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 Lytro software update introduces Focus Spread feature article (104 comments in total)
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HenryTt: Can you imagine a good macro camera with this feature? Imagine a macro of a praying mantis or the pistil of a flower with all the intended parts in focus!

I suspect that if you had a decent sensor at least at the level of current aps-c and a quality lens element, you could charge $10K+ for a good macro camera that allowed infinite depth of field.

I think you have hit the nail on the head... the one application where you can't substitute with software editing effects.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 00:43 UTC
On Enthusiast mirrorless camera roundup (2014) article (310 comments in total)
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gmke: Obviously, the Nikon 1 does not belong in this group because it doesn't look like an SLR. Serious, it doesn't belong at all, because of its many photographic shortcomings. A flagship? It is a rowboat only a Nikophant could love. DP says the category is for cameras with photographic prowess that fits up against, just below enthusiast full frame. Bah.

the camera selection in the other category, "high end compacts" with a "large sensor (larger than smartphone)" is wrong too.
it's a bit ridiculous, really.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2014 at 18:39 UTC
On High-end pocketable compacts 2013 roundup article (264 comments in total)

@DPR, with a title like that "High End Compact Roundup"...

one would expect an Actual Roundup of High-End compacts.

But no... 3 out of 6 have a tiny sensor, 1 has a very small sensor, of which none are "high end"... only 2 out of 6 is a failing mark in everyone's book.

Who composes your article titles? Someone who used to work in a paparazzi sensationalism newsroom?

A more apt title would have been simply "Xmas gift ideas" I know it sounds disappointing... but so is the roundup.

PS: " large sensors (compared to those in smartphones)" seriously, anything larger than a smartphone sensor is a "large sensor"? When did this new standard come about?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2014 at 18:05 UTC as 24th comment | 3 replies
On High-end pocketable compacts 2013 roundup article (264 comments in total)
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Jennyhappy2: Ricoh GR will be covered in a separate Roundup as noted below since its a fixed focal length.

with the new compacts, is the GR still relevant?

(wait, I'll read the reviews to find out)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2014 at 17:49 UTC

Wish they had this for Samsung NC mount too.

...then again, they might not sell any, given that the excellent Samsung 45mm, (albeit) f1.8 goes for only $200.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2014 at 12:14 UTC as 3rd comment
On Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review preview (471 comments in total)
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Timmbits: Given the size of this thing... a little massive for a very small sensor camera by today's standards, I feel disappointed that Fuji isn't offering a 1" sensor or larger. I might even prefer a 1" from Nikon with lower megapixel count, for the larger photosites, rather than a 1" Sony sensor.

ps: it is the size of a G1Xii or LX100
http://j.mp/10cyL97

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 21:05 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (693 comments in total)
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Timmbits: @DPR:
it would be awesome, to see a head-to-head comparison,
between the G1Xii and the LX100.
(ditto for G7X versus RX100iii)

PS:
http://j.mp/10cycMH

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 20:40 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (693 comments in total)
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JDit: Went to the store excited to test the camera. Everything went well until I tried to trigger camera by IPad in silent camera mode. IPad remote trigger over rides the camera silent mode and camera "clicks". The camera on it's own trigger was silent. As soon as IPad was triggering it, G1X II was not silent any longer?
Does anybody has comment on this or possible remedy?
Thank you

posible remedies:
* buy android tablet.
* wait until apple gets it right.
* find (or write) a different app
don't expect the camera, being controlled by something, and doing what it is told, to be able to correct the apple app.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 19:08 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (693 comments in total)
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RandallS12: The DPreview reviewer published video quality comment for the review of the Canon Powershot G1 X MK II states "Low resolution video with strong moiré" and is in direct contrast to the Consumer Reports test of the same camera. CR test results of this same camera state "Video quality is excellent, better than most models" and also from the same CR test is the comment that the camera "is the first advanced model we've tested that had excellent image quality across the board: photos taken without a flash, flash photos, and video. What makes this significant is not just that it scored so high in all three categories, but that it scored higher overall than all our tested SLRs and mirror less models."

Is it possible something was defective in the camera used for the DPreview test? CR is world renowned for the stringent and demanding quality of it's excellent testing procedures. Wy such an opposite result for the same Canon G1 X MK II camera from two highly reputable organizations?

Randall:
the problem with websites like consumer reports,
is, how can you tell if these are camera testers testing vacuum cleaners, or if they are vacuum-cleaner testers testing cameras?

in situations of doubt, get confirmation from imaging-resource, not consumer or electronics reports.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 19:06 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (693 comments in total)

@DPR:
it would be awesome, to see a head-to-head comparison,
between the G1Xii and the LX100.
(ditto for G7X versus RX100iii)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 19:03 UTC as 10th comment | 3 replies
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (693 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.

@nomorefilmman:
imaging-resource is definitely an awesome site, for checking something out more thoroughly, before you actually pay for something.
what DPR offers, is more interactivity with the community, as we are doing here right now. that, and a nice black background so easier on the eyes.
that's why I like to use both.

@Richard: thanks for the info. but I still feel that you guys should offer the test images in various focal lengths. especially for fixed-lens long zoom cameras, where the optical IQ can vary quite radically as you zoom in and out.
I understand that it's more work - of course it is - but it would give a significant boost to the thoroughness of the reviews, more than any works could say.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 18:56 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?

you might have thought of what this might do to your credibility.

next time, say credible things. that matter.
try to become impartial.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 18:50 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Review preview (485 comments in total)
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pdelux: Way to go Panasonic. 85% is a respectable score!

@DoctorJerry:
what you wrote, is enough to discourage anyone from ever wanting to buy the new FZ1000, if it performs the same as a tiny-sensor camera. (the tiny-sensor model doesn't even come into question - there is no way I'll go back to tiny sensors!).
So thanks for the tip. It clearly resolves the question of "FZ1000 or RX10?".

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 18:37 UTC

with other small mirrorless cameras offering this,
at over $2K, would it kill them to give this a tilting screen, if not a VF as well?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2014 at 03:20 UTC as 1st comment
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 (485 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 (693 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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