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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cgarrard: Headline change: "Leica introduces LX100 24-75mm equiv compact with Four Thirds sensor at 50% higher price than Panasonic camera."

$800+50%=$1200.
I don't know what you guys are fighting about.

Would anyone be able to tell me (with certainly, not speculation) if the Leica includes VAT (for EU) whereas the LX100 does not? That certainly could explain a good chunk of the price difference.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2014 at 12:31 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Overview preview (613 comments in total)
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Mr N: Hello everyone, I've always wanted to buy the Fujifilm X100 series camera ever since they had come out. I was in college back then and it was out of my price range, and so I kept putting it off forever. I am an architect but mostly I take street photography and some architecture details (barely to be honest), could any of you guys give me a thumbs up if you think I should just go for it instead of any other camera for my use ? I know I won't be able to take wide angle shots but that's okay, I never photograph an entire building only parts of it. Thanks in advance, also the colour in the beta sample gallery seems weird, I hope I can change this, any X100 series users out there., some input would be great.

@darngooddesign, could you point us to the test comparison where this does better than other cameras in high ISO?

Does this prism stuff rob you of any of the light to the sensor, as was the case with the Sony Alpha prism design? (-30%)?

The optical overlay is cute. It is one of those features that helps distinguish it from the others. But if you have to pay more, I think not. Especially when for the extra money, you could have a build-in (fixed) zoom lens instead, like on the G1Xii. You need to distinguich between important features and nice-to-haves.

You were paying extra for all that optical overlay stuff in the previous generations... and for what? They are obsoleted with this model telling you it wasn't good and that this is good now. So why waste the extra cash for it?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2014 at 12:19 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 article (270 comments in total)
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whensly: wow i would like to have both the LX100 and the GM5. ( have many M 4/3rds lenses). too bad the price is so high on each. Now if these were 500 each Id buy both and call it a day.

That doesn't make sense. Why would you want an LX100 if you have all those lenses? How could you complain about the price yet spent all that money on lenses?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2014 at 12:04 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 article (270 comments in total)
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Timmbits: @DPR:
"allows shutter speeds of up to 120 seconds(...) To avoid shaking the camera in this mode, a smartphone can be used as a wireless remote control via the Lumix Imaging app."
You make it sound like you need a remote because of the long exposure time of 2 minutes.
I would be much more concerned with camera shake from pressing the shutter with a 1 second exposure... at 2 minutes, such a brief shake doesn't even show up.

well, of course, Peng. But think of all the little teenagers debating and arguing amongst temselves now, because of those statements.
With that, humanity's chances for world peace have been delayed even further.
@DPR, on your shoulders, you carry the weight of immense responsibilities. Don't weigh it down with BS that may be put in your path along the way... leave that sh!t on the ground and don't lose your way.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2014 at 05:09 UTC

I find that the sweet-spot for street is the 40mm f1.8 I use.
It is quite remarkable really.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2014 at 04:50 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review preview (436 comments in total)

Can you send me one in black and white?
And I don't mean the dress or the envelope disguising it all.
I mean the sensor of course. No queer color filter array there to mess things up. And we can do away with the microlended too - no need for those. messing things up. Just photosites, signaling whether light's on, or not, and how much of it there is, diving into each photosite.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2014 at 03:49 UTC as 5th comment
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (749 comments in total)
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Yamyung: Did you know, that authentic Korean pronunciation of Samsung is indeed Cam'Cong? (camera conglomerate:D) C does not stay for K!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0UovyM8Ni0

sooooo.... you're Asian. like, from Moscow? or Kamchatka? it is a rather large continent. if you were Han, that would be less confusing to us all.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2014 at 03:30 UTC
On Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review preview (436 comments in total)
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Tord S Eriksson: This camera is a clone of the XZ-1/XZ-2 and the MX-1, as they use exactly the same lens and very similar sensor type. Evidently an OEM supplies the optics and the focusing mechanism, while the brand name makes the outer casing and add their own, tweaked, firmware (possibly the electronics, too, but the similarities are scarily similar).

