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On photo Christmas Express in the Shrinking the world in seven chapters - steam power. challenge (2 comments in total)

great picture.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2018 at 04:54 UTC as 2nd comment

The Pentax Q with its small sensor has "Blur Control" on the mode dial. I'm not sure f the process it used, but it seemed to work.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2018 at 18:16 UTC as 3rd comment
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em jo photo: Two thoughts:

(1) This write-up scolds a good thing: "Dynamic Pixel Shift Resolution is likely more similar to the multi-frame image stacking methods employed by smartphone manufacturers." FANTASTIC. Isn't it about time camera manufacturers started digging into the smartphone bag of tricks? But rather than congratulate Pentax for doing so, DPReview's write-up introduces the feature like a disappointed dad: "Calling this mode 'Pixel Shift' is a bit of a stretch, though." Ugh, whatever.

(2) In this writeup, the potential for digital artifacts gets framed as "limiting" the technology's "appeal." Contrast that tone--and the size / scale / apparent nature of the artifacts themselves--with the way in which DPReview framed the Sony A7.3's phase-detect pixel artifacts. We won't find DPReview suggesting artifacts "limit that technology's appeal" in any way.

Shaking my head.

"This write-up scolds a good thing . . . . [R]ather than congratulate Pentax . . . , DPReview's write-up introduces the feature like a disappointed dad."

"It may be unconscious bias, but it is very hard not to perceive DPReview's coverage of Pentax features as biased."

Both correct observations, unfortunately. Old habits are hard to break.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2018 at 21:12 UTC
On article Pentax KP Review (668 comments in total)

'too heavy for its size' -- This observation is completley backwards. Most Pentax bodies are heavier, yet often at the same time slightly smaller than Canikons and others in the competing market slots, because of HIGHLY EFFICIENT INTERNAL ENGINEERING AND DESIGN. That's a GOOD THING. Figure it out, , for crying out loud.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2018 at 02:07 UTC as 8th comment
On photo Victory is mine! in the Seven story plots - Overcoming the monster challenge (4 comments in total)
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drummercam: Jesus, what a picture!

Did you dress and pose Vanessa? Because that's the essence of the shot.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2018 at 06:32 UTC
On photo Victory is mine! in the Seven story plots - Overcoming the monster challenge (4 comments in total)

Jesus, what a picture!

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2018 at 05:18 UTC as 1st comment | 3 replies

Death by gun violence. It’s the American Way. This is one of 7,000 pairs of shoes violently emptied of their owners by the freedom-screaming bullets of America. That’s right. America’s murderous bullets scream “American Freedom” at impressively fatal muzzle velocities. Every pool of blood a right-wing mirror of guns-rights righteousness. Every funeral a glorious ritual glorifying the power of corporate profit. Every shoe and garment and closet and bedroom and home and family, emptied of a life, a new hole to fill with thoughts and prayers. Hosannas to these occasions for new prayer and inaction. Thank God we have so many calls to our calloused knees. Thank God for our American leaders in the building behind these emptied shoes.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2018 at 14:19 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo Eddie in the panned shot challenge (2 comments in total)

It's good that you rescued that from film sequestration. Good one.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2018 at 11:39 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
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Graham Austin: I will stick to my ricoh GR for stealth, thing is damn near silent

GR-III coming soon to a sidewalk near you . . .

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2018 at 00:52 UTC
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sh10453: "Unfortunately, your valuable time is the price your pay for this functionality; while the actual exposures are captured rapidly, the camera takes roughly 20-25 seconds to process the final image, during which time it is effectively locked."
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Depending of the type of photography you do, this may be a "no-issue" to some, or "absolutely will not buy" to others.

Definitely a serious issue to action photography. Hopefully Pentax will find an acceptable solution to this problem soon.

Impressive and generous offer to upgrade customers' K-1 at such a very reasonable price.

Oh dear god, is this red herring about pixel shift being no good for action going to drone on as the new gratuitous negative on Pentax? What a joke the underinformed make of themselves.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2018 at 03:06 UTC
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sh10453: "Unfortunately, your valuable time is the price your pay for this functionality; while the actual exposures are captured rapidly, the camera takes roughly 20-25 seconds to process the final image, during which time it is effectively locked."
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Depending of the type of photography you do, this may be a "no-issue" to some, or "absolutely will not buy" to others.

Definitely a serious issue to action photography. Hopefully Pentax will find an acceptable solution to this problem soon.

Impressive and generous offer to upgrade customers' K-1 at such a very reasonable price.

The "waste of your valuable time" nonsense in DPR's observation has encouraged readers to miss the point. Pixel shift is not an "action photography" feature at all. Never was. The refinement of the technology to hand-held status is intended to allow detailed super-resolution of carefully considered topics that will benefit from it, without the "valuable time" wasted setting up a tripod and getting the camera on it (including carrying a tripod around). For action photography, the normal K-1 shooting modes will be perfectly fine, since the "action" in a scene is what drives the value anyway, not super-resolution.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2018 at 03:56 UTC
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Prognathous: 20-25 seconds delay for handheld PS is terrible. The camera should do the processing when idle, not prevent the photographer from taking more pictures until it's done.

