shigzeo ?

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
About me:

utterly impressionable

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On Pictures emerge showing widely-leaked Fujfilm 'X-T1' article (373 comments in total)
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Robert Morris: I hope this is the one that I have been waiting for. Goodbye to Nikon and Sony.
Well maybe anyway.

I've been unimpressed with the a7r, which I now use for still life photography. It produces amazing photographs with the same Nikkor glass I use on a D800, but the build quality and attention to detail that even a low-end Nikon D5000 offers above the A7r is stark.

If Sony could unseat themselves from the technology horse long enough to make a well-fabricated ILC body with strong base plates (like the RX1), buttons that don't seesaw, an LCD that is couched in reinforced materials, rubber latches rather than very weak and thin plastic doors, they would have done it right despite a few technical weaknesses.

As it stand, the a7r's only claim to good build quality is weather sealing and a top/front magnesium plate. In all the places that matter, it sits on par (sometimes below) a D5000 and far below a Nikon D7000, both cameras that are much too large when compared to the a7r or Nikon's film SLRs.

Very much looking forward to what Fujifilm can do.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2014 at 02:36 UTC
On Pictures emerge showing widely-leaked Fujfilm 'X-T1' article (373 comments in total)
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DDWD10: I think this body is a natural progression for the X-series. The original rangefinder look worked well with the three original 18mm, 35mm and 60mm primes, but as Fujifilm has moved on to zooms, wider and longer optics, this form factor makes sense as a more flexible alternative. Bigger grip and better EVF make this a better action shooter than the other X-series bodies. I just hope the AF is up to the task.

I dig the new look despite rather harsh photos.

But the current lenses work better on an SLR-styled body. Rangefinders hold and shoot better with small lenses, the 18 and 27 aside, none of which the other Fujifilm lenses can be categorised even next to FF DOF/speed equivalents.

I'm actually looking at this body to speed boost some favourite Nikkor primes for event photography. If the EVF is fast enough, despite its possible low resolution, it may be enough to replace my D800 for stopped-down flash-based photography.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2014 at 02:31 UTC
On Pictures emerge showing widely-leaked Fujfilm 'X-T1' article (373 comments in total)
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ZoranHR: I m impressed how people who like retro so much style dont mind EVF. Even when it's proportionaly too big for body.
Fuji found an exellent way on market,it is very obvious now.

@binaural: if the EVF is big, it must be backed up by high resolution. Larger screens with lower resolution look awful. I hope that the spec for this EVF is wrong, that in fact, it is much higher resolution. The EVF in the olympus (a very nice camera) has too low of resolution to properly focus without the aid of peaking or magnification. I tried it out recently in Yodobashi with a slower f/4 lens and found still, that it was difficult to focus next to the medium-sized OVF of my D800.

More resolution is key, not just size.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2014 at 02:27 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1606 comments in total)
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ZhanMInG12: Actually, the smallest ILC before the A7 is the Leica M9 (which is a shade thinner than the M type 240).

That should be 'smallest ILC digital'. There are a number smaller 35mm film interchangeable SLRs and rangefinder cameras out there. It's just that digital cameras, in general, are so large, that the a7/r seems small in comparison.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2014 at 23:33 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1606 comments in total)
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justmeMN: This camera should have received a Participation Ribbon, rather than a Silver Award. :-)

I rather agree. I use the a7r professionally in a still life audio photography studio. I've had it since the first day it shipped and from the first touch, I could tell the Sony skimped. As a still life photographer I need very very little else apart from image quality. Wifi was a great addition. The EVF was much worse than I expected (too low resolution for the size, too slow), and the build (weak seams, lots of easy-to-break plastic hinges), buttons that press themselves... and on and on.

But the output is phenomenal. For the price, however, the a7/r does not stand up to the competition in terms of overall experience. Sony are selling a sensor, not a camera. There is too much wrong with this camera to make me like it.

But I think that won't matter. It is an enthusiasts gateway to better products- or at least I hope so.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2014 at 23:29 UTC
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera article (921 comments in total)
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songeun7: Looks very nice! But.... EVF, I just hate it.

@OMD and other EVF lovers: yes, EVFs can be great. I love that I can get 100% accurate focus for still shots and slow photography and landscapes.

But even today's OMD EVF is a far cry from a good OVF. It maybe large and rather fast, but still it lags in comparison. In dark light, you get frame drops, noise, and sometimes, amp spots.

For me, the worst part is that resolution lines clearly can be seen. For AF users, that may not be a problem, but for MF people that rely on large, bright OVFs, it is a big problem. Today's EVFs are about 4-5x too low resolution and too slow for spot-on manual focus. And colours still do not cover the scene as well as is done through glass.

