Nivedita

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mxx: My own little revolt against DPR for their bias towards Pentax will be to never buy any photographic equipment from their masters, Amazon. Is that unfair? I mean, they're obviously hurting Pentax commercially, so why not some payback in kind?

@dpthoughts - Yes, we all know that Pentax developed the 50mm lens and licensed it to TOKINA so that they can create their own version without the Pentax coating ( Aero Bright II - with lowest refractive index amongst all lens makers).

I also have another question - Are you personally affected by Pentax or Ricoh due to some incidents? Your personal animosity seems so much and if there are some personal reasons, we can all understand that :)

Or are you an alternate name for one or multiple DPREVIEW staff member(s)? Your online behavior pattern almost matches with the Deputy Editor for DPREVIEW

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2018 at 23:17 UTC
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ffking: Just out of interest - and this is a genuine question - what are the disadvantages of apochromatic lenses - ie why aren't all premium lenses apochromatic?

@dpthoughts - WE ARE DISCUSSING THE PENTAX LENS HERE - NOT TOKINA. If you need to comment on TOKINA lens, go and comment on other forums (if such reviews exist for TOKINA lens). Otherwise, stop this nonsense.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2018 at 10:21 UTC

This is one of most ridiculous review that I have read recently of any items. Here we have an excellent lens (one of the best auto focusing 50mm lens - probably the best) and review does not reflect any of those good points. It seems to be the opposite of paid journalism - or like ‘paid to create defamation’

Shame on you DPR

#DoNotBuyCameraFromAmazon

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2018 at 15:30 UTC as 45th comment | 10 replies
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1549 comments in total)
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robgendreau: If you're interest in night sky stuff, which DPR didn't test, like Milky Way and star shots, see this: https://www.lonelyspeck.com/pentax-k-1-mark-ii-astrophotography-review/

Thanks Rishi. I see your comments in the forum thread.

Do you think it is also good to put the same comments or references to the thread here (since you made the updates there)? The reason why I am asking because you have mentioned the issues above and it is better to put those updates here also.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2018 at 18:43 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1549 comments in total)
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robgendreau: If you're interest in night sky stuff, which DPR didn't test, like Milky Way and star shots, see this: https://www.lonelyspeck.com/pentax-k-1-mark-ii-astrophotography-review/

I see that Ian is making further updates and retracted the updates (the updates that he made after chatting with Rishi). Let us wait for his final response/results.

One thing to note here is - When Ian made his updates after chatting with Rishi, the same day Rishi posted that information here. I do not see that ‘enthusiasm’ From Rishi here when Ian retracted his updates kept the previous original score.

To me, these types of actions shows a less than innocent nature. These types of actions are keeping me away from visiting DPREVIEW more (They may not care).

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2018 at 17:58 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1549 comments in total)
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robgendreau: If you're interest in night sky stuff, which DPR didn't test, like Milky Way and star shots, see this: https://www.lonelyspeck.com/pentax-k-1-mark-ii-astrophotography-review/

"Rishi was talking about "star eater on steroids", without taking any astrophoto image with the K-1 II. Those people say there's no such issue. Even "the problem" is not something they detected, they're just taking DPR's word for it"

This is a major letdown by DPREVIEW. If no testing was performed on astrophoto and still they claim that there would a 'star-eater' issue, that essentially shows DPREVIEW's credibility (or lack there of). I can't imagine anyone would make such statements without having adequate testing. Isn't that the basics of testing and results publication??

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2018 at 04:48 UTC
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turvyT: Still the same style always rough towards Pentax. Nasty aproach. Size is wrong (size is great, and great handling), too big (smaller than d850), colour was bad now is good (but who cares now), you can't turn off noise reduction (well, you can actually turn it off, something different is is if that really eliminates NR in raw files --they never explained that in the review, and other brands do the same thing)... For my eyes, in the new image test, K1, K2 resolve the same, very similarly to D850, and better than A7r2. And I'm talking without pixel shift. By the way, I have a K1 (also Leica and Hassleblad) and is a superb camera, great on the hands, great to the eye and great in the computer and prints. I still don't know whether I'll upgrade, but dpr has not helped regarding that matter.

