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Forum: Pentax K-1 6 Days Ago  
Does K-1 in crop mode match K5?
Posted By MrNPhoto
Replies: 17
Views: 951
Frame rate and buffer depth are two good reasons to shoot in crop mode on the K-1. Also, the fact that the area outside the crop is visible through the viewfinder makes it somewhat easier to track or anticipate a subject that is moving into the frame, more so with a telephoto like the 300mm.
Forum: Pentax K-3 03-30-2019, 08:47 AM  
my K3 II freeze
Posted By MrNPhoto
Replies: 9
Views: 804
Except when you have the grip on, pulling the battery in just the grip doesn't fix the freeze. I've had to frantically remove the grip, then remove and re-insert the body battery to fix the freeze. Royal pain when you're shooting sports or other action. :mad:
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-21-2019, 05:43 AM  
Ricoh GR III
Posted By MrNPhoto
Replies: 730
Views: 61,738
...which was announced last year and was supposed to be shipping in "Spring 2018"...

...which is a refresh of a 20 year old screw-drive lens...

I think you're likely correct...this show will be about the GR III. There has been none of the usual leaks/rumors about a new DSLR for this show. We'll get to (finally) see the 11-18, maybe a prototype 70-200/f4. It would make sense to have a new APS-C to go with the 11-18, but this seems unlikely now.

I am interested in the GR III - I'd love to have the 24mp sensor. Will be interested in what they have done to improve dust resistance. It would be a great companion to a 24mp DSLR, especially if the sensor performance is on par with that of the KP.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-11-2019, 08:01 AM  
Ricoh booth at CP+
Posted By MrNPhoto
Replies: 476
Views: 35,654
Let's find out...looking at the Pentax news section of this site:

Feb 22 2018: K-1 II announced before CP+ 2018
Jan 25 2017: KP announced before CP+ 2017
Jun 8 2016: K-70 announced
Feb 16 2016: GR II Silver edition announced before CP+ 2016
Feb 17 2016: K-1 announced before CP+ 2016
Feb 23 2016: K-3 II Silver edition announced before CP+ 2016
Jun 17 2015: GR II announced
Apr 22 2015: K-3 II announced
Feb 9 2015: K-S2 announced before CP+ 2015
Feb 4 2015: The "Full-frame" DSLR announced before CP+ 2015
Aug 28 2014: K-S1 announced before Photokina 2014
Apr 15 2014: 645Z announced
Oct 7 2013: K-3 announced before PhotoPlus 2013
Jun 12 2013: K-50, K-500 and Q7 announced
Apr 17 2013: GR announced
Jan 7 2013: MX-1 announced before CP+ 2013
Sep 10 2012: K-5 II, K-5 IIs, X5 and Q10 announced before Photokina 2012
May 21 2012: K-30 announced
Feb 2 2012: K-01 announced before CP+ 2012

It seems there is a fair pattern of new cameras being announced about a week or so before the CP+ exposition. Not always, and some major cameras (K-3, 645z) were announced between major expositions. Note that Ricoh tends to announce products the week before the exposition rather than at the opening of the show.

Things have been quiet on the new Pentax DSLR front, and Ricoh's product introduction pace has slowed, so I'm not anticipating a new DSLR at this show.
Forum: General Photography 12-05-2018, 06:18 AM  
Updated US Ricoh Authorized Dealers
Posted By MrNPhoto
Replies: 26
Views: 1,991
Update: Data Vision Computer (New York, NY, DataVision - Consumer Electronics with Service and Integrity) no longer lists any Pentax products on their website. Previously, they at least had some Pentax products listed (but as 'out of stock'). Now, there are no results of any kind for Pentax (or Ricoh) products at all.

And on a recent visit to Hunts Photo Video in Melrose, MA, the Pentax display case was nearly empty - only a WG-50, DFA 50mm Macro and a 10-17mm fisheye zoom were on display. It looked like the leftovers case compared to the large and fully stocked Nikon, Canon, Sony and Fuji displays.

