In hydraulis

In hydraulis

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On Ricoh surfs into action camera market with WG-M1 article (100 comments in total)
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AngryCorgi: Why does everything that Pentax/Ricoh puts out looks like it was made for a child? Seriously. Bright colors. Unnecessarily large in a g-shock type style. I don't get it.

Coloured to help you find it when you inevitably drop it while snorkeling over a coral reef. Or while skiing.

Colours have their place. In this case, form follows function perfectly well.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2014 at 01:58 UTC
On Canon confirms price drop on select EF lenses article (139 comments in total)
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Bernard Carns: Canon...Kodak....they sort of start with the same sound. Canon will have a softer landing. Are Canon lenses gonna be like Hasselblad lenses someday where you cant give them away? Both Canon and Nikon have not innovated enough. I have their glass but I'm using it on other brands bodies. Haven't bought a Canon body in years . Not buying their glass will follow.

Sometimes low-tech is simply more reliable. OVFs don't require power to function, and the image is updated at literally the speed of light.

At any moment whilst in use, a mirrorless camera is powering its sensor, its image processor, and some form of screen, be it an EVF or not. Most of the time your DSLR is turned on, the only components actually drawing power are the AF sensors and possibly motor, the metering system, and if applicable, the top LCD---all of which require minimal power to operate.

Of course, my priorities are showing. What are your priorities?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2014 at 12:48 UTC
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Jogger: So, it the "w" in Kwanon silent?? That would explain the naming transition from Kwanon to Canon.

I think you'll find your answer here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_kana_orthography

It's an artifact of evolving Japanese kana orthography coupled with Westerners' historical kana-->alphabet transliteration practices. An intersection of two related but separate SNAFUs.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2014 at 04:43 UTC
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David Rossberg: Cactus... ouch! Those old memories still sting.

/DR

Perhaps the doctor didn't find all of the thorns.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 09:23 UTC
On Sony drops list price of Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 article (201 comments in total)
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thx1138: Ain't competition grand. Alas the Canikon duopoly have no qualms charging extortionate prices, especially on lenses. We've seen the Yen plummet in the last 18 months and yet prices are still rising.

Good on you Panasonic for shaming Sony into action.

Now tell me again how much that Nikon V3 was selling for?

I don't understand this "weakening yen" argument.

Yes, it means that each US$ (or unit of any other currency) buys more yen in a direct transaction. But it doesn't make the cost of production any cheaper. Everything just costs more yen!

I know because I live here. Officially we have deflation, and that's what the rest of the world hears, but how they arrive at that conclusion is quite a contorted process. Prices are rising, companies are crying poor and cutting worker benefits, everything's going up --- except wages.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2014 at 03:28 UTC
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Gosman: I love this article and seems to come out of my own mouth. Indeed I'm the one on the Nikon forum that pinned the name "Guinea Pigs" upon the early adaptors of the D800. I urged everyone to wait. What I didn't know was that it would take Nikon 2 years to upgrade and make the must needed changes. It is a huge lesson to all of us about product life cycles. This is why I decided to stay with Pentax and the K-3 which is now at the height of the crop sensor life cycle. I decided to stay away from full frame for awhile and see where the product cycle takes it along with the mirror less cameras. And yes, I am a Kodachrome baby and it is the first thing I thought of when I saw the ISO (we called it ASA) was 64!

Which manufacturer named an entire product line the Rebel?

So rebellious. You know, that same product line is called the Kiss series in Japan?

Kissy rebellion. Or perhaps rebellious kissing.

Moving away from Canon, I have a question: Whatever happened to the Nikon Df? The pre-release hype was prodigious but the momentum seems to have completely fizzled.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 03:38 UTC
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Gosman: I love this article and seems to come out of my own mouth. Indeed I'm the one on the Nikon forum that pinned the name "Guinea Pigs" upon the early adaptors of the D800. I urged everyone to wait. What I didn't know was that it would take Nikon 2 years to upgrade and make the must needed changes. It is a huge lesson to all of us about product life cycles. This is why I decided to stay with Pentax and the K-3 which is now at the height of the crop sensor life cycle. I decided to stay away from full frame for awhile and see where the product cycle takes it along with the mirror less cameras. And yes, I am a Kodachrome baby and it is the first thing I thought of when I saw the ISO (we called it ASA) was 64!

