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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 18 Hours Ago  
New K-series DSLR under development to be exhibited
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 853
Views: 66,610
That is the easy part, any standard sized 35mm film(with a height of 24mm) will work, the H and P modes are pre-cropped on the film roll.:)

I'll say one more time that what was exhibited is a working prototype, with a one-off body shell and control layout, built to test components and functions that may never see the light of day in a production model. In a normal situation, Ricoh would be presenting mockups with either exotic teasers (like wooden grips and biker gear) to test market features or something very close to the final form factor minus functional clues for new features, to keep their powder dry for an actual product launch or in case the specifications are changed later. If this camera was ready for production, we would have a definite release date to coordinate the product launch against, along with a trademarked model name.

If the K-1, D500 and 6D Mk ii have some fashion of moveable rear screen, any new flagship Pentax DSLR that becomes available for purchase will have some fashion of moveable rear screen. There is no plausible reason to go back to fixed rear displays. Every Pentax camera is a niche model, why would Ricoh limit the sales potential for a new model (that we have been waiting for years to see) by limiting its appeal to only one type of photography?

What's really important about this working Pentax prototype is the name on it (no point in putting Pentax on a prototype unless you want to send a message) and that we are shown enough of the mirror box, prism housing and viewfinder to know that these components are very different from the K-3ii it will replace. Giving hints to asahiman to look at the mirror is part of the strategy to get us looking in the right places. The people behind this prototype are doing their darndest to get approval from their paymasters to turn this prototype into a production model, but that decision has not been made yet.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
New K-series DSLR under development to be exhibited
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 853
Views: 66,610
My takeaways are:

a) Ricoh exhibited a working prototype (albeit under glass) to several dozen invited guests, prototypes are less likely than mockups to have correct/complete labelling of controls, in fact some aspects might be camouflaged or deliberately altered;

b) working prototypes are built with as many finalized components as possible, to enable proper testing in the field, but some functions/attributes might be missing if that part of the final product has already been developed and isn't integral to new functions/attributes that are being tested;

c) there is something very different about the OVF on this prototype, that is more than just camouflage;

d) the people in the SmartVision division at Ricoh are more concerned about retaining existing Pentax customers than what other camera manufacturers are doing, they have exposed a lot of confidential detail about their current new product plans without giving their marketing department anything to support a new product launch campaign;

and e) SmartVision management is conducting an internal campaign to bring current projects to the commercialization stage, by engaging a group of external brand enthusiasts and friendly market influencers at a level that could seriously damage the brand if these new products don't come to fruition, in the event Ricoh Company management decides to treat the Pentax brand as a cash cow or divestable asset. I don't like to anthropomorphize corporations, so I will say that I believe there are people working at SmartVision who are wholly invested in keeping the Pentax brand alive and kicking, which I find very appealing.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 3 Days Ago  
"Ricoh/Pentax has no plans to announce a new camera this fall"
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 472
Views: 22,266
Oh, but this would be the best place for posts that review past posts in the light of new news and anyone wanting to throw someone's words back at them wouldn't have to go back very many pages to do so.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 3 Days Ago  
New K-series DSLR under development to be exhibited
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 853
Views: 66,610
Anyone else surprised that Ricoh beat all the leakers by posting non-obscured photos on their official website? This doesn't follow past behaviour from the Ricoh Imaging people at all, something has definitely changed internally since the K-1 was brought to market.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 3 Days Ago  
New K-series DSLR under development to be exhibited
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 853
Views: 66,610
My favourite part, I couldn't afford this camera this year, anyway. No sign of a conventional flippy rear screen, but there is a definite line around it, so perhaps the lunar lander gear introduced for the K-1?Doesn't the K-1 have something to turn off the rear screen if your eye is pressed to the viewfinder? There also appears to be a light or sensor of some sort near the bottom of the right thumb rest.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 4 Days Ago  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #472 - No longer functioning
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 20
Views: 649
However the solar panels power pumps so cattle can be watered from the plastic tank on the back of the no longer mobile truck. Taken with SMC A 70-210 f4.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 4 Days Ago  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #472 - No longer functioning
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 20
Views: 649
My guess is something to load sheaves of grain or some other crop that has been wrapped or bound (so the bundle can be hooked on the fingers radiating out from a hub) into a wagon with high sides. It looks like you can load it from both sides at the same time.
Forum: General Photography 4 Days Ago  
What is the actual benefit of mirrorless?
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 151
Views: 4,678
Isn't the model a mannequin? EyeAF doesn't even have to worry about tracking in this shot.

