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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
Yay! Ricoh Imaging will announce a new camera this month or next month! (Nokishita)
Posted By Rico
Replies: 89
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Totally agree. The Olympus camera like this is the only one that has RAW. Even the Panasonic Lumix version which is a nice camera does not capture RAW. They have a lot going for them small size literally take any where any time even scuba diving but I can not take these cameras serious without RAW.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-30-2018, 08:50 AM  
Ricoh GR III
Posted By Rico
Replies: 367
Views: 19,861
RonHendriks1966 the GRIII ought to be the Ricoh camera that receives first class electronics. I would think. What other camera does Ricoh have to focus such electronics on?

I don't think UHS-II is first class electronics. It is 2 steps below first class. The eventual PCIe is first class which the SD Association announced several months ago they are now heading too with SD Express. Formats like QXD already are using PCIe which is beneficial in many ways beyond speed to how they build the data paths. PCIe is a system bus standard for CPU GPU RAM and Storage to all work together more efficiently.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-29-2018, 02:14 PM  
Ricoh GR III
Posted By Rico
Replies: 367
Views: 19,861
RonHendriks1966 I think that has been the main issue for me with Ricoh/Pentax their thinking of keeping things just adequate enough which leaves the user waiting for the "buffer" but we are not really waiting on the "buffer" we are waiting on the slow SD bus speed. A camera is no different than any other computer system. Would anyone think of setting up a state of the art CPU RAM GPU but stay with some ancient ATA storage interface.

If Ricoh is improving the sensor CPU Buffer etc they need to improve the storage capacity accordingly to keep up. The longer files are in the "buffer" the more energy they consume and the camera is held up leaving the user waiting for the buffer clear. This only adds to the benefit of street photography a more spontaneous camera operation.

I still don't get why people are having such opposition to something that is only going to exponentially improve the GR. UHS-II will improve every Ricoh/Pentax camera. Instead everyone seems to be satisfied with electronic industry standards intended for devices from 10 years ago that are just enough to get by.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-29-2018, 12:44 PM  
Ricoh GR III
Posted By Rico
Replies: 367
Views: 19,861
The advantage of UHS-II is more than just speed the bus can communicate bi-directional with the card and the subsystems through the additional contacts on the UHS-II compliant cards. They wouldn't need 2GB of internal memory to run the GR using UHS-II. The biggest bottleneck every Pentax camera I have owned has been the slow SD card bus. Every Pentax I have used I am waiting for the files to be written to the SD card from the buffer. The K-1 LCD actually shows a little spinning graphic that indicates the camera is basically waiting for storage to catch up to the rest of the system.

Moving to UHS-II at the very least will cut that time in half even if Ricoh uses the top UHS-I 109 standard. It should be a no brainer for Ricoh to use UHS-II as it makes it easier for their engineers to get the best out of the subsystems as UHS-II has extra contacts. The camera will operate much faster as the buffer will be clearing twice as fast for the user. Clearing the buffer faster helps conserve power.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-29-2018, 11:17 AM  
Ricoh GR III
Posted By Rico
Replies: 367
Views: 19,861
The GRIII is on the right path. What we need to ask for is UHS-II. The GRII should have had UHS-I in 2015. UHS-I is not enough for 24mp sensor. With UHS-II the camera will operate across the board much better.

What Ricoh/Pentax needs to do is create a real sister camera to the GR. They should develop a Pentax fixed compact at 40mm focal length. I don't care whether they use APS-C or FF. APS-C would match better to the GR and using a 28mm lens on APS-C gives you ~42mm field of view. But the camera people keep saying they want the GR to be i.e. EVF/OVF, zoom, FF etc is another sister camera to the GR.

