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Forum: Pentax K-1 17 Hours Ago  
Pixel Shifted Images
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Sunset (FA 31/pixel shift)

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Forum: Lens Clubs 17 Hours Ago  
The FA Limited Club
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 10,065
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Sunset (FA 31/pixel shift)

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Forum: Lens Clubs 17 Hours Ago  
Pentax HD PENTAX-D FA* 70-200mm f/2.8 ED DC AW . . . CLUB!
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 331
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Three Trees (DFA *70-200mm)

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Forum: Pentax K-1 17 Hours Ago  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By Rondec
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Three Trees (DFA *70-200mm)

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Sunset (FA 31/pixel shift)

Sunset by Vincent1825, on Flickr
Forum: General Photography 1 Day Ago  
Why We All Take the Same Travel Photos
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 42
Views: 1,080
I think my one comment (and maybe this is the point of your comic) is that my interactions with my children and those around me change when I am constantly pointing a camera (whether in my phone or SLR) at them. Others have said that they and their spouse both enjoy photography together and if that's the case, that's probably a different situation, but children tend to stiffen up and have much more stand-offishness when someone is constantly taking photos of them doing stuff. Or at least mine do.

Certainly if I am by myself at sunrise, I have no problem being antisocial and taking all sorts of images with no regard to the environmental impact of such shutter clicking. :)
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 1 Day Ago  
Olympus OMD EM1X coming in January.
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 56
Views: 4,308
The Nikon D7500 seems to be a stop better with regard to dynamic range.

My guess is that the KP is an older sensor with the acclerator added on. If you use the same tech that is in the OMD EMI MK II in an APS-C sensor you should get similar improvements as you scale up the size of the sensor.

But as you say, it is good enough for most folks at this point.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 1 Day Ago  
And people wonder why DSLR sales are declining...
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 131
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From a phone standpoint, I do understand the concept of wireless charging as the wired chargers seem to wear out over time -- whether you are talking lightning jacks or standard ones -- As time goes by they just wear out and you have to get a new one to keep charging your phone. But charging a battery from an SLR is quite a bit different. It doesn't have the sort of connection that will wear out as the battery just sits on the charger and I have never had a charger give out or break -- as far as I know, I am still using one that came with my K-01 six or seven years ago. I don't bother getting the new ones that come with more recent cameras out as the old one still works just fine.

My pattern when I come in from shooting is to pop a new battery in and drop the recently used battery on the charger to top it off. I always have multiple batteries charged up and honestly, it takes twenty seconds to do. I understand we live in the modern age when any extra movement is considered passe, but still, it isn't that bad.

I agree with the wifi improvements. If I am on a trip, I set the camera to record lowest quality jpegs to one card and RAW to the other card and if there are images I want to transfer to my phone, I can do it pretty quickly. Someone said something about syncing all of your photos to your phone, but there is now way that I would want to do that as having several hundred photos self populating on your phone would be a disaster to wade through and delete. Much better to choose three or four you want to post to social media and go from there. If that's all you're transferring, it doesn't take too long to do. The syncing app that someone posted here does seem to work better than Pentax's own app and I have used that.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
Amateur Photographers (UK) Predicts End for Pentax
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 877
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The people who know aren't talking and the people who talk the most know the least. ;)

Certainly Mr. Westlake can see rates of release of new products and sales of mirrorless versus SLRs. For years, people have speculated about market contraction -- the idea being that there are too many brands for the number of units sold each year. The brands that have most often been named as closing up shop are Pentax and Olympus, both of which are relatively small players that could have their niches squeezed by other brands. Nikon has actually also been mentioned as a brand in a bit of danger as their market share has contracted a bunch too -- squeezed both by Canon and Sony and smartphones.

Regardless, all indications are that Ricoh has a lot of stuff planned for next year and past that point is anybody's guess.
Forum: General Photography 1 Day Ago  
Why We All Take the Same Travel Photos
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 42
Views: 1,080
I think there are a couple of things. First of all, my touristy photos that have my kids in them are different from other people's touristy photos because they don't have my kids in them. I like those sort of photos even though they are cliche because I scrapbook them later and write something about our trip and they remember the trip better as years go by. Memories that aren't periodically jogged are lost.

