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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 5 Days Ago  
Ricoh GRZ coming soon?
Posted By Aristophanes
Replies: 80
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You realize the compact camera market has lost close to 90% of its value? It took less than 5 years. It is a textbook business case of a tech change almost eliminating an entire market segment.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 6 Days Ago  
Ricoh GRZ coming soon?
Posted By Aristophanes
Replies: 80
Views: 4,649
Small sensor dedicated cameras cannot compete with smartphones. Period.

Optics and larger sensors are now to sole domain of dedicated cameras.

The brain trust at Ricoh/Pentax thought otherwise and missed the tsunami of smartphone decimation of almost the entire small sensor camera market.
Forum: Sold Items 10-09-2017, 05:23 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax 18-135/3.5-5.6
Posted By Aristophanes
Replies: 14
Views: 1,479
Tamron 17-50 is sold.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-09-2017, 02:10 PM  
Ricoh GRZ coming soon?
Posted By Aristophanes
Replies: 80
Views: 4,649
I've said this for years....two GR bodies.

I doubt a small form factor zoom can use the APS-C size sensor. You could, but the zoom would be at most 2.5x, which is not much at all compared to the competition. And teens would be substantial to get f/2.8.

If Sony can do this, why not Ricoh? It's a small, but viable market that can thump any smartphone sensor, especially on optics.

Another way to look at this is as a Q replacement. The bane of the Q was a too small sensor.
Forum: Sold Items 10-07-2017, 11:33 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax 18-135/3.5-5.6
Posted By Aristophanes
Replies: 14
Views: 1,479
Both lenses available. Make an offer.
Forum: Sold Items 10-01-2017, 09:41 AM  
For Sale - Sold: DA Limiteds --/--/--/--/70
Posted By Aristophanes
Replies: 7
Views: 1,683
DA 35 Macro sold and off to Ontario just in time for Fall colours.
Forum: Sold Items 09-27-2017, 01:40 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax 18-135/3.5-5.6
Posted By Aristophanes
Replies: 14
Views: 1,479
K-30 camera is sold.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-26-2017, 07:55 PM  
What, in your opinion, is the most underrated Pentax manual focus 35mm SLR?
Posted By Aristophanes
Replies: 34
Views: 1,478
ME Super

Huge, bright VF and all the controls you need for superior shooting.
Forum: Sold Items 09-24-2017, 08:06 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax 18-135/3.5-5.6
Posted By Aristophanes
Replies: 14
Views: 1,479
K-30 pending.
Forum: Sold Items 09-21-2017, 01:29 PM  
For Sale - Sold: DA Limiteds --/--/--/--/70
Posted By Aristophanes
Replies: 7
Views: 1,683
DA 70 and DA 35 Macro still available.
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 09-18-2017, 06:51 PM  
For Sale: SMC M/FA*/DA Prime & Zoom Lenses 21mm/28mm/35mm/50mm/300mmMacro/AF1.7x
Posted By Aristophanes
Replies: 10
Views: 1,765
PM sent.
Forum: Sold Items 09-17-2017, 04:25 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax 18-135/3.5-5.6
Posted By Aristophanes
Replies: 14
Views: 1,479
Flash is gone, but the rest still available. Reasonable offers for discussion.
Forum: Sold Items 09-17-2017, 04:24 PM  
For Sale - Sold: DA Limiteds --/--/--/--/70
Posted By Aristophanes
Replies: 7
Views: 1,683
PM replied on the DA 35/2.8 Macro.
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 09-13-2017, 01:37 PM  
For Sale: A 35/2.8
Posted By Aristophanes
Replies: 5
Views: 889
A 50/2.8 Macro is sold.

A 35/2.8...a rare lens and very good...is still available.
Forum: Sold Items 09-12-2017, 03:47 AM  
For Sale - Sold: DA Limiteds --/--/--/--/70
Posted By Aristophanes
Replies: 7
Views: 1,683
DA 35/2.8 Macro and the DA 70/2.4 are left.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-10-2017, 01:28 PM  
Financial Results:FY2018/03
Posted By Aristophanes
Replies: 605
Views: 34,448
The ILC market has a tech advantage with optics and sensor size.

But they tied market improvements to post-processing using either some clunky PC/Mac software delivered (still) on CD-ROM or through very costly programs like LR or COne. You buy an advanced sensor and optics only to be told that to use RAW editing you need another $3k worth of equipment and nearly unlimited time to inevest in a steep learning curve. Or, process in-camera on a 3" LCD.

Lousy choices for the upgrading consumer and totally out of touch with the decline in PC use and transition to mobile OSs.

So if OOC JPEGs aren't quite good enough, there is nothing for,the consumer to bridge that save Apple Photos or Google's equivalent. My take from working as an Aperture tester was that Apple found the traditional camera industry insular and unwilling or unable to transition to changing consumer expectations. So lens and RAW profiles were always late to Apple etc. The camera manufacturers operate from the assumption that consumers really want to edit on a 3" screen and everything else is an afterthought, and the move to tablets and smartphones is a threat best ignored.

