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Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 6 Days Ago  
Point and Shoot Competition #133 - Architecture
Posted By kwb
Replies: 29
Views: 837
The first one is more like a landscape with a building, but anyway it's LIGO Hanford Observatory in USA. Pentax Q7 and Q 08 Wide Zoom, 3.8mm f/4 ISO200, stack of 4 images, each 30 sec exposure.


Blue night by k kwb, on Flickr

This one is a cell phone picture (HTC 10) at Institute for Cosmic Ray Research in Japan.

On the first floor by k kwb, on Flickr

If panorama stitch is allowed, this will be my third one. Pentax Q7 and Q 01 prime.


Amsterdam Centraal pano by k kwb, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Q 6 Days Ago  
Nobody told me the Q was so much fun!
Posted By kwb
Replies: 18
Views: 811
This is VERY likely real. The guy behind that is Kimio Tanaka, a well-known photographer in Japan who often hosts talk sessions for Ricoh/PENTAX in CP+ (he did so this year too, probably you've already read about it on rumors forum).

He reported on a prototype Q 09 lens last year, and the photo is from his tweet at that time.
Twitter
Photo of the Day PENTAX Q??????????? ?? ??1
Photo of the Day PENTAX Q??????????? ?? ??2

There was a thread about this right here in Q forum. Basically Tanaka-san blogged that he "borrowed" the lens from an unnamed source abroad without Ricoh's knowledge and was surprised to see how well it performed, that it's very unlikely Ricoh will sell this but there may be the tiniest sliver of hope, and he wondered if influential Pentax dealers like Yaotomi could launch a petition with the users.
The last part never materialized as far as I know.

---------- Post added 03-17-19 at 07:01 AM ----------

And the thread about this was not in Q forum but in the rumors forum.
Pentax Q macro lens coming - PentaxForums.com
Forum: Pentax Q 6 Days Ago  
Let's share shots with Q!
Posted By kwb
Replies: 6,049
Views: 886,006
Q7 and 08 wide zoom at 3.8mm f/4, four-shot stack, 30 seconds exposure each, camera on a tripod.

Blue night by k kwb, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Q 03-09-2019, 09:32 AM  
Let's share shots with Q!
Posted By kwb
Replies: 6,049
Views: 886,006
Clearly that was a noble act of exploring new photographic technique! Thanks for sharing, I have to try this. :)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-04-2019, 09:10 PM  
Just another CP+ report [pics included]
Posted By kwb
Replies: 142
Views: 7,828
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Thank you very much Snakeisthestuff!

I really like the picture of custom KP people, that's a great shot. It's good to see these guys enjoying themselves, laughing like that, being like real people. That kind of atmosphere (which I don't feel from well cut people in coorporate uniform with perfect polite smile) is going really well with the project they're working on.

---------- Post added 03-04-19 at 08:41 PM ----------


Hi reh321,

in another thread I talked a bit about youtube video of one of CP+ Tanaka-Iwasaki sessions (probably the first day), and though I didn't have time to write any detailed comments at the time, and though many things were vague anyway, Iwasak-san said that APS will come before the next full frame.

Ricoh booth at CP+ - Page 29 - PentaxForums.com















Youtu.be




From about 33:00 they talked about APS flagship (yes Iwasaki-san said 'APS flagship') but there's nothing that wasn't already reported by JPT.

Full frame talk starts at about 35:49, Iwasaki-san says it's "something in the future", Tanaka-san pressed him to say if it's next year or not and Iwasaki-san mumbled (sounded like "a bit further down" to me but I'm not 100% certain). He also said he cannot say at this point if that will be a successor of K-1 II or lower end.

Then, from 36:37, still talking about new full frame,
Iwasaki: Yes we have some work to do.
Tanaka: But before that, you have some work to do on the successor of K-3II.
Iwasaki: Yes, that one first.
Unless Iwasaki-san made an error, that's that, that was in no uncertain terms.
Forum: Pentax Q 03-03-2019, 01:13 PM  
Let's share shots with Q!
Posted By kwb
Replies: 6,049
Views: 886,006
Nice effect, 2old4toys!

