petreluk

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On article Home at last: a travelogue with the GFX 50S II (105 comments in total)

Your gallery covers Canons Ashby! A lovely part of the world. I like what you say about slow and thoughtful photography, particularly for landscapes, and so this camera may be appealing if one already has a system that can cover the faster or day-to-day action/travel stuff. I’m certainly thinking on those lines. If I chose FF I would sell my M43 kit but with the Fuji I would keep most of it and reserve the Fuji for projects that would really benefit from the larger sensor.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2021 at 17:04 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon Z fc Review (2107 comments in total)

The best camera I ever owned back in the day was an FE2. This new one looks fantastic. However, I think Nikon will have to rely on their brand name and its looks to make this one a success. Fuji has the superior APS-C system these days - those Fuji f2 weather-resistant primes are hard to beat - and lack of IBIS would be a turn-off for me. If you're a dedicated Nikon person, or if you just want a svelte item with a nifty-fifty, fair enough. I am sure this camera will give plenty pleasure within its limits and those of the Nikon DX offer. In 2010 I'd have bought this. In 2021 I'd go Fuji.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2021 at 12:14 UTC as 420th comment

The market tightens. Unless a company has access to this level of technology - not only the sensor but the imaging pipeline, AF, software and lenses - then it is going to struggle to stay relevant as the cost of ILCs continues to increase. Not great news for the future in the market of some of the smaller and less capitalized outfits.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2021 at 15:31 UTC as 83rd comment

Whatever the actual merits of the case, I suspect the settled perception is that M43 is stuck in a rut with the 20mpx Same Old Sensor. Without a newer, more modern sensor that’s clearly a step up they are going to find it hard to persuade folks to upgrade, to continue to invest or to pay those top-end prices that OMDS is clearly hoping for. And I am sceptical that the mainstream camera companies have the will or the expertise to get very far in ‘computational photography’. That is currently pretty well owned by the big boys like Apple whose night and HDR modes are already very impressive. For now, ‘computational photography’ is more of a buzzword than a reality for the old established camera crowd.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2021 at 16:19 UTC as 45th comment

" ... how Panasonic's DFD gamble may yet pay off," the headline says. I don't want a camera based on a gamble that hasn't yet paid off. I want one based on solid usability that is clearly paying off today - and that isn't anything using DFD. In nearly all other regards the S5 sounds like a very fine camera but going for Sony, Nikon or Canon does not involving gambling in this way.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2020 at 10:36 UTC as 40th comment | 3 replies

A lot of the problem here is that the grim reaper for the camera companies isn’t technology or hardware but demographics.

Judging by the DPR forums and similar sites, photography with ILCs has become a pursuit mainly for old men outside of a small circle of professionals and artists. Even if say Nikon produced a great smartphone with a totally knockout camera on it, this demographic would mostly reject it. They don’t rate smartphones and some don’t rate EVFs either. Old age will be the decider for the industry as we know it.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2020 at 20:37 UTC as 119th comment | 4 replies
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Retzius: The fundamental issue here is that camera companies have been insistent on moving forward as hardware manufacturers rather than software developers...

The future of imaging is in software development and the imaging pipeline. The camera companies have not been able to make the jump because its easier for them to sell and market hardware.

I agree. Part if the problem, I think, is that the camera outfits have tended to be quite bureaucratic and for a long time their managements were dominated by folks who had grown up in analogue times and didn’t get what digital really meant. So they tended to think it was all about the hardware whereas in reality it was as much and these days more about the software.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2020 at 20:25 UTC
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petreluk: Why should retailers stock any Olympus gear, or customers buy it, without assurances that warranties will remain guaranteed after any transfer to new owners at the end of this year? Insolvency risks can kill any market there and then. Yes, this announcement sounds good news but without firm details around some financial basics it is all just PR. Olympus have yet to say anything, at least publicly, which might clarify things. Hard to see a reason for retailers to continue with Olympus gear on this basis.

