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Forum: Pentax K-1 11 Hours Ago  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 31,448
Views: 2,901,112
Sunrise (FA 31/pixel shift)

Sunrise by Vincent1825, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 11 Hours Ago  
The FA Limited Club
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 11,162
Views: 1,915,628
Sunrise (FA 31/pixel shift)

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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11 Hours Ago  
All three FA Limiteds to be updated + K-1 Mark II J-Limited 01
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 420
Views: 24,031
I guess. I just think that North American (and probably European) sensibilities are different Japanese ones. I would pay more for a standard black K-1 than for one of these, but that doesn't mean that that is everyone's perspective.

Pentax has sold a variety of cameras that were odd to me, but it's really OK. I don't have to buy everything that they turn out.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 20 Hours Ago  
Canon R1
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 17
Views: 470
The nice thing about "speculative specs" is that they don't have to have any relation to reality.

I imagine that Canon is working on a higher megapixel camera (don't know that it will be this one), but some of the other specs, as Photoptimist says, are pretty unlikely. Certainly at that cost it will be out of most folks' price range...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 20 Hours Ago  
All three FA Limiteds to be updated + K-1 Mark II J-Limited 01
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 420
Views: 24,031
Sure, but you aren't the intended audience.

I think Pentax knows what sells in Japan much better than any of those on this thread do. If they can sell a three year old camera for a little more money by doing these tweaks to it, it's no skin off my nose. There is no huge investment of man power to make these and it isn't taking engineers away from other projects, like a 645z sequel or K-1 II sequel.
Forum: General Photography 20 Hours Ago  
I feel an explosion in megapixels coming now
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 128
Views: 3,383
I don't see a huge benefit from higher megapixels. It does seem likely that it will happen. If you have sensors that you take 26 and 32 megapixel APS-C sensors from, surely you can get some full frame sensors out of those too.

As far as the dynamic range graphs, I don't find there is as much usable dynamic range as what they predict. If I take a K-1 file at base iso, I can typically bump the shadows four to five stops before the noise is too intrusive. I think a lot of the overstating comes because of the noise "magically" vanishing when you downsize your image to 8 megapixels....
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 2 Days Ago  
Buying into Nikon?Theres not many taking the new way!
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 65
Views: 1,574
Maybe so. I haven't investigated enough to see what the difference is in sharpness. It just seemed that Nikon folks were pretty satisfied with their F mount lenses already. So if you owned a D750 or D850 and felt pretty satisfied with the performance and had a decent lens line up, I'm not sure what what specific things would make you drop a bunch of money on a new mount and move on.

I'm not saying the Z mount lenses aren't better or that if you had all the money in the world that you would just drop it on a Z mount system. I guess I'm just trying to analyze why it has taken longer for Nikon to get off the ground with this mount than Canon. I think it really comes down to the fact that Nikonians are pretty satisfied with their F mount gear and they don't see enough benefit from the Z mount to jump in yet. To me it really is the disease of "Good Enough."
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 3 Days Ago  
Buying into Nikon?Theres not many taking the new way!
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 65
Views: 1,574
I guess I just think you have to figure out how your MILC lens line up is going to be different from your SLR lenses that are already out there -- other than more expensive. Canon chose to release some really fast lenses that are not matched on SLR. Nikon has a 24-200 variable aperture zoom for 900 dollars, a 70-200 f2.8 for 2600, a 35mm f1.8 for 850, and so on. They are nice lenses, but are they enough nicer than F mount versions to warrant purchasing them? I don't know.

I'm guessing that Nikon also got hurt with negative press on their initial Z mount cameras (in particular the card slots) and now are caught in the same issue of sensor shortages that probably halted the release of the Pentax K-3 III. None of this is stuff that can't be over come, but they are going to need some "right steps" to stand out going forward.
Forum: General Talk 3 Days Ago  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 457
Views: 17,499
I think with the style of vaccine it is going to be easier to tweak the mRNA vaccines than the Astra Zeneca or Johnson and Johnson (they can be tweaked, but it is a more involved process).
Forum: General Talk 3 Days Ago  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 457
Views: 17,499
I don't know how much it will help, but Merck has said they are going to start manufacturing J and J's vaccine to help with production amounts. Certainly supply improvement, combined with the fact that it is a single dose series should speed the process at least a bit. Merck Will Help Manufacture Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 Vaccine : Coronavirus Updates : NPR
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 3 Days Ago  
Ricoh should revisit K01
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 113
Views: 8,788
I think a lot would have depended on its functionality. I really think that is the thing being glossed over in this thread. Make a K-01 with an EVF and it still would have been a camera with a raw buffer of three images (and that only obtainable using multi exposure mode), terrible tracking auto focus, and relatively poor video functionality for an MILC. Its main feature, as you mention was its styling.