During winter I run with Q7 in my pocket just in case something interesting shows up. Below are with 08 lens.


2-shot pano, 5.9mm, f/4, 1/50 sec, ISO100.

Rattlesnake Mountain by k kwb, on Flickr

3.8mm, f/3.7, 1/100 sec, ISO100.

Rattle Snake Mountain 2 by k kwb, on Flickr

3.8mm, f/3.7, 1/60 sec, ISO100.

Between concrete and sand by k kwb, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 03-03-2019, 10:33 AM  
Point and Shoot Competition #132 - something red
Posted By kwb
Replies: 30
Views: 1,374
Sorry to hear about your loss, Titia.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-02-2019, 01:47 PM  
Ricoh booth at CP+
Posted By kwb
Replies: 477
Views: 31,481
Thanks Mistral75, google translation is sort of impressive isn't it? I remember how horrible these things were as recently as late 2000's!

My translation for the last sentense would be
"As I had to chair/MC and ask questions at the same time on stage, I couldn't just focus on listening to his answer, so my memory is somewhat vague, but it was something like that."

"(I denied it the other day, but it was Suman)" part, suman is an expression of apology mostly for close friends. This is like him saying "sorry folks for saying there's no such thing as future for Q" (referring to his older tweet explained in this thread before).

30% is his guess, he's not really sure.
He literally wrote "This is SLR camera" using Katakana (one of two phonetical character sets in Japan), so taking it literally, 645 series could be a pure embodiment of his ideal of SLR, something that represents what SLR has to offer.





QuoteQuote:

18:01
Postscript.
There seems to be someone who receives negative answers about the answer of PENTAX that "they will not stop Q" and a convenient answer on sale, but it's not a politician's answer, so I received it a little more positively I want to. The future will be less than 30%, but there seems to be a "possibility". Even if [the probability] is small, one can have a dream.



"Concerning PENTAX's answer that they won't give up on Q, some seem to be skeptical or see it as just sales tactics, a convenient lie, but hey we're not talking to politicians, I'd like to take it more positively than that. There seems to be the "possibility" (of resurrection of Q) though I'm guessing it's less than 30%. However small that might be we can still dream, isn't that a good thing?"

He is suggesting that he trusts PENTAX (or Iwasaki san specifically) in that what they tell is genuine, that they wouldn't lie just to keep their base happy, unlike politicians. Maybe small things like this are why he manages to keep a good relation with PENTAX.

BTW I watched one of his sessions on youtube, probably this was the first one on Thursday.
















You Tube



He didn't sound angry or anything though he acted pushy and confrontational at times (he's ご意見番 after all). He was trying really hard to get into deeper conversation about K-3II successor or whatever you call it without much success, and it was apparent Iwasaki-san isn't authorized to say anything substantial.

There were some interesting conversations though, e.g. about the body design (Tanaka-san knows it's in some sort of presentable form but they don't want to show anything), humorous but calculated way he pressed Iwasaki-san to say when it will be available or not, about mirrorless, about pixel shift resolution in GR3.

I don't have time to write about these things but maybe that's good as at least I'm not feeding trolls.

He sounded genuinely enthusiastic about the new 11-18mm lens (6:50). "I don't want to sound like a shill", but "REALLY great lens", "has plenty of resolving power", but "it's not about over-stressing sharpness, unlike trendy lenses of today", "nothing to dislike about the rendering", "shoot with it, you'll see what I mean", to him this is "the best PENTAX lens as of now". Iwasaki san said "Thank you very much, you've never said those things before, I'm surprised, I feel as if it was worth the long development time."
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 03-02-2019, 09:45 AM  
Point and Shoot Competition #132 - something red
Posted By kwb
Replies: 30
Views: 1,374
Congrats to David, congrats to Titia!

