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shigzeo ?

Lives in Japan Chiba, Japan
Works as a Writer, Audio Critic
Has a website at http://ohm-image.net
Joined on Sep 14, 2010
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jon404: 3X the price of the new Pentax 645D-II... same 50 MP sensor? What am I missing here?

@Robert: it's not that the Pentax is a soup kitchen, it's that it doesn't do what is necessary. It is a much larger system to carry doubles or trebles around, has fewer modern lenses, lacks high speed flash sync, has less software support for wired and wireless tethering, worse accessory support. The list goes on and on and on.

If you were an advertising photographer, you wouldn't think twice about the purchase. Someone here mentioned that the Pentax is more for hobbyists who want to jump up to a larger sensor. That's great. But the camera isn't able to stand toe-to-toe with real non-SLR style medium format modular cameras.

In fact, because they are modular, they cost a lot more. Then there is also the name. Even an APS-C SLR should cost more than an equivalent all-in-one camera. Modularity has a price.

So do myriad options.

It's not that Pentax is a soup kitchen. But price is determined by more than just pixels and brand. I believe that current MF backs are too expensive...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2014 at 22:53 UTC
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RichRMA: Rather than these monsters, where is the collapsible medium format cameras of before, like the Fujis or Plaubels? Can you imagine a medium format camera smaller than a pro DSLR?

You still can purchase bellows for MF back and/or smaller cameras such as 35mm or APS-c cameras. They exist still and are still as good as ever they were. But they are no longer the norm and have become more expensive.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2014 at 10:05 UTC
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jon404: 3X the price of the new Pentax 645D-II... same 50 MP sensor? What am I missing here?

You are missing a lot. Price for a modular camera/back, way better support for third-party adapters/gear, way easier to maintain equipment... the list goes on and on and on and on. But if everything in the world were sold based solely on price/performance, we'd all be riding plastic bicycles to work and eating in soup kitchens.

The idea that a company can't make a premium product because another is making a souped-up consumer product, is tired. If you want the Pentax, get it. If you don't, get something else. If you want the Hassy, get it; if you don't get something else.

But get what you need, not what you think you can weigh in on as a forum user.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2014 at 10:03 UTC
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yabokkie: the difference in sensor area is much smaller than between 35mm format and APS-C. but the difference in price is 4-fold larger (50c : D800 : D7100 = 28,00 : 2,800 : 1,150).

one pays 10 times more than D800 but get less than 1 stop improvement.

And much better handling with MF lenses, view backs, tilt-shift bellows, better flash sync speed, easier to maintain camera/back synchrony, and a hell of a lot more. It isn't just dynamic range. You are purchasing a device that is made for one thing: studio shooting. The D800 is a great 35mm camera, but it isn't a camera with great ergonomics for the advertising studio.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2014 at 10:00 UTC
On CP+ 2014: Fujifilm stand report article (30 comments in total)
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ConanFuji: I've been asking this for a long time.
1/How does it differ from the a 3 yr Nex 5????
2/Does it have better IQ?
3/How long is Fuji going to be stuck in 16MP. It's been more than 5 years.

@miniTO: he may be referring to 2009 or 2010 when the 16 megapixel APS-C sensor really changed the market. But I agree: I was at CP+ and saw prints from the X-Pro 1 which were about 1,5 metres on a side. As long as it isn't advertising still life (and even with that sort of photography, it can work) that's meant to be viewed for absolute detail, it should be fine at 16 megapixels.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2014 at 03:37 UTC
On CP+ 2014: Fujifilm stand report article (30 comments in total)
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PixelMover: Am I the only one here who thinks the X-T1 body looks a lot like to old Contax RTS III (but a lot smaller, obviously...)

It shouldn't be that much smaller than the RTS III. It is about the same size as a Nikon FM, but a bit shorter on the X axis.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2014 at 03:34 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7R Review preview (795 comments in total)
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Tord S Eriksson: I seem to recall that the shutter in the A7 shook the camera quite a bit, and the one in the A7R was worse?! In my book that would be a huge con, no matter which camera we're speaking about.

Not a mention in the Con list — has the shutter noise/shake been eliminated, or what?!

To Shawn: the D800 has much much less shutter shock than the A7r does in the hand, and is much quieter. The first exposure I took with the A7r made me think it was broken, out of the box.

I then got used to it. But dear me, it is loud, slow, and annoying. I've had the D800 for a year and a half now and from the first exposure wasn't shocked by anything. It is a much easier camera to shoot using the same lenses.

But the A7r has many plusses like great live view and magnification. But shutter shock is bad. And it isn't comparable to the D800. I've found that the resolution is of very little concern. I generally get sharp photos from a D800 at 1/1 focal length/exposure time, but with the A7r, it is a bit more hit and miss.

The camera simply isn't made to take the massive clunk that goes on inside... that or the shutter lag from the time you press the shutter button to the time the exposure is taken is longer and therefore, more susceptible to movement.

