Madaboutpix

Madaboutpix

Lives in Germany NW, Germany
Works as a teacher of English and Geography, secondary level
Has a website at needacreate.com
Joined on Apr 26, 2012
About me:

An amateur travel-slash-family-journalist photographer who just needs to create and share. Am based in Germany's beautiful Lower Rhine region.

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On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1539 comments in total)
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thegreat26: Who turned @dpthoughs off?
I started to worry.....

At some point of my use of the internet I learnt to distrust total-and-persistent hate comments and user reviews. More often than not, the people writing them are pursuing some sort of vendetta, often with limited user experience of the product, dismissing that their might be a learning curve before you get the best from it, quoting selectively from lab tests that of course confirm their conclusions, and the like.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2018 at 11:47 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1539 comments in total)
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ecka84: And the "Overall Score" still doesn't make any sense whatsoever :).
So, K1II's messed up image quality, AF system, etc. are not as messed up as 6DII's (for example), but then why it got 1% lower score? Are the "bells and whistles" more important than the actual images and usability these days?

@dpthoughts: Nah, considering the general unworthiness of anything Pentax and the sorry pee-ons who use it, the score should have been in the low twenties, or even lower!

Hmm, yet somehow, for no particular reason, some photogs out there are still shooting these cameras and lenses, and - wait for it, that's the best part! - they even manage to take the occasional accomplished photo with them. Strangely enough, they may not feel their gear is curbing their creativity, but instead helping them to express it.

Seriously, do you ever tire of your keyboard warfare and negativity? I don't know what you are shooting, nor, frankly, do I care. I'm just curious why you are focussed so much on gear and putting down particular gear, and so little on creating? Life can be fun, you know ...

Link | Posted on May 13, 2018 at 22:09 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1539 comments in total)
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ecka84: And the "Overall Score" still doesn't make any sense whatsoever :).
So, K1II's messed up image quality, AF system, etc. are not as messed up as 6DII's (for example), but then why it got 1% lower score? Are the "bells and whistles" more important than the actual images and usability these days?

'Are the "bells and whistles" more important than the actual images and usability these days?'

Er, to the majority of camera buyers, sadly, they are. Almost as important as wearing the camera strap with the right logo on it. Fact.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2018 at 12:22 UTC
On article Sample gallery: Pentax K-1 II (155 comments in total)

Thanks for making the sample images available prior to your full review of the camera. IQ looks very promising, from what I see.

Can't understand some of the posters' complaints about the colours being oh-so off or over-/undersaturated. Not only does the colour fidelity that you are seeing strongly depend on your monitor and its calibration, but colour profiles by software manufacturers will already be in the making, and I bet the K-1 II's DNGs will rock big time in post.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2018 at 14:26 UTC as 6th comment

Wish them all the best for restructuring, and am looking forward to them further evolving their great PhotoLab and Nik Collection software suites.

What the habitual haters don't get is that choice actually enriches photography.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2018 at 16:37 UTC as 34th comment

Thanks for covering this, DPReview. Even if Dynamic Pixel Shift Resolution mode does not work under all circumstances, it seems to be a worthwhile addition to the feature set. Would be interesting to know at what ISO the fruit display at the market was shot, but I think it looks pretty amazing.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2018 at 06:37 UTC as 17th comment
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ZilverHaylide: Mr. Arai looks worried.

So I'll repeat what I've said previously: Pentax should make agreements with lens OEMs such as Tamron, Sigma, and Tokina whereby those companies would make many more of their better lenses available in K-mount, branded and sold as Tamrons/Sigmas/Tokinas. The customer would certainly get much better warranties and probably pay less than with the present arrangement; the current rebadging scheme just frosts my b*lls. And with Pentax presumably providing the full lens-body interface protocols to these lens OEMs, the customer would also have better lens-body compatibility and assurance of upgrade capability than with the reverse-engineering that occurs when these secondary lens manufacturers create unlicensed versions in Canon and Nikon mount.

