LightBug

LightBug

Lives in United States Orange County, United States
Works as a Engineer
Joined on Sep 17, 2007

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justmeMN: I think they should unify their branding, and call all of their cameras Pentax.

In the USA, when I hear the Ricoh brand name, the first thing I think of is photocopiers.

The GR has always been a Ricoh product since the film days, so I think people will be quite upset if it's rebranded as Pentax, just as some Pentax folks were upset when a Ricoh label was put on their beloved DSLR. Both brands have loyal followings, so why mess with the heritage?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2016 at 06:16 UTC
On article Top 5: Hands-on with Nikon D500 (786 comments in total)
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LightBug: DSLRs are dead! Long live DSLRs!

My own preference is still DSLR (Pentax), which I feel is best bang for the buck with abundant lenses on the used market for good price.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2016 at 17:50 UTC
On article Top 5: Hands-on with Nikon D500 (786 comments in total)

DSLRs are dead! Long live DSLRs!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2016 at 05:31 UTC as 98th comment | 2 replies

This is the first camera of the editors' choice series that I actually care to read about.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 29, 2015 at 07:43 UTC as 24th comment
On article DPReview recommends: Best Cameras for Kids 2015 (104 comments in total)

The Pentax Q series is great for kids. It's light and capable, my three year old know how to take pictures with it.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2015 at 16:27 UTC as 38th comment | 1 reply

Samsung is in deep doodoo with their cellphone sales tanking. Not surprised they have to divest low margin business like cameras. Sony is restructuring too. Both Samsung and Sony's semiconductor business seem to be the real bright spots in their companies.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2015 at 09:00 UTC as 189th comment
On article 2015 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $500-800 (274 comments in total)

What subjects were used to test each camera's auto-focus and tracking? I have K-S2, and it's focusing on static objects are pretty quick. I have used Pentax DSLRs to shoot BIF, hummingbird, and surfers without issue. K-S2 has more settings for tracking, I wonder what settings were used by reviewer to come up with their conclusion. The more comprehensive K-S2 review at Pentaxforums seems to draw opposite conclusion to the one presented by DPR.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2015 at 09:25 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
On article 2015 Roundups: Fixed Prime Lens Cameras (223 comments in total)
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Tom Caldwell: GR: "Expensive for such a short list of upgrades" really? Firstly it is not a new model but simply another production run of what was already a very good product. Ricoh doesn't churn models but tends to make lasting product at the best technology that it can provide at the time.

Ergonomically it sets the standards that the others have to compete with.

Therefore it fails - first to provide some sort of regular new-buzz feature for excitement and it is so intuitive and versatile to use that it borders on bland.

Quietly marketed, competent images, easily carried, intuitive to use and never out of date. Hardly surprising that it will never set the market afire.

It was quite right to say that GR owners will not be throwing away their perfectly capable cameras for the excitement of the new. Mine is easily good enough for a few more years yet. This must make the GR the cheapest ever-capable camera on a per annum of use basis but that never gets a mention.

Since when did DPR become an authority on economics?

Is $569 for brand new GR II really expensive? It's the lowest priced cam of this roundup!

Another economist might say: "At $4250, Leica Q is really expensive for only being able to take pictures and record 1080P video."

Direct link | Posted on Nov 10, 2015 at 06:49 UTC
On article 2015 Roundups: Fixed Prime Lens Cameras (223 comments in total)
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LightBug: When I travel to scenic places, I take my Pentax DSLR with 21mm and 15mm DA limited lenses with me. Ricoh GR or GR II with wide-angle converter is on my list to replace the DSLR set in even smaller form-factor.

Oh Mike, I really need to get my hands on the GR then!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 9, 2015 at 07:14 UTC
On article 2015 Roundups: Fixed Prime Lens Cameras (223 comments in total)

When I travel to scenic places, I take my Pentax DSLR with 21mm and 15mm DA limited lenses with me. Ricoh GR or GR II with wide-angle converter is on my list to replace the DSLR set in even smaller form-factor.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2015 at 09:07 UTC as 43rd comment | 3 replies
On article 2015 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras around $500 (272 comments in total)
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LightBug: The Pentax K-S2 can be had with two (2) WR lens kit for $499. If your intention is to do the research for your readers and tell them what the best camera they can buy for $500, using current street price for categories, even accounting for variations among major retailers, is more useful than using 8 months old MSRP.

All I am saying, I think it's not the right approach, o.k.? Change the title to Mirrorless Interchangeable Camera if they want to exclude DSLRs like K-S2 or D3300 or include DSLRs as they are legitimate choices people can actually buy for under $500.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 4, 2015 at 06:57 UTC
On article 2015 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras around $500 (272 comments in total)

The Pentax K-S2 can be had with two (2) WR lens kit for $499. If your intention is to do the research for your readers and tell them what the best camera they can buy for $500, using current street price for categories, even accounting for variations among major retailers, is more useful than using 8 months old MSRP.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 4, 2015 at 06:10 UTC as 43rd comment | 4 replies
On challenge Point (5 comments in total)
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Doctor J: No one can accuse this challenge of being pointless!

That's a good one!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2015 at 06:21 UTC

Seems not very trying test of any AF system. You can see in my gallery I took similar kind of pictures with old Pentax K-x. The surf shots shown in this video do not seem difficult at all.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 14:53 UTC as 33rd comment

Long live my Super Takumar 50mm F1.4!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 05:51 UTC as 31st comment

Could be interesting if this camera has the K3 core at reduced price point.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 06:19 UTC as 23rd comment | 2 replies
On article Entry-Level Mirrorless Camera Roundup (2014) (145 comments in total)

02 Lens on Q-S1 or Q7 offers 24-70mm field of view.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2014 at 08:13 UTC as 16th comment
On article Pentax launches K-S1 Sweets Collection (231 comments in total)

These colors look fine to me, would be interesting to see how the silver DA limited are matched to these white colored bodies.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 27, 2014 at 05:53 UTC as 8th comment
On article Ricoh announces medium-format Pentax 645Z (161 comments in total)
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Tower: It is great news for user. All MF should not to pay more then 10K.

I bought Pentax 645 manual focus 35mm, 45mm, 75mm, 120mm macro lenses all for less than $1000.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2014 at 05:45 UTC
On article Ricoh announces medium-format Pentax 645Z (161 comments in total)
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jaygeephoto: I need some help understanding the sensor size and lens line up offered: If in fact these lenses are designed to cover the original 6X4.5 cm film area then they would be designed around a larger image circle and therefor be less than optimal? The sensor size seems to be about 73% of the 6X4.5 cm area making the lenses have a comparable magnification factor of about 1.4?
If someone makes an 80mm TS lens for this, I'm all in.

Usually when sensor is smaller than originally intended format, the smaller sensor actually utilize the "sweetspot" of the lenses and avoid the distortion around the edges.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2014 at 05:18 UTC
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