Ishpuini

Lives in Belgium Antwerp, Belgium
Works as a IT Consultant
Has a website at http://gallery.ishpuini.be
Joined on Sep 6, 2004
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Fascinating series. Looking forward to the next instalment...

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2020 at 06:53 UTC as 17th comment
On article DPReview TV: Pentax DA* 11-18mm F2.8 lens review (151 comments in total)

Great review of a great lens. I have one myself, but I haven't noticed corner softness except on a handfull images at 11mm (probably due to SR as mentioned by @y0chang).

Question: this lens has an empty space between the focus ring and the bayonet mount, which Pentax advertised as a place to put a lens warming element (e.g. for astro). They also showed an image showing a red wire wound around that area (connected to an external battery). I've asked around, but this doesn't seem to be a commercial product, and existing commercial products do not fit... Any info on that?

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2020 at 13:00 UTC as 19th comment

Nice idea, however the system dropping off when the lens retracts is a bit of a design flaw, isn't it? Regardless, I got Ricoh's own adapter for its wide lens. I don't have the wide lens, but the adapter has a 49mm thread, which fits my old Cokin filter system. So I revived that and some 49mm screw-on filters. Not as compact, but more secure.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2019 at 07:40 UTC as 22nd comment

Great news. Love these Thetas!

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2019 at 08:06 UTC as 1st comment
In reply to:

tassosDA: Wow, I'm so excited: No motor, no weather sealing, no new optics! Pentax is left standing, in the previous decade! This is miserable.

... which makes for a super light weight and small specialty lens that can fit in any bag for that one moment when you have a need for fisheye.

I have the SMC version, and of all my specialty lenses this is the only one that always finds a place in the bag -> my most used specialty lens.

IMHO, weather sealing is not important for this kind of lens. When on a trip in harsh weather conditions, it'll fit snugly in two KUVRD ULC Micro for protection in my bag. The DA10-17 being a specialty lens, it will be mounted for one or two shots only, i.e. the weather sealed walk-around lens has to be taken off the camera, the fisheye mounted, and the other way around immediately after the shot, thus twice exposing the camera mount to the elements anyway. This and the protruding front element mean you have to shield the camera+lens anyway, any weather sealing of the lens body doesn't make much difference. Hence, I would rather have the lens light and small, to ensure it's in my bag when needed.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2019 at 12:09 UTC
On article Ricoh GR III review (643 comments in total)
In reply to:

Mariano Pacifico: What good is excellent optics if JPEG not good?
This goes to show optics is dependent on JPEG algorithm.

Standard JPGs aren't overwhelming indeed. However, there are lots of alternative JPG modes available that are very nice and that can be extensively tweaked to get exactly the desired results OOC.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2019 at 14:12 UTC
On article Pentax 11-18mm F2.8 DA* sample gallery (125 comments in total)
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JensR: I'm glad we get a modern weatherproof superwide zoom with a filter thread, but DA* 11-18, DA* 16-50, DA* 50-135 = three different filter sizes is not ideal.

Hi Jens, I tried mounting 77mm filters onto this lens using a step down filter, and it only vignettes slightly at 11mm... slight cropping fixes that... grtz, Wim

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2019 at 09:24 UTC
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astrostl: Mine does this. Not sure why I should care?

@James Ho: FYI, it's not the battery that rattles, it's the IBIS. And that's normal behaviour BTW. Ricoh inherited the system from Pentax's SR (Shake Reduction), and all Pentax DSLRs with SR have this rattle. I've owned several and the SR system has never failed regardless of my rough treatment of the cameras.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2019 at 14:26 UTC

Great tips.

Unfortunately, this also brings to attention my only gripe with Adobe Photoshop, i.e. its focus on N-Am keyboard layout... On my European AZERTY keyboard, many of these shortcuts simply don't work (most annoying is the square brackets for brush size), and Adobe doesn't offer an alternative...

Well, I still love Photoshop anyway. It's not a deal breaker to me, but it would be nice if Adobe could fix this someday...

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2019 at 08:59 UTC as 3rd comment
On article CP+ 2019: Ricoh shows PENTAX-DA* 11-18mm F2.8 ED DC AW (167 comments in total)
In reply to:

Ishpuini: Just a little correction. You state: "Price and availability: The PENTAX-DA* 11-18mm F2.8 ED DC AW will be available soon, for $1399."
Actually, the lens has been available for over a week now. I've had mine for 8 days now, and I can confirm it is absolutely excellent!!

Also: you don't mention the groove around the front element that is intended to hold a heating element for use in night and winter photography. That would have been an interesting point to provide more info on as it is rather obscure how that would work. Commercially available heating elements don't seem compatible, so how to take advantage of it then?

Regardless of how efficient the suggested implementation is, I would like to find out more about how Ricoh would see this used. It just seems strange they would go through the effort of designing this and not provide an accessory or compatibility with an existing product.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2019 at 09:17 UTC
On article CP+ 2019: Ricoh shows PENTAX-DA* 11-18mm F2.8 ED DC AW (167 comments in total)
In reply to:

xeppelin: big, heavy, clunky and1399 for a crop lens equivalent to 17-27mm FOV ... good luck selling this lens.

would really love to see detailed sales stats for such lenses. couple 100 units, globally?

