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Love the original. Great to have an additional option!

Link | Posted on May 4, 2016 at 08:30 UTC as 14th comment
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Cheyne: Anyone else think these bags look too boxy? They seem to just hang at peoples sides sticking out like a cardboard box.

When carried at your side the size can be cumbersome indeed.

However, the bags are made to be carried messenger style on your back. I'm not a tall man, but when the bag is on my back I don't feel the size at all.

The bag only comes to my side when I need to access my gear (mostly through the top zipper), and that works fine for me since the strap allows for a smooth sling (much better than any other slings I owned).

hth, Wim

Link | Posted on May 4, 2016 at 08:27 UTC
On article Accessory Review: Peak Design Slide Camera Sling strap (143 comments in total)

I went through many straps over the years, since I never really liked the ones that were provided with my cameras. And I always used them till they were completely worn out. As such it may be too early to evaluate my Peak Design Slide. After all, I've only been abusing it for about 6 months.

However... so far it is by far the best strap I've owned!

The adjustment buckles haven't scratched anything so far, and the stiffness of the padding actually makes it easier to store in my bags (I put the stiff part over the camera LCD and tuck the rest away to the side of the camera).

The price... it's a lot for a strap indeed. However, for an accessory that is used for every single picture I take, it's ROI is much higher than a 1000 EUR lens that I use only for specific types of shots...


Link | Posted on May 2, 2016 at 07:20 UTC as 32nd comment
On article UPDATED: CP+ 2016: shooting the Pentax K-1 in Yokohama (377 comments in total)

Metering with manual lenses? In manual mode press the green button for stop down metering. Works like a charm.

Good information for the rest!! Tx

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2016 at 20:35 UTC as 99th comment | 4 replies
On article Behind the Shot: Prince of the Night (85 comments in total)
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davids8560: I guess what I'm wondering is whether or not I can achieve images anywhere near like these with the less expensive gear I have. My most comparable set up I guess would be the Pentax K-3 and the Pentax DA 16-45 f4. Or the manual focus 28mm f/2.8. Oh, and a Manfrotto travel tripod. The FZ1000 doesn't stand a chance, right?

I've had very good results for (technically) similar shots with my K-3 and K-3II. Albeit combined with a DA*16-50/2.8 and a Samyang 16/2. Esp the latter inexpensive lens is great for this kind of work. Exposures up to 20s at f/2 for the stars, longer if required for the landscape and foreground. Either with the Astrotracer unit or with the K-3II's built-in astrotracer function, you can go even longer for the stars.

hth, Wim

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2015 at 09:15 UTC

Hmm, I'm collecting too many bags as it is, but this seems a nice solution for my next rain forest trip. Unfortunately even the Agua 45 isn't large enough to fit my DSLR with my Sigma EX180/3.5 macro, i.e. my most used rain forest lens (even without the hood that I normally always keep on). I suppose I'll wait for a Agua 55 or 65 model.


Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 11:51 UTC as 17th comment

Let's try a positive comment. This will probably be the best 100mm macro on the market for manual focus. None of the AF lenses will have a focus ring that will manually focus as smoothly as this Samyang.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2015 at 07:42 UTC as 30th comment

Great little all weather flash to have in the bag just in case when on the road. I'll want to test that for macro I think. Shame it doesn't seem to provide a setting for use as a slightly more flexible and powerful (compared to built in flash) controller for remote flashes. Cannot have it all I guess, esp at that price...


Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 07:51 UTC as 10th comment
On article Photokina 2014: Ricoh stand report (150 comments in total)

Shame indeed this report doesn't include the professional stand, which included some nice spotting scopes and a DA560/5.6 that could be tried next to the 645Z with the impressive new 28-45 lens. It was the busiest part of the Ricoh stand BTW (both in front and behind the counter), and you actually had to wait for your turn to try out the gear, which was much less the case at the other counters in the stand.
Not many new lenses indeed (except for the impressive looking mock-ups), but looking at the entire setup it has gotten *very* complete over the years. Since this is contrary to the often repeated reputation of Pentax lacking lenses, I heard a lot of surprise from other visitors to the stand concerning the lens setup.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2014 at 07:46 UTC as 8th comment
On article Hands-on with the Pentax K-S1 (349 comments in total)

The lights can be switched off it seems, though it is nice to have somewhat more feedback when using the self timer, esp in these selfie times.

I like the fact that they didn't give up after the "failed" bold design of the K-01 (though in all it didn't sell that badly I'm told), and are continuing to explore the way APS-C camera's looks can evolve instead of just rehashing the past in retro-designs.

Whether I personally like the camera or not will be decided when I see the real thing in my hands... I suspect another lens will make some difference (the DA20-40 limited comes to mind).


Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 12:20 UTC as 67th comment

These are a rebrand of the Kata PL series indeed.

