bilmenot

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I am a Pentaxian and have been waiting for this for long time, but I don't like the silver version including all previous silver versions. I agree it looks cheap and plasticky although Pentax uses metal in most part of the body, this silver just look odd to me, especially when you compare it with the metal mount. No metal afaik has this color except real silver, and silver is not an attractive color to me, I wonder why Pentax bother to paint silver on real metal body ?? I don't know how to post a photo of my heavily used K3 with black paint peeled off on the top to show the grayish metal, or can I ?

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2020 at 01:28 UTC as 52nd comment | 2 replies
On article Are mechanical film cameras better than electronic? (365 comments in total)

I still got a Pentax KX, Super A, a Fujica ST-605, a Praktica MTL3, a Russian Fed 2, a Lomo Leningrad (wind up camera), and a newly purchased lazer cut K mount pinhole cap, it is fun to play with them ha !

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2020 at 02:19 UTC as 23rd comment
On article Ricoh introduces HD Pentax-D FA* 85mm F1.4 lens (468 comments in total)
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xeppelin: wow. 1899 usd / € 1999 for a non-stabilized, tiny niche brand DSLR-only 85/1.4 in 2020. some people really must have too much money.

Meanwhile the excellent Canon EF 85/1.4 L IS works flawlessly on mirrorslappers as well as mirrorfree EOS R bodies and can be had for about € 1300 after cashback. or one can pick it up in hardly used mint condition or a Canon EF 85/1.2 L II for well under a grand.

Pentax ... a value proposition. not.

Who need stabilization on Pentax lens !? the good about Pentax is it has IBIS that save a lot on lens design. IMHO Pentax is for those love photography not those make money with it, I've no comment on this gigantic lens and I can't afford it.

Link | Posted on May 29, 2020 at 06:42 UTC
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bilmenot: No matter how promising the specs are I only wish for a more reliable and sturdy connector, I can not recall where I read about the magnetic typc C connector, not those after market ones with changeable tips but the socket itself is magnetic, currently both the type A and type C are not tight enough, ex. my phone always get bad connection while charging and transferring files, both the PC and phone end has loose connection.

This is what I'm talking about, it was long before the aftermarket magnetic type C with changeable tip.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/MagSafe

My problem with type C is not foreign substance blocking but losing tension in the contacts, sometimes I can't get quick charge then I use the flip side and worked, and I can not move the phone while transferring files or the connection will break.

Regarding the various types of digital display interface AFAIK they are inter-changeable with re-wiring or simple circuitry, unlike VGA that requires D/A conversion and takes power from the ports or external power source, exception is DVI that can have VGA in it. I see the trend that DP is getting more use on notebooks like the ms surface, as well as Lenovo desktop.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2020 at 23:29 UTC

No matter how promising the specs are I only wish for a more reliable and sturdy connector, I can not recall where I read about the magnetic typc C connector, not those after market ones with changeable tips but the socket itself is magnetic, currently both the type A and type C are not tight enough, ex. my phone always get bad connection while charging and transferring files, both the PC and phone end has loose connection.

Link | Posted on May 2, 2020 at 00:21 UTC as 19th comment | 6 replies

This is no news, since it has no LCD why bother ?

https://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2013/08/20/history-doomed-to-repeat-project-promises-digital-cartridge-for-film-slrs

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2020 at 02:12 UTC as 23rd comment

As long as non computing and networking related products I am still fine with made in china due to the cost, actually chinese workers pay more attention to detail in the manufacturing. For example I got a folding solar charger from Sun Power made in Mexico and it broke in few months due to poor connection, I got a replacement of the same product from china and it is much more sturdy and pretty. I believe Asian 'work more hard' and used to the poor working condition than the Westerner, it is not easy to move back the industries to the origin without raising the cost and we consumer will suffer.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2020 at 03:27 UTC as 26th comment
On article Opinion: Film photography has found its feet again (635 comments in total)
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TwoMetreBill: Film is for polluters.

I use high efficient LED lighting in my home, and have a small Solar panel setup enough to charge up my digital camera and cell phone ..etc. so that I feel less guilty using them. I can re-view the one time polluting printed photos thousands of time without killing some trees each time. There is hidden polluting cost in digital, not only the photographer but also everyone received the photos electronically are to bear.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2020 at 06:29 UTC
On article Opinion: Film photography has found its feet again (635 comments in total)
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Jimmy Simpleton: The truth hurts, but the plain fact of the matter is that digital won the battle, just the same way the automobile triumphed over the horse & buggy, even though the latter "is still an option that's available to people."

It is not a machines to animals comparison, a Tesla to Toyota one make more sense to me.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2020 at 23:19 UTC
On article Opinion: Film photography has found its feet again (635 comments in total)
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TwoMetreBill: Film is for polluters.

