Alex Sarbu

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PKDanny: What kind of shutter did PENTAX 645Z with???

Obviously, focal plane - but it's not a mirrorless camera.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2016 at 14:57 UTC
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Alex Sarbu: The most exciting announcement at Photokina was, wait for it... Pentax K-1's new firmware (v.1.30). Why is so? Because it adds useful functions (e.g. EFCS in Live View) to a camera I own.

On a more general level, it would be Fujifilm launching a new system. But, I won't buy any of that; I couldn't touch it and it won't be available this year anyway. So it's barely interesting, as a curiosity.

My camera didn't had the "unusable AF tracking" feature to begin with... should I complain to Ricoh Imaging, Sony user?

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2016 at 14:17 UTC
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TBLF: The most exciting for me? Ricoh/Pentax announcement of the K-1 Firmware 1.3 with 1:1 crop mode, and the electronic 1st curtain silent shutter mode in OVF mode. LOL!

Hey, sometimes you just have to take what you can get... ;-)

LOL. I just posted more or less the same thing - then read your post.
Not sure if you were sarcastic, I wasn't. Though that says a lot about this Photokina's level in new products announcements.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2016 at 13:23 UTC

The most exciting announcement at Photokina was, wait for it... Pentax K-1's new firmware (v.1.30). Why is so? Because it adds useful functions (e.g. EFCS in Live View) to a camera I own.

On a more general level, it would be Fujifilm launching a new system. But, I won't buy any of that; I couldn't touch it and it won't be available this year anyway. So it's barely interesting, as a curiosity.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2016 at 13:20 UTC as 19th comment | 2 replies
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Atomez: Why, oh why, do people go on comparing smartphone cameras with stand-alone digital cameras, DSLR, point&shoot or otherwise? It's not the same thing.
Smartphones, iPhones et al, are basically computers with a lot of other things attached. As such they work with installable software apps. If someone invents a new way to process a digital image, you can add an app and that's it. You can't just do that on a camera, you got to wait at least the manufacturer includes that in a new model and then buy it. Not to mention sharing said photo on digital media as 99.99% of photos are these days.
Smartphone cameras should be compared to a digital camera AND a computer with digital connection, PC Mac or whatever. Now it's ok, go on comparing IQ, flexibility, availability, bulk, cost, weight etc.
Oh, and smartphones are water proof. And pocketable. And ...

FTR, dedicated digital cameras like DSLRs are computers, too. I even have RAW processing software on mine...

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2016 at 22:40 UTC
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situman1: What an Apple shill. As if these features are new and noteworthy. These clowns have the balls to remove the headphone jack just to make you use a stupid dongle or pay them $160 for stupid ugly bt headphones.

Actually the option of not using a tangled wired mess is called 'tangle free flat cable headphones' ;-)

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2016 at 20:57 UTC
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Alex Sarbu: Nice article, very convincing, but where are the reasons why I should care about the iPhone 7? :-p
Oh, the last argument is so convincing: I should care because it's an iPhone. End of story.

That's like saying I should really care about McDonald's hamburgers.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2016 at 09:15 UTC

Nice article, very convincing, but where are the reasons why I should care about the iPhone 7? :-p
Oh, the last argument is so convincing: I should care because it's an iPhone. End of story.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2016 at 08:38 UTC as 276th comment | 4 replies
On article Pentax K-70 added to studio test scene (36 comments in total)
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pacnwhobbyist: When compared to the T6i and D5500, the jpeg NR by default is pretty-heavy handed in the Pentax and buffs away a lot of the fine detail at ISO1600. The Nikon also has pretty strong NR but not as much as the Pentax. It doesn't necessarily mean that the Canon is the best overall, but they do the best job and retaining detail at higher ISOs in JPEGs, I think.

RAW on the other hand, both the Pentax and the Nikon beat the Canon, although it's not evident unless you examine it closely (and not by a huge margin). In fact the Pentax and the Nikon look almost identical which is not surprising since they probably share the same Sony 24MP APS-C sensor.

Honestly, any of these cameras are capable of turning out excellent images despite some minor quirks for image processing. You would just have to turn the NR down on the Pentax as one of the first things you do.

