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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-25-2021, 08:05 PM  
K-3 III To Be Released Next Week
Posted By Dan
Replies: 422
Views: 36,262
That seems about right, as it works out to about $1,740 in the U.S.

How did I come up with that number?

The current price of the K-1 Mark II in Japan (at Ricoh Imaging) is 258,500 JPY.
The current price of the K-1 Mark II in the U.S. (at Ricoh Imaging) is $1,800 (USD).

Assuming that this same ratio applies to the K-3 III, a price of 250,000 JPY works out to approximately $1,740.

That's very close to what I have been expecting. It seems reasonable to me that they would price it at the same level as the Fujifilm XT-4, which is a premium APS-C camera, and which sells for about $1,700. If the K-3 III performs as expected then this is a very fair price. Sure, it is about the same price as the full-frame K-1 Mark II, but then again it has much newer technology, including what appears to be superior image quality at very high ISOs, and better AF. So the price strikes me as right on target.

:)

Dan
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-17-2021, 09:50 AM  
CEO of Ricoh (the mother ship) talks about the future of PENTAX and GR
Posted By Dan
Replies: 572
Views: 40,745
Your take on Canon's situation is completely at odds with their recent corporate reports for their imaging division, for the fiscal year ending Dec 2020. In spite of reporting a sharp drop in unit camera sales, this division continued to be profitable, which they attribute to two factors: sales of their new high-margin Canon R5 and R6 cameras and continued profitability of their inkjet printers including consumables (such as ink cartridges). Indeed, not only did profits remain positive, they actually INCREASED this past year which they attribute solely to the new products:

"income before income taxes [in the imaging division] increased by 43.1% year-on-year to 71.1billion thanks to improvements in profitability due to the effect of new products."
(source: https://global.canon/en/ir/results/2020/rslt2020e.pdf)

The only new products that they discuss in this context are the EOS R5 and R6. So not only are these new cameras profitable, according to this report they are sufficiently profitable to offset an overall decline in unit camera sales. Their outlook calls for unit sales to finally stabilize this year. We will see, but given the success of their new product offerings Canon is not the camera company that you should be worried about. In spite of declining sales of the Rebel.

Dan
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-17-2021, 08:52 AM  
CEO of Ricoh (the mother ship) talks about the future of PENTAX and GR
Posted By Dan
Replies: 572
Views: 40,745
It depends on what you mean by "real money". All of the major mirrorless manufacturers offer affordable entry-level options, which I define as well under $1,000 (U.S.) for APS-C or well under $2,000 for full frame. Most of these are new or recent introductions. Let's look at some examples:

- Fujifilm just introduced the new and very capable XE-4 at a price of $850.

- Sony just introduced the very compact full-frame A7c, at a price of $1,800.

- Canon has a couple of full-frame mirrorless cameras, the RP and the R, that retail for $1,000 and $1,800 respectively.

- Nikon recently introduced the full frame Z-5 (with dual card slots, IBIS, and weather sealing) at a price of $1,300. They also offer the APS-C Z-50 at a price of $750.

Companies like Sony and Fuji are NOT just focusing on the high end. Moreover, third-party manufacturers such as Tamron have really stepped up their game, offering some good lenses at affordable prices, and promising more to come, in a wider variety of mounts.

One could easily argue that from the perspective of price-to-performance there has never been a better time to buy a new camera. My first digital camera was the *ist-D, for which I paid $1,250 (body only), and which had 6 megapixels, poor autofocus, and no shake reduction. At that price it was easily affordable--particularly in comparison with most of my other hobbies--but from a value perspective the current situation is rather incredible. Recent and future offerings may not be affordable for folks who are poor, but they are well within the reach of middle-class consumers.

Can these super good values continue? Probably not at these levels, but I expect that the surviving companies (such as Canon and Sony and maybe others) will continue to offer affordable options as a means of luring people into their systems. Entry-level gear plays an important strategic role in marketing. Such gear may not add directly to the bottom line, but it is important as a means of cultivating a base of users, SOME of whom will go on to buy more expensive gear. Of course most people who dabble in Canon or Sony will not become long-term customers who buy a lot of gear, but it is necessary to cast a wide net to create that loyal base of customers who will continue to spend. Dropping entry level gear does not strike me as a workable long-term strategy. Having said that, success in the long term relies on more than simply attracting users with low entry-level prices. While offering entry-level gear may be a necessary condition for success it is clearly not a sufficient condition.

Dan
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-15-2021, 05:49 PM  
CEO of Ricoh (the mother ship) talks about the future of PENTAX and GR
Posted By Dan
Replies: 572
Views: 40,745
Well, I think that I know the difference, but my definition seems different from yours. My definition is not based on being able to discern motives, and it is not limited to cases where users of one brand criticize another brand.

