jimrpdx

jimrpdx

Lives in United States Longview, WA, United States
Works as a Retired dude
Has a website at http://granitix.blogspot.com
Joined on Apr 11, 2008
About me:

Pentax SLR 1983-2000; digicams 2000-07; Alpha A200 2008-09; back to Pentax 2009 to present. Dabbled in m43 2010-12, then Samsung 2014.

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They listen to the Paying customers, perhaps? Minolta-lens users on the Alpha mount are buying gear with less value to Sony and have felt benign neglect since the A550 came out long ago. The E mount is winning, and it's sad that the Minolta/Alpha mount is fading - again.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2015 at 15:37 UTC as 72nd comment | 2 replies
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jimrpdx: I don't *love* the mirrorless option but I see its value in places. The compact bodies are lousy with large telephoto lenses, so for long shots my Pentax with SR is best. The NX300 with 16 and 30mm pancakes, sweep panorama and AF-video give it a place in my gear. The NX1 is definitely a great option but the size is back to matching my K-r - so their overlap is nice.

NX300-size (minimal grip) is lousy for handling with large or fast teles with aps-c sensor, not a poor choice in general. A tripod solves that, but in-body AS and grip (Pentax) is more convenient. Yup I'm a lazy tripod-shunner..

I'd love an NX1 to swap over, but cannot budget for that and their 50-150 :( and need the SR for my low-light shooting; I adapt PK primes with the NX300 but the lack of IS shows. Yup I'm a jittery lazy tripod shunner!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 21:01 UTC

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Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 21:01 UTC as 116th comment

I don't *love* the mirrorless option but I see its value in places. The compact bodies are lousy with large telephoto lenses, so for long shots my Pentax with SR is best. The NX300 with 16 and 30mm pancakes, sweep panorama and AF-video give it a place in my gear. The NX1 is definitely a great option but the size is back to matching my K-r - so their overlap is nice.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 20:49 UTC as 119th comment | 1 reply
On Hands-on with new Olympus PRO 8mm and 7-14mm lenses article (278 comments in total)
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lacikuss: Looking at these extra large lenses compared to FF equvalents I believe at this point only the Nikon 1 system has held to the original promise of a portable system

NX300 plus 16mm f/2.4 or 30mm f/2 are quite nice. For longer primes I adapt Pentax M85 f2 or M150 f3.5 to stay small.

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2015 at 00:53 UTC
On Hands-on with new Olympus PRO 8mm and 7-14mm lenses article (278 comments in total)
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Pitchertaker: Still trying to decide between the Olympus and Sony lens systems to invest in for landscape, perspective, and closeup images.

For my applications are primes a better choice than a zoom?

Should I grab an EM-1 and throw on this new 7-14mm f/2.8 or go with their 12mm f/2.0 & 17mm f/1.8 instead?

Should I go Sony a6000 or A7 with their sole 24mm f/1.8 prime, or would their 18-105 f/4, 10-18 f/4, 16-70 f/4 or 16-35 f/4 do just as well?

Between the Oly 60mm f/2.8 macro and Sony 90mm f/2.8 which is better?

Samsung and its pancakes capture very nice landscapes, and their most recent 20mpx sensors are within a few dxo points of Sonys. The nx300 and 16/30 lensres serves me quite well.

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2015 at 00:49 UTC
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II article (521 comments in total)
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Peiasdf: Come on, get the FF K-1 out and please put a new SONY sensor inside. K-3 didn't do well against Nikon and hopefully Pentax improved its processing in K-3II

Curious. Pentax jpeg processing can be tuned like mad..saturation hue 2 sharpening & brightness levels on each Custom image profile, plus NR off low med high + custom by ISO. They are not the revered Oly jpegs by default, but they can be anything you wish with a little work.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2015 at 03:19 UTC

I believe their base flash is cheaper than the O-GPS unit, so swap one pocket item for another. A curious trade-off & public perception may steer the 36x24 body's final setup.. or maybe it's already set in stone to have no flash. While I'd like to see how the full-color mode looks in practice I would not use it often as I very seldom use a tripod. Good to see the envelope being pushed though!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 23:53 UTC as 23rd comment
On Island life: Samsung NX500 Shooting Experience article (164 comments in total)

I also prefer a viewfinder for stability, but holding the camera 'outstretched' is not your only option. Elbows tucked in is definitely more stable, and waist-level shooting was once the exclusive domain of very high-end film cameras. The big screen as viewfinder also forces shooters to consider different camera angles, which is often a good thing.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2015 at 15:19 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
On Samsung300mmPreProd_f3.2_15 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Shooting a 300mm at 1/160; that's a good sign for OIS!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 02:13 UTC as 1st comment
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wildkat2: Good interview from a tough subject. And good on you for asking pointy questions about the AF speed. Pentax needs to hear that we expect more. Pentax is not quite as secretive as Apple used to be but they come from the same school of thought.

