Peter CS

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Peter CS: So this looks like a great and very full-featured camera for landscape photographers= bravo for Ricoh/Pentax!
However, much more important than the new version 55-300mm, we need a weather-sealed ultra-wide zoom and ultra-wide primes to really make this new DSLR useful outddoors! (11-24MM, 10-24MM, 10-20MM). Pentax now has a ridiculous amount of variations of the 18-55mm, 55-300mm, but keep avoiding those crucial , weather-sealed lenses...

Thanks for all the supportive comments! However, after using the Sigma, non-sealed 10-20mm for the last few years, I need at least a starting focal length of 11mm, but would prefer 8-9mm! Ultra-wides are addictive, once you start using them and often, the wider the better! That is why the best lenses for FX are the Nikon 14-24mm and the newer Canon 11-24mm, not to mention the Pentax 15-30mm! A WR, refreshed version of the 12-24mm just won't cut it for me and, I suspect, for many others...

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2016 at 19:10 UTC

So this looks like a great and very full-featured camera for landscape photographers= bravo for Ricoh/Pentax!
However, much more important than the new version 55-300mm, we need a weather-sealed ultra-wide zoom and ultra-wide primes to really make this new DSLR useful outddoors! (11-24MM, 10-24MM, 10-20MM). Pentax now has a ridiculous amount of variations of the 18-55mm, 55-300mm, but keep avoiding those crucial , weather-sealed lenses...

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 17:11 UTC as 32nd comment | 6 replies
On article X-ray: iFixit looks inside the Fujifilm X-M1 (33 comments in total)
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dpfan32: A1 and M1 are pretty Cheap cameras ... But when the target buyer wants to buy a new lens he will realize that the lenses are very very expensinve. I don't get the point why Fuji sells cheap cameras as well and offers only overpriced lenses. If you want cheap lenses there is no alternative to Canon EOS

There is both a cheap and very good 16-50mm and 50-230mm zoom, as well as the inexpensive 27mm Fuji. Further, the Fuji works well with manual focus, inexpensive legacy lenses with adapters as well as the Fuji-X Rokinon lenses. Love the 16-50mm II and Rokinon 12mm, as well as several adapted Canon FD and Konica lenses. Have the X-A1 and the X-E1. I use both with heavy, add-on grips and love the results. My younger brother swears by the Samsung NX system, but he has not convinced me...

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 19:28 UTC
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blakevanderbilt: I went an borrowed one of these lenses to test for myself, and realised that though the Tamron is a stellar performer, I wonder if it really achieved what it promised: a Nikkor 14-24/2,8 competitor. I've heard this line numerous times from reviewers and Tamron marketers, and I took their word for it, until I tested the lens out for myself. The 15mm on the Tamron is basically a 16mm on a Nikkor... I'm not a technical person, but as with the Tamron 24-70/2,8 VC, Tamron hasn't been very honest in the naming of their lenses. I don't see what's wrong with marketing this lens as a 16-30/2,8 VC, and making it a Canon 16-35/4 or Nikkor 16-35/4 competitor. For those who absolutely need the FOV, I wonder if Tamron is really an alternative. I was prepared to sell my Nikkor 14-24/2,8, but I held my horses. Not to say that Tamron can't still be a great landscape lens, but they need to be a little more modest in their marketing...

Just curious - how does changing the F-stop make a lens more wide. Defies physics and my thirty five years of experience in the field? Can you provide images to substantiate this claim? Not trying to be belligerent, but this is a lens phenomena I have never heard about before...

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2016 at 14:07 UTC
On article A look at the Lomography Petzval 85mm F2.2 lens (184 comments in total)

I would only be interested in buying one, but only with built-in aperture blades as well as the creative waterhouse-style aperture slot (Yes you can have both!). Also, I do not understand why the black lens should cost more than the brass one?

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2016 at 17:40 UTC as 7th comment
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Peter CS: Never mind a weather-sealed x-mount, fixed focal length lens. Biggest weather threat is changing lenses in a harsh environment. For this reason, I want the Fuji- X mount 10-24mm and all their other zooms to be weather-sealed for my landscape and hiking trips! I have a hard enough time just keeping my sensor clean - while changing lenses - in good weather...

