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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
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?

Yes, he probably should have mentioned it. It's definitely a non-specification hood for that lens.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2016 at 21:08 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?

The vignetting is probably from that non-specified round hood shown on the lens. The original Pentax hood for that lens is rectangular and not as deep.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2016 at 20:59 UTC
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Simon Zeev: Why they do not make a camera that can dive to at last 30m (100ft) that is the normal dive depth?
4k is not as important as to take pictures and use an external UW flash at diving depth of a sport diver.

. . . . I'm sorry. I read that incorrectly. WG-M2 apparently gets down to 65 feet -- 2 atmospheres with no case. That's actually pretty decent.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2016 at 17:54 UTC
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Simon Zeev: Why they do not make a camera that can dive to at last 30m (100ft) that is the normal dive depth?
4k is not as important as to take pictures and use an external UW flash at diving depth of a sport diver.

I dive and agree with rugosa. If you regularly dive for photos in normal depths (100+ ft), you have better photo gear in waterproof cases. The appeal of these cams is for snorkeling and not needing any kind of case to perhaps get a few shots up where the light is good. WP cases have much more robust seals. Small cams like these can't incorporate seals like that and remain small. If they could have made it withstand even one atmosphere (33ft), they probably would have.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2016 at 15:21 UTC

I have the M1 version and find the basic design more to my liking than than the GoPro's shape and handling. This M2 looks exactly the same in that regard. It's a viable alternative in this market.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2016 at 04:10 UTC as 17th comment
On article Worth the wait? A look inside the Pentax K-1 (651 comments in total)
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Amnon G: The screen mechanism looks to me like a disaster waiting to happen. small legs in slots that can get dirt, get crooked, etc., a cable ribbon that's pretty exposed.

Why is this better than tried-and-true hinge system or the 180 degree flippable screens?

All in all it's good to see more competition brewing!

Clearly!

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 20:33 UTC
On article Worth the wait? A look inside the Pentax K-1 (651 comments in total)
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gskolenda: I would like to see all the newer Camera platforms that are plus 30 MP, have USB 3.0 instead of USB 2.0 These files are large and take time to move them.

It's not like USB 3.0 is new.

That depends on the size of one's hands, nicolai, which was not my point. My point is that Pentax engineers do internal topology as good as anyone, and the evidence somewhat suggests they might do it better.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 20:28 UTC
On article Worth the wait? A look inside the Pentax K-1 (651 comments in total)
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marike6: This K-1 beauty got a tepid "Worth the Wait?" headline, and the new Sony A6300 crop sensor got an exuberant "Wow" headline? Now that's funny. All that aside, the Pentax 67 style prism housing looks awesome, looks like a dream camera, this K-1 is easily one of the most interesting releases on a long time. Can we please have a reviewer who won't write that "bulky" nonsense as a con? Many of us want cameras that handle well, and don't care if they fit in our skinny jeans. :-)

Well, as to the original question, my opinion is "Yes, worth the wait." After several takeovers and some setbacks that included the Tōhoku earthquake (sadly affecting all Japanese companies) and a separate, severe weather event in the Philippines that also affected Pentax infrastructure, and after much little-deserved denigration, and in spite of perhaps weak marketing investment in North America and elsewhere, the Pentax heritage has in fact survived long enough to bring FF to market, adding yet another format to a lineup that includes APS-C, 645, and its Q-system. Nor does the K-1 look like a last-gasp model, by any stretch. It looks pretty robust to me, as I'm sure it will prove. The Pentax designers and engineers deserve much credit here, as does parent company Ricoh, not only for staying with the project but for allowing certain Pentax qualities to persist into this model.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 19:24 UTC
On article Worth the wait? A look inside the Pentax K-1 (651 comments in total)
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Amnon G: The screen mechanism looks to me like a disaster waiting to happen. small legs in slots that can get dirt, get crooked, etc., a cable ribbon that's pretty exposed.

Why is this better than tried-and-true hinge system or the 180 degree flippable screens?

All in all it's good to see more competition brewing!

Flips to the left take my left hand off the camera. For a low shots, I don't find that very steady. I think that type is more vulnerable that this K-1 design will prove. If K-1 is typical of Pentax build quality, I think that LCD contraption is going to be very robust.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 18:36 UTC
On article Worth the wait? A look inside the Pentax K-1 (651 comments in total)
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gskolenda: I would like to see all the newer Camera platforms that are plus 30 MP, have USB 3.0 instead of USB 2.0 These files are large and take time to move them.

