ronniemac

Lives in United Kingdom Oxford, United Kingdom
Works as a Lecturer in Architecture
Joined on Apr 25, 2011

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On article 2016 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras around $500 (189 comments in total)
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Favorable Exponynt: The Pentax K-s2 is around 500, but that was probably already in some other round up :p

No mention of the Pentax K-50 either. It is excellent value for money and a true dslr (pentaprism not mirror), plus weather sealed etc. My own preference is for the K-S2, fantastic little camera.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2016 at 14:36 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (665 comments in total)

It's really good that you give us choice. The black screen uses less power on certain cell phones, e.g. Nokia 1020, therefore makes more economic use of batteries. Personally I prefer black, but I know many others prefer white.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2016 at 23:00 UTC as 234th comment
On article CP+ 2016: Pentax K-1 past and present (152 comments in total)

Thanks for posting this Barnaby, looks like you are having difficulty concealing your liking for this camera, and that's OK. Looking forward to the day I am able to treat myself to a K-1.

Nice that Pentax have added an additional grip (which also doubles as a rotating rear screen!).

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2016 at 11:15 UTC as 33rd comment
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 First Impressions Review (978 comments in total)
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420deimos: Well, that new movable LCD screen is no joke:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6bVqtb5SdI

Pentax do seem to have come up with a new idea for a camera grip!

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2016 at 09:41 UTC
On article Worth the wait? A look inside the Pentax K-1 (649 comments in total)
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bossa: Some Pentax lenses are branded as DA when they are still Full Frame designs:

The DA* 200/2.8 is a FF lens. It is a redesigned FA 200/2.8.
The DA*300/4 and DA*55/1.4 are both also FF lenses.

I'm sure there are a few more as well, but I thought I'd mention this as the DA*55 was listed as a crop lens in the article.

Indeed. There are 21 Pentax lenses that will work full frame, although a few of these will benefit from going down one stop. Pentax forum has new an article explaining this.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2016 at 00:24 UTC
On article The long, difficult road to Pentax full-frame (617 comments in total)

It's nice to see so many users of other brands wish Pentax well with the new K-1, and as a Pentaxian I do appreciate their best wishes. Whether out of empathy or from an awareness that competition is good for all of us matters not, but it is nice to know that all users will benefit through competitive pricing and better designed gear.

Of course there are just a small number who are doing their best to dampen down the celebrations for the arrival of Pentax's first full frame offering. Constructive criticism is fine, but trolling isn't and it reflects badly on them. Pentax users aren't effected by the negativity of a few and I hope others are able to see it for what it is. If in doubt it is worth looking up a spoiler's gear list and most recent comments - its revealing. Other than to say this, I prefer to not take the bait.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2016 at 13:27 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply
On article The long, difficult road to Pentax full-frame (617 comments in total)

(continued)
It's worth noting Pentax's marketing policy is firstly to offer something for Pentaxians who want to upgrade to FF without having to sell off all their gear or support two systems, then to provide evidence of an upgrade path for those taking their first steps into DSLR photography. On both counts I believe they have succeeded. Are they trying to take Canikonys away from their chosen systems? Of course not. Manufacturers of photographic equipment respect each other and the individuals who invest in photography gear, irrespective of brand.

We would do well to emulate this respect. Thank you all.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2016 at 13:27 UTC as 22nd comment | 3 replies
On article The long, difficult road to Pentax full-frame (617 comments in total)
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Jorge Bayonas: I will sell all my nikon cameras and lenses and move to pentax. you guys in the comments section have convinced me. wow, didn't knew that buying cameras was like entering a new religion :)

If, like me, you are finding Jorge Bayonas' trolling an irritating distraction from what has otherwise been an interesting response to Barny's well researched and nicely written article, consider reporting him to the moderators and flagging his comments as inappropriate - unless of course he desists.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2016 at 14:59 UTC
On article The long, difficult road to Pentax full-frame (617 comments in total)
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random78: Im my opinion K-1 is the first pentax DSLR which would have attracted users from other brands to shift. The sensor in K1 is one which so many people lust for, and to be able to get that in a $1800 body is attractive enough that many will take notice. The main issue is the lenses. If Ricoh releases a few moe FF lenses this could become very interesting.

Good point Fakuryu but there are a couple missing based on research using film cameras and Sony AR with adapter. The others are:

DA 35mm f2.8 Limited
DA* 200 f2.8
DFA 24-70 f2.8
DA* 60-250 f4.0
DA 560 f5.6
FA 50 f1.4
FA 35 f2.0

The extent to which all these existing primes may need stopping down is something we will see when tested on the K-1. Perhaps Pentax are rightly being cautious.

Still, it's not a bad start for FF, hopefully more will follow to fill the gaps.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 19:59 UTC
On article The long, difficult road to Pentax full-frame (617 comments in total)

Barney, that is one excellent article. Thanks for putting it together.

