Alex Sarbu

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Alex Sarbu: Silkypix, too - version 6.1.27:
http://silkypix.isl.co.jp/en/download/ds6/

Unfortunately, it's not yet available from the European site... and if you have the EU version, you can't upgrade using the JP one.

Silly me... I wrote about DS 6 because that's what I have. But, obviously, DS 7 was also updated (v7.1.4.0), and so was DS Pro 7 (v 7.0.4.0).

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 16:13 UTC

Silkypix, too - version 6.1.27:
http://silkypix.isl.co.jp/en/download/ds6/

Unfortunately, it's not yet available from the European site... and if you have the EU version, you can't upgrade using the JP one.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 10:30 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
On article UPDATED: CP+ 2016: shooting the Pentax K-1 in Yokohama (374 comments in total)
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dash2k8: This looks like a great camera, but I wonder how many people will be jumping ship from Canon or Nikon or Sony to have it? Its feature set and real-world performance, while solid, doesn't look like anything the other brands can't already do at that price point. Perhaps a Pentax user could enlighten me? Canon has great glass, Nikon has great DR/low light, Sony has IBIS and low light... What would be the reason for me to make a switch or add this to my photographic arsenal?

James, try it before declaring yourself disappointed.

You know, many people said that not having an articulated LCD would be a disappointment (or even deal breaker). And others, like you, were concerned about its reliability.
Pentax' solution? Obviously, to make the most rugged "flexible LCD" mechanism ever seen in a camera. There's no "no matter how good one is built" here, this mechanism can support the weight of the camera and with a heavy lens attached (but don't try that... it might rip the mount off the body ;-) ). It's not the flimsy mechanism you might be familiar with.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2016 at 17:47 UTC
On article UPDATED: CP+ 2016: shooting the Pentax K-1 in Yokohama (374 comments in total)
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dash2k8: This looks like a great camera, but I wonder how many people will be jumping ship from Canon or Nikon or Sony to have it? Its feature set and real-world performance, while solid, doesn't look like anything the other brands can't already do at that price point. Perhaps a Pentax user could enlighten me? Canon has great glass, Nikon has great DR/low light, Sony has IBIS and low light... What would be the reason for me to make a switch or add this to my photographic arsenal?

36MP is nice to have for many, and allows (temporarily) using APS-C lenses in crop mode, or cropping more in general.
Yes, the flexible LCD definitely isn't a deal breaker ;-)

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2016 at 06:46 UTC
On article UPDATED: CP+ 2016: shooting the Pentax K-1 in Yokohama (374 comments in total)
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dash2k8: This looks like a great camera, but I wonder how many people will be jumping ship from Canon or Nikon or Sony to have it? Its feature set and real-world performance, while solid, doesn't look like anything the other brands can't already do at that price point. Perhaps a Pentax user could enlighten me? Canon has great glass, Nikon has great DR/low light, Sony has IBIS and low light... What would be the reason for me to make a switch or add this to my photographic arsenal?

I'm not aware of any other brand offering:
- Pixel Shift Resolution on a 36MP "full frame" sensor
- anything close to a 36MP "full frame sensor" for ~$1800
- a Flexible Tilt rear LCD mechanism capable to support the camera's + lens' weight
- Pentax SR-related functions like Composition Adjustment, AstroTracer, Horizon Correction, AA-filter Simulator
- neat usability tricks like the LED lights (for when you're using AstroTracer, I guess)
Then there's the (IMO) unrivaled Pentax ergonomics.

