winkalman

winkalman

Lives in United States MI, United States
Joined on Aug 29, 2005
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Pentax *ist DS
DA 18-55 f3.5-5.6
A 50 f1.4
A 50 f1.7
M 100 f4 Macro

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winkalman: Hopefully 4K video will push this into the "acceptable" quality range and force a 4K Theta from Ricoh sooner rather than later. Depending on price and weight, I could see this being a pretty attractive option for the action cam niche that wants spherical 360º video.

I did watch the video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wekyeyFTgi0

The small sensor and strain of spreading the resolution (even with 4K) across a 360º field of view certainly showed. The stitching was painfully obvious at times too. Still, it looks better than the Theta does at 1080p (which is it's only other rival). Hopefully the competition will spur these devices to improve rapidly; it would be great to see a "pro" version with two 1" sensors and better stitching. Even with it's flaws, I think the Nikon may be good enough for many and could make for a cool drop in replacement for a GoPro on small drones.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2016 at 15:15 UTC

Hopefully 4K video will push this into the "acceptable" quality range and force a 4K Theta from Ricoh sooner rather than later. Depending on price and weight, I could see this being a pretty attractive option for the action cam niche that wants spherical 360º video.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 18:08 UTC as 14th comment | 6 replies
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Red G8R: Good for Fuji but I would prefer a 35 mm equivalent lens instead. A "fifty" isn't practical for me and never has been.

What's wrong with the XF 23mm F1.4?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2015 at 21:29 UTC
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Tapper123: Anemic update of a good camera. If they'd maybe added a built-in EVF.

More like "IF" they get around to a Coolpix B...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 1, 2015 at 15:33 UTC

Glad to see they keep improving the Theta. This could be a great camera for drone use if they get the image quality to a decent level.

Live streaming 360° video of events could be pretty cool too!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2015 at 14:50 UTC as 31st comment

Yum!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2015 at 12:45 UTC as 74th comment
On article Graava action cam automatically edits POV footage (47 comments in total)
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LFPCPH: Please do not use acronyms like "POV footage" without explaining them, assuming that everybody knows what it means – we don’t !

"...uncommon acronyms should be avoided."

That is true, but the point remains that POV is not at all an uncommon acronym within the context of action cameras. In fact it's so far from obscure that the very first result when googling just the three letters POV tells you exactly what it means.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 25, 2015 at 19:52 UTC
On article Fujifilm X100T successor rumored to feature new lens (326 comments in total)

I'm sure I'm in the minority, but I'd love a 28mm f2.0 (40mm equivalent). Better yet, do what Sigma did with the DP series and offer several focal length options built around the same camera.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 25, 2015 at 19:38 UTC as 153rd comment | 2 replies
On article Graava action cam automatically edits POV footage (47 comments in total)
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LFPCPH: Please do not use acronyms like "POV footage" without explaining them, assuming that everybody knows what it means – we don’t !

Please use Google if you're not familiar with acronyms that are commonly associated with the product you are reading about. This is analogous to complaining every time there's a camera article that uses ISO or APS-C without explaining it first.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2015 at 03:39 UTC
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winkalman: I'd love to see Hasselblad pull this off; we've lost too many of the old, stalwart camera brands as it is. Still, it's hard to imagine a niche they would fit in. Maybe a digital Xpan, a digital TLR, or a proper digital MF rangefinder? Despite their recent blunders I think Hasselblad could still put out a quality product, even if they had to buddy up with Fuji or Cosina to actually build it.

I'm still not sure what your point is. I could care less which OEM suppliers do what for Hasselblad; all that matters is whether or not they can manage to release a compelling product. Do you think that Fuji is so vertically integrated that they fab their own sensors, or make the screws, batteries, LCD screens, processors, or myriad of other pieces that make up their cameras? Likely they are much closer to Foxconn in the supply chain than you imagine.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2015 at 18:22 UTC
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winkalman: I'd love to see Hasselblad pull this off; we've lost too many of the old, stalwart camera brands as it is. Still, it's hard to imagine a niche they would fit in. Maybe a digital Xpan, a digital TLR, or a proper digital MF rangefinder? Despite their recent blunders I think Hasselblad could still put out a quality product, even if they had to buddy up with Fuji or Cosina to actually build it.

