Professor999

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On article Photokina 2016: Fujifilm Interview (116 comments in total)

To aspire to a camera?
This explains a lot about what is wrong with our society!

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2017 at 14:41 UTC as 7th comment
On article Hands-on with Ricoh's compact Pentax KP (634 comments in total)

"Its price and all we've been told point to it being an K-3 successor but the company says it doesn't replace it."
Barney, why is this line included in the article. The company has said it doesn't replace the K-3. Your article then list features which don't exist in the K3. It has a flash, new sensor, new stabilisation, tilt screen, grips. You even say it resembles the K1.

"Whether this is to avoid devaluing remaining K-3 II stocks or because it hopes to introduce a higher-end sister model is unclear."
So, here you have made a supposition, which could possibly damage K-3 ll sales even though you have been told it is not a replacement.

Even the model name is completely different - PK instead of K- plus a number.
The only thing it has in common is the price.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2017 at 08:53 UTC as 19th comment
On article Photokina 2016: Fujifilm Interview (116 comments in total)

Now we have to aspire to a camera?
Good grief!

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 20:49 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2660 comments in total)

@fotopizza.
Thank you for the info.
So there could have been similar problems perhaps if the conditions had been the same?
I imagine the Pentax would have 'weathered' the less harsh conditions well, too.
I find the Olympus to be a little faster & surer to focus than the K5 & with the EVF (WYSIWYG) to be better suited for 'action' shots.
Btw, I didn't mention the Nikon D5-are you confusing me with another commenter.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2016 at 06:49 UTC as 104th comment
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2660 comments in total)

@ fotopizza
There is a difference between Weather Resistant & Waterproof-
There are limits with WR.
You said you are now using Olympus & Panasonic cameras-have you used them in similar conditions & if so how did they hold up.
(I use a K5 & Olympus Em5 &, while both are WR I would still use a camera cover in harsh weather instead of risking the body-especially if it was a paid job-why take the risk?)

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2016 at 12:41 UTC as 106th comment | 6 replies
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2660 comments in total)
In reply to:

LightBug: I went back to LR to look at the the current set of images in DPR's K-1 review, and found out where the center of each frame were (left and right below refers to image's left and right, opposite of cyclist's left and right, in focus means the face is in sharp focus):

IMGP2813: left side of helmet (in focus)

IMGP2814: top left edge of helmet (in focus)

IMGP2815: left side of helmet

IMGP2816: face

IMGP2817: face

IMGP2818: face

IMGP2819: center of face (in focus)

IMGP2820: center of face

IMGP2821: center of face (in focus)

IMGP2822: face (in focus)

IMGP2823: left ear

IMGP2824: left side of face

IMGP2825: left side of face

IMGP2826: left ear

Compared to the AF overlay image, the center autofocus point seems about the same size as the cyclist's face in the first image.

I suspect the starting 3 frames having the focus point on side of helmet may cause some tracking issue.

@ Rishi-"We also performed F1.8 tests with the a7R II and D810. Maybe we should've repeated those with the K-1?"
In order to give a review where parameters can be compared, Yes, it would have been a good idea.
"And F2.8 --> F4 would cause 15-30% hit-rates to skyrocket to something far better"
Did you try it? No.
So how do you know it wouldn't? No, you can't.
Tests with 1.8 lenses?- no mention of 1.8 lenses on the 7R II Autofocus pages.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2016 at 20:26 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2660 comments in total)
In reply to:

LightBug: I went back to LR to look at the the current set of images in DPR's K-1 review, and found out where the center of each frame were (left and right below refers to image's left and right, opposite of cyclist's left and right, in focus means the face is in sharp focus):

IMGP2813: left side of helmet (in focus)

IMGP2814: top left edge of helmet (in focus)

IMGP2815: left side of helmet

IMGP2816: face

IMGP2817: face

IMGP2818: face

IMGP2819: center of face (in focus)

IMGP2820: center of face

IMGP2821: center of face (in focus)

IMGP2822: face (in focus)

IMGP2823: left ear

IMGP2824: left side of face

IMGP2825: left side of face

IMGP2826: left ear

Compared to the AF overlay image, the center autofocus point seems about the same size as the cyclist's face in the first image.

