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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 4 Days Ago  
DPReview manages to do a negative review of the DFA*50
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 254
Views: 11,642
DPR doesn't generally do lens reviews. A hands-on or brief report (not a full review) is the normal form. But I am sure most people on here know that perfectly well and this isn't the point driving your discussion.

Pentax forums wasn't like this a few years ago. Now, some people don't have a good word to say about anything and the same vituperative memes go round and round. Pentax equipment isn't perfect. So what? No one's is or will ever be. Zeiss and Hasselblad aren't perfect either. You either like what you choose or you don't but who on earth cares what the next guy thinks of it? You didn't buy it for him but for you.

Do you actually want to get out there and enjoy life or just sit in here fulminating at the turn you think the world has taken? I simply do not encounter this kind of atmosphere on other forums where photographers gather.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-11-2018, 09:51 AM  
Nikon mirrorless teaser?
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 219
Views: 4,813
I disagree. Sony has the most to lose. Sony currently has the FF mirrorless market all to itself. Soon, Sony will be sharing that same market with two 800lb gorillas. Could be a tight fit.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 07-31-2018, 01:26 AM  
Move over $$$ony,theres a new player.
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 91
Views: 3,837
I disagree. Canon and Nikonís grip on the sports and professional markets is based on a host of factors which have little to do with technology. I am thinking of their massive pro support operations, servicing, customer and sponsor relationships going back many years, huge third-party support, custom and practice in teaching colleges and suchlike, and the conservative nature of the industry (change is slow because people like to stick with what they know and have $$$ tied up in equipment already). When Sony start to make serious inroads in all that, then weíll be talking. Itís not all about the tech and it never has been.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 07-30-2018, 02:22 PM  
Move over $$$ony,theres a new player.
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 91
Views: 3,837
The comparison sounds a bit far-fetched. What do you actually mean?
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 07-30-2018, 10:19 AM  
Move over $$$ony,theres a new player.
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 91
Views: 3,837
Canon and Nikon have an iron grip on the sports and professional markets and amazing brand names partly from that which they use to capture customers all the way down the scale. Sony can put out as many cameras as they like, but until they can severely dent Canon and Nikon's "brand equity" they will have a hard time making all that much headway. Sony have certainly made some headway but at huge cost and Canon and Nikon are only just starting their own ventures in mirrorless. There is all to play for and Canon, in particular, are an extremely astute and resilient outfit. I would bet on them against Sony any day. I'm not writing them off just yet :)
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 07-26-2018, 04:13 AM  
Nikon mirrorless teaser?
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 219
Views: 4,813
Protecting highlights on my camera isn't hard. Blinkies indicate over exposure. If the rest of the EVF becomes too dark, not in fact a problem I've encountered much in practice, then autogain can be used to boost the EVF back up if necessary. While which to go for is obviously a matter of personal preference, few of the objections I've seen to EVFs actually stack up. Probably the most irritating is a flickering/moire effect in neon-type lighting.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 07-20-2018, 01:03 PM  
Fuji XF10, getting the jump on Ricoh GR3
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 43
Views: 1,890
Given the price I wouln’t expect miracles. A good street camera needs to have very fast reliable focus, good ergos and be tough. No fumbling, it’s all about capturing a fleeting moment. That usually costs $$ to do well, and very careful design. We’ll see. It would certainly be tempting if the performance passes muster.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-27-2018, 12:01 PM  
$$$$$ony A7iii
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 182
Views: 9,605
Ah, another good idea from newer kit, a programmable function button on the lens. Iíve found this useful. A lot of this stuff probably comes down to simple appeal and isnít brand-specific: good modern kit with convenience features (like face/eye detect, touchscreens, etc) sells better because it reaches a broader audience and helps more people get the results they want.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-27-2018, 04:29 AM  
31MP Sony Sensor Global Shutter - 4/3 Aspect Ratio BUT 27.9mm Diameter
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 11
Views: 382
A bigger sensor would allow full multi-aspect for eg high-K 16:9 video. However, perhaps this is an industrial sensor with no consumer camera in mind.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-19-2018, 01:44 AM  
A camera reviewers personal choice.
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 13
Views: 585
You buy this stuff as a system, not a body. M43's strength is the large ecosystem of bodies and lenses to suit pretty well all tastes and budgets and, somewhere in the system, pretty well every modern gadget and gizmo (face detect, IBIS, focus stacking, etc). As with any system, you accept compromises around a personal "good enough" bar. No one system does everything well or even at all in some cases. Olympus have some good old photography heritage in their genes and they do make lovely lenses. Fuji come close but their ecosystem is smaller, they're only just getting into IBIS and - depending on one's tastes - they've saddled themselves with X-Trans. But fast forward say three years and Fuji could be the one to beat.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-15-2018, 03:24 PM  
Amateur Photographers (UK) Predicts End for Pentax
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 570
Views: 30,202
Round here they tend to have been at the cider. It’s not hard to tell where they are coming from as mine host’s glass may still be in their hand but they usually have absolutely no idea where they are going to ...
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-13-2018, 02:21 AM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 2,383
Views: 214,237
Four-shot pano with the Oly 40-150mm f2.8


