utphoto

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On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2608 comments in total)
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fatdeeman: Why isn't the Pentax forum filled with posts where people have carried out similar tests to debunk dpreviews claims?

If users are genuinely having a much better experience and believe dpreviews findings to be as erroneous as they make out then it should be a pretty simple matter to prove it.

Here you are:

http://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/190-pentax-k-1/325316-pentax-k-1-does-polo-pony-action.html

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 18:40 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1228 comments in total)
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CosminMunteanu: A new boss in the mirrorless world :-) ...one can hardly ask more from it, Fujifilm did it again (and there are more to come, like the much expected 23mm f:2.o WR lens).
IBIS could be a good adition but, yet again, the world did not jump in the Pentax or Minolta (then Sony SLT) because they have IBIS (unlike Canikon) ;-)
Fuji's sensors (this 24 Mpx evem more) seems to hadle image noise better then other APS-C sensors (not to mention m4/3). True, in the real world this is not much of a difference and many times when the aperture jumps over f:5,6 towards f:11 even the out of focus areas (I mean DOF :-D ) of, a let say, 24 until 85 mm lens is less obvious while compared with a FF system.
All in all, Fujifilm has become the best APS-C sensor size mirrorless system.

Hardly. I compared several models from SONY and Panasonic that match or surpass the IQ on the studio test at 1/2 to 2/3 the cost of the Fuji. Both Sony and Panasonic offer superior video functionality. And the Panasonic at about half the price, gives you some money left over for some Leica primes. If pure still IQ is the main judgement criteria, the Fuji is not the best APS-C camera in mirrorless or DSLR. Check out the raw files of the Pentax K3II in normal and pixel shift against the Fuji, then get back to us.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 17:52 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2608 comments in total)
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Smaug01: A really well-balanced review, as usual. Nice job, guys.

Likewise, I own a K1 and I don't find a problem with the AF. FWIW, The Camera Store in Calgary, in their AF tracking test, had a fairly high percentage of keepers as I recall.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 05:33 UTC
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Marksphoto: I would add a fisheye lens if I was the white house photographer so that I can distort the heck out of Obama's face. 135 2.0 will take good photos of Donald Trump though when he takes the post and trumps Hillary.

Won't help, Trump will still look like an orange orangatang.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2016 at 22:25 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 real-world sample gallery (143 comments in total)
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PeterAustin: No difference between pixel shift and without in the Punch Bowl Falls images (I used the magnifier, didn't download the images, though). I do have a high res screen, and used my reading glasses :) What am I missing?

You're missing a high res file. Low res JPGs don't cut it for making a valid comparison.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2016 at 18:07 UTC
On article The price is right: Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D Review (415 comments in total)

So, for about $60 more, a first time DSLR buyer could get a Pentax KS2 kit with a 20 meg SONY sensor that blows away any Canon APS-c sensor, a weather sealed body, dust proof, cold proof, built in interval shooting, articulated LCD display, shake reduction, no AA filter, high ISO performance, selfie button (if that's important), 5.5 fps. And no buyer's remorse after six months because you own a camera body that has features and IQ not available in any Canon APS-c body at any price.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2016 at 19:47 UTC as 72nd comment | 10 replies
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (802 comments in total)
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Kari Rannisto: Pls give us a Hasselblad forum so we can discuss these wonderful cameras and see wonderful pictures taken by these

This site specializes in and covers medium format very well:

www.getdpi.com

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 15:30 UTC
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utphoto: The SONY is a nice camera for a vacation/trip shooter who is not likely to produce large prints when he/she returns home. Or, a shooter who wants OK, if not SOA results in a number of areas. For shooters wanting superior still images or superior video capabilities, or even both in the same body, there are a number of options for near or far less money than the asking price of the SONY. Months from now when the SONY is discounted, it will be where it should be in the market place.

Better for whom? You or the general public. This is what I said:
For shooters wanting superior still images or superior video capabilities, or even both in the same body, there are a number of options for near or far less money than the asking price of the SONY.

