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 Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2381 comments in total)
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shawnfb: my 5d3 with Canon 50mm 1.4 is more "portable" and focuses MUCH faster than that train wreck of A7/adaptor/and 50mm..

re: Rob's reply

ROTFL

@shawnfb: you do have a fine camera, and love it justifiably so.

But this is the beginning of a new generation of camera. This will capture the hearts (and market share) of those who are migrating to FF today.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2013 at 08:02 UTC
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2381 comments in total)
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dave: I like most everything about the A7, except the grip and poorly placed shutter button. If the grip is so great, why did they use a small ladies hand to demonstrate how well it fits the hand. I can see that she isn't comfortable holding it. The shutter button placement doesn't allow her to have a secure grip on the camera. The is a classic case of form beating function.

SERIOUSLY?
judging ergonomics from a picture???
think, lest you troll. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2013 at 07:53 UTC
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2381 comments in total)
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clistchris: absolutely dreading making the wrong decision! a7 or a7r??????? I sold all my nex 7 gear to be able to afford this lenses and all. I am an amateur but a serious amateur I really want to make sure I am making the right decisions here.
I would also like to shoot short films on the camera and I here the a7 is better for video...I most use manual focus so AF doesn't really matter to me. I love landscape, street and photography. Someone point me in the right direction please!

I don't see how you could go wrong with the a7.
But do bare in mind that the a7 s are the first of a new generation.
There will be further evolution.
That having been said, there isn't anything I could think of, that is lacking here, or that I might want, that this doesn't already offer.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2013 at 07:50 UTC
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2381 comments in total)
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deep7: I spent some time with the A7 and A7r recently, testing various features for my own interest. I only had one 28-70 lens to play with so variables between cameras were minimised.

I have to say that what I found, in two aspects, was in direct contrast to what this preview states.

Firstly, the autofocus on the A7 was miles quicker than the A7r, especially in dull light. Both were very accurate.

Secondly, I preferred the A7 images (RAW files viewed in Lightroom). This is because they held colour better when pushed, were cleaner and recovered highlights better. Also, with that lens, it was very hard to see any detail advantage with the denser A7r sensor but the latter's files are much slower to work with on the computer. In scenes with high dynamic range, both sensors are near-miraculous but the A7r files are flatter. That should make them better to work with yet I found it hard to match the clean, punchy look of the A7 files.

I say all this for people considering the choice.

Thank you for the good insight.
I had already made up my mind that I'd prefer the a7 - 24mp is plenty, and larger photosites are better too. And from what you are describing, I will prefer the output from the a7 by much.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2013 at 07:45 UTC
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2381 comments in total)
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David Myers: What a shame this new test scene is so poor! The lighting is uneven: The lights should have been much further away and true strip lights used (not long soft boxes) to avoid the semi circular bright spots on the left and right sides of the set. Because of this the centre is correctly exposed but the image gets progressively overexposed towards the left and right sides.

Also light scatter in the entire room is causing reflections of the room contents in the reflective surfaces of the prints and glossy items destroying the black densities and subject contrast with room reflections.

If I was building and lighting a 'reference' set like this I would do it in a black room with well distanced and shielded strip lights and shoot through a black velvet 'wall' with a hole for the lens. Even lighting and reflection control is needed to maximise contrast and resolve the highest detail.

Sorry DP Review but this a 'Fail' as a test setting!

"If I was building and lighting a 'reference' set like this I would do it in a black room with well distanced and shielded strip lights and shoot through a black velvet 'wall' with a hole for the lens. Even lighting and reflection control is needed to maximise contrast and resolve the highest detail."

DUH! Everyone knows that! Yet, so few apply simple obvious basics.

I find the test scene on imaging-resource.com to be very good.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2013 at 07:37 UTC
On Canon announces EOS M2 in Japan news story (616 comments in total)
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Benarm: I wonder if it will get a Silver or Gold award on DPR. Its Canon after all!

rotfl so true!!!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2013 at 23:09 UTC
On Canon announces EOS M2 in Japan news story (616 comments in total)

hmmm, lets see... about the same size as a GM1 (slightly larger, but with larger sensor also), but less lenses available for it. Canon is still on the fence as to whether it's time to allow their whole rage of cameras evolve into mirrorless... until then, EOSM will be nothing but a GM1 equivalent. That's a moot topic though, as the real cameras are the OMD, GX7, NX20, A7, Fuji... for mirrorless.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2013 at 23:08 UTC as 83rd comment | 6 replies
On Coming soon, DPReview LIVE! news story (143 comments in total)
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Timmbits: A bit ironic that SONY has such poor videoconferencing equipment for the video link (for Marc who couldn't be there).

