il_alexk

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On article Ricoh announces pair of 50mm F1.4 K-mount lenses (213 comments in total)
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Roland Karlsson: Totally uninteresting. And two of them? HD and SMC. I do not say that it is wrong to make them. As long as they are in demand, more power to Pentax. But, it is not interesting news.

Tell me when the K-1 III, with good AF arrives, and I will call it interesting news.

@Roland Karlsson
"Just waiting for Pentax to ..." - I've been hearing this for more than a DECADE already from Pentaxians. The list isn't exclusively restricted to AF, though it's always in the list. Your assessment of "Pentax being slow and procrastinating..." is also spot on.

Why wait?

Ex-Pentaxian here, still have my K5IIs, am I really an "ex"?

Link | Posted on May 30, 2023 at 11:24 UTC
On article Did Ricoh put a monochrome sensor in the wrong camera? (347 comments in total)
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greg kozlik: I'd buy a GR in a New York second. With the nice 28mm or 40mm equivalent, B&W would be really nice. Added sensitivity would also be appreciated. Bring it on Ricoh

@greg kozlik While the DR and resolution "improvements" can be measured in the lab, they are too marginal to have a practical implications. Diminishing returns.

As opposed to different BW emulation modes of a color camera that are inevitably lost with monochrome cameras.

I am happy to be proven wrong though, maybe someone can point me to an example of a B&W photo where an extra 5% of resolution and 1/3 stop of DR would make a practical difference.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2023 at 12:53 UTC
On article Ricoh announces pair of 50mm F1.4 K-mount lenses (213 comments in total)
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il_alexk: The Pentax way of making new products:

1. Take a cheap and outdated lens SMC FA-50/1.4 with lethargic and not so accurate AF
2. Print the word "Classic" on the side of the lens
3. Use buzzwords "Vintage" and "Nostalgic" in Marketing and Sales materials
4. Put modern coating on another variant. Charge premium.

Thank you, Pentax. As an ex-Pentaxians, I am ecstatic.

@tmy Sure, minor updates for product lines are always welcome from any manufacturer, not only Pentax. And there will be plenty of happy users buying these products.

However, considering the lack of significant development from Pentax, this announcement comes across as both as lame and desperate. C'mon, a new lens with a screw-driver AF?

This would be similar to a proud announcement of Russian auto-motive industry of a new Lada model which is completely based on 1990's design with a Classic model featuring improved plastic dashboard and door handles, and a premium (HD) version that sports windshields reducing the glare. Yeah... Right...

Link | Posted on May 22, 2023 at 09:37 UTC
On article Ricoh announces pair of 50mm F1.4 K-mount lenses (213 comments in total)

The Pentax way of making new products:

1. Take a cheap and outdated lens SMC FA-50/1.4 with lethargic and not so accurate AF
2. Print the word "Classic" on the side of the lens
3. Use buzzwords "Vintage" and "Nostalgic" in Marketing and Sales materials
4. Put modern coating on another variant. Charge premium.

Thank you, Pentax. As an ex-Pentaxians, I am ecstatic.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2023 at 15:13 UTC as 20th comment | 5 replies
On article Did Ricoh put a monochrome sensor in the wrong camera? (347 comments in total)
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JEROME NOLAS: Ricoh has already built great B&W mode in GR. Don't understand this B&W hype!!

@Xpan digital Do you have the GR? Have you tried its DIFFERENT b&w modes? You didn't like any of them? That's uncommon.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2023 at 08:58 UTC
On article Did Ricoh put a monochrome sensor in the wrong camera? (347 comments in total)
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Nick Payne: As others have already noted in the comments, any monochrome GR III would need to be able to take filters. My Leica Q2M wears a Heliopan #22 orange filter most of the time.

Just use the Carry Speed Magfilter 52mm adapter, it worked great with my GR mk1, should work with later models as well. It's tiny and super light, so no downsides.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2023 at 08:43 UTC
On article Did Ricoh put a monochrome sensor in the wrong camera? (347 comments in total)
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greg kozlik: I'd buy a GR in a New York second. With the nice 28mm or 40mm equivalent, B&W would be really nice. Added sensitivity would also be appreciated. Bring it on Ricoh

Any reason for you not to be able to use one of the brilliant B&W emulation modes on existing GR models with traditional color sensors?

