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Pentax SLR 1983-2000; digicams 2000-07; Alpha A200 2008-09; back to Pentax 2009-16. Now shooting K-5, GX1+ GM1.


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Different tools for different views: wide action cam for video and 4:3 cam on a tripod for raw telephoto shots of corona and diamond ring. And much more real-time watching than i did in 1979!

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 02:33 UTC as 18th comment
On article SainSonic launches 50mm F1.1 lens for APS-C cameras (243 comments in total)

You forgot to mention the $0.50 shipping charge..

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2017 at 20:32 UTC as 45th comment
In reply to:

DPPMetro: Unfortunately, Pentax has nothing in this range because the K-3ii has been discontinued and a replacement is doubted to be on the horizon.

DPP - Wow I had no idea that Pentax users had such an effect on others :o

22cod - perhaps Ricoh is like us, spending a bit more than it can afford to make cameras as a hobby?

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2017 at 17:01 UTC
On article First pictures from the new Nikon 8-15mm fisheye (139 comments in total)
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GlobalGuyUSA: What focal length is a 15mm fisheye, if de-fished? 16mm? 17mm? 18mm?

My Pentax 17-28mm fisheye on APSc sensor shows left-right coverage similar to a 14mm rectilinear. Even at 28mm one gets wider coverage than a straight 28, though I don't have anything to compare it to.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2017 at 13:08 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $900-1200 (476 comments in total)
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AbrasiveReducer: Maybe you're counting the cost of a lens as well? The Pen F has always been $1199 and these days it's a grand. Might be a good choice for someone trying to keep the size and weight less than Fuji or Sony.

With equivalent lens attached, yes. That depends on how you define the magic word 'equivalent' however..

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2017 at 18:03 UTC
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Gesture: Interesting dynamics in the photo industry, as Pentax has brought forth quality product since Ricoh involvement and Panasonic has some of the most interesting, less like others platforms in a me-too industry. Getting EVFs in compacts so well is just one example. GH platform, of course, another. If I were doing Vlogging as a semi-living, the GH and GX (?) models would be of interest to me.

I've always really enjoyed my Pentax dSLRs - but I never ran into aperture-control block or SDM motor failure. Like Nikon and other systems, Pentax makes (high) quality products with the occasional issue. I'd love to own a K-1 with all its 'problems'! And I'd love to be an employee, a few more bucks in the bank and a K-1 employee discount.. ;)

Link | Posted on May 8, 2017 at 19:45 UTC

Did he really say G8? Which one is that in my country??
The language barrier is nothing compared to Lumix naming conventions in 2017..

Link | Posted on May 8, 2017 at 17:05 UTC as 43rd comment | 1 reply
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BrightTiger: Panasonic... for your p̶h̶o̶t̶o̶g̶r̶a̶p̶h̶y̶ video needs. He tries to placate the photo side but as one reads the rest of the article, there's no warm fuzzy that photography is anywhere near a priority. Yes the world is more video driven - no problem there. But for straight photography.. meh. Sort of the opposite of Canon and Nikon. But the trends favor videography so it's a money play.

Even more the anti Pentax, where video is available because ..well why not ;)

Link | Posted on May 8, 2017 at 17:02 UTC

I have Sony turned off in my headline-preference settings but your "enthusiasm" clearly trumps my settings. I am not reading this article, just posting my experience here so dpr will know something isn't working as expected.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 17:22 UTC as 127th comment

Wish it took my NX lenses.. I guess it does, for cold storage!

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2017 at 21:41 UTC as 27th comment
On article Pentax KP Review (662 comments in total)
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Kurt_K: Strange that there is no mention of video in the con list.

It's OK, pretty much any recent Pentax review will still cover their video specs. Definitely not a Pentax strong suit - effective but no bells and just one whistle ;-)

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 03:54 UTC
On article Pentax KP Review (662 comments in total)
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cosinaphile: ricoh just as leica has always respected their customers with dng files

not sure if pre ricoh pentax did it

interesting camera.... but i think having such a poor battery was unwise

Making it small forced the smaller battery into play. Add the grip and get the power back.. but lose the compactness. Always a tradeoff - but at least both options are available here.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 03:52 UTC
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (891 comments in total)

A poorly designed camera with my ideal VF is still of no value to me. It's one of many components to weigh in the choice of camera.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2017 at 23:40 UTC as 207th comment

I'm not sure I want to know how It recognizes those are boys and not girls..

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2017 at 17:04 UTC as 3rd comment
On article CP+ 2017: Ricoh teases upcoming D FA* 50mm F1.4 (95 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 6th 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 31st 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 21st comment | 3 replies
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