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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 3 Days Ago  
Pentax Meeting on Nov 27: K-3 III evolution (firmware and model variants)
Posted By H. Sapiens
Replies: 153
Views: 5,859
I understand they want to make the most of the viewfinder. But it is like the K3iii have been given two legs to stand on and we have have only just seen it walk - and then they offer to have the left leg cut off to make the right one slightly stronger. Man, that's a big sacrifice - and I'm saying this as someone who don't have AF very high on my list of priorities.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 3 Days Ago  
Pentax Meeting on Nov 27: K-3 III evolution (firmware and model variants)
Posted By H. Sapiens
Replies: 153
Views: 5,859
Am I the only one thinking that spending a couple of years making a new AF system, and then go and ask the public: Hey, would it be cool to make a version of this camera with no AF"? Is ... surprising?
Personally, they would get my attention with a KP ltd. Mono and no AF
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 10-15-2021, 05:18 AM  
Question for the strobe people out there.
Posted By H. Sapiens
Replies: 5
Views: 519
Aiki Photo seems to have been sold at Amazon ten years ago. I know nothing more than that, but I think I would buy some more recent stuff tbh
Forum: Pentax K-70 02-05-2021, 03:43 AM  
K-70 replacement model?
Posted By H. Sapiens
Replies: 83
Views: 11,239
When I visited Japan and went shopping for a camera there, I talked to staff and they told me KP had been a success and they got very few back on the 2nd hand market. I ended up buying a used K3ii for half of what a used KP would have cost - at that time there were tons of used K3 I and IIs on sale but few KPs. Now, Ricoh might have sligthly more thorough market research, but I would be surprised if they don't come up with something to replace the KP.
Forum: Pentax DSLR and Camera Articles 12-29-2020, 03:40 AM  
Pentax interview collection - Pentax interview list
Posted By H. Sapiens
Replies: 68
Views: 6,495
I think it is wonderful we have to learn about their strategy in a car maker's campaign. And that in a car campaign of a brand I didn't even know existed anymore.

Anyway. There is a site for the joint campaign with some photos (you know, the end product this is supposed to be about):

?Feel the Moment?RICOH GR ? ??????????????????? | Alfa Romeo????? ????

Plenty of things to discuss related to this article. There is no discussion thread in this forum?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-20-2020, 06:19 PM  
[New product story on 27 November] Product Stories of New APS-C “K-3 Mark III” Vol.6
Posted By H. Sapiens
Replies: 304
Views: 25,000
That is the backward brains bicycle:














You Tube





But yes, some of the simplest stuff, we take for granted every day, like walking or riding a bicycle is highly complex "habits", as AI scientists trying to learn machines do the same have realized through decades of failure.


The AF in our latest Pentax is an impressive engineering feat - and at the same time "stupid" as hell - like when we point the camera towards the one face in the scene and AF shifts to some irrelevant stuff in the background. No human brain is THAT daft.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-20-2020, 12:35 AM  
[New product story on 27 November] Product Stories of New APS-C “K-3 Mark III” Vol.6
Posted By H. Sapiens
Replies: 304
Views: 25,000
It is generally reported to take a few days to about a week to get used to invertoscopes - glasses that flip the world 180 degrees.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-19-2020, 02:27 AM  
[New product story on 27 November] Product Stories of New APS-C “K-3 Mark III” Vol.6
Posted By H. Sapiens
Replies: 304
Views: 25,000
But then, everybody know about this game now, even I who have hardly played any video game for years - unless backgammon on my laptop counts. And I'm intrigued to try it now.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-11-2020, 05:45 AM  
K-3 Mark III teaser Volume 7
Posted By H. Sapiens
Replies: 83
Views: 6,699
Cool. The phenomenology of a shutter button.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-30-2020, 05:33 AM  
Pentax Lens Tournament: Nominate your favorite lens by January 15th
Posted By H. Sapiens
Replies: 371
Views: 37,476
Will this be for the big, modern guns to battle it out? I'm just wondering ...


No photos are available from the 2014 tournament anymore. Or were the competition never based on photos?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-28-2020, 03:54 AM  
Pentax K-3 Mark III (R03010) - Additional pictures
Posted By H. Sapiens
Replies: 594
Views: 49,139
Shape the knob like a parabolic antenna! That should work :-)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-24-2020, 10:26 AM  
Pentax K-3 Mark III (R03010) - Additional pictures
Posted By H. Sapiens
Replies: 594
Views: 49,139
It was not to ridicule your tip.


I actually dream about making a small specialist shop in the future, but that requires me to move from Denmark :lol: Look at the price of that thing! Maybe they can in China, but I cannot survive on 4 dollar an hour-salary.


There are some very skilled crafters in Asia, but Fuji and Leica gets all the sexy accessories. Maybe there is a tiny market for Pentax :)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-24-2020, 09:55 AM  
Pentax K-3 Mark III (R03010) - Additional pictures
Posted By H. Sapiens
Replies: 594
Views: 49,139
As leather crafter (hobbyist) I am currently looking into making a half case for one of my film cameras (which are purely exhibition objects these days). I would have made one for the KP If I had one. Personally, I chose the K3ii exactly because I didn't like the grip on the KP - too small.