The K-01 was a weird blocky camera -- a K-30 stuck in live view mode, but with much worse overall specs.

Could a K-02 work? Sure. It just would have to have decent functionality, good specs, and be similar size to other MILCs on the market. The reason I don't think Pentax will release one is because they don't want to make the investment in mirrorless tech to make a camera that was at, say, a A7r IV's level.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 3 Days Ago  
The screen died on my KS-2, so I improvised.
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 14
Views: 635
Really cool DIY project. And another use of the Curiously Strong Mints!

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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 3 Days Ago  
Buying into Nikon?Theres not many taking the new way!
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 65
Views: 1,574
I am convinced that a lot of Nikon's problems stem from the fact that they just decided to replicate their F mount lens line up with the Z mount -- except that all of the lenses are more expensive and there is pretty minimal used market. I know the Z mount cameras are a little smaller and the lenses are a little sharper, but I just don't think a lot of folks really wanted to drop the amount of money it would take to get a little smaller system. And if your plan is simply to use your current F mount lenses with an adapter on one of the Z cameras, the size improvement isn't as much either.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 4 Days Ago  
Tanaka san - Wakashiro san online seminar about K-3 III (CP+ 2021)
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 134
Views: 11,664
Not sure about it. To me, it probably is a bit like pixel shift. That is to say, you actually see the most benefit of pixel shift in terms of noise reduction, color improvement, and dynamic range at high iso, but you definitely can get cleaner at shadows at low iso too.

I use pixel shift a lot at low iso simply because it allows me an extra half stop that I can push shadowed areas without having noise start to come in to the overall photo. I suppose this will give the appearance of having more dynamic range than competitors due to the cleaner shadows.

It could be a plus for Pentax, assuming the flaming from DP Review over the accelerator's application to RAW images isn't too great.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 4 Days Ago  
Tanaka san - Wakashiro san online seminar about K-3 III (CP+ 2021)
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 134
Views: 11,664
I think most photographers will be happy if high iso images look good with less effort. I hope Pentax is careful about where the accelerator kicks in. It really doesn't need to be work at iso 100, for instance, but I think most would agree that it is OK at iso 1600 or above. Even the K5, which has been mentioned fondly in this thread, has been identified as having "smoothing" above iso 1600. Certainly at a certain point APS-C is going to be basically unusable without a little help, I guess the question is where/when.

My experience with the K-1 II was that it gave files that were a little cleaner at high iso. I didn't find it night and day difference, but I was more able to use iso 6400 and up without noise reduction. Below that, I didn't feel that there was a particular need as the K-1 is really nice already.
Forum: Pentax K-1 5 Days Ago  
Pentax K-1 reputation for "bulky and heavy" - is it deserved vs. competing cameras?
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 48
Views: 2,253
I think it is not worthwhile comparing today's full frame cameras to film cameras back in the day. You add a tilt screen that actually shows the image. you have a sensor with shift capability. You have all of the electronics necessary to run not only still photography, but also video. All of that comes at a weight price. Comparing a zoom to a prime isn't helpful either. You can still put a FA 43 on your K-1 and get a smaller package, it is just that zooms have come a long way.

Of course, you can compare the K-1 to MILCs, but I would simply say that the K-1's weight is mostly related to build. A Canon 6D (much more plasticky build) is 770 grams. Personally, I would rather have the tougher build, but opinions vary. My daughter owns a K-S1 which has a 100 pentaprism and weighs 558 grams. And it feels too light to me, so go figure...
Forum: Pentax K-1 5 Days Ago  
Pentax K-1 reputation for "bulky and heavy" - is it deserved vs. competing cameras?
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 48
Views: 2,253
Sure. I'm more talking about style of review. Similar testing on every lens, decent images, and no snarky notes against any particular brand. Obviously reviews age and it would be nice if some of Pentax's lenses were retested on full frame rather than just on APS-C.
Forum: Pentax K-1 5 Days Ago  
Pentax K-1 reputation for "bulky and heavy" - is it deserved vs. competing cameras?
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 48
Views: 2,253
Generally speaking, I wish sites did a better job of evaluating cameras as a still photography tool. I understand that video is a big deal these days and that is a thing that separates cameras. It just isn't a big deal to a lot of photographers and a camera can be awesome at taking video and still be a lousy camera for capturing still photographs.

