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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Pentax FF? Ricoh: "We Cannot Talk about It" !?

http://www.pentaxforums.com/news/cp-2014-interview-with-pentax-japan.html

Question 18: Does Ricoh Imaging plan to tackle the full-frame / professional DSLR market, and do you see cameras with full-frame sensors as something that would fit into your product lineup? Are you still developing this type of product?

Research and development into full-frame is still ongoing. We cannot talk about it yet.


Monday, February 17, 2014

Official Information of the "New" HD DA 1.4X Teleconverter



http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/japan/products/lens/k/converter/lc-1_4x-aw/

The official on-sales date in the Japanese home-market will be March 7th. A full list of compatible Pentax K-mount digial lenses is provided, note that not every DA lens of Pentax/Ricoh is compatible.

Besides, it does look very familiar for its appearance specs including the physical parameters, many things are just too close to my ancient "Tamron" Pz (Power Zoom) TC 1.4X Model MC-4 that I purchased 14 years ago, which is yet believed to be original manufactured by Kenko!

For more information of the Tamron 1.4X MC4, look here:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Tamron-F-AF-Tele-Converter-1-4X-Pz-AF-MC4-with-box-and-papers-/121171067435



Well, even the lens release lever looks exactly the same, what a "co-incidence"! :-o ;-)

But I just wonder, why it takes so long for Pentax to release such an OEM product, if it really is, which has been delayed for so many years since it was first announced back to 2008!?!

Nonetheless, my prolonged experience for that adapter is that it is great for APS-C cropped image circle but is just fair to rather mediocre optically when it works with Full Frame, no matter film or digial. Enough said! :-(

BTW, for real photo samples for how the "Tamron" 1.4X MC4 performs optically, here you will find some samples of mine:

K-5D Mark III: DA 18-55 II Converted to a 24-80 FULL FRAME Lens!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Thursday, February 06, 2014

645D II is Coming! :-o



And also with a new 645 digital lens, an ultra-wide angle zoom:



Via: Photo Rumors.

As for the sensor, it will not be a CCD one anymore. This is a good news for me, as I may be able to get an old and "useless" 645D I cheaply, to use my old 645 film glasses! :-D


Related:

I've Cropped My Pentax 645 Lenses Myself, in 1.6X! :-o