robbo d

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On article Ricoh introduces HD Pentax-D FA* 85mm F1.4 lens (468 comments in total)

I sold my K1 and D FA70-200 because AF was still unacceptable for paid work ..... nonetheless the k1 and this new lens offer staggeringly good IQ for those that seek such mind blowing quality.
Pixel shift even with an old plastic FA j wide zoom was insane.
In another time I hope they improve their short comings because some of this new glass is incredible.
The 50-135 crop lens seemed soft when you first look but in fact it was rendering so much detail that it was almost embarrassing. Pity it had the AF and motor reliability of a pig.....

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2020 at 02:07 UTC as 3rd comment | 3 replies
On article Ricoh video details the next flagship Pentax APS-C DSLR (656 comments in total)
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Mariano Pacifico: Muscular. Manly. Sexy. Erotic. Perfectly ergonomically designed. Pre-Ordered !

Camera porn huh?? Lol

Link | Posted on May 16, 2020 at 11:50 UTC
On article Ricoh announces its new ultra-rugged WG-70 camera (62 comments in total)

I have an earlier version and have been very happy with it.

I've taken decent underwater images on the Great Barrier reef, gone kayaking etc. Plenty good enough for A4 prints of memories.

The microscope function is awesome as are the front LEDs to go with it. That function alone would be cool for stamp and coin collectors, engineers in the field etc

Cheaper than top of the line smart phones, great for families, education, beach excursions, hobbyists, people who don't want or can't afford a DSLR and underwater case.

All the negative comments here are by people who think nothing exists past megapixels, big underwater rigs and the highest levels of tech. Definite market for them hence still for sale.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2020 at 06:02 UTC as 4th comment | 2 replies
On article Ricoh announces its new ultra-rugged WG-70 camera (62 comments in total)

I have an earlier version and have been very happy with it.

I've taken decent underwater images on the Great Barrier reef, gone kayaking etc. Plenty good enough for A4 prints of memories.

The microscope function is awesome as are the front LEDs to go with it. That function alone would be cool for stamp and coin collectors, engineers in the field etc

Cheaper than top of the line smart phones, great for families, education, beach excursions, hobbyists, people who don't want or can't afford a DSLR and underwater case.

All the negative comments here are by people who think nothing exists past megapixels, big underwater rigs and the highest levels of tech. Definite market for them hence still for sale.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2020 at 06:02 UTC as 5th comment
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Theo Ghefner: Do you mind me asking what's the difference between APS-C and DX?
I'm asking because the Press Release states the lens coverage as including 35 mm Full Frame and the APS-C, but the 'Max Format Size line of the lens specification states: APS-C/DX.

Nothing. Dx is the Nikon way of saying apsc.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2020 at 00:03 UTC

Can't complain at their choices too much.

I had Praktika and Canon SLRs and my first Pentax was the digital kx which was a marvel sensor in its time. 12mp was great at the time and the high iso and image quality was as good as some full frame cameras.

The k5iis is the modern classic apsc. Image quality and high iso is still worthy of today's standards.

K1 is the full frame sensor version of the k5iis. Files are incredible.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2020 at 20:39 UTC as 106th comment
On article DPReview TV: Pentax DA* 11-18mm F2.8 lens review (151 comments in total)

Taking the corner softness with a grain of salt, otherwise a very good review.
Are his comments based on expectation of all new high end lenses to be corner to corner sharp at f2.8 and was there a lens/body minor issue?
Pentax Forums show small edge fall off at f2.8 but perfect at f4.......nice lens.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2020 at 23:19 UTC as 10th comment
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dpreviewblog: IMHO, the Pentax system has lost its way and I (any?) have no idea what Pentax execs are thinking in Japan. Only speculations on forums without clear info from Pentax - when? what? why? the future plans? This is the main Pentax problem.
For the 100th Pentax Anniversary will be better to reveal not the upgraded "typical" APS-C DSLR model under glass with articulated screen (?), normal top LCD, new sensor and etc., but something else, with new functions similar to Pixel-Shift, Astrotracer, new AF system... or may be the new Pentax K-2 / K-1 Mark III...

I'm intrigued by recent comments by a Pentax European regional manager who indicated that Pentax wasn't going anywhere, had been focusing on money making gear like theta and GR, plus other profitable lines. The DSLR take longer to bring to market.
By not relying on DSLR they have kept alive and well.
The potential for this new cam to bring hybrid tech and much improved AF and strange but interesting comments by Pentax bosses saying they believe people will come back full circle to DSLR again.
All of this leaves Pentax in its little bubble still, but has potential to spring back into something better.
I'm watching with interest.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2019 at 08:48 UTC

Pentax class leafing cameras are never cheap.

They are solidly built.

A DSLR in 2020 is still a fine prospect, especially if they've done their homework and given us decent AF.

THERE IS PLENTY of new features for Pentax if the noted buttons and knobs are correct.

All the trolls can take a hike... this could be the epitome of fine image taking.

The only reason I left Pentax was AF. If that's restored then I'm back in.

Pentax files are glorious.....