"'Pentax' should be filtered as spam. It's embarrassing how every thread eventually has 20% of the posts talking about Pentax [...] "

Talk of Pentax makes InTheMist uncomfortable. Indeed, he finds it "embarrassing." I wonder if other words make him squeamish too. Let's try...

MOIST

Oh, me? I once made a wrong turn and ended up taking a spin around a training course for beginner drivers, complete with mock parking spaces in all orientations. For practice, you know. It was several minutes before I realised where I was, what I was doing, and how many learners were watching me in confusion as I tried to find the exit.

I wasn't embarrassed though, just genuinely amused. My wife & I laughed our arses off afterwards.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2014 at 06:43 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1529 comments in total)
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lacikuss: Hey Nikon D800 owner, how do you feel about loosing 30% of the value of your not two year old camera in one day? I've got lucky when they fully replaced my D600 but you can{t say the same...

A company that keep churning nonsense upgraded cameras (read Thom Hogan) instead of passing on improved functionality with newer firmwares is a company that is only interested in milking their loyal customer base.

I wonder how many of the D810 upgrades could have been done with only a firmware update for the D800?

"Hey Nikon D800 owner, how do you feel about loosing 30% of the value of your not two year old camera _over the twenty-six months since it became available_?"

Fixed to reflect reality.

(Also, it's "losing," with one 'o', but that's a nitpick.)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 03:36 UTC
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jamesfrmphilly: anybody make a fast lens that is also small and light?

jamesfrmphilly, I'm sorry but you're specifying so many constraints that we don't really have much left to work with.

I have a Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 that might possibly fit the bill, but you might consider it too large. Personally, I think its size is reasonable for what it can do. It was also priced very competitively.

If your draw your constraints in too tightly, something has to give, possibly the size of the image circle. And then we'll end up discussing fixed lens compact options such as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7, the Olympus XZ-2, or the Pentax MX-1. Mind you, these cameras are very respectable options in their own right, if you want to go that way.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2014 at 05:05 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7S added to test scene comparison tool article (272 comments in total)
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Carlos Loff: Great - I was wishing so much for this test - Great performance

Now I gave up waiting on Nikon D400 but since the Pentax K-3 is showing issues with shutter and Ricoh does not recognise them, I changed my attention to Sony A7s

Each time more convinced to go for Sony

www.pentaxforums.com/news/k-3-mirror-flop-fix-from-ricoh.html

You spreading FUD, Carlos?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2014 at 15:14 UTC
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jamesfrmphilly: anybody make a fast lens that is also small and light?

Mind if I suggest the Pentax FA Limited trio?

http://www.photozone.de/pentax/122-pentax-smc-fa-31mm-f18-al-limited-review--test-report

http://www.photozone.de/pentax/736-pentax43f19k5

http://www.photozone.de/pentax/128-pentax-smc-fa-77mm-f18-limited-review--test-report

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2014 at 11:48 UTC
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jkoch2: Loyal D600 owners insisted that the "problem" was imaginary or exagerated by Canonite trolls. One could clean the sensor or, by using the camera very little, never see a sludge problem at all. Loyal owners never whined or sent their units for repair or replacement. Loyal owners were chagrined when Nikon "went wobbly" and offered the D610 with a "fix" for the problem. Loyal owners have the Nikon emblem and five stars tatooed on their head, chest, biceps, and behind. The Marines borrowed the Semper Fe motto from Nikonites. Just ask Santa or the Easter Bunny.

Perhaps they outwardly denied the problem because they were desperate to preserve their D600s' resale prices---until after they sold them, of course.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2014 at 14:05 UTC
On Samsung NX30 Review preview (418 comments in total)
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JaimeA: Like everything plagiarized and built with others’ technology and patent infringement, Samsung products risk failure. A salesman in the BHV (Paris largest store) told me that the TVs had a high rate of returns because of something going wrong. Our own Linda’s Galaxy has gone bust. If you buy the brand, make sure you check it and have a replacement insurance.

