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 Samsung launches daul-grip, 60x WB2200F superzoom with Wi-Fi news story (203 comments in total)
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mrdancer: I see a great use for this camera. On a tripod, on my back deck, overlooking the lake in the valley (no, I would never "show it off" to friends, that would be somewhat embarrassing). But it would capture lots of great wildlife/bird shots, sailboat shots, etc. Will they be award-winning 18"+ prints? Absolutely not!!! But they will be great for the standard 4"x6" prints and websharing, etc. Don't need a bigger sensor for that stuff.

I'm rather impressed by the F numbers on a zoom of this magnitude. Curious as to how quickly it falls off in the zoom range - i.e., how does it compare to the FZ200's 2.8 at 600mm? Also curious if Samsung has improved their image quality in their P&S cameras. If it is on par with the FZ200, this could be a contender.

Yes, this is a camera primarily for shooting distance in daylight. I use a GX7 for all of my 'normal' stuff and have gotten used to the NFC - bump it to my Nexus and do remote shooting, etc. - would like NFC on all of my cams.

"Also curious if Samsung has improved their image quality in their P&S cameras."
SERIOUSLY??? you go for 1/2" sensors and you are actually concerned with image quality?
If you want image quality, get something with a real sensor, not a toy.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2014 at 14:26 UTC
On Samsung launches daul-grip, 60x WB2200F superzoom with Wi-Fi news story (203 comments in total)

HAHAHAHAHA!

1/2" sensor!!!

ROTFL

it looks like a "real" camera...

so kids can play "pretend to be a professional photographer" LOL

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2014 at 14:21 UTC as 8th comment | 4 replies
On Entry-Level Mirrorless Camera Roundup 2013 article (82 comments in total)
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DIDEA: Wow, gutted. I'm looking for an entry level camera and what do I get? Two recommendations near EUR800. That's pretty much useless for me. Enry level should mean exactly that; very few people have the money to spend 800 on something to enter a hobby or niche. I guess the handful of words on the X-A1 is all I get to go on.

I followed the amazon links and it's only $600 with a kit lens.
that's what, about 430 euros?
order online.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 05:43 UTC
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tkbslc: It's a race to 15-1500mm equiv. 100x zoom. Who will get there first? Optical quality and lens speed be damned.

@RPJG: perhaps you could educate us as to why we would need 20mp if you're not making those enormous prints. why would you rather have more noise and poor contrast for more pixels then?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 03:10 UTC
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santamonica812: I was very excited when I saw the announcement. Sounded like a perfect back-up camera to use when traveling abroad. Then I saw the buzz-killer . . . no RAW capture at all. So, it's a camera aimed at entry-level photographers.

Nothing wrong with that, of course. But I was able to stop reading the overview at that point.

(I'll also note that I shoot my film cameras at 10 and 12mm quite frequently, at the widest ranges of my particular zooms). And shoot my crop digital at 16mm all the time. This seems like "ultra wide" to me. Panasonic defines 22mm as ultra wide, which seems dubious to me. Yeah, that's really wide compared to their impressive max of 924. But I don't think it's what photographers think of when they are considering truly "ultra-wide" lenses, so that seems potentially misleading.)

with 20mp on such a small sensor, you even care about raw?
the images will be crappy enough - why bother editing anything that comes out of this.
this camera is for neophytes going on their first hike.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 03:08 UTC
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utomo99: Panasonic please stop the Mega pixel war. It already over.
Now people want fast lens and big sensor so it can produce good images

desperation in trying to keep alive the low end that is disappearing to phone-cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 03:06 UTC

LET'S CRANK UP THE NOISE!

Seriously???? cramming 20mp onto a tiny 1/2" sensor???

As if CA, poor contrast, distortion, noise, and failure in dim light weren't already bad enough in the combination of superzoom and too small a sensor... let's crank up the noise some more so that the photosites are even smaller and under-performing.

Looks like a desperate act.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 03:05 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply

I'm not on MFT, but MFT sure gets a nice lens.

Bring out a 20mm f1.2 (40mm equivalent) and I might just take a look at the MFTs.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 02:59 UTC as 31st comment | 10 replies
On Nikon unveils D3300 with new sensor, processor and kit lens news story (200 comments in total)

Is there a software hack to allow the D3x00 series to do bracketing?

Because that, which costs nothing, and the hinge on the screen, are mainly what set the D5x00 series apart from the D3x00 series.

That's $5 of manufacturing cost for $hundred$$ more in retail price. I'm not sure they'd sell any d5300s if this thing had a hinge.

