audiobomber

audiobomber

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Joined on Jan 27, 2008

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nerd2: We are waiting for LARGER sensors, not high resolution sensors.
I am in love with fuji OOC jpg colors and really want to see a7 equivalent from fuji.

Also X-trans is just a marketing BS that barely adds anything - fuji just overrates their ISO values to give a false impression of being 'cleaner'. Oh olympus is doing the same thing.

> we've updated our Raw exposure methodology.

Rishi, can you please explain how the methodology has been changed? Is it fair now to compare different systems at the same ISO?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2015 at 15:40 UTC
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PatMann: Best of luck to Fujifilm on addressing these issues. The lens lineup is stellar - no other APS-C system comes close. But AF and resolution do need to be addressed. If Nikon produces a pro APS-C camera to replace the D300s, they need to bring lenses with it to sell it. If they do, I will probably stay with Nikon. If not, Fujifilm is the first place I will look for my future primary camera system. I can't afford the $ or the overall system weight and bulk to go whole-hog full-frame.

> "The Fuji lens line up is pretty decent."
Yes, it is, but not complete. Note that "pretty decent" is nothing like saying:
> "The lens lineup is stellar - no other APS-C system comes close", the original statement I challenged.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2015 at 07:21 UTC
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J A C S: " We think that our 16MP X-Trans sensor delivers a higher effective resolution than conventional Bayer 16MP sensors ..."

LOL! This guy would make a very successful used car salesman!

> "And I provided a link showing the Fuji beats the Pentax."
No, you didn't. Imaging Resource shows jpegs with manufacturers' default settings. Virtually meaningless. You need to compare raw images. There's no reason a Fuji colour filter array will increase resolution. Having no AA filter does increase resolution, that's why a Pentax K-5 IIs with no AA filter resolves the same amount as an X-Trans, and why a 24mp K-3 with no AA filter has higher resolution than either.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2015 at 07:12 UTC
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Toccata47: Good interview. Have to give him credit for being forthright about the competition.

I did find this interview shockingly candid. Most execs do verbal somersaults rather than admit to any chinks in their product lines.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2015 at 15:40 UTC
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PatMann: Best of luck to Fujifilm on addressing these issues. The lens lineup is stellar - no other APS-C system comes close. But AF and resolution do need to be addressed. If Nikon produces a pro APS-C camera to replace the D300s, they need to bring lenses with it to sell it. If they do, I will probably stay with Nikon. If not, Fujifilm is the first place I will look for my future primary camera system. I can't afford the $ or the overall system weight and bulk to go whole-hog full-frame.

> The lens lineup is stellar - no other APS-C system comes close.
Oh, come on! Pentax has more APS-C lenses, and Canon and Nikon have deep lineups of combined APS-C and FF lenses. And that is not even counting broad third-party offerings.

The need for more lenses is even discussed in the interview.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2015 at 15:38 UTC
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J A C S: " We think that our 16MP X-Trans sensor delivers a higher effective resolution than conventional Bayer 16MP sensors ..."

LOL! This guy would make a very successful used car salesman!

There's no way a 16mp X-Trans resolves more than a Pentax K-5 IIs (16mp Bayer, no AA filter). A K-3 or D7100 (24mp Bayer, no AA filter) certainly does though.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2015 at 15:33 UTC
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RedFox88: So its the smallest and also the slowest 18-50something zoom too!

OTOH, no one has a faster weather-resistant compact power zoom.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2015 at 22:21 UTC
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Ross Murphy: nice to see Pentax finally go full frame, more competition, better products all around. Im sure this will be a good one. The pressure will be on Fuji and Olympus now.

A FF camera removes the common "but there's no path to full-frame" argument that people use to talk new buyers out of buying a Pentax DSLR.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 16:26 UTC
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audijam: OMG!!!!!!!!!!!! FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:*) YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

> Now if I could only find the equivalent of the cheap, plentiful Maxxum lenses I've loved.

Look for F and FA lenses. There's a full system available, and all are fully functional on a Pentax DSLR, including auto-focus. The "A" lenses allow aperture control, no auto-focus. K and M lenses are fully manual, but you can use the Green Button for metering.
http://www.pentaxforums.com/lensreviews/Pentax-K-Mount-Lenses-i1.html

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 16:15 UTC
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Martinka: 2020 g, this lens is by far the heaviest of all the other 70-200/2.8 lenses

70-200mm weight, from the Ricoh Imaging US site:
WEIGHT (W/O HOOD): 61.9 oz (1755g)
WEIGHT (W/ HOOD): 64.7 oz (1835g)
WEIGHT (w/ hood and Tripod mount) 71.2 oz (2020g)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 15:19 UTC
On Fujifilm announces X-A2 with selfie-friendly LCD article (132 comments in total)
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BarnET: Wow,

Sorry to be this negative about this company,
But they sure delivered a whole lot of nothing here.

Fuji couldn't put a 24mp sensor in the X-A2, because IQ would surpass their more expensive bodies.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2015 at 14:11 UTC
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Marty4650: It looks like Sony is getting serious about FE.

Smart move, on their part. I hope Canon and Nikon are paying attention.

> "And to suggest Pentax while claiming Sony has stopped APS-C development, is hilarious."

Why is that funny? Pentax has more APS-C lenses than any other manufacturer, and several times more than all of E-mount, FF and APS-C.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2015 at 16:39 UTC
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SirSeth: No full frame! Well I'm going to be avoiding the Pentax forum for a while. I don't want to chewed on by all the gnashing of teeth.

