gravelhopper

Lives in Germany Germany
Works as a Structural Corporate Development
Joined on Apr 13, 2014
About me:

Subject: mostly candid portraiture with available light indoors and outdoors
Gear:
Pentax K-5ii
Olympus XZ-2
Pentax DA 70 2.4 Limited
Sigma AF 28-105 2.8-4.0
Tamron SP AF 17-50 2.8 XR Di ii
Pentax DA 21 3.2 Limited
Pentax DA 35 2.8 Macro Limited
Pentax DA 40 2.8 Limited
Pentax FA 50 1.4
Pentax FA 135 2.8
Pentax M 85 2.0
Epson Stylus Photo R3000
Zoner Photo Studio

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On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1434 comments in total)
In reply to:

thegreat26: Who turned @dpthoughs off?
I started to worry.....

@ dpthoughts: sounds like you accomplished your mission.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2018 at 20:08 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1434 comments in total)
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ContarexMan: Has anyone looked at the Pentax K-1 II Operating Manual. The index points to pages 55 and 50. Page 55: "Reducing Noise when shooting with a High ISO Sensitivity," One of the four setting is "OFF" "Does not apply Noise reduction at any ISO setting." Try it if you own the camera. Open the menu and take control of your camera. It's clear as a sharp lens. The results are perfect.
Page 50: Reducing Noise when shooting with a slow shutter speed.

The manual refers to NR that is applied when the camera creates the jpg file from RAW data. DPR is referring to NR that is applied to RAW data before it is made available for further processing. There is no switch to turn it off.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2018 at 13:44 UTC
On article Canon EOS M50: What you need to know (431 comments in total)
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Tonkotsu Ramen: What an odd camera.
-4k.. but it's severely crippled
-silent mode! but it's limited to auto mode
-over 7fps! but only for 1 second
-eye detect, finally! but only AF-S.. why even include it?
-Why reuse an old crappy battery? Made too many EOS-M batteries? They should have moved to the new batteries used in the M3/5/6 and newer DSLRS. What a waste of effort.

Features still missing:
-1080@120/240fps-it's becoming standardized on smartphones.
-useable 4K with DPAF
-USB charging, since it should be standardized by now, especially for entry level cameras that are trying to woo smartphone users
-USB-C, because.. future-proofing
-Panorama mode- the G1XIII.. and... every smartphone in recent memory has it, why not this?

Well observed tonkotsu. No matter how in-your-face Canon's infamous product strategy in the lower and middle segment is, people keep buying their stuff and help them stay market leader.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2018 at 20:19 UTC
In reply to:

Dylthedog: B&W Film eh?

Next thing you know vinyl records will make a comeback...

They already have. I love vinyl!
Regards

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2018 at 17:26 UTC

K1 is already a pretty perfect camera, even AF is good for most real world use cases. But I think 2 simple to implement features would have improved its usability significantly: frame rate for continuous shooting and buffer depth.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 16:18 UTC as 27th comment | 2 replies
On article Rokinon AF 50mm F1.4 FE: sample gallery and impressions (142 comments in total)
In reply to:

thebusmaster: I hate to be a spoilsport but I have 75 dollar Zeiss pa collar that will blow this thing away. Maybe I’m just old and don’t/can’t adapt to new things , but to me if you can’t figure out how to focus a lens yourself especially on a mirror less camera you have no business taking pictures...stick to your iPhone then.

:-)))

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2017 at 06:36 UTC
On a photo in the Olympus 45mm F1.2 sample gallery sample gallery (4 comments in total)
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peterwr: I'd have found something better to focus on than the tip of the horse's nose, but that's just me...

Seriously, DPR, you need to take this one out of the gallery.

This shot is obviously to demonstrate out-of-focus blur at widest aperture.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 12:19 UTC
In reply to:

mxx: This has gone too far! I'm going to boycott Leica by not buying any of their products.

