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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-16-2008, 07:55 AM  
Are you really using all of the lenses you own?
Posted By Teo D'Or
Replies: 97
Views: 11,978
I also use them all. The 18-55 doesn't count, because i never used it. It just came with the K10D, i bought the kit instead of only the body because it would be easier to re-sell.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-16-2008, 12:46 AM  
What is your go to lens?
Posted By Teo D'Or
Replies: 55
Views: 4,976
Hard choice. But there is a winner: Sigma 10-20. FA 50 1.4 comes in second.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-15-2008, 04:50 AM  
I am betting on FF in September
Posted By Teo D'Or
Replies: 362
Views: 55,762
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-15-2008, 04:48 AM  
I am betting on FF in September
Posted By Teo D'Or
Replies: 362
Views: 55,762
That is a very good point. Some of my recent shots got pretty good reactions, i got some payed jobs proposals from a business or two, including a theater. I think that once you get paid, you have a great responsibility and you have to make everything in your power to deliver good results. You need good reliable tools to do that, and if you are successful, those 3000$+ bodies become less and less inaccessible.


I have to disagree. The K200D is basically exactly what Canon did with their 450D: step up a notch. In September (or sooner) we will see the K2000D, which will go head to head with the 1000D and D60. Since the D40, the "entry-level" got lower and the K200D and 450D fill that gap.

I totally agree with the Limited body. Maybe it won't eat Leica sales, because those people are fanatics without reason, but it will be great for brand awareness.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-15-2008, 01:03 AM  
I am betting on FF in September
Posted By Teo D'Or
Replies: 362
Views: 55,762
I don't agree that the D300 is selling way better than the 5D. I don't know in other parts of the world, but here the 5D is HOT, i know this for sure. It is not only visible in the photo community, but i also have some numbers from several retailers...and the 5D is in great demand right now.

Less scientifically, i looked on flickr. If there are a lot of D300 users, they sure don't post the pictures they take.

Camera Total no. of images Avg no. of users
Nikon D40-------------12,179,247-------------2415
Nikon D60-----------------669,981---------------383
Nikon D300-----------------47,621----------------29
Nikon D3------------------650,435---------------231
Canon 5D-------------10,672,917-------------1497
Canon 450D--------------850,127--------------511

The D300 is worse even than the D3. Clearly, this is not bulletproof, but i don't think it is very far from the truth.

Also, i think the only reason why Canon will not to keep the current 5D in production is it's relatively high production cost.

I think you are rather unfair to the 5D. The 40D outperforms the 5D in many ways, but NOT in image quality. Basically the 5D and the K20D have almost the same weaknesses compared to the 40D: AF and fps. You can't say that the K20D is better than the 40D because it has better IQ, even if it is slower, and then turn around and say the 40D is better than the 5D because of speed.

The D40 was a smart move from Nikon. But how can the D60 be a better camera than the 450D when you can't actually have AF on ANY reasonable priced prime lens on it? That would be a huge bummer for me. The D40 and D60 are just an upgrade from a P&S or bridge. If you want a fast lens, you gotta go to the D80 at least. And that camera is murdered by the 40D, the 30D, the K10D, the K20D, the A700 and some others. I bet the D90 won't top the 40D or the K20D. So, it is pretty sad in the low end Nikon land.

How many people will buy an A900? How many people will buy an A700 or A300 or A350, because they know they have the possibility to go higher if they need/want to? How many people buy a Mercedes C instead of a BMW 3 Series or an Audi A4 just because the S-Class is (traditionally) a better car than the 7 Series or A8? How many people buy Leica? :D
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-10-2008, 12:15 AM  
I am betting on FF in September
Posted By Teo D'Or
Replies: 362
Views: 55,762
Lame as it may sound, but i will quote myself on this :D

"I think Nikon is aiming strongly for the pro journalism/sport market. I see the D700 more as the second camera for the pro and less as the affordable FF for the enthusiast. The D700 is the performace of the D3 in a smaller body, without the features of a true pro body (WiFi, vertical grip, two card slots, etc.) It's obvious that with the D300, D700, D3 and the upcoming D3X, Nikon is kicking Canon's a** in the high-end market.

But that is only the peak of the iceberg. In the low- and mid-end range, Canon is by far better. The 40D, 450D, 1000D are selling better than the D80,D60,D40x. They are also better cameras. You can still find the 400D and 350D brand new. The 5D is selling like crazy at 1900$, at least here. Add to that the USM primes that Nikon is missing. Canon is the king of this segment, no doubt about it.

I can't think of any Nikon worth buying under 1700$. And between the D300 and the 5D it would really be a close call, the 5D probably winning it for me. If you don't need speed at a very high level, i see no reason to choose Nikon right now.

At this point, i think "the camera to beat" is the 40D. And the K20D is doing that in terms of image quality, resolution and (subjectively) ergonomics. If it would have faster AF and 6 fps, there would be no doubt about it. And something like the current 5D for 1800-1900$ would also be a hit. With the same faster AF and 5fps it would be everything i would need. And let's not forget about the Shake Reduction. I think it would sell much better than the 645D or a D3-like K1D.

