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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 3 Days Ago  
M/L where its at right now?
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 16
Views: 378
They often have spectacular field curvature, I can say that.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 3 Days Ago  
M/L where its at right now?
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 16
Views: 378
The name is Hogan, Thom Hogan. I have no idea whether he likes seafood.

He’s just pointing out that a squeeze is - or only may be - arriving on M43: smartphones from below, and larger-sensor mirrorless from above. That may mean the good times are over for Olympus and Panasonic, or there again it may not. The key to this, as the man said, is that no one really knows anything. What are Canon, Nikon and Sony really going to do and will it work anyway? We simply don’t know. Will Oly and Panny head for niches and do it well? We simply don’t know.

Behind this, imho, is whether full-frame sensors will end up replacing pretty well everything. The usual suspects would love that to happen, and they would love for us all to think it will happen. They have huge sums riding on it. Doesn’t sound much fun to me, lugging that stuff around. Throw another raw grenade on their barby and give up the mantra of bigger is better, bigger is high status. Probably that makes sense if you are a baboon arguing over who gets the banana, but they’re surely not any baboons out there, are there?
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 5 Days Ago  
FujiFilm....the Dark Horse!
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 18
Views: 593
There are plenty of people who don't want to mess with 400mm, 600mm or greater behemoths on FF for birds and the like, especially as one gets older and/or has to try to get them into an airline bag. APS-C or even M43 comes into its own here, imho.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 5 Days Ago  
FujiFilm....the Dark Horse!
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 18
Views: 593
Well said. I'll add, though, that imo FF is always going to have a problem with the sheer size and cost of lenses as they exceed about 100mm, especially zooms. Just too big and too much for many. This is where smaller formats continue to have a place. You can either trade size for reach (FF 400mm -> APS_C 600mm) or go smaller all round in many cases (M43 or APS-C dedicated lenses). Perhaps an ideal set-up would be FF milc for primes up to 100mm or so and an APS-C or M43 something or other for the rest, especially longer lenses.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-19-2018, 12:02 PM  
The Sony a7 III Might Have Ruined Canon's Plans For Their Mirrorless System
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 19
Views: 789
It’s all speculation. Canon might introduce a high-end $5500 or $6000 number for 1D level pros and leave the rest to their M series. We just don’t know. These articles are all advert fillers at present.

The A7III may have redefined what a 1500-2000 notes camera is about, what it can do and what it should have on board. If so, that will affect all outfits, not just Canon. The operative word is “may” since any effect will only become clear in retrospect, but the A7III has stirred things up quite markedly for sure.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-15-2018, 03:45 AM  
Hot off the presses: DPR to re-shoot its K1mkII test.
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 76
Views: 3,922
You'll be all right with a decent Côtes du Rhône but I wouldn't risk Sauvignon Blanc. Chardonnay would definitely be a warranty repair.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-15-2018, 12:48 AM  
Fuji Predicts Canon & Nikon Will Loose 50% of Their Current Market Share
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 57
Views: 1,652
According to their last quarterly report, if I have this correctly, Fujifilm turned over about 90 billion yen from electronic imaging in their last financial year and they reported that “revenue increased on strong sales of the X series of mirrorless digital cameras”, though this presumably refers to that quarter not a full year. This is distinct from their Instax operation. Whether they make a profit on their electronic imaging biz is not known because not broken out of their figures, and I don’t know whether electronic imaging means cameras only or other stuff too. Even so, that turnover is far ahead of Pentax, Olympus and Leica, and perhaps of Panasonic too (their consumer cameras only).
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-14-2018, 06:53 AM  
Fuji Predicts Canon & Nikon Will Loose 50% of Their Current Market Share
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 57
Views: 1,652
This information cannot be traced back to a credible source or confirmed in some way, only back to a typical camera rumour site which cites ”a source”. So far as I can tell anyway. But by the time the material has passed along the internet a bit, it acquires a spurious validity. In reality I think it’s best seen as fake news until shown otherwise. As a talking point it may have some merit but it seems darn far-fetched to me. I doubt many expect Canon’s marketshare to halve. In fact if Canon make a good fist of anything mirrorless they introduce their marketshare may easily increase ... at the expense of ... Fuji among others.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-09-2018, 02:41 AM  
K-1II review... Opportunity to get banned on DPR
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 428
Views: 19,176
Good points. Photography is an experience. Handling a camera, travelling with a camera, taking an image, perhaps participating in the image, developing it, viewing it. All experiences.

Many modern reviews pay little attention to this perhaps because reviewers who can do a good job of evaluating and expressing something so subtle are very rare. Statistical tests and grandly titled Lab Reports are the easy part, in fact. They are relied on far too much, imo. And many modern reviews are under the usual pressures of time and money from commercial sites for which any review is just editorial content to pull in the eyeballs and the click-throughs. This probably applies in spades to the Amazon empire.

