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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 22 Hours Ago  
Lens roadmap: Tanaka-san spills the beans
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 199
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Can't you look at past data, compare sales to customer feedback and then get a feel for how much customers overstate their willingness to spend?

---------- Post added 03-18-19 at 01:46 PM ----------



I'm an engineer and we're always looking for better ways to get feedback from end users. We would welcome opinionated folks telling us what's right and what's wrong and what features they want to see. It's often very difficult to get anything.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
Lens roadmap: Tanaka-san spills the beans
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 199
Views: 11,027
Wanting a modernized pancake prime isn't weird at all. It's always been an odd dichotomy that Pentax makes rugged WR bodies and beautiful small primes, but the primes aren't WR.

You can get the 21mm LTD for $400 at B&H. If they made a WR version with a silent focus motor and only charged us a 25% premium over the old model I'd buy one as quickly as I can type in my credit card number. If it was $800 or $1000 I'd have to wait for one to come up on the marketplace.

---------- Post added 03-18-19 at 11:24 AM ----------



They did not have anything like the feedback they get from online forums. They had third hand accounts of what customers were willing to talk to sales staff about, if the sales staff relayed that to anyone who mattered. If you'd like you can substitute "Craftsman" for "Sears" in my prior post.

---------- Post added 03-18-19 at 11:36 AM ----------



There's no reason they can't include price data. We're all pretty open about what we're willing to pay for what. This forum should be a huge data source for Ricoh. If it's not I think that's to their detriment.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
Lens roadmap: Tanaka-san spills the beans
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 199
Views: 11,027
I'd bet that Sears or Woolworths or Macy's would have loved to have a thriving community of tens of thousands of their customers providing constant feedback on their products and potential products 50 years ago. They would have killed for the information they could have culled from their own Pentax Forums.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
Lens roadmap: Tanaka-san spills the beans
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 199
Views: 11,027
For all we know it could be a frame stacking processor that could result in less noise, but also more detail, more dynamic range by seamlessly combining multiple frames before/during/after the shutter press and spitting out a single RAW file. It could be a way to have a much more advanced version of dynamic pixel shift. Maybe they're running 4k or 8k video and allowing the user to select a number of frames to combine into a high-detail, low-noise still at any time. It could be that there's much tighter integration of sensor, processor, and memory allowing for higher frame rates, or better on-sensor autofocus with different types of tracking. Or seamless in-camera focus-stacking output to a RAW. They could be porting/incorporating Theta code to allow hand-held panorama or photo-sphere generation. There are an awful lot of things a processor could be doing besides single-frame noise reduction.

Or it could just be AI analyzing your photos in realtime and uploading the metadata to the web via a mandatory 4G subscription to facilitate targeted advertising that will appear in the top LCD. ;)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 1 Day Ago  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 5,399
Views: 691,317
I don't see a whole lot of difference. The reason I have both is that I dropped the XS (attached to the K-3ii) and it got slightly decentered. I found a great deal on a used 40LTD and picked it up as a replacement. No sense in trying to get the XS fixed when I bought it for about $100.

I haven't ever really compared both since I've never had both in 100% condition, but I never saw any major differences in image quality. It is nice with the LTD to have the hood and quick shift. In any case I love the size and both have been my favored walk-around lens when I want to keep the kit tiny.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 3 Days Ago  
Lens roadmap: Tanaka-san spills the beans
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 199
Views: 11,027
So what happens when the inevitable large-sensor camera with a good lens and cutting edge computational photography comes out? Is that real or fake? Is pixel shift real or fake? Maybe we should come up with a chart of what's acceptable and what's hipster nonsense, so we can all stay real.


Or perhaps the best solution is to quit worrying about what's real and what's fake, stop pixel peeping 36MP images for evidence of very slight blurring at ISOs that were unachievable 10 years ago, and just look for photographs that make you happy.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
K-30 compatability
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 4
Views: 384
When I got the PLM I loaded the hacked firmware on my K-30 and no issues whatsoever. I don't use the K-30 a lot, but this is a 7-year-old camera, warranty is long gone, and the reports of problems seem very limited and reversible. I don't see what the downside is.
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 3 Days Ago  
Just speculations on mirrorless and Pentax
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 61
Views: 2,847
I agree with almost all of that. I don't think there's anything wrong with large cameras. You can pack more capabilities or ergonomic features into a larger body. But there are certainly situations where something the size of a K-1 or even a KP with a 70-200 is either too unwieldy or just prohibited. Like many sporting events, or theaters. If you're walking around a city on vacation you probably don't want a pro-level FF DSLR with an f/2.8 zoom. My go-to in that situation is my K-3ii with the 40LTD, but even with that I'm sometimes thinking the phone will have to do because there are times I don't want to haul around things I can't fit in my pocket.

