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Absolutic

Lives in United States Los Angeles, CA, United States
Works as a attorney
Joined on Jan 6, 2004

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On article Power Zoom: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100/TZ100 Review (280 comments in total)
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emfor: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 -> 82% -> gold award
Fujifilm X-Pro2 -> 83% -> silver award
This is fully intransparent to me.
Can anybody explain please.

Obviously ZS100 is better than XPRO2 :)

J/K. ZS100 got gold because it has no rivals - it basically has no other camera like that. XPRO2 is in a crowded territory with many other APSC cameras

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 18:06 UTC
On article Power Zoom: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100/TZ100 Review (280 comments in total)
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G-D: RAWs look OK, but the JPEG engine seems to be rather poor, detail and color wise.

I am getting one and I plan to shoot Raw only anyway, on these small sensors, shooting Jpeg is too much of liability I think.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 06:15 UTC
On article Power Zoom: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100/TZ100 Review (280 comments in total)

perfect timing for review I am taking a delivery of that camera tomorrow. Got it to take to concerts - should work just fine for that purpose.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 06:11 UTC as 28th comment | 3 replies

Rishi great review as usual, pointing things that others did not catch, like 1:2 Macro which is nice too.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2016 at 15:13 UTC as 5th comment
On article Action packed: Shooting the Sony a6300 in Miami (241 comments in total)
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Absolutic: However the image quality is not in the same league with rivals which have LP filter removed: Fuji XPRO2, Samsung NX1, Nikons D7XXX. And Sonys own full frame cameras. I am talking about sharpness and detail, and talking from experience of shooting over 20,000 shots with A6000 (I don't see pic quality improvement in first samples of A6300 posted). At web sizes reduced for facebook sharing, this probably is not as critical, but for pixel peepers, the image quality of cameras like XPRO2 is quite striking in terms of overall sharpness and detail.

On the other hand, from AF stand point, there are very little of any rivals.

Now, if Sony could remove the low pass filter, this would be a monster!

nandbytes, never tried D7200. Toshiba sensor, right?

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 17:50 UTC
On article Action packed: Shooting the Sony a6300 in Miami (241 comments in total)
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Absolutic: However the image quality is not in the same league with rivals which have LP filter removed: Fuji XPRO2, Samsung NX1, Nikons D7XXX. And Sonys own full frame cameras. I am talking about sharpness and detail, and talking from experience of shooting over 20,000 shots with A6000 (I don't see pic quality improvement in first samples of A6300 posted). At web sizes reduced for facebook sharing, this probably is not as critical, but for pixel peepers, the image quality of cameras like XPRO2 is quite striking in terms of overall sharpness and detail.

On the other hand, from AF stand point, there are very little of any rivals.

Now, if Sony could remove the low pass filter, this would be a monster!

I traveled with A6000 and A7R(mark 1 at the time) last year and A6000 for travel worked pretty good, except it died upon touching Caribbean Sea [No weather proof by any stretch of imagination, but salt water would do it to you]. If A6000 24MP files is all you've ever seen, it might seem good, but when you have opportunity to shoot and see files from something like Fuji APSC or Sony's own A7+, the image quality is on a different level. I am not talking about noise, i am talking about sharpness and detail coupled with lack of noise at base ISO, which is hard to overstate. And judging from Fuji's offerings (and Samsung) it is possible with APSC sensor.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 17:48 UTC
On article Action packed: Shooting the Sony a6300 in Miami (241 comments in total)
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Absolutic: However the image quality is not in the same league with rivals which have LP filter removed: Fuji XPRO2, Samsung NX1, Nikons D7XXX. And Sonys own full frame cameras. I am talking about sharpness and detail, and talking from experience of shooting over 20,000 shots with A6000 (I don't see pic quality improvement in first samples of A6300 posted). At web sizes reduced for facebook sharing, this probably is not as critical, but for pixel peepers, the image quality of cameras like XPRO2 is quite striking in terms of overall sharpness and detail.

On the other hand, from AF stand point, there are very little of any rivals.

Now, if Sony could remove the low pass filter, this would be a monster!

It is a shame Samsung did not want to continue with NX1 idea, my understanding that sensor is fabulous. I've never tried to use the Samsung, but perhaps if prices fall some more (they are already falling, as stores will try to get rid of discontinued products) I'd pick up NX1 to see what it is all about. I have A7R2, Nikon D800 and Fuji XT1 which are top notch when it comes to image quality. Oh and RX1 which is sublime in image quality.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 17:43 UTC
On article Action packed: Shooting the Sony a6300 in Miami (241 comments in total)

However the image quality is not in the same league with rivals which have LP filter removed: Fuji XPRO2, Samsung NX1, Nikons D7XXX. And Sonys own full frame cameras. I am talking about sharpness and detail, and talking from experience of shooting over 20,000 shots with A6000 (I don't see pic quality improvement in first samples of A6300 posted). At web sizes reduced for facebook sharing, this probably is not as critical, but for pixel peepers, the image quality of cameras like XPRO2 is quite striking in terms of overall sharpness and detail.

On the other hand, from AF stand point, there are very little of any rivals.

Now, if Sony could remove the low pass filter, this would be a monster!

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 17:16 UTC as 33rd comment | 11 replies
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new boyz: It shows just how good Sigma is in reverse engineering.

