Roadrunnerdeluxe

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On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1400 comments in total)

As a Pentax user I can only hope that this K-1 1.3 (I wouldn't call it K-1 II) is the result of the real R&D being poured into bigger things like a full K-1 upgrade and hopefully new 645.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2018 at 15:05 UTC as 248th comment
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Roadrunnerdeluxe: As a Pentax K-1 user I can tell you that pixel shift is just amazing! Given the more potent sensor in the Sony, the results should be even better. Since you get a true color readout and not an interpolated educated guess on which color should be where, this is the ultimate black and white mode allowing for unprecedented tonality and malleability of the files in either color or B/W.

@quintana
Yes, I have used it on many landscape shots, given the conditions were allowing for it. As somebody else pointed out, you can fix eventual glitches with the one of the four single exposure. I did a lot of nocturnal shots with it, simply because noise in a @ ISO 800 shot with 3 stops underexposure is almost less than @ 100 in a normal daylight exposure. here's an example of two recent nights shot I did: http://www.autobahn66.com/california-nocturnal/gasdiesel
http://www.autobahn66.com/california-nocturnal/waiting-freight-train
I always take a regular exposure first as my "safety shot", in the freight train shot there was car driving in the background, leaving an artifact. it's an easy fix though and very well worth the sharpness, tonality and low noise that pixel shift produces.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2018 at 16:00 UTC

As a Pentax K-1 user I can tell you that pixel shift is just amazing! Given the more potent sensor in the Sony, the results should be even better. Since you get a true color readout and not an interpolated educated guess on which color should be where, this is the ultimate black and white mode allowing for unprecedented tonality and malleability of the files in either color or B/W.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2018 at 04:35 UTC as 2nd comment | 7 replies

I'm not going to lie...I love the purpose-built, understated nature of this thing. I if I had plenty of excess dough I'd get it in heartbeat. Just hoping that they'll get to users who will really use them according to their design capabilities.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2018 at 18:57 UTC as 90th comment | 1 reply
On article CP+ 2018: Nikon's space cameras (262 comments in total)

It is always fascinating to see the ultimate pragmatism that was applied during all space missions to ensure functionality and weight minimization.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2018 at 04:36 UTC as 21st comment

Looks like "Hipster Detector" was activated as well.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 14:36 UTC as 13th comment | 6 replies
On article Pentax K-1 Mark II: What you need to know (460 comments in total)

It continues to delight me to witness how Pentax keeps managing to get so many mainstream users' panties in a bunch by doing things their way.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 21:15 UTC as 32nd comment
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DesoloZantas: LE Bluetooth, wifi, more auto focus points, smart features would made this up to date with the competitions

Agreed on the focus points but the rest would just make it another Canon peripherals-bloated gadget box, less of a camera. Alexa has lots of nice non-photography related features as well.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 02:55 UTC
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robbo d: Time to call you out DPR
Pentax has had a better iteration of this plus astro tracer and has done so for a couple of years.
When DPR covered that, it focused a lot on the negatives rather than the glowing overall response to the Sony version.
In this there is no mention of comparison.
Pentax gets rightly called out for less than AF C but on some stuff that matters to many landscape and nightscape shooters..... they have delivered above and beyond.
Just a little editorial difference that gets noticed and no criticism of the writer durecyly here.
If Canikon had delivered this the editorial would be even more glowing with praise.
It had to be said...... the pixel shift quality of Pentax is stunning

I so agree! They turned the limitations of pixel shift in the K-1 against it, instead of praising the possibilities it allowed. Two years later I have taken dozens of night shots in pixel shift with the K-1 at ISO 800 and underxposed by 4 stops almost entirely noise free with an unheard of detail level. Every time i asked myself "Really, DPR?".

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2017 at 04:23 UTC

To me Sasha Dudkina's work is by far the most powerful of all winners.
She is only 19 years old now and has a very wise eye already. Imagine what she'll capture in another 20 years.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2017 at 05:23 UTC as 48th comment
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DFPanno: I strongly suspect that many of the "street" photographers I see on Flickr have set up the shot beforehand (up to and including the employment of models).

With that appraoch it is easy to set up a nice set of relationships.

For the rest of us it is "catch as catch can" and if it all lines up nicely we are lucky.

My guess is that it worked the same for HCB.

Remember- we don't get to see all the frames that ended up in the garbage.

I agree in this case and for others but the vast majority of street photography articles are way over the top with their assumption of intent, often times it was a lucky outcome while the real skill and talent lies in the photographer's recognition of something special in that very moment.

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2017 at 17:26 UTC
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DFPanno: I strongly suspect that many of the "street" photographers I see on Flickr have set up the shot beforehand (up to and including the employment of models).

With that appraoch it is easy to set up a nice set of relationships.

For the rest of us it is "catch as catch can" and if it all lines up nicely we are lucky.

My guess is that it worked the same for HCB.

Remember- we don't get to see all the frames that ended up in the garbage.

Not to take away from this iconic work....but:
I very much agree! There is so much chance involved whereas so many photography books/articles interpret all these multiple levels of intent by the photographer in the split second the shot was taken.

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2017 at 16:53 UTC

Hey, what photographer needs dynamic range when it has a touch screen? (*sarcasm off

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2017 at 15:33 UTC as 221st comment | 3 replies
On article Updated: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV real-world sample gallery (480 comments in total)
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Yossarian1: Nice shots. Looks like DR is pretty good. Like the shirt as a moiré test – would be interesting to see how non AA filter cameras (for example, D810, 5DSR) handled that shirt.

Back at photographing fabrics again, Yossarian? Non AA filter cameras will most likely show moire at some point but have superior detail in 90% of the shooting situations. That's just my own experience. You can easily fix moire in post but not add detail. Anyway, enjoy.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2016 at 05:22 UTC
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Roadrunnerdeluxe: For a camera over $3000 the dynamic range is complete s**t, despite the "dramatic improvements".

+6EV

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2016 at 16:49 UTC
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madeinlisboa: Ahah! Even my D7200 has less noise.

If you are a professional fabric photographer, moiré might be a problem.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2016 at 06:19 UTC

For a camera over $3000 the dynamic range is complete s**t, despite the "dramatic improvements".

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2016 at 06:09 UTC as 32nd comment | 4 replies
On article Updated: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV real-world sample gallery (480 comments in total)

Looks like an amazing picture taker! Some beautiful photos in the gallery! High ISO performance looks amazing (ISO 32000). IS 30MPX the new 24MPX for full frame?

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2016 at 14:32 UTC as 87th comment | 1 reply
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Yxa: Won't rent anything from there for sure...

I'm sure their business will really suffer...

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2016 at 20:10 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 Review (2678 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.

@Chris M Williams
@Richard Butler

I really appreciate your input and isnight, guys!
I rest my case. My own interpretation of the 'cons' was probably more weighted than what you guys intended.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 18:37 UTC
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