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On article Leica TL2 first impressions (369 comments in total)

"The camera's main settings have been split into nine sections". -- One of the 9 sections in that photo is "flash".

Just above that picture: "Meanwhile, the pop-up flash, which owners apparently said they didn't need, has gone".

Why is there a flash management section if no flash?

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 00:47 UTC as 6th comment
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Bambi24: "Police may not delete photographs without a warrant, period"

wrong, police can stop anything and anyone inciting violence

If they think that photographers and social media are riling up protestors, inciting violence, and are putting the lives of politicians or citizens in danger, they can smash your camera right there in front of you.

The police main goal during such protests is protecting the lives of people and preventing escalation, and they can use anything at their disposal to accomplish that, including phrohibiting photography and video.

We have seen how in Germany during the G20 protests, images of people were taken who didn't agree with the protest , put on social media by #antifa, and used to hunt those people down and physically assault them. Police is within their right to seize cameras of trouble makers.

Really? Lives were endangered yesterday, and simply deleting photos solved that? I doubt that a great deal.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2017 at 16:59 UTC

Mitch McConnell does not want protest against his "health" bill reported. The cost to the Capitol Police or Senate of losing a claim against lost property or livelihood is a calculated "negligible" against what stands to be perpetrated with the Republican "health" bill. I photographed a protest outside on the Capitol lawn this morning and was left alone, but outside events are not monitored closely.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2017 at 16:49 UTC as 48th comment | 1 reply
On article Pentax KP Review (664 comments in total)

Note to Pentax: Please do not change your traditional high-end-camera placement of exposure compensation and ISO buttons next to shutter release on any K-3 upgrade. I've noticed that your mid-tier cameras have had +/- and green button on top, with ISO on the 4-way. +/- and ISO on top is the better design, and I see why you do that. K-P does neither of these described set-ups. Please don't "fix" the K-3 in that regard. Thanks.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2017 at 14:51 UTC as 16th comment
On article Pentax KP Review (664 comments in total)
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zakaria: Pentax please keep this design for the awaiting flagship APS-C.
K7 k3 series are good but not attractive enough.

I don't like the "prism" hump. Existing K-3 is much nicer as originally designed.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2017 at 11:31 UTC
On article Pentax KP Review (664 comments in total)

"Let's take a closer look at what is right with the KP."

Thanks for that. In the past, Pentax reviews have seemed to contain at least one or two unnecessary snarks against the brand. This review is a clear change from that, and a balanced and fair review of the camera.

"Heavy for its size" -- I think that betokens efficient, dense-pack interior engineering. Pentax cameras always feel very robust in hand.

The replaceable grips derive (I think) from addressing grip gripes that go back to the K-01 and K-S1. It seems like typical Pentax thinking to come up with this solution. The design forecloses the AA-battery grip of the K-30 and K-50, but anyone with a K-30, K-50, K-500, K-S1, or K-S2 already has a spare D-LI109 battery for the KP.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 14:38 UTC as 54th comment | 3 replies
On photo VE2B4446-Edit in the Down in the Valley challenge (2 comments in total)

Very nice picture. I'm troubled, though, by all of the dead brown pine trees. I'm guessing western pine bark beetle infestation because of the California drought.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2016 at 03:40 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply

Following the lead of Pentax in using color as a marketing device?

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 03:08 UTC as 67th comment
On photo Stork in the Pentax DSLR challenge (2 comments in total)

Congratulations on that one. It has a fabulous look to it.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 14:36 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo 50th Annual Custer Buffalo Roundup in the National flag challenge (7 comments in total)
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drummercam: poppyjk's gallery shows that he is a world traveler who documents his travels nicely. I congratulate him on a 1st place. But this being selected as a 1st place means that many people probably voted in reflexive reaction to the most cliche notions of "American freedom." When the nation "America" established itself in North America, it nearly drove the bison in this picture to extinction through hunting, profiteering, and mere entertainment. Native Americans were harshly treated, driven from ancestral homes, murdered by the U.S. Cavalry (under the same flag), and generally decimated and corralled. The man on this horse also suggests the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge malcontents who illegally seized federal lands this year, with much conspicuous flag-waving on horseback and one death. If the flag is part of the story, as D.N. observes below, then the full story ought to be told. America's western legacy is a complicated picture that often includes little to be proud of.