Sigma announced they are going to FF with the Quattro. The Panasonic FF L-mount announcement also should be taken seriously. Back in the day I had a Panasonic LC1. That was one of the best digital cameras ever made and really set in motion the whole retro styling. Any one wishing for mirrorless FF Panasonic should help lift the bar. Sigma's real announcement was they ditched SA mount for L-mount only and of course FF size sensors. It will be interesting to see in the future the results from a FF Sigma Foveon body with $5,000 Leica optics.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-28-2018, 11:02 AM  
Ricoh GR III
Posted By Rico
Replies: 367
Views: 19,861


This image of the rear LCD is the best so far to give a clear idea of the screen. The actual viewable screen is going to be much smaller than the dimension of the LCD cover plate.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-26-2018, 02:38 PM  
pictures of the upcoming Ricoh GRIII
Posted By Rico
Replies: 22
Views: 1,601
2. no ev+- buttons seems to have moved to the ADJ. Lever at least this is what is now indicated as a function of the ADJ. Lever +/- from the images of the GRIII.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-26-2018, 01:19 PM  
Ricoh GR III
Posted By Rico
Replies: 367
Views: 19,861
Rush2112 what you are calling facts are just your feelings. Your first response to one of my post's was to declare if I or anyone else needed to know anything about the GRIII to only ask you and the moderators as defacto authorities to what was going to be acceptable.

On the rear LCD screen size the image of the screen on DPR printed to actual size the screen measures 3" by 2" with a diagonal of over 3.5". So it is either my ruler is showing illusionary readings or the spec data released on the screen in the actual GRIII under the plastic case is not accurate.

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OLED are thinner and use less power than TFT-LCD. An OLED screen further eliminates the need for an OVF/EVF.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-26-2018, 12:31 PM  
Ricoh GR III
Posted By Rico
Replies: 367
Views: 19,861
Rush2112 you clearly brought up feelings. I never said anything about feelings. So you are against better battery life because you personally never had an issue with battery life with any GR?

I have GRII. I can get the battery to last pretty long but I never use the screen. You definitely need 2 batteries all the time but that goes without saying.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-26-2018, 11:45 AM  
Ricoh GR III
Posted By Rico
Replies: 367
Views: 19,861
Rush2112 you might be talking from your emotions and feelings but I certainly am not. What is real to me is getting the best camera possible.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-26-2018, 10:42 AM  
Ricoh GR III
Posted By Rico
Replies: 367
Views: 19,861
To bad you feel that way Rush2112.

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RonHendriks1966 I have problems getting people to understand what I am saying Siri is no different. :^)

But a proper OLED screen with a rounded edge to display information would be a nice addition. They use less power are thiner with superior image quality that can be viewed at extreme angles.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-26-2018, 10:37 AM  
Ricoh GR III
Posted By Rico
Replies: 367
Views: 19,861
I have a GRII so I welcome Ricoh getting rid of some of the buttons. Less more efficient buttons is what is needed. I am always changing settings inadvertently on both the GRII and the K-1 due to the excess of buttons. Less buttons doesn't mean less manual control. I want controls that don't take my finger off the shutter button.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-26-2018, 10:18 AM  
Ricoh GR III
Posted By Rico
Replies: 367
Views: 19,861
It may be an illusion but there also may be a mix up in the screen dimensions. There is a size for TFT-LCD touch screens with a 3.2" diagonal length as well as being 3:2 aspect ratio.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-26-2018, 09:33 AM  
Ricoh GR III
Posted By Rico
Replies: 367
Views: 19,861
One can dream RonHendriks1966. With a proper OLED touchscreen we don't need any of those buttons keypads and four way scroller wheels which might make enough room to squeeze in the D-LI90. Without all those buttons, wheels, and levers will make it that much easier to weatherproof.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-26-2018, 08:33 AM  
Ricoh GR III
Posted By Rico
Replies: 367
Views: 19,861
The spec sheet for the GRIII is saying a 3" LCD the same size as the GRII but the LCD definitely looks larger than 3" from the images of the GRIII. It actually looks like it covers the entire raised area the LCD is set in on the GRII so it could be more like a 3.5" screen.

For a camera being released in 2019 there is plenty of time to make sure Ricoh uses UHS-II SD card bus. It makes no sense why Ricoh would not want to use UHS-II it makes their job so much easier. It will only allow Ricoh to produce a camera with the responsiveness users are looking for.

The DB-65 battery is small enough to make it slightly less inconvenient having to carry around an extra and separate type of battery. That said if Ricoh were to move to a different battery for the GRIII they should either make room for the D-LI90 or D-LI109.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-25-2018, 01:08 PM  
Ricoh GR III
Posted By Rico
Replies: 367
Views: 19,861
I think it is only a matter of Ricoh making the GRIII hotshoe compatible with the O-GPS-1 unit.