Second, the most important thing about my landscape photos is that they were taken by me. Truly for me when it comes to photography, the journey is as important as the destination. I get up early before my wife and kids are up, go out to a place I picked out the night before and try to snag some sunrise shots. Or waterfall shots. Or whatever shots.

The final thing is that I do think it is silly to take photos of everything. If you go to a museum and take photos of every vehicle or exhibit in the museum, I have to think that you actually lose your enjoyment of the experience. I tend to snap a few photos at the beginning and then along the way if there is something particularly interesting, but most of all, I try to enjoy the experience of being with family and interacting with them. To me that is where memories are truly made and what makes trips enjoyable -- not just the amazing photos you come back with.

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 1 Day Ago  
And people wonder why DSLR sales are declining...
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 131
Views: 3,381
How much weight can those pads hold?
Forum: Lens Clubs 2 Days Ago  
The FA Limited Club
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 10,065
Views: 1,621,850
Fence Post in the Snow (FA 31/pixel shift)

Fence Post at Sunset by Vincent1825, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 2 Days Ago  
Pixel Shifted Images
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 912
Views: 103,944
Fence Post in the Snow (FA 31/pixel shift)

Fence Post at Sunset by Vincent1825, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 2 Days Ago  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 21,917
Views: 1,814,098
Fence Post in the Snow (FA 31/pixel shift)

Fence Post at Sunset by Vincent1825, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 2 Days Ago  
And people wonder why DSLR sales are declining...
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 131
Views: 3,381
It does sort of beg the question about what sort of a wireless platform you would need if you are going to set your K-1 and DFA *70-200 or 15-30 on it. Certainly something a bit more sturdy than what the typical smart phone would need.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 2 Days Ago  
And people wonder why DSLR sales are declining...
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 131
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I don't think it is too hard to understand, but if SLR sales are declining, it is either because they are losing sales (to mirrorless ILCs or smartphones) or that the market has matured and people aren't replacing their cameras nearly as often. At least at present, wifi isn't great on any ILCs and wireless charging doesn't exist for any of them either.

On the other hand, if we are talking about Pentax in particular, they need to invest their money in other areas -- primarily video and auto focus from a camera tech standpoint -- and in completing the DFA lens line up as fast as possible. Those sorts of things are the ones that are needed right now. If everything else was perfect and Pentax was trying to figuring out how to spend billions of dollars they were making from camera sales then perhaps the situation would be different.

As far as the whole downloading images for the location you're at, I don't think that's a great idea, but I do like the idea of having a camera AI that would delete "non-artistic" photos as quick as you take them so that you could take photos all day and come home with an empty memory card. I can imagine that would be a big seller.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 2 Days Ago  
Olympus OMD EM1X coming in January.
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 56
Views: 4,308
The K3 is an older sensor and the D500 is optimized for speed. The D7500 or D7100 both still have an EV more dynamic range, although SNR seems to be about the same. It would be interesting to look at the KP there as it seems to do really well. Unfortunately DXO Mark hasn't reviewed the KP or K70 yet.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 2 Days Ago  
Sony squatting on Pentax.ca
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 46
Views: 2,183
That's great. I just tried and I ended up on Ricoh's site.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 2 Days Ago  
And people wonder why DSLR sales are declining...
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 131
Views: 3,381
I can imagine all sorts of things. I can imagine a world in which Ricoh announced tomorrow that they are investing a billion dollars into R and D for Pentax to surpass Canon, Nikon, and Sony in sales.

But I also have been shooting Pentax cameras for the last 18 years and my experience tells me that that isn't very likely to happen. My experience tells me furthermore that when expectations become significantly higher than what is delivered, it leads to pessimism and anger. As a positive person, I try to stay away from that tendency and enjoy the gear I have and try to imagine the small improvements that next year could bring.

