PaulSnowcat

PaulSnowcat

Lives in Russian Federation Moscow, Russian Federation
Works as a Game Designer
Joined on Nov 10, 2007
About me:

Amateur photographer, used quite alot cameras, starting with primitive film ones, then some film SLRs, some P&S digitals, Samsung GX-10, then used Olympus gear and was happy with is but when Olympus killed it's wonderful E system, I moved to Sony SLT cameras, but they also died, then I was NOT happy with Sony E, switched to Nikon APS-C, and now I use Fuji APS-C with Nikon Lenses and Panasonic S1R.

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PaulSnowcat: Superzoom lens is VERY welcomed! But Panasonic, please, not 28-200! At least 24-240! 28 is too narrow for an all rounder.

@geoson, yes, a 20-200mm lens would be a "bomb" zoom! I would surely buy it, even if it will cost more then a regular superzoom lens! But, 24-300 would be very nice to have also.
While 28-200... Not so attractive to me... There is a 24-105/4 and crop ability of 47Mp sensor... This is definitely better for me than 28-200...

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2023 at 07:05 UTC
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PaulSnowcat: Superzoom lens is VERY welcomed! But Panasonic, please, not 28-200! At least 24-240! 28 is too narrow for an all rounder.

Well, we are talking about Panasonic, don't we? 20-60 also looks like an impossible range and yet there is Panasonic 20-60mm, which I use alot, even though I have 24-105 also.
28 is TOO often not enough when you're shooting at cities, especially eastern ones, while 24 covers like 80% of cases where 28 is not enough... So I'd really would like to see a 24mm short end. And I agree to rely on software correction of distortion...

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2023 at 15:40 UTC

Superzoom lens is VERY welcomed! But Panasonic, please, not 28-200! At least 24-240! 28 is too narrow for an all rounder.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2023 at 14:01 UTC as 6th comment | 6 replies
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 II / DC-S5 IIX initial review (652 comments in total)

Great camera! I am not interested in it (I shifted into high MP and have no reasons to go back to low MP), I am waiting for S1R-II, BUT S5-II is a very good product! And I will surely buy a 14-18 lens, it is a great addition to the lineup!

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2023 at 02:47 UTC as 67th comment
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PaulSnowcat: Well, a great camera! For 2015... BTW I really like the blue one, looks really good. I wish other manufacturers create limited colors also... Unfortunately, even the nice color will not save poor sales of this camera... And... Seeing ZERO development put to this camera, I am thinking that this is it... Pentax is finished. It's RnD receives zero money.

Tom, I am sure that this is exactly what happened. YET they could, for example, update their ancient AF system that used in this camera. They already have move advanced modules. But yes, new AF means some electrical redesign... They could update the menu system - but that means some work with firmware rewrite. This 2 things surely would make the camera better. And the work is required for this is minor, (comparing to designing a new sensor or a new processor. BUT even that minor changes were not made. Ricoh just don't want to spend money on this business anymore... Unfortunately...

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2022 at 15:40 UTC
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theBitterFig: Is it an impressive new release? Not really.

Is it still a DSLR that punches up in terms of features for price? Probably.

DA Limited prime lenses are fantastic and really easy to find used pretty cheap. The zooms are all weather sealed. What you can get out of a Pentax kit is solid for what it is.

It would be nice to see some more innovation from Pentax, tho.

The Pentaz Lenses are very nice indeed! I think they should release them as third party solutions for other cameras and that will allow them to make much more money! Oh god, I'd love to get a 77 lim on my current camera!

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2022 at 23:15 UTC

Well, a great camera! For 2015... BTW I really like the blue one, looks really good. I wish other manufacturers create limited colors also... Unfortunately, even the nice color will not save poor sales of this camera... And... Seeing ZERO development put to this camera, I am thinking that this is it... Pentax is finished. It's RnD receives zero money.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2022 at 23:04 UTC as 81st comment | 4 replies
On article OM System OM-5 initial review (552 comments in total)

Why this can be seen as an upgrade? Because they've changed name in the camera front?

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2022 at 18:45 UTC as 62nd comment | 1 reply
On article Panasonic announces 18mm F1.8 L-mount lens (27 comments in total)

L mount system is PACKED with all kind of fixes! LOTS and LOTS of them are available. Now please, make some zooms also, and don't forget to renew camera line also!

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2022 at 19:39 UTC as 5th comment

Well, it seems like this Viltrox lens is a really good one. Canon wouldn't be so afraid of it if was a crappy lens...

And... This is (along with launch of great cameras!) a great opportunity for Nikon. If Nikon will open it's Z mount protocols, they will instantly gain momentum against Canon!

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2022 at 00:18 UTC as 148th comment | 9 replies
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PaulSnowcat: Pentax could make quite a lot of money if they take their classic lens designs (77 lim, 43 lim, and so on) and make them available for different lens mounts. These lenses are really wonderful, many people would buy them...

