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On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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PKDanny: Pentax K-1
Mid Range Full Frame Camera

Why they say Mid-Range??? Not High-End??

Maybe because it's 2000 euros instead of maybe 5000? About the same price point at introduction as the 6D and D610 really.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 11:22 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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Mac McCreery: A general point. There are, as on any thread, some upset folk here. Please don't attack the review team, and ,in turn, perhaps the review team could reply in a more becoming manner.

@Barry Pearson "The DPReview team test each camera's complex AF technology. As a user, I don't use the complexity. If the K-1 had just a single good AF point in the center I would be OK doing my action photography. But such a camera would be laughed out of court!"

You can set any fullframe DSLR, whether it be a Canon, Nikon or Pentax, to use the center point. But this would not be testing the AF tracking abilities. Tracking means tracking the subject through the AF area, switching to another AF point when needed. If you don't need this, that's fine and you should use the camera the way you like. However, this is a review site. They test cameras to their limits. As such, I completely understand that their test methodology includes AF tracking.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 10:06 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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dprived prev: this bit in the Cons section sounds a little bit unfair imo:

"Limited uses for Pixel Shift Resolution shooting modes (static environments)"

or is there another camera that does the same thing (such as Olympus?) and does it better and in an "unlimited" way?

@DPR I have to say I don't understand why you only mentioned two PSR-related cons and no pro saying that it has pixel shift in the first place. Also, you say you mention increased DR as a PSR pro a few times throughout the review. I think you should realize that many people, when reading a review, will first read the conclusion page to see what the general verdict is before spending more time reading into the details of how that verdict was established. The verdict therefore should be representative of those specifics, and no new information should be added. Only when they consider the conclusion and pros/cons to be acceptable will they read on about the specifics. In the pros/cons, the benefits of PSR are nowhere to be found and you only highlight the limitations.

So I think, either this is poor judgement on your part, or something else is going on.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 09:59 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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gravelhopper: I do not know if someone else already summed up to what the AF / AF-S discussion boils down - so here is my take: It is irritating that DPRs test procedures makes them dismiss the K1 AF in their conclusion with "poor AF", and in their autofocus section dismiss even the AF-S as failing about half the time - while literally all K1 users are happy with the K1 AF (operating within its limits respectively compensating its limits with skill, see plenty examples on Pentax DSLR forum).
This should raise questions: if (a) either DPR test procedures do not match how real world K1 users apply their K1 or (b) the K1 users are plain stupid to not notice their failing AF.
Plus, it remains to be asked if DPR used a faulty body / lens: I have never heard of or used a Pentax AF-S failing about half the time (no matter if center point, border point or auto).
Regarding AF-C and tracking: for me no doubt here, the Pentax implementation is miles behind what other manufacturers deliver.

"...literally all K1 users are happy with the K1 AF (operating within its limits respectively compensating its limits with skill, see plenty examples on Pentax DSLR forum)"

I think DPR's job is to test the capabilities of cameras, not the abilities of users to compensate for the limits of those capabilities.

I have no real problems with AF-S on my K-3, and I seem to remember that even in the K-5 review, DPR was writing very favorably about the AF, mentioning only a handful of misfocused shots. OTOH, if nowadays other camera in similar conditions fare better, I'd like to know about it. Other people's skills are irrelevant to me, because I'm not other people.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 09:47 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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kryten61: Pentax is not a sports camera, so why would you? The big advantage Canon and Nikon have over the Mirrorless camera's is focus tracking for sports shooter. Pentax would offer no advantage, so that said, An A7 is far more attractive. Any lens is available to you with a Mirrorless camera. These high res sensors are more than is needed for landscape rather than needing pixel shift especially at real world print sizes and outputs, I would rather have the lens choices than Pixel Shift. Sorry, this camera is about brand sentimentality rather than making any sense for a new buyer. I am sure it will handle well, be well made, and feel good to use, but all too late I reckon, Would have been better making a proper mirrorless camera but considering the real tech in the A7RII, Ricoh Pentax would struggle to catch up. This camera will make a few Camera Clubbies happy but cannot see it grabbing a new generation of shooters which is really what Pentax need, to be relevant.

@Petroglyph The 150-400 must be a typo, because it's actually a 150-450mm, f/4.5-5.6, DFA lens, just like you want. :)

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 17:51 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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kryten61: Pentax is not a sports camera, so why would you? The big advantage Canon and Nikon have over the Mirrorless camera's is focus tracking for sports shooter. Pentax would offer no advantage, so that said, An A7 is far more attractive. Any lens is available to you with a Mirrorless camera. These high res sensors are more than is needed for landscape rather than needing pixel shift especially at real world print sizes and outputs, I would rather have the lens choices than Pixel Shift. Sorry, this camera is about brand sentimentality rather than making any sense for a new buyer. I am sure it will handle well, be well made, and feel good to use, but all too late I reckon, Would have been better making a proper mirrorless camera but considering the real tech in the A7RII, Ricoh Pentax would struggle to catch up. This camera will make a few Camera Clubbies happy but cannot see it grabbing a new generation of shooters which is really what Pentax need, to be relevant.