I don't know much about wireless charging and wonder how having a stainless steel/magnesium body would affect the efficiency of such a charger. It seems as though it could negatively impact it, but as I say, I don't know.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 2 Days Ago  
Olympus OMD EM1X coming in January.
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 56
Views: 4,308
I think Olympus's version is designed to improve resolution, although clearly it should also improve dynamic range somewhat and decrease noise as well. Pentax's focus was more on improving color depth, although honestly, using tripod based "traditional" pixel shift, it does improve detail quite a bit as well. I have read several reviews of the Olympus high res that indicate that it is a bit clunky. I love Pentax's tripod based pixel shift, but I have found the handheld mode on the K-1 II to be a waste of time. I'm sure that tempers my estimation of the usefulness of Olympus's hand held high res mode.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 2 Days Ago  
Olympus OMD EM1X coming in January.
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 56
Views: 4,308
I guess. Pentax's handheld pixel shift isn't anything to write home about. In my experience it slows the camera down a bunch to use it (takes about a minute to process) and in the end doesn't really improve the image that much. Maybe Olympus's version will be better. My understanding from what Bruce Banner has done with experimenting with multiple images post processed in this fashion is that more than four images seldom adds much to the image quality.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 3 Days Ago  
And people wonder why DSLR sales are declining...
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 131
Views: 3,381
Can you hear what I'm saying? I am not arguing for the status quo, I am merely arguing for a wise investment of resources. Would you really want to see a K3 III that has the same features as the K3 II, but adds better wifi and wireless charging?
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 3 Days Ago  
Camera sales top 10 Map Camera November
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 6
Views: 300
MAP's list tells about the Japanese market which, for better or worse, is quite different for the European and North American markets. Amazon's list isn't particularly helpful because it separates out all the different bundles a particular camera comes in. At least the list I'm looking at has 3 different Canon T6 bundles as the top 3 best sellers.

I would say that looking at Amazon's list the only thing I can glean for certain is that APS-C and SLRs are both far from dead.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 3 Days Ago  
And people wonder why DSLR sales are declining...
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 131
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Let's be honest here. The downsides of these features are several.

First of all, there is the possible leaving off of other features. This is mainly because of the fact that there are limited R and D funds available from Pentax for development. If they sink R and D into wireless charging, there will by definition be less progress on the other features like auto focus and video. Personally, the features mentioned are extremely far down the list of features that I think are important to add/improve and in a situation where there are limited funds available, it feels wasteful to sink them into these features.

Second, there are size concerns. I think there is a distinct possibility that Pentax could shrink full frame cameras in the future. The addition of something like this could certainly limit their ability to do so.

Finally, picking on the wireless charging feature, it just isn't something that has been mentioned by anybody as being something that should be added till this thread. Even you admit that a good chunk of the time you would still use traditional charging, you just want the option of using wireless charging as well. Having both available while nice feels like selling every pair of pants with both a belt and suspenders. Yes, it can be done, but it would be done at a cost, it isn't desired by the market, and is not necessary for most folks.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 3 Days Ago  
And people wonder why DSLR sales are declining...
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 131
Views: 3,381
You can certainly argue that Pentax should do better with tracking auto focus and video -- both of which the A9 does admirably with. They probably should increase their frame rate and buffer size as well. Those are all big selling points of the A9. I just don't think if you released a K-1 III which was essentially a K-1 II but with wireless charging and better wifi, that it would really do a whole lot. I don't think anyone here is arguing that Pentax shouldn't improve things and if possible shrink the size of their camera a bit. It is just that the things you have identified seem far afield from what actually sells cameras.

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Pentax does improve things with every iteration of camera they release. If you ever used live view on the K20 and then use it on the K-1 II, the difference is night and day. And I expect things to improve from there. Auto focus in video too has improved over time. You could make a list of things they need to work on -- video performance, frame rates, buffer size, better pixel shift, and better tracking auto focus all come to mind. I think even Pentax would agree that these things can and should be better and those are the things I think they should focus on, not figuring out how to upload apps to their camera or how to charge their batteries wirelessly (without taking them out of the camera).

At the same time, Pentax is not a tech company. They never have been. They are an optical company that happens to sell very nice camera bodies. That's what they need to focus on and as they bring out new excellent lenses, akin to the DFA *50, that will bring in serious photographers in a way that wireless charging wouldn't ever do.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 3 Days Ago  
And people wonder why DSLR sales are declining...
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 131
Views: 3,381
I don't think that's really the point. I think the point is that your camera is unusable while it is charging if you have wireless charging. And honestly, wireless charging isn't really wireless. There is a wire connecting your charger to the outlet. In that regard, your battery is receiving "wireless" charging when you lay it on the battery charger.

Also, I would not expect camera companies to continue to supply a separate battery charger for free if their camera supported wireless charging, although certainly you could buy it separately.

Regardless, I think this is one of those ideas that while it may be interesting, would be unlikely to actually move any more camera units than are currently sold.
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