It's the sharpening which is much weaker - Pentax has different types of sharpening, and the amount can also be set; but the default is nowhere near as extreme as for the Canon.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2016 at 22:11 UTC
On article Pentax K-70 added to studio test scene (36 comments in total)

Thank you, DPReview. Real life and studio samples, it seems you're really paying attention to Pentax ;-)

I'm noticing, however, extreme sharpening differences in JPEG - the Pentax has little applied, while the Canon T6i has tons of it. Default settings, I presume?
Perhaps its time to find reasonable settings on the tested cameras?

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2016 at 21:02 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2663 comments in total)
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Favorable Exponynt: On Battery life. Pentax has a comparable battery to Nikon. 1860Mah 7.2 volts and 1900Mah 7 volts. They both use the same fujitsu/socionext processors and sony sensors. Yet Nikon has a much better battery life. How so? Does Nikon have a volkswagen trick to fool the CIPA test, or would it be the built in shake reduction Pentax has? Maybe a CIPA test should be done with SR off and see whether that makes a difference.

Yes, GPS is off by default (there's a dedicated button on the pentaprism housing).

The SR system, however, will be active even when Off - when it won't do anything else but to hold the sensor in place. I'm not sure how much it affects the battery life, though.

By the way, I'm not sure Pentax is using the same Milbeaut processors as Nikon; perhaps due to lower volumes Pentax is going with a more off-the-shelf version while Nikon is customizing more? And there are other components which can influence the battery life.

In any case, while not great I'd say the battery life is very much decent. It's not a sports camera, you're not going burst after burst at 10+fps with little pause.
It is of course an area Pentax engineers should improve, but IMO it's not critical.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2016 at 11:03 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2663 comments in total)
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K1000usr: I have one suggestion for DPR. The anti-vibration (5 axis image-stabilization) in K-1 really works very well. It works with all lenses: old or new. This is incredibly powerful, and very obvious advantage. I can easily take very good shots handheld at 1/10 second.

Image stabilization mode of K-1 has not gotten so much recognition in this review as it should have. Perhaps image stabilization should be a category for evaluating all cameras.

The dollar cost saving in body-based image-stabilization is substantial -- Not to forget, the lens also becomes lighter.

That's nitpicking.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2016 at 19:46 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2663 comments in total)
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K1000usr: I have one suggestion for DPR. The anti-vibration (5 axis image-stabilization) in K-1 really works very well. It works with all lenses: old or new. This is incredibly powerful, and very obvious advantage. I can easily take very good shots handheld at 1/10 second.

Image stabilization mode of K-1 has not gotten so much recognition in this review as it should have. Perhaps image stabilization should be a category for evaluating all cameras.

The dollar cost saving in body-based image-stabilization is substantial -- Not to forget, the lens also becomes lighter.

Yes, I know that - it's standard practice for interchangeable lenses with optical stabilization. Pentax does that too (for the 645 - in-lens SR).
What I'm saying is that with Pentax K (in-body SR) and especially the K-1, the SR On/Off setting is much more easily accessible than digging through the menus.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2016 at 19:41 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2663 comments in total)
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K1000usr: I have one suggestion for DPR. The anti-vibration (5 axis image-stabilization) in K-1 really works very well. It works with all lenses: old or new. This is incredibly powerful, and very obvious advantage. I can easily take very good shots handheld at 1/10 second.

Image stabilization mode of K-1 has not gotten so much recognition in this review as it should have. Perhaps image stabilization should be a category for evaluating all cameras.

The dollar cost saving in body-based image-stabilization is substantial -- Not to forget, the lens also becomes lighter.

We don't have "an easy switch on a lens", but the SR setting is not in a hidden menu, either. You can have it on the easily accessible Info menu, it's automatically deactivated in certain situations (e.g. with the timer) and you also have the new Smart Function dials.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2016 at 19:31 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2663 comments in total)
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rjmcsr: Why the compare mode doesn't allow to pick the Nikon D810?
Also "The K-1 also offers some of best dynamic range on the market (falling just short of the Nikon D810 at base ISO)" maybe because the lower ISO of the K1 is 100 the we can say that K1 dynamic range is above the D810 for ISO higher than 51200... "Image Quality is where the K-1 definitely outshines the majority of its competition at this price point, with the camera giving one of the best Raw dynamic range results we've ever seen, falling just short of the industry-leading Nikon D810" apparently this is arguable...
http://www.photonstophotos.net/Charts/PDR.htm#Nikon%20D810,Pentax%20K-1
http://www.photonstophotos.net/Charts/PDR_Shadow.htm
http://www.photonstophotos.net/Charts/RN_e.htm
http://www.photonstophotos.net/Charts/RN_ADU.htm
So for image quality comparison, conclude for yourself...facts are facts words are words. Then a 1% makes difference between a silver and a gold award camera for when browsing in DPR. Regards

"Before the next ice age" - winter is coming? :-)

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2016 at 17:15 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2663 comments in total)
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K1000usr: I have one suggestion for DPR. The anti-vibration (5 axis image-stabilization) in K-1 really works very well. It works with all lenses: old or new. This is incredibly powerful, and very obvious advantage. I can easily take very good shots handheld at 1/10 second.

