Wednesday, October 30, 2013

IR's K-3 Lab Test Samples Has been Out

http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/pentax-k3/pentax-k3A7.HTM

Ricoh to Pay Kodak $76M to Settle Patent Fight

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/money/business/2013/10/24/ricoh-to-pay-kodak-76m-to-settle-patent-fight/3180749/

"Japanese electronics giant Ricoh Co. Ltd. has agreed to pay Eastman Kodak Co. nearly $76 million to settle a legal dispute over patent licenses and royalties.

Rochester-based Kodak sued Ricoh in April 2012, claiming that Ricoh was stiffing it on royalty payments due from its use of Kodak patents.

Among its claims were that once Ricoh bought camera maker Pentax Imaging Systems in 2011, it owed back royalties since Pentax had never signed any digital imaging licensing agreement with Kodak.

In the suit, Kodak sought unspecified dollar damages.Ricoh, for its part, argued that that it had paid Kodak everything owed by the patent license agreement for its own products, and that there's no proof Pentax ever infringed on Kodak's patents.

The case went to trial this week in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, with a jury ruling for Kodak, said company spokesman Christopher Veronda.But in a stipulation signed by the companies this week before the start of the trial, Ricoh and Kodak both agreed that regardless of the trial's outcome, Ricoh would pay Kodak $75.8 million — roughly $69 million to settle various claims, as well as $6.9 million in interest.

Kodak sold its portfolio of roughly 1,100 digital imaging patents in 2012 as part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy.However, the Ricoh settlement money will go to to it and not the new owners of the patents since Kodak owned them during the nine years between Ricoh first signing a licensing agreement and its Pentax takeover, Veronda said."

Saturday, October 26, 2013

New Pentax Rumours: FF and 645DII Coming

The Pentax "rumourizer" OGL has made a post about an alleged interview with Pentax Ricoh Russia as cited from another Russia forum post:

http://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-news-rumors/240639-pentax-ricoh-russia-answers-ff-ricoh-future.html

So, the following are rumoured:

1. FF will be next year. Not later than Photokina 2014. Maybe, on spring or summer, 2014.
2. New DFA lenses will be offered. New 2.8 zooms will be made.
3. New Limited Zoom will be real.
4. New WR lenses will be launched.
5. K-01 is failed because of design. Mirrorless cameras - Ricoh will offer something new.
6. New 645D will be later. It will be different from 645D. It was plans to launch 645DII this year, but the situation is changed.
7. SMC DA LIMITED are discontinued.


If the first rumour is true, then there is just no reason to buy a K-3 now, which is really a true stop-gap product. So, I believe in that rumour and will keep using my K-5 and wait just for a few months longer! ;-p

Thursday, October 24, 2013

A7R AF and Continuous Shooting Demo Videos

1. AF Demo:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZORc67c--M

2. Continuous Shooting and Shutter Sound/Response:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcJg6Dh-5rE

K-3 User Manual is Online

http://www.ricoh-imaging.eu/media/b8320cbe10de8415d32b5e0d641b6d19/K3-OPM-EN.pdf

For those who concern.. (me exclusive~)

Monday, October 21, 2013

Nikon Retro-Style Full Frame DSLR is Coming



See what Nikon Rumors have disclosed:

http://nikonrumors.com/2013/10/20/breaking-new-nikon-full-frame-hybrid-mirrorless-camera-coming-soon.aspx/

With brief rumoured specs as follows:

- Nikon FM2 like design

- Pentaxprism viewfinder

- 16.2MP 36x23,9 full frame sensor (same sensor as the D4's)

- SD memory card

- 2016-pixel RGB image sensor

- 9-cell framing grid display

- 3D color matrix metering II

- Native ISO range: 100-12,800 (incl. ISO 50 and ISO 108,200)

- 5.5 fps for up to 100 shots

- 3.2" LCD screen

- Battery:EN-EL14

- Dimensions: 143.5 x 110 x 66.5mm

- Weight: 765g

- It will come with a new AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G lens

Well, while this must be a really good camera I have to say, I am rather disappointed this idea was not first adopted by Pentax instead, which I made such a proposition back to 2008, for a retro-type DSLR of K1000D.

