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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-04-2018, 11:49 AM  
Kenspo moves on
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 273
Views: 17,852
This goes back to something which has been around for a long time now: a very small company trying to keep abreast of three different formats as well as an insalata mixta of compacts, GR, Theta et al. I’d thought that the “reduction in line-up” mentioned in Ricoh’s quarterly financial statements was a strong hint that streamlining was on the way and thus a concentration on fewer lines, the ones they know they can do well at a decent margin. That’s likely to mean tough choices down the road as one line or format first slows and then drops off the twig but it may be the best way of securing a better future for the strongest parts of the biz. Maybe medium format isn’t one of them now that Fuji and co are involved? And if someone thinks medium format is a strong line, then which other line would one prune or even eliminate instead? It’s not easy is it.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 11-01-2018, 09:09 AM  
TN says m43 is dead ...
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 48
Views: 1,260
Quite possible but not for a while. Cell phones can't put 20 quality mpx on something at 300mm f2.8 or 600mm f4 with sophisticated AF and all the rest, unlike APS-C or M43. Maybe in five to ten years? But by then those formats will be fifteen to twenty years old and nothing lasts for all that long in this game. However, we can't be sure how interested the cellphone-makers would be in doing that in the first place. They might - or might not - decide that some things were best left to specialist tools and were a step and a cost increase too far for them.

Plus, some people just like cameras and lenses and taking photographs with cameras and lenses. For myself I think that is always underestimated in discussions about technology - some people just like cameras and lenses regardless of what's inside them, who made them or what else those folks could get instead. If there are enough of them, that's the market.

And a subset or niche of that audience probably likes netsuke-like small and will pay for the miniaturization and design involved, just as they did for the Pentax Q for example. In the case of Olympus one needs to look at the continuing influence of Yoshihisa Maitani.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 11-01-2018, 03:41 AM  
TN says m43 is dead ...
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 48
Views: 1,260
These YouTube characters. This one is like being lectured by a madman in a wig in an unkempt Kentucky Fried Chicken bar. Or without a wig in the case of the Angry Photographer. How often do they ever talk about light, idea and vision, craftsmanship? Some do for sure, but alas not many.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-31-2018, 03:51 PM  
Olympus OMD EM1X coming in January.
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 41
Views: 2,701
The rumoured model number - E-M1X - makes it sound like an E-M1 Mark II with a turbo fitted. If so, deffo not for everyone. Most folks would likely prefer a solid midrange generalist camera with a modern 20-24 mpx sensor without an eye-watering price tag and fancy features they’ll never use. We’ll see if that turns up while the E-M1X acts as the halo/attractor unit. The rest - X-T3 vanquisher, etc - is just YouTube-style hype.

“Compact but powerful and full featured” has been the basic Olympus offer for many years now. One can argue about the exact nature of that as time and tech change but at least it’s always been clear. It’s not for everyone or for every situation by any means but if those criteria meet someone’s requirements, Oly (and Panasonic) offer a very good system imho. The accent is on system, a full and capable one by now given the range of bodies, lenses and accessories on M43.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-30-2018, 05:04 AM  
K3ii replacement
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 2,451
Views: 159,504
KP Mark II? In effect, whatever it is called. With latest electronics, better shutter and mirror assembly, better buffer, revised grip and bigger battery (maybe)? That would basically give a K1 but about one-third smaller and tie in with recent statements along the lines of "If you like the K1 ..."
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-24-2018, 11:22 AM  
Sigma Interview Photokina 2018
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 64
Views: 1,739
There’s not much point being too serious, is there? No one gets out alive. Folks can be as awfully seriously as they want but they’re going down all the same.

And on that cheerful note I’ll simply say that FF is a minority format. Relatively few people buy into it just as only a few people spend thousands on camera kit. The vast majority never have. What may perhaps kick in is the powerful reality distortion field on enthusiast photography forums coupled with the marketing wiles of the big manufacturers. Pretty soon it can seem as if world + wife are spending like crazy on all the top-end kit and anyone who doesn’t is barmy.

The reality out there is a raggle-taggle army of bits and bobs sometimes segundo mano and far removed from the marketing brochures. Out of about 10-12 in the photography group I hang with here only two have FF and neither camera is top-range. Everyone else has crop or M43 sometimes quite ancient. And yes, those who do have serious money buy MF. There aren’t many of them but there are enough to supply the segment with a business. As a pursuit for some folks, MF photography is rather like forking out on a Harley or a Ducati, I think. Some just do. They have the cash so why not. Obviously FF is a total pleasure for those who use it but it is not ordained that it is a dead cert for the only or majority photo format. Digital gives options.

