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J A C S: I thought that Canon announced new lenses, not glass?

The table says that the 24-105 is f/2.8?

About the number of blades - I am very curious to see the starbursts of the new 24-105. With an even number of blades, you get fewer but longer spikes. For example, I really like what the 50L does (8 blades) with night shots. But the current 24-105 is not so great for that, same number of blades.

Scintilla, that is correct. I had the 21mm Limited until it was stolen and it was replaced by the HD version with the curved blades. Bokeh is better but losing the starburst effect. The coatings have no bearing on a starburst, it is all to do with the blades.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 17:48 UTC
On article Pentax K-70 real-world sample gallery (62 comments in total)
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pacnwhobbyist: Pentax colors are interesting. They definitely have a unique color palette compared to other camera makers. Impressive overall though.

I have always loved the Pentax Colour rendition, richer than (for me) a more muted output from Canon. Nikon I have found is in the middle.
But it is ultimately personal choice, some will prefer Canon, some Nikon and some Pentax.
The K-70 does seem a rather powerful little camera for the price.

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2016 at 18:11 UTC
On article 8 creative tips for shooting waterfalls (159 comments in total)

Number 8 needs some sort of title embossed in it for a TV show. "Twin Peaks" perhaps? ;-)

Personally, I like slowed down water shots, even if in some eyes it is a bit of a Cliche these days.

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2016 at 07:27 UTC as 38th comment

I still have it's forebear, the S5000. Occasionally I still give it a run out for fun.
Ergonomically it is still great, shoots RAW and even though it is 3MP, produces surprisingly good results. Shame Fuji don't produce a modern version.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2016 at 11:24 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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K1000usr: Some (most) of the dissatisfaction by Pentax fans here should be directed at Pentax. Not at DPR staff.

I am a Pentax fan, and yet have found the AF, flash support, Jpeg rendition lacking in this brand. The company should listen to its fans!

Keep up the good work, DPR. If your test has highlighted issues, more power to you, and thus to us consumers.

If DPR staff has given a silver rating to K1, along the likes of Canon 5DS, that is superb. And, for the price of K1, Pentax has done a great job. And they can do better.

Why be so bitter? The consumer is winning!

Like the Murphys, I'm not bitter....
Each generation of Pentax Body has got a better and faster AF system, I know, I have several generations since the *istDS. The K-1 is the best yet, from a Pentax point of view. It is no slouch, but it does lack behind the top end CaNikon models, especially in AF-C mode. Pentaxians like me have learned to adjust and anticipate. Now, if Ricoh really want to nail it, they should buy a D5 and 1DX mk2 strip them down and work out how a seriously fast AF system should be applied. In the meantime I will enjoy my K-1, knowing that in AF-S mode it is responsive and quick, and in AF-C mode, having to adapt my shooting (as I have done with all the other bodies), and get wonderful shots that the camera is producing.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 20:28 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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FantasticMrFox: Are you sure there is a 'limited lens selection'? Are you really sure?!

https://thefoxtakespictures.com/2016/05/13/pentax-and-the-no-lenses-myth/

"So here is a list of current, reasonably modern lenses for the K-1. All of them feature autofocus, are still in production or sold new and cover the full frame image circle. [...] That is 20 genuine Pentax lenses (5 zooms and 15 primes) and 14 third party offerings (8 zooms, 6 primes) for a total of 34 lenses. [...] So to recapitulate, Pentax has everything from 15 to 450 mm covered with high quality zooms, and there is a ton of primes from 14 to 560 mm, including macros, not less than four 35 and one 31 mm lenses and another four 50 mm ones. And if you are willing to manually focus, there is an entire world of lenses available used."

I won't go into the "AF performance" here as it has been said a lot. (I have not really seen any issues) but the lenses instead. Yes most of the DA zooms do not cover the sensor, but some do, 10-17 Fisheye is a case in point - at 15mm is does cover the sensor. As for the DA primes, well having the DA35, DA40 and DA50 I can confirm that they do cover the whole sensor without issue and produce wonderful imagery. But I guess Ricoh are covering their backs with the "stopped down" message.
I suppose that it appears that Pentax have a "limited" selection of new FF lenses,but even now what they have does cover a rather wide range of lengths. I would not be at all surprised if they have more new options than a certain Sony of this world.
Ultimately though, it comes down to enjoyment of Photography and how a lens renders the image and how pleasing it is to view and print. Above all I have found that taking shots with many old and new lenses fun again and that is what matters.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 18:44 UTC
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iudex: I believe there was no need to make this lens retractable. The original 55-300mm is pretty small for this zoom range and even a bit lighter than this new version.
As regards the new features I understand the benefit of these improvemens for video shooters, but for stills there is no real benefit, whereas the slower speed might be an issue (the original version is no speed demon and this one is even worse). Plus, the original version can be had for much less money (I remember some 260 SD price tag at B&H).
Anyhow, a new lens is always welcome, although I think there are APSC lenses that Pentax needs more (fast wideangle lenses, new 17-70, 16-50 and 50-135mm etc.).

