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Monday, September 30, 2019

Ricoh Imaging @ the Japanese Twitter

(in Japanese)

May worth a look for the latest Pentax news and teasers.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

The New Sony APS-C Sensor


26.11MP BSI CMOS @ 6.84 fps for still pictures, 12-bit 4K movie, rumoured to be used in the new next generation K-3.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

DC Watch Took Photos of the New K Exhibit

https://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/1208703.html (In Japanese)

Body looks a bit chunky.  And,  the top LCD seems to be not yet ready.

Friday, September 20, 2019

New K-mount APS-C DSLR Flagship is to be Announced


(English Google Translation Here)

Exhibit is to be put on show starting Sept 21, i.e. tomorrow. Nice. :-) But the real product is to be marketed in 2020 - not ideal but still better than none!

Highlight on (possible) new features:

- new proximity sensor under finder, hinting at least automatic switching of the rear LCD or even an optical/electronic hybrid finder?

- new joystick for AF navigation, hinting a new and improved AF system with more AF points?

- an updated and better APS-C sensor?

- re-designed new GUI

Well, I have thought that Pentax has been dead these months but today it's good to see there is yet something new and meaningful, although it is actually rather late already.

Monday, April 01, 2019

K-1 Mark III Beta Samples Leaked?

Someone emailed me the link of this post in a Chinese Pentax forum, the samples look legitimate (it seems to be). Is the Mark III going to launch in 2019?

Limited Lens Production Video (Official)


Tuesday, February 26, 2019

KP Pentax 100th Anniversary Special Edition and DFA*85mm F1.4

..to be marketed soon (and will be on displayed at the CP+). (Source: Japanese DC Watch)

Update: The official announcement can be found here.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Debug Mode Access Method for K-1 II

1. Create on SD card file "00078400.597" with "[OPEN_DEBUG_MENU]" and LF char.

2. Create on SD card file "DEVELOP.MOD" exact 10 bytes long with binary content:
For Development Menu 1-6: 07 01 2C 1F 10 03 1E 16 05 2D
For Development Menu 1-7: 07 1A 02 0A 19 18 1B 1C 05 11
Use hexeditor to enter these bytes.

3. Turn off camera, plugin this SD card. Leave card door open. Hold "menu" button and turn camera on.

Via bootcoder @ DPR Forum

The binary file by bootcoder is also made available by him here.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Ricoh Booth at CP+ 2019


Saturday, February 02, 2019

1st Review of the HD FA 35mm F2


Side by side test against the old smc FA 35mm was done.

Lens Roadmap Updated


Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Japanese DSLR Sale Results in 2018

Number of Pentax DSLR bodies sold in the Japanese home market in 2018 was in a 3.1% share. Compared to the previous years' results (4.2% in 2017, 4.8% in 2016, 6.7% in 2015 for Pentax), this down trend should continue. :-(

PDN Ranked DR of 20 Cameras, K-1 II Ranked #9


“New” HD FA Prime


Saturday, January 12, 2019

IR Tested the K-1 Mark II in the Field (Side-by-side ISO Test against the K-1, too)


Tuesday, January 08, 2019

A Practical Shootout on Pentax Fifties (including the DFA*50/1.4)

By the Japanese DC Watch

Google translated English page here.

Friday, January 04, 2019