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Tonio Loewald: This seems horribly clumsy to me. How about just referring to the sensor’s crop factor versus “type”, so full frame is CF1, APS-C is CF 1.5, Canon APS-C is CF1.6, Micro 4/3 is CF2, 1” is CF2.7, and so on. You can intuit the size of the sensor as being proportional to the inverse square of CF which is how aperture works so we’re used to that.

I’d quote CFs for smaller sensors but they’re hardly used any more and I can’t remember them off the top of my head,

Smaller sensors are used in the most popular cameras, also called smatphones.😊

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2022 at 16:53 UTC

I will add that my behavior with photography has changed as times goes by.
A few years ago I felt lonely after my beloved wife died.
I then didnt bother carrying a big bag of DSLR gear, and enjoyed experimenting Limited lenses and spending hours with Lightroom in PP.
Now these times are gone and my new girlfriend really dislikes this behavior.
Thus my Pentax gear gathers dust at home and I now shoot with high end compacts or M43 with compact lenses.
To be honest, the IQ difference is not obvious at viewing size on my 55' OLED TV.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2022 at 07:43 UTC as 1st comment

Why so many bashing comments about a free new feature?
I own several cameras from different makers.
They all offer lots of features I never used.
But why should it bother me?
We photo geeks all have our own habits.
Some say I only shoot raw and I despise jpeg in-camera settings.
Others say I don't have time for PP, I love custom preset so that my OOC JPEGs suit my taste.
Some say these JPEGs presets are not true to life and add a lot of artifacts that look horrible when enlarging.
Other say photography is about art and emotion, color accuracy and artifacts don't matter.
If Pentax doesn't offer the features and performance which matter for you, then buy another brand and don't complain.
I have a lot of Pentax gear, but I now mostly shoot with M43 and compact cameras because they are much smaller and lighter when IQ doesn't really matter as much as having the right gear with me ready to shoot.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2022 at 07:29 UTC as 2nd comment
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mandm: So why do people still buy Pentax?
All Pentax SLR's in 3 Formats are WEATHER-RESISTANT!
What Other Brands Offer…
5 WEATHER-RESISTANT DSLR Bodies in 3 Formats.
WEATHER-RESISTANT Bodies Start at $650.00.
23 WEATHER-RESISTANT Lenses for Full Frame & Crop,
3 WEATHER-RESISTANT Lenses for 645Z.
If you only take photos inside or outside on sunny days, you don't need Pentax, but if you do shoot in good and bad weather, Pentax is the least expensive way to do it.
FYI: I shoot Nikon and have since 1969, I have shot Pentax 35mm and 645 and 67 in my film days and 645 Digital.

Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Olympus, a.s.o.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2021 at 00:32 UTC
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forest dream: Some photographer always complain about computational photography on smartphone are fake photo. Are they continue complain on next Adobe product which powered by 'computational photography' ?

IMO any tech (regardless optical / computation photography) can improve IQ is welcome.

Actually human vision is highly computational, using a simple binocular optical device (the eyes) and a high performance real time processor (the brain), which has been trained by years of watching and learning.
Hence computational photography will some day be able to get closer to human vision than any present FF or MF camera with the best available lenses.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2020 at 21:42 UTC

IMO, Panasonic is testing a new market which might prove profitable in this era of shrinking photographic business.
Just like for MP3 music replaced CD, the success of smartphones shows that the customers dont worry about ultimate quality, they worry about convenience, ease of use, and "good enough".
Panasonic designed the G100 from GM1/GM5 guts, in a slightly larger body with a bright higher definition fully articulated screen and a few ergonomic tricks to bring users the best usability both for V-logging and as a general photographic and video tool. Hence the bright high definition viewfinder.
They dont want to cannibalize their higher end models like G9 and G90. They hope to attract new customers in M43 system by designing their camera with all basic features for smooth operation with a smartphone.
These new customers dont care about shutter limitation, 4K crop or IBIS, they care about easy handling and small size.
IMO, the selfie tripod grip is a clever idea.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2020 at 14:44 UTC as 19th comment
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Sigma82: Ok, someone could find a reason to not include ibis in this camera? Wth Panasonic?

competition models from Canon or Sony dont have IBIS

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2020 at 14:24 UTC

I like the composition of the winner's picture very much, both graphic and dynamic. To me, a much more powerful and unusual image than the followers.