I point it out, because I'm against manufacturers that have nearly identical equipment, intentionally handicapped, to make you want to sell, instead of keep, when you yearn for that little extra feature. I don't like the feeling of being scammed when I know a D5300 doesn't offer anything more with relation to the extra money it costs.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 02:53 UTC as 57th comment | 3 replies
On From NEX to Alpha: Sony introduces 20 megapixel a5000 news story (155 comments in total)

Sony couldn't have shouted any louder that they are feeling the competition from the low end of Samsung's NX series (NX1100/NX2000)...
surprising, coming from Sony, that they would so blatantly acknowledge the legitimacy of a competitor's product (especially Samsung, of all), right down to matching the resolution (setting aside the 16mo and 24mp sensors they already use in the nex lineup).

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 02:46 UTC as 46th comment | 5 replies
On Samsung NX30 First Impressions Review preview (353 comments in total)
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BBking83: That image looks like the aperture is f/3.5-5.6 (hard to tell...) at but a quick google search yields a f/2.0-2.8 aperture (which is pretty good!).

What lens did you test and what lens is in this image?

http://www.dpreview.com/previews/samsung-nx30/images/front.jpg

I found my answer... the 16-55S lens is rather large (the size of a 60mm by the looks of it), but that won't deter me from getting one. f2 zoom here I come! ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2014 at 03:10 UTC
On Samsung NX30 First Impressions Review preview (353 comments in total)
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BBking83: That image looks like the aperture is f/3.5-5.6 (hard to tell...) at but a quick google search yields a f/2.0-2.8 aperture (which is pretty good!).

What lens did you test and what lens is in this image?

http://www.dpreview.com/previews/samsung-nx30/images/front.jpg

@BBKing83 the lens/link you refer to, is f3.5-5.6 if your monitor didn't have enough DR to see it, I was able to by tilting my monitor back.
@Viking79 you're right, the lens on page 2 http://www.dpreview.com/previews/samsung-nx30/2 is the 18-55 in the photo - quite obvious.

Thanks for letting us know that there will be an f2 offered. Would love to have that one - hope it'll also have OIS and be as compact! (I'm probably wrong on at least one of those counts)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2014 at 02:31 UTC
On Samsung NX30 First Impressions Review preview (353 comments in total)

I like the new lens! Small(er?) as the old 20-50 but with OIS,

hmmm, this gets me thinking...
Since it has the same silly swivel screen (rather than a back tilting one) as the NX20, I could live with keeping my NX20 and just getting this lens as an add-on. And my new camera could be the new A7. :D

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2014 at 02:19 UTC as 49th comment
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Harleysoftail: I'll be selling my NX20 and upgrading to the NX30. There are enough improvements for me to justify the move. I have been a NX fan since I first bought my NX10. I was hoping for a new sensor...but I like everything else they have done.

I just hope that it buffers more like an NX20 than an NX300. Because the latter was a disappointment for me. The NX20 performs rather well. The NX30 having the same sensor (I'm assuming) as the NX300 has me worried that the rest of the electronics inside may be the same - but I hope not - I hope they've improved upon that. I just hope it has the best of both, and not the worst of both. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2014 at 01:39 UTC
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Scottelly: Wow! With a fold-out screen AND a tilt-up viewfinder this camera is amazing! Sony should be ashamed that they let Samsung beat them to the punch. All Samsung has to do now is add USB3, 4K video, and increase their sensor resolution to 30 MP, and they will be in a position to seriously compete against Sony. When they introduce a 40+ MP full-frame camera and a line of 6 or 7 full-frame power-zoom lenses they could become an alternative to Sony. (let's hope)

Sure, they've got a long way to go, but Samsung is an innovator. They've proven that with their computer monitors, TVs, and cell phones. Now they're proving that they're an innovator in the high-end camera market too . . . and it looks like they are really serious about making themselves number one in this market. I predict that Samsung will actually eclipse the big three camera makers within ten years . . . and maybe sooner than that. I would not be surprised if they have already matched or beaten Sony by the end of 2015 or 2016.

