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 Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (451 comments in total)
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Rawmeister: 800 for a powershot with no viewfinder!!!???
Will somebody please stop letting the beancounters make the decisions. Canon going downhill fast.

Nice lens, too bad about the rest of it.

I think the only problem that you have with it, is perception: they shouldn't have called it a powershot - that would have solved the problem for you.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2014 at 15:30 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (451 comments in total)
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kcccc: I'm not a Canon user, but the paper spec. of G1X Mark II attracts a lot of my attention. The usual comments here are something like "The XXXX model has a viewfinder and has better this and better that than G1X Mark II". I did search for other cameras with similar features (including interchangable lens camera), but I still can't find another one that has similar spec to this camera including: 1.5 inch sensor (similar to 4/3); fast zoom lens 5x f2-f3.9; similar weight; similar (or cheaper) price. Sony RX100 II came close, but it has smaller sensor and slower lens. Please enlighten me.

No, you are correct, it is in a class of it's own.
Cameras that come close, are the NX series of Samsung - the NX300 is actually smaller and with a larger sensor, but you will pay a penalty in lens size: although they do have some small pancake lenses, the overall package will be bigger as it's an ILC. They also offer cheaper nx1100 forthe price-sensitive. But in terms of convenience, the Canon is a no-brainer.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2014 at 15:28 UTC
On Nikon D3300 Review preview (232 comments in total)

Does it really cost hundred$ of dollar$ to add a tilting screen and to unblock bracketing in it's internal software?
Meet the D5300.
This is why I no longer buy Nikon.
You KNOW the D5300 could sell for the price of a D3300, because they have identical production costs, but you can't have it for that price. Pay a couple hundred extra if you want the $1 in extra hardware and the unlocking of the software.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 18:23 UTC as 12th comment | 7 replies
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Review preview (486 comments in total)
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Oxford Eddy: My first comment posting on dpreview as using the RX-10 was a big disappointment. Given the rave reviews I have never been so surprised hence posting here. Compared to the RX-100 which I have had for some time the jpg images out of the camera are really soft. I never bother with RAW from the RX-100 as the jpgs are so good. I worked on a few RAW from the RX-10 but struggled to improve them much. I wonder if there is a fault with the unit I have (or had since I've taken it back to the store for a refund). I admit I took a lot of shots at f2.8 but why buy such a lens and shy away from big apertures because you can't rely on the quality?

I love the versatility of the camera and if it delivered on IQ then I'd be fine with the price too. But £879 for so-so results it's not for me.

Surely you can set the noise reduction level. What have you got it set to? Did you try it at other levels?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 11:19 UTC
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1047 comments in total)

Pardon my ignorance...
but what do we gain, with an ISO of 400K?

it seems to me, that at 800+ pictures are grainy and crappy enough! (IMO)

what am I missing here?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2014 at 22:06 UTC as 126th comment | 5 replies
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II: a quick summary article (534 comments in total)
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Timmbits: This has very nice specs!
I like the sensor larger than MFT, and the f2.0 zoom!

Thank you Canon, for bringing this out.

But given the price, and significant lens protrusion, I asked myself if it's possible to put together a similar sized (or smaller) package with a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera?

Here's what I came up with:
Samsung NX300 + 16-50mm f3.5 OIS pancake
Sony NEX + 16-50mm f3.5 OSS pancake
MFT + Panasonic 12-32 f3.5 / Olympus 14-42 f3.5 pancake

But they're all f3.5 (although you have the freedom to spend extra for a brighter prime) and none of these packages would cost any less.

Here is it's size compared with other ILC mirrorless cameras:
http://j.mp/1fiGqDs

Size is about the same.
Disadvantage: cannot change lenses
Advantage: best zoom lens out there, as bright as a prime

Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2014 at 03:58 UTC
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Francis Carver: Another yawner from Sony-san. Maybe it'll take decent still pix, but the 24MP sensor sounds crowded. Not good for video, of course, as it uses the banged-up old bad codec AVCHD, and Sony had conveniently "forgotten" to add a microphone jack and/or a headphone jack to the body. I guess it'll be good for something nonetheless.

