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On article Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG DN sample gallery (DPReview TV) (198 comments in total)

Fans of the Gaussian Blur bokeh rejoice!

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2020 at 17:43 UTC as 18th comment
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KoolKool: omg....that silver grandpa's brick thing look beautiful, i wanna vlogging with it......

I have a silver K-1. Looks pretty darn close to my old manual, analog stuff. Besides, other manufacturers also release silver cameras, like Fujifilm.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2020 at 12:52 UTC
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drummercam: It was quite churlish of DPR to put up only the silver photo here, since the release of the silver simultaneously with the black was clearly stated as a "maybe" in the video. I expect it will be ready, but the black model was the one featured in the video, and DPR has photos of the black one available. DPR works really hard to generate criticism of Pentax, and the obsessive silver haters have certainly complied below. I've had the silver K-3 since its release and worked it quite hard. The paint looks good and is highly durable. Not a thing wrong with it at all.

As a Pentaxian, I'm confused by your comment @drummercam. You're only contributing to already terrible image of Pentax users. How's putting the silver camera image for an article on a video, where silver was one of the main themes "working hard to generate criticism"? Maybe you should contact Ricoh and tell them not to release silver camera, if you think images of it "generate criticism"? Also, did you miss all those times where DPR has put news about the K-new with the black camera in the leading image?

I'm out of words just like you, Barney. Thank you, DPR folks for the attention you give to Pentax, despite the tinfoil hat brigade's best efforts.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2020 at 09:25 UTC

They say that this "high refraction glass" in the pentarprism allows high magnification with sufficient eye relief.

If that would lead to fullframe viewfinder with over 0.8 magnification and 100% coverage, then that's a win. A "win" that would maybe have had significant impact ten years ago, but a welcome one nonetheless.

The silver versions of the lenses look weird. Silver limiteds are fine, but these, I'm not sure about that. On the plus side, if this paint is the same grade as one used for limiteds, then it will age better (the black ones are more prone to accumulating usage marks).

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2020 at 17:52 UTC as 90th comment | 1 reply
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cdembrey: If you know what you are doing, there should be no surprises when shooting film. If you understand light, there is no reason for *dodge & burn.*

Just look at Hollywood movies from the 1940s, 1950, 1960s, 1970s, etc, etc. *Color Timing* (now called grading) was for scene to scene color matching. If you couldn't do near perfect work, no-one would hire you—simple as that.

I h8t grain! Therefore I like C41 B&W and Ektar color. I like *results* and have NO interest in *process,* therefore I've stopped shooting film. Out of curiosity I'll shoot a roll of 35mm Bergger 400 B&W when I get a chance https://bergger.com/nos-produits/films.html For me that's the end of film—it's too effing expensive.

Today I'm a lot more interested in pushing the boundaries of iPhone photography. No more will I waste my time with either film or digital ILCs—been there done that, no need to repeat. Your Mileage May Vary.

If it's just for money, than there are way more profitable jobs out there, especially during times like this. Just sayin'

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2020 at 08:37 UTC
On article Ricoh introduces HD Pentax-D FA* 85mm F1.4 lens (468 comments in total)
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6x9: That's a MONSTER lens!
And beside this, it is an SDM drive again? No, thank you!
Pentax refused to recognize design flaw with their earlier SDM lenses failing in large quantities, did not offer a free fix after warranty (unlike Nikondid with their D610).
I will stick to my 77mm Limited for now.

Valuable post = a vent from a random user that's similar to yours. "Blurring floating sensor" so much substance in this I can literally drown in it. This is what you base your claims on? Can I dig up and show you all the hate flow towards Nikon, then?

Nah, I wasted enough time already. I ended up in a pseudodebate with a dude that once put K-1 II in his gear list just so he could rate it one star. Your posts are one of the reasons this community is increasingly seen as toxic. Why is it tolerated here by moderators will remain mystery.

Goodbye.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2020 at 18:18 UTC
On article Ricoh introduces HD Pentax-D FA* 85mm F1.4 lens (468 comments in total)
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6x9: That's a MONSTER lens!
And beside this, it is an SDM drive again? No, thank you!
Pentax refused to recognize design flaw with their earlier SDM lenses failing in large quantities, did not offer a free fix after warranty (unlike Nikondid with their D610).
I will stick to my 77mm Limited for now.

The difference to SDM is, that it was not only one product, but each and every SDM lens was flawed with such a limited lifetime."

