robbo d

robbo d

Lives in Australia Perth, Australia
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On article Pentax K-1 Mark II: What you need to know (197 comments in total)
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Alphaloki: I am not a Pentax owner, but I am pretty impressed that they're offering to upgrade first version users to the newest hardware at a significant discount. Bravo Pentax. The next time I'm shopping for new gear, I will definitely look at what Pentax is offering just because it seems they care about owners of legacy hardware. As the tools become more quickly upgraded with newer tools, it's refreshing to see a company that thinks about their user base from the past. I would be shocked if Canon offered to upgrade my one generation old hardware at a discount. Pentax wins that round for sure...

Send it to Cr Kennedy's in Melbourne if/when that becomes and option.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 10:51 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 Mark II: What you need to know (197 comments in total)
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FoxShutter: I love Ricoh and Pentax gear . The main reason I am not switching is the absence of a FF mirrorless cameras and even more because of a virtually non existent customer support. Wake up Ricoh! Go ahead and catch up after Sony, that also wasn’t an example of a good customer service. Look at them now!

Shift to Australia ... best importer by far

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 10:50 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 Mark II: What you need to know (197 comments in total)
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Mastering Light: Gutsy move.

Interlaced 1080 video
4.5 FPS
Sensor from 2012 (but with a newer processor)

This will be one of the best cameras for a few limited things. But since it has some big flaws for an "all-around" camera the targeted user base seems very small. I don't mind the lack of high end video, but the low FPS despite high IQ is a turn off for me. I hope many others see it differently. More competition is good.

Ive never minded 4fps, i barely use it.

I learnt to anticipate and compose, af s is my go to .....

Shooting 10 frames and picking out the best one hardly makes me a good photographer just a robot with thousands of wasted frames and a full hard drive.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 04:58 UTC

MID LIFE UPDATE.... most FF cams from other brands stick around for 3/4 years before anything happens and worse if your a Canon supporter.

This is how Pentax does their mk2.... not a new cam just a few tweaks. The image quality and high iso will be extremely good if the Kp is anything to go by.....

AF improved algorithms will be marginal but we'll take anything. For most situations Pentax AF is actually fine, its some of the archaic lenses and AF tracking thats obsolete

For landscape and astro, night photography, once again unbeatable value

You dont buy pentax for video or sports

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2018 at 23:25 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply
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Bobthearch: I'll send them my D7100 and see what happens. :D j/k

I hope this idea expands throughout the camera industry, and consumer electronics in general.
But I'm not holding my breath.

It'll improve your high iso but decrease your AF performance..... lol

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2018 at 23:10 UTC
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dtra: Please, I hope they do this in Australia too, my camera less than 1 year old :D

Chances are, that of all the worldwide importers, CR Kemnedys will most likely offer this and do it well....

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2018 at 23:08 UTC
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DFPanno: All great cameras.

That said I am all in with EVFs and the associated technology.

Hope the big boys build compelling MILF cameras.

As a Sony shooter I am hoping that they would soften Sony pricing.

You can photograph MILF with a MILC.....
You've been on the internet far too long !!!

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2018 at 23:23 UTC
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Stefano Rugolo: All 3 are surely monsters but do really AF count the most? Maybe it's me, I shoot 99% MF

Funny isnt it .... plenty of the Pentax guys go out shooting a bit of sports for a laugh just because we are repeatrdly told Pentax cant do sports .... it still AFs like any ither camera just doesn't respond to the micro second like a Nikon.

Most sports shooters use Canon when tests repeatedly show nikon us best...... skill and knowing your camera is 90% of the job

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2018 at 23:18 UTC
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josh bailey: I think I have finally matured enough in photography to realise specs don't hold up as much as user experience and ergonomics do. Specs change drastically every half year or so it seems and the best in terms of features and specs are always bubbling around each other. One thing that doesn't seem to change is ergonomics and fun factor. I have a sony a6000 and my big hands get super painful using that little thing. Every iteration of Sony since then has been similar form factors. Also sony menus, super boring. I've found using my girlfriend's Canon 600d much more enjoyable over my sony. I think Panasonic and Olympus are doing the best in terms of fun factor. Though I have yet to try Pentax.

TL;DR: In 6 months time the brand that came last in any test will outperform the brand that came first with its latest camera. Things that never seem to change are form factors for ergonomics and user experience with menus and button layouts. Go for what you enjoy and feel physically comfortable with

You'll enjoy Pentax thwn .... ergonomically excelkent.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2018 at 23:10 UTC
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robbo d: Time to call you out DPR
Pentax has had a better iteration of this plus astro tracer and has done so for a couple of years.
When DPR covered that, it focused a lot on the negatives rather than the glowing overall response to the Sony version.
In this there is no mention of comparison.
Pentax gets rightly called out for less than AF C but on some stuff that matters to many landscape and nightscape shooters..... they have delivered above and beyond.
Just a little editorial difference that gets noticed and no criticism of the writer durecyly here.
If Canikon had delivered this the editorial would be even more glowing with praise.
It had to be said...... the pixel shift quality of Pentax is stunning

Im no fanboy.... lol check with Pentax forum members that i call a spade a spade.... and bravo to Oly and Hasselblad for doing so as well. However this article comes acrosd as big news !! Wow, go Sony ... i like Sony tech and Rishi has praised a very good form of tech that was pulled apart and used with wrong or unsuitable software at the time.
Match this with astro tracer built in and kudos must be given surely in an article to those who have gone before.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2017 at 04:27 UTC

Time to call you out DPR
Pentax has had a better iteration of this plus astro tracer and has done so for a couple of years.
When DPR covered that, it focused a lot on the negatives rather than the glowing overall response to the Sony version.
In this there is no mention of comparison.
Pentax gets rightly called out for less than AF C but on some stuff that matters to many landscape and nightscape shooters..... they have delivered above and beyond.
Just a little editorial difference that gets noticed and no criticism of the writer durecyly here.
If Canikon had delivered this the editorial would be even more glowing with praise.
It had to be said...... the pixel shift quality of Pentax is stunning

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2017 at 03:05 UTC as 117th comment | 11 replies
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junk1: Can the sensor be slowly shifted to track stars? I think at least one camera has that feature???