Without a backstop warranty fund, selling a business on is open to the new business being split up for parts and the remnants declared insolvent. An unscrupulous but effective way to avoid legal responsibilities. End of warranty I’d guess, at least in some jurisdictions. Spare parts in constraint, empty shelves at retailers, et al. A lot of detail here needs to be filled in by Olympus before the ‘business as usual’ storyline can be taken seriously. One reason is that if they are losing $150 million a year - or a similarly huge figure - it cannot possibly be business as usual.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2020 at 08:49 UTC
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petreluk: Why should retailers stock any Olympus gear, or customers buy it, without assurances that warranties will remain guaranteed after any transfer to new owners at the end of this year? Insolvency risks can kill any market there and then. Yes, this announcement sounds good news but without firm details around some financial basics it is all just PR. Olympus have yet to say anything, at least publicly, which might clarify things. Hard to see a reason for retailers to continue with Olympus gear on this basis.

Speculation on the Internet is not a guarantee that warranties or terms of trade for retailers will be honoured. Uncertainty nixes markets. Sorry guys, but if you were about to spring for say $50K of Olympus kit to sell in your store you would want something a bit firmer than a bloke on the internet says it will be fine ... where are the public statements from Olympus? Without them, new product announcements are just fluff.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2020 at 08:06 UTC

Why should retailers stock any Olympus gear, or customers buy it, without assurances that warranties will remain guaranteed after any transfer to new owners at the end of this year? Insolvency risks can kill any market there and then. Yes, this announcement sounds good news but without firm details around some financial basics it is all just PR. Olympus have yet to say anything, at least publicly, which might clarify things. Hard to see a reason for retailers to continue with Olympus gear on this basis.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2020 at 07:35 UTC as 99th comment | 17 replies
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III review (1719 comments in total)

A clever and astute repackaging of the best of Olympus's current technology (and they have some very good technology). It's not ground-breaking but then it is a lot more keenly priced than the original EM-1 Mark II. The new camera also looks extremely well-made and includes features like hand-held high res that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago.

People are forgetting the absolutely dire forecasts faced by the whole consumer camera industry - of steep decline continuing. In the circumstances, and whether they like it or not, companies are faced with trying to hold the line and hang on to existing customers while spending the minimum they can. Financially, they have little other option. That to me explains the choices behind this camera which in the hands of a professional is already more than enough to take the most superb images. The rest is the pointless bloviating beloved of commentators on DPR.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2020 at 14:05 UTC as 284th comment | 4 replies

A fine-looking camera to my eye. It will need a modern sensor and seriously uprated electronics over previous Pentax models or it won’t have the oomph (or AF chops) to do what folks expect from high-end cameras these days. Add on the solid Pentax build quality and this could be a fine machine.

However, Pentax really have to get only one thing right: produce a camera which is exactly what by far the majority of their remaining customers want. Few people would contemplate moving to a Pentax DSLR system these days, so the dwindling band of long-term Pentax DSLR users are pretty well the only folks who will be buying one.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2019 at 17:11 UTC as 113th comment

There's a fatal split message here, I think. Ricoh are currently pushing the Ricoh brand harder than they are the Pentax brand which means that even at its current small size their imaging biz is in two different camps with one - Pentax - apparently being pushed to one side, at least at the moment. Mixed messages? Not great really.

The interview's DSLR/MILC comments are controversial but mirrorless cameras are not for everyone. A fair point to make. To me, the interview's comments are really aimed at the dwindling band of long-term Pentax faithful. Ricoh spokesmen are positioning mirrorless cameras as a fad and claiming that DSLRs have a rosy future, which means that Pentax does, which means dear loyalist that it's safe to continue buying our products. Good salesmanship for as long as you leave reality out of it.

But oh the irony. The header images shows Ricoh staff holding Ricoh mirorless cameras. Where's the Pentax?

