SRS event


womble

Link Posted 23/11/2019 - 13:22
Anyone attending this? Excellent talks this morning and a great buffet lunch. Waiting for the president now.

Kris.
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

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Mike-P

Link Posted 23/11/2019 - 15:33
Unfortunately not.

Did you see the new APS-C body?
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Gwyn

Link Posted 23/11/2019 - 16:18
Several said they were going. I wish I could have made it.
I look forward to hearing some "trip reports" and thoughts on the body.

womble

Link Posted 23/11/2019 - 17:53
I took a quick snapshot of it through the glass. I didn't spend much time staring at it, although some of the others may have looked in more detail.



new Pentax par Kris Lockyear, on ipernity
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

My website

womble

Link Posted 23/11/2019 - 17:59


Cake par Kris Lockyear, on ipernity
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

My website

punkrockemo

Link Posted 23/11/2019 - 18:28
I went, had good time. Enjoyed the work shops and talks I attended. Nice to meet some other Pentax users.
Thanks to SRS/Pentax for putting it on

1stEverPentax

Link Posted 23/11/2019 - 18:30
Nicely decorated cake although the 'cake knife' looks a bit 'over the top'

Thx for the piccie of the APS-C.

regards

Karlo

edri

Link Posted 23/11/2019 - 18:34
Something new and interesting in the president's speech?

ronniemac

Link Posted 23/11/2019 - 18:37
It was a grand day out!

Seminars were excellent; some very helpful advice and exquisite photography by Richard Wilford, and another fascinating talk by Matt Emmett illustrated with his extraordinary photographs. The event was well attended, I had no idea that so many would be there, with a good number from this forum, and I finally met the character that is Womble!

SRS did a sterling job organising the event, providing a really nice buffet and champers all round! Massive thanks to them all and to the UK Ricoh-Pentax representatives. It was good to also see representatives from the Netherlands and to know that Sweeden was also in attendance.

For me, the highlight was the talk by the President of Ricoh Imaging, Mr Takahashi who flew in from Japan so that he could meet with us today. He spoke warmly of Pentax history and it's commitment to photographers like us, telling us something of Ricoh/Pentax ethos and values. I have a better understanding of the company than I had previously and am confident in it's future. The finale to the President's presentation was unveiling of the forthcoming APS-C camera, and cutting the splendid 100th birthday cake, in itself impressively decorated with icing images of their notable cameras! Pentax UK representatives were keen to hear about our preferences for future development and assured us that this feedback is passed on to the parent company - nice to know.

Everyone who attended left with a bag of goodies; cap, mug, pen, etc and a lovely commemorative metal body cap, a collectors item for sure. I reflected on the way home that Ricoh Imaging has a watchful eye on it's core user base as well as an eye on future developments. They understand what we appreciate in their products. I also imagined about what it would be like at an equivalent event hosted by Canon, Nikon, Sony etc and am in no doubt that there are considerable benefits to Pentax and Ricoh cameras being a niche product whose custodians are looking after their users interests. There was no glitzy commercial fanfare, rather it was a friendly occasion and one where the company demonstrated that we do matter to them.

jeallen01

Link Posted 23/11/2019 - 18:51
Mike-P wrote:
Unfortunately not.

Did you see the new APS-C body?

As womble mentioned, it was in a "glass" case and so you couldn't get very close - but my thoughts:

- With all those knobs & dials, it looks a bit "warty" - like someone had afterthoughts about the funcitonality and added a couple to cover the "missing bits"

- As reported elsewhere , no sign of any provision for a "flippy" rear screen

- Personal beef (but maybe it's not just me!): the rear AF button is, as it always seems to have been on previous bodies, far too close to the top right hand corner of the body which makes it almost impossible for me or anyone else with moderate-to-large hands to have any chance of using it for BBF without the thumb becoming very painful in a short time. (I've tried BBF with the K-3s and the K-70 - and my thumb joint protested in very "short order" and so I gave that up as a hopeless task )

I pointed this out to the guy who runs Ricoh UK, and this event - he took one look and effectively said "I couldn't either do it either, for the same reasons" (and he's not a very big chap!), and so I suggested it would be far better to swop the functionality of that button with that of the "replay" button near the pentaprism - he thought about that for about 10s and then agreed with me, and will pass those comments back to Ricoh!!
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BTW: Early on in the day, I had a quick word with Chris of SRS to suggest that, at brand-themed events like this where members of brand-focused on-line (and similar) groups like us Pentax User lot are likely to attend in some numbers, it would be a good idea to set aside a small "meet and greet" point where those people have a chance to meet others that they don't actually recognise but are from "their" group.

He thought that was a good idea and will consider it for future events
K-3 II, K-3 and a K-70 from SRS (having now relegated the K-30 with the Hacked K-50 f/w to being a backup body) , & some Sigma and Pentax lenses (and a lot of old 35mm gear!)
Last Edited by jeallen01 on 23/11/2019 - 19:02

reso

Link Posted 23/11/2019 - 21:21
a great event many thanks to chris and the team for the invite great seminars very interisting and some very well taken photo,s
great food any goodie bag
thanks again srs and pentax
k5iis sigma 12-24 ex dg tamron 17-50 2.8 sigma 18-125 hsm pentax fa 24-90 tokina af 70-210 pentax da*200 tamron sp 500 kenko pz af dg 1.5 converter and a flash

womble

Link Posted 23/11/2019 - 22:52
Excellent fun day. My only regret is not taking a cushion. Three hours of talks on a hard chair...

Many thanks Chris, SRS and Pentax.

BTW, they are going to run the President's photo comp again next year with the Limited Edition KP as the prize.
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

My website

Mike-P

Link Posted 23/11/2019 - 23:22
womble wrote:
BTW, they are going to run the President's photo comp again next year with the Limited Edition KP as the prize.

You mean Pentax will still be around next year?

You never know, we may just outlast Nikon and Olympus
No equipment list here but thanks for taking an interest. My Flickr

JAK

Link Posted 23/11/2019 - 23:26
It'll be the last one to empty the warehouse !!
John K

Tyr

Link Posted 23/11/2019 - 23:34
womble wrote:
Excellent fun day. My only regret is not taking a cushion. Three hours of talks on a hard chair...

Yeah, those chairs would have been fine for one seminar but most of us were there for three in a row!
Regards,
Dan

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