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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 12 Hours Ago  
Sigma Interview Photokina 2018
Posted By Winder
Replies: 37
Views: 857
I didn't make a mistake. Ricoh made a FF. It was pretty obvious that one was going to be made, it just took longer than expected.


Its not about people "wanting to shoot Sigma". Its about people needing glass for specific needs. When looking at a camera line, the question is do they have the glass you need.

I was shooting with both the K-1 and the Sony A7II for a while. Once the A9 came out and Sony added the lenses that were most important to me, I switched over to mostly Sony, but the brand is irrelevant. Had Sigma glass been available earlier I might have moved over earlier. By the time Sigma announced the ART glass for Sony I already had what I needed in native glass, so it didn't matter.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 15 Hours Ago  
Sigma Interview Photokina 2018
Posted By Winder
Replies: 37
Views: 857
You are looking at it from the wrong angle. When I first started shooting with Pentax I looked at the lenses that were available and the Sigma 85mm was an option at that time. The first lenses that I bought for K-mount , 2 of the 3 were Sigma. I was buying in with the expectation that Pentax would release a FF body and I wanted to buy FF glass even though it was an APS-C body. Had the Sigma glass not been available at that time, I probably would have gone to Nikon instead. I prefer native glass, but Ricoh is way behind in providing that.

When I switched over to mostly Sony and the A9. The first lenses I bought were the Zeiss 35mm F.1,4, 55mm F/1.8, Sony 85mm F/1.8, Sony 100mm STF GM, & the Zeiss Batis 135mm APO. Of that list only the brand new D-FA* 50mm F/1.4 would be an option for Ricoh. Everything else would require 3rd party or legacy glass.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 19 Hours Ago  
Sigma Interview Photokina 2018
Posted By Winder
Replies: 37
Views: 857
Nikon also benefits from Sigma producing a 24-70mm even if they don't make royalties. The bigger the ecosystem the more users you will attract and as good as Sigma glass is, a lot of people will eventually upgrade to native glass as they can afford. Ricoh needs Sigma making ART glass in K-mount. That would open the door up for a lot more K-mount bodies being sold. There is a reason why Panasonic wanted Sigma to join its "new" L-mount. Companies who can't handle the competition need to stay on the sidelines.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 1 Day Ago  
Sigma Interview Photokina 2018
Posted By Winder
Replies: 37
Views: 857
That's funny considering Canon, Nikon, & Sony all buy lenses from Tamron, Sigma, & Tokina. Sony is the second largest share holder in Tamron. Tokina, Tamron, & Sigma are all OEM for Canon, Nikon, & Sony. Most of Tamron's business is OEM.
Forum: General Photography 2 Days Ago  
The World’s Fastest Camera Can Shoot 10 Trillion Frames Per Second
Posted By Winder
Replies: 13
Views: 402
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 3 Days Ago  
Sigma Interview Photokina 2018
Posted By Winder
Replies: 37
Views: 857
"In 2018, Sigma is a company in flux. Since the launch of the Global Vision lineup in 2012, Sigma has gone from focusing primarily on just two DSLR lens mounts (plus lower-volume production of Some Sony A, Pentax PK and Sigma SA-compatible lenses) to soon supporting eight, excluding PK but including the L-mount, which will effectively replace the older SA mount in Sigma's own forthcoming full-frame camera lineup."
Forum: General Photography 4 Days Ago  
What next for photography in the age of Instagram?
Posted By Winder
Replies: 1
Views: 385
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 5 Days Ago  
Sigma Interview Photokina 2018
Posted By Winder
Replies: 37
Views: 857
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-10-2018, 07:52 AM  
Fuji mirrorless cameras...why change systems
Posted By Winder
Replies: 33
Views: 1,026
If I were going to shoot with APS-C exclusively I would select Fuji. Fuji has done an excellent job developing some great APS-C lenses and people seem to love using the cameras. If Fuji had a FF body like the the XT-3 or XH-1 I would consider dropping Sony for it. Canon and Nikon don't make a lot of really good APS-C glass. They have some good stuff, but not like Fuji. At one point Pentax was the system to beat for a dedicated APS-C format shooter, but Fuji has pass surpassed Ricoh in every way except build quality. I know there are people who get hung up on the OVF vs EVF argument, but that is purely subjective. Given the sale numbers that Fuji is putting up, it doesn't look like most people care about the OVF/EVF.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-10-2018, 07:43 AM  
Miscellaneous development at Ricoh Imaging
Posted By Winder
Replies: 108
Views: 10,299
They really need to implement a hybrid OVF/EVF. Other companies have patents for hybrid viewfinders as well, but nobody has ever brought one to market. My guess is that they hybrid basically costs as much as the OVF + EVF making it a pricey option.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-06-2018, 06:50 AM  
Micro Four Thirds and Panasonic FF
Posted By Winder
Replies: 27
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Forum: Pentax Full Frame 09-30-2018, 07:24 AM  
Is Pentax in the need of a M/L system?
Posted By Winder
Replies: 121
Views: 3,702
Ricoh doesn't seem to have any desire to grow and expand its market share. I wouldn't expect too much from them.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-30-2018, 07:11 AM  
Micro Four Thirds and Panasonic FF
Posted By Winder
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M4/3 is going to be fine. Its an excellent system for many photographers including professionals. I always preferred the 4/3 systems to the APS-C. I think having a M4/3 and a FF system makes more sense than Fuji's APS-C and crop medium format system. Obviously M4/3 is not the best option for everyone, but its more than enough for the majority of photographers.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-30-2018, 06:52 AM  
K3ii replacement
Posted By Winder
Replies: 2,100
Views: 132,071
The DA* 11-18mm should have been on display. Does anyone know if they had a display sample? Even if it was just under glass? Originally announced October 27, 2017.