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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-11-2018, 07:03 AM  
Amateur Photographers (UK) Predicts End for Pentax
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 570
Views: 30,202
Pentax accounts for about 1 per cent of Ricoh so the argument that this is about diversification looks a little shaky. On the other hand, It’s clear that a photography heritage is an important part of the company’s history and self-image. It ties in with Ricoh’s founding mission statement, which is all about service to your fellow man. Western companies don’t get this. It’s a totally foreign idea. A Western company would shed that 1 per cent of camera stuff in a heartbeat. So long as their camera operation isn’t “trouble” with a capital T and basically pays for itself, Ricoh are probably not fussed and in fact may be quietly satisfied.

As a by-word, I spent much of yesterday afternoon with a much revered and widely loved photographer, a social visit. His camera? An inexpensive five-year-old mirrorless with a kit lens. His other kit is probably all film-based. It’s never about the gear. Any camera today including any Pentax camera is far above anything available just a few years ago and is perfectly fine for nearly all everyday situations. Not all situations, but no sane person would deny that if the outliers matter to someone they then should buy the specialist kit that’s needed.

A lot of what folks are talking about in this thread comes from what is perceived as a collapse in Pentax’s “brand values” outside Japan, in the West. People want things done differently. They want marketing, gigs, ambassadors, action, advertising. Without those a brand is easily seen as history, in difficulties, not long for this world. Only Ricoh can correct that, if they choose. And if they chooose not to, then perhaps what we think of Pentax in the West is of little interest to them. It may well be all about Japan.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-09-2018, 11:51 AM  
Amateur Photographers (UK) Predicts End for Pentax
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 570
Views: 30,202
Not here where I am. There are several big stores down in London which stock everything, inc. Pentax. There’s a small but modern camera shop in my town. It doesn’t stock Pentax and concentrates on a few best-sellers from the major brands, 2-3 examples being FF. It’s surprisingly upmarket. The same is true of the camera section of a local department store. How long these places will last is another matter. However, it’s not cheaper to buy online than from them over the counter. These stores do act as marketing fronts at the least. I would always use a store if there was a choice.

Online is not as easy as it sounds, imo. I think this is all very dependent on what part of the world you live in.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-08-2018, 09:24 AM  
DFA*50/1.4 first review
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 325
Views: 20,862
Thereís an interesting article on petapixel about shooting landscapes for a week in New Zealand using only a 50mm lens. OK itís petapixel but the guy is right in what he says (he loved the experience). This focal length has a versatility which I hope gets stressed. Bokeh monstering is fun but only one aspect of it all. F11 is also where itís at.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-08-2018, 07:36 AM  
The Panasonic designed Leica branded FF mirrorless.
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 3
Views: 470
Yup. But a Panasonic version of the same camera perhaps with a Sony F-E mount would wake up a few folks.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-08-2018, 05:35 AM  
Amateur Photographers (UK) Predicts End for Pentax
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 570
Views: 30,202
This may be a moment to cue that consoling music from the Hamlet cigar ad ...

Did you know that the boss of AmPhoto wears saffron robes and owns 91 Rolls Royces? He bathes in assesí milk and champagne. He sends deadly sannyasins (second class carriages only, strictly no taxis) to re-educate anyone who has the temerity to say in public whatís long been talked about in private. Ghastly conspiracies known as FUDs are detected as often as seven times daily and are conveyed to him on vellum prepared from the testicles of palm squirrels by a chapter of devoted scribes. Respectable matrons faint on hearing them. Those found guilty as charged (a formality: they were of course always guilty even unto the ninth generation) can expect the most condign punishment from Mr Justice Cocklecarrot of the Bench, if he returns from lunch.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-07-2018, 03:06 AM  
Amateur Photographers (UK) Predicts End for Pentax
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 570
Views: 30,202
Same here, read it on the train home last night. He gives it 9/10 for features, build/handling, dynamic range and IQ, and 8/10 for everything else while adding the usual caveats others also add. And in his separate opinion piece elsewhere in the mag - flagged Viewpoint so it clearly is that - he does not say anything which hasn't been said here and elsewhere 1000 times already but he does so neutrally, imo, while giving kudos to Pentax where they are due. So the trade is already talking about the slowing rate of product releases. Hardly a surprise. Honestly, nothing to see here move on, etc.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-06-2018, 03:29 AM  
Amateur Photographers (UK) Predicts End for Pentax
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 570
Views: 30,202
People have been saying this for a decade and nothing has happened. In North America things have arguably gone backwards. Will a complete change in marketing really happen now?

