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Conditions: f3,5, 1/125 s, ISO 800, WB auto
Lens: Pentax 18-55 mm f3.5-5.6 DA AL WR.Format: RAW (DNG)

I just went on a link with samples of images taken with the Pentax k-7, at a speed of  iso 800, in anyone’s  estimation, should the noise at this speed be  so evident?

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We always wonder what new gadgets can make us feel good, supreme over others. At first, I dreamed, then I read, it was so silly to think why they lied. Our product has a history, it’s a shame the digital world has come, we are fools to think Lieca could survive…


A rangefinder named Lieca  photographed by remote control, Canon Pro 1

Photoppoo’s Leica M8 reports….

Daddy’s $5,000 toy is a piece of shit. He and the other shills get their fellow Leicaphiles excited about this camera before it’s released. Now that everyone has blown $5,000, Jorge is using the RFF forum to shame the executives at Leica. Who should really be ashamed of their behavior? The GAS bags at RFF, of course! This “open” letter was posted all over the Internet

iphonerulez :Considering how netbook PC users must feel about overpriced goods, Leica must be going out of business or on the verge of bankruptcy. After all, nobody buys expensive products in this economy. is selling some Kodak Easyshare camera for $85 that takes pictures almost as well as this Leica priced at $9000. Surely the Leica can’t take pictures that much better to cost almost $8900 more. Oh, that’s right, Leica is just cheating it’s customers into thinking it’s a better camera than a Kodak Easyshare. And Leica users are just arrogant dicks for owning something that most users can’t afford. I know most of you PC netbook users are happy with your Kodaks, so walk around proudly with your chests puffed out.

tekd: Well, Leica really has been on the verge of bankruptcy for years now. Almost filed 4 years ago.

Dummy00001:  Can any photographer explain me why the rangefinder costs that much?

I can understand why some monster Canon or Nikon costs arm and a leg. But M8 is compact – but say 4/3 Panay or Oly are compact too, cost magnitude less, have more lenses and have comparable specs. The camera isn’t that high-end – outside it’s sentimental value. Where the hell from comes the $8000-9000 price tag?


Leica should start making fake “uber brassing” models and market them as former cameras used by real photographers(ha!). I’ve used Leicas a bit years ago, and they are really great tools. The brand and the legacy deserve more than the moronic collector bait they have been foisting. Maybe if Leica concentrated on making cameras instead of fashion crap they could still hold their head high.


A memorable photograph taken with a Leica from the book Leica Manual 1944

The Online Photographe;

Mind you, I’m not knocking Leica’s choices. It made the M8 as much like an M as possible because that’s what its faithful wanted, and giving your customers what they want can hardly be construed as a bad thing. The M8 is trying to be an M that just happens to be digital; but in terms of my thought experiment, if it were a film camera, it would feel not so much like a Leica but like a clunky, cheaper copy of a Leica. The feeling of build quality is almost there but not quite; the shutter delay doesn’t have the razor-sharp responsiveness of the film M’s (the Canon XTi to which I compared the M8 has a markedly better, quicker, and more responsive shutter feel); the controls, although nicely conceived, are somewhat slow and unsure; and the always-ready, always-on, tough-as-nails feel of the film cameras just doesn’t translate to what is, after all, mainly a piece of electronics. Nice try—A for effort—but a miss. If it weren’t a digital camera, the M8 wouldn’t quite make it as a Leica.

From L.Camera Hassiman

You are not alone. You are correct, the changes are minimal… total crap. I bought a used (original) Leica and I love it. Leave the upgrades for the Leica fetishist. Buy glass. That will add something to your photography. Please, do not give Leica the satisfaction of a “financial bail-out” for a camera that was not originally up to German engineering standards. Make them bring something to market that is up to Leica standards or perish. Make them build a Mercedes. Don’t let them get away with a Ford.

Over the past several years, Leica has used KODAK CCD Image Sensors in their most advanced digital products – most recently, the LEICA M8.

I have been a Leica M/R owner since 1970. I have long loved their cameras and lenses but I have come to the realization that in today’s digital world the time of the Leica camera as we know it may just about be at an end.

In the days of film it was a good rational that even if you were not well-heeled a Leica camera was worth saving for, and that goal once attained would give one the most finely-built pieces of photographic equipment on the planet, one that would probably outlast its owner even after decades of heavy use. When a newer, faster, better ISO color or B&W film came out we just loaded it into the camera and it worked. No other adjustment necessary.

We now live in a world where newer better detectors (senors) are always just around the corner. The product life on a particular camera body as state-of-the-art is now measured in months. Canon has been able to sell not so finely made DSLR bodies for $5,000 – $8,000 only because they had a lock on the full-frame sensor market. Given recent developments this is no longer true and because Canon has competition prices on high end DSLR bodies will soon be falling.

The day of the hand-made finely machined German camera body selling for thousands of dollars is Kaput.
Photographers will no longer be willing to pay that kind of money for a camera… no matter what its brand, that will be obsolete with a year of purchase. This is the harsh reality that Leitz now faces. Yes, Leitz will always be able to market limited edition pieces to the wealthy collectors, but that market is not big enough to sustain a large corporation.

The REAL value that Leitz needs to concentrate on are the pieces that DON’T become outmoded every 6 months… Leitz lenses… not the designs they have branded for panasonic… but the Brass and steel hand-fitted wonders that are as good today as they were 40 years ago ( My 40 tear old 50mm F2 Summicron will still hold its own against anything built today) If they can find a way to mass produce the rangefinder and build an M body that sells for $1,500 that will accept the M mount lenses they will have a chance. If they don’t…. Leica will go the way of Agfa… and I will mourn their passing.

