Whatever happened to Pentax?

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

  1. Dudley Hanks

    Tony Polson Guest

    An interesting analysis, Michael. However I think the market for such
    prints is vanishingly small.

    The H3D appears popular for fashion and advertising photography.
    39 MP is probably pretty useful for billboard size prints, and high
    quality reproduction in fashion magazines and catalogs. I have no
    idea what proportion of the H3D market these uses represent, however.
    Tony Polson, Mar 11, 2008
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    Tony Polson Guest

    Didn't she marry a guy named Fred?
    Tony Polson, Mar 11, 2008
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    Pudentame Guest

    Hoya bought Pentax.
    AFAIK, they were almost ready to bring it to market. Had gone so far as
    to give a tentative "date" of spring 2007.

    Then Hoya bought Pentax.

    The 645D "on hold"/cancellation announcement followed rapidly on the
    Hoya takeover.

    It's still not clear if the project is completely dead, or just on an
    extended hiatus. I lean toward the former, and hope for the latter.
    Pentax gives you a lot of bang for your buck.

    The K10D matches up pretty good against the Nikon D200 ... doesn't have
    quite the continuous shooting speed & buffer size, but does give you
    image stabilization in the camera so you can (mostly) use your existing
    Pentax lenses.

    Pentax doesn't get a lot of second level support. Tamron, Tokina, &
    Sigma make some good lenses for Nikon & Canon - even for Sony and
    Olympus, that just aren't available in Pentax mount.

    Pentax doesn't really have a "PRO"-level DSLR, but you can do just about
    anything Nikon's non-"PRO" cameras will let you do. And Pentax's
    currently available selection of lenses leaves a lot to be desired (in
    my opinion - YMMV).

    Can't speak about Canon, since the canonista's attitude turned me off &
    I haven't looked at anything since the A1. And I ain't goin' to, so save
    your breath.

    I currently *USE* the following Pentax cameras - K1000, LX, PZ1P,
    *ist-D, K10D.
    The K10D is an excellent camera. The K20D looks to be a significant
    improvement on an already great camera.
    Pudentame, Mar 12, 2008
  4. We will, as to affordability, at least. Marketability is possibly a
    bigger question. I'd sure like one at less than $3,000, but not a back,
    and integrated design.
    John McWilliams, Mar 13, 2008
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    Paul Furman Guest

    Not with the current technology any time soon though. Big sensors cost
    big bucks and the future cost savings is in miniaturization. But you
    never know, I was reading about OLED technology that can make large high
    res monitors on paper thin, high dynamic range, low energy use materials
    that can roll up like a sheet of paper; maybe something like that will
    come along for image sensor technology. If it did, we'd be back at
    square one where you'd need a big klunky outfit to get a limited
    expensive choice of lenses, painfully slow exposures & vanishingly
    shallow depths of field. But that could be fun if the latest sensor
    could be printed out on an inkjet for $40.
    Paul Furman, Mar 14, 2008
  6. I didn't imply either!
    I do believe it will become a market issue once the technology and cost
    reductions have been achieved.
    John McWilliams, Mar 14, 2008
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    Ryan Robbins Guest

    He never said that.
    Ryan Robbins, Mar 15, 2008
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    van dark Guest

    No, he said it.

    Ryan Robbins napsal(a):
    van dark, Mar 15, 2008
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    Ray Fischer Guest

    No, he didn't. Try finding the exact quote.
    Ray Fischer, Mar 15, 2008
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    Pudentame Guest

    640K ... yer off by an order of magnitude.
    Pudentame, Mar 15, 2008
  11. http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Bill_Gates

    He claims he didn't.

    I was at MIT when Bill was dropping out of Harvard. He showed up at a
    meeting of a student computer group that I missed, and asked people to work
    with him. He got laughed at: "We have real computers to work with" was the
    attitude since that particular group was given a chunk of the Multics system
    to play with.

    MIT nerds can be amazing turkeys, sometimes.

    David J. Littleboy
    Tokyo, Japan
    David J. Littleboy, Mar 15, 2008
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    Paul J Gans Guest

    Well, who knew?

    What happened was a combination of skill, good sense, and a major
    dollup of luck. There's lots of the first two around. It is the
    last that is in short supply.
    Paul J Gans, Mar 15, 2008
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    Peter Guest

    At least nobody denied, that I said what I said I said.
    Peter, Mar 16, 2008
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    Doug Freese Guest

    Still playing the nerd I see. .
    Doug Freese, Mar 26, 2008
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    Guy Guest

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