Timmbits

Timmbits

Lives in Canada Montreal, Canada
Works as a inventor
Joined on Oct 8, 2011
About me:

Deutscher, living in Montreal Canada.
Cycling, chess, design, inventions, nature, photography, are some of the things I like.

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On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (933 comments in total)
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Seansprague: However, despite my atrocious experience with the LX100 'self destructing' in my jacket pocket while being turned on by mistake, I still think it is a fabulous piece of kit and I am considering buying another one, while being very careful that it does not open inadvertently. Still, I am beginning to read other owners' reviews which mention the noise it makes while zooming in (not out). Nobody else has (dared) mention switching it on in their pocket by mistake and the havoc it creates. Could I be the only one to experience this so far? Look out for other reviewers with the same comments in the near future.

On the positive side, and this is something rarely mentioned in reviews about this camera, despite having no mike socket it does have AUDIO INPUT LEVEL CONTROL (4 settings) which makes it great for videoing very loud music at festivals or night clubs, for instance, without audio distortion. As for not being as small as some cameras, that's actually a plus: its big enough to grip!

mine would definitely go into a pocket. my primary reason for buying one.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 21:45 UTC
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Timmbits: Looks nice :)
Looks more compact and solid than the FZ1000. has a larger screen too.
Closer to an RX10 but with a longer zoom range.
Certainly holds promise.

You are allowed to hold the camera closer to your body even if you aren't looking through the viewfinder. There is no photographers' law against it.
In fact, you can even set it onto a tripod for those 600mm zooms, and not have to shake the camera by holding your head against it.
yeah, sure, I'd like a viewfinder too.
but I hate the FZ1000's screen too much, and the RX10 has less range. it seems OK for some of us (even though I'm not particularly a Canon fan - each time they introduce something that seems good on paper, it turns out to have some limitations built in so as not to threaten their DSLR sales).

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 21:41 UTC
On Hands-on with Samsung's new NX500 article (347 comments in total)
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MontyMouse: Those who go on about the NX500 lack of EVF. Those of us who wear reading glasses need an adjustable EVF as we don't normally carry glasses. Also it's not fair to say just go and buy an NX1, the NX500 is a carry everywhere camera and this oversight is significant to us. I am invested in the NX system and I would like this camera to add to my NX lens collection but it would be the only camera I have where I have to take my reading glasses with me OR use AF and hope for the best.

Guys, you know this by now, how the Samsung model lineups work. You know that Samsung has their strategy.
They offer certain models with viewfinders and other lines without. They are not Sony, they are Samsung, and it is their line, not Sony's. You should understand that.
I think that if they offered this with a viewfinder, they would make it as expensive as the nx30 or nx50 or whatever it's at now, and then you would be complaining about it's price.
It's just that we see the same people making the same complaints over and over again... you seem to want every manufacturer to have the same models and features. If that were the case, you'd be complaining that there are too many manufacturers offering the same thing. You can't just go out and buy a Sony that is exactly as you like a camera - instead you have to complain that a Samsung is not a Sony.
But, to make peace, let's say that it would be nice if they could afford to introduce another model, better than this but cheaper. (???)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 21:34 UTC
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Timmbits: The flat shape is very impractical;
they should make them cylindrical (as Panasonic did a very long time ago as an alternative to the gopro, but unfortunately didn't seem to have any success (that's a failure from marketing, not because of the product))
The cylinder is more aerodynamic, harder to snag and bang on things, easier to mount on things like the side of helmets.
This is really playing it safe.
Wish more would innovate.

However... this does tell you for how much those cameras costing hundreds more SHOULD be selling for - what they are really worth!

thanks guys. does anyone have tips or links as to where to get the best prices on these?

I googled them and they look nice, with nice specs.
I guess DPR overlooked them.

http://www.sony.net/Products/actioncam/en-us/
http://contour.com/cameras/roam3
http://www.replayxd.com/

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 20:58 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Review preview (656 comments in total)
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Timmbits: When mirrorless was starting out, it was nice to have a camera like this.
It was a nice compromise, not having interchangeable lenses or zoom capabilities.