Size Comparison: Pana GM1 Vs Pentax Q7

http://camerasize.com/compare/#491,464

Let's Not Forget the Prominent History of Asahi Pentax (Re: Pentax 67 and 645)

While Ricoh continues to ricohize the Pentax camera and lenses (recent examples here, here and here) and dwarf the name of "Pentax" (instead of strengthening it further!), I am glad to see someone still remember Pentax the brand and is yet making a product with the old genuine brand name of Asahi "Pentax" and here it is!

http://www.dodgeandburn.com/collections/shop/products/six-by-seven

I have got one and found that the textile quality is good and it looks cool. Below are two snapshots with my 645N SLR camera (taken with my *Pentax* K-5 + DA35):



Btw, the original Pentax 6x7, together with the original Pentax 645, are recognised as one of the milestone cameras of Pentax by AOHC whilst my 645N is recognised as a masterpiece. So, why not a 645 T-shirt also? Besides, I would want more colours of the T-shirt instead of only that light cyan colour for the background to "select" from, nonetheless.


Related:

True Fanboyism!

20 Millions of Pentax Cameras in 2013

The 645D Kit (Lens) Got Delivered to an End-User, Finally!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Pentax L43 Special (L39-mount) Put onto the A7



Via: http://www.mirrorlessrumors.com/the-rumor-counterattack-from-fuji-full-frame-x200-coming-in-2014/

Wow!


Related: 

This is What the Limited Lenses Should be Put Onto!

Friday, October 18, 2013

A7R Vs A7 Complete ISO Crop Comparisons

http://dcdv.zol.com.cn/404/4049905.html
(in Chinese)

Test pictures were made with the same FE35/2.8 Zeiss lens and then pictures from both cameras were resized to 4,000 pixels in width and then cropped.

It seems the A7R really shines here, for both image details and noise, i.e., both are better than the A7!

In addition, it is highlighted that the A7R has some special new features including special designed micro lens per pixel to tackle diffraction and 4k video output for still image display. Well, on paper, it is shown to be quite attractive, also.

Another HD Limited Lens Review with Samples (K-5IIs and HD DA21)

http://news.mapcamera.com/KASYAPA.php?itemid=22519
(in Japanese)

Samples are downsized but yet not too small. Sharpness is good as seen but I am not fond of that cool and purplish colour rendition and tone. It maybe just a K-5IIs issue that is well known and thus nothing can be concluded about the new HD coating and glass regarding this! ;-D


Related:

My Best Optimal Custom Image (Colour) Setting Combination for the Later Pentax Digital Bodies

Thursday, October 17, 2013

First Full Samples of the A7 and A7R Betas (with ISO Test Samples)

I follow what Adam of PF is doing and would like to post more A7/R first tests and news! ;-p

The following article is really worth a look, it is unique as there are various full samples posted including a complete ISO series:

http://www.eprice.com.hk/dc/talk/1433/3951/1/
(for A7, in Chinese)

Well, while noise is really low at high ISO speeds, I am afraid that the noise reduction applied is too strong, causing too much detail loss as a result. As for the A7R, ISO test crops are posted in the following:

http://www.dcfever.com/sony/readnews.php?f=1&id=9212
(for A7R, in Chinese)

It can be seen that the loss of details is even worse! It seems that the strong NR kicks in from ISO 1600 and upward. So, 36MP might still be too many the pixels for a 135 Full Frame sensor!  

Besides, I am not quite impressed with the skin tone and the colour rendition in general. It's surely a Sony that can be easily seen, of which the style and taste are well known to me, whom is also a Sony user! :-)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

FF Mirrorless to Adopt All K-mount FF Lenses to Come in Less Than 3 Hours!



And the official countdown:



Via: SAR.


Related:

World's First 135 Full Frame Mirrorless is Coming!

The A Mount Seems to be Aborted, Will K Mount (Ricoh) Follow?

Sunday, October 13, 2013

K-3 is NOT Using the Same Sensor as Nikon D7100/D5200's

K-3's:

Source: What Digital Camera

D7100's:

Source: Imaging Resource

D5100's:

Source: Nikon Rumors

The K-3's looks different from the D7100 and D5200's. They do NOT look the same, do they?