I suspect the number of authorized dealers in the US where one may walk in and purchase a current model Pentax camera in stock (K-1, KP, K-70) is probably around 12 at this point. Maybe just 10. I'd love to be proven wrong about that...
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-25-2018, 08:51 PM  
Pentax K-1 - $1589
Posted By MrNPhoto
Replies: 4
Views: 460
Arlington Camera in Arlington, TX (authorized Ricoh dealer) is selling the K-1 for $1499
Forum: Product Suggestions and Feedback 10-13-2018, 07:43 AM  
Hunt's Holiday Spectacular - where's Pentax?
Posted By MrNPhoto
Replies: 1
Views: 990
My local authorized US Ricoh Imaging/Pentax dealer, Hunt's Photo & Video, in Melrose, MA, runs a big fall sales promotion every year (Oct 19-21 this year). Sales reps from most vendors come to demonstrate new products, there are good promotions and bundles available. It's a mini photo-expo in store.

Their sales flyer just arrived in the mail. Guess which brand of camera is NOT represented in the flyer?
Let's see: Canon, Sony, Nikon, Panasonic, Fujifilm, Olympus - all featured in the flyer.
GoPro, Zeiss, Tamron, Sigma, JVC, DJI - yep.

Ricoh? Nothing.
Pentax? Nothing. Oh wait, there are two Pentax binoculars listed on page 21.

This is the ONLY authorized dealer who carries Pentax products in the area. Hunt's is one of the few remaining brick and mortar camera stores left. They have deep selection, professional products, and excellent customer service.

Yet, as far as anyone would know by looking at the flyer, Pentax is no longer a camera manufacturer. This is a well-known, major retailer, and the photo show is a great chance to get people in to actually touch and try your products. This is one of the VERY FEW stores that actually have Pentax cameras on the shelves.

Ricoh really should have made sure the KP, K-1 ii and D-FA* 50 were featured in the flyer. It will be interesting to see what the Ricoh sales rep (if there is one this year) has on hand to show.

Does Ricoh have ANY interest in promoting the Ricoh/Pentax products? Customers need to see these products exist before they can buy them. What's the point of having 'authorized dealers' who aren't used to promote your products?

Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-02-2018, 05:14 AM  
46 min Interview with Ricoh's Mr. Baus (in German) from Photokina 2018
Posted By MrNPhoto
Replies: 244
Views: 19,178
Nikon announced the D3500 Aug 30, 2018. Canon Rebel T7 (EOS 2000D) Feb 25, 2018. Bundles with kits lenses are ~$450 - $550. Both are 24MP.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-29-2018, 05:53 AM  
K3ii replacement
Posted By MrNPhoto
Replies: 2,451
Views: 181,020
But right now, APS-C users looking for an upgrade don't have any options from Pentax other than K-1. Why not a FF 24MP K-1 with bigger buffer and faster burst rate? (Or even a 36MP K-1 with just a bigger buffer?) Or a lower cost K-1 (no flip screen, no mount LEDs, etc) Or an entry-level FF? Or a super-resolution 40MP+ K-1?

If a K-3ii successor doesn't show up at CP+, then some additional FF models had better be introduced to give those customers some viable choices in the Pentax product line.
Forum: General Photography 09-27-2018, 08:18 PM  
Updated US Ricoh Authorized Dealers
Posted By MrNPhoto
Replies: 26
Views: 1,991
Eagle Optics, of Middleton, WI closed December 2017. Another one bites the dust after 30 years.
Forum: General Photography 09-19-2018, 03:53 AM  
Updated US Ricoh Authorized Dealers
Posted By MrNPhoto
Replies: 26
Views: 1,991
That's a problem for everyone - customers looking at the website might think the dealer isn't carrying the latest products. Ricoh Imaging suffers because it appears they're not updating products. And the dealer may lose sales because the website doesn't reflect what they actually have available.

Again, without physically visiting a store, I can only judge how well a dealer represents Ricoh Imaging products by what's on the website.

