Alex Sarbu

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On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2597 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 (2597 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 (2597 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
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2597 comments in total)

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.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2016 at 10:01 UTC as 76th comment | 4 replies
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2597 comments in total)
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GrayW: Hmm... it seems that AF-C on a static tripod with the subject weaving in and out of the focus field isn't a very good test of the K-1 real world AF capabilities.

AF-C with Expanded Area AF will attempt subject tracking. This is how you did the swerving test I was talking about, right? (unless the EXIF is lying me)

What I'm saying is that you should've started by giving the central (selected) AF point a clear target, e.g the cyclist's face. I'd say that IRL you would actually attempt that.
If you're testing the camera's ability to track the subject across the part of the frame covered by AF points (!), then obviously you shouldn't keep the center point on the initial target. IRL you might attempt to follow the subject, though.

Note that I'm not calling you incompetent.
Also, keep in mind that your tests are (unfortunately) inconsistent and not an industry standard. It's fine if other people are proving the K-1 works, even if they don't replicate 100% what you did for the K-1.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2016 at 07:01 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2597 comments in total)
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odpisan: Great!

I am very haapy & proud (NO joke) to be "Penax fan-boy"!

I just do not understand others who are insulted with this new original name of our community.

:o)

Fuji X-Pro2 .... 2480
Sony A7R II .... 2159
Sony A6300 ... 2128

Pentax K1 .... 2511 & rising .. record is broken! But I lost my bet .. too late fo 1 day.
:o(

"Fanboy" has a very strong pejorative connotation. It is an insult.

Simply preferring a brand, choosing a brand, being reasonably happy with a brand doesn't make one a "fanboy". It makes you an user.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2016 at 10:21 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2597 comments in total)
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Alex Sarbu: By the way... since I'm criticizing the AF tests, AF tests criticism (when not valid) and who knows what else; it's not like I don't have positive things to say.

My impression of the review is not entirely negative, far from it. Yes, there were issues (e.g. the defective 77mm samples, the Pixel Shift not being supported by Adobe etc.). However, when everything was put together, as I read it I kept saying to myself, "hey, nice from them they're mentioning that".
The authors - this was my impression - were really into reviewing the camera, discovering what works and what doesn't, this and that. Should I say, enthusiasm?

I'm also impressed how Pentaxians immediately started putting the K-1 to work, especially in areas where it should be weaker (see the Pentax SLR Talk Forums). Tracking swallows, really?

Last but not least, I'm impressed by the camera itself. No product is perfect, but the K-1 is a sound product.

And for Pete's sake, putting the camera in AUTO will force AF-S, effectively disabling AF tracking!

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 21:21 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2597 comments in total)
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ervinberxolli: I have a Canon mark 2 and i was very happy with the camera but is an old camera and i want to upgrade to a new one. The Canon 5ds is to expensive and i dont like the colours and the dynamic range. Looking for other cameras i saw Pentax K1 and reading all the reviews that are on the internet about Pentax K1. Im thinking to give a try and change my gear to Pentax. The price is affordable and very good quality images. I shoot a lot of weddings and i want to know something more how pentax works with the flash if it is possible? AF is good enough for my kind of work also the 15- 30 mm, 24-70mm, and 70-200mm are good Lenses and cover 95 % of my work.

That was funny!

By the way, Metz should launch some firmware updates for the K-1, shortly.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 21:20 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2597 comments in total)

By the way... since I'm criticizing the AF tests, AF tests criticism (when not valid) and who knows what else; it's not like I don't have positive things to say.

My impression of the review is not entirely negative, far from it. Yes, there were issues (e.g. the defective 77mm samples, the Pixel Shift not being supported by Adobe etc.). However, when everything was put together, as I read it I kept saying to myself, "hey, nice from them they're mentioning that".
The authors - this was my impression - were really into reviewing the camera, discovering what works and what doesn't, this and that. Should I say, enthusiasm?

I'm also impressed how Pentaxians immediately started putting the K-1 to work, especially in areas where it should be weaker (see the Pentax SLR Talk Forums). Tracking swallows, really?

Last but not least, I'm impressed by the camera itself. No product is perfect, but the K-1 is a sound product.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 21:16 UTC as 82nd comment | 1 reply
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2597 comments in total)
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Rychok: I do not really understand chosen settings for this focus test.
In my opinion none of them is suitable for tracking. Select 33 - based on manual is single point ficus chosen by user, and you will have to follow the subject, The same is center with difference of selecting center point only. The settings for tracking are called Expanded area AF with three options S,M,L, Small (Sel S) 9 points, medium (Sel M) 24 points and large (Sel L) 33 points.
So off course the results are pretty bad for SEL33. The problem for me is that whoever was testing the camera did not read or understood manual of camera.
Of course I could be wrong about proper settings for tracking, but they works me.

Sorry, but did you had a clearly defined target under the selected (central) point, in your swerving test?

Note that I'm not expecting the Pentax subject tracking to perform particularly well. I haven't really tested it (IRL and so on), but it does seems prone to lose the subject.
However, can it perform at all if it doesn't even have a proper subject to begin with?

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 21:02 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2597 comments in total)
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GrayW: Hmm... it seems that AF-C on a static tripod with the subject weaving in and out of the focus field isn't a very good test of the K-1 real world AF capabilities.