@Samuel: the mirrorless that aren't selling well are the Nikon-1 and understandably so. and the Sony a7 siblings are already putting a lot of pressure on Canon and Nikon who just wouldn't let go of mirror boxes for the larger sensors and were delaying as much as possible the release of their replacement mirrorless lines. That is a tactic to maximize profits, and cash in on planned obsolescence as much as possible, that may turn against them. Sony has everything to gain here, and canikon have everything to lose, because they'd have to "admit" that mirrorless is a natural evolution of the camera... staying in denial helps propagate ignorance and benefits them. I say that it may turn against them, because this is a significant opportunity that Sony is seizing to gain mindshare and market share, by embracing technology more readily, and doing it in a very smart fashion.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2013 at 23:06 UTC
On Coming soon, DPReview LIVE! news story (143 comments in total)

A bit ironic that SONY has such poor videoconferencing equipment for the video link (for Marc who couldn't be there).

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2013 at 22:11 UTC as 40th comment | 6 replies
On Coming soon, DPReview LIVE! news story (143 comments in total)

Thank you for the tactful intelligent answers to "why sin by not including a viewfinder" type question. Some people just want it all at the price of the cheaper product, choosing to ignore that their favourite manufacturer DOES offer a camera model for them with that VF, but they'd rather complain about every model that doesn't have one.
These columns are just poisoned by people with bad attitudes - a bit like religious fanatics who just won't let others live in a different way than they want to impose them to.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2013 at 22:03 UTC as 43rd comment
On Coming soon, DPReview LIVE! news story (143 comments in total)
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Timmbits: I don't see the pertinence of the Nikon1 system, for two reasons:
Olympus offers some very small MFT cameras with a much much larger sensor, and Sony has the RX100ii that really takes away from the need for the 1-system. If you are going to talk about the 1 system, why not talk about the waterproof version? That definitely fills a much needed niche.

you guys just showed the panasonic gm1... which further proves my point

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2013 at 21:29 UTC
On Coming soon, DPReview LIVE! news story (143 comments in total)
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Timmbits: I'm just curious as to why you guys blatantly refuse to talk about Samsung.
Your owners Amazon sell the line. They have some nice value models in MILC.
For example, the NX20 competes with the other MILC, offers better resolution than most models (just not Sony nex7), and they have some very nice lenses! I'm just totally in love with the new 45mm f1.8
They have their faults, of course. But in terms of bang for the buck... last year I paid $400 for an NX20 (body). Compare that with the $800-$1500 for other MILC cameras with as much controls, tilt screen, viewfinder (and most often 16mp instead of 20mp).

PS: mind you, in all fairness, I get it, that you can't cover every camera. but you did include samples from every manufacturer except that one.

Did I miss that? Turned my sound off during the 15min break and forgot to check back. Plus I can't stay in front of PC all the time.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2013 at 20:00 UTC
On Coming soon, DPReview LIVE! news story (143 comments in total)
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Markol: I am usually very critical of this site and the direction it has taken since amazon bought it.
But I can only congratulate you on this project. Sure, the staff isn't used to be on camera but they are doing really well. Good selection of cameras, good host, good stream quality, very enjoyable and interesting.