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2019 at 12:00 UTC as 51st comment
On article Canon EOS 90D sample gallery (41 comments in total)

Man ........ those files are hideous !!!

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2019 at 09:59 UTC as 7th comment
On article Nokia allegedly working on 5-camera smartphone (136 comments in total)

I Loved my Lumia 1020 till it got stolen from my car.
I don't see a massive future for a brand focusing on cameras in their phone when Samsung, Apple and Co provide pretty darn near the optimal capability for the mobile social media network and have the best operating systems.
I would probably buy one, but i'm not millions ....
There's a generation out there now who say Nokia who?
It's a bit like Pentax trying to scrounge it's way in the ILC market.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2018 at 08:55 UTC as 4th comment

And in other news .......
'The war is over and an uneasy truce has begun between the Pentax faithful and DPR editorial staff'

We now await the next Pentax review with baited breath and a chance for both sides to re-coup and re -gather.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2018 at 09:25 UTC as 35th comment | 4 replies
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1549 comments in total)
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robbo d: Comparing the k1 to an a7iii is also garbage.

2 quite different cameras.

Sure a7iii is new with all singing dancing AF. But k1 is 36mp, has puxel shift, astro and handheld stacking.....

In Australia prices show the sony a little dearer by 3/400 dollars.

K1 is its own camera and therefore should be reviewed as such. The editorial doesnt seem to really compensate for this rather just promotes modern video and AF.

If you shoot video your hardly going to buy pentax.

Funnily enough these are stills based cameras and Pentax is very very good at stills shooting.....

@dpthoughts

"robbo, No you wouldn't do weddings with a K-1, because you need a camera with an autofokus (not talking speed for sports / animals for now, but precision and reliability for low depth of field, also for slowly moving subjects).

Then, in a church, you would prefer a camera with a silent shutter option (i.e. a mirrorless)."

Using af-s on the modern lenses is generally adequate with k1 and even on older crop bodied Pentax. Some of the older lenses, SDM motor are stunning optics but s l o w

During my last wedding with k1 and 70 200 got only 80% of slow walking bride / bridesmaids walking directly towardme. Try shooting my little dog doing ths same is a joke.... so yes, hence im moving on.

There are a surprising amount using Pentax for weddings and doing ok. It comesdown to working with what you have.

In terms of silent shutter. K5iis and k1 are about as good as it gets compared to s 5D. No complaints from me or my celebrants.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2018 at 04:35 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1549 comments in total)
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robbo d: Comparing the k1 to an a7iii is also garbage.

2 quite different cameras.

Sure a7iii is new with all singing dancing AF. But k1 is 36mp, has puxel shift, astro and handheld stacking.....

In Australia prices show the sony a little dearer by 3/400 dollars.

K1 is its own camera and therefore should be reviewed as such. The editorial doesnt seem to really compensate for this rather just promotes modern video and AF.

If you shoot video your hardly going to buy pentax.

Funnily enough these are stills based cameras and Pentax is very very good at stills shooting.....

@starbase..... quite true.
You could get a D810 if you valued better AF.
Many Pentax typical users dont actually care.
You see, they are walkabout shooters, landscapers and occasional astro shooters.
They often have older high quality lenses.
They can get extremely hi res images without buying a MF camera ... can do astro without buying the extra gear.
Can get even more detailed images handheld in one shot without stacking on a computer ....
Id like better AF and dont need 36mp hence im moving but understanding the Pentax user or potential buyer here is my point

Link | Posted on May 16, 2018 at 13:51 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1549 comments in total)
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robbo d: Comparing the k1 to an a7iii is also garbage.

2 quite different cameras.

Sure a7iii is new with all singing dancing AF. But k1 is 36mp, has puxel shift, astro and handheld stacking.....

In Australia prices show the sony a little dearer by 3/400 dollars.

K1 is its own camera and therefore should be reviewed as such. The editorial doesnt seem to really compensate for this rather just promotes modern video and AF.

If you shoot video your hardly going to buy pentax.

Funnily enough these are stills based cameras and Pentax is very very good at stills shooting.....

Astro, p/shift and hand held stacking will mean more to some than 4k video and spanky AF and vice versa plus relevant and easy to use compared to alternatives.
Pentax's new zooms are 36mp compatible as will the upcoming primes.
Landscapers will use iso 100 and those who choose high iso may well like the baked in NR.
So many are up in arms, who cares!!
When I process wedding images in the evening or a dark church and I end up with noise reduced images and extra DR, I may well be pleased to have less to do in my workflow and find the end result to my liking .... ???
Its a camera that lends itself to enthusiasts taking pleasing astro, landscape or products images pretty much OOC with little extra gear or cost.
In some ways, the mobile phone of the DSLR world with far nicer results.
Its not a perfect camera, nor a direct competitor to many others, just is what it is and many like it for that ...............
The purists are horrified despite NR happening for years.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2018 at 13:30 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1549 comments in total)
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robbo d: FWIW ..... the value rating and low light high iso ratings are rubbish.

While it doesnt do video or AF particularly class equivalent it does weather sealing, astro and pixel shift.

