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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 5 Hours Ago  
KP custom,DFA*85/1.4 CP+ Exhibit
Posted By Mistral75
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Less than that. €1,599 in April 2002 is €2,051 in December 2019. Subtract 17% of VAT (2002 rate in Germany) -> €1,753 excl. VAT. That's $1,949.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 5 Hours Ago  
KP custom,DFA*85/1.4 CP+ Exhibit
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 619
Views: 52,758
April 2002 RRPs:
  • smc Pentax-FA★ 80-200mm f/2.8 ED [IF]: €2,299

  • smc Pentax-FA★ 200mm f/4 Macro ED [IF]: €1,599

  • smc Pentax-FA★ 400mm f/5.6 ED [IF]: €1,799

Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11 Hours Ago  
interview with Ricoh Imaging General Sales Manager for Europe
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 516
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There are two E-mount autofocus Samyang lenses that are almost as compact as the smc Pentax-M 20mm f/4 : the AF 24mm f/2.8 FE and the AF 35mm f/2.8 FE.
  • smc Pentax-M 20mm f/4: 63mm x 30mm, 150g

  • Samyang AF 24mm f/2.8 FE: 61.8mm x 37mm, 93g

  • Samyang AF 35mm f/2.8 FE: 61.8mm x 33mm, 86g

Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 18 Hours Ago  
What is hidden behind this door? (Advent calendar)
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 121
Views: 5,953
14 December.

1992: PENTAX Espio – The lightest and smallest 35 mm zoom compact camera in the world is introduced. The cameras in the Espio Series revolutionised the compact camera market and were the forerunners of all current compact cameras. A large number of different models followed. Lens systems were supplied to Casio, among others.

Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 23 Hours Ago  
interview with Ricoh Imaging General Sales Manager for Europe
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 516
Views: 21,102
...and perfection is boring.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
Ricoh GR III - Won DPreview best compact/fixed lens camera award
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 214
Views: 4,862
Unfortunately, Ricoh Imaging have to make do with what's available. The 50MP 'crop' sensor in the 645Z has a 5.3µm pixel pitch, the 100MP 40x53.4 sensor a 4.6µm pixel pitch and the 150MP 40x53.4 sensor a 3.76µm pixel pitch.



Indeed; at the same time, they cut off their corner weaknesses.



I presume Ricoh could offer a camera with a 40x53.4 sensor that wouldn't cost nearly as much as current, comparable models, considering that:
  • the Hasselblad H6D-100c costs $33,000

  • the Phase One XF IQ4 100MP Trichromatic (digital back only) costs $43,000 ($48,000 with XF camera body, prism viewfinder and lens) and

  • the Phase One XF IQ4 150MP (digital back only) costs $47,000 ($52,000 with XF camera body, prism viewfinder and lens)


Whilst being significantly cheaper than current competitors, say $15-20,000, would it find a market when the Fujifilm GFX 100 (admittedly with a 33x44 sensor only) costs $10,000 and offers nine newly designed, top-notch lenses and an AF teleconverter?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
Ricoh GR III - Won DPreview best compact/fixed lens camera award
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 214
Views: 4,862
Indeed they would and that's the dilemma Ricoh Imaging are facing: what the point of a super-pixelated medium format sensor when most of the lenses that go with the camera are 20 years old and more?

Besides, I think that the 40mm x 53.4mm Sony sensors, be it the 100MP FSI older one or the 150MP BSI newer one, are far from cheap, thus preventing Ricoh 'to offer a non-crop digital MF sensor camera for a reasonable price.'
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
Ricoh GR III - Won DPreview best compact/fixed lens camera award
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 214
Views: 4,862
Yet, when one looks at the timetable of launches since 2016, it has been one premium camera per year, including the GR series:
  • 2016: K-1

  • 2017: KP

  • 2018: K-1 Mark II

  • 2019: GR III

  • 2020: K-New

Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
Ricoh GR III - Won DPreview best compact/fixed lens camera award
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 214
Views: 4,862
^ Don't forget that Ricoh Imaging also have to throw in a GR iteration from time to time and possibly (one can dream) a 645 camera.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
Ricoh GR III - Won DPreview best compact/fixed lens camera award
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 214
Views: 4,862
I neither can nor cannot: I don't make any such assumption. I see that the K-New's development begun some 22 months ago according to Mr Arai. I have no reason to challenge his statement.



