ronniemac

Lives in United Kingdom Oxford, United Kingdom
Works as a Lecturer in Architecture
Joined on Apr 25, 2011
About me:

Student for 5 years, practising architect for 20 years, university lecturer for 17 years, Pentaxian all that time.

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Richard Murdey: Have you watched video (not demo clip or review test, actual content on youtube or elsewhere) produced by a 360 degree camera in the last year? Straw poll please.

I have not. I saw the TCS review of the Keymission 360 which was shot on that camera as a demonstration, that was back in 2016, and nothing has crossed my feed since. I'm curious where all this 360 action is happening, or if it exists at all.

It was good for family fun on the beach, and at my son's wedding. Just put it on a self supporting monopod and leave it running. I also took some interesting photographs from inside a tree and around the garden. It does give a different perspective on life.
Not sure about porn though, although I did stick it in my mouth to take a snap of my teeth before going to the dentist. But we do agree, not for everyone.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2018 at 19:25 UTC
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Polacofede: Really interesting. I wish they take a similar approach for their dslr!

Absolutely! Let's hope Ricoh don't stop with the Theta.

Tony Northrup made exactly this point for all mainstream camera manufacturers in one of his videos about a year ago. Maybe someone from Ricoh watched it.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2018 at 22:24 UTC
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Richard Murdey: Have you watched video (not demo clip or review test, actual content on youtube or elsewhere) produced by a 360 degree camera in the last year? Straw poll please.

I have not. I saw the TCS review of the Keymission 360 which was shot on that camera as a demonstration, that was back in 2016, and nothing has crossed my feed since. I'm curious where all this 360 action is happening, or if it exists at all.

Richard, I have shot and watched video and stills on my Theta S. Resolution is good in stills, but was too low for good video - an issues which Ricoh addressed with the Theta V. If you read the article by DL Cade above and Ricoh's press release that will give you an idea of the many possible applications. Maybe try googling Theta 360 video if you want to see how people are using it. Bear in mind that low cost 360 is a developing field, it's already quite good with the Theta V and others camera, and will only get better - especially with initiatives like Ricoh's Partner Programme which enables developers to release plug ins.
Ask your self, what would you like to use 360 images or movies for, and I guess you will either understand the cameras potential or decide it is really not for you.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2018 at 14:17 UTC

The speed of development in 360 devices is advancing at an incredible rate.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2018 at 00:03 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply

I'll stick with the Ricoh Theta - the V specs are similar or better and the Theta offers a more comprehnsive and user friendly package. Not surprising considering that Ricoh pioneered 360 back in 2013 and have improved it greatly since then.

Reading Sean Da of CEO of YI Technology's quote, one could be mistaken that he was unaware of the Theta V which the YI attempts, but i.m.o. fails to emulate.

Good review of the Theta V here at: https://www.dpreview.com/articles/2704819120/ricoh-theta-v-hands-on

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2017 at 13:58 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply

It is extraordinary that DxOMark waited over two years for another camera to 'better' the 645Z 101 score before releasing their review.

We will draw our own conclusions, but I will continue to make camera buying decisions without reference to their reports. Life's too short.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2017 at 21:33 UTC as 64th comment | 3 replies
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ronniemac: Good to know Pentax have a new 50mm F1.4 in the pipeline.

Until it arrives, I am kept happy with their current standard prime lenses: FA 50/1.4, D FA 50/2.8 macro, DA 50/1.8 and DA* 55/1.4 AW so waiting a few more months won't hurt.

Half full pint guys!

Thanks Alex,
These Pentax Lens road maps sure do have a long shelf life!

But always worth it in the long run.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2017 at 00:08 UTC
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panther fan: Pentax K1 released February 2016. First prime for the new high resolution digital era: summer 2018. Pentax better speed up the lens development if they want K-mount to be relevant.

Sure, it will be nice when Pentax release even more FF lenses than the 23 current Pentax lenses that work well on the FF K-1. Do I need to list them again?

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 23:05 UTC

Good to know Pentax have a new 50mm F1.4 in the pipeline.

Until it arrives, I am kept happy with their current standard prime lenses: FA 50/1.4, D FA 50/2.8 macro, DA 50/1.8 and DA* 55/1.4 AW so waiting a few more months won't hurt.

Half full pint guys!

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 23:00 UTC as 28th comment | 3 replies

I'm sure it's been reported somewhere here, but the 645Z was reduced by $1500 to below $5500 a week ago. Still costly, but not, it seems, for a medium format digital camera.

Anyhow, this makes me wonder if Ricoh are soon going to release a new Pentax MF camera. This often happens after a significant drop in price for a current model.

The question is: if so, how long will it take DxO to review a new model or would it be more convenient to change the testing criteria after testing but before writing up a report?

Having said that, these highly technical tests are of little consequence to me and I suspect to quite a few photographers. Field reviews, on the other hand, are much more complete and revealing.

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2017 at 20:37 UTC as 107th comment | 2 replies
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PhotoUniverse: And all of this people thought Nikon paid to DXO to keep other sensors show up

'And all of this people thought Nikon paid to DXO to keep other sensors show up'
Is that a google translation?

