miles green

miles green

Lives in Greece Corfu, Greece
Joined on Jun 12, 2010

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cits: Wonder if anyone has tried taking 2 cameras with backs taped together, lens that can shoot 180 degrees and use remote shutter release & then stitched together the images...better yet, 4 cameras with their corners touching..LOL

Ricoh Theta, it's been out for years.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2016 at 21:22 UTC

How does it compare to the Ricoh Theta?

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2016 at 21:21 UTC as 19th comment | 3 replies
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2610 comments in total)
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miles green: @dpreview
In the conclusions you state "Another point of frustration was the fact that the focus points aren't illuminated in the viewfinder until focus is confirmed, which makes it hard to even find your AF point to know where to place it in low light conditions. "
If you press the focus mode button (on the side of the body) while you are shooting, all the active AF points light up (1, 9, 25 or 33 depending on your settings). I think this is the feature you were missing?

Chris, my point is that reading the text, a reader understands that the feature is completely missing rather than "cumbersome to use". After all, it's just a button away, no menu digging or anything.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2016 at 21:32 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2610 comments in total)

@dpreview
In the conclusions you state "Another point of frustration was the fact that the focus points aren't illuminated in the viewfinder until focus is confirmed, which makes it hard to even find your AF point to know where to place it in low light conditions. "
If you press the focus mode button (on the side of the body) while you are shooting, all the active AF points light up (1, 9, 25 or 33 depending on your settings). I think this is the feature you were missing?

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2016 at 13:09 UTC as 77th comment | 12 replies
On article Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Sample Gallery (267 comments in total)

I'm impressed, it's so sharp and still -renders beautifully! Yes i saw the cat's eye bokeh (picture 3 for example) but i'm fine with that, it's like the Pentax 77 ltd. I hope Pentax makes a lens that can compete with this, despite the size and pricetag.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2016 at 07:21 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2610 comments in total)
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asp1880: This AF-C discussion ought to be winding down by now. So perhaps I shouldn't be posting this then...
Anyway - two things:
1. I trust the DPR AF-C test. Its results on the Pentax cameras mirror my own experiences very well. My own K-3 also usually adjusts the focus only every second or third exposure in an AF-C burst. And I've shot a good amount of competitive bike racing with it.
2. The Pentax system is actually capable of shooting AF-C sequences where it adjusts the focus for every shot, even at closer range. I've seen this a number of times. But it's rare.

Regards,
--Anders.

merci.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2016 at 23:46 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2610 comments in total)
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avr70: I am owner of Pentax K10D and just thinking about upgrade to K-1. I am thankful for DPR for this review. There is no need to make new AFC test. Because at this same test we see, that there is AF hits and misses in same series, with just same circumstances. And this is my experience too. I have lot of K10 pictures from my very active dog. And there are lot of hits and misses. Most of misses are not due AF, but from handheld blur. I don`t take photos from my dog, jumping around, on tripod. For handheld, active dog, photos, I need as minimum 1/250 with F5,6 from start. Usually I need ISO 800. Btw dog is not very contrast in nature and AF need more time, than on black and white. Dog is actually hard target. So I think, that with K-1 there will be 1/5 usable dog shots, as my K10D have 1/10 usable shots (as I mentioned, most have handheld blur, K10D usable ISO is limited by 400 ). I doubt, that Nikon are able better, than 1/3 usable dog shots. We have too much expectations.

The K-1 is much much better than my K5 i've been shooting with up to now. You will be getting much better than 1/5 usable dog shots, more like 4/5 tack sharp in my case, using a *portrait* lens! It's going to be a huuuge upgrade for you in every aspect, the K10 is 10 years old...

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2016 at 23:22 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2610 comments in total)
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mediter: Very sad that the AF is not up to scratch for such a wonderful camera. Was hoping they sort it out and bring it up to par with the big boys.

Those passionate Pentaxarians must realise that when reviewers criticise the AF system of Pentax they are simply reporting thier findings. There is no point denying the AF system is not up to scratch and for me if one cannot AF on a moving bicycle, it is unacceptable. Pick up a Nikon to compare and you will realise its AF system is fast, faultless and infallible. That is why sadly I had to go back to Nikon after I had switched to Pentax although I still have a nice collection of lenses.

Unfortunately, Pentax AF system of today has not yet even caught up with Nikon's and Canon's accuracy of the film era.

The rest of the things Pentax do is outstanding and marvellous... but not good enough for my needs, could be for yours, however.

@Duncan
Thank you for that link @chassimages, very interesting how they have a lab setup dedicated to scientific and repeatable AF-C testing.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2016 at 23:16 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2610 comments in total)
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Weekend Photoguy: Is anyone else seeing problems with reaching focus at infinity with A series lenses? The first weekend I tried my K-1, I noticed that all distant landscapes shot with my Pentax A 24/f2.8 were soft, but I just figured I messed something up. However, now that I've spent more time with the camera, I'm learning that there are a number of A-series lenses that it won't work with (a brand new Rokinon 14mm/f2.8 is another example). I'm wondering if others are seeing this or if it's only my camera. Note that these lenses work fine on my other Pentax cameras (an ist*D and a K20D). I'm getting the impression that Pentax my have changed the flange to sensor distance just enough to make it impossible to reach focus with some earlier lenses, but I'd like to confirm this.

No the flange distance is the same. But 36 mpx is quite demanding, so being a little off will show. Old manual lens can be properly calibrated by a technician. Samyang has a history of mis-placed infinity stops, but that is also fixable.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 13:25 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2610 comments in total)
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WordsOfFarewell: If there was a decent UWA lens that takes screw in filters I'd by one - I just don't find these square filters very practical in harsh environments.

