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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-20-2017, 06:52 AM  
For each Pentaxian buying K-1 another Nikon/Canon shooter jumped ship to Pentax
Posted By HopelessTogger
Replies: 1,039
Views: 90,089
Spot on. Bang on the money.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-19-2017, 02:39 AM  
For each Pentaxian buying K-1 another Nikon/Canon shooter jumped ship to Pentax
Posted By HopelessTogger
Replies: 1,039
Views: 90,089
The future.

Make an epic APS-C, an epic full frame and an epic 645.

. . . three models only and nothing else. Just high end yet price beating.
Forum: Pentax K-1 04-13-2017, 10:56 PM  
K1 price hike
Posted By HopelessTogger
Replies: 26
Views: 3,409
Launch price was too cheap. Glad I bought mine at 1700 including grip.

As turnover in the high end camera market shrinks and wages rise in the developing world countries they're made, expect this stuff to become significantly more expensive.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-12-2017, 05:03 AM  
Ricoh to get out of camera business?
Posted By HopelessTogger
Replies: 213
Views: 26,400
Darn right! This morning my World collapsed. Beyond gutted.

LONG LIVE PENTAX!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-11-2017, 08:33 PM  
Ricoh to get out of camera business?
Posted By HopelessTogger
Replies: 213
Views: 26,400
Concentrate on one APS-C, one full frame and one 645z model only.

Sony have said the future is in the high end enthusiast market, no entry or mid range cameras.

Pentax' problem is the cost of new high end lens development and return on investment as I see it. Too much catching up to do in a shrinking market with already very low market share.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-11-2017, 05:10 PM  
Ricoh to get out of camera business?
Posted By HopelessTogger
Replies: 213
Views: 26,400
Recently I watched a recycling division of a large paper company spend 500k on a site only to close it weeks later.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-11-2017, 05:05 PM  
Ricoh to get out of camera business?
Posted By HopelessTogger
Replies: 213
Views: 26,400
Oh noes!

Back to adapted mirrorless if this is the case. Metabones AF K to E needed.

Ghastly!
Forum: Pentax K-1 04-10-2017, 02:38 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By HopelessTogger
Replies: 30,491
Views: 2,747,740
FA77 . . .

Forum: Pentax Full Frame 04-02-2017, 06:44 PM  
New glass - old glass. Which lenses should Pentax revisit?
Posted By HopelessTogger
Replies: 204
Views: 22,217
f/4 works. After hauling the K-1+grip and D-FA* 2.8/70-200 round the farm yesterday I miss my Sony 4/70-200 G. f/4's are typically a bit better optically too, although that D-FA* is tough to beat.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 04-02-2017, 06:36 PM  
New glass - old glass. Which lenses should Pentax revisit?
Posted By HopelessTogger
Replies: 204
Views: 22,217
I feel the same, my wallet definitely feels the same.

Oh and hello from Roi-et!
Forum: Pentax K-1 04-01-2017, 05:04 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By HopelessTogger
Replies: 30,491
Views: 2,747,740
Rollsie, is that wotsherface out of Transformers?
Forum: Pentax K-1 04-01-2017, 05:02 AM  
Traveling with K-1 & vintage lenses. Anybody else?
Posted By HopelessTogger
Replies: 22
Views: 3,595
Paolo, only "vintage" lens I brought this time was a K 1.2/50. I was already at 40 kgs on a 30 kgs baggage limit and somehow got through check-in okay by wearing a tog vest, pockets filled with various lenses and the K-1 and D-FA* 70-200 on a BlackRapid Yeti.

Lighter and with AF is better, although that 2 kgs 70-200 was well worth hauling.
Forum: Pentax K-1 04-01-2017, 03:25 AM  
Now that we have FF, why so little interest in the 135 FL?
Posted By HopelessTogger
Replies: 48
Views: 4,334
Agreed, since I got the D-FA* 70-200 I have no need for a portrait lens. This is a f/6.3, 200mm . . .

Forum: Pentax K-1 04-01-2017, 03:05 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By HopelessTogger
Replies: 30,491
Views: 2,747,740
DF-A* 70-200, iso 640, 1/500s, f/6.3 . . .