Bad design.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2014 at 22:45 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7R Review preview (795 comments in total)
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TN Args: Canon 6D with Canon 70-200 f4 L IS is no bigger or heavier than an A7 with Sony equivalent lens.

So, compact shmompact.

And the 6D with a 35mm lens? Any 35mm/APS-C camera will weigh similarly with a similar mid-range zoom on it because the lens dictates the size and weight.

You can't take your 6D and make it smaller. You can with the A7r. I think cameras like the A7/r are proving that digital cameras (and late era film cameras) simply got too big. The best size was the 1970's SLR, a bill which the A7r fits to a tee. The problem we face now is what to do with all the buttons and dials that never were on film-era cameras.

Sony obviously don't know what to do. There are too many, and most are unlabelled or carry multiple functions, much of it isn't merely duplicated, it is randomly spread to other buttons.

Size is great. Interface is terrible. I'd take a Canon or Nikon for interface any day, and I like neither.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2014 at 22:38 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7R Review preview (795 comments in total)
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57even: Anyone posting here who disagrees with the rating, go ahead and write your own reviews. I will make sure and tell you what I think of YOUR opinions. In the meantime I can read for myself and decide if the rating applies to me or not.

If your recent purchase doesn't get a gold award, boo hoo.

Fine with me. I'm an a7r owner, and probably one of the most vocal detractors of its build quality and ergonomics. I LOVE its output, but that is it. It's a sensor attached to a ridiculous body and interface. But it's a great sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2014 at 22:34 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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novak977: amazing how A7 is ignored while being MUCH better value being FF for just a bit more money.
for example EVF is a bit smaller but it is not even shown here along with other cameras.
This is nice but APS-C camera, with lot of useful features but nothing really exciting, nothing that can give you FF experience on budget.

I have to reply to this for two reasons:

1. FF is more expensive than APS-C; that is a given.
2. Value includes more than just the sensor.

Currently, the A7/r have very little to advertise themselves apart from their sensors. Yes, weather sealed is the trumpet word for now. But the A7/r platform is poorly built next to other top-tier mirrorless cameras. Poor plate support, crackable plastic, bezels that can tear away from the screens, the cheapest plastic flaps in a camera over 1000$. The list goes on and on.

But, the A7/r 24 and 36 megapixel sensors are miracle workers. I'm an owner of the A7r. I use it on a view camera and with tilt-shift lenses for commercial work. The output is incredible. But the experience is poor. Poor wifi apps, poor navigation, poor build quality. I handle these top-flight cameras like they are time bombs.

Sometimes, more has to go into a camera than the sensor alone. Sony are all about tech. They need to learn to make strong, well-designed cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2014 at 05:56 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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Viramati: impressive. If only it was FF I would leap on it

FF mirrorless isn't ready yet. I have the A7r. It outputs wonderful images, but it is a study in the ridiculous. Menus are deep and duplicated all over the place; controls are too easy to bump; construction quality is compromised in many areas; the EVF isn't high enough resolution to quickly focus without the use of zooming in; there is too much lag; the camera takes forever to start up... the list goes on and on.

It takes good images.

That is the A7r.

But it is not a good camera.

First, let's get great mirrorless cameras out. Then we can decide which need to go FF. I also look forward to a good FF mirrorless camera, but I'd much rather it be done well. And for that I'm willing to wait.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 08:32 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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T3: This is "retro" done right. See Nikon Df for "retro" done wrong. Nice to see that Fuji put a tilt screen on the back. It shows that they weren't being slaves to the whole "retro" fashion simply for the sake of being slaves to retro fashion. And yes, it even does video. Take that, Nikon Df!

@T3, the DF isn't aggravating because of its 'retro' cues; it is aggravating because it doubles up on every single control and then locks it all down. No retro nikon is stuffed with as many buttons or as many ways to do the same thing.

Older cameras were thoughtfully simple to use. The Df is a design, not an interface, and it gets in the way because so much complexity has been added in order to support legacy (digital) interface cues. Nikon made it for today's photographer who has forgotten that cameras used to be simple boxes.

The X-T1 doesn't appear to be a simple design, but it is designed to be used directly rather than via proxy with myriad overrides.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 08:28 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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alireza: it is a beautiful camera but for people like me who have several lenses and invested on SLR system what advantage this camera can give us compare to Nikon D3300 for example. as I see, the size is not much smaller and price is twice.
If I buy a D3300 I can use all of my lens and flashes and enjoy the small size that always was an issue with carrying big SLRs and main reason for moving to mirror-less. if mirrorless is as big as SLR I prefer to spend lees money.

If you stack them side by side and then look at them from the top, you will find that the D3300 is nearly twice the volume of the X-T1. It isn't that much longer but it is much much wider and fatter. Even the D5000 has twice the volume of the X-Pro 1. Today's DSLRs are beasts even at their smallest.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 08:23 UTC
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El Chubasco: Beautiful camera. Fuji just nailed it. But... is this an OM-D knock off?

