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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 3 Hours Ago  
Yay! Ricoh Imaging will announce a new camera this month or next month! (Nokishita)
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 119
Views: 7,239
I neglected to type all the words I had in my head, so I will give it another go. The only perceptible issue with the IQ of the 24mp K-3 vs. the 16mp K-5 was noise, in some situations the increased resolution of the K-3 was an advantage. The K-70 is also 24mp and with the accelerator chip it produces a perceptible improvement in noise (along with better colour fidelity, which is related to less noise, but isn't exactly the same thing) compared to the K-3. If you reduce the resolution of the accelerated K-1 II to 24mp, there is no guarantee there will be a perceptible reduction in high ISO noise (from what is already best in class) and there will be a perceptible reduction in resolution. Reduced pixel density could potentially result in higher dynamic range, but there are other factors involved and any improvement might not be perceptible. None of the tests I can find suggest that the 24mp A7 III has better IQ (or specifically, less noise) than the K-1 II. In other words, a FF Pentax camera with 24mp resolution is highly unlikely to produce perceptible benefits in any of the factors that go into a subjective IQ rating, it is more likely that IQ will suffer from reduced resolution. The only perceptible benefit to lower resolution will be a higher frame rate and better buffer performance because there is less data to process.

I started moving towards this rabbit hole when pres589 commented on his satisfaction with IQ of the 16mp K-5 II, a sentiment that has been expressed by others. Ignoring the difference in sensor size for a moment, I don't think anyone can(is) claim(ing) that the K-5 has better IQ than the K-1, so there is no need to reduce the resolution of the K-1 to get K-5 performance. I also don't think it is likely that reducing the resolution of the K-1 II will result in better IQ, based on the IQ of the A7 III, but I can't be as definite about that. My original comment was intended to make the point that a Pentax FF camera with less resolution than the K-1 II is unlikely to produce perceptibly better images. I probably also should have commented that if other camera manufacturers can get better buffer performance with 36mp sensors, that is the direction Pentax should be aiming towards, instead of reducing resolution.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 8 Hours Ago  
Yay! Ricoh Imaging will announce a new camera this month or next month! (Nokishita)
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 119
Views: 7,239
Pixel density on the K-1 is virtually the same as the 16mp K-5. That's why APS-C cropped images from the K-1 are 15mp. The issue with higher pixel density is more noise and the accelerator chip produces less noise and better colour fidelity at higher ISO settings in the 24mp K-70 than the K-3. The only benefit from a 24mp FF sensor is less data to process, which affects frame rate and buffer limits, but does nothing for image quality.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 1 Day Ago  
Question Revised forum policy , just a suggestion
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 26
Views: 465
I am in complete agreement with you and would like to thank Adam and the moderators for making this forum work as well as it does. My online presence goes back to the days of Compuserve, I even tried operating my own blog about a decade ago, but now Pentaxforums is it, nothing else. I don't even login to Facebook anymore.
Forum: General Photography 1 Day Ago  
The World’s Fastest Camera Can Shoot 10 Trillion Frames Per Second
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 13
Views: 383
You are right, I didn't see SONY on the camera, so obviously it is a pathetic attempt to catch up to what Sony already puts into their cameras.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 1 Day Ago  
Pentax technical assistance and sellings in Brazil
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 2
Views: 174
More recently, Nikon has also left Brazil, offering sales and service through the United States.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 1 Day Ago  
Nature Syd, A Colourful Wee Chappie
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 2
Views: 111
Even at the resolution posted here, the detail and colour is phenomenal. I can't call this an "off the wall" photo, because it looks like Syd is on the wall, but I will say that the Old Master has a keen eye and a real knack for recording what that eye has seen.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 2 Days Ago  
Weekly Challenge Challenge #436 Cars and trucks and things that go.
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 16
Views: 382
The S.S. Klondike transported virtually everything up and down the Yukon River from 1929 to 1950. It is now parked on dry land in Whitehorse and is open to the public as a national historical site.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 2 Days Ago  
People My Week For The Hiking Of The Frock
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 6
Views: 280
I suppose she was worried about getting the hem of her dress wet in the stream she was crossing. Or did she want to make sure something stuck under her dress could get out?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 2 Days Ago  
People Tricky Things Shoes
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 2
Views: 224
Very nice! Based on their expressions, you are putting the "no self-conscious posing allowed" in candid photography.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Days Ago  
Yay! Ricoh Imaging will announce a new camera this month or next month! (Nokishita)
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 119
Views: 7,239
There isn't that much interest in "WG-60 rumours," which is probably why the original poster teased us with a vague and somewhat misleading thread title instead.