Now on my experience and camera usage - I currently own two camera systems clearly understands the strengths and weaknesses of the two systems (Sony and Pentax). I use some of the high-end lenses in the Sony world (GM) and used multiple Canon L lenses on Canon 5D bodies and a few of Nikon gold ring lenses a few times. Currently I do not own any Canon or Nikon systems (I use Sony a lot).

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2018 at 22:39 UTC
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turvyT: Still the same style always rough towards Pentax. Nasty aproach. Size is wrong (size is great, and great handling), too big (smaller than d850), colour was bad now is good (but who cares now), you can't turn off noise reduction (well, you can actually turn it off, something different is is if that really eliminates NR in raw files --they never explained that in the review, and other brands do the same thing)... For my eyes, in the new image test, K1, K2 resolve the same, very similarly to D850, and better than A7r2. And I'm talking without pixel shift. By the way, I have a K1 (also Leica and Hassleblad) and is a superb camera, great on the hands, great to the eye and great in the computer and prints. I still don't know whether I'll upgrade, but dpr has not helped regarding that matter.

@DPTHOUGHTS - Sorry to ask you this . Have you even used any Pentax cameras or lenses? Did you ever hold lenses like Pentax D-FA 70-200mm or any recent cameras K1 or K1 Mark II or even the APS-C ones? The reason why I am asking is because you seems to have giving all the negative points of Pentax and unless you have used and first hand experience of those cameras and lenses, we have to ignore your comments as sort of ‘Pentax-Hater’ category (opposite of a fanboy). We are all interested to know your ‘horrible experience’ with Pentax so that we are all can be better educated on such topics.

Your repeated comments are almost reaching and nauseating level.

I do not know what is causing you to make this many repeated responses. May be you were a Pentax employee who got fired?

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2018 at 22:34 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1549 comments in total)
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StephanSchmidt: The largest problem with Pentax is lenses. Most of them were excellent back a decade but are no longer. The world moved on. They should take a look at Fuji (disclaimer Fuji user) who rolled out a lot of excellent lenses for a new system in a relativly short time (+ a second line of primes with slower but smaller f2 lenses) - and will do the same for GFX again.

And Ricoh doesn't update their only top seller, the GR.

dpthoughts - Sorry to ask you this bluntly - Have you ever used Pentax 70-200 D-FA 70-200 F2.8 lens or even held it in your hands? What about the 70-200 F2.8 lenses from other manufacturers (Sony, Canon and Nikon?). I have used all the three and still have the Sony 70-200mm F2.8 GM lens. Though it has tho sets of motors and seemingly over engineered capabilities, I would not rate it any way better than Pentax. I have used 4 copies of Sony 70-200 mm F2.8 GM and the first two were having all kinds of issues (decentered). No doubt they are good.

Pentax is is $1000 lesser than Sony, $200-$300 less than Canon. Nikon 70-200 F2.8 E might be a little bit better, but it is $1100 more than Pentax)

My point is don’t get caught up by one German Magazines review. I have great experience with Pentax 70-200 and a few others whom I know have the similar experience.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2018 at 01:15 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1549 comments in total)
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StephanSchmidt: The largest problem with Pentax is lenses. Most of them were excellent back a decade but are no longer. The world moved on. They should take a look at Fuji (disclaimer Fuji user) who rolled out a lot of excellent lenses for a new system in a relativly short time (+ a second line of primes with slower but smaller f2 lenses) - and will do the same for GFX again.

And Ricoh doesn't update their only top seller, the GR.

Before making the statement that all Pentax top tier lenses have SDM failures, please be aware of the following:

1) Pentax D-FA 70-200 F2.8 is NOT an SDM lens. It is a DC lens. None of those DC lenses had any of the issues those early batches of SDM lenses had (16-50mm and 50-135mm etc.)

