Mr Darma

Joined on Feb 26, 2013

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On article Pentax KP Review (664 comments in total)

Weird and self contradictory review. Not at all helpful....

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2017 at 18:35 UTC as 38th comment | 1 reply
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (487 comments in total)
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Mr Darma: If you don't think vinyl sounds better than CDs or MP3s and you get crackles and pops on playback, get rid of the garbage turntable, arm and cartridge and get something worth listening to.

My turntable is a Linn Sondek LP12 with the ECOS 2 arm and Ortofon A90 cartridge....about 25K with the built in phono preamps.....not something to be harrumphed! :-))))
Anyway CDs cannot match LPs just as digital cannot match film....but of course analog is not as simple a medium. You have to know what you are doing and work for the results.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 01:56 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (487 comments in total)
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guy03: Excellent, honest article. Brief history, started out over 40 years ago with a Leica M2r. Got stolen, and after many absent years returned to photography with a wide assortment of Nikon dlsr cameras and lenses. Speaking of rangefinders, I managed to keep my father's Nikon SP with a 5cm Nikkor and a 3.5 cm Zeiss biogon.

To the point, with the digital I felt I could not recapture the magic I had with the rangefinders. Maybe it was laziness or sloppiness, but the images to me were somewhat lousy and getting boring.

I'm glad to see there is a legion out there of film users. You cannot duplicate the quality and artistic rendition of a Zeiss biogon lens. Anyways, thanks again for the great read.

All my Zeiss lenses are exceptional...the 80mm f/2.8 T* Planar on my Hassy is tough to beat. But after using all this stuff over the years and as much as I also love my Nikkors and SMCs, I can safely say that the Leitz 50mm f/2.0 Summicron Rigid from the 50s is the greatest, most artistic lens of any focal length I have ever used...

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2017 at 16:16 UTC
On article Leica M10 in Japan: Updated samples gallery (151 comments in total)

Nice samples. But they just look like more refined digital pictures. I still wouldn't trade one for my M2, M3, M6 and MD-2 with Portra or Superia.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2017 at 15:48 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (487 comments in total)

If you don't think vinyl sounds better than CDs or MP3s and you get crackles and pops on playback, get rid of the garbage turntable, arm and cartridge and get something worth listening to.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2017 at 15:42 UTC as 16th comment | 6 replies
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2674 comments in total)
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Steppenw0lf: Nice inexpensive camera, almost as in the good old times of the Pentax LX.
There are not many full frame AF lenses, but I still have a bunch of manual full frame lenses that I used with the LX. Any experiences with these older "A" lenses ?
There are many of the fast primes and long teles that are currently missing.

They will all work perfectly...and the Pentax focus beep makes critical focus a snap. I never miss with them on my istD or my MZ-S. Exceptional are the 50mm f/4 macro, 28mm f/2, 85mm f/1.8, 135mm f/2.5, 100mm f/4 macro, 35mm f/2...but they are all excellent as you have seen with the 15mm. They won't work in program or shutter priority....but aperture priority is the most useful anyway.
Some of the above focal length/aperture lenses are also available in M and A lenses but they are not the same. I was always careful to collect only the original K's except for the 200 macro which was only available in A*. The A*'s are all awesome but expensive and hard to find.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 12:32 UTC
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (890 comments in total)

Optical. Immediate. The image moves with you. You are there. EVFs are fine for watching TV.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2017 at 13:46 UTC as 329th comment
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2674 comments in total)
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Steppenw0lf: Nice inexpensive camera, almost as in the good old times of the Pentax LX.
There are not many full frame AF lenses, but I still have a bunch of manual full frame lenses that I used with the LX. Any experiences with these older "A" lenses ?
There are many of the fast primes and long teles that are currently missing.

I have a complete set of all the single focal length 1975-1976 "K" lenses. 15 to 300mm. All are excellent, a few are exceptional. Two "A" lenses...15mm f/3.5 A and 200mm f/4 macro ED A*...the macro is the best macro ever made...if you can get your hands on one. All these lenses gave excellent results on the istD, K10D and K70....and the images have character...not the glossy magazine look of modern lenses. I can't wait to try them on the K-01 which is coming.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2017 at 14:17 UTC

Nice looking camera. The shots look like your typical digital images.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2017 at 10:14 UTC as 55th comment | 3 replies

The samples are ridiculous!! I think I finally may abandon film. Or at least go 50/50...

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2017 at 17:49 UTC as 23rd comment | 3 replies

I'll start with these: https://www.flickr.com/photos/77844989@N07/23562364179/in/dateposted/ and then go on to my FA*. It took 12 years to accumulate the complete set of manuals from 1975. Payday is coming! :)

Link | Posted on May 15, 2016 at 11:57 UTC as 7th comment
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Nicolas Alexander Otto: Nice I've waited 5 years and then I finally gave up and switched to Nikon last summer. :/

a day late and a dollar short...but when it debuts (if it ever does), at least it won't be another of those mirrorless insects.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2015 at 08:53 UTC

Very impressive. Amazing what computers and material science can accomplish. Especially noteworthy is the lack of apparent distortion.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2015 at 12:40 UTC as 24th comment
On article Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM review (592 comments in total)

Sharp, great color, distortionless and exquisitely detailed. The bokeh is decidedly short of dreamy however....

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 17:58 UTC as 23rd comment
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Jonathan Lee: would it be full frame mirrorless and take k mount? i would hold on buying the other brand's FF mirrorless.

Correct. For example, if it's mirrorless, I will be looking elsewhere.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 20:00 UTC

It says DSLR so hopefully it will not be mirrorless. I have a complete set of 1975-1976 issue K mount lenses (not counting zooms) which were introduced with the K series cameras (24 in all). It took me 12 years to get them all and yes, some were pretty expensive. Finally I will reap my reward if this is true! :-)

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 20:27 UTC as 39th comment | 4 replies
On article Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path (1625 comments in total)

If you came from film, only full frame or better, the 645Z will really satisfy you. Down deep all you old film shooters know this is true. However many if not most photographers today grew up with digital for whom the smaller size of the APS-C or 4/3 formats hits the spot with no nagging regrets about image quality.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2015 at 02:29 UTC as 207th comment
On article Hands-on with the Pentax K-S1 (350 comments in total)

I'm inclined to believe that this will go the way of the K-01 (which was a much better camera than it's fate). As a dedicated lifelong Pentax shooter with 5 bodies and 30 lenses, I gave up on APS-C and am back shooting film on my MZ-S, PZ1-p and ZX-5n.....patiently waiting for the much rumored and perhaps never to happen full frame K-1. I wish the effort by Ricoh/Pentax had been directed thus rather than on this blingy little thing.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2014 at 15:38 UTC as 16th comment | 4 replies
On article Zeiss introduces 'no distortion' Otus 1.4/85mm (340 comments in total)
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Sandyramirez: I bet it takes amazing shots and has creamy bokeh

The Otus lenses are made by Cosina. I have been involved in product design for 4 decades. If you design it, you make it...or you don't really know it...period. I have many Nikon and Pentax lenses....all made in Japan...Leica lenses all made in Germany or Leitz Canada. For me there are no exceptions. The OTUS lenses should be made by Zeiss...not Cosina.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 00:09 UTC
On article Zeiss introduces 'no distortion' Otus 1.4/85mm (340 comments in total)
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Sandyramirez: I bet it takes amazing shots and has creamy bokeh

pity that these lenses are not actually manufactured by Zeiss...a great Japanese contract manufacturer for sure....but still not Zeiss.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2014 at 13:06 UTC
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