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02-06-2015, 02:08 PM   #256
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I have found the K-S1 to be a camera that has intrigued since it was announced. I have been impressed with the photos that have been posted on this site. If the K-S2 has the same sensor and added features it will be a very solid and capable camera.

As to what it "replaces" I don't really care. Each model should stand on it's own merits. I will stick with Pentax for a two very simple reasons. They make quality cameras, and I have a lot of legacy glass. I have been using Pentax and K mount glass for over 40 years and some of that glass still hits home runs on my digital cameras today. My SMC screw mount 55mm f1.8 lens is still a favorite of mine. I can't wait to give it a go on the FF Pentax later this year.

I do think that this year we are going to see the fruits of Ricoh's ownership of the Pentax camera line. As someone who has shot thousands of transparencies on my two Ricoh XRM cameras I have no issue with them owing Pentax. They have experience in the business and a history of making some pretty good cameras themselves. So in reference to a certain thread on the K3 forum, bring on the hociR! I fear it not!

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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
The camera specialty stores are REALLY tough.
I picture them as a DPR review on steroids: "Yeah, the K-3 is the best APS-C ever, BUT it's APS-C". "Yeah, it has WR, IBIS, great battery life and ergonomics, and a near-silent shutter, BUT there aren't any f/1.2 primes for it." "Yeah, the Ricoh Booth was showing the new 645Z, BUT people weren't lined up like they were for the Nikon D750." (The negative always comes last.)
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QuoteOriginally posted by THoog Quote
I picture them as a DPR review on steroids: "Yeah, the K-3 is the best APS-C ever, BUT it's APS-C". "Yeah, it has WR, IBIS, great battery life and ergonomics, and a near-silent shutter, BUT there aren't any f/1.2 primes for it." "Yeah, the Ricoh Booth was showing the new 645Z, BUT people weren't lined up like they were for the Nikon D750." (The negative always comes last.)
Their comment about how there was a FF in 2001 that never materialized was completely unnecessary. I don't often comment about them but that was out of line IMHO.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Docrwm Quote
Their comment about how there was a FF in 2001 that never materialized was completely unnecessary. I don't often comment about them but that was out of line IMHO.
That's what I was referring to - I was appalled when I saw that.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Docrwm Quote
Their comment about how there was a FF in 2001 that never materialized was completely unnecessary. I don't often comment about them but that was out of line IMHO.
I gave up on them when they had to open their Photokina Ricoh booth report with pointing out that there wasn't a wait to see the K-3 (which was almost a year old, unlike the brand-new D750). Even if true, it was irrelevant, unnecessary, catty, and bordering on self-parody: "hmmmm, how can we possibly squeeze a negative slant into the first page of the booth report?"

Clearly, someone at Pentax kicked their dog and insulted their momma (or vice-versa), and they will take the insult to their grave.

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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
That's what I was referring to - I was appalled when I saw that.


Again, gratuitous shots are one of their specialties when it comes to Pentax. Wonder what their problem is with Pentax?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Docrwm Quote
Their comment about how there was a FF in 2001 that never materialized was completely unnecessary. I don't often comment about them but that was out of line IMHO.
I barely visit there now - it is pretty clear where they focus their reviews, shown by how quickly they get reviews out for individual cameras. Every site has an 'angle' now - so it is just working out what it is an accommodating that into what you read.

At least here at PF one can have no doubt about the angle
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QuoteOriginally posted by Docrwm Quote
Again, gratuitous shots are one of their specialties when it comes to Pentax. Wonder what their problem is with Pentax?
DK - but asahi man commented in a Reply that he would be making all his comments at DPR. My bookmark now goes straight to the Pentax SLR Forum. No more front page.

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Now why would asahi man comment in DPR? Why support that place?

By the way - Canon is very shrewd on how they get the favor of publications and media and even certain sold-out photographers. Just look at all the "hands-on first impressions" at DPR right now - most are Canon. I don't remember the last time I saw a first hands on impression of a Pentax this quickly.
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You could probably bookmark his page directly if you want. I think that place is even more toxic than it was when I frequented it several years ago.

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You could probably bookmark his page directly if you want. I think that place is even more toxic than it was when I frequented it several years ago.

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Thanks. Bookmarked
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Looks like they fixed everything that made the first one kind of a dud. (Crappy grip, weird mode ring on the back instead of a dial on top, odd control wheel, disco light show) This one's a nice looking camera, and everything is laid out like a camera should be. Nice job, Pentax! :-)
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QuoteOriginally posted by bobmaxja Quote
It'seem peoples do not remember what Pentax said about the new S line
But why is Pentax replacing the K-50 with the S line??
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QuoteOriginally posted by IchabodCrane Quote
Agree about the ergonomics of MILCs. There's nothing that keeps them from being designed very well. About the EVF... the best ones still only display 1 to 2 MP which equates to a very modestly sized 1080P monitor (actually, about 84% width of a 1080P monitor). Compare that to 16 to 36 MP being recorded by the sensor and you quickly realize that you're not really seeing what you're getting. From a compositional standpoint, yes, absolutely it's good. Dynamic range of a sensor is around 13 EV, most of which is viewable through an OVF. Displayable dynamic range of an EVF? Significantly less than the 13 EVs the sensor can record.

I'm not against EVFs, either. One of my cameras has one.
What is the resolution that my eye can resolve over the area that the OVF of my APS-C camera has in my field of view? I suppose it won't be much higher... I know that I can't distinguish the dots on my smartphones 5" screen, unless I go really close and take off my glasses (otherwise focusing becomes an issue).


Basically: If I don't see dots in the viewfinder, and it looks sharp, then the resolution is enough. I don't need a 20 MP EVF viewfinder.


As for dynamic range... the dynamic range of an OVF is that of your eyes, and that is far beyond the 13 EV of the sensor can do. Basically your eye thinks "hey, it's fine", but the sensor can't manage it. An EVF should be closer to that, though at this point it may not have the 13 EV range (and it displays a processed version of the image, which limits the dynamic range). However it should be eventually technically possible to match the dynamic range of the sensor (OLED could be able to do that, it has a very high contrast and can produce very saturated images, the question is if the gradations in between are fine enough to give it 13 EV... and you can compress it a bit), and to display a video feed that has that dynamic range.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Imp Quote
But why is Pentax replacing the K-50 with the S line??
I'm kind of hoping it is not the replacement of K-50, and I don't think we've seen/heard enough from Ricoh/Pentax yet about K-XX line is done for good.
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