ronniemac

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

Student for 5 years, practising architect for 20 years, university lecturer for 18 years, Pentaxian all that time.

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Horshack: Ricoh's press release says the model and price are undecided and provides no details other than it being a flagship model with an APS-C size sensor, then adds the following note at the end:

"The designs and specifications are identical to those first announced publicly about the camera's development, and subject to change without notice."

So the design and specifications, which they haven't shared, are subject to change without notice.

Huh?

Spec's yes, but they have shared the design - it's on show and visible in the photographs.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2019 at 12:46 UTC
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mpb002: With the nearly universal push towards mirrorless, I’m beginning to think the market for traditional APS-C DSLR cameras is really shrinking across all brands. I guess Pentax does deserve an A for effort though.

Agree, although I would have substituted 'purists' with 'photographers'.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2019 at 12:28 UTC
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Indohydra: Actually, who buys these cameras? I am sure they are good cameras but their sales must all be overseas. In which case, I wonder what their price points are. Do they contribute to some growing grey market in this country?

'Overseas': it's a term used to describe the world used by insular people (mainly British).

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2019 at 12:26 UTC
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JL Auch: A APS-C digital SLR? really? To compete with who? (canikon), and for what dwindling market?

Ricoh, I'll make it simple for you; A GXR sized mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera, with a set off small primes, and compatible with Pentax lenses.

Agreed, the GXR K mount module might have saved the GXR body from a premature end. Still, I persist, I have just ordered the M mount module (Leica) and an adaptor to take my many Pentax lenses.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2019 at 12:09 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Travel tripod shootout! (273 comments in total)
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panther fan: You didn't mention one of the biggest downsides of the peak design head. Vertical shooting isn't easy because you are very limited in the angle you can adjust it

Thanks for pointing that out Silvan, this makes the Peak Design tripod more appealing. I agree it would be nice if it was incorporated.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2019 at 23:34 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Travel tripod shootout! (273 comments in total)
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RvEL: Am I the only one, who only just now noticed how small Chris actually is? It struck me when he was standing next to the tripods, including heights, and afterwards showed the smallest tripod with Jordan. :)

Great review!

I too am thankful that my genes were designed to match these tripod heights. Well done my parents, 5' 8" is good!

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2019 at 16:55 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Travel tripod shootout! (273 comments in total)
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Sutlore: Manfrotto Befree team here, 4 years owned so far. Very happy with it!

Manfrotto Befree advanced is what I use. Because I prefer clip lock to rotation lock I had to opt for the aluminium version but I'm ok with that even if I would have preferred carbon fibre.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2019 at 16:53 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Travel tripod shootout! (273 comments in total)
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panther fan: You didn't mention one of the biggest downsides of the peak design head. Vertical shooting isn't easy because you are very limited in the angle you can adjust it

There is much to like about the Peak Design, however apart from requiring an extra section to legs, and not achieving eye level height, I would seriously miss the pan facility.
I find that a ball head without independent horizontal axis rotation hampers panoramic shots, or am I missing something?

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2019 at 16:48 UTC
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Zvonimir Tosic: The screw-drive is not a kind of thing that users demand or 'they'll otherwise die in sadness'. It is seriously antiquated tech, not good for stills and even worse for video, that Ricoh forces down onto users because it is way cheaper for them.
If some decent company or a team offers Hoya same money, but a better business plan, I hope they will get rights to use the name Pentax instead of Ricoh.

Two things Zvonimir:
1. My post was addressed to dpthoughts, and in response to his comment directly above mine.
2. I referred to 'the Pentax brand', because I am perfectly aware that it is currently under Ricoh's ownership.
So what did you read in my statement which made you comment 'that some of you can't get facts straight'?

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2019 at 11:58 UTC
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Zvonimir Tosic: The screw-drive is not a kind of thing that users demand or 'they'll otherwise die in sadness'. It is seriously antiquated tech, not good for stills and even worse for video, that Ricoh forces down onto users because it is way cheaper for them.
If some decent company or a team offers Hoya same money, but a better business plan, I hope they will get rights to use the name Pentax instead of Ricoh.

You keep posting comments like this dpthoughts. I'm not sure why you feel a need to do this, but it must be very frustrating for you that the Pentax brand just refuses to die.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2019 at 22:13 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Hasselblad X1D II 50C (136 comments in total)
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ronniemac: Very nice indeedie,
but if I have to ask what it costs, does that mean I can't afford it?

Just noticed the previous article: '...will cost $5750 (before tax) or €6000/£5400 (inc VAT)'
Good to see MF prices being more competitive than before, but I think I am happy enough with FF or APS-C

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2019 at 17:40 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Hasselblad X1D II 50C (136 comments in total)

Very nice indeedie,
but if I have to ask what it costs, does that mean I can't afford it?

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2019 at 17:36 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply
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ozturert: Was my comment deleted or didn't even make it? Curious..

Did you mention the benefits of a 24-600 zoom lens?

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2019 at 17:41 UTC

Good comparison and nice conclusions.

Personally I'll settle for a GRiii for it's wider lens, shake reduction, user interface and small size, but I do like the sound of that X100F hybrid viewfinder and its aperture ring!

Hoping Fuji and Ricoh have an affair resulting in their Ricuji lovechild GR100Fii

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2019 at 17:31 UTC as 82nd comment

Here's my ten:
KX,
LX,
MX,
Super Program,
Z-1,
MZ-5,
MZ-S,
*ist.
645N, and
K-1 (cheat)

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2019 at 16:57 UTC as 37th comment | 1 reply
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justmeMN: (USA) Back in the film era, Pentax was a visible, mainstream brand. My local camera store had special Pentax events, with Pentax representatives on hand. That store still exists, but no longer sells Pentax brand cameras. Over the years, the brand has shriveled into obscurity. I still have two Pentax film-SLRs, and it's sad to see that happen to the brand.

Pentax; the hermit camera.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2019 at 16:42 UTC
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AshMills: Why doesn't this "ultimate" lens have VC?

That's one of the advantages of IBIS, but of course it's academic with the Tammy only being available for Nikon and Canon.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2019 at 18:48 UTC
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AshMills: Why doesn't this "ultimate" lens have VC?

Good question, although it would have on a Pentax DSLR.

Ironic that it's not available in K mount.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2019 at 16:59 UTC

Unfortunately not available in Pentax K mount, but as other's have pointed out in Pentax SLR talk, there is always the Sigma variant which will take some beating, especially at the price.

Still, I'm hoping that Ricoh will come to an arrangement with Tamron just as they did with 15-30 and 24-70.

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4398714

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2019 at 15:00 UTC as 33rd comment | 1 reply
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theEntreriCode: Hope it's as good as the Sigma 45 mm. I'm definitely in if it is.

or even the Sigma 35mm

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2019 at 14:48 UTC
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