Lives in South Africa Bloemfontein, South Africa
Works as a Journalist
Joined on Jun 21, 2007
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Cameras: Pentax K5, K-m, K100D, MX, K1000
Lenses: Pentax M50 f2; M50 f1.7; A28 f2.8; Takumar Bay. 135 f2.5; DA 21 f3.2; FA 43 f1.9, DA 14 f2.8. Sigma 17-70 Tokina 50-250; 80-200. Cosina 100 f3.5 Macro; Pentax 18-55 f3.5-5.6 DAL; Pentax 55-300 f4-5.8.


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On Niko announces service advisory for D810 'bright spots' article (378 comments in total)
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janist74: What a shame. I`m wondering how once I will upgrade my D800. It seems the best strategy is to wait till the next generation comes and then buy the "old one" cheaper.

/As I see it this phenomena is overall present. The manufascturers (phone, car, camera,...) does not have enough time to finish the development of the products. What really stupid is that they dictate the short times for themselves. And yes we buy the junk and happily upgrade to the next "even better" D811.2 .../

"What really stupid is that they dictate the short times for themselves."
I'm not sure the industry is the only one to blame. People on forums like this one are always clamoring for something new, notwithstanding the fact that often there is not really enough technical advancement to justify a new model.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2014 at 18:24 UTC
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photo_rb: The question I have is if the monkey took the photo, why should it be public domain?

But what was the real creative act in this case? Was it the shot the monkey took, or was it creating a situation in which it was possible for the monkey to play with the camera and press the shutter button?

Isn't it the same situation as when a photographer sets up a scene and ask his assistant to press the shutter?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2014 at 19:07 UTC
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mpgxsvcd: These cameras may help Canon sell a few cameras now but it will hurt them in the long run. Uninformed consumers will buy these cameras and realize they aren’t much better than their phones. Then other people will show them results from cameras like the Panasonic FZ200 and LX7 and they will finally realize that the problem is that “Canon cameras” are no better than their phones. Some of the other cameras are actually much better.

" they aren’t much better than their phones"

At 700 and 1000 mm they sure are better than cellphones.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 20:26 UTC
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GPW: Just buy a couple of Nikon D810's and go on a trip

"my old Sony V1"

I've also still got mine. Still quite a nice, well featured camera, except possibly for the small screen.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2014 at 19:24 UTC
On Dronestagram contest winners announced article (120 comments in total)
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Higuel: only in a country were people does not respect the animals could they allow a drone almost hitting an eagle in a National Park!

Makes me wonder if the publishers of the contest and also dPREVIEW think it is ok to applaud all the way to first place a picture taken at the expenses of the safety and well being of a wild animal?!?
Where are the sacred rules of Animal Photography: "Thy shall not bother or threaten the animals!"???? :L

Why do everyone take the side of the eagle? They are well known killers of a myriad of small animals! What about poor baby rats starving to death in their nest after their mum has been ruthlessly killed and eaten by an eagle?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2014 at 20:04 UTC
On Ricoh announces Pentax XG-1 superzoom article (195 comments in total)

I don't understand all the negativity towards superzooms. Where else will you get that lens reach for the money? It's actually a very versatile travel camera if you find the image quality satisfactory (and I think many snapshooters do). Go and have a look in the Canon Powershot forum to see what owners of the SX50 are capable of.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 20:16 UTC as 8th comment | 4 replies
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Ignat Solovey: These images should have been seriously edited in terms of constrast and saturation, not to mention downscaling with sharpening applied. Age-old uncoated Tessar just hasn't enough contrast and linear resolution to produce such images on modern small sensor... although the lens here works with very central part of it, and given the sample is good, that seems more or less possible, when it comes to sharpness (precise focusing is not the issue here, I guess). ILC is yet the only way to squeeze absolutely anything from any kind of lens. I think that some time I'll do something like this with EOS 5D Mk3 and Speed Graphic :) Although I was not even slightly impressed when I tried to do something similar. Recent (5-6 years) achievements in lens building render contraptions like this perfectly impractical, except very special occasions when you need non-telephoto lens with telephoto FOV, but I can hardly imagine such case.

I see absolutely nothing wrong with the pictures. They're all beautiful.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 19:54 UTC
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Cideway: So just like Pentax's SP coating that they have been using since '07

It seems almost every camera maker except Nikon has been using fluorine coatings for years! I wonder which old technology they will discover next?

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2014 at 19:36 UTC
On Samsung NX30 Review preview (418 comments in total)

"it just doesn't do any one thing really well"

Is it possible these days for a camera to exist that does absolutely nothing really well? Not even one thing?

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2014 at 20:15 UTC as 72nd comment | 19 replies
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2300 comments in total)
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BaldCol: ..."The camera has no separate internal chassis; instead everything is attached to this shell. Now you know why it costs so much..."

