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Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 5 Days Ago  
Pentax Mirrorless?
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 274
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The trinity of lenses have the same release price as the EF equivalents when were lunched. The only exception being 70-200mm f2.8 which is a little more expensive. Yes, the RF lenses are more expensive compared to today prices of EF lenses. :)



There is an article from Canon. I will look for it when I will open my laptop. :)



Canon confirmed that R5 will be a 5D equivalent camera, so the price should be between 3500$ and 3800$. :) 1Dx Mark II already has a tad better dynamic range than A9, while A7R IV has quite impressive dynamic range. I'm more than ok with 12Evs of dynamic range but I understand the advantage of high dynamic range in some situations. :) Again, it all comes to each of us preferences and features needed based on what we shoot. :)
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 5 Days Ago  
Pentax Mirrorless?
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 274
Views: 26,722
The R5 will be the camera that in my opinion will launch the true "war" between Canon, Nikon, Sony and even Fuji and Panasonic. With 12 and 20fps at 45mp, 8k at 30p without crop and with dual pixel af (4k at 120p), IBIS that will work combined with the stabilisation from the lenses, eye af with body recognition also for birds and animals, 5GHz wifi, first true mirrorless sensor...it will make some waves. Given the R5 specs and given that a 75mp camera is also on the way, there aren't many EF lenses capable to resolve high mp sensors and we know that from the 50mp 5DsR camera. R5 is close to 5DsR in terms of resolution. The EF lenses (some of them) will show their wecknesses once mounted on such resolution cameras. You won't have this problem with RF lenses. :)

I really don't know how Ricoh will react based on Nikon, Sony, Panasonic and Fuji response to EOS R5. Will Ricoh launch a D850 equivalent in 2 years that will make a lot of Pentax users happy? They will go even higher and skip the 45mp sensor and go for the 61mp sensor which somehow will not pursue the idea of a field camera anymore? They will risk and join the mirrorless market while is still not fully developed? The Pentax users, the sales reports and the general market will probably give us an answer in the next 2-4 years.

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The 28-70mm f2 it'a a completely different beast than 28-105mm lens. :)

Look at Pentax 15-30mm f2.8 vs. RF 15-35mm f2.8L. The RF lens is smaller, lighter and it has extra 5mm on the long end. Put a K1 with a 15-30mm f2.8 next to an R5 when will come with the RF 15-35mm f2.8 and then you'll have a direct comparison in terms of weight.



Just a tad faster to focus, a tad sharper and 400g lighter. :)



Of course not. But when we hear manufacturers saying that the new mount gives them new option in terms of optical performance and thet back up their comments with new lenses that perform better than DSLR equivalents (RF 85mm f1.2L vs. EF 85mm f1.4L, RF 15-35mm f2.8L vs. 16-35mm f2.8L III, etc.), I as a user I'm happy because I can choose to shoot with either the EF lenses that I have or buy/rent and shoot with the new ones. :)
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 6 Days Ago  
Pentax Mirrorless?
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 274
Views: 26,722
If you ask me, this affirmation has a lot to do with the fact that on mirrorless cameras you don't have front/back focus and I suspect that on DSLRs people didn't noticed the front/back focus when it wasn't far off. :) And it also has to do with eye af and large af area when shooting wide open.

The benefit of the adapter is that it doesn't affect the image quality or the focus. :)
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 6 Days Ago  
Pentax Mirrorless?
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 274
Views: 26,722
Look at the difference between Sony A7 (the first model) and Sony A7R IV in terms of EVF. :D It's a 6 years difference between the 2 and the quality between them is night and day... EVFs improved a lot and became very good.



Again, I'm not trying to convert anyone. I'm just trying to say that people used cameras with not so great EVFs and in their mind all EVFs are bad. :)



That was the choice of Nikon and Canon, for the transition. It was a "safe" move to see the interest in mirrorless without investing too much. Given that EOS R5 will be completely new in terms of sensor, processor, etc., I think that both Canon and Nikon will push the pedal even more. The clear indication is also the number of lenses released and soon to be release.