Pentax could thereby very quickly flesh out its lens options, and could concentrate its obviously-limited R&D and manufacturing capabilities on truly innovative new camera bodies, which has traditionally been its strength.

Capable lenses with true character, particularly prime lenses, be it their Limited or * lenses, to name just a few more recent lines, have actually been a Pentax forte for much of its history. And what makes you believe Mr Arai to look worried, apart from your obvious agenda, eludes me.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2018 at 22:20 UTC
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Madaboutpix: A simple thanks for including Ricoh/Pentax in your interviews, DPReview.

Reading some of the comments, I can't help wondering about the source of all that bashing of, impatience with, and whining about all things Pentax. As far as I am concerned, as someone who has been happily shooting Pentax DSLRs and lenses for nine years now, I see nothing in the interview that would discourage me from going on to do so.

Yes, Ricoh Imaging remains a niche player, which means they cannot and will not roll out a stream of built-in obsolenscence product at breakneck speed, but they seem to have a strategy and some nice stuff coming and more under development.

There is a remedy for the negativity out there: grabbing your existing Pentax and Ricoh gear and creating the stunning photography that it will deliver in capable hands any day.

Oh, I've been around here quite a while, actually. But I still find the keyboard warfare baffling whenever I go here. How can people be so much preoccupied with incrementally-improving gear, and so little with photography? ;)

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2018 at 22:05 UTC

A simple thanks for including Ricoh/Pentax in your interviews, DPReview.

Reading some of the comments, I can't help wondering about the source of all that bashing of, impatience with, and whining about all things Pentax. As far as I am concerned, as someone who has been happily shooting Pentax DSLRs and lenses for nine years now, I see nothing in the interview that would discourage me from going on to do so.

Yes, Ricoh Imaging remains a niche player, which means they cannot and will not roll out a stream of built-in obsolenscence product at breakneck speed, but they seem to have a strategy and some nice stuff coming and more under development.

There is a remedy for the negativity out there: grabbing your existing Pentax and Ricoh gear and creating the stunning photography that it will deliver in capable hands any day.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2018 at 17:28 UTC as 46th comment | 4 replies

Had already ended my subscription in the light of the 500px.me-Chinese-sister website crap and the recent price hike.

Now a clean Chinese takeover. How am I supposed to trust a business hosting and supposed to protect my images when it is based in a country where companies are more and more becoming extensions of totalitarian state influence? Where the political leader has just declared himself dictator for life? And big data offered as a sweetener for remaining? C'mon.

Just deleted my 500px account. Good luck for everyone who stays.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2018 at 21:37 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On photo Swan Lake in the Fall Time Snow challenge (4 comments in total)

Wow, what an impeccable composition, wam7! Frankly, I wasn't prepared for hitting on a gem like this between the usual drabness of photo industry news. Well done.

Link | Posted on Jan 2, 2018 at 14:12 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Madrid subway in the Your City - Public Transport challenge (6 comments in total)

Stunning image, no doubt. Perfect moment, impeccable composition and technique. Love it.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2017 at 00:02 UTC as 1st comment
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aegarcia: Waiting for the your review of 11-18mm F2.8 hoping its better on all aspects than my DA 15mm F4 Limited. Already an F2.8 should gather more light than my F4

You make it sound as if the DA15 was a lackluster lens "on [in?] many aspects". I beg to differ. While it is perfectly possible that your personal copy happens to be decentred or otherwise defective, my smc copy happens to be a solid performer that delivers (once you stop it down a little) more than enough resolution, microcontrast in spades, beautifully saturated colours, low and easy-to-correct distortion, and a degree of flare resistance that I haven't seen in any other wideangle lens that I've used. Did I mention the gorgeous starbursts? And you get all of this in a beautifully crafted, compact lens.

Admittedly, it's not a fast-aperture lens, and the upcoming DA*11-18 F2.8 is certainly a welcome addition.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2017 at 23:32 UTC
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Benjamin Kanarek: Very nice Tamron & Tokina re-badged lenses. Should be really good then.

