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On article Ricoh launches Pentax K-1 Limited Silver Edition (175 comments in total)
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Richard Murdey: Ah, the commemorative two-year-mark "try and juice sales by re-painting the camera and putting it in a pretty box" event.

Speaking of two years ... when was the last time Ricoh announced a new K-mount lens?

cont.: So the fast development of lenses is not only desirable, but it is a question of survival of fullframe Pentax. Since in a year or so the great K-1 will be a mediocre camera among other FF competitors, so it needs to be strongly pushed by Ricoh now. And this is not possible without lenses.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2017 at 13:23 UTC
On article Ricoh launches Pentax K-1 Limited Silver Edition (175 comments in total)
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Richard Murdey: Ah, the commemorative two-year-mark "try and juice sales by re-painting the camera and putting it in a pretty box" event.

Speaking of two years ... when was the last time Ricoh announced a new K-mount lens?

Barbu: everyone knows that DFA 15-30 is a rebadged Tamron, so not much of a development. 55-300 is fast, but it´s an otherwise uninteresting lowend zoom with terrible luminosity (f6,3 at tele). The new fifty was introduced only as a mock-up in development and no sihgt of the real thing. The 85mm was not even shown as a mock-up, just verbalized, so it might also never come (as is usual with some roadmapped lenses, see the DA wide zoom that has been in the roadmap for 3 years or so without any hint of comming to life).
Yes, Pentax is a small brand, but so is Fuji and they introduced like double the lenses in last year or so (including completely new MF system). The K-1 is a great camera without doubt, but without lenses (and I mean modern, capable of resolving 36 MPx) it is only half usable. The thing is even worse that K-1 owners cannot buy Sigma or Tamron lenses that would substitute for missing native lenses.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2017 at 13:22 UTC
On article Ricoh launches Pentax K-1 Limited Silver Edition (175 comments in total)

Dear Ricoh,

we, Pentax users, really appreciate this new fancy colour. You know this is exactly what we need: more colours. Maybe red or pink would be fine too. And don´t worry with bringing those announced modern FF lenses (DFA 50mm/1,4, DFA 85mm/1,4) , those film era lenses are fine and perfect for 36 MPx sensor.
Don´t even bother with developing new APSC flagship, the K-3 II announced in April 2015 is still great, who needs an upgrade? We also dont need any more APSC lenses, so the DA wide zoom can stay in the roadmap for another 3 years.
Thank you for all you do and that you give no reason to listen to those bad rumours that Pentax is sinking.
Your happy customer.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2017 at 15:43 UTC as 47th comment | 6 replies
On article Shooting the solar eclipse at DPReview headquarters (58 comments in total)
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AceP: The scallops on the wall (#3) from the sun shining past the leaves is one effect I have not seen before. Thanks for posting.

And I was wondering what was in that picture.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2017 at 06:32 UTC

At some european airports it is already required to take out the camera from the carry-on bag and put it separately (last time it happened to me in Oslo, Norway). In my opinion it makes no big sense, since they see all through the scanner/X-ray even if the camere is in the bag, but it is not that big deal, just it takes some time and makes the queues longer. But still better than taking off my shoes.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2017 at 10:38 UTC as 52nd comment | 1 reply
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Joed700: Ok, I'm sure the Sigma 14mm is an awesome lens, just like their other Art series lenses. However, is this lens weather sealed? If not, that would be a deal breaker!

Some people won't care about this, but here's the true...I was visiting Iceland and Faroe Islands three weeks ago. Not only did it rain, but it gets very windy. I got soaking wet just by waliking near waterfalls even on a sunny day because of the winds. Anyhow, that's not a problem for me because both my D810 and the lenses I brought are weather sealed...

Joed700: then you are ideal candidate for Pentax camera. I have visited Iceland last year and behind the Seljallandsfoss I really appreciated my weather-sealed gear.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 06:56 UTC
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maxnimo: Simply dreadful! Look how this lens distorted that poor school bus.

