solarider

solarider

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On Photokina 2014 Video: The Samsung NX1 article (83 comments in total)
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Timur Born: Tempting camera and glass. But at least the pre-production NX1 has some serious issues. AF-C really is rather broken yet, sometimes lost in hunting land for several seconds on well defined targets. I demonstrated it to some Korean techs there and they thanked me for the feedback, and hopefully will get it working much better in the final release.

Probably connected to this issue is the shutter button half-press feel, or lack thereof. I often couldn't tell whether I was half-pressing or not and when I tried to find the right pressure point I often released the shutter unwillingly. The above mentioned AF-C issues where sometimes the camera didn't seem to do anything played into this.

Another issue for me is the viewfinder optics. I had to press my kaukasian long nose tight to the screen in order to get a clear view of the viewfinder. And even then the edges were problematic. Sometimes it was jittering.

Face Detection is a let-down for the processing power available.

Work in progress.

I wonder if FW was at least 1.0?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 14:57 UTC
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-S1 article (317 comments in total)

"The sensor, along with the new Prime MII processor, allow for sensitivities of up to 102,800."
Hmmm... it's 51,200 ISO on the official Pentax page and on the other DPR announcement.

http://www.us.ricoh-imaging.com/dslr/K-S1_Black#!product-specs

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/8543010162/ricoh-unveils-pentax-k-s1?utm_campaign=internal-link&utm_source=mainmenu&utm_medium=text&ref=mainmenu#specs

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 23:55 UTC as 32nd comment
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-S1 article (317 comments in total)

"If you look closely at what's on the screen above, you'll see that Pentax has given the menus a new font. And it's about time."

DPR: Fontification?
Fontastic?

Strange, was the font so bad in the first place? I never noticed.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 22:33 UTC as 33rd comment | 2 replies
On Hasselblad unveils pixel-shifting 200MP H5D-200c MS article (248 comments in total)
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solarider: Can do the same combining 50 mp raw files with the Pentax
645Z while saving ~$12,000 on the body alone. I'm sure the Hasselblad is quite the camera nonetheless.

Woa there! Savings ~21k. Ace photo on amazon has the 645z for $8,599. Yikes.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2014 at 22:17 UTC

DNG raw files?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2014 at 21:57 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply
On Hasselblad unveils pixel-shifting 200MP H5D-200c MS article (248 comments in total)
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Brian Alpert: i wonder how many terabytes of RAM you'll need to process these 200 mp images in lightroom.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005CP2OAC/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl_encoding=UTF8&colid=1OZK50OD2O9UV&coliid=I2FSGESB68S0SB&psc=1

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2014 at 21:51 UTC
On Hasselblad unveils pixel-shifting 200MP H5D-200c MS article (248 comments in total)

Can do the same combining 50 mp raw files with the Pentax
645Z while saving ~$12,000 on the body alone. I'm sure the Hasselblad is quite the camera nonetheless.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2014 at 21:27 UTC as 44th comment | 2 replies
On Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions article (239 comments in total)

Excellent article all around, and great images. It brings one closer to the real thing than can ever be covered in a standard tech review. Best Wishes. Nic

Direct link | Posted on Aug 13, 2014 at 01:20 UTC as 46th comment
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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.

Tethering will be coming soon, likely around Photokina. :-)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 13:34 UTC
On Pentax MX-1 preview (14 comments in total)

Blunty's reviews are pretty fun to watch.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuOpygcOVJE

Direct link | Posted on Aug 3, 2014 at 16:39 UTC as 1st comment
On Kodak Pixpro S-1 First Impressions Review preview (180 comments in total)

Hopefully the quality of the internal workings is as high as the competitors. To save money, that would seem highly unlikely. Plus the know how they are up against is considerable. None the less, will be curious to see how well they do.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2014 at 13:47 UTC as 2nd comment
On Ricoh announces Pentax K-3 Prestige Edition article (165 comments in total)
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Loquacious: Does the Prestige Edition produce better images than the Standard K-3?

I believe the gunmetal B&W images should be quite good.
;-P

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 01:10 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1533 comments in total)
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nikon power: Don't let the price scare you.
Nikon's shutter durability is 200,000 cycles.
$3,299/200,000 = 1.6 cent per picture.
Other branded cameras' durability cycle may be the same or less but the EXIF from their photos won't show NIKON, the King of high end DSLR.

@nikonpower/clint dunn:
A useful comparison I think for those not needing FF or who cannot foot the expense.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 16:40 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1533 comments in total)
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nikon power: Don't let the price scare you.
Nikon's shutter durability is 200,000 cycles.
$3,299/200,000 = 1.6 cent per picture.
Other branded cameras' durability cycle may be the same or less but the EXIF from their photos won't show NIKON, the King of high end DSLR.

Pentax K3 also has shutter durability at 200,000... K3 is $1,200.
@.006 cents per shot.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 14:30 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1533 comments in total)

The low ISO ability at 64 and 32 should be terrific for landscape, to name just one use.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 14:29 UTC as 275th comment | 7 replies
On Panasonic FZ1000: Not just another superzoom... article (158 comments in total)
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Sonyshine: The article is unavailable.....

Click the upper link - as of a few minutes ago the lower link at the end of the announcement wasn't active.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 13:01 UTC
On Sony SLT-A77 II First Impressions Review preview (638 comments in total)

Raw (ARW 2.3). I hope that's not proprietary... why not also have Adobe RAW files availability?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 8, 2014 at 02:53 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (660 comments in total)
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Dr. Leonard: Camera is heavy, expensive and has a large mirror (do I hear a slap?). Note to SONY - the 645Z already uses your sensor. How about developing a mirrorless model to save weight, complexity (mirror damping), and with a lower price (less complex)? Say around 4K to tempt Nikon 800 would be buyers or even 5K, cheaper than the top models from Nikon or Canon.

"...we were surprised to see that the 645Z's shutter is actually quieter than the one on the Sony A7r".
Isn't the A7r mirrorless? ;-p

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2014 at 22:41 UTC
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (660 comments in total)
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Dr. Leonard: Camera is heavy, expensive and has a large mirror (do I hear a slap?). Note to SONY - the 645Z already uses your sensor. How about developing a mirrorless model to save weight, complexity (mirror damping), and with a lower price (less complex)? Say around 4K to tempt Nikon 800 would be buyers or even 5K, cheaper than the top models from Nikon or Canon.

Pentax has designed the mirror to be well dampened. Note the other two competing MF cameras to compare, construction/weather sealing/temperature extremes use, size, price etc. 645z will be ready by end of June 2014. Smaller format 35mm FF can't come close with the exceptional high quality microcontrast, skin tones and etc. Thanks. Interesting attitude.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2014 at 22:32 UTC
On Site Update: notifications article (127 comments in total)

Hi,

Thank you, that's a great feature to have.

Nic

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2014 at 18:30 UTC as 58th comment
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