Saturday, October 12, 2013

K-3 Unofficial Samples (Down-sized, from Japanese Bloggers, with Beta Units)

1. http://flickriver.com/photos/n00bs/sets/72157636383971445/

This guy (poster) is familiar. I think he is just a Pentax insider, or very close to even if not.

2. http://www.flickr.com/photos/mawari/sets/72157636369323634/

An ISO 3200 is included in the second link, click here to see.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Ricoh Goes Further APS-C - Three New Lens Patents! >:-o

http://egami.blog.so-net.ne.jp/2013-10-10
(in Japanese)

So, possibly we would have another three new APS-C lenses and designs, namely, a 18-70mm F4-6, a 16-70mm F4 and a 25-350mm F3.5-6. Good luck, Ricoh Pentax! Hope you will not Rest in Peace too soon! :-x

A Quick SMC Vs HD Flare Control Comparison Test

http://ganref.jp/m/f-47gallery/reviews_and_diaries/review/5552
(in Japanese)

Well, the Sigma zoom performs the worst, which is indeed well expected. It shows that the HD lens of the "same" DA35 Macro lens yet performs better than the old SMC version, despite the stupid name of it.


Speaking of the "new" HD limited primes, DC Watch has posted some new full samples that were made with the new version, in particular, the HD DA21 lens was tested:

http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/review/lens_review/20131010_618866.html
(in Japanese - just click and download the full samples, everything is self-explanatory.)

Worth Re-posting: How Meaningful is a 24MP APS-C Sensor?

http://ricehigh.blogspot.com/2011/08/when-sensor-outresolves-lens-how.html

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Official K-3 Promotional Videos at YouTube













Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Poll: Will You Buy a K-3?

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K-3 Official Full Samples and an Early Hands-on Video (Unofficial)

http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/japan/products/k-3/ex/
(in Japanese)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiHYIumICH0
(in Spainish)

Monday, October 07, 2013

K-3 Full Specs

Product
K-3

Type
Digital SLR

Sensor
Type: CMOS w primary color filter and integrated Shake/Dust Reduction sensor movement system
Size: 23.5 x 15.6mm
Color depth: 8 bits/channel JPG, 14 bits/channel RAW
Effective pixels: 23.35 MP
Total pixels: 24.71 MP

Recorded resolutions
Still: Jpeg –
L (24M:6016x4000),
M (14M: 4608x3072),
S (6M: 3072x2048),
XS (2M: 1920x1280)
RAW – L (24M:6016x4000)

Movie (resolution/FPS):
Full HD (1920x1080, 60i/50i/30p/25p/24p)
HD (1280x720, 60p/50p/30p/25p/24p)
Quality levels: ★★★ Best, ★★ Better, ★ Good, RAW (14-bit)

Dust Removal: DR II (ultrasonic vibration to low pass filter) with Dust Alert function

Lens
Type/construction: PENTAX KAF2 bayonet stainless steel mount
Usable lenses: PENTAX KAF3, KAF2, KAF, and KA (K mount, 35mm screwmount, 645/67 med format lenses useable w adapter and/or restrictions)
SDM function: Yes
Power zoom function: Yes (power zoom only)

Focus System
Type: SAFOX 11 TTL phase-matching - 27 point (25 cross type focus points in the center)
Focus modes: AF Single (w focus lock, focus/shutter priority selectable), AF Continuous (w focus/FPS priority selectable), Manual
Focus point adjustment: Spot, Select, Expanded Area (S, M, L), Zone select, Auto (27 AF points)

Viewfinder
Type: Pentaprism
Coverage (field of view): 100%
Magnification: 0.95X (w 50mm F1.4 at infinity)
Standard focusing screen: Natural-Bright-Matte III (interchangeable)
Diopter adjustment: -2.5m to 1.5m
Depth of field preview: Optical (diaphragm stop-down), Digital

LCD Monitor
Type: 3.2” TFT color LCD with brightness/saturation/color adjustment AR coating and air-gapless glass.
Resolution: 1037K dots
Wide angle viewable: Yes

