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Pentax *istD, K30, and 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, Panasonic GX7 (with 20/1.7; 12-32; 18-42 Mk II; 45-150; Sigma 60mm)

Started photography with egg-shaped Brownie 127. First SLR owned: Canon AE-1, 1980. First DSLR: Pentax *istD, 2002 (ish). Today, the Panasonic GX7 and Fujifilm X20 stand in for the K5 and K30 when a DSLR set-up is killing my back.


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Fine if you really want a waterproof camera, but I can't see the appeal for any other purpose. Some of those samples show really nasty effects of noise reduction in reproduction of grass, for example.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2015 at 01:13 UTC as 12th comment
On P7230058 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Horrible noise-reduction effect in the grassy foreground.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2015 at 01:11 UTC as 1st comment
On Shooting with the Canon PowerShot G3 X article (312 comments in total)

'if you don't mind a little more cost, you can add Canon's EVF-DC1 for $250 (bringing the final cost of the G3 X and finder into near-parity with the cost of the Sony RX10 II).' - Huh? A little more cost?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2015 at 00:38 UTC as 48th comment | 8 replies
On Casio Japan introduces Exilim EX-ZR3000 and EX-ZR60 article (66 comments in total)

Casio? Casio? It doesn't exist, if this forum is to be believed.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2015 at 00:35 UTC as 25th comment
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1233 comments in total)
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Thermidor: I opted for a Sony A6000 over the GX7 because I didn't like the dials on the latter, but otherwise found it to be a very fine camera. I have very high hopes that this will be just as good.

@Trk Well don't use electronic shutter in those circumstances then. That doesn't mean it's not a good option to have in other circumstances!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2015 at 15:19 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1233 comments in total)

Shame about the size, although I understand the reasons, and it's probably a worthwhile trade-off. I'll probably get one, but I'll keep the GX7, which works very well, for its compactness and lightness. I know that in marketing terms one is probably replacing the other. In reality I think one could consider them complementary.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 05:55 UTC as 210th comment | 4 replies

Better they announce than not announce. Be happy!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 13, 2015 at 12:33 UTC as 1st comment

What's the advantage of the RX100-IV over a M4/3 camera, given its smaller sensor size? External size? Anything else?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2015 at 11:07 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
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Thoughts R Us: Why in the world would a customer who pays $7500 for a camera...that uses lenses costing thousands of dollars each...be using a consumer grade photos app that is given away for free?

That would be like someone buying a Rolls Royce but then buying seat covers at Walmart, only to complain that the seat covers don't look good in the Rolls.

Apple makes many marvelous products, and their computers are the best, IMHO. But their Photos app is meant for the basic consumer, the one who primarily takes photos with their iPhone. For that purpose it works well.

But I am still baffled as to why anyone with this camera would use the Photos app in real life.

Hardly the point. You would complain if your audiophile CDs would not play through a cheap hi-fi system.

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2015 at 02:50 UTC
On Field Test: Sigma 19mm, 30mm and 60mm F2.8 DN lenses article (161 comments in total)

I would have thought the 60mm is better than this slightly 'qualified' review suggests. On the GX7 I would say it is outstanding by any measure.

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2015 at 07:30 UTC as 23rd comment
On CP+ 2015 Sigma Interview article (197 comments in total)

Very good interview - his answers were much less formulaic than you often get with Japanese executives. You get the impression that he was actually listening to the questions and answering them, rather than giving a low-risk, bland response which adds nothing. Often with these interviews you feel you could have supplied all the answers yourself without actually reading the interview. Not in this case.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 02:55 UTC as 60th comment | 1 reply
On Kowa announces pricing for three Micro Four Thirds lens article (149 comments in total)

Some rich bankers will buy these for their m4/3 systems just for the look of them (I like the green) and the tactile experience. Even if the optical performance is as claimed, very few users will actually need it. Landscape photographers who don't have to carry gear too far from their cars might love them.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 01:51 UTC as 33rd comment

There's some more constructive and informed coverage at Imaging Resource.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 05:34 UTC as 47th comment | 2 replies

Really crummy editorial: Whoever writes up this stuff has left out the crucial qualification: * The world’s shortest standard zoom lens for use with digital SLR cameras (as of February 1, 2015, based on RICOH IMAGING research)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 05:29 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
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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.

Par for the course. It's true DPR do seem to shoot a lot of trivial barbs in Pentax's direction, either in headlines or editorial text; irritating, but no big deal I guess …

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 05:23 UTC

All my great old K-mount primes will come into their own again. This won't do a lot for K3 sales though.

For me, a lot will depend on price, size and weight. I'm confident about the performance.

It'll be interesting to see how the Pentax lens range develops.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 03:31 UTC as 94th comment | 5 replies

Even if the figures are not particularly accurate, in the main rankings it seems surprising to me that Sony has not made that much headway. M4/3 is clearly not conquering the world. And in the compact ratings it seems amazing that Canon does not figure, when you consider how dominant they were in that sector 10 years ago.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2015 at 11:16 UTC as 54th comment
On Budget X: Hands-on with Fujifilm's new X-A2 article (161 comments in total)

The lens could be useful.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2015 at 01:09 UTC as 27th comment
On Quick Look: The art of the unforeground article (85 comments in total)
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Pixel Pooper: This article would have worked better as a tweet.

A comment that applies even more to 95% of all postings on this forum. Still, why waste the opportunity for a bit of pooping?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 12, 2015 at 05:04 UTC
On Quick Look: The art of the unforeground article (85 comments in total)
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Cane: You have to be brave to post an article to this group of hyenas. It's like serving cold soup at an senior center.

Everyone must be furious at the price they paid to subscribe to this site and then not learn anything because you can't teach experts new tricks.

How true. Except that no one has paid anything to subscribe to the site, a fact that is generally forgotten.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 12, 2015 at 04:59 UTC
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