drummercam

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drummercam: "Ricoh announces new $1,400 21mm F2.4 ED Limited DC WR lens, set for November release"

Is price in the headline the new style at DPR? Because ANY similar quality lens from ANY maker is in the same price range, and size range, too, given the race for "ultimate" IQ. And frankly, I seriously doubt one will find in other lenses the level of actual "quality" that this lens will prove out, unless you move to Leica.

In fact, I might be inclined to class the Pentax 21 by itself, as compared to those . . .

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2021 at 17:55 UTC
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drummercam: "Ricoh announces new $1,400 21mm F2.4 ED Limited DC WR lens, set for November release"

Is price in the headline the new style at DPR? Because ANY similar quality lens from ANY maker is in the same price range, and size range, too, given the race for "ultimate" IQ. And frankly, I seriously doubt one will find in other lenses the level of actual "quality" that this lens will prove out, unless you move to Leica.

I don't agree, I am completely sincere, that all the lenses you mention are in the same class at all.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2021 at 17:55 UTC

"Ricoh announces new $1,400 21mm F2.4 ED Limited DC WR lens, set for November release"

Is price in the headline the new style at DPR? Because ANY similar quality lens from ANY maker is in the same price range, and size range, too, given the race for "ultimate" IQ. And frankly, I seriously doubt one will find in other lenses the level of actual "quality" that this lens will prove out, unless you move to Leica.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2021 at 13:22 UTC as 8th comment | 8 replies
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scokill: Why is so big and expensive? :)

Any similar quality lens from any maker is in the same price range, and size range, too, given the race for "ultimate" IQ.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2021 at 13:18 UTC
On photo cicada in the A Rainbow of Color - Macro/Closeup Challenge challenge (1 comment in total)

Excellent picture! What part of the world has this form of the cicada? Brood X 17-year cicada in northeast USA, which emerged in 2021, does not look like this.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2021 at 12:28 UTC as 1st comment

These fellows are making some beautiful lenses. https://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/english/products/limited_lens/interview/

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2021 at 16:38 UTC as 19th comment
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jonby: Nice. Where's the K3 III review?

Waiting until all other review have been studied and we, the users, have sussed out everything ourselves (basically done).

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2021 at 18:22 UTC
On photo Rosemary Beetle in the Insect/Spider - Macro (minimum 1:1 magnification) challenge (8 comments in total)

Magic.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2021 at 13:48 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo FG-1D Corsair in the Propeller Planes in Flight challenge (17 comments in total)
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drummercam: My father, USMC, serviced the wing guns of VMF-422's Corsairs on Engebi in WWII.

It's a stunning picture. Best I've seen of a Corsair.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2021 at 12:39 UTC
On photo FG-1D Corsair in the Propeller Planes in Flight challenge (17 comments in total)

My father, USMC, serviced the wing guns of VMF-422's Corsairs on Engebi in WWII.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2021 at 01:56 UTC as 2nd comment | 2 replies
On photo FG-1D Corsair in the Propeller Planes in Flight challenge (17 comments in total)

My father, USMC, serviced the wing guns of VMF-422's Corsairs on Engebi in WWII.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2021 at 01:56 UTC as 3rd comment
On photo Antonov 225 in the Jets in Flight challenge (1 comment in total)

the one and only

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2021 at 01:52 UTC as 1st comment
On article HD Pentax-FA 43mm F1.9 Limited sample gallery (77 comments in total)

Someone below said that disabling such things as sharpness or CA options was the only thing that makes sense for a review site. And DPR believes Pentax Custom Image "Natural" is the proper default test condition, not "Bright," which is how Pentax ships the cameras. I think both of these "everything off" assumptions are premises not necessarily ascribable to the intentions of all manufacturers for best use of the camera in the majority of conditions. I know the idea is to, supposedly, get at exactly what a sensor is "doing" and what a lens is "doing." But cameras are systems that include in-built processing engines. This, and the sensor, and a lens are a 3-way system. (The photographer is a fourth component, but I'll let that rest even though that "component" is very often visible in DPR tests.) "Off" is sometimes itself just an option.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2021 at 19:06 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo Dragonfly in the Ricoh - Specific Equipment Challenge challenge (2 comments in total)
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Michael Piziak: Congratulations in coming in 2rd! This is a worthy accomplishment, in my opinion!

Regards,

Michael

Thank you. GRIII's macro is very good, and very handy.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2021 at 11:47 UTC
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drummercam: This lens is not "expensive" relative to others in its class. From Pentax"

“In the past, we employed a mechanism with a single roller […]. The new lens […] features two separate rollers which fit the width of each groove […] to effectively minimize instability. To reduce unsteady movement along the optical axis, it also incorporates a structure which […] prevents rotation torque of the cam ring from affecting zoom-ring operation, and assures effortless zooming without excessively large torque, while minimizing the generation of unwanted instability."

This type of construction in never discussed in detail in so-called "reviews." I'm pretty sure that any modern, premium Pentax lens would prove the equal or clear better than any competitor in a take-apart comparison. Some of the cost is in these robust features, in addition to clearly competitive optics.

