Brett St Pierre

Brett St Pierre

Lives in Brisbane, Qld
Works as a Finance
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Joined on Jan 13, 2004


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vesa1tahti: Pentax? Still alive?

You? Still hiding in the dark like a mushroom?

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2017 at 04:03 UTC
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Edamuas: Hello everybody,
Pentax K1 seems to be much better than others FF, but nobody talks about it, why?

Err @ttran88 it's a Canon article but they talk about Nikon and Sony.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2016 at 22:12 UTC
On article Pentax K-70 real-world sample gallery (66 comments in total)
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Gesture: Expose for the shadows, develop for the highlights. We seem to need to flip that around in the digital era.

Good solid product from Pentax.

Ah, Bruce Fraser. He knew his stuff, rest his soul..

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2016 at 11:52 UTC
On article A photographer's guide to Cuba (47 comments in total)
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timo: I spent time in Cuba last year.

Great place - nice people, not yet cynical (as in, e.g., Thailand) by over-exposure to tourism. Myanmar is at a similarly attractive, but temporary, stage of development. (Pre-revolutionary history of Cuba is sobering reading, as sad in its way as what has happened since.)

The cars are photographically stunning, but most have lost their original engines, most of the burbling eight-cylinder units replaced by clanky diesels from Russia and Japan. There aren't that many mechanically original runners beyond the highly restored examples that carry tourists around in Havana. Some, but most are not.

My main advice would be to make the effort to get out of Havana and see the rest of the island - the provincial capitals are little gems in their own right, not yet blessed by economic development.

Galleries here.

And here's a car:

I agree with your comments, Tim. My Cuba trip was in 2001 but I don't think the photographic opportunities still abound. Havana is a photographic treasure trove but regional Cuba has endless photographic opportunity. Back in 2001 I was shooting Fujichrome Velvia 50 (think now about being limited to ISO 50?) for slides.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2016 at 12:51 UTC
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Random Asian Guy: I thought Pentax/Ricoh had the patent for the 2X180 degree fish eye design.

I like that it is weather proof, but I think the theta is a better design. You want the device further away from the hand so it doesn't have the stitching problems.

I think a better design would be a built in selfie stick with tripod mount on the bottom and extra battery power in the handle and the trigger button away from the device.

Please. No. More. Selfie. Sticks. Every one you see grab and break them. Inane tourists clogging up travel destinations selfie sticking themselves. Everybody I know detests them and the people who use them.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 13:57 UTC
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smozes: Is this basically similar to Perfectly Clear Desktop? One thing PC is missing is working with RAW and as an extension to Photos (have to export back and forth).

That sounds kind of annoying

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2015 at 08:56 UTC
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harveysteeves: Considering the price of these cameras, the benefits of these programs should be built in. This just shows how bad current service is.

But the 645Z is pretty cheap for a medium format. Nothing really comes close.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2015 at 11:37 UTC
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mmcfine: Honestly, I barely see any difference from when I used the K2000 crop 8 years ago and my latest full-frame 6D. Full-frame is merely a dimension or ratio aspect we, for some odd reason cling to and manufacturers exploit.

I'm not dissatisfied with highish ISO on the K-3. For me depth of field control is why I'll strongly consider supplementing my K-3 with this (K-1?). I like to shoot shallow DOF with fast primes (I have all 3 x FA Limiteds and others up to 300mm) at moderate focal lengths. When I was young I shot some medium format. 6x6cm with an even a simple 75mmF2.8 lens? That was nice. 50mmF1.4 on FF is going to be nice

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2015 at 12:22 UTC
On article Bang for the Buck: Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Review (719 comments in total)
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samfan: Hmmmm. I've been waiting for M10 II and I jumped on my chair when I learned it already exists. I like the M10 but what's been putting me off was the EVF, so I was waiting for mark II with a 2+ mil. dot EVF.

Now it's here and I find myself being put off by AF-C performance. Eh... M10 III I suppose?

I agree that the EVF needed a big improvement. The M10 was my first camera with an EVF and frankly it's disappointing after using a quality mirror DSLR. My main system is Pentax K-3 (the Oly M10 is for when I'm cycling or want to travel light) and totally smashes the M10 for viewfinder experience. The clarity, focus point, depth of field judgement just isn't there on the EVF like there is with the mirror viewfinder. All around I really like the Oly M10, good AF, reasonable handling and I still wouldn't be with the EVF even if it's inferior to normal DSLR --- but Oly, why the nutty reverse direction of the lens zoom ring? - it's totally counterintuitive.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 12:05 UTC
On article Very flashy: Ricoh unveils Pentax K-S1 DSLR (197 comments in total)
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Unexpresivecanvas: I just finished using the automatic dishwasher and after seeing all its flashing lights I realized where "P" engineers got the inspiration for this amazing "photographic" innovation. I am sure the pictures from this camera will be better thanks to all the cute LEDs :)

Oh miss my now dead ME Super :( Those days we very different

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2014 at 10:22 UTC
On article Ricoh announces Pentax K-3 Prestige Edition (166 comments in total)
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select: I think the K-3 is the best aps-c on the market, in this color is awesome!
but they should make some more lenses and a FF camera...

Actually Pentax has the biggest range of APS-C specific lenses. An FF body IS the missing piece however but that would require updating a lot film era lenses

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2014 at 00:40 UTC
On article Hands on with the Pentax 645Z (705 comments in total)
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JonB1975: Want, want, want....... My first dream camera since the 1Ds MkII! As for those people saying Ansel Adams would never touch something like this - How the hell would you know???

