G1Houston

G1Houston

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Joined on Jul 15, 2009

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noflashplease: What exactly is the point of a brilliant autofocus system without any adequate telephoto options? Sony needed glass and instead they concentrated on gimmicks and gizmos. The A6000 wasn't deficient in terms of autofocus performance. This big issue was always the limited and unimpressive selection of lenses. I can't imagine very many people shooting sports or wildlife with the corny powerzoom 16-50mm!

"An APS-C 70-200mm lens wouldn't really be noticeably smaller."

Remember the Sigma 50-150/2.8 for the APS-C, it was very compact and a well-regarded lens. So 70-200 mm FF eq in a compact package can be done for the APS-C format!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 19:41 UTC
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the decent exposure: In my eyes sony is going the wrong way. Profit is nice and I believe that these lenses will deliver a beautiful IQ, but pricewise and sizewise I can't follow Sony anymore. The 85 mm is $ 300 more expensive and 2 cm larger than the wonderful Nikon 85 mm 1.4. And of course heavier.
Is that really what the average customer wants wants for his A7? I don't believe this. What is the reason of the smallest fullframe body connected to the largest and heavierst lenses?

Where is the 1.8 line, a 85 mm 1.8 for round about $500. I don't care if it would be plastic fantastic like the canikons

"they're targeting the Pro market with these"

With diminishing camera sale, they are trying to milk as much profit as they can per unit sale.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 18:15 UTC
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nandbytes: Thinking Sony has a phobia for touch screens...

They don't want to make it perfect so people will stop buying cameras from other brands.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 16:49 UTC
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G1Houston: How does one select the AF point? Still no touch AF?

I do like its overall design though. It is simple and clean with a very usable grip, which is not too big. I also like its off-center EVF that is, again, simple, unlike the over-engineered tithable version in the GX8.

"same way people have been doing so far"

Not sure which "people" you are referring to. For the Nikon people, or users of most other brands, the 4-way controller is defaulted to move the AF points so you just press and the AF will move.

Not so with A6000 as you need to go into the menu first before you can do this. Hope they have fixed it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 16:27 UTC

How does one select the AF point? Still no touch AF?

I do like its overall design though. It is simple and clean with a very usable grip, which is not too big. I also like its off-center EVF that is, again, simple, unlike the over-engineered tithable version in the GX8.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 16:21 UTC as 353rd comment | 3 replies
On article Design, looks and desire: Olympus does it again (395 comments in total)
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G1Houston: For how long are they going to continue milking the retro look cow? It would be nice if doing so actually makes the camera easier and more intuitive to use, which in my opinion is a major Impediment to marketing this to a wider audience, let alone that much too high asking price.

It is about time for these cameras to receive a modern re-design to take advantage of touch screen interface and modern OSs like what we see in the smartphones.

" some of the most modern software features and interfaces available on cameras today"

And yet in the Olympus cameras, you still cannot pinch to enlarge a photo in Preview …

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2016 at 19:04 UTC
On article Design, looks and desire: Olympus does it again (395 comments in total)

More to add …

Why keep putting the power switch on the left, is this a good place to be? Does Nikon have a patent for combining the shutter release with the power switch to allow for one-handed operation?

Why cable release, but not making the wifi/NFC/radio control work better so the camera can be remotely controlled easily? Do they expect new users to actually buy a cable release? How many older users still have a cable release?

Why no direct control for AF-ON?

Why can't we use the exposure compensation dial when using auto-ISO in M-mode?

Why no built-in flash? If we must use the bundled flash, is it controllable wirelessly so it can be used off camera?

Why can't they clean up the messy menu? Why can't they add another setting similar to Nikon's My menu to list user-selected commonly used settings? If the menu is done properly, do we still need so many tiny Fn buttons?

Not that I need it, but at this price range, the body should be weather sealed.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2016 at 18:55 UTC as 78th comment | 1 reply
On article Design, looks and desire: Olympus does it again (395 comments in total)

For how long are they going to continue milking the retro look cow? It would be nice if doing so actually makes the camera easier and more intuitive to use, which in my opinion is a major Impediment to marketing this to a wider audience, let alone that much too high asking price.

It is about time for these cameras to receive a modern re-design to take advantage of touch screen interface and modern OSs like what we see in the smartphones.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2016 at 18:38 UTC as 87th comment | 4 replies

The Olympus guy made a big deal about a key design feature in the PEN: not hitting the nose with the rear of the camera. Do you need to make a special body just to do that? Why don't they change EM1, EM5, EM10, all of them, by moving the EVF to the left? Problem solved???

I for one is tired of this retro design thing. Olympus thinks they can tap into a niche crowd to make a few quick bucks (thus the unrealistically high initial asking price). The PEN to Olympus is the Df to Nikon. Let's wait and see.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 17:09 UTC as 102nd comment | 1 reply
On article Here at last: Nikon announces D500 (1173 comments in total)
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Sammy Yousef: Too little too late, and leaving out the built in flash is a huge mistake. The pros won't care as much but enthusiasts who don't exclusively shoot sports won't be as tempted to upgrade. I know it's a deal breaker for me. I love the popup flash for casual shots and i like being able to use it as a commander without lugging extra gear.

Do hope the auto AF fine tune trickles down to non pro bodies.

For its intended use, sports and wild life, a build-in flash is not necessary. If used professionally for wedding and events, a "real" and external flash will be used any way.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 04:08 UTC
On article Here at last: Nikon announces D500 (1173 comments in total)

Finally!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 04:01 UTC as 148th comment
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Azathothh: 14-20 mm ? Why not just build a 14 mm f2 prime? Pointless...