Sorry I can not fully agree with that, how much battery power it takes in the making of the digital image ? how much more it takes for re-viewing, delete and re-shooting ? and how much more when you distribute the image to your clients and friends the list goes on... since film normally has 36 frames or less in a roll, we have to be careful to spend each of them, on the other hand in digital we can easily produce 10 frames or more in seconds and pick the best one, and you know most of the electric power generated today is still from polluting source, until someday we go fully renewable solar and wind...etc., and hopefully some day scientist can develop something non polluting to replace current film and chemicals.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2020 at 02:24 UTC
On article Opinion: Film photography has found its feet again (635 comments in total)

I started photography as hobby some 30yrs. ago, and spent some times in the dark room, I am not a pro but I learned a lot in the hobby and still interested in shooting film. IMO anyone interested in photography should start with film, digital is 'too easy' to manage, we don't need to care too much about the exposure and even to hold the camera steady, but in the old days every great photo is hard-earned. There are specific problem with digital sensor that does not exist on film, what most people care about these days are how to pixel peek deep and produce a great looking photo with heavy POST, I don't like that.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2020 at 02:05 UTC as 38th comment | 2 replies

Nice, but I still like my CAMS Pro more, it can be attached to any strap.

https://www.google.com/search?q=cams+camera+plate&sxsrf=ACYBGNSh_LD5zHKWocglq5WxIqKhX6dJlw:1580522688153&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwil34vroa_nAhUSFogKHRQLDwYQ_AUoAXoECAsQAw&biw=1680&bih=881#imgrc=kMlBy3iVhv8uaM:

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2020 at 02:07 UTC as 1st comment

Well this is quite a task to build the camera from scratch, almost. Nowadays many people consider putting readily available parts together as 'building' something, no they are only assembly something ! many people say they build their own computer, I did so many times too, it was simply go to the shop to buy the motherboard, CPU, RAM, Drive, SSD, PSU.... and then put them together and connect the cables that's all ! hardly anyone of us really building something. But frankly we can't build each and every parts from scratch it is only possible in the factory, I consider building something as long as we do the soldering down to the component level, 3D print the casing and write our own program to run the thing. I consider Sean is building the camera coz he produce the sensor from parts, he 3D print the case...etc., and most importantly he knew all about electronics, optics and programming, so that if he own a factory he could really build something from scratch.

Link | Posted on Jan 2, 2020 at 03:03 UTC as 9th comment

I feel this kind of range is bit too short, I won't consider it for portrait use that requires 85-135mm IMO, I always want something around 24-105 or to 135mm F4 at the long end so that enough for everyday use.

Link | Posted on Dec 24, 2019 at 06:41 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On article Hands-on with the Peak Design Everyday Backpack V2 (121 comments in total)
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bilmenot: I bought this cheaper and near prefect bag recently, it got a reasonable large and expansible water bottle pouch, and it got a narrow but useful waist strap, also cross straps at the outside for your jacket, the best of all is the roll up top you can adjust to fit your gear and stuffs, I don't see why I need the Peak Design !

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07S72P77T/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Whatever, the design and build quality of the bag not the brand name we are after right !? there are 2 things I insisted on backpack not only for camera use. I insisted a medium size pack must have a waist strap to relieve the shoulder from heavy load, and a large enough water bottle pouch, most camera backpacks only have a small and tight elastic mesh pouch for water bottle that sharing space with the main compartment, I do not use water bag coz the space is for my notebook/tablet. I've seen enough PD types of bags that looks good and 'sleek', but they are form fitted and boxy, where roll top bags can be expanded or compressed as needed and give a more relax look. I got another larger tactical backpack designed for camera use, it has enough external storage space and allows for attachment, it is tough and heavy duty made with Cordura fabric but cost less than all main stream camera backpacks of the same size why bother the PD !? also got a Lowe sport AW but hated it the first day !

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2019 at 04:22 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Peak Design Everyday Backpack V2 (121 comments in total)

I bought this cheaper and near prefect bag recently, it got a reasonable large and expansible water bottle pouch, and it got a narrow but useful waist strap, also cross straps at the outside for your jacket, the best of all is the roll up top you can adjust to fit your gear and stuffs, I don't see why I need the Peak Design !

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07S72P77T/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2019 at 09:49 UTC as 21st comment | 2 replies
On article Nikon Z50 review (1992 comments in total)

My first impression looking at the front page photo is the Z50 has a shift mount or 'prism' ha ! (oh no I disclosed the secret of a new design !!)

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2019 at 03:48 UTC as 263rd comment

A 21st century design to produce image of the 20s I don't know art, if you have money to burn save it for the winter ! I got another metal cap with lazer cut pinhole I am happy with it, but for hardcore 6K shooter this might be a great piece to produce that cinerama look !

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2019 at 01:01 UTC as 49th comment
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RStyga: BS article. DP, get serious, this is Fart, not art.

I could donate a toilet roll for this project

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2019 at 09:46 UTC

I am little disappointed coz it is not based on the Foven sensor there is no breakthru' at all, squeezing the electronics into a tiny package is not too hard a thing these days, the boxy camera looked uncomfortable to hold and operate, lack of a mechanical shutter and electronic only IS is a step back, may be new lenses with OIS will compensate for that. The good thing is the FF sensor does not have very high resolution (I would call it pixel density) meaning bigger photosite thus better low light performance, dynamic range and lower noise, will surely produce cleaner sharper image. But still, I will certainly not to buy this camera but the SDQ-H, and I don't shoot video so the fp is not my wanted item.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2019 at 04:35 UTC as 134th comment | 2 replies
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