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 announces NX3000 mirrorless camera article (193 comments in total)
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Mike FL: As a "Me Too company" the good thing about Samsung is to keep the competitors' price down, so far.

ok well, it was a few years ago. I know there was SOMETHING that went down. I'll just turn the page, let bygones be bygones.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 00:42 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (660 comments in total)
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Solar Eagle: Why not cover the new macro capability in this review? It would be nice to know what kind of magnification you get from 5cm at 24mm, since Canon isnt telling us. Even a simple mention of the MM or coverage area would have been fine.

not beef. concern!
because I am considering this camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 00:40 UTC
On Samsung NX30 Review preview (418 comments in total)
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Timmbits: Don't want a swivel-out screen (I prefer the vertical pivot type), don't want the larger size, don't want the nx300's buffer lockup.
I've waited a long time for this camera, and now I'm just learning to love my NX20 just the way it is.

Raw:
I really do not like to use high ISOs. I hate it in fact. I am more interested in how they would compare at between 100-800. Over that I'm just not interested.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 00:38 UTC
On Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio article (129 comments in total)
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TWIZEEL: Oh! I will try it while Real Estate shooting in twilight to light down lawns and roof.

I don't know why I was thinking of filming instead of stills.
But still... with these hobby drones weighing so little, and it being a balance of autonomy and battery weight, I don't see how one could use these to hoist an extra 2-3 lbs when they weigh only half a pound... where do you get the extra lift and power for that?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 00:27 UTC
On What is equivalence and why should I care? article (2034 comments in total)
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LingoDingo: For the past 150+ years of photographic history, "equivalence" meant EXPOSURE equivalence, where the ONLY variables that mattered were F-Stop / Shutter Speed / ISO...

Now we have a new religion called DOF Equivalence, which photographers and film-makers of the past 150+ years did not give a sh*t about.

I've shot professionally for 30+ years now, using everything from a Minox "spy" camera to the Polaroid 20×24 inch studio camera, and while DOF was always important, I was never concerned about matching the DOF between camera formats.

This new DOF Equivalance religion is very misguided in my opinion, as it appears to be all about matching camera formats, and not about getting the best performance out of each unique camera.

Nobody cares if your Minox shots match the look of your 8x10 Sinar shots, if the shots your are producing are mediocre.

You seem confused.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 00:22 UTC
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MediaDigitalVideo: What kind of memory card is going to be needed for this camera ?

here is a reference for the memory cards:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secure_Digital#Speed_class_rating
so UHS3 would be required. $$$

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2014 at 02:37 UTC
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MediaDigitalVideo: What kind of memory card is going to be needed for this camera ?

sorry, I made a mistake. you will need faster than that to shoot 4K video. like the new UHS cards (UHS-3 or better).

I always buy the fastest memory card available for a camera, so it has everything going for it to keep lag in various tasks to a minimum.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2014 at 02:23 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (660 comments in total)
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Solar Eagle: Why not cover the new macro capability in this review? It would be nice to know what kind of magnification you get from 5cm at 24mm, since Canon isnt telling us. Even a simple mention of the MM or coverage area would have been fine.

Those images are very noisy. then I saw why. why are such high ISOs being used?
it is always hard to get lemons or keychains to stay still while doing long exposures.
or is it a question of getting rid of some halo effect that someone mentioned?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2014 at 02:00 UTC
On 2014 Waterproof Camera Roundup article (238 comments in total)
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springsnow: I wonder if it's better to just use your smartphone if you have waterproof ones like the SGS5 or the Xperia Z lineup. I mean none of these have anything particularly stellar in terms of image quality, and since most people would downsize them anyway, imo a smartphone would be good enough.

@springsnow, I fully agree with you!
I own the Panasonic, which was tied 1st place with the Sony in the previous roundup, and I am extremely dissatisfied with the image quality (in or out of water). these cameras are not worth our money, or our memories. I use an APS for everyday photography, and would not consider a 1" sensor camera for that, but I certainly would for underwater. In fact, I think it is the ideal compromise.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2014 at 01:44 UTC
On 2014 Waterproof Camera Roundup article (238 comments in total)
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jeffharris: With such small sensors, If manufacturers would keep the megapixels LOWER the image quality could be much better! 10MP or below is perfectly good for cameras like theses.

I have Olympus TG1 and an earlier Tough camera (TC130?)

I am ignoring BorisK's remark, and replying to the original post.
Yes, larger photosites would help, but going from 12 or 14, down to 10mp, you are still dealing with TINY photosites. I think that a 1" sensor is the absolute minimum size in these modern times - otherwise you may as well just settle for the Sony waterproof smartphone! why bother with this crappy IQ you get from these tiny sensors?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2014 at 01:37 UTC
On 2014 Waterproof Camera Roundup article (238 comments in total)
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Timmbits: DO NOT BUY ANY OF THESE!!! is the best advice I can give you.

I purchased the best of the past years' roundups, the Panasonic, figuring that it should be a little bit better than the dismal tiny-sensor cameras out there.
Boy was I wrong, and it was wasted money. It became an expensive hand-me-down for my 8 year old girl - at least she can drop it, we can take it out on the inflatable kayak, and she is delighted with all she does with it (stop motion video, pictures of her dog...) and she's just too delighted to discover what she can do with a camera to worry about IQ.

If you are to get yourself a waterproof camera, get at least something with a 1" sensor or larger if any are available. I haven't researched this in the past months, but I do remember Nikon has the waterproof version of their Nikon-1. That is what you should get.

If you're going to have crappy image quality that these things deliver, you may as well just get the Sony waterproof smartphone and use that instead.

