RedDog Steve

RedDog Steve

Lives in United States Music City, TN, United States
Works as a In-house print shop
Joined on Aug 28, 2012


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On Nikon 1 J5: What you need to know article (492 comments in total)

Nice grip.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 5, 2015 at 19:46 UTC as 6th comment
On A Compact PEN: Olympus Stylus SH-2 Hands-on article (150 comments in total)
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Zigmont: Make it a 24 to, say, 140 mm max with f2.8-4.0 and I'm interested. 600mm lens? Really? And other than marketing, the reason for that is...?

I guarantee no one can hold this thing steady at that range, multi-axis stabilization or not.

Anything over about 140mm or so is unnecessary for a travel camera. I've traveled the world multiple times with many point and shoots from back in the B&W film days until now and never found the need for anything over 120mm. Most shots taken at wide angle to 70mm or so.

600mm (equiv) would require a tripod thereby defeating the usefulness of "pocket"
Millimeter wars is the new megapixel wars.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2015 at 05:41 UTC
On For the family album in the Look at the Birdie! challenge (23 comments in total)
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tedolf: I hope that this is a family member.

This is a very unflattering/derogatory pose for a woman.

"Birdie" is also a derogatory word for a woman in UK affiliated countries.


"Look at the Birdie" is the first phrase I associated with photography, at probably the same age as the subject in the photo in the photo.
I think she's ready to go grab the kid before he falls, I doubt it's a "pose".
Note the heels.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2015 at 06:43 UTC

Note that Panny is still using the 2 different stabilizing systems: Mega OIS on the macro and Power OIS on the portrait lens.
Curious, since these are both primes and not all that far apart in FL.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 02:00 UTC as 30th comment | 1 reply
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princecody: Is the Panasonic 42.5mm a mini Nocticron or an alternative to the Olympus 45mm (which I returned because of the akward focal length compared to the Nocticron & cheap feel)?

Isn't the 85-100mm (equiv) range the ideal portrait FL ?
The Oly 45 may have its quirks but awkward FL isn't one of them.
Maybe the 75mm is awkward ?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 01:27 UTC

I would have liked f1.4 for the portrait lens, but still, nice to have as a choice priced well below the "Leica".
Stabilized too !

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 01:24 UTC as 32nd comment | 1 reply
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PicOne: Can't they just decide what brand and name they want to use..? Getting old with the Ricoh announces the latest Pentax yadda yadda. "Ricoh's Pentax Q-Mount Roadmap".. is this all really necessary?

Kinda like saying "Procter and Gamble"s Crest Toothpaste Cool Mint"..

Nice to put out a roadmap though. nice idea I wish more companies did.

Nobody calls a Lincoln a "Ford Lincoln".
It's Pentax plain and simple.

Was it ever called "Hoya Pentax" ?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 00:12 UTC
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AshMills: Other than body size and lens size, can someone explain why a FF mirrorless should not have DSLR flange depth? That's all I want- an om4- sized full frame, silent, G mount, Nikon mirrorless.

Pentax K01.
Without the mirror there is a lot of wasted space behind the flange.
Space that can be compressed to make the body smaller if there is no need for backward compatibility for lenses.
It's either a deep body or redesigned lenses/mount.
There's no free lunch.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 02:29 UTC

I don't think the Canon "M" line was even taken seriously by DPR.
A listing for the M2 is nowhere to be found.
The fact that the M3 won't be marketed to the US only reinforces the impression of lack-o-commitmentitis.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 23:49 UTC as 110th comment | 2 replies
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babart: Considering the $2500 price of the two new zooms, I'm ever so glad to have purchased a used a7 (one kilobuck) and an adapter ($50) for all my Pentax "full-frame" lenses from the film days, from 20 to 400mm. I'm set. Except for auto focus. (Have that on the APS-C K-5.) Beats waiting for another brick of an SLR that charts out at about 4 grand for one camera and one lens. I was hoping for a mirrorless from Pentax, and they missed their chance by not putting a full-frame sensor in that ugly little toy camera they produced a couple years ago. Those would have sold like hotcakes. However, I am happy to see that Pentax isn't going to fade away. They've made some excellent -- and practical -- cameras since the mid-twentieth century. Glad I save all that legacy glass.