Indeed, I understand why Nikon and Canon refuse to build one — because they want us to go FF, I don't understand why 3rd party companies do not fill the gap making some nice, compact, relatively inexpensive 14/2 or 18/2 prime lenses. I do like this lens though because it is wider than the Sigma 18-35 with a long end of 30mm, which is very useful for me. I love 40-45 mm FF eq focal length. I would also love to have a f2.8 lens covering the same focal ranges to greatly reduce lens size and cost. For most of my shot at the wide end, f2.8 is good enough.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 2, 2016 at 22:43 UTC

Good to see more fast wide angel lenses are coming. This may be more useful than Sigma's 18-35/1.8 because it is much wider. You add a simple 85/1.8 to give you a good two lens kit.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 31, 2015 at 20:02 UTC as 64th comment
On article Adapted Lens Talk: Readers' Showcase and new forum! (195 comments in total)
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forpetessake: You can find a lot of interest in adapted lenses in Sony forums, but you can find very little interest in Fuji forums.
The explanation is obvious, the only reason for that interest is due to the fact that manufacturer isn't able to produce a useful range of good quality, reasonably sized and priced lenses.

"that interest is due to the fact that manufacturer isn't able to produce a useful range of good quality, reasonably sized and priced lenses."

For the m4/3 format, this is certainly the case. There were countless discussion of which niffy fast "legacy" 50mm lens to use. Each post tried to show that their adapted lens is the best thing ever, and how they re-discovered the joy of photography ... However once the $300-ish Olympus 45/1.8 came out, these discussion seemingly just went away over night.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 28, 2015 at 00:09 UTC
On article Gear of the Year Part 4: Dale's pick - Samsung NX1 (407 comments in total)
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pshummer: It goes to show that Samsung could not break/shake the Japanese-dominated camera market despite of their excellent product. I was amazed to see their fast technological advancement/achievement and that I thought NX1 would be/could be the camera to beat in the near future. But people's perception about Samsung seemed to kill their product. In general, people don't consider Samsung cameras as a serious products as compared to Japanese ones. Japanese camera products are already deeply etched in their mind so when they shop a new cam, they will look for known Japanese brands. As for Samsung,they are the king for household appliances and they are deeply associated with smart phones,HD TVs and tablests,etc, in people's mind.

Like Honda's new Jet, it's their ambitious attempt to break into very competitive private jet market and they are already doing very well. Form motorcycle/auto business to private jet......but people don't seem to have a problem with that.

"It goes to show that Samsung could not break/shake the Japanese-dominated camera market despite of their excellent product."

NX1 is an excellent product but it came much too late. For many years before, Samsung just could not make anything that is better than other cameras on the market so they never establish a large enough user base to sustain their effort.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2015 at 22:44 UTC
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electrophoto: Now the only things needed for the ipad:
Apps with REAL access to the file-system...
A Lighting - to Full USB-3 host adapter... so you can attach that external hard drive, full speed... and then access all the photos,...
And full trackpad / mouse support.

I mean honestly, what's the point without that.
Currently you would need to transfer all photos from a card onto the ipad's limited storage using PHOTOS App... which is horrible for managing large numbers of photos.
then EXPORT from PHOTOS into Lightroom, etc..., then re-export into Photos (or upload to the cloud) or Re-export to a WIFI-iOS Enabled Storage...
And adding doing this with large raw files...

honestly, as a photographer I'd seriously consider an iPad PRO - IF it would do that simple basic "trick" (real file system access).
I mean my Macbook can do that, every Windows PC can, every Android device can... just iOS is really limited.... and it's just a Software thing, that is what makes it especially sad imo.

I think the iPad pro running iOS9.2 already supports USB3 via a lighting adapter.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2015 at 22:07 UTC
On Connect post Apple launches battery case for iPhone 6 & 6s (147 comments in total)
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darngooddesign: The best thing about articles like this is how worked up Apple haters get.

"...had continued the shape to the bottom using hollow plastic. The lip does make it work better with docks."

The answer to the latter is Yes. The protruding battery area provides a nice resting place for the fingers so it actually makes the phone easier to hold. Adding empty plastic shelf to just make it flat in the back will make the whole case looks much bulkier than needs be.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2015 at 17:09 UTC
On Connect post Apple launches battery case for iPhone 6 & 6s (147 comments in total)
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darngooddesign: The best thing about articles like this is how worked up Apple haters get.

Indeed. The battery is centered in the middle to prevent shielding of the antenna, placed at the top and bottom of the phone. The bulk in the middle is inevitable if you live in a place that is already difficult to pull wifi and cellular signals. You can charge the phone and the battery pack at the same time with a single lightening cable. In the Notification Center of the phone, you can see the charge levels of both the phone and the battery pack. The pack is well made from a single piece of high quality material that is streachy to make it easy to put on and take off. It is purely silly to continue to complain that there are cheaper alternative to Apple's products. People buy Apple because we appreciate the design and quality of the product and don't mind paying more. Also as a gift, do you want your love ones to know that you buy a third party charger instead of this one to save some money?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2015 at 15:30 UTC
On article Bang for the Buck: Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Review (693 comments in total)

Besides the peculiar AF bug during video, as posted below, which I assume may affect your camera, as well as those of many users, another issue/feature I wish you could've described more: AF bracketing to increase DOF, very useful for macro shots. How does it work in your test unit? It seems after a stack of images are collected, there is no in-camera processing to give the final combined picture. I have the latest Olympus Viewer 3 but it too could not do it. There is no mentioning of such "caveat" in the user manual. All signs of a camera shipped too early and a review posted too soon?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2015 at 04:39 UTC as 11th comment

Really nice and inspiring.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2015 at 14:28 UTC as 21st comment
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