Nifty fifty

Joined on Jul 27, 2020

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On article Nikon Z fc Review (2112 comments in total)

Just like its need to be:
controls as we prefer them, great looks and all the advantages of the digital era...

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2021 at 10:28 UTC as 175th comment | 2 replies
On article Nikon Z fc Review (2112 comments in total)

Funtastic !

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2021 at 10:21 UTC as 176th comment
On article DPReview TV: Pentax K-3 Mark III review (597 comments in total)
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Joe Bagadonuts: What are any of you expecting that would be so earth shattering out of any new release to jump brands? I keep hearing the same comment over and over , “looks nice but for the price I am not switching...”. Unless it was like 50mp, 8k and $500 bucks, would you anyway? Would you switch brands for any camera? Just a lot of blah, blah, blah that doesn’t need to be said. Pentax knows you aren’t switching. They don’t need to outsell Canon to stay afloat. They do need to bring product to THEIR customers though. That’s it.

NAILED IT !

Link | Posted on May 11, 2021 at 06:47 UTC
On article Opinion: Do we really need all those buttons and dials? (886 comments in total)
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JeromeChatillon: Do you also need that many options and menu ?
I'm up for the most simplistic digital camera:
- on/off switch
- shutter release button
- shutter speed dial
- aperture size on the lens
- manual or full auto switch

no screen, just a EVF.
All the configuration should be stored (and editable using a simple text editor)
as TOML or JSON file in your SD card.

Yes it would be a limited use case and challenging according to the modern standard, but the camera would be maybe 250€ new.
Sounds like a Raspberry Pi project right :P

@zinch: that's just the whole point: do you really think you need those?
Just focus properly and change your composition....whit a little praktice it is even not that much slower than a 'pro"camera whit 12 million frames per second ( just kidding) often one seriously taken picture has more "worth"than a serie of 12 in one second and than selecting one ( 'the best") and even being proud of it ...

at he end of the day: better buttons than a "dive-in menu" which even makes less sense ( or no sense)

Link | Posted on May 9, 2021 at 11:20 UTC
On article Opinion: Do we really need all those buttons and dials? (886 comments in total)
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JeromeChatillon: Do you also need that many options and menu ?
I'm up for the most simplistic digital camera:
- on/off switch
- shutter release button
- shutter speed dial
- aperture size on the lens
- manual or full auto switch

no screen, just a EVF.
All the configuration should be stored (and editable using a simple text editor)
as TOML or JSON file in your SD card.

Yes it would be a limited use case and challenging according to the modern standard, but the camera would be maybe 250€ new.
Sounds like a Raspberry Pi project right :P

No extended menu to get lost in, just the "classics" as mentioned by Jerome, just hitting the release button and select one of the hundred pictures you shot and even being proud of that. Just having the possibility doesn't say that it has be used. Just learne to take photographs instead.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2021 at 09:06 UTC
On article Pentax K-3 Mark III initial review (881 comments in total)
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Don Kiyoti: Just got mine today. Wow. Just - wow. I'm gonna have a good time with this machine.

Enjoy !

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2021 at 07:55 UTC

Now this is photography ! It look easy but i bet there's been a lot of effort put into this.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2021 at 07:58 UTC as 18th comment
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John Gellings: Fully enjoyable post 👍

Totally agree. ..

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2021 at 07:50 UTC
On article Pentax K-3 Mark III initial review (881 comments in total)

After reading this, and a lot of other postings, it often looks that a lot of people willing to write a post are making up excuses not to buy, or are reassuring themselves that their choice is best by bashing everything else. Dare to be different...credits to pentax, looks a fine camera to me...

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2021 at 07:47 UTC as 32nd comment | 1 reply
On article Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 Mark III (451 comments in total)

The major issue is the forced false perception : the praise of latest tech based on specs, by not understanding the rational, real-world use of a well-designed product.

What that camera can do, is irrelevant. It will be ridiculed — as we see in first snarky remarks all around DPR and elsewhere— regardless on what it comes with! (Olympus similarly faced inane reactions on E1X).

So, when you as an experienced manufacturer of DSLRs know in advance the reception of your serious efforts (of a seemingly old tech), you balance things out.
You address the needs of reasonable photographers and serious hobbyists, and include in the product as much as you can to attract, get some ROI, and retain the value of the camera for as long as possible – for the benefit of your users!

That is why K3III is the way it is. It is not expensive – the preconditioned expectations and "suggestions of the geeks" are in fact the most expensive mistake money can be wasted on.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2021 at 03:25 UTC as 21st comment | 3 replies
On article Pentax K-3 Mark III initial review (881 comments in total)

Great design, photographers camera, stunning looks are the first words that come to mind...oh and probably will accedently take good pictures too....

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2021 at 11:08 UTC as 55th comment
On article Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 Mark III (451 comments in total)

Why all the bashing and shaming on either what brand. This is a nice ( and nice looking) tool, which will produce more than good looking pictures with the right glass on it. Its 'all in the eye of the beholder. ...

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2021 at 08:08 UTC as 27th comment | 9 replies
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Nifty fifty: All of these camera's are more pleasant to use than most of their digtal versions.
Everyone should start off by learning on these camera's, it has nothing tot do whit being a filmcamera, but with learning the pricipals of photography without hiddin menu's, dualfunction buttons and the absense of" feeling" and visually controlling what you're actually doing. ...and most of all with " slowing down" and really look (and wonder) instead of the fastest this or that ( better/faster specs do not result in better photographs)

Maybe you are right, but Fuji understands that a physical knob for adjusting speed and aparture is still another league compared to a dive into a menu and the same dial for adjusting almost every other (unnecesarry) function..

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2020 at 05:53 UTC
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Bigsensorisbest: canon EOS 1n is dirt cheap and a great film camera

is hardly a "manual"camera being all automatic except putting the film in: quiet a steep learning curve ;-))

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2020 at 10:51 UTC
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rcl100: Without doubt the Minolta X-700. One thing to remember with the slr's is the difficulty with loading film, a learning curve for anybody. The X-700 had a "safe-film indicator", to show that you loaded film properly and was ready to go. I had the Olympus om-1, a great little camera, but not a good beginner's camera, the manual was absolute gibberish, so I basically had to figure it out on my own. I don't know if OM2 is more user-friendly. Got some fabulous slides with the OM1, FWIW.

Apart from the safe-film loading indicator you could always get the film in, then rewind it manually until you felt the tension, then winding the film forward checking wether the rewinding handle moved corresponingly....dirt easy...

BTw can be done on any camera with manual wind/rewind

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2020 at 10:49 UTC

All of these camera's are more pleasant to use than most of their digtal versions.
Everyone should start off by learning on these camera's, it has nothing tot do whit being a filmcamera, but with learning the pricipals of photography without hiddin menu's, dualfunction buttons and the absense of" feeling" and visually controlling what you're actually doing. ...and most of all with " slowing down" and really look (and wonder) instead of the fastest this or that ( better/faster specs do not result in better photographs)

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2020 at 07:37 UTC as 50th comment | 3 replies
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Franglais91: It's an Accountants view. Manufacturers should stop spending the Bank's money on profitless innovation and follow Car Manufacturers example - a huge range of Brands and models but much fewer technical platforms.
Mirrorless has killed the camera industry. Pentax is cited as an example of wise management and Pentax has never produced a Mirrorless camera. Whereas the company that got everything wrong - Olympus - invented Mirrorless

but still has a huge history and probably the best Jpeg engine around

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2020 at 07:45 UTC

As much as i am a gearhead,

in the end it's not about a camera/brand but about the picture...

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2020 at 07:44 UTC as 17th comment
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