robbo d

robbo d

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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 116th 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 (1129 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 (767 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 (366 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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PKDanny: Good.

I realize that DPReview did not put K-70 in Review. Why didn't they do that?
www.dpreview.com/review

That they are actually doing it is an indication that Pentax is beginning to be taken a little more seriously. We have K1 to thank for that .... as previous lower versions of Pentax gear could be easily overlooked in the vast field of new entries and busy editorial work Dpr has to do.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2016 at 01:09 UTC
On challenge Seawall Portraits (6 comments in total)

I didn't over think it ... just read the rules and checked the examples. Simple.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2016 at 11:06 UTC as 1st comment
On article Rock Solid: Canon 1D X Mark II Review (453 comments in total)

Yawn .... boring .... oh yeah that's what makes Canon #1 !!!
Doing most things right, marketing, sales n service in almost every country on the planet and gradually upgrading a generally pretty good thing time and time again.
They know the right ingredients to make it work.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2016 at 08:52 UTC as 28th comment
On article Rock Solid: Canon 1D X Mark II Review (453 comments in total)
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PiusX: If I had to choose between these two cameras, I would go with the Nikon, for I am a photographer, not a videographer. But my primary and only choice is the Pentax K1, best so far gear on the market for enthusiasts.

K1 Undeniable value for money and packed with goodies.
This Canon is in another ball park ... not better or worse ... just another ball park and expensive one at that.
But as a full on pro, especially sports this and a D5 just make sense.
OTOH Pentax is more enthusiast and high end enthusiast plus landscape, stills oriented. No point in comparing .....
D810 or 5Dr another story .... still way more expensive.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2016 at 08:49 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2676 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 (2676 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 302nd comment
On article Pentax K-1 real-world sample gallery (144 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 49th comment | 1 reply

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 34th 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
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