:-) It took me some seconds (and a look at the photo) to realize the joke. :-)

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 06:54 UTC
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tkbslc: Many of the newer phones have waterproofing and can easily be made rugged with a case. The sensor sizes are very similar. So what's the advantage to this expensive camera?

@ tkbslc: I have a weather-sealed smartphone and I had the Oly TG-4. There are clear advantages of a rugged camera. First of all, most weather-proof cameras have IP68 class of protection. That means they can be submerged to 1,5 meters; TG-5 can go all the way down to 15 meters. But most importantly IP68 cameras cannot be used in saltwater. So the most usual way of taking pictures underwater: snorkeling in the sea is not possible for a smartphone. Plus there is time limit for using the camera underwater, I don´t remember the exact time, but it was like 3 or 5 minutes; the TG´-5 does not have time limit. Lastly, my friend tried his allegedly waterproof smartphone in a pool and it died afterwards.
So basically a smartphone´s waterproofing is more for acidental dropping the phone into water, not for purposeful taking pictures underwater.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2017 at 06:50 UTC
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Raist3d: Several of the shots look better in color and with comparable detail to the RAW Photoshop conversions. I would pick the jpegs in many cases :-)

Nice to see Olympus put their JPEG best in class knowledge in this camera.

My experience with the predecessot (TG-4) was that OOC JPEGs were so good I wasn´t able to do any better from RAW. One reason was that the exposure was really exact and colour also good the other reason was that tiny sensor didn´t allow me to work with shadows and highlights, the limits are too close.
So while I praise for the RAW possibility, in real life it is not that much needed.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2017 at 06:42 UTC
On article Photo story of the week: Green Mamba (81 comments in total)
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APenza: Having never seen the Nortern Lights would my wife be disappointed if they didn't look as spectacular to her naked eye as they do in this beautiful photograph?

SimenO1: just as you say. I chose March for my visit since then the aurora activity was supposed to be the highest. But it wasn´t, plus it was snowing most of the time and only on my last night the sky cleared (partially) and I saw something, but at Kp=2 it was not much (but still better than nothing, I could have returned without having seen aurora at all). Anyhow Tromso is a nice town and I liked it there.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2017 at 20:56 UTC
On article Photo story of the week: Green Mamba (81 comments in total)
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APenza: Having never seen the Nortern Lights would my wife be disappointed if they didn't look as spectacular to her naked eye as they do in this beautiful photograph?

@APenza: well as usual with photographs what you see with your naked eye differs from what you see in a (heavily edited) picture. Aurora´s strength is measured in Kp index on a scale from 0 to 9, kp 0 being a very weak or none existent aurora, right through to 9 being a major geomagnetic storm. During my visit in Tromso in northern Norway the Kp index was only 2 and I got this: http://i.imgur.com/gilVftr.jpg But again: it is a long exposure after heavy editing, with my eyes i could barely see some light green clouds, not having known it´s aurora I wouldn´t surely noticed it. But a local showed me pics of strong aurora shot with his iPhone taken when tha activity was Kp=6.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2017 at 19:59 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-A3 sample gallery (86 comments in total)

As many others have written, Fuji really should make a high-end camera with this sensor. Those colours are great and that is without the need to think which program is the right one and without applying magic to get good aoutcome. I use only Zoner Photo Studio and I am not willing to buy a new program and to learn how to work with it just because Fuji´s X-trans. However the X-A3 is too low-end to be a substitute for decent DSLR, so if there was a serious Fuji CSC with this sensor (at least on level of X-T20), much more people would invest into Fuji system (those lenses are beautiful).
Fuji, do you read this?

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2017 at 09:10 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
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matthew saville: OK, I get it. Some folks just want superzoom reach.

But why have we hit a wall at 16mm / 18mm?