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Mis-selling - conning customers into buying what is not suitable or affordable - is a cynical error which is soon caught out. Don’t go there. FF is the wrong choice for an awful lot of people because IQ is only one of several key metrics in camera choice. A good salesman would understand that and steer the customer to something more suitable. A bridge camera, a 1” compact, a D3xxx or D5xxx, for example.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-23-2018, 11:07 PM  
Sigma Interview Photokina 2018
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 64
Views: 1,739
I would not argue with that for a moment, though there wil always be people who can afford such things and competing with them might be tricky. Go to a site like LuLa and there are quite a few of them. However, professionals and a handful of high-enders arent enough to keep the whole camera market going. I was equally thinking of enthusiasts or just regular folks whod like a decent camera. Id expect they are by far the majority, in numbers anyway. Mostly I dont think they need or can afford the FF bandwagon. Selling them an FF camera may keep the companies happy but is not doing the customers any favours if they end up boggled by the size and cost and trade the beast back in for a smaller, simpler item anyway. If or when this sinks in, then yes FF may turn out to be an orphan format because by far the majority realize it is not right for them.

Still, there is hope for us all. Earlier this year I went to the wildlife photographer of the year expo in the UK. Among the winning entries there were several taken with quite basic cameras, down to things like a D90 or if I recall a D200. These were from photographers who live in parts of the world where costly cameras and lenses are completely unaffordable. The images were still stunning. Talent will out.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-23-2018, 10:42 AM  
Sigma Interview Photokina 2018
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 64
Views: 1,739
FF is a minority pursuit, quite markedly so to date. The essential scam being run by the big manufacturers is presenting it as the majority pursuit, in fact the only sensible option. Why, you can’t buy a decent camera for less than $2K, make that $3K with a decent lens, because it just has to be FF and besides all your friends and especially these here “Pros” will laugh at you otherwise. This is clever marketing, but also nonsense. Digital has freed up the old format wars.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-23-2018, 10:03 AM  
Sigma Interview Photokina 2018
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 64
Views: 1,739
I see FF as a potentially orphan format, in fact, despite the current furore. If I were a landscape or high-end art photographer, I would go straight to medium format. If I were after sports or wildlife, I would head for APS-C or in some cases even M43. For general knockabout stuff, a sensor as small as the M43 one is in fact perfectly fine and will deliver good, publishable results in good light or even quite bad light if IBIS is engaged. Of course this is easier said than done because the big manufacturers are trying to force formats on people, so lens choice, AF questions and professional support start to crop up because they are reserved for some models/formats only. Still, strip it all out and that doesn't leave all that much for which FF is a must-have rather than just a preference for the vast majority of customers.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-23-2018, 08:32 AM  
Sigma Interview Photokina 2018
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 64
Views: 1,739
Rational and to be expected. They will work with what they can work with now, which means E and very soon L mounts and the legacy mounts they already cover, and wait to see how the new Canon and Nikon mounts pan out (and how easy they are to reverse engineer, presumably).

I don't doubt that FF mirrorless is definitely the future for Sigma but it doesn't follow that what is good for Sigma is good for everyone else. It sounds a bit unlikely, tbh. There is already quite a population of photographers who simply don't want or need massive FF lenses, particularly for telephoto. Some will pay handsomely for the miniaturisation which comes with weight-saving on other formats, etc. Only time will tell.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-23-2018, 08:17 AM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 2,529
Views: 227,536
Animal magic at the mo. All taken with the E-M1 and the Oly 40-150mm f2.8:



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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-18-2018, 07:58 AM  
Sigma Interview Photokina 2018
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 64
Views: 1,739
Yes, there is far more intercompany business behind the scenes than we allow. The brands are often just the outward-facing manifestation of it, the sales frontage in a way. It makes a lot of the amour propre about own-brand lenses and can't touch a lens from X they are a competitor, etc, rather ridiculous, imho. One of the very best lenses in the Olympus stable is a Sigma design, apparently. And Mr. Jun Hirakawa of old Pentax fame is now with Tamron, of course. At this level of expertise, it is a very small world. With the help of modern CAD, probably lots of people can design a crap lens. Very very few can design a truly memorable one.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-17-2018, 05:13 AM  
Sigma Interview Photokina 2018
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 64
Views: 1,739
I disagree. Every time a big brand contracts out making a lens or something else to a third-party they are doing roughly the same thing anyway. There are some things an outfit can do in-house and some things they can't so one goes out of house. A couple of long teles and a couple of wide primes from elsewhere would have made a big difference to the overall line-up over the past few years, imho. A stronger line-up would sell better, I think.

As it is, the absence of something like a Tamron/Sigma 150-600mm simply forces people after birds/wildlife to leave the brand. In the case of FF, the absence of a quality modern prime in the region of 20-35mm makes potential customers less likely to sign up in the first place. Both are significant gaps, currently unfilled. In the end this has all been a distinct minus to the brand's overall offer, I think, and I doubt that making a 50mm f1.4 and selling it to Tokina (who promptly offer it in rival mounts at a lower sticker price) has made up even a fraction of the difference.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-17-2018, 01:46 AM  
Yay! Ricoh Imaging will announce a new camera this month or next month! (Nokishita)
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 343
Views: 20,523
It’s hard to see what the fuss is about.