Mirrorless isn’t about EVF or size. It’s about the change in design and tech whereby everything is derived from the sensor in real time. From this, video and stills begin to merge.

If you say no to that then people think you are saying no to the future and to investment and are preparing to fold your hand. It’s an assumption which doesn’t necessarily follow at all, though understandable. Westlake may be operating on that assumption.

I’ve no idea what the plan is. It does look as if Pentax is increasingly becoming a Japanese specialty brand offering a legacy experience, and one where the rest of the world is some way down the list of priorities. If most of their sales are in Japan it’s no surprise really.
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-05-2018, 09:02 AM  
DPR's K1ii Re-shoot is up: Score now 80%
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 192
Views: 8,066
Like most madmen, however, he has seized on a point which is perfectly sane and up for reasonable discussion - until he got his hands on it. That is the pros and cons of baked-in alterations to RAW files. This isnít just about noise (personally, I often introduce it as grain into my BW images so itís no big thing for me). It is also about colour reproduction and, possibly, tweaks to clarity/acuity too. No doubt there is a proper technical term for that. On some platforms it embraces lens corrections, too. Plenty of arguments and plenty of interesting technology here.

I suspect we will be hearing a lot more about this in future as more and more software is brought to bear on the otherwise simple act of taking a photograph. Thereís much more to this topic than just de noise.
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-04-2018, 10:45 AM  
DPR's K1ii Re-shoot is up: Score now 80%
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 192
Views: 8,066
Well OK but are we sure there is any longer a Ricoh USA in more than name to do this? The local team if there still is one can only do what HQ briefs them to and they are dependent on HQ for provisioning of marketing and information materials. Otherwise they won’t know more about ye accelerator unit than you or I. This might be Ricoh camera HQ back home just not focusing much on ROW beyond Japan.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-23-2018, 03:56 AM  
M/L where its at right now?
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 16
Views: 772
They often have spectacular field curvature, I can say that.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-23-2018, 12:42 AM  
M/L where its at right now?
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 16
Views: 772
The name is Hogan, Thom Hogan. I have no idea whether he likes seafood.

He’s just pointing out that a squeeze is - or only may be - arriving on M43: smartphones from below, and larger-sensor mirrorless from above. That may mean the good times are over for Olympus and Panasonic, or there again it may not. The key to this, as the man said, is that no one really knows anything. What are Canon, Nikon and Sony really going to do and will it work anyway? We simply don’t know. Will Oly and Panny head for niches and do it well? We simply don’t know.

Behind this, imho, is whether full-frame sensors will end up replacing pretty well everything. The usual suspects would love that to happen, and they would love for us all to think it will happen. They have huge sums riding on it. Doesn’t sound much fun to me, lugging that stuff around. Throw another raw grenade on their barby and give up the mantra of bigger is better, bigger is high status. Probably that makes sense if you are a baboon arguing over who gets the banana, but they’re surely not any baboons out there, are there?
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-21-2018, 09:26 AM  
FujiFilm....the Dark Horse!
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 18
Views: 955
There are plenty of people who don't want to mess with 400mm, 600mm or greater behemoths on FF for birds and the like, especially as one gets older and/or has to try to get them into an airline bag. APS-C or even M43 comes into its own here, imho.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-21-2018, 06:55 AM  
FujiFilm....the Dark Horse!
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 18
Views: 955
Well said. I'll add, though, that imo FF is always going to have a problem with the sheer size and cost of lenses as they exceed about 100mm, especially zooms. Just too big and too much for many. This is where smaller formats continue to have a place. You can either trade size for reach (FF 400mm -> APS_C 600mm) or go smaller all round in many cases (M43 or APS-C dedicated lenses). Perhaps an ideal set-up would be FF milc for primes up to 100mm or so and an APS-C or M43 something or other for the rest, especially longer lenses.
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