They get better and better every year, but every year, my expectations of their improvement jump up. I'm no longer sure that an EVF will be able to fully replace an OVF. For certain uses, absolutely, but for everything, maybe not in my lifetime.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2014 at 22:32 UTC
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera article (921 comments in total)
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joshuanorthwestexposures: It is worth noting that the size, weight, and dimensions of cameras like the Nikon FM2, Olympus OM1, Pentax MX and others from the late 70s and early 80s are very similar to the Olympus EM1 and Sony A7. There is nothing "breakthrough" in the form factors of these digital cameras. Most interestingly, even with a mirrorbox these older cameras are not substantially thicker than state-of-art pro mirrorless. Moreover, the compact lenses for these cameras are generally smaller than any current APS or FX sensor lenses, with the exception of those built for M mount or as pancakes. Modern DSLRs have not yet undergone the shrinking down that occurred with th OM1 and it's followers. But there is no reason we could not have a FF camera with mirror box and compact lenses very close in size to the current leading cameras with EVF--and a flip down EVF inside the prism finder would give us best of both worlds--except for short registry.

@SirSeth, Joshua was discussing size, not technology. You can't compare technology from generation to generation. The point is that cameras today are massive and they don't need to be. Software, which is done completely on a chip and ROM cells can be as small as ever.

AF modules do make sense, but then, that is also a technology thing. Early AF cameras were not much larger than their pre-AF counterparts. They grew massively toward the end of the 90's and are growing still. Today's D800 is larger than any pre-integrated grip professional SLR Nikon ever debuted.

Mirrorless brings cameras back to the comfortable size they were in the 1970s, which is wonderful. Some of us rue the lack of superb AF, some do not. I merely want a super high-resolution EVF with no lag. FF would be nice but with speed boosters, it isn't necessary.

I have an A7, which takes fine photos, but is hampered by an EVF whose resolution is easily visible to the eye, slow refresh, and slow operation. But great size

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2014 at 22:27 UTC
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera article (921 comments in total)
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tomtom50: Modern cameras have three basic settings, Aperture, Shutter, and ISO. Three dials, each with an A setting, gives you all eight permutations all the way from auto everything to total manual, with no need to illuminate a screen. And the new Fuji finishes it our with exposure compensation.

This is the first digital camera I could happily use 'dark' only using the LCD for review and few screen overlays in the finder.

From the photos it looks like Fuji has built the camera Nikon claimed they were making.

Devendra has a point: the EVF outputs a tremendous amount of light, while OVFs output nothing but the information at the bottom or top, and in very low-light displays.

But I agree: with stopped A settings for ISO and exposure, you can operate the camera by feel or by site without ever looking at through the EVF. And of course, as mentioned by DEvendra, pro dslr settings are available from the viewfinder... but then so are amateur DSLR settings and all of Fuji's settings.

This time, you can look at your camera and determine exactly what is what even when it is off, or when hanging on your waist. Finally.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2014 at 22:16 UTC
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera article (921 comments in total)
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thx1138: Once they develop a FF system I'd be very interested, but if it's still just APS-C, no thanks.

@Shamael: FF isn't only about image quality. I guess it may be on forums, but for folk that came from 35mm cameras, an inexpensive adapter and your old glass means using that old glass as intended, FOV intact, and everything. Even the lens' warts are there, and sometimes they are excellent.

I have a few lenses that on APSC do not vignette as much or show as much extreme latitudinal purple fringing, etc., but for it, are much less interesting.

But I use lenses I love to use and love the look of. The only time I use perfect lenses is when in my boring old audio photography studio.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2014 at 22:12 UTC
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera article (921 comments in total)
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ybizzle: Fuji has done it again. This camera is the pinnacle of perfection!

Apart from that, Fujifillm seem to have designed an excellent piece of equipment. EVF resolution worries me the most but for AF lenses and for stopped down non-sports peaking people, it should be just fine.

Cannot wait to get my mitts in it.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2014 at 22:07 UTC
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera article (921 comments in total)
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ybizzle: Fuji has done it again. This camera is the pinnacle of perfection!

There are a few issues with the design, nevertheless I'm keen on it. First, the base seem still bifurcates the bottom of the camera; like the X-Pro 1, half probably is plastic and half magnesium. Cheap tripod plates can greatly damage the plastic portion.

A stronger design would be like what Olympus use: a single plate surrounding the tripod element, which is also stronger for supporting and anchoring internal elements.

Secondly, the EVF: if it is larger magnification than before, it needs a much higher resolution. My A7r has the same resolution as the one the X-T1 is purported to have and resolution lines are clearly visible. Manual focus lenses are less accurate and slower to use vs even a cheap OVF ala Nikon D5000. Of course, if you take time, the EVF is much more accurate, but in quick situations, it is much more a pain.