The 55-300mm is not bad, but like you say, not a speed demon. However, I have found that it is quicker than the Tamron 70-300 put on my Nikon bodies. That thing is sloooowwwwww.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2016 at 17:01 UTC
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Ari Aikomus: Well... Maybe nice telezoom for APS-C K-70 camera, but where is new "70-300" zoom lens for fullframe K-1 !!??

They do have one, albeit not "officially". The DA*60-250 F4 is Full Frame capable, but of course only goes to 250mm. It is a start, but they really need a FF 70-300 to try and knock spots off the mighty Canon 70-300mm L lens.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2016 at 16:58 UTC
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JackM: Please look around the entire test image before commenting. It's not all roses.

And please remember that the K1 will be used WITHOUT PIXEL SHIFT 95% of the time. The terrible results without pixel shift are a dealbreaker, if this test shot is to be believed.

Lens issue.
I have already used about 8 different lenses on my K-1 this week and been very impressed with the performance.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2016 at 18:29 UTC
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futurewah: There is a lot to like about this camera, and I'm definitely interested. The only thing holding me back is the lack of modern, prime lenses. I think using Tamron's excellent zooms to make decent glass available was a good move, but I need and want primes on a sensor as good as this.

Why buy new? I have already taken shots with lenses 25, 40, even 50 years old on my K-1 and I am mightly impressed at both the lens and the body.
The SMC-F28mm F2.8 is a case in point, almost complete lack of CA and sharp! Even more so with the pixel shift. I will be using it an awful lot on my K-1

Link | Posted on May 5, 2016 at 21:39 UTC
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Nikman20: A clear rip-off of the excellent Godox original.

Thanks, I will look

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2016 at 21:23 UTC
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Nikman20: A clear rip-off of the excellent Godox original.

True, but looking at their website, they don't do the Elinchrom/Interfit version, only the Bowens one. If they did I would be happy.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2016 at 20:52 UTC

What a great idea. I have Elinchrom fit boxes and beauty dishes and I have been looking for something that I can use my flashguns out in the field. The fact that it is universal mount for any gun with the spring loaded jaws is perfect.
Not cheap mind, but probably worth it.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2016 at 20:15 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
On article In Fine Detail: Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R In-Depth Review (740 comments in total)
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srados: For me the best camera is made of: Nikon Body, Nikon AF, Canon lenses, Sony sensor, Fuji Film image simulation, Canon interface...and yes I am Canon Fan trying not to bias.I wish someone will make one for me. :)

Canon L lenses and Pentax Limiteds please. :-)

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2016 at 22:04 UTC
On article iPhone SE is a compact-sized iPhone 6s (184 comments in total)

I rather like it. iPhone 5 shape with processor and camera from the 6s. Could be the replacement for my 4s in a couple of months as it ticks most of the boxes for me (smaller size, fast processor etc) The camera bit is just a useful add-on.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2016 at 21:14 UTC as 48th comment

If this lens is as good as people are suggesting, both the C and S versions, I wish that Sigma would produce it with the K-Mount, especially with the K-1 about to be delivered.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2016 at 19:13 UTC as 3rd comment
On article The long, difficult road to Pentax full-frame (617 comments in total)

A very good article, I enjoyed reading.
Will I get the K-1? Yes I think I will.
I always thought that my first foray to FF digital would have been a D700 to use with my Nikon primes, but then again, having a number of K-mount lenses, Old and "digitally" optimised, the K-1 makes so much sense. So that was the decision.
Yes, I will be getting some of the New lenses as well, but the whole point of photography and kit, is have fun using lenses of different types, old and new, appreciating their pluses and minuses, but loving the results.
Sure I have a range of so called "Pro" spec optics for my work, which are superb, but I gain more fun from the older stuff.
I can't wait. :-)

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2016 at 21:15 UTC as 6th comment
On article Worth the wait? A look inside the Pentax K-1 (651 comments in total)
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marc petzold: The K-1 looks damn sexy for a DSLR, i must admit. ;)
Way cheaper than a Nikon D810, too. I'm way curious *if* Pentax/Ricoh can manage to get at least the same DR out of this proven 36 MP FF Sensor Design.

Kudos to Ricoh, better a FF Pentax DSLR late, then never. Now it only have to be good enough compared to Nikon.

Pentax's PRIME processor does seem to get superior DR than Nikon can out of the same sensor for some reason. With that in Mind I am sure that the DR will be better than the D810.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 22:31 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2652 comments in total)
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Seumas: I would like to thank dpreview for spending so much attention to the K1
but i just wonder what about the 50mm f2 in the picture about the use of vintage lenses?

the most common 50mm MF is the f1.7 version, another common and appreciated 50mm 's the f1.4 version.. So why did you choose (and maybe use?) the cheapest f.2 version?

I agree that the nifty F1.7 is the sweetest of the 50mm lenses, but the newer DA50mm F1.8 runs it awfully close. :-)

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 19:21 UTC
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