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 Island life: Samsung NX500 Shooting Experience article (163 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 9th 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 21st 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 211th 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
On 2014 Readers' Polls: The results are in! article (378 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 12th comment | 3 replies
On Entry-Level Mirrorless Camera Roundup (2014) article (138 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 (1447 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 (1447 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 (138 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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