It certainly doesn't look like an old Fujifilm SLR. It is far closer to the modern Contax film SLRs. Even the 'looks like a fuji SLR' comments are too facile: had the X-T1 not been built by Fuji, facile comments would say Pentax or Olympus, or Leica.

Its lines are decidedly modern.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 07:19 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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T3: This is "retro" done right. See Nikon Df for "retro" done wrong. Nice to see that Fuji put a tilt screen on the back. It shows that they weren't being slaves to the whole "retro" fashion simply for the sake of being slaves to retro fashion. And yes, it even does video. Take that, Nikon Df!

I don't find this camera all that 'retro'. What it is is thoughtfully laid out so that you can pick it up and activate all necessary functions without using a manual. Only in that is it retro.

It has Wifi, tilting LCD, EVF, and loads of AF stuff... none of that is retro at all and the look isn't old at all.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 07:10 UTC
On Pictures emerge showing widely-leaked Fujfilm 'X-T1' article (373 comments in total)
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DDWD10: Very few surprises left for Tuesday, that's for sure. This beauty and the 56/1.2 are destined to replace my X-Pro1 and 35/1.4.

I agree quite heartily, though I will probably equip it with a speed booster and my favourite Nikkors, though I dig some Leica lenses with the X-Pro 1, too.

If the EVF is speedy enough and I can get on with the inaccuracies of its comparatively low-res rendering for focusing, this could replace my D800 for its central purpose: events.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2014 at 03:01 UTC
On Pictures emerge showing widely-leaked Fujfilm 'X-T1' article (373 comments in total)
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Robert A: Not quite enthralled with an SLR-style camera, even if it is mirrorless. Regardless of how many technical strengths this camera offers over the XE-2 and its competitors, it really doesn't offer much product differentiation. For my needs, if it's got an APS sensor, it also should have an optical viewfinder like the X-Pro 1.

makofoto: EVFs are getting better all the time. In very dark places they allow you to shoot what you could not with an OVF. But, if you are a manual lens user, they still come up short in a number of areas. Primarily, this is because the EVF isn't just a framing device for your lenses. You have to use it to focus. And even today's best EVFs are slow to refresh in comparison to no-lag OVFs, and because they rely on lines of pixels to delineate objects from one another, speedy focus must be aided by things like peaking. A good OVF (or even a mediocre one like the D800's OVF) is bright enough that f/2 and faster lenses can be focused instantly. The best lenses just 'pop' into focus. The same lenses on good EVFs do not pop, they wobble, or under fluorescents, jiggle, or they simply can't delineate fine details until zoomed in.

They are getting better, but are in no way a true alternative. That may come, but it will be years from now.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2014 at 02:58 UTC
On Pictures emerge showing widely-leaked Fujfilm 'X-T1' article (373 comments in total)
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AliRoust: Leica must be hating Fuji now....

@anistigmat: I also own the a7r and have an M9 on the couch. The M9 isn't mine; it is a loaner. The two have very very little in common other than a FF sensor.

First, the abstracts: the shooting style is completely different. You hold and view the a7 somewhat like an old SLR. But all of your lenses are fly by wire. You look through a normalised EVF, which is vastly different to the composing via any sort of glass, rangefinder, SLR, or otherwise. You do not control the camera with mechanical dials and there the controls on the camera are all over the place and too easy to press. The Leica is so simple to operate. It is obvious. The Sony has required me to look in a manual. I never had to do that with a digital camera before.

Secondly, the build bits: the Leica is a solid chunk of metal. So are its lenses. It relies on helicoids and lens-coupled apertures that work on or off camera. There is none of the precision or quality of the Leica in the a7. One is all grit, the other all tech.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2014 at 02:50 UTC
On Pictures emerge showing widely-leaked Fujfilm 'X-T1' article (373 comments in total)
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Red G8R: Of the three latest mirrorless cameras, EM1, A7/R, and the XT1, the XT1 appeals to me the most and as soon as it's available, I'll be trying it and most likely buying it.

@anistigmat: vinyl records have been popular since their debut, same with single speed bicycles. The list goes on and on. Certain items return to popular culture for a brief time, but there are millions of people who have used them daily and love them and have always loved them.

If something isn't broken, why fix it?

I don't find this design to be particularly anachronistic. It has two traditional dials, but is riddled with slides, AF/AE buttons, and other things that never were on older cameras. It takes a few direct controls from the 1970's and applies them to what looks like a pretty modern, sedate homage to the SLR camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2014 at 02:45 UTC
On Pictures emerge showing widely-leaked Fujfilm 'X-T1' article (373 comments in total)
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carlgt1: I don't quite see the point in lugging around such a beast and it's not full-frame?

@samhain: most traditional SLRs have a lower shoulder height than the X-Pro 1, about equal to the X-E2. This isn't a small camera, it is a small digital camera.

It's typical of SLRs that were around prior to the 1990's.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2014 at 02:41 UTC
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