Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan Wilson

Lives in New Zealand (Aotearoa) New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Joined on Mar 16, 2008

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On article New samples from the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens (232 comments in total)
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Jonathan Wilson: Looks great. I'm certainly looking for something around this focal length but sadly there are apparently no plans to make this in Pentax mount.

Scottelly, I could see the 35 not selling so well in Pentax because now there is some comparable AF competition at 35 (FA 31 f1.8 Ltd, FA35 f2, DA35 f2.4). However for 24mm this is not as much competition (second hand FA* 24 f2 or MF Samyang 24). The DA 21 is nice and small but slow, wider than 24, and of course not FF compatible.
So I think the Sigma 24mm could sell well in Pentax mount.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 22, 2015 at 18:49 UTC
On article New samples from the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens (232 comments in total)

Looks great. I'm certainly looking for something around this focal length but sadly there are apparently no plans to make this in Pentax mount.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2015 at 09:27 UTC as 16th comment | 6 replies
On article CP+ 2015: Hands-on with new Pentax K-S2 (171 comments in total)
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Alex Sarbu: DPReview, this is how it should be done:
http://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2015/02/09/pentax-k-s2-targets-the-family-photographer-with-handy-mix-of-enthusiast-co

Not your constant mockery.

Ha! Its even worse for DXO. Pentax (recent cameras anyway) specs there are highly inaccurate (in a negative for Pentax). I have pointed it out to them a couple times over the last couple of years but they never get fixed.
I guess its because they only take Nikon / Canon seriously due to their higher sales volumes.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 02:47 UTC
On article CP+ 2015: Hands-on with new Pentax K-S2 (171 comments in total)
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spidermoon: Like the K-S1, the DOF switch is replace by the video switch, and there is no dedicated button for dof check. Maybe nowdays it's an outdated feature since you can review your picture after taking it.

The DOF preview is one of those features I thought I would use quite a bit but in practice I have not used since I first got my K-5. Its pretty much as easy just to take a photo to check (you don't have the dim view finder to deal with).

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 02:20 UTC

Looks a nice lens. If they come out with a Pentax mount I would be tempted. There is no current Pentax 24mm - nearest is 21mm (APS-C).

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 07:20 UTC as 68th comment
On article Have your say: Best High-end ILC of 2014 (75 comments in total)
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agc73: Doesn't appear to be working. Nothing happens when I click to vote on the camera list.

FYI using Chrome on a MBA.

Yeah its not working for me either. Tried dragging with Chrome and Firefox

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 00:34 UTC
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RStyga: I wonder how this compares to the 18-135mm WR... 2mm difference is very close in FL, even when it's in the wide end and considering the 1.5X.

2 mm at the wide end is actually quite a bit.
Anyway I'm hoping it will be better optically than the 18-135 - at least Pentax seem to be positioning this lense above the 18-135.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 07:52 UTC
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Gosman: Too expensive. When on sale, the Pentax 16-50 constant 2.8 WR DA is about $900. That's what I'm waiting for!

The 16-50 is not a perfect lens though. The SDM puts me off for a start.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 07:47 UTC
On article Very flashy: Ricoh unveils Pentax K-S1 DSLR (197 comments in total)
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Jonathan Wilson: Can't people just get past the LEDs - you can turn them off if you don't like them! I can actually see a case for them sometimes when shooting children (or when you want to distract the subject).
Yes I realise this is largely a Canon / Nikon site. People were still moaning left, right and centre even when the K-3 was announced. And most of the people moaning have never even tried a Pentax camera. BTW I used to own Canon and I have tried Nikon cameras too.

Good point sandy. Although not for tripod work.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 22:06 UTC
On article Very flashy: Ricoh unveils Pentax K-S1 DSLR (197 comments in total)

Can't people just get past the LEDs - you can turn them off if you don't like them! I can actually see a case for them sometimes when shooting children (or when you want to distract the subject).
Yes I realise this is largely a Canon / Nikon site. People were still moaning left, right and centre even when the K-3 was announced. And most of the people moaning have never even tried a Pentax camera. BTW I used to own Canon and I have tried Nikon cameras too.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 23:28 UTC as 17th comment | 5 replies
On article Hands-on with the Pentax K-S1 (349 comments in total)

Apart from price (which is typically launched higher then rapidly drops - the K-50 price has already stabilised), this looks like a very capable entry level DSLR.
I'm pretty sure the Nikon D3300 etc don't have switchable low pass filter, 100% OVF or built in SR for a start so I'm not sure about your comment of them being equally capable.
Look forward to seeing some full reviews.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2014 at 22:20 UTC as 151st comment
On article Ricoh announces Pentax XG-1 superzoom (205 comments in total)
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Wye Photography: Sample images http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/english/products/xg-1/ex/ at ISO 100.

