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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On 2014 Readers' Polls: The results are in! article (362 comments in total)

No nx1 no vote. I'm sure that i am not the 1st to say that but I shan't wade here to seek any.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2015 at 23:22 UTC as 7th comment | 2 replies
On Entry-Level Mirrorless Camera Roundup (2014) article (133 comments in total)
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jimrpdx: I do not believe the 300 & 3000 use the same sensor. Both are 20.3Mpix but 300 and 30 use PDAF site on the sensor, and other sites prefer the output of that sensor. Ugh, nx30 3000, 3000 and a 30mm pancake lens.. too many 30** items! :-)

I'm saying that for some reason Samsung makes Two 2.03Mpx sensors, one with PDAF embedded that gets better scores at dxo and one without. The NX300 uses the former, the 3000 uses the lower-score latter. The nx300 nearly matches the Pentax K-s1 with Sony's 20Mpx sensor but not quite - close enough by their scoring system though, and for me ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2015 at 14:31 UTC
On Real-world samples: Sony Alpha 7 II in Kauai article (227 comments in total)
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klimbkat: Wow - really underwhelming, particularly since Kauai is so photogenic. Why bother showing such mediocre snapshots?

We'll call it half-full then - this demonstrates that the camera cannot do everything, that the part behind the viewfinder can make or break images with any camera!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2015 at 19:24 UTC
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1347 comments in total)
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marc petzold: I'd say the cheapest way to upgrade to FF is legacy glas, that means old MF lenses. 99% of the legacy lenses are designed for FF, back from the old, but golden Film Era of Photography, but FF of course is not for everyone, for instance wildlife shooters, birders, and sport shooters - big telelenses are very expensive to buy as FF, often cost a fortune. Whileas telelenses that kind of via DX/APS-C are not that horrible expensive. I think for landscape shooting, FF is perfect, and they is thanks to Sony's E-Mount very much adaptable, good glas for instance their A7 series, or even their ordinary APS-C line together with Lens Turbos, or Speed Booster Focal Reducers, almost the same focal length and IQ like onto a real FF camera.

Every sensor size does have it's right onto the Market, FF, APS-C/DX, m43 and 1", even smaller sensors into compacts, it really depends on what you're going to shoot with, and therefore what lenses are being used for.

Spoken like a Pentax user, where all eldergear is 36×24 and all sensors APSc :-) And as Richard suggests, good luck to any of us affording a film-era lens wide enough to enjoy on APSc sensors!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2015 at 19:22 UTC
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1347 comments in total)
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M H S: One of the silliest, and most poorly written opinion pieces I've ever read here (and that's saying something)

And I probably wouldn't own whatever gear you own M H S - like the entire photographic industry, some articles also aren't a great fit. Feel free to write one for dpr, they'll likely find a good spot for it.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2015 at 19:19 UTC
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jaxson: Collapsing the kit lens seems like a half assed attempt to reduce the size, but one which still leaves you with something massive over mirrorless.

This new body actually seems sweet for me, as an upgrade to the K-30. Assume it's Weather Resistant also?

Mic input is a video only feature, but it's honestly only useful if you have audio levels displayed. Otherwise you don't know if you've set the gain right.

Also, disable the STUPID Movie SR simulated shake reduction and return to real sensor shift stabilisation, and allow focus peaking to work DURING video when we need it most, and they're pretty much onto a winner.

You've seen the new S-series from Samsung, perhaps? Mirrorless means whatever the company says it means, so they make both a 20-50 retracting lens and a 900g 16-50 f/2-2.8 in NX mount...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2015 at 00:58 UTC
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Jim in Hudson: What is "AF+ MF control for all X-mount lenses"? Thanks in advance.

Like Pentax with quick-shift lenses and DMF on Samsung and others. It's a great feature, but like shadow boosting and stabilisation each company has a different name for it!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 19:47 UTC
On Entry-Level Mirrorless Camera Roundup (2014) article (133 comments in total)

I do not believe the 300 & 3000 use the same sensor. Both are 20.3Mpix but 300 and 30 use PDAF site on the sensor, and other sites prefer the output of that sensor. Ugh, nx30 3000, 3000 and a 30mm pancake lens.. too many 30** items! :-)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 23:23 UTC as 24th comment | 3 replies
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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 (333 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 49th comment | 6 replies
On Opinion: Bring on the 70-200mm equivalents article (340 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 46th 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 (341 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 25th comment
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-S1 article (341 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
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