Don't cry so much. You entered this by saying ""Pentax fanboys") . ' It's called calling a spade, a spade, not name calling". I suppose that's your "neutral observer" position, since you're behaving like this for how many years? Insults? Lies? Insults, again?
But it's fine, after all, you agree with DPReview's stuff (for now).

Repeating a broken test one thousand times won't get you valid results. Just like watching some silly Flickr statistics won't give you market share data.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 20:59 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2597 comments in total)
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GrayW: Hmm... it seems that AF-C on a static tripod with the subject weaving in and out of the focus field isn't a very good test of the K-1 real world AF capabilities.

Oh? ET2 has a backup? I wonder, why are you so angry?

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 15:49 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2597 comments in total)
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GrayW: Hmm... it seems that AF-C on a static tripod with the subject weaving in and out of the focus field isn't a very good test of the K-1 real world AF capabilities.

Anyone is invited to check my posting history, instead of, for example, taking your word for it. And to check my gear list, too - again, instead of taking your word for it - because I DO OWN a K-1. It's you who doesn't, and won't ever.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 14:03 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2597 comments in total)
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GrayW: Hmm... it seems that AF-C on a static tripod with the subject weaving in and out of the focus field isn't a very good test of the K-1 real world AF capabilities.

ET2, you are a known troll on the Pentax SLR forum - no Pentax equipment, no interest in Pentax equipment, posting there to bash Pentax and attack the Pentaxians. You supporting name calling is just another one of your posts.
Don't forget - anyone can check your posting history.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 13:36 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2597 comments in total)
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GrayW: Hmm... it seems that AF-C on a static tripod with the subject weaving in and out of the focus field isn't a very good test of the K-1 real world AF capabilities.

Really, Rishi? Name calling? ("Pentax fanboys") Threatening that we should keep quiet, or you'd publish worse results (of what?)? Ignoring the people who proved with pictures that IRL the K-1's AF-C can work?
Is this the proper behavior for a DPReview Technical Editor? Is this how you close the bridge between this site, and the Pentaxian community?

Despite your aggressive claims, you don't even know what you're testing (which is a very difficult thing to know, I must say, but necessary if you want relevant results). You're asking the camera to track a cyclist's foot, but can't have even that properly covered by the center AF point. You don't put any effort into making your tests consistent. Etc.

You do have one point, the AUTO theory was downright silly. Some people were too hasty in making up one theory or another, instead of going for the basics.
But while some were grasping for straws, many others were and still are interested in a fair and accurate evaluation of the K-1's AF.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 09:08 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2597 comments in total)
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Jhaakas: An excellent review, in details.
I am a fan of Pentax and have been on Pental SLR forums following the K-1. It is quite tempting to go and get a K-1 but decided to wait until this review to get an unbiased opinion.
And that is exactly what this is. It lays out the shortcomings compared to other brands available in the market.
I am pretty happy - rather more then satisfied with my K-5 image quality. I would wait for K-1 to catch up with AF to be at par with Nikon/Canon.
I also feel there is much improvement needed with regards to video and flash.
Pentax still wins for the Shake Reduction (IBIS) and the excellent image Quality ..!!
Again, thanks DPReview for the efforts taken to post this review....

Interesting, I didn't knew that. 1/500 sync speed and up to 1/16000?

This is not about being possible, as much as being practical. The 1D was an exception - later models lowered the sync and fastest speeds to 1/250-300 and 1/8000.
And the 1D series weren't FF cameras equipped with a SR mechanism.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 19:27 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2597 comments in total)
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Jhaakas: An excellent review, in details.
I am a fan of Pentax and have been on Pental SLR forums following the K-1. It is quite tempting to go and get a K-1 but decided to wait until this review to get an unbiased opinion.
And that is exactly what this is. It lays out the shortcomings compared to other brands available in the market.
I am pretty happy - rather more then satisfied with my K-5 image quality. I would wait for K-1 to catch up with AF to be at par with Nikon/Canon.
I also feel there is much improvement needed with regards to video and flash.
Pentax still wins for the Shake Reduction (IBIS) and the excellent image Quality ..!!
Again, thanks DPReview for the efforts taken to post this review....

1/500... with a focal plane shutter?
Only a leaf shutter, or an electronic shutter can give you that.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 15:18 UTC
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Anastigmat: Ricoh should put its own brand name on some of the Pentax cameras. It was a pretty well liked brand when it was making Pentax K mount cameras in the past.

Someone doesn't like to see the Pentax brand on cameras? :-p

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 10:44 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2597 comments in total)

Just a suggestion - the Editors' picks tab should be renamed to "People who agree the most with us". ;-)

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 09:58 UTC as 101st comment | 2 replies
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2597 comments in total)
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rrccad: I wonder what comes first.. people moving on and not complaining about the review? Or Ricoh releasing the k-2 follow up camera.

I think it could go either way.

Moving on... to buy the K-1? Moving on... to buy more lenses, because they already have the K-1? Please be more specific.

Maxfield_photo, the K-S2 is in a different category than the K-S1 - it has weather sealed, two e-dials, tilt LCD etc. It was obviously planned before they start selling the K-S1; a camera can't be made in just a month or two.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 09:56 UTC
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