Absolutely correct, klavrack. Chimp in normal, then switch to Pixshift. . .

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2018 at 20:53 UTC

This lens is based on a Pentax design, licensed to Tokina. You can count on it being top flight, and probably better than the Canon or Nikon natives.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2018 at 16:59 UTC as 2nd comment
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Thoughts: Hopefully, Rich/Pentax will slowly update their 31-43-77 Limited lenses too. They are truly special. Then the system will be even more exciting.

I will gladly second Zvonimr's opinion here . . .

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2018 at 15:10 UTC
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Burnt to a Crisp: I don't care how good the camera is. This brand has ZERO cachet.

Most people on the street would be like "What the heck is a Ricoh???"

Pentax has zero cachet? That's totally crazy, a comment from apparently zero experience bringing a top-line Pentax into a shoot with Canikon users, who usually say "wow" when I point out two features in particular.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2018 at 15:09 UTC
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cgarrard: I think Ricoh should make a digital "version" of the K1000. No this camera above isn't it. I mean, a very simple FF camera with only the very basic controls and menu functions, and sell it for under 1,000 USD body only to start. It's obvious to me that Ricoh could make a bare bones simple camera with a decent 2nd/3rd generation 24mp sensor and sell a lot. Styling would be important, with a simple is more philosophy. Launch it with a couple more budget/affordable prime lenses too while you are at it (24/35/50 would be nice).

The Pentax MX design -- if given a larger sensor -- would get close to this K-1000 retro concept . . .

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2018 at 15:03 UTC
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Robbie Corrigan: Little typo in article. * lens have an AW designation for All Weather which is not to be confused with WR for Weather Resistant. In simple terms, AW can survive a dunking whereas WR can survive a splash 😀

Pentax is somewhat modest about its WR/AW designations. The excellent Pentax DA*50-135, internal focus and zoom, bears neither WR or AW in its on-lens designation, but it was designed so. I can assure you from experience that it survives both splashing and full dunk on my K-3. Interestingly enough, the Pentax DA17-70 has the same black rubber mount gasket as the 50-135, so I suspect that it too is an unadvertised WR (prolly not AW, being a zoom). Red gaskets are on some other lenses, like on this new 50, designated AW, and the Limited 20-40, designated WR; black versus red gaskets thus do not necessarily correlate to AW versus WR. This is just a little quirk I've noticed among my lens set. I discern no difference in the actual rubber material other than the color.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2018 at 15:01 UTC
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Pedro Ernesto Guerra Azevedo: Pentax is the Best !

Only the first are three Pentax Limiteds are film era: 31, 43, 77mm. Those three are performing well on FF digital. The other six Pentax Limiteds are all digital -- APS-C 15, 21, 35 macro, 40, 70, and 20-40., APS-C,
yes, but nonetheless they are of the Limiteds family, so I post this to preempt misconceptions from the post above. The 40 and 70, despite being APS-C, are performing well on the FF K-1.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2018 at 14:37 UTC
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Prognathous: 20-25 seconds delay for handheld PS is terrible. The camera should do the processing when idle, not prevent the photographer from taking more pictures until it's done.

The far greater amount of time saved by obviating tripod set-up (and lugging one around) exceeds the processing time a great deal. Dwelling on this time issue is a distraction, a way to find something to complain about.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2018 at 11:10 UTC
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drummercam: "Your valuable time wasted"? Pixel shift is going to be a planned shot, including the time. Only if one expects something as small as a camera to contain a something akin to a supercomputer is image compilation going to be much faster. I'm sure the time taken will be justified by the results, not wasted.

Why is the hood on the lens wrong side up in the last photo? CPL adjustment windows are by far preponderantly used on the bottom of the lens, not the top. I suppose showing the window is an excuse, but its presence could have been handled in the text, without looking like someone doesn't know how to attach a hood.

Hand-held pixel shift eliminates the time to set up a tripod and get a camera on it. It eliminates the lugging around of a tripod, or checking it at coat-check (or taking the tripod back to the car) at facilities disallowing tripods. So when you walk into a grand cathedral with a richly detailed interior, but it's a no-tripod zone (or you didn't want to carry a tripod), you might still get the detailed shot you want. Hand-held PS eliminates extra gear-carry, and the time to use all that, while increasing the number of detailed shots. The camera's processing time is far more than compensated for in that light. And again, the expectations for in-camera image compilation by digital solution components seem highly reasonable for an object the size of a camera. Reengineering the motherboard to retrofit older K-1's, and then offering that board separately as a upgrade, is brilliant. It's churlish to dwell on processing time that eliminates larger amounts of other "valuable" time.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2018 at 03:17 UTC
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