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2023 at 17:38 UTC
On article Leica M11 Monochrom sample gallery (144 comments in total)
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il_alexk: I remember DPR reviews advocated unprecedented sharpness, low light IQ and other extra-terrestrial advantages of Leica monochrome cameras. Can anyone please point me to the photo in this gallery that will clearly demonstrate these advantages?

Not trying to be negative here, just want to see with my own eyes. Anyone? From DPR or a forum user? ;)

@AndreasOberg I guess what you are saying is that the majority of users of this camera will not find any practical benefits of the monochrome sensor over color sensors. That's my impression too. Good we are in alignment. 😉

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2023 at 14:45 UTC
On article Leica M11 Monochrom sample gallery (144 comments in total)
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il_alexk: I remember DPR reviews advocated unprecedented sharpness, low light IQ and other extra-terrestrial advantages of Leica monochrome cameras. Can anyone please point me to the photo in this gallery that will clearly demonstrate these advantages?

Not trying to be negative here, just want to see with my own eyes. Anyone? From DPR or a forum user? ;)

@AndreasOberg

My original question was about the practicality of the "lab measured" improved sharpness or low light sensitivity for real-life photos. In the original question I ask to show any of the 67 images in the samples to show these overhyped advantages. I suspect - none. But I could be wrong, so feel free to point to any photo that will be demonstrate these advantages. Can you?

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2023 at 15:54 UTC
On article Leica M11 Monochrom sample gallery (144 comments in total)
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il_alexk: I remember DPR reviews advocated unprecedented sharpness, low light IQ and other extra-terrestrial advantages of Leica monochrome cameras. Can anyone please point me to the photo in this gallery that will clearly demonstrate these advantages?

Not trying to be negative here, just want to see with my own eyes. Anyone? From DPR or a forum user? ;)

@Richard Buttler Thank you for stepping in. The article you wrote presented the advantages of monochrome sensors as practical and useful. As opposed to marketing nonsense that takes an artificial yet measurable KPI and exaggerates it's importance out of any reasonable proportion.

So, there are 67 photos in this gallery. If the advantages you mentioned were practical, it should be easy to see them, right?

Can you please point to any photo in the sample gallery that can clearly demonstrate it's practicality? It will help to prove your point and back up your findings about advantages of monochrome sensors.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2023 at 07:34 UTC
On article Leica M11 Monochrom sample gallery (144 comments in total)
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il_alexk: I remember DPR reviews advocated unprecedented sharpness, low light IQ and other extra-terrestrial advantages of Leica monochrome cameras. Can anyone please point me to the photo in this gallery that will clearly demonstrate these advantages?

Not trying to be negative here, just want to see with my own eyes. Anyone? From DPR or a forum user? ;)

@Newton Brice You mean everything written here by DPR was a an over-hyped marketing nonsense?

https://www.dpreview.com/articles/2062427975/why-leica-s-m10-monochrom-is-more-than-just-a-gimmick

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2023 at 15:35 UTC
On article Leica M11 Monochrom sample gallery (144 comments in total)

I remember DPR reviews advocated unprecedented sharpness, low light IQ and other extra-terrestrial advantages of Leica monochrome cameras. Can anyone please point me to the photo in this gallery that will clearly demonstrate these advantages?

Not trying to be negative here, just want to see with my own eyes. Anyone? From DPR or a forum user? ;)

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2023 at 10:20 UTC as 9th comment | 22 replies
On article Most significant cameras of the DPReview era: Part 2 (333 comments in total)
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geo444: The Most significant Camera around 2010 is Pentax K-5
- among 2 first cameras with a " Sony Exmor Sensor "
- first APSC camera with a DR up to 14 Ev !
- first totally " ISOless " camera
- first able to achieve HQ Astro-Photography at Base ISO :
https://www.dpreview.com/galleries/tags/iso-80
A totally opposite way to my Eos 20d to build Astro Images
- the Eos 20d needs tens + tens of ISO-800-1600 Sub-frames
- the Eos 20d needs tens of ISO-800-1600 Dark-frames
- the Eos 20d needs tens of ISO-800-1600 Bias-Maps
- the Eos 20d shows Uncorrectable Amp-Glow !
Forget its Right Bottom frame corner !
Versus
- the Pentax K-5 only needs from 3 to 8 ISO-80 Sub-frames
then you can Stack these Subs in a very High SNR Picture.
Especially the RED layer is way better than Eos 20d's one :
https://www.dpreview.com/galleries/tags/iso-80
Pentax K-5, a Revolutionary sensor inside

Yep, the famous K5 with the revolutionary AF sensor that was next to useless indoor with artificial light.

