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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-26-2018, 08:43 PM  
K3ii replacement
Posted By FantasticMrFox
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k30, k50, k70? K-s1, k-s2? ;)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-26-2018, 01:30 PM  
K3ii replacement
Posted By FantasticMrFox
Replies: 2,100
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Well, it's certainly something you couldn't sell in Germany, a rather large camera market.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-26-2018, 10:54 AM  
K3ii replacement
Posted By FantasticMrFox
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Yeah, it's almost as strange as, say ... WG-M1. Or 645Z. Or *ist DS2. :p
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-26-2018, 05:04 AM  
K3ii replacement
Posted By FantasticMrFox
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APS-C, 50 MP. That goes with what asahiman seems to have claimed (more than 24 MP). It'd be the highest resolution APS-C camera to date, if I'm not mistaken, but we know Pentax is always good for something unconventional. But 8.3 fps at 50 MP? I'm not sure whether that's supposed to be correct, or whether the intern at Adorama creating the listings just typed in the K3's specifications. Because with an all new sensor, processor etc., I'd be very surprised to find exactly the same continuous shooting speed down to the decimal place. Especially with such a high resolution - that'd take some serious processing power.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-26-2018, 03:59 AM  
Skills or equipment?
Posted By FantasticMrFox
Replies: 151
Views: 4,171
Oh Norm, if you want to slag me off, at least have the courage to make it a direct reply so I get notified.

I see your hubris has taken you on a crazy ride again. Claiming someone has no experience simply because they disagree with you, counting 'strikes' and fashioning yourself the 'umpire' calling people 'out', because apparently you consider yourself the ultimate authority, the one to put others in their place :rolleyes:



Okay ...



Funny, we'll have to let all the professional photographers know. All those Reuters, NYT and AFP journalists running around with expensive primes, all those sports shooters at the Olympics lugging around the big artillery, all the National Geographic photographers with their D5s and massive tele-zooms. They'll be so relieved when you tell them that they (or their employer) don't need to spend tens of thousands on professional equipment, but the kit lens will do! I mean, considering most photographers don't get paid very well, I'm sure they are more than glad to spend the money on their kids' college funds or a new kitchen instead.

They do have the skills and experience, after all, and if skills is all you need ...



And that's the funny thing - I never said 'expensive gear automatically improves your photos'. I said that both skill and gear factor into it, and that gear plays a smaller role in certain fields than in others, but that it does play a role. But of course you (and many others around here) immediately resort to such straw man arguments, first inventing statements I never made, then attacking them.



And the next straw man argument.



Yeah, seriously. Never held that opinion, never propagated it. But it's arguing against a wall with you.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-26-2018, 03:30 AM  
Skills or equipment?
Posted By FantasticMrFox
Replies: 151
Views: 4,171
So you decided to completely ignore the bit of my post where I clearly stated that of course skills are important and often a better investment than gear?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-25-2018, 04:08 AM  
Skills or equipment?
Posted By FantasticMrFox
Replies: 151
Views: 4,171
Oh come on, not this discussion again ...

Everyone in their right mind knows that better equipment should be matched with growing skills, and that pouring tons of money into gear won't be anywhere near as effective in producing better images than working on one's skills. Really, everyone knows, and I have a feeling that people droning on and on about it are beating a dead horse and just doing so to pet their own ego. Surely, if they are making such statements, they aren't in the gear crowd, they're part of the skill crowd. They are true photographers, able to take award winning pictures with a potato, whereas anyone spending more than a hundred quid on a lens must be completely incompetent ...

The truth is that skills are important, but so is gear. This applies to all areas of photography, but to some more than others. It's possible to produce absolutely stunning landscape photographs with entry-level equipment and some skill, and the same goes for portraiture, street and documentary photography etc.

