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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 14 Hours Ago  
Ricoh CFO: "The time has come for us to choose which businesses to choose,"
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 35
Views: 1,751
Approximately 300 words of content, with a third of that being cut and pasted content from other sources. Plus a photoshopped Ricoh corporate logo that probably took 15 minutes to finish

Some context:

Yoshinori Yamashita took over as CEO of Ricoh Company in 2017 and systematically re-imagined Ricoh as a digital documents corporation. The photocopier business has been in a steady state of decline for over a decade and the new vision was to replace Ricoh's dependence on its core business with products and services that had potential for growth as well as being profitable. This turned out to be a very good move, with COVID giving a fatal wound to the centralized office tower model of industrial society, Ricoh is stronger now than when Yamashita took over. The non-industrial photography business was less than 5% of Ricoh Company when Yamashita took over, it is now no more than 1%.

The background of the current president of Ricoh Imaging, Noboru Akabane, speaks to the future of the Pentax and Ricoh brands. Akabane has a banking background and was president of Ricoh Imaging from 2013 to 2016, essentially managing Pentax after Ricoh purchased it from Hoya. Akabane then moved up to the parent company to be deputy director of the Planning Department, responsible for "institutional reform" of Ricoh Company, implementing Yamashita's vision. In November, 2021, Akabane was reappointed as president of Ricoh Imaging, apparently at his request.

Ricoh Imaging is a vanity division of Ricoh Company, kept for the goodwill attached to the Pentax and Ricoh brands, as long it doesn't cost too much money to support. For the CEO of Ricoh Company to mention the Pentax and GR brands in an investor meeting is quite unusual. When Yamashita in March of 2021, this was a signal to other players in the photographic equipment industry that Pentax and GR could become part of a larger grouping (either by selling off Ricoh Imaging or Ricoh Imaging acquiring other product lines), but Ricoh Imaging was not subject to the overall corporate strategy.

Eight months later, Akabane is back as president of Ricoh Imaging. Reading between the lines, as long as Ricoh Imaging can sustain itself, new Pentax and GR products will continue to be available for purchase. On the other hand, the parent company is not going to make substantial capital investments in a tiny division with no realistic prospects for growth. The market for cameras and lenses seems to have bottomed out, but Nikon is the only player in this industry that relies on its photographic equipment business for its overall financial health. Who knows what will happen when the buyers of new MILCs decide they don't need to buy any more cameras and lenses? Change will continue to come to this industry and the mass market industrial model won't apply anymore.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 11-25-2022, 05:52 PM  
Take better photos with a Raspberry Pi Pico light meter
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 3
Views: 469
Another plus for the Pico board is that it is currently available unlike the Pi 4 board, which appears to be backordered until 2024 (possible slight exaggeration, but I've had no luck finding an authorized Pi seller willing to selling me a Pi 4 board for several months)..
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 11-20-2022, 09:25 AM  
How well is the K-3 iii selling?
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 50
Views: 2,639
For what it is worth, there was a comment from a Ricoh Europe representative (sorry no link, but I read it here) that initial sales were disappointing. The GR-III was selling much better than anticipated and Ricoh Imaging was outperforming the rest of the market. Then there were the delays in bring the K-3iii to market, with a carefully planned series of teasers and interviews leading up to the final release. Expectations (both internal and external) were high, but the price and missing features took a lot of wind out of its sails (pun intended).