Let's take it as given that asahiman has good source(s) at Ricoh. Even if we ignore the fact that English is not his first language, there are a few solid deductions we can make from his posts here and on the website that should not be named. One, asahiman does not make decisions for Ricoh Imaging, he sometimes gets the timing or sequence of events wrong, so he has to "clarify" his earlier posts. His source(s) probably don't make those final decisions, either. Two, he doesn't hold back information until everything is confirmed, instead he releases early so he can be first, so we get vague information that is open to different interpretations. Asahiman's source(s) is(are) probably giving him vague information because they aren't in a position to confirm final decisions in advance. Three, most of asahiman's posts are in response to someone making fun of Pentax's future and his posts try to put a positive spin on Pentax. That probably helps his relationship with his source(s) at Ricoh, but "asahiman says" comments are more likely to be overoptimistic than not.

Unlike asahiman, I don't have any sources (good or bad) at Ricoh or any company somehow connected to the photographic equipment industry. All I can do is comment on what Ricoh Imaging is doing right now and what they have done since Pentax was acquired from Hoya. Not too long ago, the president of Ricoh Imaging and his top marketing manager and top product development manager were in Köln. I find it hard to believe that was just to help announce the GR III; if there are bigger announcements imminent, why wouldn't they at least say something about new products that won't be available for several months, like Panasonic did? Not even a 3-D printed mock-up made it to their booth. My speculation is that this high-powered trio came to Köln to ask some questions and check the industry climate before making final decisions on the projects that asahiman is hinting at and it not guaranteed that all or any of them will get the green light. These type of decisions are not likely to be announced to asahiman's source(s) too far in advance, because it would directly affect their employment.

There may not be very many people working on research and development at Ricoh Imaging, but surely they haven't all been working on the D-FA * 50 for the past 18 months. If you were the president of Ricoh Imaging, would you give the green light to finalize a second FF body when at least one more signature FF lens is needed to support continued sales of the FF body you are currently manufacturing and you stopped manufacturing a top level APS-C camera at least six months ago? Don't forget Ricoh Imaging isn't getting major capital investments from Ricoh Company and they are getting slower, not faster, at releasing new products in general. What about the equipment and tooling to build 645 format products, can Ricoh Imaging afford to shut it down and sell everything for scrap? Is Ricoh Imaging making so much money with the K-1 and FF lenses that they can afford to ignore the APS-C market forever? I really don't see how asahiman's comment about two classes can be interpreted as confirmation that Ricoh Imaging is going to manufacture two distinct lines of FF camera.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 2 Days Ago  
People Ultimate Selfie
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 10
Views: 346
I don't think this lady's arms are long enough to get all of her body in the picture, so most certainly she should ask for assistance. Are you in Rhodes or do you come across dark haired maidens standing next to bodies of water on your daily rounds in Scotland?
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 3 Days Ago  
A "dedicated" computer?
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 14
Views: 579
About Adobe RGB in general or about getting a monitor that is calibrated to the Adobe RGB colour space? I'll admit I'm not an expert on colour spaces and getting what you see on a backlit computer monitor to match what a printer can output, but I have to warn you there are religious wars over colour spaces and more sources of bad information that any person can keep track of.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 3 Days Ago  
A "dedicated" computer?
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 14
Views: 579
Now that made me laugh. It may be sparse comfort, but I feel your pain.Which still carries all the problems of a small form factor and is getting closer to the price range of a 13" MacBook? (and a used laptop would still have more capabilities than an iPad). Would really only work to solve the OP's storage problems if used in conjunction with some kind of external harddrive setup. For a relatively economical solution, what about a Mac Mini hooked up to a monitor or HDTV?

