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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-30-2018, 09:53 PM  
K3ii replacement
Posted By Mark Ransom
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I'm not a major stressor of batteries. If I start the day with a full charge, I really appreciate knowing I'll get through the whole day without having to think about the battery.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-30-2018, 09:49 PM  
K3ii replacement
Posted By Mark Ransom
Replies: 2,451
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"In the pipeline" is indistinguishable from non-existent. Unless they tell us about them.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-24-2018, 07:04 AM  
K3ii replacement
Posted By Mark Ransom
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We don't know everything about their testing methodology though. Do they keep the camera off most of the time so it stays cool, or do they let it run hours on end?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-21-2018, 06:17 PM  
K3ii replacement
Posted By Mark Ransom
Replies: 2,451
Views: 182,438
If Pentax is switching to a new processor, that would explain the delays. I'm sure the software from one camera generation to the next has only undergone minor changes, but switching processors would probably require something more major.

The last time they used a Samsung sensor was the K-7. The major change from the K-7 to the K-5 was replacing it with a Sony sensor, and I'm sure you remember how that turned out. Do you think Samsung has improved greatly since then?
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-19-2018, 07:48 PM  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By Mark Ransom
Replies: 30,991
Views: 1,424,422
I spy a butterfly perched on a flower.

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-19-2018, 05:16 PM  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By Mark Ransom
Replies: 30,991
Views: 1,424,422
I spy a red-breasted bird too.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-18-2018, 04:05 PM  
K3ii replacement
Posted By Mark Ransom
Replies: 2,451
Views: 182,438
We don't need tubes for that anymore. We have focus motors.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-15-2018, 08:04 PM  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By Mark Ransom
Replies: 30,991
Views: 1,424,422
I see wildlife staring at me.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-15-2018, 06:26 AM  
K3ii replacement
Posted By Mark Ransom
Replies: 2,451
Views: 182,438
I'm one of those people on the other site.

There's really nothing wrong with the partnership, it's the pricing policy difference that galls. Evidently both lenses have the same list price, but Tokina is much more free with their discounts. As a practical matter, it means you're better off getting another camera than a Pentax if you want the lens.

The pricing policy ties nicely into your other comment. Pentax is keeping a tight grip to maintain their list prices, but usually that's done to keep the margins healthy for B&M stores. But Pentax doesn't have any.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-12-2018, 06:25 AM  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By Mark Ransom
Replies: 30,991
Views: 1,424,422
Haven't I seen this picture in the thread already?
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-07-2018, 02:47 PM  
Thematic Bigger Flowers
Posted By Mark Ransom
Replies: 2,152
Views: 104,867
I can see now why the GR has so many fans.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-04-2018, 10:14 AM  
K3ii replacement
Posted By Mark Ransom
Replies: 2,451
Views: 182,438
You have to be careful whether the figure includes or excludes the battery.

I'm torn on the subject of camera weight. On one hand I appreciate the denseness of Pentax cameras, on the other I find even my K-7 to be a little much for a full day's outing.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-04-2018, 10:11 AM  
K3ii replacement
Posted By Mark Ransom
Replies: 2,451
Views: 182,438
I sometimes find it handy to use a collapsed monopod as a kind of handle, when I'm too rushed or in an awkward position to extend it properly.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-02-2018, 06:25 PM  
K3ii replacement
Posted By Mark Ransom
Replies: 2,451
Views: 182,438
I haven't noticed any image quality downsides on my K-01.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-01-2018, 01:31 PM  
K3ii replacement
Posted By Mark Ransom
Replies: 2,451
Views: 182,438
Pentax did use a Samsung sensor at one time, for the K-20D and K-7. The Sony sensor was far superior as proved by the K-5.

Pentax has learned how to get the best from the Sony sensors, I would not automatically assume that a Samsung sensor would be an improvement.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-01-2018, 01:27 PM  
K3ii replacement
Posted By Mark Ransom
Replies: 2,451
Views: 182,438
The only problems I have with the K-1 is that it's too big/heavy and too expensive. Even if the frame rate and buffering and resolution are increased so that in crop mode it matches the K-3ii, those would still be problems. Same if they came out with a 24MP FF. But maybe Pentax doesn't care about people like me.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-30-2018, 06:19 PM  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By Mark Ransom
Replies: 30,991
Views: 1,424,422
I spy tree bark and fungus.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-29-2018, 03:15 PM  
K3ii replacement
Posted By Mark Ransom
Replies: 2,451
Views: 182,438
Exactly where we were before - knowing nothing and often assuming the worst.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-29-2018, 07:53 AM  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By Mark Ransom
Replies: 30,991
Views: 1,424,422
I spy a sandy beach.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-27-2018, 03:13 PM  
Tokina is showing a second opera lens at Photokina.
Posted By Mark Ransom
Replies: 8
Views: 748
I guess since Pentax was busy designing their 50mm, they had time to do something else.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-26-2018, 04:15 PM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By Mark Ransom
Replies: 2,712
Views: 255,864
Very nice.

Panasonic makes two 12-60s, the f3.5-5.6 and Leica f2.8-4. Which one do you have? I recently got the f3.5-5.6, and while I haven't had a lot of chances to use it I really like it so far.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-26-2018, 06:09 AM  
K3ii replacement
Posted By Mark Ransom
Replies: 2,451
Views: 182,438
Good solid reasoning. However there's a chance that a K-3II replacement announcement might affect KP sales.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-25-2018, 07:06 PM  
K3ii replacement
Posted By Mark Ransom
Replies: 2,451
Views: 182,438
You forgot one: 1) D) The decision to build a K-3II replacement came late, so the design is still underway. The K-3II sales volume dropped below sustainable levels before the new camera was available. I believe this is the most likely scenario, although your others are possible too.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-24-2018, 08:54 PM  
Photokina, Ricoh has Confirmed
Posted By Mark Ransom
Replies: 1,960
Views: 115,163
When has an alliance with a sensor manufacturer been news? Camera makers like to keep their options open and their sources private.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-24-2018, 09:59 AM  
Photokina, Ricoh has Confirmed
Posted By Mark Ransom
Replies: 1,960
Views: 115,163
It doesn't work on my K-7 either, which of course is older than the K-5II.
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