I'll admit the GXR is hard to pigeonhole. But I can't see a reason why an interchangeable lens wouldn't count, sensor or no sensor.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2014 at 13:24 UTC
On Samsung NX30 Review preview (418 comments in total)
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JaimeA: Like everything plagiarized and built with others’ technology and patent infringement, Samsung products risk failure. A salesman in the BHV (Paris largest store) told me that the TVs had a high rate of returns because of something going wrong. Our own Linda’s Galaxy has gone bust. If you buy the brand, make sure you check it and have a replacement insurance.

HowaboutRAW,

Not quite. Add AF, and Ricoh gets the credit, courtesy of their GXR system.

Assuming we limit our discussion to APS-C-sized sensors, Samsung came next.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2014 at 05:12 UTC
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (659 comments in total)
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iae aa eia: Haha! Come on! A normal lens is 55mm?! I remember that used to be wideangle and normal 70mm. Alright, the digital doesn't need to be bind to film era sizes, but do you really consider a decent step up going from 43mm to 55mm? That's ridiculous to me. Alright, the camera is awesome, the system too, it's a size other brands use in their digital-era "medium" format, and I can't afford one, it's just that it's even a smaller step than from an APS to an FF!

Were you making a point? I can't find it.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 03:19 UTC
On Nikon issues firmware updates for Df, D5200 and D3200 article (28 comments in total)
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itsastickup: And the in-bad-faith 3rd party battery issue?

I was wondering the same.

Sigma and Nikon seem locked in an arms war, with Nikon's camera firmware updates crippling Sigma lenses' AF, and Sigma's lens firmware updates undoing the sabotage.

See here if this is news to you:
http://www.dpreview.com/news/2013/11/19/sigma-issues-advisory-on-lens-compatibility-with-nikon-d5300

The Nikon updates have also blocked use of 3rd-party batteries. Pure hostility toward the end user.

I respect Nikon's heritage and technical prowess, but their recent contempt for their own paying customers is despicable.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 00:00 UTC
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Peter Gregg: What a difference a day makes. The new images are representative of what I expect - and was hoping for - from this lens. It is pro level and the results certainly look like it. It seems on par in quality with the 85L II by eyeballing these images. Having both lenses in hand would confirm it, or show the deficiencies. The advantage of the 4/3 system is equal light as full frame with a little deeper range in depth of field. For most folks this is an advantage making full frame a disadvantage because of the razor thin depth of field. For most purposes this is a big plus, except for those that are looking for an ultra thin range in their DOF envelope.

"what do you think Canon built the 50/1.2 and 85/1.2 for then?"

To sell to people with more money than sense.

Blur has its place, no doubt, but a solid flash or three is a better investment.

But flashes require knowledge, experience, experimentation and creativity to use well, so they scare people.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2014 at 05:29 UTC
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jon404: As a Pentax owner, I tend to look on Nikons as ugly and not very ergonomic. Practically, the collapsible lens sounds like a mess for quick shooting, since you have to push yet another button to expand it.

But -- maybe of great benefit for beginning photographers -- 24 MP, cheap! You'll be able to crop like mad and rescue a lot of images. Hmmnn. I wonder if Nikon owns an external hard drive company? It's terabyte time, new users!

Also, regarding your fourth point, I suspect the target demographic for this model would be soccer mums. And I don't think they share your enthusiasm for the subtleties of perspective.

Moot point. Interesting, but moot.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 11:14 UTC
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jon404: As a Pentax owner, I tend to look on Nikons as ugly and not very ergonomic. Practically, the collapsible lens sounds like a mess for quick shooting, since you have to push yet another button to expand it.

But -- maybe of great benefit for beginning photographers -- 24 MP, cheap! You'll be able to crop like mad and rescue a lot of images. Hmmnn. I wonder if Nikon owns an external hard drive company? It's terabyte time, new users!

Dammit nicolaiecostel, you were off to a good start!

Then you went and said this:

"I don't have the time to make a test and show you a side by side comparison"

That means you forfeit the argument.

That means you lose.

Pity.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 11:13 UTC
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Tonio Loewald: Samsung is like the (1990s) Microsoft of hardware — in a good way. They produce a shoddy imitation v1 and then iterate until they get it right. With the new premium zoom they're actually making their rivals look stupid. Interesting times.

Define "better mount" please. I don't know what that means.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2014 at 10:24 UTC
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