And of course, while people are judging a camera's success by people jumping ship (or not) in droves form other brands, that's not how it works: such a camera will be primarily bought by users of the same brand. Same for Canon, Nikon etc.
There's some migration, and there will be some migration (including ex-Pentaxians returning) generated by the K-1 as well; but this is the exception rather than a rule.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2016 at 10:55 UTC
On article UPDATED: CP+ 2016: shooting the Pentax K-1 in Yokohama (374 comments in total)
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paulpin: I am really put off by the absurd tilting screen....one has to question the marriage between Pentax and Ricoh who are both famous for questionable querks....being different for difference sake here....
....I have a sony a77 as well as two Pentax K's and always wish the A77 reversible(for protection)...and twisty bendy tilt screen was on the Pentax K's....
I have serious concerns about the Pentax tilt design....hence not buying the camera unseen or untested.
Perhaps it should have been designed by engineers instead of photographers(sic)

Concerns, like it being able to handle the camera's weight plus a sizable lens attached? (there are numerous tests showing that)
I don't get it... what's the problem? Is it too solid? Too flexible? Too easy to use? Too innovative?

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2016 at 07:11 UTC
On article Samsung NX500 shown as discontinued (271 comments in total)
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Franz Weber: That is sad. I will never buy a camera from an asian manufacturer again.

Gazeomon, he must be very careful with those, or he might get a Mamiya Phase one, a Sony-rebadge Hasselblad or a Panasonic Leica ;-)

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 10:51 UTC
On article UPDATED: CP+ 2016: shooting the Pentax K-1 in Yokohama (374 comments in total)
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(unknown member): DPR had DNG raw samples for some time. Ricoh asked DPR to remove the files and there even was a separate post by DPR about that but it also was removed soon. Does anyone know what happened, why Ricoh had no problems initially and later decided to remove the files?

You are assuming that Ricoh first approved posting full-res images.
More likely they didn't. They asked DPReview to removed them when they found out about it.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2016 at 10:13 UTC
On article UPDATED: CP+ 2016: shooting the Pentax K-1 in Yokohama (374 comments in total)
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ASR45: Why no high ISO photos, thats what its all about a full frame camera, and as yet still no high ISO photos to see.

Wait for production cameras to be available. You can't make informed decisions about the final product, based on a pre-production sample, right? ;-)

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2016 at 11:00 UTC
On article CP+ 2016: Pentax K-1 past and present (150 comments in total)
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(unknown member): The old K-1 or the MZ-D as announced originally is one beautiful camera!
I am not crazy(and not a hipster lol) - it's just my taste I guess - it is beautiful to me.

Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder ;-)

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2016 at 12:31 UTC
On article CP+ 2016: Pentax K-1 past and present (150 comments in total)
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Alex Sarbu: DPreview, your "Gear in this story" widget is broken. The only options below the Pentax K-1 are: "I own it", "I want it" and "I had it".
The "I really, really, really want it so bad!" option is missing. Please fix this.

The thing is, I don't believe that using old lenses with the K-1 is an optimal solution. I could hunt on e-bay for a FA 20 or 24mm, or even for a manual focus 15mm; I won't. I'm still unsure how to solve the wide angle problem, as the 15-30mm zoom is quite heavy and expensive (for a Tamron rebadge).

I must add a disclaimer to my previous message: I don't know all the alternatives. For example, there's this Laowa 15mm f/4 macro, capable of 1:1, and who knows what other things I've missed.
More research is needed.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2016 at 22:28 UTC
On article CP+ 2016: Pentax K-1 past and present (150 comments in total)
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Alex Sarbu: DPreview, your "Gear in this story" widget is broken. The only options below the Pentax K-1 are: "I own it", "I want it" and "I had it".
The "I really, really, really want it so bad!" option is missing. Please fix this.

vscd: why, are you going to buy the 645z from your wishlist? ;-)

gunkan: unfortunately, there's still much to be done lens wise. Things are not that bad, there are about 15 lenses officially supported, plus some compatible (with restrictions) DAs, plus third parties, plus old ones (some might work reasonably well).

To answer your question, from current lenses only:
- 14mm, I'm only aware of a manual focus Samyang
- 24mm, Sigma has something relatively close to that - a 28mm f/1.8.
- 50mm, there are several options here: the old FA 50mm f/1.4, the DA* 55mm f/1.4, the D FA 50mm macro, Sigma has something as well...
- 200mm - the DA* 200mm f/2.8 is officially supported as full frame compatible.