If someone handed me $5000 and told me I had to spend it on camera gear I'd buy either a GRIII or a small MILC just for a such situations. I'd keep shooting with the K-3ii, and possibly/probably buy the APS-C flagship successor from Pentax, but I'd love the flexibility a small camera brings.
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 4 Days Ago  
Just speculations on mirrorless and Pentax
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 61
Views: 2,847
I was responding mostly to photoptimist's comment "The simple fact that a DSLR can be used in MILC mode but a MILC cannot be used in DSLR mode would seem to imply that MILCs cannot drive DSLRs to extinction. Future DSLRs can offer the best of both worlds while MILCs can only offer the best of one world."

You may not think that small size is a feature, Pentax may not be developing small camera, but it's not a universal opinion that small is a bug. And a small mirrorless can always be smaller than any DSLR.
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 4 Days Ago  
Just speculations on mirrorless and Pentax
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 61
Views: 2,847
Why does the Ricoh GR series exist, and why does Ricoh continue to make it? Would the GRIII be improved with a mirror box and prism? Would the GR sell better if it had a K-3-sized grip for better ergonomics?
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 4 Days Ago  
Just speculations on mirrorless and Pentax
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 61
Views: 2,847
While I know big, professional glass drives size of all cameras up, MILCs can be much smaller than DSLRs. Ricoh could make a MILC version of the GR with pancake lenses that is much smaller than the smallest DSLR. Other manufacturers have cameras in that general form factor. While there are disadvantages to tiny cameras in ergonomics and usability, there are many advantages of the camera you always have in your pocket, especially if it has a large sensor.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 5 Days Ago  
"How Much a Full Pro Camera/Lens Set Costs"
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 47
Views: 1,443
I thought we were just having a friendly conversation about cameras. When I bought that first K-30 I didn't know I'd signed up for a revolution.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 5 Days Ago  
"How Much a Full Pro Camera/Lens Set Costs"
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 47
Views: 1,443
Pentax is the best value. But they still should have given all the camera brands the benefit of third-party lenses and not just the one without a full kit of OEM glass. Make it as fair a fight as possible. Pentax still wins and it gives less of an opportunity to cry foul.
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 5 Days Ago  
Just speculations on mirrorless and Pentax
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 61
Views: 2,847
People don't usually switch systems because they've invested a lot of money and time in their current system. And they like to believe that the choices they've made were correct. So when you have $5000 of Nikon gear and you've been on Nikon forums and immersed in the Nikon camera culture and listening to people who love Nikon you're pretty darned unlikely to sell off everything at a 30% loss so you can have an (arguably) slightly better Sony A7r. The D850 had nine times as many users upload to flickr yesterday because Nikon has had vastly bigger market share than Sony forever, and it takes an awful lot to get someone to switch.

Also, quality, competitive mirrorless with good EVFs have only been around a fraction of the time DSLRs have. Many people bought into DSLRs before mirrorless was really an option. It's not necessarily that they know DSLRs are better, many jumped in before there was a competitive mirrorless option. How many people were "getting it" with DSLRs over film in 2004?

And if popularity on flickr is important in any way, then why are we here on Pentax Forums?
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 5 Days Ago  
Just speculations on mirrorless and Pentax
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 61
Views: 2,847
Almost all the features in any camera beyond pushing the shutter and having a basic image recorded are part of a big gray area where personal preference defines what's a must-have and what's a superfluous bell/whistle. We often see pixel shift and astrotracer and composition adjust defended as necessary and innovative features, while EVF and pre-buffering are decried as inferior solutions or wastes of resources. Tough, weather-sealed cameras are a must have, unless you're looking for an APS-C prime... then that's not that important.

Many here at Pentax Forums have chosen to draw their line in the sand at the feature level their current Pentax camera and lenses have. And many or most of them will move that line when the next Pentax body is released.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 6 Days Ago  
Ricoh booth at CP+
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 474
Views: 30,894
I get that. Sorry, I was probably being too snarky. But camera companies are like most any other tech company. They can't sit still, they can't expect to keep their customer base if they don't innovate. Our current cameras are very good. But if we hope to continue to shoot Pentax they have to figure out a business model that keeps them viable (cue Pentax is NOT doomed responses). All the camera companies are in a tight spot, not just Pentax. Most of the other companies seem to be moving into mirrorless, if Pentax chooses not to then they have to innovate in other ways that keeps them relevant. I certainly hope they can, but somehow they have to keep engaging their customer base. They don't have to give us detailed interviews with milestone charts for every release until 2030, but it would be nice to have a plan that's a little less vague.
Forum: General Talk 6 Days Ago  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 1,723
Views: 90,175
My two boys made my Mini a bit impractical. I stuck with it until they were about 7-8, but that was the limit for four people in the car. I loved driving it, especially when it was older and I didn't care as much and I could do handbrake turns in the snow and take 90 degree intersections at 35 or 40mph.