---------- Post added 09-19-18 at 07:01 AM ----------

Sorry to hear that. You can't judge the quality of customer service and support by looking at a website, unfortunately. I was surprised to see so many Pentax photography products listed on a site I expected to have just have Pentax binoculars and eyepieces. Sharing experiences on Yelp/Google reviews, PForums, etc. might help others.

---------- Post added 09-19-18 at 07:10 AM ----------

Sadly true. Which makes a good online presence and good customer service even more important for any remaining stores. If a website doesn't list ANY Pentax products, then I'm less likely to make the drive to the physical store. Sure the dealer can order it for me, but now the customer can order it online elsewhere too.

---------- Post added 09-19-18 at 07:30 AM ----------

Great! They have a good selection of Pentax products listed, but almost everything is "out of stock" and their prices need updating (e.g. they list the K-1 at $1949)
Forum: General Photography 09-18-2018, 09:19 PM  
Updated US Ricoh Authorized Dealers
Posted By MrNPhoto
Replies: 26
Views: 1,991
Yes - I said Ricoh Imaging authorized dealers. Yes, it is clear that some are only dealers for Ricoh Imaging products such as Theta. And I noted if a dealer did list Theta (or in rare cases, Ricoh GR). But since the DSLR cameras (and binoculars) are branded as Pentax, and that's the name most people are familiar with, that's what I wanted to check.

I didn't even bother looking for "Ricoh" products on the websites, just 'Theta'.

Of course some stores will special order products if you ask, but if the customer sees no indication they even carry Pentax (or Ricoh Imaging), then they are less likely to come in to ask. Obviously, I did my survey online. You may visit a listed dealer to discover that the actual store is loaded with every Pentax camera and lens and they just haven't updated their website.

Ricoh Imaging did remove some dealers from the previous list, and added some (Hunt's Photo Video has long carried Pentax, but was not on the previous list).

However, several dealers listed used to list Pentax products, but now I could find no mention of Pentax anymore.
Forum: General Photography 09-18-2018, 07:56 PM  
Updated US Ricoh Authorized Dealers
Posted By MrNPhoto
Replies: 26
Views: 1,991
A new list of Authorized dealers was posted to the US Ricoh Imaging website. Imaging_Authorized Dealer List.pdf

Unfortunately, the listing is just a PDF with the dealer's name - no other identifying information. You can use the web map interface at Authorized Ricoh Imaging Americas Dealers but this only lets you search by location, not dealer name.

I've gone through the entire list of names on the PDF of authorized dealers, dated Sept 4, 2018 and compiled the results into a Google spreadsheet:
Ricoh Imaging US Authorized Dealers

I wanted to see how Ricoh Imaging's authorized dealers represent Pentax products.

The results are not encouraging.

First off, I can't believe I had to do this - the official Ricoh list of authorized dealers JUST lists the name of the dealer with no other information. Several of the names are so generic as to be meaningless - "Camera Shop" and "Camera Center" for example. It also gives no clue as to the types of products these dealers carry.

Of the 130 names listed, a full 12 dealers (9%) are no longer in business.

Of the remaining, only 31 dealer websites give ANY indication that they even carry Pentax products.

Several of the listed dealers have websites, but do not have an online store or listing of products. Some are mainly digital printing and imaging businesses, and retail photographic equipment is not a major component of their business.

Of those that do list their products, only 27 listed ANY K-mount cameras or lenses. 17 listed the 645z as a product.

13 dealers listed only Pentax sport optics, such as binoculars, spotting scopes or telescope eyepieces. These are mostly birding or telescope-related dealers who do not carry products for general photography. A small number are outdoor sporting goods stores or travel clothing stores, and do not carry photography related products.

There are about 10 gun stores listed, perhaps because they carry sport optics or used to carry Pentax scopes.

There are many dealers that are listed as an "authorized dealer" who give NO indication of carrying ANY Pentax products at all. This should be a requirement of being an authorized dealer - there should be *some* indication on the dealer's website that they are selling your product.

