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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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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
On article 2016 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $900-1200 (347 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 39th comment
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2660 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 (351 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 64th comment | 3 replies
On article Look Sharp: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85/GX80 video preview (128 comments in total)
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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
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