The current situation will have an impact on lots of businesses. I've put on hold pretty much any kind of gear acquisition until my business will get back to normal. :)
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 6 Days Ago  
Pentax Mirrorless?
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 274
Views: 26,722
I'm not trying to convert anyone here. :D I'm just saying that EVFs are improving a lot and if I put a Panasonic S1 in the hands of someone telling him it's a Canon, a Nikon, or a Pentax DSLR, he won't notice in the first place he is using an EVF. As for battery life, I get 150-200 images more from 5D Mark IV than with EOS R. It's not enough to make any kind of difference in real life situations. :) For landscapes you can add a power bank to mirrorless cameras which these days are as small as a replacement battery for DSLRs and shoot 3-4 times more images (or more, depending on the power of the power bank) than you're going to shoot with a DSLR. :) And a 10,000mAh power bank is cheaper than an original Lithium-Ion Battery also. :)
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 6 Days Ago  
Pentax Mirrorless?
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 274
Views: 26,722
The 3.69 milion dots cameras have 60fps refresh rate, most of them. That's why A9 II is better with 120fps refresh rate at same 3.69 milion dots EVF than the others. And that's why the eye strain and headaches are more frecvent on photographers using cameras like A6500, A7 II, A7 III, EOS R/RP, etc. and that's why this problem is still present on forums and internet. :) Having sensitive eyes, I was one of the ones hating EVFs from early cameras but I practice on them 10-15 minutes and I continued to practice on each new mirrorless I put my hands on until I got comfortable with them. Someone who tries for the first time a 5.76 milion dots EVF with 120 fps refresh rate won't see much difference compared to an OVF, especially if he disable the informations in the EVF so that the EVF will display the same informations as a DSLR. :) Panasonic is a good example because if you hide the brand from the body it looks like a DSLR and by the time you realize it's a mirrorless you will have taken a few hundreds images. :)

As for hiking, I don't know what to say... :D Each time I go out hiking with friends I'm looking for birds/animals while they are shooting landscapes, usually from tripods, with LCDs flipped so that they can have a larger display to look at. I don't see any advantage for either camera here. :)




Yes, we all speak from each perspective until someone comes and say as a general rule that Canon or Nikon or Sony is more expensive than Pentax. For new cameras this tend to be true, at least in the countries I visited during the last 5-7 years. For second hand market it seems that is different from country to country. :) Being so many used cameras from Nikon, Canon and Sony in the market, the prices go down quite a lot these days, at least in Romania. :)
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 6 Days Ago  
Pentax Mirrorless?
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 274
Views: 26,722
I know, that's why I said that it depends on what we shoot. :) For landscape you would probably want in a new DSLR the focus stalking feature. :) I have a collaboration with a dentist and I photograph for him implant guided surgeries and the focus stalking from EOS RP would have been a very nice feature on both 5D and EOS R. :)
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 6 Days Ago  
Pentax Mirrorless?
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 274
Views: 26,722
Sony had cheaper cameras than DSLRs equivalents (with more expensive lenses). Fuji had lower prices than Nikon and Canon APS-C cameras also, even if the difference was 5%-7% in favor of mirrorless. EOS RP beats 6D Mark II on pretty much every aspect, including price. EOS R is basically a 5D Mark IV with just one memory card slot and 1000$ cheaper. For some mirrorless models we have some lower prices than the equivalent DSLRs, but I expect the pro version of Canon and Nikon to be priced similar to their DSLR equivalents.



The prices tend to be higher for lenses if I look at the general market and less or equal for bodies.



The silent shutter is also a very nice feature, depending also on what you shoot. And a very nice feature that would be great if implemented in DSLRs is touch and drag af. This feature and the eye af feature are the things that I tend to miss the most when I shoot with 5D Mark IV. The joystick from 5D seems so slow once I got used to touch af... :) Again, it all depends on what we shoot. :)
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 6 Days Ago  
Pentax Mirrorless?
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 274
Views: 26,722
The EVF from Panasonic S1 it's quite similar to OVF experience due to 5.76 million dots and 120 fps refresh rate which kind of "removes" the small TV kind of experience when looking through it. The refresh rate of 60fps and 3.69 milion dots EVFs (not to mention the lower resolution EVFs from A7 II, E-M1X, etc.) gives headaches to some people when panning/tracking. The improvements in EVFs department makes me believe that the next generation of cameras (given the competition between Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Sony, Fuji) will pretty much solve this problem also.