Instead of issuing a proper recall Pentax revolutionary came out with a new K5II midek that had no new features whatsover except for an updated AF. No wonder they are going to revolutionise the market again with a rumored upcoming film camera.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2023 at 17:31 UTC
On article Nikon 58mm F0.95 Noct Sample Gallery (140 comments in total)
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il_alexk: Thank you for bringing a professional photographer for the portraits of this model for a change. The portraits are stunning. The lens just shines with it's optical qualities, it's just such a marvel of the optical engineering.

Other phots in the gallery simply don't make justice to this amazing lens, so what's the point? You could have asked Nathan Elson to include a couple of low light shots, or with aperture slightly closed, job done.

@FelipeCastro Just having a rant about the quality of DPR video reviews. These guys might be knowledgeable and funny, but most of the photos they snap for these reviews are falling well behind the capabilities of the reviewed products.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2023 at 10:50 UTC
On article Nikon 58mm F0.95 Noct Sample Gallery (140 comments in total)

Thank you for bringing a professional photographer for the portraits of this model for a change. The portraits are stunning. The lens just shines with it's optical qualities, it's just such a marvel of the optical engineering.

Other phots in the gallery simply don't make justice to this amazing lens, so what's the point? You could have asked Nathan Elson to include a couple of low light shots, or with aperture slightly closed, job done.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2023 at 16:19 UTC as 3rd comment | 3 replies
On article Why Leica's M10 Monochrom is more than just a gimmick (745 comments in total)
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il_alexk: Unfortunately none of the benefits listed on in the article can be backed up by independent lab tests (for most practical use cases). Was it a paid promo from Leica?

https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/reviews/leica-m10-monochrom-review#section-lab-tests

@Thoughts R Us
I don't see any problem with looking at objective lab measurements and making my own conclusions.

Anyway, they had to repeat the marketing crap from Leica's web site in their own words : "No other camera consolidates the most fundamental of all photographic practices — the composition of images using only contrast and light".

If you agree with me that this statement is complete nonsense, than we are in alignment. If you disagree, please help me to understand what I miss by answering my two questions above. I might learn something.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2023 at 00:35 UTC
On article Why Leica's M10 Monochrom is more than just a gimmick (745 comments in total)
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il_alexk: Unfortunately none of the benefits listed on in the article can be backed up by independent lab tests (for most practical use cases). Was it a paid promo from Leica?

https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/reviews/leica-m10-monochrom-review#section-lab-tests

@Thoughts R Us

"This is a camera that simplifies the picture taking process, and forces you to concentrate on one thing. It may seem like an anachronism, but the Monochrom drives you towards seeing, composing and shooting images in a very different way."

1. Can you please explain how the monochrome sensor drives towards different composing via the optical viewfinder?

2. How it is different from using monochrone film emulations on a standard color camera?

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2023 at 02:25 UTC
On article Why Leica's M10 Monochrom is more than just a gimmick (745 comments in total)
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il_alexk: Unfortunately none of the benefits listed on in the article can be backed up by independent lab tests (for most practical use cases). Was it a paid promo from Leica?

https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/reviews/leica-m10-monochrom-review#section-lab-tests

@Richard Buttler

You don't assign extra points for having slightly less pixels, the bottom line is that this Leica does not deliver results that are better than the color cameras in comparison.

And actually, if you check all the tests (DR, SNR) Panasonic S1R comes as a clear winner.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2023 at 02:13 UTC
On article Why Leica's M10 Monochrom is more than just a gimmick (745 comments in total)

Unfortunately none of the benefits listed on in the article can be backed up by independent lab tests (for most practical use cases). Was it a paid promo from Leica?

https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/reviews/leica-m10-monochrom-review#section-lab-tests

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2023 at 09:57 UTC as 21st comment | 10 replies

The previous "battery for film makers" project by the same company was cancelled without deliveries back in 2019. Same idea, but looked better.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/blindspotgear/power-cage-and-bracket-the-power-bank-for-film-makers

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2023 at 09:20 UTC as 7th comment
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