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What I know is this, the principle of anything  that serves an industry should be capable of working flawless, if not at all.  Mistake occur if decisions are overseen too quickly, faced with the market, trying to compete with its competitor. The trouble is never the user of the product, I share this as a warning. Like attracts like…

Exposures Pentax K10D All Modes

Green line 60 at F1.4 Download

P mode 60 F1.7  Download

SV mode F60 2.0 – ISO 140 Download

TV mode 60 F1.7 Download

AV mode 60 F1.4 Download

T/AV mode 60 F1.4 – 140 ISO Download

M mode 45 F1.4 100ISO Download

Conditions: Handheld with Pentax 1.4 50mm lens. Anti-Shake system off. Speed ISO 100 Daylight Auto focus ARS

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I like to know who is responsible? Tell us. Choosing things, gathering dust. When I read your comments it over big boy. this camera is perfect, yes perfect in the minds of loyal consumers. Look at it, pay less, feel rich, only if I can convince them that it too is shit


Look Demi, its a blinding beam and not water, I’ve been punked, Nikon sucks

“Hey Ashton, should you be with Demi when taking all those controlled Nikon photographs with younger chicks, Bootya?

Nikon P5100 Engineered for Artistry, Unleash Your Potential, Smart. Sharp. Simply Brilliant. Incredible Pictures, Incredible Possibilities, Incredibly Easy! Fast. Precise. Agile. Evolution in Motion Digital Masterpiece Extreme power and precision delivering exacting detail.

See the winning picture at the Heart of the image Precise control, Powerful photography. Breathtaking Digital performance

This is a photograph of the Nikon cool pix p5100 taken with a Pentax k10D.  Hand held. Auto (Green line) without flash at natural daylight. Exposure 6. F1.4. ISO 100, Anti shake switch off. Lens, 50mm 1.4. It should be noted that a camera using a lens with such a large aperture should not have results such as this. Download

Nikon cool pix p5100. s/n  30400840. Compact well built, view finder has errors, camera does not fire at critical moments. Zoom is not smooth and difficult to control. Pointless.  It also has an assistance focus orange lamp that can blind you. Speeds over 400 ISO has too much noise. Images are clear when photographed in good light conditions. Video relatively acceptable if filmed during the day. Night film shots are grainy.


Trinidad Carnival, 2008. Set inadvertently at 3200 ISO – It  shoots like a disposable

Nikon notes: ISO 3200 capability
Extended light sensitivity range up to ISO 3200* adds the power to shoot more effectively in lower lighting conditions, or to capture fast moving subjects with outstanding clarity. And the new image processing engine produces clear results, even when shooting with high ISO settings.

On the DPreview blog, a reader wrote,

I am no electronics guru, but wouldn’t it be possible to give the P5000/P5100 the ability to shoot RAW via a firmware update? I have seen on the web where people have hacked the firmware in some Canon point and shoot cameras and added RAW shooting capability where there was none before. I e-mailed Nikon yesterday and “asked” for a firmware update, but I am sure unless they get a boatload of e-mails, mine probably just went into file 13 lol. How about everyone who has a P5000/P5100 e-mail Nikon and ask the same thing ? Any Nikon firmware people listening lol

Nikon did listen, in its P6000 model it had what he requested, RAW capabilities. Thank you Nikon

L Ferguson

I have had no end of problems with the viewfinder zoom breaking down on this camera. It was sent away under warranty to be fixed, took months and now after only another 6 months has broken down again. Definitely would not recommend this camera for this reason. It is useless without the viewfinder as outdoors nothing can be seen on the LCD screen.

B. Black

I have to say that the focus inconsistency on the P5100 is so pronounced, in various lighting situations, that I have actually written to Nikon to point this out. CU shots, mid-range portraits and night shots are next to impossible, with hunting and even BEEP-BEEP little green box ‘you’re in focus’ advisories leading to really sharp backgrounds and the subject of the shot in very soft focus. It’s the kind of pukey performance you’d expect from a dime store made-in-china digital, not a Nikon. Have tried various focus modes, take exceptional care while focussing (which tends to ruin spontaneity and snapshooting), but still get the problem.

Not happy at all. A pocket camera should have quick, accurate autofocus. Otherwise, what’s the point? I think it’s back to Casio for me. Or maybe Canon. Or a Lumix. But Nikon sucks.

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The Letter

Fumio Urano,
Charmen of Pentax Co-operation
2-7-5 Naka-Ochiai, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Dear Mr. Urano,

I write to complain over the quality of a camera which is the Pentax K10. It has failed in many occasions to properly photograph in situations as simple as the camera shown in a case study on my website. You are as I am,dismayed.


Dear Anonymous,

Thank you for your kind thoughts over an issue involving this Pentax product.The purpose of this study is to make manufacturers aware that buyers of their products are not guinea pigs when their equipment fails to take a simple photograph. How difficult is that?

We are then told by comments such as yours to stop complaining and download 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 firmware or get it repaired so the manufacturer can learn what flaws it had. Then they would make the corrections and urge fools to go out and buy the new and improved piece of…………… one month, glamorized in gloss. If this was a private jet, you bet they’ll make it fly.

Pentax may very well learn from all this and work diligently to produce a digital camera that would be admired for its reliability and ease of use, kept for many years. I am not here to plug anyone, I am here to show quality in one’s product.

Look at the industry, look at the losers, we have our flagship, they can't wonder when its time...People can't get enough, the biggest problems lies with currency...

C Moseley:

I bought a Canon 40D after it was introduced just under a year ago. Now I learn that Canon has replaced the model with the 50D selling at the same price point. I cant believe that this company is doing this. I feel both betrayed and swindled. Selling $1400 cameras with a half-life of six months without notifying consumers that the unit will be replaced in less than a year is dishonest. I have used Canon cameras exclusively for more than 30 years. When it comes time to replace my 40D I am purchasing a Nikon.

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