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Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 07-11-2021, 05:10 AM  
Legally speaking, the VS20 has a more powerful zoom than a $1,000 PENTAX!
Posted By Albert Siegel
Replies: 9
Views: 1,001
Over 1,000 sold! LOL! This is pretty funny. Worth a view if you have a couple of minutes to kill.
















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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-25-2021, 04:21 AM  
Comparison K3 III versus Sony A7 III
Posted By Albert Siegel
Replies: 51
Views: 3,683
Yes, this is pretty much it. I wanted to show that those with a sensor smaller than 135 full-frame no longer need to have high ISO envy.
Forum: Pentax K-01 02-07-2021, 07:20 AM  
Anyone in Canada willing to loan out a K-01?
Posted By Albert Siegel
Replies: 12
Views: 1,044
It's nothing to do with objects of Japanese origin, it's the Japanese government setting policy due to the pandemic.
Forum: Pentax K-01 02-07-2021, 05:04 AM  
Anyone in Canada willing to loan out a K-01?
Posted By Albert Siegel
Replies: 12
Views: 1,044
Yeah, it's not as easy as I had hoped. I cannot loan mine out as there are shipping restrictions from Japan to North America and reverse, so no way to get it to them or get it back as far as I'm aware. I'm unsure how difficult it would be to get it there from the US, so I figured I can see if someone in Canada is willing to help.

As for the making fun of PENTAX, if they did, I'm sure it would be a good fun. They actually like the brand and cameras. Anyway, it keeps the brand in the public eye and might spark some interest.
Forum: Pentax K-01 02-06-2021, 05:48 PM  
Anyone in Canada willing to loan out a K-01?
Posted By Albert Siegel
Replies: 12
Views: 1,044
Hi, I'm asking on behalf of someone that wants to film a YouTube video in part on the K-01. They need the camera (no lenses) for about two weeks. If you can help out, please send me a direct message for more details.

Thanks!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-04-2020, 06:06 PM  
A couple of pics of the new 85mm f1.4
Posted By Albert Siegel
Replies: 22
Views: 1,884
Ricoh Imaging has the new PENTAX 85mm on display at their Shinjuku showroom, which opened yesterday after being closed for two months.

The lens is larger than I expected, but feels good and balances very well on the K-1. Focus is quick enough and very silent. The motor "feels" and "sounds" (nearly silent) very different than the old SDM types. I don't know if it makes sense to say, but the AF "feels" more robust and confident than previous AF motors.

The overall fit, feel and construction is nothing short of spectacular. The output is sublime. This clearly is the definition of a premium product and is easy to see why the high cost is worth it. I think this is a lens that will cause people to give PENTAX a good look.


