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. Dabbled in m43 2010-12, then Samsung 2014.

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iudex: Oh I have just noticed this: max format is 35mm FF. Is it just a typo, or is it really a FF zoom?

Up to now DA means 24x18ish sensors, FA for 36x24 - so I'll believe the DA labeling until I hear something definitive.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2014 at 22:29 UTC
On Pentax launches K-S1 Sweets Collection article (231 comments in total)
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rwl408: Why silly-colored K-S1 when one can get better-featured K5iis body @ $596?

I'll keep my IIs thanks :-) but for a 2nd body some day such a small & light body with primes would be very useful as a 2nd (and my wife likes this so 2nd/3rd?). More pixels and some K-3 features are tempting - and I'd take a gold one!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2014 at 18:07 UTC
On Pentax launches K-S1 Sweets Collection article (231 comments in total)

This article implies FluCard is optional, others I have seen say the card is included - for $100 value and its use for some applications that's a point worth knowing for sure.

R.Pentax may be confusing many imagers but they have their own reasoning behind this and other curious products; their K-s1 development story can be found at ricoh-imaging.jp site (in English).

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2014 at 18:05 UTC as 2nd comment
On Tune in to DPReview Live this Thursday and Friday article (238 comments in total)

Bummer - Pentax missed the train. Again. Guess the others can talk about AA simulation?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2014 at 00:15 UTC as 69th comment | 4 replies
On Post-Photokina polls - Tell us what you think article (198 comments in total)

Oh no I voted for the most popular option! So much for my rebellious reputation I guess... :^)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2014 at 04:15 UTC as 83rd comment
On Sony shows off upcoming full-frame lenses at Photokina article (328 comments in total)

It continues to stun me that FF 36×24 and E-mount are in the same sentence, while the A-mount is shunned like a sick dog. That's impressive, as I thought Sony could no longer stun me with anything...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 03:06 UTC as 42nd comment | 6 replies
On Opinion: Bring on the 70-200mm equivalents article (328 comments in total)

It does have a bit of fringing wide open, but for now I'll stick with my JCPenney 80-200mm f/3.5. Silent focus unless I mumble, SR by Pentax, tripod collar, nine aperture blades, $24 at auction (plus more for M42 adapter). Good info here though! :-)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2014 at 18:21 UTC as 41st comment
On Photokina 2014: Ricoh stand report article (150 comments in total)

" As you can see, there wasn't a long wait for the K-3."

Sorry - was that humour? True I see no people, but I don't think anyone climbing the waterfall would get to stay long - assuming you are serious. And if you're being funny it's rather sad. Why does Pentax continue to get a disproportionate number of dismissive throwaway lines from DPR staff?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 20:40 UTC as 17th comment | 5 replies
On Photokina 2014: Ricoh stand report article (150 comments in total)

Hmm, 'in stock' means 1-2 months for amazon re. K-s1? The grammar police need look no further than the advertisers at this stage.

I will enjoy being one of the 3 people worldwide who carry a 20MPxl, no-AA K-3mini camera; I'll be out shooting while the forums fill with laughter... many reviews included. "Star Trek", "Christmas Tree" and other headline-crafters are basking in their remarkable humour.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 17:38 UTC as 39th comment
On Photokina 2014: Ricoh stand report article (150 comments in total)
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JamesD28: The 'high magnification super zoom' and 'large diameter zoom' are being developed for a full frame Pentax camera, also in development. The 16-85mm may be for FF aswell.

'confirmed for FF' is not on solid ground either, a groundswell of hope and a French FB site is the 'confirmation' right now :^|

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 17:30 UTC
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-S1 article (332 comments in total)

Perhaps firmware wasn't final for this preview, but I wish someone would compare the shutter sound to previous K-cams. Entry and mid-level K bodies have been average while the -5 and -3 are nearly silent. Inquiring minds would like to hear!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 31, 2014 at 03:00 UTC as 24th comment
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-S1 article (332 comments in total)
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SaltLakeGuy: There is essentially NO compelling reason to want this camera. Slow lenses, average performance overall and just a repetition of what's already available from several other manufacturers. I call this "marketing suicide", which I've never thought Pentax would go for. Perhaps Ricoh is the poor influence on this decision. And it's a whooper of a bad one IMHO.

