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Pentax SLR 1983-2000; digicams 2000-07; Alpha A200 2008-09; back to Pentax 2009 to present. Now shooting NX300 and ePM2.


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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
In reply to:

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 (203 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 40th comment
On article 2016 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $800-1200 (216 comments in total)

Interesting discovery by Pentax users: the included software can perform motion-correction with the K-3ii in Pixel Shift full-color mode. That feature was considered unique to the K-1 which can do it in-camera, but the feature is duplicated in the SilkyPix version included by Pentax and works with Pixel Shift files from both cameras. That discovery just saved me about $1000.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 15:26 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2663 comments in total)
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tassosDA: This is a good and honest review. I really hope that Pentax will work hard to improve it's AF system and make it compare with best in class, and NOT with previous generation Pentax AF!! Basically its the last point of criticism (together with video specs) of an otherwise excellent camera...
Com' on Pentax, give us top notch auto focus...

it's not clear (to me) in the reviews if they adjusted any Focus Hold or Expanded AF area paramaters in the AF tests. Did I miss that or did they just shoot at default AFc settings, whatever they may be?

And all my Pentax bodies were set to zoom to 4.7x (I think) as the first playback zoom step. I'd be amazed if Ricoh decided that was not of value in the K-1..

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 19:08 UTC
On article YoCam is world's smallest waterproof 'life' camera (28 comments in total)

My YoCam arrived today. It will do just fine for what I need it to do, since I have other cameras to do other work. It updated FW and linked to my phone with little effort. Should be fun for snorkeling and other typically camera-averse fun.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 19:55 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Pentax K-1 Pixel Shift: An update (96 comments in total)
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brycesteiner: I get the point of Pixel Shift on Olympus: It gives 4x the resolution of the standard sensor, but I don't get the reason in this camera. At 36MP it's fantastic already and I don't see that it will have 4x the resolution like Olympus. So what is the point of Pixel Shift on this camera?

Here is the website:
"The K-1 uses the latest super-resolution technology, which captures four images of the same scene by shifting the image sensor by a single pixel for each image, and then synthesizes them into a single composite image. Since the K-1’s SR unit has a flexible design that tilts the image sensor unit in all directions, it provides a host of handy shooting functions, including auto level compensation, image-composition fine-adjustment, and ASTRO TRACER, which simplifies advanced astronomical photography using a built-in GPS module."

The camera looks amazing. I'm just confused on what Pixel Shift does because from the comments it doesn't sound like the picture is 4x the size.

It allows red green and blue color information to hit every pixel, in essence removing the Bayer color array from the equation. It could be done with three shots in theory since four shots gets two green. If you read about the Foveon sensor that Sigma uses it always gets great color-fidelity marks. It provides data above and beyond mere pixel-count, which is why Sigma states their cameras as providing 2-3x the pixels to try and level the 'playing field'. However - with four shifted images the raw process gets complicated.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2016 at 00:02 UTC
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FastGlassLover: I'd switch if they had lenses to cover the lenses I use. Yes I checked, no they don't. Killer camera!

While it won't replace thin-DoF images, this sensor performance allows most of us to manage with slower glass and still get excellent results. Hopefully R/Pentax will add lenses for FastGlassLovers such as yourself. :-)

Link | Posted on May 9, 2016 at 15:46 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Compact Enthusiast Zoom Cameras (290 comments in total)

It's always weird when reviewer-defined series overlap. It's hard to consider one of these without including a small ILC that can do very similar things yet swap in a different lens when the need arises. Especially when some of these are $700 and more.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2016 at 03:17 UTC as 46th comment | 3 replies
On article Look Sharp: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85/GX80 video preview (130 comments in total)
In reply to:

mikey fried: good video - short and sweet - more like this please!

And yes I'm sold on the camera, will probably replace my G7 as prefer the form factor and stabilised 4K is a winner. Just a shame about the type of viewfinder.

