Whatever happened to Pentax?

Discussion in 'Pentax' started by Dudley Hanks, Mar 8, 2008.

  1. Dudley Hanks

    Pete D Guest

    Indeed, I have a box full that I still use. :)
    Pete D, Mar 9, 2008
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  2. Dudley Hanks

    Dudley Hanks Guest

    Bridge camera? Pro-sumer?

    But, for pro use, I think it'll be a while yet. If nothing else, it's hard
    to beat the confidence one derives from looking through the lens and seeing
    the actual scene one is about to capture.

    Take Care,
    Dudley Hanks, Mar 9, 2008
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  3. I hear that some camera makers are working on a screen which will
    allow you to look through the lens and see not just the scene you're
    about to capture, but exactly how the camera will in fact capture it,
    including if you wish such technical details as aperture, shutter,
    what the camera chose to focus on if using autofocus, areas of the
    image which are overexposed and so on.

    That should be even more confidence building, don't you think?
    Chris Malcolm, Mar 9, 2008
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    Sander Guest

    Not only do they work... they will autofocus too!
    The pentax DA* lenses have a double AF system.
    On cameras that support it they will use SDM and on older cameras
    they'll revert to the old screwdrive AF.

    Sander, Mar 9, 2008
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    Peter Chant Guest

    sally wrote:


    Surely that's a name that's not been used in years. Who owns it?

    Peter Chant, Mar 9, 2008
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    ray Guest

    There was a recent news story about the namebrand making a reappearance.
    ray, Mar 9, 2008
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    Jeremy Guest

    Pentax introduced the prototype Spotmatic at Photokina in 1960, describing
    it as having a TTL spot meter. The camera wasn't actually released till 4
    years later, and it featured an averaging meter, but Pentax kept the
    "Spotmatic" name. The camera was neither "Spot metering" nor "automatic."

    That notwithstanding, I still have my original Spotmatic IIa from 1973, and
    it looks in mint condition and performs flawlessly. I've accumulated 22 SMC
    Takumar lenses over the past 35 years, along with another 11 camera bodies,
    bellows and other accessories. I use them all, and have no plans to "go
    digital." I scan my films and am quite happy with that arrangement.

    The lenses are superb, and it would cost a fortune to replicate the system
    in digital if, in fact, such prime lenses were even available.

    Not bad for equipment that has been in service for a third of a century!
    Jeremy, Mar 9, 2008
  9. What is in a brand name? I prefer to buy on quality, price and a product
    that does what I want - rather than follow the 'trendy/in' names.

    The K10D does that and is one of the best cameras Pentax has ever made.
    Clive Sinclair, Mar 9, 2008
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    Pete D Guest

    Speaking of live view, have you had a look at the newer D-SLRs that have
    liveview that can be fed out to a larger screen? Could be helpful for vision
    impaired photogs.

    Apparently it is pretty good on the K20D.
    Pete D, Mar 9, 2008
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    Pete D Guest

    Damn Pentax is awesome, what a great feature.
    Pete D, Mar 9, 2008
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    Doug Jewell Guest

    I wonder how well it performs in very low light - I'm
    thinking of it's application astronomical photography.
    Doug Jewell, Mar 9, 2008
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    Dudley Hanks Guest

    Yes, it's a great camera. In fact, I was reading an article a week or so
    back which touted the Spotmatic as one of the best cameras to use when you
    visit a developing country.

    The author's point was that, if you only have a digital, and if your camera
    / memory cards fail, you might not be able to fix or replace while in that
    country. Yet, film tends to be available, and the Spotmatic has a proven
    reputation for reliable service in rough conditions -- even 30+ years after

    You're a lucky photog...

    Dudley Hanks, Mar 9, 2008
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    Pudentame Guest

    Yeah, but you still get lousy pictures holding the damn thing out at
    arms length to frame and focus ... not to mention all the additional
    camera movement from trying to trip the shutter at the end of that long
    lever arm.
    Pudentame, Mar 9, 2008
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    Pudentame Guest

    It appears to have been almost ready for market when Hoya acquired
    Pentax. Since then the project is variously described as canceled or "on

    I don't know if the market is really there for medium format digital,
    since all the MF digital I know of on the market are actually crop
    sensors, none of them actually 6x4.5, 6x6, or 6x7.

    I figure a full-frame DSLR would get images as good as a crop sensor MF

    Not soon, but not impossible either. Nikon swore for years they were
    never going to offer a full frame digital, and look at the D-3.

    And I think the 645D development effort may someday see the light of day
    as a FF DSLR.

    Or not.
    Pudentame, Mar 9, 2008
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    Pudentame Guest

    Well, the K100D and K10D names were specifically meant to recall fond
    feelings many a photographer has for the K1000.
    Pudentame, Mar 9, 2008
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    Pudentame Guest

    I certainly agree with you on that, but everything I've read so far
    indicates they're not resting on their laurels The new K20D is a good
    improvement on the K10D.
    Pudentame, Mar 9, 2008
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    Guest Guest

    actually, nikon never said that they would never offer full frame.
    what they said was that they weren't planning on it until it was cost
    effective to do so.
    Guest, Mar 9, 2008
  19. If you need to hold it at arm's length you need new spectacles.
    Chris Malcolm, Mar 9, 2008
  20. (Note that the actuall MF frame sizes are 42x56, 56x56, and 56x70mm.)

    The current "cropped" MF digital sensors are 36x48, which is exactly twice
    the area of "FF", and so does have a theoretical advantage. It also turns
    out that MF lenses are razor sharp on 5D density digital sensors, so 24MP
    and higher images that are painfully sharp corner to corner are a piece of
    cake for MF digital. Anything 24MP and over in FF is going to be a stretch
    for even the best Nikkor or Canon lenses at anything other than f/8 or f/11.

    David J. Littleboy
    Tokyo, Japan
    David J. Littleboy, Mar 10, 2008
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