Image stabilization mode of K-1 has not gotten so much recognition in this review as it should have. Perhaps image stabilization should be a category for evaluating all cameras.

The dollar cost saving in body-based image-stabilization is substantial -- Not to forget, the lens also becomes lighter.

Indeed, the in-body SR is one of the main points of the K-1 (and what makes possible special functions like the Astrotracer or Pixel Shift Resolution).

Though lenses are not always lighter, see the D FA* 70-200 f/2.8 ;)

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2016 at 15:58 UTC
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ondrejbobek: Where is the button "i want it"? :)

SimenO1, I like how you're thinking.
Though I'd also keep a Canon kit, just in case I'd be shooting swerving cyclists...

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2016 at 12:28 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2663 comments in total)
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miles green: @dpreview
In the conclusions you state "Another point of frustration was the fact that the focus points aren't illuminated in the viewfinder until focus is confirmed, which makes it hard to even find your AF point to know where to place it in low light conditions. "
If you press the focus mode button (on the side of the body) while you are shooting, all the active AF points light up (1, 9, 25 or 33 depending on your settings). I think this is the feature you were missing?

The K-1 is the first (and so far only) Pentax with a LCD overlay. Yes, it works differently from any of the previous models.
It's not a big issue, but the criticism is valid.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2016 at 07:06 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2663 comments in total)
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Alex Sarbu: Getting back to a (now) confirmed issue:

"Another point of frustration was the fact that the focus points aren't illuminated in the viewfinder until focus is confirmed, which makes it hard to even find your AF point to know where to place it in low light conditions"

I believe this could be fixed in firmware, and that such a fix would make for a nicer shooting experience in low light. There are several other Pentaxians thinking the same, on the Pentax SLR Talk forum.

I think this behavior (having the AF lights to indicate selected/active AF points, and not focus confirmation) is better than the current one. I think it's fine having only the classic hexagon and the camera beep to indicate focus lock (some other things might be done, e.g. red AF lights blinking slowly if focus can't be locked).

DPReview, was this explicitly communicated to Ricoh? If not, could you please do it, I'm assuming you're in contact with them?
Thank you.

Because that's what it is. You can argue about its severity, priority but not this.

Since you can shoot with the AF mode button pressed down (though you can't change AF points or exposure parameters), it's not a big deal. But it's up to Ricoh Imaging to accept/reject this small enhancement request, and to prioritize it.

You are mistaken, Ricoh Imaging/Pentax is listening. One obvious example is the lockable mode dial - when they listened to both those saying it should be lockable, and to those saying it shouldn't. ;-)
And even if they wouldn't change anything for the K-1, it's something to consider for a future model.

In any case, I can be happy with the camera either way. I'd be slightly happier if they do it (as a configuration option seems the right solution) ;-)

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2016 at 22:52 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2663 comments in total)
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Alex Sarbu: Getting back to a (now) confirmed issue:

"Another point of frustration was the fact that the focus points aren't illuminated in the viewfinder until focus is confirmed, which makes it hard to even find your AF point to know where to place it in low light conditions"

I believe this could be fixed in firmware, and that such a fix would make for a nicer shooting experience in low light. There are several other Pentaxians thinking the same, on the Pentax SLR Talk forum.

I think this behavior (having the AF lights to indicate selected/active AF points, and not focus confirmation) is better than the current one. I think it's fine having only the classic hexagon and the camera beep to indicate focus lock (some other things might be done, e.g. red AF lights blinking slowly if focus can't be locked).

DPReview, was this explicitly communicated to Ricoh? If not, could you please do it, I'm assuming you're in contact with them?
Thank you.

It's not a non-issue, but an usability issue.

I think Ricoh Imaging would be interested in such feedback.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2016 at 14:08 UTC
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