You also gain 'shutter shock' immunity, in theory. That would be a very good thing!

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2016 at 00:15 UTC
On article UPDATED: CP+ 2016: shooting the Pentax K-1 in Yokohama (378 comments in total)
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SungiBr: @Carey Rose

"One downside of these (really) old primes - no metering. None. Not even an aperture measurement on the Raw files"

Good pictures and nice article, but you might want to know.

As usual on all Pentax cameras, you can meter with non-A lenses.

In Manual Mode, select the desired aperture with the ring and push the Green Button. The camera will stop down and meter the apropriate shutter speed.

Works elegantly fast and accurate. But you have the annoyance of not knowing the apertures used.

Note that having a lens with an 'A' setting allows for automation but you do need to set the ring to A or it will be a fully manual-metering lens. That's obvious to most folks but it should be clearly stated, as only when set to A on the ring (where it locks into place) will the data flow :-)

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2016 at 05:27 UTC
On article The long, difficult road to Pentax full-frame (617 comments in total)
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Richard Murdey: "Pentax planned to release a FF dSLR in 2001, they even had it on display. Then they killed it. Then they released medium format cameras. Then they released the K-1".

It would have been nice if you'd managed to flesh that out a little with something we didn't know. Why was the K-1 delayed? How long was the K-1 in development. What changes did it go through? What were the major challenges?

Nikon gave an interesting behind the scenes look at the Df development back when it came out (to dcwatch iirc), so there is a precedent...

Pentax has released new K-1 specific web pages that will be covering much of the history; perhaps Barney knew that..

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2016 at 00:02 UTC
On article The long, difficult road to Pentax full-frame (617 comments in total)

Nice write-up, and from the heart as you say at the end. I've planned to be an APSc-for-lifer, having tried many smaller sensors and just not been smitten despite the advantages. And 36×24 really held no interest, nice images but too much more bulk.

And yet..
5-stop SR for any lens I chose to pop on (even my JCPenney 80-200/3.5)? Enhancements like PhaseShift update, screen dimming and tiny LEDs for dark imaging? Real tethering, and my choice to crop images with crop-sensor lenses? The best of Pentax core features plus some surprises that really strike me.

Many of the new features are not built with me in mind, and video is still just where Pentax has always said it would be: available but not a headline. But wow, something for everyone exists with the K-1. Ricoh did well.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 23:44 UTC as 67th comment

Plenty of great video options now to supplement my Pentax K∙50 with its relative lack of advanced video features. Despite its name I feel the YoCam is more interesting for my purposes with its size & submersible + time-lapse options, but I'll keep watching for a while..

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2016 at 18:21 UTC as 8th comment

No QXD cards? how confusing..

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 03:37 UTC as 16th comment
On article Sigma 20mm F1.4 'Art' lens real-world sample gallery (137 comments in total)

Guess I'm too old to get the allure of really fast WA lenses. Bokeh was never among my reasons to shoot wide, and size matters to me so Pentax 15mm f/4 or the 10-17 fisheye zoom will do fine. I'd like my entire set of lenses to weigh 950g!

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2016 at 23:24 UTC as 13th comment | 5 replies
On photo 91015 Mt. Garibaldi in the The Cascade Volcanoes - Pick your challenge winner challenge (4 comments in total)

Excellent choice of peaks, and great image! I must visit Garibaldi some day soon.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2016 at 20:03 UTC as 1st comment
On article Opinion: Pour one out for Samsung cameras (324 comments in total)

Maybe it's time for Pentax to reopen its cooperation with Samsung? Help to relieve them of some spare gear they no longer want? :-)
Just dreaming.

Despite the Samsung silence I repurchased the NX300, a really capable camera with some great tiny lenses. The S series zooms may be excellent but are way too heavy for the thin-grip models; the 16-50PZ on those bodies can do great things.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2016 at 00:07 UTC as 11th comment
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