shademaster

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On article Samsung offers NX1 and NX500 firmware updates (159 comments in total)
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Caerolle: I'm just glad that their lens selection was almost as bad as Sony's APS-C offerings, and the NX500 had no viewfinder, or I might have bought into this system. Dodged one there!

I can live with my 30's (admittedly somewhat choppy) bokeh 'cause I can stick it in my pocket.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2016 at 02:51 UTC
On article Video: Meet the Nikon D500 (187 comments in total)
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shademaster: I don't really understand the point of having a "flagship" APS-C body when the "flagship" lenses are all full frame. Why not just make a full frame sensor with an optional crop readout mode where you can (quickly) read out only the center pixels (in APS-C crop mode)? Maybe the design is prohibitively expensive or noisy?

So how about canon/nikon/sony offer some "flagship" APS-C zoom lenses? Then I could see having flagship bodies to go with these flagship lenses. Otherwise, a fast crop-mode readout on the FF sensor would make much more sense (if technologically possible).

@MaxIso,
Samsung is dead. I won't buy the 50-150 2.8, but might buy the 50-200 4.5-5.5.

Fuji could be interesting, but their 50-140 f/2.8 weighs much more than the equiv FF 70-200 f/4's.

Sony seems like the conventional choice if one wants to go mirrorless. We'll see. For this soccer season, I'll probably just bide my time and get the Samsung 50-200.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2016 at 18:32 UTC
On article Video: Meet the Nikon D500 (187 comments in total)
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shademaster: I don't really understand the point of having a "flagship" APS-C body when the "flagship" lenses are all full frame. Why not just make a full frame sensor with an optional crop readout mode where you can (quickly) read out only the center pixels (in APS-C crop mode)? Maybe the design is prohibitively expensive or noisy?

So how about canon/nikon/sony offer some "flagship" APS-C zoom lenses? Then I could see having flagship bodies to go with these flagship lenses. Otherwise, a fast crop-mode readout on the FF sensor would make much more sense (if technologically possible).

@PerL,
What was the problem with the 50-150? Must have been MUCH more portable than the 70-200 FF, no?

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2016 at 18:28 UTC
On article Video: Meet the Nikon D500 (187 comments in total)
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shademaster: I don't really understand the point of having a "flagship" APS-C body when the "flagship" lenses are all full frame. Why not just make a full frame sensor with an optional crop readout mode where you can (quickly) read out only the center pixels (in APS-C crop mode)? Maybe the design is prohibitively expensive or noisy?

So how about canon/nikon/sony offer some "flagship" APS-C zoom lenses? Then I could see having flagship bodies to go with these flagship lenses. Otherwise, a fast crop-mode readout on the FF sensor would make much more sense (if technologically possible).

"Another big point is that this camera is seen by nikon as a secondary body "

True... but wouldn't it be easier for the FF owners if there was a magic "crop" button on the D5 that would make it perform like a D500 without the need to put the lens on the other body. (Again: I don't know about the sensor readout design issues here...) For the rest of us who don't have the disposable income to spend on FF bodies or lenses, give us more reasonably priced APS-C lenses, please.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2016 at 16:15 UTC
On article Video: Meet the Nikon D500 (187 comments in total)
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shademaster: I don't really understand the point of having a "flagship" APS-C body when the "flagship" lenses are all full frame. Why not just make a full frame sensor with an optional crop readout mode where you can (quickly) read out only the center pixels (in APS-C crop mode)? Maybe the design is prohibitively expensive or noisy?

So how about canon/nikon/sony offer some "flagship" APS-C zoom lenses? Then I could see having flagship bodies to go with these flagship lenses. Otherwise, a fast crop-mode readout on the FF sensor would make much more sense (if technologically possible).

" the manufacturers will not make that type of lenses because the users just won't buy it."

I understand that the sigma 50-150 f/2.8 APS-C was selling well, but sigma had to discontinue it because of a Nikon OIS patent conflict.

The truth is that the manufacturers want to maximize their profits. And if they can get people to buy FF bodies, they make more money. I think APS-C, or even μ4/3, would be fine for the vast majority of use cases as long as there was appropriate glass available. But nikon/canon/sony are developing FF lenses and not APS-C lenses.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2016 at 16:13 UTC
On article Video: Meet the Nikon D500 (187 comments in total)
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shademaster: I don't really understand the point of having a "flagship" APS-C body when the "flagship" lenses are all full frame. Why not just make a full frame sensor with an optional crop readout mode where you can (quickly) read out only the center pixels (in APS-C crop mode)? Maybe the design is prohibitively expensive or noisy?

So how about canon/nikon/sony offer some "flagship" APS-C zoom lenses? Then I could see having flagship bodies to go with these flagship lenses. Otherwise, a fast crop-mode readout on the FF sensor would make much more sense (if technologically possible).