I take both as perfectly explained just before by @Serkevan.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
Ricoh GR III - Won DPreview best compact/fixed lens camera award
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 214
Views: 4,862
No, he did not, nor did anybody. So what?

You keep moving the goal posts, so allow me to get back to what separates us and motivated our discussion (that I won't personally call a dispute): was the KP initially designed as a replacement for the K-3 II, as stated by Mr Farreng, or was it not?

Considering that:
  • The K-3 II has been discontinued for many months

  • The K-New won't be available until several months

  • In the meantime, the KP is the top of the Pentax line-up of APS-C cameras

indeed, the KP has replaced the K-3 II as the top APS-C camera in the Pentax line-up.

Was it intentional or the result of chance? Further considering that:
  • The development of the K-New commenced around February 2018 ('We are starting to develop a new DSLR which can be positioned as the successor to the K-3 series')

  • There was therefore no possibility for the K-New to be ready for launch before the K-3 II was discontinued, even if its development time had been as short as 14 to 18 months

my position is that yes, it was known from Ricoh Imaging that the KP would be the top APS-C camera in the Pentax line-up for many months, i.e. the KP would replace / succeed to the K-3 II as the top APS-C camera.

Was the KP designed ab initio as a replacement for the K-3 II? I'm inclined to follow Mr Farreng on this ('Au départ, nous l’avions conçu comme un remplaçant du K3 Mark II').
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
Ricoh GR III - Won DPreview best compact/fixed lens camera award
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 214
Views: 4,862
I forgot this one. You're right, of course.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
Ricoh GR III - Won DPreview best compact/fixed lens camera award
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 214
Views: 4,862
No but it can be organising the future development (planning it) according to the expected availability date of the world first APS-C BSI sensor, among other things.



You are quite patronizing towards Mr Philippe Farreng, me or both of us. He definitely doesn't deserve to be called 'my own Sales Manager'. Nor did he ever say that the world first mirrorless camera with an APS-C BSI sensor and hybrid AF system covering 90% of the frame, offering 4K video with H.265 codec, took 8 to 10 months to develop.

Anyway, I've never said that Mr Farreng is an expert in development time of mirrorless cameras, his own reference point being the various Q iterations. On the other hand, to know how a camera is positioned within the Pentax portfolio is definitely part of the competences of the General Sales Manager of Ricoh Imaging Europe.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
Ricoh GR III - Won DPreview best compact/fixed lens camera award
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 214
Views: 4,862
There was a two-year interval between K-5 and K-5 II, easily explained by the Pentax camera business being sold by Hoya to Ricoh just in the middle of it.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
Ricoh GR III - Won DPreview best compact/fixed lens camera award
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 214
Views: 4,862
Thank you for providing the link. I'm afraid Mr Byungdeok Nam's statement contradicts your assertion:
  1. Start planning is not start developing

  2. 'About three years ago' is 'about three years before CES 2015', i.e about January 2012. The Samsung NX1 was announced in September 2014.