Also, it would be so nice for Sony to finally retire either their E-mount cameras and lenses or else their Alpha mount cameras and lenses. Why have them both?

I think where it's headed is they are probably phasing out the alpha mount.
If you look at how NEX is renamed alpha, it seems obvious they are getting rid of the prism that robs you of 30% of the light.
I'd bet my money on E-mount and whatever they call the mount on the new 7/7R, as what will survive beyond 2014.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 8, 2014 at 07:21 UTC
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parkmcgraw: 3 of 3

The camera body offerings today, somewhat analogous to how a fledgling and or pretentious cook, as appose to a skilful chef, creates a "what is that" sort of desert, not being knowable or skillful enough in the arts to produce a basic though very high quality cake or seasoned pie with ice cream.

In closing, please STOP removing basic system hardware functions and or options without first insuring that what is being selected to be the replacement item is superior on most all respects to the predecessor.

Do a job, big or small, do it right or not at all.

Park McGraw

Seriously? You guys actually read all that? all parts 1-3? LOL

Direct link | Posted on Mar 8, 2014 at 07:12 UTC
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vladimir vanek: Nice specs, beautiful features, but it's 2014 - the manufacturers should ditch the muddy f3.5+ lenses on such cameras. Everybody wants the same: big sensor+fast lens. It's as easy as that...

Well...
the Canon G1Xii is coming out! ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 8, 2014 at 07:08 UTC
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JaimeA: Is there in the new Sony a6000 any way to save Custom Settings? In the mode dial of the A7r/A7 we see the numbers 1 and 2; there are none on the dial in the A6000. As much as I loved the NEX-7 and its stunning results, there was no way to save settings. When I did tripod-mounted panoramas everything had to be changed to manual, including the focusing and the ISO at 100. For any other type of use it was a real hassle to change everything back to automatic. Often I forgot and kept shooting to discover later that no images were usable.
If there are no means to save at least one custom setting this camera is worthless for me, no matter how advanced. I tried to find this info but I cannot find it anywhere. Please help.

Anything containing or ending in "please help" belongs in the forums, where you'll most likely have a better chance of getting expert answers. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 8, 2014 at 07:07 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II: a quick summary article (534 comments in total)

This has very nice specs!
I like the sensor larger than MFT, and the f2.0 zoom!

Thank you Canon, for bringing this out.

But given the price, and significant lens protrusion, I asked myself if it's possible to put together a similar sized (or smaller) package with a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera?

Here's what I came up with:
Samsung NX300 + 16-50mm f3.5 OIS pancake
Sony NEX + 16-50mm f3.5 OSS pancake
MFT + Panasonic 12-32 f3.5 / Olympus 14-42 f3.5 pancake

But they're all f3.5 (although you have the freedom to spend extra for a brighter prime) and none of these packages would cost any less.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 8, 2014 at 06:38 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies
On Fujifilm X-E2 Review preview (302 comments in total)
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malteser01: Sirs, every now and then I hit a problem with my XE2 and I wonder if you saw this in your testing. Every now and then I focus on something and get the green confirmation box but the subject on which I focussed is out of focus! I've sent the camera back to Fuji and they confirmed that it was all within tolerance, but this keeps happening. Have you seen this? Any observations/suggestions? This happened just the other night when taking a shot of my wife at a restaurant across the table. I tried focussing three times in succession without moving. The whole photo was out of focus every time. Once I moved, it focussed perfectly. Don't know what to do...oh and this happens with both 18-55 kitlens and 35mm/1.4.

