Richard Murdey

Richard Murdey

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

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On Ricoh announces Pentax K-3 Prestige Edition article (103 comments in total)
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RichRMA: I'd have avoided the red on the lens. Reminds me of Canon.

How about SMC*?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 11:44 UTC
On Ricoh announces Pentax K-3 Prestige Edition article (103 comments in total)
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PHOTOJOE55: Doesn't it look like APS-C and 1 inch sensors are in much higher demand than Full Frame? I think Canon has 3 or 4 Full Frame cameras in their line-up and Nikon has 8 current production FX cameras. Maybe it's the cost too, but for most applications I think the smaller sensors are more than adequate. This Pentax looks like an excellent camera to work with, and it's so much lighter to carry.

APSC outsells FF if that's what you mean, but that's mostly down to fewer people being willing to pay out four figures for a camera body...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 11:41 UTC
On Ricoh announces Pentax K-3 Prestige Edition article (103 comments in total)
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Richard Murdey: The camera body and the battery grip are finished in a high-grade gunmetal gray coating to as to not match with either the black or silver colors of interchangeable lenses.

FTFY

I know, I know. Killjoy. But as much as I don't mind the camera itself, the contrast with the black finish of the lens is jarring and silver would work only marginally better.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 07:38 UTC
On Ricoh announces Pentax K-3 Prestige Edition article (103 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Ricoh clearly lacks the vision needed to cash in on commemorative editions.

They bundle a $1,000 camera with a $215 battery grip, and two Pentax batteries worth another $100, and then give the whole package a stunning finish. Then they sell this gorgeous $1,315 bundle for only $1,399!

That's right. A lousy $84 more than an off the shelf regular version.

Hassleblad would have given it an exotic wood grip, named it "The Constellation Edition" and sold it for $9,000.

Leica would have sold this for $20,000, or roughly a $10,000 premium over their usual price, and had a waiting list for it.

But Ricoh only tacks on 84 bucks!

(Seriously, this is a great deal. If I was in the market for a K3, I'd order one of these special editions immediately.)

True, in "limited edition" land this package is very reasonably priced. On the other hand it really is just a different color of paint and some lettering on the camera strap...

And unlike Leicas, Pentax special editions have traditionally not held any special resale value. Track down a used K-7 in silver and you'll see what I mean.

If you like the color and want the battery grip though, it seems like a nice package.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 07:34 UTC
On Ricoh announces Pentax K-3 Prestige Edition article (103 comments in total)

The camera body and the battery grip are finished in a high-grade gunmetal gray coating to as to not match with either the black or silver colors of interchangeable lenses.

FTFY

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 01:54 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply
On Ricoh announces Pentax K-3 Prestige Edition article (103 comments in total)
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fakuryu: Now let's wait for the Gold Edition. The last time they released one was for the K10D I think.

Yes, the Grand Prix edition. It wasn't gold though, just gold lettering on the logos. K20 and K7 special editions were silver.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 01:52 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (393 comments in total)
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oldfogey: Either I'm blind or DPR has missed the most significant advance that this camera represents. The high ISO RAW files from the FZ-1000 are almost as good as the best m4/3 cameras, are significantly better than those of the Sony RX-10 and are dramatically better than those of the Nikon V3. If this really is the same 1" sensor that Sony put into the RX-10, Panasonic know something about signal processing that Sony/Nikon did not.
DPR's also claims that the Sony lens is sharper than the Panasonic's. If so the test images shot with the Sony must be a bit out of focus.

Basically proving that Nikon's relatively light touch for lens corrections and noise reduction is worth nothing to typical consumers. They want fast lenses and low noise.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 06:48 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (393 comments in total)
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Biological_Viewfinder: This review is nothing new at all.

I have purchased Panasonic cameras because of DPR reviews, and EVERY SINGLE TIME I WAS EXTREMELY DISSAPOINTED.

I'm never going to fall for it again.

"I guess what I'm saying is that I trusted DPR to review cameras. That was my mistake."

Look, dpreview have a set of criteria, which by and large they are faithful to. They aren't my criteria, and they shouldn't be those of anyone with a clear idea of what they want already.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 06:21 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (393 comments in total)
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beavertown: Why do all 1" sensor cameras' reviews have got scores by miles better than the V3 and any Nikon 1 cameras, while the V3 remains the highest price?

How embarrassing.

dpreview loves 1" sensor cameras, as long as they can't take the lens off! :-) Image quality goes from amazing to terrible with the addition of a lens mount. Imagine that!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 02:56 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (393 comments in total)
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Black Box: The thing that REALLY irritates me (just imho) is the tooting of this camera's "future-proofing" on almost every page of this otherwise very good test.

