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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 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
In reply to:

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 18th 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 (207 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
On article Hands-on with Ricoh's compact Pentax KP (638 comments in total)

To anyone a little into Pentax it is pretty clear that the KP is no direct K-3 II successor. If it was, they would have given it their more powerful DL-I 90 battery (rather than the D-LI 109), they would have opted for a longer-life shutter, they would have aimed at a higher frame rate, and possibly have made even more use of magnesium alloy in the construction.

These are just the most obvious specs and design decisions pointing in that direction. And then the manufacturer itself has announced it is not the said successor.

That Ricoh could be actually poised to establish a four-model line-up in its Pentax APS-C offerings, with the top-of-the-line model in development, may just be running against people's cherished preconceptions.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2017 at 18:40 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply

Yep, awesome resolution even at F1.4. Not so impressed by its colour rendition though, especially by the way it seems to mute blues and greens, if this should be what the lens typically does (and not a function of the shooting conditions). Forcing the light through fourteen elements may come at a price. BTW, in oder to be meaningfully called an "art lens", apart from Sigma's moniker that is, it would need a little more, well, character? But maybe that's just me.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2016 at 12:32 UTC as 35th comment | 2 replies
On article Shaking up the market: Pentax K-70 Review (366 comments in total)
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GarysInSoCal: SAD... four of the things I find MAJORLY important in my next DSLR camera purchase are 4 of the things this camera FAILED so miserably at... ELEVEN focus points (ridiculous when the competition has anywhere from 39 to 153)... battery life (400 shots/more ridiculous)... NO touchscreen (a option that I would have found majorly convenient to have)... and weight (substancially heavier than the competition... LOVE the price thou. SO PENTAX... back to the drawing board... come out with a K-80 that fixes all the problems listed above... at ALMOST the same cost... and bring your lens prices down somewhere close to Earth PLEASE!

Sigh (of exasperation): Another ardent measurebating believer in DxOMark's unfathomable wisdom. "Nikon and Sony are whoopin your [Pentax's] tail" with regard to high-ISO performance and dynamic range, you rant. At what price point? Are we talking RAW image quality? Real-world shooting?

Go live on in your supposedly superior SoNikon bubble, then. Reading this kind of offhand remarks reminds me of why I'm spending much less time on this website than I used to. Leaves me more time for meaningfully engaging with photography, really.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2016 at 11:43 UTC

As a stills photographer who has learnt to live with the quirks of the good old DA55-300 and arguably has some experience of using it to its advantage, this latest addition to the K mount line-up doesn't fill me with particular gear lust.

Hopefully, the retractable design has been implemented less fiddly than on the recent HD18-50. Who needs these retractable designs with their added chances of mechanical failure anyway? The regular versions aren't that big and clunky lenses to begin with, are they? And has IQ been improved or at least kept on par with the standard HD55-300?

The closer minimal focus distance is a nice touch, though, at least if it hasn't been bought with focus breathing. But, hey, as a sign that Ricoh remains committed to its APS-C line, I am still kind of grateful for this announcement.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2016 at 21:14 UTC as 2nd comment

Fun to watch Ricoh adding another great-bang-for-the-buck option to its already attractive Pentax DSLR line-up. At least on paper, it looks to be a powerful and enjoyable photography tool.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2016 at 16:46 UTC as 16th comment

Sounds quite promising. Great job, Ricoh. And a reminder of how much Pentax is about real-life image quality at comparatively affordable prices. Dismiss this as fanboy talk, if you must, but actually I'm talking about photography.

Link | Posted on May 9, 2016 at 19:01 UTC as 69th comment
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Michael H: A modest upgrade from the existing lens. Differences include:
-10g heavier;
-one more diaphragm blade;
-a few changes to the external design of the lens (looks more like the 50mm); and
-different coatings on the glass.

Overall not much difference. Perhaps tests will reveal better optics.

"I suspect that if Pentax had really upgraded the lens for the much higher demands of a 51 MP, 44x33mm sensor, compared to 645 film, there would be more elements and groups, and a much higher price."

Regardless of how much they changed the lens, what ultimately counts is whether it delivers the goods in IQ, isn't it? What is so wrong about keeping both the optical element count and the price reasonably low?

High-element-count designs may produce great sharpness but may actually, well, suck when it comes to flare control, microcontrast, and colour rendition.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2015 at 19:58 UTC
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AbrasiveReducer: Maybe the idea is to demonstrate some cool features and then sell the whole package to somebody else.

Of course you're entitled to speculate, but what makes you think so remains a moot point. From what I can see, Ricoh has already invested more in the Pentax brand than Hoya ever intended to. I don't just mean the numbers, it also seems to me that they're more interested in photography, which would make kind of sense for a company that seems to regard imaging as an integral part of its identity.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2015 at 22:05 UTC

Maybe it's just me, but I've had way more fun with my DSLRs than any time while I was shooting film SLRs, which I started as a 14-year-old. Instant review, total control, high ISO I would have never dreamt of - and no more being short of film, hit-or-miss metering, scratches on slides/negatives, the list goes on.

It's as if with digital, I who could never afford my own darkroom can finally reap the rewards of all that learning about photography and honing my skills. Seriously, what could be more fun than that? Those who start out today have so much more capable cameras to choose from than we had in the analogue days.

Yes, there's still a learning curve to it. Could it be that people just can't deal with delayed gratification anymore? That's why many people no longer know the joys coming from finishing a hefty 600-page novel, nor from really learning photography. And I say this as someone who is quite well aware of the countless distractions, stresses, and frustrations of modern life.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2015 at 21:39 UTC as 59th comment
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Mike FL: Marketing is already running away from Pentax after Ricoh puts hands on Pentax.

You must be such fun at parties, Mike FL.

Any more substance to your oh-so-assured predictions of doom than a 3D-printed mock-up that is a mere reference exhibit and never was intended to be anything else?

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 10:25 UTC
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