The GR works well for very close focus which is were Pixel-Shift would be nice to get the best and most out of the details. As would general landscape and cityscape images benefit from PS. If you want the finest detail nothing really beats PS.

I am not sure why people don't really understand the significance to staying with the much slower UHS-I bus instead of moving to UHS-II. It solves all kinds of limitations most especially at 24mp sensor size.

Ricoh shouldn't just move to UHS-II for the GRIII they should move to MicroSD to reduce size to help accommodate a larger battery.

One thing not mentioned is the Accelerator Unit. Let's hope the GRIII has the next generation AU.

---------- Post added 09-25-18 at 04:13 PM ----------



Ricoh officially announcing the coming GRIII isn't "newsworthy"? I am not so sure about that. It is plenty "newsworthy" in of itself. Adding IBIS to the GR and finally moving to 14-bit files is significant.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-25-2018, 12:09 PM  
Ricoh GR III
Posted By Rico
Replies: 367
Views: 19,861
What I am saying is the GR should have never been limited to 12-bit regardless to the reason so it is welcome advance for the GRIII.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-25-2018, 12:07 PM  
Ricoh GR III
Posted By Rico
Replies: 367
Views: 19,861
UHS-II would bring a more responsive camera. UHS-II would bring 4k video. UHS-II would bring better battery life.

Pixel-Shift and AstroTracer are not well off-message. There are plenty of tripod supports that can be put into a pocket that work with the GR. This Manfrotto Pocket support can be on the GR and still fit your pocket.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-25-2018, 10:53 AM  
Ricoh GR III
Posted By Rico
Replies: 367
Views: 19,861
The GRIII RAW file spec says 14-bit. This is a major image quality upgrade. The GR & GRII should be 14-bit.

The GRIII should be UHS-II. It adds many benefits beyond write speed.

What about Pixel-shift? Would be great to have Pixel-Shift. Astro-Tracer using the optional GPS Unit? Or is 5-axis IBIS needed?

WR would be an added benefit.

The smaller size is welcome.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-21-2018, 04:39 PM  
Pentax D FA* 50mm f1.4 and Tokina Opera 50mm f1.4
Posted By Rico
Replies: 135
Views: 9,685
Very Funny. :^)
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 09-11-2018, 02:22 PM  
Is Pentax in the need of a M/L system?
Posted By Rico
Replies: 121
Views: 3,685
Sony was the only one in a position to do mirrorless with a new mount as they didn't really have a legacy mount to begin with. It was easy for people to switch to Sony for FF mirrorless.

Nikon and Canon are trying to compete with Sony FF mirrorless with a new mount which is the wrong approach. If Ricoh/Pentax does develop FF mirrorless they should stay with K-mount with the introduction of XS K-mount lenses.

As I have posted before Ricoh/Pentax should do interchangeable viewfinders so the body can be either OVF or EVF. They should have two bodies an LXD and an MXD. The LXD positioned for Pro use and a smaller sized MXD for the mirrorless sized market. They can start with three Viewfinders. A standard OVF and EVF with a sport optic OVF. The LX had 9 viewfinders to choose from.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 09-11-2018, 01:06 PM  
Is Pentax in the need of a M/L system?
Posted By Rico
Replies: 121
Views: 3,685
This is not true. EVF is better in low light as it has better gain to see in the dark much better than OVF.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 09-10-2018, 09:15 AM  
Is Pentax in the need of a M/L system?
Posted By Rico
Replies: 121
Views: 3,685
I am pretty certain Ricoh's business decision to purchase Pentax wasn't to throw some money at it to see what sticks. Ricoh has over 100,000 employees and is one of the largest companies in the world evidence by your link to the Forbes list.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-05-2018, 09:37 AM  
Kenspo moves on
Posted By Rico
Replies: 206
Views: 12,442
kenspo the issues you have with the K-1 and K-1ii are not the buffer it is the slow UHS-I sd card bus. Once this is upgraded you may find yourself back to Pentax. Pentax has always slow walked keeping up with the faster SD bus speeds for the K-1 it really shows.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 09-04-2018, 06:08 PM  
Is Pentax in the need of a M/L system?
Posted By Rico
Replies: 121
Views: 3,685
No I think the 67 mirrorless manufacturing plant will be the same place the 645Z manufacturer plant is located.
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