Flash
Type: Retractable P-TTL popup flash
Guide number: 13m (ISO 100)
Coverage: 28mm wide angle (equiv 35mm)
Flash modes: Auto, On, Redeye, Slow Sync, Slow Sync + Redeye, Trailing Curtain Sync, High-speed sync, Wireless, Manual
Flash exposure compensation: -2 to 1 EV (1/2 steps)

External Flash
Type: Hotshoe (P-TTL), high speed sync and wireless w PENTAX dedicated flash, X-Sync Socket
Synchronization speed: 1/180 sec

Storage Media
Internal memory: n/a
Removable memory: SD, SDHC, SDXC, EyeFi, FLU

Interfaces
Ports: USB 3.0 hi-speed, AV out, HDMI out, DC in, cable switch, 3.5mm stereo microphone, X-sync socket
Video out: HD (via HDMI), NTSC, PAL
Printer interfaces: n/a

Power Supply
Power source: Rechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI90, D-BG5 Battery Grip (optional) with trays for 2nd D-Li90 battery or 6x AA batteries

Recordable images: Approx 720 (approx 560 w 50% flash, CIPA)
Playback time: Approx 370 min
Movie recording time: Approx 25 min (automatic overheat shutdown protection)
AC adapter available: Yes - (optional) K-AC132

Physical Specs
Body dimensions (W x H x D): 5.17in x 3.94in x 3.05in
Body weight
Without battery or removable memory: 25.2 oz
Loaded and ready: 28.2 oz

Construction material(s): Magnesium alloy shell over metal chassis
Weather resistant: Yes (92 special sealing parts)
Operating temperature: 14-104°F (-10 to 40°C)

Language Support
English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish,
Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Korean, Chinese
(Simplified/Traditional), Japanese

Image Stabilization
Type: Sensor-Shift Shake Reduction with rotational compensation (3.5EV TBD)
Electronic level function: Yes, verification via viewfinder and LCD panel

Metering System
Type: TTL open aperture metering using 86K pixel RGB sensor
Sensitivity range: EV -3 to 20 (ISO 100, 50mm F1.4)
Multi-Segment: Yes
Center weighted: Yes
Spot: Yes
Exposure compensation: +/- 5 EV (1/3 and 1/2 steps)
Exposure lock: Yes
Exposure bracketing: Yes (2, 3, or 5 frames, up to +/- 2 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps)

ISO Sensitivity
Auto: ISO 100-51200 (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps), Auto ISO range selectable,
Bulb mode: Auto ISO n/a
Manual: 100-51200 (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps),

White Balance
AUTO WB, Multi Auto WB,
Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (D: Daylight Color, N:Daylight White, W:Cool White, L:Warm White), Tungsten Light, Flash, CTE,
Manual mode(s): Yes, Manual WB (up to 3 settings), Color Temperature Configuration (up to 3 settings), Copying the white balance setting of a captured image* WB fine adjustment available in all modes

Shutter
Type: Electronically controlled, vertical-run, focal plane shutter
Shutter speed: 1/8000 to 30 sec (1/3 or 1/2 EV steps), Bulb

Capture Modes
Mode selection: Green, Hyper Program (P), Sensitivity Priority (Sv), Shutter Priority (Tv), Aperture Priority (Av), Shutter & Aperture Priority (TAv), Metered Manual, Bulb, X-Speed, USER (3 presets).
Custom Image Modes: Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing,

HDR: Auto, HDR1, HDR2, HDR3, Exposure Bracket Value adjustable, Automatic composition correction function
- All include gamut radar and fine adjustment of saturation, hue, high/low key, contrast, and sharpness (regular and fine adjustment scales). Monochrome mode includes adjustments for filter effects (green, yellow, orange, red, magenta, blue, cyan, infrared), toning (sepia, warm/cool), high/low key, contrast, and sharpness (regular, fine, and extra sharp adjustment scales).

Green simplified mode available: Yes
P/A/S/M/B: P, A, S, M, B (extended modes Sv, TAv)
Date stamp: n/a

Digital filters (capture): Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Unicolor Bold, Bold Monochrome
Data record: Folder name (standard, date), file name (standard, customizable), embed copyright.

