walgarch

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Suave: Should we expect the Firefly version to have life expectancy of 2 years?

Only if you encounter a Fox

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 10:53 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2663 comments in total)
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Smaug01: A really well-balanced review, as usual. Nice job, guys.

@Rishi

Also Rishi, I kind of take offence that you would think I'm trying to make you guys look bad. Have a look back at my comments and you'll see I'm a pretty positive guy. Not everyone here is trying to make you look bad, and most pentaxians realise that every camera has it's short comings.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 07:30 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2663 comments in total)
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Smaug01: A really well-balanced review, as usual. Nice job, guys.

@Rishi

"single point continuous autofocus seemed to be the most effective way to utilize the AF system found on the K-1, but even that failed about half of the time during our AF bike test"

I'd never knowingly deceive anyone, but you're quite right. I misspoke, the 50% success rate was from AF-C not AF-S.

I still stand by my original assertion though. A 50% success rate is extremely low, even with AF-C, and goes against my experience with the camera

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 06:53 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2663 comments in total)
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Smaug01: A really well-balanced review, as usual. Nice job, guys.

I'd have to agree! The mood of the review is pretty positive. Sad that the guys had trouble when reviewing the AF. 50% keep rate on AF-S is horrible! I've never had that happen on my K1

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 03:45 UTC
On article D500 owner formally accuses Nikon of false advertising (475 comments in total)
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Cultured Vulture: Good, I can sue Sony for their claim that the A6300 has the "Worlds Fastest Autofocus" Only problem is it's only in an extremely narrow set of circumstances. I can claim damages because I bought one to shoot dog agility events and it's not the fastest at all.

Still seems misleading on the website

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2016 at 11:24 UTC
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whakapu: Ya gotta love Pentax. They're the anti-Canon. Where Canon's first thought is "how can we hobble this camera so it won't take sales from the next model up in our range" Pentax just seem to think "what else can we cram in this puppy". Why would you buy a K3II now? Pop-up flash, flippy screen, smaller form, hybrid AF, more advanced SR, more compact, possibly better noise reduction, and lower price against top screen, faster shooting and maybe better build. Pentax don't seem to care which we buy.

I think Pentax's modus operandi is to make a great camera and if it's better value than one of it's higher end cameras, then it updates that high end camera to make it worthwhile too.

I wouldn't be surprised if there was a K3II replacement in the works. Fingers crossed we get to see it before/at Photokina :D

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 00:34 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 Pixel Shift Resolution: Updated Field Test (211 comments in total)
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m43ismoretroublethanitsworth: As far as the bundled SilkyPix software; I used it over the course of 4 years on 4 computers and it is slow, in addition to being cumbersome. The fact that Lightroom doesn't handle Pixel shift properly, is more evidence that the technology just is not beneficial.

"The fact that Lightroom doesn't handle Pixel shift properly, is more evidence that the technology just is not beneficial."

Maybe not for the photography you care about, but I think you'd find some product and architectural photographers who would disagree

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2016 at 03:31 UTC
On article Waterfails: We test Pentax K-1's Pixel Shift (225 comments in total)

This test has legitimacy, but unfortunately the methodology is flawed.

There are going to be landscape photographers who are interested in this feature and it will influence their possible purchase.

Too bad ACR was used to do RAW conversion. It's obvious that it can't apply motion correction correctly. This flaw has been pointed out on various occasions in various posts and even in TheCameraStoreTV's review of the K-1 ( https://youtu.be/87yGmD71nyA?t=13m6s ) I would've hoped that DPR would be more thorough in this regard instead of giving the impression that pixel shift artefacts are more pronounced and ugly than they really are. And to also point out that applying motion correction via Pentax's silkypix program provides better motion correction than through the in camera JPEG conversion.

The cynic in me thinks the damage is already done and that people will assume pixel shift is not worth it; the optimist in me hope that Adobe will actually support Pentax features more thoroughly

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2016 at 01:29 UTC as 68th comment | 2 replies
On article Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II (534 comments in total)
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Mike FL: So, K-3.2 uses same sensor as old K3. Well let's see how dated K3 sensor vs Fiji's old/lowest-end Fuji X-A1:

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/image-comparison/fullscreen?attr18=lowlight&attr13_0=pentax_k3&attr13_1=fujifilm_xa1&attr13_2=fujifilm_xt1&attr13_3=fujifilm_xe2&attr15_0=jpeg&attr15_1=jpeg&attr15_2=jpeg&attr15_3=jpeg&attr16_0=12800&attr16_1=12800&attr16_2=12800&attr16_3=12800&normalization=print&widget=75&x=0.07533055257188802&y=0.512815730723348

Not good.