Thanks for the reminder - this is indeed a very good, WR lens! However, I still need wider! So far, only Canon, Sony, and Nikon have addressed this issue in ultra-wides - mostly in FX lenses. Fuji has the opportunity here to create a clear advantage over other DX/aps-c sensor lenses, including Sigma, Tokina, and Tamron. I cannot find any weather-sealed DXultra-wides for any of these manufactureres...

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2015 at 16:35 UTC
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Peter CS: To the negative reviewers:

Please let this child have his day in the sun!

Quite frankly it is refreshing to see an innocent child learning and enjoying photography and instant photography!

I started out the same way half a century ago with a Polaroid Swinger...

Sending positive thoughts and vibes...

Peter CS

I think that even a five year old child would probably be tickled and proud to have a book of his photographs and adventures put together for all to see, though most young children would not care or be aware of the commercialization POV/aspect. Maybe the money will go towards more trips or his educational fund - who knows! Ironically, it seems that there are many people who are putting money towards this Kickstarter endeavor. Seems like almighty capitalism rules the day for this toddler and, if money talks, is declaring his project a success,for better or worse...

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2015 at 23:02 UTC

Never mind a weather-sealed x-mount, fixed focal length lens. Biggest weather threat is changing lenses in a harsh environment. For this reason, I want the Fuji- X mount 10-24mm and all their other zooms to be weather-sealed for my landscape and hiking trips! I have a hard enough time just keeping my sensor clean - while changing lenses - in good weather...

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2015 at 22:45 UTC as 19th comment | 2 replies
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Peter CS: To the negative reviewers:

Please let this child have his day in the sun!

Quite frankly it is refreshing to see an innocent child learning and enjoying photography and instant photography!

I started out the same way half a century ago with a Polaroid Swinger...

Sending positive thoughts and vibes...

Peter CS

Thanks for your feedback. Not crazy about the commercialization aspect either, but it is the father and/or child's right to make and fund their book, and instant film and photography excursions are not cheap!
Personally, I will not buy the book, choosing to spend my money on a book by an accomplished, master photographer instead!
However, I still recommend taking the high road and sending a message of positive encouragement...not knowing who and why is behind this book and Kickstarter book project.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2015 at 15:38 UTC

To the negative reviewers:

Please let this child have his day in the sun!

Quite frankly it is refreshing to see an innocent child learning and enjoying photography and instant photography!

I started out the same way half a century ago with a Polaroid Swinger...

Sending positive thoughts and vibes...

Peter CS

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2015 at 15:04 UTC as 31st comment | 6 replies
On article War Rigs: The tech used to shoot Mad Max: Fury Road (54 comments in total)
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Gollan: I've been reluctant to see the new Mad Max movie because I felt it would be swamped with cartoonish CGI in an effort to top the wonderful, practical special effects in Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior. These photos make it look like computer imagery is being used to complement acting, rather than replace it. If the whole thing is like that, I really should give the move a chance.

Thanks for your keen observation. It does seem like CGI and effects have replaced a good plot and stimulating/entertaining dialogue...

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2015 at 18:21 UTC
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Peter CS: If it had a tripod mount for drone and tripod attachment, I would have already purchased this! However...

Not visible or mentioned???

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2015 at 19:16 UTC

If it had a tripod mount for drone and tripod attachment, I would have already purchased this! However...

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 00:14 UTC as 9th comment | 3 replies

A truly ridiculous amount of money for a very gimmicky, cheap triplet design, and one trick lens! Makes the Petzval lenses at $599 a true bargain. Crafty German businessmen will laugh all the way to the bank on this one. Time to dust off the Vivitar mirror lens and create "amazing donut circles" bokeh photographs. Way more complex lens design to boot! Here is a tip - find a used triplet for view cameras or medium format for less than $100...

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2015 at 15:36 UTC as 14th comment
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Petar Veliki: Moire prone. Despite 20 Mpx its much worst then Panasonic GM1 or Olympus PENs.