I ordered a Kata 3N1 PL 35 some time ago from my B&M store. After that no news, so I went to Kata's website and found it redirected to Manfrotto with new versions of the bags.

Then, three days ago I got a message from my store that they had the Manfrotto version of the bag (so actually two days before this PR), so I went and bought it. Compared to the Kata I handled at Photokina 2012, the Manfrotto seems not just a rehash with different colours, but the materials seem to have had an overhaul as well? Esp the central dividers inspired more confidence. But that could be a trick of my memory... Anyway, I prefer the grey interior with the red accent to the yellow of Kata.

Regardless, the brand label doesn't change the fact that these bags are very well designed and are the closest fit for my requirements to date.

Oh, and about the price. I actually got mine at 50 EUR less than the price the store had the Kata version listed.


Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2014 at 07:13 UTC as 10th comment
On article Quick Review: That Steady Thing (70 comments in total)

I actually like this idea a lot. I use a monopod frequently to reach a POV I cannot reach otherwise, so this means I always have a lightweight monopod with me. Whereas I don't always want to carry a tripod as well. Esp when hiking. For long exposures I'm always looking for supports for my bean bag. This solution could end that quest (at least partly).

One improvement I can think of: make sure the boss can rotate and can be locked. Reason for this is that I prefer a simple (lower weight) tilt head on my monopod to a (heavier) ball head. The current design of that-steady-thing is great for a monopod with ball head, but with a tilt head that cannot rotate the solution offers little flexibility.

Keeping an eye on this!


Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 10:52 UTC as 39th comment
On article Ricoh announces 'HD' update to Pentax DA Limited primes (192 comments in total)

I was seriously impressed at Photokina 2012 when I saw the demo comparing HD coating with SMC. I'm glad we're seeing this coating introducing the the entire line-up instead of only in the high profile DA560/5.6 or 645D glass.

The rounded aperture blades will certainly help the longer focal lengths! I won't be updating my DA15 and DA21 yet though, and for now I think I will stick to my older FA limiteds for the longer focal lengths.

Still, a nice update to a great line-up. Guess this means Ricoh/Pentax still sees the limiteds as core of their DSLR ecosystem, which I like because my favourite Pentax DSLR design, i.e. the still current K-7/5/5II(s), was rumoured to be designed for the limited lenses specifically. I'm hoping a new advanced DSLR from Pentax will stay in this tradition as well.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2013 at 08:12 UTC as 26th comment
On article Ricoh introduces weather-resistant Pentax flash units (41 comments in total)

WR, metal mount, LED, ... Nice update!! Looks like I'll be upgrading my flashes.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2013 at 08:04 UTC as 6th comment
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Zvonimir Tosic: Pentax was always a *product brand name*, almost never a company name.Owned by Asahi Optical company up to late 1990s/early 2000s, it existed just a few years as Pentax company, then it became product brand name again, for Hoya, now for Ricoh, who bought it from Hoya.
My Pentax cameras, ME Super, K-7, Q, were never Pentax made cameras. One was made by Asahi Optical, other two by Hoya.
It seems just a few people around here bother to understand what is Pentax actually.

Good point!!

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2013 at 14:39 UTC
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Kfrog: This is a good thing. Nice to know that Pentax is still on the mind of third party manufacturers. Adding another lens option, any option in my book, is all good in the land of Pentax. Samyang has a history of producing decent manual focus lenses for reasonable prices. It will be interesting to see how much one of these will go for.

24mm on APC-C = 36mm equiv. With T/S this is a very nice landscape lens. I'm looking forward to this one! Perhaps a nice one to couple to the new Pentax K-5 IIs. Seems this could make a great landscape combo.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 19:54 UTC
On article Editing on the road (114 comments in total)

Very interesting read!

Great to see that you are still using a Colorspace drive. I'm still using my Colorspace too. I reget this type of device seems to become hard to find, whereas for me they are still useful. They make backing up cards so easy: insert card, push 1/2 buttons and it's off. But mine is getting older and I fear it might fail. I'ld like to get a new one (SSD), but I can't find any new models? What's your take on this?

Reviewing for technically flawed images I do on-camera, and I'll backup the card after initial review. But a larger screen is better, and Lightroom will work faster than on-camera. IMHO the advantage in using a laptop is for classifying/grouping images + adding relevant keywords while my memory is still fresh.

However, for reasons of weight my laptop rarely comes along. So I prefer a tablet for communication/research, do in-camera review and backup to my drive.
Note I don't travel the whole year, so periods in between allow me to catch up on PP.

Tx! Wim

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2012 at 06:50 UTC as 33rd comment

Ricoh's press release states: "On completion of the Acquisition, Ricoh will begin to use the PENTAX brand name for some of its digital camera products, and HOYA will continue to use the PENTAX brand name for their endoscopes and other products."

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2011 at 09:48 UTC as 123rd comment
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