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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Days Ago  
New information about new flagship's selling date
Posted By rangercarp
Replies: 381
Views: 12,100
You are probably right. However, it is pretty long in the tooth, and people are still buying it. I would have thought everyone who wanted a z had long since purchased one.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Days Ago  
New information about new flagship's selling date
Posted By rangercarp
Replies: 381
Views: 12,100
As old as it is, the Z is currently the third best selling medium format camera on B&H. The Fuji GFS 50X is number one and the 50R is number two. The X1D is all the way down at number 13, behind several other Hasselblads and a couple Mamiya.

I think there is still room for a Zii, but they are going to have to compete with Fuji on price, or go full frame 645.
Forum: General Photography 10-25-2019, 11:19 AM  
Kansas City
Posted By rangercarp
Replies: 6
Views: 361
I have never spent much time in KC, but have driven through numerous times. I love the view from westbound 670 after you pass under the convention center. It feels like you are in the bowels of the city, and than all of a sudden you pop out and you are on top of the world. I would recommend looking for a side street that goes along the bluffs and see if you can find a nice overlook. This would probably be better for sunset shots though as you would be facing west. If you drive west into Kansas a mile or two you might be able to find a place on the opposite bluffs and get some nice morning shots of sunrise over the city.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-21-2019, 11:10 AM  
Pentax 100 years meeting at Sapporo report
Posted By rangercarp
Replies: 170
Views: 9,229
I don't know... Inside a trench coat? Cover the Nikon logos with Masking tape and write "Pentax" on it. Wear very baggy pants. I am sure there are lots of ways to smuggle a large lens into an intimate gathering. Shooting with it while there, that might be a little harder. :lol:
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-21-2019, 05:12 AM  
Pentax 100 years meeting at Sapporo report
Posted By rangercarp
Replies: 170
Views: 9,229
Did you have to sneak the Nikon in?
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 08-17-2019, 11:13 AM  
PP question: do you boost the color?
Posted By rangercarp
Replies: 23
Views: 1,834
It varies greatly. Sometimes less than a minute. Sometimes much longer. The ones that tale longer are either really good shots that I want to get the most out of, or more commonly really bad shots I am trying to salvage.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-23-2019, 06:20 PM  
PP question: do you boost the color?
Posted By rangercarp
Replies: 23
Views: 1,834
I second Steve's point. My default is +10 on vibrance, and I just about never touch the saturation slider. "Mystery" is a good way to describe it. I tell my students that vibrance is like smart saturation slider.
Forum: General Photography 07-20-2019, 06:12 PM  
National Parks Photo Excursion
Posted By rangercarp
Replies: 42
Views: 2,039
Concerning bears it is important to know what kind of bear you are dealing with. Grizzlies are much more concerning than back bears. If you are lucky you may spot a grizzly in Yellowstone or the Tetons. You will only see black bears in Colorado. Western back bears by the way, are often brown or cinnamon in color, and can be anything from blond to black.

When you are in Yellowstone if you come across any bear scat on the trail it will be easy to distinguish if it came from a black bear or a grizz. Black bear scat is typically black in color, usually found in a single pile and had obvious seeds in it. Grizzly bear scat smells like pepper and has bells in it. :eek:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-05-2019, 06:24 AM  
Lenses: what has demand and what has not - facts
Posted By rangercarp
Replies: 49
Views: 2,947
It would be interesting if we could compare these stats across different name plates. I would suspect Canon and Nikon sell more kit lenses (proportional to their over all sales) because they sell a higher proportion of entry level cameras. We could guess that Pentax sells more primes because Pentax caters more to the enthusiast camera market and less to the entry level. Of the top selling K mount lenses on B&H right now, the number 1, 4, 6, 8, 9, and 10 are all primes. And 1 and 6 are both 50mm.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 05-13-2019, 07:29 AM  
Mirrorless and DSLR dinosaur collapse cont'd: Nikon profits down -27%, sales -18%
Posted By rangercarp
Replies: 12
Views: 1,499
Obviously none, but neither does any current Pentax camera CURRENTLY in production. However, I do recall a Ricoh patent for some sort of a hybrid viewfinder. It is possible that Nikon is working on something similar and is worried about infringing on Ricoh's patent. I realize this is wishful thinking, and I intended to frame it as such. "Wouldn't it be nice if it is a Ricoh patent they are worried about? If it is, what would it be?"

That being said, your guess of Sony's IBIS sounds plausible. At the same time, it would seem to me like it could be something that is still under development and not in any current cameras. The wording suggests they do not yet know if they are infringing on someone's patent. This could be because the product is incomplete and they are still trying to work around a patent. On the the other hand, maybe Sony sued Nikon for copying their IBIS system and they are waiting on a judgment that may result in paying royalties to Sony.