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2017 at 20:26 UTC
On article Ricoh Theta V captures 360-degree 4K video (47 comments in total)

Good to see the improvement in video, the attention to sound will also be a bonus. Good to see Ricoh developing 360 photography and movie making at a competitive cost.

Based on my experience with the Theta S, it is a good concept, the camera is best used with a self supporting monopod or selfie stick (keeps fingers and thumbs out of frame). These devices enable you to get out of or distant from the image - quite the opposite to normal selfie stick use!

Initially I was concerned about non removeable battery, but I live with that on my cell phone so maybe it's not such a big deal. Lack of storage card is not so much of a problem because there's onboard storage and ability to upload wirelessly to the cloud or a tablet etc.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2017 at 15:42 UTC as 7th comment
On article Should you upgrade to a Nikon D850? (660 comments in total)
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ronniemac: Comprehensive well informed article Barney, hope you get a day off in compensation for working on Sunday. D850 sounds great!

It gets me to thinking about this upgrade business.

I have an old digital FF camera, and haven't the heart to part with it's APS-C siblings - each has merits. I have enough lenses so I am not held back my ability to photograph well. What I need more than anything is an upgrade in my core skills: perception, composition, and creativity.

The problem with investing in a new system is that learning how to operate new gear will only distract from developing these core skills. I'm getting long in the tooth and should invest time in doing better photography with what I have, and if I have money to spend, maybe I'll invest in quality paper & good inks so that I leave something behind after I am no longer able to photograph.

What do I shoot?
K-1, K-3ii, & K-S2,
plus 13 FF and 18 APS-C current Pentax lenses, and some oldies.

Cheers for mentioning the K-1. ;)

Should have mentioned, I focus on architecture, landscape, people and nature.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2017 at 22:02 UTC
On article Should you upgrade to a Nikon D850? (660 comments in total)

Comprehensive well informed article Barney, hope you get a day off in compensation for working on Sunday. D850 sounds great!

It gets me to thinking about this upgrade business.

I have an old digital FF camera, and haven't the heart to part with it's APS-C siblings - each has merits. I have enough lenses so I am not held back my ability to photograph well. What I need more than anything is an upgrade in my core skills: perception, composition, and creativity.

The problem with investing in a new system is that learning how to operate new gear will only distract from developing these core skills. I'm getting long in the tooth and should invest time in doing better photography with what I have, and if I have money to spend, maybe I'll invest in quality paper & good inks so that I leave something behind after I am no longer able to photograph.

What do I shoot?
K-1, K-3ii, & K-S2,
plus 13 FF and 18 APS-C current Pentax lenses, and some oldies.

Cheers for mentioning the K-1. ;)

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2017 at 21:56 UTC as 104th comment | 2 replies
On article Ricoh cuts price of Theta SC 360 camera (6 comments in total)
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nitroman: I never quite understood why Ricoh released this camera when the Theta S is better.
Looking forward to the new 4k version ... and wonder how it will compare to the competition.

The image quality is identical between the two, why not?

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2017 at 10:11 UTC
On article Ricoh cuts price of Theta SC 360 camera (6 comments in total)
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nitroman: I never quite understood why Ricoh released this camera when the Theta S is better.
Looking forward to the new 4k version ... and wonder how it will compare to the competition.

It's a budget version, more affordable for people with less disposable income. Good value just got better, so more of us can enjoy 360 photography. Nice one Ricoh!

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2017 at 10:08 UTC
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Souciantmag: The Pentax K1 really is the best full-frame on the market right now. The RAW files are amazing. But that's always been a Pentax strength.

I only wish the body was as small as the Sony A7. I'd buy one in a heartbeat. Not surprised to hear the A7 raw files are inferior.

Good point FuhTeng. I shoot mainly landscape, architecture, nature, and people, and have a shed load of Pentax lenses, so the K-1 is best for me. Delightful camera and very capable of producing high quality photographs, so I have no excuses for mediocre photographs!.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 15:10 UTC

One thing seems quite certain now; there will be no more development of the Q line, might have been a different story if the Q-S1 had been more advanced; EVF, improved sensor, etc and the long promised telephoto macro lens. Still, I'll make the most of my Q7 (when the sun is not too bright!).

Still hoping that Pentax keep developing lenses for the K-1, bring out a K-3iii with improved continuous focus and movie functionality, and for those who can afford it - the 100mp 645Z-i with appropriate additions to the lens range.

We live in interesting times :(

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 16:48 UTC as 6th comment
On article Gear of the Year: Richard's choice - Fujifilm X-T2 (170 comments in total)

A good read, it's nice to hear about a photographers personal preferences, and to read something that is written with a bit of passion! Sounds like a lovely camera that X-T2.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2017 at 00:26 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Meet two nomadic photographers who travel full-time (152 comments in total)
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fatdeeman: If I sold most of my possessions I may be able to afford a day trip to Scotland.

Money well spent!

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 12:14 UTC
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