Samsung is ALREADY a great alternative to MFT, as the sensor is larger, and the bodies are of equivalent size to MFT.
But let's not exagerate here: Samsung isn't going to overtake Sony anytime soon - both companies are not targeting quite the same market segments/demographics.
Samsung is mid-range, mass market, the sweet spot for cameras. Better value for the buck, competing with MFT, low end and mid end of APS from Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji, along with some clearly low end consumer-minded stuff (ie: nx1000 series and the android camera). Sony is going upmarket with a new fabulous FF line. Samsung would dilute it's resources if it were to go after the high end too soon. I believe it has the right strategy right now: compete with MFT (same price level, larger sensor, same size bodies) and APS segment.
I too, hope FF will come... but the price argument will have to be compelling (and it probably will), for me to go Samsung in FF.
But why do you need 40MP?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2014 at 01:37 UTC

I HATE the flip-out screen!!! I own the NX20, and with the swing-out screens, you have to 1. swing it out and 2 flip it over so it faces the right way, and 3. make sure you don't break it off. I can't say how much I have this. But I have the camera because it's a good value. Better than MFT imo and no larger than a similar mft but having a larger sensor than mft.
It seems like the rest of the world is seeing the light, and adopting a tilting screen like we saw on the Sonys.
New bells and whistles aside, it's a pity they didn't correct this.
OK, I admit it's practical for selfies... but often inconvenient - flip out and turn over to use, turn over again before you flip it back onto the back.
Grrr!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2014 at 01:28 UTC as 2nd comment
On Fujifilm XQ1 Preview preview (161 comments in total)
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Timmbits: hey wait a minute! did Fuji pay for this preview???

I mean, it says: "In short, it ticks all the right boxes." right after we find out it has no viewfinder OR tilting screen, will only take a little over 200 shots on a charge, looks plain like a canon (and no handgrip), removes some of the nice controls that set Fuji apart (because a few didn't like them), and is made in China (probably the reason why it has cheaper energy-hungry circuits)!

I wanted to like this thing... small size, larger sensor than most, reasonable lens and zoom... but I'm starting to agree with some who say this was just thrown together in haste.

ps: not to mention that it being $200 less than a camera that is $200 overpriced* hardly constitutes value!

* (referring to the $200 Sony label slapped onto another chinese product)

Fuji: drop the price by $200 at introduction, and it will sell, or step aside out of this market segment.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 29, 2013 at 04:42 UTC
On Fujifilm XQ1 Preview preview (161 comments in total)

hey wait a minute! did Fuji pay for this preview???

I mean, it says: "In short, it ticks all the right boxes." right after we find out it has no viewfinder OR tilting screen, will only take a little over 200 shots on a charge, looks plain like a canon (and no handgrip), removes some of the nice controls that set Fuji apart (because a few didn't like them), and is made in China (probably the reason why it has cheaper energy-hungry circuits)!

I wanted to like this thing... small size, larger sensor than most, reasonable lens and zoom... but I'm starting to agree with some who say this was just thrown together in haste.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 29, 2013 at 04:24 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
On Fujifilm XQ1 Preview preview (161 comments in total)
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dark goob: Why not use degrees instead of "equivalent mm"? Equivalent to what? Hardly anyone (less than 5% of photographers) shoots 135 anymore. IT'S NOT 2003 ANYMORE!

Also if you used degrees then your graph's horizontal scale wouldn't be so compressed to the left and stretched out to the right.

actually the sensor "size" is the diameter of the image circle made by the projection through the lens onto the film and now the sensor - the actual sensor diagonal is smaller.
iso is international standards organisation, and they just picked up the numbers from asa.
I had a German APS film camera and it took amazing pictures but not as good as 35mm, true. it wasn't as popular because it came out just before digital cameras started becoming popular just as it gained momentum in the marketplace.

true, we should use degrees! but then again, if we had degrees, we wouldn't be able to directly calculate the size of an opening based on f-stop. (ie: a 30mm lens (45mm equivalent) on APSc at f2.0 will give you an opening 15mm in diameter - measure it yourself, you'll see). from there, you can calculate the surface area and figure out exposure, etc.
by giving the lens in mm relative to 135mm just gives us a common denominator for view equivalency.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 29, 2013 at 03:41 UTC
On Fujifilm XQ1 Preview preview (161 comments in total)
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RuneMC: The enthusiast compact market may have expanded quickly, but it still is puzzling how few large sensor compacts there are to choose from.

The Sony RX100 is borderline acceptable with it's 1 inch sensor, but I would prefer an APS-C sensor size in the same compact format or preferrably even the smaller Canon S-series format.

Introducing yet another new 2/3" sensor camera does not cut it really...

Fuji has a legacy investment in the 2/3" sensor, and although not nearly as large as the 1", and small compared to APSc, don't you think that the ones offering small 1/1.6 1/1.7 should be the focus of such criticism? They've done nothing to bring larger sensors to their obsolete-in-advance compacts. (heck, even Nikon who have the 1 system won't offer a compact with 1"!)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 29, 2013 at 03:19 UTC
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