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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 4 Hours Ago  
Ricoh GR III
Posted By biz-engineer
Replies: 619
Views: 50,284
The GRIII is a street camera and it is small, this is the perfect companion to a FF system (K1 DSLR or even MILC FF) simply because the day I travel to a city for business but don't want to carry a FF camera with lens(es) because I already have to carry things for work, I can throw a GRIII in my notebook bag and have it for street walk in the evening. Long story short: the best camera is the one you have with you, FF ILC is cumbersome even when it is mirror-less ILC because the lenses are big anyway, and smartphone doesn't cut it if you want to print A3 and A2, the GRIII will. If I shot sports or wildlife with a long lens, it's already large, I couldn't care less about the size of the camera body if it is a FF body, and I can use the K1 in crop mode @ 7FPS it does the job somehow. So, from my standpoint, I feel like the GRIII is more useful than making again one more of the already existing big DSLR. Sure , there is a market for the GRIII but most importantly the very small size has convenience value for the user of a GRIII.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 9 Hours Ago  
Film look DYI how to?
Posted By biz-engineer
Replies: 5
Views: 217
Yes, I do have some, but I have no idea what film they emulate. Clear, buying presets is the easy way. In that post, I would also like to learn, not just take presets and have no idea how those presets were made and if the presets are loyal to the film they are supposed to emulate.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10 Hours Ago  
Film look DYI how to?
Posted By biz-engineer
Replies: 5
Views: 217
I would like to build my own film presets for RAW development with Silkypix or any other image post-processing software. Have run a web search but can't find answers to my concerns.
- where can I find reference film shots that I can use as a baseline, if this is the right way to start? Who keep some reference of legacy film rendering?
- another question, will history be lost forever or archives at kept safe for the future generations to know about it?
- Is there a method to achieve film look other than manual adjustment / trial and error approach or somewhere exist scanned film photographs of color calibration charts?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10 Hours Ago  
Ricoh GRIII on pre-order in The Netherlands
Posted By biz-engineer
Replies: 5
Views: 456
I have an old photo of amsterdam canal at sunset, and also the many bicycles in the street of amsterdam, taken with a Nikon compact camera, it's very nice. Unfortunately at the time I did not have a Pentax DSLR. But soon it will be possible to photograph the streets of Amsterdam with a GRIII , that's good news (sorry for being slightly out of topic).
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11 Hours Ago  
Ricoh GR III
Posted By biz-engineer
Replies: 619
Views: 50,284
I guess it would be fine for me if Ricoh would decrease the price in Austria and increase the price in the UK.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 11 Hours Ago  
About sensors used in Cameras
Posted By biz-engineer
Replies: 13
Views: 372
I forgot where I read that, this was when I did some research for the Pentax K1 image performance, and Ricoh wrote some hint in their Pentax K1 special site which combined with prior knowledge led to conclude how they do.

Possibly, this post of about Nikon design of their own camera sensors.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11 Hours Ago  
Ricoh GRIII on pre-order in The Netherlands
Posted By biz-engineer
Replies: 5
Views: 456
Nice but I can't read Netherlandish tongue.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 14 Hours Ago  
Ricoh GR III
Posted By biz-engineer
Replies: 619
Views: 50,284
Small goodie, truly pocketable apsc camera.


I would guess < 999 Euros, if it's more it won't sound like sub 1K camera.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 16 Hours Ago  
About sensors used in Cameras
Posted By biz-engineer
Replies: 13
Views: 372
The assumed Pentax model is to buy sensors off the shelf, eventually order a custom CFA array / mirrorlenses layer to reduce the gap between the sensor and Pentax color style, and specific implementation of the sensor in camera (sensors have controls signals and tolerance for operation range, so that it can operate with hardware parameters chosen by the camera maker, IMO Pentax use a substrate bias in order to increase DR while it may limit on other aspects of sensor operation, it's a guesstimate based on reading about sensor implementations). Using components off the shelf with adaption is a lot cheaper than custom design of the sensor.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 16 Hours Ago  
New Ricoh camera on the horizon: R02020
Posted By biz-engineer
Replies: 128
Views: 7,390
You know that buying a couple of k mount lenses can relief LBA anxiety for a few days/weeks, so when you come back the details hidden behind the registration code name will be revealed (unleashed).