Link | Posted on May 5, 2020 at 21:32 UTC as 35th comment

The gear that changed my life was the Sony DSC-V1, a gear I bought because it was "highly recommended" by dpreview.

Sensor size was 1/1.8, close to the 1/1.7 standard for high end compacts.

It was my first digital camera able to replace my two Pentax film era SLR.
Though I also bought in 2005 a Pentax DSLR, the ist-DS, the DSC-V1 has been my travel camera for weight and convenience, until I replaced it in 2013 by a Fuji X10.

a few samples shot on my dpreview gallery:


The DSC-V1 was expensive, close to 1000 €/$ with a spare battery and a few dedicated (expensive) memory sticks.

Compared to my film DSLR, the 5MP pictures were much sharper, thanks to the razor sharp f 2.8-4 34-136 X4 Zeiss Sonnar zoom lens, and a more efficient AF.

The DSC-V1 even had a very efficient laser illuminator to get precise and fast AF in complete darkness.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2020 at 09:20 UTC as 27th comment | 2 replies
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Tatouzou: All the wannabe photographers who bashed the OMD-EM1-X when it was announced should watch this video, and also the Olympus Visionary wildlife testing in Costa-Rica rainforest: some of them might then understand the difference between studio performance and real world usability.
I am only a hobbiist, with Panasonic gear, but if I actually needed the best weather resistant action gear for pro wildlife use, I would buy an EM1-X or EM1-3.

The topic of this thread is about weather resistance, which matters for convenience and usability, not about sensor size.
EM1-X is a rugged tool designed to shoot wildlife.
For such use, M43 means smaller and lighter lenses.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2020 at 00:22 UTC
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Tatouzou: All the wannabe photographers who bashed the OMD-EM1-X when it was announced should watch this video, and also the Olympus Visionary wildlife testing in Costa-Rica rainforest: some of them might then understand the difference between studio performance and real world usability.
I am only a hobbiist, with Panasonic gear, but if I actually needed the best weather resistant action gear for pro wildlife use, I would buy an EM1-X or EM1-3.

To cam2013;
Looks like you didnt watch the video nor the wildlife testing in rough environment.
As for me I have both APS-C and m43, and also pocketables small format compacts: different tools for different purposes.
The one I always have with me is my Samsung S8 smartphone, which is surprisingly good in good light.
A camera is more than a sensor, ergonomy and usability matters more than raw sensor performance.
I dont understand why you believe m43 should be cheaper than APS-C.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2020 at 23:57 UTC

All the wannabe photographers who bashed the OMD-EM1-X when it was announced should watch this video, and also the Olympus Visionary wildlife testing in Costa-Rica rainforest: some of them might then understand the difference between studio performance and real world usability.
I am only a hobbiist, with Panasonic gear, but if I actually needed the best weather resistant action gear for pro wildlife use, I would buy an EM1-X or EM1-3.

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2020 at 10:01 UTC as 2nd comment | 4 replies
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Oiche: A long session in heavy rain killed my first Pentax DSLR K-30 and Pentax replaced it for free more than 2 years after I bought it and out of warranty.

Apparently a badly fitted seal around the rear LCD was the source so a quality control problem.

After that kindness I never left them and went on to buy much more equipment from them.

You are a lucky guy.
Last year, my 6 years old K30 had the well known aperture motor failure, and Pentax never proposed to service this issue free of charge once the guarantee period is over.
As regards weather sealing, my (then new) K30 with 18-135 withstood a heavy tropical shower in 2014 (I was drenched and had to change clothes once back to my car), and didnt show any sign of water ingress.
In september 2017, my then 18 months old K3 with 18-135 was splashed all over by sea water while shooting a regatta, I carefully rinsed the sea water once back home, and it worked fine, but I would not trust it to withstand such situation too often.

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2020 at 09:43 UTC

In the artics, ice melts every summer and freezes again next winter.
Pictures of polar gears, seals and melting ice, however beautiful they can be, dont prove anything about climate change.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2020 at 23:21 UTC as 34th comment | 2 replies
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DtBB: Canon: We just announced our TOP END DSLR the 1DxIII...
Me: oh cool that soun....
Canon: whichwewillnolongermakelensesfor...
Me: what's that? Didn't hear ya.
Canon: cough *mumbles*nonewlenses*mumbles* cough

Couldn't they've just been QUIET for a few years?