Drive Modes
Mode selection: Single, Continuous (H,M,L), Self-Timer (12s, 2s), Remote (0s, 3s, continuous), Exp. Bracketing (standard, timer, remote), Mirror up (standard, remote), HDR Capture (3 shots at 1EV, 2EV, or 3EV, 3 blend settings plus Auto, pixel alignment)
Multi-exposure: Composite Mode (Additive/Average/Bright) Number of Shots (2 to 2000 images), Interval 2000 shots, 2 sec to 24 hrs, time delay available)
Continuous FPS (JPG ★★★)
- Continuous H: Approx 8.3 FPS (60 JPG, 23 RAW)
- Continuous M: Approx 4.5 FPS (100 JPG, 32 RAW)
- Continuous L: Approx 3.0 FPS (200 JPG, 52 RAW)
Self-timer: Yes (12s, 2s)
Remote control: Yes, infrared (0s, 3s, continuous), cable switch

Playback Modes
Mode selection: Single frame, multi-image display (6,12, 20, 35, 80 segmentation), display magnification (up to 16, 100% display and quick magnification available), rotating, histogram (Y histogram, RGB histogram), bright area warning, Auto Image Rotation, detailed info, Copyright Information (Photographer, Copyright holder), Folder Display, Calendar Filmstrip Display, Slide Show Mode pallet: Image Rotation, Digital Filter, Resize, Cropping, Slideshow, Save as Manual WB, RAW Development, Index Print, Protect, Movie Edit, Extract JPG from Movie, Magnification: up to 16X, scrollable, quick magnification.
Digital filters (playback): Base Parameter Adj, Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Unicolor Bold, Bold Monochrome, Tone Expansion, Sketch, Water Color, Pastel, Posterization, Miniature, Soft, Starburst, Fish-eye, Slim

File Formats
Still: RAW (PEF, DNG), JPG (EXIF 2.30), DCF 2.0 compliant
Movie: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264(MOV) - JPEG(AVI) for internal movie record

Custom Functions
Functions available: 27

Computer Requirements
*For device connectivity. Bundled software requirements may vary.
Windows: Windows 8 (32 bit/64 bit) / Windows 7 (32 bit/64 bit) / Windows Vista (32 bit/64 bit), Windows XP SP3 (32 bit)
Mac: Mac OS X 10.8 / 10.7 / 10.6

Battery Life
Power source: Rechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI90, D-BG5 Battery Grip (optional) with trays for 2nd D-Li90 battery or 6x AA batteries

Recordable images: Approx 720 (approx 560 w 50% flash, CIPA)
Playback time: Approx 370 min
Movie recording time: Approx 25 min (automatic overheat shutdown protection)
AC adapter available: Yes - (optional) K-AC132

Dimensions
5.17in x 3.94in x 3.05in

New Official K-3 Component Pictures



Guess what is what by yourself! ;-)

Red-Ring HD "Pentax DA" 55-300/4-5.8 Full Specs

http://www.us.ricoh-imaging.com/camera-lenses/HD_PENTAX-DA_55-300mm_F4-5.8_ED_WR#!product-specs

K-3 Officially Released!

http://www.us.ricoh-imaging.com/dslr/K-3_

http://www.us.ricoh-imaging.com/dslr/K-3_Limited_Edition_Silver_

  • 24 effective mega-pixels in an APS-C sized CMOS sensor

    Designed for the demanding photographer, the K-3 features 24 effective megapixels in an APS-C sized CMOS sensor for outstanding high resolution imagery.  By coupling this sensor with a newly developed PRIME III imaging engine with high-efficiency noise and image processing capacities and an anti-aliasing filter-less design, the K-3 delivers high-resolution, fine-gradation images.
  • Selectable Anti-Aliasing Filter

