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Joined on Apr 11, 2008
About me:

Pentax SLR 1983-2000; digicams 2000-07; Alpha A200 2008-09; back to Pentax 2009 to present. Now shooting NX300 and gm1.


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On article CP+ 2017: Ricoh teases upcoming D FA* 50mm F1.4 (83 comments in total)

Did you play the "do you realize who I am?" card? :p

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2017 at 22:54 UTC as 5th comment

If you ordered the first few days it's not a delay, but later pre-orders would feel it. Hard to make an easy headline out of that I suppose..

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2017 at 20:58 UTC as 30th comment
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MrTaikitso: World's two worst sounds:

1. Nails on a blackboard.
2. Bagpipes. (Discovered when a fat Scot accidentally trod on his cat and liked the noise. Hence bagpipes are made from dead cats. You know where they blow right? FakeNews but it's funny eh? I'll tell you how they harvest haggis another day.)

Great camera, awful sample video! Oh my ears!

I'd heard the Irish gave them to the Scots as a practical joke, and it didn't work out. Their uileann pipes use an armpit-pump instead of a straw..

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 15:08 UTC
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Heritage Cameras: Ah, yes we still have a (red!) GH1, and use it for lens compatibility checking and testing, such as this IX-Nikkor:


The feature I really miss from this camera is the multi-aspect sensor – it's a shame this wasn't continued after the GH2.

oooo red :) my G1 was blue. Pentax was never alone in its color choices, just the most flamboyant!

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 15:05 UTC
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jimrpdx: I'll stick with the 'old' 12-60, saves me 100 grams and several hundred $$..

Never seen a 12-42 :) the 14-42 II is very good, but weather seals and the 24-120mmeq range will serve me really well. I paid under $250 for it, this and my adapted Pentax 100/2.8 will make a fine little kit.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 03:32 UTC

I'll stick with the 'old' 12-60, saves me 100 grams and several hundred $$..

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 01:37 UTC as 20th comment | 3 replies

I hope the thieves can reset my password, I abandoned my Y acct 2 yrs ago; the reset procedure reminded me of my root canal.. but less successful.

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2016 at 22:19 UTC as 1st comment
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WillWeaverRVA: That new 55-300 is a great lens. Sure, it's no Canon 70-300, but it's miles better than the old entry-level 55-300 that Pentax had. I'm glad Ricoh is working to make it usable on some of its older models (I'd love to see a firmware update for the K-5...).

Hard to improve optically over the original 55-300 but its focus was a touch.. leisurely? :-) I hear the new one is far faster and more certain, though with a small speed penalty. This isn't a low-light lens in either case.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2016 at 01:12 UTC
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Osvaldo Cristo: It was the successor of my first digital camera... Kodak DC260 I bought on 1998... and paid USD 1,000 for it!

I purchased it to learn composition to upgrade to a "high end" SLR but that small camera "spoiled me": I waited until Nikon released D100 to go to a SLR... more specifically DSLR.

I also had the DC260, my first trip into digital. This and the LS443 served me well for a few years before my first dSLR.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 01:40 UTC
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tkbslc: I'm not too paranoid in general, but I just wonder what is in this for Google. I mean they are hosting Petabytes of photos for free, with no upsell or advertising as a revenue stream like flickr, etc. Why are they doing this and what is the end goal?

If they were checking tolerance levels then congrats you reached mine! They had me with picasa and its easy edits and web/blog posting - then dumped it for something better and lost me as a monetizing asset. I'll just post to my website and tell my friends like we old gasbags did before social media became something big (then blew itself apart with hubris in '17).

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2016 at 01:58 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Fujifilm F10 (121 comments in total)

I'm still tempted at times to grab an E900 :-)

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2016 at 21:17 UTC as 18th comment
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jimrpdx: .. and destroyed every reason I had for leaving Picasa on my system. Such a waste of my years of time and effort.
Moving on..

Stupid smartphones, why didn't it tell me the first post went through? At least Google isn't in involved in smartphone tech.. oh wait!

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2016 at 21:01 UTC

.. and destroyed every reason I had for leaving Picasa on my system. Such a waste of my years of time and effort.
Moving on..

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2016 at 20:05 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply

.. and turned every reason I had for using Picasa into a waste of time and effort. Moving on..

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2016 at 20:04 UTC as 4th comment
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Chris Yates: It seems just about everybody can do just about anything via firmware except Canon. :(

So now they need to add shutter 'bracketing' like the AA simulator.. ?

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2016 at 15:17 UTC
On article Tamron files patent for 115mm F1.4 VC lens (65 comments in total)

I'll stick with my tiny stabilized Pentax-M 100/2.8 - but for those who seek absolutes this should serve them very well!

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 03:10 UTC as 9th comment

I'll be seeking one of these to go with a flash-free K-3ii some day.. :-)

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 03:03 UTC as 1st comment
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malabito: I don't understand the criticism. This is an amazing camera for the price. Buy it with the 35mm 1.8 DX lens and you have a great machine for street and carrying around. 24mp and no Olpf. I had many expensive cameras, and never used most of the items the functionalities they come with. I just want aperture priority, auto iso, and manual functions. If you want more things pay more :)

The question I have is how reliable these cameras are.

The fact that this cam will outsell every Pentax dSLR really speaks to the distortions that a 'big name' has brought to this market. Pentax was as big a name as any in my day (and most folks' grandparents day). Now Nikon could slap its name on a Lego camera and sell a bunch. Oh maybe they already did that?

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 15:01 UTC
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Marty4650: ...thus making the Sony A6300 seem like a raging bargain with a lot more features....

In every single area except "battery life."

..nor do they swap out the kit lens, therefore why have dust removal?

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 14:56 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: when studio lenses retire (202 comments in total)

Still several classic K-mount lenses in hand here, plus a couple of T-mount telephotos. My most curious lens is the JCPenney 80-200 f/3.5, an M42 zoom with 9 aperture blades and a tripod mount. As you noted it's the flare from older coatings that dSLRs reveal readily.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2016 at 03:01 UTC as 41st comment
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