ronniemac

ronniemac

Lives in United Kingdom Oxford, United Kingdom
Works as a Lecturer in Architecture
Joined on Apr 25, 2011

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On High-end full frame roundup (2014) article (539 comments in total)
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D1N0: Didn't bother to include the Pentax K-1? Typical dpreview bias.

Good things come to those who wait,
and wait and wait and wait...............

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2014 at 16:37 UTC
On Price released for Brikk's 24k gold Nikon Df article (389 comments in total)

Gruesome

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 22:56 UTC as 173rd comment

prefer Nokia refocus

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2014 at 22:16 UTC as 2nd comment

Witty, enjoyable, quirky, amusing and engaging - I have the greatest respect for this photographer, admiring his persistence with an unusual way of addressing a common theme. I suspect a great deal of care has been invested in these excellent photographs, both in constructing the ideas and in composing the photographs.

That all were taken with medium format film using a manual focus and exposure camera (Pentax 67) tell us quite clearly that Nagano is not merely taking snapshots even if the concept of snapshot might well be central to his work.

Fantastic to see so much humour and skill in these excellent photographs, well worth looking at the full set in flickr. Thanks to DPReview for sharing.

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2014 at 02:15 UTC as 14th comment
On Ricoh announces medium-format Pentax 645Z article (161 comments in total)
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AV Janus: Are these lenses all new designs or just rehashes?
If new, they should have redesigned the whole system into mirrorless, smaller package and with smaller flange distance required.

Its a wasted opportunity if the already went through all the trouble of redesigning the new lenses.

I do apologise for causing confusion, Galbertson.
I was referring to the range of Pentax 645 lenses that have been available in the US since the release of Pentax's 645D, i.e. just 3. At the same time 16 have always been available, new, in Japan and Europe. At least you would have been able to purchase them used or to buy from EU/Japan direct.

Next, did I actually say that the USA was not discerning? Clearly there was a lack of discernment on the part of the importers of Pentax USA. Someone screwed up, Mr. Takashi Arai, 1st Product Planning Group Strategic Product Planning Dept. Global Marketing Division, Ricoh Imaging Company, LTD was clearly gob-smacked when he found out that the majority of 645 lenses were unavailable in the US. (See comments above the 645 image in http://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2014/03/14/ricoh-qa-ricoh-tech-into-pentax-cameras-whither-pentax-full-frame ). Now not all 645 FA lenses are top quality, but many are considered Pentax's finest lenses.

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2014 at 15:06 UTC
On Ricoh announces medium-format Pentax 645Z article (161 comments in total)
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AV Janus: Are these lenses all new designs or just rehashes?
If new, they should have redesigned the whole system into mirrorless, smaller package and with smaller flange distance required.

Its a wasted opportunity if the already went through all the trouble of redesigning the new lenses.

These lenses were designed for the film 645N, and have been in continuous production since then, just not supplied to the US. Fortunately, we have had them always available in the UK, as is the case in Japan and other discerning countries.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 23:51 UTC
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (660 comments in total)
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tabloid: I would be interested if it was mirror-less.

In my opinion thats the future.

Indeed it would be interesting to see a mirrorless MF digital camera, and I'm sure Sony will oblige soon enough.

For me, though, nothing compares to looking into Pentax's magnificent MF pentaprism - it makes such a delightful viewfinder. However I do agree, others would prefer a more lightweight system and electronic view finder or to use the rear live view screen.

Of course, owners of Pentax's older 645, 645N, 645Nii, and 645Ds have already bought into weight lifting - and yes, I do need the exercise!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 09:26 UTC
On Ricoh announces medium-format Pentax 645Z article (161 comments in total)

Fantastic camera, well done Ricoh-Pentax.

The enduring Pentax philosophy of backward compatibility means that Pentax MF film shooters can upgrade to digital MF and use their existing lenses. This also makes the 645 Z more affordable. Crop factor makes it worth investing in the 55mm standard lens to supplement the previous 75mm standard lens. Going from 35mm to 25mm is expensive but tempting if wide angle landscape is your thing.

Nevertheless, I have six 645 FA lenses which I still use on my 645N, so although the body is expensive for a hobbyist, it is a real possibility, and one that I am saving up for. I could never entertain this prospect with any other MF manufacturer.

The availability of so many functions that are native to the K-3 means that, other than for smallness and portability, it is not necessary to own both cameras - another factor that makes the 645Z an affordable alternative. (but I'm keeping my K-5 and Limited lenses though!)

No more winging, please!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 09:46 UTC as 29th comment
On Pentax K-3 preview (959 comments in total)
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Zvonimir Tosic: I see that many comments are disappearing.

My comment regarding the wait for a completed review has been removed. It was not offensive, I only suggested that someone might have lost the camera. This comment was just intended to be comical, I don't seriously believe someone has misplaced it. First time I have been censored on any forum, thanks DPR.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2014 at 22:51 UTC
On Pentax O-FC1 FluCard: The wireless details article (124 comments in total)

Thanks for a thorough review, much appreciated. Sounds like a good step forward for Pentax/Ricoh, something to go with my K-3.....when I take the plunge.