If the implication is that Pentax isn't capable of producing great lenses themselves, you're mistaken. (On what in-house-designed Pentax lenses that you have personally used are you basing your statement, I wonder.) But, yes, like many Japanese companies, Pentax/Hoya/Ricoh have cooperated with other companies in the industry and will likely continue to do so.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2017 at 23:11 UTC
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Madaboutpix: Much-anticipated and welcome additions to the K Mount line-up. And they made both of them their top-tier ★ lenses. Seriously, what is there not to like?

Of course, the ultimate proof of the pudding is in the eating, which we'll have to delay a little, but I'd rather Ricoh take their time and let their engineers make those lenses as good as possible. Particularly welcome the super-wideangle zoom which fills a genuine gap in the APS-C range.

So, why so much negativity around here?

You do enjoy photography, do you? Just wondering.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2017 at 17:57 UTC

Much-anticipated and welcome additions to the K Mount line-up. And they made both of them their top-tier ★ lenses. Seriously, what is there not to like?

Of course, the ultimate proof of the pudding is in the eating, which we'll have to delay a little, but I'd rather Ricoh take their time and let their engineers make those lenses as good as possible. Particularly welcome the super-wideangle zoom which fills a genuine gap in the APS-C range.

So, why so much negativity around here?

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2017 at 10:01 UTC as 19th comment | 2 replies
On article Pentax KP sample gallery (96 comments in total)

Thanks a lot for making those samples available - great job, DP.

Played around with some of the DNG files in DxO OpticsPro 11 and must say am pretty pleased with the high-ISO image quality I'm seeing. Something unthinkable on my K-3 like ISO 8000 looks perfectly usable on the KP!

Can't wait to see a K-3 II successor with that or even a-tad-better-quality output. Well, actually I will probably accentuate expanding my lens kit for the time being, but it still would be great to know there is a replacement body waiting for my K-3, if need be, though the latter is still kicking as on day one.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 20:04 UTC as 1st comment
On a photo in the Canon EOS Rebel SL2 (EOS 200D) sample gallery sample gallery (8 comments in total)
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Petak: That picture is pretty ugly, to be honest.

Er, actually I don't. She is not urinating (kidding), nor is she exposing anything we shouldn't see. Rather, she is allowing us a glance at her tattoos, without being too obvious about it. She may be cooling her hands in the brook water and enjoying it, or contemplating something in the water, but we cannot be sure because we don't get to see her complete hands, which may be a minor composition flaw.

For images of such outings, be it just for memory purposes or lifestyle, I would always prefer natural poses, often the model doing something plausible or expressing an emotion, over studied poses of any kind.

BTW, she likely isn't an experienced model, just someone who enjoyed the trip, and part of the attraction of the shot is that we sense this and get to share the experience. (At least, that's how it works with me.)

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2017 at 18:54 UTC
On a photo in the Canon EOS Rebel SL2 (EOS 200D) sample gallery sample gallery (8 comments in total)
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Petak: That picture is pretty ugly, to be honest.

I beg to differ. It isn't ugly, not to me at least. It is about natural beauty, the light, the location, the moment. (And no, I think I'm not confusing physical attraction with photographic merrit.)

Could it be better? Possibly, with a bit more highlight preservation and slight tonal tweaks, and if her fingers and toes weren't cut off. But those are minor gripes. Even as it is, the image speaks to me.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2017 at 13:11 UTC
On article Study: people don't actually like looking at selfies (206 comments in total)
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cshyde: Austria, Germany and Switzerland? The three countries where almost everyone has a stick up their ass? They don't like selfies because they don't like fun, of any kind, i really mean that. Name one German, Swiss or Austrian comedian. Ever met a Swiss tourist in a bar in Miami? The only thing annoying about selfies are selfie sticks which thankfully have been banned in most places.

Now that's a truly scientific sample: some barflies in Miami. No comedians of their own? What a Spicer!

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 22:55 UTC
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