Oops, I see Tamia beat me to it.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 6 Days Ago  
Best Flash for automotive photography
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 23
Views: 592
I should have added you need flashes with multiple power settings that can be triggered off-camera, with enough power to be used with a flash modifier.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 6 Days Ago  
Ricoh Imaging R02010 (code name)
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 142
Views: 9,563
The main RTL (right to left) languages are Arabic, Persian (Farsi), Urdu (essentially a Persianized variant of Hindi) and Hebrew. Semitic languages (which is the origin of the alphabet) are RTL and when Indo-European languages such as Persian adopted Arabic script, they became RTL. The same applies to some African languages.

Chinese, Japanese and Korean can be written top to bottom, then right to left, although top to bottom, then left to right is common today. And don't forget that advertising in all of its forms has no problem ignoring these conventions if it suits some purpose. Textual representation of binary numbers is almost always like other Arabic numbering systems, least significant digit is on the right, most significant digit on the left.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 10-10-2018, 03:45 PM  
Idaho Trip
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 9
Views: 301
The story behind your choice of destinations has to be fascinating. Care to share why you chose Scotland and Idaho (other than being the two furthest points on the globe from Melbourne)?
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 10-10-2018, 03:35 PM  
Best Flash for automotive photography
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 23
Views: 592
Promotional materials for new cars are chock full of composite and highly processed (and very unrealistic) photos; with the use of appropriately coloured drop sheets, the garage is the perfect place to shoot a car in isolation. High ceilings, few windows or mirrors for unruly reflections, the ability to eliminate bright ambient light and unwanted onlookers, even having cleaning materials handy, these are all advantages to using the garage as a studio. When you have the car shot perfect, drop it into whatever background you want. Use whatever flash you want, but automation is only going to get in the way.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-10-2018, 03:13 PM  
Been mighty quiet around here, aside from the GR...
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 51
Views: 1,650
Me neither! The software industry is the penultimate example of vendors extorting customers by holding value hostage until they get their money. Zero innovation, declining quality and no attention paid to what the customer really wants. Like so many things these days, the meaning of service has been flipped on its head.

I think the current situation in the photographic equipment industry is doomed for extinction and the funeral will be for the marketing side, not the manufacturing side. If I wanted to bring a new product line to the marketplace I would start with high profile users and pay commissions for referrals. I would bypass the retail trade channel altogether and target local professionals (who are already promoting photographic services) to be demonstrators. Nurture user communities to build and sustain brand interest and loyalty. The building blocks for post-processing and digital asset management software are all available as open-source, why don't hardware manufacturers offer customized software as a selling point, not a throwaway item that is worth less than the box it comes in?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-10-2018, 11:54 AM  
Landscape Fizzled out Thunderhead
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 4
Views: 170
The original poster hasn't replied yet, but there should be a link at the top left hand side just above the photo that says "View picture EXIF."

According to that, the picture was taken with a DA 18-135 lens on a K-3, the focal length was 28mm, aperture f7.1, shutter speed 1/160 second and ISO setting of 100. The EXIF information even tells us that exposure compensation was set to -.7 of a stop.

---------- Post added 10-10-18 at 12:56 PM ----------

I second that, I really like the colours in the sky and the evening light on the city.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-09-2018, 10:00 AM  
action setting w k-30
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 6
Views: 301
You can use Auto ISO (and set minimum and maximum) with any of the positions on the mode dial. I have never used SCN on my K-30 before this, so I did some experiments. There isn't a minimum shutter speed in the Moving Object mode, but the camera seems to be programmed to keep shutter speed at 1/500 if possible. This mode also seems programmed to maintain lots of depth of field, depending on the focal length, if there is enough light, even by increasing the ISO setting to 6400. If there isn't enough light to get a proper exposure at ISO 6400, then it opens up the aperture and if that isn't enough, it increases the ISO setting to the maximum you have set and eventually will decrease the shutter speed so you can take a picture.


