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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Days Ago  
RICOH ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF HD PENTAX-D FA★50mm F1.4 SDM AW STAR-SERIES LENS
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 373
Views: 18,696
Peter has modified his Pentax Rumors article. There is no delay any more but a shortage.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 4 Days Ago  
RICOH ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF HD PENTAX-D FA★50mm F1.4 SDM AW STAR-SERIES LENS
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 373
Views: 18,696
That's a biased presentation made by Pentax Rumors and I'm trying in the comment section to restore the truth.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 4 Days Ago  
K3,KP,K1 firmware update
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 85
Views: 5,070
Concerning the K-1 Mark II, I could agree with you: at the time of its announcement pre-series copies of the HD Pentax-D FA★ 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW were in the hands of testers so one could imagine that the K-1 Mark II's firmware includes the appropriate code lines.

Concerning the K-3 II, I don't buy that.

I am convinced that further D FA★ 50mm-related firmware updates will soon be published: K-1 Mark II possibly, K-3 II definitely, may be K-S1, K-S2 and K-70 too.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 4 Days Ago  
K3,KP,K1 firmware update
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 85
Views: 5,070
The HD Pentax-D FA★ 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW is a KAF4 lens (= with an electromagnetic diaphragm control system). The K-5, K-5 II and K-5 IIs don't work with such lenses.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-08-2018, 10:45 AM  
DA*11-18/2.8 delay to 2019
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 192
Views: 7,922
There is a D FA 70-200 mm f/4 on the roadmap and no 70-210 mm f/4.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-07-2018, 08:34 AM  
Wow! The Success of this Lens is Amazing
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 4
Views: 1,562
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-07-2018, 08:18 AM  
Amateur Photographers (UK) Predicts End for Pentax
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 519
Views: 24,368
Trademark authorities can't possibly follow any and all changes in legal denomination, mergers and so on. When they receive a request from the trademark owner (or its representative) or from the person/entity claiming to be the legal successor of the owner or from a competitor, they ask for the legal documentation supporting the request (provided that the appropriate full documentation was not included in the request). Upon receipt of the additional documents requested, they review them and make the appropriate changes if they consider them duly justified.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-07-2018, 02:50 AM  
Amateur Photographers (UK) Predicts End for Pentax
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 519
Views: 24,368
or rather that the merger of Pentax Corporation with Hoya hasn't been taken into account by the registrar.

Note that in Canada the update has been done: the Asahi Pentax trademark was registered in 1957 by Asahi Optical Company Limited and Hoya Corporation now owns the trademark.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-06-2018, 04:06 AM  
Amateur Photographers (UK) Predicts End for Pentax
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 519
Views: 24,368
Look at any database such as WIPO:

WIPO Global Brand Database

The Pentax trademark belongs to Hoya and to Hoya only. Ricoh are entitled to use it for certain products and services as determined by a licence agreement with Hoya. In addition Ricoh own the 'SMC Pentax' trademark.
Forum: Pentax Q 07-06-2018, 01:14 AM  
Anybody hear about this metabones adapter? f/0.666???
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 15
Views: 1,869
Actually the focal reducer doesn't reduce the focal length of the lens it's attached to but the optical system made of the lens plus the focal reducer has a reduced focal length and a reduced image circle in comparison to the original lens.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-02-2018, 02:47 PM  
DA*11-18/2.8 delay to 2019
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 192
Views: 7,922
Try J-PlatPat instead.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-02-2018, 02:20 PM  
DA*11-18/2.8 delay to 2019
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 192
Views: 7,922
This seems to be the ultimate argument of those who have few left.

Please don't put statements in other people's mouth, which they have never made, so as to more easily contradict them. Even if this is a common figure of rhetoric it's a bit unpleasant.

I'm not pretending, never have been, that the optical formula of the HD Pentax-D FA★ 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW was not designed by Ricoh Imaging. I'm definitely thinking it was since, as I wrote before, I have great confidence in asahi man's statements.

I'm just making the point that the corresponding patent is yet to be found (most probably because the patent request hasn't been published yet).

My initial question to ogl was devoid of any malice: I was sincerely hoping he had found a trace of the patent on some Russian forum.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-02-2018, 02:08 PM  
DA*11-18/2.8 delay to 2019
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 192
Views: 7,922
I'm not so sure. This patent request seems to be about the tilt adjustment of certain lens elements in a duocam zoom lens. The zoom ring is specifically mentioned in the patent description and claims.

Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-02-2018, 01:44 PM  
DA*11-18/2.8 delay to 2019
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 192
Views: 7,922
There is one single source behind the links you were kind enough to provide and this source is asahi man.
  • Pentax Rumors explicitly quote the name of asahi man and provide their source: two messages posted by asahi man in the 'Pentax DSLR' forum at Digital Photography Review.

  • You then give the URL of the first of these two messages.