Here are two photos of the lens. Anyone is free to use or re-post them as desired. Enjoy!
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 04-01-2020, 06:22 PM  
Repair for FA* 400mm
Posted By Albert Siegel
Replies: 6
Views: 1,016
This is not an option at the moment. It seems that Japan Post is not sending or receiving anything from overseas. International shipping with Japan is nearly shut down as of today for an unknown amount of time. I'm still trying to get more info.
Forum: General Photography 11-24-2019, 07:20 PM  
Pentax 100 - Little-known information about brand history
Posted By Albert Siegel
Replies: 14
Views: 1,252
I live near that building. It was part of the old PENTAX headquarters before the Hoya takeover. It's last use was as Pentax Imaging Systems headquarters. After the Ricoh purchase of Pentax Imaging, it was used for all of Ricoh's camera business until they decided to move the entire operation to the Ricoh head office across town several years ago. The building has since just sat there unused until it was recently sold. The building has not been demolished yet, but it won't be around long. Here is a photo of it this morning.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-21-2019, 07:09 AM  
New K-series DSLR under development to be exhibited
Posted By Albert Siegel
Replies: 3,487
Views: 291,402
I did not talk with them much about future products. Too much going on tonight. I'll try to setup a meeting sometime soon and get an interview or something.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-21-2019, 06:31 AM  
New K-series DSLR under development to be exhibited
Posted By Albert Siegel
Replies: 3,487
Views: 291,402
No firm timeline given and I would not trust one if they did as they never seem to meet their timelines. :-) I will just trust them at their word of it being worth the wait. They really seem super excited about it, so I have a good feeling that those of us waiting to upgrade will be rewarded.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-21-2019, 05:45 AM  
New K-series DSLR under development to be exhibited
Posted By Albert Siegel
Replies: 3,487
Views: 291,402
Sorry to say I have no info on the specs. The people in the know seem very excited over it, so I imagine we will be happy with the final product.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-21-2019, 05:23 AM  
New K-series DSLR under development to be exhibited
Posted By Albert Siegel
Replies: 3,487
Views: 291,402
I can confirm that the little notch in the photo is an illusion due to the angle and light. It's actually going out rather than in and under the screen (the right panel extends out). This in-develpment model does not have an articulating screen. Yes, I have seen this in up close in person. Please note that this does not mean the final version will not have it. This is still in the development stage, so anything can change at this point. What I was told is that the wait will very much be worth it.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-07-2019, 01:51 AM  
360 video tour of CP+ 2019
Posted By Albert Siegel
Replies: 5
Views: 782
If you set the video to 4k on YouTube it will look way better even on a non-4k display.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-03-2019, 07:02 PM  
360 video tour of CP+ 2019
Posted By Albert Siegel
Replies: 5
Views: 782
Hi everyone, I made this 360 tour of CP+ 2019 with the Theta V. Just thought I would share it here. I hope you all enjoy as it's a great way to see all the stuff that does not get photographed and get a general feel of being there.
















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Forum: Homepage & Official Pentax News 05-28-2019, 04:51 AM  
Dispelling a rumor: on Ricoh's use of the Pentax name
Posted By Albert Siegel
Replies: 14
Views: 1,371
Which one?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-09-2019, 05:30 PM  
HD PENTAX-DA* 11-18mm F2.8 review?
Posted By Albert Siegel
Replies: 36
Views: 5,267
I've uploaded some RAW files from the 11-18 and KP to my Google Drive. These are just snapshots, so don't expect works of art, but hopefully they will do as samples of what the lens can do. Feel free to download and check out. You can repost and share your edits and conclusions if you like. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1YsyzdJs89wg5z1BlcrX-In7ZOjiJdxY1?usp=sharing
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-30-2019, 04:37 PM  
11-18 and revamped 35mm F2 on january 31?
Posted By Albert Siegel
Replies: 1,044
Views: 85,307
I can assure you that the KP was not meant as a replacement for the K-3 at any point. I was under NDA at the time and was asked for my input as a photographer on various aspects during its development. It's just a side model made to go with the Limiteds.
Forum: Pentax Q 01-11-2019, 05:36 AM  
Q system not dead? Ehhh. . .
Posted By Albert Siegel
Replies: 101
Views: 14,261
It seems that Ricoh will be holding an event showcasing what what the Q series can do and how to get the most out of it on the 17th in Tokyo. It's a paid event, so a class of sorts... but still... a sign that the Q is not totally dead as Ricoh would not bother with such an event for a discontinued product.

LINK---> ENJOY PENTAX Q [??]???????????????????????????RICOH IMAGING
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-26-2018, 05:19 AM  
Pentax 100 YEARS anniversary 2019!
Posted By Albert Siegel
Replies: 66
Views: 11,510
Google Maps

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I have not been told anything specific, but I have the strong impression in my conversations with Ricoh that they indeed are planning something special much more than just printing 100 years on products. I think 2019 will be the best one for the PENTAX brand in a while.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-24-2018, 06:57 PM  
Pentax 100 YEARS anniversary 2019!
Posted By Albert Siegel
Replies: 66
Views: 11,510
Your first link is to the building that was demolished and is now the apartment complex across from the map link I listed. I am unsure of the date they left, but it was across the street from what became their final HQ.

