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fakuryu

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On article Pocketable APS-C: Fujifilm X70 real-world samples (211 comments in total)
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misspiggy01: i know, everybody says how great the x-trans sensors are. i would love to love it too! so i have been duly looking at all the sample galleryies and studio tests since the x-pro 1. but i just can´t see it! all i see is a mushy mess at pixel level. and colors that are between waxy and watercolor at iso above 800. even around base iso on pixel level there is low contrast and softness that for me doesn´t make "the film look".
i´m not trolling here. i love fuji, since their film days. i love how the cameras look. i´m still shooting their slide films. and my first digital camera was the e900. perfect at the time! but for me the x-trans just doesn´t do it! to me there is something very "digital" about it.

It is already established that Nikon and Pentax can extract more out of the Sony sensors than Sony themselves... so why can't Fuji put a twist to it?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2016 at 00:01 UTC
On article Design, looks and desire: Olympus does it again (396 comments in total)
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Emilio TTL: One of the features that the Olympus' users value the most about their cameras, at least those over $800, is their weather-sealing. Why on earth didn't they include weather sealing in a premium priced camera like this?

https://fstoppers.com/location/pentax-vs-afghanistan-one-us-soldier-puts-his-cameras-weather-sealing-test-5675

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 19:06 UTC
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Jonathan F/2: Both Canon and Nikon stocks are on a downward trend. Interestingly enough, both Olympus and Fuji are seeing positive stock growth, especially with their new announcements this week!

PKDanny

Japanese domestic sales/shares of Pentax actually increased and took the 3rd place from Sony

Canon
Nikon
Pentax
Sony

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2016 at 20:01 UTC
On article 1.4 and More: Canon EF 35mm F1.4L II comparison (240 comments in total)
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marc petzold: The issue is sample variation, and here the Sigma differs more then the typical Canon or Nikon lens. The same goes for Tamron - both brands should really invest really more into their QC Department, even the lens would cost something more into the end. I've forgotten the name of the photographer, but he compared the Sigma 35/1.4 ART against the new 35/1.4 L II lens, and because of AF inconsistencies also, he clearly favored the Canon, but the Sigma is still very hard to beat for the asking price.

It is not Tamron or Sigma's fault BTW. Licensing Canon's and Nikon's AF algorithms will make their lens prices go through the roof. There are AF inconsistencies due to Tamron and Sigma's AF reverse engineering and Canon's and Nikon's AF

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2016 at 20:25 UTC
On article In Fine Detail: Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R In-Depth Review (667 comments in total)

"And while the RGB+IR metering sensor should have brought AF subject tracking benefits to the line, it's not really noticeable for the type of candid portraiture such photographers are wont to shoot."

Or is it "it's not really noticeable for the type of candid portraiture such photographers WANT to shoot."?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2015 at 22:05 UTC as 153rd comment | 2 replies
On article Sony bringing Alpha SLT-A68 to the US and Canada (106 comments in total)
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Randy Veeman: Preorders for the SLT-A68 begin in March for shipment in April 2016.
Looks like Sony has no new sensor for APSC cameras other than the same 24MP sensor. New cameras for a while are only going to be 'refreshes' ala Canikon.

I can see why Nikon may be switching to Samsung's BSI sensors in 2016.

The Sony 16mp sensor is one sweet sensor, adding BSI would be the cherry on top

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2015 at 19:12 UTC
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CheersUK: I have to say, with the teasing, it had better be the most awesome DSLR at the most awesome price...something in the realm of Nikon D810 build and features for D610 or rebated D750 price. Anything else will just be, "oh well, another camera released that doesn't offer me enough to change systems".

I have to say, that I do have a soft spot for Pentax...well the Pentax K mount, to be specific. Oh the were the days...

Slow? Probably in AF-C. Inaccurate? No, once that K5II confirms focus, it will be in focus.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 1, 2015 at 15:38 UTC
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joyclick: Will it beat any of the current flagships from Cannikon?

feature set/performance/FPS/connectivity/AF/DR/Build/Bang for the buck per $

Yes/it depends on what you define as performance/it has wifi and NFC so yes/we don't know yet but higher end Pentax cameras can lock AF accurately at f2.8 in complete darkness, experienced users of the K3 has little problems with AF-C/DR, my K5II has better DR than Canon's 6D, so probably a yes/higher end Pentax cameras are built like a tank so a yes/bang for the buck, it depends on the market situation and how you would personally define bang for $

Direct link | Posted on Oct 26, 2015 at 14:21 UTC
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adengappasami: FUji is the only manufacturer where we are asking for a Body. In Sony camp they are going nuts about lack of lenses

Common Fuji, get us a FF mirrorless or atleast a 24MP Sensor that can challenge.

FUJI IS DOOMED!!! NO FF, NO SALE!

Really... Pentax survived the Pentax is doomed outcry for lacking FF for such a long time and I think Fuji will too. The only problem here is that Fuji will need to redesign their lenses to cover the FF image circle. The advantage of Pentax for this one is that the K-mount itself is a FF mount from the get go.

I honestly think that there are no real problems with APSC cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2015 at 19:32 UTC
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RolliPoli: Sigma, make it in a PK mount and you have my money!
This is a great 'crossover' focal length, useful on both FF and APS-C

Maybe once the FF is out?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2015 at 22:25 UTC
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TheLastMan: I am interested that everybody seems to think that $1,300 is "cheap". In the UK the Tamron SP 28-75mm F2.8 XR Di LD Macro is £300 ($450). Sure it is a fractionally longer focal length range and it lacks an internal motor and weather proofing, but at around 1/3 of the price it looks astonishingly good value.

