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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-09-2018, 10:30 AM  
K-1 Mark II!
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 875
Views: 86,869
Besides, grandfather speaks in a language that the kids - at least the noisiest and most impatient ones - don't understand.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-20-2017, 11:09 AM  
D-FA* 85mm f1.4 also coming
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 1,454
Views: 114,719
Ceiling fan, but it will only be available at the U.S. Ricoh webstore.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-05-2017, 10:40 AM  
Any more news on the new Tamron 16-300?
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 91
Views: 19,740
For buying super zooms (or any photo gear), there's MasterCard.

But a rant about complaining by Nicolas06, priceless.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-14-2017, 10:47 PM  
K-1 Firmware UPDATE: v1.42
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 67
Views: 5,996
The Unstable one.

I heard that a quick-thinking photographer observed said bug while shooting flower macros, captured it and sent it back to Ricoh, where it seems to be responding well to regression therapy.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-28-2017, 09:50 PM  
Financial Results:FY2018/03
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 651
Views: 42,923
I don't have a problem with the ideas that ILC manufacturers should do more to integrate their products with mobile computing platforms (notwithstanding the fact that from what I've seen and tried, mobile platforms offer a much less efficient user interface for content creation and cost much more than my PC [admittedly I take the build from parts and use free software route which is abnormal]).

But I just don't see this huge market some are dreaming of eagerly waiting to jump into the ILC world if only they could instantly edit their raws on a 5 inch screen and post immediately. Finally: a quality 3 X 4 inch picture of my cat on facegram! I think the true barrier here is not the software, but the ILC form factor. "Wait, you mean I need another lens to get good pictures of birds, and it costs $1800? I just spent $700 on a lens to take pictures of people and another $800 on a closeup lens! I'll need special bag for all this stuff, too, won't I."

No, in my view, the limitation in this huge consumer ILC market we're talking about is not the outdated and mobile device averse software of current ILC's (as nice as it would be to have that integration), but rather the necessity to buy thousands of dollars worth of lenses to get the most out of an ILC, the inconvenience of carrying a big bag of gear around with you, and fiddling with the lenses just to shoot a picture.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-26-2017, 07:59 PM  
K-3ii marked as discontinued
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 660
Views: 67,953
Whether comes a K3 replacement or not, my plan is the same: shoot with K-5IIs.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-24-2017, 09:38 AM  
Pentax User Map : New Forum Feature!
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 88
Views: 14,659
Last I looked, the map shows only 506 Pentax forum members out of 73,569 members altogether (about 0.7%). The map doesn't show where the other 73,563 members live. In fact, if you extrapolate the same ratio of 2 out of 506 members shown on the map as being in Spain to the whole membership, that gives around 290 members in Spain.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-19-2017, 03:05 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 5,111
Views: 617,503
Nice. More evidence 3 out of 4 soldiers are more interested in Pentax than in official proceedings. 😏

I wonder if the photographer normally prefers live view over viewfinder technique, or if it's just an accommodation to his headgear. He'd probably have to tilt his hat back to an unapproved angle with the camera held up to his eye.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-14-2017, 06:18 AM  
K-3ii marked as discontinued
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 660
Views: 67,953
I should think buying Pentax was the defining moment Ricoh signaled they were NOT going MILC. Why spend a billion yen on brand, production facilities, expertise, and goods just to abandon virtually all of it and start over with something completely different?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-13-2017, 09:55 AM  
K-3ii marked as discontinued
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 660
Views: 67,953
I don't think Kunzite meant anything like that - in fact precisely the opposite.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-06-2017, 08:40 AM  
new ricoh survey
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 149
Views: 10,392
That wasn't my point.

The Western reader may view those comments as vague, non-committal and evasive while to the Japanese reader, the meaning is perfectly clear.

And more to the point, the interviewee likely doesn't realize a good share of his meaning is lost to the Western reader.

We can rant and rave and say why don't they just say what they mean, but if our objective is to truely understand their meaning (rather than to find a statement against which we can claim we've been wronged), we may have to dig a bit deeper than we are used to.

