Richard Murdey

Richard Murdey

Lives in Japan Kyoto, Japan
Joined on Aug 21, 2002

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On Opinion: Canon EOS 750D and 760D article (316 comments in total)

I don't want to seem unkind but such a vague essay barely even qualifies as an "opinion piece".

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2015 at 09:40 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply
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Richard Murdey: The Air is the most interesting product introduced at CP+, by a long shot. Typical for dpreview that they largely ignore it.

It's not a camera that attaches to your smartphone. It's a u43 sensor module your smartphone can attach *to*. Or use a tablet. Or a laptop. Put it in your hand, on a dolly, or on a drone. *Open SDK* people. That's HUGE.

Add provision for external power packs, RAW video output to external recorders, ....

Yes it is downright depressing! Not that I'm surprised or anything.

You buried it, lumped together at the end with the 300mm lens under "finally". The announcement, posted earlier, was also pretty much along the lines of "who cares, hey look at the new OMD EM5 ii". <sigh>

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2015 at 12:38 UTC

And most important of all: why is the accent ring green? I thought the "HD" lenses wore red nowadays ...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2015 at 07:29 UTC as 20th comment | 3 replies

The Air is the most interesting product introduced at CP+, by a long shot. Typical for dpreview that they largely ignore it.

It's not a camera that attaches to your smartphone. It's a u43 sensor module your smartphone can attach *to*. Or use a tablet. Or a laptop. Put it in your hand, on a dolly, or on a drone. *Open SDK* people. That's HUGE.

Add provision for external power packs, RAW video output to external recorders, ....

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2015 at 01:16 UTC as 3rd comment | 5 replies
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Maxfield_photo: My theory: The K-S1 was such a flop that they finally realized it's no good making cameras that people aren't asking for. Instead they decided to pursue the novel idea of actually making cameras people want and have been asking for for years.

I think they may in trouble financially if they had to resort to making a full frame, but ironically, if done right, this camera might be the camera that saves them.

It could also just as easily sink them.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 03:29 UTC
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Ben O Connor: All pentax owners screaming for full frame. But no one says "it has to have a mirror inside!."

Right Ricoh ?

If Ricoh are going to continue with K mount their full frame camera might as well have a mirror, at least for now. It's just throwing away AF performance otherwise.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 03:28 UTC
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: It's big, and some aspects of its design could be improved, but it still looks better than any DSLR by Canikon. It reminds me of Pentax's medium format cameras previous to the 645.

"it still looks better than any DSLR by Canikon"

Your fanboy certificate is in the mail.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 03:25 UTC
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jukeboxjohnnie: or you can just go buy a canon 6d at a bargain price now.....

@tailings

Still a far larger finder image than the K-3. Oops!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 03:18 UTC
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Zvonimir Tosic: Let's bet that the button below the PC socket is rather "Engage the EVF Overlay, Baby!" button ... :-)

I keep expecting someone to do this in a dSLR, ever since Fuji showed off the X20. It seems such a small step above the monochrome LCDs already used to project gridlines and AF points in the finder. Yet, still nothing...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 03:14 UTC
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Petroglyph: Here is what I'd like to see:

At least 36MP FF Sony sensor with IBIS & pitch/roll stabilization
Selectable LPF – Off,Low,High
New AF systems with AF points well spread out over the frame
TaV mode
Option to select minimum shutter speed based on
200000 mtbf 1/8000 quiet shutter
All magnesium and stainless steel frame
Focus peaking on LCD with MF magnified focus assist
Tilting LCD screen
Physical IBIS available during video capture
Center 3 AF points focus to -3EV
All AF points will focus a f/8 lens
Control layout similar to K3
6.5 fps burst 30 36MP raw files buffer
9 fps in 16MP 'crop mode'
Crop mode outlines the crop area in the VF
Operating temp -10 to 45 C
1 CF card and 1 SDXC card slot
built in wifi & GPS
AF during video
Sensor shift astro-tracker with optional O-GPS
USB-3 & hdmi out
3.5 headphone jack
stereo micro phone with wind-cut
diffraction correction, HDR, lens correction
Auto PDAF fine tune operation / CDAF/PDAF comp stored
1/250 flash sync

Go RIcoh/Pentax

"New AF systems with AF points well spread out over the frame"
Technically impossible.
"6.5 fps burst 30 36MP raw files buffer"
Prohibitively expensive.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 03:12 UTC