It is a cryptic statement that lends itself to speculation.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 05-10-2019, 06:16 AM  
Mirrorless and DSLR dinosaur collapse cont'd: Nikon profits down -27%, sales -18%
Posted By rangercarp
Replies: 12
Views: 1,499
Yes, it appears there is something specific they are afraid of. Would love to know what it is. Wouldn't it be great if it is a Ricoh patent they are worried about? Hybrid viewfinder?
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-09-2019, 04:48 AM  
The K-1 goes to Everest Base Camp
Posted By rangercarp
Replies: 12
Views: 1,375
Color me jealous!
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 04-08-2019, 12:47 PM  
In my mail box this morning from DCW
Posted By rangercarp
Replies: 30
Views: 2,311
I am still pretty happy with my K-5. If money was no object, I would have upgraded to the K-1, but in the current chapter of my life, it is hard to justify that cost when the K-5 is good enough. With each new model, less and less people feel the need to upgrade, so the camera companies need to rely on new users for sales.
Forum: Pentax K-5 03-26-2019, 04:49 AM  
K5 heat exposure may cause ISO to get stuck on higher setting even when dialed lower
Posted By rangercarp
Replies: 4
Views: 825
If he is setting the camera at ISO 100 but it is actually shooting at 1600 it would be overexposed by 4 stops. When he sets it to 200 it overexposes by three stops. When he sets it to 1600 is exposes properly.
Forum: Pentax K-5 03-22-2019, 06:49 AM  
K5 and K7 bottom compatibility?
Posted By rangercarp
Replies: 7
Views: 978
The watches I wear have batteries that typically last for three or four years, often more. By that point the watch is probably pretty beat up anyway.
Forum: Pentax K-5 03-21-2019, 09:29 AM  
K5 and K7 bottom compatibility?
Posted By rangercarp
Replies: 7
Views: 978
If the weather sealing is your concern you may want to put a dab of silicone on the ding and call it good. Replacing the bottom plate quite possible could impact the weather resistance. Water proof watches are often no longer water proof after the battery is replaced. I don't think I would take the chance.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-19-2019, 11:37 AM  
Lens roadmap: Tanaka-san spills the beans
Posted By rangercarp
Replies: 360
Views: 25,720
Wow! I would have assumed a much smaller number of people. That puts the slow release schedule into perspective.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-19-2019, 06:30 AM  
Ricoh WG-6 / G900 / Theta Z-1 get delayed
Posted By rangercarp
Replies: 59
Views: 5,370
You seem to be forgetting the lens factory in Vietnam where all Pentax lenses are made (save for the Tamron rebadges and the Q series) and the factory in the Philippines where the Pentax bodies are produced. I will give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you were referring to compact cameras, some of which have been produced by third parties. However, that does not jive with your talk of other delayed products. I assume that is referring to the Pentax lenses, produced in house at the Pentax (Ricoh) factory. I am not aware of any recent delays of products that have not been produced in house. Let me know if I am missing something.


As to a reason for this delay, my best guess would be that the early produced examples were not meeting quality standards.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-18-2019, 10:31 AM  
Lens roadmap: Tanaka-san spills the beans
Posted By rangercarp
Replies: 360
Views: 25,720
What people SAY they are willing to pay, and what they actually pony up, are often not the same.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-14-2019, 09:26 AM  
Lens roadmap: Tanaka-san spills the beans
Posted By rangercarp
Replies: 360
Views: 25,720
24 makes a lot more sense to me than the widely speculated 35.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-12-2019, 11:32 AM  
Ricoh booth at CP+
Posted By rangercarp
Replies: 476
Views: 38,507
The comments about the Q are not in the same postal code as the comments about 645.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-12-2019, 11:23 AM  
Ricoh booth at CP+
Posted By rangercarp
Replies: 476
Views: 38,507
Maybe they were not interested in talking because they are working on something they do not want to talk about....
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-12-2019, 08:55 AM  
Ricoh booth at CP+
Posted By rangercarp
Replies: 476
Views: 38,507
645 ?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-25-2019, 06:42 PM  
New Ricoh camera on the horizon: R02020
Posted By rangercarp
Replies: 189
Views: 16,402
It looks like your account has been hacked. I would suggest changing your password ASAP!:eek:
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-20-2019, 10:53 AM  
New Ricoh camera on the horizon: R02020
Posted By rangercarp
Replies: 189
Views: 16,402
They have not sold more than 100 units in the past five years. They keep producing them by the thousands as a vanity project. Recently I was given the privilege of touring the secret warehouse where Ricoh stores all the cameras they produced that no one buys. I suggested they discount unsold models to clear the inventory, but the keeper of the warehouse said that was not an option Ricoh would ever consider.
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