There are any number of DSLRs, mirrorless, that produce better stills for less money, from SONY, Olympus, Nikon, Pentax. If video quality is the prime objective, there are number of dedicated camcorders, that will also shoot stills, with superior form factors, available for run and gun or home movies. You've pretty much demonstated you're a jerk, so do us all a favor and S-T-F-U.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2016 at 21:09 UTC
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utphoto: The SONY is a nice camera for a vacation/trip shooter who is not likely to produce large prints when he/she returns home. Or, a shooter who wants OK, if not SOA results in a number of areas. For shooters wanting superior still images or superior video capabilities, or even both in the same body, there are a number of options for near or far less money than the asking price of the SONY. Months from now when the SONY is discounted, it will be where it should be in the market place.

The differences are only important to gearheads and fanboys. The target buyer for the Panasonics won't give a rats ass about the build quality or this button or that knob. The average buyer won't be able to tell the difference in IQ between the Panasonics and SONY. Clearly, the SONY rings your bell but in a years time it will be worth half of what you pay for it and SONY will have introduced yet another version because they still haven't gotten it right.

The GH4 has essentially gone unchanged for 2.5 years because Panasonic got it right in terms of hardware, firmware, functions and features. And the GH4 price hasn't eroded in the marketplace.

In the overall scheme of things, a thousand bucks, more or less, depending on lenses, added to the GH4, is nothing if your intent is to shoot professional quality video. If your goal is to shoot amateur home movies, you need a long reach and the quality of the still images are of less importance, then enjoy the SONY.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2016 at 17:56 UTC
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utphoto: The SONY is a nice camera for a vacation/trip shooter who is not likely to produce large prints when he/she returns home. Or, a shooter who wants OK, if not SOA results in a number of areas. For shooters wanting superior still images or superior video capabilities, or even both in the same body, there are a number of options for near or far less money than the asking price of the SONY. Months from now when the SONY is discounted, it will be where it should be in the market place.

The two Panasonics mentioned previously are less expensive, lighter, aimed at the casual shooter and are far less money than the SONY. They equal it on image quality and they shoot basic 4K video, as well. The SONY weighs almost 2.4 pounds, heavier than most casual shooters want to deal with and is as heavy as some mid level DSLRs equipped with a kit lens. It is not a point and shoot in the traditional sense. It will find a home with those that want an all in one body with a wide range lens. The still image quality is not going to match an APSc DSLR. It's crippled as a serious video camera. It has a fixed lens, can't accept cine lenses set up for focus pulling and has poorer low light performance than the GH4. It only shoots UHD whereas the GH4 shoots UHD & Cinema 4K. You won't see it in the hands of many indie film makers. It's a camera that is badly positioned in the marketplace price wise with a feature set that is missing key elements that could have made it a home run.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2016 at 06:39 UTC
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utphoto: The SONY is a nice camera for a vacation/trip shooter who is not likely to produce large prints when he/she returns home. Or, a shooter who wants OK, if not SOA results in a number of areas. For shooters wanting superior still images or superior video capabilities, or even both in the same body, there are a number of options for near or far less money than the asking price of the SONY. Months from now when the SONY is discounted, it will be where it should be in the market place.

Ethan, not pulling stuff out of the air. All of the cameras mentioned are toys when it comes to video at an affordable level. The SONY A7s or the Panasonic GH4, which I own, are far better choices. The bottom line is, all of the 1" sensor cameras are for casual shooting by people who are more concerned about weight/size, convenience and comfort . For the amount of money the SONY sells for, there are better options either DSLRs or m4/3 or mirrorless APS-c. In my opinion, your mileage may vary. Have a nice day.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2016 at 04:15 UTC
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utphoto: The SONY is a nice camera for a vacation/trip shooter who is not likely to produce large prints when he/she returns home. Or, a shooter who wants OK, if not SOA results in a number of areas. For shooters wanting superior still images or superior video capabilities, or even both in the same body, there are a number of options for near or far less money than the asking price of the SONY. Months from now when the SONY is discounted, it will be where it should be in the market place.

