robbo d

robbo d

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On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2608 comments in total)
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K1000usr: I must thank the DPR staff for doing a thorough job of testing the camera!

It is unfortunate that a test by experts, who regularly test different brands, doesn't meet the observations/expectations of Pentax-ians. I doubt these fans have much experience in testing cameras!

Pentax dSLRs in the past have had awful auto focusing, and I have two of them. Not only that, flash integration is very poor. Pentax has traditionally been poor in supporting AF, whether somebody is using their camera for sports or not -- it is possible that many people have not really seen what a Nikon 810 focusing capacity is!

I love Pentax FF special lenses like 31mm and 77mm, they are superb. But Pentax in releasing their FF camera might have had a deadline to meet, and they couldn't rev up the AF module again.

Judging from the superior Dynamic Range of K-1, it is quite possible the next rev of K-1 will have much superior AF capabilities!

Good job, DPR, in focusing on the important issue :-)

Rishi,
I did a test several days before your review was published with a skateboarder coming downhill towards me past me and away from me downhill with almost 100 % strike rate apart from the chasing go pro car getting in on the action !!
This was achieved with an old smc F 70-210.
I am keen to perform a variety of tests on different planes and angles but my thread was of glowing results !!
Its a bit scary for many when your one tests flies in the face of the rest of us who are achieving great results and your quick brush of the key board can affect the opinion of thousands. It is no wonder your getting a hard time but its increasing the hit rate and i suspect the truth will find its way out in due course.
I think we are all in awe of nikons AF performance but many of us smell a rat ....

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 10:18 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2608 comments in total)

In the few weeks i've had this beast, I must say that even with using predominantly older screw drive lenses, that the AF performance is really good.
I have been doing some tests of my own using AF-C, with a skateboarded coming downhill toward, side to side, past me and down and it was the best by far i've experienced thus far from Pentax.
Single point AF great .... not sure what these guys are on or whether they have a bad cam ??? Haven't even started with modern lenses yet.....
Lots of good stuff in there though and even pixel shift with older lenses ... IS ... rewarding.
A first attempt at FF for that price and feature set with most likely better AF than we read here (though obviously not as good as Nikon) ....... is a b&*%$y fine effort.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 14:49 UTC as 267th comment
On article Pentax K-1 real-world sample gallery (143 comments in total)

The image quality in non pixel shift is fantastic, but that mode takes things to another level when used properly. It definitely has its uses and even when using older glass, I;m getting staggering results.
Perfect camera to show off Pentax glass ... other worldly qualities ...... If I want to shoot sports or high movement i'll grab a CaNikon, otherwise this thing is about where it's at. Nice images.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 21:33 UTC as 47th comment | 1 reply
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M1963: The concept of "advanced entry level" baffles me, but kudos to Pentax for making a budget DSLR with two rotary dials. Canikon, take notice.

Nobby is not making a derogatory statement about Pentax which needs knee jerk defensive replies. Just hard truth..
I am a Pentax owner and user through and through but if it wasnt for letting the game slip past them all those years ago they might be in Canon's shoes now.
Regardless it suits me that they keep a smaller range with more in those cameras rather than having to buy three to get a complete feature set.....
However if i want a true sports AF system I'll need to go to Nikon most likely.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 10:46 UTC

Glad i'm not the only one finding that i'm needing to up my shutter speeds to get sharp images with this new breed of high mp cams ....

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2016 at 16:09 UTC as 32nd comment | 4 replies
On photo Those eyes in the MacroMania Series 1 ■ Artistic Eyes challenge (6 comments in total)

Dragonfly .... or other??

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2016 at 23:54 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On article UPDATED: CP+ 2016: shooting the Pentax K-1 in Yokohama (377 comments in total)
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robbo d: Carey,
Whats your take on AF competency vs Nikon.
I am in the D750 vs K1 dilemma.
Worried that the k1 will not be better enough than my k3 when doing paid / wedding work, nailing focus in that higher percentile.
Wonderful feature set that it has, lenses and focus speed have been my issue thus far.... don't want to waste money on another nice feeling camera that cant keep up with the action..... as much as i like Pentax