Thank you very much Bart for a great theme this month, and for mentioning my submission! ("Men in red" BTW, not "the man in red", it's just that another man in red is very blurry :).)


Thanks everybody, see you all in the next contest!
Forum: Pentax Q 03-02-2019, 01:15 AM  
Let's share shots with Q!
Posted By kwb
Replies: 6,049
Views: 886,006
A couple shots from my office through glass window today. Q7+BORG 55FL, ISO100, 1/80 and 1/125 sec respectively.


American robin male


American robin female, with the nictitating membrane closed(?).
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-01-2019, 08:59 PM  
My Report from CP+ 2019
Posted By kwb
Replies: 233
Views: 14,190
I would interpret the first sentence as

"However, I'm still very much interested in "what would happen" to that thing."

"that thing" is the subject of "that question" in the first tweet of that thread (see below).

The second sentence, you're almost spot-on except that "explanation" should be "excuse". He's that direct, he thinks that what Ricoh has done (or is doing) to "that thing" isn't quite right and he is curious to know what kind of excuse Ricoh has.

The last sentence means that he wants to be surprised in a good way.

Tanaka-san's first tweet in the thread was this:





QuoteQuote:

Twitter
CP+2019。リコーブースでのカメラ/レンズの企画担当者との対談セミナーが三日めになりました。しかし会場でのQ&Aで「あの質問」が出てくるのではないか、と担当者は身構えていたのですが(ぼくの知る範囲では)それはなかったみたい。皆さんにとっては、すでに興味の埒外になっているのでしょうか。

Translation by me:

"CP+2019. It's the third day of talk/seminar at the Ricoh booth with the product planner of cameras and lenses. Though the person was worried that somebody might ask "that question" in the Q&A session, it seems like nobody did (as far as I know). I wonder if you aren't interested in that any more."



There's no hint of what "that question" might be. But yesterday in another thread he tweeted that the Ricoh guy was relieved that nobody asked about 645 and Q, so that could be "that question".

---------- Post added 03-01-19 at 08:12 PM ----------


Yes, he's clearly dissatisfied and frustrated by the response he got from the Ricoh guy. But that's an OK thing for Ricoh.

Tanaka Kimio has earned some sort of "wise elder" status. He seems to be known to be 辛口 (i.e. having hard, sometimes harsh, critical opinions) and people including companies like Ricoh seem to like him for that. That's his persona and speciality. Try googling 田中希美男 辛口.

People like that are often called ご意見番, wise people who would tell things that need to be told even to the noblest (for the greater good in samurai era). Being ご意見番 seems to be an art to me, I can never do that, if you make a wrong move and become too combative or something, people won't hire you.

In today's society, companies don't hire people like that and tell them to sugarcoat their opinions. Tanaka-san is hired to provide his 辛口 opinions, people know that, some may be annoyed, some like it, and maybe that would attract audience.

That's my take on it anyway.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-01-2019, 05:58 PM  
My Report from CP+ 2019
Posted By kwb
Replies: 233
Views: 14,190
I'm very sorry to hear that, JPT. I always enjoyed reading your first-hand reports in Japan (much appreciated!) but I do understand your decision.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-01-2019, 10:57 AM  
My Report from CP+ 2019
Posted By kwb
Replies: 233
Views: 14,190
Thank you very much JPT, excellent report!


Did you attend the Friday 2PM talk and interview by Kimio Tanaka?


For those who will go today/tomorrow, Tanaka-san's talk/interview sessions are scheduled at 13:15 Sat. and 14:10 Sun.

It seems that they're handing out QR code cards (? or maybe displaying QR code somewhere) that you can use to submit your questions for the interviewer's consideration.

https://twitter.com/thisistanaka/status/1100687783906107392
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-28-2019, 11:52 AM  
Ricoh booth at CP+
Posted By kwb
Replies: 477
Views: 31,481
Let me try. In the below, "deviate from their party line" is not a literal translation, see my explanation about 木で鼻を括ったよう in my previous post.

