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Pentax SLR 1983-2000; digicams 2000-07; Alpha A200 2008-09; back to Pentax 2009+


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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 (1011 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
On National Park Service bans drones in Yosemite article (170 comments in total)
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cjcampbell: Hysterical. People want drones banned in national parks because drones destroy the illusion that they are all alone in one of the most crowded places on earth.

Really, if you want a 'natural' experience, everyone should be forced to walk in from 20 miles out dressed in only a loincloth made from animal skins and carrying nothing more than a stick. All the roads, trails, lodges, concessionaires, and other signs of human activity would be erased. Knock yourself out. Be sure your last will and testament are up to date before you go.

Seriously, I suspect that this rule will be about as well enforced as the one prohibiting base jumpers.

Hmm, hypocritical perhaps more than a doctor's oath?
Parts of Yosemite are managed as wilderness, and drone 'pilots' could easily stray into those zones. It bugs me to see jets over a wilderness, I cannot imagine how a drone would get to me. Sorry that others cannot or will not get into wilderness, but it really is a treasure.

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2014 at 16:14 UTC
On National Park Service bans drones in Yosemite article (170 comments in total)
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Craig from Nevada: A step in the right direction.

The Yosemite Valley is one of the most overused pieces of national park in the US. They should ban automobiles and tour busses from the valley as the next step.

If you want an aerial view, go hike to Cloud's Rest or North Dome.

I recall being there in 1971, hearing of plans to bus people in and banning cars. It's a great idea, and has been for .. 40 years now :-(

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2014 at 16:10 UTC
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Smokymtnhiker: Why waste time with articles like this? Don't you have a K3 review to finish?

Chill yourself, that last sentence was totally without value.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 4, 2014 at 15:23 UTC
On Good to go: Living and shooting with the Fujifilm X-E2 article (62 comments in total)

So that's why the K-3 review is taking so long - the shooter preparing a "shooters report" hasn't returned yet! :-)

Looks like Fuji has found its place - good for them.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 21:11 UTC as 16th comment | 6 replies
On Ricoh GR firmware version 3.00 now available article (20 comments in total)

Good for Ricoh and the GR!

Curious that this got a DPR notice but K-3 FW1.01 is still unannounced here. I was thinking maybe their review was held up to re-test with 1.01? We shall see... some day.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2014 at 15:18 UTC as 9th comment
On Wyoming's stunning weather and landscapes in time-lapse article (231 comments in total)

Very nice! Personally sliders and time-lapse are hard on my visual system, I've turned off many videos that do this - but I managed the whole show this time to see more of Wyoming. Good stuff.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2014 at 17:34 UTC as 79th comment

I'm more likely to own a K-3, but I voted for the Sigma lens. This is a lens that just wasn't possible until now, and what I've heard of it has been quite favorable. Way too heavy and expensive for me, but those who need it will love it.
Plus of course, it's actually been reviewed ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2014 at 01:15 UTC as 27th comment
On Have Your Say: Best DSLR / SLT of 2013 article (349 comments in total)
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sadaka: It must be the K-3, because it got a lot of attention in previous posts. It's for my anyway. I like to be different form Canikon crowd!

Hipsters, sheep - but down deep inside we're all after the same thing. Name calling doesn't help, but it keeps forum sites alive! ;^)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2013 at 01:10 UTC
On Want to remember something? Don't take a photo article (185 comments in total)

I've found that over time some of my earlier hiking trips become the images I took, so I try hard to recall the moments in between the shots. Many times that was when it was raining, or stormy :-) but it helps me remember the whole trip and not just the times the camera was out.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2013 at 19:47 UTC as 77th comment
On Pentax K-3 preview (961 comments in total)
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1llusive: As a Nikon system/D7100 owner, I became intrigued by this camera, but that faded when I realized:

a. I'd be carrying a heavier camera
b. I'd have inferior lens options
c. I'd have inferior accessory options, such as flashes
d. I'd be limited to 1/180 flash sync
e. I would give up focus performance, especially tracking wildlife
f. It would cost me more money

Sure, I would gain increased ruggeddness, sensor shift IS, a 1.3fps increase and a bigger data buffer. USB 3.0 doesn't mean much when it takes Lightroom so long to import and generate previews anyway. I start the process and check back later.

Now I'm not dogging this camera. To a Pentax user this seems like a great camera, just not a game changer and especially not for someone already owning the latest Nikon systems with a D7100 or Canon 70D or higher.

Depends on your game, and whether your game changes by itself & needs a different mix of gear. Glad you like your Nikon in any case!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2013 at 05:34 UTC
On Enthusiast compact camera 2013 roundup article (227 comments in total)
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showmeyourpics: I did try it, loved it, bought it and am having a jolly good time using it. The EVF could be better but is a huge improvement over the typical optical viewfinders (I had the G12 for 2 years). With a $24 8MP UHS-1 card, write time for 12MP Raw + jpeg is about 1.5sec/frame or 9sec for a 6 frame sequence. I don't understand the issue of interface sluggishness. Yesterday, I photographed the sunset jumping from 5 frame exposure bracketing for HDR rendering to manual series of 5 shots for panorama stitching, everything without taking my eye off the EVF and/or appreciable complications. The articulated LCD with Manual Frame Area is great for basic product photography. The lens range up to 200mm is definitely a unique plus for me.

BTW, I am a part-time pro with over 40 years of experience with all kind of film and digital gear shooting many different subjects. I normally work with pro-level equipment but carry the P7800 with me everywhere to be ready for any unexpected photo opportunity

"It" sure sounds nice - but which camera exactly is "it"?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2013 at 00:44 UTC
On P9250286 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Unless you're being paid by extremely fussy people, this camera seems to meet the PGE (plenty good enough) test. My K-01 comes out often but this is more Q-size and still very capable; good for Panasonic! I expect the PENs are as talented but somehow they never caught my attention like the GM-1.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2013 at 21:59 UTC as 1st comment
On Ricoh launches Pentax Q-mount ultra-wide-angle zoom article (58 comments in total)

Hoya did toys, Ricoh does lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2013 at 23:48 UTC as 22nd comment
On A quick review of the LightZone Photo Editor article (4 comments in total)

I've been trying it out in Win7 with no issues. It has more Styles built in than I will ever need, but one can ignore them. The zone-mapping arrangement is nice, I prefer it to the curve option that is so common with similar software.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2013 at 21:14 UTC as 2nd comment
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