But seriously, my kid is about to start soccer and I'm thinking about a 70-200 equiv, so this is not academic.... I don't think I'm going to lay out cash for a D500, but I would seriously think about D7100/D7200 and it's annoying that Nikon doesn't make bright long DX zooms.

I've been thinking the (discontinued) sigma 50-150 with a canon or nikon APS-C DSLR would make a lot of sense for soccer.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2016 at 16:06 UTC
On article Video: Meet the Nikon D500 (187 comments in total)
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shademaster: I don't really understand the point of having a "flagship" APS-C body when the "flagship" lenses are all full frame. Why not just make a full frame sensor with an optional crop readout mode where you can (quickly) read out only the center pixels (in APS-C crop mode)? Maybe the design is prohibitively expensive or noisy?

So how about canon/nikon/sony offer some "flagship" APS-C zoom lenses? Then I could see having flagship bodies to go with these flagship lenses. Otherwise, a fast crop-mode readout on the FF sensor would make much more sense (if technologically possible).

"Judging by shademasters gear list, he likes small cameras. I doubt he would have a D500 even with an apsc 70-200. I smell a troll."

I could add a 1Dx with a 300 f/2.8 to my gear list if you want...

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2016 at 16:05 UTC
On article Video: Meet the Nikon D500 (187 comments in total)
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shademaster: I don't really understand the point of having a "flagship" APS-C body when the "flagship" lenses are all full frame. Why not just make a full frame sensor with an optional crop readout mode where you can (quickly) read out only the center pixels (in APS-C crop mode)? Maybe the design is prohibitively expensive or noisy?

So how about canon/nikon/sony offer some "flagship" APS-C zoom lenses? Then I could see having flagship bodies to go with these flagship lenses. Otherwise, a fast crop-mode readout on the FF sensor would make much more sense (if technologically possible).

"You dont save much in size doing APC-versions of teles. Compare the Nikon 50-300 DX vs the 70-300 FX."

The 55-300 DX is 530g, the 70-300 FX is 750g. 55mm is MUCH WIDER than 70mm, so it's not really apples to apples, and the DX still wins by a lot on weight.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/729938-USA/Nikon_2197_AF_S_NIKKOR_55_300mm_f_4_5_5_6G.html

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/449088-USA/Nikon_2161_AF_S_VR_Zoom_Nikkor.html

So if I was a D500 shooter, it wouldn't make ANY sense at all to use the 70-300 FX. And I suppose that the 55-300G DX lens "is" the "fancy" zoom I was looking for (be nice if it were a bit brighter). Thanks, Nikon!

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2016 at 13:23 UTC
On article Video: Meet the Nikon D500 (187 comments in total)
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shademaster: I don't really understand the point of having a "flagship" APS-C body when the "flagship" lenses are all full frame. Why not just make a full frame sensor with an optional crop readout mode where you can (quickly) read out only the center pixels (in APS-C crop mode)? Maybe the design is prohibitively expensive or noisy?

So how about canon/nikon/sony offer some "flagship" APS-C zoom lenses? Then I could see having flagship bodies to go with these flagship lenses. Otherwise, a fast crop-mode readout on the FF sensor would make much more sense (if technologically possible).

"What also counts is that with APS-C you get the best of a FF lens, the centre." Sounds like an excuse for lazy designers who can't design something sharp across the frame. Flip side: "if you want a lens sharp across the frame, you should always design for a bigger image circle than the sensor."

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2016 at 13:06 UTC
On article Video: Meet the Nikon D500 (187 comments in total)
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shademaster: I don't really understand the point of having a "flagship" APS-C body when the "flagship" lenses are all full frame. Why not just make a full frame sensor with an optional crop readout mode where you can (quickly) read out only the center pixels (in APS-C crop mode)? Maybe the design is prohibitively expensive or noisy?

So how about canon/nikon/sony offer some "flagship" APS-C zoom lenses? Then I could see having flagship bodies to go with these flagship lenses. Otherwise, a fast crop-mode readout on the FF sensor would make much more sense (if technologically possible).

a 105-300 f/4.2 FF would be roughly the same size/weight as a 70-200 f/2.8 APS-C. Just like the sigma 50-150 f/2.8 APS-C is roughly the same size/ weight as a 70-200 f/4 FF.

The point is that if you put a FF lens on an APS-C body, you always have more glass to carry (and purchase, and drive with an AF motor) than you need. Always.

I see the logic from the manufacturers' point of view (they don't need to maintain two lens lines), but I don't see from the users' point of view (users should be demanding two lens lines).

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2016 at 13:04 UTC
On article Video: Meet the Nikon D500 (187 comments in total)
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shademaster: I don't really understand the point of having a "flagship" APS-C body when the "flagship" lenses are all full frame. Why not just make a full frame sensor with an optional crop readout mode where you can (quickly) read out only the center pixels (in APS-C crop mode)? Maybe the design is prohibitively expensive or noisy?