EthanP99....the Panasonic FZ1000 or ZS100 are more than match in most areas, certainly for most of the target buyers--about $600 and $1000 respectively vs the cost of the SONY. And there are any number of models of entry/mid level DSLR/lens combos that offer far better IQ and high ISO performance at lower or equivalent cost.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2016 at 23:38 UTC

The SONY is a nice camera for a vacation/trip shooter who is not likely to produce large prints when he/she returns home. Or, a shooter who wants OK, if not SOA results in a number of areas. For shooters wanting superior still images or superior video capabilities, or even both in the same body, there are a number of options for near or far less money than the asking price of the SONY. Months from now when the SONY is discounted, it will be where it should be in the market place.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2016 at 18:33 UTC as 10th comment | 17 replies
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KL Matt: Ricoh's Pentax Renaissance (so far): bump up sensor size of Q system. Intro true flagship APS/C model with class-leading IQ. Launch entry-level DSLR. Create outstanding mid-range model that catches up to the rest of the world with flip screen and wifi. Release updated 645 with unmatched IQ and even video. Launch new full-frame 135-format flagship with best-in-class IQ. Release full line of professional f/2.8 FF zooms. Make all the above the best value-for-money available. Check, check, check, check, check, check, check and check. All this in in just 5 years people. I think we can safely say Pentax is back.

The 645Z has certainly been successful beyond Ricoh projections and it appears they have another winner with the K1. Ricoh, like Canon and Nikon, has deep pockets, so it's fairly safe to say Pentax is here to stay.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2016 at 20:32 UTC
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cirtapfotos: The Winner...Again Nikon D810 at 64 ISO can't be beat.

Except the K1 at ISO 100 matches the ISO 64 performance of the D810 and pulls away from that point on.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2016 at 20:24 UTC
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Sid911: The only fly in the soup - The Pentax K1 is mighty heavy - heavier than the D810 and the 5D Mark iii :-(

Spend more time at the gym on the weights if a few ounces difference bothers you.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2016 at 01:30 UTC
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dpthoughts: I see two odd things which I dislike.

no 1. it is meaningless to compare a 4-exposure mode like pixelshift to an 1-exposure mode like single-shot in the D810.
If you compare properly, you would do it against a series of four consecutive shots, which are merged in photoshop, with or without the help of an action to automate this.

Then, the alleged noise advantage of pixel shift would be what it is: void ;)

no 2. The K-1 steals its dynamic range advantage by means of cheating (doing denoising on raws). Evidence: the ratio between luminance noise and chroma noise appears to be shifted in favour for choma noise.
If the firmware doesn't do any denoising, then this ratio must always be constant (due to maths).

This is a plausible explanation, why the K-1 will do so well on reviews, w/o having received a new miracle sensor from Sony. Sony wouldn't give such to Ricoh, so that Ricoh's cams appeared as cheaper and better than Sonys own ;) that never happened, of course.

So what? A four frame stacked group in PS from the D810 still won't get your RGB at each pixel. Who cares if Pentax manipulates the RAW a bit for better noise performance. The K1 still outperforms the D810 on resolution and with less visible noise.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2016 at 01:19 UTC
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Reilly Diefenbach: 177 MB is a lot of overhead for a bit less moire and no gain in resolution. Good job, Pentax, though.

Lots of gain in apparent resolution. It demonstrates how much a Bayer filter array throws away, regardless of sensor size. Compare the Phase IQ 180 80 meg medium format against the K1 in pixel shift, looking at the etching to left of center or the currency. The K1 matches it.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2016 at 02:48 UTC
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EthanX: Pixel Shift is only good for studio tripod-aided shots, but still, even without pixel shift, this camera looks like a real winner.

Good job, Pentax!

The K1 has software to allow pixel shift to be used with scenes with some moderate movement, such as landscapes shot with a tripod.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2016 at 02:46 UTC

Amazing. The number of posters who can't get past the fact the 77mm lens is pretty much recognized as a portrait lens. Pentax makes a number of lenses that are sharper at other focal lengths. What is legitimately amazing to me is how good pixel shift is in spite of the handicap of the lens. Forget comparing it to the 645Z, D810 or the Canon 50D whatever...pull up the Phase IQ 180 80 meg medium format , slide over to the etching left of center on the studio shot or the currency. The K1 pretty much matches the IQ180 in terms of sharpness and I'm betting it will match color accuracy or beat it in a well-controlled comparison, which this preview is not.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2016 at 02:43 UTC as 30th comment
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