A lot of people tried older cameras like Sony A7 II, Fuji X-T1, Olympus E-M1 (or even A7 III, EOS R) and given the bad experience with EVF in their mind there is this conclusion that EVFs are bad. They were and still are in lots of mirrorless cameras, but the difference in terms of EVF experience between cameras with 60fps vs cameras with higher resolution and 120fps refresh rate is quite visible and I tested it among some of my friends. That's why I think that starting with the upcoming Sony A7 IV, EOS R5 that will have high resolution EVFs with high refresh rate, the EVF problem will start to be less and less a solid argument and in 4-5 years when the next generation will be released this EVF problem that now exist (it's real because I had it) will probably be gone for good.



K1 in the romanian second hand market has prices between 1650$ and 1750$ and there are only 3 for sale in the most known second hand online website. Given the fact that these prices are close to the price from Pentax official store, you can probably use this info and negotiate the price of a second hand K1 from 1650$ to 1550$. D850 in the same market sells for 1750$-1850$. 5D Mark IV sells for prices between 1500$ and 1750$. That's the second market in which K1 has to deal with here, in Romania, unfortunatelly. I don't know the situations in other countries, but in Romania it's hard to find solid reasons to buy a second hand K1 due to above prices and due to non existent second hand market in terms of lenses while for Nikon and Canon there are amazing offers for DSLR lenses since Nikon and Canon released mirrorless cameras.
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 04-02-2020, 08:21 AM  
Pentax Mirrorless?
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 274
Views: 26,722
Yes, but it's not as comfortable as shooting through viewfinder. Not to mention how difficult it will be to use even a good high resolution LCD in bright conditions. :)



They have pretty much the same performance in live view, with 90D having the advantage of the viewfinder built in, which M6 Mark II doesn't have. On paper 90D should win in terms of: lenses available, built in viewfinder, faster shutter speed (1/8000s vs 1/4000s). Yet, people in Romania tend to buy the M6 Mark II more. I think the size and the small dedicated lenses are better (suited) for the ones who travel or vlog. And it's also cheaper.

5D Mark IV in live view is also very close to EOS R in terms of performance. Yet, for me in the last 6 months EOS R is the camera I grab most of the time because I get the job faster with it. Again, this is subjective from person to person and based on individual needs.



It depends also when the development started, which Sony sensor they used, what processor improvements Ricoh made, etc. The joystick to me it's a sign that Ricoh tried to work on Af (more than 50 af points that will be easier to select by using joystick, more sensitive af points, possible dual cross type af points...). :)

From a user perspective, Pentax joining mirrorless can't be a bad thing. On the contrary, it will give more options to Pentaxians. From a business perspective, only Ricoh can tell if mirrorless worth the trouble or not for them. :)
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 04-02-2020, 06:25 AM  
Pentax Mirrorless?
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 274
Views: 26,722
Talking to some sales representatives from photo stores, in Romania for example M6 Mark II outperform 90D to about 55% to 45% in terms of sales. This is interesting mostly because M line has even less quality lenses than Pentax and it can't use RF lenses either. When comes to 6D Mark II vs. EOS RP, the sales are even more favorable to RP.

Also Z6 outperform D780 in terms of sales (in Romania) to about 68% to 32%, mostly because Z6 is cheaper and also because D750 it's still available on stores. D750 costs 1130$, D780 costs 2580$ and Z6 costs 1995$ with adapter included.

I don't know how is the situation in other countries, but in my country it seems that mirrorless tend to be more attractive to photographers, looking also at Fuji, Sony and Olympus sales.

I don't think that 5D Mark V will have the same capabilities as R5 because:
1. Canon probably won't want to hurt R5 sales and the transition to mirrorless at the same time
2. 5D Mark V won't be able to track as R5 which has animal eye af and animal body recognition (dogs, cats and birds for now), has the af area covering 90% of the sensor also.

