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On article Ricoh launches Pentax K-1 Limited Silver Edition (175 comments in total)
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Roland Karlsson: Many here are talking about a classic look. Make an image google search for "pentax slr chrome silver" and take a close look. This camera looks very close to a Pentax MZ-5. Actually, very close. I do not know about you, but I would hardly call MZ-5 classic. Might depend on your age :)

What I call classic is Spotmatic, K1000, MX and LX. And their chrome versions looks totally different. Much more classy IMHO. They have chrome plated brass, while MZ-5 and this are painted with silvery paint.

I haven't claimed the top was any particular material, Yxa, and don't really care what it is.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2017 at 12:51 UTC
On article Ricoh launches Pentax K-1 Limited Silver Edition (175 comments in total)
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Roland Karlsson: Many here are talking about a classic look. Make an image google search for "pentax slr chrome silver" and take a close look. This camera looks very close to a Pentax MZ-5. Actually, very close. I do not know about you, but I would hardly call MZ-5 classic. Might depend on your age :)

What I call classic is Spotmatic, K1000, MX and LX. And their chrome versions looks totally different. Much more classy IMHO. They have chrome plated brass, while MZ-5 and this are painted with silvery paint.

Correct that MX-1 was last Pentax brass top, relatively flat like K-1000 and others of yore. Modern DSLRs have more elaborate shaped tops to accommodate more buttons, dials, displays, LCD's, speaker/mic ports, weather seals. Brass is out for that. The silver paint on my K-3 has held up well in rough use. I like it.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2017 at 11:35 UTC
On article Ricoh launches Pentax K-1 Limited Silver Edition (175 comments in total)
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Roland Karlsson: Many here are talking about a classic look. Make an image google search for "pentax slr chrome silver" and take a close look. This camera looks very close to a Pentax MZ-5. Actually, very close. I do not know about you, but I would hardly call MZ-5 classic. Might depend on your age :)

What I call classic is Spotmatic, K1000, MX and LX. And their chrome versions looks totally different. Much more classy IMHO. They have chrome plated brass, while MZ-5 and this are painted with silvery paint.

Are any makers using brass for top-plates any longer? Manufacturing methods have changed.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2017 at 09:44 UTC
On article Ricoh launches Pentax K-1 Limited Silver Edition (175 comments in total)
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drummercam: Color-snarking here is silly and ridiculously irrelevant. The fact is that the K-1 is a highly capable, extremely well-built, excellent quality controlled, beautifully ergonomic and intuitive, innovative camera. It needs defending only to those who never touched one, it being clear that many have not. As for the K-3ii, it was probably the best APS-C ever brought to market. K-5 was the same in its day. The Pentax core talent pool, whether under Asahi, Hoya, or Ricoh, has knocked it out of the park with their top-tier models every time. They deserve high credit for sheer tenacity and committment. The fact that Pentax doesn't flood the market with a plethora of mass-market cameras might hold their revenue back against faster releases of lenses and bodies, but their releases are always high quality, capable, and solid in-hand.

Your definitive declaration of "far from best" is the only "lack of moderation" here. Maybe you should have said "probably," as I did, to allow that there are other opinions. K-3ii is not far from the top in any comparison. "Serviceable" for action is a fair comment, but action photography hasn't been a priority for Pentax because they were never going to crack that market after falling behind. Instead, they worked on other innovations, like in-body stabilization, leading to pixel-shift, and weather sealing. Square-cm. for square-cm., Pentax are almost always smaller than the competing models, which I surmise indicates more efficient internal engineering design. As for me doing a disservice to the brand, that's widely off the mark, since I've done as much to defend Pentax against continual irrelevant snarks (shell color) against the brand as anyone posting here. I've called attention to their clear commitment to their heritage of innovation, and thanked their design group, many times.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2017 at 13:26 UTC
On article Ricoh launches Pentax K-1 Limited Silver Edition (175 comments in total)

Color-snarking here is silly and ridiculously irrelevant. The fact is that the K-1 is a highly capable, extremely well-built, excellent quality controlled, beautifully ergonomic and intuitive, innovative camera. It needs defending only to those who never touched one, it being clear that many have not. As for the K-3ii, it was probably the best APS-C ever brought to market. K-5 was the same in its day. The Pentax core talent pool, whether under Asahi, Hoya, or Ricoh, has knocked it out of the park with their top-tier models every time. They deserve high credit for sheer tenacity and committment. The fact that Pentax doesn't flood the market with a plethora of mass-market cameras might hold their revenue back against faster releases of lenses and bodies, but their releases are always high quality, capable, and solid in-hand.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2017 at 03:34 UTC as 29th comment | 4 replies
On article Ricoh launches Pentax K-1 Limited Silver Edition (175 comments in total)

I think it looks great. The silver finish on my K-3 has proved very robust and It's much more distinctive than black blobs with little styling. They are excellent cameras, very robust in-hand, very ergonomic and a joy to use.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2017 at 18:39 UTC as 36th comment
On article Leica TL2 first impressions (382 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 7th comment | 2 replies
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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 (665 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 17th comment
On article Pentax KP Review (665 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 (665 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 55th 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 (2674 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 (2674 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 (2674 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
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