And I will immediately add (having reached a character limit) that I don't think for a moment that poppyjk intended anything more than a nice picture. He has many nice pictures. My concern is with mass-appeal, reflexive attitudes about images like this one, which seem to carry more faux-patriotic weight than genuine truths.

(Nor was I a competitor in this challenge.)

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2016 at 01:23 UTC
On photo 50th Annual Custer Buffalo Roundup in the National flag challenge (7 comments in total)

poppyjk's gallery shows that he is a world traveler who documents his travels nicely. I congratulate him on a 1st place. But this being selected as a 1st place means that many people probably voted in reflexive reaction to the most cliche notions of "American freedom." When the nation "America" established itself in North America, it nearly drove the bison in this picture to extinction through hunting, profiteering, and mere entertainment. Native Americans were harshly treated, driven from ancestral homes, murdered by the U.S. Cavalry (under the same flag), and generally decimated and corralled. The man on this horse also suggests the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge malcontents who illegally seized federal lands this year, with much conspicuous flag-waving on horseback and one death. If the flag is part of the story, as D.N. observes below, then the full story ought to be told. America's western legacy is a complicated picture that often includes little to be proud of.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2016 at 01:19 UTC as 1st comment | 4 replies
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2673 comments in total)
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Professor999: It would be useful in future reviews if the following was possible,
A glossary to describe what Pro/Cons means according to Dpreview. (Rishi gave a definition that surprised me but it's now clear)
How categories are weighted (in percentage terms).
ALL tests are carried out on ALL cameras and ALL results posted.
The same lenses are used on all tests (by this I mean for example 70-200 F2.8 NOT 2.8 for one camera and F4 for another).
The review shouldn't refer to cameras in a different category, the often quoted DPR expression, "Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category."
IF comparisons are felt necessary to cameras in different categories it should be made ABSOLUTELY CLEAR that they are from different categories.
It should be made ABSOLUTELY CLEAR when a reviewer is making a subjective statement.
Reviewers should NEVER make statements which could be construed as 'snarky' or 'sarcastic'.
The award should NOT be based on a subjective view but solely based on FACTS.

Request for no snarks declined . . .

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 18:30 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2673 comments in total)
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drummercam: Recent review titles: "Benchmark Performance": "Nikon D810 review; Setting new standards": "Nikon D5 Review; Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review."

Why am I not surprised at the slightly pejorative question mark in "Special K? Pentax K-1 Review"? Riffing on a cereal brand for a title is cute, but just a little off-key, given the innovations and ergonomics of this camera, IMHO.

Thank you for your support Edgar. I'm an editor in my day-job and know the power and intentions of even small groups of words; even punctuation marks can be used tactically, as I feel was done in this case. I'm not jumping into the raging AF debate, but many of the positive observations in the article -- on ISO invariance and dynamic range, for one example -- deserved that the headline not carry connotations of questionableness, crack off the bat. The context, established by DPR itself, has been a similar tone in (some) prior reviews of Pentax cameras. It should have been avoided here.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 09:34 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2673 comments in total)
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drummercam: Recent review titles: "Benchmark Performance": "Nikon D810 review; Setting new standards": "Nikon D5 Review; Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review."

Why am I not surprised at the slightly pejorative question mark in "Special K? Pentax K-1 Review"? Riffing on a cereal brand for a title is cute, but just a little off-key, given the innovations and ergonomics of this camera, IMHO.