It's not like USB 3.0 is new.

Considering (among other ready comparisons) that the Nikon D810 is larger but actually weighs less that the K-1, the K-1 is clearly making highly efficient use of internal space. The internal topology for USB 3 vs. USB 2 might have been part of the trade-offs Pentax typically employs in making very solid, compact models.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 18:30 UTC
On article Worth the wait? A look inside the Pentax K-1 (651 comments in total)
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DonThomaso: The DA Lens compatibility chart from Ricoh seems very conservative. There are threads on Pentaxforums where multiple users are reporting in test shots with these lenses on film- or Sony A7-bodies, and e.g. DA40 Ltd, DA50/1.8, DA*55/1.4, DA70 Ltd are reported as "Fully functional".

It could be that the K-1's image stabilization moves the sensor quite a bit perhaps?

My own tests years ago of the DA40mm Ltd.on an MZ-S, including comparison against an SMC-M 40mm, showed no problems with the 40mm Ltd. on FF. Imaging Resource also specifically checked the 40mm Ltd on FF with the same result. The XS version should be the same (but good luck finding a nice CPL in 27mm threading). I'm hoping the DA35mm Ltd Macro is similar. Pentax has peripheral illumination correction as an in-body lens correction, which might be of use here.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 15:18 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2613 comments in total)

The Pentax DA 40mm lenses -- the two Limited models (different coatings) and the hyper-thin XS (which can be had for less than a song right now) -- are FF in image circle coverage, with no fall-off in the corners. Those are nice normal primes designed for digital, ready to slap on this camera right now.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2016 at 22:51 UTC as 649th comment | 2 replies

Oh. Forever. I get it. Kind of like Pentax K-mount lenses . . .

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 21:06 UTC as 107th comment | 1 reply
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Wallace Ross: Sounds a lot like Pentax SP coating I wonder what took Hoya so long if they had the rights to it.

Super Protect (SP) CoatingSP Coating
SP coating is a PENTAX-original special coating that provides superior performance in repelling water and oils. It is used on the front surface of the first high-performance lens for effective protection of the lens surface. This coating not only prevents adhesion of dust, water drops, oils, and other substances, but it also makes it easy to wipe off objects that adhere to the lens.

Pentax SP on the front elements is very effective. I've had to do no cleaning at all on the ones I own. Dust blows off, nothing else is sticking.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2015 at 21:40 UTC
On photo SKA_sarel_photowise-17 in the Light Painting challenge (13 comments in total)

Phenomenol concept.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2015 at 03:30 UTC as 8th comment
On photo Mid-stream Cairn in the Balance challenge (6 comments in total)
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barb_s: Nice entry! Congratulations on the win!!

Thank you. I appreciate the compliment.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2015 at 21:14 UTC
On photo Mid-stream Cairn in the Balance challenge (6 comments in total)
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ShamanRawb: Love this.

Thank you. I appreciate the compliment.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2015 at 21:14 UTC
On article White House ban on photos and social media has ended (63 comments in total)

A good share of White House visitors are high school students on field trips to Washington, DC. To the extent anyone feels the First Lady is acting high-schoolish, this particular form of the announcement is probably right on target to a significant portion of the audience they want to reach. Big tablets? They get in your face and you can't see where you're going, or what's really around you. Interchangeables? I'm very, very sure that the WH of any administration absolutely does not want people rummaging through bags fishing things out, or juggling small but somewhat heavy objects they might fumble with or drop. It is a secret service issue, not the Administration. They're being quite generous in opening the restrictions up, all things related to accidents, secret service issues, and deliberate vandalism protections considered.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 22:43 UTC as 19th comment
On photo Two male Eastern Carpenter Bees after a female in the Beautiful Bee. challenge (4 comments in total)
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Tom Lusk: It seems a lot of the voters have no idea what makes a good photo. Pictures of honeybees sitting on a flower are a dime a dozen. Your shot is unique and tells a story from a perspective rarely seen.

I believe I gave it a well-deserved 4.5.

Thank you very much. It was a treat to get this one, with much luck in it, although I did wait for quite a while in position for something interesting to develop.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2015 at 14:37 UTC
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