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Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 14 Hours Ago  
Shipments of SLRs and mirrorless cameras in 2019
Posted By beholder3
Replies: 63
Views: 2,115
Still the old records are playing over and over again...
... FF is the future

:p
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 15 Hours Ago  
Shipments of SLRs and mirrorless cameras in 2019
Posted By beholder3
Replies: 63
Views: 2,115
This here adds more detail versus the sensor formats:
2019 Mirrorless Camera Market: FUJIFILM is Solid Third with 500k Shipments Behind Sony (1.65 million) and Canon (940k) - Fuji Rumors

8 APSC DSLR versus 1 FF DSLR
9 APSC DSLM versus 1 FF DSLM

Though I admit I speculate that DSLM apsc contains mft as well.

Given that the push for FF has been going on for little less than 10 years already and the total FF share is as it is now, FF marketshare has grown by little more than +0,5% to +0,8% per year.

Give it a couple of decades and FF will draw even. :D
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
Pentax K-3 II successor on September 2020
Posted By beholder3
Replies: 663
Views: 62,233
Announced in November - that doesnt mean you'll find it in stores this year.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
Pentax K-3 II successor on September 2020
Posted By beholder3
Replies: 663
Views: 62,233
If you check the relevant posts, you'll find that it probably wont be October. To me sounds like sometime in November.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 5 Days Ago  
Patents possibly linked to the APS-C flagship
Posted By beholder3
Replies: 108
Views: 10,596
Agree.

The D500 only offers 55 AF Points to select from. The remainder is "support".

So the highest count actually is 65 from the 7d2.

---------- Post added 16th Sep 2020 at 18:12 ----------



It will be very interesting. The patent at least combines AF and meter. So either the metering moves down in the box or the AF moves to the prism.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 5 Days Ago  
Patents possibly linked to the APS-C flagship
Posted By beholder3
Replies: 108
Views: 10,596
If that "image sensor 32" really is something sitting on he prism where the light metering chip used to sit you have found a real big innovation here.

It would mean that they actually do what I wondered about long ago: why not cram a small smartphone image sensor on the prism.


The highlighted piece above in my view means that they indent to do Canon style Dual Pixel AF off of this small secondary sensor on the prism and can forego the smaller dedicated item in the bottom of the camera.

As a consequence I think they could drop the secondary mirror and thus the semitransparency using up light. This would lead to manual SLR style bright viewfinder.

It would not only allow pretty good mirror down subject tracking but depending on where they put these dual pixel thingies it would really improve AF coverage and make definition of AF points pure software (size and position).

And it would allow pretty easy AF fine calibration, because you could automate that: The camera just needs to check itself wether the depth information from the AF sensor (mirror down) is the same as when mirror is up and the main sensor can check.

In case the main sensor already has PDAF pixels (assuming the Fuji X-T4 sensor), you really have a lot of stuff the engineers can play with. :D

This does sound like something really new in the industry.

Now I am more excited about what we'll be presented in the beginning of November. :)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-10-2020, 07:29 AM  
Product Stories of New APS-C
Posted By beholder3
Replies: 501
Views: 38,529
Only today the tools come with a plethora of crutches for the unable. As the consequence skills/users degenerate over time and start to define "proper tool" as a "proper tool" that also has the 101st additional crutch.

It's like assumed adults who think they can drive a car and start crying when confronted with a manual gear shift. Or when asked to cook a proper meal themselves.


I once saw a dystopian sci-fi where the average human was a bloated fat guy going everywhere in an fully automatic levitating comfy chair with inbuilt toilet, which they now are physically unable to ever leave due to degenerated muscles.

We're getting there faster and faster. The worst thing is a lot of people seem to think that this scenario is good.


On internet forums this gets the cream topping by the most incompetent voices making statements about how [the equivalent of the automated levitating toilet seat] is the ultimate sign of "professional" / "flagship". :eek:
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-24-2020, 11:25 PM  
Another snippet from Pentax HQ
Posted By beholder3
Replies: 398
Views: 26,397
Usually norm is quite positive and he does show actual wildlife photos as well. :D




+1

Walk into the party, pee on the birthday cake and in parallel the offender tries to victimize himself by claiming "you guys are so aggressive to poor little me, stop that. You turn off your guests (me)"
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-16-2020, 11:37 PM  
Canon R5 under development plus 9 news RF lenses in 2020
Posted By beholder3
Replies: 293
Views: 13,436
LOL. Relax. Breathe slowly. :) You try to play the white knight coming in to the rescue of lady Sony here with no need. Check the thread title.

