Photomonkey

Photomonkey

Lives in United States CA, United States
Works as a Photographer
Joined on Oct 28, 2002

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Photomonkey: Canon did not set out to build an A7. They set out to create the next generation DSLR and as such seem to have improved every aspect of it.
Not adding the features that the hobbyists are clamoring for is not an oversight but a deliberate statement about their idea of what the camera should be.

If you are looking for the Swiss Army knife of cameras, look elswhere.

"old technology sensor"? As there have been no real tests AFAIK it seems a bit premature to make such claims but this is the internet so I expect that.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 02:14 UTC

Canon did not set out to build an A7. They set out to create the next generation DSLR and as such seem to have improved every aspect of it.
Not adding the features that the hobbyists are clamoring for is not an oversight but a deliberate statement about their idea of what the camera should be.

If you are looking for the Swiss Army knife of cameras, look elswhere.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2014 at 13:59 UTC as 40th comment | 7 replies
On Opinion: Bring on the 70-200mm equivalents article (340 comments in total)
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Andr3w: The Pentax 50-135 f/2.8 has been out since 2007 and is very well regarded. Unfortunate that it gets written off because it "doesn't sell very well". Any data to back this statement up? It is the second most rated Pentax lens on B&H.

I can't imaging Fuji or Samsung will sell significantly more anytime soon since Pentax has had a 7 year head start.

Sigma and Samsung could sell very well if they get the buzz that Fuji got.
Pentax makes wonderful gear but has never pushed the button of consumers the way Fuji, Olympus and Sony have in the last two years.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 17:28 UTC
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Chaitanya S: Finally a multi-aspect sensor from Panasonic. good looking camera.

Unlike the GH-2 that had an 18MP sensor this one seems to have exactly the same dimensions as the other 16MP sensors. The public indifference to the sensor in the GH-2 trumped any difference there may have been and certainly in light of the increased cost of a sensor unique in its application to one model. IIR there were some complaining that we should have had the full 18MP on the GH-2!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 03:18 UTC
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Chaitanya S: Finally a multi-aspect sensor from Panasonic. good looking camera.

>>And, again, there is sizable difference between 13 and 16 Mpixels (just like with 34/38 vs. 41 Mpixels WRT the Nokia 808.)<<

If true, then it still is inferior in that at 4:3 on the regular sensor I get 16MP while the multi-aspect sensor yields 13MP. I get 14.5MP when cropping to 3:2 and 11.8MP at square. Both numbers scarcely being trounced by the "multi-aspect" sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 02:30 UTC
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Chaitanya S: Finally a multi-aspect sensor from Panasonic. good looking camera.

I take your points but IMO scant IQ improvement would be visible if at all over cropping or choosing other aspect ratios in camera. After all we are talking about 13MP vs 16MP. We are also talking about going to the edge of the image circle where IQ falls off sharply unless the image circle is larger anyway thus negating that "feature".
I still stand by my assertion that the sensor is more valuable for marketing than actual improvements in IQ.
As to the impossibility of explaining the benefits to consumers I would argue that most see the distinction but fail to see the difference.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 19:49 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G7 X First Impressions Review preview (947 comments in total)
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Mike FL: If Canon want to beat Sony in High ISO IQ, cut the sensor pixel count by half.

Or stop buying their sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 14:10 UTC
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Chaitanya S: Finally a multi-aspect sensor from Panasonic. good looking camera.

Multi-aspect? Sheer marketing hype. Anyone can have " Multi-aspect" just using the crop tool, just as Panasonic has done in firmware.
Why does anyone believe there are some magical properties to a " Multi-aspect" sensor?

There is no free lunch.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 15:15 UTC
On Fast and full-frame: Nikon announces 24MP Nikon D750 article (406 comments in total)
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pgphoto_ca: Any information about the Quiet mode?

it's supposed to be a new shutter

is it quiet like the D4S ?

They don't mention it but I hope they do.
It is the only fashion in photography that I have hoped would catch on and it finally seems to be doing so.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 15:12 UTC
On SanDisk unveils 512GB Extreme Pro card article (161 comments in total)
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Jogger: I still have a 4 MB Memory Stick i keep around.

I still have a 2MB Fuji Smart film card.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2014 at 22:08 UTC
On SanDisk unveils 512GB Extreme Pro card article (161 comments in total)

Yay! now I can shoot JPGs till I die. Last. Card. Ever.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2014 at 19:08 UTC as 48th comment
On Fujifilm offers silver X-T1 and firmware update article (143 comments in total)
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peevee1: "high-speed electronic shutter that has a maximum speed of 1/32000 second that can be set in 1/3 steps when using the FUJINON XF23mmF1.4 R, XF35mmF1.4 R, or the XF56mmF1.2 R lenses. "

What, electronic shutter does not work with other lenses?

The speeds will be available for all lenses. Says so right in their specs

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2014 at 04:49 UTC
On Fujifilm offers silver X-T1 and firmware update article (143 comments in total)
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spencerda: JUst purchased the XT-1
Have only taken a few test shots.
Think it's great that Fuji seems to offer firmware updats to improved new and older models. So with the faster shutter speeds, the lack of a built in ND filter is now mute? If so sounds good.

