pentax is without a doubt the best pro gear available. All the additional lens options are superfluous, autofocus speed and accuracy is a myth, and why anyone doing paid photography work with anything but Pentax is beyond my comprehension.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-13-2016, 11:12 PM  
Going Pro? Switch from Pentax I'm told!
Posted By Poit
Replies: 100
Views: 10,607
OK, so Pentax flash is behind the competition too. Happy?

I actually disagree with you. Flash is useful and important, but given the choice most, if not all, would opt for available / natural light. Particularly in a wedding scenario.

FYI, one of the 'best portait photographs' of our age is The Afghan Girl....no flash in sight
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