But I don't know why anyone would pay so much.

Ferraris and Porsches sell quite well, although there are cheaper cars which go as fast. Why wouldn't this camera sell to the well heeled?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 20:26 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2300 comments in total)
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topstuff: Amazing the inverted snobbery in play here. I simply cannot understand why people give Leica ( and their owners ) such a hard time for simply being a "premium brand".

Drive an Audi and most of the mechanics are shared with a VW. A new Bentley has much in common with a VW.

Anyone with a "prestige" car criticising a Leica is rather missing the point IMO.

Or does everyone on DP review reject "premium cars" and drive Korean? I bet they don't.

"Audi is not a serous sports car maker compared to Ferrari"

The Audi R8 is no slouch, and if I remember correctly Audis dominated quite a few Le Mans races. That's quite sporty, I would say.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 19:49 UTC
On Nikon Coolpix P340 real-world samples gallery article (35 comments in total)

It looks like a very nice camera, but what an uninspiring name.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2014 at 14:07 UTC as 8th comment
On Pentax K-3 Review preview (486 comments in total)
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JONNO G: I swear pentax could come out with a full frame with 3 card slots at 75 mp with being fully waterproof and dpreview would mark it under 85%

"tribe of whiners"

Well, you're obviously new to internet forums. It's a whiners' paradise (like you whining about whiners).

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 19:20 UTC
On Pentax K-3 Review preview (486 comments in total)
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Peiasdf: OMG, the End of Days is nigh. Run, the Four Horsemen are here.

Good camera but really old. Nothing really exciting happens on DSLR anymore. Even the adjustable AA filter feels gimmicky when comparing with the progress EVIL / mirrorless and large senser compact made.

" Good camera but really old. Nothing really exciting happens on DSLR anymore."

If you speak as a gadget lover, then you're right of course. But if you're really interested in photography, DSLRs like the K3 and similar offerings from Canon and Nikon deliver the goods.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2014 at 20:26 UTC
On Pentax K-3 Review preview (486 comments in total)
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Agalliac: Only boys of Canikon need autofocus because they operate their cameras on automatic. Who cares about the video module. I have a camcorder that costs U$20.000 . What interests me is the quality of the image , the sharpness . In terms of image quality, the only camera capable of rivalling with my Pentax K- 3 is my PhaseOne. Sorry DPR but you review are tendentious .

I think the OP just meant if you want to do video seriously, you buy a serious camcorder. DSLRs are mostly meant for still photograpy in the first place.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2014 at 20:21 UTC
On Pentax K-3 Review preview (486 comments in total)
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pedroboe100: This is to be expected. Oddball brand, oddball review. Same reason why most people will choose Bose over B&W, Honda over Alfa Romeo, etc. The masses can only trust what the majority wants. The meek wants bland generic stuff that shows a bigger range of models and market share.... but no soul.
In the end, it's best for us Pentax shooters: we get to have fun with beautiful products that for the most part work incredibly well and are compact to boot. No other company (other than the germans) makes lenses as beautiful as the limiteds.

" Certainly those who value reliability, durability, low depreciation etc over style will."

Beware of a boring life if this is the values you hold dearest.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2014 at 20:17 UTC
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Smokymtnhiker: Why waste time with articles like this? Don't you have a K3 review to finish?


I'm sure we've all been anxiously waiting to hear about your feelings for Pentax. Thanks for enlightening us. Now we can relax.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 4, 2014 at 18:54 UTC
On Up close: The beauty of butterfly wings article (47 comments in total)

Lovely! Isn't nature wonderful? And of course thanks to the photographer, whose skills made it visible to us.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2014 at 19:48 UTC as 10th comment
On Mockups emerge of new Olympus OM-D 'OM-G' article (333 comments in total)

Why all the grumpiness about some light hearted fun? Nice one, DPR!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2014 at 17:06 UTC as 189th comment | 1 reply
On Pentax K-3 preview (961 comments in total)
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Steve_: There's an ongoing review? Why don't you make up your mind to start with whether you will review this camera or not? If this were a Nikon it would have been reviewed within weeks of its release.

" We ...for editorial reasons, reviewed other cameras beforehand, based on our and our readers' interest in those cameras."

Maybe DPR should revisit its editorial policy on reviews. It's probably slowly dawning on them now that ignoring the Pentax K3 because of a lack of "our and readers' interest" was a mistake. Perhaps DPR should just sometimes use a bit of common sense instead of using "metrics" to make their decisions for them. Only chasing the maximum number of clicks like DPR is doing now, may be best for getting maximum income, but doesn't do our perception of their editorial integrity much good. By treating smaller manufacturers like they did Pentax in the case of the K3 review, DPR is also contributing indirectly to their possible downfall, and less diversity surely makes for a less healthy market.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2014 at 01:53 UTC
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