The final element is the flange surrounding the lens mount. I wish there were a small lip. The reason is that SLR cameras hold differently than faux range' do.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2014 at 22:05 UTC
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera article (921 comments in total)
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cgarrard: Love the looks and features I'm seeing here on the outside, almost like a Contax N Digital in a way. It looks better implemented handling wise than the Nikon DF too (also more handsome). So far so good lots of info to come though, we'll see how it shakes out.

Fujifilm has built up a very nice system of cameras that seem to be better than the first iterations of X series. Still have some quirks that are unabashedly Fujifilm, but hey... don't they all.

While I hope the X system finds success, I hope Fujifilm can resist the urge to NEXify their lineup by making camera after camera to accommodate every single person.

Part of the X mystique is that it is somewhat maturely spread out and planned around lenses rather than cameras (though this is becoming less so every day).

I hope they can keep their quasi-premium status by making great designs that people pine for rather than throw money at as soon as the next one is released.

Yes, I'm thinking like older Japanese cameras in which people invested decades, not fortnights, into. Or like an everyman's Leica, a system you want and will save up for, not merely buy on a whim.

I will be purchasing the X-T1 probably early as I need an event camera. The only thing that would keep me from doing it is if the large EVF really shows up problems in resolution of its screen. My A7r has that problem and it is made with even less magnification.

Cannot wait.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2014 at 21:55 UTC
On Wyoming's stunning weather and landscapes in time-lapse article (231 comments in total)

One of DPReview's best picks in a long time. My heart still is fluttering at the raw power of the heavens.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2014 at 13:51 UTC as 95th comment

That product shot is quite poor. The could have at least lined up the ribs and focus flutes. All still life photographers should rise up and demand Panasonic look at different portfolios before wasting money and time on such poor work.

;)

While I agree with that, this lens looks hot. Super hot. If I was in the m43 camp, this would be on my short list.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 13:01 UTC as 20th comment
On Hands-on with the Nikon D3300 and 35mm F1.8G lens article (141 comments in total)
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Danlo: I dont understand, WHERE is the hands on?? Theres just one image with the 35mm lens.. Dont get it..

@Kodacrhome200: the hand is clearly _under_ the camera. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 12:44 UTC
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InTheMist: That's a pleasant surprise from Apple.

Indeed. I hope iOS versions creep in, too.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2013 at 23:12 UTC
On Fujifilm announces XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS wideangle zoom article (172 comments in total)
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Xentinus: Looks pretty but too big for Fuji x system cameras.

@caver3d,

The X system is smaller than current digital SLR cameras, but is the same size as older SLRs, which weren't often used with zooms. Solid, compact primes were typical. This lens is both longer and heavier than it needs to be.

I have no problem with grip less cameras. In fact, I prefer them to gripped cameras, but when one-handing a camera, a grip is sturdier with a heavy lens.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2013 at 12:49 UTC
On Fujifilm announces XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS wideangle zoom article (172 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: Why IS in a super wide telephoto lens?

I agree, if only because IS adds weight and size. Careful landscape and architecture shooters will be on tripods anyway. Low light... I can fathom that being important, but not really. IS is becoming rather common and certain customers expect it. I have a feeling that many of those customers would benefit from boning up on stabler shooting techniques.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2013 at 12:46 UTC
On Fujifilm announces XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS wideangle zoom article (172 comments in total)
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D 503: Seems over priced.

If the only metric left by which customers choose their products is price, expect lots of plastic crap to hit the shelves, and by and by, deteriorating quality.

I welcome a Fuji that could focus on a market they want to capture and tweak until they have it. This do all and be all to everyone strategy will only dilute their brand. Focus on the mid-high end of the mirror less market and get rid of the toenail and puppy dog shooters.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2013 at 12:41 UTC
On Fujifilm announces XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS wideangle zoom article (172 comments in total)
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tr4driver: It looks like the aperture control ring is similar to the one on the other zoom lenses - NO MARKINGS? I understand the reasoning for this on the other lenses that have a variable largest aperture through the zoom range, but why leave the markings off on this lens with a constant f4?

Variable aperture lenses from other manufacturers have always had marked aperture stops. I have no idea why Fuji would release unmarked aperture stops for the XF zoom line.

It could be that the aperture ring itself doesn't do anything and is only an electronic control ring. Perhaps that is the reason. It makes little sense.

I would JUMP on Fuji'x XF lenses if they were mechanically coupled to helicoids and aperture irises. Too limiting for me no matter how well some of them shoot.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2013 at 12:37 UTC
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