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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-16-2013, 12:33 PM  
New official Ricoh GR (2013) video
Posted By raz
Replies: 193
Views: 49,640
I don't see why you bash me for wishing Ricoh and Pentax go more mainstream with some models and not selling only to "connoisseurs" or specific niche categories. Pentax already did this mistake and what did it brought them ? Is like some guys here like this underdog status of Pentax/Ricoh :(

And now comes this beautiful small camera, with the large sensor and collapsible lens that will only attract to a specific category of people, not the average photographer who are looking maybe to replace their point and shot with something better or to replace the bulky DSLR with something smaller. Plus, times have changed, look please at the Nokia 808 Pureview with it's fantastic 41 mega pixel sensor and tell me if that isn't good enaugh for street photography.

How long do you think Nikon, Sony or Canon will take to release a similar small camera to the GR, with a large sensor but with a better zoom lens ? Who will buy this GR if the next Canon G1 X will be the same small size, the same IQ but with a zoom lens beginning at 28 mm and ending at 110mm ? I tell you who, only Ricoh fans probably. I don't want to see Pentax bankrupt in the next 3-4 years, I'm a fan like you but I'm upset when I see that they are missing this great category where they could sell really well and where they have great knowledge: miniaturization. Again I'm not saying this GR camera is bad, probably is excellent for street photography but I wish the same camera maybe with a zoom lens, an all rounder, that's it !
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-16-2013, 08:59 AM  
New official Ricoh GR (2013) video
Posted By raz
Replies: 193
Views: 49,640
I said the exact same things in my post above yours that this camera has is strengths. I was only intrigued that they can produce a camera this small with this larger sensor. Why not make also another camera with a zoom or longer lens ? I'm not so familiar with Ricoh, do they have or plan such a thing ? I'm also asking ...do they want to sell lots of cameras or they are happy to sell very few as Pentax did ? Marketing wise Pentax missed A LOT of chances when they had the upper hand in miniaturization (camera and lenses as well).
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-16-2013, 08:05 AM  
New official Ricoh GR (2013) video
Posted By raz
Replies: 193
Views: 49,640
There are very few good bokeh images most of them are normal shots with minimal blur. You have to be very close to the subject ! This means you will not have a bokeh when you fill in a whole person. And to fill in only a "head" you will need to get in inches from the person. And then the head will be distorted, big nose and so on. Not saying this camera is bad, but this focal is just not getting you bokeh especialy because is only f/2.8. For street photography, nature, indoor this focal is good, I know because I have it. For portraits and more flattering shots when you want to separate the background is not.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-16-2013, 07:24 AM  
New official Ricoh GR (2013) video
Posted By raz
Replies: 193
Views: 49,640
NickLarsson: if they put an aps-c sensor in the MX-1 I'm sold ! :)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-16-2013, 06:44 AM  
New official Ricoh GR (2013) video
Posted By raz
Replies: 193
Views: 49,640
99% of the people will need the zoom 10 times more than the WR. Large sensor and lack of long lens is a shame. With this camera, if you don't pixel peep and if the light is good, most of the pictures will look similar as taken from
a phone with a good sensor or a point and shot. I know this because I have a similar camera with the same focal.

Bokeh is one of the big advantages of the large sensor and you will not get that with a wide lens.

I own a Panasonic 4:3 with a 14mm pancake, so is 28mm equivalent. This focal is a sort of compromise, is good sometimes in narrow spaces and so on, but the bad is the lacking the bokeh and the fact that this
wide angle isn't especially flattering to people faces.

I tell you, if they manage a small camera with a large sensor and the most important thing: a long zoom lens that is collapsible , they would strike gold. A lot of people wish a camera with large sensor but without the ridiculous big zooms from the nex cameras for example. Even the panasonic and olympus zooms aren't that small, and even their pancakes protrudes...so you cannot carry a Gf2,3,etc in your pocket so easily.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-15-2013, 09:39 AM  
New official Ricoh GR (2013) video
Posted By raz
Replies: 193
Views: 49,640
I wish it could have a zoom not just a fix lens... Very small camera , large sensor and collapsible zoom = gold
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-08-2013, 06:05 PM  
New Pentax cameras 2013
Posted By raz
Replies: 1,305
Views: 203,333
The jerkiness is noticeable especially when a video is very SHARP and with high shutter speed. That's why you don't see it so well on SD footage or blurred HD footage. That jerkiness is not the camera's fault, is about the shutter speed and how motion blurry you want to have your subject or video, how fast do you pan and so on. In this case they were trying to show how crazy sharp a footage can be from a small camera. And the video is at least 25fps but I think when you compress it to youtube it screws the framerate or something. I think GH2 is also capable of 60p via the hack (not 100% sure)


And I think the video is already here on DSLR, it will not go away. A lot of people are using it, so why not have something good instead of something mediocre ? The new hardware, and processing power is up to the job...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-08-2013, 05:17 PM  
New Pentax cameras 2013
Posted By raz
Replies: 1,305
Views: 203,333
Ash, take a look at this,full HD and make it full screen. Look at the water, look at the plants, hairs on people heads, Then look at your best
video you have from the K5. Is like day and night, the k5 video looks like SD and the GH2 looks like HD.
















