Freestyler

Lives in Australia Canberra, Australia
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On article UPDATED: CP+ 2016: shooting the Pentax K-1 in Yokohama (377 comments in total)
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dpthoughts: I'm afraid that the K-1 will likely be rejected by existing CaNikon users (including any which had upgraded from a Pentax in the past years).

They know that only Nikon or Canon have a decent service network, lens rental options, a professional flash system, plenty of system-specific 3rd party gear at hand, etc.

That sounds like what pros want, but often, even enthusiast users which are about to upgrade to FF are already at an level (or they anticipate for the near future), which isn't all to far off from that.

The main issue though is a lens availability misery? Tamron is boycotting the Pentax K mount for all their yummy newer lenses for some time now. Tokina always boycotted Pentax K. Sigma is retreating as well from Pentax, almost all high profile/benchmark lenses (the FF ARTs) (even the important 50mm/85mm f/1.4) are constantly withheld from Pentax users. That's a pain i.th.a., since all the recent yummy-but-not-overpriced lenses were released by third party lens makers.

@dpthoughts

Tokina and Pentax have swapped several lens patent designs. Pentax release certain Tokina based Pentax lenses for K-Mount, and Pentax gave Tokina several of their lenes to sell on other mounts.

For example the DA 12-24mm f/4 is the same as the Tokina AT-X Pro SD 12-24mm F4 lens. The Pentax designed 16-50mm is the same as the Tokina 16-50mm on Nikon/Canon mounts.

They each use their own coatings however.

So Tokina never boycotted Pentax, they just had a business arrangement to sell each others gear.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2016 at 04:12 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 First Impressions Review (990 comments in total)
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Jorge Bayonas: It makes a lot of sense that Ricoh is pricing the Pentax K-1 low enough. There is no cutting edge (or jaw dropping) technology in it and the majority of customers are buying Nikon, Canon, Sony, Fuji and Olympus gear. So what is left to Ricoh? Market it at a low price is the only option - if Pentax would get the same interest as Canon or Nikon from all the consumers and professionals - believe me - the pricing of their bodies would be the same as Canon or Nikon.

@Jorge Bayonas
Sales have absoltely nothing to do with innovation. Quite often the most innovative products don't sell well, it's usually the competitors that copy such features that make them popular.

Regardless these innovative features are exactly that and better than some of the simple incremental updates of others manufacturers.

And based on the overwhelming feedback of this thread, I would sales will be just fine anyway.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 20:41 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 First Impressions Review (990 comments in total)
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Jorge Bayonas: It makes a lot of sense that Ricoh is pricing the Pentax K-1 low enough. There is no cutting edge (or jaw dropping) technology in it and the majority of customers are buying Nikon, Canon, Sony, Fuji and Olympus gear. So what is left to Ricoh? Market it at a low price is the only option - if Pentax would get the same interest as Canon or Nikon from all the consumers and professionals - believe me - the pricing of their bodies would be the same as Canon or Nikon.

Nothing cutting edge or innovative:

Well except for:

Fullframe with IBIS

Selectable AA Filter

Pixel Shift Technology

GPS Astrotracer

LED Body Lighting

Combined with a good price, the usual class leading weather sealing, ergonomics and functionality...

It certainly seems innovative and cutting edge to me.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 09:10 UTC
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Henrik Herranen: Wow.

Just wow.

Not for me, but still...
Respect!
Impressive!
Wow!

16Bit Colour, 100Mp resolution, and 15 stop DR, all wrapped in MF sized sensor....

It's the things dreams are made of, as the reality is far too expensive... But it's nice to dream occasionally.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2016 at 02:45 UTC

This could be interesting for Pentaxians.

With the Pentax having APS-C, Fullframe and Medium Format options available by spring 2016, it may be nice for Pentax people to be able to use some old MF glass on their new fullframe.

Not many other manufactures have fullframe and MF options.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2015 at 10:36 UTC as 10th comment | 4 replies
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Thylacine: Ricoh's strategy for developing the camera business under the Pentax brand has been available for anyone to see who bothered to do even a small amount of research. So far, it appears to have been extremely successful in the MF segment, with the 645Z, and moderately successful in the APS-C DSLR segment, with the K-3 and K-3ii, not to mention the K-S2. This new body merely fills the gap between the two existing ranges. A little rational thought will reveal to anyone who cares to try it, that the forthcoming 35FF (as distinct from MF-FF) is not intended to be their major sales product in the immediate future, or even their major profit earner - that will continue to be the APS-C range of cameras, although I wouldn't mind betting that the 645Z has been extremely profitable in its own right.
Ricoh is using the rich history of the Pentax brand to give some comfort to younger buyers who may not be aware of it, or are just dazzled by flim-flam (but that's the Internet for you).

In between two of the dials:
https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/10321525@N07/22381445047/

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2015 at 01:29 UTC
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Thylacine: Ricoh's strategy for developing the camera business under the Pentax brand has been available for anyone to see who bothered to do even a small amount of research. So far, it appears to have been extremely successful in the MF segment, with the 645Z, and moderately successful in the APS-C DSLR segment, with the K-3 and K-3ii, not to mention the K-S2. This new body merely fills the gap between the two existing ranges. A little rational thought will reveal to anyone who cares to try it, that the forthcoming 35FF (as distinct from MF-FF) is not intended to be their major sales product in the immediate future, or even their major profit earner - that will continue to be the APS-C range of cameras, although I wouldn't mind betting that the 645Z has been extremely profitable in its own right.
Ricoh is using the rich history of the Pentax brand to give some comfort to younger buyers who may not be aware of it, or are just dazzled by flim-flam (but that's the Internet for you).