Seems like for lowlight this is the camera to go, just like me beloved K5 was back in the day for crop. I expected excellency out of Pentax and they delivered on their promises.

The IRIX 15mm will be available in K mount. Pentax has one on its lens timeline. There are a number of Pentax and Sigma UWAs from the past. You can now convert most Nikon F mount lenses to K mount using a Leitax mount conversion bayonnet. Some Zeisses have been lonverted, Leicas etc.
I just got a used M20mm f/4 and love it, despite its poor corners. 90% of the image is of very high quality and the filters are 49mm, like all the limiteds (spare the 31 and 20-40). The lens is tiiiiiiny by any standards and always makes it into my bag together with a full filter set.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 13:14 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2610 comments in total)
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gravelhopper: I do not know if someone else already summed up to what the AF / AF-S discussion boils down - so here is my take: It is irritating that DPRs test procedures makes them dismiss the K1 AF in their conclusion with "poor AF", and in their autofocus section dismiss even the AF-S as failing about half the time - while literally all K1 users are happy with the K1 AF (operating within its limits respectively compensating its limits with skill, see plenty examples on Pentax DSLR forum).
This should raise questions: if (a) either DPR test procedures do not match how real world K1 users apply their K1 or (b) the K1 users are plain stupid to not notice their failing AF.
Plus, it remains to be asked if DPR used a faulty body / lens: I have never heard of or used a Pentax AF-S failing about half the time (no matter if center point, border point or auto).
Regarding AF-C and tracking: for me no doubt here, the Pentax implementation is miles behind what other manufacturers deliver.

That's exactly how I feel Barry, the swerving biker test is for Nikon's 3D tracking, which is great. But Pentax doasn't work that way. Tracking like you do is more of a norm, and the way Pentax expects their cameras to be used. It works pretty well, as you and Mike have demonstrated over and over again, without saying it is at sports-camera level. AF should be tested like that too, but I'm sure it's harder to do a scientific panning test.....

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 13:07 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2610 comments in total)
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John McMillin: I'm not worried about lack of available Pentax lenses. There are new versions of the two lenses that every ambitious photog/lens collector seems to require, the f2.8 zooms that cover 24-200 mm. Within that range lies a range of luscious primes and Limiteds. The real shortage is in the long telephoto range. That's important to many, but still it's a market niche, not a universal weakness.

next year we should see a number of primes and zooms, according to the Pentax lens roadmap

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 01:53 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2610 comments in total)
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PhotoRotterdam: I'm curious how the images will stack up against a Hasselblad XD1.

The Hassy IQ should be the same (give or take) as Pentax 645Z, and current Hassy and PhaseOne cameras with the Sony 50 mpx sensor. Not having a shutter or mirror and those leaf-shutter lenses should be an advantage is many cases. But i fear for the Hassy's AF-C performance....

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 01:50 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2610 comments in total)
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JhvaElohimMeth: I sold my Pentax gear due to poor AF in almost every kind of light. As a wedding photographer that would be frustrating.

I feel very confident with Canon 6D... Pentax K1 and poor AF means lost pictures.
Bye Pentax, try to catch canikon in AF performance, and then we'll see!
I would like to return in Pentax world, I would like to try in a wedding the limited series... 31, 43 and 77mm. But if you are 10 years behind in terms of AF... there's no match!

Whaaat? Are you talking about the 6D with a single cross type AF point, as opposed to the K-1's 25? Back when the 6D came out, yes Pentax low light AF was terrible (i tried a 6D when it came out, and it wiped the floor with my K-5 in low light). But the K-1 is in a different league. And the 3 limiteds at such events.. so sweet! :)

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 01:43 UTC
On photo Norwegian Coast in the Best Landscape with at least one Lighthouse in it. challenge (12 comments in total)

Superb picture! The clouds are a bit too hdr-ish for my taste, but that's a post-processing thing. The image is spectacular!

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 16:46 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2610 comments in total)
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onlooker: It would have added a little ace in the hole for Pentax had it provided for interchangeable focusing screens to distinguish itself from the pack. Alas, no. From Pentax website http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/english/products/k-1/feature/04.html :

"The focusing screen is fixed on the camera body, and is not interchangeable."

I had an ee-S screen installed in my K-5 because i didn't like the factory one. I was worried about the non-interchangeable screen, but i can vouch for the one they have installed in the K-1 - it's a good screen.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 06:53 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 real-world sample gallery (143 comments in total)
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Zvonimir Tosic: Let's see for how long DxO will delay K-1 results; that will determine how many K-1 in the wild will be sold versus the Nikon D8x0 cameras.
DxO managed to hide 645Z results all this time, creating false charts which certainly helped Nikon and Sony sell more cameras than they deserve.

Unfortunately, at base ISO the 5DSR trails the others by 2 stops... DXO will probably wait for a D820.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 08:25 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 real-world sample gallery (143 comments in total)
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AbrasiveReducer: Nice photos, but as far as I can tell, the pixel shift is the only thing that sets these images apart. So you have to be knowledgable enough about cameras to appreciate pixel shift, yet willing to roll the dice on a Pentax system. The night shot of Mt. Saint Helens is cool but so much has been done to it, it seems that the camera is almost secondary.

There's also in-camera Shake Reduction. It gives 5 stops of SR for normal lenses, wides, primes, oldies.. If you expect tack sharp, it makes a big difference.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2016 at 00:23 UTC
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ronniemac: It would be good to know how capable it is in handling K-1 and K-3 IIPixel Shift images - and with movement correction tool

That would be very nice, i'm anxious to know, as i'm torn between upgrading my current C1 pro, or getting Silkypix instead.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 15:53 UTC

Finally a lens for my golden Pentax LX. I'm tired of that alligator-wrapped 50/1.2! :P

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2016 at 20:28 UTC as 60th comment
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