I concur. You guys are doing amazingly well, especially considering it's in real-time.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2013 at 19:59 UTC
On hummingbird moth in the That's an Appropriate Name! challenge (3 comments in total)
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RuthC: This is a beautiful capture of the hummingbird moth, tim and jan, and deserves to be in one of the top places in this challenge. However it is a shame that you let thirty-one other members vote for your entry, while you didn't vote at all, and didn't extend the same courtesy to them.
To date, you have entered 491 challenges, and voted just 70 times. These DPR challenges rely on full participation by all entrants. I have requested that you participate in voting in challenges, but you have not seen fit to do so. From now, you will be unwelcome to participate in my challenges. Ruth

don't be such a sourpuss
voting isn't reserved for the elite few in a closed group of those entering the challenges. it is supposed to be open for all.
some might consider that a clique voting for each other is just plain wrong, because it constitutes the opinions of friends, and not of impartial viewers.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2013 at 19:11 UTC
On Coming soon, DPReview LIVE! news story (143 comments in total)

Some of us would just love to have a compact, affordable, black&white camera.
Imagine one of the enthusiast compacts, with a modest-sized sensor, and the quality it would produce without the filter array in front of it.
Something with a 1" sensor, or one of the Fuji 2/3"
Doing B+W with a color sensor is just too grainy.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2013 at 18:49 UTC as 54th comment
On Coming soon, DPReview LIVE! news story (143 comments in total)
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BrianSA: This was pretty awful. I stood about half a minute of the rubbish presentation. The video is disjointed, stopping after about 5 seconds and waiting for the download to catch up. This happened every 5 seconds, so made it almost impossible to watch. Pausing it, unlike professionally run video sites, did not allow the whole video to down load in order that I could watch it seamlessly.

Completely pointless. Even the little I was able to see seemed to be aimed at 9 year olds.

You seem to have a bad internet connection, friend.
I'm watching it, and it is flawless.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2013 at 18:42 UTC
On Coming soon, DPReview LIVE! news story (143 comments in total)

I don't see the pertinence of the Nikon1 system, for two reasons:
Olympus offers some very small MFT cameras with a much much larger sensor, and Sony has the RX100ii that really takes away from the need for the 1-system. If you are going to talk about the 1 system, why not talk about the waterproof version? That definitely fills a much needed niche.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2013 at 18:39 UTC as 55th comment | 1 reply
On Coming soon, DPReview LIVE! news story (143 comments in total)
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Timmbits: I'm just curious as to why you guys blatantly refuse to talk about Samsung.
Your owners Amazon sell the line. They have some nice value models in MILC.
For example, the NX20 competes with the other MILC, offers better resolution than most models (just not Sony nex7), and they have some very nice lenses! I'm just totally in love with the new 45mm f1.8
They have their faults, of course. But in terms of bang for the buck... last year I paid $400 for an NX20 (body). Compare that with the $800-$1500 for other MILC cameras with as much controls, tilt screen, viewfinder (and most often 16mp instead of 20mp).

PS: mind you, in all fairness, I get it, that you can't cover every camera. but you did include samples from every manufacturer except that one.

That's great! I'm looking forward to that. :-)
That will be a nice change from the website's tradition.
Fact is, you have people who will pay any price for a more durable and finely refined Mercedes, and you have those that are seeking bang for the buck (especially with things being obsoleted so fast). And Samsung fits in to the latter category. You need to cater to what the people want, or lose traffic.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2013 at 18:30 UTC
On Coming soon, DPReview LIVE! news story (143 comments in total)
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JohnEwing: Good luck indeed.

But folk who visit DP Review are generally quite knowledgeable about photography, so do we really need to have all that elementary stuff in "Product roundups..." explained? I watched for two minutes then went elsewhere.

When you look at some of the comments and discussions, I think it's great for some of the site's visitors.
And the timing with Christmas is no coincidence.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2013 at 18:24 UTC
On Coming soon, DPReview LIVE! news story (143 comments in total)

I'm just curious as to why you guys blatantly refuse to talk about Samsung.
Your owners Amazon sell the line. They have some nice value models in MILC.
For example, the NX20 competes with the other MILC, offers better resolution than most models (just not Sony nex7), and they have some very nice lenses! I'm just totally in love with the new 45mm f1.8
They have their faults, of course. But in terms of bang for the buck... last year I paid $400 for an NX20 (body). Compare that with the $800-$1500 for other MILC cameras with as much controls, tilt screen, viewfinder (and most often 16mp instead of 20mp).

PS: mind you, in all fairness, I get it, that you can't cover every camera. but you did include samples from every manufacturer except that one.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2013 at 18:22 UTC as 58th comment | 4 replies
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