Yes and Pentax has been doing both for a year or two now..... go figure, big news its Sony doing it now

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2017 at 01:18 UTC

I have the Da 12 24 which is a very nice piece of kit, just not WR.
That goes for a reasonable price, so ill be interested to see what happens with respect to entry prices of this new one and the 12 24......
Will the 11-18 be that much better optically?
The requirement to shoot wide at f2.8 when these lenses are so easy to handhold or be used on a tripod that low light shooting is not that important.
WR yes.... but an f2.8 monster.... feel free to explain to me why its needed.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 04:40 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
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coloR blinD: .

..." SDM " horror tales continue ???

No guarantee this SDM tech will not fail like countless Pentax lenses have been suffering from more than a decade ...

I wish Pentax would have come up with a firm ssurance to their potential customers about this ...

Sure the old SDM had issues .... i know for sure but i dont think any company would re visit the exact same problems knowingly.... this is a different version much similar to whats on the 70 200...

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2017 at 05:53 UTC
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Peter CS: Annoying that the 11-18mm is not a 10-24mm or at least a 10-20mm like the ancient Sigma I now use, but also annoying - the lens is not WR or AW. Thanks, but no thanks...Tamron has a weather-sealed 10-24mm for Canon and Nikon for the last year. Of course, this is a good lens for the limited number of astro-photographers, but not for us landscape photographers! Do not understand why Ricoh - as they did with the 15-30mm - did not commission Tamron to port the more versatile and sealed 10-24mm lens for their aps-c cameras instead?

I think you'll find that being a DA* lens is automatically weather sealed. They just haven't stated as such.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2017 at 05:51 UTC
On article Canon EOS 6D Mark II Review (1109 comments in total)
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fms1973: As a pro-photographer, must admit that I am a bit amused by the review and the many comments here. This camera, just like the 6D is more than enough for a pro-photographer. The rating is a joke, many of the comments are a joke. Really.
I ditched my 1D and 5D series cameras in favor of the 6D line years ago and I have not regretted it. My customers were absolutely pleased with the picture results, be it an agency, a magazine or a big company. Portrait, landscape, action, news-pics, desert, rain, ice-cold weather - these cameras just work, and that's what any pro asks for: A camera that is tough and reliable. Canon delivers that. People seem to forget what cameras we worked with e.g. 10 or 20 years ago. Those cameras were way inferior to a 6D and still got the job done. so please stop this absurd tech-talk. Photography is much more than hundreds of focus-points, ISO 500.000 and 80 pics per second. You know what? I work with ONE focus point all the time. It works. Really. Since decades.

In total agreement. I shoot Pentax as a part time professional and my go to body is the k5iis crop sensor 16mp with awesome glass up front.
I have high mp FF but use it sparingly.
Clients dont look at my photos and say ... what was that shot with? They rely on me to get a nice image.
The tech race is the place these forums revel in and mostly amatuer gear heads who have enough time to spend here.
The whole DR thing is hilarious.
If you expose correctly then whats the problem....
I think Canon knows what works for their faithfull, not always everyones system of choice but there is a reason why their #1

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2017 at 06:02 UTC

It's all relative to people's needs and the masses being controlled by the big Canon marketing machine.
Canon could put out a potato with a button and a lens and people would by it in the thousands because it's got a Canon label and Canon know this.
Keeping their powder dry and one or two steps behind the opposition you bet they have tech available if needed.
They know they will sell thousands of these and it will divert buyers to whichever model is needed.
The people on these forums don't truly reflect the market place anyway.
Crop sensors in Sony based cameras can easily give FF Canons a run for their money any which way but the sucker walking into the nickel n some store will shell his money over and thats how it works...... Happy shooting

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 02:26 UTC as 146th comment
On article Sony a9: Why being better might not be enough (766 comments in total)

Nothing like competition in the industry and good job by Sony to lift the game. However the Canikon pshyce is so entrenched in sports and industry photography, just take a look at the stacks of equipment in the pro support loan gear room from Canon at the Rio games.
Enough said..........

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 13:38 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
On article Hands-on with Ricoh's compact Pentax KP (638 comments in total)
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DominicVII: The camera looks great, the autofocus speed has finally abandoned the realm of the snails, 5-axis stabilisation, and excellent low light performance. Nothing revolutionary, but a very reliable and capable machine. In the APS-C world of DSLRs only the D500 surpasses this camera in my view. Well done Pentax, you are no pioneers, but what you do, you do well. Give the guys some credit.

Improved algorithms are reported

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 01:29 UTC
On article Shaking up the market: Pentax K-70 Review (369 comments in total)
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WastingTime: Definitely the best value for the money. Pentax is releasing cameras with incredible features for a really low price, while other manufacturers keep asking more and more money. Perhaps it's time to ditch my Canon and go for the K1 after all.

It usually takes a fair bit for someone to really need to change brands and usually the photographer needs to work on their craft .... but after a recent wedding, a sub contractor handed me jpegs from 5D Mk 2 and 3. Almost impossible to compare apples to apples but even with L lenses, my Pentax crop images with excellent glass were superior when I pixel peeped. Too many variables for a scientific comparison, but the 5D older series are really pretty average in terms of absolute performance ......

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2016 at 11:46 UTC
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