James O'Neill

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io rep: $1900 for a APS-C DSLR in end of 2020 with a pandemic and people not buying regularly

good luck with that

Some people have money to spend because of the pandemic. There are people out there who have lost their jobs, or seen their income cut, but those who haven't are working from home (no travel costs, don't have to buy lunch) and not taking holidays etc. I've saved the price of the Pentax DFA*85 in travel costs alone. And don't forget it is 200,000 retail in Japan. A KP is 140,000 yen in Japan but only $800 in the US.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2020 at 00:35 UTC
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marc petzold: It's the same Sensor from the Fujifilm X-T30/X-T3/X-T4 & X-S10, i would say, Pentax started the Development into 2018, when that Sony Sensor was being used into the X-T3. I am wondering - how much People would say again, the Future is only DSLM, and also X-T4 is the most expensive (albeit the best!) current APS-C Camera.

Rumors say, Pentax would also bring a new Flagship Zoom for the K3-III into 2021, albeit at a Price, it won't come cheap. 12 fps via mech. Shutter was some Years ago the Topspeed of Fullframe Flagship DSLRs. It would being interesting, if the latest Safox 13 Upgrade could catch up with the AF from the D500...i think, the D500 still might be have the better AF System, but we would see it next Year. From Haptics, Ergonomics, Design and especially the OVF, Pentax wins already - vs the EOS 90D and D500 Nikon.

Like said Months ago, Pentax find it's Niche, and Dedication for the OVF, even when Canikon would have left this Field, into some Years...perhaps.

Good Light.

"From Haptics, Ergonomics, Design and especially the OVF, Pentax wins already"

Those have always been Pentax strengths. Autofocus has always been it's weakness. It might close the gap but even the most avid Pentaxian wouldn't say the Pentax wins in every area.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2020 at 23:24 UTC
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io rep: $1900 for a APS-C DSLR in end of 2020 with a pandemic and people not buying regularly

good luck with that

That's the Japanese retail price, including taxes, and the comment didn't say body only or with lens. Compare the Japanese prices on Ricoh's site with actual US prices in $, and you'll they are $+50% * exchange rate

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2020 at 23:19 UTC
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Fotoni: Unless K-3 III has something meaningful compared to the other APS-C cameras, $1900 is a joke price. K-1 and K-3 II / KP sold well from the Pentax point of view because they were very cheap and had competitive features back then.

When talking about K-1 mark II pricing which was a bad move, it might be that Pentax just try to lure loyal fans and some very tiny niche groups. Mark II should cost $999 and it could be still competitive because of great value...but not with current prices. It has so many weak points compared to others.

And I have a K-1 mark I which costed way under $1500 brand new couple years ago. It was a great deal at that time.

200,000 Yen is 2/3 what their K1 costs in Japan. In the US it costs 1800 , is anyone seriously thinking they're going to charge $100 more for it than their FF camera.

Multiplying the Japanese retail price, including taxes, by the Exchange rate gives a Joke price, But hey, DPR reporting.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2020 at 23:14 UTC

It's better to say 2/3 of the price of the full frame K1, than just to convert the Japanese retail price into $. If you take the Dollar price of K1 and convert to Yen, you need to add nearly 50% to get to the price in Ricoh's on-line store for Japan.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2020 at 23:10 UTC as 113th comment
On article Waterfails: We test Pentax K-1's Pixel Shift (225 comments in total)

So ... We have a tech which shoots four images, optionally saves the raw data and processes them to one. Motion correction is applied (or not) in the processing.
DPR uses a processing tool which has no motion correction support.
So there are two explanations.
Either Conspiracy. DPR is supportive of the big two and anti pentax.
Or Cock-up. DPR is no longer competent to carry out a technical review.
Neither looks good.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2016 at 08:23 UTC as 50th comment | 2 replies
On article Windows XP is dead. Long live Windows XP 'Bliss' (119 comments in total)
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snegron2: Ironic how this digital icon image was created with analog film.