Maybe this comes too late, but focus tracking is not the only advantage *couch* optical viewfinder *cough* a DSLR has over a mirrorless camera.

Also, if this were a sports camera it would probably cost at least 1000 euros more, which I think would have been too steep for many people considering to upgrade.

Also, Pentax DOES offer focus tracking. You seem to imply they do not. They had focus tracking since the K-3. It's just that their tracking AF has not been as fast as Canon's or Nikon's, which probably has more to do with the focus motors than the camera body.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 20:25 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)

Probably the most important camera Pentax has released in a long time, and it seems to be well executed. I have to admit, even as a K-3 user who has no plans to upgrade, this does give me a better feeling about Pentax, now that it's announced.

The only thing about Pentax, currently, is the lack of support from third-party manufacturers. I wonder if they will come back. I mean, it's very nice that Pentax has released the 24-70 and 15-30 f/2.8 lenses, but since they are Tamron rebadges, Tamron itself may not make them for Pentax. Which limits the selection of lenses.

But, the good news is that Pentax users don't have to switch brands to upgrade to fullframe, which should keep more people with the brand. Also, this camera is good marketing for Pentax. Even for people who just want a K-S1.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 19:54 UTC as 472nd comment | 3 replies
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Martinka: 2020 g, this lens is by far the heaviest of all the other 70-200/2.8 lenses

These new lenses may have to be so big and heavy because they have to cover more than the fullframe image circle, assuming the new fullframe body will include shake reduction.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2015 at 22:19 UTC
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rgibbons: Is the flat lens efficient at passing light? My camera lens with coatings can pass over 95% of the light. Do the flat lens antennae block some light, and are less efficient?.

But will it blend? That is the question.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2015 at 08:07 UTC
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RStyga: I wonder how this compares to the 18-135mm WR... 2mm difference is very close in FL, even when it's in the wide end and considering the 1.5X.

@Rstyga From what I've read and seen, I wouldn't want to use the 18-135 at 70mm or over because of softness in the corners. Some say that doesn't matter at those focal lengths, but it does for landscapes. And yes, I sometimes shoot those at 70mm.

If this lens is optically as good as or maybe even a bit better than the 17-70 it's a very good range. Maybe it's a bit expensive for what it is, but then the competition isn't much cheaper. Plus it's weathersealed.

I do think a focus scale window would have been a nice touch, but ok, at least the focus ring probably doesn't rotate.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 08:14 UTC
On article Photokina 2014: Ricoh stand report (150 comments in total)
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: Dear Ricoh people: please give the Pentax brand the mercy shot. The brand formerly known as Asahi Pentax, which gave us spot metering, does not deserve being subjected to so much ridicule. Just call every camera "Ricoh". It's OK. Ricoh has a nice reputation for great cameras too. I'd rather never see a Pentax-branded camera again than see gold point and shoots (and DSLRs with LED lights on the handgrip) with an once prestigious name on it.

I see. You will read what you want to read, despite my best efforts. I won't put any more energy into this, because it will just be a waste.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 22:15 UTC
On article Photokina 2014: Ricoh stand report (150 comments in total)
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: Dear Ricoh people: please give the Pentax brand the mercy shot. The brand formerly known as Asahi Pentax, which gave us spot metering, does not deserve being subjected to so much ridicule. Just call every camera "Ricoh". It's OK. Ricoh has a nice reputation for great cameras too. I'd rather never see a Pentax-branded camera again than see gold point and shoots (and DSLRs with LED lights on the handgrip) with an once prestigious name on it.

@D1N0 You assume I think my K-3 sucks, call people who have been waiting for a FF Pentax camera for 8 years idiots and claim that that Pentax FF will put other FF cameras to shame, yet I'm presumptuous when I just tell you - with the best of intentions - how I think your posts come across? Whatever, I'm outta here.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 15:49 UTC
On article Photokina 2014: Ricoh stand report (150 comments in total)
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: Dear Ricoh people: please give the Pentax brand the mercy shot. The brand formerly known as Asahi Pentax, which gave us spot metering, does not deserve being subjected to so much ridicule. Just call every camera "Ricoh". It's OK. Ricoh has a nice reputation for great cameras too. I'd rather never see a Pentax-branded camera again than see gold point and shoots (and DSLRs with LED lights on the handgrip) with an once prestigious name on it.

