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11-19-2012, 12:48 PM   #16
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Well I know he has a D800 and some small mirrorless cameras. The K5 falls right in between in terms of size and IQ. This is the great advantage of the K5 to most people, but when you have both ends of the spectrum covered, I can see why he doesn't need the K5.

By the way, it's a great blog worth reading.

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QuoteOriginally posted by illdefined Quote
or it's him shrewdly trying to sell his K-5 without simultaneously pissing off his biggest advertiser.

ultimately, he admits barely using it and using other cameras instead (and not a K-5II). not exactly an endorsement. if his opinion matters so much, why doesn't that last bit matter?
Try reading his blog for a while, or at least reading his posts on the K-5 and 35mm-equivalent lenses. You might answer your own questions...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Sol Invictus Quote
Well I know he has a D800 and some small mirrorless cameras. The K5 falls right in between in terms of size and IQ. This is the great advantage of the K5 to most people, but when you have both ends of the spectrum covered, I can see why he doesn't need the K5.

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It is a great blog.

to me, what's tragic about this post is that if only the K-5 were FF it would likely be his favorite camera. he's heaped praise on the 35mm Limited (apparently FF-compatible) and is also fond of the 40mm focal length (DA Limited also FF compatible). he obviously appreciated the qualities of the K-5 at the time it came out, but time has marched on and more compelling cameras have drawn his attention.

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Try reading his blog for a while, or at least reading his posts on the K-5 and 35mm-equivalent lenses. You might answer your own questions...
i'm quite familiar with him and his blog (see above). that's why him effectively saying goodbye to Pentax (for now) is particularly sad.

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It's true... Pentax still needs more lenses. I have most of the DA Limiteds (just not the 40) plus the DA 50 f/1.8. I wouldn't rule out an FA 43 Limited. But the lack of a 24-28mm fast prime forced me to buy my first Sigma lens a few months ago: a 28mm f/1.8 that was on sale new with warranty for $329. It's not a bad lens at all but it's big and heavy, and I would have bought a Pentax if they made one in that focal range. I'm not a professional photographer, only a long-time enthusiast. So any desire I might have for a more complete system isn't as urgent as it might be for many. But Mike Johnston speaks the truth. We can only hope we'll see changes in the next year or two.

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The FA 31 Ltd would impress you, Biro.

This may be another impetus for Pentax to stay on the path of developing that FF model with a few DFA lenses next year...
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The FA 31 Ltd would impress you, Biro.

This may be another impetus for Pentax to stay on the path of developing that FF model with a few DFA lenses next year...
I'm sure it would. I've thought about the FA 31 a lot. But, I have to say, I may have missed my chance with that one when it was more affordable. I just won't pay $1,000 or more for a lens anymore. But that's just me and the reality of the slow but steady decline in my living standard.
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I have the Sigma Superwide II, 24mm, f/2.8, and a smc-F 28mm f/2.8. Both are outstanding, very sharp, and compact in size, but I just wished they were faster.

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I'm sure it would. I've thought about the FA 31 a lot. But, I have to say, I may have missed my chance with that one when it was more affordable. I just won't pay $1,000 or more for a lens anymore. But that's just me and the reality of the slow but steady decline in my living standard.
That's not only understandable, but insightful. Even better if you find contentment in accepting it.
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In avoiding the FA 31, I've purchased, in order, the FA 35, Vivitar A 28mm 2.8, Kiron 28mm f2, DA 40 and FA 28mm. I'd sell them all and buy an FA 31, but they're so versatile and all are different. (I don't use the Vivitar, but it's worth nothing.)
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Perhaps that's why he is an opinion leader!
Other 'opinion leaders' I read have commented on the recent trend in TOP to start flogging affiliate revenue gear more than it ever has before. All those recent posts about deals of the day, new gadgets and gear, complete with Amazon, B&H and Adorama links... While Pentax may be a sponsor, I bet most of TOP's income is derived via those affiliate links.

So ultimately TOP is just another cargo-cult site. The recent TOP D800 posts made me a little sad, in fact. All his photos with his rental D800 were mediocre in every way, yet he made them a justification for his purchase of the D800, when in reality he was just smitten by his new gadget.
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But that's just me and the reality of the slow but steady decline in my living standard.
Hopefully things begin to look up for you. Unfortunately your story seems very typical for people here in the US. Honestly one mid-level DSLR with a kit lens is a luxury many, many people cannot afford nowadays.
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Hopefully things begin to look up for you. Unfortunately your story seems very typical for people here in the US. Honestly one mid-level DSLR with a kit lens is a luxury many, many people cannot afford nowadays.
That's absolutely correct. It's not that I'm down and out or unemployed. What's slowly happening to me is also happening to most working Americans - and has been happening for 30 years. Incomes are stagnant while costs continue to rise. It's just that since the crisis of 2008 that it's become obvious and undeniable. But with the exception of only a few passions, such as photography and motorcycling, I've never been a big spender and I will adjust without a high misery index. Many have it much worse than I do. But $1000 lenses are among the first indulgences to go. I wonder how long it'll be before most camera makers realize this.
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So ultimately TOP is just another cargo-cult site. The recent TOP D800 posts made me a little sad, in fact. All his photos with his rental D800 were mediocre in every way, yet he made them a justification for his purchase of the D800, when in reality he was just smitten by his new gadget.
When I first read this, I was going to post that you were full of it, because I respect Mike Johnston's insights a lot. But I allowed a little thought and reflection to sink in and I now appreciate your perspective here. His rationale does seem mostly emotional and those show-off shots were unimpressive--even though I do understand Mike's approach to evaluating rendering quality. But let's face it, a daily photo blog does have to regularly demonstrate transition. And he is fulfilling the camera porn fantasy of many of his readers--myself included--which is always good for page clicks.

Outfitting the D800 is an expensive affair, so asset liquidation has to happen to keep new material flowing. Because of his ongoing relationship with Pentax as a sponsor, and because his review of the DA Ltd. macro 35mm lens was wonderfully over the top, I think he felt an obligation to write a swan song for his Pentax. But I think the bottom line was the bottom line.

I'm sure he'll circle around back to the brand sooner or later.

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When I first read this, I was going to post that you were full of it
I've been visiting TOP for a while and I do appreciate it's style. But there has been an awful lot of, basically, content aimed at the cash-register there recently. Along the way the basic conversation from all the TOP contributors has begun to revolve around buying and selling stuff. Which is boring and trivial, and disappointing. I guess I could wait around for TOP to start to be interesting again, but I think I will just find other places to visit from now on.
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