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 Fujifilm X100T Review preview (642 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 12th comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (923 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 9th comment
On Lensbaby introduces Velvet 56mm f/1.6 article (165 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 | 2 replies
On X-Transformed? Fujifilm X30 Review article (315 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 6th 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 | 6 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 (344 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 (344 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 7th comment | 1 reply
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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

Very interesting.

I like the idea of more competition in the FF arena to bring down prices.

I also like the idea of a 10MP 1" sensor compact model (smaller, cheaper) - nice little toy to carry around in your pocket. Smaller files, larger photosites for better DR and less noise. Should be great!

Even the design is nice: clean lines like Leica, but more practical in a shape more like NX. And unlike the base NXes, a VF. Should please many enthusiasts.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2015 at 06:47 UTC as 14th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (923 comments in total)
In reply to:

jackalopemaui: Why doesn't 1:1 use the full height of the sensor? Why is it just a crop from 4:3?

a lot of comments were made without looking at the diagram,
without looking at the numbers (dimentions in pixels X pixels).
I won't be cruel and call it not smart - I think it was just eagerness to jump in without taking time to check information.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2015 at 03:48 UTC
On Hands-on with Samsung's new NX500 article (344 comments in total)
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scribelight: Very interesting camera that could've benefitted from more controls similar to Panasonic LX100. Also, a quality evf could put the camera over the top in popularity. Looking forward to the full review.

It was said that they only sold a handful EVFs. I said that if they priced a EVF based on those sales numbers, the next one would be even more expensive (production costs vs. economies of scale). ...and they wouldn't sell any at all. Since they have hindsight vision and know how much to sell it for, to break even, and knowing that at that price they won't sell enough to turn a profit, why bother?

I agree that it would be nice to have an EVF.
Except Samsung doesn't have the market share and production volumes to just offer as many model variants as Sony's NEX line for example. They just can't, and have to make choices. Choices that include numerous factors, like selling price vs costs, and justifying the price of one versus the other, and they do that through differentiation in features.
When they have a bigger market share and the volume that goes along with it, they will be able to offer more and different choices. They just aren't there yet at this point in time.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2015 at 03:37 UTC
On Hands-on with Canon's 'not-coming-to-USA' EOS M3 article (547 comments in total)
In reply to:

Timmbits: ahhhh finally... a Canon that is starting to look more like a Sony or a Samsung.

LOL

Lighten up, take it easy!
"LOOK" like...
as in: appearance! design!

I made the comment because finally they didn't make it look like a cheap tiny-sensor S120 (which is the mistake they made with the G7X).

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2015 at 03:12 UTC
On Hands-on with Canon's 'not-coming-to-USA' EOS M3 article (547 comments in total)

ahhhh finally... a Canon that is starting to look more like a Sony or a Samsung.

LOL

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2015 at 17:44 UTC as 40th comment | 2 replies
On Hands-on with Samsung's new NX500 article (344 comments in total)
In reply to:

scribelight: Very interesting camera that could've benefitted from more controls similar to Panasonic LX100. Also, a quality evf could put the camera over the top in popularity. Looking forward to the full review.

@har

I fail to understand why you keep on insisting that models be identical. If this had a VF, it would not even be offered - they would only introduce an NX50 which might not be an as affordable alternative to the NX1. Sure, it would be nice to have. But it would cost more. And Samsung doesn't have the inertia yet, to introduce tons of different models that are all variations of the same internals. There is always a manufacturing cost associated with something, that is directly linked to volume. Their intention is to offer this one at a lower price, and the other one with a VF. What is wrong with that?
There is the NX1, will be an NX50, and this NX500... isn't that enough for everyone?

If they sold only 10 external VFs, then they learned from that. Knowing only 10 will sell, they will price it accordingly and sell zero next time around. How is that even useful to anyone?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2015 at 17:37 UTC
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