As for their cameras... I hate to say it, but I think they should quit this business.

@turvyT, read my quote several times. There is nothing about enjoyment. Peek into a dictionary to understand the meaning of "i hate to say it". You're strangely aggressive... I cant understand why is that.

I am sure that if Pentax will continue it's current course that was enforced by Ricoh, they will disappear in several years. I want Pentax to be alive. And I think the only way for that is to become a third party lens manufacturer.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2022 at 15:14 UTC
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PaulSnowcat: Pentax could make quite a lot of money if they take their classic lens designs (77 lim, 43 lim, and so on) and make them available for different lens mounts. These lenses are really wonderful, many people would buy them...

As for their cameras... I hate to say it, but I think they should quit this business.

It will not please me if they stop selling cameras, where I've said this?

It WOULD please me if they start selling their nice lenses as AF lenses for other mounts however.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2022 at 22:14 UTC
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PaulSnowcat: That goes extremely well with my opinion about Pentax cameras that appeared when I was testing KP camera for 2 weeks...

Pentax is full of unusual and interesting, but half-completed features that COULD make their cameras very nice IF they would complete their realization...

This actually IS a nice feature...
BUT:
1. Why the hell it depends from lenses? This looks like a completely artficial limitation.
2. Why it adds blue component to green color? Look at the trees, they've lost their natural look that WAS there in "Normal".
3. To make this preset really a complete solution, shadows need to be boosted also. Right now these pictures STILL require PP, while the point of presets is to get rid of PP completely...

So, as usual - this COULD be a nice feature, but...

Fuji have this all nicely done btw... As SEVERAL settings that allow you to finetune JPEG output to get rid of PP completely.

@Don, true, I've never had a K3III in my hands... Yet I've seen and read the reviews... It left an impression of a camera ALMOST as good as Nikon D500. Almost... BUT D500 is a camera from 2016, while K3III is a camera from 2021 and yet it could not surpass it.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2022 at 22:09 UTC

Pentax could make quite a lot of money if they take their classic lens designs (77 lim, 43 lim, and so on) and make them available for different lens mounts. These lenses are really wonderful, many people would buy them...

As for their cameras... I hate to say it, but I think they should quit this business.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2022 at 09:33 UTC as 26th comment | 5 replies

That goes extremely well with my opinion about Pentax cameras that appeared when I was testing KP camera for 2 weeks...

Pentax is full of unusual and interesting, but half-completed features that COULD make their cameras very nice IF they would complete their realization...

This actually IS a nice feature...
BUT:
1. Why the hell it depends from lenses? This looks like a completely artficial limitation.
2. Why it adds blue component to green color? Look at the trees, they've lost their natural look that WAS there in "Normal".
3. To make this preset really a complete solution, shadows need to be boosted also. Right now these pictures STILL require PP, while the point of presets is to get rid of PP completely...

So, as usual - this COULD be a nice feature, but...

Fuji have this all nicely done btw... As SEVERAL settings that allow you to finetune JPEG output to get rid of PP completely.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2022 at 09:26 UTC as 27th comment | 3 replies

Now THAT makes me jealous... I would LOVE to use Pentax's FA* Lim lenses, first of all, 77mm. But alas, I am with Panasonic now as I like it's ergonomics and IQ MUCH-MYCH more then Sony's...

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2022 at 13:59 UTC as 28th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH6 review (677 comments in total)

Looks very good! Unlike OM-1 this one looks as a camera full of USEFUL innovations. That dual-readout sensor is a really nice and useful technology.

New sensor from "unnamed company but not SONY" looks great and gives very nice colors.

That HH hires mode with movement suppression is also very promising!

I wonder of they will pack this technology in a photo-oriented caemra? G9 Mark II or GX8 Mark II...

Also, I'd be happy to have that handheld mode as a firmware update for my S1R. Panasonic, can you do that, please?

And, of course, looking forward for this type of sensors on new S system cameras!

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2022 at 12:44 UTC as 134th comment | 4 replies

It was nice, but now it's gone. I've used to enjoy SONY's SLT cameras very much and actually I hoped they'll continue to use A mount and (more importantly) that they will continue to follow design philosophy they've developed for latest A cameras. They really were extremely comfortable.

But ALAS, they decided to move to to a narrow E mount and to switch to the ugliest ergonomics among all ML system. So I left Sony for good.

The death of A mount was obvious for me many years ago, when I heard on A7 presentation something like "we will, of course, continue to support A mount and you can expect new cameras and new lenses!". I was sure they're lying. I was right.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2022 at 20:13 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies

Well, as expected. At least they are giving the money back.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2022 at 21:04 UTC as 12th comment

Interesting comparison, thanks! I've just chosen Panasonic S1R in such a choice and, after using it for couple of months, I can say that I was right.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2022 at 14:27 UTC as 76th comment
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