Alex Sarbu

Alex Sarbu

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On Photokina 2014: Ricoh stand report article (150 comments in total)
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MarkByland: Still no signs of the FF (rumored) 24MP K-3? I sincerely loved my K-5 but I'm afraid body color choices are more important than camera horse power. Sort of glad I switched to Nikon when I did. Sorry, Pentax.

If they are so determined not to make one, why on Earth would they work on it?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2014 at 20:20 UTC
On Photokina 2014: Ricoh stand report article (150 comments in total)
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RStyga: PENTAX execs:
Recall KS-1, please! Say that the battery circuit causes led malfunction, or that the flash light turns reddish in anger when the "leds" are on. Something.. just get this "thing" out of production, now!

The K-S1's design is fine, it's modern and pretty. I don't understand how people could be against it, yet totally fine with other brands ugly blobs?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 20:45 UTC
On Photokina 2014: Ricoh stand report article (150 comments in total)
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In hydraulis: Can't really call it a stand report if you avoid their new flagship.

That's the 645Z, in case I need to point that out.

(Don't forget its lenses.)

That would be the "Pentax Professional" zone/stand. Several 645Z, with lenses and accessories (including the slide duplicator). They also had the tethering software on a computer.
I didn't ask for the 28-45, I don't even know if it was available for "testing".

Also missing - the "history" wall, where several Pentax and Ricoh models were displayed.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 20:41 UTC
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-S1 article (319 comments in total)
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turvyT: Near 500 posts commenting this camera and it is not in the list of Most Popular Cameras? What is wrong with dpr about Pentax? Why are they never fair with this brand?

Which was my original supposition - that it's the Hands On format which is "buggy", not some SQL clause ;)

Then, my statement above becomes: the Hands On did not contribute to the Most Popular Cameras, for the initial spike in views; and now it no longer has the visibility to push it forward (for example, a preview would be mentioned in the Features column).

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 07:47 UTC
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-S1 article (319 comments in total)
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turvyT: Near 500 posts commenting this camera and it is not in the list of Most Popular Cameras? What is wrong with dpr about Pentax? Why are they never fair with this brand?

Barney, but this Hands On does not contribute to the Most Popular Cameras.

See this thread:
http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/54291589

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 00:13 UTC
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-S1 article (319 comments in total)

Don't you find it strange that we're discussing (bashing, for most here) the K-S1 yet it doesn't show in the "most popular cameras" list?

DPReview, is the counter working?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 13:08 UTC as 27th comment
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-S1 article (319 comments in total)

"The K-S1's closest competitors are the Canon SL1 (EOS 100D) and Nikon D3300, both of which have lower MSRPs (not to mention street prices) and are equally capable."
"Equally capable"? Even the viewfinders, or the AA-less viewfinder (with AA filter simulator)?
Street prices shouldn't even be mentioned when talking about a newly announced camera's MSRP.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 00:02 UTC as 115th comment | 4 replies
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SirSeth: Why the cost? Just curious. It seems like a good lens but I thought Ricoh was trying to bring affordable medium format to morals.

You're joking with the "five units", but the initial production volume is a mere 300 units per month. It is indeed a low volume product.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 12:28 UTC
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nicolaiecostel: The aperture is not equivalent for anything, it's a fixed value. The DOF equivalence is a different thing.

People thought that if Pentax brings a cropped MF sensor to the market, in a oversized DSLR body, at 2.5-5 times cheaper than a Hassy, Phase One, they found the chicken with the golden eggs. They forgot that MF glass is MF glass expensive and all things MF come at a price.

So here you are, having just spent 5000-8500$ on a "bargain" MF Pentax, wanting to buy a modern, bespoke wide angle and realising you have to shell out 5 grand on either this zoom or that other wide angle they anounced, and that you're stuck with a cropped MF sensor that you can't remove from the camera and use in other cameras, that has 1/125 flash sync and you shoot on SD cards with limited teathering.

Why didn't they put a central shutter in the lens ? It would have been much more usefull than that OS they put in, seen the ISO and the fact that MF users shoot in controlled, stabilised environments.

In the mean time, the initial production for that "oversized DSLR" was insufficient, Ricoh Imaging couldn't make enough of them. The medium format is an expensive niche, but Pentax is less expensive, less niche and more modern/better featured (except for the lack of leaf shutters).

Ignore nicolaiecostel, he's just anti-Pentax.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 10:32 UTC
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (660 comments in total)
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Zalllon: The LCD flips up so you can take a medium format selfie.

But it isn't lighter; it's just surprisingly comfortable to hold - it has an excellent grip IMO.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 06:21 UTC
On Pentax K-3 Review preview (491 comments in total)
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suntek101: This seems to be a wonderful camera but I like to do low and high angle shooting and I have been waiting for Pentax to incorporate an articulated LCD screen into their next camera since the K10. Hopefully the "K1" will be released in a year or two and my wish will come true. Are you listening Ricoh/Pentax? Until then, I'll just dream of the K3 while making the most of my old K10!