To me, the likely upshot of the various snippets of info is one new FF camera in 2019, with perhaps in addition an anniversary edition of the K1ii with a limited run and fancy coverings, and very likely one new APS-C camera, together with the roadmapped lenses. A new FF camera need be no surprise. The sensor and internals of the K1 are long in the tooth by now. Much better performance can be achieved from more recent iterations of both sensor and especially the processing train: more frames, faster readout, better video, more responsive AF. Once that new-gen tech is taped down, it can be extended to all other cameras in the range.

The trouble starts the moment the term “flagship” is applied to the APS-C camera. Really, the world moved on from that when FF entered the picture. APS-C + flagship is over, I think. Chances are a new APS-C will be a perfectly competent mid to upper mid-range item with changes to some of the things which didn’t quite work on the KP like the grip and battery. It won’t be a mini-A9, a D500 or an X-T3 but it won’t be bad in any way either.

As always, folks with specilalist requirements - long teles and sports AF, state-of-the art flash/lighting, etc. - will probably be better served elsewhere but that has always been the case. Nothing new about that.

Pentax are a tiny operation these days. If one adds up the various “bids” going in, Canon would be hard pressed to meet them all. Be realistic. That said, we are all guessing. None of this may come to pass. All of it may. There could be a big surprise such as a cut-down "Spotmatic" FF instead of the APS-C which follows in 2020. Who knows.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-16-2018, 10:27 AM  
Sigma Interview Photokina 2018
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 64
Views: 1,739
What the interview makes clear is that for the third-party lens companies, new mirrorless mounts offer a fantastic sales opportunity. Many new lenses will be needed, more than the big brands can provide in the short term. It's not surprising that they would want to put their efforts into that, and not into servicing legacy mounts where there is little real action beyond selling from stock. Canon and Nikon will likely dial down their involvement in their DSLR mounts at the same time. And behind the scenes, Tamron and maybe even Sigma could already be making some lenses on contract for the big brands. It says Sony Zeiss on the barrel but actually the contract went to Tamron, etc.

That said, where there is a briefcase full of money there is a way in this game, so if Ricoh really wanted, I am sure they could probably persuade Tamron or Sigma to fill any gaps. It would cost, but then some of that might come back from better sales across a now fuller system. I fear the takeaway is that the world has simply moved on and we are into a new era now. In fact, with a 20mm, 35mm, 85mm and 70-200mm f4, Pentax would have a quite well-cooked FF system albeit a high-end one. There would be gaps but they would either be dual tier ones (e.g. 16-35mm f4-5.6 rather than f2.8) or they would be long telephoto ones like 500mm f5.6 where the huge costs likely rule out Pentax involvement.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-15-2018, 09:26 AM  
Sigma Interview Photokina 2018
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 64
Views: 1,739
A super interview, but the ones he gives always are. Interesting that he said he thought the mix would be 70/30 in favour of mirrorless in three or four years, which sort of implies he thinks the Canonikon DSLR mounts are going to be mothballed, in effect. And that making more shorter production runs for several different mounts is a cost challenge for Sigma, rather than longer production runs for fewer mounts as has been the case to date. Makes me wonder for how long the many competing mounts on FF are going to last before there is a shake-out.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-07-2018, 03:20 AM  
Fuji mirrorless cameras...why change systems
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 33
Views: 1,247
I’d guess many folks now own more than one brand of camera, so it doesn’t have to be either/or unless circumstances make it so. Fuji are clearly very good at some things but then so are Pentax, Nikon et al. One camera rarely does it all. Some folks do change systems but imho it’s best to do so for very clear reasons. A typical example would be veteran FF photographers changing down to Fuji APS-C or say M43 because weight and size issues have simply become too much and smaller formats are fine for the more casual photography they do these days.

That said, some folks do change because they just prefer the features mirrorless cameras offer, while others prefer the opposite. TBH, had we not had a self-serving Canon-Nikon duopoly which deliberately held everything back for many years, these conversations would not be taking place to the same degree. There would already be a much broader choice of camera types and abilities. These sharp distinctions would not be so important. We are only just starting down that road.

