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 DPReview in Cologne: We're at Photokina! article (15 comments in total)

@dpr:
before I buy a camera to peel off the color filter off it's sensor, might you have seen any manufacturer showing a black&white digital camera?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2014 at 03:08 UTC as 2nd comment
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Timmbits: I don't get what the hoopla is all about, as Samsung's 45mm f1.8, also costs $349... and I can assure you, it is a solid performer - not only are the optics great, it even has autofocus at that price.

I get that the NX lens is not near f1.2, but we do know that it doesn't need to be stopped down to get decent IQ, and the NX lens adds all the autofocus hardware, wich also costs money. So it appears not to be the bargain it is made out to be, just a reasonable price.

I'm curious to see lab test results of this lens. Let's hope the IQ is good!

@androole,
in such a case wouldn't the whole point of a larger aperture be so you don't have to resort to using iso6400? I'm not sure if you are trying to shoot at 1/4000th of a second in darkness or what... I am not clear on the situation you are describing.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2014 at 02:45 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Review preview (480 comments in total)
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u43: I have a GH4 and while I love the detail it provides in 4K video mode, it's jpegs are just average. I prefer Olympus and Canon jpeg colors to the GH4. The Panasonic FZ1000 however, offers excellent jpeg colors and those great colors carry over to FZ1000 video as well. This is a hint that Panasonic knows how to get the colors right and the future GH5 will get them right.

@steve9119:
always get the fastest that your camera will accept, and that your wallet can afford. memory speed is a huge performance influencer.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2014 at 02:36 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (689 comments in total)
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Timmbits: At that focal length is the test-scene shot?

Remembering my Fuji X-S1, which was very good with portraits, but fuzzy on the long end, I realise the uselessness of this test scene, if it only shows the lens at one given focal length.
Indeed, it may be showing the camera at it's best, at it's worse, or somewhere between, and this would be the case for most, but completely random from one model to another, whether it's showing it at it's best or worse.

@dpr: btw... for a test scene, try and keep the objects in the same position, will you? (I see the bottle has been rotated, and not all items seem to appear in the same spot from camera to camera.

I have only two sites I use - I don't have time to read every review under the sun - especially since the vast majority are severely tainted by advertiser dollars influence, or the reviewers simply are not that specialized in cameras on some of those sites. I always confirm anything they say here with imaging-resource.com and that's it for me. I already know the sellers I like, but most of the cameras I've bought, I got at good prices, and resold a year later for what I paid for them, so no loss there.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2014 at 02:34 UTC
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Androole: Wow, I'm astonished at how much flak this lens that no one has used is getting.

At least take the time to look at the samples that ZY has posted before spouting off.

http://www.zyoptics.net/uncategorized/sample-photos-of-our-zhongyi-mitakon-42-5mm-f1-2/

Yes, it's fairly soft and has CA . But at the same time, it's a compact F1.2 lens for $350 in a lightweight metal shell. Is it better than my Super Takumar 50mm f1.4 in real world results? Maybe not. But maybe so, depending on your needs.

There's a lot of people with high horses around here who seem to hate choice in the market place. And while it does have a somewhat Leica-esque aesthetic, that's about as generic as it gets for a metal lens shell.

the DoF is just so shallow, not really useful at f1.2 in broad daylight. low light, from farther away, is a more appropriate use for f1.2

Samsung makes a quite remarkable 45mm f1.8 that offers outstanding image quality, offers OIS and auto focus, for the same price. Yet, we don't see the great, realistic lenses getting as much press and talk.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2014 at 02:25 UTC
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peevee1: $359 for fully manual lens. Or you can get Pentax or Minolta 55/1.8 for $20 plus $90 focal reducer which can be used with many other lenses too.
Even Canon FD58/1.2 or Minolta 58/1.2 with the focal reducer would be cheaper, and a whole stop faster.
Now, quality is a different issue. Who knows what quality wide open this 42.5/1.2 lens has?

I don't know why you guys even want to bother with a focal reducer... it will only worsen the sharpness of a lens that may not be up to premium standards to begin with. 42.5mm, 50mm, not a huge difference there.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2014 at 02:17 UTC
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Peter Bendheim: The barrel machining and finish looks horrid. The screw area is unpainted or worn. There have always been plenty cheap and nasty optics around, ultimately you get what you pay for.