This is just guessing, nothing more... :)

I can't wait to see if the new Pentax APS-C will give us some hints in terms of live view performance, like Canon did with 1Dx Mark III. Then we can speculate more about Pentax mirrorless based on live view performance. :)
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 04-02-2020, 02:31 AM  
Pentax Mirrorless?
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 274
Views: 26,722
If you ask me, if changing systems doesn't imply spending a lot of money, which is and isn't true, depending on lots of things, it all comes to EVF. I'm one of the guys with headaches from EVFs and it took me a while to adapt to EVFs. I started to play with mirrorless cameras early, when the A6000 was released and with each generation of mirrorless, EVFs improved up to the point that now I'm 97% ok with EVFs. The only mirrorless manufacturer that is behind in terms of EVFs is Olympus.

Aside the fact that I was playing for a few years with mirrorless cameras from different manufacturers, shooting side by side with a mirrorless and a DSLR that have quite similar specs for 6 months already, I realized that my DSLR stays home 90% of the time. And it doesn't stay home because it doesn't do a good job because it does an excelent job each time I grab it, but since I shoot quite a lot wide open with fast lenses, it's easier to work with mirrorless for 2 reasons:
1. Eye af
2. I don't have to focus and recompose which is tricky at f1.4 with people that don't stay still

Despite the fact that the weight difference isn't much between my 2 cameras, the size of the mirrorless it's less eye catching for people at corporate events who are still used to big and bulky cameras of photographers, with flash on top. :)

If I were a guy shooting lanscape or stodio, live view of DSLRs would have been the mirrorless option and I wouldn't be that much interested in mirrorless...

Mirrorless seems to pack more features in their cameras: focus stalking, eye af, pixel shift, both silent and normal shutter, better video, etc. Looking at 1Dx Mark III for example, it seems a little better (just a little) at tracking in live view due to eye af and larger Af area selection. This makes me think that DSLRs won't have much of a life in the next years, at least when comes to the 2 big DSLR manufacturers (Canon and Nikon). They will most likely release 5D Mark V and D860 due to the still very large user base of DSLR shooters. But 5D Mark V will have to be very solid to beat EOS R5 specs for example and shift the attention of users from mirrorless to DSLR.

At this point, I really don't know which approach would be good for Pentax. Focusing on DSLR means that probably they will remain alone in DSLR market after Canon and Nikon will concentrate more and more on mirrorless and "force" their users to switch to mirrorless. This can be good or bad for Ricoh... Good because of the people who want OVF in their cameras with all costs based on the current EVF options in other manufacturer cameras and bad because we don't know how EVFs will look like in the next 5-7 years (the improvements from Sony A7 to Sony A7R IV in terms of EVFs are huge) and because Ricoh isn't known for marketing their cameras either. And then comes lenses... Now there are quite a little modern Pentax lenses to attract Canon and Nikon users, at least the ones used to shoot with D850/5D Mark IV cameras and G/L lenses. The f2.8 trinity of Pentax lenses are already 5 years old. In 6 years these lenses will be 11 years old and will have to compete with newer and newer mirrorless lenses...

There are a lot of things that can go wrong or good for Ricoh no matter the path they choose: mirrorless or DSLR. The important thing is to remain in the market and not because of competition but because of photographers having more choices. :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-24-2020, 02:39 AM  
Is It Time To Buy That Back Up Camera Body?
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 42
Views: 1,627
We are in isolation for the next 30 days here, in Romnaia, isolation/quarantine that may be prolonged. So, not much to shoot.

But, yes, I have a back-up camera (or lenses) and a photo store is also open for renting gear in case one of the camera breaks and I have to shoot something that requires a back-up. :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-21-2020, 05:33 AM  
Basketball and Soccer Sports Photography Camera Body Recommendation
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 57
Views: 3,264
Here, another test, this time it was taken with a 35mm f2 lens (yes, you read correctly, a 35mm lens for action :D ) on a full frame camera. Real world tests with a bird that is flying with a lot more than 1m/s. Given the fact that even in Monte Carlo I wasn't interested in landscapes, I saw this seagull circling the area and I thought, why not take some shots of it for testing af with a wide angle lens, which is challenging for various reasons?!

Below it's a series of 7 images straight out of camera from a burst taken with a camera that has 7fps (5D Mark IV) so it's a burst of one second. Settings were 1/2500s, f5.6, ISO set to Auto. The focus could have jumped right away to the crane seen in the background because it's bigger than the seagull, it's on the route of the seagull also and it's more contrasting so easier to fool the af system...