Now there are those to whom video doesnt matter and likewise astro or pixel shift..... but in a camera of this $$$ and pumping out 36mp .... those ratings dont make sense.

Im a realist about Pentax but 79% doesnt stack up to me either.

The AF score also incorporates metering, so thats kind of ok if not on the high side.

For studio, wedding, landscape and astro shooters this thing is very relevant and value for money.

I mean how many people in relation to total amount of these types of cameras sold really need 4k or video or 3D super tracking or blindingly quick fps and massive buffers. Sure forum geeks will, but the total % of users NOT.

What makes me change brands is 24mp, eye focus and 3rd party lenses .... but thats just me and im also not the majority

.... then buy a video capable camera as you have suggested !!

What im suggesting is that the K1 is a stills camera and a very good one designed for stills work, not video.
If you want 4k thrown in, go for it ........... buy a Sony(fantastic cameras).... but many don't care for video or 4k and therefore a landscape, outdoors shooter who lives for stills will love the K1 for what it is .......

Link | Posted on May 16, 2018 at 13:02 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1549 comments in total)

Comparing the k1 to an a7iii is also garbage.

2 quite different cameras.

Sure a7iii is new with all singing dancing AF. But k1 is 36mp, has puxel shift, astro and handheld stacking.....

In Australia prices show the sony a little dearer by 3/400 dollars.

K1 is its own camera and therefore should be reviewed as such. The editorial doesnt seem to really compensate for this rather just promotes modern video and AF.

If you shoot video your hardly going to buy pentax.

Funnily enough these are stills based cameras and Pentax is very very good at stills shooting.....

Link | Posted on May 16, 2018 at 06:00 UTC as 62nd comment | 26 replies
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1549 comments in total)
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robbo d: FWIW ..... the value rating and low light high iso ratings are rubbish.

While it doesnt do video or AF particularly class equivalent it does weather sealing, astro and pixel shift.

Now there are those to whom video doesnt matter and likewise astro or pixel shift..... but in a camera of this $$$ and pumping out 36mp .... those ratings dont make sense.

Im a realist about Pentax but 79% doesnt stack up to me either.

The AF score also incorporates metering, so thats kind of ok if not on the high side.

For studio, wedding, landscape and astro shooters this thing is very relevant and value for money.

I mean how many people in relation to total amount of these types of cameras sold really need 4k or video or 3D super tracking or blindingly quick fps and massive buffers. Sure forum geeks will, but the total % of users NOT.

What makes me change brands is 24mp, eye focus and 3rd party lenses .... but thats just me and im also not the majority

The lens change and settings change wont make a massive difference to other than pixel peepers.... so theyve doctored the NR and for some have made it look more pleasing results OOC.

Its DPRs editorial integrity which is questioned now and their testing guidelines.

The camera is relatively small but heavy ... not big and hardly any heavier than a d850 ... so what gives with the silly add on comments... ?

Handheld stacking is mobile phone esque technology which is clever and class leading. .... funny how peoples attitude are blinded by their preferences rather than quality un biased editorial.

Im selling my k1 ..... but for many its the perfect cam and kudos to Pentax for bringing that set of specs to it rather than trying to fight nikon at their own game

Link | Posted on May 16, 2018 at 04:35 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1549 comments in total)

FWIW ..... the value rating and low light high iso ratings are rubbish.

While it doesnt do video or AF particularly class equivalent it does weather sealing, astro and pixel shift.

Now there are those to whom video doesnt matter and likewise astro or pixel shift..... but in a camera of this $$$ and pumping out 36mp .... those ratings dont make sense.

Im a realist about Pentax but 79% doesnt stack up to me either.

The AF score also incorporates metering, so thats kind of ok if not on the high side.

For studio, wedding, landscape and astro shooters this thing is very relevant and value for money.

I mean how many people in relation to total amount of these types of cameras sold really need 4k or video or 3D super tracking or blindingly quick fps and massive buffers. Sure forum geeks will, but the total % of users NOT.

What makes me change brands is 24mp, eye focus and 3rd party lenses .... but thats just me and im also not the majority

Link | Posted on May 16, 2018 at 04:26 UTC as 63rd comment | 3 replies
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1549 comments in total)
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Zvonimir Tosic: We have two options:
(A) Blame the reviewer for odd choices of lenses and whatnot, or,
(B) Blame the manufacturer for not improving enough in most important area (image quality), but complicating, and "cooking" the camera update and "all new features" so that the final result is not as clear as before.
Truly, it can be both, but, considering that same reviewer did formidable job last time, it is clear that the manufacturer lost the focus with the Mk2. This new camera did not get anything substantially better to justify itself. A totally unnecessary "update", and a good lesson to the manufacturer.

Oh for goodness sake.... this is a repeated cycle of straw clutching by the Pentax faithful who can't bare to think that there is a downside to being a user ....

AF c is garbage
General AF is slower
Slow focusing lens system
Video is rubbish
Still generally excellent IQ despite this glitch
Designed for landscape astro and people walking down the park with their dog ..... but dont bother trying to shoot the dog while its playing !!!

Link | Posted on May 9, 2018 at 04:33 UTC
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