TBLF

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On photo Roadside Waterfall in the Pentax Lens - Specific Equipment Challenge challenge (2 comments in total)

Great falls with nice blur.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2021 at 02:53 UTC as 1st comment
On photo NYC in the Pentax Lens - Specific Equipment Challenge challenge (2 comments in total)

Nice work

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2021 at 02:52 UTC as 1st comment
On photo penguin - 1 in the Pentax Lens - Specific Equipment Challenge challenge (5 comments in total)

Very nice, great mood.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2021 at 02:51 UTC as 3rd comment

Well, at first I was really impressed, then I went and re-looked and when you look at the reference photo, the eye shape subtly changes, and you start to notice "unreality" in certain features because it is manufacturing details out of whole cloth. I guess it is better than those old age progression artist sketches for missing children, but is it photography that represents reality? I dunno... If you had a blurry photo of great great great grandpa from over a hundred years ago, would you really want this AI to show you what it "thinks" he looked like, or would you pass? Hard call...

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2021 at 15:28 UTC as 96th comment

The title would have been fine with me if it just had a ? added to the end of the title. It would have been a more honest enticement to read the article and find out, without being quite as obnoxious click and flame war bait.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2021 at 01:44 UTC as 66th comment | 9 replies
On article DPReview TV: Pentax K-3 Mark III review (591 comments in total)

Nice fair review, I look forward to the full review write up and sample studio scene images at all ISO's for comparison. The Video review was helpful as well. As an existing K-1 user, you just made this APSC a lot harder to resist, I really would have liked to have seen my HDFA 150-450mm tested and also would have loved to see the HDFA 70-200 F2.8 instead of the F4 lens used, just so the other f2.8 AF zone cross types would have been involved in the AF test, I'm thinking you might have had an even better hit rate than the already good hit rate you got, but who knows... I understand you have to go with what you have been provided.
Thanks Chris & Jordon.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2021 at 15:45 UTC as 95th comment | 1 reply

When it comes to folding and box camera's, if you want to shoot 120 film with less hassle than 620, (where you end up getting a black darkroom bag and spooling 120 film onto 620 spools so you can use most Kodak folders in the Monitor series, which is probably the one I'd want to shoot...) the general rule of thumb is to avoid Kodak and other US brands and stick with Euro/Asia camera's. The Agfa Isolette (sp?) is a great folder series, and almost all the Zeiss folders were pretty good, Voightlander, etc. I had a Rollie 2.8C, Yashikamat, and other TLR, and they were definitely a step above in being able to get precise focus over most folders unless the folder has a calibrated rangefinder.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2021 at 14:19 UTC as 39th comment

Camera years should be counted in Dog years when it comes to progress in video. The K01 is almost a decade old, so I'm not sure what Jordan was expecting. The old K01 looked about the same as other cameras in its class from its day. It was supposed to be a fun quirky stills camera that had a "video option", not a video monster. It's DR was top of it's class for its day for stills, even if its video wasn't there. Pull out your iPhone if you want stellar video, and leave your K01 in Stills mode where it belongs and you can still get great stills from the old girl.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2021 at 15:26 UTC as 12th comment
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panther fan: $1,599.99

BenQ, you were the Chosen One! It was said that you would destroy them, not join them. bring balance to the force, not leave it in darkness.

Seriously. I was waiting for this monitor. BenQ finally got all the components together like resolution, color accuracy and uniformity control to be a real competitor to Eizo. But at 1599$ a Eizo CS2740 at 1789$ is far too close.

I have the BenQ predecessor 271 and it's a great monitor. But... I don't see how this update justifies this kind of price hike, I like mine but seriously, ouch!

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2021 at 01:11 UTC

I own 2 of the 3 in the old style, the 31mm and the 77mm... I'll probably snag the 43mm at that price and see if the HD and rounded blades make enough of a difference to make me want to upgrade my existing 2 lenses. It's hard to picture them being much better, the rendering is amazing as is.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2021 at 20:13 UTC as 14th comment
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dwill23: $6500 plus 2 lenses and your about $10 grand poorer. Dang.

These flagships are rip offs. I've been posting here since 2003, back then I couldn't afford these, but always wanted an EOS 1. Now I can buy whatever I want, and still haven't pulled the trigger. Money is more valuable to me now that I have it, and this camera, or the upcoming Canon R1, or 1R isn't going to get my AMEX card out of my wallet either. I have a $2500 R6.

Right on Livsimage! And... people keep talking about Cell Phone manufacturers stuffing DSLR features into a Cell... But what if the opposite happened? Stuff a Cell into a DSLR ? A Cell is mostly a large battery, a small tablet, a 4g/5g Rx Tx module, and a Dialer app. Well, most DSLR already have a decent battery, the LCD screen, an O/S, some have GPS and Wifi already and would only need the 4g/5g TX/RX hardware and the dialer app. Bwaaahahahahah! *Evil Laughter*

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2021 at 19:04 UTC
On article Tested: Four travel tripods for every budget (520 comments in total)

I did a ton of research, read a ton of reviews and finally went with the Sirui ET-2204 Carbon Fiber Tripod with K-20 Ball Head. Yeah, it's over 1kg but if you plan to use a FF and long Tele on your travels, not having your camera do a face plant with your uber light travel pod should be high on the priority list. This thing just feels rock solid when setup, it has a hook to hang a weight or you bag on to stabilize it, and isn't bad at all to carry. That and the price is hard to beat for what you get. I wanted flip locks and carbon, light but able to carry a FF and heavy Tele. This was the best bang for the buck I found.