The thing that bothers me about DP Review is the snarky attitude. Pentax doesn't make cameras that work for everyone and they aren't the biggest brand by a long shot. I just remember their DFA *50 review (which wasn't really a review -- more a glorified hands on). They started off mentioning that they thought they needed to review the lens because they didn't know if they would see any more SLR lenses from Pentax in the future. They mentioned multiple times how big it was. They managed to bring up the K-1's slow auto focus and spent a huge amount of time talking about loCA.

Every review should list both pros and cons, but they shouldn't do it a snarky way and they should be pretty consistent across cameras and lenses. I actually really like ephotozine for lens reviews. They are concise, consistent, and show the test charts that they are basing their evaluations on.
Forum: General Talk 6 Days Ago  
Another Marc Newson design ...
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 37
Views: 910
He does have a certain look to his designs, doesn't he? I don't happen to find them attractive, but I suppose as with all things, opinions differ.
Forum: General Talk 6 Days Ago  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 457
Views: 17,499
We're sort of tied to what the CDC recommends. I think in the UK, the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are used interchangeably (seems reasonable) but here, if you got a particular vaccine you have to get your booster from the same maker. The CDC is following very tightly to what the brands tested in their trials.

We are vaccinating nearly 1.5 million people a day, so that is a plus. The CDC now has much more data on their website about a variety of things: hospitalizations, vaccinations, long term care facilities, etc. CDC COVID Data Tracker

I think the thing to remember about the vaccine schedules was that the companies used booster schedules that were quite compressed in order to complete the schedule as quickly as possible and get the studies completed. That doesn't mean that those are the ideal schedules from an immunity standpoint and it seems likely that putting 10 to 12 weeks between doses is at least as effective as the three to four week schedule.

Of course, none of this applies to the Johnson and Johnson vaccine since it is a single dose.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 6 Days Ago  
Sensor in K1 MkII successor?
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 35
Views: 1,644
I don't think Pentax (or most other makers) are chasing the low end market any more. The K-1 II is selling for 1800 dollars right now and I can't imagine Pentax particularly wanting to sell full frame for much less than that. It may be that close out prices on the K-1 II when the K-1 III is released will drop it into the 1600 or 1700 dollar range, but unlike Nikon, Canon, and Sony, Pentax has not abandoned APS-C and isn't desperately trying to get their users to move away from crop frame cameras.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 6 Days Ago  
Decoding camera industry trends
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 31
Views: 1,340
I think that film does have a different look from jpeg emulations. I can usually tell the difference. I happen to like the look of film (not enough to shoot with it), but a large format, black and white film image can have a special quality that I don't think digital (even medium format) has quite reached yet.

I think digital is quite a bit better when it comes to color work.
Forum: General Talk 6 Days Ago  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 457
Views: 17,499
Pfizer apparently has done further testing and is asking that the extra cold temperature storage requirement for their vaccine be relaxed and be more similar to the Moderna vaccine: https://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2021-02-19/pfizer-submits-data-showi...r-temperatures

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It will help, although it didn't sound like they had a bunch of doses ready to go -- I had read that they hoped to ship 20 million doses by the end of March The Latest: First US J&J vaccine doses shipping Sunday night I had hoped that they would have more doses than that ready to go, but I guess the process of getting millions of doses of vaccine ready takes time.

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The interesting thing is that data is showing Pfizer's vaccine to be over 80 percent effective two weeks after the first dose. Study in Israel shows Pfizer vaccine 85% effective after first dose: The Lancet A lot of folks are talking about whether we need to put off second doses for a couple of months, since the first doses are this good and just try to get as many people as possible first doses.
Forum: Pentax K-1 6 Days Ago  
Pentax K-1 reputation for "bulky and heavy" - is it deserved vs. competing cameras?
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 48
Views: 2,253
I have no idea why reviewers decide to emphasize what they do. In the case of the K-1, you could describe it as big and heavy or you could describe it as "incredibly solid and well built."

As to whether that is a detriment, I would say that if you use heavier lenses like the f2.8 lenses or DFA * primes, then the weight is not harmful and helps balance the camera better. My wife shoots weddings (or did before COVID) and would use a K-1/K-1 II with grips and with DFA 24-70 and DFA *70-200 on them for a 10 hour day. She isn't a body builder but much preferred them to the K-3, even though it is a lighter camera.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-28-2021, 04:01 PM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 21,974
Views: 1,621,466
We actually live closer to the Staunton River, but here it's a small branch called the Seneca Creek that runs into Staunton River just north of Long Island (Long Island, Virginia, not the other Long Island). There's a lot of history around here and one of the early owners of Long Island was Patrick Henry.
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