BTW, Sports Illustrated went to all-freelance photography in 2015 and in my opinion the quality of illustration in SI has improved since then. SI seems to have been able to sell more ad space to bigger clients over the same time frame as well, a few years ago, the non-swimsuit issues were getting pretty threadbare. You can't even photograph community college sports without a media pass in many places, so the real distinguishing feature in professional sports photography is access to authorized shooting zones. In ice hockey and motoracing, the best authorized shooting zones are unshielded openings in safety barriers, so getting access definitely trumps gear selection and differences in skill have to be pretty dramatic to result in changes in access. With indoor sports venues, if the event is intended to be televised, the lighting will be upgraded to the point that modern camera sensors don't need the benefit of strobe lighting and the video rights are far more valuable, so the likelihood that still photographers will be allowed to use strobe lighting is low. What does make a difference is if there are situations during the event where either a mirrorless or mirrored camera is unable to get the shot; continuous AF performance is definitely critical and I suspect that is the main reason why authorized photographers seem to be sticking with DSLRs for professional action photography. For stationary or staged media access events, that's not a big concern and event organizers might grant access to individual photographers for only certain portions of the event. My final comment is that for high profile events, a photographer might conceviably use equipment other than what he or she is sponsored to use, because getting the shot is the only thing that counts and it is unlikely that they will be publicly called out for using their trusty D500 in the arena, even though Sony is sponsoring them (just as an example).
Forum: Post Your Photos! 5 Days Ago  
Landscape Limited on a K-3ii or Kit Lens on a K-30?
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 7
Views: 317
I cheated after reading your post and followed the links to Flickr, but the key thing is that the old guy:) moved closer to the car and took a traditional side shoot to show the car's lines and treated the mountainous scene as unimportant background. The kid was paying attention to the mountains and put the car in the scene for context. :)

Once I had read the EXIF, I noticed the difference in how the car's colour is rendered. It is a tricky shade of blue/green, so different angles relative to the sun could have an impact, or maybe the Limited lens does a better job than the kit lens. When I did a comparison of all of my lenses with a 70mm focal length, I thought the DA 70 Ltd had the truest colours, even if it wasn't that much sharper than a couple of my zooms.

I have found that the DA 18-55 kit lens can get pretty good results in its entire focal length range if there is lots of contrast and you aren't looking at 100% crops. It's the challenging shots where it falls short, which in my mind is a good thing, because I would hate to spend money for "better" lenses if there really wasn't anything to be gained. The other comment I'll make is that my photos with primes tend to be more "staged" or planned than photos taken with zooms, simply because you have to make the scene fit the lens. For anyone new to photography, that is probably a foreign concept. Depending on why someone feels moved to take a photograph and who is intended to look at it, it could be argued that the kid with the plain kit was more successful.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-14-2019, 09:45 AM  
Is this describing what the accelerator unit does?
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 13
Views: 856
The K-1 upgrade involved using circuits already on the processor board, so it is a discrete component outside of the existing data pipeline from the sensor (for the K-1 at least). However, your point about off-camera software not being able to apply the same processing is quite likely to be true and there may be a performance penalty if an on/off switch was implemented. Your distinction between noise reduction and correction is probably on the mark as well, if we define reduction as blending or averaging pixel values based on neighboring pixels and correction as subtracting "dark noise." Measuring dark noise implies, to me at least, an extra step completed on an ongoing basis, maybe not before every shot, but probably every time the camera is powered up. The little bit of this patent application that I can understand suggests that what is being patented is a process that is substantially different from the normal process of dark image subtraction (along with being more than just an algorithm). Otherwise, it would be questionable if this is something that could be patented, since it isn't the accelerator chip itself that is being patented.