By my definition, someone who makes specific, disparaging comments about a camera manufacturer without providing supporting evidence is engaging in bashing. Some examples:

If I say that Pentax makes crappy cameras because the autofocus system can be expected to fail within a year, and if I provide no evidence that this is true, then I am engaging in bashing. On the other hand, if I say that I don't like the autofocus system in a Pentax camera because its ability to track is not up to my standards then I am simply expressing an opinion, since adequacy is a matter of opinion.

If I repeatedly spread negative, unfounded rumors about Pentax then I am engaging in bashing. On the other hand, if I republish profit data showing that Pentax is losing money and I express my concerns about that, then I am not bashing, since the profits are a matter of record, and whether or not one should be concerned is a matter of opinion.

Finally, if I harp endlessly about a shortcoming of a particular camera system, and if I consistently exaggerate the problem (in the manner of an internet troll), then that could also be considered bashing, simply because the excessive emphasis and exaggerations can create a false impression of the underlying problem.

All of these forms of bashing are quite common on camera forums. I appreciate the freedom afforded to posters to express themselves as they see fit. At the same time, I can easily understand why some people might find it annoying, since the net effect is likely to create false impressions about a brand.

Dan
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-15-2021, 04:15 PM  
CEO of Ricoh (the mother ship) talks about the future of PENTAX and GR
Posted By Dan
Replies: 572
Views: 40,745
What about Pentax users who, having become disillusioned, start bashing Pentax? Is that allowed?

What about a Canon fan who expresses strongly negative opinions about Sony, not to "poke at the fans", but because they have an honest opinion to express. There are well known problems with Sony's menu system and their build quality. If I bring this up in a Sony thread am I bashing Sony, or simply expressing an opinion? I don't envy the moderators, who have to discern my motives. And what if I don't provide any evidence for my complaints, but just throw shade. Does that matter?

In extreme cases "common sense" is sufficient to make a call, but in most cases it is not so clear. Which is perhaps why brand bashing is so common on these forums, particularly as directed towards Pentax. Again, that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Dan
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-15-2021, 03:14 PM  
CEO of Ricoh (the mother ship) talks about the future of PENTAX and GR
Posted By Dan
Replies: 572
Views: 40,745
So if I understand you, as long as we avoid personal attacks we are free to bash camera manufacturers. That's good to know, and it's a policy I support.

Dan
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-15-2021, 02:06 PM  
CEO of Ricoh (the mother ship) talks about the future of PENTAX and GR
Posted By Dan
Replies: 572
Views: 40,745
In my opinion people should feel free to express their opinions--regardless of the content--and then those who disagree should be free to push back by providing counterarguments. But that is just MY opinion, and it is definitely NOT the policy of the vast majority of forums, including this one. Forums place restrictions on speech, because unlike me, most people do not enjoy a free-for-all. Restrictions on posting are designed to create what some would consider to be a more civil environment, which in turn leads to a more successful forum. Forum owners have every right to be concerned about these matters, and to place restrictions on speech so as to enhance the success of the forum.

Bashing a specific camera manufacturer runs counter to the rules of this forum. What constitutes bashing? Ultimately that is for the forum administrator to decide. But it seems to me that repeatedly suggesting that a manufacturer is lying about the reason for delaying a camera, especially when that is tied (implicitly or explicitly) to the impending failure of the brand, constitutes a form of bashing. Even more so when no evidence is provided.

I realize that people don't like being told that their opinions are not welcome. But the simple fact is that not all statements of opinion are welcome, and that applies not just to this forum, but to other forums as well.

Dan
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-14-2021, 10:59 AM  
CEO of Ricoh (the mother ship) talks about the future of PENTAX and GR
Posted By Dan
Replies: 572
Views: 40,745
You don't expect people to be sensitive on the internet? :lol:

Duty calls:

xkcd: Duty Calls
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-14-2021, 10:45 AM  
CEO of Ricoh (the mother ship) talks about the future of PENTAX and GR
Posted By Dan
Replies: 572
Views: 40,745
Supply has obviously changed. If you acknowledge that sensor costs have changed then it follows that supply has changed, since supply is based on marginal costs. If you don't understand this then perhaps you should step back from making grand statements about the economics of the camera business.

Dan
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-14-2021, 10:42 AM  
CEO of Ricoh (the mother ship) talks about the future of PENTAX and GR
Posted By Dan
Replies: 572
Views: 40,745
I think that you are grossly overestimating the variable costs of producing a camera. The challenge for camera manufactures--and the reason so many of them are losing money--is that low sales have made it difficult to sell enough cameras to recover the high costs of development. The wholesale price of the K3iii will probably be more than twice the marginal cost of production, which will not prevent them from losing money on the project (if sales are low). But not producing the camera would just make things worse.

