bladerunner6

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On article Pentax K-3 Mark III sample gallery (178 comments in total)

“Ultimate ASP-C DSLR on the market right now”

Strong words indeed.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2021 at 14:53 UTC as 48th comment | 4 replies
On article Field review: Fujifilm XF 70-300 F4-5.6 R LM OIS WR (274 comments in total)
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NexUser: I think the benchmark for 70-300mm lenses are Nikon's 70-300mm AF-P lenses for DSLR system. They are very inexpensive, very sharp, incredibly fast to AF, light and well built. They don't have WR though.

Let’s see:

Makes totally irrelevant comparison to constant aperture lenses-check

Doesn’t address any of the ways other lenses are better or comparable-check

Ignores all sources that use established, verifiable methods-check

Calls something a masterpiece just because he owns products by the same brand-check

Posts images that could be easily taken with less expensive gear-check

https://www.dpreview.com/members/0170784178/galleries

Joined in just the last few days to extoll on a piece of gear he overpaid for-check

Irrational fan of Fuji-check

Am I done wasting my time on you- check

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2021 at 23:02 UTC
On article Field review: Fujifilm XF 70-300 F4-5.6 R LM OIS WR (274 comments in total)
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NexUser: I think the benchmark for 70-300mm lenses are Nikon's 70-300mm AF-P lenses for DSLR system. They are very inexpensive, very sharp, incredibly fast to AF, light and well built. They don't have WR though.

No, I don’t own Fuji products. My macro lens is as good as the Fuji optically, I have been using it pretty regularly for years, I even dropped it once and it is going strong. And is cost me $399 new.

Same thing with my older generation 55-300. It did a great job at my niece’s college graduation among other uses and I dropped it at the same time I dropped my macro lens.

Does Fuji make optically and mechanically sound gear-yes.

Do Canon, Sony, Nikon, Panasonic, Olympus and Pentax make mechanically and optically sound gear-yes. Do these brands often offer better value-yes.

I could ask you, do you own any of these other brands? In any case, you once again had no rebuttal to my comments about other lenses being a better value.

I do know Fuji owners do go on about the lenses being wonderful when respected test sites like Optical Limits often show that these are sometimes very typical lenses with poor weight and/or cost to performance ratios. You just posted such a fact less rant.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2021 at 19:36 UTC
On article Field review: Fujifilm XF 70-300 F4-5.6 R LM OIS WR (274 comments in total)
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NexUser: I think the benchmark for 70-300mm lenses are Nikon's 70-300mm AF-P lenses for DSLR system. They are very inexpensive, very sharp, incredibly fast to AF, light and well built. They don't have WR though.

No- the 1/3 of a stop difference in a variable aperture zoom is not the cause of the cost difference. Your comparison to constant aperture zooms is completely invalid.

A lot of Fuji lenses are simply really expensive for what they deliver. This lens is an example of that. Other examples:

Optical Limits describes the price of the Fuji 18-135 as “bizarre”.
https://www.opticallimits.com/fuji_x/888-fuji18135f3556?start=2

The Fuji 80mm macro weighs 750g and costs $1200. A Nikon 105mm is 720 g and is $900.

If you like your Fuji gear and can afford it I am happy for you. I am not telling people what gear to buy I am just stating that comments about this lens not being expensive for what it does are wrong.

I noticed all you brought up was the false comparison to constant aperture zooms. So in addition to that comment being irrelevant it is simply factual that the Pentax is lighter, shorter, WR, works with a TC and has better bokeh. And it costs only 56% of the Fuji.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2021 at 15:04 UTC
On article Field review: Fujifilm XF 70-300 F4-5.6 R LM OIS WR (274 comments in total)
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NexUser: I think the benchmark for 70-300mm lenses are Nikon's 70-300mm AF-P lenses for DSLR system. They are very inexpensive, very sharp, incredibly fast to AF, light and well built. They don't have WR though.

The Pentax 55-300 PLM also is weather resistant, lighter by 140 grams, over an inch shorter, takes a TC, better bokeh and has a slightly larger range that matches the kit lens better. It is a bit slower at max of 6.3 but the two lenses do compare very well to each other and the Pentax is $447 versus $799.

Here is the gallery for the Pentax.

https://www.dpreview.com/samples/9531464178/pentax-55-300mm-f4-5-6-3-ed-plm-wr-re-real-world-sample-gallery

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2021 at 13:52 UTC
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MHshooter: 2021? You might as well cancel every event, for all time since we always have flu and even it killed 80,000 people in 2018.

MHshooter- the worst case scenario for the US without intervention was as high as two million. That is magnitudes worse than TB.

The simple facts are a lot of people are dying but it would have been apocalyptic without massive intervention. Also, other countries like Germany and South Korea have done a much better job dealing with this and will recover much faster in every way.

Instead of defending the poor response of the US you should be looking at successful countries and emulating their behavior.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2020 at 11:49 UTC
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MHshooter: 2021? You might as well cancel every event, for all time since we always have flu and even it killed 80,000 people in 2018.

MHShooter-you did finally say something accurate-250-500k is the typical global number.

But your first comment was 80k implied in the US.

That statement is absolutely false.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2020 at 21:58 UTC
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MHshooter: 2021? You might as well cancel every event, for all time since we always have flu and even it killed 80,000 people in 2018.

80000 did not die from flu in 2018.

Just saying something doesn’t make it real.