:-))

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2017 at 20:47 UTC
In reply to:

bwana4swahili: The far right influence in action. Silence the press is a classic move. Hitler used it well!

This is not specific for the far right. Free press, unbiased information sources, informed citizens and truethfulness overall are the enemy of any extremist ideology and government.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2017 at 15:58 UTC
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gravelhopper: These "product overview" and "getting started" guides located at such a prominent site as DPR will provide effective sales support to cameras covered over cameras not covered. Any thoughts on this?

My observation is explicit, no suggestions between the lines. Another detail: the Amazon logo featured on the video cover.
My thinking is really a simple one: these video tutorials are a powerful tool in sales and can be valuable for consumer decision making. Should they be used to push specific brands / bodies, and if only for DPR capacity limitations? Could this be a platform open let's say to enthusiasts creating such videos for gear they are familiar with? Imagine such videos weren't only among the many amateurish ones on YouTube, but created to minimum quality standards and located in appropriate pages on DPR. Such an idea / approach may be worth exploring.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 12:15 UTC
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gravelhopper: These "product overview" and "getting started" guides located at such a prominent site as DPR will provide effective sales support to cameras covered over cameras not covered. Any thoughts on this?

Really? Everybody stays only with the brand/body that someone already owns? Not really.
And do all the people switching to or adding MFT, mirrorless, Fuji gear from/to their already existing Canon, Nikon, Pentax gear look only elswhere to get inspiration? Not really.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 11:26 UTC

These "product overview" and "getting started" guides located at such a prominent site as DPR will provide effective sales support to cameras covered over cameras not covered. Any thoughts on this?

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 10:26 UTC as 8th comment | 4 replies
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dwill23: It couldn't be more clear whose bed this writer is in.

Why not mention how hard it would be to "SEE" $11,000 difference in images? I don't think the writers are sports photographers. I've shot 1000s of NCAA sports games, flew all over the country with my university fball team and it's not SPRAY AND PRAY, it's timing.

I could out-shoot ANYONE with any camera with a rebel on my 300 f2.8 L II by timing the ball 1ft out of the glove of a baseball player while the runner was sliding into the base. I can time a header in soccer. I took notes on what end, and how the gymnastics girls would land their stunts to be in the right spot at the right time. It's and ART. Not 20FPS.

ANYTIME I just held the trigger down I rarely got the shot I wanted.

You have to shoot your butt off to know what to look for and then bang, fire that shot. After a while you can nail that shot over and over and over. Practice with balls flying over home plate. Watch the batter, not the ball.

dwill23 - your comment is well apreciated and points at an important detail: I haven't read all the DPR articles relating to sports shooting - but here at DPR I get the impression that catching the right moment in sports (or any fast paced action) is only about fast predictive AF-C and FPS. No skill needed. The camera does it all for you.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 16:06 UTC
On article Women Photograph is a directory of female photographers (218 comments in total)
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gravelhopper: Some commenters here complain that a lot of comments have been deleted.

If people were willing to present criticism in a respectful manner supported by somewhat reasonable argumentation there was no need to delete comments.

But what many comments here and elsewhere present is anger, resulting in bashing for the sake of bashing, perceived als offensive and false allegations. Whatever valid motive and truth behind that bashing may be hidden - offensiveness renders criticism useless and destructive.

The catch with deleting comments: angry commenters who see themselves vicimized by "censorship" become even more angry and see their suspiciouns against "the others" verified.

Therefore - try this: stop blaming and hating, start to contribute in a constructive and respectful manner. This takes empathy, self-discipline, and brainwork - but it is the only way out of that downward spiral that we are heading.