Sony did it with the A mount.
Olympus is doing with their bodies.


Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2020 at 17:52 UTC
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Mark Autofocused: I can't deal with the straps included when buying a camera. It seems they are designed to slide right off the shoulder, which helps their bottom line (replacement camera), but not yours.

I currently use ThinkTank Photo's grippy strap on one and the thin Upstrap on my Z6. I like what Peak Designs have done, but it is just too, too wide. Make a strap that is no wider than a half-inch, and I will throw my money at you.

I too have the Peak design leash, which is thin enough to find its place in my cross body shoulder bag.
The fast length adjustment devices allows instant transition from cross body length to neck length and back, which IMO is very convenient for my kind of photography : shooting travel, friends and events as a hobbyist.
PD leash is confortable for M43 or APS-C with compact zooms or lenses. However, though it is strong enough to hold FF gear and zooms, I guess the leash might put excessive pressure on your shoulder when holding heavy gear for pro use.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2019 at 13:29 UTC
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Satyaa: I admired the features of Pentax for a long time. They have nice bodies, traditional controls, the excellent green-dot, weather sealing and image quality but nothing more. In some areas, they have quirky features that majority of the photographers may not use but a small group worship... hi-res, astro tracking, etc.

To call this new one a flagship, it cannot stop with being at the top of Pentax APS-C line up. It needs to beat the likes of D500 and 7D II. It also needs to be supported by flagship lenses.

Based on my own experience with one of their recent top models, I won't believe it until I see the AF doing better than all the recent cameras from other brands. Anything less might do for any other camera, but not for a flagship.

With their die-hard attitude, it is possible that Pentax will remain as the last DSLR when everybody else has abandoned that line. If so, there will be a time when photographers will want a DSLR and will pay highly! May be wishful thinking

Flagship is a word that was used in the Navy to name the ship where stood the admiral commanding the fleet: it would fly the admiral's distinctive flag so that every other ship could see it and watch for orders.
And of course it didnt matter how it compared with other fleets' flagships.

Flagship is not necessarilly the most powerful nor the most recent.
Admiral Nelson's flagship during the Trafalgar battle was HMS Victory, an old and almost obsolete ship built more than 70 years before.

Hence, a camera which is carrying the company's most ambitious features can be called flagship for this company. And, as regards this call, it doesnt matter how it compares with other brands flagships.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2019 at 06:51 UTC

Will it have a KAF3 mount, so that it can use all the existing DA lenses, which have a mechanical aperture clutch?

Actually, all my Pentax lenses use the mechanical aperture clutch, save my DA18-135.
I would not buy a camera which could not support my limited prime lenses: DA15, DA21, DA35 macro, DA40XS, DA70.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2019 at 20:44 UTC as 25th comment | 2 replies
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-G95/G90 Review (688 comments in total)

Every times a new camera is reviews, there come a lot of negatives comment: IQ is worse than the previous model, features are cropped, price tag is wayyyy too high.
Two or three years later, posters moans because this wonderful camera, that had been so widely bashed when introduced, cannot be bought new anymore and is replaced by an upcoming model, obviously worse, crippled and more expensive.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2019 at 14:06 UTC as 48th comment | 1 reply
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-G95/G90 Review (688 comments in total)

The G90/95 keeps the main photographic features of the gold awarded G80/85: magnesium alloy weather resistant body, advanced IBIS, optional vertical grip/battery pack, 2.4 million dots OLED EVF, lots of direct access highly customisable buttons, and excellent ergonomy, replacing the aging 16MP sensor by the better 20MP sensor.

The A6400 and XT30 to which the reviewers compare the G90 dont have the weather resistance nor an optional vertical grip.

The 1.25 video crop in G90, like in GX8, instead of 1.1 video crop in the 16MP G80, is probably a hardware limitation of the 20MP sensor used, which is not the same as in G9 flagship.

Sales will tell whether costumers will prefer Sony or Fuji larger sensor and better video specs over the much larger M43 lens choice and the G90 ruggedness and haptics.

The price comparisons with G9 and G80/85 are not significant, as the G80/85 is heavily discounted to clean the shelves, and the G9 discounts may end soon if the G90/95 sells well.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2019 at 15:15 UTC as 57th comment | 3 replies
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