Since pentax has long been making DSLRs, I have to guess that you speak of merely the full-frame arena as the area where Pentax has "not typically tried to compete in." On that ground, I see nothing at all in this review focused on movement into full-frame format. Since "full-frame" refers primarily to the sensor, in fact, I see "The K-1's 36MP full-frame sensor offers some of the best dynamic range and image quality available on the market, with results falling just short of the class-leading Nikon D810 in typical shooting, yet exceeding it in Pixel Shift mode." On that ground, it's a flat-out winner. As for all of the K-1's other features, we have transparently successful upsizing and refinement from Pentax's APS-C designs. No hitch whatsoever in designing into the new format, with no systemic production flaws yet revealed among the growing user base. Pentax has in fact knocked it out of the park, if "first time at bat" is a point one wishes to stand on.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 17:06 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2673 comments in total)

Recent review titles: "Benchmark Performance": "Nikon D810 review; Setting new standards": "Nikon D5 Review; Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review."

Why am I not surprised at the slightly pejorative question mark in "Special K? Pentax K-1 Review"? Riffing on a cereal brand for a title is cute, but just a little off-key, given the innovations and ergonomics of this camera, IMHO.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 16:28 UTC as 285th comment | 7 replies
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2673 comments in total)
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drummercam: I don't find the Green Button's basic "hyper-program" functionality explained at all, just mention of it as the stop down metering route, and other unstated customizations. The basic functions (not customizations) of the green button -- i.e., what it was first designed to do when it appeared on the MZ-S -- as a shortcut back to the program exposure solution from any exposure alteration, in any exposure mode, and as shortcut back to baseline from any exposure compensation (both ambient and flash), are well worth describing under the "Controls" heading.

To give credit, DPR said this about the green button on the K-30 several years ago: "The 'Hyper' in Hyper Program and Hyper Manual refers to the function of the green dial in program and manual exposure modes. In P (Hyper Program) mode, rotating the front or rear dial quickly switches the camera into shutter priority (front dial) or aperture priority (rear dial) modes. To return back to full Program mode just press the green button on the back of the camera. This simple but effective method of going between the three exposure modes is very clever, and unique to Pentax." A unique and effective feature that persists across models needs to be pointed out for each model on which it appears, if any purpose of the review is to present handling characteristics to potential new users. The green button is a veritable lesson in elegant camera programming.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 21:35 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2673 comments in total)

I don't find the Green Button's basic "hyper-program" functionality explained at all, just mention of it as the stop down metering route, and other unstated customizations. The basic functions (not customizations) of the green button -- i.e., what it was first designed to do when it appeared on the MZ-S -- as a shortcut back to the program exposure solution from any exposure alteration, in any exposure mode, and as shortcut back to baseline from any exposure compensation (both ambient and flash), are well worth describing under the "Controls" heading.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 18:04 UTC as 420th comment | 2 replies

I can see how Eye-Fi might no longer send to your e-mail on your home computer an image that the app in your phone had sent to Eye-Fi's servers -- a service I never needed. I'll be curious to see if this means that they can, from afar, actually disable the ability of an Eye-Fi Pro 2 card to continue allowing you to just transfer the images to your phone.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 09:29 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply

Leica follows Pentax K-50 color customization. Now that's news.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2016 at 03:52 UTC as 7th comment
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Greg VdB: That's a lot of camera for little money. As a Pentax, it will sell in smaller amounts than similar offerings from bigger brands, even if many specs are better. For that reason, I hope DPR makes it a priority to review the K-70 as soon as it becomes available. Not just to give it well-deserved recognition, but also to put pressure on other manufacturers to step up their game. (and no, I don't shoot Pentax)

Review of Pentax on DPR is problematical. They have occasionally called attention to trivia (rubber SD-card door on K-01, LEDs on K-S1) while failing to mention other significant features, and formerly (but to their credit, not so much recently), there was a dismissive tone in the writing. Recently DPR got kudos for retracting and replacing a piece about K-1's pixel shift, but simple due diligence could have prevented the misstep. Pentax became somewhat overwhelmed and fell behind at the beginning of the digital era, and the Pentax shop at Ricoh even now is but a small part of the whole. Nonetheless, Pentax has been a tenacious group of designers and engineers and production people (excellent production lines and quality control), and they have remained unambiguously innovative. Their cameras are top-notch in-hand. Given the trials they have withstood and survived, Pentax group deserves far more credit than they get.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 14:28 UTC
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