I realize that Fuji physically assembled the XPan, so what? It still likely wouldn't have existed without Hasselblad. Do you troll computer forums and point out that Dells and MacBooks are assembled in China by Foxconn? Honestly, if Hasselblad wants to succeed they probably should be partnering with Fuji or Sony or whoever can help them bring a product to market that customers actually want.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2015 at 18:56 UTC

I'd love to see Hasselblad pull this off; we've lost too many of the old, stalwart camera brands as it is. Still, it's hard to imagine a niche they would fit in. Maybe a digital Xpan, a digital TLR, or a proper digital MF rangefinder? Despite their recent blunders I think Hasselblad could still put out a quality product, even if they had to buddy up with Fuji or Cosina to actually build it.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2015 at 02:13 UTC as 52nd comment | 5 replies

This should probably be renamed to "Spray and Pray" mode.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 14:03 UTC as 37th comment | 4 replies
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Sad Joe: Anyone EVER seen a really good review that compares any of these works of 'works of art' to real cameras or is it ALL smoke and mirrors….oh, it is….sorry must have missed the point.

Actually, it would be smoke and no mirrors in this case...badum tish. Seriously though, Leica offers a way of shooting that no one else does and it's either worth the price of admission for you or it's not (or it is, but you still can't afford it).

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2015 at 21:00 UTC
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Poweruser: $7,450 buys you an M6 and a trunk full of b/w film. Just saying... ;)

The fact is that nearly every film camera is vastly cheaper than it's digital counterpart but no one is dumping their Nikon D4s for an F6 and a trunk full of film. It's almost like people prefer the convenience, immediacy, flexibility and additional control of shooting digitally.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2015 at 20:56 UTC
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winkalman: This camera may be nearly unbeatable for backpackers and landscape photographers. Weather sealed, GPS, multi-shot image quality should at least match (and quite possibly exceed) the D800e, small (by DSLR standards), and relatively affordable. They need to get these things into REI or some other premium sporting goods store.

Certainly there are smaller mirrorless cameras available and I'm sure some of them are a great for backpackers. But I think that for many, the small(ish) body of the K3II possibly coupled with Pentax's excellent pancake prime lenses will provide enough advantages to warrant the extra few ounces. A K3II with the tiny DA Limited 15mm F4 lens shot in pixel shift mode could very easily provide a landscape photographer with image quality that simply isn't available at that price point and size anywhere else.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2015 at 05:24 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II (531 comments in total)
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Leandros S: Since everybody's talking about them, here's the link to the full res samples:
http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/english/products/k-3-2/ex/

Direct links to the two images taken with Pixel Shift Resolution:
http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/english/products/k-3-2/ex/img/bod_mainImg_02.JPG

http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/english/products/k-3-2/ex/img/bod_mainImg_01.JPG

That definitely looks promising; I can't wait to see how pixel shift stacks up to a Nikon D810.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 22:00 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II (531 comments in total)

For those lamenting the lack of a built in flash, why not just go with a small hotshoe flash that offers higher output and bounce capabilities like Metz's mecablitz 26 AF-1?

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1100044-REG/metz_mz_2631796p_mecablitz_26af_1_digital_flash.html

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 21:58 UTC as 44th comment | 8 replies
On article Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II (531 comments in total)
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Yoggie: I will take GPS over wifi every day; but not having a flash is a deal breaker.

What about something like this little guy...

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1100044-REG/metz_mz_2631796p_mecablitz_26af_1_digital_flash.html

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 21:49 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II (531 comments in total)
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K0d: It does have optional WiFi built in.
http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.uk/en/misc/Flucard-Pentax-16GB-O-FC1.html
Upgradeable, full network compatibility and multiple OS - Just take out the card and its in flight mode.

It's definitely nice to (presumably) have the option to upgrade to 802.11ac sometime in the future.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 21:39 UTC
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