There’s little reason why someone should not be very happy with Fuji, or Nikon or ... but as always, imho, best to research, test, handle etc first. Your camera is a constant companion. Best to make sure it’s a compatiible partner.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-05-2018, 01:35 AM  
Zeiss ZX1
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 25
Views: 952
The 35Ti was a premium product back in the day. Perhaps equivalents now would be say a Fuji 100F or an Oly Pen F albeit both are larger, I think. And both would likely have better IQ than 35mm film.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-02-2018, 06:00 AM  
46 min Interview with Ricoh's Mr. Baus (in German) from Photokina 2018
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 239
Views: 14,134
I agree. But the difficulty for the smaller camera companies, I presume, is that the cheaper entry-level items like the Nikon D3xxx series only work on the grand scale and with huge marketing and sales budgets, etc. So the smaller outfits have to find niches much higher up the market. Tricky perhaps but unavoidable to make the finances work. But yes, the apparent assumption that unless you have a $2K FF unit you are a nobody is completely ludicrous. There are many scenarios for which M43, for example, is all anyone really needs. Maybe there will soon be a backlash against all the current hype.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-01-2018, 12:06 PM  
K3ii replacement
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 2,451
Views: 159,504
It’s hard to know who to believe, if anyone.

The Photokina interview: No comment and we’re trending to putting things on hold while we see where the market is going.
Their Pentax colleague in Germany: Yes, a tasty new APS-C with features a K1 owner would want is a great idea (by implication).
Asahi Man: It’s mainly all focusing on the FF line these days and in “two classes” of it.

Take your pick. It’s hard to see how they could all be true. I’d bet on a centenary 24mpx FF over APS-C.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-29-2018, 10:28 AM  
Photokina 2018 Q&A - What would you ask Ricoh?
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 307
Views: 11,472
Not really. The GRIII and 11-18mm may well be done bar manufacturing. The 70-200mm f4 may easily be a rebadge made on say Tamron or Tokina production lines. Theta is a separate team I presume. That leaves the 85mm and one DSLR. I would say doable if they want. No DSLR next year would really be a downer after a thin two years so a good new camera is pretty well a cert unless they’ve gone mad.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-29-2018, 08:38 AM  
Micro Four Thirds and Panasonic FF
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 27
Views: 1,010
Well said. That’s my view too. M43 has also been pretty good at adopting new ideas so their better cameras have remarkably full feature sets. Compact but powerful so long as it is understood they are not about ultra high res or low light shooting. And Olympus make lenses as good as anyone’s. Probably Panasonic do too but I have only used Olympus so far.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-29-2018, 08:01 AM  
Photokina 2018 Q&A - What would you ask Ricoh?
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 307
Views: 11,472
If you want to take your customers with you on a journey, you do first have to provide an alluring picture of the destination and sound enthused enough to persuade them to come with you. Alas this latest meet does sound a bit like a pitch for a tour of some railway sidings. I think the interview team should have gone in heavy with the Cabernet Sauvignon and got the lads in “boss copy” mode and ready for a second bottle. The GRiii is worthwhile news to have. Don’t underestimate it. Other things are easy to guess: 85mm, 70-200mm f4, 11-18mm and a new DSLR of some kind next year. That’s a minimum bar. Chances are in the centenary year there will be a bit more.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-28-2018, 04:56 AM  
Zeiss ZX1
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 25
Views: 952
Two things.

First, this offers an engine to produce much better OOC images than standard jpegs from the camera-maker, perhaps with auto perspective correx and keywording. The standard jpeg stuff in most cameras I've seen has been a letdown for a long time, imho. I can't speak for video as I don't use it but perhaps a similar situation applies there.

Second, it points the way to using the camera's computing power on a two-way system. Editing control on a larger screen, say a tablet, and the gruntwork computation being sent back to be done on the camera. Bear in mind that swathes of the world have bypassed conventional PCs with big screens and gone straight to mobile devices. What mobile has lacked so far are really thorough, well-made applications from the camera companies. If the industry wants to save itself, these will have to arrive some time. Lightroom mobile working across devices one of which is the camera itself is one way to address this, for example.

No doubt the Zeiss is intended for a few very rich people. But as a trial balloon the ideas in it have a much wider currency, I think, if seen for their potential.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-28-2018, 04:29 AM  
Zeiss ZX1
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 25
Views: 952
Ron, you are on fire today!

The point here is custom Android, enhanced connectivity, decent software tools and some really usable memory storage all built in. Like a mini tablet as a camera back. Whether the ZX1 is a test platform or not, this is the direction all the mainstream companies will very likely take in the near future. Fiddling with cards, primitive wifi connections and Windows 3-style operating systems will soon be strictly for the cheap end.

And if I won the lotto, yes I would very likely buy the Zeiss. Back in the day, I had great fun travelling around with a Nikon 35Ti loaded with slide film. 35mm is a more versatile focal length than 28mm, imho. And if the Zeiss checks out - it will all be in the lens assuming the OS is stable - then the results would be superb.

Obviously this all depends on a closer look. If on inspection it turns out to be a cleverly rebadged Sony something - Zeiss must have worked with someone to get this made - then my enthusiasm would wane ...
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