Which in turn suggests that the accelerator chip does more (or is capable of doing more) than just implementing the noise correction outlined in this patent. Ricoh's motivation for filing this patent is probably to protect the innovative processes they have developed, which could potentially be implemented by other manufacturers using other components.

---------- Post added 09-14-19 at 10:52 AM ----------

P.S. The cooking of RAW data argument is a useless canard. Camera sensors aren't passive devices, power is supplied to them in order to get measureable voltage signals from individual photocells. Baked, roasted or boiled, every pixel in every digital image recorded has been cooked.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-13-2019, 10:29 PM  
"Ricoh/Pentax has no plans to announce a new camera this fall"
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 472
Views: 22,266
Even if Jared Kushner is the person behind this Twitter account, it is still a pretty safe bet that there aren't "plans for any new cameras this fall.". The Theta Z1 was announced in February, just shipping now. The reason other manufacturers are announcing new models now is to get product moving before camera distributors go into hibernation for December and January. The HD DA 10-17 just made it under the wire for hitting peak buying season. When Panasonic announced the S1R late last September (to be available in 2019), they had already been beaten to the punch by Nikon and Canon. As Bugs Bunny used to say "On with the show, this is it!"
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-13-2019, 10:25 AM  
"Ricoh/Pentax has no plans to announce a new camera this fall"
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 472
Views: 22,266
There is a slight possibility that this Ricoh USA employee simply didn't check the Twitter account until Friday morning and decided to respond as he did because if he hadn't received internal notification of "any new cameras" as of September 5th, there was little risk of one being available for purchase in the next 3 months (not everyone realizes that fall officially ends on the winter solstice). Not every corporate Twitter post is as calculated as those from the President of the United States of America and employees sometimes take shortcuts, especially on Friday mornings. However, if this Ricoh USA employee feels secure saying there are no plans for any new cameras this fall, it is very likely that there will not be any new camera models available from Ricoh this fall. After all, why steal any thunder from the GR III and Theta Z? Ricoh Imaging is trying to harvest what business it can from its existing product lines in order to spring forth with bold new initiatives when the days start to get longer.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-12-2019, 12:10 PM  
Fred Herzog & Kodachrome
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 8
Views: 2,821
Great stuff, going through this gallery was time well spent. I find it interesting that Herzog supported himself and his photography habit by working as a medical photographer and he didn't become a recognized artist until he was in his seventies, even though most of his exhibited work is from when he was in his late twenties and thirties. I think it would be even more impressive to view his photographs with a slide projector, it would certainly provide a sronger sense of the time period when the photographs were taken.
Forum: General Talk 09-12-2019, 08:42 AM  
Vinyl set to outsell CDs for first time since 1986
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 29
Views: 703
Not enough to get back most of what you lost. Your high frequency hearing above 10KHz is gone forever, your audiologist probably won't even test for it and depending on how much your hearing has deteriorated, you might not have much left above 5KHz. Brass and strings have already lost their zing (because the third and fourth harmonics are in that range), your brain is relying on your auditory memory to fill in the blanks and give you the warm feelings you used to get from the music.

My hearing loss history spans more than 30 years, I lost almost all of the hearing in my right ear before I was 25 due to a couple of ear infections (but not before I sunk all my "surplus" income into stereo equipment). 20 years later the hearing in my left ear was declining to the point where I was having trouble following multiple conversations in crowded rooms and in 2008 I got my first hearing aid to boost moderate hearing loss (along with a biaural crossover). Then in 2015 I lost almost all of my hearing in my left ear within 72 hours and ended up with a cochlear implant in my right (formerly dead) ear and an ultrapower hearing aid in my left ear. Combined with the Bluetooth and FM capabilities of a Roger Pen, I can follow conversations better now than I could in 2008, but music sounds like an orchestra of mice playing piccolos inside steel drums, accompanied by a chorus of screeching birds. The brain is a miraculous organ, when I listen to my LPs from the seventies and eighties, it shuts off the auditory nerves and plays back all of my favorite tracks from memory. I can still appreciate music that hasn't been burned into my memory circuits, but it is not remotely close to what people with normal hearing get.