The two that stand out, is the X30, with built-in viewfinder, and the MX-1 with none (not even a external, mechanical/optical, option, as the X10 has)! They are also the two heaviest, by the way:

http://www.dpreview.com/products/compare/side-by-side?products=fujifilm_x30&products=fujifilm_x10&products=fujifilm_x20&products=oly_xz1&products=oly_xz2&products=pentax_mx1&sortDir=ascending

@bluewater77: print size is resolution dependent, not sensor size dependent.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2014 at 19:22 UTC
On Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review preview (436 comments in total)
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Tord S Eriksson: This camera is a clone of the XZ-1/XZ-2 and the MX-1, as they use exactly the same lens and very similar sensor type. Evidently an OEM supplies the optics and the focusing mechanism, while the brand name makes the outer casing and add their own, tweaked, firmware (possibly the electronics, too, but the similarities are scarily similar).

The two that stand out, is the X30, with built-in viewfinder, and the MX-1 with none (not even a external, mechanical/optical, option, as the X10 has)! They are also the two heaviest, by the way:

http://www.dpreview.com/products/compare/side-by-side?products=fujifilm_x30&products=fujifilm_x10&products=fujifilm_x20&products=oly_xz1&products=oly_xz2&products=pentax_mx1&sortDir=ascending

the 2/3 sensor is something they are already invested in and have their production lines tooled for. it goes back to the X-S1 (and maybe earlier).
I think that when they decide to put in a 1" or a MFT sized sensor into their compacts, they will be facing a decision whether to invest significant dollars into redesigning all their lenses and lens parts... they probably have a library of parts they can just choose from, when they make their camera model evolve. Change the sensor size to something you haven't used, and you are starting from scratch.
It is unfortunate, because I would have liked to see a successor to the X-S1 with at least a 1" sensor, if not a MFT sized one.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2014 at 19:20 UTC
On Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review preview (436 comments in total)
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phecda: The X30 is the only camera of this type that provides certain capabilities that are important to me, notably accommodation of an external microphone for video, and interval shooting. I might wish that it had a Bulb setting for long exposures but can live without that.
I have not owned a Fuji camera before--this will be the first--and will give it a shot. It's not shipping until November, and I am pre-ordering completely on spec since I have not seen one in person and probably will not until this shows up at my door.

I've been using a Canon S110 and love it to death, but I want a second high-end P&S with more capabilities and the X30 comes closest to fulfilling my requirements.

this is definitely a significant step up from your s110 (which you won't even want to touch anymore once you're at home with the controls on this thing).
but for the money, wouldn't you want to wait, rather than pre-order? I mean, there is the RX100iii, LX100, GM5... lots of interesting cameras coming out.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2014 at 19:16 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (643 comments in total)
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Timmbits: the Panasonc LX100 makes this camera inconsequential

IQ is part of capabilities in my picture book!
LX100, GM5, are wiser choices with larger sensors, and there is the RX100iii with the same size sensor and a good lens, in a much more compact camera.
Nikon using a 1" sensor in their mirrorless is just to make sure that they do not compete with their D-line of DSLRs.
They can only keep on protecting themselves for so long, in face of the competition.
If the Nikon1 line were very cheap, priced accordingly to the market segment it will be relegated to, it could better carve out it's place.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2014 at 18:41 UTC
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (749 comments in total)
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Timmbits: <30min video limitation?
is this really necessary?
hope someone comes out with a hack.

troll

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2014 at 18:37 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (683 comments in total)

I wonder how hard it would be to find a compatible screen, larger, to swap that one out for a more decent one.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2014 at 17:10 UTC as 10th comment
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gulffish: Phone cameras, the really good ones, are great for all of us. Will force fit a new paradyme on the way camera manufactures have to think about protecting the P&S market, if it is in fact protectable. Regardless, we're going to end up with better, more fully featured and more capable cameras whatever the form factor may be.

yes indeed. the choices are better, lots of crap is being weeded out.
forget "conspiracy". it is not collusion among manufacturers. there is some coopetition, for example selling a sensor to a competitor, while still competing with them. where there is protectionism, is for example, when a G1X is designed so, that it isn't quite as good as a Rebel, as they both go for the same consumer: beginner wanting a good entry-level camera. A Nikon1 is a small camera, but with a smaller sensor, to compete with other mirrorless, but not with Nikon's own DSLRs (see how that is working out for them). And it wasn't until they got wind that Sony was introducing the RX10, that Panasonic finally released the larger 1" sensor FZ1000, as the FZ200 with it's toy sensor didn't come close to competing with their MFT line.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2014 at 17:00 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Overview preview (613 comments in total)
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Timmbits: this is a nice camera...
but in the age of the LX100, it prices itself out of it's own market segment, when for the same size, or smaller, the LX100 offers a more flexible lens and still a decent sensor (even though it's not as large).