On more advanced Pentax models, it is possible to set program lines for the "P" mode in the camera 's menu and in AUTO mode, the K-30 will select one of the SCN modes based on focal length and available light and possibly change that mode once the camera activates auto-focus. In AUTO and SCN on the K-30, you lose control of the shooting mode of your camera and auto-focus mode. The camera's choices on the K-30 can be less than optimal. For instance in almost every situation, AF.C is useless on this model and unless you have lots of depth of field, continuous shooting is going to give you continuously out of focus shots. In fact, I suspect the reason your daughter's pictures are blurry is because they are out of focus, not because the shutter speed is too low. In my experience, 1/500 is fast enough for everything but hummingbirds and bees (I won't attempt a dragonfly, unless it is resting), especially if you are panning with the camera.

With the K-30 and the 18-135 lens, I would recommend Tv mode, set shutter speed to 1/500, Auto ISO with a range of 100-12,800, AF.S and Continous Shooting (Lo). There is also a setting for Shutter Priority or Focus Priority in the menu, and depending on what you are photographing, changing this setting can help. If there is lots of light, you could use TAv mode and set aperture to 5.6 or 6.3 to reduce the size of the blurry parts (otherwise, the camera will try to keep ISO down by opening the aperture as much as possible with the lens).
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-07-2018, 10:50 PM  
645Z vs. Fuji MFD Mirrorless
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 29
Views: 1,230
When the differences are so obvious, I'm tempted to blame it on post-processing, otherwise the Fuji camera is a distant second to the 645Z. I don't shoot MF, but in smaller formats the weight of the camera is the least important factor, for example I find the Sony APS-C and FF bodies to be awkward and unbalanced with the lenses I want to use and that makes the EVF vs OVF argument pointless for me. I don't like EVFs, even on better handling bodies like Olympus, but it took 15 seconds of holding Sony bodies to know I didn't like them.


If you are only going to take photos with a tripod, handling isn't an issue, but it appears to me that Fuji images are inferiour to Pentax. The paying public doesn't give a crap about resolution, all that matters is the initial impression. So really it comes down to whatever it takes for the photographer to take pictures with immediate impact.. Buy whatever you want, either you take appealing photos or you don't and the equipment you use doesn't change your inherent ability one way or the other.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-06-2018, 09:23 PM  
Landscape I love fall colours in northern B.C.
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 6
Views: 199
You did a great job of capturing sunlight in this photo. I travelled northern BC for a couple of years, but I had to look up Southbank. I knew there was some farming around Burns Lake, but I never made it to the other side of Francois Lake.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-06-2018, 11:01 AM  
Ricoh Imaging R02010 (code name)
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 142
Views: 9,563
Yep!!! Yep!!!

Someone trying to glean clicks by attaching imaginary information to the only sliver of real information, registering the Bluetooth radio in a new model of camera manufactured by Ricoh. Based on prior history, this is as likely to be for the newly announced GR III as for a new unannounced Pentax DSLR.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-05-2018, 04:52 PM  
Thematic Magical Light
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 70
Views: 1,621
Between the shadows making the pine needles(?) look like a giant spider and the water drops looking like splattered blood, this is one menacing photo.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-05-2018, 12:06 PM  
Ricoh Imaging R02010 (code name)
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 142
Views: 9,563
I can't read Japanese and I don't find Google Translate that useful for technical information, but the Nokishita link in the original post also lists P&S models from Nikon and Sony that were registered for 2.4 Mhz Wifi and Bluetooth, so Ricoh won't be alone if this is what the Bluetooth radio is intended for. NFC seems to have made a very tiny splash since it first appeared on Samsung phones in 2010, using Bluetooth to accomplish the same thing as NFC would have wider application and eliminate the need to have your devices almost kiss to make a connection.
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