Given the number of deaths and permanent damage caused by COVID-19 even with the massive efforts the loss of life could well bein the millions if nothing had been done.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2020 at 16:56 UTC
On article Tested: Four travel tripods for every budget (520 comments in total)
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Pentony: Please redo your tripod comparison chart using inches instead of centimeters. Next time please include both cm and in.

I would like cubits and poods while we are asking for inches and pounds.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2020 at 22:44 UTC

This looks like an excellent choice if you have a major brand of camera and lenses that is well supported.

The feature set is good, performance is excellent and it is much more affordable than subscription based software.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2020 at 13:29 UTC as 10th comment
On article Stellina: imaging the sky with a smart telescope (232 comments in total)

Thanks for reviewing this.

But has been nearly a decade since Pentax introduced the Astrotracer and you still haven’t reviewed that.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2020 at 10:41 UTC as 46th comment
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xmeda: Ricoh unveils HD PenTAMRON-D FA 70–210mm F4 ED SDM WR telephoto zoom lens with 2x price but lack of VC and 5 year warranty.

Aint that cute?

Given that it seems that Pentax’s IBIS works better than Tamron’s VC the lack of VC really isn’t an issue.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2020 at 12:15 UTC
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bladerunner6: It seems that this lens probably has better stabilization than the Tamron version.

If you read the DPR review of the Tamron the manufacturer’s claim is four stops. In real world testing they couldn’t get three stops at 70mm. With an exposure of 1/15th at 70mm the Tamron was usable but with some blurring.

The K1 Mark II tested 3.6 stops at 50mm.

The K70 was a little over four stops at 50mm and a little over three stops at 200mm.

The KP tested 3.3 stops at 50mm and 3.7 at 200mm.

TheRealYeats: I do understand Pentax does it in body. That is my point, Pentax's IBIS does a better job than Tamron's VC.

As I pointed out above, DPR tested Pentax IBIS and it gave as much as a bit over four stops at 50mm while the Tamron VC gives only a bit over two stops at 70mm.

In the Pentax subforum here I have a detailed post comparing Tamron's VC compares to Pentax's IBIS. In fact, there is a comparison of the Tamron 18-270 which is the same lens Pentax 18-270 and the Pentax compares very favorably.

I also found a link to Shutterbug thanks to Smitty1 that shows the K-70 IBIS outperforming the Tamron lens.

As for thinking about the weight and handling, I don't think about it, I look at data. People would have told Galileo "think about it, a heavier object has to fall faster".

But he did an experiment and found that was not the case.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2020 at 14:52 UTC
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bladerunner6: It seems that this lens probably has better stabilization than the Tamron version.

If you read the DPR review of the Tamron the manufacturer’s claim is four stops. In real world testing they couldn’t get three stops at 70mm. With an exposure of 1/15th at 70mm the Tamron was usable but with some blurring.

The K1 Mark II tested 3.6 stops at 50mm.

The K70 was a little over four stops at 50mm and a little over three stops at 200mm.

The KP tested 3.3 stops at 50mm and 3.7 at 200mm.

TheRealYeats:
How does size and weight of a lens impact the performance of IBIS? Focal length yes, absolutely but size and weight, I have never seen it mentioned.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2020 at 01:20 UTC

It seems that this lens probably has better stabilization than the Tamron version.

If you read the DPR review of the Tamron the manufacturer’s claim is four stops. In real world testing they couldn’t get three stops at 70mm. With an exposure of 1/15th at 70mm the Tamron was usable but with some blurring.

The K1 Mark II tested 3.6 stops at 50mm.

The K70 was a little over four stops at 50mm and a little over three stops at 200mm.

The KP tested 3.3 stops at 50mm and 3.7 at 200mm.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2020 at 23:33 UTC as 33rd comment | 6 replies

Thanks for doing this piece.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2020 at 13:52 UTC as 68th comment
On article DPReview TV: Pentax DA* 11-18mm F2.8 lens review (151 comments in total)

Thanks for the review.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2020 at 13:45 UTC as 17th comment
On article Nikon D3500 review (418 comments in total)
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Sergey Borachev: I think it's irresponsible to recommend a DSLR now without warning readers that they maybe replaced by mirrorless very soon AND lenses bought for them may become bad investment. This is especially true for entry level cameras like this, since those reading it are most likely not knowledgeable about system camera trends. It's like recommending LP players when CD players are taking over, and the cost of LP records and cartridges. It's not just a cheap camera. It's a system.

Quiquae- no, the adapter is relatively expensive at nearly half the price of the two lens kit.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2020 at 05:45 UTC
On article Nikon D3500 review (418 comments in total)
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Sergey Borachev: I think it's irresponsible to recommend a DSLR now without warning readers that they maybe replaced by mirrorless very soon AND lenses bought for them may become bad investment. This is especially true for entry level cameras like this, since those reading it are most likely not knowledgeable about system camera trends. It's like recommending LP players when CD players are taking over, and the cost of LP records and cartridges. It's not just a cheap camera. It's a system.

Serges- you are right, it is a system purchase.

This is a affordable camera for the vast majority of Americans that make a median wage of 60k a year.

Plus it has a variety of of affordable and often lighter lenses.

People buying this camera can’t afford a $600 50mm Z lens.

I am not Nikon shooter but I see a great value for the majority of people in this camera.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2020 at 05:34 UTC
On article Nikon D3500 review (418 comments in total)

This definitely is a positive review but the score doesn’t make much sense to me at 75%.

What other interchangeable lenses camera at $500 for a two lens kit with an APS-C sensor this good is a better camera?

Thanks.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2020 at 00:02 UTC as 66th comment | 2 replies
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