So how about canon/nikon/sony offer some "flagship" APS-C zoom lenses? Then I could see having flagship bodies to go with these flagship lenses. Otherwise, a fast crop-mode readout on the FF sensor would make much more sense (if technologically possible).

I guess there is the sigma 50-100, but that's a bit too short for sports, no? And I'm guessing the f/1.8 is too narrow DOF for sports.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2016 at 12:50 UTC
On article Video: Meet the Nikon D500 (187 comments in total)
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shademaster: I don't really understand the point of having a "flagship" APS-C body when the "flagship" lenses are all full frame. Why not just make a full frame sensor with an optional crop readout mode where you can (quickly) read out only the center pixels (in APS-C crop mode)? Maybe the design is prohibitively expensive or noisy?

So how about canon/nikon/sony offer some "flagship" APS-C zoom lenses? Then I could see having flagship bodies to go with these flagship lenses. Otherwise, a fast crop-mode readout on the FF sensor would make much more sense (if technologically possible).

yeah, but if you're shooting sports (what this thing is basically for), then you'll have a FF 70-200 2.8 lens hooked up to the body. And what I'm saying is that you'd be better off with a 70-200 2.8 APS-C lens which would weigh significantly less. Too bad the manufacturers don't make them.

I guess I should have said it like this: "Hey, Nikon. If you make a fancy APS-C body, why not make a fancy APS-C lens to go with it?" I understand the advantage of a fancy APS-C body with fast sensor readout. I just think people are going to be typically carrying around that big FF 70-200 lens when it's wasted glass because it covers the FF image circle.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2016 at 12:45 UTC
On article Video: Meet the Nikon D500 (187 comments in total)

I don't really understand the point of having a "flagship" APS-C body when the "flagship" lenses are all full frame. Why not just make a full frame sensor with an optional crop readout mode where you can (quickly) read out only the center pixels (in APS-C crop mode)? Maybe the design is prohibitively expensive or noisy?

So how about canon/nikon/sony offer some "flagship" APS-C zoom lenses? Then I could see having flagship bodies to go with these flagship lenses. Otherwise, a fast crop-mode readout on the FF sensor would make much more sense (if technologically possible).

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2016 at 12:24 UTC as 44th comment | 25 replies
On article Power Zoom: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100/TZ100 Review (307 comments in total)
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shademaster: Hey, DPR.

Can you guys set up a widget for plotting effective aperture vs. effective focal length with user-selectable popular non-interchangeable zoom cameras (and maybe some popular zoom lenses on ILCs). The one here is pretty busy and hard to see which camera is which.

Thx.

Is there any way to just make the data available in spread-sheet format? e.g. with a set of (effective FL, effective f#) pairs for each camera?

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 12:58 UTC
On article Power Zoom: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100/TZ100 Review (307 comments in total)

Hey, DPR.

Can you guys set up a widget for plotting effective aperture vs. effective focal length with user-selectable popular non-interchangeable zoom cameras (and maybe some popular zoom lenses on ILCs). The one here is pretty busy and hard to see which camera is which.

Thx.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2016 at 22:31 UTC as 85th comment | 4 replies

will they drop the price on the 24-70 f/4?

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2016 at 17:06 UTC as 23rd comment
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Chaitanya S: Another upgrade, seriously Sony should slow down with upgrade cycles. Its a joke of a consumer electronics company releasing upgrades every couple of months while after sales service is no where to be found.

Dear Marketing department. If it is not an upgrade, but a separate product, why not call it "RX20 mk1" or something?

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 17:32 UTC
On article Taking it easy: Canon EOS 80D shooting experience (294 comments in total)

Hi Dan.

Thanks for the report. Could you comment on how the overall live view experience? I'm thinking about typical use cases, like tracking kids running around. Does the face detection / tracking hold onto faces long enough to get decent shots? How does it compare with, e.g. A77ii, or some of the newer mirrorless (Gx8, A7, A6300).

After your experience, would you use OVF or live view to shoot, e.g., a kids birthday party, or an event like that?

It seems like the 70D people would unequivocally say "Live view is not up to the task", but maybe there has been a threshold crossed for 80D?

I'm a mirrorless fan, but that doesn't mean I would object to having a mirror in there, as long as it didn't "get in the way" :)

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2016 at 16:52 UTC as 11th comment

Hi guys. Thanks for the updates, but some people shots would be useful too. I took my LX-100 on holidays. It was great for what it was, but I found myself wishing for something longer often... this would be it. Would it be "good enough" in the 24-70 equiv range of the LX-100?

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2016 at 19:16 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply

will this work with, e.g. A6000+Sigma 17-50 f/2.8 APS-C? Or does the PDAF work with A7 only?

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2016 at 20:36 UTC as 49th comment | 3 replies
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