If you are going to hike with a M43 or APSC and short primes or wide's, I suppose some of the lighter pods might be worth considering, but I'm feeling like a tripod still has to be stable to be worth carrying, especially for long exposures, otherwise I might as well just rely on the IBIS and leave the tripods at home... or just carry a mono pod.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2020 at 20:43 UTC as 51st comment

Gotta love a shot of what is underneath the skin. Looks like from the video that a lot of thought is going into this new flagship. If the K3-III is as good as the 4yr old D500 in AF, which is still considered quite good, and looks to even have better CPU speed, FPS, etc. but also with the Pentax IQ & RAW's they are known for, IBIS, 100% FF style viewfinder, and great ergonomics, this will be a game changer for existing Pentax users. Pentax might need to release some new fast motor version long tele to go with this body to tempt some new users to the fold, but even their existing HDFA70-200mm, HDFA 150-450mm and DA560mm should do nicely on this rig. Kudo's Pentax!

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2020 at 16:09 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
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panther fan: The Tamron was missing and is a small lightweight alternative. That said the most exciting entry will probably be once Sigma finishes their DG DN trinity with a 70-200 2.8. Will probably be one of the best 70-200s at a reasonable price. At that point Sony really has to redo the GM

My only beef with the Tamron is the dreaded "Cracked Cam Barrel" repair, which Tamron will almost always blame/assume is the consumers fault and it's not a cheap repair. I've had it done within the warranty period and still got milked for the repair cost. The Tamron is still the best bang for the buck though, even with the repair cost added in.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2020 at 15:29 UTC

Sweet! 3rd Party support is a GOOD thing. Thanks Venus.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2020 at 21:32 UTC as 13th comment

Still have my Spotmatic F, and some great m42 Takumars that still see use with the m42 to K adapter. Silky smooth focus and great sharp glass and coatings ahead of their time. Early coatings are very close to later SMC coatings and all have their own character. Great stuff, everyone should shoot a good condition working Spotty at least once in there life, it should be a rite of passage.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2020 at 18:33 UTC as 14th comment
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TBLF: My own summary of the video could be likened to this :
"I do one thing at a time, I do it very well and then I move on". (Major Charles Emerson Winchester III; MASH 4077)

Not a horrible philosophy if you ask me. DSLR are just another OPTION just like Rangefinders, Mirrorless, or if you prefer looking at upside down images on ground glass under a black hood. Different horses for courses. I think this is their strong suit and that they will do well sticking to it. I don't understand all the hysteria of having to go mirrorless or die. Lots of straw man arguments that don't really say anything. Cell phones are what is killing traditional camera makers... and the mirrorless market is feeling it as much as anyone else.

@Hubertus Bigend: I guess I can see how you would think that, with you looking at my one post where I finally got fed up and said something, and you not looking at dpthoughts many dozens of posts over several months, maybe years, in a similar vein re: Pentax as this recent post. I guess that is my fault for taking the bait. I should probably avail myself of the ignore user function in the future.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2020 at 03:01 UTC
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TBLF: My own summary of the video could be likened to this :
"I do one thing at a time, I do it very well and then I move on". (Major Charles Emerson Winchester III; MASH 4077)

Not a horrible philosophy if you ask me. DSLR are just another OPTION just like Rangefinders, Mirrorless, or if you prefer looking at upside down images on ground glass under a black hood. Different horses for courses. I think this is their strong suit and that they will do well sticking to it. I don't understand all the hysteria of having to go mirrorless or die. Lots of straw man arguments that don't really say anything. Cell phones are what is killing traditional camera makers... and the mirrorless market is feeling it as much as anyone else.

@Dpthoughts: I was going to say, Queue the gloom and doom Pentax bashing by dpthoughts in 5,4,3,2,1... too bad, it would have been funny... yet here you are. I guess if you actually mean by "slightly less details" "slightly less false information, in noise that could be mistaken for detail" then you might have something. Ever what. Dude, don't you ever get tired of this? Are you getting paid to hawk over these threads and be such a downer on Pentax all the time or is it just fun for you? Did someone at Pentax like kick your dog or say your baby was ugly or something? What gives? Why so much hate?

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2020 at 19:09 UTC

My own summary of the video could be likened to this :
"I do one thing at a time, I do it very well and then I move on". (Major Charles Emerson Winchester III; MASH 4077)

Not a horrible philosophy if you ask me. DSLR are just another OPTION just like Rangefinders, Mirrorless, or if you prefer looking at upside down images on ground glass under a black hood. Different horses for courses. I think this is their strong suit and that they will do well sticking to it. I don't understand all the hysteria of having to go mirrorless or die. Lots of straw man arguments that don't really say anything. Cell phones are what is killing traditional camera makers... and the mirrorless market is feeling it as much as anyone else.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2020 at 15:04 UTC as 225th comment | 10 replies
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fpessolano: I was interested ... till the price. 3x higher than what it feels worth

Only 3x ???!

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2020 at 17:10 UTC
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