That said, DPR’s actual findings are broadly in line with those from others, so far as I can tell. But the tone isn’t, of course. I usually find field reviews from actual users to be most helpful. So best to wait a few months after first release. The general performance of a camera can be guesstimated from the specs and maker’s history anyway. That’s usually not much in doubt, bar nuances.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-08-2018, 05:06 AM  
K-1 MK2 - Unhappy with results at moderate ISO settings
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 547
Views: 22,973
Darn! But thank you for replying.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-08-2018, 03:49 AM  
K-1 MK2 - Unhappy with results at moderate ISO settings
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 547
Views: 22,973
It's been pointed out that pages 51 and 55-56 of the K1 Mark II manual do address user-configurable NR settings, in quite some detail (I've checked). What itsn't clear is whether this applies to RAW or only to in-camera jpegs or to both. My apologies if this has already been covered (I haven't read every post on this thread).
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-07-2018, 02:52 AM  
February 2018 CIPA numbers are in... the DSLR lives!
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 157
Views: 8,604
Ricoh’s plan seems sustainable for those who already like Pentax cameras. The question is whether that’s enough. Like or loathe Canonikon and co but they’ve never been hesitant about going after new business.

My guess is that the implosion of compacts hit all the outfits harder than we think, Ricoh included. With compacts that’s not just making fewer DSLRs but writing off whole factories. It’s taken some of them quite a while to get fully underway again.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-05-2018, 02:31 PM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 2,269
Views: 202,132
Thanks :) it’s been a very long winter ...
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-05-2018, 02:11 PM  
$$$$$ony A7iii
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 149
Views: 6,466
Maybe Sony are protecting their position in advance of whatever Canon and Nikon do with mirrorless. By throwing the kitchen sink into this camera and calling it basic, Sony make it that much harder for Canon and Nikon to launch something which can compete on features and price. Their usual little games of slicing and dicing features against price are blunted. A smart move if so.
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 05-05-2018, 01:33 AM  
Pentax Mirrorless?
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 64
Views: 2,726
I’m not sure I agree with that because it’s so much a numbers game. The development costs of modern electronics are so enormous that only big sales numbers will suffice. Smartphones have already won by a country mile in some regards. Why? I would guess because they democratic. All you do is press the button. Press another button and your image lands on the internet. No recondite, gnostic knowledge is required to operate one, unlike the button-festooned ILC, with its inch-thick user manual, strange jargon and heavy software requirements by way of RAW developers.

That leaves the ILC. Obviously there is or will be room for different kinds of ILC aimed at different requirements but I was thinking of what will turn out to become the dominant, mainstream form, the kind that is bought by regular folks who want a nice camera. I see hundreds of them on holiday every week in my home town, mostly these days from the Far East. These are the new middle classes of Asia claiming their place in the world. The challenge for the camera-makers is to become more democratic or in future those folks will be holidaying with their smartphone and nothing else.

If cultural changes alter what people think of as photography and what they want from the act of taking a photograph then we should expect the form and nature of the camera to change too. We have to get away from bringing this back down to particular camera brands. In fifteen years we could all be using a brand which doesn’t yet exist.
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 05-04-2018, 12:37 PM  
Pentax Mirrorless?
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 64
Views: 2,726
Looking backwards yes, because for all but the past half dozen years there were no digital mirrorless ILCs. Looking forwards, no one knows. It’s of little very interest, imho. Cultural and generational change will drive this stuff anyway. Look at the selfie, in which the viewer becomes intrinsic to the artwork. To begin with it blindsided the camera-makers, a cultural change they weren’t expecting. There’s much more going on here than just the tech. It’s all about engagement and involvement. Which form of tech will turn out to do this best?
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-04-2018, 12:21 PM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 2,269
Views: 202,132
Spring at last in the UK with the bluebell woods in flower. It’s always one of the sights of the year. We’ll be visiting a couple more over the weekend. Oly 12-40mm f2.8.


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Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 05-04-2018, 11:09 AM  
Pentax Mirrorless?
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 64
Views: 2,726
The EVF also reflects a change in sensibility in which the frame is no longer a window on the world but a membrane against which the viewer is tested - a not much adapted quote on painting by Antony Gormley. In that sense it’s about engagement via eg variations in colour space and jpeg engine which an OVF cannot show. An older generation often doesn’t get this because they were educated to “see” differently. Their generation was much more one for whom the frame (or canvas) was almost sacrosanct.

