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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 4 Days Ago  
Laowa 100mm F2.8 2:1 Macro lens for k-mount
Posted By starjedi
Replies: 439
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looks sharp!
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-19-2021, 04:39 PM  
What's the CP+ "New Product"?
Posted By starjedi
Replies: 24
Views: 1,862
according to the info, only HD! Will find out next week....
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-19-2021, 02:44 PM  
What's the CP+ "New Product"?
Posted By starjedi
Replies: 24
Views: 1,862
HD FA Limited 31mm
HD FA Limited 43mm
HD FA Limited 77mm

It will be a surprise if so!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-17-2021, 09:31 PM  
K3III Delayed... indefinitely
Posted By starjedi
Replies: 509
Views: 28,486
Frankly speaking, I agree with you, MMVIII and RobG. Just the poor google translation posted in this thread misguided... If read the official statement from Pentax, there is no word that they want to change the specification... My first reaction when reading there was that they really want to change the specification and make a flagship with a higher standard in order to fit a higher price tag! :-):-):-):-):-):-)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-17-2021, 09:10 PM  
K3III Delayed... indefinitely
Posted By starjedi
Replies: 509
Views: 28,486
As I mentioned above, the whole point built here from the speculation that they want to change the specifications to achieve higher launch price goal... If they want continuing to keep the specifications, I believe the launch price will be lower... Be patient...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-17-2021, 09:07 PM  
K3III Delayed... indefinitely
Posted By starjedi
Replies: 509
Views: 28,486
"I decided to change it." .... That's what I read in this thread... Of course, as pointed Larrymc, this is due to poor google translation.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-17-2021, 08:58 PM  
K3III Delayed... indefinitely
Posted By starjedi
Replies: 509
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My statement here is that if the specification changes to 30fps and 4K 120p , the price will be $2500- $3000.... Let's wait and see :)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-17-2021, 08:39 PM  
K3III Delayed... indefinitely
Posted By starjedi
Replies: 509
Views: 28,486
Everyone heard 20000 yen upper (25000-30000 Yen) from official Pentax (Mr. Takahashi as President of Ricoh Imaging) and it is higher than Canon/Nikon APS-C flagship launch price... If you want a link, I quote here. For the video, check 9:47...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-17-2021, 08:12 PM  
K3III Delayed... indefinitely
Posted By starjedi
Replies: 509
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It is not speculation.. Apparently, K-3 iii launch price is to match or be higher than Nikon or Canon APS-c flagship D500 or Canon 7Dii. 25000 upper is reasonable for this goal...



- Pentax K-1 Mark II - 254,000 yen
- Pentax K-3 Mark III (expected) - 250,000 to 299,000
- Nikon D500 - 259,000 yen
- Fujifilm X-T4 - 225,000 yen
- Fujifilm X-Pro3 - 236,000 yen
- Canon 90D - 162,000 yen
- Canon 7D Mark II - 225,000 yen
- Sony a6600 - 176,000 yen

For the prices in yen,
I quoted from The price of the K-3 III (context/speculation, not inside info) - PentaxForums.com

Okay, it is still speculation and canon 7d ii and d500 actually launched below $2000 in US
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-17-2021, 07:54 PM  
K3III Delayed... indefinitely
Posted By starjedi
Replies: 509
Views: 28,486
Ah, see the announcement “the judgment that it will take some time to achieve high performance and high quality suitable for the APS-C flagship model, we have decided to release it. I decided to change it.” I speculate from here...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-17-2021, 07:46 PM  
K3III Delayed... indefinitely
Posted By starjedi
Replies: 509
Views: 28,486
if it is 20000 upper, it is reasonable to assume $2500... If they want to achieve this goal, their specifications are not advanced enough... of course, they can still release it and mark the price down to $1900-$2000 as people estimated...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-17-2021, 07:37 PM  
K3III Delayed... indefinitely
Posted By starjedi
Replies: 509
Views: 28,486
Yes... 20000+ upper Yen means 2000$ - 3000$. I take the median...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-17-2021, 07:14 PM  
K3III Delayed... indefinitely
Posted By starjedi
Replies: 509
Views: 28,486
A 12fps and 4K 30p in the current industry standard are not acceptable for a flagship. Especially it targets for a price with $2500 tag or even higher. For this price range, it requires 30fps and 4K 120p... It cannot compete with other brands with similar price Fuji T4,Sony A4R4 or Canon R6 .... The only merit is 1.05x OVF for DSLR. But any FF DSLR has a similar size of OVF... it is doomed to be cancelled or postponed indefinitely.,.