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-25-2017, 07:47 PM  
Tempted to switch to Canikon as risk mitigation
Posted By HopelessTogger
Replies: 150
Views: 9,973
Biz, I know what you mean and I'm always a bit fearful we could lose Pentax at some point, but it's unlikely. I spoke to Joe Edelman about this and he reckons Nikon, Canon and Pentax will be around for good.

Consider this. If Pentax does disappear you can always go adapted mirrorless. If Pentax disappeared no doubt there would be a huge market for K-mount to E-mount AF adapters and that demand will be met by Metabones or whoever. Battery life will continue to suck however.

Moving systems because of what might happen but hasn't and likely won't is a guaranteed financial calamity. I certainly won't be giving up my Pentax glass, ever.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-23-2017, 12:16 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By HopelessTogger
Replies: 6,327
Views: 824,931
Couple of hours ago a good fellow saw me struggling along at Heathrow departures with a K-1 and DFA* 70-200.

Asked what it was and it so turns out he's a fellow Pentaxian and a member of this very forum.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 03-21-2017, 04:52 PM  
DP Review casts doubts on the 44x33 sensor
Posted By HopelessTogger
Replies: 46
Views: 4,839
He used shaky bike test for the A99II review. Came to the same conclusion as he did the K-1.

Think shaky bike tester might be the problem.
Forum: General Photography 03-21-2017, 01:55 PM  
So long, see you again soon
Posted By HopelessTogger
Replies: 25
Views: 1,948
The incident took place five days after the insurance cover started, surely?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-18-2017, 04:06 PM  
D-FA* 85mm f1.4 also coming
Posted By HopelessTogger
Replies: 1,820
Views: 180,979
I'm going to sell off all the unused gear when I get back. All the Sony stuff. Loads of old glass. Get it down to essential only. Some stuff I'm leaving in the Thailand house for eldest daughter, a K-5IIs and some AF lenses, Metz 52 etc.

It is scary the mass of kit we accumulate over the years.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-18-2017, 03:19 PM  
D-FA* 85mm f1.4 also coming
Posted By HopelessTogger
Replies: 1,820
Views: 180,979
Yup! Six months is a long time there. It can get seriously dull and repetitive and the reason many end up alcoholics who start their day with rice moonshine. It's good to have a selection of gear in the dry cabinet to stop one from going mad.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-18-2017, 03:07 PM  
D-FA* 85mm f1.4 also coming
Posted By HopelessTogger
Replies: 1,820
Views: 180,979
I'm packing right now for a long haul back home to the Far East for six months. It's a nightmare with the K-1 and 15-30, DFA* 70-200 and even the small primes (50/1.2, 31, 43, 77, 100 WR etc.), a heavy laptop, couple of flashes.

30 kilo max baggage and I'm still at 34 kilos. Can't take my Induro tripod, can't take any of the Cactus strobist gear. Can't imagine hauling any more hefty lenses.

I agree. Slightly slower is much smaller and lighter. More likely to get used.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 03-17-2017, 11:59 AM  
New glass - old glass. Which lenses should Pentax revisit?
Posted By HopelessTogger
Replies: 204
Views: 22,217
It might be worth 3rd parties offering K-mount lenses where holes exist in the Pentax catalogue and where the 3rd party can easily produce a batch from existing lines.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-16-2017, 03:56 AM  
Pentax, autofocus and the future
Posted By HopelessTogger
Replies: 287
Views: 25,918
It is admittedly, a frustration.

A while after I'd got into big cameras and deeply committed to Pentax I realised action photography was my thing.

I did pick up an A6000 on the cheap along with an 4/70-200 G OSS and had the thing permanently in machine gun mode. It's epic! But Sony prices for the quality gear are well beyond my reach now.

I had hoped the K-1 would match up on tracking AF with the D-FA* 70-200. It ain't bad, it just ain't no Tommy gun. Buffer clearance is a bigger let down than the AF-C.

Still the best value for money mind.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 03-16-2017, 12:42 AM  
Pentax 645Z Review - Photography Life
Posted By HopelessTogger
Replies: 2
Views: 1,273
Can't believe he dropped the thing.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 03-14-2017, 12:32 PM  
Is M.A. in Photography worth it ? UK Job opportunities? "Huge Life Dilemma"
Posted By HopelessTogger
Replies: 28
Views: 2,395
How about being a supply teacher?
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