The statements from the CEO have implications for future projects, but they are of no relevance for the release of the K3iii. That camera will be definitely be released. And it is likely that there is another camera--or maybe two--that are far enough along in the development process that they will also be released, although that is less certain. Beyond that it is anyone's guess.

Dan
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-14-2021, 10:25 AM  
CEO of Ricoh (the mother ship) talks about the future of PENTAX and GR
Posted By Dan
Replies: 572
Views: 40,745
That's true, but sensor costs were MUCH higher back then. Sensors have become more of a commodity now. There's not much that you can learn about the current costs of camera production by looking at data from two decades ago.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-14-2021, 09:57 AM  
CEO of Ricoh (the mother ship) talks about the future of PENTAX and GR
Posted By Dan
Replies: 572
Views: 40,745
You do not seem to understand the concept of sunk costs. Businesses will often sell a product that loses money if the revenue from sale of the product exceeds the variable costs of production, even if the revenue is insufficient to cover the sunk costs. The development costs of the K3iii have already been incurred and cannot be recovered by dropping the project. At this point the decision to produce the camera will be based not on whether the project is profitable, but on whether they can earn enough revenue to cover the marginal costs of production. If they can manage that--which seems likely--then they will lose less money by bringing the camera to market than they would lose by dropping it.

In short, even if they have determined that the K3ii is a loss-making venture they will almost certainly bring it to market, simply as a strategy of minimizing their losses. It may be that they should have never started down this path, but at this point it is too late to avoid the very substantial costs of development.

Dan
Forum: General Talk 02-25-2021, 01:31 PM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By Dan
Replies: 2,542
Views: 97,916
I have received both doses of the Moderna vaccine. The first dose left me with a bit of soreness at the injection site and a moderate headache. Following the second dose I just had the soreness at the injection site; there were no other side effects. I feel very fortunate that I made it through the queue. There are many others in our area who qualify but have not yet been able to get vaccinated due to a shortage of the vaccine.

And yes, as others have pointed out, the science is clear. These COVID vaccines are both safe and effective.

Dan
Forum: Pentax K-70 02-19-2021, 09:38 PM  
A couple questions about using the k-70
Posted By Dan
Replies: 9
Views: 1,300
Yes, that's right. When you are in E-Dial Programming there is a row for each mode, spread out over two pages. For each row (mode) you can set the front dial, the rear dial, and the green button. Four modes are on page 1, and two modes are on page 2, including mode M. When you are on page 2 look at row M. If it already says TvSHIFT next to the green button icon then there is nothing you need to do. If you want to change it you simply scroll down to the M row and hit OK, which brings up a menu allowing you to change each dial/button.

It's a bit confusing, because "E-Dial Programming" is not just for programming the E-Dials; it's also where you program the green button. A more accurate title for the menu would be "E-Dial and Green Button Programming", but I guess that would be too long. :-)

Dan
Forum: Pentax K-70 02-19-2021, 07:55 PM  
A couple questions about using the k-70
Posted By Dan
Replies: 9
Views: 1,300
Actually the mode DOES make a difference with the K-70. (I have two of them.) I had exactly the same problem when I first set a K-70 to AF2. It worked "correctly" in the mode where I set it to AF2, but the behavior reverted in other modes. I had to change it in other modes as well, although I seem to recall that some of the more automatic modes were "bundled together" and changing it in one changed it in some others. Of course none of this is explained in the manual. I appreciate the added layer of customization, but it would be nice if it were better documented.
Forum: Pentax K-70 02-19-2021, 07:34 PM  
A couple questions about using the k-70
Posted By Dan
Replies: 9
Views: 1,300
This is my preference as well. To set it up the way want you need to do the following:
- Go to the menu page Camera 5
- select "Button Customization" from the menu
- select "AF/AE-L Button"
- set it to "AF2 Enable AF2"
This will disable AF with the shutter release button so AF is performed ONLY with the AF/AE-L button.



To enable the use of the aperture ring do the following:
- Go to the menu page C4 (all the way to the right):
- select "Using Aperture Ring"
- set it to "2 (Enable)"
This will enable the use of manual aperture ring.



Yes, you should program the green button and set it to Tv Shift. Do that as follows:
- Go to the menu page Camera 5
- select "Button Customization" from the menu
- select "E-Dial Programming"
You can customize the E-dial for each exposure mode (Sv, Tv, M, etc)
Note that there are 2 pages of modes; M is on page 2
- to get the preferred settings for M-mode green button, choose the following:
... green-button-TvSHIFT
With this setting, pressing the green button will cause the camera to set the appropriate shutter speed for the aperture you have chosen.

These three things you listed are the first three things that I set when I get a new camera. :-)

I hope this helps,

Dan

---------- Post added 02-19-21 at 06:42 PM ----------



Yes, the problem is likely that you set it to AF2 for one mode, but not for all of the modes. This is a common problem. To allow for the most customization possible, Pentax lets you use different AF settings in different modes. The downside is that it takes a bit longer to set up all of the modes the way you like.