"If Pentax is approaching premium in a new way, for whatever that means, I guess that's good." The concept is not my invention. There's been plenty of suggestion that Pentax is aiming at a new premium niche, "the Leica of DSLR's," etc. It's not just me "saying it" and hasn't been for some time.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2021 at 22:49 UTC
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drummercam: This lens is not "expensive" relative to others in its class. From Pentax"

“In the past, we employed a mechanism with a single roller […]. The new lens […] features two separate rollers which fit the width of each groove […] to effectively minimize instability. To reduce unsteady movement along the optical axis, it also incorporates a structure which […] prevents rotation torque of the cam ring from affecting zoom-ring operation, and assures effortless zooming without excessively large torque, while minimizing the generation of unwanted instability."

This type of construction in never discussed in detail in so-called "reviews." I'm pretty sure that any modern, premium Pentax lens would prove the equal or clear better than any competitor in a take-apart comparison. Some of the cost is in these robust features, in addition to clearly competitive optics.

"less contrived than drummercam". I've been a Pentax shooter since 1977. There's nothing contrived about my experience. My point has been that Pentax seems to be approaching "premium" in a new way, based exactly on my longstanding experience. Comparisons to older items, in my view, are going to mislead people who DO NOT have that experience. I'm not trying to take on anybody. I'm trying to be helpful.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2021 at 21:15 UTC
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drummercam: This lens is not "expensive" relative to others in its class. From Pentax"

“In the past, we employed a mechanism with a single roller […]. The new lens […] features two separate rollers which fit the width of each groove […] to effectively minimize instability. To reduce unsteady movement along the optical axis, it also incorporates a structure which […] prevents rotation torque of the cam ring from affecting zoom-ring operation, and assures effortless zooming without excessively large torque, while minimizing the generation of unwanted instability."

This type of construction in never discussed in detail in so-called "reviews." I'm pretty sure that any modern, premium Pentax lens would prove the equal or clear better than any competitor in a take-apart comparison. Some of the cost is in these robust features, in addition to clearly competitive optics.

No, I mentioned the 50, the 85, "and now this one," getting back to the point about the new barrel extension support. I'm not being argumentative. I'm making a point no one else is making: Pentax "premium" is a reinvigorated concept now, and that includes not just IQ, WR, etc., but other aspects of build quality no one ever mentions. Backwards comparison is no longer helpful, as I believe Pentax has adopted a new game. My 55-300, not of the premium line but great optically, is very solid all through the extension. I would not be surprised that it too got unadvertised extension support upgrades from the older lenses. you mentioned.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2021 at 16:06 UTC
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drummercam: This lens is not "expensive" relative to others in its class. From Pentax"

“In the past, we employed a mechanism with a single roller […]. The new lens […] features two separate rollers which fit the width of each groove […] to effectively minimize instability. To reduce unsteady movement along the optical axis, it also incorporates a structure which […] prevents rotation torque of the cam ring from affecting zoom-ring operation, and assures effortless zooming without excessively large torque, while minimizing the generation of unwanted instability."

This type of construction in never discussed in detail in so-called "reviews." I'm pretty sure that any modern, premium Pentax lens would prove the equal or clear better than any competitor in a take-apart comparison. Some of the cost is in these robust features, in addition to clearly competitive optics.

My point is that I think Pentax's approach to "premium" is reinvigorated, and they deserve congratulations for having had enough quality all along to have survived long enough to implement their new approach. "It's about time-ism" is looking backwards, when new Pentax products are showing real development improvements.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2021 at 15:29 UTC
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drummercam: This lens is not "expensive" relative to others in its class. From Pentax"

“In the past, we employed a mechanism with a single roller […]. The new lens […] features two separate rollers which fit the width of each groove […] to effectively minimize instability. To reduce unsteady movement along the optical axis, it also incorporates a structure which […] prevents rotation torque of the cam ring from affecting zoom-ring operation, and assures effortless zooming without excessively large torque, while minimizing the generation of unwanted instability."

This type of construction in never discussed in detail in so-called "reviews." I'm pretty sure that any modern, premium Pentax lens would prove the equal or clear better than any competitor in a take-apart comparison. Some of the cost is in these robust features, in addition to clearly competitive optics.

218, every maker out there has a full collection of lenses with similar issues, and worse, especially in their consumer lines (like that 17-70). Pentax should do something? They have. They've adopted a new approach to their premium lines. The new 50, 85, and now this one make that clear. And their top-line bodies have been unequivocally premium grade for a long time.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2021 at 14:25 UTC

This lens is not "expensive" relative to others in its class. From Pentax"

“In the past, we employed a mechanism with a single roller […]. The new lens […] features two separate rollers which fit the width of each groove […] to effectively minimize instability. To reduce unsteady movement along the optical axis, it also incorporates a structure which […] prevents rotation torque of the cam ring from affecting zoom-ring operation, and assures effortless zooming without excessively large torque, while minimizing the generation of unwanted instability."

This type of construction in never discussed in detail in so-called "reviews." I'm pretty sure that any modern, premium Pentax lens would prove the equal or clear better than any competitor in a take-apart comparison. Some of the cost is in these robust features, in addition to clearly competitive optics.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2021 at 01:58 UTC as 2nd comment | 16 replies
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