Concerning the Sony a6000 issue mentioned above...also consider the rocks and tree are unsharp due to the lens and/or shake or lack of focus. Sony, unfortunately, has somewhat of a reputation for lens decentering and lens quality control issues. There is a German website, in English, that talks about these issues. Photozone.de I do want to make it clear though, I have no first hand or actual experience with these lenses that often carry the Zeiss name. I do have two Pentax cameras - same model/sensor except one has moire filter and one does not. I do big enlargements and, frankly and unfortunately, I cannot really discern any improvement!

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2015 at 18:18 UTC
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brownie314: I don't know about Canons bodies and sensors, but I love those new small primes. They look great. Nikon should wake up and see what Canon is doing here.

FYI, Nikon had the 35mm, crop sensor, f1.8 prime - cheap, lightweight, but not the smallest - way before Canon ever had a pancake lens! (as a lightweight, high-quality crop sensor lens.) Loved by many Nikon users for years now...

Link | Posted on May 23, 2015 at 19:54 UTC
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Peter CS: Great, new camera for Pentax fans, like myself! Many cool and new features! Hopefully this will match the raw sensor performance of the Nikon d7100/d7200. However, note to Pentax (and also a note to Fuji, Nikon, Canon, Tokina, and Tamron) - if you want to capture the landscape photographer market, you need to produce a weather-sealed ultra-wide zoom lens for DX photographers!!! So far, only Canon FX and Nikon FX have addressed this market niche with well-sealed zoom lenses! Relative to Pentax - they have had and relied a tired, non-sealed, and outdated 12-24mm for way too long!!! Also, I am not willing to try to change various prime lenses under less-than-ideal weather conditions, no matter how good the resolution and other parameters! Would have gladly bought the new, Tokina 12-20mm f2.8 but again, no weather-sealing. It seems that the FX lens lines from all manufacturers are an afterthought at best...

Thanks for letting me know about the Pentax roadmap. Where can I find this? Let's hope that 12-28mm is WR! That said, a lens starting at 12mm is nothing to write home about! I am now using a Sigma, non-weather resistant, 10-20mm and take more than half of my landscape images are taken at below 12mm! Fuji, Nikon, Canon, Tamron, and Sigma - all have lenses starting at 10mm! (Pentax fisheye zoom at 10mm and non-weather sealed is not what I am looking for!) I guess Pentax FX is the only, future option to really go ultra-wide. Thumbs up for Astrotracing though!

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 17:02 UTC

Great, new camera for Pentax fans, like myself! Many cool and new features! Hopefully this will match the raw sensor performance of the Nikon d7100/d7200. However, note to Pentax (and also a note to Fuji, Nikon, Canon, Tokina, and Tamron) - if you want to capture the landscape photographer market, you need to produce a weather-sealed ultra-wide zoom lens for DX photographers!!! So far, only Canon FX and Nikon FX have addressed this market niche with well-sealed zoom lenses! Relative to Pentax - they have had and relied a tired, non-sealed, and outdated 12-24mm for way too long!!! Also, I am not willing to try to change various prime lenses under less-than-ideal weather conditions, no matter how good the resolution and other parameters! Would have gladly bought the new, Tokina 12-20mm f2.8 but again, no weather-sealing. It seems that the FX lens lines from all manufacturers are an afterthought at best...

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 03:22 UTC as 20th comment | 6 replies
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: I don't see the need for this kind of aperture on an ultra wide-angle lens. It might be useful for shooting in dimly lit locations with no tripod or flash, but aren't wide-angle lenses supposed to keep everything sharp? I surely need good depth of field when I shoot landscapes and interiors. I'd trade f/0.95 for f/22.
The bokeh mania is driving people nuts.

Likely a great video/filmmakers lens for tight spaces...certainly a worthwhile addition for that reason alone! Also, great lens for Black Magic Pocket Cinema = about 28mm on that camera. Now if Black Magic would just come out with a Pocket II withmore/ better features and built-in screen...

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2015 at 15:07 UTC
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Peter CS: One additional big difference for landscape photographers - the Nikon and Canon ultra-wides are weather-sealed and this Tamron is not! No one wants to worry about loosing such an expensive lens to the elements...

Many thanks to the above individuals who have found and pointed out that this fine Tamron lens is in fact weather resistant! I gladly stand corrected!

Cheers,
Peter

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 15:46 UTC
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