Lucky enough to do a quick swimsuit shoot the other evening and when the light went down I reached for the K5iis .... wider apertures on both cams (K3 also) was a disaster. I do use the old focus and recompose a lot but learning my focus points better has helped. I normally just shoot f5.6 because I can't rely on Pentax and 50-135 or even Sigma 17-50 in fast moving situations.
No doubt the K1 will be an advancement with new lenses but I suspect as you guys say, that the D750 will be excellent.
I do believe that Pentax's stated market for this camera is relevant, the feature set is fantastic at that price point and its a massive and well done first step, but as a fast paced working tool .... not yet.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2016 at 23:39 UTC
On article UPDATED: CP+ 2016: shooting the Pentax K-1 in Yokohama (377 comments in total)
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robbo d: Carey,
Whats your take on AF competency vs Nikon.
I am in the D750 vs K1 dilemma.
Worried that the k1 will not be better enough than my k3 when doing paid / wedding work, nailing focus in that higher percentile.
Wonderful feature set that it has, lenses and focus speed have been my issue thus far.... don't want to waste money on another nice feeling camera that cant keep up with the action..... as much as i like Pentax

By the way. ... nice piece, well written and pretty much covers the Pentax ethos.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2016 at 05:16 UTC
On article UPDATED: CP+ 2016: shooting the Pentax K-1 in Yokohama (377 comments in total)

Carey,
Whats your take on AF competency vs Nikon.
I am in the D750 vs K1 dilemma.
Worried that the k1 will not be better enough than my k3 when doing paid / wedding work, nailing focus in that higher percentile.
Wonderful feature set that it has, lenses and focus speed have been my issue thus far.... don't want to waste money on another nice feeling camera that cant keep up with the action..... as much as i like Pentax

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2016 at 03:11 UTC as 71st comment | 6 replies
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2608 comments in total)
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odpisan: Negative comments about K-1 have all only one reason:

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
CaNik Co. got kicked in the balls with K-1 & now they are all histerical. So they send souch prepayed guys on internet to write stupid comments & to provoke us - Pentax-lovers.
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have only one question:

HOW MANY PENTAXIANS has wrote negative comments under articles about Ca-Nik camera-tests?

The answer is:
Nobody, niemand, personne, nihče, nessuno, niko, nikto ... !!!

Do you understand the fear of Nikon/Canon (owners)?
They are loosing their overpaid immage & they are histerical .. that is the only truth.

As a Pentax owner and user, doing a little paid work, the k3 sensor and Pentax lenses struggle with fast paced low light work.

Whilst the k1 is every amateur pentax owners, astro photographer, legacy owners, landscape shooters dream .... i am leaning to Nikons D750 for serious work and AF that can keep pace. Hence very few canikon owners will be too worried or willing to jump camp.

Dreams are free, nice camera that it looks and sounds on paper, I'd be worried that buying it will result in much the same sad AF performance or not enough of an improvement.
Looking forward to real life testing.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2016 at 05:27 UTC
On article The long, difficult road to Pentax full-frame (617 comments in total)

Typical 'Douche bag' rhetoric going on here ... great though, it shows the K1 as being more and more popular .......
Well written article and in the camera world, this is pretty big news when one of the old names comes back to the forefront of equipment again, so a very much newsworthy piece.
Would be the same if a Minolta was released or similar.
Milc and fanboys from Canikony who can't look outside their squares are helping with the popularity of this .... so feel free to give us your stupidly well thought out comments.... Lol
An incredibly well built an designed camera given that they were not currently in that market and a bold gesture when you think about the market.
I'll reserve true judgement and my $$ until proper reviews and tests.
That 5 axis stabilisation looks good to me, but then so does a D750 still and its 24-120 .... where I wonder about the re hash of the old 28-105 design ?
Nicely written piece

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2016 at 04:25 UTC as 60th comment
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2608 comments in total)

Also, what are the down sampling options in FF mode?

What is the next level down in MP it will allow?

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 00:00 UTC as 611th comment | 1 reply
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2608 comments in total)

I will be very keen on seeing the performance in low light.

DPR, when you do a bit more work, i'll be interested to see how the -3ev and 5 stop SR works in real time with that sensor.

How good will it be for a wedding photographer...............

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2016 at 23:56 UTC as 614th comment | 5 replies

Uses current battery from the last batch of aps-c, most likely due to camera size

That gives 760 odd shots per cycle, which is a lot less than Canikon FF's ??

The benefit here and something I really love is not having so many different batteries and chargers.

A bit of plus and minus here.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2016 at 23:47 UTC as 64th comment | 1 reply

I'm not up to play with the current Tamron line up, so where did this 28-105 come from? Is is a re hashed throw back to the FA lenses? and sort of a new lens entirely.......

