Mark Ransom

Mark Ransom

Lives in United States Minneapolis area, MN, United States
Joined on Feb 13, 2003
About me:

Pentax was kind enough to let me win a K-7 camera as a door prize. I try not to let that color my opinion of them; I've been a Pentax supporter long before that, but I'm not a fanboy.

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  • I doubt that any m4/3 lenses will work with a FF sensor, and the sensor cost alone would price the camera out of the market. The idea of a super basic inexpensive camera is interesting.  Does ...
  • Whenever I see an old highly regarded lens that hasn't been produced for the digital era, I wonder if it was designed with glass that doesn't meet modern ROHS regulations. Between that and the need ...
  • Thanks for finding that. Not only is it removable, it's tiltable too! https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/829503-REG/Panasonic_DMW_LVF2_External_Electronic_Viewfinder_for.html And now that I've ...
  • I've found the K-01 focus point to be too large.  I'll get pictures that are perfectly focused - on the background behind the subject.
  • I agree with everything you said - I still use my K-01 often too, and it's a great complement to my K-7. I wonder why nobody makes a camera with an add-on EVF?  It seems like a simple electrical ...
  • I never knew the Q used leaf shutters, that's cool! They already increased the sensor size in the second Q model, that's probably as large as the design would allow.  Pity. If it had been 1" from ...
  • There are some genuine advantages to an EVF.  I'm sure it's wonderful with focus peaking for example.  And when coupled with a new lens mount it can lead to a smaller and lighter camera.  If ...
  • Maybe they realized years in advance that the large-sensor market wasn't a good long-term investment?
  • Obviously you've done the research then; why not share it?  I was actually being serious and not rhetorical when I asked if you knew those costs, I don't mind being proven wrong.  I wouldn't have ...
  • Pentax has expressed an interest in being at the upper end of the market so another FF makes sense for them, and it's quite soon for a K-1 successor. On the other hand I think they are a little ...
  • So which mirrorless Nikon did you end up with?
  • It's true that rebranded Tamron lenses are more expensive, but 50% is an exaggeration. The current prices for the 24-70 at B&H Photo are $899 for C/N mount and $1097 for Pentax - that's 22%. Those ...
  • You keep saying EVFs are cheap, but where's the evidence? Do you actually know what one costs vs. a prism and mirror assembly? I have no doubt that there are people who prefer EVF, but as you state ...
  • Thanks for providing an alternate viewpoint. The only reason they wouldn't do a production run would be if the production line were taken apart. That might happen if they needed the space or ...
  • Replied in For me.
    I found the JPEGs from the *ist-DS to be not the best, even when you tweaked the settings. Things got better by the K-7.
  • Wasn't Tamron's agreement made back in film days when Pentax was a much bigger player?  I'm sure they didn't just give away the specs back then. It could be that the licensing situation was ...
  • Anecdotes are not data, but I'd like to supply a little non-data to the discussion. The last two lenses I bought new were both Sigmas, the 17-50 and 18-300. For the first the Pentax equivalent was ...
  • I think Pentax is more aware of those costs than we are, and are in a position to make the relevant tradeoffs. A hard disk is much more mechanical than a SSD but I am still amazed that hard disks ...
  • It's good that you draw the distinction, but electronics isn't necessarily cheap either. OVF technology is very mature and is likely very cost optimized; what was the cheapest camera you could get ...
  • Not completely. There was a time that many people assumed that to get good pictures you needed a DSLR, and didn't even consider compact cameras. If they are now happy with their phones then DSLR ...
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