SW Anderson

SW Anderson

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On article Ricoh expands Q series with Pentax Q-S1 (366 comments in total)
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neil holmes: 2.7x focal length multiplier?

The Pentax Q's crop factor is 5.6. The Q7's crop factor is 4.7 Nikon 1's crop factor is 2.7.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2014 at 22:57 UTC
On article Ricoh expands Q series with Pentax Q-S1 (366 comments in total)
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JanMatthys: $499.... at least they're realistic about their pricing, it has a real hot shoe, F/2.8-4.5 lens and takes real SD cards, this is much more logical than the Nikon V3 which has no real hot shoe, a slow zoom F/3.5-5.6 lens and a micro SD card and sells for $1,300!

It appears that when a company has Nikon's marketing muscle, it can get away with that kind of thing.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2014 at 22:54 UTC
On article Ricoh expands Q series with Pentax Q-S1 (366 comments in total)

Note to Dpreview editor. The first use of "Affect" in the press release is a typo or wrong word choice. Farther on, it's correctly written as "Effect."

Secondly, the "Discuss in forums" link goes to Dpreview's Pentax DSLRs forum, not the Pentax Compact Camera forum where Q's are discussed.

Maybe these errors are just Monday things. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2014 at 22:49 UTC as 80th comment | 6 replies
On article Ricoh expands Q series with Pentax Q-S1 (366 comments in total)

Back to the future with a much better and more appropriate classic retro look -- one of the original Q's enjoyable features. For me, the Q-S1 isn't a matter of whether, but when, I'll get one.

For the Q's sniping detractors, photography for many of us isn't all about big, slick-magazine covers and two-page spreads. We'll never do billboards and might never indulge in exhibition-size prints. We can enjoy on-screen and small-print images, along with using a good-looking, well-made camera that provides an amazingly feature-rich, flexible shooting experience with easy portability. Some of our best images are more about a memory captured or scene preserved than impressive resolution and amazing sharpness seen via pixel peeping.

My Q is fun and useful in many picture-taking situations where my big, bulky but technically superior DSLR would be as out of place as a semi-truck at a gymkhana. Some folks seem to enjoy the Q as a target for put-downs. I see that as their loss, not mine.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2014 at 22:45 UTC as 83rd comment | 15 replies
On article Nikon launches S2 1-System mirrorless camera (73 comments in total)
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SW Anderson: From the news release: "Available in June 2014, the Nikon 1 S2, kitted with the 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm . . ."

Pardon my nit-pick, but "kit" is not a verb. Nikon's new cameras look interesting. The company shouldn't let a flack's mangling of the language detract from its announcement.

My, what a series of reactions to a brief, mildly stated criticism of an anonymous PR writer's sloppy use of language.

Sure, in conversational English people use nouns as verbs. Sometimes, as with Google/google, that usage turns out to be natural and indispensable. I have no problem with that. Maybe I had just seen one too many awkward, sloppy-language instances of nouns being used as verbs when I got to "kitted." So, I left a brief, critical comment.

I had no intention of being a grammar policeman. Being referred to as a Nazi is as offensive as it is uncalled for.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 7, 2014 at 07:26 UTC
On article Nikon launches S2 1-System mirrorless camera (73 comments in total)

From the news release: "Available in June 2014, the Nikon 1 S2, kitted with the 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm . . ."

Pardon my nit-pick, but "kit" is not a verb. Nikon's new cameras look interesting. The company shouldn't let a flack's mangling of the language detract from its announcement.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2014 at 07:35 UTC as 18th comment | 11 replies

Re: MF vs. AF in Samyang lenses. I see an opening for some tech-savvy, enterprising person or outfit to develop add-on chip adapters for Samyang lenses (in all their brand-name variations). Preferably, to develop chip adapters tailored to different mounts and camera brands.