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This should Pentax do !!! They can do it but they don't . The other manufacturers don't put this high bitrate and sensor output into most of the cameras (GH2 was a slip) because they are selling professional video camera worth tens of thousand of dollars. Panasonic, Sony and Canon have professional camcorders. But Pentax has no such thing ! They just don't want to do this...:( If they would do such a thing they would get a HUGE cult status in the video community just like GH2 did.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-08-2013, 02:36 PM  
New Pentax cameras 2013
Posted By raz
Replies: 1,305
Views: 203,333
Ash the problem is in the video mode the read out from the sensor isn't the same as the one in the picture mode. Most likely they don't capture every pixel of a 1920x1080 but maybe take fewer pixels and interpolate pixels to get the missing ones. That's why I'm mad because the sensors are very good, the processor inside teh camera is good, the lenses are very good but still they have the same or worse video sharpness than a 50$ cell phone lens/sensor combination. Isn't that ridiculous ?

I also have a mirrorles Panasonic, the Gf2 and a good prime. The video quality sucks as well in it. Is worse than my Canon HDV camcorder (1440x1080i) that I have from 6 years ago ! Only the big brother GH2 has good video. But my Gf2 shoots better or similar than the K5/k-01 that I've seen. It has 600 lw/ph at 1080...and it still suck.

RonHendriks1966, on that link the actual video sharpness is 525/500 which is pretty bad. I'm not trying to bash your camera but these companies are mocking us with the video mode. I tell you, even a new phone has almost the same video resolution if not better with the crappy sensor and crappy plastic lens...so the bottleneck is the read out from the sensors...

"Sharpness takes a hit during video, even though this is a Full HD 1080p device. The camera was able to resolve 525 lw/ph horizontally and 500 vertically. Pretty average. More on how CamcorderInfo tests video sharpness.
With only 60 lux of ambient illumination, video sharpness is a tiny bit worse. This time, the sensor achieved 500 lw/ph horizontally and only 475 vertically."
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-08-2013, 01:43 PM  
New Pentax cameras 2013
Posted By raz
Replies: 1,305
Views: 203,333
I don't know why are you mentioning the macbook retina, that is just a term is nothing "special". I have a hi-end 24" 1920x1200 HP computer display and a 1080p 50" plasma for example. Is that good enough ? Only difference is your macbook is small and you don't see the details so good on it that's why a lot of things look sharp. But I assure videos from K-5,k30, 5D mark 2, etc aren't sharp at all.

See here for K-30
"Video Sharpness

The Pentax K-30 struggled in our sharpness test, as it was unable to replicate more than 500 LW/PH of detail from our standard sharpness chart. Both horizontally and vertically, the sharpness of the final video image was limited by aliasing and averaging, resulting in heavy moire and gray beyond that point. "

Pentax K-30 Digital Camera Review - DigitalCameraInfo.com

And comparative, a consumer ordinary video camera that costs 500$, with a tiny sensor (Panasonic V770) and a crappy lens beats the K30 out of the water.
"While a scene is in motion, the sensor is capable of resolving 750 lp/ph horizontally and 800 vertically. "

So as to be on topic, Pentax desperately need to do the fallowing to not lag behind in video category :

1)good auto focus during video mode
2) A LOT better bitrate
3)capturing the image with all the sensor and rescale it to 1080p or at least capture the video at true 1080p amd not what is doing now !
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-08-2013, 09:28 AM  
New Pentax cameras 2013
Posted By raz
Replies: 1,305
Views: 203,333
I'm sorry but that is not true. Take a look at some videos for the GH2 on youtube, hacked or non hacked. The hacked version (hacked=firmware with increased bitrate) will blow you away, the footage is 3 times better than anything a K5 can
deliver. The difference is huge. I analyzed video from the k-5, the resolution is terrible, at full HD looks blurred . Even newer Nokia phones have better sharpness and video resolution (especially 808). The same stands for
a lot of Canon and Nikon DSLR, their video is very bad even for some high end models. But people are fooled because "wow look at the nice depth of field" and stuff like that. If you film some trees at f8 nobody will be that impressed :)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-08-2013, 03:21 AM  
New Pentax cameras 2013
Posted By raz
Replies: 1,305
Views: 203,333
Looks like an SD footage made with an older camera, and I'm not talking about the colors but the sharpness. Pentax video (even the k5 or k30) is years behind others, mostly Panasonic or Sony dslrs/mirrorles. I don't believe the k5 is even taking the frame at full HD, not even at 720p. Looks like a 480p upsampled.
Forum: Pentax K-01 03-17-2012, 05:46 AM  
My K-01 Test video
Posted By raz
Replies: 24
Views: 3,833
yes, the Gh2 is an amazing camera especially for shooting video. Is years ahead of absolutely any other dslr on the market. I was hoping Pentax would put a similar video mode on the K01, but seeing from the videos, the K01 produces the same bad video as the rest of the dslrs, that to my eyes resembles SD video, not even 720p. The same goes for top of the range dslrs from Nikon and Canon, they all produce shitty videos. Lack of sharpness and details, blurry video, moire and compression artifacts. I wonder if they don't do this on purpose.
Forum: Pentax K-01 03-17-2012, 05:14 AM  
My K-01 Test video
Posted By raz
Replies: 24
Views: 3,833
baholbrook, thanks for the video, but this was 1080 ? Is lacking details, it doesn't look even 720p to my eyes. Maybe because of turning down sharpness ?
Forum: Pentax K-01 03-09-2012, 02:19 PM  
K-01 Firmware update wishes!
Posted By raz
Replies: 65
Views: 10,405