Next batch of primes is expected in "2017 or later"; there will be 4 or them: a wide angle, a large aperture standard lens, a large aperture medium telephoto and a large aperture ultra-wide angle lens.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2016 at 20:56 UTC
On article CP+ 2016: Pentax K-1 past and present (150 comments in total)
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Alex Sarbu: DPreview, your "Gear in this story" widget is broken. The only options below the Pentax K-1 are: "I own it", "I want it" and "I had it".
The "I really, really, really want it so bad!" option is missing. Please fix this.

There is no such thing - everyone wants the K-1, though some might not admit it ;-)

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2016 at 17:34 UTC
On article CP+ 2016: Pentax K-1 past and present (150 comments in total)

DPreview, your "Gear in this story" widget is broken. The only options below the Pentax K-1 are: "I own it", "I want it" and "I had it".
The "I really, really, really want it so bad!" option is missing. Please fix this.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2016 at 11:07 UTC as 33rd comment | 8 replies
On article CP+ 2016: Pentax K-1 past and present (150 comments in total)
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(unknown member): The old K-1 or the MZ-D as announced originally is one beautiful camera!
I am not crazy(and not a hipster lol) - it's just my taste I guess - it is beautiful to me.

Well... I don't consider the MZ-S particularly beautiful, but it did had some well-thought out ergonomic features. Its grip from what I remember was very comfortable (though not exceedingly deep), and the slanted top was a nice touch - which Pentax later reused on the 645 digital line.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2016 at 11:03 UTC
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alcaher: I want a Pentax so bad.. Didnt you try it with the vertical grip.

It looks like the first FF Pentax that was about to be realesed years ago has a build in vertical grip like the d5 or 1d series. Was it a camera for wildlife/sport shooting? (High fps, fast Af system)

Indeed, first DSLRs were film camera with a processing unit add-on. The integrated designs appeared shortly after.
The MZ-D/old K-1 had indeed an MS-S body, so the electronics couldn't fit.

As for alcaher's question, I have little doubt that the K-1 (current) is surpassing the old prototype from every single point of view, speed included. Things evolved a lot since then.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2016 at 11:00 UTC
On article CP+ 2016: Pentax K-1 past and present (150 comments in total)

Almost 2 hours of waiting... indeed, nobody cares about Pentax ;-)

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2016 at 09:27 UTC as 40th comment | 2 replies
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Crotach: Any reason to buy this over Sony?

No camera is generally "better" than any other camera; each comes with its own set of choices and compromises.
For its intended target - and considering the price - the K-1 is hard to beat. And... the 4K FF Sony costs almost double - there's a $1400 price difference between the A7RII and the K-1.
Which means I could get the K-1 and a 4K m4/3 camera for that price.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2016 at 10:44 UTC
On article The long, difficult road to Pentax full-frame (616 comments in total)
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Rooru S: Will this camera work with Pentax 200mm F2.8, 300mm F2.8, 300mm F4, 560mm F5.6 and 600mm F4?

Wallace, what makes you think the DA 560 does not completely cover full frame?
Note that I already pointed towards pentax.com and a full frame image taken with that lens (no vignetting visible)

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2016 at 17:35 UTC
On article The long, difficult road to Pentax full-frame (616 comments in total)
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Rooru S: Will this camera work with Pentax 200mm F2.8, 300mm F2.8, 300mm F4, 560mm F5.6 and 600mm F4?

@Rooru S:
There's so much Pentax-bashing around, that people are getting jumpy. Don't take it personally.
But then, there's also an overwhelmingly positive response, seen in many posts.

By the way, they demonstrated the DA* 200mm f/2.8 and the DA* 560mm on the teaser site a while ago. Not the best pictures, but enough to see that they cover the format.
http://www.pentax.com/en/pentaxff/

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2016 at 11:01 UTC
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