JustDavid: Surprised that you mention color options of K-50 rather than the fact that it has Shake Reduction built in. Also framerate is not mentioned while it is one of the best...
Don't forget the dual control wheels.
Well, this is news flash -- not the camera, but the fact that I didn't realize DPR is now a rumour site. Pretty lame stuff. Is this a change in editorial policy or just the absence thereof?
I know -- how about we replace the news section with a twitter feed from photorumors.
Weird that a lot of your readers have higher expectations of this site than some of the staff.
Daxs: I don't like black and simple bags! Nothing about style! They can make really good tripods but bags without style!I'm choosing Crumpler, Style and Safety!
To the contrary, I find that this bags very plain and unassuming appearance is a safety feature. It doesn't have an obtrusive logo and doesn't advertise that you've got a bunch of camera equipment like some other bags do.
But, if you want to stand out in the crowd, Crumpler bags do seem quite stylish.
Shawn, thanks for a pretty good review. I've used this bag almost everyday for about 2 years. A couple of points I would like to add.
The rain cover is attached to the bag by piece of webbing with a clip at the end, located to the right of the pocket where the rain cover is stored. Since you're not going to use the rain cover, voila, you've got your key clip.
I find the rain cover useful and in a torrential downpour it kept the contents more or less dry. It goes on pretty quick, like putting a fitted sheet on a mattress.
The main compartment can hold my K-5, 3 zooms, 3 primes, including the one on the camera, a flash, plus a computer.
Velcro still works just fine. Wish it had a bottle holder (I clip one on the side if needed), and also a place to clip a rear bike light.
A major plus is that it looks like a regular shoulder bag. Also, if you paid $170 for yours, that's too much -- I paid $130, $168 after tx & shipping from the US to Canada and that was 2 yrs ago. It's less now.
So, this is basically the X-mount version of the K-01, if it's for real. More conservative in design, but the shape of the hand grip, non-black colour options and textures are very reminiscent of the K-01. The K-02 -- by Fuji.
NotSteve: What is the point of photojournalism, or journalism for that matter? I just don't get the point of this photo essay. At best, it is vacuous and states a very silly truism -- gaining trust of one's subject matter as a photographer is important.
What news is Karen trying to bring out? The existence of the Klan is not a news flash. What burning social questions is he trying to address?
In Canada, activists did serious to make sure the Klan could not come north. Their politics are truly reactionary and retrograde, and the Slate article portrays them as some quaint, obscure, secret society. The fact that he (and Slate and DPR) seems to have to little to say about an organization that has as history of seriously criminal activities, seems to be an indictment of photojournalism/journalism, more than anything else.
marike6, yeah, I don't get the indifference or that this is somehow just any old photographic subject. There are people alive today who lived through a period in the U.S. when lynching was not uncommon.
If someone started dropping the n-word on the forums, how long would that last? Why do Karen/Slate/DPR want to promote the Klan, which does far worse?
Maybe the best thing is to check out of this thread and not contribute any more undue attention to it.
theswede, your rationalizations/justifications for this why this item about the Klan is journalistically/socially relevant are quite a stretch.
You suggest that people look down on them from a comfortable existence. Their social conditions have dehumanized/marginalized them but instead of rising above it, they've been incited to take up as their burning cross to bear to inflict the same on others.
People actively oppose racism in the U.S. and elsewhere by fighting for their rights. What's comfortable about that? People even do it with photography/photojournalism. I can't see that this is what Karen/Slate/DPR are doing. They present Karen's work as a peculiar kind of voyeurism. None of them say what you claim, that promoting this work has an aim to reach out to the Klan and sort them out.
Are you saying that now you feel compelled to get out of your armchair engage with your local Klansmen and show them the error of their ways? Let us know how that works out for you.
What would anyone of your say if someone posted this series on one of the forums? Nice captures? Good lighting?
Isn't this what people talk about when they refer to the banality of evil?
I don't get his indifference to such a serious subject matter. I'm reminded of the lyrics to a song by Rage Against the Machine -- "Some of those that work forces are the same that burn crosses." Is that where he is coming from as a former Marine?
What's next, one wonders? A photo essay or book on child molesters, people into bestiality? Surely that will give Mr. Karen a nice challenge in gaining people's trust.
What is the point of photojournalism, or journalism for that matter? I just don't get the point of this photo essay. At best, it is vacuous and states a very silly truism -- gaining trust of one's subject matter as a photographer is important.
BeaniePic: Oh dear and they actually think this is a good idea for a high quality imaging capture product. Well some one will fall for it I'm sure...
Oh c'mon BeanieBaby, I mean if that's the best trolling you can muster why even bother, especially if you're this late to the party? Honestly, a spambot could do better.
At least your buddy downthread, PetPeeve/PeevishPete or whatever he's called, gets marks for effort.
Maybe quote something from the review out of context, make an outrageous comment, brag about your full frame rig, or your phone or whatever. Give people something to work with.
oops, double post...
Can't wait until someone takes a picture of the Hasselblad Lunar or Stellar and see how much that would go for.
Timmbits: I know this is going to hurt a lot of Q-fans' feelings, but given the price, I fail to see the point of this, relative to the RX100 that is in a similar pricing ballpark. Given the relative sensor sizes, even if many would like the rx100 to be brighter on the long end, with f4.9 on a 1" sensor it's still MUCH brighter with more DoF control than a f4.5 on a 1/1.7" sensor.