None of the SDM lenses different from 16-50, 50-135 and 17-70 had a failure rate any bigger than Canon, Nikon or Sigma lenses. And if you say that the other lenses aren't reported a lot because they weren't used enough, then old SDM happened to fail when NOT used for a longer period of time. So no.

"I save my above two posts, so I'll have them ready for re-use when I need to comment the expectable press release about Ricoh quitting their Pentax camera business, when every Pentaxian asks in comments "but why" and "I'm so shocked and surpised"

Maybe wait until Nikon goes belly up, because following your "logic" their repeated failures with shutter, mechanically flawed lenses like 24-70 with chronic problems with stuck zoom ring (in a supposed workhorse of a lens) and wildlife-grade super expensive lenses that turn out decentered , is doomed indeed.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2020 at 18:01 UTC
On article Ricoh introduces HD Pentax-D FA* 85mm F1.4 lens (468 comments in total)
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6x9: That's a MONSTER lens!
And beside this, it is an SDM drive again? No, thank you!
Pentax refused to recognize design flaw with their earlier SDM lenses failing in large quantities, did not offer a free fix after warranty (unlike Nikondid with their D610).
I will stick to my 77mm Limited for now.

"It's oil on K-5 sensor".

It's nice that you don't read what you link to. There are links to Canon suffering from the same problem in their flagship at the time. And also Canon treated the matter professionally, while Nikon in their infinite egotism said "use a dust blower".

Also that K-5 problem came with the Sony sensor package, and didn't show up in any relevant quantities. As opposed to D600 shutter mech, that resulted in class action lawsuit and a state enforced ban on selling it in China.

"Just learned, also Pentax camera bodies (not just their SDM lenses) suffered from mass failures"

Repair of that thing is very simple DIY that costs around 20 bucks, because that's how much the spare part costs including shipping from China. And also, at least in Australia, Pentax repairs it free of charge out of warranty.

Indeed, what a failure. I mean, certainly a bigger shame than faulty shutter in a full frame camera that working pros often use as their daily driver, like D750.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2020 at 17:54 UTC
On article Ricoh introduces HD Pentax-D FA* 85mm F1.4 lens (468 comments in total)
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6x9: That's a MONSTER lens!
And beside this, it is an SDM drive again? No, thank you!
Pentax refused to recognize design flaw with their earlier SDM lenses failing in large quantities, did not offer a free fix after warranty (unlike Nikondid with their D610).
I will stick to my 77mm Limited for now.

"Pentax demonstrated a lack of mechanical development skills with lens parts. This is the main problem. Therefore, any future developments suffer from such lack of skills, as well. Regardless if they call an SDM again SDM, or bananacactus or whatever. Also completely other mechanical lens parts could be affected next time. Pentax just don't develop and test carefully in general, maybe."

As proven by D600 oil spitting shutter mech (never recognised by the manufacturer as oil btw, only "dust"), and D750 faulty shutter three(!) recall campaigns, Nikon demonstrated a lack of mechanical development skills with camera parts. This is the main problem. Therefore, any future developments suffer from such lack of skills, as well. Also completely other mechanical camera parts could be affected next time. Nikon just don't develop and test carefully in general, maybe.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2020 at 09:30 UTC
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cdembrey: If you know what you are doing, there should be no surprises when shooting film. If you understand light, there is no reason for *dodge & burn.*

Just look at Hollywood movies from the 1940s, 1950, 1960s, 1970s, etc, etc. *Color Timing* (now called grading) was for scene to scene color matching. If you couldn't do near perfect work, no-one would hire you—simple as that.

I h8t grain! Therefore I like C41 B&W and Ektar color. I like *results* and have NO interest in *process,* therefore I've stopped shooting film. Out of curiosity I'll shoot a roll of 35mm Bergger 400 B&W when I get a chance https://bergger.com/nos-produits/films.html For me that's the end of film—it's too effing expensive.

Today I'm a lot more interested in pushing the boundaries of iPhone photography. No more will I waste my time with either film or digital ILCs—been there done that, no need to repeat. Your Mileage May Vary.

"I like *results* and have NO interest in *process,* therefore I've stopped shooting film."

If you have no interest in the process, why shoot photos? Just wait for an AI-powered tech to do that for you.

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2020 at 19:30 UTC
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Funny Valentine: Film is the true photography. Film is a lot more natural looking, grain looks better than noise, and the resolution: 35mm film has a resolution equivalent to 87 megapixel. Digital can't never have 87 megapixel because of diffraction.

I find the 87 Megapixel claim very hard to believe, but there are some emulsions that have a lot of resolving power, notably black and white negative microfilms. Those unfortunately have a drawback of being inherently high contrast and having less dynamic range than standard B&W film.