Maybe the optics are better. But lenses are an investment, bodies are not. I'd rather spend extra for lenses.

sounds about right :D

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2014 at 02:11 UTC
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maxnimo: Horrible lens! Probably has plastic elements full of mold and mildew. And full of scratches too. And must be blurry all over. Probably can't even do color and has zero bokeh. Yuck!

But what if I'm wrong? What if this lens performs better than a Leica?

TROLL alert!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2014 at 01:59 UTC
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CameraLabTester: The manufacturers of this lens could do themselves a real favor by providing a working sample to display on high volume camera shops.

Curious customers can bring their own M4/3 bodies and test it out in the store.

No amount of techno web mumbo jumbo will convince smart consumers.

Marketing 101 101 101 1010101010101010101010101010101.

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Since all is manual anyway, "smart consumers" buy a used Minolta, Canon or Nikon 50mm f1.4 lens on ebay! ;)
Cost $100. Adapter $9. Now THAT's smart! ;)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2014 at 01:56 UTC

I don't get what the hoopla is all about, as Samsung's 45mm f1.8, also costs $349... and I can assure you, it is a solid performer - not only are the optics great, it even has autofocus at that price.

I get that the NX lens is not near f1.2, but we do know that it doesn't need to be stopped down to get decent IQ, and the NX lens adds all the autofocus hardware, wich also costs money. So it appears not to be the bargain it is made out to be, just a reasonable price.

I'm curious to see lab test results of this lens. Let's hope the IQ is good!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2014 at 01:22 UTC as 17th comment | 4 replies
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (689 comments in total)
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Timmbits: At that focal length is the test-scene shot?

Remembering my Fuji X-S1, which was very good with portraits, but fuzzy on the long end, I realise the uselessness of this test scene, if it only shows the lens at one given focal length.
Indeed, it may be showing the camera at it's best, at it's worse, or somewhere between, and this would be the case for most, but completely random from one model to another, whether it's showing it at it's best or worse.

@dpr: btw... for a test scene, try and keep the objects in the same position, will you? (I see the bottle has been rotated, and not all items seem to appear in the same spot from camera to camera.

@nomorefilm
it was the samples gallery that allowed me to discover the very very very severe CA in the G7X in many situations. deplorable optics.
but when you are trying to evaluate some of these fixed-lens cameras, and compare which is a better buy, samples isn't the best of solutions. (although in the case of the g7x it was - but that is only because some of the pics I saw were so bad, that comparing with other cameras was not required).

Direct link | Posted on Oct 27, 2014 at 02:41 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (689 comments in total)
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Timmbits: At that focal length is the test-scene shot?

Remembering my Fuji X-S1, which was very good with portraits, but fuzzy on the long end, I realise the uselessness of this test scene, if it only shows the lens at one given focal length.
Indeed, it may be showing the camera at it's best, at it's worse, or somewhere between, and this would be the case for most, but completely random from one model to another, whether it's showing it at it's best or worse.

@dpr: btw... for a test scene, try and keep the objects in the same position, will you? (I see the bottle has been rotated, and not all items seem to appear in the same spot from camera to camera.

* "at WHAT focal-length is the test-scene shot?"
I meant to write.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 27, 2014 at 02:38 UTC
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Timmbits: I find that the sweet-spot for street is the 40mm f1.8 I use.
It is quite remarkable really.