However, in the realm of wildlife or sports and action photography gear becomes much more important. You can get a lucky in-focus shot of a diving hawk or sprinting football player with an entry level camera and 70-300 zoom, but you will miss a lot of great moments and not turn out nearly as consistently good work as with a professional camera and long, sharp lens with fast AF. Talk about skills all you want, even a complete newbie, given an hour of introduction, will take much better wildlife shots with a D500 and 200-500 lens than a D5100 and 70-300 or K3 and 55-300.
Forum: Pentax K-3 03-26-2018, 03:26 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By FantasticMrFox
Replies: 58,631
Views: 1,986,831
I had completely forgotten about it and wondered why I didn't feel as rested as I would've expected from 7 hours of sleep. It wasn't like I was completely tired, but I definitely did feel a difference. Only found out the reason in the afternoon.
Forum: Pentax K-3 03-22-2018, 05:30 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By FantasticMrFox
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On a school trip to Berlin some classmates and I went to a small place called Tadshikischen Teestube (Tajik Tearoom) - hand carved sandalwood pillars, low tables, big pillows to sit on. One guy had Lapsang Souchong, and the moment he opened the pot the whole place smelled like the smouldering ruin of a wood cabin.

I don't remember what I ordered, but it came in such a shallow but wide cup, with such a tiny handle, that I as incapable of maintaining it in a horizontal position just grabbing it by the handle for more than half a minute or so. I forgot halfway through as I was attentively listening to my neighbour's story, just for someone to draw my attention to the fact that the cup had slipped by about 20° and a little cascade of tea was descending into my crotch area.
Forum: Pentax K-3 03-20-2018, 02:14 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By FantasticMrFox
Replies: 58,631
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Not sure what went wrong in the UK, but the köttbullar in German IKEAs are great!
Forum: Pentax K-3 03-19-2018, 02:50 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By FantasticMrFox
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The girlfriend is currently away visiting her family, so I got her a Dionaea muscipula (venus flytrap) that I'll deposit in her room with the help of her flatmate before she returns. Already repotted it, fed it a bit, now I'm just waiting for the outer pot to arrive.

Isn't that, eh, almost as romantic as your rose bushes? :lol:



I was always curious about Japanese malts because of the high praise heaped upon them, but every time I encountered one in a pub they were so darn expensive that I couldn't justify it on my student budget :hmm: Maybe one day.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-18-2018, 02:27 PM  
DA* upgrade this fall ?
Posted By FantasticMrFox
Replies: 139
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That's quite debatable. Of course CA can be removed in PP, but the software doesn't magically restore whatever information was obscured behind the CA. Slim CAs aren't a problem, but once we're talking about several pixels wide you just get mush instead after the removal. As for sharpness, if you place your subject off-centre and want a narrow depth-of-field, you suddenly want more than just the centre to be reasonable sharp at f/2.8 ;)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-18-2018, 08:51 AM  
DA* upgrade this fall ?
Posted By FantasticMrFox
Replies: 139
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I don't need to have used every lens myself in order to form an opinion of it. There are plenty of qualitative and quantitative reviews out there, and if most of them agree on certain strengths and weaknesses, then they're probably reliable ;)
Forum: Pentax K-3 03-17-2018, 01:53 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By FantasticMrFox
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I was about to comment on how you're smarter than that Polish man who went to his recently dumped ex-girlfriend/dentist with tooth pain and woke up from anaesthesia to find she had removed every single one of his teeth in revenge, but when I looked for a link to the story (which had been run by multiple reputable news outlets at the time!) it turned out the story has since been exposed as a hoax.

Leave it to reality to ruin all the funny stories ...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-05-2018, 04:36 PM  
DFA*50 1.4 coming
Posted By FantasticMrFox
Replies: 3,156
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My SMC-A 50 f/1.7 doesn't caaare.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-05-2018, 11:20 AM  
DA* upgrade this fall ?
Posted By FantasticMrFox
Replies: 139
Views: 12,199
That's true, but they have limited resources. Ideally they'd redo all and every lens they have with weather sealing, DC, PLM or new ring-type SDM, update optical formulas, introduce new lenses (I'd personally love update DA 35s und 50s, plus a DA 24) ... But they can only work on so many lenses at once, so they prioritise. It seems like right now they are concentrating on completing a strong FF line-up, including large aperture primes, and a strong APS-C *-level line-up.

They already have the HD DA 16-85 WR, so I guess the DA 17-70 f/4 is just not a priority?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-05-2018, 10:54 AM  
DA* upgrade this fall ?
Posted By FantasticMrFox
Replies: 139
Views: 12,199
I think only giving the 16-50 a new AF motor would be a wasted opportunity.