  • The Digital Photography Review thread linked in your message is dedicated to the review published a bit early by Kenny Chi and subsequently taken down.

  • The quoted paragraph from Kenny Chi's article is a quasi verbatim of asahi man's messages. The header of this paragraph (其他國外網站得到資訊如下:) can be translated as follows: 'Foreign websites got information as follows:'


As much as I appreciate asahi man and his contributions here and at Digital Photography Review, I am afraid that no piece of information reported by him can be placed on the same level as the publication of a patent request.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-02-2018, 09:19 AM  
DA*11-18/2.8 delay to 2019
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 192
Views: 7,922
Did you see the patent request concerning the HD Pentax-D FA★ 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW and do you know its reference?

The one concerning the HD Pentax-DA★ 11-18mm f/2.8 ED DC AW is P2018-97053A (Japan), published on 21st June 2018.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-02-2018, 05:28 AM  
DA*11-18/2.8 delay to 2019
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 192
Views: 7,922
We don't even know that (as a fact). We were told so (by asahi man).
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-01-2018, 10:18 PM  
RICOH ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF HD PENTAX-D FA★50mm F1.4 SDM AW STAR-SERIES LENS
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 373
Views: 18,696
As a Ricoh Imaging designed lens, yes but the Tamron designed 15-30mm f/2.8 and 24-70mm f/2.8 also use ring-type motors.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-01-2018, 01:51 AM  
RICOH ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF HD PENTAX-D FA★50mm F1.4 SDM AW STAR-SERIES LENS
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 373
Views: 18,696
As indicated by its name the HD Pentax-DA★ 11-18mm f/2.8 ED DC AW will be using a DC motor, not a ring ultrasonic motor like the HD Pentax-D FA★ 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-30-2018, 10:42 AM  
RICOH ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF HD PENTAX-D FA★50mm F1.4 SDM AW STAR-SERIES LENS
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 373
Views: 18,696
20,000 units per year is approx. three times the size of the global medium format market before the introduction of mirrorless medium format cameras by Fujifilm and Hasselblad, which is said to have substantially increased the market size.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-29-2018, 03:22 PM  
Ricoh Theta V Images
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 50
Views: 8,307
Since early February (my latest post on the same topic):

- The Ricoh Theta apps was updated on the 1st of March, the 19th of April, the 31st of May and the 28th of June.

- The Ricoh Theta V firmware was updated on the 1st of March (Version 2.10.1), the 13th of March (Version 2.11.1), the 10th of May (Version 2.20.1), the 4th of June (Version 2.21.1) and the 30th of June (Version 2.30.1).

Impressive pace!

In addition, the Ricoh Theta Plug-In Partner Programme went live on the 28th of June:

RICOH THETA Plug-in Partner Program Goes Live | Global | Ricoh

http://www.ricoh.com/release/2018/pdf/0628_1.pdf
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-29-2018, 02:57 PM  
Development update regarding the HD PENTAX-D FA★50mmF1.4 SDM AW
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 598
Views: 40,055
@JPT

Being now in front of my computer and not my phone, I confirm the following:

- 170,000 (excluding VAT) is the RRP of the HD Pentax-D FA★ 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW

ペンタックス「D FA★50mmF1.4 SDM AW」の発売日が決定 - デジカメ Watch

- 148,500 (including VAT; 137,500 excluding VAT) is the price proposed by some retailers, including Bic Camera, Yodobashi and, oddly enough, Ricoh Imaging's webstore

- Kitamura are asking 133,650 (including VAT; 123,750 excluding VAT).
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-29-2018, 01:48 PM  
Ricoh has launched a special site for star lenses and a new roadmap
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 97
Views: 5,348
The so-called 'Ultra Wide-Angle Single Focus Lens' is on the roadmap since CP+ 2017.

Pentax K-mount Lens Roadmap Archive (from 2005 on) - Page 2 - PentaxForums.com

Between CP+ 2016 and CP+ 2017 there was a 'Large Aperture Ultra Wide-Angle Single Focus Lens' on the roadmap.

Pentax K-mount Lens Roadmap Archive (from 2005 on) - Page 2 - PentaxForums.com
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-29-2018, 01:40 PM  
Pentax K-mount Lens Roadmap Archive (from 2005 on)
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 22
Views: 7,160
29 June 2018 update:
  • HD Pentax-D FA★ 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW is now in the current line-up

  • HD Pentax-DA★ 11-18mm f/2.8 ED DC AW is postponed from summer 2018 to 2019.




Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-29-2018, 12:20 PM  
Ricoh has launched a special site for star lenses and a new roadmap
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 97
Views: 5,348
The tentative release date of the 11-18mm f/2.8 is pushed back from Summer 2018 to 2019.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-29-2018, 09:59 AM  
Development update regarding the HD PENTAX-D FA★50mmF1.4 SDM AW
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 598
Views: 40,055
Isn't the RRP equal to 170,000 excluding VAT?
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