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Frank_BR: Nano coating? Oh, no, another manufacturer who tries to tell other version of the same old fairy tale about lens coating!

It all started in the '60s when Asahi Pentax created a hype with SMC (Super Multi-Coating). Since then, the world has had to hear all this blah blah blah about the magical qualities of the various types of coating used in photographic lenses.

Some acronyms created since then by the fertile imagination of the lens manufacturers:
SMC Pentax
EBC: Fuji
T*: Zeiss
MC: Pentacon, CZJ, Tokina
SSC: Canon
C: Nikon
N: Nikon
SHMC: Hoya
UMC: Samyang
VMC: Vivitar

... and HTMC of Hama

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2013 at 15:40 UTC
On Canon announces EOS M2 in Japan article (616 comments in total)
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Frank_BR: According to legend, the acronym EOS was created by Canon to represent the Goddess of Dawn. However, the market failure of the EOS M suggests that EOS stands now for End Of Success…

It seems Canon is starting to lose its commercial magic

I am not convienced... I think that perception of the EOS M (or of any other camera/system) on Japanese market may be quite different comparted to other markets. It is very different mentality.
Also, if you check here on Dpreview how many people actually own the EOS M, you may be quite surprized. This is times more than some "better known" cameras.
The positive thing is - Canon made the market aware of their "M" model. The camera is well built (although it is not without some drawbacks). All three lenses are extremely good - I do not recall seeing any negative feedback. The best advertisement is a word of mouth (and price). People are buying and will keep buying the "M".

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2013 at 18:49 UTC
On Canon announces EOS M2 in Japan article (616 comments in total)
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Peter Bendheim: The EOS-M in it's current form with the firmware upgrade is a surprisingly nice little camera to use. It's really small with the pancake lens, absolutely solid build that is all magnesium alloy, a tempered glass LCD and pretty good image quality. I like it's ergonomic simplicity, it's easy to use, the lenses are metal bodied, and the IQ is great. The pancake lens is razor sharp, for example. Really as good as anyone could wish for. It would be nice if it had a viewfinder that one could attach. It's also a refreshing design break from all the fake retro, fake leather, Leica look a-likes, and other gimmicks.
Hate it as much as you like, folks, especially those of you that have never tried it, but it occupies a deserved place in my camera bag along with the bigger and flashier gear, and has produced images I am very happy with and that form part of my portfolio. I'm sure Canon will eventually produce a more pro model, but this camera isn't half as bad as most of you would like it to be.

EOS M is an excellent camera taking into account its current price. It is not perfect, but I do not see any point to complain.
Still the new M2 does nor seem to make any sense. However, it probably makes some sense for Japanese market, since it has been released only there.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2013 at 11:40 UTC
On Canon announces EOS M2 in Japan article (616 comments in total)

The only real benefits over the M is the Wi-Fi, [hopefully] - better AF, and [looks like] custom setting for stills shooting mode.
OK, but not enough...
Only the [low] price will make the sale.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2013 at 13:39 UTC as 187th comment
On Nikon Df preview (2792 comments in total)

$ 2749 for body only? No way... Looks like another candidate for big % discounts...following Pentax K-01 and Canon EOS M (which are both nice cameras for their current price).
I am wondering, why would in the modern world somebody desire a bulky camera with design of 1950s-60s, with 16 Mpix on the FX sensor? Why not to make a light and compact body (but not too small for convenient operation) with easy and flexible control. Full layout of buttons + touch screen should fit everybody's needs and styles.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 09:08 UTC as 816th comment
On Olympus Stylus 1 Preview preview (326 comments in total)
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Camp Freddy: A pretty ugly concoction, but somehow Olympus ( and Sony therefore as major share holder) are committed to a superzoom and retro PEN / OM styling.
Better off doing an mFT 16mpx chip with a non interchangeable 24-120 collapsing zoom for around the 700 USD mark IMHO. Let Fuji amd Panny fight it out with Nikon following soon after in the superzoom sector.

The Sony RX10 is a more interesting camera compared to Stylus, considering the sensor size and overall look. The styllus looks now as one of those "me too" products, shaded by the Sony f/2.8 megazoom camera. It is more than a compact... I wanted to buy it immediately after I saw announcement. The Stylus 1... I believe that this is a step in a wrong direction. I have a Panasonic GF5 4/3 camera with collapsable 14-42 zoom. It is as small (if not smaller) as most of small sensor compact cameras (except for the protruding lens). Well, it does not have the F/2.8 aperture, but this kit did not cost me 700 USD either.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2013 at 20:57 UTC
On Olympus Stylus 1 Preview preview (326 comments in total)
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sarit: Now if some one like Pentax comes up with a weather sealed camera with 1" sensor and 24-300mm equiv. f/2.8-4 lens at $750 then they will sweep the market at that segment.

May be, may be not. I am not sure in this. Firstly, do manufacturers really know what will sell well and if they can make any money on their product? Well, some times they do... But if they knew this for sure, than we would probably never see cameras like Pentax K-01 or EOS M... Which would be a pitty (as they are great cameras at their current greatly reduced price)... There is very tough competition on the market, and to sell something in reasonable quantities the product has to be outstanding. Secondly, even if Pentax had a camera with exactly same specs as Sony, Nikon or Olympus, I am not sure if they can charge the same premium...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2013 at 20:45 UTC
On Olympus Stylus 1 Preview preview (326 comments in total)

Stylus 1 looks ugly, and although $699 is not too high, still it is a compact.
RX10 looks sexy, but the price....

I would still prefer the RX10 though...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2013 at 17:30 UTC as 60th comment
On Another Hasselblad rebadge or Photoshopped hoax? article (184 comments in total)

Provided that this is true, Hasselblad looks to be parasitizing on Sony. Can they invent something themselves? Or are they already a part of Sony??? That would then make sense.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2013 at 23:06 UTC as 88th comment

I saw this camera at PhotoKina last year.Those looked UGLY. However, Hassel guys at the booth were saying that Lunar were still in prototype phase and that the camera would be refined. Looking at the latest pictures I still see the same ugly camera...
Who in the Marketing & Sales team invented this beast? Do they seriously think that they can bring up to the market such a strange and expensive product which has the same functionality as the Sony NEX-7? Why should someone on the Earth desire this bulky and heavy mirror-less camera? And where are the nice lenses? Hassy, you have missed out the trend - the world is moving in a different direction...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2013 at 21:23 UTC as 171st comment | 1 reply

OK, it is so nice... What is the trade-off?
I guess, this technology will not work equally well for all sensor sizes, as there must be limitations on the photocells (and/or deflector) dimensions.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2013 at 19:26 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
On Just posted: Fujifilm X20 hands-on preview article (127 comments in total)
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spidermoon: Nice retro look'n feel camera, but missing some today features, like wifi control and apps and always the old low res lcd.

Yep! And Android OS should be a must in modern cameras. And I hope that we will see this happening at large scale. Seriously.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2013 at 18:17 UTC
On User Guide: Getting the most out of the Olympus E-M5 article (267 comments in total)
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wgs: About a month ago, the question of the "whirring" noise coming from the camera was said to be the image stabilization. I don't know if it is the same thing, but even with IS turned off, the noise -- sounds more like radio static to me -- persists. Any ideas?

I have v 1.1 (current firmware release) and still hear the noise.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2012 at 14:07 UTC
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