@D1N0 He does not ridicule the fullframe camera, because it does not exist yet, and you can't ridicule something that doesn't exist. Makes sense, right? He may ridicule people who wait year after year for a hypothetical fullframe, and I actually agree somewhat on that point. Not that I ridicule people, because their choices are their own. But that doesn't mean I understand people who wait year after year for a fullframe camera with the name "Pentax" on the front. If you nitpick on whether that's 8 or 10 years, I think you're missing the point.

You also assume I write all of this because I think my K-3 sucks. I would advice you to read my comment again and take it for what it is, keeping your assumptions to yourself. I like my K-3, but I wouldn't like waiting 3 or 5 or 8 years for something I could have bought from another manufacturer.

I just don't think you are doing Pentax any favors by writing these posts.

And yeah, I meant "brought up", not "commented on".

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 10:38 UTC
On article Photokina 2014: Ricoh stand report (150 comments in total)
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iudex: Well I have expected a more thorough coverage of Pentax/Ricoh, but at least there is something. But maybe DPR could have concentrated less on different colours and more on important stuff like new lenses or fullframe (being admited by Ricoh representative for the first time). Especially the lenses deserved more attention: the two big lenses are supposedly fullframe lenses.

The only indication that one of these lenses *might* be fullframe is in the K-mount lens roadmap: both lenses omit the DA nomenclature on the roadmap. In Pentax land, DA = crop. Therefore, the rumours that the 16-85 could be fullframe borders on rediculous, as the 16-85 is described as "DA zoom" on the roadmap. Yes, some DA lenses actually cover the fullframe image circle, but none of them are standard zooms. And besides, if a 16-85 is feasible on fullframe, why doesn't anyone else make it? I know I'd very much like viewing angles like that. But so far it hasn't happened, and there's probably a reason for that.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 09:51 UTC
On article Photokina 2014: Ricoh stand report (150 comments in total)
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: Dear Ricoh people: please give the Pentax brand the mercy shot. The brand formerly known as Asahi Pentax, which gave us spot metering, does not deserve being subjected to so much ridicule. Just call every camera "Ricoh". It's OK. Ricoh has a nice reputation for great cameras too. I'd rather never see a Pentax-branded camera again than see gold point and shoots (and DSLRs with LED lights on the handgrip) with an once prestigious name on it.

@D1N0 Regardless of how many years it has been, the fullframe rumors have been circling for a long time without any product releases. That's the point samhain was making. Besides, if the current products are so great, why comment on that fullframe at all?

A K-3 user (without an interest in fullframe).

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 22:23 UTC
On article Have Your Say: Best DSLR / SLT of 2013 (335 comments in total)

I don't really put much value in these polls, but I was curious as to how Pentax was doing, so I voted for the K-3 (only way to see the results is to vote). I like seeing it get so many votes, and the K-3 is innovative, with its selectable AA filter, but I think the K-50 deserves a few more votes as well. No other company offers a weather sealed body with pentaprism and dual control wheels at this price point. From a value point of view, I think it's one of the best.

I don't really care about "being different from the crowd" by choosing Pentax as a camera brand. I just don't see the point of it from a photographic point of view, which is what a camera is for, if I'm not mistaken. And Pentax has some weak spots (the DA* lens line is in serious need of an upgrade). But the K-3 seems to be an excellent camera, and I am considering upgrading to it from my K-5.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2013 at 10:05 UTC as 29th comment

The Lumia certainly is impressive for a smartphone. However, the Canon still is a better camera. It seems to retain more dynamic range and has more accurate colors. But apart from that, also consider that the Canon is only a camera, whereas the Nokia is a smartphone, first and foremost. That probably means lots of touch controls and only a few push-buttons. And what if you have an iPhone and purchased IOS apps? You may not want to buy this. So it will always be compromised in that regard, which is why I think the future of compact cameras isn't as doomed as some think it is.

Regarding the "constant aperture" of the Lumia; that simply isn't true. An aperture of f/2.8 means the focal length is divided by 2.8 to give you the diameter of the aperture. With a zoom, that focal length increases as you zoom in, so the diameter has to get bigger as well. With a fixed lens, it does not. The image is cropped afterwards to be equivalent to a longer FL, but the aperture diameter is still the same.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2013 at 09:52 UTC as 16th comment
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HubertChen: For everybody complaining the price:

take one picture with both lenses side by side:
a) This Pentax (dwarf)
b) Sigma 18-35 mm f/1.8 (behemoth)

Sigma went for the amazingly fast aperture of f/1.8
Pentax went for the amazingly small size

Both lenses are amazing in their engineering accomplishment and both ask an equivalent price for it

(The sigma lens already has proven it's IQ, the Pentax one still has to deliver)

That may very well be, but the fact that the Pentax is smaller means it should be cheaper. There's less glass inside it, less material costs. So it should be cheaper to make, which means the margins on this lens are probably way higher than for the Sigma.

E.g. the value is in the Sigma offering, not in this.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2013 at 11:07 UTC
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