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On article Hands-on with Ricoh's compact Pentax KP (638 comments in total)
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maxmarra: that fake pentaprism look hump on top made the camera look like rhinoceros

I don't think the OP meant to suggest that it's a pentamirror instead of a pentaprism. I think he's under the impression that it's a mirrorless camera similar to an Olympus OM-D or Fuji X-T.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 14:03 UTC
On article Hands-on with Ricoh's compact Pentax KP (638 comments in total)
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keeponkeepingon: how's the size of this compare with the Canon SL-1?

I'm guessing with the EOS-M love we've seen lately we won't get an SL-2 so it would be nice if someone else made an alternative....

It's also about 300 grams heavier than the SL1. Probably much more robust, though.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 13:57 UTC
On article Hands-on with Ricoh's compact Pentax KP (638 comments in total)
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ogl: Is there Touch screen?

Ricoh doesn't mention any touch screen, either. One would think they'd mention that feature in the press release, if it had one.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 13:51 UTC
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JoeDavid: I generally skip over the "I shot the world with one prime lens" articles. Yes, you can get a lot of good shots with a single focal length lens but you also miss a lot of opportunities for even more good shots, possibly better shots, because of the lack of focal length diversity. You can get way more good shots with a 24-105mm (on full-frame or equivalent on crop cameras) with close focus and IS capabilities and still have a one lens solution that doesn't drag you down with excess weight.

I guess it's not so much about coming home with as many good shots as possible, as it's about challenging yourself, forcing yourself to actively look for images that suit the particular FL you have chosen. But personally, I would take a walk in my home town or the surrounding countryside for such an exercise, not travel to a foreign country with lots of interesting things to see.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 13:26 UTC
On article Hands-on with Ricoh's compact Pentax KP (638 comments in total)
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Mateus1: "Mini K-1"? Good joke.

Poor battery, poor VF with only x63 magnification, poor old AF, cut features compared to K-3II, and it's just ugly vs to beautifuly designed K-3II.
Sorry Pentax, KP is not "mini K-1", it's a big dissapointmet, it's not K-3II successor either, actually with all it offers is 2-3 years behind Fuji. IBIS is not all.

Bring true "mini K-1" APS-C.

If you want to compare OVF size across formats, you must take the crop factor into account: 0.95 / 1.5 ≈ 0.63

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 11:31 UTC
On article Hands-on with Ricoh's compact Pentax KP (638 comments in total)
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gravelhopper: Many commenters here see the KP intended to be a K3x successor or a K1 for the APS-C line.

I suggest the following thoughts: this camera does not intend to be all this and does not intend to be the flagship in the Pentax APS-C line. It rather is an attempt to combine traditional Pentax strengths with some MILC features, resulting in a camera that is not another typical DSLR iteration, indistinguishable from other DSLR offerings. Also: Ricoh/Pentax, like any other camera brand, need to deliver every year a certain number of new models. These models do not always come with the latest and greatest features. What I hope for: that Ricoh is working on a significant improvement with their AF. This may take some more time - and when achieved will be delivered as a real new flagship APS-C body with all the bells and whistles that we are hoping for. Until then I keep holding onto my K5ii which for me and my subject (candid people shooting under available light) is the almost perfect camera.

It's just that, according to Barney Britton, Ricoh told DPR that it's replacing the K-3 II as the new top-of-the-line APS-C model. And the press release says "Heir to K-3 legacy", which isn't exactly a clear marketing message. There seems to be some confusion even among Ricoh employees, if in fact the KP is not intended to replace the K-3 II.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 11:24 UTC
On article Hands-on with Ricoh's compact Pentax KP (638 comments in total)
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mickeybphoto: Did somebody drop this one already? It's all boogered up on top of the prism. You had one job!!
It looks like Pentax version of the Nikon Df minus the FX but with a better grip.

According to Imaging Resource, the KP "has magnesium-alloy panels at front, back and on the bottom, relying on polycarbonate only on its top deck."

There's no mention of a touch screen, though. The specs list here on DPR suggests it has Touch AF, but I believe it's a copy-and-paste error.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 11:17 UTC
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Najinsky: DPR: "It has a pentaprism viewfinder with 'nearly' 100% coverage and a 0.63x equivalent magnification"

Press release: "With a nearly 100-percent field of view and magnification of approximately 0.95 times, it provides a wide, bright image field for easy focusing and framing."

Is crop factor/equivalence being applied to viewfinders now?

Yes, it's nothing new. See here, for example:

https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canon-eos-700d-rebel-t5i/6

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 10:49 UTC
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JackM: What is the point of a grip thinner than the flange distance? And what is the point of a 20-40 lens??

If the lens is optically great, you basically have a 24, a 28, and a 35 mm prime without having to change lenses. And a few other focal lengths to choose from too.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 10:40 UTC
On article Hands-on with Ricoh's compact Pentax KP (638 comments in total)
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tonybelding: Personally, I don't understand any fixation on "the experience of using an optical viewfinder". I love shooting with an EVF, and I don't get why Pentax are so deathly allergic to them.

Also, is it just me or does the control scheme on this camera look like utter chaos? I mean. . . multiple dials with cryptical markings, plus multiple dials with no markings. This is the first camera I've seen in a while that I think I could pick up and literally not know how to begin operating it.

