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Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-27-2018, 11:00 AM  
So glad Pentax isn't making a mirrorless now!
Posted By 6BQ5
Replies: 69
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Let's dream together. :)

I agree with point #1. APS for a mirrorless would be fine, especially if the rumor of the Samsung sensor is true.

I disagree with point #2. Like Canon and Nikon, I think Ricoh would make a new mount and offer some sort of adapter. In fact, I think any mirrorless offering would be introduced under the Ricoh brand name .K-mount, Pentax, and mirror are all synonymous with each other.

Agree with points #3 and #4.

Video and AF cannot suck. 4k video is starting to become a standard offering nowadays and it seems to greatly affects the market's perception/acceptance of a product. Even the "lowly" Olympus M10 Mk III at $550 offers it. AF must cover almost all the frame and having a super crazy number of point is almost required. Again, look at the M10 Mk III as a comparison point. It has a whopping 121 points.

I still maintain that Pentax should keep doing what Pentax does well and that's a mirror'ed system. Just do it better.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-05-2018, 01:19 PM  
So glad Pentax isn't making a mirrorless now!
Posted By 6BQ5
Replies: 69
Views: 3,876
I think you may be right. Or, at the very least you identified the candidate with the most to lose. Sony is still riding high because they were first but Canon and Nikon are bigger. They can draw a larger and possibly more devoted crowd than Sony. Both Canon and Nikon also have a very well established network and support system for professionals. I don't know if Sony has this. If not then I hope they are working on it! Otherwise, Sony cameras are just gadgets for the well to do enthusiast crowd. On the other hand, how have Fuji, Panasonic, and Olympus managed to thrive in their markets? Do those companies have professional support services like Canon and Nikon?

Canon and Nikon will get their share of market entitlement right off the bat. Sony will fall a bit if not a lot. Olympus, Panasonic, and Fuji may actually gain some market share due to people wanting to switch but make a left turn at the last moment. That would like a halo effect from the mirrorless rush.

@pschlute is right. If Ricoh can keep their head down they won't get caught in the crossfire. They can focus on the GR and value oriented DSLRs built like tanks. One GR model, one current FF model, and two APS models. Ok, fine ... three APS models at most.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-05-2018, 12:45 PM  
So glad Pentax isn't making a mirrorless now!
Posted By 6BQ5
Replies: 69
Views: 3,876
What's with the FF mirrorless rage all of a sudden? Sony came out with the A7 back in 2013, nearly 5 years ago. They stood alone until suddenly Nikon and Canon released new bodies back to back. Now there are strong rumors of Panasonic wanting to enter the fray. Just wait until Sony comes out with another update that jumps over whatever Panasonic reveals! The market is going to look like one of those first person shooter games where the hero runs around a hellish world blasting zombies and monsters. Where blood and bones splatter on the walls there we'll have batteries and sensors crunching underneath our boots here.

Meanwhile, Pentax just keeps plodding along with their mirrored system. I think that's great. DSLR cameras may be on a decline but FF MILCs are setting up for an implosion. Could Ricoh withstand an implosion? I don't think so. If they do make some sort of mirrorless K-mount body it will be at a point where the market is established enough that they can be a niche product like they are now with their K-1 bodies.

We'll see if the Nikon and Canon offerings provide enough value to the market for people shell out $2k - $3k. Personally, I would say anyone wanting a FF mirrorless is better served with a Sony. It's not perfect but a new, previous generation body is also 1/3 the price!
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