Some of you did not get the point I was making, in trying to help those who rely on these reviews to make their purchases. Ask yourself, what is the purpose of offering all this "advice" for free? It is the ultimate marketing newsletter that customers actually read, it is designed to stimulate sales. But these cameras are NOT worthy of your hard-earned dollars, offering LOUSY IQ, like ANY other 1/2"sensor camera, in water or out of water, regardless! And no, I do not have a Sony underwater phone - but before spending a couple or a few hundred, and accepting the dismal image quality, I totally would get that instead.
But if you want good IQ (or acceptable IQ if you prefer), get something with a bigger sensor or don't bother.
Vote with your money!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2014 at 01:20 UTC
On Samsung NX30 Review preview (418 comments in total)
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Timmbits: Don't want a swivel-out screen (I prefer the vertical pivot type), don't want the larger size, don't want the nx300's buffer lockup.
I've waited a long time for this camera, and now I'm just learning to love my NX20 just the way it is.

I'm at the point where I am about to say "fnck this sh!t" and just get the new Canon G1Xii. Something practical, compact, almost APS, with a good lens, and I don't have to worry about buffer lock ups (although it is much slower) nor worry about switching lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2014 at 01:11 UTC
On Samsung announces NX3000 mirrorless camera article (193 comments in total)
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Mike FL: As a "Me Too company" the good thing about Samsung is to keep the competitors' price down, so far.

@howaboutraw: I do not have the time to go through history, I merely remember past exchanges where mft supposedly was much better according to you and you were dissing samsung. I believe you were even enthused about pentax Q at one point. this is from a few years ago. I thought you would have remembered.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2014 at 01:02 UTC

This will provide for better sharpness and contrast in the corners, closer to what you are getting in the center of the image.

It will, however, require an entirely new line of lenses. Use lenses with elements designed to correct for the flat surface on the other side, where distance varies instead of being constant, and you would have the inverse problem.

So do not expect a new line of cameras to be made to be backwards compatible with any lenses out there. But that's OK. There are people changing systems all the time, especially in this day and age.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2014 at 00:49 UTC as 6th comment
On What is equivalence and why should I care? article (2034 comments in total)
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LingoDingo: For the past 150+ years of photographic history, "equivalence" meant EXPOSURE equivalence, where the ONLY variables that mattered were F-Stop / Shutter Speed / ISO...

Now we have a new religion called DOF Equivalence, which photographers and film-makers of the past 150+ years did not give a sh*t about.

I've shot professionally for 30+ years now, using everything from a Minox "spy" camera to the Polaroid 20×24 inch studio camera, and while DOF was always important, I was never concerned about matching the DOF between camera formats.

This new DOF Equivalance religion is very misguided in my opinion, as it appears to be all about matching camera formats, and not about getting the best performance out of each unique camera.

Nobody cares if your Minox shots match the look of your 8x10 Sinar shots, if the shots your are producing are mediocre.

@GreatBustard posted "For Equivalent photos, the system with the larger sensor will necessarily have a lower density of light (exposure) since the same total amount of light is projected over a greater area."
That is incorrect, because the larger sensors have much larger lenses with larger lens openings, hence letting in more light to cover that larger sensor.
That is why a 30mm f2 lens on APS has a 15mm diameter opening, while a 45mm f2 on fullframe would have a 22.5mm diameter opening. both offering the same angle of view, both being f2, but both not allowing in the same amount of light, and not both having the same depth of field (because there are greater refraction challenges on the larger-diameter opening having to be focused on a larger back).

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2014 at 00:19 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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Timmbits: "The RX10 doesn't shoot 4K, but it does have full sensor readout, which means that no lines are skipped."
Not at 1080i (60i) it doesn't!
At 1080p(60p) you have full sensor readout.
This is merely a characteristic of the chosen HD mode.
Interlaced (1080i) or non-interlaced (1080p).

ah ok, thanks Jeff.
but when considering the end result, who cares?
reading half or throwing away half? to me it seems that reading half would be more efficient than throwing away half.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2014 at 00:03 UTC
On Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio article (129 comments in total)
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Tord S Eriksson: 'Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio'

Seems there is a total lack of real news at DPreview just now so they dig up whatever they can find in their wastebasket!

What about the noise, what about the studio's insurance, does it really cover models being sliced, cut, and minced by a drone?! Or models having gotten tinnitus from the infernal racket?!

I love drones, and RC planes in general, but one that is totally controlled by a computer is an insurer's nightmare! Are they even legal to use in a studio?! What does the EPA say?!

ROTFL
for God's sake people!
this is just a bunch of students doing their final robotics project for graduation.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2014 at 18:36 UTC
On Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio article (129 comments in total)
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Tord S Eriksson: Why not make something simple, when it can be done very costly, and complex?!

A a voice-activated assistant, female, if you are a male, straight, photographer is much better in every way, as she can help carry your stuff, doesn't drone, and is great company!

A drone like these we see here are lousy conversationalists, and make a lot of noise, stressing, and distracting the model/child/dog/young couple in every possible way!

by far the best reply here ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2014 at 18:32 UTC
On Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio article (129 comments in total)
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TWIZEEL: Oh! I will try it while Real Estate shooting in twilight to light down lawns and roof.

right... you will need an actual helicopter to carry the weight of the batteries required to power the lights required for that.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2014 at 18:31 UTC
On Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio article (129 comments in total)
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cplunk: Sounds kinda cool, but ultimately, in a studio, I would think a CNC like motorizes positioning system, probably mounted from the ceiling would be much more practical than a drone.

Wouldn't catch as much attention, I guess?

how many own their premises?
many rent, many change locations.
think of all the shoots that are in old buildings, various locations, etc. no permanent mechanical setup is going to help you there.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2014 at 18:29 UTC
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