I suspect the starting 3 frames having the focus point on side of helmet may cause some tracking issue.

@Rishi-"The Canon adapted lens tests on the a7R II were done at F2.8. Nearly 100% hit-rate there with the 70-200 F2.8L II."
I was wasn't referring to adapted lenses but the native lens 70-200 F4. If I was referring to adapted lenses I would have stated it.
As you brought up Adapted lenses-above you write 'nearly 100 per cent hit rate- in the review-"reasonable job" for both types of bike test-so reasonable means nearly 100 per cent? On that Autofocus page no mention was made of "nearly 100 per cent" nor the name of the lens used. You also don't mention the warning note on that page.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2016 at 20:13 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2660 comments in total)
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Professor999: It would be useful in future reviews if the following was possible,
A glossary to describe what Pro/Cons means according to Dpreview. (Rishi gave a definition that surprised me but it's now clear)
How categories are weighted (in percentage terms).
ALL tests are carried out on ALL cameras and ALL results posted.
The same lenses are used on all tests (by this I mean for example 70-200 F2.8 NOT 2.8 for one camera and F4 for another).
The review shouldn't refer to cameras in a different category, the often quoted DPR expression, "Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category."
IF comparisons are felt necessary to cameras in different categories it should be made ABSOLUTELY CLEAR that they are from different categories.
It should be made ABSOLUTELY CLEAR when a reviewer is making a subjective statement.
Reviewers should NEVER make statements which could be construed as 'snarky' or 'sarcastic'.
The award should NOT be based on a subjective view but solely based on FACTS.

Well,
"It would be useful in future reviews if the following was possible."
Sounds more like a request, hopefully helpful.
Perhaps if some or all of the above had been employed there would have been less comments complaining about the review and reviewers would have had more time to do reviews instead of replying to commenters.
On the other hand more posts mean more clicks which perhaps is useful for a website.
"Request for no snarks declined . . ."
One can only ask.
Then again, a snarky remark generally gets at least one reply.
Click, click, click.
It is a little disappointing when a polite and carefully worded post is answered in such a manner, especially when that was one of the suggestions designed to be helpful.
Manners Maketh Man.
I can rise above it without resorting in kind.
It's unfortunate that you have just confirmed what some commenters have either alluded or directly stated.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 18:50 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2660 comments in total)
In reply to:

Professor999: "Empty words? Check the 5DS review, the a7R II review, the D500 review, D7200 review, the a6300 review, and the D810 review. The D810 has a 200/4 sequence, albeit at ISO 2000 equivalent, and a different 'test', so it's not directly comparable"
So, the reviews says himself, for the D810, the test was different they can't be compared.
a7R II? The test used a F4 lens (Pentax a 2.8)-not comparable, I think.
D500? it's an apc camera so not comparable-The Autofocus page doesn't state the lens used for the test.
D7200-it's an apc camera so not comparable. Lenses used were f.28 (on an apc sensor) and F4
Sony a6300-another apc camera-different category so not comparable. Lens used F4 (on an apc sensor).
Canon 5DS-Lens used for test on autofocus page not mentioned.

You, of course can compare whatever you want with whatever you want.
Often, when commenters mention cameras of different categories, the reply from the site is often,
"Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category."
So, why bring up cameras from different categories in the review.
That could be the subject for an article, "which format should I choose', but they shouldn't contradict themselves.
So, don't have a go at me when it's not my decision to make but the site, OK?
"If DOF makes it easier or harder to focus depending on format so what?
DOF may not necessarily aid focus but the resulting images will be more 'forgiving' due to the greater DOF (the area in in focus will be greater), while on a FF a smaller error in the focus acquisition and resulting images will be less forgiving.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 12:27 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2660 comments in total)
In reply to:

LightBug: I went back to LR to look at the the current set of images in DPR's K-1 review, and found out where the center of each frame were (left and right below refers to image's left and right, opposite of cyclist's left and right, in focus means the face is in sharp focus):