Therefore It took Samsung less than three years between (i) starting planing to make the world’s best mirrorless camera to compete with DSLRs and (ii) launching the NX1, i.e. much less than three years to develop the NX1.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
Ricoh GR III - Won DPreview best compact/fixed lens camera award
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 214
Views: 4,862
With a completely different sensor (K10D -> K20D and K-7 -> K-5)? Two teams working in parallel, each of them adapting the developments made by the other one to its own platform? Costly, hard to manage and not particularly time-efficient. Yet the time interval was exactly the same between K10D and K20D (different sensor), K20D and K-7 (+/- same sensor) and K-7 and K-5 (new sensor).

if I were you, I would have just answered 'Pure speculation on your part.' and/or 'Ricoh Imaging Europe's General Sales Manager trumps some forum member. End of story.' :p
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
Ricoh GR III - Won DPreview best compact/fixed lens camera award
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 214
Views: 4,862
Do you remember the time interval between K10D and K20D, K20D and K-7, K-7 and K-5? 16 months.

And, at that time, 12 months between entry-level models (K-m, K-x, K-r).
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
What is hidden behind this door? (Advent calendar)
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 121
Views: 5,953
13 December.

1991: PENTAX Z-1 – Pentax studied the market for a long time in order to really supply new innovations with the Z-1 in the then new AF SLR sector. Pentax once again set standards with this top product in the Z Series, be this expressed by the powerzoom lenses or the hyper manual automatic mode, which was still unique at that time.

Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
Lensbaby no longer making Pentax mounts
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 139
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The Sigma 35mm f/1.2 DG DN | Art isn't available in Canon EF or Nikon F mount either: it's a lens designed for short-flanged (mirrorless) mounts.

Same with the recent Voigtländer lenses.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Days Ago  
(Major) Update to the THETA+ App
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 7
Views: 606
12 December 2019

A version update for the RICOH THETA app is now available.
Contents of the version updates for each of the RICOH THETA apps are as follows.

<Editing app>

■ THETA+ for iOS
  • It is now possible to create Animation Photos.*

    * This is a saved file which is a combination of still images taken on the smartphone and animated videos.
    * Saved as Live Photos.
    xxx

  • Images shot with RICOH THETA SC2 are now supported.
    xxx

  • Bug fix.


■ THETA+ for Android
  • It is now possible to create Animation Photos.*

    * This is a saved file which is a combination of still images taken on the smartphone and animated videos.
    * Saved as Live Photos.
    xxx

  • Images shot with RICOH THETA SC2 are now supported.
    xxx

  • Bug fix.


Examples:
















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Youtu.be




RICOH THETA App Version Update Information | RICOH THETA
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Days Ago  
Ricoh Theta (Basic) App Update
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 7
Views: 595
28 November 2019

A version update for the RICOH THETA app is now available.
Contents of the version updates for each of the RICOH THETA apps are as follows.

<Basic app>

■ THETA for iOS/THETA for Android
  • RICOH THETA SC2 is now supported.
    xxx
    • Three presets (Face, Night View, Lens-by-Lens Exposure) can be selected.

    • The “Underwater” mode has been added for white balance.

    • Top/bottom correction can be switched on and off when a video is being played.

    • Top/bottom correction on/off can be selected when posting a video to social media.

    xxx

  • It is now possible to set the white balance in still image AUTO mode.
    xxx

  • The user interface of the My Settings has been changed. (RICOH THETA S/SC/V)
    xxx

  • Bug fix.


■ THETA m15 for Android
  • Bug fix.


■ App for computer
  • RICOH THETA SC2 is now supported.

  • Improved a function to correct rotational shake when converting video.

  • Bug fix.


RICOH THETA App Version Update Information | RICOH THETA
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Days Ago  
Ricoh GR III - Won DPreview best compact/fixed lens camera award
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 214
Views: 4,862
If 'that point' means end of February 2017, because of the time span, in addition to the language used: had the decision to design a new flagship APS-C camera been taken by then, the K-new would have a name now and be on the shelves. Or do you imagine that it takes Ricoh Imaging three years or more to develop a camera once the decision to make it has been taken?



If, one year later, still no decision had been taken as whether or not to make a new flagship APS-C camera or if the decision had been negative at that point, they could have used the kind of language they used this year for the Q and 645 series:

Q series, adapted: 'We are aware that there are a great many Pentax K-3 II users, however we are now focusing on (i) full format and (ii) compact and light-weight APS-C cameras and we would like to formulate our policy with regard to the K-3 series based on considering what we should do next and what would be most satisfying to our customers.'