I disagree with you about the "bulkiness" of the K-01. Paired with the DA40XS it is a joy for traveling and only slightly bigger than your typical super zoom. I think its unfortunate that most people looked at the yellow version, said ugh and decided it was "bulky." I wish Pentax would make a "K-02" that fixes things like lack of WR, slow processor, etc. Now about that 15-450…….

Even today heat in a mirrorless can worries them. My K-01 never acted warm, though I didn't stress it much. To many owners 'bulky' meant it could stand on a flat surface for portrait imaging.. try that with other cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 03:10 UTC

Is anyone else disturbed by the concept that the m4:3 group is working hard to put out multiple 30-50mm lenses? When you can spend under $100 to adapt a fast classic 28-50mm from anyone plus an adapter? Oh yeah it 'must' have AF and fancy coatings.. for studio work in controlled lighting. Hm.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 17:33 UTC as 11th comment | 4 replies

Nice features, though the nx500 would do nicely on a drone as well. No doubt those who care deeply would know better than I how much better this can do..

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 16:32 UTC as 19th comment

Man are we spoiled nowadays, if 18-30mm equivalent is just 'moderately wide'. Sure I'm old but 24mm on film felt mighty wide once ;)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2015 at 16:30 UTC as 22nd comment

I'd have preferred cute bunnies to bacteria in a Petri dish - but otherwise well stated. I know that Samsung has taken a crowbar to the crack other brands left, and the nx500 could be the dynamite - Sony m4|3 and others are working with very good tools here as well but I went with NX and its stack of pancakes.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 17:01 UTC as 216th comment
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jimrpdx: DPR streak is safe, you simply cannot wrote a Pentax note without a barb. It's insulting to the brand and to readers. No Canon articles about the M-series features not implemented in later announcements, no Olympus reports that note how you cannot tell them apart from six feet away. Pentax put LEDs on one camera that could flash in specific instances, and could be turned off.. yet the stigma will outlive the current writers and no doubt will come up again in 2045. Absurdity reigns.

One last fact: the LEDs lit up when detecting 1-5 faces in face detect mode, they all lit then turned off sequentially in self timer mode. I don't believe they ever in fact flash so it is Not a K-s1 feature .. yet the headline will tell the world of it with no accountability.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 05:59 UTC

DPR streak is safe, you simply cannot wrote a Pentax note without a barb. It's insulting to the brand and to readers. No Canon articles about the M-series features not implemented in later announcements, no Olympus reports that note how you cannot tell them apart from six feet away. Pentax put LEDs on one camera that could flash in specific instances, and could be turned off.. yet the stigma will outlive the current writers and no doubt will come up again in 2045. Absurdity reigns.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 02:46 UTC as 50th comment | 10 replies
On Samsung introduces NX500 with NX1's 28MP BSI sensor article (143 comments in total)
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backayonder: Does it have a viewfinder? And if not is the camera useless in bright sunlight ?

I've had no issues with the nx300 in sunlight, but this screen is different. And you'll be seeking the nx30 replacement for EVF but if you like 'em small this camera is great.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 05:48 UTC
On Samsung introduces NX500 with NX1's 28MP BSI sensor article (143 comments in total)
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ShatteredSky: I made do without a viewfinder for about a year with the NX300. Never thought I would adapt to it, but it worked out quite nicely. I would still appreciate the addition of a viewfinder though ...

My glasses have definitely changed how I work, the waist-level screen option works well for me too.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 00:05 UTC
On Samsung introduces NX500 with NX1's 28MP BSI sensor article (143 comments in total)

Yummy, though I should at least /pretend/ I've worn out my nx300 first..

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 00:03 UTC as 13th comment
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