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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-04-2017, 04:40 AM  
handing down my *istDS
Posted By uccemebug
Replies: 8
Views: 897
Hello, everyone. I thought I'd drop in to PF, where I was active a decade ago, to pass along my news about the longevity of Pentax's DSLR's. My *istDS, which I bought around 2006, is still running. After 29,000 frames, I set it aside two years ago. This week, it occurred to me to pass it along to my 9 1/2 year old son as we head out on vacation.

Just as my father handed me his old Minolta SRT-101 that was older than I was when I was 18.

I don't think I ever considered the longevity of the DS when I bought it. Well done, Pentax.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 05-24-2012, 08:49 AM  
Doors Open Toronto Meet, Saturday May 26
Posted By uccemebug
Replies: 45
Views: 4,008
Hello, I'm a recipient of the mass-mailing. Congrats on yours, panoguy! I'm also dealing with a newborn (May 1) and won't be able to attend.

Thanks for the invite nonetheless. I seem to have dropped out of Pentaxforums six months ago or more during a busy period and essentially haven't gotten unbusy since. I will add though that that K30 looks like a winner. If they'd released that in '08 or '09 when I was still earning investment bank money I'd have bought one.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-03-2011, 06:35 AM  
wanted: blurb discount codes
Posted By uccemebug
Replies: 36
Views: 11,468
Here's another new one:

Save 20% now on your next order of two or more books on blurb by entering the promo code COCOA at checkout.* Be sure to order your books before November 30, 2011.

*Offer valid through November 30, 2011 (11:59 p.m. local time). A 20% discount is applied toward your product total with a minimum order of 2 units or more. Maximum discount is USD $150, GBP 75, EUR €110, CAD $150, or AUD $150 off product total. Valid for printed books only. This offer is good for one-time use, and cannot be combined with volume discounts, other promotional codes, gift cards, or used for adjustments on previous orders.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-01-2011, 10:39 AM  
wanted: blurb discount codes
Posted By uccemebug
Replies: 36
Views: 11,468
There's a current 20% off discount available on the cost of one+ books, until Dec 12, 2011.

20OFFBLURB

I found this on a site called photobookgirl.com.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-09-2011, 06:14 AM  
October 1st Pentax announcement
Posted By uccemebug
Replies: 199
Views: 36,586
A good friend of mine used to tell me various tricks of selling TV's. At his shop they'd see to it that only the set with the top commission in each bracket would be properly tuned; all the others they'd subtly screw up to make the high commission unit stand out.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-05-2011, 02:12 AM  
Some Thoughts Pentax and Full Frame
Posted By uccemebug
Replies: 561
Views: 65,955
I concede your logic, sir. ;^)

Hmm. Maybe Fuji will take the retro ball and run with it into DSLR land.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-04-2011, 04:08 AM  
Some Thoughts Pentax and Full Frame
Posted By uccemebug
Replies: 561
Views: 65,955
That doesn't really disprove my point. 8^)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-04-2011, 04:06 AM  
October 1st Pentax announcement
Posted By uccemebug
Replies: 199
Views: 36,586
Hear, hear. Just cos it's not flashy doesn't mean there's not an amazing amount of work to be done. Ricoh doesn't even sell cameras in Canada at present.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-03-2011, 06:40 PM  
Hello again, everyone -- it's been five years!
Posted By uccemebug
Replies: 1
Views: 545
I've just noticed that last month was the five year anniversary of my membership here. Thanks, Adam!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-03-2011, 04:42 AM  
Some Thoughts Pentax and Full Frame
Posted By uccemebug
Replies: 561
Views: 65,955
And I suppose in today's bells and whistles market, a compact FF DSLR model based on a CCD w/o video or live view would have to have that red dot to sell....
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-03-2011, 04:40 AM  
Some Thoughts Pentax and Full Frame
Posted By uccemebug
Replies: 561
Views: 65,955
...get one while you can!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-03-2011, 04:36 AM  
October 1st Pentax announcement
Posted By uccemebug
Replies: 199
Views: 36,586
It's the same in Japan. Every Japanese incorporated company has to make public a statement about the paid-in capital. That $1M likely means when the incorporated company was set up its creators put $1M into a bank account. Or possibly pulled a stunt likely transferring in $1M in unrealized obligations to a shareholder, etc.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-02-2011, 07:08 PM  
Pentax ricoh imaging company, ltd
Posted By uccemebug
Replies: 12
Views: 4,120
I wonder if they'll retain the subsidiary for some reason?
Forum: Ricoh GR 09-30-2011, 04:12 AM  
The Ricoh GXR Club
Posted By uccemebug
Replies: 464
Views: 102,638
I simply wanted to know your impression. Thank you.



