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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 (2604 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 (2604 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 (2604 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 (2604 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 249th comment | 7 replies
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2604 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 (2604 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 384th 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 13th 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 6th 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
On article Pentax K-1 Pixel Shift: An update (96 comments in total)
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DStudio: Maybe this has been covered elsewhere, but since the article has been pulled for now, this is what Pentax said about Pixel Shift on the K-1 at PhotoCON LA on May 21, in a nutshell:

"While in certain cases Pixel Shift may be able to do some motion correction for handheld shots, you'll want to use a tripod.

In parts of the scene where motion is detected between (any of) the 4 frames - such as with people walking - only one frame is used for the moving object. For that part of the scene the camera's standard resolution is used. For the rest of the frame the 4 shots are combined for the highest resolution.

[Implied in their presentation: "It's not always perfect, but it's impressively good!"]

"You may need to ensure this (motion detection) function is turned on in the camera, and when processing RAW files you need to use converters which are designed to support this function."

Thanks for that quote. A scene in which nearly everything is moving -- flowing water and breezy foliage -- is not what PS was intended for.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2016 at 14:29 UTC

K-1 looks like clear proof that Ricoh has nurtured the Pentax acquisition with planning and care, while allowing the Pentax tradition of great ergonomics in robust bodies, and sticking with K-mount to keep many older but still excellent lenses snapping. Goof job, Ricoh, and congratulations to the Pentax/Ricoh design and engineering teams.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2016 at 04:35 UTC as 39th comment
On photo Bodies Castle, England in the Castles challenge (4 comments in total)
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(unknown member): Although 7th is higher than I generally place, I would have guessed this image would score higher still. Very nice.

Thanks for saying so. Maybe I was penalized for typing the wrong name of the castle, which was purely by accident.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2016 at 04:30 UTC
On photo Bodies Castle, England in the Castles challenge (4 comments in total)
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(unknown member): Might this actually be called Bodiam Castle ? http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodiam-castle

A Google search on Bodies Castle produces some unexpected results :)

Yes, it is Bodiam Castle. I made typos on uploading, but found no way to correct the spelling. I was concerned about it, and you are correct to point it out. Thank you.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2016 at 12:33 UTC
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Fredrik Glckner: I find it strange that this feature has not appeared earlier. All the hardware is there already, it is just a matter of adding software for the extra process of checking.

This is a feature I would have expected Pentax to add: After all, they tend to be quite innovative and add useful features before the larger companies do.

Pentax definitely has AF adjustment on individual-lens basis in its cameras for some time now. I don't know if the implementation is the same as shown here, since all of my Pentax lenses have been accurate as to focus and I've not needed to adjust any.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2016 at 03:11 UTC
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(unknown member): "Built by engineers and perfected by designers."

That's as opposed to built by used car salesmen and perfected by prostitutes ? :) How is it usually done ? :)

Ya gotta love advertising bs :)

. . . and one would think it would have been designed before being built.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2016 at 16:34 UTC
On article UPDATED: CP+ 2016: shooting the Pentax K-1 in Yokohama (377 comments in total)

Thanks for coming back with the larger pictures!

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2016 at 19:07 UTC as 39th comment
On article UPDATED: CP+ 2016: shooting the Pentax K-1 in Yokohama (377 comments in total)
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norman shearer: Catch in focus with a pre-A series lens? I cannot do this with my Pentax K-3. There is a way round it by using some foil to connect certain elec pins on the mount face though I've never tried it myself. Is this how you got it to work Carey?

Catch-in Focus is indeed a setting on K-5, K-3, and K-S2 menus, and probably the K-30/50 series (don't have one at hand at the moment). It should be set to ON and the camera should be on autofocus. It's handy and accurate, but turn your focus ring slowly with slow shutter speeds so you are not moving the elements during the exposure. This feature and stop-down metering with a simple push of the green button give new life to the older Pentax lenses.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2016 at 00:19 UTC
On article UPDATED: CP+ 2016: shooting the Pentax K-1 in Yokohama (377 comments in total)
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Cameracist: "Ignore that pretty heavy vignetting from the old manual Pentax 24mm F2.8 I "
...how can I ignore it? Isn't that one of the selling points of the camera?
I like my Pentax lenses and cameras, but am very curious why this happens? Sensor shift stabilisation? Would turning it off help?

I think your review in the short time with the camera was well done, Carey. There is no chance on earth that you could have gotten the Pentax hood if it wasn't with the lens, and very few of the older ones are. It was not a bad idea to use whatever 52mm round one available.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2016 at 23:43 UTC
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