Absolutic

Absolutic

Lives in United States Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Joined on Jan 6, 2004

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nofumble: At the time I bought the X-E1, I could get an EOS-M with lens for $300.

I am afraid the X-A1 will be another mirror-less camera in crowded field with no product differentiation.

don't know about $300, but with this idea of selling it at Wallmart and Costco as they say about X-A1, I guarantee you will be able to buy the kit at $399 by Xmas. If it hits $299 I'll buy it just to shoot landscapes

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2013 at 06:53 UTC
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limlh: A sensible product differentiation for Fujifilm, offering a budget X-series that will compete against the Ricoh GR and Nikon A with the added advantage of interchangeable lens. It looks very nice, but with a Bayer sensor and AA filter, it does not interest me.

Yep, Xtrams canot do green leaves in mid to background, we all know that, but to me personally, the strength of Xtrans is not in landscape shooting, but more in portrait photography, with its realistic skin colors, and ability to retain highlights in fine detail like blonde hair etc.... even in Jpeg. That is why I love XE1 for portrait photography. It does look from photos that Rico Pfeiizenger posted on flicker from XA1 that the 16MP Sony Bayer Sensor of XA1 can do greenery just fine. So one can buy XA1 for landscape and keep one of the XPRO1/E1/M1 for portraits and everything else.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2013 at 06:47 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2143 comments in total)
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Absolutic: I have a question. Ming Thein in his review indicates that EM1 has 14bit Raws http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3830/9666604337_1683037770_o.jpg but Olympus own specs page talks about 12bit. Dpreview team here does not address the bits in its preview. Which is it, does EM1 finally has 14bit capability?

I agree. However, I pre-odered EM1 anyway, I think it will be an awesome camera

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 21:42 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2143 comments in total)

I have a question. Ming Thein in his review indicates that EM1 has 14bit Raws http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3830/9666604337_1683037770_o.jpg but Olympus own specs page talks about 12bit. Dpreview team here does not address the bits in its preview. Which is it, does EM1 finally has 14bit capability?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 18:30 UTC as 405th comment | 3 replies
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D1N0: Breaking: Rumors hit dpreview! How about the om-d e-m1 rumor? Not enough leaks yet?

I wrote about the same earlier, we've seen EM1 from every angle, with the lens, without the lens, with the grip, in the video, etc. I think EM1 is the most leaked camera ever officially

Direct link | Posted on Sep 7, 2013 at 00:07 UTC
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yabokkie: I don't need low quality cameras. but I would prefer if Fujifilm can sell lenses at a little bit reasonable prices.

14/2.8, ~ USD 270, ref. C/N 20/2.8 (avg 553 at amazon.com)
18/2, ~ USD 320, ref. C/N 28/2.8 (avg 390)
23/1.4, ~ USD 390, ref. Canon 35/2 (avg 445)
27/2.8, ~ USD 90, ref. Canon 40/2.8 (199)
35/1.4, ~ USD 180, ref. Nikon 50/1.8G (217)
56/1.2, ~ USD 490, Nikon 85/1.8G (497)
60/2.4, ~ USD 400, ref. Canon 100/2.8 (avg 824)

20/2.8 lenses for SLRs are expensive to make but that's not the fault of mirrorless mounts so no correction is applied.

Yabokkie it is not entirely equivalent. Yes, 35/1.4 is equivalent in terms of depth of field and angle to a full frame 50/1.8. BUT the design of the lens is still a 35/1.4 design. You are designing a 35/1.4 len, not a 50/1.8 lens, with all the physics involved. It is that lens that is designed as 35/1.4 that results in 50/1.8 equvalent. And 35/1.4 lens from most manufacturers costs over $1000 with exception of Sigma ($899). Why do you think the 35/1.4 lens is larger and heavier and has more glass than any 50/1.8 lens for full frame?

The same for all the others. 23/1.4 still requires a design of 24/1.4 lens that are inherently expensive. On the other hand, take 45/1.8 m43 lens. it is pretty cheap to buy, about $300, right. But you get yourself a 90mm equivalent lens. Here you are getting the benefits of the same equasion, it is easy to design a 45/1.8 (or a 50/1.8 lens) so that lens is light, small and cheap

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2013 at 22:55 UTC

Surprised dpreview is not talking about OMD EM1 which photos and video of use have been on the rumors site for weeks. To me it is more exciting than this XA1 release.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2013 at 21:11 UTC as 54th comment | 1 reply
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Juck: A 16-70mm ZA F4? Now there's an answer to a question no-one asked. Better than nothing for Sony users I guess.

