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Latest comments, thoughts and reaction to our recently reviewed Camera Equipment, including the Pentax K-3 III Review.

Alan_Baseley
Interesting review. Having used mine for the last 2-3 months I'd like make the following points about the camera and the review.
1. There seems to be quite a bit of nit picking in the review. Hardly anything comes with a printed manual these days. It hardly affects the quality of the camera. Same applies to software. It's quite clearly identified in the downloaded manual (pages 97/98), so why waste time, effort and space in the review?
2. You failed to mention the new (for Pentax) highlight exposure mode which is, IMO, is very useful when there is strong sunlight on the subject.
3. You made a lot about not providing an external battery charger with the camera but failed to mention that a charger and lead are provided for charging the battery in the camera. Again, IMO, this is a plus, not a negative. It's far easier than having to take the battery out every time it needs charging. Plus it takes up less space and weight when you are travelling.
4. I've tried using the camera on continuous to tog the Gannets at Bempton and have personally not had an issue with buffering when using a UHS-II card. It was a problem when I tried it with the other, UHS-I, card. If I'd have kept my finger on the button much longer I'd have probably been better using the video mode.
5. Again, with or without my glasses on, I couldn't see what your issue is with the viewfinder relief
6. I've found the camera to be far heavier on battery use than my K1. I put this down to using Bluetooth for recording GPS data from my phone.
7. For me the lack of a tilting screen is not a problem. Again this is a personal preference, but I don't think it should be noted as a con or as a pro.
8. It's definitely an improvement on the K3-II
9. As for the price/value for money, could it be that Pentax are taking advantage of the fact the big boys appear to be losing interest in dSLRs and Pentax are positioning themselves for when dSLRs are a niche market product?

Made by Alan_Baseley on 28 Jul 2021 5:51PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

jimmoore1
John,
You are not wrong, they do hold their value.
I recently sold one. A forum member offered £125 but did not come back, so I put it on eBay and got £260 in about half an hour. Should have asked for more?
Jim

Made by jimmoore1 on 5 Jun 2021 10:11AM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

Diwali
Me too! I was so disappointed when I found my X-T1 didnít have the thread for my shutter release cable. I still use it on my X-E1.
I do like the spec. for the X-E4. Maybe time to upgrade?
Thanks for an interesting review.

Made by Diwali on 2 Jun 2021 1:58PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

peterjones
I use a so called old fashioned shutter release when the occasion calls, why not?

Made by peterjones on 28 May 2021 11:01PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

duduilie
Hello,
Did Ricoh announce until they update for KP?
Thank you.

Made by duduilie on 1 May 2021 8:43PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

EmmanuelFaro
I've owned the G100 for a month with the updated firmware. Focusing in video has been vastly improved, it doesn't hunt out of focus so much when my face is moving. The simulated IS works well enough with a stabilised Lumix lens even when compared to my main camera the original Olympus E-M1 which is well known for its great IS.

I find the crop in 4K acceptable for what this camera is trying to be. The full HD is superb if you don't need 4K. Personally, I find working on the larger file size coming from 4K time consuming and not worth the extra resolution.

The image quality of the G100 is on par with that of the G9 & GX9, quite normal since they all share the same sensor. I find the still image quality very high especially when used with a prime lens. I use my G100 set on A most of the time as I like to play & experiment with depth of field.

I find handling of the body pretty good for its small size. Someone with bigger hands might struggle when handling the G100 especially when a bigger lens is attached. There are currently no accessories such as half leather case or screw-on grips available on the Net even from China. These would definitely help with the handling or the protection of the polycarbonate body.

What I find the most annoying on the G100 is when viewing through the EVF the focus point moves to wherever your nose touches on the screen, as a result there were times where I had to disabled the touch screen function, this is not a problem if you articulate the screen to the side of the body, however because the body is so small, it feels a bit weird when I'm viewing through the EVF with the screen rotated to the side, I guess this is something that I will get used to with more practice.

I can't say much about its on-board audio capabilities as I use an external microphone, It's the only way for me as I live in Suffolk near the coast where it's windy on most days.

I can confirm that the EVF on the G100 is stellar and a joy to use and so is the rotating screen. There's not much wrong with this little camera, I think it was a brave move from Panasonic to produce a new model at a time when M/43rd is presumably considered dead, at least according to quite a few vloggers on YouTube. I still think this system will survive, it offers the best performance when taking into account the size of the lenses and bodies it has to offer.

I'm an amateur photographer and my comments are based on my own personal journey with the G100 and M/43rd system. Yours of course might differ. Being an amateur doesn't mean I'm a worst photographers when compared to Pros, it's simply means that I don't earn a living from photography Smile

Made by EmmanuelFaro on 24 Apr 2021 8:13PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

HenriquedArce
I bought my Sony A7, second hand, in great condition and little previous use, for half the price of a new one about 3 years ago and I am delighted with it.
I use the kit lens (24-70) only occasionally as I prefer to pair it up with my classic Minolta Rokkor prime lenses: 50mm f1.2, 58mm f1.2, 85mm f1.7, 135mm f2, ...
The results are exquisite, taking full advantage of the excellent definition of these lenses that I have collected over 40 years.
The menus are indeed quite fiddly, but as I use the camera mostly on the S mode, that is not a major problem.

Made by HenriquedArce on 12 Mar 2021 12:35PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

pablophotographer
Even better value nowadays!

Made by pablophotographer on 10 Mar 2021 11:18PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

pierrepoulin
Another example of the reviewer using the review to tell us about his personal taste in cameras, instead of focusing on the photographer looking for a full frame compact rangefinder style camera and how he or she might use this camera.

To me the A7c is like a Lumix GX8, a great camera on it's own (got 3) but with a FF sensor which is a technological prowess and provides fantastic IQ, but all we read is the reviewer trashing the camera mainly because he doesn't like the optional kit lens.

Please focus on the end user and the camera.

Thank you



Made by pierrepoulin on 28 Feb 2021 7:37PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

Cynog
Why is the lack of a forward articulated screen constantly regarded as a con (ePHOTOzine is not alone in this)? I note it is qualified by recognising that "some" will wish for it, but some may not. Personally, I much prefer a tilting screen, as I have no need to photograph or video myself, and I imagine I am not alone in this. I just don't want a screen that hangs off the side of my camera. The problem seems to stem from a number of YouTube vloggers, who seem clueless about photography and review all cameras as if they are vlogging machines. Maybe that's a bit harsh, but vloggers are, I suspect, very much a minority, though a vocal one, and their needs are niche (I do not include all videographers in this category). And don't get me started on the "selfie" generation, though they tend to use smartphones.

At the end of the day, it is all a matter of preference. None of my cameras have a front facing screen, and I like it that way. Some are fixed, some tilt and my favourite articulation method is on my Fuji which also allows a degree of tilt while in portrait orientation. So please, please, please stop listing this as a con!

Made by Cynog on 24 Feb 2021 2:48PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply