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Pentax SLR 1983-2000; digicams 2000-07; Alpha A200 2008-09; back to Pentax 2009 to present. Dabbled in m43 2010-15, then Samsung 2014-16.


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Plenty of great video options now to supplement my Pentax K∙50 with its relative lack of advanced video features. Despite its name I feel the YoCam is more interesting for my purposes with its size & submersible + time-lapse options, but I'll keep watching for a while..

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2016 at 18:21 UTC as 1st comment

No QXD cards? how confusing..

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 03:37 UTC as 12th comment
On article Sigma 20mm F1.4 'Art' lens real-world sample gallery (135 comments in total)

Guess I'm too old to get the allure of really fast WA lenses. Bokeh was never among my reasons to shoot wide, and size matters to me so Pentax 15mm f/4 or the 10-17 fisheye zoom will do fine. I'd like my entire set of lenses to weigh 950g!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2016 at 23:24 UTC as 13th comment | 5 replies
On photo 91015 Mt. Garibaldi in the The Cascade Volcanoes - Pick your challenge winner challenge (4 comments in total)

Excellent choice of peaks, and great image! I must visit Garibaldi some day soon.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2016 at 20:03 UTC as 1st comment
On article Opinion: Pour one out for Samsung cameras (324 comments in total)

Maybe it's time for Pentax to reopen its cooperation with Samsung? Help to relieve them of some spare gear they no longer want? :-)
Just dreaming.

Despite the Samsung silence I repurchased the NX300, a really capable camera with some great tiny lenses. The S series zooms may be excellent but are way too heavy for the thin-grip models; the 16-50PZ on those bodies can do great things.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2016 at 00:07 UTC as 11th comment
On article Have your say: Best Lens of 2015 (56 comments in total)

Write-in for Pentax DFA 150-450.
Spendy but impressive results.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2015 at 23:58 UTC as 12th comment
On article What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (751 comments in total)
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jimrpdx: He tried the wrong Q .. Pentax Q uses the K-5 dSLR control set then adds focus peaking and better video :-)

Not so good true - but better than the K-5, sadly :-(

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2015 at 03:01 UTC
On article What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (751 comments in total)

He tried the wrong Q .. Pentax Q uses the K-5 dSLR control set then adds focus peaking and better video :-)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 8, 2015 at 18:26 UTC as 41st comment | 2 replies
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cgarrard: Another thing I'm noticing is the new camera seems to be a big bigger and bulkier than normal Pentax cameras- to me that is an asset for full frame. Less vibration to cause micro blur- especially important on these new high res sensors without AA filters (and likely this one will not have one either). Also, the bulk helps handling with larger lenses. I never understood the small FF camera with large lenses... very odd to handle for me.

I do like the smaller FF cameras mind you, but just with the smaller prime FF lenses. A camera like this can handle the big glass Ricoh has (and will continue to) announced very well it seems. Handling is important to working pro's and they are used to carrying around extra weight - that is just part of the job most of the time.

Count me among the trivial DSLR users then; I stop at 500 grams for my lenses. I've owned heavier and find I always grab something else instead. No doubt all my images are pitiful.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 25, 2015 at 16:48 UTC
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Class A: This camera has the potential to become an instant classic.

I'm very excited about the new controls and expect this camera to provide excellent handling.

"Though there is only a 10% chance of that.."
-from the Naked Gun :p

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2015 at 02:27 UTC
On article And the winners are: DPReview Awards 2015 (392 comments in total)

'tis a shame that Pentax' pixel shift and AA simulation were not enough for an innovation nod. The NX1 has some excellent and unique features though.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2015 at 17:31 UTC as 100th comment | 5 replies

Very cool - for now my Pentax Q and 1.25" eyepiece adapter will do, but it's a great niche market to capture!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 1, 2015 at 21:34 UTC as 25th comment
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Caerolle: Wow, that is a really big lens on that little camera there...

The f/2 and 2.8 zooms really are overwhelming on the small body - great lenses with the NX1 but definitely not small. The NX1 is great for their 16/30/45 primes.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2015 at 21:11 UTC
On article Ricoh teases spring 2016 full-frame Pentax DSLR debut (528 comments in total)
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ProfHankD: So, did Pentax say it's a DSLR or did people just assume that? I see a K mount. I don't see a mirror in that mysterious photo nor in any text from them. ;-)

It's also missing a screw drive and an aperture coupling, which would rule out 98% of their lenses. The folks at pentax forums assume this isn't the fully baked body being suggested. Good eye though seeing what this subtle tease does /not/ show.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2015 at 04:21 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Pentax K-S1 (349 comments in total)
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EhsanDav: I like Pentax very much . I owned a K50 for a week. It's nice and future reach. The in camera RAW processing is extremely handy. Unfortunately it has a very noisy shutter. also lacks in lens department. Tryied the DA 50mm 1.8. Its noisy and plastic. Same is true with k-s1. Back to Canon Eos 100D/SL1 and ef 50mm 1.4 in less than a week.
Sorry pentax but you are too noisy.

Pentax and Minolta started late in the digital SLR age; Minolta sold its A-mount system to Sony and Pentax changed hands a few times but survived. Absolutely any lens with PK mount will fit and be stabilized on a Pentax dSLR body - also M42 lenses with a K adapter work fine. As the automation improved from K to M to A to F series the new bodies can take advantage of automated aperture or focus; early lenses are for manual-mode only. Many of us enjoy that, esp. with stabilized sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2015 at 04:14 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Pentax K-S1 (349 comments in total)
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JMal: I was looking forward to see an actual unit because I was 50-50 in terms of design when it was released. And then I watched a video of the white version and it did look promising. When I visited Ricoh's Japan website, the full range of color combinations delighted me, and in fact, Dusk Gold color truly did fit my taste.

I visited a camera shop and on display was Sunset Orange. In fact, the unit looks very attractive and the retail price was just affordable. It comes with a standard zoom lens. But, disappointingly, when I held it, for some reason, the device felt heavy. And it didn't even have a battery. I held once a Canon SL1 and it did feel light as for the it being the smallest dslr in the market. This Pentax KS-1 is, in a way, small. But it's just heavy--too heavy, actually. I'm having second thoughts. I hope DPreview will review this and its performance,if it would yield good results, then I might just consider it be it my first entry-level dlsr.

Pentax has made them that way for a while - more compact than other models but quite dense. If you check the weight it's pretty light, but I agree that for its size it is heavier than one would expect. It's a delight with prime lenses, even oldies like my SMC 24mm (late '70s?) thanks to focus peaking and internal stabilization.

And let's consider dense vs. its typical opposite: fragile! :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2015 at 04:10 UTC
On article Week in Review: To boldly go (66 comments in total)

I paid $275 for my compact, a K-s1. Add a prime & go..

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2015 at 21:29 UTC as 8th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 makes leap to 20MP (168 comments in total)

Impressive feature set, it will be interesting to read more on sensor, IS² and 4k image extraction. Now the K-3 II looks like a trend setter for removing flash!

Geek alert! I'd say it breaks the 16Mpx barrier, not 20 - it sets the bar higher at 20 but breaks nothing once it gets there..

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 17:57 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply

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 79th 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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