IMGP2813: left side of helmet (in focus)

IMGP2814: top left edge of helmet (in focus)

IMGP2815: left side of helmet

IMGP2816: face

IMGP2817: face

IMGP2818: face

IMGP2819: center of face (in focus)

IMGP2820: center of face

IMGP2821: center of face (in focus)

IMGP2822: face (in focus)

IMGP2823: left ear

IMGP2824: left side of face

IMGP2825: left side of face

IMGP2826: left ear

Compared to the AF overlay image, the center autofocus point seems about the same size as the cyclist's face in the first image.

I suspect the starting 3 frames having the focus point on side of helmet may cause some tracking issue.

@ET2,
DPR wouldn't recommend it but many Pentax users/owners would/have.
It requires a different methodology to get shots, that's all.
Professional photographers are interested in the real world results. That's what they are paid for.
Not so many get paid for running 'tests'.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 09:58 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2660 comments in total)

It would be useful in future reviews if the following was possible,
A glossary to describe what Pro/Cons means according to Dpreview. (Rishi gave a definition that surprised me but it's now clear)
How categories are weighted (in percentage terms).
ALL tests are carried out on ALL cameras and ALL results posted.
The same lenses are used on all tests (by this I mean for example 70-200 F2.8 NOT 2.8 for one camera and F4 for another).
The review shouldn't refer to cameras in a different category, the often quoted DPR expression, "Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category."
IF comparisons are felt necessary to cameras in different categories it should be made ABSOLUTELY CLEAR that they are from different categories.
It should be made ABSOLUTELY CLEAR when a reviewer is making a subjective statement.
Reviewers should NEVER make statements which could be construed as 'snarky' or 'sarcastic'.
The award should NOT be based on a subjective view but solely based on FACTS.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 09:46 UTC as 146th comment | 6 replies
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2660 comments in total)

"Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category."
Yet, in a reply to a post the, K1 was compared to APC and mirrorless cameras.
Kind of 'moving the goalposts' to defend a position.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 09:33 UTC as 147th comment
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2660 comments in total)
In reply to:

Professor999: Regarding the importance of headline titles.
The following are the title for camera reviews this year.
Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review
The price is right: Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D Review
All about that lens: Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III review
Review: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 impresses with image quality, versatility
Setting new standards: Nikon D5 Review
Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review
Benchmark Performance: Nikon D810 review
The Canon that can: Canon EOS 80D Review
Fujifilm X70 Review
Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review
Power Zoom: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100/TZ100 Review
Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review
Great Eight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review
Ultra-compact: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review
In Fine Detail: Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R In-Depth Review

@ Carey,
If one doesn't know who Marshawn Lynch is (I didn't) it makes no sense.
The headline itself still gives a positive, not neutral impression of the camera, even before the first line of the article has been read.
The point I'm making is that the Reviews should be written simply as 'X Camera Review'.
It would also save time from trying to think of a 'catchy' headline.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 09:31 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2660 comments in total)
In reply to:

Professor999: "Empty words? Check the 5DS review, the a7R II review, the D500 review, D7200 review, the a6300 review, and the D810 review. The D810 has a 200/4 sequence, albeit at ISO 2000 equivalent, and a different 'test', so it's not directly comparable"
So, the reviews says himself, for the D810, the test was different they can't be compared.
a7R II? The test used a F4 lens (Pentax a 2.8)-not comparable, I think.
D500? it's an apc camera so not comparable-The Autofocus page doesn't state the lens used for the test.
D7200-it's an apc camera so not comparable. Lenses used were f.28 (on an apc sensor) and F4
Sony a6300-another apc camera-different category so not comparable. Lens used F4 (on an apc sensor).
Canon 5DS-Lens used for test on autofocus page not mentioned.