While I question some of the recent overly styled faddish designs, at least they are putting out product that attempts to capture market share. Having (for example) a 645 says "we are serious" and having the flashing lights and neo-industrial design says "hey kids". As long as in the end the product works as stated.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 17:03 UTC
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RichardBalonglong: It's time for me to save and have funding for this full frame Pentax before its release at the end of this year... I'm going to put up a Lemonade Stand... Lots and lots of Lemonade Stands to include the funding for the two new lenses..! LOL! =)

Let's hope the lemons stay in the lemonade and out of the camera.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 16:57 UTC
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Howard: Amazing that they are still in business.

The name's been sold a few times but it's nice to see Ricoh make the commitment to keeping it "real".

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 16:37 UTC
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Petroglyph: This is the same as RIcoh released the 645Z. They showed a prototype (concept camera) at CP+ last year and the 645Z was available by summer 2014. I still expect the final model of the new FF to be available in the summer 2015 but they've given themselves some leeway by saying sometime in the year. Likely features; high resolution FF sensor with optional 'crop mode', fully WR sealed body on an all metal frame (magnesium & stainless steel), similar ergonomics to other Pentax cameras, 3-position AA-simulator (off, low, high), In-body image stabilization, TaV mode, astro tracker OGPS, diffraction correction (jpeg), 8 fps burst, 14bit lossless raw compression, industry leading dynamic range, compatibility with about 65 million lenses, temperature operating range -10 to 45 C , 200000 mtbf shutter, 1/8000 shutter. etc. Also likely about 8 more lenses by 2016. What an interesting camera news day.

The crop mode will likely be a major bullet point, since so much recent Kmount glass only fits the smaller circle.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 03:57 UTC
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microbi: years to late!
i switched to nikon 4 years ago – im still happy
with the body (700/750) and lenses.
a mirrorless ff-body should be the better choice!

Haha, NO !
Still have all my SMC and keeping it for now ;->

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 03:48 UTC
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microbi: years to late!
i switched to nikon 4 years ago – im still happy
with the body (700/750) and lenses.
a mirrorless ff-body should be the better choice!

Oh, I'd expect mirrorless to follow.
Think K01.
It's that flange-back distance that's the gottcha when designing for an existing mount.
Does the K-mount deserve a mirrorless FF body ?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 01:19 UTC

To answer, Yes, but the wait has been so long that I have migrated to u4/3.
Whether I opt in will depend on a lot of factors, including cutting edge performance.
I will be watching ...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 01:13 UTC as 121st comment
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March Of The Tripods: Sounds like corporate greed to me, a few of the bosses are wanting another yacht for this summer. Would be funny to see all pro photogs on the sidelines agree to shoot exactly zero shots for a period of time, what would SI do then, just not print that issue?

Seems like a stab in the back to the guys who helped them build the name over the years.

Maybe they could hire illustrators instead of photographers.
It's not "Sports Photographed" ;->

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2015 at 00:19 UTC
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PerL: Every professional creative job is being killed off by the combination of digitalization and internet. Writers, journalists, musicians, you name it. I recently saw ads where people designed logos for 5 dollars.
Because 1 - the tools is available and accessible for amateurs.
2. Nobody wants to pay for content on the net.
3. Employees are being squeezed harder all the time in every branch, but perhaps most in the creative businesses. Cost cutting is everywhere.

Too bad we can't import cheap chinese gasoline.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2015 at 00:12 UTC
On Kodak announces IM5 Android smartphone post (47 comments in total)
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Andrew Butterfield: For people who STILL associate the Kodak name with quality and innovation... Did anyone ever have that association?

Speaking strictly for myself, I never got a bad roll of Kodak film, it was always consistently as expected.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2015 at 02:37 UTC

re: the 35-100 - " equal brightness at entire zoom range ..."
This implies a constant aperture lens like the 35-100/f2.8 correct ?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2014 at 00:20 UTC as 1st comment
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