Don't worry about the negative comments, some Pentaxians are never happy!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2014 at 00:20 UTC as 25th comment

Not wanting to stray too off topic, but needed a new phone, interested in Windows OS, looking for an alternative to point and shoot, needed to be shirt pocketable, got the 1020, then the battery grip (a must have for photographing), and am now a happy 59 year old boy. Excellent image quality for a phone or a point and shoot - superb controls. Still use the K-5 for when I have serious photographic intent, but for convenience and street photography, the 1020 is just the trick. I am not a lab pixel peeper, but let me repeat, for what it is (a mobile/cell phone with integral camera), the image quality is fantastic.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2013 at 22:54 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
On Marco Bohr investigates 'hipster photography' article (105 comments in total)

'democratic world where beautiful people of any color, race or sex can be depicted in a photograph as long as they are also young'

Not so democratic for those outside current perceptions of 'beauty' and youth.

Well, as a not so good looking and ageing hippie, I guess I've had my day and should step aside now. ;{)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2013 at 12:17 UTC as 43rd comment | 1 reply
On First impressions of the Pentax K50 and K500 article (84 comments in total)
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Amateurbob: I don't see my comment about the poor dynamic range in the sample photos. Does anyone care about the purpose of the camera, i.e. picture quality?

There's a lot you don't see Amateurbob, e.g. picture quality. I have a K-5 and can vouch for the picture quality of the sensor and camera - but do you care? (check out DPR review's on K5, K30, K5II and K5IIs - same inners with improved processing engine and only positive comments about picture quality).

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2013 at 16:28 UTC
On Just Posted: Pentax K-01 review article (355 comments in total)

With so much of the internals taken from the K-5 (83%) it is surprising that the review scored so low, but I guess that tells us about how important ergonomics and a view finder are. Others have tested the focus with much better results than in this review.
From my own perspective, I like that there is an alternative to the run of the mill cameras - not everyone wants a Q sized camera, not everyone wants DSLR functionality. Although flawed, this could be the beginning of a new direction in cameras. I've got a K-5 - it is a fantastic camera, but if Pentax brought out a 'F-01' (full frame, EVF, fast focus version with better ergonomics) I like to think I would buy it. Lots of lovely lenses are ready and waiting.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2012 at 14:14 UTC as 8th comment
On Pentax launches smc DA 50mm F1.8 for APS-C cameras article (108 comments in total)

The sad fact is that scale of production means that Canon or Nikon are able to produce and sell at a lower unit cost. Well, sad if you, like me, are a Pentax owner. On the positive side, I have approx 50 different Pentax K mount lenses, 20 of them prime, most of them old, all of them bought for a snip on Ebay. I wonder how many pensionalbe Canon or Nikon owners are using lenses from their student days?
I do wish Pentax would cut the cost of some of their lenses because the high price deters new owners and limit's Pentax market shares, thereby ensuring costs stay high. The 35mm 2.4 (which I have) and now the 50mm 1.8 are supposed to be low cost, but not in my bank account. Still I will eventually buy the 50mm f1.8, and then the budget versions of, hopefully soon to be released, 15mm f3.5, 85mm f2 and, 135mm f2.8 primes when these are available - all for less in total than the cost of one Pentax 'limited' prime lens. Dream over.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2012 at 15:31 UTC as 4th comment
On Pentax K-01 studio test shots published article (146 comments in total)

'The Pentax K-01 compact system camera has been selected as a Product Design 2012 winner at this year’s red dot design awards in Germany. The award – the red dot – has established itself internationally as one of the most appreciated quality seals for outstanding designs'.
Clearly we are not all agreed on what constitutes good design, but I for one, really like it.

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2012 at 23:25 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On Pentax K-01 studio test shots published article (146 comments in total)
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ryansholl: There have been ugly cameras in the past, but this one really does take the cake. Others may say what they like about "absolute image quality," and it's not bad in that regard, but if the absolute in image quality came with a Fisher Price badge on it I'm pretty sure I'd not be the only one to shy away. Or "My First Sony" actually seems most fitting, looks a lot like my cassette deck @ 6 years old.

The Pentax K-01 compact system camera has been selected as a Product Design 2012 winner at this year’s red dot design awards in Germany. The award – the red dot – has established itself internationally as one of the most appreciated quality seals for outstanding designs. Clearly we are not all agreed on what constitutes good design, but I for one, really like it.

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2012 at 15:03 UTC
On Pentax K-01 studio test shots published article (146 comments in total)
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StephanSchmidt: I like the K-01 look and the really small pencake.

"I like the K-01 look and the really small pencake" - That's two of us!

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2012 at 14:49 UTC
On Preview:olympusEM5 (1364 comments in total)

I guess that those who had difficulties with the Pentax K-01 aesthetic will take to this retro approach to camera design - nuff said.

Posted on Feb 10, 2012 at 19:56 UTC as 171st comment
On Canon ventures back in the water with the rugged D20 article (48 comments in total)

Two yellow cameras in as many weeks.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2012 at 01:54 UTC as 9th comment
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