winkalman

winkalman

Lives in United States MI, United States
Joined on Aug 29, 2005
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Pentax *ist DS
DA 18-55 f3.5-5.6
A 50 f1.4
A 50 f1.7
M 100 f4 Macro

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On Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II article (485 comments in total)
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Leandros S: Since everybody's talking about them, here's the link to the full res samples:
http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/english/products/k-3-2/ex/

Direct links to the two images taken with Pixel Shift Resolution:
http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/english/products/k-3-2/ex/img/bod_mainImg_02.JPG

http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/english/products/k-3-2/ex/img/bod_mainImg_01.JPG

That definitely looks promising; I can't wait to see how pixel shift stacks up to a Nikon D810.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 22:00 UTC
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II article (485 comments in total)

For those lamenting the lack of a built in flash, why not just go with a small hotshoe flash that offers higher output and bounce capabilities like Metz's mecablitz 26 AF-1?

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1100044-REG/metz_mz_2631796p_mecablitz_26af_1_digital_flash.html

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 21:58 UTC as 17th comment | 9 replies
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II article (485 comments in total)
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Yoggie: I will take GPS over wifi every day; but not having a flash is a deal breaker.

What about something like this little guy...

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1100044-REG/metz_mz_2631796p_mecablitz_26af_1_digital_flash.html

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 21:49 UTC
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II article (485 comments in total)
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K0d: It does have optional WiFi built in.
http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.uk/en/misc/Flucard-Pentax-16GB-O-FC1.html
Upgradeable, full network compatibility and multiple OS - Just take out the card and its in flight mode.

It's definitely nice to (presumably) have the option to upgrade to 802.11ac sometime in the future.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 21:39 UTC
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Peter CS: Great, new camera for Pentax fans, like myself! Many cool and new features! Hopefully this will match the raw sensor performance of the Nikon d7100/d7200. However, note to Pentax (and also a note to Fuji, Nikon, Canon, Tokina, and Tamron) - if you want to capture the landscape photographer market, you need to produce a weather-sealed ultra-wide zoom lens for DX photographers!!! So far, only Canon FX and Nikon FX have addressed this market niche with well-sealed zoom lenses! Relative to Pentax - they have had and relied a tired, non-sealed, and outdated 12-24mm for way too long!!! Also, I am not willing to try to change various prime lenses under less-than-ideal weather conditions, no matter how good the resolution and other parameters! Would have gladly bought the new, Tokina 12-20mm f2.8 but again, no weather-sealing. It seems that the FX lens lines from all manufacturers are an afterthought at best...

I wouldn't be surprised to see that 12-28mm lens get a DA* designation. It would definitely be nice to have a sealed ultra-wide option.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 21:29 UTC
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epozar: Flash sync 1/180 sec :(

It's definitely an area where Pentax could improve. That said, it's less than 2/3rds of a stop behind the competition which is pretty negligible in practical terms. Definitely not a deal breaker. I'd love to see a modern DSLR with an electronic shutter mode for a truly impressive bump in sync speeds.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 21:14 UTC
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winkalman: This camera may be nearly unbeatable for backpackers and landscape photographers. Weather sealed, GPS, multi-shot image quality should at least match (and quite possibly exceed) the D800e, small (by DSLR standards), and relatively affordable. They need to get these things into REI or some other premium sporting goods store.

Obviously we'll have to wait for the reviews to roll in to know for sure, but if the 15MP Sigma Merrill sensors can come close, then I don't think it's beyond the realm of possibility that a 24MP file with full color information can match or exceed a 36MP bayer sensor. Of course a lot of that will come down to how clever Pentax's processing is.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 20:49 UTC

This camera may be nearly unbeatable for backpackers and landscape photographers. Weather sealed, GPS, multi-shot image quality should at least match (and quite possibly exceed) the D800e, small (by DSLR standards), and relatively affordable. They need to get these things into REI or some other premium sporting goods store.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 16:24 UTC as 8th comment | 12 replies
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Zvonimir Tosic: First of all, if I were a representative of company that always gets worst of attention from DPR, starting from lack of reviews onto everything else, I would not give them any bit of information about anything. Rule goes, know your enemy first.