Because DPR groups cameras into categories so apc and FF aren't comparable.
The DOF on a apc camera is also greater so what may be out of focus on a FF camera may not be on apc camera which has a larger DOF.
Also don't forget there is an inconsistent in the lenses being used.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2016 at 20:00 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2660 comments in total)
In reply to:

Professor999: Just read the 'Control' page & the Cons list;
No dedicated af point control-yes there is, if you want to customise it that way
Nested menus-all cameras have nested menus, otherwise there would be a 100 tabs-once the camera is set up, there's little reason to menu hunt.
2 dials plus an extra one which can set for a number of different functions, green button is customisable. Even the screen is customisable.
All this is written in the section but is listed as a Con.

and the nested menus?

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2016 at 19:38 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2660 comments in total)
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Professor999: I rarely read whole reviews, believing that the Pros/Cons/Conclusion page will give an accurate summary.
Now I see there's a startling lack of continuity between AF tests.
Lenses not stated, some cameras tested with F2.8, other with F4.
A reviewer stating that AF is better with an apc camera with an F4 lens compared with a FF camera with a F2.8 lens (not to mention the apc could be either a DSLR or mirrorless-apples and oranges).
There's a frightening lack of consistency.

I have, you haven't.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2016 at 19:16 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2660 comments in total)
In reply to:

Professor999: I rarely read whole reviews, believing that the Pros/Cons/Conclusion page will give an accurate summary.
Now I see there's a startling lack of continuity between AF tests.
Lenses not stated, some cameras tested with F2.8, other with F4.
A reviewer stating that AF is better with an apc camera with an F4 lens compared with a FF camera with a F2.8 lens (not to mention the apc could be either a DSLR or mirrorless-apples and oranges).
There's a frightening lack of consistency.

Do you have any relevant to add?

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2016 at 18:11 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2660 comments in total)
In reply to:

LightBug: I went back to LR to look at the the current set of images in DPR's K-1 review, and found out where the center of each frame were (left and right below refers to image's left and right, opposite of cyclist's left and right, in focus means the face is in sharp focus):

IMGP2813: left side of helmet (in focus)

IMGP2814: top left edge of helmet (in focus)

IMGP2815: left side of helmet

IMGP2816: face

IMGP2817: face

IMGP2818: face

IMGP2819: center of face (in focus)

IMGP2820: center of face

IMGP2821: center of face (in focus)

IMGP2822: face (in focus)

IMGP2823: left ear

IMGP2824: left side of face

IMGP2825: left side of face

IMGP2826: left ear

Compared to the AF overlay image, the center autofocus point seems about the same size as the cyclist's face in the first image.

I suspect the starting 3 frames having the focus point on side of helmet may cause some tracking issue.

@ET2
Same conditions?
K1 with 70-200 F2.8
A7 with 70-20 F4

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2016 at 18:07 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2660 comments in total)

I rarely read whole reviews, believing that the Pros/Cons/Conclusion page will give an accurate summary.
Now I see there's a startling lack of continuity between AF tests.
Lenses not stated, some cameras tested with F2.8, other with F4.
A reviewer stating that AF is better with an apc camera with an F4 lens compared with a FF camera with a F2.8 lens (not to mention the apc could be either a DSLR or mirrorless-apples and oranges).
There's a frightening lack of consistency.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2016 at 11:00 UTC as 157th comment | 4 replies
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2660 comments in total)

"Empty words? Check the 5DS review, the a7R II review, the D500 review, D7200 review, the a6300 review, and the D810 review. The D810 has a 200/4 sequence, albeit at ISO 2000 equivalent, and a different 'test', so it's not directly comparable"
So, the reviews says himself, for the D810, the test was different they can't be compared.
a7R II? The test used a F4 lens (Pentax a 2.8)-not comparable, I think.
D500? it's an apc camera so not comparable-The Autofocus page doesn't state the lens used for the test.
D7200-it's an apc camera so not comparable. Lenses used were f.28 (on an apc sensor) and F4
Sony a6300-another apc camera-different category so not comparable. Lens used F4 (on an apc sensor).
Canon 5DS-Lens used for test on autofocus page not mentioned.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2016 at 11:00 UTC as 158th comment | 4 replies
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