Image No. 1



Print screen of the Image No. 1 zoomed at 100% (you can see in the left corner of Photoshop window that is zoomed at 100%)



Image No. 2



Print screen of the Image No. 2 zoomed at 100%



Image No. 3



Print screen of the Image No. 3 zoomed at 100%



Image No. 4



Print screen of the Image No. 4 zoomed at 100%



Image No. 5



Print screen of the Image No. 5 zoomed at 100%



Image No. 6



Print screen of the Image No. 6 zoomed at 100%



Image No. 7



Print screen of the Image No. 7 zoomed at 100%



And below it's the same bird photographed with the same camera, lens and settings the second time she flew towards me. I went for one shot following the bird in the viewfinder until she came close enough to me to take the shot and fill the frame with the bird.



I tried so hard yesterday to find on my hard drives bursts of images with so bad keeper rate as the german lab results were and I gave up because as I said, it's hard to beat those poor results shooting in real life conditions. So, if people ignore all the real life images posted by me and Ian Stuart Forsyth and make a case with a lab test, then photography world gone completely mad and now I'm not wondering anymore why DPreview and Youtube influencers gain so much popularity with their lab tests or paid reviews...

Next time someone asks about a good camera for action we should recommend Leica-T because it blows competition in terms of tracking with it's contrast detect af. :D And we can't be blamed for our recommendation either because we have a german lab print screen as an irrefutably argument. :D :D :D
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-21-2020, 02:23 AM  
Basketball and Soccer Sports Photography Camera Body Recommendation
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 57
Views: 3,264
You know what else it's questionable in the german lab test, besides the wrong Af settings?

They tested the performance of the cameras at an aperture of f5.6 and the ISO speed was set so that they have and I quote a no longer exposure time than 1/200s for any condition. Also, for the published results they used a speed of 0.4m/s (a walking person) and 1m/s (a running person).

What's the DOF for a 50mm lens used on a D810 like they used in the test and shown in the print screen who made Normhead to start such a debate? What's the recommended shutter speed to freeze a running person, especially when we talk about a 36mp camera also? Or for a 50mp (Caon 5DsR) camera they also tested?:D

The Cambridge DOF calculator shows the DOF on a full frame at f5.6 and a distance of 5m (see the image below). Yet, they managed to get 33% keeper rate with D810 and a 50mm lens on a subject that raced for 3m. The subject started "the race" from a distance of 5m from the camera and finished "the race" at a distance of 2m from the camera while running at 1m/s (that's 100s for each 100m; knowing that the best athletes will run 100m in 9.8 seconds, this means that in the german lab test the person was not running fast at all; I would say a relaxed warming jog rather than running).

As I said, even without the wrong Af settings this test is questionable knowing the other parameters involved in the test.

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-20-2020, 05:16 AM  
Basketball and Soccer Sports Photography Camera Body Recommendation
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 57
Views: 3,264
That will be nice, but hard to implement. :) I would love such a topic because I extract data regarding af by looking at both random images and burst images. On random images (or singular images) I look to understand and learn things like how difficult was the subject photographed based on:
1. settings used
2. background (clean, busy, contrasting, etc.)
2. size of the subject and how fast and erratic moves
3. etc.

Same for bursts when accuracy of the af system is also visible.

It would be nice to start a topic similar with the "300mm plus lens club" where everyone can post action images with settings used and if someone really wants to say something or if the one who post ask for feedback, a private message would be preferable so that the topic can stay clean. :)
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-13-2020, 10:10 AM  
Canon R5 under development plus 9 news RF lenses in 2020
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 68
Views: 2,474
I think R5 will blow 5Ds in pretty much every aspect. Starting with af performance with animal eye af which is selectable from dogs, cats and birds, 12/20fps, new sensor, af area all over the sensor... Given the recent rumors, this year we may see only R5 and R6 and in the first or second part of 2021 we will see the high mp camera. If you ask me, I don't think Canon will go for more than 75mp. But then, looking at the specs of R5 and 1Dx III, it seems that Canon isn't playing when comes to performance and surprises.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-13-2020, 09:35 AM  
Going into Micro Four Thirds - I'm getting an Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 120
Views: 4,545
Let's hope that with the new APS-C all these worries will be gone. Clearing buffer is quite important when shooting wildlife or sport. Olympus has the speed, but it still lacks in a few important areas for me: EVF, high ISO, handling without battery grip, tracking. It's improved over the E-M1 Mark II, but it doesn't seem to be on par with others, especially for the price.

