gravelhopper

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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 21st comment | 3 replies
On article Hands-on with Ricoh's compact Pentax KP (638 comments in total)
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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)
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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
On article Hands-on with Ricoh's compact Pentax KP (638 comments in total)
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maxmarra: that fake pentaprism look hump on top made the camera look like rhinoceros

Ok, then clearer phrased comments would help. I guess Ricoh thinks the KP sells better if it resembles the K1.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 15:08 UTC
On article Hands-on with Ricoh's compact Pentax KP (638 comments in total)
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maxmarra: that fake pentaprism look hump on top made the camera look like rhinoceros

The hump does contain a pentaprism, not a pentamirror. So what is fake about it? Applying "alternative facts" speek?

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 11:54 UTC
On article Hands-on with Ricoh's compact Pentax KP (638 comments in total)

Many commenters here see the KP intended to be a K3x successor or a K1 for the APS-C line.

I suggest the following thoughts: this camera does not intend to be all this and does not intend to be the flagship in the Pentax APS-C line. It rather is an attempt to combine traditional Pentax strengths with some MILC features, resulting in a camera that is not another typical DSLR iteration, indistinguishable from other DSLR offerings. Also: Ricoh/Pentax, like any other camera brand, need to deliver every year a certain number of new models. These models do not always come with the latest and greatest features. What I hope for: that Ricoh is working on a significant improvement with their AF. This may take some more time - and when achieved will be delivered as a real new flagship APS-C body with all the bells and whistles that we are hoping for. Until then I keep holding onto my K5ii which for me and my subject (candid people shooting under available light) is the almost perfect camera.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 10:14 UTC as 89th comment | 3 replies
On article Hands-on with Ricoh's compact Pentax KP (638 comments in total)

My primary subject is shooting candid portraiture under available light conditions. To me the KP body design, ergonomics and tilting screen look mostly very good for that purpose. The body fitted with small grip and a limited prime as an unobtrusive street shooter. Equipped with the big grip, battery grip and fast zoom lens for demanding assignments like weddings where a more pronounced size is not an issue. What I hope for: that this camera also delivers in the AF and low light department, and also is no let down with the details in button ergonomics. I have the K5ii which delivers big time in most aspects that are relevant to me, only even better AF and, important, a tilting screen would make it perfect.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 09:06 UTC as 97th comment
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2674 comments in total)
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mxx: Well, as a Pentax user I'm convinced now that the K1 cannot take pictures of people on moving bicycles. But luckily that still leaves cars, aeroplanes, birds etc. So all is not lost.

Rishi: I reread the AF references in the review just now. There are text changes in AF and conclusion sections, formulations that lead everybody to understand "AF-S fails half the time" (paraphrased) were removed/changed. Your AF-S references are now much more differenciated and comparable to our experience. But now you are going at me and blaming me for the old misleading text? Wow. An anouncement in the article or a hint in your personal response that you adjusted the text would have been fair.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 05:57 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2674 comments in total)

There is not only the undifferenciated conclusions for AF. Also regarding pixel shift: why does DPR only test the limits of the system, going with its photographed subject almost beyond its stated scope of application? Your test is valid and appreciated. But why not also test with really still subjects having finest details? (the city scape picture is not suited since mostly lacking any relevant details. There are many better examples from users and other sites) Why not in addition show where Pentax implementation of pixel shift shines?

There is valid criticism, no doubt. But the sum of omissions and invalid criticisms leaves a bad taste.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 04:00 UTC as 221st comment | 4 replies
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2674 comments in total)
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mxx: Well, as a Pentax user I'm convinced now that the K1 cannot take pictures of people on moving bicycles. But luckily that still leaves cars, aeroplanes, birds etc. So all is not lost.

Carey: we are fighting about nuances in writing that can make worlds of difference in meaning. If the article had said "There can be no doubt that the K-1 AF is capable of excellent photographs of a wide variety of subjects, and at a very high level of image quality to boot. Still, the AF tracking is poor compared to what other more capable systems can deliver" you guys wouldn't need to spend your nights responding to our irritated posts. Carey and the review team: all your efforts are well appreciated :-)

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 03:38 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2674 comments in total)
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mxx: Well, as a Pentax user I'm convinced now that the K1 cannot take pictures of people on moving bicycles. But luckily that still leaves cars, aeroplanes, birds etc. So all is not lost.

Carey: that is exactly the issue with the article. It does not say that "there can be no doubt that the K-1 AF is capable of excellent photographs of a wide variety of subjects, and at a very high level of image quality to boot". Because of that blanket statement "poor AF" and the (paraphrased) "half AF-S failed" (whitch is impossible) the review basically sais that the K1 is not capable of all that. We know that K1 tracking is behind other brands' tracking. Still it is capable of great action pictures as posts in Pentax forum proove. The problem with your tracking test is that only latest and greatest tracking systems with high on-chip intelligence can pass it while less intelligent tracking systems completely fail. Your test assumes less intelligence on the user side than a Pentax user is capable to apply. This is what some of uf us try to convey but seems to be ignored in defense of your test methodology.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 03:18 UTC
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