---------- Post added 21-02-19 at 10:43 ----------


Absolutely, at some point further MTF testing in the lab doesn't bring any more knowledge about how the lens perform with true colors. I agree that the cherry blossom season in Japan is the best time to release a new 70-200 f4 macro for testing it on real cherry blossom scenes. Hello Ricoh, do you agree?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 16 Hours Ago  
New Ricoh camera on the horizon: R02020
Posted By biz-engineer
Replies: 128
Views: 7,390
You seem to want to communicate something (a secret?) but can't go past the fifth letter :D:D
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 19 Hours Ago  
Canon Full Frame Mirrorless $1,299
Posted By biz-engineer
Replies: 121
Views: 3,105
What's worth noticing is the choice of tilt screen: Pentax K1 can tilt up-down and left-right, even at an angle but can't flip 180 degree for video. Nikon, Sony and Fuji tilt screen aren't as good (can only tilt up-down for Nikon, and aren't as robust as the Pentax). But the Canon tilt screen is the most convenient of all, because it can tilt in any direction and also 180 degree for video recording. Before the K1 was release I didn't want a tilt screen... 3 years later I now only use the rear LCD whenever the camera is on tripod, and being able to tilt in all directions is so convenient. Those are small non-high tech details that make a difference when using the camera. EOS RP has the same kind of tilt screen as the EOS R, that's a good practical thing.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 20 Hours Ago  
Canon Full Frame Mirrorless $1,299
Posted By biz-engineer
Replies: 121
Views: 3,105
Sure, and the latest Pentax DFA lenses aren't far off being completely silent. What's not silent with Pentax is the up and down of the mirror when I'm in LV mode and I want to change a camera setting (clack-clack, clack-clack, clack-clack all the time), I would expect to have a firmware change. Some of the stuff on the EOS R such as continuous AF could be added as select-able option in firmware for the K1. Ricoh, are you listening?