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I will always go with the camera that will help me get the shot in difficult situations, based on my needs. I'm not interested in details (I have plenty in the cameras released in the last 5-6 years) as much as I'm interested in high ISO and af performance. :) The only thing that keeps me away from 1D series from Canon, especially the new 1Dx mark III is the size and weight. Shooting at a corporate event a doctor for example that is for the first time in front of a large audience with 1Dx will often freeze him and won't be able to talk. It happened to me a few times when I was shooting with battery grip and 70-200mm lens. Since then, I changed my approach. :D
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-13-2020, 09:24 AM  
Going into Micro Four Thirds - I'm getting an Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 120
Views: 4,545
Continuous H mode: 14-bit RAW - 10 frames total; 15 seconds to clear. It seems that for action is behind K-3 II to clear the buffer. And 10 frames it's not that much when shooting a small bird that won't stay steady for 15-20 seconds. That would concern me over K-3 II for example. I don't know if I had to choose between high ISO performance of KP vs buffer clearing of K3 II which one I would choose for static birds or for some action. :)
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-13-2020, 08:49 AM  
Going into Micro Four Thirds - I'm getting an Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 120
Views: 4,545
If you shoot a concert or a football/soccer player with both cameras, D5 images looks way better than the D610 images. In labs on the other hand anything is possible. :D

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Would you like me to provide you a german lab test where everything is possible, at least when comes to Af performance? :D :D :D I had quite a good laugh yesterday and today by looking at individual test results with some of my friends. :D But, as shown above, we can't live without lab tests. At least some of us. :D
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-13-2020, 08:21 AM  
Going into Micro Four Thirds - I'm getting an Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 120
Views: 4,545
I wonder what tests do DXO to get better high ISO performance from D610 than from D5. :D In real life D5 simply "kills" D610 at high ISO.

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-13-2020, 07:00 AM  
Basketball and Soccer Sports Photography Camera Body Recommendation
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 57
Views: 3,264
If only the data from the german tests were accurate... :) If I post those print screens with the results of the german lab to my Facebook page saying that those are my results, all the photographers who knows me would think that I've either gone mad or that I'm joking. There is so much wrong data there that even someone who just read the Af manual from Canon 7D Mark II can give them some useful suggestions. They even managed to get 50-60% less sharp images with the Canon 70-200mm f2.8 shooting a "bird" at 70mm vs. the cheap (150$) and slow 50mm f1.4 lens shooting the same subject. :D Wait, the 150$ 50mm f1.4 lens beats the Canon 70-200mm f2.8 lens at 70mm, 95mm and 200mm in terms of keeper rate. :D :D :D That's a performance that even my 11 years nephew would have hard time to match, even doing the tests repeatedly. :D And my nephew read the manual of my 5D Mark IV, twice. :D :D Yet, these tests are like Youtube influencers and we have to live with them, unfortunately. :(

But since we talked about repeatability, in real world for me this means repeatability when shooting the same subjects. The only image which is not in focus (it's acceptable) from the set of 16 images taken in a burst is the one I highlighted in red. The af lost the horse for a split of a second because the horse basically stopped for a split of a second before starting to run again like crazy. It's a z-direction burst if the diagonal ones are not good enough. :)



It was a training and an event that day that's why you see one person making the horse running. :) Me and the woman you see in the below image were lucky to be able to shoot that day the event. She is a horse trainer and I have some beautiful shots with her at the end of the event.