There were a few dealers that indicated they carry Pentax products, but who return zero results when searching for Pentax products.

I gave each store a subjective score from 0 to 5. I gave points for:
1 having ANY mention of Pentax as a brand or showing a Pentax logo
1 for listing Pentax cameras
1 for listing Pentax lenses
1 for having current products (e.g. K-1 ii, KP, K70)
1 for NOT having obsolete products listed (e.g. if the site listed K-30 cameras)
(Of course, scores would change if a dealer added or removed products from their website.)

A zero essentially means there is NO indication of the dealer selling any Pentax products - if a customer went to the website, there is NOTHING to suggest they might be able to purchase Pentax cameras, lenses, or even binoculars there.

A score of 1 generally indicates the dealer either lists Pentax as a brand but has no products, or they carry just the Ricoh Theta, or maybe Pentax binoculars.

A score of 2 means the dealer has some oddball assortment of Pentax products, like a K-S1 and a D-BG6 grip. Dealers that list kit bundles of long discontinued products, or obsolete products at their full list price. If it looked like the dealer really wasn't interested in having Pentax products, they get a 2.

Dealers with 3 or 4 have a mix of Pentax products, but still list some discontinued products, or are missing current products such as the K-1 ii or KP cameras. If I felt the dealer was at least trying to represent Pentax products well, they might get nudged to a 4. Dealers with meagre selections of Pentax products, or who list discontinued products at full MSRP would get a 3.

There were only two dealers who rated a 5: Adorama and B & H Photo. Both carry the widest selection of Pentax products, and have prominently featured new Pentax releases such as the K-1 ii. They both make it easy to find Pentax products, and are constantly adjusting prices to be competitive.

Top dealers:
B&H Photo
Arlington Camera
Berger Bros.
Cameta Camera
Kenmore Camera
LensRentals (carries good selection of Pentax products to rent, option to buy)
Optics Planet (surprising selection of Pentax photo products)
Samy's Camera
The Camera Box
Tri-State Camera

Almost there:
Focus Camera (lists K-1 ii and D-FA* 50mm, but small selection otherwise)
Hunts Photo and Video (lists current products, but almost all are 'backordered')
Ace Photo and Dominion Camera (need to remove obsolete products, most products "out of stock")

Notes on methods:
For each name listed on the official Ricoh Imaging US Authorized Dealers list, I visited the dealer's website (if any) and noted the presence of Pentax and Ricoh Imaging products.

Listed dealer name - This is the name as printed in the official Ricoh authorized dealer list.

Alternate name - Many of the names listed by Ricoh do not match the name used by the dealer.

For dealers with more than one location, I listed the location and phone number that seemed to be the primary location.

Online store means a way to browse and purchase products online.

Pentax branding means is there ANY indication that the dealer carries Pentax products, such as a Pentax logo or even "We carry brands such as Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Sony". Is Pentax listed on their "Shop by brand page"?

Online store listings are likely to vary over time, even day to day, so this is just meant as a snapshot of what Pentax products were listed on the dealer's website at the time.

K-mount Cameras - what Pentax K-mount cameras were listed?

Med Format - did the dealer list Pentax medium format cameras?

Other - Were there any other Ricoh Imaging products listed, such as Theta cameras or Pentax binoculars?

Lenses - What types of Pentax-branded lenses were listed on the website? This isn't a count of how many lenses were listed, just the type (at least one example). This is most likely to fluctuate over time.

Score - Subjective score based on criteria above. Mostly an estimate for 'how well does this dealer represent Pentax products online"?

This list of dealers is subject to change. Inventory (and therefore scores) will certainly change. However, past trends have shown some authorized dealers who used to have Pentax products listed on their website now no longer list any Pentax products.

Let me know if this is useful, or if there are corrections/additions to be made.

Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-14-2018, 06:39 PM  
Photokina, Ricoh has Confirmed
Posted By MrNPhoto
Replies: 1,960
Views: 114,111
More than that - I've hit 4000+ covering sports events over the course of a day (5-6hrs). The K-3 with battery grip lasts a long time. I carry a third battery, and have only had to use it once. Battery life (for my photo style) has been fantastic. I do use AF and SR, but don't chimp or review photos during the event. Your milage may vary, but for me, battery life is great.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-13-2018, 09:03 AM  
Photokina, Ricoh has Confirmed
Posted By MrNPhoto
Replies: 1,960
Views: 114,111
Sony XDCAM video cameras use XQD. PhaseOne supports XQD on their IQ4 digital backs.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-08-2018, 07:24 AM  
Photokina, Ricoh has Confirmed
Posted By MrNPhoto
Replies: 1,960
Views: 114,111
And Ricoh is absent from the Media preview day schedule:
Media preview day | photokina

I'm thinking Ricoh is going to have samples of the DA* 11-18 for people to try, maybe announce a ship date in 2019. If we're lucky, there might be a 3D printed mockup of the 85 with a gold band but no glass in it.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-05-2018, 06:38 AM  
How many exotic non-pentax lenses do you own ?
Posted By MrNPhoto
Replies: 73
Views: 4,315
My only 'exotic' lens is the Zenitar 85mm f1.4 in K-mount.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 07-13-2018, 06:53 AM  
Pentax K-1 $1549 at Arlington Camera
Posted By MrNPhoto
Replies: 7
Views: 456
Arlington Camera, in Arlington, TX USA, has the original K-1 on sale for $1549.

Arlington Camera - Digital Cameras, Camera Rentals, Video, Photographic Equipment | Serving Arlington, Dallas & Fort Worth, TX: Pentax K-1 Digital Camera

Offer valid through July 31, 2018. Price above includes $350 Instant Rebate.

They also have the 645z for $5499.

Arlington Camera is an authorized Ricoh dealer.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-29-2018, 06:45 AM  
DA*11-18/2.8 delay to 2019
Posted By MrNPhoto
Replies: 227
Views: 15,655
If early 2019, it would make sense to show off with a new APS-C flagship. Shame about the delay though, as I was looking forward to this lens. The D-FA 50 looks awesome, but I'm happy with the DA* 55 for now.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-20-2018, 05:04 AM  
Ricoh announces an upgrade service for current PENTAX K-1 consumers
Posted By MrNPhoto
Replies: 258
Views: 20,668
Dropping to crop mode negates the whole point of the K-1: 36MP and full-frame field of view. Seriously, if Ricoh needed a new logic board for the K-1 ii anyway, why didn't they add extra buffer?
Forum: Pentax K-3 03-06-2018, 07:56 AM  
The K-3 line will continue!
Posted By MrNPhoto
Replies: 928
Views: 79,205
I don't have a KP, just the K-3, which does have the 100% setting option - it shows as 8.3x. Can't think of a reason why they would remove that option from the KP menu?!? A firmware update candidate...
Forum: Pentax K-3 03-06-2018, 04:56 AM  
The K-3 line will continue!
Posted By MrNPhoto
Replies: 928
Views: 79,205
This is the Quick Zoom setting - you can set the initial magnification level to 100% when reviewing images. Customization: Playback menu 1
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-02-2018, 06:25 AM  
GR relaunch in April?
Posted By MrNPhoto
Replies: 125
Views: 15,016
If they update the sensor to the one in the KP with the accelerator chip and add dust/WR sealing, I'm in.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-24-2018, 01:42 PM  
The official presentation (Ricoh) of the Pentax Mark II
Posted By MrNPhoto
Replies: 331
Views: 32,607
The Tamron SP 24-70mm F2.8 that the Pentax lens is based on had just been introduced in 2013, only two years before we saw the Pentax D-FA 24-70. It was a highly regarded lens when it was introduced, and quite competitive with other f2.8 24-70mm zooms available at that time. Hardly an "old design".
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-09-2018, 06:06 PM  
K-1 Mark II!
Posted By MrNPhoto
Replies: 875
Views: 103,234
Date would be dd-mm-yy, so something-Feb-2018
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