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Sunday, June 29, 2014

A HD 1.4X Unboxing and Test with Cropped/Comparison Samples


By a Taiwan Pentax user and the above post is in Traditional Chinese.

Most of the test pictures posted are self-explanatory, though. Just browse through the page and inspect yourself and find out all the differences, if you can see any!

Btw, I am impressed with the IQ of this converter, at least on a cropped sensor. This TC is rather expensive, anyway. If it is confirmed to be FF compatible, I would not hesitate to invest. But as all the other Pentax stuff nowadays, not to even mention about their rareness and the lack of new models (there are only a few each year), the problem to buy is only about the lack of faith, frankly. It is all because we cannot see the future nor the direction of the brand, which has been rather unclear for years now! >:-(

Saturday, June 28, 2014

645Z Japanese Price

(in Japanese)

777110 Japanese Yens, which means it sells at less than $7500 in US Dollars.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Not Official: Pentax K-3 Mirror Flop "Fix" from Ricoh


"Thank you for contacting RICOH.
We have been informed that there is now a shop adjustment that can be made to help resolve/reduce the reported K-3 "mirror-flop" issue. I recommend you return your camera directly to RICOH Imaging Company at the address listed below for examination."

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Only Pentax is Not Supported but All Other Major Camera Systems


"For Canon, Nikon, Sony DSLR System, 4/3 & Fujifilm mirrorless System"

Ony Pentax is not supported and Nissin had no interest to make a Pentax variant for their products! The reason behind must be sound..

Congrats, Pentax! It is noted that Leica is also not supported and hence Pentax has succeeded to become a Leica! That must be great and a really good news for Pentaxians! :-o

Sigma 18-35 F1.8 Art in Pentax K-Mount to be On Sale on June 20

(Announcement in Japanese.)

It seems that Sigma, as a 3rd party lens maker (and that Pentax as the least popular DSLR brand), still produces and markets far more exciting new lenses in K-mount than the original maker Pentax herself. The Sigma 35mm F1.4 Art is a really good example, which is even a high-end 135 FF lens but not selling very dear. In fact, Pentax still has no FF DSLR body of any actually. So, this Sigma lens is still a waste when it is mounted on any Pentax APS-C body! :-(

Besides, the HSM motor of Sigma does have far better reputation than the original SDM of Pentax, too! The Saten Super-easy Die Motor is a contemporary shame of Pentax and it pollutes the Star name for the top-of-the-line Pentax lenses which represented excellent quality and reliability for years for decades in the past! >:(

Friday, June 06, 2014

Sexy Pentax Korean Girls (YouTube Video)

Long ago, I reported that Pentax marketing did actually exist in Korea.

After more than a year, someone posted the video clips recorded for that event, here it is. Enjoy! ;-D


Pentax "Negative" Reports Today

Stuck K-3 Vertical Grip: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3679291

HD 20-40 IQ Not Good, 4 copies found the same, i.e., still bad: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3677497

HD 20-40 actually not supporting FF: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3680694

Yet another Pentaxian switched: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3679693

Okay, after all these "negative" news, here is a better one: The originally much overpriced DA560 now has its price cut quite significantly: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3680108

Yes, all these news are read from the front page of the DPR Pentax forum, which I have not visited for long actually.