It is good that they realized that their flagship to be announced has already been out of date as mentioned in the statement...
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-26-2021, 02:21 PM  
Sharp Japanese camera price increases, more and more Chinese lens brands.
Posted By starjedi
Replies: 35
Views: 2,068
I am not worrying about this situation based on several points:
  • Camera market is shrinking rapidly due to booming of mobile phones and advance of portable photography technology. The market will be smaller and smaller. It is a trend. We will see that the price will be higher and higher. Pentax K3-III is believed to be priced at $2000-$3000. Consumers benefit from mass production.

  • Competition typically is a good thing and manufacturers will focus more on technology advance (like Sony Alpha 1 announced today) in answers to their competitors.

  • Innovation is a key. Just like Venus Optics, I think that their products like 100mm APO 2:1 macro really provide alternative product choices. You cannot win the market by building a $50 50mm 1.8 medicore lens or $500 full frame mirrorless with only 100 shutter counts.

Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-24-2021, 07:47 AM  
Laowa 100mm F2.8 2:1 Macro lens for k-mount
Posted By starjedi
Replies: 439
Views: 43,749
A quick question: the stamp is supposed to be all in a plane. why the photos you take look like a 3D object? Is it due to imperfect alignment?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-31-2020, 09:45 AM  
D FA 21 Limited is one of the three.
Posted By starjedi
Replies: 1,012
Views: 69,607
Then I think it should be able to match $800 Nikon 20mm F1.8G, same weights as FA 31mm, in both price and imagine quality.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-21-2020, 02:23 PM  
D FA 21 Limited is one of the three.
Posted By starjedi
Replies: 1,012
Views: 69,607
Fully agree. Sony FE 20mm F1.8 is very sharpe at F1.8 , weighs similar to FA 31mm and can be obtained for $800. Cannot believe a 21mm F2.8 lens nowadays can sell ... Of course, some Pentaxians might accept a F2.8 lens and are willing to pay a premium on this.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-18-2020, 05:05 PM  
D FA 21 Limited is one of the three.
Posted By starjedi
Replies: 1,012
Views: 69,607
Think about this the old FA 20 F2.8 weights only 255g. To give a comparison, FA 31 limited weighs 345g. I do not think this one will be a boring FA 21 F2.8. Another quick comparison is Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G, which weighs 357g.

It is apparent that Pentax cannot charge anything more than $400 for a FA 21 F2.8 lens, just too stupid... Sigma 20mm F1.4 might be too big (950g) but 20mm F1.8 lenses are common. So I believe that the final max aperture should fall between F1.7 - 2.1 otherwise, it will be too slow in the standard for the limited lenses which finds a balance between size and performance.

Well, just amplify HD Pentax-DA 21mm F3.2 Limited by 1.5 times to cover FF circle, we get D-FA 21 F3.2. Fans might like the pancake more than this one....
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-12-2020, 06:32 PM  
D FA 21 Limited is one of the three.
Posted By starjedi
Replies: 1,012
Views: 69,607
Hopefully it is FA 21 Limit F2.1.
Forum: Homepage & Official Pentax News 12-02-2020, 02:29 PM  
Pentax K-70 Body Deal: $346
Posted By starjedi
Replies: 6
Views: 427
How about Pentax K-70 comparing to Pentax K5-II? Is it an upgrade? My Pentax K5-II is aging...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-17-2020, 07:30 PM  
Laowa 100mm F2.8 2:1 Macro lens for k-mount
Posted By starjedi
Replies: 439
Views: 43,749
Should be. Tried out today for 2:1 (Tokina Macro Extender + Tamron 90 2.8). It is almost not possible to put any non-flat plane all in focus...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-16-2020, 10:53 AM  
Laowa 100mm F2.8 2:1 Macro lens for k-mount
Posted By starjedi
Replies: 439
Views: 43,749
My current setup to get the 2x is to use Tokina Macro extender (bought together with Tokina 90mm 2.5 1:2 macro) which surprisely works well with Tamron 90mm F2.8. The shortcoming is that the combo loses the ability to focus anything lower than 1x.

With Laowa 100mm F2.8 2:1, I might get the ability to reach 4:1 with auto aperature control....
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-10-2020, 03:40 PM  
Laowa 100mm F2.8 2:1 Macro lens for k-mount
Posted By starjedi
Replies: 439
Views: 43,749
Superb. Still have time for me as the next Spring season for flowers and insects is half a year away here!
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 11-03-2020, 03:06 PM  
Laowa 15mm F4.5 Zero-D Shift not in K mount
Posted By starjedi
Replies: 11
Views: 749
I heard a news that it will be available in Pentax K mount soon (late this December)... Be patient if you are interested to this lens in K mount...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-27-2020, 04:48 PM  
[New video Oct 27] New information about upcoming APS-C flagship model
Posted By starjedi
Replies: 1,603
Views: 100,635
No need to care what the comments are. I believe that there will be surprise for the price, at least when waiting for next BF :-) 1.05x OVF is definitely unique across the market.
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