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Pentax *istD, K30, K5 (and several bodies in between)

DA: 15, 21, 40, 70, 18-55 (a gang of those), 50-200, 55-300
FA: 24-90, 50 f/1.7, 135 f/2.8
M: 28 f/3.5, 50 f/1.4, 50 f/1.7, 100 f/2.8, 150 f/3.2, 200 f/4
K: 28/3.5, 50 f/1.2 (until someone stole it on a Belgian train), 105 f/2.8

Fuji X20

Started photography with an egg-shaped Brownie 127. The first SLR I owned was the Canon AE-1 in 1980. First DSLR was the Pentax *istD in 2002 (ish). Today, the Fujifilm X20 stands in for the K5 and K30 when carrying a DSLR and lenses all day in tropical Singapore seems too challenging for my lower back.


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One thing I do not need is a larger phone.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 03:56 UTC as 29th comment | 2 replies
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Paulyd0021: On one hand I like how Apple is focusing on improving the sensor and image quality rather than just bumping up the megapixels. However on the other hand I don't think 8 mp is the sweet spot for a fixed lens. If you can't crop in much without distorting the image, which means you'll need to get a lot closer to whatever it is you're taking a picture of to keep the quality high. I think 12-13mp would have been a better choice and make the phone slightly thicker for increased sensor size. Phone thinness is as thin as it ever needs to be IMO. I'm all for weight reduction, but ergonomically I'd rather have something to grip on to that fits the form of my hand. A wafer thin phone isn't that. I'm still excited to see what the image quality will be for the 6+ with OIS. I hope it helps with low light shots. Still, I don't think I'll be switching any time soon from my Samsung K Zoom. With manual controls, 10x optical zoom, and xenon flash, its the best P&S replacement out there right now.

'If you can't crop in much without distorting the image' - what does this mean?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 02:42 UTC

Too, too ghastly, as Margaret Drabble once said.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2014 at 07:36 UTC as 12th comment
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-S1 article (317 comments in total)

Jeff Keller please note:


Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 00:12 UTC as 31st comment
On Pentax K-3 preview (961 comments in total)

We may have been a bit over-aggressive on the subject of this review over previous weeks, but really, this is a joke … Just shoving up a percent score doesn't quite cut the mustard. Richard? Simon? What on earth is going on?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2014 at 16:55 UTC as 37th comment
On Pentax K-3 preview (961 comments in total)
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jon404: I'd keep this review unfinished until the Pentax FLUcard arrives -- guess that's the last piece of the puzzle.

And then -- we Pentax owners will finally see if our flagship camera earns a rating equal to or better than its Canikon equivalents!

I predict: 'When the K3 was first announced, it was arguably the most competitive DSLR on the market. Now we have got round, somewhat grudgingly, to reviewing it, 23 years later, it faces some stiff competition, and we have to rate it against the cameras now available …' : 77%. :)
Sorry Simon - I am joking. Up to a point.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 29, 2014 at 02:07 UTC
On Pentax K-3 preview (961 comments in total)
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kcccc: I'm starting to feel worried for DPR. K3 has gain so much popurlarity and hope for a highly-positive review, that if a gold award is not given by DPR, every Pentaxian and all those that have voted K3 as DSLR of the year, would start yelling, complaining and accusing DPR of biased towards the two big brands.

One of the reasons given for the lateness of this review was Pentax's lack of presence in the 'most popular cameras' list - DPR claimed to be responding to public preferences. Of course this is a vicious circle - no coverage means no awareness means no popularity. Seeing where the K3 now stands in that list confirms how flawed the DPR line of thinking is.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 29, 2014 at 02:02 UTC
On Reminder: Vote now for your product of 2013 article (64 comments in total)


'Clickbait', as someone said in another post.

And perhaps a desperate ploy to get Canon or Nikon back in the headlines ...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2014 at 13:51 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply

Kind of weird poll. Meaningless. One way of attracting website hits though. Plus it has the virtue of obscuring the seemingly embarrassing fact of the K3 coming out top in its centrally important category.