2) Pentax found the issues of their SDM lenses and corrected it. None of the new batches have the SDM issues.

3) The upcoming D-FA 50mm is a USM lens and Pentax anounced that all the future lenses would be USM.

Pentax 70-200mm F2.8 lens matches or even exceeds (in some cases) other 70-200 F2.8 lenses. Having used three 70-200 F2.8 lenses from other manufacturers (Canon 70-200 F2.8 IS II, Nikon 70-200 F2.8 VR2 and Sony 70-200 F2.8 GM), I can confidently say that Pentax is equal (or better in certain aspects) to these three. One thing I found in Pentax is the uniform sharpness across the frame in most of the focal lengths right from wide-open. The only drawback that I can see in Pentax is the weight.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2018 at 00:15 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1549 comments in total)
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silversalts: It appears the K-1ll image files have been replaced since the original Review was published, resulting in significantly better looking images. Sharpening has been applied to the newer files. Will you confirm the files have been replaced? Do you plan to revise your review text and conclusion?

Further, it has been reported that the LR/ACR “Adobe Standard” Camera Profile has not been updated for K-1ll. Was EXIF hacked to open the files using the K-1 Camera Profile? Do you have an undocumented advance copy of the K-1ll Camera Profile? What camera profile was used?

It has been reported your copy of the K-1ll used FW ver. 1.00, the pre-production sample camera version. It has been reported production cameras were released with FW version 1.01, the finished Firmware, and there is no update available because FW 1.00 was not released to the general population.

Will you consider changing the opinion of K-1ll to reflect these and other amendments made since the original review was posted?

Does this mean the files are the same and everything is same as it is, no changes.. If yes, why these various posts?

Link | Posted on May 12, 2018 at 06:35 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1549 comments in total)
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Ind: Why are you using the old FW 1.00? When you reviewed it, it was already available with the latest FW 1.01.

https://pentaxrumors.com/2018/03/28/pentax-k-1-mark-ii-dslr-camera-already-shipping-first-review-published-online/

This is from a European site who received the K-1 Mark II in March (it started shipping couple of weeks early in Europe)

This also shows that the Pentax released the camera with firmware 1.01 from day-one itself. If DPREVIEW tested with firmware 1.0, there may be some differences. So, far the answer is not very clear from DPREVIEW (whether the testing was performed with firmware 1.01 or 1.0)

Link | Posted on May 12, 2018 at 05:31 UTC
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Ind: Why are you using the old FW 1.00? When you reviewed it, it was already available with the latest FW 1.01.

@DPREVIEW Team - Was it firmware v1.0 when you tested the camera? Almost all of us have firmware 1.01 when we received the camera and I have received the camera on April 12 (I think Pentax started shipping them on April 10 or 11th in US).

Link | Posted on May 12, 2018 at 03:27 UTC
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Ind: Why are you using the old FW 1.00? When you reviewed it, it was already available with the latest FW 1.01.

My Pentax K-1 Mark II came with Firmware 1.01. I pre-ordered the camera and got it in the first week of U.S release. I do not know whether Pentax released the camera with Firmware 1.00. Also, I do not see any firmware download for K-1 Mark II

Link | Posted on May 11, 2018 at 19:29 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1549 comments in total)
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Nivedita: https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4280839/61117162

Sorry, the correct link is the one below:

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4280839?page=2#forum-post-61117162

Link | Posted on May 8, 2018 at 13:33 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1549 comments in total)

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4280839/61117162

Link | Posted on May 8, 2018 at 13:02 UTC as 184th comment | 5 replies
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1549 comments in total)
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solarider: Hey, guys. What do you think?

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/61117162

It looks like the testing is not consistent. There seems to be multiple variables that are different between K1 and K1 Mark II. In my books selecting consistent parameters between two samples is sort of ‘Comparison Testing 101’.

