Jonathan Wilson

Lives in New Zealand (Aotearoa) New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Joined on Mar 16, 2008

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On article Under pressure: Canon vs. Nikon in a hydraulic press (295 comments in total)

Well, apart from the initial cringing and clenching I went through, I enjoyed this!

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2016 at 02:12 UTC as 41st comment
On article Pentax K-1 Pixel Shift: An update (96 comments in total)

Good decision Barney. When I read the original I was wondering about a problem with RAW conversion (given that RAW contains the 3 separate images and JPEG looked better).

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2016 at 20:17 UTC as 50th comment
On article UPDATED: CP+ 2016: shooting the Pentax K-1 in Yokohama (377 comments in total)
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Peter Jonkman: Nice photos (and article!), but the motorbike sample appears to be fullsize rather than VGA size. Sorry, I saved that one for future reference ;)

Darn it! Missed it!

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2016 at 21:52 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2608 comments in total)
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agaoo: Why not 4K? :-(

Personally, I'm happy that Pentax puts an emphasis on still images over video. Even on my K-5 the video is good enough for occasional use. If I was serious about video, there are cameras dedicated to video.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 05:10 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2608 comments in total)
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Matthew Miller: The article notes: "and our initial impressions of shooting with one older 50mm Pentax prime aren't wholly encouraging."

That's because the classic 50mm f/2 is just plain, it pains me to say, not that great. I think it's probably even safe to say that it's the worst Pentax prime lens ever. Put that down and find the f/1.7 instead (still easily available for budget prices everywhere).

What I meant was the borders on APS-C with this lens are already not that great (which I would expect to be worse on FF).

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2016 at 22:43 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2608 comments in total)
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Matthew Miller: The article notes: "and our initial impressions of shooting with one older 50mm Pentax prime aren't wholly encouraging."

That's because the classic 50mm f/2 is just plain, it pains me to say, not that great. I think it's probably even safe to say that it's the worst Pentax prime lens ever. Put that down and find the f/1.7 instead (still easily available for budget prices everywhere).

Agree completely. Thats a relatively rubbish lens to put on a nice camera like this. Even on APS-C this lens is not stellar.

Update; Thanks for the DPR replies. Sure manual focus can be a challenge -especially without a split prism focus screen. I would hope focus peaking in LV would be a big help though?

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2016 at 22:36 UTC
On article New samples from the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens (232 comments in total)
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Jonathan Wilson: Looks great. I'm certainly looking for something around this focal length but sadly there are apparently no plans to make this in Pentax mount.

Scottelly, I could see the 35 not selling so well in Pentax because now there is some comparable AF competition at 35 (FA 31 f1.8 Ltd, FA35 f2, DA35 f2.4). However for 24mm this is not as much competition (second hand FA* 24 f2 or MF Samyang 24). The DA 21 is nice and small but slow, wider than 24, and of course not FF compatible.
So I think the Sigma 24mm could sell well in Pentax mount.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2015 at 18:49 UTC
On article New samples from the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens (232 comments in total)

Looks great. I'm certainly looking for something around this focal length but sadly there are apparently no plans to make this in Pentax mount.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2015 at 09:27 UTC as 16th comment | 6 replies
On article CP+ 2015: Hands-on with new Pentax K-S2 (171 comments in total)
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Alex Sarbu: DPReview, this is how it should be done:
http://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2015/02/09/pentax-k-s2-targets-the-family-photographer-with-handy-mix-of-enthusiast-co

Not your constant mockery.

Ha! Its even worse for DXO. Pentax (recent cameras anyway) specs there are highly inaccurate (in a negative for Pentax). I have pointed it out to them a couple times over the last couple of years but they never get fixed.
I guess its because they only take Nikon / Canon seriously due to their higher sales volumes.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 02:47 UTC
On article CP+ 2015: Hands-on with new Pentax K-S2 (171 comments in total)
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spidermoon: Like the K-S1, the DOF switch is replace by the video switch, and there is no dedicated button for dof check. Maybe nowdays it's an outdated feature since you can review your picture after taking it.

The DOF preview is one of those features I thought I would use quite a bit but in practice I have not used since I first got my K-5. Its pretty much as easy just to take a photo to check (you don't have the dim view finder to deal with).

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 02:20 UTC

Looks a nice lens. If they come out with a Pentax mount I would be tempted. There is no current Pentax 24mm - nearest is 21mm (APS-C).

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 07:20 UTC as 68th comment
On article Have your say: Best High-end ILC of 2014 (75 comments in total)
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agc73: Doesn't appear to be working. Nothing happens when I click to vote on the camera list.

FYI using Chrome on a MBA.

Yeah its not working for me either. Tried dragging with Chrome and Firefox

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 00:34 UTC
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RStyga: I wonder how this compares to the 18-135mm WR... 2mm difference is very close in FL, even when it's in the wide end and considering the 1.5X.

2 mm at the wide end is actually quite a bit.
Anyway I'm hoping it will be better optically than the 18-135 - at least Pentax seem to be positioning this lense above the 18-135.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 07:52 UTC
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Gosman: Too expensive. When on sale, the Pentax 16-50 constant 2.8 WR DA is about $900. That's what I'm waiting for!

The 16-50 is not a perfect lens though. The SDM puts me off for a start.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 07:47 UTC
On article Very flashy: Ricoh unveils Pentax K-S1 DSLR (197 comments in total)
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Jonathan Wilson: Can't people just get past the LEDs - you can turn them off if you don't like them! I can actually see a case for them sometimes when shooting children (or when you want to distract the subject).
Yes I realise this is largely a Canon / Nikon site. People were still moaning left, right and centre even when the K-3 was announced. And most of the people moaning have never even tried a Pentax camera. BTW I used to own Canon and I have tried Nikon cameras too.

Good point sandy. Although not for tripod work.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 22:06 UTC
On article Very flashy: Ricoh unveils Pentax K-S1 DSLR (197 comments in total)

Can't people just get past the LEDs - you can turn them off if you don't like them! I can actually see a case for them sometimes when shooting children (or when you want to distract the subject).
Yes I realise this is largely a Canon / Nikon site. People were still moaning left, right and centre even when the K-3 was announced. And most of the people moaning have never even tried a Pentax camera. BTW I used to own Canon and I have tried Nikon cameras too.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 23:28 UTC as 17th comment | 5 replies
On article Hands-on with the Pentax K-S1 (349 comments in total)

Apart from price (which is typically launched higher then rapidly drops - the K-50 price has already stabilised), this looks like a very capable entry level DSLR.
I'm pretty sure the Nikon D3300 etc don't have switchable low pass filter, 100% OVF or built in SR for a start so I'm not sure about your comment of them being equally capable.
Look forward to seeing some full reviews.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2014 at 22:20 UTC as 151st comment
On article Ricoh announces Pentax XG-1 superzoom (205 comments in total)
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Wye Photography: Sample images http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/english/products/xg-1/ex/ at ISO 100.

I really don't have to say anything more...

Hmmm - thanks for the link.
Looks a bit like my ISO3200 on my K-5. Hate to think what an ISO higher than 100 would look like.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 01:28 UTC
On article Nikon D4s unboxing: It's arrived! (258 comments in total)

Technically / functionally this looks a very capable camera - and thats what matters for professionals.
However aesthetically, I find these cameras pretty ugly. Maybe there is only so much you can do with a camera this size.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 22:06 UTC as 104th comment
On article Nikon D4s First Impressions Review (1032 comments in total)

Ugly (as the 5D is too) as ever but a nice camera never the less.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 08:00 UTC as 251st comment | 1 reply
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