I think some Japanese camera companies like Canon and Fuji are skilled in communicating with a Western market. On the extreme opposite end of that scale was Pentax - very Japanese-centric.

Now, Ricoh is much better in that regard, but it may take awhile for that more global sophistication to come to the Imaging group.

Ricoh has a different and more serious communication problem in my view. They understand B2B but suck at B2C (business to consumer) marketing.

---------- Post added 07-06-17 at 08:49 AM ----------



Cogent, insightful. Thanks for writing.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-06-2017, 06:17 AM  
new ricoh survey
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 149
Views: 10,392
To the Japanese speaker, those phrases are neither identical, nor vague. I had the chance to visit Japan a few years back, and it quickly became clear that in the Japanese culture, the relationship between words and meaning is much more nuanced and dependent on context than in Western cultures. Check out Be careful of the meaningless “yes” and hidden “no”, especially the last paragraph, or Ambiguity in traditional Japanese culture and why it can be an obstacle for companies trying to internationalize .
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-30-2017, 09:26 AM  
Sony A9: is there still a future for DSLRs, and Pentax mirrorless suggestion
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 579
Views: 24,991
Or, maybe they're just afraid of getting root-kitted.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 06-16-2017, 12:56 PM  
"Improper accounting charges" for Fujifilm hits $341,000.000 USD.
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 33
Views: 2,161
Who knew? Apparently the Fuji accountants used to work on the ISO rating team.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-15-2017, 10:43 AM  
Seven months before the successor of the K3II?
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 418
Views: 59,172
I'd say rather that price, not form factor, defines the mass market. It could be a point-and-shoot, a bridge camera, a Rebel or D3xxx DSLR or a cell phone camera.

For photographic intent and usage, they are all functionally equivalent in this market segment. Not because of their capabilities, but because of how they are used. The only reason (some) DSLRs are part of this segment is that they can be made so cheaply.

Canon and Nikon certainly *tried* to make DSLRs the mass market camera by spending millions showing famous people in happy scenes holding their DSLR.

It seemed to work for awhile, but the legions of DSLRs whose kit lens has never come off and mode button permanently in green mode is testament that the mass market was not truely converted.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-15-2017, 06:54 AM  
Seven months before the successor of the K3II?
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 418
Views: 59,172
I think this is the key source of most all the angst amongst the I-wish-Pentax-would-do-well-but-they-can't-possibly-pull-it-off crowd. Why do some of us seem to insist on equating broad mass-market appeal with achievement of corporate goals? Ricoh Imaging has all but said they are not interested in the Camry / Big Mac sector of the market, and the products they release certainly validate that.

If R.I. was to compete there, they would 1) have to have 10 times the buying power and production capacity they have now, 2) need a corporate structure willing to invest tons into marketing and distribution for maybe a decade before they get returns, and 3) 90% of units sold would have to be like Canon Rebels. #1 is a non-starter, #2 just won't happen, based on how Ricoh has managed all it's business units and what has happened in R.I. so far. That leaves #3. I would have (and I dare say, many photography enthusiasts would have) zero interest in a Pentax Rebel.

This isn't about mirror / no mirror, either. If no mirrors, the "broad mass of folks" will still buy cameras that are Rebel-like in their marginal build quality, lack of innovation, and absence of features which enthusiasts love but the "broad mass" doesn't appreciate and wouldn't know what to do with even if they were there. In fact much of that feature set is an explicit turn-off to the "broad mass" crowd, because: I don't understand, I don't want to learn, it's too complicated, I don't need that - I just want the camera to take a picture I can upload to facegram.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-09-2017, 10:13 PM  
D-FA* 85mm f1.4 also coming
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 1,454
Views: 114,719
Not to my eye. For most lenses, sharpness comes into play in a significant way only in heavy cropping or pixel-peeping situations. I'd be careful of equating character to undesirable optical aberrations. Transitions from in-focus to out-of-focus areas, local effect of highlights, suppression of flaring in direct light sources, etc. are lens-specific attributes which cannot be mimicked by simple post-processing.