Who did bring up the A9 which he coincidentally owns? Right: Sir Winder.



Ah, the old internet apology "it was not designed for ...". Sadly this doesnt make the A9/A9II sensor any more competitive in the image quality department. The D600 from 2012 has the same resolution and a better DR than the current A9II. Oops.



Sure, just as Lomography shooters dont want maxed out lenses.
Sir Winder, I may remind you that you did push your beloved and oh so perfect A9 into this discussing about high res top image quality cameras. Now explaining that it doesnt fit the topic of this thread is funny.



Sony A9 DR is worse than the 2012 D600. In 2015 the D7200 crop camera provided this exact "plenty" DR and the same resolution.
For some a five year old crop camera surely is plenty enough. Those cameras cost around $400 to $500 used now. :)



Be happy if you don't have higher quality requirements.
And so did people in 2012 with the same performing D600 sensor. And people on film a decade ago.
Competitive in 2020? No. :D
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-16-2020, 10:41 AM  
Canon R5 under development plus 9 news RF lenses in 2020
Posted By beholder3
Replies: 293
Views: 13,436
I know it makes you feel better to claim that this test is flawed, but actually it simply compares the most modern high res DSLMs from three makers and your beloved Sony is not the winner this time. But hey, maybe the A7R5 catches up again in two years.



That doesnt help the A7RIV compete in any way, and we are not comparing low res / low image quality cameras, but high res ones. Super fast high res ones.

And there are simply no robust comparative tests out there which prove your claim, so allow me to call b/s on this. Feel free to provide proof. :)

The animal eye AF of the only 11 months old Sony A9II certainly doesn't look like it is on the same level as Canon's implementation.
But we should wait for robust comparisons.


For anyone needing a lot of cropping for wildlife and anyone wanting competitive dynamic range that old 24 MPx sensor in the the A9II never was cutting edge. It was a great one trick/feature pony in its time.
Sony's sensor image quality sacrifices made to allow a fast display obviously did not fit to a broad audience. Not even the A9/A9II owners in forums dared advertise the image quality as a strength.
But that is off topic anyway. Here we discuss high res/high image quality bodies.

Just be happy that Sony now really need to up their game in the next A7R cameras to catch up.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-16-2020, 07:44 AM  
Canon R5 under development plus 9 news RF lenses in 2020
Posted By beholder3
Replies: 293
Views: 13,436
That is a pretty well made AF comparison for human eye AF:















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I expect to see the Sony to fall behind even more with animals, especially when it's not a dog or cat.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-15-2020, 03:27 AM  
Supposed world marketshare of digital cameras in 2019 stats
Posted By beholder3
Replies: 37
Views: 1,408
There was a time many, many years ago when Nikon was competing with Canon and had a nearly even share.

Now Nikon are much closer to Pentax' market share than to Canon.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-14-2020, 09:11 AM  
Ricoh's financial results for FY2020 and Q1
Posted By beholder3
Replies: 16
Views: 3,121
Any minus is bad news.

By comparison Sony camera revenue dropped by more than -50% for the quarter YoY (unit sales probably even worse).
Nikon camera revenue dropped by more than -60%.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-12-2020, 06:45 AM  
Canon R5 under development plus 9 news RF lenses in 2020
Posted By beholder3
Replies: 293
Views: 13,436
And all those adapters do not let lenses perform the way they do on the correct OEM body.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-12-2020, 03:12 AM  
Canon R5 under development plus 9 news RF lenses in 2020
Posted By beholder3
Replies: 293
Views: 13,436
That is not a cross brand adapter (e.g. Sony lens on Nikon Z camera) which I meant. The issues are in poorly reverse engineered protocols. To date even neither Sigma nor Tamron really have the old DSLR mount protocols understood.
Forum: General Photography 08-10-2020, 12:14 PM  
Considering a 43" 4k TV as a monitor
Posted By beholder3
Replies: 14
Views: 1,095
I can only report positive things from using a 49" 4k TV with Windows 10 scaling at 150%. Easy to calibrate with a Spyder.

I see zero disadvantages versus a dedicated computer screen and a lot of advantages, especially when watching images.