Also, I would love DPR spare us mirrorless tirade when conversing with a representative of the company that has practically invented an SLR!

Instead, why DPR do not bother mirrorless-solution-only companies, bugging them with questions like: when will they try out SLR designs and change their mounts to ones with larger distance, in order to simplify their lens designs, introduce native distortion-free images and not images no one can swallow without software manipulation, insist on 100% tele-centricity, considerably preserve battery life with introduction of a bright OVF?

To be fair, he did say "practically" invented the SLR. Pentax certainly has been an important company in the evolution of SLR cameras.

The 1952 (Pentax) Asahiflex, Japan's first single-lens reflex camera*

Pentax was the first manufacturer to show an early prototype 35 mm behind-the-lens metering SLR camera, which was named the Pentax Spotmatic.*

The first autofocus 35 mm SLR was the Pentax ME-F released in 1981.*

At any rate, we all benefit when more companies are competing and innovating. Something the smaller players seem to be more willing to do these days.

*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single-lens_reflex_camera

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 15:48 UTC
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paul simon king: nice of them to give the competition a heads up
:p

What competition? The only other company making digital cameras with any kind of rangefinder is Leica and they will almost certainly not be interested in competing on price.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 19:29 UTC

If focusing with the digital rangefinder overlay works well, this could be a great niche product. The only other small, interchangeable lens, digital cameras with optical viewfinders are the eye-watteringly expensive Leicas and the Fuji XPro1 with it's mediocre phase detect AF. I'd love an affordable rangefinder camera with a few small Voigtländer lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 19:05 UTC as 44th comment
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (666 comments in total)
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tswilson: I'm not very familiar with this system; any recommendations on tilt-shift lenses for this camera?

Zörk makes tilt and shift adapters that can be combined to achieve full tilt-shift functionality with a variety of lenses.

Tilt:
http://www.zoerk.com/pages/p_mfs.htm

Shift:
http://www.zoerk.com/pages/p_pshift.htm

Full product guide:
http://www.zoerk.com/Zoerk%20info/product_guide_current.pdf

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 20:00 UTC
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (666 comments in total)
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EssexAsh: wow the sensor in these things is so small. I'll stick with my 60mm x 60mm film thanks. A brand new sensor every time i wind on.

"8500 US$ buys me an awful lot of scanning & developing"

It all depends on how much you shoot. There were plenty of pros that would blow through that much film in a year back in the analog days.

Never mind that the image quality from this thing crushes MF film and likely 4x5 as well.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 19:49 UTC
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (666 comments in total)
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franco montana: whats with the watery shot? is it rain proof with the screen flipped up and some lenses?

Yes.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 19:09 UTC

Lousy image quality doesn't stop Google's street view from being an important visual resource. I would love to have 360° Theta images available for building interiors and landmarks all over the world!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2014 at 15:45 UTC as 2nd comment
On Leica teases 'Mini M' for 11th June release article (304 comments in total)

It seems unlikely, but I'd love to see an APS-C Leica M with a fully coupled rangefinder for under $3,000 (under $2,000 could actually make it relevant). It could be the digital equivalent of a Leica CL; I'm sure Cosina would be happy to build it for them.

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2013 at 14:03 UTC as 41st comment | 12 replies

Aperture here I come...

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2013 at 19:50 UTC as 680th comment | 3 replies
On Preview:ricoh-gr (295 comments in total)

Does this have snap focus like the previous GRs? Being able to set a fixed focus distance could make this a street shooter's dream!

Posted on Apr 17, 2013 at 15:38 UTC as 79th comment | 1 reply
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d3xmeister: 1/2000 shutter speed render this camera useless

1/2000 to 1/4000 is only one stop. Who cares? Also, flash sync at 1/2000 is tremendously useful!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 14:20 UTC

Medium format digital $10,000+
Nikon D800 $3,000
Sigma DP1m $1,000

Seems like a bargain to me. If you'd rather have an entry level dSLR or mirrorless ILC that's fine, but to get the level of image quality the Sigma is capable of those are your options.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 31, 2012 at 16:37 UTC as 71st comment
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