Of course, I cannot recommend anyone buying the one from AliExpress - "PU leather" is not leather but plastic ;-) It have to made by proper veg tan leather, thank you.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-22-2020, 01:06 AM  
Vecnos - A new Ricoh spin-off brand for 360 cameras
Posted By H. Sapiens
Replies: 90
Views: 8,220
Man, I hate to say this guys but this has loads of commercial potential compared to the K3 III

If their website is correct they have managed to have effertless smartphone integration. As a Pentax user that's a small miracle. In 3 years development time Pentax have tweaked the position of the middle finger on the grip and supersized the viewfinder with a couple of percent.


Myself, I wouldn't mind bringing one on travels. It would be a fantastic way of conncecting with people (my travels usually go to Asia, Africa, India etc.) to grab a shot with everyone included and have it online the next minute.


IQUISPIN
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-21-2020, 06:39 AM  
Kit for KP: quality / price
Posted By H. Sapiens
Replies: 36
Views: 1,904
Me, I have the 20-40 now and I am just not convinced. I consider going back to the 43mm, which was stolen from me some years ago, or an 35mm ltd and pair those with the 21mm. The 35mm is also an amazing lens, more versatile than the 43.


The 20-40mm is lovely, but I got more 'wows' from the primes. it sounds to me like you would be better served with the 21mm and one or two lenses to complement that one.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-08-2020, 07:41 AM  
There's going to be a Pentax J Limited online event soon
Posted By H. Sapiens
Replies: 278
Views: 28,952
Okay.


I have to admit the new limited GR iii sounds very sexy and stirs quite a lot more dopamine in my brains than reports of of the K3 III do. Does that make me a hipster .... ?


And do I have to go to Japan to satisfy my desire?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-07-2020, 02:07 PM  
[New video Oct 27] New information about upcoming APS-C flagship model
Posted By H. Sapiens
Replies: 1,603
Views: 114,053
Will we be able to see the actual subject behind all those blinking AF points, icons and what else information we seem to need?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-06-2020, 07:09 AM  
[New video Oct 27] New information about upcoming APS-C flagship model
Posted By H. Sapiens
Replies: 1,603
Views: 114,053
It is also not what I am saying. I am saying, they have in mind users users who appreciates the physical interface and high quality viewfinder. I don't think they at the same time have worked hard to make a kick ass app, because using the app is anatema to the ideal user. I mean, plenty Pentax users are already offended they included video in the damn things.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-06-2020, 06:30 AM  
[New video Oct 27] New information about upcoming APS-C flagship model
Posted By H. Sapiens
Replies: 1,603
Views: 114,053
I have to admit I have lost hope on the smartphone app thing. Every "white paper" they are releasing emphasizes physical buttons and viewfinder and the tactile joy of fondling this chunk of metal with all those buttons. To me they are busy promoting very conservative virtues. Smartphone integration kind of negates the physical buttons and larger viewfinder. It would be a bit ironic if the camera comes with a strong app. I don't think it will happen.


From my perspective and my use cases, this camera is actually a step sideways compared to the k3 II (which I own) though I understand it will have bigger buffer and AF can be expected to be a bit faster and more confident and I am sure the sensor will be better (the K3IIs weak point).
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-21-2020, 04:26 AM  
Another snippet from Pentax HQ
Posted By H. Sapiens
Replies: 410
Views: 34,161
I'm actively looking for an argument, but I don't see much basis for one here :-)


They seem to continue the k3 ethos of fixed and rugged. I do understand people who think that is a bit underwhelming, so I do expect them to have something like wifi tethering to smartphone. We'll see!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-14-2020, 02:17 AM  
New video with our thoughts on PENTAX
Posted By H. Sapiens
Replies: 81
Views: 10,171
Let's get back to this! I'll now expect nothing less than something truly transcendental.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-04-2020, 09:03 AM  
DFA 85mm f/1.4 Now on Ricoh's Website
Posted By H. Sapiens
Replies: 623
Views: 34,855
You know, if they were smart they would use it creatively - let the assistant in the photo hold a big cut out unicorn or something (a Blade Runner reference, but it could be anything).


Now, I'm just counting the models blackheads.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-04-2020, 08:49 AM  
DFA 85mm f/1.4 Is now open for Preorder at B&H
Posted By H. Sapiens
Replies: 68
Views: 5,133
The price in Denmark will be so high it is taboo to ever mention it.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 06-04-2020, 05:50 AM  
Pentax K-3 II successor on September 2020
Posted By H. Sapiens
Replies: 977
Views: 97,070
Onboard flash is just a toy, so what's up with that comment?


Other than that, I understand your sentiments. But I'm also sure Ricoh know they can't release a camera which in many aspects would be a step back compared to previous models. The latest lenses indicate they are willing to take their time to engineer stuff with aims to compete at the top end. So .. besides the new viewfinder I expect some interesting feature we cannot see. Maybe they even eye a chance of stealing a couple of customers from the other brands, which are struggling themself.


If it is a new viewfinder and tuned AF-system. Well ... yeah, it will be a tough sell then.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-15-2020, 09:22 AM  
Updated Roadmap - May 2020
Posted By H. Sapiens
Replies: 43
Views: 4,716
I think it is safe to assume that as soon as the 85mm is out the door, the engineers will go for a weekend of heavy drinking and adultery in the back alleys of Tokyo, before they put their full attention to this projected WA, which will be in the same philosophy as the 50mm and 85mm.
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