Not ironic as such. What it tells you is that XP pre-dates general use of digital cameras.
(and broadband, and legal music downloads and smart phones).
XP was the current OS for 5 years, and MS have been trying to get people off it for 8 years.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2014 at 23:36 UTC

I have the app , and yes it's cool. But people are attributing magical powers to it that it doesn't really have. It takes multiple JPGs with the focus at different points ("focus bracketing") and focus stacks them to put everything in focus, or selects one image if you just want a point in focus. But - like Nokia's other apps - it's nicely done.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2013 at 06:58 UTC as 3rd comment
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King Penguin: The long slow drawn-out death of the Pentax name has officially started........now they're just a brand, next just a brand in some countries, the rest of the cameras branded Ricoh in core countries, then eventually re-launched as the nostalgic version of the Ricoh camera of the time to pep up it's sales for a few extra years before the new Ricoh model is launched....

They lost the digital race.......which company is next?

Actually Asahi renamed itself to Pentax round about 2000.
Then that company became part of Hoya, then Part of Ricoh.
That the subsidiary is called is academic. Ricoh have said the Pentax brand stays. We'll have to see if they put in the investment to turn out decent cameras or not.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2013 at 18:44 UTC
On article Best Camera of 2012: And the Winner is... (1412 comments in total)
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James O'Neill: Best anything polls are mostly for fun, and from the comments we can see they generate more heat than light. Interesting that the winner of this one is not from the big two, is not a huge seller, and it carries a price tag close to that of FF models - which simply by the laws of physics will get better dynamic range, better high ISO performance and more recorded detail.

So it seems DPR readers voted for something they respected rather than bought. My own bias is against small sensors, and for true SLRs, but this gives me pause. 2 of the top three were FF - which is getting cheaper. The winner was a small sensor mirrorless which is plenty good enough for many. Is then end in sight for the APS-C sensor true SLR ?

I went to http://www.wexphotographic.com/ On the home page Canon 5D MK II (old stock I guess) £1249 body only OMD EM5 £1148 with kit lens. And the D600 is £1450.
The Olympus is more expensive than almost every APS-C camera out there - which are the ones it really competes with

Link | Posted on Jan 2, 2013 at 01:58 UTC
On article Best Camera of 2012: And the Winner is... (1412 comments in total)

Best anything polls are mostly for fun, and from the comments we can see they generate more heat than light. Interesting that the winner of this one is not from the big two, is not a huge seller, and it carries a price tag close to that of FF models - which simply by the laws of physics will get better dynamic range, better high ISO performance and more recorded detail.

So it seems DPR readers voted for something they respected rather than bought. My own bias is against small sensors, and for true SLRs, but this gives me pause. 2 of the top three were FF - which is getting cheaper. The winner was a small sensor mirrorless which is plenty good enough for many. Is then end in sight for the APS-C sensor true SLR ?

Link | Posted on Jan 1, 2013 at 14:23 UTC as 358th comment | 2 replies
On article Best Camera of 2012: And the Winner is... (1412 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Has anyone noticed that the OM-D has been on the list of "Cameras receiving the most clicks in reviews and specs in the last five days" continuously for the past eight months?

I don't think this was ever done before by a niche camera from a minor player in the market. Every new camera seems to make the list just because it's new... and then fades away, unless it is a Canon or Nikon big seller. But the OM-D has been there for quite a while now.

I think the OM-D gets a lot of interest because:

1. It really is a great camera. No one can deny that.
2. It really does have broad appeal.
3. Ahhhhhhh... those nice prime lenses.....
4. The backstory. It's the underdog redeeming itself after the scandals.

Olympus had a British CEO who was fired because he brought to light large multi-year accounting frauds . I think that is what is being refered to.

Link | Posted on Jan 1, 2013 at 13:45 UTC
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Ronj2: Well, if folks start to put faith in this measuring system it could put pressure on lens manufactures to produce better lenses across the board now that high MP sensors are becoming the norm. Why would we want to use a lens that only resolves 12mp or less on a 24 or 36 MP camera unless we just want bigger files without any real increased detail. So far there does not appear to be a single lens according to DXO that resolves 24-36mp. 18-24mp would seem to be plenty for any DSLR camera at this point with the best lenses.

Time wil tell.

