robbo d

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Andrew Higgins: Pentax is one of the iconic brands in photography, but sadly their light has dimmed in recent decades.
I started out with Pentax MX kit (still have it, wonderful), and find it very heartening to read the enthusiastic Pentax owners comments below, as I'd love to see the brand rise again.
Just as the Spotmatic and K1000 were The photo students cameras of their time, maybe Pentax should offer today's students a discount, or even a college loan scheme, to get the camera back into the hands of young photographers?

agree with your sentiments in general, marketing by Pentax, Hoya and now Ricoh has been dismal and there does not seem to be desire to get the brand back to any form of its past sales %. Price is not so much the issue, but network and putting entry level model DSLR's into new buyers beit young or not is key.
The high end FF and MF cameras create more margin but not always sales %/$, although I think Pentax realise they are becoming the future. Trouble is they don't have R &D to support development of ap-c and MF at the same time, where people get disappointed that 645 and K3 series are being left behind.......

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2018 at 04:35 UTC
On article Why brand market share shouldn't matter to you (552 comments in total)

Correct .... Brand share should not make any difference. It comes down to what type of photography you shoot and what you feel is comfortable to you.
Canon are #1 because of clever marketing and spending on network of sales and pro support. This does not make them the best cameras. They do the basics well, are not the best at a lot of things apart from the above.
To move massive % of sales will take time and series of big GAFF's by Canon and a series of good moves by Nikon / Sony.
Canon sensors and DR is mostly a red herring. when you know how to shoot the right exposure, I don't see bad images from Canon landscape users. Pentax whom I currently shoot with have incredible DR, but you have to nail the focus first before you talk about DR ....... just saying.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2018 at 04:19 UTC as 3rd comment
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Elliot H: I have yet to see a pro use a Pentax digital camera

Seen and know of a number using Pentax, I shoot weddings with them ... what a typical flame bait idiotic comment

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2018 at 03:53 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-H1 Review (1469 comments in total)
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tjm2157: Splitting hairs people, there is no such thing as a bad camera today. Next time you are at the mall look at all the photos in the windows. I will give you $1000 if you can tell me what kind of camera it is shot with. I will give you another $1000 if you can look at multiple photos and tell me which ones are taken with a crop sensor camera and which ones are taken with FX or even medium format sensors. Point is, you can't. Just buy the system that has the lens you need and the body that is featured the way you want. You think in the "film days" people argued over the dynamic range and auto focus, they just made good photos.

Absolutely true. There are differences in operation and marginally different performance parameters which people are becoming use to picking out which may or may not please them.
I shoot weddings with Pentax and prefer crop camera's because the A1 prints are faultless ... i minimise my FF use due to massive file sizes and what really counts is how i compose and the emotion i bring not what brand i shoot.
AF is another funny subject, because even in sports i generally shoot AF S not AF C therefore with standard photography skills i can get shots the user of a Nikon can get .... funny old game this nit picking.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2018 at 22:50 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 Mark II: What you need to know (460 comments in total)
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CaPi: The legendary hostile Pentax fanboys arrived..
Don't look below. It started out nicely and interesting. Now here they are poisoning the well others that actually care about using the camera have built before them

Old cameras .... you've hit the nail firmly on the head.
So many people with ideas, usually keyboard warriors, many of whom wouldn't have the money to fulfill all these pipe dreams anyway .... those idea's are often out of left field to fulfill the niche of 1 in 100000.

The k1 has AF which is more than enough for most who generally use af s ..... even a lot of sport's shooters do

Its an astro landscape general shooting centred camera and these improvements will push it over the top.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2018 at 01:10 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 Mark II: What you need to know (460 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 (460 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 (460 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 59th 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 119th 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
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