You guys are proving every point I am making: you feel offended, you are offensive and you are angry - and you are headed to another verbal brawl, spiraling down that cycle of mutual attack.
Mind you: my comment above is not directed against any specific group, i.e. against one specific party, ethnicity, gender, ideology, thinking or whatever. My point is that disrespectful attitude and inconsiderate action against anyone is one major (not the only) root cause for whatever societal problem you see. Such attitude is not limited to any one group - but common for virtually everybody. Anyone seriously interested to SOLVE a problem and to IMPROVE things will incorporate that.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2017 at 18:01 UTC
On article Women Photograph is a directory of female photographers (218 comments in total)

Some commenters here complain that a lot of comments have been deleted.

If people were willing to present criticism in a respectful manner supported by somewhat reasonable argumentation there was no need to delete comments.

But what many comments here and elsewhere present is anger, resulting in bashing for the sake of bashing, perceived als offensive and false allegations. Whatever valid motive and truth behind that bashing may be hidden - offensiveness renders criticism useless and destructive.

The catch with deleting comments: angry commenters who see themselves vicimized by "censorship" become even more angry and see their suspiciouns against "the others" verified.

Therefore - try this: stop blaming and hating, start to contribute in a constructive and respectful manner. This takes empathy, self-discipline, and brainwork - but it is the only way out of that downward spiral that we are heading.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2017 at 12:27 UTC as 21st comment | 6 replies
On article Women Photograph is a directory of female photographers (218 comments in total)

One day, maybe, we will wake up and recognize: it is not the other ethnicity, not the other gender, not the opposite party, not the other one that causes the issues in our world. One day, maybe, we will recognize that everyone of us contributes to that same world in multiple ways.
You see an issue worth complaining about? Then stop blaming and hating others, start to contribute in a constructive and respectful manner.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 00:25 UTC as 33rd comment | 1 reply

I assume the sports shots were done in AF-C and burst mode? For an objective evaluation of this / any camera's AF-C capabilities it would be nice to see all pictures coming from a burst, not only the keepers. Similar to DPR's bike test shot sequence where you can see focus quality for each single shot.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2017 at 15:22 UTC as 22nd comment | 3 replies
On article Hands-on with Ricoh's compact Pentax KP (638 comments in total)
In reply to:

FantasticMrFox: "... the KP will replace the K-3 II in Ricoh's APS-C lineup."

Unless you have official confirmation of Ricoh Imaging to that effect, I don't believe it. Knowledgable insiders (including an official Pentax Ambassador) have stated that this is NOT the K3 II successor, and it is missing important features of Pentax' top-of-the-line APS-C models, including dual card slots, a magnesium body, a top LCD etc. It also features an AF system that is now almost four years old, and a cheap screen.

This is definitely not a worthy K3 II successor. And in the highly unlikely case that it would be, I'd be off to another brand ...

Barney, let me express my / our appreciation for your patience with us - even when we are agitated, and in the heat of discussions sometimes are a pain in the ... Patience and lenience are more exemplary and commendable than responding with escalation and banning, as we experience in other instances.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 08:28 UTC
On article Hands-on with Ricoh's compact Pentax KP (638 comments in total)
In reply to:

solarider: Interesting review in Japanese, google translate it first:
http://www.yaotomi.co.jp/blog/used/2017/01/-pentax-kp.html
Lot's of interesting tidbits about the camera and the thought that went into it.
Excellent photos along K-1 and scale graphs with other makes to see size difference, etc.
Sorry, didn't mean to double post, somehow it looked like my first disappeared :-P

Very interesting review, answers a lot of questions. Recommended to everybody who is confused by the article here. Promising samples on its high-ISO capabilities. Unfortunately no AF test. Guess because of the preproduction unit. Thanks for the link.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 16:39 UTC
On article Hands-on with Ricoh's compact Pentax KP (638 comments in total)

Another article that causes confusion around a Pentax camera. In this case probably originally caused by Ricoh. I think the KP is definitely no successor to the K3(ii). There are different statements from Ricoh or close-to-Ricoh sources that position the KP as a mid-level APS-C camera, contradicting to what is beeing quoted here.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 15:16 UTC as 57th comment | 1 reply
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