"Thank you. I'm totally dissatisfied with that kind of answer that didn't deviate from their party line. Tomorrow, I'll take the challenge to let him tell us "something" more concrete/substantial. It wasn't interesting at all like that, was it?"

No he isn't amused, and he wants to get to more substantial bits (probably about next APS-C).


In another tweet he says he will change his tactics in order to extract more interesting stuff from Iwasaki-san. I don't know what that means exactly, but my guess is that he already knows "hey what's going on with K-3II successor" type question doesn't do anything useful however hard he pushes, and he will craft his questions differently.
Twitter
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-28-2019, 11:25 AM  
Ricoh booth at CP+
Posted By kwb
Replies: 477
Views: 31,481
Concerning Q series, Tanak-san replied to somebody's tweet asking about Q series plan.





QuoteQuote:

Twitter
Qシリーズの今後の展開が気になる (Curious about the future prospects of Q series). まさと@masatochou

それは「ない」です・・・。(That is "none"...) 田中希美男@thisistanaka




You're welcome.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-28-2019, 11:12 AM  
Ricoh booth at CP+
Posted By kwb
Replies: 477
Views: 31,481
「ほっ」としてました (hotto shite mashita) means that somebody was relieved, not being 'hot'.

In this case, the Ricoh guy Iwasaki-san was worried if somebody (Tanaka-san or audience) asks anything about 645 or Q, but nobody did, thus he looked relieved. Not a good sign in my view.


In another tweet Tanaka-san wrote that the response from Iwasaki-san was 木で鼻を括ったよう, which is a Japanese saying about manners that is unfriendly, or cold without any sign of enthusiasm.

It's impossible that a Ricoh person is unfriendly to an interviewer Ricoh chose on stage. So the remaining possibility is that Tanaka-san thought that Iwasaki-san was telling Ricoh party line without allowing any wiggle room to reach more interesting bits.


Let's see what Tanaka-san manages to achieve with Iwasaki-san in the next sessions.
Forum: Pentax Q 02-16-2019, 09:43 PM  
Let's share shots with Q!
Posted By kwb
Replies: 6,049
Views: 886,006

Snow formation by k kwb, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Q 02-16-2019, 12:07 PM  
Let's share shots with Q!
Posted By kwb
Replies: 6,049
Views: 886,006
Due to new layer of snow, rabbits can nibble rosehips and leaves that were too high before.


Hmm, weren't these rosehips too high? by k kwb, on Flickr


OMG I got it, I got it!!! by k kwb, on Flickr

I would have liked wider shots. BORG was a bit too long, I was shooting from inside the office through a glass window and couldn't back off any further, but 06 lens would have been too short. But I'm very happy that I got these.
Forum: Pentax Q 02-15-2019, 08:29 AM  
Q10 Macro question
Posted By kwb
Replies: 4
Views: 418
Hi gcisko, welcome to the Q forum!

Good thing that you have the 06 lens, as it’s the most useful among Q native lenses to be used with close up filters and extension tube. Close up filters work on other lenses but don’t give as much magnification as on 06.

Just in case you haven’t checked, MaQro Qlub thread has a lot of information about close-up shots. Many of the pictures posted there are shot with adapted lenses, but there are also extension tube and close up filter examples.
The MaQro Qlub! - PentaxForums.com
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-13-2019, 01:21 PM  
Stealth KP
Posted By kwb
Replies: 42
Views: 5,313
This is indeed an update on the prototype that one designer was persornally working on, it's written right there in the post. The designer will come to CP+ apparently.

???? ??????Yuzu??????????????????PENTAX... - ?????? (PENTAX by RICOH IMAGING) | Facebook

My translation below. Note that Yuzu is the PENTAX facebook person and TKO is the designer.