I guess the point I want to get across is that the active sound processing done by your brain is vastly superiour to what can be accomplished with electronic equalization. Everything that increases the information received by your brain is good, but if your brain stops trying to make life sound better, any technological assistance is wasted.
Forum: General Talk 09-11-2019, 10:30 PM  
Vinyl set to outsell CDs for first time since 1986
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 29
Views: 703
Sorry, but I don't have a working 8-track player (or a quadraphonic amp, although working quad/surround sound amps turn up on Kijijji from time to time):)
Forum: General Talk 09-11-2019, 04:15 PM  
OM Malik - Camera Sales Are Falling Sharply
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 17
Views: 567
Sigma is an outlier since it is both family owned and wholly dependent on the photographic equipment industry for revenue. It's capitalization is only 100 million yen and they still have their own Foveon cameras to support, so there is very little room to play around with products that don't generate strong sales.
Forum: General Talk 09-11-2019, 10:45 AM  
Vinyl set to outsell CDs for first time since 1986
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 29
Views: 703
Any quadraphonic ones? How about pre-recorded reels of half inch tape? Back in 1975-76, one of my uncles gave me a consumer grade reel to reel deck so I could take German by correspondence and he included a Johnny Cash album with it. If I root around in my storage room, I think I can find the tape, but the deck died sometime in the late eighties.

---------- Post added 09-11-19 at 11:59 AM ----------

Good luck with that, I had to buy the last two cartridges and a replacement stylus online, starting in 2000 (I think) with a new stylus for my Shure V15 IV from a retailer in Austria. You can upgrade the cartridge that turntables sold by the likes of Best Buy come with for about $70 and get much better performance.
Forum: General Talk 09-11-2019, 08:30 AM  
Vinyl set to outsell CDs for first time since 1986
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 29
Views: 703
It's the only reason to prefer vinyl to CDs, the human ear can't distinguish 14 bit digital music from pristine analog 33 1/3 RPM vinyl (so there isn't any dust popping and cracking to serve as clues) if the final mastering is identical. What makes many CDs and compressed digital audio sound artificial is mastering done for commercial reasons that sounds noticeably different than an analog vinyl disc that we accept to be the reference. If CDs were available before vinyl LPs, we would be complaining about lower dynamic range and distortion from adjacent grooves (not to mention the effects of stylus wear and noise from dust and dirt). The reason the early Beatles LPs released in the U.S. by Capitol sound so crappy is because Capitol executive Dave Dexter, Jr. wanted 1958 style reverb added, maybe to make them sound more American or because he thought the EMI mastering would never sell in the U.S.

Early on in the history of CDs, the music industry decided to boost amplitude compared to LPs, probably to help get more volume out of portable CD players, but it sounded too brassy for those of us who had invested all of our part-time income in direct drive turntables, high end cartridges, NAD amplifiers and speakers that cost as much as the beaters we drove. Compressed digital audio is mastered to suit automotive stereo systems and micro-powered portable players with tiny earbuds; it isn't just the data that gets grossly compressed.

It should also be mentioned that the per unit value of LPs is more than double that of CDs, so in the linked article, unit sales of LPs is less than half of CDs. Back in the days when a single LP could sell in the same quantities as the entire industry does today, the vinyl disc was thinner and more prone to warping. It's a shame my hearing has deteriorated to the point where I can't appreciate the better quality of today's vinyl.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-09-2019, 12:53 PM  
Canon mirrorless with optical viewfinder adapter
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 28
Views: 985
In that case the best (and least expensive) option is shoot EF glass with DSLRs that have a fulltime OVF built in. I don't think you can separate viewfinder preferences from camera preferences, so I would rate the utility of such versatility as only slightly higher than equipping cameras with towel racks.:)
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-09-2019, 12:38 PM  
Canon mirrorless with optical viewfinder adapter
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 28
Views: 985
Yeah, the put-down from MILC fundamentalists is to be expected, but the tail of that final paragraph, "It sounds crazy – so crazy that there's probably truth to it…" is lazy weaksauce and just plain wrong. Canon themselves are predicting an almost catastrophic 50% drop in ILC business before 2021 (when the report from the Japanese website referenced by Canon News which is in turn referenced by Digital Camera World says Canon is planning to release "the highest model of mirrorless camera using a 35mm full-size image sensor"). This is shaky even for a trial balloon.