Under the new workshop manufacturing regime, the K-3iii isn't going away, but it will be a long time before a successor is released (if ever). Updated models (like the KF update of the K-70) might come out as needed, but a new body (with a redesigned shell and new physical features, like a movable rear display) will never have the sales volume necessary to justify the expense of developing it.
Forum: General Photography 11-19-2022, 09:43 AM  
Phone Camera for Wedding Photography?
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 17
Views: 607
You nailed it on the head. It doesn't matter how good the photographer(s) is(are) or how good the photos turn out, unless the client is rich and frivolous (and those people are too uncommon to support the hundreds of thousands of professional wedding photographers out there). It is far more common for couples to decide to forgo professional wedding photographs all together and simply rely on guests to take and share the photos they take on whatever device they happen to bring. Weddings are all about making a public statement and how you incorporate photography into that statement is more important than the actual photographs of the event. After 33 years of marriage, the only photograph of our wedding that gets looked at on a regular basis (more than once a decade) is the one in a frame hanging in the hallway to the bathroom and to be honest, I can't remember the last time I paid attention to it. Guests still comment about it though so yes, it is still worth what we paid "Cookie" to bring her Hasselblad to a local park.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 11-18-2022, 10:25 PM  
Back up memory cards to a Hard disk without a computer
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 12
Views: 601
You need a computing device to do this; your flash memory card and the hard disk require software to read and write data, and neither device can communicate with the other without using software. If you want to have control over the transfer of data between devices, you need some kind of human interface, which also involves software. As you keep adding layers of complexity, the power requirements (both in terms of the computing device's processor and its energy consumption) increase.

This is all related to the trade-off between bandwidth (how fast data is transferred) and power consumption. Faster transfer takes more power, regardless of its physical implementation. Having your K-1 function as a high speed wifi access point would limit your ability to take up to a thousand shots per day.

A card reader that is connected with copper wires to your favourite computing device is going to give you the most satisfactory results. Having a reasonably powerful computing device with a good human interface that is only capable of one task, to read your memory card and write its contents to a hard drive, is a waste.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-10-2022, 07:06 PM  
Pentax KF
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 425
Views: 29,525
Close, Ricoh Imaging contributes so little to Ricoh Company's bottom line that Pentax and GR brands are a vanity division for the parent company; the current president of Ricoh Imaging was put in charge of implementing a major re-organization brought in by the current CEO of Ricoh Company 3-4 years ago and it appears that his reward was to be put in charge of Ricoh Imaging, at his request. The tradition and long term reputation of Pentax must have a lot of appeal at the highest levels in Ricoh, which can't be justified for purely financial reasons.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-09-2022, 06:42 PM  
Pentax KF
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 425
Views: 29,525
Odd that the SAFOX X parts are still available, especially after the number of K-30, K-50 and K-5II cameras sold at the peak of the market (10 years ago). Perhaps an order to replenish stock was placed in say 2015, based on the sales volume up to that point and Ricoh has been trying to use up their huge stockpile ever since.

This is part of what "workshop" manufacturing means; as long as upgrades can be done in software or by installing new components without having to redesign (and re-engineer) most of the camera, even relatively modest demand (~10,000 units?) can support "new" model introductions. From a manufacturing standpoint, there is value in continuing to produce similar products, using similar tooling and manufacturing processes. Not only is new tooling expensive enough to require relatively large sales volumes to recoup costs, but the cost of training personnel and ironing out wrinkles on the factory floor can be equally expensive. At least, this is an indication that Ricoh is trying to keep using whatever resources they had for producing the K-70, as opposed to abandoning that part of Ricoh Imaging's operations.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 11-06-2022, 02:04 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #593 - Clouds
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 18
Views: 752
The winners thread is now posted here.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 11-06-2022, 02:01 PM  
Weekly Challenge Winners -#593 - Clouds
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 4
Views: 295
Everyone who posted an entry in this challenge deserves an honourable mention, but I have to pick the top three. I like photographs that produce an emotional response, and I got that from every entry. Some of them used the juxtaposition of cloud(s) and land and/or water to good effect; others used colour, contrast and light in creative ways; all of them are excellent interpretations of this challenge's theme.

#1: hcarvalhoalves Reminds me of a painting by the "Old Masters", minus people. I really like how the light, colours and rising thunderheads convey a sense of power

#2 atupdate This uses a few different techniques to great effect, the silhouette contrasted with swirling colours and texture give a sense of motion and mystery.