However, I see a potential chicken/egg problem. That enterprising, tech-savvy person might well look at the market and say there's not enough volume to make doing that development and manufacturing work profitable. Ironically, if that person were to take the risk, Samyang lenses would probably sell in greater volume, thanks to the availability of the chip adapters.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2014 at 18:01 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
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dodgebaena: thanks to focus peaking, I am quite comfortable shooting my Bower (a Samyang lens) 85f1.4 on my a99. This will be a nice walk-around lens for my NEX-6.

@lacikuss, unless you're after humorous effects, a 24mm lens is not a very good choice for portraiture.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2014 at 17:49 UTC
On article Am I missing something here? (627 comments in total)
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b craw: So much commentary like a skipping record regarding the illegitimacy of a 1" sensor. Now, granted, I usually use a 20mp APS-C sized sensor mirrorless to produce intermediate scale prints for gallery shows. But, even when using m4/3, I can command good DR, detail, and scale. And so do colleagues using 1/1.7 sensor sized Leicas. Collectors never inquire about sensor size - never in my experience. The only issue that I consider is how my technology serves my ideas and visual outcomes. Sensor size, in theory, can impact results, of course. But sensor-size dogma ignores that so much high level work uses modest sized sensors, 1" included.

Right on. IMO, the Pentax Q is Exhibit-A for what a terrific job a modest scale, newer sensor can do in a well-designed, well-made body.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 19:57 UTC
On article Am I missing something here? (627 comments in total)

I have to believe that, if only subconsciously, Nikon product designers are out to protect their DSLR business. If I'm wrong about that, they need to do some serious focus-group work with soccer moms or photo enthusiasts. Better yet, they should do some focus-group work with both, to better understand what those diverse groups want, don't want and, of crucial importance, what they'd be willing to pay for cameras that provide what each group wants and omit what each group doesn't want.

BTW, if Nikon's designers want to shortcut that process on the enthusiast side they would do well to spend some quality time with an Olympus XZ-1. It's a camera design that feels like home to an enthusiast. Yet, the XZ-1 can be handed off to a soccer mom or P&S duffer in programmed or full auto mode with confidence it will deliver some very good images if the shooter has reasonable instincts about framing, composition and "decisive moments."

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 19:52 UTC as 128th comment | 1 reply
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Paul Guba: Great to see some more makers enter the market. Obviously they feel there is a profit to be made.

"Great to see some more makers enter the market. . . ."

I'm glad also. I just hope having more M43 lens makers in the market will at some point yield competition that moderates prices. Seems as though anything wider than the ubiquitous kit zoom comes with an arm-and-leg price tag.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2014 at 00:09 UTC
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Kubicide: Nikon has every right to do this - so why the hate? Does everyone think the aftermarket folks really care about your camera or compatability, or bringing you some sort of "fair value"? No, they want your $$$. And as a manufacturer Nikon should do what they need to do to protect their product and support expenses.

No one knows for sure just how compatible or incompatible the aftermarket product is except for the engineers at Nikon and the other companies. This battery issue is just like the reverse engineered lenses. It's the old "buyer beware" thing. If you are out to save a buck then do it 'eyes wide open' and know that the aftermarket product may not work and the vendor just wants your money for their product. That's it. Nikon doesn't make any claim to state that their product is designed to work with anything coming out of any 'brand x' manufacturer.

I don't think anyone questions Nikon's *right* to to do what it's doing. Nikon has a right to make its cameras proprietary, put any price on them it wants to, even make them so they turn to rusty dust three years after purchase, if that's what the company wants to do. Likewise, I have a right to reject Nikon's proprietary products and buy the products of companies not out to gouge me for batteries and such, if that's what I want to do. And that *is* what I want to do.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2013 at 05:12 UTC

Most often when there is a choice, I avoid proprietary gear and systems. I've always chosen Windows PC's over Apple computers and more recently Android tablets over iPads. Nikon might gain some additional profit from going proprietary, but those gains will have to be measured against the cost of future rejection of Nikon products by consumers like me.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2013 at 04:54 UTC as 101st comment | 1 reply
On Olympus PEN E-P5 Review (500 comments in total)

I wonder if the Olympus Pen E-PL5 has the same problems. Unfortunately, it appears DPreview only does previews of E-PL models, not reviews.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2013 at 03:33 UTC as 162nd comment | 2 replies
On Sony A3000 First Impressions Review (681 comments in total)

The previewers' last paragraph on the first page is the most worthwhile part of this jaundiced preview. Obviously, this camera is meant to appeal to those who want to move up from an x-years-old point 'n' shoot, a phonecam or elderly superzoom that's now outfeatured even by the less-than-state-of-the-art Sony A3000. Then, there are those who'd like to give an ILC a try without spending upwards of $700.

