samhain

samhain

Lives in United States atlanta, GA, United States
Joined on Nov 26, 2007

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sneakyracer: Hail to the Bokeh KING!

I wouldn't go that far...

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Saturoldan: It would be interesting to be compared with the 85 1.2, specially regarding the bokeh. I am curious to see who wins...

The even better comparison would be to the Sony Zeiss 135mm f1.8.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2015 at 18:42 UTC
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jhinkey: Well, you can certainly compare it to the superb 135/2 APO Zeiss at f/2.
I do a lot of low light landscapes with moving elements, so speed is always welcome. Some night shots of the city might have been good to see the SA characteristics.
What was the expected price for such a beast?

This lens doesn't hold a candle to the zeiss 135/2 APO, (other than having an extra stop).
We must be looking at different photos.
The zeiss lays down some of the creamest bokeh out there & is razor sharp with amazing color, contrast and '3d pop'.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2015 at 18:22 UTC

That bokeh looks really swirly & nervous to my eyes. Color isn't much to speak of either.

No way would I choose this over the Zeiss 135/1.8. I wouldn't choose it over the zeiss 135/2 or the canon 135/2 either. F2 at 135mm is plenty in real world use, especially portraits. but kudos to them for pushing the envelope.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2015 at 18:09 UTC as 55th comment
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Lee Jay: I think all but number 1 would be much better in color.

I don't get the fascination with making the viewer feel color blind.

Disagree.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2015 at 01:32 UTC

These photographs are exceptional. I'm very impressed, and I don't impress easily. The photographer's skill (particularly in regards to timing) is very apparent. There's a lot more going on there than machine guning snapshots & converting to black & white.

Good stuff DPR!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2015 at 01:30 UTC as 32nd comment

I bet a full frame x100 would get those sales back up...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 3, 2015 at 16:16 UTC as 20th comment | 3 replies
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zakaria: from what iam seeing this machine is the most beautifull dslr for my taste.
it is the k5 approch with 645z look.
with pentax unique features and this design pentax is a winner.

I think it's possibly the best looking dslr to date. But then again, I love the feel & design of older cameras. And this one with its design roots planted in older Pentax medium format film cameras like the Pentax 67 has me drooling.

Pentax can be accused of many things, but I don't think bad design & egronomics is one of them(k-01 being the exception, but the design was outsourced on that one)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2015 at 17:42 UTC
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marc petzold: The Pentax FF DSLR Design reminds me somehow about old Contax SLR Bodies, mostly from the way the Wheels are being made.

@marc good observation, the wheels are definitely contax-esqe

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2015 at 17:37 UTC
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kriztian: Dear god. Where is the video button!!!! Please let there be one in the final production. No 4k I belive not many people will buy the camera.

My guess is you switch it to video then hit the shutter button. I like that implementation.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2015 at 17:32 UTC
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technocamper: This camera with the 43mm Limited. I'm done.

Hopefully the Fa ltds play well with it.
They're amazing on 35mm film format, time will tell how well they perform on the new high res ff sensor

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2015 at 17:30 UTC
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GRUBERND: that prism bump deserves a wooden grip.
not the hasselblad kind but something of 67 epicness.
i like the three adjustment dials.

Agreed, that would look awesome!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2015 at 17:28 UTC
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timo: Forget the knee-jerk naysayers, most of whom have never laid hands on a Pentax camera. Everything will depend on how well it does the job it's designed to do.

Other factors matter, up to a point, but very much less so.

Actually... I'd say the lenses are far more important than the body.
Bodies come & go.

I shot Pentax for many years and loved all the old k mount lenses(particularly the fa 43 & 77).
But with the new generation of high mp ff sensors... Pentax/Ricoh will need to bring out some new glass.
Hopefully new, optimized versions of the fa ltds.
But a 50/1.2 & 85/1.2 would really make some serious waves- especially considering they'd be stabilized.

To me, Pentax digital has always been about tough, stabilized bodies with great egronomics & nice, unique lenses.
It's a great formula, and hopefully they stick with it.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2015 at 05:38 UTC
On article Second time lucky? A closer look at Sony's new RX1R II (542 comments in total)
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mediasorcerer: this is a subjective opinion based on personal observation and use, however, im finding the 5 axis i.s. in my sony tends to make some photos have a doppelganger outline around the edges of foreground subject matter and i now dont use it much at all even handheld in the evening because of this aftereffect i have noticed in arw files onscreen.
i think images are sharper without out it, just have to develop the skill of holding the camera very still-technique.
It tends to show up even more when using editing effects like contrast etc.
its not as handy as you would think, maybe it works better when there is slightly more movement rather than less, ie if you are holding the cam very still the ibis creates the effect, thats all i can think of, but its there for sure.

This camera doesn't have image stabilization, lens or body.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2015 at 17:35 UTC
On article Second time lucky? A closer look at Sony's new RX1R II (542 comments in total)
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CAT SCRATCH IMAGES: I just read the Sony online brochure and I can't find any mention of the shutter. Is is leaf? Is the sound dampened? Is there an electronic silent option? Can anyone point me in the direction of any info regarding these things? Please and thanks!

It's a leaf shutter.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2015 at 17:32 UTC

Very impressive lens, sigma is really on a roll.
Making Canon/Nikon lens division look like they're stuck in molasses :)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2015 at 06:53 UTC as 32nd comment | 7 replies
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xmeda: Pentax mount?

Why make a Pentax mount when Pentax doesn't even have a full frame camera?
When (or If) the Pentax FF camera finally comes out, I can see sigma making it in K mount.
(But it might depend on how well the camera sells )

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2015 at 06:50 UTC
On article Second time lucky? A closer look at Sony's new RX1R II (542 comments in total)
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s_grins: EVF that does not inspire, and does not belong here
Fixed lens makes camera suitable for studio only

"An EVF that does not inspire, fixed lens makes camera suitable for studio only" might be the funniest comment I've read all week.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2015 at 14:54 UTC
On article Second time lucky? A closer look at Sony's new RX1R II (542 comments in total)
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User4729623552: The RX1 was my dream camera and I preordered it. I was never more disappointed in a purchase; the camera delivered in ABUNDANCE image quality, producing some of the best I have seen.

Of all my camera purchases, it was the first one I returned. The battery life was unusable, no EVF or tilt-screen made composing challenging for some work, no bounce flash, and terrible ergonomics were sour stains on an otherwise brilliant camera.

With the hotshoe freed up by the EVF, and a tilt screen which I have become addicted to in my studio work, my two major complaints have been removed. I have a set of A7iis and was going to be adding an A7Rii, but I think I will give this another round...even though I am worried about the battery life...

Why worry? The battery is tiny, slightly bigger than an SD card. You can fit 3 of them in your coin pocket.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2015 at 14:45 UTC
On article Second time lucky? A closer look at Sony's new RX1R II (542 comments in total)
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Cal22: 'Sadly ...there is no in-body stabiization!' That's right! I don't understand Sony: A camera with an image resolution that high should have built-in stabilization; it's a must!

@Dynaxx darn you and your facts, interfering with a good complaint ;)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2015 at 14:38 UTC
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