There is a top LCD screen.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2015 at 00:50 UTC
On article Photokina 2014: Ricoh stand report (150 comments in total)
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iudex: Well I have expected a more thorough coverage of Pentax/Ricoh, but at least there is something. But maybe DPR could have concentrated less on different colours and more on important stuff like new lenses or fullframe (being admited by Ricoh representative for the first time). Especially the lenses deserved more attention: the two big lenses are supposedly fullframe lenses.

Photos 12, and 13 do look like the rumoured D-FA 100-400mm and 70-200mm lenses which are weather resistant and full frame compatible.

It would be nice to know more about those lenses DPR!!!

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 07:50 UTC
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Freestyler: If Panasonic had of managed a 600mm constant aperture f/2.8, and USB3, it would be the perfect 'Bridge' or 'Superzoom'.

As it is, it's darn impressive anyway..... 1/16000th Shutter Speed you say!

@arbuz. It's easy to do the math for most of us, it would be under 1.6Kg for the setup I mention. But thanks for the lesson in optics, from someone who doesn't know maths, and cannot even spell my name correctly. :)

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2014 at 05:34 UTC
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Freestyler: If Panasonic had of managed a 600mm constant aperture f/2.8, and USB3, it would be the perfect 'Bridge' or 'Superzoom'.

As it is, it's darn impressive anyway..... 1/16000th Shutter Speed you say!

The previous FZ200 weighs 384 Grams and indeed has the f/2.8 and 600mm lens, to which I was referring too.

The only difference here is the 1" sensor, which would indeed make it slightly heavier and larger than the FZ200, but it would still be far faster, cheaper and lighter than my DSLR and 500mm Bigma.

And thus perfect for my use.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 06:06 UTC

If Panasonic had of managed a 600mm constant aperture f/2.8, and USB3, it would be the perfect 'Bridge' or 'Superzoom'.

As it is, it's darn impressive anyway..... 1/16000th Shutter Speed you say!

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 05:29 UTC as 36th comment | 5 replies
On article Pentax K-3 Review (522 comments in total)
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Class A: Why is "Built-in sensor-shift shake reduction effectively stabilizes all mountable lenses" not a "Pros" point for the K-3?

It is for the K-5 II.

The following "Pros" points for the Nikon D7100 apply to the K-3 as well:

* 3.5mm Stereo mic and headphone inputs
* In-camera raw processing
* 100% viewfinder coverage

Why are they not mentioned as "Pros" for the K-3?

Yeah, giving years of legacy lenses the ability to shoot at much lower shutter speeds via IBIS is a real downside... /s..

My prime lenses are all stabilised via Pentax, including my 50mm f/1.2. That doesn't happen with Sigma or Canon prime lenses very often for example. (And when it does, it comes at a definite cost).

My Sigma 50-500mm has OS, which again comes with it's own benefits especially focusing over 300mm+.

So your comments are completely rubbish.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 03:15 UTC
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peevee1: "Optimized performance of continuous shooting when setting AF.C mode."

This. If only somebody could objectively test what it REALLY means.

If only dpreview could only.... Review the actual camera...

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2014 at 22:31 UTC

It would seem the Toshiba sensor used in the D7100 and it's banding problems has been replaced with the Sony sensor for the D3300.

So the Nikon D3300 is now using the same/similar sensor as the Pentax K-3.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 02:42 UTC as 59th comment | 1 reply
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mactrash: Why no K-3?

Considering the K-3 was announced before the D610 or D5300, it's slack of Adobe to not include K-3 support.

I would at least like the usual 3 colour profiles, as opposed 1.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2013 at 02:34 UTC
On article Adobe releases Camera Raw 8.2 and Lightroom 5.2 (70 comments in total)
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Jim Evidon: I'm not sure LR5.2 is ready for prime time. Not only does my LR5 say it's up to date, but four attempts to download the 5.2 update on DPReview resulted in stalling somewhere between 1/2 way and 3/4 way. I even went directly to Adobe's website and tried again. No luck. I know it is not the iMac because I download updates all the time. Has anyone else tried to download this "upgrade"?

Mine installed ok, but I cannot get the Nvidia card to work with Lightroom 5.2, it works with Photoshop CC and Bridge CC, but it will only use Intel and not the Nvidia card on my Nvidia Optimus based laptop. I just give up with Nvidia and Adobe seriously.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2013 at 00:51 UTC

An awesome feel good story, thanks for the reality-check dpreview and Bellingham Herald.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2013 at 10:24 UTC as 21st comment
On article Ricoh introduces weather-resistant Pentax flash units (41 comments in total)
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tkbslc: Do you really need flash in the rain? There's no ceiling to bounce from and with direct flash, I think you'll just make a bunch of white frozen raindrops.

Cool on paper, I guess.

As someone who spends much time Birding and Wildlife photography, and even sometimes doing insects in flight @1/8000th shutter on riverbanks, I can honestly say you have no idea how much a WR flash is desirable to many of us.... At least we can agree on your ignorance.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2013 at 03:43 UTC

On paper it does seem like the perfect wildlife/birding lens.

Weatherproof, Teleconverter, F4 Aperture, 400-560mm focal distance, 3 stage IS with 4 stop advantage (we'll see!)....

The price is about the only thing on paper that isn't perfect, (expected) but not perfect.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2013 at 04:55 UTC as 102nd comment
On article First Impressions: Metabones Speed Booster (355 comments in total)
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DrugaRunda: Interesting product, will there be one in PK mount? I for sure would be interested to try it out.

Yes but it has usable AF, and costs less than the adapter by itself, (not to mention the NEX and lenses) and doesn't make the edges softer. :P

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2013 at 09:17 UTC
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