Dan
Forum: Pentax K-70 02-18-2021, 02:56 PM  
K70 aperture block?
Posted By Dan
Replies: 108
Views: 22,265
I have two K-70s (one old, one recent) and a K-S2 (from the earliest batch). I use all of them regularly and have not had a single failure, of any type. I have had good luck with Pentax DSLRs. I started with the *ist-D and have owned quite a few others since then. I had a couple of minor issues with the K-10D, but other than that they have all been flawless.

By the way, why do I have three similar cameras? So that I can reduce the number of lens changes. I can go out and shoot with whatever three lenses will be most appropriate for that day without having to change lenses. I purchased my last K-70 new from Adorama for $347, and the other two bodies were less than $500 each (all new). Phenomenal deals. As a group they are less costly than many single bodies, and as a group they are more reliable than any single camera body in the sense of always having a working camera.

In any event, I am not worried about aperture block failure for three reasons:

1) It is unlikely to occur with any of my cameras.

2) Most of my lenses will work fine on a camera with aperture block failure, since most of them have aperture rings, and in one case because it is a PLM lens (with in-lens electronic aperture control).

3) As mentioned, I shoot with three bodies. If one of them were to develop aperture block failure I would simply dedicate it to one of the lenses that works on such bodies. At some point I would swap out the solenoid with a white one harvested from my *ist-D, which I still have but never use. The *ist-D has two white solenoids, so I think that I'm covered. :-) I doubt that I will ever need even one of them.

Dan
Forum: Pentax K-70 02-17-2021, 01:11 PM  
Focus Screen removal on K-70
Posted By Dan
Replies: 5
Views: 732
Very helpful instructions with excellent photos. Thanks for posting!

Dan
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-10-2021, 11:45 AM  
SD Reader suggestions
Posted By Dan
Replies: 36
Views: 2,074
I really like this one. Maybe not as "future proof" as the ProGrade Digital, but it's cheap at $20, and I can't imagine needing anything faster for the foreseeable future. Currently available via Adorama, where 95 percent of reviewers have given it 5 stars:

https://www.adorama.com/kgfcrhs4.html?

One thing I like about it--in addition to its speed and reliability--is that the logo lights up when the SD card is mounted by the OS, and the light turns off when the card is unmounted, at which point it is safe to remove the card from the reader. It's just about idiot proof. It also plays well with Linux.

Dan
Forum: Pentax K-70 02-05-2021, 08:19 AM  
Pentax K-70 and Skywatcher StarAdventurer (and derivatives)
Posted By Dan
Replies: 3
Views: 832
Brilliant! Thanks for posting.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-28-2021, 08:46 AM  
Sharp Japanese camera price increases, more and more Chinese lens brands.
Posted By Dan
Replies: 35
Views: 2,690
Irix has its headquarters in Switzerland, with manufacturing facilities in South Korea and Japan:

About us

The lenses are assembled in South Korea, using glass that is manufactured in Japan. The people who design the lenses are from Switzerland, Poland, and South Korea.

Dan
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-07-2020, 05:45 PM  
HD Pentax DA * 16-50mm F2.8ED PLM AW is the second one.
Posted By Dan
Replies: 920
Views: 83,336
The autofocus of the 55-300 PLM on my K-70 has proven to be very quiet, nearly instantaneous, and extremely accurate (at all focal lengths). What's not to like? :-)

Another PLM lens would be most welcome, especially in the extremely useful 16-50mm range. I believe that the new lens will sell very well. It will make for a killer combo with the 55-300.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-28-2020, 01:07 PM  
US Black Friday 2020 Lens Specials - Updated
Posted By Dan
Replies: 5
Views: 1,327
Not quite. The Adorama gift card is $100, not $150. Not a bad deal, as you do save $100 relative to the pre-sale price (assuming that you have a use for the gift card).

So far the best sales of this holiday season were from Amazon, on Prime Day.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-27-2020, 09:06 PM  
US Black Friday 2020 Lens Specials - Updated
Posted By Dan
Replies: 5
Views: 1,327
Those B&H deals didn't last long.

The price of the 11-18 is now $1397 (not $1247), which is the highest it's been in a while. And the gift card is now $100 (not $150), so the net price is higher than the pre-sale price! The 15-30 is now $1447 (not $1297). I didn't check the other prices.

Bah humbug!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-13-2020, 12:29 PM  
Wait for Pentax New or... ?
Posted By Dan
Replies: 98
Views: 5,541
Right there in the spec sheet it says that both SD-slots do NOT accept the latest types: "UHS-II is slot 1 only"

I don't care about this personally, but I am sure that there are some who will complain.

Dan
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