jon404

jon404

Lives in United States San Diego, CA, United States
Joined on May 11, 2010

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***** Five-Star Article!
Thanks, Richard. Your writing is so clear and informative... VERY much appreciated.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 27, 2015 at 18:48 UTC as 133rd comment | 2 replies
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1454 comments in total)

I use an APS-C Pentax K-5 IIs. Take pictures for ads and brochures, for web pages, for e-mail newsletters. Nothing fancy -- the 75% of all commercial images that just don't need full pro photographer magic. Bread-and-butter work.

Far as I can tell, I don't need a full-frame camera. 16 MP gives me a lot of room to crop. I also shoot 'wide' to get even more space to crop or distort perspective in Lightroom. For lighting, PocketWizard Plus units and a couple of Yong-Nuo 560 II speedlights, and a white umbrella.

If I ever decided to drastically ramp up my skills and equipment, I'd skip past full-frame and get a Pentax 645Z... AND a full complement of studio lighting equipment, backdrops, etc. But that's a whole other time and money investment situation. You have to know yourself, and psychologically, I'm happiest with my simple jobs that I can do quickly without getting confused by highly-professional equipment...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 00:37 UTC as 16th comment

My career was in high-tech. I can tell you for a fact, it takes a LOT of capital to bring a product to market. With the key being your 'burn rate', how fast the money is disappearing, a race against failure. This is not news to high-tech investors... hoping for that one super mega success. Business is risk. If you are risk averse, try short-term US Treasury bonds...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 19:17 UTC as 11th comment
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1454 comments in total)

I use a Pentax K-5 IIs and a Sony RX100 to take pictures for ad clients... who use them on the internet and on small-quantity-run Xerox Docucolor-printed flyers and brochures.
With RAW, Lightroom, and a simple PocketWizard Plus/YongNuo 560 II flash setup, I have all I need, actually overkill for the customer requirements.
Next camera? A new Pentax, when the fully-articulating screen and wifi button make their way to the K-5-type platform, whatever its called in a year or so.

Full-frame? no need at all.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2015 at 06:38 UTC as 255th comment

Why on earth would someone buy this new camera, when you can still get a K5 or K5 ii for less money? What am I missing here?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 09:40 UTC as 20th comment | 3 replies

SEEMS to be aimed at women? No kidding!

Great product. Surprised that no-one thought of it sooner. wonder what else you could use it for?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 06:59 UTC as 5th comment
On Medium well done: Two takes on the Pentax 645Z article (245 comments in total)
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John McMillin: I know what you mean about the strong reaction a camera such as this will draw from bystanders. About ten years ago, I pooled spare funds with a photographer friend to buy a used Pentax 645 film camera, just for grins. After I received it and shot a roll., I arranged to meet up with him at a convenient spot that happened to be my kid's elementary school, right at afternoon pickup time. The sight of two men handling such an apparatus in sight of children so alarmed one mom that she called the principal out to confront "the perverts." It was a good thing that I already had a friendly relationship with that principal, as a parent and volunteer. The mom still was convinced we were up to no good. "See-- it's a movie camera!" she accused. So I whipped out my big, long, uncut ... roll of developed E-6 and asked her, "Do you think we're an IMax crew?" Well, I wish I had said that! She's still sure I'm a perv, I bet.

I have an old Pentax 645N. Same size. You have to get past your own fear of being noticed. Because... in my case... I've found that nobody else really cares.
OTOH, wandering around with a Hoodman loupe gaffer-taped on the back of a Pentax K-01, I've had all sorts of questions from admiring younger people about where can they get a video camera just like that...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 07:46 UTC
On A second glance: two takes on the Leica X article (398 comments in total)

I use a Ricoh GR. Fits in my shirt pocket, unlike the Leica. And MUCH better image quality, judging from the pix above... plus way better ergonomics. Best of all, since nobody knows what a Ricoh is, I don't get pestered by people... ever. The Leicas, I think, are like Ferraris... cameras and cars for people who need highly visible logos. Though to be fair, isn't there one Leica with no branding... and decent manual controls?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2014 at 08:05 UTC as 94th comment | 3 replies
On Pentax launches K-S1 Sweets Collection article (231 comments in total)

If you had one of these, might just be perfect for street photography -- I can't think of anything less threatening. And 20 MP ... plenty of room to crop out those subjects who broke out laughing when you took the picture...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 17:20 UTC as 40th comment

Naive of me, but does the price include a lens?

And, can't tell from the photo, but isn't it too big to fit in a man's workshirt pocket? A la XZ-1, RX100, GR, etc...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 25, 2014 at 07:33 UTC as 19th comment | 3 replies

My cameras use SD cards, not MicroSD cards. The Surface Pro 3 only has a MicroSD port. How does this help a photographer?

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2014 at 06:57 UTC as 3rd comment | 5 replies
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2962 comments in total)

I have an RX100 with a Franiec grip. It's a fantastic pocket camera. I know the newer ones are better, but they are also larger and heavier. Think I'll stick with my 'original'.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 22:25 UTC as 567th comment
On Pentax K-3 preview (959 comments in total)

I'd keep this review unfinished until the Pentax FLUcard arrives -- guess that's the last piece of the puzzle.

And then -- we Pentax owners will finally see if our flagship camera earns a rating equal to or better than its Canikon equivalents!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2014 at 07:29 UTC as 66th comment | 2 replies
On Pentax K-3 preview (959 comments in total)

I am shocked at the low pricing for this excellent camera -- and for those from other mfgrs -- and also how fast the value depreciates. Scary, scary business. Great times for the consumer, but you wonder how much longer this can go on.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2014 at 00:05 UTC as 84th comment | 2 replies
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jon404: I'm out of touch. Could someone tell me why, in this digital age, we need detachable backs? Don't you just swap out memory cards? Or, do these backs include a hard drive -- and , if so, do you actually need one... with the high-capacity memory cards that are available now?

Thanks Jerome -- sounds like nothing's changed, back to Speed Graphic time!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2014 at 07:49 UTC

I'm out of touch. Could someone tell me why, in this digital age, we need detachable backs? Don't you just swap out memory cards? Or, do these backs include a hard drive -- and , if so, do you actually need one... with the high-capacity memory cards that are available now?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2014 at 05:57 UTC as 14th comment | 4 replies
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Just a Photographer: Powered by Sony?

And why does such premium valued brand use low cost plastics for their body casing?

As per a post below, to get you to buy the crocodile skin grip. But may be less expensive to go to Florida, shoot an alligator in the Everglades, and make the grip yourself -- perhaps with a Ferrari logo or two to match that quintessential Hassy cachet.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2014 at 07:04 UTC

3X the price of the new Pentax 645D-II... same 50 MP sensor? What am I missing here?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2014 at 07:01 UTC as 47th comment | 7 replies

Looks to me like Nikon is extremely vulnerable, with 76% of their income from cameras. The others are more diversified. They should probably merge with Samsung, and start developing a line of Nikon-branded smartphones to cover their bets.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 27, 2014 at 20:14 UTC as 16th comment
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Smeggypants: Look on the bright side ..... at least it wasn't designed by Marc Newson!!

Hey! I've got a Pentax K-01... and it's wonderful... very easy to use. I give Newson a big plus for it... but not for the Leica...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2014 at 05:12 UTC
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