That said, for prints up to A3, almost any modern ISO 100 small format film will do just fine, and for A2, 35mm chromes will be enough as well.

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2020 at 19:26 UTC
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biggercountry: I read this L.A. Weekly article a few years ago about the CD vs vinyl debate. The parallels apply here:

"As long as you can measure the difference, the CD will be better than the vinyl, absolutely," says Kees A. Schouhamer Immink, a former Philips engineer in the Netherlands, who was a member of the Sony/Philips task force that created the compact disc standards. "But if you say the whole experience — just like smoking cigars with friends — [is better], well, do it. Enjoy smoking cigars with friends, and drink beer and brandy and enjoy listening to an old-fashioned record player. But don't say the sound is better."

As opposed to vinyl vs cd, film emulsions still have some strictly technical advantages over digital. For example, negative film has better dynamic range in the highlights (way worse in the shadows though).

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2020 at 14:47 UTC

So, bringing all the arguments that have been repeated to death is supposed to "settle the debate once and for all"?

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2020 at 14:39 UTC as 220th comment
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HRC2016: No mention of the hazardous chemicals required for developing film. Film developers are exposed and the chemicals need to be disposed of.

The convenience and speed of digital can't be beat by film

I'm glad film is becoming extinct.

"I'm glad film is becoming extinct" really? Do you have data that compare all the impact on environment made by "hazardous chemicals" used in film photography to one made by mining rare earth minerals and everything required by production of digital photo gear?

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2020 at 14:33 UTC
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memee_meen: I thought Pentax would be out first.

"So Pentax attempted to steal design ideas from Milvius and Otus?"

Wow, you truly are commited to your quest. So commited in fact, that you're doing your best to twist my words just to make Pentax look bad.

Honestly, you're fixated on Pentax more than any extreme Pentax fan I have ever known. Maybe you should consider putting some of that energy to another area. Photography, for example.

I'll leave you to your own devices.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2020 at 22:30 UTC
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memee_meen: I thought Pentax would be out first.

Ah, I see. So you are on some kind of a mission. Truly, a superhero this forum deserves.

You don't have to worry about young people "entering the world of ambitious system camera photography". I was one of them 5 years ago and I have no regrets with my choice. I sold my old K-3 II (funnily enough, it hold value much better than Fujifilm X-T1 that I also considered as my first camera) and bought K-1 almost 3 years ago. I have pretty much all the lenses and flashes that I need, but looking forward to what Ricoh comes up with. The newest 85 looks neat, with optical design being a hybrid between Milvus and Otus, with autofocus.

However, who am I to stop you on your quest to save all those poor, innocent souls from grimdark future that is Pentax K mount.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2020 at 18:47 UTC
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memee_meen: I thought Pentax would be out first.

Not sure why you're so eager about your perceived demise of Pentax. Will another camera brand going down benefit the photographic community? Less choice is good?

My gear already earned its worth with pictures hanging in the living room and in albums. If for some reason Pentax goes under and stops doing repairs, I'll shoot with something else. Simple as that.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2020 at 17:38 UTC
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memee_meen: I thought Pentax would be out first.

@dpthoughts

Leica could have been bought by Zeiss, if they let them, but that was a matter of honor not to have that plan come to frution. Today, they still face problems which they try to mitigate by cooperation with Huawei (we'll see how that plays out, with no support from Google) and rebadging some stuff from Panasonic and Fujifilm. All those problems that Leica faces are not as much of an issue for Ricoh, as Ricoh Company does not depend on imaging and optical solutions in a way that Leica does.

Also, you say that it's a different market. It sure is, but the market in general is going towards low volume, high margin stuff. Ricoh knows this and it shows in their latest releases.

Hoya did a lot to damage Pentax, no doubt about that. They, as opposed to Ricoh, didn't care much about the imaging solutions. Ricoh's doing something about it. Not in a pace any Pentaxian would like, but they are.

Anyway, wasn't this thread about Olympus?

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2020 at 16:51 UTC
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memee_meen: I thought Pentax would be out first.

Leica rangefinder system is also 'embarrasingly oldschool' then.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2020 at 16:14 UTC
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EXX: Seems that after Samsung and Konica-Minolta, Olympus is now also on the way out.

What's 'clear' about that transition? A clunky adapter?

At least Canon's and Nikon's SLR are going to be developed for a while. As for Minolta mount cameras, they make Pentax look like a system with a bright future.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2020 at 16:08 UTC
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