If so, a bit surprised they didn't go a tad wider like Nikon's 24-120.

I have an FA and not a bad proposition on my aps-c .....

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2016 at 23:43 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
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colesf: Pentax is too late to the FF party. What possible advantages in photo quality of every metric can it offer over the K3? I can already shoot in the lowest light. I can already make huge enlargements if I need to. Why would I or most of the world, which clearly now favors smaller sized cameras, want to spend more money on a larger and heavier camera with fewer updated lenses for what can only be a marginal increase in visible quality. Pentax would have been better off producing faster and more durable AF mechanism, or even lenses with built-in SR as an option (I've always found the built-in SR in their cameras to be rather mediocre and not competitive with Canon or Nikon).

Not worried about megapixels but low light performance yes.
I can shoot in the lowest of light with my K3 also, but it's garbage compared to a D750 or similar.
I value the extra stop or two, but other than that nothing more I need. However, talk to those who made the jump and many have told me the images from the FF are noticeably enough better.
K3 is a very good cam, but as a retailer told me the other day, Pentax don't have a proper range to push out there. He believes that the K1 will improve things.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2016 at 05:32 UTC
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Don Sata: Ok so the photos hint at good DR and possible nice ISO which is granted if they are using a Sony sensor... but it better be really good or cheap because the FF market is currently crowded.

Can't see it being dirt cheap, not at first. It will be competitive as the Pentax crowd will fall for it to put their old lenses on.
It will have good DR and ISO cos it's a Pentax with a Sony sensor, so that's a no brainer.
Really good .... depends on what your after ... think a D810 sensor tweaked with a D750 screen, apsc crop function, likely a very good stills photo oriented system, high life shutter and what sounds like a new Ricoh tech based AF system which should lift it closer to or same as Nikons. The latest flash is good, I have it and used it for paid work.
Also think 'not crippled' in terms of shutter speeds like D750.
Lets see though if theyve lifted the game on tethered shooting and flash sync speeds ??
One would think the time and effort gone into this should make it a damn fine first effort, other wise they are scr#$@d

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2016 at 04:50 UTC

This will slightly stimulate interest in Pentax.

What's needed as per anu l said below is lenses. A huge consideration after the 24-70 and 70-210 is a 24-120 like Nikon's. That's a deal breaker for me .... not sure my old FA 28-105 will cut the mustard.
Perhaps Sigma's 24-105 will come out in a Pentax mount ....that would make sense.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2016 at 04:41 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply
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TigerTron: There soon will be a time when it'll be smart phone cameras and semi-pro/pro DLSR cameras will be the last ones standing. Smart phones took out video camera sales two years ago and now the low to middle camera market. It really stinks the big camera companies have not created a small/mid size compact that can clearly spank a top end iphones and android smartphone cameras. The canon s100 is the last compact camera I will own. Nikon/Canon/Sony/ect have dropped the ball on the bread and butter cameras.

Quite correct, but:
I think the article answers you. The sale of high end products like A7 and RX is up and profitable. Are not those RX cams of a size to compete with compacts you suggest ?? and "spank" mobile phones.
Putting in a decent sensor to spank phones usually means bigger size. An A7 is tiny compared to other FF's and the output amazing.
Put a zoom on anything and size becomes an issue compared to a phone.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2016 at 04:30 UTC
On article Nikon's New D5 and D500 Push the Boundaries of DSLR (737 comments in total)
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Average User: Ultimately the D500 question will be whether the sum total of all its technology adds up to better pictures... comparing the D5500 and 5200 and 5300 predecessors, which are, by the way, great cameras, Nikon APS-c sensors have not advanced much in the past three years. Comparing to the same priced D750 the question is going to be whether in real world shooting, you take an IQ hit in low light. To me this camera is going to have to show some significant advance in image quality over prior APS-C cameras. A key element is going to be the sensor. Not much publicity about the sensor, but hoping Nikon is using Sony's new BSI CMOS sensor technology. If it does I think the camera will be on everyone's list.

@Average user .......
Using the D750, what can you compare the low light performance to? I went to Pentax 7 years ago for better low light performance from Canon, now that D750 sensor looks like "the cats pyjamas" for doing a few weddings and I enjoy low light work as well. How many stops of usable performance does it bring? I went from 16mp on the K5iis to the 24 mp K3, which I don't really like .... happily trade the k3 in and get something with mega low light performance.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2016 at 22:51 UTC
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