"What you are trying to say is that Pentax does not know how to make a decent JPEG engine. Fair enough!"

I'm making two points:

1. The Pentax JPEG conversion algorithm isn't that great
2. Your argument is critically flawed because you want to compare sensor performance but instead compare JPEG conversion

Nice try at going off on a tangent

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 07:08 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II (534 comments in total)
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Mike FL: So, K-3.2 uses same sensor as old K3. Well let's see how dated K3 sensor vs Fiji's old/lowest-end Fuji X-A1:

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/image-comparison/fullscreen?attr18=lowlight&attr13_0=pentax_k3&attr13_1=fujifilm_xa1&attr13_2=fujifilm_xt1&attr13_3=fujifilm_xe2&attr15_0=jpeg&attr15_1=jpeg&attr15_2=jpeg&attr15_3=jpeg&attr16_0=12800&attr16_1=12800&attr16_2=12800&attr16_3=12800&normalization=print&widget=75&x=0.07533055257188802&y=0.512815730723348

Not good.

Oh wow, a JPEG comparison. Something that has wholly to do with software conversion instead of sensor performance.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 06:16 UTC

Travel sized all weather flash?!? TAKE MY MONEY PENTAX!!!

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 00:17 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review (1320 comments in total)

This review is blowing my mind!

Canon 7d MkII:
84% Silver award

Pentax K3:
83% Gold award

I don't even...

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 05:41 UTC as 97th comment | 1 reply
On article Enthusiast interchangeable lens camera roundup (2013) (467 comments in total)
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ZoomZoom Diva: I bought the Sony a77MkII as a replacement for the antique Konica-Minolta 7D I was using for years. There is an adaptation curve to get used to the EVF over the optical I was used to, and a learning curve to adapt to how it shoots, but I am starting to prefer that it more precisely gives you what the finished product will look like over the OVF and I absolutely LOVE the articulated screen.

I bought mine at the end of June. How long does it take to test the camera?

If it's anything like the other camera reviews, it'll be when the competition has something better out

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2014 at 03:44 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T1 Review (656 comments in total)
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walgarch: I'm a Pentax user and I'm completely appalled by how some Pentaxians are acting. It's as if some people need something to complain about otherwise they're not happy.

I for one congratulate how well Fujifilm is doing. I believe in their philosophy as strongly as I do in Pentax's. But honestly, there are some users who are really killing my experience here on DPR.

Thank you for the review Andy!

I understand that by complaining about the complainers, I am too participating in the problem. I've kept my mouth shut for so long because of that. But when it's starting to affect my enjoyment of DPR, I'm sorry, but I need to say something. What I feel worst about is that I'm now derailing the X-T1 review thread.

I'm sorry, but I wont be engaging in anymore discussion here so I don't compound the problem.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 01:13 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T1 Review (656 comments in total)

I'm a Pentax user and I'm completely appalled by how some Pentaxians are acting. It's as if some people need something to complain about otherwise they're not happy.

I for one congratulate how well Fujifilm is doing. I believe in their philosophy as strongly as I do in Pentax's. But honestly, there are some users who are really killing my experience here on DPR.

Thank you for the review Andy!

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 00:35 UTC as 138th comment | 3 replies
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xmeda: Sigma, please stop making lenses for Nikon :D

Yes, because less competition is exactly what Nikon wants

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2014 at 23:59 UTC
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(unknown member): Nikon isn't the only large company that ignores a serious hardware defect that affects many people.

Apple had a problem with a third-party part in some of its MacBook Pro models. The part failure required replacing the entire motherboard which is an expensive repair.

The online reports about the problem continued for over a year before Apple announced a program similar to Nikon's. Unfortunately, Apple replaced the part with an identical part and some people experienced multiple failures.

To add insult to injury the warranty extension wasn't long enough. Some people experienced a premature failure after the warranty expired while others who had the part replaced under the extended warranty got burned again when it failed after the warranty expired.

The only people who think that Apple's solution was fair are those who think that the useful life of a high-end computer is only three years…

I do not recall if Apple was hit with a class-action lawsuit.

So the point you're making is that we shouldn't buy Apple either?

I don't think your apples to oranges comparison (I'm sorry, it's a really bad pun... but it works) is really suitable here. It just makes them both bad companies.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 21:52 UTC
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