I don't feel the level of interest I used to have in DPR - the commercial imperative seems closer to the surface than in earlier times.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2014 at 16:07 UTC as 19th comment | 4 replies
On Best Gear of 2013: The results are in! article (159 comments in total)

Obviously DPR wouldn't have bothered to review the K3 were it not for this poll, as the remarks on the relevant page make clear. That's a bit depressing.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 3, 2014 at 10:33 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply
On Roger Cicala cynically re-defines photography article (54 comments in total)
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AbrasiveReducer: I hope Roger will do a dictionary of cliches as well, starting with "built like a tank". Is there any photo equipment that isn't built like a tank? Didn't think so.

To which add 'bullet-proof'.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2013 at 03:50 UTC
On Roger Cicala cynically re-defines photography article (54 comments in total)

'Optically perfect' - Cosmetically a mess.
'No fungus' - The light is not very good in here.
'Innovative' - Iffy, it may work.
'Legacy' (adj.) - Old.
'Review' - Press release or paraphrase thereof, supplemented by a few shots by the intern. [With a few honourable exceptions. Ahem, ahem.]
Comparison - Shots by various cameras with cheap kit lenses at sub-optimal settings put side by side.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2013 at 03:48 UTC as 25th comment
On Enthusiast compact camera 2013 roundup article (232 comments in total)

The three 'What we like' and 'What we don't like' features are so arbitrary that this whole exercise is meaningless. For example, isn't the OVF of the X20 a standout feature? And then, as others have said, the very inclusion or otherwise of particular cameras in particular groupings is highly debatable.

Anyone who based a buying decision on one of these crazily superficial roundups would be doing themselves a disservice.

DPR will say, 'ah but, you can read the reviews, or the full text on each camera'. So we can. But the headline recommendations will grab the attention of those in a hurry or not familiar with the field, and they are basically silly.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2013 at 08:45 UTC as 79th comment | 1 reply
On Enthusiast interchangeable lens camera 2013 roundup article (281 comments in total)
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Greg Lovern: I'm confused. Why do they like the "Cutting-edge 24MP sensor" and the "100% viewfinder" on the D7100 but not the same things on the K-3? Personally I like those features on both.

I think this kind of comparative roundup is very dodgy for just this kind of reason. I'm sure it generates visitor traffic, but I preferred DPR when it reviewed each camera individually and that was that, Arbitrarily picking out features like this is not very enlightening. Richard's answer on this point is unconvincing.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2013 at 22:24 UTC
On Niki Feijen's haunting images of abandoned houses article (218 comments in total)

Count me among those who hate HDR. These are clever, but devoid of atmosphere. Too artificial-looking.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 26, 2013 at 17:14 UTC as 72nd comment | 1 reply
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koju: As an early owner of the X10 I feel left out when reading this, especially when I see all the out of focus pics from my recent trip to Greece. When is Fujifilm going to give us the benefit of their AF improvements for their other models?!!

I sympathise! My X10 produces a surprisingly large number of out-of-focus shots - seems to be a completely random phenomenon, as far as I can see.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 19, 2013 at 07:22 UTC
On Ten one-of-a-kind cameras from the 21st century article (248 comments in total)

The K-01 looks much better in the flesh than in photos. It's biggest flaw was the lack of an EVF option. Because of its focus peaking and k-mount compatibility I would still be tempted by a secondhand one at a good price.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2013 at 00:44 UTC as 44th comment
On Ricoh announces HZ15 Europe-only compact superzoom article (66 comments in total)

Non-news, really.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2013 at 03:27 UTC as 24th comment

I don't personally like them all that much, but they are no more 'unrealistic' than early colour photos.

Colour certainly does add something. Archival footage of World War II in colour, say, brings history to life in a way b/w doesn't do.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2013 at 01:13 UTC as 20th comment

Leaving aside any factual inaccuracies, the article was uncritical and unconvincing. Whatever arguments there may be for spending money on a Leica, they weren't clearly stated here. Anybody could have written it after a couple of hours of research, gathering second-hand guff off the internet.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 13, 2013 at 05:46 UTC as 33rd comment | 1 reply
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