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On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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odpisan: .

Fuji X-Pro2 .... 2480
Sony A7R II .... 2159
Sony A6300 ... 2128

Pentax K1 .... 2102 & rising

I bet that
next week Pentax K1 will have over 2500 comments.

And 10 percent of comments are by DPReview staff.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 20:13 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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Richmondthefish: As a Pentax user I don't understand the fuss about the review. Honestly guys, Rishi Sanyal's findings seemed to match the general overall assessment that i've read from other reviewers like Tony Northrup. The general theme about the K1 is that it has a weak auto-focus compared to it peers. They all say it's built like a tank and the body itself is a great value with excellent image quality.

Damien is a top notch writer.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 20:11 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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caver3d: To DPR: Glad to see you dropped the "poor" wording regarding the AF. Very "poor" choice of words. Be careful, as you can easily create a firestorm with sweeping comments like that (which are not true).

Pentax K-1. Yes, Ricoh Pentax, no good deed goes unpunished. This was a remarkable achievement by Pentax, an enthusiast's brand.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 17:53 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)

If I could get 80 percent of the quality of a Rolls Royce, Ferrari, whatever for 1/2 the price, I might consider it Golden?

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 15:39 UTC as 177th comment | 10 replies
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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Petroglyph: Remember the Nikon D800/800E that got a 35 page review complete with instructions about how to set up all the menu items & what they do? A camera that had (known later) PDAF issues at the time. No wifi, no Pix shift, no 87 weather seals, no astro tracker, no GPS, no TaV, no tilt screen, no function lighting, no focus peaking, no adjustable brightness on the LCD screen, it did have USB-3, cough, what's up with that Pentax? You have USB-3 on the aps/c cams. Anyway, a fuzzy blow up of a soccer player's face 'proved' it could do AF tracking. D800/800E (3300$) conclusion:

82% Gold Award.

So many comments. Maybe, DPReview staff needed to take a step back and see what an extraordinary accomplishment this was for Pentax. Also, all the pre-reviews seemed to have a different tenor. Now that the GearShop is no more, maybe reconsider dribbling out the reviews bit by bit?

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 13:17 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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mxx: Well, as a Pentax user I'm convinced now that the K1 cannot take pictures of people on moving bicycles. But luckily that still leaves cars, aeroplanes, birds etc. So all is not lost.

Thanks for participating, Carey. My experience is limited to the low end of the digital spectrum. But I have found that no doubt Panasonic, and Sony in the earlier days of digital, have focus "knocked." But somehow Pentax and Olympus, in my experience, understand how to create a more pleasing, three-dimensional image quality.

E.g. I have the Olympus E-PL1 and Panasonic GF3 but the Olympus images are better.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 04:10 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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gravelhopper: There is not only the undifferenciated conclusions for AF. Also regarding pixel shift: why does DPR only test the limits of the system, going with its photographed subject almost beyond its stated scope of application? Your test is valid and appreciated. But why not also test with really still subjects having finest details? (the city scape picture is not suited since mostly lacking any relevant details. There are many better examples from users and other sites) Why not in addition show where Pentax implementation of pixel shift shines?

There is valid criticism, no doubt. But the sum of omissions and invalid criticisms leaves a bad taste.

Yes. Say I were a professional photographer and did an occasional studio work. This could give me great results. Not needing medium format. Also, I don't mind some shifting. Did lots of landscape photography with longer exposures. Having some things static, others implying motion can be a strength, not a "con."

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 04:06 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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Al wants a bagel: I think people are still angry after the debacle that was the pixel shift test. And I don't know why pixel shift is a con in the first place. That's like saying all Fuji cameras are bad because raw developers for X-Trans are still wildly inconsistent, and in some cases, not supported. And it's uses are limited, that is clear, but isn't that something that should be a plus? That they offer pixel shift should be a bonus, not derided as a feature that cannot be used in some cases.

Deriding the menu system and AF points selection? That is awfully subjective. I've found that over time, those have become second nature, and with so many features available at the press of an actual button, easily I find this camera to be more user friendly compared to my D750. And yes, there are many useful features in this camera not available on the D750. Like the outdoor view button, that button has become invaluable for outdoor shooting in my experience. So is having a dedicated GPS and WIFI button also.