I wonder if they'll really make good on their promise of "available by the end of 2015". It's already February and they aren't showing a prototype, just a (very rough looking) mockup.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 03:07 UTC as 47th comment

No lenses? Drop a 85/1.2 L on the front with the EF mount adapter and there you go: hypnotic.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 07:55 UTC as 63rd comment | 1 reply
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Richard Murdey: Oh, and Ricoh: stop the "throw everything against the wall and see what sticks" approach to camera styling. It seems every camera coming down the pipe is a radically different new approach to the design and cosmetic appearance: "Racing car!! "UFO!!" "Traditional!!" "Carbon Fiber!!" "Modernist Chic" ... does management really imagine that they'll eventually hit on this until-now unknown style which will suddenly sell like gangbusters. "Oh, LED bubbles and metallic purple, who knew?"

Find a Pentax house style and stick with it. Serious, purposeful, and just distinctive enough to be recognizable.

K-01 as a once-off was alright, it was good publicity for the brand.

I don't think the K-7~3 are boring, either. Just as importantly, no one is going to confuse them with Olympus.

The mistake was to go all crazy sports car grills on the K-30 for no good reason, then flip back traditional with the K-50 (which I liked, but was so plain as to be non-identifiable as a Pentax dSLR) then go crazy with the K-S1 for again, no good reason other than "management said the K-50 was too boring, so they made us make something that stands out even if no one in their right mind would want it".

Too much different for different sake, not enough progressive iteration.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 01:54 UTC

"[Canon] has allowed the design team to make it look like a proper camera"

They are simply following what is in vogue. People seem to want "serious looking" tiny cameras, filled with doodads, buttons, and dials, rather than simple, easy to use, automatic point&shoots. So that's what they'll get, even though in truth the buttons are left unpressed and the cameras are never taken off auto mode...

That's fine. It's "reassuringly complicated", so it must take good pictures!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 23:57 UTC as 107th comment

There is a D7200 shaped hole in Nikon's announcements today.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 11:45 UTC as 21st comment
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Richard Murdey: Oh, and Ricoh: stop the "throw everything against the wall and see what sticks" approach to camera styling. It seems every camera coming down the pipe is a radically different new approach to the design and cosmetic appearance: "Racing car!! "UFO!!" "Traditional!!" "Carbon Fiber!!" "Modernist Chic" ... does management really imagine that they'll eventually hit on this until-now unknown style which will suddenly sell like gangbusters. "Oh, LED bubbles and metallic purple, who knew?"

Find a Pentax house style and stick with it. Serious, purposeful, and just distinctive enough to be recognizable.

@wildkat2

I mean at the entry level of course. Nikon D40~D3300, Canon Rebels. Consistent, straightforward, distinctively Nikon or Canon and just as obviously a part of the each company's house range. Pentax is all over the place in comparison.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 06:58 UTC
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Richard Murdey: Oh, and Ricoh: stop the "throw everything against the wall and see what sticks" approach to camera styling. It seems every camera coming down the pipe is a radically different new approach to the design and cosmetic appearance: "Racing car!! "UFO!!" "Traditional!!" "Carbon Fiber!!" "Modernist Chic" ... does management really imagine that they'll eventually hit on this until-now unknown style which will suddenly sell like gangbusters. "Oh, LED bubbles and metallic purple, who knew?"

Find a Pentax house style and stick with it. Serious, purposeful, and just distinctive enough to be recognizable.

@BillZuhl

Yes, I've even handled one in the store. The handling is somewhere between an iPhone and a crowbar.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 02:35 UTC

Awww.. now ain't that the cutest flash you dun ever did see?

(No I'm serious, I'd actually buy one for the cuteness value alone.)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 00:17 UTC as 17th comment
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offertonhatter: Just noticed something, I think we all have.
First Kit zoom to have the DC motor as opposed to the screw.
Silent focus with a kit lens on a Pentax! Whatever next? :-)

As you note, it was long overdue. It was do this, or be completely uncompetitive against the likes of A6000, EM10 etc.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 00:15 UTC
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Richard Murdey: ... and with a collapsible zoom. At least they are hitting the right notes again.

This goes up against the D5500 though, and the new Canon. Tough crowd.

@phoenix15 Very true. Talk about rocks and hard places!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 00:11 UTC
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