So you see Clackers, I have another 250 images like that from that day that makes me say that the german lab test is for clicks and views, not for real photographers interested in Af performance. :) And I have a lot more images with different subjects if I want to really make a point about it. Heck, if I post the bursts of images taken with the old 6D when I was out shooting my nephews running fast towards me on their roller skates I will "destroy" all the so called repeatability of the german lab tests because I have more keepers than them with and old 11 af points camera. :D You know that I have images to back up my comments when necessary. :) You just have to tell me which ones do you like:
- running in z-direction like above
- running straight at me like above
- running side way
- running to me in diagonal
- running from me in diagonal like the below one

I have all kinds of repeatable burst images. :D

Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-13-2020, 03:50 AM  
Canon R5 under development plus 9 news RF lenses in 2020
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 68
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Again, I'm not arguing about the 2 slot cards. :) This is a different perspective from person to person and I also prefer to have 2 slots if possible. :) Same when comes to handling. :)

As for low budget, all EF lenses work very well with adapter. Some L lenses like 50mm f1.2L can be found quite cheap second hand. I for example shoot for day to day with 35mm f2 and 85mm f1.8 on EOS R, with adapter. When comes to paid work, I rent the 28-70mm f2L which is a beast and I also use EF 16-35mm f2.8L III and EF 85mm f1.4L in case I need it, both with adapter that work flawlessly. :) I'm waiting to see what lenses are coming next this year for RF mount and when comes black friday I will start to invest in RF lenses based on my needs. It's the first time I'm considering to buy the 70-200mm f2.8 given the size and weight. The 28-70mm f2 is a lens that I won't buy because it's distracting given the size for clients at corporate events. It's also heavy. It's just that the quality of the files are gorgeous and save God that renting this lens for 2 days costs in Romania 35 euro or 40$. :)

When comes to switching systems I strongly suggest that everyone should rent first or borrow the gear that they are interested in. I'm lucky enough to go out much with people shooting different systems and for me switching will imply 2 things:

1. lenses - I find lenses to be the most important aspect for me and even if the new RF lenses are expensive, they deliver; the same is valid for EF Canon L lenses
2. the system behind the camera I like - this was one of the main reasons I went from Pentax to Canon; the other reason I didn't go to Nikon is that a few close friends of mine are shooting Canon and I was used with their cameras and lenses (I also don't like in some situations the Nikon skin tones) :)

I can be happy these days shooting with just about any gear, except maybe Olympus which I find expensive for what it provides, but as long as the system I invested in covers pretty much everything I need, switching systems it's a waste of time. Some of my EF lenses need replacement due to heavy use so I'm good to go when comes to RF lenses to replace the EF ones I have used intensely. :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-13-2020, 02:57 AM  
Basketball and Soccer Sports Photography Camera Body Recommendation
Posted By Dan Rentea
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Here is also a very challenging situation due to lack of contrast on the horse and due to the fact that the sun decided to show up from the clouds and makes my life harder. The horse was coming fast towards me (you can see that by looking at the legs) and the focus worked because it was set properly, among other things. :) I have tons of examples far more challenging than what the german lab did in their comparison, but as long as some people are willing to believe lab tests over real world examples, then no wonder why so many people complains all over the internet about Af of their cameras, being Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony, Olympus, Fuji. :)

Image straight out of camera




The same image with 100% shadows recovery




100% crop from the above image with shadow recovery. Focus is where it should be.




Next image from the burst, straight out of camera




The above image with 100% shadow recovery




The third image from the burst, straight out of camera




The above image with 100% shadows recovery



And there are 2 more images in the burst, all of them in focus. :) As I said, repeatable results I can give you tons, with af settings that works given the circumstances and the subjects photographed. :) I can't give you as bad results as the german lab if you want me to be objective given what I shoot. :D :D
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-13-2020, 02:40 AM  
Canon R5 under development plus 9 news RF lenses in 2020
Posted By Dan Rentea
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If the rumors are true, it will do 4k at 24fps, 30fps, 60fps, 120fps. So, 4k at 60fps will be covered. :) I used one card on my 6D for a few years, I use one card on EOS R for a few months, I use 2 card slots on 5D Mark IV. Yes, 2 card slots are always going to be more secure.

Canon has a RF 24-105mm f4L. It will launch also the RF24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM, the smallest and lightest RF zoom lens available to date, weighing only 395g with a length of 88.8mm. It will also have up to 0.4x magnification or 0.5x magnification in Manual Focus. Some cheap primes seems also included in the 9 new lenses that are coming this year. :)
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