Link | Posted on May 20, 2019 at 13:34 UTC as 120th comment | 1 reply
On article Hands-on with the Ricoh GR III (649 comments in total)

What can this camera really do that a high-end mobile phone these days can't? There is a loyal Ricoh fan club so the camera will find a sale but beyond that this seems like something left over from another era. No EVF, no flash, only basic connectivity and software - in 2019? They've left it too late.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2019 at 17:06 UTC as 103rd comment | 5 replies

Looks a very nice lens, a bit expensive but there will probably be savings when it’s offered as a kit with a body.

On looking through the thread, sad that it seems as if it will soon descend into a shouting match between the fanboys. They’re just not very bright, are they. Fact of life on DPR these days.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2019 at 13:51 UTC as 41st comment | 1 reply
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Fotoni: So is it possible to do better software noise reduction with K-1 (same sensor) or other similar image quality cameras than what the accelerator chip does or is it just for lazy people who value convenience over quality?

Internal noise reduction is fair game when it can do better job than any software ever could, but still there should be an option to turn it off. I wonder, how many cameras can outperform K-1 II high ISO, if all photos use high quality software noise reduction?

@ffking The accelerator unit presumably kicks in after an image is taken. AF is required before an image is taken. If so, the accelerator unit could really only make a difference and free up processing power in burst/continuous shooting mode when both things are happening at once. In addition, the accelerator unit is said to have been designed to help improve colour rendition as ISO climbs, a very interesting idea. TBH, Ricoh have dropped it massively by failing to communicate (via marketing) what exactly they are trying to do here. Own goal, alas, though as you say all in good faith for sure.

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2018 at 14:11 UTC

Well done, DPR, an impressive turn of events. However, I think it's a mistake to see Pentax as somehow competing with the other main outfits. They're become something much more similar to a reproduction classic car maker, for those who want the full traditional experience but with some modern bells and whistles.

In this sense, Pentax aren't trying to keep up with anybody but to appeal to a small, select market for folks who want something very specific, and mainly in Japan. Meanwhile the rest of the world is moving on to new-gen tech and, increasingly, mirrorless (which Pentax have ruled out at least pro tem). Ricoh overall may well have greater ambitions, but not for their Pentax brand. And there's nothing wrong with what Pentax are trying to do. There is clearly a market for it even if it's a niche one.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2018 at 11:40 UTC as 34th comment | 1 reply
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petreluk: First the A7III at the top end and now this at the lower end. It's not been a good few weeks for Olympus.

The A7III is at the top end of where M43 can play, towards 2000 notes, so in this context it is very much the top end.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2018 at 22:06 UTC

First the A7III at the top end and now this at the lower end. It's not been a good few weeks for Olympus.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2018 at 10:54 UTC as 175th comment | 2 replies
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1551 comments in total)
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petreluk: This thread is a good example of how easily fake news can take over social media. An allegation of file tampering is made. Soon this is repeated and massively amplified by many as “facts” which are “proven”. In fact, few if any have traced the allegation back to its source, shown that the source is solid/reliable and that all alternative explanations (they exist) can be ruled out. DPR have denied the allegation. Both sides can’t be correct ... can they?

I’m not a huge fan of this review, mainly because I think that like most internet reviews it is far too much about the gear and too little about the experience of being a photographer, taking images and participating in the whole process. Such things are the wider cultural context against which all gear is assessed by customers. Pentax for all I know may score incredibly well in this regard. However, I am even less of a fan of allegations presented as facts.

@ClassA This site is full of it by now. There’s one at the top of the thread as I write by one powderhound linking back to a thread on another website with terms like “beyond dishonest”. It’s classic fake news: a statement is made, the worst spin is put on it, soon the two together have been amplified far and wide as proven hard fact by others. Evidence of file changes is not on its own evidence of underhand conduct. Make a serious allegation like that then prove it, each link of the chain.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2018 at 18:41 UTC
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