Big, heavy and clunky? Well, the best two third party UWA's I have are about the same dimensions.

The Samyang 16/2 is just a fraction smaller (but taller when compared with the hoods mounted) but lacks the zoom flexibility.

The Sigma 8-16 is about the same (but a bit longer in the bag because of its fixed hood) but its much smaller aperture makes it impossible for astro.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2019 at 09:50 UTC
On article CP+ 2019: Ricoh shows PENTAX-DA* 11-18mm F2.8 ED DC AW (167 comments in total)
In reply to:

Peter CS: This is a lens in search of a new, flagship Pentax aps-c body...

Well, I've been using it for a week on my K-3II, and strangely enough it works beautifully. :-)

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2019 at 09:42 UTC
On article CP+ 2019: Ricoh shows PENTAX-DA* 11-18mm F2.8 ED DC AW (167 comments in total)

Just a little correction. You state: "Price and availability: The PENTAX-DA* 11-18mm F2.8 ED DC AW will be available soon, for $1399."
Actually, the lens has been available for over a week now. I've had mine for 8 days now, and I can confirm it is absolutely excellent!!

Also: you don't mention the groove around the front element that is intended to hold a heating element for use in night and winter photography. That would have been an interesting point to provide more info on as it is rather obscure how that would work. Commercially available heating elements don't seem compatible, so how to take advantage of it then?

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2019 at 09:40 UTC as 4th comment | 3 replies

Just preordered the 11-18!

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2019 at 15:13 UTC as 32nd comment

Similar to B+W Redhancer?

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2019 at 16:19 UTC as 18th comment
On article Ricoh announces development of long-awaited GR III (701 comments in total)
In reply to:

Jefftan: if i buy i will have to stich 2 pics often for wide landscape
anyone can tell me what is the easiest way for RAW

both c1 and DXO which i use don't support stiching and i don't like Adobe
thanks

PT GUI

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2018 at 09:19 UTC
In reply to:

JasonRacey: I want to like Pentax but their lens options are unorthodox. Their wide-angle zooms are the 15-30mm f/2.8, 16-50mm f/2.8, and 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6. I don't want to lug around a brick-heavy f/2.8 lens, and the variable-aperture 16-85 is probably similar build to a kit lens. Every major has a 16-35 f/4 or near-equivalent, except Pentax. Tony Northrup keeps calling the K-1 the best landscape DSLR, but the lens selection makes it impractical for wilderness shooters.

16-50/2.8 and 16-85/2.8 are for the APS-C format, not for FF. If you want more compact and wider than standard zoom, Pentax used to make a very nice FA20-35/4. Not easy to find second hand though...

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 14:50 UTC

I agree these cameras are great fun, and some very nice images can be had with them.
The Theta works well on a monopod with a tilt head. The tilt head allows for level positioning of the camera in most cases.
Ricoh also makes an Extension Adapter which makes it easy to add some distance between the attachment of the Theta to the "real world" (hand, tripod, table, esp the hand...) which in turn makes it easier to remove in PP.
In terms of software, Adobe Photoshop has a very practical 3D workspace, which makes cloning out tripod/hand/photographer in the original image very easy. As such other PP (incl applying projection) can be done on a proper 360° file without yourself in it.
The Apps Ricoh provides are great for finalizing the images, but I still find myself opening them in my preferred panoramic tool, PT Gui Pro, which opens the files perfectly.
When shooting try and stand on as neutral and continuously textured a surface as possible so as to facilitate cloning out yourself.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2018 at 16:00 UTC as 8th comment
In reply to:

(unknown member): Enjoyed the ideas in this video, but couldn't see them translated in the stills. Pity.

Shame indeed. I came away with the same feeling. Good ideas and advice, though strangely not reflected in the images shown.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2017 at 12:49 UTC
On article Peak Design Everyday Backpack Review (130 comments in total)

Good review. I agree with most points expect I never had an issue with the shoulder straps not being padded. I've had my 20L since late 2016, and have been using it daily as a day backpack to carry my laptop and other work related stuff. I frequently load it pretty full. Perhaps if I had a 30L, the strap thing might be more of an issue because that can be loaded 50% heavier...

I love the way this bag can be configured for very different contents. For a week long photography trip last week I rearranged the entire setup to accommodate my Pentax K-3II and an assortment of 6 fixed focal length lenses (4 Samyangs: 10/2.8, 16/2, 24/1.4 and 135/2; and 2 Pentax: 35/2.8 macro and 77/1.8), next to some limited travel stuff. I could have taken an extra lens. Hiking multiple hours with a tripod (3LT Leo) attached to the side was no problem at all.

Build quality is excellent indeed. I've been using the bag intensively for over half a year and it doesn't shows any signs of wear.

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2017 at 09:49 UTC as 23rd comment
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