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Put 1080p in youtube. Look at the grass, branches, water movement - all very very sharp. This is way better than anyhing from canon , be it 5D2, 7D with L glass and so on. All other DSLR filming a landscape like that will transform the grass into a green smudge.
Forum: Pentax K-01 03-09-2012, 02:13 PM  
My only complaint ...
Posted By raz
Replies: 21
Views: 2,746
My concern is the focus speed. Right now I have a gf2 and a Pentax k100D. The gf2 focus a lot faster than what I've seen from the videos of k-01 even in very bad light, is almost instantaneous. But of course, the images from the gf2 suck badly even compared to my old K100D.

I'm very tempted to buy the k-01 but I'm afraid not to have the same focus experience of the K100D...which focus lousy in bad light.
Forum: Pentax K-01 03-09-2012, 02:06 PM  
K-01 Firmware update wishes!
Posted By raz
Replies: 65
Views: 10,405
The guys with Panasonic gh2 don't mind having crystal clear HD movie that beats any other DSLR including canons or nikon and even beats or equals the professional HD camcorders with the expense of less space on the sd card. Take a look on youtube for 1080p footage from hacked gh2, is mind blowing, very very sharp movie with extraordinary detail.
Forum: Pentax K-01 03-09-2012, 11:58 AM  
K-01 Firmware update wishes!
Posted By raz
Replies: 65
Views: 10,405
You know Vitaliy_Kiselev from Topics List - Personal View Talks has reverse engineered the firmware from panasonic ? And did a lot of changes that user wanted. He is also a Pentax fan and from what I understand he said the K-01 must be hack-able. Get to that formul and show more intereset so he knows we want somethng changed with the firmware.

I for one I'm really curios about increasing the bitrate of the movies. 20-24 is too slow, I think 100Mb can make wonders with the video.
Forum: Pentax K-01 03-08-2012, 08:58 PM  
Something Shaking Inside K-01
Posted By raz
Replies: 4
Views: 1,440
Yes, it's a normal question about Pentax cameras :) The SR mechanism probably is doing that noise.

@cmohr, don't worry about the SR, I have a K100D that is 5 years old and has thousand and thoustands of shots plus bumps, drops on floor, etc. Pentax cameras are build like tanks.
Forum: Pentax K-01 03-06-2012, 04:09 AM  
K-01 Video Sample (Full HD 30fps)
Posted By raz
Replies: 17
Views: 7,704
I cannot wait for more videos frank :) Try to shoot some distant things, like the city, or a forest, this way we can see better how good the sharpening and details are. Also make some video tests with the af during movie, we are very curios to see how you can focus in the video from close up to distance and so on with a lens.

The quality and details from what I've seen is good, but not spectacular. Take a look at the Panasonic GH2, hacked or not hacked (by hacked they changed the bit rate like 150mb), the video quality is breathtaking. I hope the K-01 will have the same potential especially if it's possible to hack the firmware and increase the bit rate.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-20-2011, 03:40 AM  
FA 50mm 1.4 price drop?
Posted By raz
Replies: 22
Views: 6,296
This lens was ~150$ new, 3-4 years ago before the insane price increases of all the lens.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-10-2011, 03:53 AM  
Pentax EVIL NC-1 has smaller sensor than APS-C - your opinion?
Posted By raz
Replies: 1,096
Views: 151,883
So when does this evil will show up ? I though I heard rumours about February ? But I see is not the case...
Forum: Pentax K-5 11-13-2010, 11:42 AM  
K-5 Images and Impressions
Posted By raz
Replies: 141
Views: 39,672
Very nice, looks like an image from Stalker, the movie or game :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-07-2010, 08:05 AM  
How does my camera always have the right date/time?
Posted By raz
Replies: 10
Views: 3,314
My K100D loses the time when it doesn't have the batteries in it for a while.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-04-2010, 08:44 AM  
K20D leaves a line on the right side of photo. ?
Posted By raz
Replies: 16
Views: 3,973
If it's just a pixel line you could easly make a photoshop action to copy the adjacent pixels into the black line. No one will tell. Then you can batch all of your photos with this action.
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