    Enjoy the world’s first selectable anti-aliasing filter, giving the user the ability to easily toggle anti-aliasing functionality on or off, for supreme resolution and zero limitations. This breakthrough technology eliminates the need to commit to either supreme resolution or superior moiré control, by providing both options in a single camera body.  Newly developed for the K-3, the anti-aliasing simulator* applies microscopic vibrations to the image sensor unit at the subpixel level during image exposure, generating the same level of moiré-reduction effect as an optical anti-aliasing filter. * This function is most effective with a shutter speed of 1/1000 second or slower. This function is not available during HDR shooting.
  • Real Time Scene Analysis with 86,00 pixel sensor

    The new Real Time Scene Analysis System features an 86,000 pixel RGB light-metering sensor and improved algorithms that further enhance accuracy of exposure, white balance and autofocusing.
  • Professional H.264 video

    Enhance your video recording experience with full HD movie capture in the H.264 format (60p/50p/30p/24p), also including the ability to switch from still image to video recording with the flip of a dedicated switch.  Equipped with a headphone terminal and stereo microphone terminal for external microphone connection. The user can also adjust the audio recording level manually and monitor sound levels during recording.
  • Dual SD Card Slots

    Dual SD card slots allow for greater memory card flexibility, for separation of JPG and RAW files, and for use with Eye-fi card and new FLU card technology.
  • Built-in Electronic Level

    Built-in electronic level now features a tilt scale display in Liveview.
  • Multi-pattern white balance

    When shooting scenes that include multiple light sources, such as sunlight and shade or flash, light sources are recognized automatically and the image is separated into different areas. White balance is adjusted separately in each area according to the different light sources to achieve optimal color reproduction.
  • PENTAX PEF and Adobe DNG files

    Native support for both PENTAX PEF and Adobe DNG 14 bit RAW files, including the ability to retrieve RAW data from JPG files if still present in buffer memory.
  • HDR Image Capture

    Improved in-camera HDR image capture features more blending options and better pixel registration for easier operation without a tripod.
  • Magnesium alloy body w stainless steel chassis

    Durable magnesium alloy covers surround a rugged stainless steel chassis.
  • Fastest continuous shooting at 8.3FPS

    Never miss a single moment with an incredibly fast frame rate of 8.3 FPS, for extreme action capture and demanding high performance shooting. With a maximum 1/8000 second shutter speed, freeze even the fastest action without subject movement blur--rated for 200,000 cycles.  The K-3 continuously records as many as 22 images in the RAW format or 60 images in the JPEG format* in a single sequence. This is made possible through the use of several innovative technologies, including a high-speed, high-accuracy control mechanism that regulates the shutter, mirror and diaphragm independently; a damper mechanism that effectively minimizes mirror shock; and a high-speed data transmission system incorporated in the PRIME III imaging engine. * JPEG Recorded Pixels:L, JPEG Quality:★★★
  • SAFOX11 Autofocus Module

    The newly designed SAFOX11 autofocus module maximizes 27 AF sensors and a vast light sensitivity range of –3EV to +18EV.  The new focus module includes 25 cross sensors and three AF sensors dedicated to low light focusing.
  • Optional FLU, Eye-fi Wireless, and SDX Memory card compatibility

    With installation of the optional, dedicated 16 GB FLU CARD for PENTAX in the K-3, the photographer can remotely change settings such as aperture, shutter speed and ISO, shift the AF focus point, release the camera shutter, check Liveview image, and browse and download images to mobile devices and PC. Eye-fi Wireless and standard SDX Memory cards also compatible.
  • PENTAX body-based Shake Reduction (SR)

    The PENTAX-original SR stabilization system is built right into the body, and is compatible with any of the 27 million PENTAX lenses ever produced.
  • Pentaprism Optical Viewfinder for 100% FOV and .95 magnification

    Low profile glass pentaprism viewfinder, with interchangeable focusing screens, achieves a 100% optical field of view for framing accuracy in a highly compact form factor. Treated with a new coating, its glass prism improves reflectance resulting in a brighter viewfinder image. Also, its improved design assures 0.95-times viewfinder magnification for a broader image field and enhanced focus and composition confirmation.
  • Fully Weather Sealed

    With 92 special seals, the K-3 boasts a fully weather and cold proof design to resist water, fog, snow, sand, and dust, for top performance in extreme field conditions as well as in the studio.
  • 100-51200 ISO