Here are the lenses DPR lists for the Qhttp://www.dpreview.com/products/search/lenses#criterias=SpecsCoreParams&includeDiscontinued=No&sort=newestFirst&view=list&page=1¶mSpecsCoreParamsLensType=¶mSpecsCoreParamsLensMount=PentaxQ¶mSpecsCoreParamsSubcriteria=LensMount%2CLensType%2CAdditionalFeatures¶mSpecsCoreParamsSearchType=Simple
zoom lens: f2.8-f4.5
Sadly obvious trolling Tim. Give it a rest.
Some people might know the old Volkswagen ad campaign that talked about "Fahrvergnügen," which translates as "driving enjoyment." I'm not a car person, however, I'd say the Q system brings out the same quality, "enjoyment of photography" -- Fotovergnügen. Or as others have eloquently said below, it is a really fun camera, while also having a very full and competent set of features. If you're used to big heavy cameras and lenses, it might be hard to appreciate the Q until you pick one up and spend time with it.
PaulSnowcat: I cannot understand... Nikon 1 gives much better quality with the same price and size... Why bother buying Pentax Q?
Well Paul, because not everyone is a pixel peeper. The Q is significantly smaller and handles like miniature DSLR. From what I understand, the Nikon 1 cameras tend to be much more automated, with manual settings harder to access. However, they are brilliantly fast and great for action, whereas the Q is a bit on the slow side. Point being, much as we all like to reduce cameras to a single linear score/percentage, everyone's needs/priorities vary as do the capabilities of cameras. I personally find the Q a great camera and an excellent solution for the type of photography I do.
blank_: nice camera with good enough image quality, but it just makes no sense for me with current lens lineup.
compacts with same sensor size have f1.4-2.8 zooms these days, so I believe pentax can do better than 2.8-4.5 for standard zoom and I don't think that primes should be slower than f1.4 except some wideangles and long telephoto.
I've got different needs than you I expect, however I find the 03 fisheye lens on the Q to give it a real leg up on all the other CSCs smaller than m43. Plus the crop factor of 5.5 is also very exceptional when used with adapted SLR lenses. You also miss the fact that the 06 zoom is a f2.8 throughout the range. To me, these are three pretty compelling lens choices in favour of the Q.
cashewNut: I am actually thinking of buying the Canon T5i or the Nikon D5200 but now the Canon SL1 is now making think twice because of the its size. The Canon SL1 is the "shrunken head" version of the Canon T5i- same sensor and engine.The rest of the features found in the T5i is only secondary. A big sensor in a small body is like Dolly Parton singing the country hits without strain. Great camera.
So you like the idea of a large amount of silicon on a smaller frame?
Lajos Hajdu: Small point: the title is wrong.
"Sigma to start shipping USB dock IN May"or"Sigma to ship USB dock FROM May"
Good lord Falk -- "Why can't you people talk American?" Is that really what you are saying? If this is how your logic works, I will have to reconsider your postings on matters pertaining to photography. This site is run by Brits and Yanks -- deal with it, in the course of which your English, which is just fine, will improve. Furthermore, in case you haven't noticed, English has been left to develop on its own wherever the British colonialists left their mark. There isn't an equivalent body like l'Académie française for French. You're saying we should let the U.S. be in charge of the English language? It would be both impossible and unpopular. Further to your last point, why should the entire world speak English at all? Why is ignorance of other languages than English/being uniligual seen as normal thing in much of North America?
NotSteve: Geez, who wrote this and where are you from?:
"which these days is relatively little-known outside Spain."
Please don't ascribe your level of ignorance to your readership, or even the general public. The Spanish Civil War is well-known around the world, not the least of which because progressive people from all over the world came to Spain to fight against the fascists and they are remembered for their heroism.
One COULD say that the history of those who were part of the fascists and rose to prominence later, like Juan Antonio Samaranch, has been sanitized/covered up and thus is not well-known.
My criticism also applies to the peeps at Imaging Resource, whose silly ignorance you've happily repeated in this post.
Barney, I would say that the Spanish Civil War is "relatively" more well-known than Robert Capa and his Mexican suitcase, even on a photography website.
John (and Barney), I won't contradict you on the fact that the Spanish Civil War may be poorly understood. However, as for saying that complexity correlates with or even leads to obscurity, there are any number of examples to disprove this. One COULD say that complexity correlates with how misunderstood something is amongst the general public and that seems to be what you are saying. But that was not my point.
And yes, the poor state of education in certain countries was a point I was making in my original post.
Bali_Mirage: "thousands of young people from all over Europe joined the socialist Rebublicans in a doomed effort to stop General Franco's Nationalist forces - who were militarily supported by the Nazis"
Why didn't you mention the fact that the "socialist Rebublicans" were militarily and politically supported by the Soviet Union? Quite a few of those "young people" ended up being executed by Stalin's commissars.
Your post is irrelevant because the DPR post is about is about photography from the Spanish Civil War, not gratuitous, anachronistic, Cold War trolling. Plenty of places you can sow doubt about the need to oppose fascism elsewhere on the internet, mein Herr.
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