Like you I do worry about the cost of the best new zooms, but hey, it will be less than a 645z with its new lenses. Is it worth mentioning that, when I last counted, Pentax currently offers 22 full frame lenses, some are FA, some F DA, and quite a few primes are DA which may require stopping down although I have seen evidence to the contrary. Granted that a few of these are not yet in the shops, but I live in hope. Hopefully Sigma, Tamron, Samyang etc will help out, although it will only be if there is financial benefit.

Like you, I started out with an MX. You must have bought an old one as surely you're much younger than that! I still enjoy the K-3 II but Pentax seem to have identified their target market correctly. Although not at the front of the Q (pun), I will indulge myself with a K-1. For Pentax's sake, I hope others do also. Lots of old glass to have fun with too.

Thanks again, nice article.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 19:33 UTC as 92nd comment | 5 replies
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 First Impressions Review (978 comments in total)
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Louis_Dobson: What a super camera! Shame they couldn't have managed it a year ago, it would have been a killer. Who wants a not very sporting dSLR now? If I wanted FF I'd pick an A7, sadly.

"Who wants a not very sporting dSLR now?"

I do.

If you don't and that's ok, but maybe you should remove the Pentax K-1 from your wish list and replace it with the A7 - if you wanted FF. It's nothing to be sad about.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 21:19 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 First Impressions Review (978 comments in total)
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fotokeena: Can the manual focus lenses of the Pentax 645 be used on this camera? is there an adapter available now?
Thanks!

....and has since it introduced the 645 way back when.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 21:09 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 First Impressions Review (978 comments in total)
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Azathothh: Pff loz that swivel LCD screen look so clunky. Pentax take a look at Canon, that's the way to do it.

If Pentax users wanted Canon, there's nothing to stop them buying Canon, some have. Most of them don't because they appreciate what Pentax is and does.

Clearly the K-1 is not designed for you. But if you are interested in conventional flip out and tiltable screens do take a look at both the K-S1 and the 645Z (These are both Pentax cameras and weather resistant b.t.w.)

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 21:05 UTC
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Poweruser: If you want to use Tamron lenses, why not just get a Nikon / Canon?

Because they are not Pentax cameras.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 14:24 UTC
On article Picasa will be phased out in favor of Google Photos (156 comments in total)

Glad I went down the Lightroom and Flickr routes. It's a poor show from Google that they're dropping Picasa after people have invested so much time working with it and using it for their archive.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2016 at 22:03 UTC as 53rd comment | 5 replies
On article Metz mecablitz 26 AF-1 Quick Review (74 comments in total)
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Luis Fonseca: How does it compare powerwise with the new Pentax AF201FG?

Looks like the Metz is more powerful,
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/compare/Metz_26AF-1_vs_Pentax_AF201FG/BHitems/1100043-REG_1117720-REG

Link | Posted on May 7, 2015 at 15:38 UTC
On article Metz mecablitz 26 AF-1 Quick Review (74 comments in total)
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ronniemac: I was looking for a compact flash to go with the K-3 II, and considered this but was put off by the dimensions: 63x85x85mm/2.48x3.35x3.35in. Not exactly compact.

If anyone has this flash, can they confirm if the dimensions are correct and if the measurements are with the flash body aligned with or perpendicular to the hot shoe attachment.

Thank you

Thanks for this guys, sure is small enough for the shirt pocket.

In the end I opted for the baby Pentax AF 201 which measures 65 mm x 72.5mm x 31mm, / 2.6 x 2.9 x 1.2 in. The Metz is a higher spec flash, but as it's only to replace the K-3 II's missing built-in flash, the AF 201 will serve its purpose. I have other flashes for when more than infil or basic flash is required.

Looks like the Metz and it's Sony equivalent will be a popular choice for flash- and mirro-rless camera users.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2015 at 15:27 UTC
On article Metz mecablitz 26 AF-1 Quick Review (74 comments in total)

I was looking for a compact flash to go with the K-3 II, and considered this but was put off by the dimensions: 63x85x85mm/2.48x3.35x3.35in. Not exactly compact.

If anyone has this flash, can they confirm if the dimensions are correct and if the measurements are with the flash body aligned with or perpendicular to the hot shoe attachment.

Thank you

Link | Posted on May 7, 2015 at 12:37 UTC as 40th comment | 4 replies
On article Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II (534 comments in total)

Done the deed, and included the tiny AF 201 FG just in case some day I find myself looking for a built-in flash. GPS I will use all the time.

Still going to keep the K-5 though, for low light situations.

Link | Posted on May 5, 2015 at 02:44 UTC as 17th comment
On article Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II (534 comments in total)

Clever move Pentax. I was thinking of getting one of their clip on GPS units for my K-5, now I am persuaded to treat myself to a new camera.

The K-3ii is on my shopping list!

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 18:13 UTC as 34th comment
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