Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Yet Another Sensor Benchmark Other Than DxOMark - SensScore

http://www.senscore.org/

Canon, Nikon, Sony and Pentax digital camera bodies are tested, further categorised by Full Frame or APS-C. Unfortunately, the FF Pentax is dimmed out, since there is yet no FF Pentax DSLR body of any up till now.

The published scores do look to be more sensible than those of the DxO results as resolution is now measured and at every ISO. However, the detailed formulas are not disclosed, unlike what DxoLabs have done, unfortunately.

Chinese ZOL Marks DA*50-135/2.8 Lens Discontinued

The largest online electronics gear site, ZOL, has marked the DA*50-135 lens is already discontinued:



A quick check to the DA*16-50/2.8 lens yet shows that it is still in production, on the other hand. So, what does this mean? :-O

Friday, November 14, 2014

IQ Shootout: 645Z Vs D810 Vs 5D3



http://info.xitek.com/product/201411/12-164898.html
(in Simplified Chinese)

Side by side 100% crops on different Field-of-View can be found here, here and here. The lenses used for the tests and respective settings are also remarked.

Monday, November 10, 2014

K-3 is an "Old Model" with Limited Stock at Amazon?



Source: http://www.amazon.com/Pentax-K-3-SLR-Camera-MODEL/dp/B00FKLQ0LW

K-3 discontinued already and replacement is coming??

Frustrated Pentaxians

Go read yourself for those frustrating stories..

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3743352

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/54699218

Ricoh Markets the DA16-85mm Lens



http://us.ricoh-imaging.com/camera-lenses/HD_PENTAX_DA_16-85mm_f3.5-5.6_ED_DC_WR

Whilst I think this lens is nice for APS-C, it comes just too late and the trend has already been over, frankly. And still, I don't like the red ring. It looks just so odd and ugly, no special character of one's own. Red ring means Canon, it's just too symbolic to be overridden! :-(

K-s1 DxOMark is Out

http://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Pentax/K-S1

Worst than the 16M Pentax bodies? But it has more pixel counts. So, if this benchmark is just not practical enough, you can see some real-world tests and samples, for instance, below:

http://www.yaotomi.co.jp/blog/walk/2014/09/pentax-k-s1-review-first.html

http://www.yaotomi.co.jp/blog/walk/2014/09/-pentax-k-s1-review-second.html

http://www.yaotomi.co.jp/blog/walk/2014/10/-2014-pentax-k-s1-review-third.html

(in Japanese)

Or, if the colour depth is yet not enough, Pentaxians can yet get more colours of the body, look at these! ;-D

http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/japan/campaign/20141023/

Thursday, October 09, 2014

K-3 Debug Mode and Menu

http://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/172-pentax-k-3/273233-pentax-k-3-debug-menu-fyi.html

The K-3 Debug Mode

This is how you enter:

Create 2 files in the root of SD card (Make sure your computer shows the file endings, i.e .txt, .PEF, . JPG etc)

00077760.502
DEVELOP.MOD

Open and add the text [OPEN_DEBUG_MENU] to the first file.

Insert the SD card in slot 1 and turn on the camera without closing the card door.

Enable Debug Mode and press OK. You can now remove the files.

In the Menus, before the C1-menu, you now will find a hidden menu.

Someone entered the Debug Mode has found the way to change the language of the camera menu which was originally locked, here. That must be great! :-D




Update: A more detailed step-by-step instruction with screen captures can be found here (originally in Traditional Chinese, Google Translated to English).

Ricoh Announces WG-30W and WG-30 Rugged Compacts



http://www.dpreview.com/articles/9007370912/ricoh-announces-wg-30w-and-wg-30-rugged-compacts

The "W" version has the built-in WiFi, the first "in-house" (non-OEM) Ricoh camera that have it, still good because very late is better than none! :-) NFC is still lacking, though, unfortunately. Moreover, do also note that the WG-30s do not have any GPS receiver built-in, which is really not good for an adventure camera which it is meant to be.

Friday, September 19, 2014

What Are These Lenses?





What are these big and bulky lenses? :-O Still, I hate the UGLY Ricoh red rings! >:-|

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