If photography is limited to making the most faithful 2D representation of a 3D scene, then I agree sharpness is king. But I think photography for many folks goes way beyond that paradigm.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-25-2017, 09:23 AM  
Sony A9: is there still a future for DSLRs, and Pentax mirrorless suggestion
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 579
Views: 24,991
Wow. Your hobby/vocation is completely different to mine, even though we apparently call it the same thing.

The idea that something other than light is at the heart of any photography discipline baffles my little brain.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-18-2017, 04:16 PM  
I'm quite insufficient for my K-1..... and I know it!
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 34
Views: 2,087
It could be worse. My K-5II just told me it was jumping ship.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-02-2017, 10:54 PM  
For each Pentaxian buying K-1 another Nikon/Canon shooter jumped ship to Pentax
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 1,039
Views: 71,951
You may be right. But I think PF's personal contact via trade show interviews over several years help push in that direction.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-02-2017, 10:43 PM  
For each Pentaxian buying K-1 another Nikon/Canon shooter jumped ship to Pentax
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 1,039
Views: 71,951
i remember the first interview PF did with Pentax executives at (I think) CP+. While trying to be polite, the executive seemed not to be certain of what Pentax Forums was all about.

When informed that PF had a nearly complete database of all Pentax lenses ever produced, he was clearly flabbergasted.

While the familiarity has likely imptoved somewhat over the years, I doubt PF's influence on Pentax development plans on a scale of 1 to 100 rates higher than 1 or 2.

For these reasons:

Firstly, Pentax's customer engagement model seems rooted in old-school, highly formal models. Where they do seek direct customer input, it is through surveys like the European lens survey. They were still compiling/analyzing results *months* after the survey was over! Ricoh America's experiment with a direct PF presence lasted just a few weeks. When John Carlson (executive with Pentax in USA in pre and Hoya years) began posting on PF, it turned into a virtual slugfest, with both sides landing some awesome blows, within just a few days.

Pentax corporate culture simply has no clue how to engage with their customers in unstructured, informal venues, and more importantly, how to gleen useful intel from same. I think they may be trying, but they have a long ways to go.

Secondly, the English language, North America based PF represents a very small slice of their market. All else being equal, PF will not be the first place Pentax looks for advice, and well may be near the last place.

I think Pentax *should* take the pulse of PF into account in their development strategy, but cultural and structural barriers severely limit this.

As to the K-1, the special K-1 site seems to imply the engineering team had pushed it for a long time and their persistence and ideas for innovation finally paid off. I suspect the timing was also coincident with FF sensor pricing finally dropping enough to make the decision makers happy - or at least agreeable.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-26-2017, 01:59 PM  
Theta 4K developed
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 67
Views: 7,018
LOL. I'm really disappointed, Ron. We all realize you are working on your phD in "poke the dozing bear with a stick," but this effort is way below even your usual contribution.

You're going to have to step up your game a bit if you want to stay in the program.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-02-2017, 07:27 AM  
DFA*50 1.4 coming
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 2,830
Views: 218,698
Yes, we have both the glass half-full and the glass half-empty types here. We also have a third type, small in number but prolific in posting - especially when new products are released. Their glass is broken and they've cut their wrists trying to pick up the pieces.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-01-2017, 03:52 PM  
Ricoh official update the K-mount roadmap
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 294
Views: 37,217
Yes, Ricoh Imaging has been conservative with respect to expansion. Maybe not a bad strategy in a declining market. I doubt RI could survive a downturn in unit sales on the order of what Nikon has experienced.

Did you see that Sigma's CEO said it takes them 2 or 3 years to bring a new lens to market (DPR interview at CP+)? I suppose Sigma has several times the lens development capacity as RI. I'm not sure RI could bring out new lenses faster, even if risk wasn't an issue.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-28-2017, 10:22 PM  
DFA*50 1.4 coming
Posted By cfraz
Replies: 2,830
Views: 218,698
That's a good point that many here may not fully appreciate. And in fact, the time is nearly twice that, if you are referring to the DPR interview:

I would guess Sigma has several times the development resources that Ricoh Imaging has. Those calling for blood because Pentax doesn't have a complete suite of new FF lenses a year after the K-1 introduction may be a tad on the unrealistic side.
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