#3: noelcmn Great light and colour, with magnificent clouds, made me think of Matthew 24:30

Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 11-06-2022, 08:14 AM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #593 - Clouds
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 18
Views: 752
This challenge is closed, I need a little time to figure out how to judge which of these entries are the three best, but I will post the results before the end of today. Thank you to everyone who posted an entry.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 11-05-2022, 10:28 AM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #593 - Clouds
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 18
Views: 752
Last day to post entries for this challenge; I'll announce the winners sometime tomorrow. Great entries so far, judging is not going to be easy.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 11-05-2022, 10:22 AM  
How does the P-TTL Pre-Sensor work?
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 14
Views: 643
It's a real pity @stevebrot is no longer with us; one of the reasons being his encyclopedic knowledge of the mechanics of flash lighting. In the sequence of light output from an on-camera P-TTL flash is a signal to off-camera flash units to adjust their power output according to the camera's processor. There was a thread here a few years ago that detailed the sequence of discrete bursts of light in this process, I'm sure Steve would have been able to locate it for us.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 11-01-2022, 05:16 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #593 - Clouds
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 18
Views: 752
Just a reminder that we are at the halfway point of this weekly challenge. Great entries so far and I look forward to seeing several more entries before Sunday.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-30-2022, 07:27 PM  
DA 18-135 WR, Show us what it can do
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 4,524
Views: 711,048
A couple of seasonal photos taken at the wide end of this lens' focal range. First one is with AF.S, second is manual focus. Probably should have taken more time to get the focus and exposure right in the second one, but I was standing in the street and didn't want to spend too much time to take photos that are never going to end up displayed on a wall.

Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 10-28-2022, 06:31 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #593 - Clouds
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 18
Views: 752
I went back about 18 months and as far as I can tell, this challenge isn't a repeat (although there was a Project 52 on clouds a couple of years ago). Any photo where clouds (or even their absence) are a significant element is eligible. You don't need to get permission from a cloud to photograph it and clouds can be found in any climate or geographical region.

The fine print:
Every week, a new theme is picked and judged by the winner of the previous week.

The Challenge will run until midnight next Saturday, November 5th, whichever time zone you are in. (I won't be able to do any judging until Sunday in Saskatchewan, Canada)

1. Post ONE photo.
2. The photo must portray an interpretation of the theme.
3. Post your single picture in this thread and explain what motivated you to take the picture and/or how you feel it represents the weekly theme (especially if it's not obvious).
4. The challenge is interactive. Any response is welcome.
5. The judge will pick the WINNERS and choose one of them to be the judge for the next week.
6. This challenge runs for 7 days plus an additional day for the judge to choose the winners.
7. Any Pentax camera can be used.
8. Pictures can be from any time frame, not just within the week of the current theme.
9. In case the winner of a challenge is unable to become the judge for the next challenge, they will PM the #2 winner for that person to be the judge.

Read more at the previous challenge: Weekly Challenge #591 - Dogs

Four examples from me, but you get to decide what makes clouds a significant element in your photograph.

Forum: Lens Clubs 10-28-2022, 03:00 PM  
The 15mm Limited controls my mind - club
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 12,100
Views: 2,225,622
I have taken several photos of streets with the DA 15, but only these two have multiple people in them. Personally, I think there are limited uses for this lens (pun intended) if you want to include people in your photo; the edge distortion really does a number on people on the sides and such a wide field of view spreads out a crowd and produces unflattering portraits. But each to their own, I guess.

Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 10-26-2022, 07:19 PM  
Weekly Challenge #592 - WINNERS - Dogs
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 2
Views: 337
Oh, I wasn't expecting this. Congrats to pacerr and atupdate and thanks to Hattifnatt for hosting and judging this challenge, there were a number of excellent photos posted; I might need a day or two to come up with the next challenge, but I promise to put one up before the weekend (assuming you are on the same side of the International Date Line as I am).
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-22-2022, 08:16 PM  
The 15mm Limited controls my mind - club
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 12,100
Views: 2,225,622
Lots to like about this photo, from the radiating bands of colour in the sky to the details in the shadows with endless sunflowers on one side of the road and totally green vegetation on the other side. The whole image has an otherworldly glow to it in a low key composition.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-20-2022, 07:36 PM  
Landscape "Oh I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside"
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 5
Views: 166
No sun drenched, tourist beckoning beach this is; instead you have given us an overlook on a powerful, sprawling force of nature. Unprocessed and raw (at least it looks that way), it is good to see that you are out and about these days.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 10-15-2022, 12:45 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #592 - Dogs
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 18
Views: 1,010
Here you go, all in one photo. This scan was done with a low-grade "it." brand "FilmScan35" of a 35mm slide originally shot with a P3N and a soft Tokina 28-70 f3.5 zoom during the winter of '90-'91. No apologies for the low quality from me, I was driving through a small village in northern Saskatchewan when I pulled over to take the picture from a distance so I wouldn't influence the dogs to move. I have several digital photos of dogs of much higher technical quality, but none with this serendipitous combination of natural posing and interesting context.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-10-2022, 07:54 PM  
60-250mm f/4, 200mm f/2.8, 14mm f/2.8 and 100mm f/2.8 Macro WR discontinued?
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 231
Views: 12,818
There is a bit of a gap between a product failing within a year and after several years of use (I'm not going back to the beginning and figure out how to do multi-quote).

"Implied warranties" are essentially applying common law to consumer transactions, backed up by many precedents in many jurisdictions that use common law; an obligation to provide parts and service for any fixed length of time is a different animal. Statute consumer law is a real hodge-podge in North America, at least; laws have been passed to require manufacturers of certain products to "support" those products for various lengths of time, typically for farm equipment and similar machinery used by individuals to make a living, but there has never been a national standard and eventually these statutes become obsolete or too cumbersome to enforce and end up in a statutory graveyard.

On the other hand, if a large enough group of consumers have been plagued by manufacturing defects to make a class action lawsuit worthwhile, then there is a potential that the manufacturer will have to provide some kind of recompense for a very long time. But to your original point, there is very little that could be done if Ricoh Imaging decides to discontinue a product for the American market without notice and/or without providing ongoing support for consumers that purchased that product in the past.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-03-2022, 04:20 PM  
DA 18-135 WR, Show us what it can do
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 4,524
Views: 711,048
I really like your composition, it's like an underwater shot looking above and below the surface. Even the difference in colours above and below and the contour lines add to the effect, making the scene below the line look refracted like it would be under water. The lens can't take credit for this shot, you did an excellent job of framing it.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-18-2022, 08:26 AM  
Thematic Post your waterfalls and moving water.
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 2,232
Views: 196,470
At the very least, local authorities should install guardrails to prevent accidents.:lol:
Forum: General Talk 09-15-2022, 07:40 PM  
sudo, sudo, sudo
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 34
Views: 1,067
My advice is don't second guess this choice and take time to get familiar with whatever desktop environment you installed (latest versions of Mint offer three choices, Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce). Learn to use the file manager for your desktop environment, the app installer and how to find and launch the apps installed. The biggest problem with Linux is that everything can be customized and every user has a unique set of features they want to manipulate. No one is going to bother debugging your customizations, they are too busy tweaking their own systems. Once you are comfortable with the basics, then start playing around with alternative apps and customizing your system. When you run into problems, search Google with as specific of keywords as you can, because otherwise you will spend dozens of hours looking at irrelevant posts and eventually you will forget what problem you were trying to fix and start making unnecessary changes to your system because someone else did it. The end result will be a perfectly good computer becoming a badly abused anvil.

If you enjoy problem solving, your Linux computer can bring you a lot of joy. There isn't anything worthwhile that you can do on a Mac or Windows that you absolutely can't do on Linux, but there is no financial incentive for anyone to make Linux simpler to use (by telling you what you have to do and not allowing you to do things differently), so you need to learn to swim without a life-jacket.
Forum: General Photography 09-12-2022, 07:19 PM  
Toni Pierdomè shoots fashion for the Deiji label ...
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 11
Views: 840
Thanks for providing the link, I always find it interesting how very good photographers manage to give their images a special "glow" that simply can't be replicated by following the same "recipe." Pierdomè's photos all look like they were taken with vintage lenses, even if the subjects and camera are anything but vintage.
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