Why I don't want an articulated LCD (though I'm not really opposed to it):
- the camera will have to be thicker (which is IMO the only dimension where the K-5/3 series could lose some weight)
- the LCD itself will have to be somewhat smaller - because of the added margin. The K-5/3 cameras are quite compact with lots of controls, and unless they would increase the size or move the controls around it's just not possible to make an articulated LCD of the same size as they currently have.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 08:13 UTC
On Pentax K-3 Review preview (491 comments in total)
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utomo99: For the Jpeg I hope pentax can release firmware update to improve it.

All that's needed is an user willing to set it up according to his liking.
There's nothing wrong with the Pentax JPEGs IMO, even with those cameras where DPReview would claim is "soft" and not really on par with the competition.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2014 at 22:53 UTC
On Pentax O-FC1 FluCard: The wireless details article (123 comments in total)
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Gazeomon: My camera purchases are not based on this sites reviews. If it were I would have lost 4 months of shooting with my very- very nice K3. Bummer that the 'Flu card' does not transfer DNG's, no shares in jpgs, no 'Flu card' for me.

You can use a trick to transfer RAW files, but you can't see them in the browser. You have to select the corresponding JPEG and rename the file extension to .DNG, and you'll be able to save the file.
Search for the video review on Youtube, that's where I found about it.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2014 at 10:11 UTC
On Ricoh announces HD Pentax DA AF 1.4X AW rear converter article (52 comments in total)
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cocopro: Looks like a reversed version of speed booster...

It actually looks like a rear converter.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2014 at 11:32 UTC
On Ricoh announces HD Pentax DA AF 1.4X AW rear converter article (52 comments in total)
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rtogog: When I read this compatibility camera & lens, make me curious that this TC just re-badge of existing TC from third party manufacturers (Tokina, Tamron etc). Just check on the needs to update firmware for the existing body. May be some hackers will help us to make our existing AF TC to work.

Breaking news: Pentax is an optical company at heart, and knows how to make their own RCs ;)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2014 at 11:32 UTC
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ragmanjin: They've said in a bunch of interviews that their next MF should be mirrorless, I'm hoping that's what they're going to do. THAT would scare the pants off every other ff/mf manufacturer out there...medium format with the same quality as the latest-generation Phase/Hassy offerings at a size comparable to the D4 and D1X or even 5DIII and D800 — and a price less than the new 35mm "Hasselblad" single-lens translucent, nonetheless.

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Sorry, just drooled on the keyboard a little.
On the other hand, if they pull the same "mirrorless" thing with the 645DII as they did with the K-01 (same mount and therefore size as before) I think they might miss a big opportunity. If Leica can break into the market so late with a limited line of lenses, there's no reason they shouldn't be able to change the mount to a 35mm-typical flange distance with adapters to provide compatibility to those with legacy glass.

Just my two cents.

No, Pentax/Ricoh never said "that their next MF should be mirrorless". On the contrary, their Head of Business Development stated in an interview that for now, APS-C should be the largest size they would consider for mirrorless cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2014 at 11:30 UTC
On Best Gear of 2013: The results are in! article (159 comments in total)
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qwertyasdf: I guess, without question, combo of the year =
Pentax K3 + Sigma 18-35

O...wait...the Sigma doesn't come in PK mount ;)

Actually the Sigma will be made available in PK mount.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 3, 2014 at 13:06 UTC
On Have Your Say: Best DSLR / SLT of 2013 article (339 comments in total)
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beholder3: Last year - with Olympus, Canikons in the lead - the poll ended on January 1st.
http://www.dpreview.com/news/2013/01/01/best-camera-of-2012-results

This time around it looks like it'll run for how long...?

Thanks for clearing this up.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 3, 2014 at 09:56 UTC
On Have Your Say: Best DSLR / SLT of 2013 article (339 comments in total)
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beholder3: Last year - with Olympus, Canikons in the lead - the poll ended on January 1st.
http://www.dpreview.com/news/2013/01/01/best-camera-of-2012-results

This time around it looks like it'll run for how long...?

Well, they clearly said which are the cameras one should vote for:
"Canon's high-tech EOS 70D and Nikon's entirely unconventional (or perhaps that should be entirely traditional) Df" ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 2, 2014 at 14:24 UTC
On Pentax K-50 real-world and test scene samples article (145 comments in total)
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justmeMN: As someone who owned a Pentax film-SLR, it's sad to see what the company has become. The company was sold, and resold, and doesn't have much of a future. In 2010 they had a whopping 1.5% worldwide market share, and it's probably even worse now.

FTR, the 1.5% figure included the compacts. Yes, all it really said is that Pentax was not encumbered with the money-losing, fast declining, companies-don't-know-how-to-get-rid-of-them compacts.
In Japan, according to BCNranking, Ricoh Imaging (the company owning Pentax) has 5.2% from the DSLR market and 9.8% of the MILC one. That means growth compared to the previous year; and I expect next year the DSLR share to be larger (though most likely still single digit).

Direct link | Posted on Dec 27, 2013 at 18:17 UTC
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