I've never used it myself (went for the Sigma 17-50), but it seems to have certain optical weaknesses (strong CA, low border sharpness wide open). It came last in the PF comparison review vs. the Tamron and Sigma, and was described as having "poor wide open sharpness, atrocious flare resistance, and heavy distortion at 16mm", at twice the price of the other two.

I know a lot of people like it, but if Pentax wants to continue asking $800 for this lens, I think a new optical design is in order.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-05-2018, 12:55 AM  
DFA*50 1.4 coming
Posted By FantasticMrFox
Replies: 3,156
Views: 265,773
Didn't asahiman write that the three f/1.4 primes are Pentax designs, but the new APS-C zoom is a Tokina?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-05-2018, 12:30 AM  
DFA*50 1.4 coming
Posted By FantasticMrFox
Replies: 3,156
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Interesting though that Pentax would slap the '*' on a Tokina design, when they didn't do it with any of the Tamron lenses, despite e.g. the 15-30 f/2.8 having a stellar reputation (it dethroned the Nikon 14-24).

On a different note: I hope I am not too impudent, but does anyone know who asahiman is? I've always wondered. He (or she) seems to have pretty accurate knowledge of some Pentax interna and the Japanese camera industry in general, and the majority of his (or her) claims turn out to be true, it's just that every time I spread such information (e.g. on DPR or the German DSLR Forum) and get challenged on the source, all I can say is 'Someone who usually knows said so on some other forum ..." :D
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-04-2018, 02:35 PM  
DA* upgrade this fall ?
Posted By FantasticMrFox
Replies: 139
Views: 12,199
But does it mean all that much? The '*' denotes build quality and optical quality. They put the best optical design they are capable of into a * lens, but designs get better over time. E.g. the Canon 70-200 f/4 L is considered a stellar lens. I doubt Pentax' new 70-200 f/4 will perform worse optically than the 60-250 will, especially as the latter was designed for APS-C cameras, and, while covering the FF image circle, was not found by Pentax to be good enough to be officially labelled as FF worthy.

What aspects does that leave? Build quality and weather sealing. Could be that the 70-200 will only be WR, not AW. That'd be a plus for the 60-250. Build quality wise, the non-D FA* 28-105 and 15-30 seem pretty solid.



I disagree, I find the ranges very similar. 60 vs. 70 mm is a rather small difference, and so is 200 to 250 - at such high focal lengths, the actual difference in field-of-view becomes rather small (I actually just mounted my 55-300 to compare 200 vs. 250 mm).
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-04-2018, 11:05 AM  
DA* upgrade this fall ?
Posted By FantasticMrFox
Replies: 139
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They announced a 70-200 f/4, which is pretty close in terms of focal length, and shouldn't be bigger or heavier either. I guess there's not need for a 60-250 f/4 then.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-03-2018, 11:04 AM  
DA* upgrade this fall ?
Posted By FantasticMrFox
Replies: 139
Views: 12,199
https://www.ricoh.co.in/sites/www.ricoh.co.in/files/lens.pdf

"AW lenses provide maximum weather-resistant and dustproof performance preventing the intrusion of drizzle and dust into the lens barrel. The next category of “all weather” PENTAX lenses is designated as WR or weather-resistant. These affordable lenses utilize a simplified weather-resistant construction, making it more dif cult for water to enter the lens and are designed to repel a light splash of water."
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-03-2018, 01:44 AM  
DA* upgrade this fall ?
Posted By FantasticMrFox
Replies: 139
Views: 12,199
They were released in 2013 ;)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-03-2018, 01:42 AM  
Good: New roadmap, new lens
Posted By FantasticMrFox
Replies: 407
Views: 26,126
I thought asahiman already confirmed that the lens is co-designed by Ricoh and Tokina?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-02-2018, 04:29 PM  
DA* upgrade this fall ?
Posted By FantasticMrFox
Replies: 139
Views: 12,199
Why? All new Pentax lenses since 2014 have had internal motors, including the DA 18-50 kit, the HD DA 55-300 PLM etc. Neither of these two is particularly pricey or heavy. Pentax can't really demand a much higher price anyway for a feature that has been the absolute norm for every other manufacturer for ... a decade, at least? When did Canon or Nikon release the last screw-drive lens?



Naturally :lol: Even though I doubt they'd do it if they are planning something similar for full frame - they'd be cannibalising themselves.
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