> They've used similar words for years that a FF is under development.

You are wrong. Pentax repeatedly said that FF was not being considered. Only since the Ricoh takeover has that statement changedm and now they say that FF is under development.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2015 at 13:07 UTC
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qwertyasdf: Hey, I heard that Pentax will finally release a FF DSLR next year.....for the 10 past years.

> "I heard that Pentax will finally release a FF DSLR next year.....for the 10 past years."

I don't doubt that, but you did not hear it from Pentax. They stopped work on FF a long time ago, and clearly stated in many interviews that FF was not on the table. That changed after the Ricoh acquisition, now they say FF is under development.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 18:21 UTC
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audiobomber: It's nice to see Toni getting this recognition for her fine project. I discovered her site while researching Touits for my new a6000.

It is no small feat to post daily images for a year. I've done it in Pentax Forums challenges for a month at a time and was so exhausted and out of ideas at the end of each, that I could not face another for several months.

You people whining about Sony and Zeiss gear being featured need to open your eyes. This sort of branding is everywhere, except usually of course featuring Canon and Nikon. I have to wonder if it was one of the big two whether anyone would even have commented along these lines.

Even more daunting to most of us would be the interesting prose that accompanies each photo. I didn't have time to read it all, not even all in the Touits section.

I have no idea where I would find the time to write that much, never mind being sufficiently inspired to try.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 29, 2014 at 20:12 UTC

It's nice to see Toni getting this recognition for her fine project. I discovered her site while researching Touits for my new a6000.

It is no small feat to post daily images for a year. I've done it in Pentax Forums challenges for a month at a time and was so exhausted and out of ideas at the end of each, that I could not face another for several months.

You people whining about Sony and Zeiss gear being featured need to open your eyes. This sort of branding is everywhere, except usually of course featuring Canon and Nikon. I have to wonder if it was one of the big two whether anyone would even have commented along these lines.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 29, 2014 at 18:56 UTC as 10th comment | 5 replies
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1266 comments in total)
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audiobomber: What is the basis for saying the 7D II outperforms the a6000 and K-3 for noise? DXOMark shows the 7D II with the lowest score of the three for SNR.
a6000: ISO 1347
K-3: ISO 1216
7D II: ISO 1082

http://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Compare/Side-by-side/Canon-EOS-7D-Mark-II-versus-Sony-A6000-versus-Pentax-K-3___977_942_914

Here's why DXOMark's raw measurements are the only credible source on the net:
"Pre-cooked" RAW?
"Certain manufacturers embed a small part of the processing directly in the sensor, which means that some degree of processing occurs before the RAW image is sent to the RAW converter. In this case, measurements for these "pre-cooked" RAW images can be biased by this processing.

To avoid any potential impact on our measurements, DxOMark always tests all cameras to detect any pre-processing of RAW images. A processed or pre-cooked RAW image has different characteristics from a genuinely unprocessed image. To some extent, these characteristics enable us to walk back the processing and reconstruct the original image to perform unbiased measurements, and we always inform the user about models with embedded pre-processing."
http://www.dxomark.com/About/In-depth-measurements/Measuring-sensors-using-RAW-and-testing-lenses-on-cameras

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2014 at 15:55 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1266 comments in total)
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audiobomber: What is the basis for saying the 7D II outperforms the a6000 and K-3 for noise? DXOMark shows the 7D II with the lowest score of the three for SNR.
a6000: ISO 1347
K-3: ISO 1216
7D II: ISO 1082

http://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Compare/Side-by-side/Canon-EOS-7D-Mark-II-versus-Sony-A6000-versus-Pentax-K-3___977_942_914

There is a great deal of info posted about DXOMark's testing methods. On the main page, look in the ABOUT tab.

DPR uses ACR, which applies different raw processing, depending on manufacturer. Then of course there are manufacturers who manipulate ISO numbers to make them look better when compared by ISO, like DPR does in its Image Comparator.

DXOMark is the only source for true raw sensor measurements.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2014 at 15:54 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1266 comments in total)

What is the basis for saying the 7D II outperforms the a6000 and K-3 for noise? DXOMark shows the 7D II with the lowest score of the three for SNR.
a6000: ISO 1347
K-3: ISO 1216
7D II: ISO 1082

http://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Compare/Side-by-side/Canon-EOS-7D-Mark-II-versus-Sony-A6000-versus-Pentax-K-3___977_942_914

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2014 at 05:01 UTC as 65th comment | 9 replies
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1266 comments in total)
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walgarch: This review is blowing my mind!

Canon 7d MkII:
84% Silver award

Pentax K3:
83% Gold award

I don't even...

The Pentax K-3 equals the 7D II in most ways; weather sealed, 200,000 actuation shutter, magnesium exterior, large buffer, dual card slots, 100% coverage VF, USB 3.0, etc.

The Mk II is superior in some ways; better focus tracking, 65 vs. 25 cross points, faster live view AF, 10 fps vs 8.3, tilt LCD, built in GPS vs. optional.

The K-3 is superior in other ways; better dynamic range and SNR, higher resolution, selectable blur filter, -3EV metering & AF, -10 to 40C temperature range, three f2.8-sensitive AF points, IBIS, optional Wi-Fi.

Either is a valid choice, depending on your needs. The reason the 7D II achieved Silver, IMO, is the high price.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2014 at 04:56 UTC
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