And large TVs are always much cheaper than gear for computer nerds. :)
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 08-09-2020, 02:02 AM  
Tony N. bashing mirroless for sports/wildlife, asking for hybrid OVF
Posted By beholder3
Replies: 26
Views: 2,107
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-07-2020, 06:09 AM  
Canon R5 under development plus 9 news RF lenses in 2020
Posted By beholder3
Replies: 293
Views: 13,436
A load of old EF glass works without any limitations on the R6/R5:
EOS R5 - Canon Deutschland

While you can use adapters on other systems what I read means that these cross brand adaptions without any exception limit the native performance of EF lenses with regards to autofocus (not for shooting flowers and landscape but for sports).
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-06-2020, 02:42 AM  
Canon R5 under development plus 9 news RF lenses in 2020
Posted By beholder3
Replies: 293
Views: 13,436
That you are getting a A9II+A7RIV+A7SIII in one R5 body makes it both the smallest, lightest, most portable and by far cheapest solution in one go.

The $ony forcing allrounders to buy multiple cameras to fullfill broader requirements is actually the biggest feature crippling attack on buyers on the market.

Why do smartphones sell? Because they can do it all.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 08-06-2020, 02:34 AM  
CIPA 06/2020 - a little better
Posted By beholder3
Replies: 5
Views: 823
So it seems June has improved on the dysmal May a little bit:




All the while the trend to sell the same amounts of DSLR and DSLM has not changed.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-05-2020, 04:54 AM  
Sony Q1 financial report: Sony camera revenue -53% down
Posted By beholder3
Replies: 4
Views: 551
Sony Q1 financial report: camera sales more than 50% down - Photo Rumors


So Sony's EP&S segment (TVs, smartphones, cameras...) now is writing losses, with their "profits" imploding by more than -130%.
Looking at the figures it seems everthing even in this segment of not really loved by Sony products did outperform cameras.



The educating part here is that we see a very similar revenue slump happen between Canon and Sony. All the while Canon is continueing to sell loads of DSLRs, which Sony can not offer.


When checking CIPA data, we already know that sales (in units) are pretty stable 50:50 DSLR versus DSLM. But the average sales price of the mirrorless cameras has long been twice as high as DSLR, which always suggested that wealthy people tend to buy more expensive (claimed FF) mirrorless cameras.


The other claim has been that the smartphone boom (still selling 1,000 smartphones per ILC) only kills off low end cameras - allegedly APSC DSLR.


Hm. Now Sony's sales (by definition the 100% more expensive toys to the rich consumers) collapse as much as anything else.
That does imply that smartphones have started to kill off as many expensive cameras as cheaper ones.


This in itself is a bad omen for the dreams of quick recovery of ILC sales.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-02-2020, 08:39 AM  
Meet the new flagship
Posted By beholder3
Replies: 765
Views: 72,727
"Collecting" implies having to lug around the feathers.

In parallel with photography I would rather suggest then to refrain to the hobby of "feather specifications expertise sharing on the internet".
Much less dragging around of a down feather or two. Easier to do from the comfy armchair as well. :)

---------- Post added 2nd Aug 2020 at 17:40 ----------



Sad. That was pretty camouflage luggage. :D
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-02-2020, 03:15 AM  
Canon R5 under development plus 9 news RF lenses in 2020
Posted By beholder3
Replies: 293
Views: 13,436
This here claims to have the option to set aperture even for lenses without aperture ring.


Adapter Pentax K-Objektive an Canon RF-Mount Kameras

If that works via a lever or via a separate aperture iris I do not know.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 07-29-2020, 03:22 AM  
Sony A7sIII
Posted By beholder3
Replies: 20
Views: 1,022
And mostly unskilled (for reviewing and comparing things).

You see fools comparing IBIS efficiency with random usage of software stabilization (which you can do in post for any camera lacking IBIS) mixed in or not.

You see fools comparing overheating with different codecs, bitrates etc, sometimes even different FPS.

Caveat: The Sony A7SIII can not use the 50% space saving efficient H.265 with ALL-I at all and generally seems to be limited to about 1/4 to 1/3 of the comparable bitrates of the new Canons. x3 to x4 the compression/detail data loss going on.


You see fools making comparative claims between cameras when not really shot side-by-side on the same rig.
Forum: Lens Clubs 07-29-2020, 03:16 AM  
HD Pentax-D FA* 1:1.4 85mm Lens Club
Posted By beholder3
Replies: 131
Views: 9,492
Definitely. Just imagine your big boss coming to you and shouting "You! Worm! Be creative! I give you 60 minutes to be artistic!"
Now wouldn't that be inspiring to the art? :D

Unless of course you are the king's court photographer and are paid full time to contemplate and think and contemplate and think and try and think again ...
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