AndrewG NY

AndrewG NY

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On Canon announces 16-35mm F4L and 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 lenses article (368 comments in total)

Very nice aggressive price on the new 10-18, this seems to be the first entry-level UWA zoom from any manufacturer, very travel-friendly. There were a few relatively compact examples for film, but rare. The closest I can think of for a camera OEM was the Pentax FA-J 18-35/4-5.6, plus third-party like 'Plastic Fantastic' Tokina 19-35.

Photogs shooting other-than-Canon should be jealous that this exists, even if it ends up being not quite as good as the lenses that cost 2-4 times as much. Most UWA zooms are prohibitively large and expensive for many photographers.

This is probably how Pentax should have priced their (good and tiny but pricey) Q 08 3.8-5.9 f/3.7-4 UWA zoom.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2014 at 17:16 UTC as 1st comment
On Ricoh launches Pentax Q-mount ultra-wide-angle zoom article (58 comments in total)
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Zvonimir Tosic: Bravo, yes, for design achievement.
Sometimes engineers do thing simply because they love challenges, not because people really need them.
Not a single Q user ever posted a desire for a slow zoom lens for the Q. Faster wide prime lens was always users' preference, so many times confirmed around here. And for a good reason — more versatile use in all light conditions and more usable f-stops before the tiny sensor hits the diffraction limit. 01 prime lens for the Q was so good that people were eager to see more such lenses.

You're right, but I feel that Pentax/Ricoh should have done both. I think lenses like this, the fisheye, and the 06 are part of the unique selling proposition for the Q system -- no other compacts (particularly with fixed lenses) offer stuff like these (ultra-wide zoom, f/2.8 tele zoom, fisheye).

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2013 at 16:15 UTC
On Ricoh launches Pentax Q-mount ultra-wide-angle zoom article (58 comments in total)
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Duckie: Hood is separate. Pentax would rather squeeze you more for an extra piece of plastic than include it and let you have a properly taken photo.

Pentax had always been pretty good about bundling hoods with SLR lenses. They're getting cheap with the Q lenses, following the lame practices of competitors that charge way too much for the hoods as separate accessories -- if you can even find them.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2013 at 16:12 UTC
On Ricoh launches Pentax Q-mount ultra-wide-angle zoom article (58 comments in total)
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ebo seagrave: Sorry if this is a dumb question, but does anyone know if this lens will fit on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera? It has a MFT mount and a rather large crop factor of 2.88x...this lens could be a nice wide solution. thx

Even if it covered your sensor, I doubt there's any adapter which would allow focusing or aperture control.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2013 at 16:11 UTC
On Pentax Q7 Review preview (240 comments in total)
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micahmedia: If there were no GX7, this might have been interesting. The only way I'd lean back towards this is if they'd seen fit to build in an EVF.

Since they don't even offer one as an option (on any mirrorless camera they make in fact), it's a dead horse that they appear to continue beating.

The GX7 is very cool but much larger and more expensive. I agree that Pentax's reluctance to embrace the EVF (even as an option) is unfortunate. I find myself hoping that Pentax will release a slightly upscaled Q-body with built-in (retractable?) EVF and enough room for another button or two. Should also increase the LCD resolution to at least 920K. Not sure about tilt LCD (a feature Pentax has also been reluctant to include in most of their models) but an argument could be made for that as well.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2013 at 16:20 UTC
On Pentax Q7 Review preview (240 comments in total)

In a sense, Pentax has done themselves and Q-system shooters a disservice by not coming up with a better standard zoom -- the 02 is not terrible but it's not that small and its specs compare somewhat poorly against those built into advanced compacts (including their own MX-1). This said, much smaller wouldn't be very useable with manual zoom and focus rings -- so if the lens has to be as large as this, I would have liked at least to get a little more speed and range.

I do think Pentax deserves a bit more credit for this though -- having manual zoom and a proper manual focus ring (a pretty decent focus-by-wire) is pretty nice compared to most advanced compacts.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2013 at 16:15 UTC as 12th comment
On Pentax Q7 Review preview (240 comments in total)

I think the reviewer has done potential Q-system shooters a disservice by not putting more emphasis on the 03 Fisheye and 06 tele zoom, as these better differentiate the system -- no advanced compact has a f/2.8 telezoom or fisheye available, and these lenses for larger interchangeable systems are considerably larger/heavier and/or more expensive.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2013 at 16:12 UTC as 13th comment
On Pentax Q7 Review preview (240 comments in total)

"The Q7's helpful auto magnification function (available when manual focusing the 01 and 02 Standard lenses) is not available with these toy lenses. "

Not sure if reviewer is aware that magnification is still available when manually focusing by simply clicking the 'OK' button. The only thing that doesn't work is that camera doesn't detect that you're trying to use the manual focus ring.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2013 at 16:08 UTC as 14th comment
On Pentax Q7 Review preview (240 comments in total)
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RichRMA: They killed its uniqueness (ultra small sensor is now just small, so no more LONNGGG telephoto effect) and they cheaped-out on the body, replacing magnesium alloy with plastic. Bad move, Pentax.

The new sensor is just slightly bigger. There's still a large 'conversion factor' for ultra-tele with adapted lenses. There are still no alternatives that combine 1/1.7" sensor with interchangeable lenses.