Aargh DPR editing
Secondly you if the lens has the same linear res as the sensor you get half that linear res in the output. If it has twice the resolution you get 2/3 the res in the output, to get if has 9x the resolution you get 9/10ths.
With a 6000 x 4000 (24MP) Sensor, to get 5000x3000 15MP out you'd a lens which was 3 times the resolution of the sensor. In other words a 12000x18000 (216MP) lens. What the DXO numbers tell you is what many of us worked out long ago - you have to add a LOT of pixels to notice any increase in resolution. Another way to look at it is if you have 24MP lens you need a 216MP sensor to get a 15MP of resolution in the output

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2012 at 20:07 UTC
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Ronj2: Well, if folks start to put faith in this measuring system it could put pressure on lens manufactures to produce better lenses across the board now that high MP sensors are becoming the norm. Why would we want to use a lens that only resolves 12mp or less on a 24 or 36 MP camera unless we just want bigger files without any real increased detail. So far there does not appear to be a single lens according to DXO that resolves 24-36mp. 18-24mp would seem to be plenty for any DSLR camera at this point with the best lenses.

Time wil tell.

Firstly lenses are normally measured in 1 dimensional lines per mm - but we normally deal with sensors in pixels in two dimensions, not just width or height.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2012 at 19:44 UTC
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mosswings: This measure is sort of like a bandwidth calculation for chained electronic amplifiers - for a 2 amp system, the final BW is (1/(B1)^2+1/(B2)^2)^0.5 where B1 and B2 are the amps' respective bandwidths.
Using this analogy, one can see that if the resolution of the lens (B1) is equal to the resolution of the sensor (B2), then the final resolution will be 0.707 B. If the resolution of the sensor is twice that of the lens, or vice versa, the final resolution will be 0.89*the lower resolution.
So even the very best of today's lenses which approximately equal the resolution of today's best sensors cannot be expected to yield more than about 70% of the effective resolution of today's sensors. One would have to make a lens that is at least TWICE as good as the sensor to see most of the resolution of the sensor.
Of course, this is just an analogy, but it indicates what sort of effective resolutions we're still dealing with in this high-MP age. Food for thought.

@mosswings
What I understood was it was 1/final res = 1/lens res + 1/sensor res (no need to square and then square root them)
And this assumes res is defined in lines/pairs per unit distnace, at the same MTF throughout.
If lens res = sensor res final res = 1/2 that.

Keep in mind that the bayer sensor effectively halves the resolution too

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2012 at 15:53 UTC
On Challenge:7208 (8 comments in total)
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RaptorUK: "You must only submit images that are safe for general public viewing, e.g. no nudity. "

"Nudity or nakedness is the state of wearing no clothing."

You keep pasting the same thing e.g. no nudity. and your definition of nudity.

e.g means "for the sake of example", in other words one form of pictures which are safe for public viewing are those which contain abosolutely no exposed flesh whatsoever. Nudes can be safe for public viewing, there are plenty of nude statues in public places, or nude paintings on the walls of art galleries.
Similarly there plenty of depictions of clothed bodies which are unsuitable for public viewing.

Posted on Sep 14, 2012 at 19:35 UTC
On article Microsoft releases Camera Codec Pack with RAW support (82 comments in total)
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lbjack: This new Windows capability seems pretty limited compared to just downloading freeware Irfanview and associating your RAW files with it. It will instantly open any RAW file as a bitmap, which you can fool with -- Irfan has a nice selection of editing tools -- then save in lots of formats. If I want to do more, then I can open with PS.

The point of a codec is you have to open the file in anything. You see a thumbnail, get preview pane support and see all the EXIF data in Windows explorer.
Be aware that not everything which converts a raw fuke works with the RAW data - a lot just process the JPG which is embedded for a preview.

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2011 at 14:51 UTC
On article Microsoft releases Camera Codec Pack with RAW support (82 comments in total)
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Footski: Limited it may be but it allows you to view ALL files, including non RAW images at the same time. A good idea. Thanks to Microsoft for it....

They don't appear to have added support for (e.g.) DNG so that's quite a lot of support lacking. http://www.fastpictureviewer.com/codecs/ does a better job - for a token sum of money.

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2011 at 14:47 UTC
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