Shops are already taking orders on the Pentax 24-70 at £1,150 ($1,725) so as normal Pentax are seriously over-priced here compared to the USA.

The Tamron 24-70 for Canon/Nikon/Sony here is about £675 ($1,025) street price so only 60% the proposed price of the Pentax. If Tamron have licensed the design to Pentax then presumably that is why the Tamron 24-70 is not available in a Pentax fit!

Just to put this in perspective, I could buy both a Tamron 28-75 f2.8 AND a Pentax FA 77mm F1.8 for a total of £1,100 which is less than the proposed price of the Pentax 24-70.

But the 28-75 f2.8 which is optically a good lens, even if you get a good copy is still agonizingly slow and also hunts focus a lot! If Pentax is targeting hobbyist/ semi/ professionals to switch, the new 24-70 should be up to the part especially with the focusing part of the equation.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2015 at 16:07 UTC
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rtogog: Am I wrong? Is this not a Star lens? This lens looks identical to Tamron lens which is good performer too. So, will the star lens still in design ? Or Pentax play in affordable FF lens? Will they also re-badge the Tamron 70-200? BTW, this will give more option for us. Thanks

Since this is lens made in partnership with Tamron, the build quality although good is not up to par to be designation as a * lens.

But the soon to be released DFA* 70-200 is a pure Pentax lens from ground up AFAIK.

Anyway the designer of the Tammy 24-70 from what I've read was a Pentax lens designer who created some of the best optics for Pentax. Probably why the Tammy 70-200 PZD is such an optically excellent lens.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2015 at 23:34 UTC
On article Ricoh teases spring 2016 full-frame Pentax DSLR debut (528 comments in total)
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alextardif: Hmm... how about Sony hand over their A-mount to Pentax along with whatever sensor they're buying? Let the A77ii and A99 go into the oblivion and give our A-mount glass another shot :)

To add:

Some of the current "APSC" DA lenses also covers the FF sensor w/o a problem

DA35 f2.4
DA40 f2.8 Limited
DA50 f1.8
DA70 f2.4 Limited

The plastic fantastics and the Limited jewels, what is there not to like?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2015 at 00:43 UTC
On article Holga Digital camera project launched on Kickstarter (150 comments in total)
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Johannes Zander: The only thing I like about this camera is that it uses AA batteries.

Why can't other camera makers build their cameras around standart sized batteries?

^we do have rechargeable AA batteries you know.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2015 at 10:43 UTC
On challenge VSCO FILM 01 (8 comments in total)

Do you mean we can still post from VSCO 00 or any preset that is equivalent of VSCO 01?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2015 at 05:34 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? (1085 comments in total)
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Morpho Hunter: Did Sony just do the impossible?

Nope, true the camera is small .. but the lenses (compared to the mft system) are huge (albeit Zeiss fantastic). However I just wonder how this camera will fair (sales wise) when the rumoured Olympus E-M1 replacement, with it's HAND-HELD 40mp sensor shift system is released. More importantly, just how many people out there can afford (or are willing) to pay for those Zeiss lenses .. I mean .. just how often does one blow up a print to the size of a barn door?!!

2 words... Zeiss Batis

Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2015 at 23:27 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II (531 comments in total)
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Hugo808: I had a go on a Pentax in a shop and it had really noisy autofocus. That was the end of it for me, but are all their lenses missing the ultrasonics of the competition?

@jpino79

Obviously you don't get the idea of the Pentax Limiteds. But instead of making an excuse of "choosing the best lens for the job no matter if it is big and heavy", please do name one DSLR lens that is at the level of the DA15 Limited that has that corner to corner sharpness for a wide lens.

The Limited IQ is not a marketing standpoint, I guess you'll never know until you've shot with one.

Then again comparing the 85mm f1.8G to a Limited lens? We are no longer talking about IQ here or price to performance ratio, you just don't understand the Pentax Limiteds

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 23:19 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II (531 comments in total)
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Hugo808: I had a go on a Pentax in a shop and it had really noisy autofocus. That was the end of it for me, but are all their lenses missing the ultrasonics of the competition?

@jpino79

Is there a wide lens out there for a DSLR that is insanely small and not soft at the corners? Can you name one that is sharp corner to corner at 15mm at F4?

How about the DA50 f1.8 and the DA35 f2.4? Those are good inexpensive prime lens. I've shot with the DA50 f1.8 and I own a DA34 f2.4, they are sharp and has excellent IQ but is no way near my DA40 and DA70 Limiteds.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 21:54 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II (531 comments in total)
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dodgebaena: I too am not a Pentax shooter but I know friends who swear by Pentax, and have heard glowing testimonials. What I don't understand is why more manufacturers don't incorporate an articulating/tilting/swiveling LCD. After I used one with the Canon 60D (I'm now a Sony a99/a7II/RX10 shooter), I can't see myself shooting without one.

@jpino79

Watch this first then comeback to us.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7bpGiLKFDs

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 19:26 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II (531 comments in total)
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Hugo808: I had a go on a Pentax in a shop and it had really noisy autofocus. That was the end of it for me, but are all their lenses missing the ultrasonics of the competition?

"But it's the wrong move from Pentax to put their camera bodies with screwdrive lenses at the stores."

Try and use a Pentax Limited lens first then come back to us.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 17:59 UTC
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