I believe someone posted an example with a floral arrangement as an example. It was splendid. My question for DPReview: how much time do you spend on a particular form before writing the review.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 01:31 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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kobakokh: exept sport photography, this is a best camera in the world, and in studio or outside static situation you can get photos like medium format cameras, even better, by pixel-shift technology... camera is real weather-saled,... pentax 15-30 (=tamron 15-30/2.8) lens is BEST in class... with 24-70 and 70-200 + some lim and two macro lences you can get complete set for any kind of photography except sport... and camera is just 1800 USD! For some other kind of photography there is Canon and Nikon systems in twice and more prices... Again: for landscape (including true astro!) and studio photographers nothing is better then this pentax... in the rain, cold weather there is nothing like this pentax, for high resolution and true colod photos there is nothing like this pentax, and there is nothing in this price also... take it and go to photography...

What you are defining is VALUE. Well-done.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 17:46 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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K1000usr: I must thank the DPR staff for doing a thorough job of testing the camera!

It is unfortunate that a test by experts, who regularly test different brands, doesn't meet the observations/expectations of Pentax-ians. I doubt these fans have much experience in testing cameras!

Pentax dSLRs in the past have had awful auto focusing, and I have two of them. Not only that, flash integration is very poor. Pentax has traditionally been poor in supporting AF, whether somebody is using their camera for sports or not -- it is possible that many people have not really seen what a Nikon 810 focusing capacity is!

I love Pentax FF special lenses like 31mm and 77mm, they are superb. But Pentax in releasing their FF camera might have had a deadline to meet, and they couldn't rev up the AF module again.

Judging from the superior Dynamic Range of K-1, it is quite possible the next rev of K-1 will have much superior AF capabilities!

Good job, DPR, in focusing on the important issue :-)

Wow. Could this be an editor's pick?

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 16:58 UTC

Would like a comparison with Merrill sensor.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 20:30 UTC as 87th comment | 3 replies
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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drummercam: Recent review titles: "Benchmark Performance": "Nikon D810 review; Setting new standards": "Nikon D5 Review; Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review."

Why am I not surprised at the slightly pejorative question mark in "Special K? Pentax K-1 Review"? Riffing on a cereal brand for a title is cute, but just a little off-key, given the innovations and ergonomics of this camera, IMHO.

Pentax has in fact knocked it out of the park, if "first time at bat" is a point one wishes to stand on.


Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 17:09 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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Roadrunnerdeluxe: I really don't care about the AF rating, that's fine by me. I rarely have to chase buildings or landscapes.

What irks me though is the paradox pixel shift criticism. As far as I know no other camera (besides Oly in a different implementation) has this feature. Everybody pi**es their pants over the picture quality one gets from pixel shift (yes, with application limitations, point taken).

It's almost like somebody builds the first car with an additional fuel cell at 2/3 of the price of a regular car just to get knocked that it can only use hydrogen.

Yes. DPReview doesn't really get it. Why, in such a mature and boring segment, this camera has generated so much great buzz.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 16:17 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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gravelhopper: Why would I be interested in users of other brands to "convert" to Pentax? Would it help me make better pictures with my Pentax camera? Obviously no. Would it make me feel better about myself? Luckily no.

Ricoh Pentax has done a superb job in defining its niches and in producing a strong stream of new DSLRs.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 00:32 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)

GOLD based on the images others have posted on the Internet.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 18:08 UTC as 398th comment
On article You've got mail: Five photo postcard apps tested (42 comments in total)

Very nicely done review. Neat approach of digital-2-physical.

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2016 at 21:28 UTC as 14th comment
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Gesture: Hardly museum quality.

Maybe. That specimen just doesn't look like collector's quality to me. But it does to someone. The issue isn't really historical significance.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2016 at 16:56 UTC

Hardly museum quality.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2016 at 20:34 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies
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Marty4650: I wonder if this technology could also disable the phone part of the smartphone? That could be very useful in places where cell phones are an annoyance. Like restaurants, libraries, funerals, churches or anywhere else where people enjoy sharing their conversations with the whole room.

All well and good until you miss that emergency call about .,...

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 00:35 UTC
On article The price is right: Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D Review (416 comments in total)
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noflashplease: I don't see any appeal to another limited functionality Rebel with a 2009 vintage sensor from the original 7D? Does it have micro focus adjustment? If not, it's isn't even useful as a back-up body. Pentax offers so much more at the low-end of the DSLR market.

In any case, this update isn't about consumers but about getting big box retailers to restock Canon product. Low end product cycles are more about selling inventory to Walmart than to informed consumers. After all, if it's on a shelf at Walmart, someone will buy it.... because it's sitting on a shelf at Walmart. The product itself doesn't really matter. The Canon T6 really doesn't matter.

If I were Ricoh-Pentax, I would do everything I could to get KS-2 into Costco, maybe even Walmart.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2016 at 20:55 UTC
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