But when I look at the LX100, I don't really understand this product still being offered in it's current state. If it was really inexpensive, I would say yes, it's great bang for the buck. This is from a very brief era: the transitional period where you couldn't get a large sensor fast lens pocketable camera with a zoom.
G1Xii proves it would be possible to give this a bright zoom.

Although X-trans may be nice for architecture photography, helping reduce moiré, it isn't quite as sharp as bayer when you inspect fine details in test photos when they compared the cameras in this category.

Not yet owning either, not affected by buyer's bias, having seen: the test photos, the size (this one is huge by today's mirrorless standards), and the pricing (which is also huge)... I would definitely lean more in the direction of the LX100.

Yup, I expected reactions from X100_ owners... I'm not saying the LX100 is better.
My point is this: the LX100 showcases that you CAN have a large sensor, with a bright zoom lens, in a small package (so does the G1Xii). Fuji's X100 series is enormous in size (and that's ok, for us guys with big hands), and it is certainly large enough for a zoom lens to be incorporated, without making it any bigger. Panasonic, Canon and Sony all prove it possible. And given it's price, it _should_ have a _good_ and bright zoom lens built in - this is 2015 after all.

To be realistic, I suspect that Fuji, given their size and market share, just doesn't have the cash to keep up and update this. All they are doing is adding little bells and whistles to an old product that once was groundbreaking but now arguably obsolete.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 20:48 UTC
On Lensbaby introduces Velvet 56mm f/1.6 article (166 comments in total)
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Timmbits: So this is better than a

vintage Minolta f1.4 50mm plus a Lens Mount Adapter

($80 mint condition + $10 (adapter) on online marketplaces)

?

it was a rhetorical question ;)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 20:39 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Review preview (656 comments in total)

When mirrorless was starting out, it was nice to have a camera like this.
It was a nice compromise, not having interchangeable lenses or zoom capabilities.

But when I look at the LX100, I don't really understand this product still being offered in it's current state. If it was really inexpensive, I would say yes, it's great bang for the buck. This is from a very brief era: the transitional period where you couldn't get a large sensor fast lens pocketable camera with a zoom.
G1Xii proves it would be possible to give this a bright zoom.

Although X-trans may be nice for architecture photography, helping reduce moiré, it isn't quite as sharp as bayer when you inspect fine details in test photos when they compared the cameras in this category.

Not yet owning either, not affected by buyer's bias, having seen: the test photos, the size (this one is huge by today's mirrorless standards), and the pricing (which is also huge)... I would definitely lean more in the direction of the LX100.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2015 at 21:33 UTC as 17th comment | 4 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (933 comments in total)

@DPR

"Specs Compared"
"Lumix DMC-LX7 Lumix DMC-LX100 PowerShot G1Xii"

When space is limited, I do not understand why the LX7 is on that table, and not the G7X. The surpassed LX7 is completely eclipsed by the 3 others and is irrelevant in that context.
I'm quite certain that most readers would prefer the inclusion of the G7X on that table, if you had to choose only 3.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2015 at 21:12 UTC as 12th comment
On Lensbaby introduces Velvet 56mm f/1.6 article (166 comments in total)

So this is better than a

vintage Minolta f1.4 50mm plus a Lens Mount Adapter

($80 mint condition + $10 (adapter) on online marketplaces)

?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2015 at 20:57 UTC as 4th comment | 3 replies
On X-Transformed? Fujifilm X30 Review article (328 comments in total)

It doesn't matter how they try to rejuvenate this model,

it should really have a 1" sensor by now.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2015 at 18:44 UTC as 8th comment

The flat shape is very impractical;
they should make them cylindrical (as Panasonic did a very long time ago as an alternative to the gopro, but unfortunately didn't seem to have any success (that's a failure from marketing, not because of the product))
The cylinder is more aerodynamic, harder to snag and bang on things, easier to mount on things like the side of helmets.
This is really playing it safe.
Wish more would innovate.

However... this does tell you for how much those cameras costing hundreds more SHOULD be selling for - what they are really worth!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 21:25 UTC as 34th comment | 7 replies
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infosky: Apple did not invent mp3 players or internet music. There were quite many MP3 player in the market when iPod was introduced. And there were quite many losing-money internet music stores. What Apple did was to combine the hardware, software and e-commerce together seamlessly to a new era.