I really don't have to say anything more...

Hmmm - thanks for the link.
Looks a bit like my ISO3200 on my K-5. Hate to think what an ISO higher than 100 would look like.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 01:28 UTC
On article Nikon D4s unboxing: It's arrived! (258 comments in total)

Technically / functionally this looks a very capable camera - and thats what matters for professionals.
However aesthetically, I find these cameras pretty ugly. Maybe there is only so much you can do with a camera this size.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 22:06 UTC as 104th comment
On article Nikon D4s First Impressions Review (1043 comments in total)

Ugly (as the 5D is too) as ever but a nice camera never the less.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 08:00 UTC as 251st comment | 1 reply
On article Just Posted: Pentax K-30 full review (272 comments in total)
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mckracken88: This camera has noise levels ALMOST on par with the D600 and in body shake reduction, great image quality and it only gets a SILVER award mostly because of video focus?

I agree with what has been said, there needs to be a seperate VIDEO category.
Personally I dont care about making movies, and i bet most here do not.

I agree - I can't understand why this doesn't have the highest value for money rating too? Weather sealed, two control wheels, excellent IQ, excellent high ISO performance, really good ergonomics, excellent performance, good metering, good auto white balance, relatively compact, excellent viewfinder (Pentaprism!), reliable autofocus and compatible with all the 35mm lenses Pentax has ever made!

I have no idea what Pentax would have to do to get a high rating here? Is it really just the video (which I have seen some good reviews for)?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2012 at 07:53 UTC
On article Just Posted: Pentax K-30 full review (272 comments in total)
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NJHr: This camera is currently the bargain of the century here in the UK. The price has dropped down to £319 with the £50 cash back promotion running. I am buying as soon as I have some cash, hello Pentax you got yourself a new customer. I am sure you will make back the money on the limited pancakes I will undoubtedly buy.

This is exactly the problem I'm grapling with. I am decided on getting a K-30 but unfortunately you cant get the 18-55 WR bundled with it here. So do I get the, somewhat over priced 18-135? Some like, some don't. I suspect patchy QA involved and sample variation.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 4, 2012 at 20:35 UTC
On article Just Posted: Pentax K-30 full review (272 comments in total)

Not sure if I understand the scoring regarding video.
When you compare the video scoring with:
1. K-x
The k-x actually scored better even though the K-30 looks miles better???
2. k-5
The k-5 scored almost double that of the k-30. Again, apart from external mic and HDMI the K-30 looks significantly better than k-5.

I have read that manual video controls are better than many of the latest competition. What am I missing?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2012 at 19:46 UTC as 23rd comment | 2 replies

I think the independent repairers are important to the consumer. The repairers (and us) were already being screwed on the cost of spare parts (I have seen and heard often of one faulty part writing off an otherwise good camera) but definitely this is going a step too far in my books.

Hopefully the other major manufacturers don't follow suit. I'm New Zealander with Pentax and its harder get things repaired here generally. If Pentax started doing this, I would have to look at Samsung I think.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2012 at 00:06 UTC as 167th comment
On photo ISO 50 (L) in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (5 comments in total)

Wow. I would use ISO3200 (maybe 6400) quite happily if I could afford one of these.

So whats wrong the ISO100 - what am I missing (looked good to me)?

I think Canons drive for higher ISO performance is a good move rather than just more MPs. Surely of interest to sports / indoor natural light photographers?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2012 at 00:57 UTC as 2nd comment
On a photo in the Canon EOS 5D Mark III low light ISO samples sample gallery (5 comments in total)

Wow. I would use ISO3200 (maybe 6400) quite happily if I could afford one of these.

So whats wrong the ISO100 - what am I missing (looked good to me)?

I think Canons drive for higher ISO performance is a good move rather than just more MPs. Surely of interest to sports / indoor natural light photographers?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2012 at 00:57 UTC as 2nd comment
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