Well said Robgo2!!

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2014 at 08:25 UTC
On article Hands on with the Pentax 645Z (705 comments in total)
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Jurka: I think it is "crop" medium format, only slightly larger than conventional ff cameras.

Same as the other digital medium formal the sensor has approx 60% extra surface area over FF sensors. That's quite a bit..

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2014 at 08:21 UTC
On article Hands on with the Pentax 645Z (705 comments in total)
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RDMPhotos: Starting with the 645AF system kept Costs down (R&D, ect.) & has paid off with the 645D becoming the cheapest Medium format camera on the market & now this new even cheaper Z version.
But it's sad how many professionals still scoff at it.

I mentioned the 645D to a former professor of mine, back about 5 or so years ago , when we were just chatting and he was talking about renting a another Medium Format camera with a Digital back , to do some work; a Shoot he was commissioned to do in Japan. He was surprised at the price and said "well yea that's Cheep, and I could probably afford to buy one of those on credit, but it's probably a 'you get what you pay for thing' Pentax is not known for it high end professional quality, but more as a middle of the road camera company, and I don't want to end up spending 3 times as many hours post processing as opposed to the shots that I get from a Professional Medium format camera that I could just rent when I need to"

Yea HIS WORDS, and NOT Mine.

He obviously is ignorant of history of medium format / professional photography and Pentax's long history with such classics as the 67.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2014 at 07:35 UTC
On article Eye-Fi Mobi Wi-Fi SD card review (107 comments in total)

I got an Eye-Fo Mobi a few months for a cycling/camping trip so that I could update my blog using my iPhone everynight. I shot all images on my Pentax DSLR in RAW (Eye-Fi Mobi doesn't see these) and at the end of the day then edit/convert in camera to 5mp JPEG those I wanted to publish same day. The Eye-Fi Mobi just sees the JPEGs (and mov files if you shoot movies),ignores the RAW so doesn't waste time on the upload. It'll also ignore JPEGs uploaded previously. Since you're doing a one off upload of maybe 10-12 images once a day the battery drain on both camera and phone was minimal.

In my circumstance I was able to travel relatively light (no room for laptop or tablet) but was easily able to publish daily or through the day if I wished.

I've got a FluCard Pro for my new Pentax K-3 but while it has more functionality available, it isn't as simple to use like the Eye-Fi Mobi was for what I wanted to do on that trip

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2014 at 03:42 UTC as 28th comment
On article DxOMark recommends lenses for the Pentax K-3 (27 comments in total)
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JEROME NOLAS: Pentax has the worst lens line up. The odd focal lengths, too slow, too expensive. Will they ever change? What's wrong with almost all lens makers(Sony are you listening?) At least Sigma tries harder!!!

Traditionaly with the Limited lenses Pentax labels the lens the actual focal length (e.g. 31mm or 77mm) rather than round the number to 75mm or 30mm as other makers do (and Pentax does for it's standard lenses). Of course 43mm on full frame was the 'true normal' being the diagional of 24mm x 36mm frame. The slower apertures of some (e.g. 21mm F3.2) are a design compromise to make a very small and light lens... obviosuly an area Pentax sees as a niche in the DSLR market. And in many cases these lenses perform wide open where some people won't use their faster primes wide open due to poor performance at wide apertures.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2014 at 02:19 UTC

I've pre-orded this lens for my Pentax K-3 but was in two minds due to it's large size & weight. It potentially replaces 3 of the 5 prime lenses I currently walk about with (15mm F4, 21mm F3.2, 31mm F1.8, 43mm F1.9 77mm F1.8) but it's not exactly true when the article says that the Sigma will give us something APS-C shooters don't have now (i.e. wide aperture except perhaps there aren't too many 18mm F1.8 lenses). Us prime shooters have that already.

Anyway, given the reported image quality, the Sigma zoom is at least more convenient than a bunch of primes however they are much more unobstrusive...

Link | Posted on Dec 31, 2013 at 03:43 UTC as 4th comment
On article DPReview Gear of the Year: Canon Rebel SL1 / EOS 100D (273 comments in total)
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iudex: I do not doubt that SL1 is a nice small camera, but praising it as there were no small camera+lens combos in the past is not really fair. Take any entry-level DSLR from Pentax, add an extra small 40mm XS lens and the combo will be even smaller than SL1 with 40mm STM lens.
Tha same with a zoom lens: Canon has nothing to compete with ultra-compact 20-40mm Limited zoom.

>> Canon could learn a lot from Pentax's Limited lenses in particular

> definitely not ... maybe yes for users who have wrong idea about photography.

Please elaborate. I've been shooting for 30 years, 3 brands (Canon, Minolta, Pentax), many good prime and zoom lenses and they all have their uses. Weddings and travel I use mainly zooms. Street I like primes. A small body and 2 or 3 small primes are a joy for the enthusiast to wander with. My son is learning photography with just one prime. It teaches him to move to frame not zoom to frame and from that you learn other things about composition. I don't understand your comment about being for users who have the wrong idea about photography. I'd say it's the right idea about photography.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2013 at 12:44 UTC
On photo DSC_0351 in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (7 comments in total)

So lens is Nikkor 105mm on full frame sensor and the Focal Length recorded for the image is 135mm. What am I missing?

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2013 at 12:09 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On a photo in the Nikon Df samples gallery sample gallery (7 comments in total)

So lens is Nikkor 105mm on full frame sensor and the Focal Length recorded for the image is 135mm. What am I missing?

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2013 at 12:09 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
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