The obvious question is why bother making an OVF adapter for a mirrorless camera, when Canon already has several DSLR models that can be operated mirrorlessly. The only benefit is being able to use R mount lenses in the same way as EF lenses on DSLRs. This might make some sense, if and only if, there were R mount lenses without EF equivalents that diehard DSLR users wanted to use so badly they were willing to pay for an expensive flagship mirrorless camera, just so they could continue to use an OVF (instead of biting the bullet and learning to live with an EVF). The pool of potential buyers for such a camera shrinks with every qualification.

Finally, Canon News throws in a reference to a patent application in January 2018 for a split mirror device. A patent application for technology that isn't ready for production for at least 3 years is intended to protect existing R&D in case a competitor is thinking of bringing similar technology to market, not a realistic harbinger of things to come. To be fair to Canon News, their original article on the patent does say "This patent is loose on actual hard assembly and manufacturing details, which strikes me as being an exploritory or defensive patent and not something Canon is actively looking at," but for some reason the author negates this sensible content by ending with "However, it could be the start of what they are planning on doing with a full frame mirrorless camera body."
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-07-2019, 09:10 PM  
Night Popular Observatory of Mont-Mégantic under the Milky Way
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 4
Views: 238
Congratulations on an excellent image and for your practical ingenuity.
Forum: Pentax K-70 09-03-2019, 04:40 PM  
Color accuracy?
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 38
Views: 1,186
I don't like it, but I am in the minority. I took a look at Ken Rockwell's website a while ago and his landscape colours are so unrealistic, the photos look cheap and tawdry, in my opinion of course, If you want strangers to look at your photographs you have to go overboard to get their attention, otherwise your hard work gets ignored. Now that I think about it, many things in life are dependent on being outrageous in order to get attention.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-02-2019, 02:29 PM  
DA 18-135 WR, Show us what it can do
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 2,981
Views: 487,811
Always like a still photo that looks like it is moving, between the vertical cropping and the accidental precision marching of the pedestrians, it looks like a freeze frame from a video.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-30-2019, 05:52 PM  
Should Canon Add IBIS to its Cameras? – Phoblographer Article Shows Lack of Research
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 7
Views: 454
It appears that Canon has filed its own patent for IBIS, so that shouldn't be an issue if Canon decides to put IBIS into its interchangeable lens cameras. However, there is considerable expense involved in redesigning cameras to incorporate IBIS, far more than simply updating sensors, processors and firmware.Except that the camera body moves just as far and fast and the crop factor means that a given amount of shake covers a larger portion of the image. Another way to look at it is how longer focal lengths are more difficult to keep steady. I believe the lighter weight of smaller sensors requires less energy to be moved, so the mechanism to move the sensor can be smaller and doesn't drain the battery as much, hence IBIS is easier to implement in smaller sensor formats.Canon management agrees with you, they are forecasting that the camera industry will drop 50% in unit sales over the next two years. Two things, smartphone users use their phones for more than just taking pictures and a DSLR is a poor form factor for a phone; plus direct connectivity isn't just a matter of running Android instead of whatever embedded OS they are currently using, it requires the services of a telecommunications carrier, in other words, the camera needs to have a phone built in and the camera needs to be subscribed to a cellular service. I'll skip a discussion about larger file sizes and whether SOOC jpegs without any review or editing is something that ILC users would be happy with. The remaining camera manufacturers have been in business for several years, with thousands of employees engaged in much more than just making cameras. I'll go out on a limb and state that it will take more than just "real" market research to resurrect DSLR sales to the levels of 5-8 years ago.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-28-2019, 05:37 PM  
DA 18-135 WR, Show us what it can do
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 2,981
Views: 487,811
Just in case someone is looking for a picture of fire taken with this lens. A little bit of noise reduction has been applied with Topaz Denoise.


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