---------- Post added 21-02-19 at 07:12 ----------


I've tried the A7III in low light, my K1 with the DFA28-105 was faster to lock focus. The EOS R single focus isn't hype as much as the Sony, but the difference is the Canon deliver more than expected, and the Sony deliver less than claimed. From what I've seen with the EOS R single focus speed, it "blows the A7III out of the water".
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 20 Hours Ago  
Canon Full Frame Mirrorless $1,299
Posted By biz-engineer
Replies: 121
Views: 3,105
The RF 24-105 is significantly bigger than the DFA28-105. It's totally silent. The RF 24-105 is kinda half way between the DFA28-105 and DFA24-70. It came to my mind that I could sell my K1 and buy the EOS R 24-105 kit, but the unknown wide angle lens and size and price of the RF 85 1.2 put me off. The RF 24-105 already large compared to the EOS R, and I see myself using lens such as the 28-70 f2 or 85 1.2 on the EOS R. I would prefer to have 24-105 f4 with 85 1.8 and 20mm f4. MILC bodies are smaller (for travel kit) but the advantage is lost if used with big glass. The Pentax DFA28-205 on the EOS R body would be perfect :-)
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 21 Hours Ago  
Canon Full Frame Mirrorless $1,299
Posted By biz-engineer
Replies: 121
Views: 3,105
No sure if it's the right place to post. I've borrowed a Canon EOS R and 24-105 kit for a day. Great user experience: comfortable grip/handling (but not as good as the Pentax K1/II, but better than Z7, and much better than Sony A7/9), relatively light weight, and completely silent operation, lots of AF points, quick to focus (it is almost impossible to notice it focused already), continuous autofocus is great (equivalent can be done with Pentax K1 but Pentax users are used to focus and then shot separately which is the wrong technique for weddings). EVF onthe R is better than EVF on the Z. The 24-105 f4 L glass renders fantastic. That's all great for stills. Great job Canon, for still photography. Now, if you felt like the Pentax K1 is slow in burst mode and AF tracking of moving subject, don't get an EOS R... because the Pentax K1 does better AFC tracking with faster FPS than the EOS R. I'll keep enjoying my K1s, also I felt relief when switching back from EOS R EVF to the K1 OVF of the K1, simply, nothing beat an OVF for the visual comfort. If OVF has to go, a lot of people will regret it. As for ergonomics, I'm afraid that the EOS RP won't cut it (too small for the big lenses.. the 24-105 f4 is one of the smallest of the lot but still a little oversized for the EOS R).
Forum: Pentax K-1 21 Hours Ago  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By biz-engineer
Replies: 22,805
Views: 1,912,268
Interesting, do they also change the K1 into K1 II marking when they upgrade the K1 to K1 II ? I thought they would replace the "SR" label by "II" label.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 21 Hours Ago  
About sensors used in Cameras
Posted By biz-engineer
Replies: 13
Views: 372
It's called silicon wafer foundry services with customer owned tooling ( (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foundry_model). When Nikon design their sensors, the rely of technological choices given by wafer maker, Nikon can't design anything they want, and the wafer maker is aware of the design choices made by Nikon! To me, the best business models are either the one of Pentax or Canon, but the model of Nikon is not so great IMO (still costly, but no privacy).
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
New Ricoh camera on the horizon: R02020
Posted By biz-engineer
Replies: 128
Views: 7,390
Those times are over. Now, we are at the age of fast prototyping (made in China). I can design a new PCB, send the manufacturing file over to China and have 100 units made in China for cheap and have them delivered three weeks later by Fedex. Computer aided design and manufacturing allow small production series at unit cost close to high volume production. It's all a matter of how to organize. I believe it is possible to design a new camera model with a small company, less than 50 people , thank to the industry being a lot more horizontal now than what used to be vertically integrated in the 1980s.
Forum: Pentax K-1 1 Day Ago  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By biz-engineer
Replies: 22,805
Views: 1,912,268
If I understood correctly, this is know as a sequence (sequencing) in photography. I like the cameraman with the WWII style German helmet :-). Well done.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
New Ricoh camera on the horizon: R02020
Posted By biz-engineer
Replies: 128
Views: 7,390
I'm not sure about that. When the KP number was registered in Indonesia (if I remember correctly), some people suggested it was for a Pentax colonoscopy device, but it really came out as a Pentax KP a couple of weeks later.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
New Ricoh camera on the horizon: R02020
Posted By biz-engineer
Replies: 128
Views: 7,390
My crystal ball isn't clear about what it is, it's very fuzzy, although if I concentrate all my energy into it, I can barely see some kind of dark device coming out of the smoke, the writing on the body similar to K-2. K-2, the son of K-1 and K-3 hybrid parents, would it be an APS-H camera?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
New Ricoh camera on the horizon: R02020
Posted By biz-engineer
Replies: 128
Views: 7,390
That's the new 16Mpixel 16 frames per seconds full frame with integrated grip and USB charger.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 1 Day Ago  
Canon Full Frame Mirrorless $1,299
Posted By biz-engineer
Replies: 121
Views: 3,105
Did you mean he knows nothing about camera gear? Because a lot of people know a great deal about camera gear while being undeveloped in photography per say.
People who develop well into the making of compelling photographs take any camera given to them and produce the same result. The "pros" often get sponsored and they use what they get for free, I know a number of them who just do that and even promote what they use as an additional source of revenue, they don't take the camera they prefer, they take the camera models of the brand that is financially most generous to them, and their photographs still have no equal from camera forum posters. If a "pro" get contacted by Canon to shoot with a Canon RP, given the incentive from Canon, he'll take the EOS RP and produce outstanding images with it (using models, strobes or traveling to a great landscape location paid by the camera company).
Forum: Photographic Technique 1 Day Ago  
What's your approach to composition?
Posted By biz-engineer
Replies: 48
Views: 1,544
That's interesting. I would say that there is a difference between landscape/architecture composition and designing a photograph when the subject can be moved. For anything fixed, there are only two degrees of freedom: time (waiting for the light) and space (moving the camera / changing focal length, to modify what's in the frame). When the subject can be moved, it more of an active design approach, the background can be selected, the subject can be moved, on top of moving the camera and lens focal length and modifying light with a strobe, there are more degrees of freedom, it is an activity closer to that of a painter. I'm starting to believe that photographing people is more rewarding than landscape photography. Landscape photograph is difficult because it involves travel, and rely on elements that can't be controled and it's a more lonely activity. Photographing people is more fun, there is the shooting experience between the photographers and the models, at the time of shooting and also before and after, and people makes photographs more alive.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 1 Day Ago  
Will Canon and Nikon Ditch Crop-Sensor Cameras?
Posted By biz-engineer
Replies: 19
Views: 486
They don't say it , they do it over a period of time, it become obvious after it has been done. Full frame sensors have gotten cheaper, thank to technology improvements and becoming more popular, full frame cameras and lenses while being expensive are still at the reach of a lot of people in developed countries. So, according to the trend, we are going to see less camera users but they'll almost all be using full frame cameras.
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