If Ricoh was close to anything being ready for release it would have been under glass at Photokina. If nothing new was on display then nothing new is close to being launched. This is how companies build excitement for their brand. Of course Ricoh doesn't seem to want to build excitement for the Pentax brand so maybe they have it all ready to go, they just don't want to sell it.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-29-2018, 03:51 PM  
Full frame Mirrorless cameras...are they going to dominate ? Who will buy?
Posted By Winder
Replies: 178
Views: 4,381
As the latest Photokina shows, the trend towards mirrorless is still going strong. DSLRs aren't going away just like range finders are still around, but I think the writing is on the wall and mirrorless is the future.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-28-2018, 11:56 AM  
Micro Four Thirds and Panasonic FF
Posted By Winder
Replies: 27
Views: 922
There is no way they will quit M4/3. The GH-5 is a big hit and they are doing pretty well overall with M4/3. The system is mature at this point and they can afford to work on a FF system.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-28-2018, 07:46 AM  
Zeiss ZX1
Posted By Winder
Replies: 25
Views: 809
I'm sure it a pretty simple fix, but the flash memory should outlast the shutter and probably the LCD screen, and the physical buttons that have to be pressed.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-27-2018, 07:51 PM  
Fujifilm GFX RRR model, an affordable Medium Format
Posted By Winder
Replies: 19
Views: 875
Yeah, but with the exception of about 4 lenses the entire Pentax 645 line-up is dated. Pentax is barely making an effort with the FF system. Right now APS-C and medium format are on life support and Ricoh doesn't seem interested in resuscitation. Ricoh has to solve the AF problem and that includes lenses. Fuji will have produced 3 medium format bodies and 10+ new lenses faster than a Ricoh camera can focus on a sleeping cat. PDAF is one of the oldest technologies in the camera business, but Ricoh still can't figure it out.


The Fuji system is superior in just about every way when it comes to performance, but Fuji too has a long way to go for the GF line to be viable to a larger segment of the market. It all comes down to speed and AF. If they can get to 5fps and XT-3 AF tracking they will open up a huge market.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-27-2018, 05:21 AM  
Fujifilm GFX RRR model, an affordable Medium Format
Posted By Winder
Replies: 19
Views: 875
Those people are buying the 100MP Phase One cameras with true medium format sensors. Even former Fuji evangelist Zack Arias still shoots with a Phase One. Fuji changed the rules of the X-photographer program. To be an X-photographer you have to shoot exclusively with Fuji and Zack wasn't going to trade in his Phase One for a GFX-50. He still shoots with an X-Pro 2, but he is no longer an X-Photographer.



Your lenses are still going to be $2,000 a piece.