QuoteQuote:

[Update]

Hi all, it's Yuzu. Do you remember that "Pentax KP Special Custom" post which generated so much feedback?
https://bit.ly/2taTwDC
It's one year since, and here's an update from TKO.


---(from TKO)---
February last year, I posted about the customized model KP on PENTAX Facebook and Twitter.

It started as my hand-made project based on my personal wishes about the kind of camera I'd like to own, but I was surprised and moved very much by the amount of positive feedback I got. Since then, I've been driven by the sense that I have to somehow deliver this, and I continued to slowly refine the design and specifications.

Passionate responses from you are pushing the company, I'm now backed by colleagues who share my vision, and we're studying many possibilities. More than anything, I'd like each part to be an expression of my soul and my particular love of things. I wish I can make something attractive yet different from K-30 and WG that I have worked on before.

Looking forward to seeing you at CP+.



Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 02-10-2019, 08:42 PM  
Point and Shoot Competition #132 - something red
Posted By kwb
Replies: 30
Views: 1,374
Please replace my second one with this one, it's the same machine and the same location, but this was on a sunny day and the machine is redder ;)
Pentax Q7 and 06 telephoto zoom.

Red machine by k kwb, on Flickr

And this one is with Pentax Q7 and 02 standard zoom, 0.4 sec. I was standing on the same moving walkway as the man to the right, the camera on the handrail.

Men in red by k kwb, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Q 02-10-2019, 12:35 AM  
Let's share shots with Q!
Posted By kwb
Replies: 6,049
Views: 886,006
I posted this selfie to previous P&S Competition #131 - Triangle(s).


Triangles by k kwb, on Flickr

Next two are posted to the current P&S Competition #132 - something red.


Rosehip by k kwb, on Flickr


Machine and snow by k kwb, on Flickr

And the last one is a short time lapse video of icicles growing. I took 1 shot per minute to have total of 240 shots (4 hours), made a time lapse with each picture just showing for 0.1 second. Click on the picture and you can watch the video on flickr (don't know how to directly show the video here).

How much do icicles grow in 4 hours? by k kwb, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 02-06-2019, 12:54 AM  
Point and Shoot Competition #132 - something red
Posted By kwb
Replies: 30
Views: 1,374
Was experimenting stacking today.

Shriveled rosehip in the afternoon sun. Pentax Q7 and 06 telephoto lens at 32.4mm, f/2.8, 1/800 sec, ISO 100, a 3-shot stack to reduce noise.

Rosehip

Red machine in snow. Same camera and lens as above, this is 17mm, f/3.5, composite of 3 shots using 1/80 sec and +-1.3EV setting for subtler HDR in post (than in-body).

Machine and snow
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 02-03-2019, 12:04 AM  
Point and Shoot Competition #131 Triangle(s)
Posted By kwb
Replies: 21
Views: 1,217
Congrats Bart! And thanks Titia for the competition (and mentioning my photo too, much appreciated)!!
Forum: Pentax Q 02-01-2019, 12:18 AM  
Poll: If there is a new Q .... what would you like it to be ?
Posted By kwb
Replies: 42
Views: 1,879
I selected EVF, pixel shift and other.

Though I suppose that this is about the body, for now my top wish is more native lenses, e.g. 09 Macro, updated 02 lens that is sharper and much smaller, long prime (like 100 or 150mm). As for 02, I know that it could be done just by looking at some small sensor P&S.


As far as the body is concerned,


1. Better SR

Since I sometimes do stupid long telephoto just for the fun of it, there's no such thing as SR that is good enough.

2. EVF.

I simply cannot hold the camera really stably at arm's length, though SR helps. And needless to mention the bright sun light problem.

I use LCD magnifier type thing and that helps too, but it would be much better if Q has a real EVF.


3. Better LCD
Even with an EVF, I want an LCD that has higher resolution.

4. Pixel Shift
This is like a nice to have feature. Why not?
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