ronniemac

Lives in United Kingdom Oxford, United Kingdom
Works as a Lecturer in Architecture
Joined on Apr 25, 2011
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Pentaxian for 40 years.

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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 (172 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
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2016 (271 comments in total)

Rather than present the consensus or even compromise position, I would prefer to know what all the different reviewers selected as their personal picks. Some reviewers I can relate to, others have differing interests, so I would only really be interested in the choices of reviewers whose opinions I value.

To put my cards on the table, I am primarily interested in Barnaby Britton's and Chris Williams' lists, as well, of course, as a little commentary on their choices.

Maybe next year?

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 21:33 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies
On article Have Your Say: Best Zoom Lens of 2016 (75 comments in total)

;-)
1). Pentax D FA* 70-200mm F2.8ED DC AW
2). Pentax D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW
3). HD PENTAX-D FA 28-105mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR (best kit lens ever)

That's how I would have voted if we were given a real choice. The DPR list is a little like a democratic election; choose from any of our very limited selection of candidates.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2016 at 17:15 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies

I appreciate a lot of work went into creating these images, but compositing several images, each taken in a different instance of time, is less successful than a single 360 image taken by e.g. Ricoh Theta S or the new Nikon thingie, albeit that image quality with several composited dslr images is of higher resolution. Granted if everyone and everything keeps still it would work.

Oh and the gear is not quite so expensve - by some margin.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 19:24 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On article Shaking up the market: Pentax K-70 Review (365 comments in total)

In response to the following criticism:
".... the silly LED ring around the power switch signaling the camera is on remains.
"If you asked me for my opinion, no, it doesn't look nice. No, it isn't very helpful. No, the switching color between stills and video isn't 'cool', it's cheap, tacky, and detracts from the utilitarian essence that makes a Pentax a Pentax. If any LEDs should be making the jump from Pentax model to Pentax model, it should be the handy LEDs from the K-1 that illuminate crucial parts of the camera for working in the dark, not decorations."
Note the following
The lights are optional and can be turned off from the Wrench menu 3 (on K-S2), so not worth getting upset about really. Others may prefer to have these to indicate the camera is on stills or video. Typically Pentax offers users a choice, no bad thing.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 21:43 UTC as 67th comment | 2 replies
On article Ricoh debuts colorful Theta SC (47 comments in total)
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PhotoUniverse: It seems to me that Nikon Keymission is a better option.

The keymission spec is excellent.

Looks like Ricoh will have to offer a better model than the Theta to compete with it, e.g. micro sd card, removable battery, w.r, 4k video etc, although it would likely cost double, i.e. the same price as the Keymission.

At the moment though, the Theta is the better option because it exists. Looking forward to the next version.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2016 at 18:32 UTC
On article Ricoh debuts colorful Theta SC (47 comments in total)
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FLruckas: Somebody just needs to put this technology in a phone and just skip the external device.

Good questions Leekil.

If you want a selfie in context, the Theta is good for this and I sometimes use it this way. The drawback is that invariably there's a large thumb or hand in the photo, so this is where a selfie stick or monopod is very useful, provided you use a phone to wirelessly take the photo (or a cable switch shutter release).
Other times I don't want to be in the photo, maybe for a landscape or photographing something all around the camera - the cherry blossom tree is a classic. This is where remote control by phone is a must - it enables me to get out of the frame.

Then there are times I want to take photos of subject matter without being in the frame, just leave the camera out there and click when appropriate - good for wildlife.

You are correct, holding the phone above the head is a good idea, but again a monopod gives better results by removing the hand sufficiently.

For movies it's less of an issue because I can delete the start and end when switching on/off.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2016 at 17:02 UTC
On article Ricoh debuts colorful Theta SC (47 comments in total)
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FLruckas: Somebody just needs to put this technology in a phone and just skip the external device.

re Part 1. I do, why presume otherwise.
re Part 2. Because you post it on a forum?

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2016 at 14:51 UTC
On article Ricoh debuts colorful Theta SC (47 comments in total)
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FLruckas: Somebody just needs to put this technology in a phone and just skip the external device.

Part 2

Ricoh did not make the Theta S or SC for you 360 selfie guys, but it's what I was looking for and am quite happy with it, thank you.

I'm also quite happy with my excellent camera phone as it is.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2016 at 14:26 UTC
On article Ricoh debuts colorful Theta SC (47 comments in total)
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FLruckas: Somebody just needs to put this technology in a phone and just skip the external device.

Part 1:
All this talk about 360 degree cameras in the phone still does not address the problem of the photographer being the dominant feature of any spherical image, in particular the hand holding and operating the camera-phone. Look at this and you'll see what I mean: http://www.imaging-resource.com/ee_uploads/news/5249/theta-s-feature-image-full__largest-no-more-than-580x630.jpg
Ok for selfies in a wider context, but otherwise pretty useless. Each to his or her own, but there is a limit to how much I want self portraits. A timer can help, but only in a very restricted manner. I don't mind carrying the phone in one pocket and Theta in the other, and to be able to position the camera and control the it remotely from the phone (including shutter, iso, wb, timer, etc). I know this from experience with my Theta S.
I'm sure 360 camera phones will become the next fad, and I'm ok with that, but when it does you will see what I'm getting at.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2016 at 14:26 UTC
On article Ricoh debuts colorful Theta SC (47 comments in total)
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FLruckas: Somebody just needs to put this technology in a phone and just skip the external device.

Well, I have mine in my pocket, when its not in my partners handbag, so no problem lugging it around.
For me these cameras are about capturing an environment rather than taking selfies of myself or my mate. The solution I suggested also avoids a close up of your hand - try out one of these and you'll see what I'm getting at.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2016 at 16:16 UTC
On article Ricoh debuts colorful Theta SC (47 comments in total)
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FLruckas: Somebody just needs to put this technology in a phone and just skip the external device.

The advantage of it being detached from the phone is that you can be remote. Set the camera up on a monopod (with foot) or selfie stick, and step back or even right out of the frame, controlling the camera wirelessly from a distance. Attachment to a drone is another possibility.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2016 at 09:37 UTC
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ZorSy: Just what Dilish Parekh needs for his camera collection. The only problem - he would have to move to China to find the wall big enough to hang them ...

Or Mexico?

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2016 at 19:50 UTC

It would be good to know how capable it is in handling K-1 and K-3 IIPixel Shift images - and with movement correction tool

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 12:01 UTC as 11th comment | 2 replies
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zakaria: What we don't like
-limited lenses available!?
Really!!
Count with me:
fa 35
Fa 50
Dfa 50
Dfa 100
Fa 31
Fa 43
Fa 77
....
Dfa 28-105
Dfa 24-70
Dfa 70-200
Dfa 150-450
Da 560

Don't forget a number of DA lenses cover FF

DA 35
DA 40 Ltd
DA 50
DA* 55
DA 70 Ltd
DA* 200
DA* 300
....
DA* 60-250

So that's a total of 20 (twenty) current lenses now, and the K-1 is less than one month old.

Plus there's more to follow.

Not to mention a few current third party lenses,
and with an adaptor, 16 current Pentax 645 lenses
and K-mount Pentax AF and MF legacy lenses,
and with an adaptor, legacy MF Pentax 645 and 67 lenses

And it is the DA 40 not the smallest FF lens currently available from any manufacturer?

Pentax are getting there....

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2016 at 23:45 UTC
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