There are not a lot of people shooting street with a $4,000 body that is as big as a DSLR. The bulk of medium format has been portrait, fashion, and wedding, not landscape/product/architecture. The death of the magazine industry has changed a lot of that, but historically landscape and architecture has been the domain of large format film. There was a period of time when most your upper-end wedding photographers were shooting medium format.



You need to put the price in context to the performance and capabilities of the camera. Something has to justify the cost.


The lenses are still the same and that is going to be the biggest expense.


I love medium format and I think that larger formats benefit the most from the removal of the mirror box just due to the size. MF users don't expect blistering frame rates, but they do need cameras that are fluid and operate smoothly. No lag, hunting, or delays as you make selections, focus, or release the shutter. The GFX-50s is not a highly polished product so I don't expect the R version to be either. The next generation is coming next year, and I expect it will be a much improved camera. The 100MP sensor is not really exciting to me, but adding PDAF to the sensor means we should see a faster camera that a working pro will feel better about.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-26-2018, 07:16 PM  
Fujifilm GFX RRR model, an affordable Medium Format
Posted By Winder
Replies: 19
Views: 875
Yes, but for 99% of the market. FF is more than they need.



Until it is in the $3,000 range, it won't matter much.



But with AF tracking that rivals $5,000 DSLRs. People who buy speed don't need or want resolution.



Top end DSLRs are more capable and can be used for many more types of Photography. Paying photography. Top end DSLRs have Pro-Support. 10-20fps.



Bargain? Will you be buying one?


The new Fuji is an extremely limited camera that is still too slow. Just like the GFX-50s, the R is going to be too slow for most professionals to justify the cost. There will be some Fuji sponsored photographers who will undertake some nice project with it and they will blog and make videos about it, but this will be a niche product. A Fuji X-Photographer will probably be able to pick one up for $3,000 and use it as a second body for his GFX.
















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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-26-2018, 09:53 AM  
2018 Photokina - DSLRs
Posted By Winder
Replies: 13
Views: 474
I said up above that I was talking about hybrid shooters. People who shoot both stills and video. Nobody is shooting video with an OVF. The 5DIV is the top FF camera for hybrid shooters in the Canon line-up.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-26-2018, 08:16 AM  
2018 Photokina - DSLRs
Posted By Winder
Replies: 13
Views: 474
The 5D line is Canon's top stills camera in that range, but those shooters were also the ones most likely to add a Sony body to their bag. Sony's early success didn't come because people were abandoning Canon DSLRs for Sony A7 series. Sony's early success was due to Canon 5D shooters adding a Sony body to their bag. This is why Sony's ability to adapt to Canon glass with fast AF was so important. The A7III is the first camera to really surpass the 5DIV is just about every way. The new Canon mirrorless is just an effort by Canon to keep Sony out of the bag as a second body right now. Canon is a generation or two away from being able to replace its own 5DIV with a mirrorless camera. Sony, however, is to the point of exceeding cameras like the 5DIV.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-26-2018, 07:53 AM  
2018 Photokina - DSLRs
Posted By Winder
Replies: 13
Views: 474
The next generation of mirrorless from Canon and Nikon will probably have 2 card slots and many new professional features. Sony didn't add the second card slot until the 3rd generation. Obviously we are going to continue to see 1D and D5 DSLRs for the next few years, but I think cameras like the 5DIV are going to take a big hit. The 5DIV is Canon's camera for hybrid shooters and mirrorless has some very clear advantages for hybrid shooters.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-26-2018, 07:46 AM  
2018 Photokina - DSLRs
Posted By Winder
Replies: 13
Views: 474
It is still an industry first. The biggest news is coming from Leica/Panasonic/Sigma with the L-mount and Fuji with its medium format expansion. Sony was pretty quiet with only the vague announcement of 12 new E-mount lenses, but A-mount has one foot in the grave. Olympus celebrates its 100th anniversary next year, so they are holding some new products for launch early 2019.


Nikon and Canon entering the MILC with FF bodies alone represents a pretty big shift in the industry.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-26-2018, 06:19 AM  
2018 Photokina - DSLRs
Posted By Winder
Replies: 13
Views: 474
Is this the first Photokina without any manufacturer announcing a new DSLR? I mean since DSLRs became mainstream of course. Did I miss an announcement? Did Canon or Nikon announce any new DSLRs this year?

How many companies announced or showed new mirrorless bodies?
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