The fact that Sigma can do what Sony's own LA-EA3 cannot do, is just surprising. Seriously Sony.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2016 at 16:46 UTC
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new boyz: It shows just how good Sigma is in reverse engineering.

By why couldn't Metabones do the same thing? They got everything but EYE AF and Continuous AF in video?

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2016 at 21:40 UTC
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villagranvicent: Great, I can buy the Sigma 35mm Art for Canon plus this adapter or simply buy the same lens with e-mount for my A7.

Sigma 35mm Art Canon mount already focuses super fast on A7RII via Metabones and other adapters. Obviously with no Eye AF support

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2016 at 21:40 UTC

Rishi did you have any Canon lenses on you to try on, or Sigma says no Canon lenses at our stand?

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2016 at 21:39 UTC as 65th comment

This would be a perfect concert camera for me!!!!! Usually only point-and-shoot litlte cameras are allowed at concerts most of the time here in the US. My RX100MIII the zoom is too restrictive, so you cannot capture much other than wide shots. This will be perfect to capture the musicians at concerts with 4K being a bonus!!!!! In fact I may sell my RX100MIII to get this.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 21:24 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On article Pentax K-30 Review (10 comments in total)

What is the flash Xsync on K30? Not listed in Specs

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2016 at 08:47 UTC as 1st comment
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dka91: The question Im wondering is...will the AF assist light work on any of the MILC versions of this flash.

I will gladly sign your petition. Although I am not happy with FL600 example on Olympus, a simple video light? One might as well activate AF assist light on camera, not much different. But you summarized all the issues correctly. It's time to act

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2016 at 17:31 UTC
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dka91: The question Im wondering is...will the AF assist light work on any of the MILC versions of this flash.

Yep. I would want to hear the Sony or any other mirrorless Mfr officially address this issue from the technical standpoint. I am also surprised that the issue being about 7-8 years old? [Since the first Panasonic mirrorless 4/3 camera was announced]. That's when I at first learned about it - first mirrorless cameras AF in low light sucked and I thought by buying a flash - I remember buying an Olympus FL36 flash, I could help these first m43 cameras in the dark focusing. FL36 has the infrared grid. And to my disappointment, I discovered the same - does not work with mirrorless.

And no mfr had yet to address the issue and explain what the problem is, but obviously there is a problem since it does not exist. @dka91 yes I meant the IR red grid all along.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2016 at 00:40 UTC
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dka91: The question Im wondering is...will the AF assist light work on any of the MILC versions of this flash.

well a flash of light with high contrast is not a real infrared af assist. It is something that is very distracting to subjects and blinds them. The beauty of infrared (red) lights on DSLR flash is that it helps the camera and at the same time, it is not a bright blinding light. The beam of light on a flash like you describe on Samsung, whats the difference between that and an annoying beam of light (usually white or yellow) coming out of camera's typical af asssist light? These infrared beams are completely different beast

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2016 at 22:27 UTC
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dka91: The question Im wondering is...will the AF assist light work on any of the MILC versions of this flash.

Not sure how easy it is to design. If you look at a design of infrared af beam of typical flash on DSLR, the infrared assist beams are set up in a certain way and they 'cover' phase detect points of your DSLR. There are 'illumination patterns' on such flashes via infrared. Look at this article for example....scroll to the middle where the examples of illumination patterns' are given, http://www.btobey.com/learn/af-assist.php so there is some sort of correlation between the af points you select and what such flash illuminates.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2016 at 16:26 UTC
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dka91: The question Im wondering is...will the AF assist light work on any of the MILC versions of this flash.

Thus as you can see from this Nissin flash designed for mirror less, they simply don't even bother including infrared af assist light on flash since it cannot be used. Instead they now like to give you a video constant LED light and then they call it a af-assist light. I am always surprised when I put a Sony flash on a mirror less and have no AF assist light and then put the same flash on a Sony A850 and voila, the af assist lights work.

Now so it is clear, the single AF beam lights on many mirror less cameras will still operate with such a flash, so you still have that capacity. obviously it is not infrared, and quite distracting a lot of times, but it's there. Some people mistakenly think this light comes from the flash, but it comes from the camera. Infrared AF assist lights on flashes designed differently. How these infrared lights operate in conjunction with phase detect on mirror points I don't know exactly. I also don't know why thy don't make it work in mirrless

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2016 at 07:40 UTC
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dka91: The question Im wondering is...will the AF assist light work on any of the MILC versions of this flash.

I researched this issue for years and tried numerous flashes from Olympus, Fuji, Sony, etc.... Always the same result. The reason always cited is the requirement of phase af on mirror which is DSLR ONLY. So any Sony flash for example will have the af assist infrared lights working with SONY DSLRs and even SONY SLT as phase detect points are still on the mirror with SLT. Now I had a hope when A7 series came that by using LA-EA4 adapter with A mount lenses, the flashes finally would turn on their AF assist lights because LA-EA4 introduced on mirror phase detect points. So Logically this combo should have worked right? Not so fast. Great Gary Friedman addresses the issue in his 700+ pages book on A7. He writes that Sony could have opened up the capacity via LA-EA4 adapter but defeated such capacity via software. For unexplainable reason. I have not tried Samsung cameras as someone above suggest, but all Panasonic, Olympus, Fuji and Sony mirror less cameras have this issue

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2016 at 07:32 UTC
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