Hmmm.. maybe you're not the right audience? I'll check your gear list to see which P&S you are moving up from...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2014 at 23:24 UTC
On Very flashy: Ricoh unveils Pentax K-S1 DSLR article (206 comments in total)
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HowaboutRAW: I like the promise of 20MP instead of 24MP.

But if those front lights don't turn off, I guess gaffer's tape will be in order.

Now I wish Zeiss would go back to selling Pentax mount MF lenses for this system.

They do turn off, but the reviewers haven't found the OFF switch yet for it.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2014 at 23:20 UTC
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-S1 article (332 comments in total)

This will be an easy buy: my wife likes it :-) and I can sell off several smaller cameras that didn't quite work for me. (Thanks P-Ricoh, our plan worked!)

It is amazing how a new screen font gets more attention than some of the in-camera features, but oh well.

Why priced above K-50... well maybe because half the K-3 is stuffed inside?

Hint - the target audience is not reviewers but people without a Pentax, and folks who actually don't Want the extra features that reviewers and pro wannabes demand!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2014 at 23:17 UTC as 130th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)
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Bobby Handal: The only bad thing about the camera is the pricing. Nikon has put together a system that is great for wildlife, without breaking your back ! lightweight and responsive. Slap on a 70-200mm f/2.8 and its a 540mm f/2.8, and with the new lens that nikon (70-300mm) is selling you have a compact 840mm lens that is able to grab birds in flight easily , again , in a compact package.

By the same (true) logic the Pentax Q is a real winner - yet it's a deep-niche camera. I'm looking forward to slapping my Q on a telescope in a month or two, just for laughs - could be my ideal planet cam.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 16:05 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1571 comments in total)
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Lassoni: Wow, so many ppl are after gadgetry features. Where are these guys coming from? Sony camp?

Sony Camp, where nothing is ever the same twice ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 20:33 UTC

Yay, perhaps this will push prices down on I and II series; I like the 1" sensor but need the price to fall a bit.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 16:23 UTC as 22nd comment
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cgarrard: Only the Nikon mount- that sucks. Good lens otherwise it seems. Both Sony A-Mount and Pentax K-Mount need a constant f/4 lens in this range- you'd think they'd know and pick up on that gap in the market.

Again we're talking full-frame here; Pentax are all aps-c, and if/when they jump in the FF ring an updated Tokina cross-development deal would get lenses out sooner. Of course they could just push MF and let full frame go, but optimists read their hints as though FF were an inevitable outcome..

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 16:19 UTC
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brownie314: I am baffled why Tokina would go after this segment of the lens market. The 70-200 f/4 lens is covered in almost every mount by they body manufacturers. Why not refresh the 50-135 f/2.8 with updated optics and stabilization? This market for good APS-C lenses is badly under served. Lots of people with high end aps-c bodies would like to have a lens in the focal range and aperture.
Think about it - sigma 18-35 f/1.8 and then a Tokina 50-135 f/2.8 (updated). This would cover 90% of what almost any aps-c tog would need any time. Add an UWA - and that is it.

I'm wondering about Pentax, with whom they have cross-developed before. Pentax does not have such a lens (no FF - yet) but one is on their roadmap page. Perhaps it will become available as an FA-II series with a Pentax badge..?

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 16:16 UTC
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Digitall: wow wow wow specs, very nice. SD slot, 4.4 KitKat and 6.700 mAh battery? Bye bye Asus or ? Good to see nice competition on this area. Curious about the screen quality.
SD slot is a must.

At about 1/2 the price shown here, I can still be very happy with my Asus 7HD. Sure it's out-spec'd but not by enough to overwhelm me or overdraw my accounts.

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2014 at 21:45 UTC
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