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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-02-2013, 02:38 PM  
Pentax Lens Price Hike - Here we go again!
Posted By fast50
Replies: 412
Views: 42,876
Exactly - this thread should be "Pentax USA price hike".
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-08-2012, 02:50 AM  
Watch out Full frame leak from Pentax Australia twitter
Posted By fast50
Replies: 135
Views: 24,669
I'm really not at all bothered about pixel densities, dynamic range or whatever of APS-C vs 35mm frame sizes; every DSLR these days is better than my last DSLR, which was better than the one before that. Too many people get caught up in pixel-peeping debates. All I want is to be able to use my 31mm as a 31 and my 43mm as a 43 and enjoy taking photos that people buy. No one has ever complained about image quality.

I can live with my K-7 for sure, but I do think Pentax have a very grim future if they don't release a full frame dSLR in the next 6 months. Canon, Nikon and Sony are defining the market, and the market isn't driven by the minority who hang out on forums debating 'IQ' of 100% crops of brick walls. The market is still very much driven by the spec sheet and brand image. A friend of mine recently 'got into' photography and would consider nothing other than Canon and Nikon. He doesn't even know what an EV is and yet he was adamant that he wanted a brand he sees pros using, a camera with 8 fps for shooting landscapes, a big camera so that people will think he has a better camera than them.

All my talk of Limited lenses, weather sealing, Hyper Manual... wasn't of interest compared to brand and spec sheet. That's the mainstream consumer - the one who couldn't care less about pixel densities - the one who thinks "that's a brand I know and respect, that one has a bigger sensor, so it's better, I'll take that one".

I fear Pentax will try to ignore the direction the market is going and end up like Kodak or Nokia.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-11-2012, 11:34 AM  
Branding announcement: Pentax for ILC, Ricoh for Compacts
Posted By fast50
Replies: 88
Views: 13,617
I disagree. To the man in the street, Pentax and Ricoh are equally meaningless in a world of Canon, Nikon, Panasonic and Sony,. To the enthusiast, Pentax have made a mountain of mediocre compacts and a couple of decent rugged ones. On the other hand, Ricoh have a history of highly regarded premium compacts, all with very well received user interfaces.

Makes total sense IMO.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-12-2012, 04:48 AM  
PentaxForums.com to Interview Pentax Japan on Feb 11 - Preliminary responses up!
Posted By fast50
Replies: 286
Views: 53,874
They did that, alright. They created a camera for a tiny number of people who don't want a viewfinder, like composing their shots at arm's length on a low-reslution, non-tiltable screen, but don't want a small body and happen to have a large collection of Pentax lenses worth using.

Yes, there's merit in a large flange distance for optical quality, I fail to see what problem the K-01 solves, other than just being seen to be launching new products and ticking the mirrorless box to keep the industry analysts happy. All they've done is take a K-5 and make it worse, just so I can use a pancake that's a few mm shorter than the one I already own.

I can't see that Pentax will sell K-01s to anyone but a tiny proportion of existing Pentax DSLR owners. Their only saving grace is that it would have cost them little to develop as most of the technology is lifted from the K-5. Marc Newson's bill, some tooling, some new AF, a new (niche) lens...

I couldn't care less about full frame, even with all my FA lenses. All I want is to see some real commitment to the K-7/K-5 line, with improving sensors, improving AF, more quality lenses, the sort of innovation Pentax used to do in the LX, Z-1p... The Q and K-01 give the impression Pentax are all over the place with no focus and that worries me. If the K-01 with no EVF is a sign of things to come, I think I might just sell my Pentax gear while it's worth something.

It's reassuring to see the 560mm; I will never buy one, but it's this sort of range of products that give people confidence when they're choosing a camera brand.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-22-2011, 03:57 AM  
EXCLUSIVE: Ricoh to Beef Up Digital Camera Biz
Posted By fast50
Replies: 255
Views: 36,589
Indeed. Nikon made the same blunder, showing the world photos of its "revolutionary" V1 with a oil drum of a superzoom stuck on the front. Just to make it even bigger, they stuck VR and power zoom into the lens. No wonder it has a 72mm filter thread.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-20-2011, 06:01 AM  
EXCLUSIVE: Ricoh to Beef Up Digital Camera Biz
Posted By fast50
Replies: 255
Views: 36,589
Amazes me that so much is being read into such a weak press release and that there's so much speculation being discussed with apparent certainty.

Also amazes me that people forget this audience is not representative of 'the market'. The mass market is not the people on this forum, it's the people who bought a Rebel because they saw a review of it in a tech magazine or because they thought it would make them a better photographer. They buy their cameras in high street electrical retailers or high street camera stores staffed by people who don't really know what they're talking about.

When did you last see someone with an entry level dSLR using a second lens? Okay, facetious question, but you get my point. I know many friends who have bought dSLRs over the last few years - 2 of them bought EOS Rebels (one sold his, now uses his HTC phone, the other hasn't a clue how to use it), one bought a D80 and 2 lenses (since left to gather since being replaced with a Lumix TZ20), one bought a K10D (kit lens, later adding a 43/1.9).

So it's all well and good saying the margin being in the lenses, but how many people actually buy them? And I'm talking the mass market, not people on forums or pros.

People talk about Pentax being able to ditch the K-mount because they don't have such a large installed base. In that case, why would I go to Pentax over a) Olympus and Panasonic who were first to market, have a useful lens line-up and proven products, b) Sony who have the most recognisable brand in the shops where the mass market buy these things, or c) Canon/Nikon, who have the biggest brands in the photography community?

I don't see why Ricoh/Pentax would be design their mirrorless product around minimal size - that's exactly what the Q is for. More likely, I think they would try to minimize the size of a K-mount body (look how they got the KX down to the MX) to retain the K-mount.

I think it is inconceivable they would introduce another mount to either replace or augment the K.
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