So these changes are not just technical but cultural too. Artists express them more astutely than gearhead types.
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 05-03-2018, 06:48 AM  
Pentax Mirrorless?
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 64
Views: 2,726
It's a label like any other. But the idea that the rising fortunes of countries - almost continents - like India, China and Indonesia with their huge populations and new middle classes will swing what happens in the camera market seems fundamentally right. For myself, I've heard quite enough of what old geezers like me in the old West want. I'm with the shock of the new. And if that new generation says we prefer DSLRs, in fact, grandad that's fine by me too (or smartphones, or compacts, or mirrorless or whatever else). I don't care. We'll see what they want, and chances are we won't have to wait very long. The next thing I'm hoping for is much more focus on the new generation of photographers from those places, and their work. It could well be enthralling. Time for the old US and European warhorses, their galleries and roadshows to move over. One of the problems with a lot of photography websites is that they focus on a fairly narrow range, often very Euro-US-centric, from the usual suspects. There's a far wider and more interesting world out there.
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 05-03-2018, 12:20 AM  
Pentax Mirrorless?
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 64
Views: 2,726
What goes well in Asia will swing where the R&D dollars are spent and over time that will impact what’s available in stores. There’s no point fighting this. It’s the way of the world over the next 25 years or so. Eventually that could mean no more cameras at all, at least as we now know them. Old men in the old West - and I count myself in that number, I hasten to add - are not the future of anything. In the meantime the mirrorless vs DSLR thang is mostly wild exaggeration. Both kinds will be around for a while yet. At the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 expo here in London (fantastic, btw) at least 90 per cent of the final entries were taken using Canon or Nikon DSLRs. It’s a non-issue in my view.

In the meantime, sure, I’d like Pentax to do more with mirrorless. There’s nothing wrong with such an aspiration. Whether they eventually do or don’t (they’ve said no pro tem), whether it’s a good idea or a bad idea, whether it would make money or lose money - those are quite separate questions.
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 05-02-2018, 02:47 PM  
Pentax Mirrorless?
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 64
Views: 2,726
There’s more to this than any one element or technical item. IQ, features, lenses, ergos, third parties, aftersales and warranty, workshops and other events - all can play their part in choosing a system.

What happens with cameras will be decided in Asia, I think. Thanks where the key market and the money is now. We’ll get what they want, not the other way round.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-02-2018, 04:34 AM  
PHASE ONE...a hundred mp BSI
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 13
Views: 480
I believe 2019 is the 100th anniversary of Asahi Optical so perhaps that would be a good moment for Ricoh to refresh the 645 line. My guess is they will. I’d expect an announcement later this year or even a finished camera plus perhaps a new lens or two. Since the 645 is as much a signature line as K mount, I’d also expect them to put a lot of effort into whatever they come out with. It would be quite surprising if it was a low-key iteration.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-29-2018, 12:41 AM  
Financial Results:FY2018/03
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 675
Views: 47,165
Not long ago the number of "bids" for new things from Pentax on here would have fazed Canon - more bodies and lenses on APS-C, more on FF, a new 645 and more lenses, a GR or several GRs with different focal lengths, more Q, Theta, etc. Given their size today, they can't possibly do all of it even with the best intentions. The core is the K-mount and I'd guess the 645 may be a close second Other things are very nice to have but not the meat and potatoes. Of course another GR would be good to have and I would very probably buy one too, but if things get pushed to the back of the queue or even off it in order to focus on the core elements then it's the outliers. Ricoh can't do everything. The recent interview on DPR didn't make it sound as if a GR was either a priority or likely to turn up any time soon. Limboland. If you leave something for too long then times change and the audience for it fades away, making it increasingly less attractive to produce, imo.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-28-2018, 03:09 PM  
Financial Results:FY2018/03
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 675
Views: 47,165
Would you stop the aggression please. It’s so pointless. It simply means you don’t agree, which is fine. There’s nothing of that in anything I’ve said. It’s totally obvious Ricoh are tightening their focus and imo we should be prepared for fewer but stronger items going forward. That can only be good news if it leads to a stronger overall camera division. To get back to the original point, that’s one take on the mention of a reduced line-up in the recent Ricoh reports - reduced as part of a careful plan with the main focus on FF, not by some oversight. The GR is surely a bit of an outlier in that regard.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-28-2018, 02:45 PM  
Financial Results:FY2018/03
Posted By mecrox
Replies: 675
Views: 47,165
Despite being due for replacement there are only vague statements about some time, some day. Not great news in the circs. If Ricoh feel they have to focus on fewer but stronger items then yes one can see the GR riding off the join Elvis and the Q in the sunset. I hope that's wrong but the longer there is no replacement the less likely there will be one. The original market/audience would have dissipated. Are Ricoh at Photokina this year? If they go that means they have something to show and a new GR would be a candidate for that.
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