The K-01 definitely did not have an EVF.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 00:08 UTC
On article Hands-on with Ricoh's compact Pentax KP (638 comments in total)
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Chris2210: Personally I find it disappointing that (I'm guessing here, but would be pleasantly surprised to be wrong), that Pentax appear to be jumping on the Nikon bandwagon of claiming preposterously high and useless high sensitivity settings.

Your own ISO invariance tests would appear to illustrate that the noise present in most modern high performance sensors is of the shot variety. There just isn't much scope for improvement any more in the standard form paradigm. The top setting will doubtless produce a smeary mess at postage stamp sizes, leaving nothing but disappointment. Pentax made what appears to be a great camera with the K1 - I can't see much about this one worth getting excited over. I suppose the price is reasonable against the competition even if we Brits are going to have to get used to $1,099=£1,099. Bugger.

Keep in mind that UK list prices include 20% VAT, while US list prices exclude VAT.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2017 at 23:59 UTC
On article Hands-on with Ricoh's compact Pentax KP (638 comments in total)
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ttran88: No shoulder LCD, not a K3 series replacement.

That sounds like an awful lot of missing or downgraded features, but why then does it say in the press release that it's the "heir to K-3 legacy"? Very misleading choice of words.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2017 at 23:20 UTC
On article Hands-on with Ricoh's compact Pentax KP (638 comments in total)
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TheRealYeats: This is not replacing the K-3 II in the lineup, Mr. Britton.

"Heir to K-3 legacy"

Those words are from the press release, and IMO they're poorly chosen words, if the KP isn't replacing the K-3 II.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2017 at 23:13 UTC
On article Hands-on with Ricoh's compact Pentax KP (638 comments in total)
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ttran88: No shoulder LCD, not a K3 series replacement.

Perhaps, but it wouldn't be the first time that a manufacturer has removed a feature from a replacement model.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2017 at 23:04 UTC
On article Hands-on with Ricoh's compact Pentax KP (638 comments in total)
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antares103: I like the looks. Looks better than some of the suppository shaped cameras prevelent today.

I don't know what kind of suppositories you've been using, but I'd see another doctor the next time.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2017 at 22:57 UTC
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great Javier: Hello,
Could you make a line of XC cheap lenses around 250€?
Im thinking of how many lenses there are in others camera around that price.
If you are not going to do it,
Could you open fujifilm camera market to other lens makers providing AF information and so on?
Thank you!

"Lens sales is where the money is."

People often say that, but is it really true? I haven't looked at the CIPA statistics for a while, but the last time I looked, the Japanese manufacturers shipped on average ~1.5 lenses per camera body. And that includes kit lenses. Also, the total value of the camera bodies exceeded that of the lenses.

The missing piece of information here is the profit margins for cameras and lenses, respectively. It's possible that there really is more money to be made from lenses than from camera bodies, but do we really know that for a fact?

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 21:49 UTC
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Sugarsnapphotos: price is now $1999.00, pretty sweet though.

They probably hope that customers are willing to pay a little more, since the supply is limited.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 11:34 UTC
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Benny Hill: Certain defects are necessary for the existence of individuality.

Individuality in people is great, but in batteries, not so much.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2017 at 19:05 UTC
On article Leica M10 real-world sample gallery (343 comments in total)
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Akpinxit: The camera body is sure stylish and "polished" very well , but from IQ point of view , I wouldn't be able to tell it from D750 . So ... just for Leica logo in front ?
PS. I wonder if the people who able to afford it , also able to enjoy it ?

I think all these IQ comparisons are kind of missing the point. For some photographers, it's not only about the quality of the image, it's at least as much about the act of taking the image, i.e. the shooting experience. And a Leica M, being a true rangefinder, offers a very different experience compared to, say, a Canon, Nikon or Sony.
I'm sure there are those who buy a Leica because it's a prestigious brand, or just because they can afford one, but there are also those who just prefer shooting with a rangefinder, and couldn't care less about the bragging rights.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2017 at 13:54 UTC
On article Leica M10 real-world sample gallery (343 comments in total)
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Daft Punk: Getting very bored, very bored indeed, with the constant talk about price.

Unless you live a life of austerity, refusing to own premium brands on a consistent basis, the complaining about the price of a Leica is hypocrisy.

Own a nice watch?

Would choose an Audi over a VW?

Prefer wearing GANT or Hugo Boss over Walmart own brand?

Look at yourself in a mirror and tell me that you dont choose any such thing and yet maybe you are one of these people who gets all steamed up over Leica?

If so, pack it in. It is boring and hypocritical.

Leica is easy to understand. They make unique cameras that work in a unique way. The price, is the price. Get it or don't get it. Its up to you. But no-one is making you buy one.

If people do want one of these unique cameras, then they will pay what is needed to get one. No different to deciding you want to wear a tailor made suit over one off the peg.

So stop bleating about the price and give us all a rest.

Peace. :)

Mike, I believe the claims about image quality mostly are about the lenses, not the cameras. After all, people talked about the special Leica 'look' long before there were any digital Leicas. The camera bodies are mostly admired for the build quality, and of course for the rangefinder shooting experience, which is the main reason why many choose a Leica M.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2017 at 20:36 UTC
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