The high speeds quoted by various manufacturers for their electronic shutters are not real "action stopping" shutter speeds. The sensors are read out line by line and actually take about a 1/15 sec to complete a full read. Each line only exposes for a 1/32,000 sec but it takes 1/15 sec to complete the exposure. Thus you get 1/32,000 sec worth of light delivered to the sensor but over a 1/15 sec span.
This means no flash and no real high speed photography. But the camera is perfectly silent which, for me, means a lot.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2014 at 04:45 UTC
On Fujifilm offers silver X-T1 and firmware update article (143 comments in total)
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MisterJohnnyT: The news release on the Fuji website: http://www.fujifilmusa.com/press/news/display_news?newsID=880649

...makes no mention of the increased shutter speed being a part of the Firmware update! Looks like the camera I bought ONE MONTH ago is already obsolete! Thanks Fuji !!!

Also, according to that release, the electronic shutter on the Silver edition is only compatible with 3 specific prime lenses.

1/3 stop adjustments with the indicated lenses. I believe electronic shutter is available on all lenses. Half stop increments though on the others.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2014 at 00:45 UTC
On Fujifilm offers silver X-T1 and firmware update article (143 comments in total)
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Tete: with this electronic shutter does this mean the XT1 can flash sync at super high SS?

Probably not as the sensor reads out each line sequentially and thus flash is usually not supported at all.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2014 at 00:43 UTC
On Beginner's guide: shooting high-key at home article (68 comments in total)

Pretty risky showing us how to get around Amazon's patent.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 8, 2014 at 13:14 UTC as 36th comment | 13 replies
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RGBCMYK: 2.8 D-max is huge and to my knowledge wasn't even approached in the traditional darkroom Once cadmium was removed from b/w paper even a selenium toned piece of fiber base paper only reached a d-max of 2.2 to 2.3 on glossy fiber base paper!

Yes, and we were plenty happy with that.
None of us actually measured Dmax of displayed prints we just compared papers, toners and developers and used what we thought was best and got on with it.

Pictures aren't any better but the belief that buying the "best" printer will somehow move us to a demonstrably better print experience is firmly at work.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2014 at 17:24 UTC
On Canon confirms price drop on select EF lenses article (140 comments in total)
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bajanexile: Canon's big problem is not their range of lenses but their lack of innovation when it comes to Camera Bodies/Sensors. I was a Canon System user since 1981, but have left the fold this year. I still own a number of EF Fit lenses but now use them on a different body with an adapter. As a former Canon user, I feel that they have pretty much abandoned their Enthusiast/Semi-Pro market for Video. I do not shoot video. I could see no real advantage in moving from my Canon EOS 5D Mk.II to the Mk.III. IMHO the Mk. III is overpriced. Canon are about two generations behind the FF and APS-C cameras equipped with Sony Sensors.

@bajanexile. Your photos are beautiful but hardly demonstrative of camera excellence or lack thereof. The web is groaning with superb imagery that is completely indifferent to the camera and lens combination that created it. Further, I would be confident in saying that had you used a Phase IQ 180 no one would say "Ahh, now that's a photo worth looking at."
They would love your work and only the crowd from DPR would be clamoring for the camera data.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 00:00 UTC
On Canon confirms price drop on select EF lenses article (140 comments in total)
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bajanexile: Canon's big problem is not their range of lenses but their lack of innovation when it comes to Camera Bodies/Sensors. I was a Canon System user since 1981, but have left the fold this year. I still own a number of EF Fit lenses but now use them on a different body with an adapter. As a former Canon user, I feel that they have pretty much abandoned their Enthusiast/Semi-Pro market for Video. I do not shoot video. I could see no real advantage in moving from my Canon EOS 5D Mk.II to the Mk.III. IMHO the Mk. III is overpriced. Canon are about two generations behind the FF and APS-C cameras equipped with Sony Sensors.

@RGiskard. His post declares that the IQ of Canon is so inferior to the competition that he was compelled to abandon the brand. Clearly his perception of the IQ is such that by extension the appearance of Canon images, once very nice, are somehow now repellent because of the appearance of magical sensors from Sony.

@bajanexelle.. Not offended, just wondering what degree of IQ difference in your daily photo taking would make you decide that Canon images were no longer worth viewing in your portfolio.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2014 at 23:55 UTC
On Canon confirms price drop on select EF lenses article (140 comments in total)
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Photomonkey: Clearly this means that Canon has been shamed by the posters at DPR and elsewhere complaining about their old sensors, high prices and lack of IS in the 24-70 2.8LII.
Having thus been shamed they are liquidating their lens line and concentrating only on copiers.
Fire sale on bodies shortly.
I am certain of this because I understand the industry perfectly from my many hours reading on the internet of things.

Sorry, forgot my irony tags. :/

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2014 at 23:48 UTC
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