Dear DPREVIEW Staff - Any plans to perform the same test with the same variables between K1 and K1 Mark II? If you do that a lot of unnecessary chatter can be avoided...

Link | Posted on May 8, 2018 at 04:50 UTC
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Nivedita: "AF point coverage on the K-1 II feels quite limited by today's standards, especially given cameras like the a7 III offer 693 phase detect points with 93% coverage."

I really do not understand the comparison with A7 III in this aspect. Everyone knows that A7 III uses on-sensor PDAF and has larger coverage. Pentax along with other full frame DSLRs uses PDAF based on a dedicated sensor and in most of the full frame DSLRs, the coverage is not at the same level as Full-frame Mirrorless Cameras (Yes, I understand Canon has DPAF). But why would you bring Sony A7 III here as a comparison especially this is a DSLR and does not use on-sensor PDAF? I really doubt the Sony 36MP sensor used in K1 Mark II and a number of other cameras has on-sensor PDAF.

These kinds of remarks will make reviewer(s) as fanboy - rather than someone reviews a camera objectively

What a I meant is - It is a hardware limitation. A 36 MP sensor camera with no on-sensor PDAF capability is compared to another camera which has on-sensor PDAF and obviously has more AF point coverage. Why not compare in a 24MP or 26MP camera review that it only has 24MP or 26 MP - not 36 or 45 or 50MP?

Every serious photographer on earth knows that Pentax is not a leader in AF in cameras. Also, in majority of the DSLRs the AF point concentration is towards center (there are some exceptions like Nikon D500).

Now cost (or similar price range) with capability is the factor, then things can be complicated as there are various crop, M43 cameras in the similar price range (slightly lower).

Link | Posted on May 7, 2018 at 22:13 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1549 comments in total)

"AF point coverage on the K-1 II feels quite limited by today's standards, especially given cameras like the a7 III offer 693 phase detect points with 93% coverage."

I really do not understand the comparison with A7 III in this aspect. Everyone knows that A7 III uses on-sensor PDAF and has larger coverage. Pentax along with other full frame DSLRs uses PDAF based on a dedicated sensor and in most of the full frame DSLRs, the coverage is not at the same level as Full-frame Mirrorless Cameras (Yes, I understand Canon has DPAF). But why would you bring Sony A7 III here as a comparison especially this is a DSLR and does not use on-sensor PDAF? I really doubt the Sony 36MP sensor used in K1 Mark II and a number of other cameras has on-sensor PDAF.

These kinds of remarks will make reviewer(s) as fanboy - rather than someone reviews a camera objectively

Link | Posted on May 7, 2018 at 19:01 UTC as 240th comment | 21 replies
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LensBeginner: Your time wasn't so valuable when the Sony took roughly 30" to just _take the pictures_ of a _regular_ PS, on a tripod...

As far as I am concerned, I think handheld PS is garbage, I could do the same with a regular camera and a PC (oversample nearest neighbour, align, median). There's no way it's the same thing as "the" PS... and the fact that the processing overhead is vastly different should be a hint.

To me, the most valuable addition is the accelerator chip.

To the uninformed haters below: the 50/1.4 doesn't look like the Tokina because it's an overpriced Tokina (as was the case with the Tamron rebadges): it's actually a co-production, and it has been registered by Pentax (Tokina is probably the one licensing it).

No Pentax * lens has ever been a rebadge (but there were some joint ventures in the past, like the 50-135/2.8, this one with Tokina as well).

At least get your fact straight before ranting/hating, thank you...

Someone mentioned in another thread that Pentax still has 100 + lens designers ( or lens design engineers). The last knownoriginal Pentax design 70-200mm D-FA* (before this 50mm and 11-18mm lenses) is completely designed by the Pentax. It is probably one of the best lens created by Pentax rivelling the Canon/Nikon/Sony/Tamron in optical quality. So, Pentax still has some good talent!!

It is very heavy, probably the heaviest. Unfortunately very few reviews were conducted on this lens.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2018 at 14:19 UTC
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