update: scratch that, regarding the Canon G7X (CA fringing).
But for the same overall package, and not a lens that extends, you might like to look at the Panasonic GX7 with one of the pancake primes. Or if you don't care for a VF, the NX300. Or if you really want small but with a large sensor, the Pana GM5.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2014 at 09:40 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Overview preview (613 comments in total)
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Mr N: Hello everyone, I've always wanted to buy the Fujifilm X100 series camera ever since they had come out. I was in college back then and it was out of my price range, and so I kept putting it off forever. I am an architect but mostly I take street photography and some architecture details (barely to be honest), could any of you guys give me a thumbs up if you think I should just go for it instead of any other camera for my use ? I know I won't be able to take wide angle shots but that's okay, I never photograph an entire building only parts of it. Thanks in advance, also the colour in the beta sample gallery seems weird, I hope I can change this, any X100 series users out there., some input would be great.

A Fuji camera I loved, was the XS1. Awesome zoom range, the best controls ever, but alas, a small sensor. It helped me appreciate, and love, great controls.
My package, is a Samsung NX20. It is smaller than this camera, yet, has great controls and more flexible. They make some nice pancake lenses. 16mm f2.4, 20mm f2.8, 30mmf2.0, and an awesome 45mm f1.8. Many would say my camera is outdated, but I feel it is better than locking myself in with an over-priced fixed lens camera. Years ago, when the X100 came out, it was interesting, offering retro styling, one lens simplicity, APS sensor. But today, for the money, and size, you can do better. There's the LX100 with a fast lens. Or the GX7 which has nice retro styling and good ergonomics. And they have some reasonably good pancake lenses that would allow you to have a compact overall package smaller than the X100 - well, smaller actually - for a similar total package price, and Panasonic has just as nice styling as the Fuji.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2014 at 09:35 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Overview preview (613 comments in total)
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Craig Atkinson: here's a question. Why, when the AF is so good and pretty fast do people make such a fuss of the new MF feature EVF in OVF? Technologically a great feature, but what benefit does MF have over AF?

@Craig: I don't think there is a clear-cut answer to your question, because it depends very much on the camera and lens. Different systems have different weaknesses. So it is nice to be able to overcome that. And when shooting with a large aperture, manual focus just gives you more control over what objects you want in focus and which you want defocused.

@darngooddesign: sometimes I'm not even in a position, physically, where it is possibe to stick my head up to the camera to look through a viewfinder. and FYI, you do not need to hold it out with your arm stretched. you can hold it close to you, at your waist, beside you... in fact, in much more positions than you might think.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2014 at 06:28 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Overview preview (613 comments in total)
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pavi1: How is the write time with the X100T? It is forever with the X100 compared to every other digital camera I have used

@pavi1, if you want to be like that...
I would say, it was too much information, about your drug addiction.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2014 at 06:25 UTC
On G7X-ISO125-IMG_0294 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (3 comments in total)
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beatephmc: ... to me, this is a good example for the shortcomings of tiny miniaturized lenses. Who on earth could live with such gruesome fringing? Apertures up to f4 seem to be completely unusable in backlit wide angles. Of course this is even getting worse at 1,8 (no examples here) or 2,2 (see picture 7). Corner softness and ghosting are additional problems I saw in other samples. The only alternative would be heavy in-camera image processing - which might lead to a dramatic loss of details (possibly the disappointing case with lx100). The necessary PP in a way corrupts the idea of point and shoots, though. So, IMHO, way to go to invent the perfect little do-it-all-shooter. Up to now, accepting some more weight and size (used em5 body) and the inconvenience to change my small and light yet very good 20/1,7 and Oly 45/1,8 lenses seems to be the better alternative. I bought this stuff used, and I did not have to spend much more money for this awesome package than purchasing a new G7x...

agreed

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2014 at 06:21 UTC
On G7X-ISO125-IMG_0279 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

Interesting of how this camera shows you an exploded view of the weathervane on the right (not the flagpole in the center, but the other thing on the right)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2014 at 06:18 UTC as 1st comment
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