you are joking, right? because it sounds like you are talking about a camera. like an interchangeable lens camera.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 27, 2014 at 02:34 UTC
On Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 article (441 comments in total)
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Sdaniella: another LX-series Lumix part-time ES-LV only (x)
fixed rear screen (x) ... touchscreen AF? (✓) or not? (x)
rainbow evf (x) ... fixed angle evf (x)
manual aperture ring on lens (✓) ... or select-by-wire in only 0.5 EV increments!!? (x) or 1/3 EV (✓)?
manual focus ring on lens (✓) ... or select-by-wire? (x)
no manual zoom ring (x) ... toggled zoom
shutter speed dial (but only 1.0 EV increments!!?) (x)
hotshoe (✓) ... tack-on mini speedlight ... (x)
tripod mount offset from lens center axis (x)
insubstantial grip (x)
24-75mm eq.ff.fov zoom (✓: 24 fov wide) f/1.7-2.8 luminance (x2.2 crop)
10.9-34mm zoom:
max.ap.diam (wide): 10.9/1.7 = 6.4mm (f/3.7 eq.ff.dof)
max.ap.diam (tele): 34/2.8 = 12.1mm (f/6.2 eq.ff.dof)
4k video (✓) ... manual? (✓) or auto only? (x)
AE comp 1/3 increments (✓)

no sdaniella,
downsampling is actually slower than if pixel-grouping is done by a separate set of front-line electronics, perhaps even on-chip, before it gets sent to the processor.
you can add speed all you want, but nothing beats intelligent system design.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 27, 2014 at 02:30 UTC
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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."

@Wilight: it was mentioned somewhere on here. look for it, I don't remember where. it was either the product page or the press releast or first looks... not sure.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 27, 2014 at 02:19 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (689 comments in total)
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Nomorefilmman: Interestingly, the October, 2014 issue of Consumer Reports Magazine just rated the G1X Mark II as "Our best-scoring camera ever", where it compared 16 Point-and -Shoot cameras for Image Quality, Flash Photos, Video Quality, LCD Quality, and their Viewfinder, after taking the average of scores for each category. Optional Viewfinders were not mentioned in the article.

They state that in THEIR past camera tests, the G1X "is the first to earn an Excellent score for overall image quality as well as flash photos and video", "an achievement unmatched by any SLR or mirrorless SLR-like" (in THEIR past camera tests).

THE ARTICLE DOES STATE, HOWEVER, "That doesn't mean the G1X is the perfect choice for all shooting situations". They mention several "quibbles" with it, and that consumers may have preferences for an SLR, interchangeable lens feature, a superslim camera, or waterproof camera.

So I guess it gets back to what is important to me, with the tests being simply reference info.

I like how some people are coming out of the woodwork, quoting consumer websites that evaluate everything and anything, but are experts in nothing. (especially when they say that a tiny-sensor (underwater) or slr may be better for some... sounds completely random to me)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 27, 2014 at 02:14 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (689 comments in total)
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KZMike: Canon hit a single with this offering. . . they could have hit a GRAND Slam [Go Mariners], if they had put together a package like the Lumix FZ1000 or Sony's RX10 with their !.5" sensor.

Sony and Panasonic put 1" sensors in their offering but with Canon's larger sensor [larger than a 4/3" sensor] one would think it would/could be the clear the WINNER!

As usual, Canon seems to be taking the 'easy route' to being routine. . .

bah! stop complaining about what one is not doing, if another already offers what you want!!!
who cares what label is slapped on the front!
isn't what is important, what the camera does? Why is it so wrong that it's not a canon? no one maker has a monopoly on making the awesomest stuff: get used to that, be happy. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 27, 2014 at 02:08 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (689 comments in total)

At that focal length is the test-scene shot?

Remembering my Fuji X-S1, which was very good with portraits, but fuzzy on the long end, I realise the uselessness of this test scene, if it only shows the lens at one given focal length.
Indeed, it may be showing the camera at it's best, at it's worse, or somewhere between, and this would be the case for most, but completely random from one model to another, whether it's showing it at it's best or worse.

@dpr: btw... for a test scene, try and keep the objects in the same position, will you? (I see the bottle has been rotated, and not all items seem to appear in the same spot from camera to camera.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 27, 2014 at 02:05 UTC as 9th comment | 8 replies

S&M...
you know you want it!

;-p

Direct link | Posted on Oct 27, 2014 at 00:24 UTC as 2nd comment

With everything (finally) migrating to mirrorless, not only did it make sense to drop Nex, but I am certain that there were also talks with Samsung that they had to drop nex anyway. Just because there isn't an ugly silly trial doesn't mean the lawyers weren't already talking pre-trial for trademark infringement out of the courts.
just saying.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 27, 2014 at 00:20 UTC as 2nd comment
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