So, a K30D and a 5D-like K1D is what i would do. I think Pentax always meant great quality at a very good price. That's why i chose the K100D when i chose it. The K20D and K200D are just that, the Limited lenses are huge bang for the buck, old lenses are great. I hope Pentax will stick to that."

What i see is a great opening in the market. Between the C 40D and the N D700 there are only two cameras: D300 and 5D. If Pentax can match or beat the 40D on all aspects (so better AF and fps in the K20D) , and a 5fps 5D-like 2k$ Pentax would beat the D300 and 5D into the ground, so they would have an amazing target audience. The next higher priced camera would be the D700, offering little for the 1k+.

Honestly, how many of you would buy a 645D or a 4k$ K1D similar to the D3? And how many of you would buy a 6fps K20D with improved AF or/and a 1800$ 5fps 14Mpix FF?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-06-2008, 12:51 PM  
Why would Pentax come up with a pro Level FF?
Posted By Teo D'Or
Replies: 59
Views: 9,233
I think Nikon is aiming strongly for the pro journalism/sport market. I see the D700 more as the second camera for the pro and less as the affordable FF for the enthusiast. The D700 is the performace of the D3 in a smaller body, without the features of a true pro body (WiFi, vertical grip, two card slots, etc.) It's obvious that with the D300, D700, D3 and the upcoming D3X, Nikon is kicking Canon's a** in the high-end market.

But that is only the peak of the iceberg. In the low- and mid-end range, Canon is by far better. The 40D, 450D, 1000D are selling better than the D80,D60,D40x. They are also better cameras. You can still find the 400D and 350D brand new. The 5D is selling like crazy at 1900$, at least here. Add to that the USM primes that Nikon is missing. Canon is the king of this segment, no doubt about it.

I can't think of any Nikon worth buying under 1700$. And between the D300 and the 5D it would really be a close call, the 5D probably winning it for me. If you don't need speed at a very high level, i see no reason to choose Nikon right now.

At this point, i think "the camera to beat" is the 40D. And the K20D is doing that in terms of image quality, resolution and (subjectively) ergonomics. If it would have faster AF and 6 fps, there would be no doubt about it. And something like the current 5D for 1800-1900$ would also be a hit. With the same faster AF and 5fps it would be everything i would need. And let's not forget about the Shake Reduction. I think it would sell much better than the 645D or a D3-like K1D.

So, a K30D and a 5D-like K1D is what i would do. I think Pentax always meant great quality at a very good price. That's why i chose the K100D when i chose it. The K20D and K200D are just that, the Limited lenses are huge bang for the buck, old lenses are great. I hope Pentax will stick to that.
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-30-2008, 06:16 AM  
Spring Magazine Pre-Maquette
Posted By Teo D'Or
Replies: 21
Views: 4,186
S***, i was there on the 27th....i only see this now. :(
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-12-2008, 12:29 PM  
Holga Digital "News Flash"
Posted By Teo D'Or
Replies: 27
Views: 4,415
We could shoot underwater, I'm sure this baby is weather sealed AND underwater proof.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-12-2008, 01:25 AM  
Holga Digital "News Flash"
Posted By Teo D'Or
Replies: 27
Views: 4,415
WOW, i'm simply stunned!!!

Ben, i'm coming to Paris next week, any chance i could get to take a peek? I'd have something to tell the guys when i go back home, they will be sooooo gratefull!!!!!!!!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-09-2008, 07:50 AM  
Snaps from the Danube Delta
Posted By Teo D'Or
Replies: 3
Views: 1,388
I was last weekend on a waaaay too short trip in the Danube Delta.



More about the Delta here: Danube Delta - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


I could only stay for two days, and i could only shoot for 3 or 4 hours.
Here are the keepers from the whole trip, hope you like them. Hope you like them enough to go there :D. I can't wait to go back there.



























Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-06-2008, 12:28 PM  
14. MPix High ISO shoot out.
Posted By Teo D'Or
Replies: 23
Views: 3,157
From the glorious DPR, here is a shootout.

Sony Alpha DSLR-A350 Review: 29. Compared to...(High ISO):

The ISO 3200 samples made me laugh out loud. The S**y is just plain funny!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-06-2008, 02:23 AM  
Indoor event zoom: f/2.8 v.s. f/4?
Posted By Teo D'Or
Replies: 7
Views: 2,367
I've seen some really really good shots from clubs/parties done with trailing curtain sync.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-05-2008, 11:13 PM  
DA* 300mm or Sigma 100-300/f4 or Bigma or ?
Posted By Teo D'Or
Replies: 51
Views: 36,594
My credit card hates you sooooo much right now. :mad:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-05-2008, 09:55 AM  
DA* 300mm or Sigma 100-300/f4 or Bigma or ?
Posted By Teo D'Or
Replies: 51
Views: 36,594
Well, that is EXACTLY what i am afraid of. Really afraid. Sooner or later i will have at least two of them. Right now, I'm thinking of getting the Sigma. And maybe in 4-5 months add the DA* 300. Between a good zoom and a good prime there will always be a hard choice. IQ vs. versatility. When i browse the photos and look at those shot @50mm, i can tell immediately which where shot with the Tamron 17-50 and which where shot with the FA 50 1.4. They are simply shouting: PRIME!!! It's just that buying the DA* will make me want a 200mm, 105mm, 135mm, etc. etc. etc.