The reasons for 4-5k video is it allows for excellent stills capture which current HD formats cannot do.
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 09-10-2017, 07:06 AM  
For Sale: Genuine Pentax 080C Ring Light and Macro Flash
Posted By Aristophanes
Replies: 7
Views: 957
Up, up, and away………
Forum: Sold Items 09-10-2017, 06:27 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax 18-135/3.5-5.6
Posted By Aristophanes
Replies: 14
Views: 1,479
Flash sold. Thanks for looking.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-09-2017, 02:12 PM  
Financial Results:FY2018/03
Posted By Aristophanes
Replies: 605
Views: 34,448
But Nikon is selling D850s from a vastly reduced customer base. They've shut down assembly lines over the last 4 years.

Demand is falling. Substantially. The higher the price point, the less consumers. Simple economics.

Ten years ago there was an estimated 40 million ILC consumers. Now estimates are well below 20 million. Yet aggregate population has grown as has wealth.

On top of that, the ILC manufacturers lost their P&S revenue streams, and their "buy up" consumers.

Worsening this is the stark move away from desktop and laptop PC/Mac towards an all-mobile viewing medium.

Both the producing end and the consuming end are no longer using CPUs like they did even 5 years ago amidst a huge retrenchment towards mobile.

No camera maker can count on their target consumer possessing a desktop or laptop for CPU processing. They couldn't in large parts of Asia and the developing world, and they cannot now.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-09-2017, 07:13 AM  
Financial Results:FY2018/03
Posted By Aristophanes
Replies: 605
Views: 34,448
Fuji just released a system whereby the camera processes the RAW to JPEG while tethered to the computer. This is to deal with the "lite" laptops out there, dominant in Asia especially, where the vast majority of homes don't have a desktop PC.

The camera is now an app.

Fujifilm X Raw Studio to Offload RAW Conversion from CPU to Camera

We are reaching the limits of camera phone capabilities. They are P&S at best, with staggeringly good post-processing, connectivity and sharing comparatively.

The smartphone cameras upended the entire photography industry not by simply replacing the P&S segment, but by inverting the consumer process. They started with the sharing and processing control, making that #1 in the experience.

ILCs and Japan Inc.have (still) not "got" this message. The ILC is locked into an in-camera experience with so many steps and so much friction towards the processing and sharing that their sales are staggering from being so out-of-step with the consuming public's new expectations. Consumers want to share their photo within moments of capture. ILCs have no choice but to go there to stay relevant in sales.

And dominant is the rise of mobile OS as (by far...it's not even close) the preferred means by which people take, process, and share photos. Being outside that norm is seriously harming the ILC market. The PC/Mac as the main processing portal is now effectively dead save for a small elite cadre of pros and prosumers who have nowhere near enough numbers to carry the market in sustainable volumes. For every 1prosumer using Lightroom you need 5 soccer moms who want a non-PC/Mac structure.

But ILCs can...and for the foreseeable future with the laws of optical physic being, well, laws...best small sensor smartphones at image capture in all circumstances, and especially with zoom and high IQ and a host of other advantages.

So ILCs will suffer in the market until they overcome their processing, connectivity, and sharing disadvantages. Japan Inc.has to get out of the mindset that consumers will dutifully process their images on a 3" back-of-the-camera screen, or march and SD card over to the PC, edit there as well, and upload to a sharing portal. Too many steps. Too much friction, even for JPG. Fuji is getting there, but this needs to be done wirelessly, swiftly, and on mobile OS.

They really don't have a choice.

---------- Post added 09-09-17 at 11:17 AM ----------



The PC gaming market is about 4% the size of the mobile OS market. In comparative terms, it is tiny. In fact, it's one the only things that has helped the industry through what is a prolonged slump, especially for high-end CPU requirements.

Also, a number of the games are moving to mobile OS.
Forum: Sold Items 09-08-2017, 01:55 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax 18-135/3.5-5.6
Posted By Aristophanes
Replies: 14
Views: 1,479
PM answered.
Forum: Sold Items 09-06-2017, 06:57 PM  
For Sale - Sold: DA Limiteds --/--/--/--/70
Posted By Aristophanes
Replies: 7
Views: 1,683
PMs replied.
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 09-06-2017, 02:50 PM  
For Sale: A 35/2.8
Posted By Aristophanes
Replies: 5
Views: 889
The Super Program camera is now sold.

A35/2.8 and A50/2.8 Macro still available.
Forum: Sold Items 09-03-2017, 05:07 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax 18-135/3.5-5.6
Posted By Aristophanes
Replies: 14
Views: 1,479
PMs answers. Thanks.
Forum: General Photography 09-03-2017, 03:58 PM  
In a rut...
Posted By Aristophanes
Replies: 31
Views: 1,186
Just take a few selfies.
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