4k is barely on the horizon. The technical requirements are enormous. Receivers, cards, storage, televisions. Not even all cables (!) are able to pump up 100Mbs! Which means a 4k-ready home-cinema will be a pretty healthy investment which, in this economy, may never come at all. It'll take a few years for 4k to catch on (if it ever does at all). This camera will be out of production by March and obsolete by next summer.

I don't know where you live, but my local electronics store is filled with 4k TVs for sale. Anyone buying a high-end set today would most likely be buying a 4k model. I would.

So right now content is thin on the ground, but its not hard to see that adoption of 4k will happen very quickly, from "nobody wants that" to "no one would buy a TV without that" in a comparative blink of an eye.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 02:51 UTC
On Travel tripods: Comparing 5 aluminum kits article (98 comments in total)
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Jack Simpson: No Slik Mini Pro :o

"Minis" are another class.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2014 at 07:56 UTC
On Travel tripods: Comparing 5 aluminum kits article (98 comments in total)
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RichRMA: Most look like the variations on the same base, generic Chinese tripod and head. If you go on Alibaba, you can buy these things and if you buy 100 of them, they silk-screen your company name on it.

They are cheap, but that's fine if you don't pay too much for one. Also, they are a lot better than what passed for a cheap tripod 20 years ago.

(I'm personally with Thom Hogan, "save money by buying the right stuff the first time", however, not everyone needs go that route. http://www.bythom.com/support.htm)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2014 at 07:51 UTC
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Wye Photography: I just wonder if a digital camera that took a recent photo that in the future would be considered iconic would fetch a high price?

I don't think the people buying these items need such definitive evidence. Khaldei says its his camera, and if you trust him and want the camera you'll bid on the auction.

I suppose some people might want, for example, the Nikon digital sSLRs used by on the ISS. It would suffice I imagine that NASA says that they are the cameras used.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2014 at 00:10 UTC
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sixtiesphotographer: Another famous photo which was later proven staged, the cannonballs in the "Valley of Death" during the Crimean war:

http://sbp.so/fenton

The analysis to prove the staging of the photo is interesting.

I hadn't heard that story before. I wonder if the thinking was different in the early day of photography where accurate reproduction was still a novelty: it was more important to get a true point across, "there were a lot of cannonballs" rather than preserve forensic evidence "there were 17 cannonballs lying on the road".

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2014 at 00:05 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (617 comments in total)
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Kay Fisher: I was excited to see the V1 but couldn't understand or live without bracketing.
I watched for firmware update for bracketing but...
Then the V2 came out - still no bracketing..
Then the V3 came out and still no bracketing and now they took off the viewfinder.
Go figure.

@Fotogeneticist Yes sure, HDR. I mean apart for that or similar niche applications. General photography, there's really no need.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 08:28 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (617 comments in total)
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Kay Fisher: I was excited to see the V1 but couldn't understand or live without bracketing.
I watched for firmware update for bracketing but...
Then the V2 came out - still no bracketing..
Then the V3 came out and still no bracketing and now they took off the viewfinder.
Go figure.

Bracketing is for the belt-and-suspenders crowd. A useless waste of shutter actuations, battery life, and storage resources.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 00:31 UTC
On Updated: Nikon releases Capture NX-D 1.0.0 software article (105 comments in total)
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Ola Forsslund: 8 years of (non destructive) post processing work lost.
This program does NOT open edited NEF files correctly.

Yes, you must restore them to the original states if you want to continue to work on them in CNX. So do that, if you want to, or leave your 8 year old RAW files alone, or continue to use the old software to work on them. Plenty of options.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 00:30 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (617 comments in total)

Oooh, harsh!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2014 at 22:21 UTC as 158th comment
On Updated: Nikon releases Capture NX-D 1.0.0 software article (105 comments in total)
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Ola Forsslund: 8 years of (non destructive) post processing work lost.
This program does NOT open edited NEF files correctly.

"Correct" is a relative term. No, it doesn't seem to render exactly the same way as older Nikon software *if the RAW file settings have been previously edited in an older editor*. It shouldn't have to. I expect and hope that Nikon tweaks and improves the rendering engine over time. If you haven't saved a JPEG version of the final image by now, tough cookie.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2014 at 21:35 UTC
On Updated: Nikon releases Capture NX-D 1.0.0 software article (105 comments in total)
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Richard Murdey: This is good. They kept the new picture controls which were in the last beta version and moved them to PCU2 as the latest standard. The PCU2 set (and the optimizations thereof) give much nicer results than the old versions found in PCU and most modern Nikon cameras.

Of course the choice to use the camera defaults is still baked into NXD, so you can use all the old ones if you want to.

And I should add, because this is really cool, that they kept the feature where you can access all the really old pre-PCU controls when converting RAW files from cameras like the D40 and D200. So for those files you can choose from Mode I, II, III, Ia, IIIa, and the "B&W" setting found on those cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2014 at 21:29 UTC
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