Am I the only landscape / travel photographer who would KILL to have a 11-110mm APS-C "superzoom"? Or heck, I'd settle for a 12-60mm. Or a 13-60mm. Whatever is optically possible and doesn't weigh a brick-and-a-half.

Until that day, I'll stick with a 10-24 and a 55-200/300 for APS-C travel. You can keep your 400mm reach.

Exactly my thoughts. Why all "normal" zooms have to start at 16/17/18mm? If you want anything wider, you have to take UWA like 10-20mm. I would also appreciate zoom wider than 16mm, lets say starting at 14mm (2mm at wide end is a big difference) , e.g. 14-50mm. There are zooms like 15-45mm, so I believe it shold be possible to make them 1mm wider.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 08:50 UTC
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Dante Birchen: Lost 16mm because mm sells so more is better :p I would happily trade in 50mm at the long end for 1 at the wide end in a zoom like this.

That´s why the Tamron 16-300mm is here. ;-)

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 08:42 UTC
On article Report: Ricoh announcing cost cuts in face of crisis (326 comments in total)
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Jim Evidon: It seems that everyone on this forum has a crystal ball that enables them to see into Ricoh's boardroom and divine what their actual business plan will be. Kudos to you all who appear to have an inside information track in this matter. For all of those knowledgeable seers I have one question: How many Ricoh cameras have you purchased in the last three years? OK, I lied. I have one other question: Before the disastrous announcement by Ricoh, how many of you seriously intended to buy a Ricoh (or Pentax) camera for real?

dansclic: why would I buy a Ford car which is not as good as BMW?
If your way of thinking was real, everybody would be driving a BMW. What obviously isn´t true.
I fear the day when there will be only two choices. As long as Ricoh keeps producing Pentax cameras, I will be buying them.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2017 at 11:59 UTC
On article Roadtrip Review Redux: The Fujifilm X100F (173 comments in total)

Nice roadtrip, the article and the photos created a sentimental mood and desire for travelling.
However I cannot stop thinking that many pics ask for a wider angle of view; 35mm eq is simply not wide enough for landscapes and travelling. 28 or 24mm would be better. So as usual I come to the conclusion that for me a fixed prime lens compact is not an ideal travel cam. A 24-70mm eq. would be so much more useful. When staying with Fuji and prime lenses, an XT-20 + 14mm + 23mm + 50mm would be much more helpful.

Link | Posted on May 29, 2017 at 08:56 UTC as 26th comment | 5 replies

I think pros are a bit different from us, gearheads and GAS-affected that think of buying new gear as soon as it is released, just because we love new toys. Pros are concerned with outcome, not with the means. I think one very important thing for a pro is knowing his gear perfectly and being able to control the camera instantly and without looking. That is why C/N do not change the button layout of high-end cameras that much. Switching to a completely new brand means learning completely new handling and buttons/dials, which might at the begining lower the effectiveness of work.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 12:45 UTC as 205th comment | 1 reply
On article Pentax KP sample gallery (96 comments in total)

Nice gallery, a big vriety of lighting conditions nd shooting sceneries, good job.
The KP impresses and it seems the new sensor is really an improvement over the older 24MPx sensors. Great colours, good resolution, very good high ISO.
And I also appreciate the big variety of high quality glass used, Sigma Art, Limited Macro and Limited zoom, also the very useful 16-85mm (my most used lens).
Nice job, both Pentax and dpreview!

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 13:26 UTC as 41st comment

Maybe I missed something, but what´s tha point of buying a small(ish) APSC mirrorless and then mount a FF DSLR lens on it? Especially in the case of Fuji, whose lenses are beautiful. I want it vice versa, i.e. an adapter to mount Fujinon lenses on DSLR.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2017 at 15:44 UTC as 18th comment | 5 replies
On article CP+ 2017: a taste of the show (17 comments in total)

I really like your kind of humor: subtle and decent, yet still eloquent. And it also nice to see that your work is not just work, but you can see the funny side of it.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2017 at 12:05 UTC as 6th comment | 2 replies
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