645 series, adapted: 'we are carefully studying the current market situation and customers’ needs to reflect on the development of the K-3 series.'
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Days Ago  
Ricoh GR III - Won DPreview best compact/fixed lens camera award
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 214
Views: 4,862
The fact that, at the end of February 2017, more than one month after the KP's launch, no decision had been taken yet as whether or not to give a proper successor to the K-3 II (then three-year old) confirms what Philippe Farreng is now saying: that the KP was initially meant as a replacement to the K-3 II, meant to replace it at the top of the APS-C line-up as 'a K-1 alternative', the K-1 being the only K-mount flagship.

Then, considering the feedback from retailers and end customers, went the time of 'researching' a successor to the K-3 II (whether or not to develop and launch one), then the decision 'to develop a new DSLR which can be positioned as the successor to the K-3 series', then the announcement of its development with the exhibition of a 'reference product' and eventually, and hopefully soon, the proper announcement (with full specifications and price) and the launch of the so-called K-New.

In the meantime, some three years, the KP has had the difficult task of replacing the K-3 II as top K-mount APS-C camera.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Days Ago  
Ricoh GR III - Won DPreview best compact/fixed lens camera award
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 214
Views: 4,862
'Au départ, nous l’avions conçu comme un remplaçant du K3 Mark II' doesn't mean that the KP was designed to be the new iteration of the APS-C flagship (which it obviously wasn't), simply that it was meant to replace the K-3 II, to take its place at the top of the APS-C lineup (which it definitely has taken).

May be it's a difference between French and English but in French one can say 'j'ai remplacé ma berline diesel par un SUV électrique' (I've [changed cars and] replaced my diesel-powered sedan with an electric-powered SUV) without implying that the latter is the same thing and renders the same services as the former. Simply it has taken its place.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Days Ago  
Ricoh GR III - Won DPreview best compact/fixed lens camera award
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 214
Views: 4,862
There is no contradiction either.

Act I (sometimes in 2015).
The KP development is launched. Design brief: to become the next top-of-the-line APS-C camera. Not a flagship (this role being devoted to the K-1, also under development) nor a K-3 III. People interested in a camera with the flagship specifications of the K-3 are supposed to go the 24x36 route and buy the K-1 in due course.

Act II (January 2017)
KP launch. The feedback is... lukewarm. Ricoh Imaging become aware that some (many) K-3/K-3 II users want an APS-C flagship with high frame rate, deep buffer, dual SD cards and more.

Act III (CP+ 2017 - Interview with Hiraku Kawauchi, Shigeru Wakashiro, Keiji Ohkubo and Takashi Arai)
No decision has been taken yet. The KP is presented as a 'high performance yet compact and light-weight camera', 'a quality compact body that can be a good match for the Limited series lenses', 'a K-1 alternative' (emphasis added).
'Compactness and quickness are advantages of the APS-C format compared to full-frame. We feel that there is a need for an APS-C flagship model with these advantages. A successor to the K-3 II is being researched.'

In short: wait and see.

Act IV (CP+ 2018 - Takashi Arai interview)
The K-New development has been approved. Takeshi Arai explains that the KP is 'a separate product' and that they 'are starting to develop a new DSLR which can be positioned as the successor to the K-3 series'. He couldn't possibly say otherwise (sorry guys, we made a mistake when we thought that... therefore...) without losing face.

Act V (November 2019 - Philippe Farreng interview)
Almost three years have passed since the KP launch. Dust has settled. Philippe Farreng admits that the KP was designed as a replacement for the K-3 Mark II. Not a similar camera, an APS-C flagship camera, but a camera meant to be the top of the APS-C line, which the KP has been, still is and will be until the launch of the K-New, which will be the true K-3 II successor.
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