Great to hear. I hope they sell them in Canada some day.
Forum: Ricoh GR 09-29-2011, 07:25 AM  
The Ricoh GXR Club
Posted By uccemebug
Replies: 464
Views: 102,638
Can I re-ask: "And what about focusing?" 8^)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-26-2011, 02:04 PM  
Some Thoughts Pentax and Full Frame
Posted By uccemebug
Replies: 561
Views: 65,955
That's where I was leading the question. I saw an OM-1 for sale for $75 (with a lens) on the weekend, and thought, "Surely this form of DSLR can be done in digital?" But then I realized that it would only generate outrage at all of the missing features "What, only 50 AF points? They use *what* codec for video??"



Welcome to Japan. A discussion you'll found readily taken up by anyone who's worked there or tried to start a business there. 8^)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-25-2011, 05:57 PM  
Some Thoughts Pentax and Full Frame
Posted By uccemebug
Replies: 561
Views: 65,955
So you don't think much of the rumour of a $2000 "FF" Canon coming in ~15 months?



I think it's interesting that the mirrorless bodies have exploded in Japan but not in other markets. Maybe it's the onset of a long-term difference in tastes - like way full bodied SUV's are everywhere to be seen in N. America while (tall-body) subcompacts & now hybrids rule Japan.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-24-2011, 03:13 PM  
Some Thoughts Pentax and Full Frame
Posted By uccemebug
Replies: 561
Views: 65,955
What you're describing looks an awful lot like Nikon (plus some primes). I think Ricoh's demonstrated more creativity than Nikon, and hope that that continues. Variations on the GXR theme, or something like the rumoured 43 version of the L1 show better innovation, to my mind.

As for producing yet another MILC that's between the Q and the entry K bodies, I don't see the point. See, for instance, this post and the comments.
Forum: Ricoh GR 09-24-2011, 02:43 PM  
The Ricoh GXR Club
Posted By uccemebug
Replies: 464
Views: 102,638
Damn fine results for a $75 lens. How's the weight and handling? And what about focusing?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-23-2011, 11:10 AM  
EXCLUSIVE: Ricoh to Beef Up Digital Camera Biz
Posted By uccemebug
Replies: 255
Views: 34,773
Sure! Aside from the collapsing mount idea, which just seems like trouble. What I have in mind is a APS-C MILC similar to the Panasonic L1. APS-C requires large lenses, why shrink the body beyond current entry DSLR size?



Not sure the connection you're making, but I note that the 4/3 SLR's had optical viewfinders (which were even worse than the APS-C pentamirror viewfinders, which, IMHO, are a major disincentive).
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-23-2011, 10:53 AM  
Game Single in September 2011
Posted By uccemebug
Replies: 131
Views: 10,886
Glad to hear that everyone is okay, at least.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-22-2011, 02:53 PM  
EXCLUSIVE: Ricoh to Beef Up Digital Camera Biz
Posted By uccemebug
Replies: 255
Views: 34,773
Why not? Replace the pentamirror with an (ever-improving) EVF placed neatly in one corner and you've got quite a usable form factor with an improved viewfinder. It's bigger than the Sonys and Samsung units, but: it will certainly be distinguished from the Q, the GXR, the Sonys, and the Samsung lines.
Forum: Pentax Q 09-19-2011, 12:39 PM  
Pentax Q -- Discreet Quality (BJP review)
Posted By uccemebug
Replies: 6
Views: 1,964
This is lunacy. Cross the channel and the product devalues by 15%. Cross the Atlantic and it drops by 35%. It's the equivalent of 147 in Japan.



Maybe they have no interest in selling this model to foreign markets?
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-19-2011, 12:29 PM  
Game Single in September 2011
Posted By uccemebug
Replies: 131
Views: 10,886
Hello, everyone. Sorry to see that mdf's moving on and that Eddie's a scratch. Just had a query from someone who wanted to know how to get in on the fun so I directed him to this thread. I've been so swamped this year that I'm still working on scanning (let alone doing the pp for) my negs from August. Very glad to see that this tradition's made a whole year, though!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-19-2011, 09:58 AM  
EXCLUSIVE: Ricoh to Beef Up Digital Camera Biz
Posted By uccemebug
Replies: 255
Views: 34,773
Well just how much development is really needed in Pentax's SLR line-up at this point. Keeping up with the Sony sensor line and some incremental additions?



Yeah, the same thing occurred to me when they announced the purchase of the Pentax line. Again, though, the (presumed) APS-C crop steals some of the appeal.
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