    High sensitivity 100-51200 ISO range with improved noise performance throughout, including ISO-specific noise reduction.
  • HDMI port

    An HDMI port outputs high definition images, video and sound to HDTVs.
  • Customizable RAW/Fx button

    Customizable RAW/Fx button allows for easy access to common shooting settings.
  • Optional BG-5 Battery Grip

    The BG-5, designed exclusively for the K-3, is the perfect match for this professional level DSLR, and optionally accepts six AA-sized batteries as well as the standard lithium-ion rechargeable battery. It features and extra set of shutter-release, AE-lock, AF, ISO, exposure-compensation and green buttons, as well as a preview lever and a dual electronic dials to facilitate vertical-position shooting. It also features the same dustproof, weather-resistant construction as the K-3 body.

Sunday, October 06, 2013

A Ricoh K-3 Could Look Better! :-o



Source: http://i.imgur.com/oxCBwf8.jpg

I must have been crazy! I found that the above PS picture looks better than the now "Pentax-in-front and Ricoh-behind" K-3! Is that Only Me? :-o

My First Leaked K-3 Specs Confirmed

The secret Pentax insider source of Digicame Info striked finally, here we go:

http://digicame-info.com/2013/10/k-3-7.html
(in Japanese)

Btw, most of the latest leaked information are the same as what I first leaked back to two weeks ago. Below are what's new and in addition:

- Optical low pass filter simulation by sensor shifting, three settings: Strong, Weak and Off;
- 27-point SAFOX 11: 25 cross AF sensors, central 3 with f/2.8 AF sensitivity;
- Continuous shooting rate at 8.3 fps maximum;
- Dual SDXC/UHS-I compliance SD card slots;
- HDR saved in RAW;
- 200k actuation life-time shutter;
- Supply in Silver and Black colours;
- Flucard compatible;
- New D-BG5 - dedicated grip solely for K-3.


Read Also: 

Full Review: K-5 Wi-Fi, Q Wi-Fi and EOS 5D6! ;-)

Saturday, October 05, 2013

Many K-3 Modelling/Marketing Photos - a Flickr Set



http://www.flickr.com/photos/l-camera/sets/72157636201872393/
(The album owner is a Japanese.)

Via: http://www.pentaxuser.co.uk/forum/topic/new-k3-image---interesting--44829/p-5

Afterall, the Ricoh logo on the back is confirmed! :-( 

More K-3 Product Images (There is a K-3 Silver and Grip!)







Source: http://imgur.com/a/8WPd5

Via: http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/2164825

Well, the Ricoh logo on the back is really disgusting! I would rather prefer they changed the front logo to Ricoh altogether one off! One big reason that forces me not to consider and buy the K-3 is just this tiny but ingenuous Ricoh logo mark! >:-(


Related:

New Product Images of the "Ricoh" K-3 and A "New" Red Ring DA HD 55-300 WR Lens

New Product Images of the "Ricoh" K-3 and A "New" Red Ring DA HD 55-300 WR Lens







Source: Digicame Info Here and Here.

So, it once again proves that my first leaked specs of the K-3 dated back to Sept 22nd is correct and there is a new phone jack but not only the mic jack against the previous K-5 series.

Nonetheless, I am disappointed with an once-again refurbished lens by Ricoh and the new red ring and colour is indeed awful and just makes the lens looks ugly and worse! >:-(

Friday, October 04, 2013

DC Watch "New" HD 15 Limited First Test with Full Samples

http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/review/lens_review/20131004_618007.html

It seems that the lovely 14-stroke starbursts of the original SMC DA15 Limited lens has gone! :-(

Thursday, October 03, 2013

K-5II/s New "Urgent" Firmware V1.06

http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/english/support/digital/k-5_2_s.html

It seems that there was a major bug in the last firmware, so an urgent update is needed. The bug is not told, though. I have also seen quite some users of other Pentax models reported about strange phenomenon since the last recent updates for their bodies. So, it would be wise not to do the update if you have other newer model(s) but not yet, until the actual problem is told clearer, my humble advice!

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

K-3 Real Look First Leaked



Source: http://weibo.com/ph6cn (in Simplified Chinese)

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