SDMs DO Require Preventive Maintenance!
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by RiceHigh
1M ago
Owing to the prolonged infamous failure of the SDMs in various Pentax AF lens models, I only bought my first SDM lens, the DA*55 F1.4, back to 2015, which is a SDM-only lens in KAF3 mount (on screw-drive). After that, I bought also another SDM only lens the DA17-70 and then later a DA*60-250 F4 hybrid-SDM/screw-driven lens (which supports also in 2022.Here is my proven experiences with those SDM ..read more
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The Pentax 645 Digital Lineup is Really Done
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by RiceHigh
8M ago
See the official discontinued lens list here, even the DFA 55/2.8 SDM and DFA 90/2.8 Macro SR lenses are now included:So, the Pentax 645 digital lineup is really done, as it is shown and can be confirmed, regardless of any official statement made about this fact. :-(  And, those 645 gear of Pentax has become collectors' items now, just like the Q gear.  ..read more
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Leak on the "New" FA 50mm F1.4 Lenses
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by RiceHigh
10M ago
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Ned Bunnell's Take on the K-3 III Mono
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by RiceHigh
11M ago
See his latest posted samples at Flickr:https://www.flickr.com/photos/ned_bunnell/sets/72177720307495920/via his DPR post here.Whilst the photos are nice, they do lack a bit contrast and sharpness. I would expect (much) better IQ for a dedicated B&W machine, honestly speaking. Btw, it seems that Ned does not update his blog anymore ..read more
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More K-3 III Monochrome Samples at the "Pentax Official" Site
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by RiceHigh
11M ago
https://pentaxofficial.com/18527/https://pentaxofficial.com/18482/https://pentaxofficial.com/18512/All in Japanese, but the pictures speak for themselves. Various Pentax original lenses were used for the tests ..read more
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K-3 III Monochrome First Review (with Sample Photos and Video)
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by RiceHigh
11M ago
https://www.yaotomi.co.jp/blog/walk/2023/04/pentaxk3iii,monochrome-kyoto,sakura.html(in Japanese)My impression is that while the B&W photos do have more contrasts and better tonal representation than normal digital cameras' ones, they are yet not as solid as those images produced with better B&W films, even after they are digitalised via professional-grade film scanners.Besides, there is a ..read more
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“Pentax Information” on April 13
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by RiceHigh
11M ago
https://www.youtube.com/live/ovA100SWIRQWhat will be announced ..read more
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DPR is Doomed
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by RiceHigh
1y ago
I received this message from the Dpreview Admin yesterday and thought that was a hoax at the first glance but it is actually true:https://www.dpreview.com/news/5901145460/dpreview-com-to-closeSo, the DPR is really doomed, even earlier than Pentax. :-o ..read more
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More "Harubeni" Samples
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by RiceHigh
1y ago
https://pentaxofficial.com/18197/(in Japanese ..read more
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"Harubeni" Samples
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by RiceHigh
1y ago
See:  https://twitter.com/ricohimaging_jp/status/1633634970702061568?s=20for the newly released firmwares of K-1/II, K-3 III and KF.Btw, "Harubeni" means the red colours of Spring ..read more
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