I think yours was Hyper Blue, too. Mine had black bonnet stripes, but I eventually removed them when they got pitted. Your looks great with the body kit and wheels.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 6 Days Ago  
Ricoh booth at CP+
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 474
Views: 30,894
Pentax, the honest, straightforward camera company. "Everything we make now is pretty much as good as it gets. We'll just keep making the same stuff for the foreseeable future. If your current camera dies, just buy the same one again. If the K-70 or K-1 or KP get obsolete parts we can no longer build, we'll redesign with much cheaper, lower-res 8Mpixel sensors. Nobody will ever tell the difference anyway."
Forum: General Talk 6 Days Ago  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 1,723
Views: 90,175
That's good to hear, I had read that Jaguar and Land Rover quality had gone up quite a bit since they were bought out by Tata.

Obviously I was joking a bit, but whatever reliability study I'd read (possibly Consumer Reports) had metrics, and the Freelander was as far from 2nd-to-last place as the 2nd-to-last vehicle was from 3rd or 4th. And searching online forums at the time seemed to confirm that.


The Mini I bought around the same time also had poor reliability metrics, but I kept that 11 years and loved it. Looked similar to the one behind your (extremely sweet) Aston, except with a black roof.
Forum: General Talk 6 Days Ago  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 1,723
Views: 90,175
My wife and I considered the Freelander in 2004. But out of 15 comparable SUVs it finished 27th in reliability.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 6 Days Ago  
Ricoh booth at CP+
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 474
Views: 30,894
Because they're in the business of selling stuff and there should probably be some way to communicate plans with their potential customers. Especially when their marketing budget outside of Japan is approximately $3.25.
Forum: General Talk 03-11-2019, 10:00 AM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 1,723
Views: 90,175
This will only be "my" car for a week in August, but we're going on vacation to Germany and Austria and... well... for an American there are only so many chances to sample sweet forbidden unicorn fruit. So I splurged a little and reserved a rental for an Audi A6 Avant. If it's that color blue I may just keep driving to some hidden corner of Uzbekistan, never return it, live a life on the run from the law.

Forum: Pentax Full Frame 03-09-2019, 07:40 AM  
Comparing costs of a FF setup
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 46
Views: 1,927
If I were Olympus I would look at this and think that maybe I need to focus more on the size and weight. If you're using a 4/3rd sensor you can get very small bodies and small lenses with relatively high image quality. If you're going to have a kit that costs as much as APS-C and in some cases FF you need an advantage, and in my opinion that would be a GR-sized ILC. I really don't get the point of a 4/3rd sensor surrounded by FF-sized body and lenses.

Olympus' motto should be Cell Phone Sized Camera with a Big Sensor.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-08-2019, 01:25 PM  
"How Much a Full Pro Camera/Lens Set Costs"
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 47
Views: 1,443
Yes, but just trying to make sure it's apples-to-apples. I think if someone was going to use this as guidance they would have to consider whether 3rd party, manual focus lenses met their requirements.

What I'd like to see is a comparison of Fuji vs Pentax prices in APS-C. Probably not that hard...

Fuji prices from article, Pentax from MSRP via Google:

16mm f/1.4 WR - $999. Pentax 15mm f/4 $440, Irix 15mm f/2.4 $400.
35mm f/1.4 - $599. Pentax 35mm f/2.8 - $496
56mm f/1.2 - $999. Pentax 55 f/1.4 - $647
80mm f/2.8 - $1199. Pentax 77 f/1.8 - $896
90mm f/2.0 - $949. Pentax 100mm f/2.8 WR - $496
8-16mm f/2.8 WR - $1999. Pentax 11-18mm f/2.8 - $1400
16-55mm f/2.8 - $1199. Pentax 16-50mm f/2.8 - $1047
50-140 f/2.8 - $1599. Pentax 50-135 f/2.8 - $1047
100-400 4.5-5.6 - $1899. Pentax uhh... 60-250 f/2.8? - $1297. Or the 150-450 at $1997.

Fuji XT-3 body $1499. KP is only current Pentax APS-C you could describe as pro-ish, and it's $800.

The hard part was that in some cases there is no direct equivalent. Pentax has no APS-C 35mm 1.4. Or 100-400. Or 15ish 1.4. But most of the Pentax lenses are cheaper, if also older designs with screwdrive autofocus, or SDM designs.

---------- Post added 03-08-19 at 03:26 PM ----------



Few people. But I think you'd get similar results with your own chosen subset of equipment.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-08-2019, 12:31 PM  
"How Much a Full Pro Camera/Lens Set Costs"
Posted By ThorSanchez
Replies: 47
Views: 1,443
The Rokinons they used for Pentax are both available in Nikon mount, and that would save $2300.
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