With the DA* 300, the Sigma 100-300 EX and the Sigma 400(which i already have), i will survive for a while. And i won't have to buy a Bigma until I'll get the FA* 600. :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-02-2008, 08:42 AM  
DA* 300mm or Sigma 100-300/f4 or Bigma or ?
Posted By Teo D'Or
Replies: 51
Views: 36,594
Guys, first of all, thank you for the replies.

I had a chance (actually several) to play with a N***n 70-200 VR and the DA 50-135. I am 100% sure that the DA is too short and that in terms of focal length i like the 70-200 A LOT. So i will have one of those for sure. I also have a Sigma 400/ 5.6, wich is a little slow, but pretty sharp.

What i really want is good image quality at 300mm. The obvious choice would be a DA* 300mm. It is an optical jewel and it is silent, thanks to SDM. But i would have to carry it and the Sigma and the future 70-200/2.8.

The Sigma 100-300 seems fairly good at 300mm. Not like a prime, but it gives you very good quality in a large focal range.

And the Bigma gives you a huge lot of range and a lot of reach. It seems too much of a compromise though.


@Tom S.
very little detail @300mm 1/2000s.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-02-2008, 02:34 AM  
DA* 300mm or Sigma 100-300/f4 or Bigma or ?
Posted By Teo D'Or
Replies: 51
Views: 36,594
Please help me make a choice. Long story short: I came back from a recent trip without many keepers near the 300mm length. The Tamron 70-300 is good value for the money, but not a real performer, especially at 300mm.

So, i basically have to choose between:
- the DA * 300mm : great quality, but not very versatile.
- the Sigma 100-300 f/4: very good reviews, but it will overlap with the future 70-200 2.8
- the Bigma: great range, very long, but slow and heavy.

My lens line-up is in my sig. I know for sure that:
- i will buy a 70-200/2.8, Sigma or Tamron. (or FA* 80-200, if i find it for under 1k - i consider myself a very lucky person)
- the DA* 50-135 is too short for me

What do you advise me to do?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-26-2008, 02:01 PM  
Who bought that ugly ass Tamron 300mm f/2.8 on Ebay?
Posted By Teo D'Or
Replies: 4
Views: 2,657
Yeah, it looks really bad. I wouldn't mind helping you get rid of it. :D
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 05-23-2008, 11:45 AM  
Manfrotto 190XPROB Tripod
Posted By Teo D'Or
Replies: 10
Views: 2,854
I don't have the 190, but i have it's bigger brother, the 055XPROB. I'm 6'1'' and the 190 was too short por me. Also, i usually avoid using the central column, because it is less stable and prone to vibrate, so the 055 is just perfect for me. On the other hand, the 055 is larger and heavier. I am very happy with the tripod, and since they are so similar, i think the 190 is just as good.
Forum: Photo Critique 05-22-2008, 04:48 AM  
Even more Dungeness
Posted By Teo D'Or
Replies: 7
Views: 1,481
Noooooo, i love the ships in the background!!! I think those are the key of the hole picture!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-22-2008, 04:44 AM  
Poll: Sigma 50-150mm vs 70-200mm
Posted By Teo D'Or
Replies: 29
Views: 10,802
I hope the 70-200 will be good. I would choose that. If you also want something smaller and lighter, i would go for the 70-200 and DA* 50-135 also. I think the DA* is better than the 50-150.
Forum: Photo Critique 05-22-2008, 01:52 AM  
Even more Dungeness
Posted By Teo D'Or
Replies: 7
Views: 1,481
I like it a lot. Vignetting is visible though, especially in the upper corners.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-21-2008, 02:02 PM  
K20D/K200D price plummet in France
Posted By Teo D'Or
Replies: 18
Views: 3,610
Yes, it's only one year. But, for 450 dollars i will take that chance. Only the Tamron 17-50 was bought in a store in Bucharest, because i wanted to make sure it was a good copy. Everything else in my sig was ordered from USA, and they all work perfectly.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-21-2008, 01:36 PM  
K20D/K200D price plummet in France
Posted By Teo D'Or
Replies: 18
Views: 3,610
It's not pointless at all, because Focus94 recognizes the international warranty. :)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-21-2008, 12:18 PM  
K20D/K200D price plummet in France
Posted By Teo D'Or
Replies: 18
Views: 3,610
Actualy, that also means 1700$. Adorama has the same kit for $1170. I'll use this price as reference price. If we buy two kits for lower shipment cost per kit, we end up at $1250. You can get a DA 70mm Limited as bonus.
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