Gopro did not invent the action camera either. It just provides far better convenience (mounts and control) to be used in actions.

As R&D VP in many US companies, I know the product ideas were cheap to get but excellent engineering and execution to put things together are far harder. To design a $64 high quality action camera requires fresh look of every components. It is quite ignorant to say it is not innovative just because it is not the first to market. In fact, when I was in Hewlett Packard Labs 20 years ago, we were proud to be the second to the market but the best. Being the best is the real innovation.

Well, you don't really know if it's best, do you?
Although it may be better - I like the idea of the Sony sensor.
And the gopro prices are highway robbery, nothing less.
In the end, it all comes down to marketing (and the costs thereof), as to what a company can get away with.
(like Apple, that shelters over half a Trillion $$$ from taxes and that it prevents from running the economy - pure greed, greed of the socially and economically destructive kind).

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 21:19 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Overview preview (650 comments in total)

back when the first X100 came out, it was certainly a pertinent camera.
today, we have seen what we can expect in compact zoom cameras, from the likes of LX100 and G1Xii.
imo Fuji should get the X100Z out already, with some kind of a good zoom on it.
at this size and price point, definitely!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2015 at 17:39 UTC as 7th comment
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TFD: Not to be a doubting Thomas but a 24-600MM eq. lens on a 1 inch sensor camera would be 50% bigger than the lens on the FZ1000.

This camera does not look that big and I question if a lens of this range for a 1" sensor would be technically or financially doable.

There maybe a marketing slight of hand that Canon has done before to not actually image across the entire sensor.

they haven't said anything about the F opening yet, have they?
that's the biggest determining factor in how big the lens is going to be.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2015 at 16:39 UTC
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grasscatcher: If there is no EVF, this camera should sell for around $500 (add $300 EVF to make it functional and come it at the FZ1000 $800 price point) - somehow I don't see that happening. Yes, it has 200mm over the FZ1000, but I seriously doubt it will match FZ1000 AF speed and EVF specs, let alone 4k video. It will also need 5-axis stabilization to be competitive. FZ2000 will probably have 600mm, though we'll need to wait until July 2016 for it...

I don't care so much if it's 500mm, 600mm, or whatever insane range they can cram into it: I care a little bit more about opening size, and if they can manage to keep CA down across the the range, which isn't likely in this category.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2015 at 16:37 UTC
On Hands-on with Samsung's new NX500 article (347 comments in total)

Finally something to replace my NX20 with.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2015 at 07:16 UTC as 2nd comment
On Hands-on with Samsung's new NX500 article (347 comments in total)
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MontyMouse: Those who go on about the NX500 lack of EVF. Those of us who wear reading glasses need an adjustable EVF as we don't normally carry glasses. Also it's not fair to say just go and buy an NX1, the NX500 is a carry everywhere camera and this oversight is significant to us. I am invested in the NX system and I would like this camera to add to my NX lens collection but it would be the only camera I have where I have to take my reading glasses with me OR use AF and hope for the best.

maybe the truth is, you just don't want to pay the price that Samsung requests for a EVF model. plain and simple as that.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2015 at 07:15 UTC

Looks nice :)
Looks more compact and solid than the FZ1000. has a larger screen too.
Closer to an RX10 but with a longer zoom range.
Certainly holds promise.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2015 at 07:00 UTC as 8th comment | 3 replies
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RAVI_SAMANT: I am interested in buying G3 X only if it has EVF and fully articulated LCD

I hate fiddling with the fully articulated ones... I'm always flipping it in and out so I don't accidentally catch it on something when it's swung out, and have to flip it over (vertically) in-between flips... it bloody flips me out! ;)
I like the sony-style tilting ones much more. but that's just me.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2015 at 06:56 UTC
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Toxar: Everybody who ever tried to frame a subject at 600mm with the camera display knows that this camera is useless without EVF (at least at the long focal lenghts).

Why on earth is Canon still offering their high end compacts without EVF?

I'm a long time Canon DSLR user but my compact cameras are from Panasonic and Sony for that reason.

at 600mm I'm using a tripod. I'm not holding it.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2015 at 06:54 UTC
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