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Sunday, December 03, 2017

Size Comparison of the DFA* 50/1.4 against the DFA 24-70/2.8

Friday, December 01, 2017

First Sample Photo of the DFA*50/1.4 (Unofficial)

The new Star, whilst is large, should not look too bulky on the K-1:

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Production of Pentax (Star) Lenses has been Moved back to Japan?

Image Source: EXIF shows that picture was taken in late September 2017.

Image Source: This is a new DA*200 F2.8 lens.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

K-1 Firmware Version 1.43


Bug fixes again.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

1st Hands-on of the D-FA* 50/1.4

(in Japanese)

72mm filter thread; Nice bokeh, high resolution, mimimal CA, fast focusing.. as commented.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Thursday, October 26, 2017

New DA* lens, and DFA*50/1.4 to be Launched Very Soon

According to Nokishita Camera (Japanese):


Friday, September 22, 2017

BREAKING NEWS: Ricoh To Cease Pentax Production In 2018!

(in French)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

K-1 Firmware V1.42

For debug only.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Top 26 Best Pentax Lenses 2017 (Selected by ePHOTOzine)


Over years, I have bought 13 of those, all brand new. However, I haven't bought the recent and newer "Pentax" lenses for quite a while. It is because they are not attractive enough and are not value for money in my eyes or being too bulky and heavy. Is it only me?

Who Will Buy This?

Metabones Devil's Speed Booster Q666 0.50x

Any market? I just wonder.. :-o

Friday, September 01, 2017

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Photos of K-1 Limited Silver


Note that the timestamps of the photos are really old, thus the K-1 Silver should be there long time ago.

K-1 Limited Silver

(In Japanese)

Quoted, "リコーが間もなく「PENTAX K-1 Limited Silver」を発表予定。発売予定日は9月14日。全世界2000台限定。メタルホットシューとバッテリーグリップとバッテリー2個が付属して量販店価格は税込297,000円前後らしい。"

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Ricoh Announcing Cost Cuts in Face of Crisis


"At this point it is not clear if and how Ricoh's imaging brands, such as Pentax, the Theta 360 degree cameras or the R Development
kit live-streaming VR camera will be impacted by the cost reductions."

Friday, June 16, 2017

A KP Practical Review (Japanese)


PC Remote Control Software for Pentax DSLRs (via Wi-Fi)


Despite that the software was designed for the K-s2, a Pentax user reported that it worked for his K-1. So, it you try other Pentax models, please report your finding here! :-)

Saturday, May 13, 2017

A Nice Pentax Gear Site


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Friday, April 21, 2017

New Firmwares for K-1 and 645Z


Updated tethering features with the Image Transmitter 2.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Image Sync V1.14

Newly added feature on version 1.1.4
・New YouTube authentication support.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017

Ricoh May Close Down Consumer Camera Business

See what the Japanese Nikkei Business News says:-


And, the vague response from Ricoh:-


Saturday, February 25, 2017

[Fanboyism] Pentax History and Cameras 1952-2017 (Official)



Amongst the above, I bought 15 models over years.

So, for my 15 Pentax interchangeable-lens bodies, they can be further categorised as follows:

- 4 Film and 11 Digital
- 2 Medium Format, 4 135 Full Frame, 8 APS-C, 1 Tiny Sensor Format
- 14 Reflex and 1 Mirrorless
- 1 Silver, 1 Oliver, 1 Blue, 1 Gold and 1 White, all Others are Black in Colour
- 10 models can take AA batteries, 4 with adaptors or with grips (which were bought separately at high prices)
- Total cost of these cameras when bought new was huge, present value is minimal! :-(

After all, I must admit that I am a true Pentax fanboy, who bought and supported the brand blindly, over decades! :-((

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Updated Pentax K Mount FF Lens Roadmap

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Does the New DFA50 Look Like the Sigma Art?

New Lens: DFA* 50mm F1.4


Monday, January 30, 2017

Saturday, January 28, 2017

KP ISO Samples, 6400 to 819200


Beta body, full size samples are available.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Selected KP Videos

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

KP Specifications



新世代の2430万画素 APS-C CMOSセンサー
画像処理エンジン「PRIME IV」とアクセラレーターユニット
ボディ内5軸手ぶれ補正「SR II」(手振れ補正効果:5段分)
SAFOX 11(測距点27点。うちクロスタイプ中央25点)
サイズ:131.5 x101 x 76.0mm

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Photos of the KP All Leaked

(Pictures are now removed in the source link)

1st Leaked Picture of the KP


Pentax KP to be Announced This Week


The Japanese blogger told that the source is from Ricoh. There will be two colours of the KP and the battery grip will be in three sizes. The grip seems to be modular in design and interchangeable for the holding part.

Price of the KP is not cheap, though. It sells for 1099 British Pounds.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

BCN Japanese Market Results in 2016


(in Japanese, or Google-translated English page here)

Congrats Ricoh! You've got a 2nd-runner up among 3 players in the DSLR battlefield! Well done! :-P

Btw, it is interesting to note that Nikon has been beaten by Sigma in lens sales. Sigma is really strong nowadays. They had really brilliant marketing, IMHO! Besides, Canon has taken over the 2nd place from Sony for the mirrorless market share, well..

Debug Mode Access to All Pentax Bodies (including K-1)


In Simplified Chinese, clear instructions are given, debug mode files are available for download .

Sunday, January 15, 2017

New Fast Primes for K-1

Credit: http://i.imgur.com/m6XvbPd.jpg

Since K-1 was marketed last April, we wanted newly designed original fast Pentax prime lenses. But there is not even one Pentax fast prime ever announced nor marketed (of course). Does it sound like that Pentax (actually Ricoh) is no longer be able to design and produce new prime lenses by herself these days? :-(

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Japanese CAPA Magazine Jan 2017 Prediction on New Pentax Body

Via: http://asobinet.com/matome-pentax-kp/ (in Japanese)

- APS-C or FF Sensor
- K-mount Adaptor
- Flipped LCD Monitor
- Retro and compact design

The predicted name of the body is not KP, though.

Old but Related: My Idea of a K1000D

New Pentax "KP" Body?


Via: Digicame Info (Translated into English)

It's a DSLR btw.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Friday, January 06, 2017

Pentax Q System is Aborted?

According to this Pentax Rumors article, the Pentax Q family of products have been removed from the Ricoh Imaging US website completely. So, does it mean that the development and marketing of the Q line has come to an end? Possibly it does, I'm afraid. :-(