Your second link is to their showroom in Osaka.

Your third link is pretty well covered in that forum post. I remember that PENTAX corp sold off one of their major Tokyo properties in an effort to raise money to fight off the takeover, but I am unsure if this was the building or if it was the Tokiwadai (Maeno-cho) building across from the link I gave. I unsure when they sold it off.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-24-2018, 07:06 AM  
Pentax 100 YEARS anniversary 2019!
Posted By Albert Siegel
Replies: 66
Views: 11,510
The old Tokiwadai building can be seen here: Google Maps

I used to live a ten minute walk away from it. I used to visit fairly often. There used to be another building across the street, but it's now a massive apartment complex.

The old Pentax museum was closed by Hoya. They gave away most of the stuff inside to JCII Camera Museum

The Pentax Forum in Shinjuku is still around, but called Ricoh Square. It was recently renovated and still going strong. I was there yesterday and picked up a little something I needed.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-24-2018, 05:50 AM  
Pentax 100 YEARS anniversary 2019!
Posted By Albert Siegel
Replies: 66
Views: 11,510
It's not quite fully correct... HOYA bought PENTAX in a hostile takeover and merged PENTAX into HOYA Group as multiple divisions. They eventually split off part of the original company as PENTAX Imaging (cameras, sport optics and related items) and sold it to Ricoh. The newly separate PENTAX company consisted mainly of original PENTAX corp staff and engineers. After Ricoh bought PENTAX Imaging, they renamed it to Pentax Ricoh Imaging Company and continued to use the old PENTAX headquarters in Tokiwadai. Ricoh later changed the name to Ricoh Imaging Co. Ltd., moved the operations (including original PENTAX staff) out of the old PENTAX building to their Ricoh office in Omori and transferred the Ricoh camera division into the PENTAX division.

It's still mainly the original (Asahi) PENTAX staff, including members of management and engineers (with the addition of Ricoh staff), but under a new name and owner. One can argue that PENTAX is more than just a brand, and that Ricoh Imaging, which is owned by Ricoh Group, is the successor company to (Asahi Optical) PENTAX Corp.


In my opinion, a 100th anniversary is more than just a marketing gimmick all things considered. And they are indeed planning to make a big deal about it. They will have some interesting products to mark the occasion according to what I've heard from my talks with them.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-04-2018, 02:15 AM  
Is this a prototype of the smc Pentax-A★ 600mm f/5.6 ED [IF]?
Posted By Albert Siegel
Replies: 30
Views: 3,936
It's a special version made for the Japanese police force. The seller actually bought that lens for less than half the current asking price from a different Japanese auction site (he's a reseller). At one point he tried to get 6,000USD for it, but he keeps dropping the price as nobody seems to be willing pay that much just to get it in black, especially without any accessories. For example, the lens cover in the photo is a Sigma cover. He hides it as to not show the Sigma logo. He's a nice guy, and I did try to buy it from him, but I was not at all willing to pay this price when I could get the grey one with all accessories for 1,000USD less.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-16-2018, 01:48 AM  
300 2.8 w/teleconv vs 150-450
Posted By Albert Siegel
Replies: 17
Views: 2,555
I love my DA 560, but the 150-450 would also be a great long lens solution that gets close enough and allows you the versatility of a zoom. The plus side to either of these is the ability to service them if needed. Parts for the old FA lenses are difficult to get if needed.


Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-15-2018, 05:21 AM  
Is that a new tele lens?
Posted By Albert Siegel
Replies: 122
Views: 25,869
Indeed the final version of the 560m was the right way to go. The thing I love the most about it is that it's the only super-telephoto that can easily be hand-held for extended periods of time. I am also impressed how well the AF works with the PENTAX 1.4 TC. PENTAX was once known as one of the top brands in telescopes, so it's no surprise how excellent this lens is. The only complaint I have at all is the minimum focus distance, but it's not a deal breaker for me.
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