I recall people disparaging the VW Beetle because it wasn't a V8-powered Ford, Chevy or Plymouth with power everything, lots of front and rear overhang, and able to pass everything but a gas station. Those critics just didn't get it.

I suspect most A3000 buyers won't be after a faux DSLR with which to impress others or to play let's pretend with themselves. Some like a DSLR-style design because it provides more to hold on to and controls tend to be less tiny and crowded. As for the lackluster LCD and manual EVF switch, look for fixes on a new improved A3000n in a year or two.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2013 at 07:22 UTC as 36th comment

I'm reminded "trendy" rhymes with "spendy." Also, that miniaturization, like most things in this life, can be overdone.

To put it another way, I could probably eat a steak dinner using a scalpel and pair of tweezers instead of a knife and fork. But, why would I want to?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2013 at 05:12 UTC as 45th comment
On Pentax Q7 Review (241 comments in total)
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Dale108: The Q's main market is Japan, where is seems to be quite popular. I have the original Q and find it fun to use. IQ is also quite good and I find DR better than other small compacts such as the LX7.


@John Koch, I'm not sure anyone said the Q is a better value than a basic DSLR kit. That judgment, like one regarding whether the Q and its lenses are worth "the added expense" is a subjective one you have to decide for yourself. What works for me might not for you.

With its welcome full review of the Q7, Dpreview has provided you with a wealth of information with which to make a judgment. That said, I have some reservations about whether those sample photos from early July accurately reflect the Q7's capabilities. Results from my 1st generation Q make me think the Q7 is capable of much better than the sample pix would lead one to believe.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2013 at 02:06 UTC
On article 17 signs that you were alive before digital photography (149 comments in total)

That's a delightful blog post/article. Thanks for pointing it out.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 3, 2013 at 01:46 UTC as 41st comment
On OMG Life Autographer Quick Review (123 comments in total)

Next up, a medicine cabinet which, at certain times of the day, will lob pills at you if you're standing in front of it with mouth open and then open its door. What? You don't get it? Why have to actually reach in, take out and open a bottle or two, then take your pills manually, when technology can do 98 percent of the work?

Eventually, the Chow Plower — speed and efficiency preparing and feeding you a meal, beyond anything you ever imagined. You won't even have to lift a fork!

Seriously, this OMG Life "innovation" comes across as an odd, redundant contrivance in this era when most of the population feels naked without a smartphone-with-camera, and all-weather mini cams are reasonably priced and plentiful.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 3, 2013 at 01:35 UTC as 46th comment
On article Pentax Q7 added to our studio comparison database (118 comments in total)
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sfa1966: Ouch. I am a loyal Pentaxian, but I have to say that is very poor. The left side of the image looks like mush. The centre is unimpressive. Soft, soft, soft. And in the comments below, Richard Butler tells us that the much-heralded-by-the-fanboys 01 Prime was tested and it came out "considerably worse"!

C'mon Ricoh, kill this Quirky Quackers waste of your resources!

Tosic is talking objectivity. You're talking attitude. There is no rational reason why having "toy lenses" in a camera's line of accessories would affect the quality or capabilities of the camera or of other lenses and accessories for the camera. Your attempt to stigmatize the whole Q line because Pentax made the (unfortunate, in my opinion) decision to name two of the lenses for it "toy" says plenty about your attitude and little about the actual quality and worthiness of the cameras and lenses.

If you dislike the Q and its lenses, why not just ignore them? Your attitude and sarcasm are neither helpful nor appreciated.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 12, 2013 at 08:12 UTC
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