That sort of question is what the FORUMs are for.
I'd be on the lookout for a firmware update, but according to malteser's experience with his xe1, it doesn't seem like they want to address that.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 8, 2014 at 03:23 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II: a quick summary article (534 comments in total)
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uzevla: There seems to be many 50+ guys on this forum who had never seen a decent LCD. Top quality LCD is a way better option than a crappy viewfinder.
The failure with this one is that they insisted on a large sensor by sacrificing many things. First of all, adding a high end EVF or OVF like the one in X100 and using a bit smaller sensor would result in a more capable camera - I would buy it right away. But to repeat again: I don't give a damn about cheap OVFs.

Second, this lens seems a bit small - I am afraid it will be similar to that crap in RX100. Again, smaller sensor would allow to use a higher quality lens (note: I am happy with the apertures offered _ I am actually waiting for ages for an m43 with bright and fixed high quality zoom - hopefully Fuji X30 will be the one).

I'm 50.
I'm fine with composing on an LCD - I prefer it.
But the rest of the stuff you write is a crock of dung!
When you've tried a larger sensor, you won't be wishing for a small one anymore. Gone is the grainyness and lost detail. You need both a good lens and a larger sensor for good IQ. You can't expect miracles from a lens with such a zoom range, miniaturized or not. It'll not compare well to a good prime or high-end zoom, so don't kid yourself.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2014 at 06:34 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II: a quick summary article (534 comments in total)

I've had many compacts, and of course, experienced dismal image quality, from too small a sensor, not good enough a lens, or both.

It's nice to see Canon issue a correction of the G1X.

A rudimentary optical-tunnel viewfinder came in handy in strong sunlight on the p7000 I once had, but I used the LCD most of the time.

I know lots of people will b!tch about the absence of a VF (because it is a tradition here), but although I have a VF on the cameras I now own, I don't use it often. I've come used to composing on the LCD, and find it gives me more freedom of movement and flexibility when doing composition than if I had an eye shut with the other stuck on the VF.

Sure I'd rather it have a VF... but not if it were to cost more than it's already relatively high price for an entry-level to mid-level camera.

Let's just hope that the LCD is really really really good!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2014 at 06:24 UTC as 16th comment
On CP+ 2014: Hands-on with Sony a6000 article (101 comments in total)

it is nice to see them consolidate the nex6&7 with this updated successor.
canikony have far too many models for today's market.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2014 at 07:48 UTC as 4th comment
On CP+ 2014: Hands-on with Sony a6000 article (101 comments in total)
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Peter CS: Another enthusiast camera by Sony that lacks weathersealing for serious landscape and outdoor photography. The A7 had weathersealing!
Message to Sony - get your lens quality production in line and weatherseal your advanced mirrorless cameras,-besides your FX sensor cameras!

weather sealing is nice... but I just put a bread bag over my camera, with at the front, a hole for the lens, with a UV filter that holds the opening in place. it could rain and it wouldn't matter. and it's free. :D

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2014 at 07:44 UTC
On CP+ 2014: Hands-on with Sony a6000 article (101 comments in total)
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ARB1: Totally digging the silver body. This may be a nice big brother to my OMD and a little big brother to my D800.

...and if you replaced the d800 with one of the A7 s you could have a consistent menu interface. not sure what the omd would still do in the picture though... maybe sell it to finance the new acquisition.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2014 at 07:42 UTC
On Samsung NX30 First Impressions Review preview (357 comments in total)

is the extra thickness merely due to the handle and evf protrusions?

if that is the case, it's not much bigger than a nx20 - only about 1/2 cm or less than 1/4" wider and higher.

but OMG is the central section (evf housing) ever ugly!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2014 at 22:18 UTC as 37th comment

crisp resolution will not be the forté of this design

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2014 at 00:57 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
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Anastigmat: Fuji is using Sony sensors. It could be a while, if ever, that they will make a sensor using the patent they just filed. Of course they can make a small sensor for the compact cameras, but those cameras are quickly becoming obsolete because of smart phones.

when did they start using sony sensors?
(and I don't mean in the small sensor junk category)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2014 at 00:56 UTC
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