I have also been a little concerned about the build materials change but those who have handled both have reported that the Q10 and Q7 still feel quite robust.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2013 at 15:43 UTC

Zoom & flash are probably the biggest differentiators between smartphones & dedicated cameras, but the Samsung with zoom seems to compromise the phone too much -- how many want a point & shoot-class camera in their phone badly enough to sway them away from a proper, more elegant, compact smartphone? This said, the idea of directly addressing the most glaring shortcomings of smartphone cameras is fairly sound.

The Sony is probably the only of the other ideas that is somewhat interesting, though it doesn't appear to have a decent flash. I also wonder how laggy the phone's display will be.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2013 at 22:55 UTC as 6th comment
On Sony A3000 preview (677 comments in total)
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peevee1: Good price, but if you think about it, for the same amount of money you can buy Panasonic G5 with lens, a better all-around camera: better EVF, better screen – and fully articulated one, better controls, faster sequential shooting, faster focusing, more powerful flash… Just slightly worse sensor, assuming A3000 has the same unit as in A58.

Fortunately for Sony, in USA big-box stores they don't have to compete much against Panasonic m4/3 because most stores don't sell them. Sony will face Canon Rebel and Nikon 3xxx / 5xxx here.

Maybe some people like the NEX-style controls but to me they don't look very friendly for use when camera is at eye-level.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2013 at 22:18 UTC
On Sony A3000 preview (677 comments in total)
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waxwaine: Good for evf lovers.
Not interesting for ovf fan like me. I preffer Pentax K-01 on this sensor MILC range.

I'd say good for those who consider EVF a prerequisite rather than EVF-__lovers__, as it has a pretty mediocre EVF.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2013 at 22:07 UTC

Seems this approach would work well with a camera with a reasonably full-featured wi-fi-connected smartphone remote control app.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2013 at 01:26 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply
On Just Posted: Pentax Q7 Real-world Samples Gallery article (136 comments in total)
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PaulSnowcat: I cannot understand... Nikon 1 gives much better quality with the same price and size... Why bother buying Pentax Q?

"while pentax Q lens lineup is lacking in many areas and there are no signs of anything new for a long time now."

I don't think I'd put the N1 mount in any sort of competition for comprehensiveness.

Pentax released the 06 f/2.8 telezoom late last year and the body cap lens this summer. They have a roadmap with a wide angle (zoom or prime?) and tele/macro prime that are likely to appear in 2013-14.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2013 at 15:45 UTC
On Best Digital Cameras for Kids article (141 comments in total)
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Henrik Herranen: This article goes all wrong right on line 5:
Quote: "[...] the fact that some children are a lot more careful (read: girls) than others (read: boys) when it comes to handling expensive electronics"

I call bullsh*t.

A statistical assumption is not a fact. Not even close to it. If that was a fact, how could it be that I bought my son his first camera when he was five years old, and now, four years later, it is still without a single scratch?

Averages are NOT universal truths. People are individuals.

I call bull too. It really depends on the individual -- I've seen many horribly disfigured mobile phones owned by girls, either from them getting battered inside their handbags or from dropping them. Not all boys will be taping their cameras to the undersides of their skateboards.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2013 at 16:58 UTC
On Pentax announces Q7 with larger 12MP BSI CMOS sensor article (232 comments in total)
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Nexguy: >120 eye-catching color combinations
When this selling point tops the list on a press release, it makes one wonder...

I'm actually kind of excited that non-Japanese markets are starting to get the chance to get the custom-colored gear early enough that they're not having to make the choice between paying MSRP for custom order vs steeply discounted models long after initial introduction.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2013 at 06:56 UTC
On Pentax announces Q7 with larger 12MP BSI CMOS sensor article (232 comments in total)
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TheProv: A no sense buy. G15 canon, panasonic lx7, Olympus xz-2, nikon p7700 all has faster lenses, same or better range or both them.
On the same sensor. With smaller body.

Until pentax make ultra wide angle or extreme telephoto.... Dou you believe in it?

None of the cameras you mention offer a fast f2.8 tele zoom or a fisheye. I will concede that the max aperture of the 02 zoom is slower than I'd like at the long end. The Q is also smaller than any of these.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2013 at 06:52 UTC
On Pentax announces Q7 with larger 12MP BSI CMOS sensor article (232 comments in total)
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qwertyasdf: So admittedly, pentax knowningly screwed up Q and Q10 buyers...
But now the Q seems like a sensible product

The ur-Q's BSI CMOS 1/2.33" sensor was very competitive with its 1/1.7" contemporaries like LX5, S95, etc. It also helped that most of these were equipped with zooms slower than the 01 Prime. Seems that we now have a next generation of 1/1.7" sensors now that are a bit better. I am not expecting a massive improvement but just a little more DoF control and delaying diffraction just a little more will be welcome, maybe a tad better dynamic range. Glad to see the asking price becoming more reasonable.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2013 at 06:38 UTC
On Pentax announces Q7 with larger 12MP BSI CMOS sensor article (232 comments in total)
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DDWD10: I love my original Q... it's a shame the Q10/Q7 has gone all-plastic. Bleh. The solid magnesium build of the Q was one of the things that made it feel so "special" to use.

This is good to hear...I too prefer the look & shape of the ur-Q.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2013 at 06:30 UTC
On Just posted: Hands-on preview of the Canon EOS 100D/SL1 article (379 comments in total)
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fl00d: Canon are the microsoft of cameras.

IMO Windows 'peaked' with Windows 2000. The Windows 9x / Me releases were steaming turds in comparison. NT4 was OK but lacked some modern features like plug-n-play hardware support. XP didn't screw up the basic goodness of Windows 2000 *too* much.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2013 at 20:10 UTC
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