Remember how Zeiss has been telling all along "WE WILL NEVER CREATE A LENS WITH IMAGE STABILIZATION BECAUSE IT NEGATIVELY AFFECT PICTURE QUALITY" what happened?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2013 at 06:08 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Real-world Samples article (148 comments in total)
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Absolutic: these honestly look very poor. Looks like noise reduction is eating the details like there is no tomorrow on these, I assume all Jpegs. I will reserve my judgement til I see Raw files, but Panasonic once again proves that its jpeg engine truly sucks. Just check out Olympus OMD or Fuji XE1 jpegs for a change

Chris96326, I am glad someone saw exactly the same thing I did.
Vlad, what can I say, lets agree to disagree.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2013 at 22:54 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Real-world Samples article (148 comments in total)
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chris96326: Looks like we will have to be shooting in RAW with the GX7. These JPGs are of poor/horrible quality in the normal ISO ranges. I don't look at the gimmicky ISO ranges that sell cameras, just ISO 100-1600. I will keep my fingers crossed they were processes via software for the web and not straight out of the camera.

Image samples are always hard to decipher, was the shot done to show the camera's dynamic range, color rendering, focus accuracy, etc...?

I agree and wrote pretty much the same below, but a lot of people disagree with me. You wrote exactly the same thing I did.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2013 at 22:51 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Real-world Samples article (148 comments in total)
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Absolutic: these honestly look very poor. Looks like noise reduction is eating the details like there is no tomorrow on these, I assume all Jpegs. I will reserve my judgement til I see Raw files, but Panasonic once again proves that its jpeg engine truly sucks. Just check out Olympus OMD or Fuji XE1 jpegs for a change

Well I will review them again on my iMac when I get home, but on my work computer (which is a PC, yes, but with a 24inch monitor). I did not look at ISO12800 photos because nobody shoots at ISO12800. However, shooting around ISO1600-3200 is relevant and I was looking at ISO2000 and ISO3200 portraits. Specifically the first two photos. I see loss of detail due to noise processing. It is hard for me to compare to OMD at ISO3200 because i don't shoot OMD at JPEG either, I don't like how it renders photographs at higher ISOs in JPEG. However I do shoot OMD in RAW up to ISO3200 and get consistently good photos with lots of detail at ISO3200 which clean up easily in Lightroom. Example http://brodsky.smugmug.com/Events/Birthdays/Lika-2012-at-Romanoff/i-LzcDhng/0/X3/_DBR0124-X3.jpg

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2013 at 22:02 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Real-world Samples article (148 comments in total)

these honestly look very poor. Looks like noise reduction is eating the details like there is no tomorrow on these, I assume all Jpegs. I will reserve my judgement til I see Raw files, but Panasonic once again proves that its jpeg engine truly sucks. Just check out Olympus OMD or Fuji XE1 jpegs for a change

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2013 at 20:35 UTC as 29th comment | 12 replies
On Just posted: Pentax MX-1 review article (101 comments in total)

Boy...these were the most how should I say it nicely.... uninspiring samples ever from you guys. What happened to gorgeous London samples of yester years. Seattle is just not that picture-friendly? If there are no more interesting subjects to shoot, at least find some attractive people to take pictures of!!!! Sorry if I sound harsh, but I used to love the samples when they came from London. These days I don't even want to open the samples anymore.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2013 at 01:35 UTC as 25th comment | 5 replies
On Just posted: Olympus Tough TG-2 iHS Review preview (106 comments in total)
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Albino_BlacMan: Has DPR reviewed a camera that hasn't gotten at least a silver award in the last 2 years?

Awards lose their meaning a bit when everyone gets them...

I only pay attention to gold awards, not to silver awards. By the way, Dpreview, I think it is time to institute platinum awards for absolutely exceptional cameras and lenses (Score 85 and higher)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2013 at 22:32 UTC

yep, the million dollar question if, did they fixed the AF to make it like 14/2.5 which is very fast and silent. I don't see why not, if they can do 14/2.5 that way, they surely can do 20/1.7. If AF is fast, I am buying it 100%, it is a no-brainer.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2013 at 04:46 UTC as 45th comment

read in imaging-resource.com preview, a site i generally trust:

"Worryingly, we're led to believe that the Fuji X-M1's autofocus system will not be as fast as that in the X-E1. Hopefully that will turn out not to be the case"

http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/fuji-x-m1/fuji-x-m1A.HTM

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2013 at 02:44 UTC as 36th comment
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Chaitanya S: I was expecting this lens to cost twice as much. But kudos to Sigma for such an aggressive pricing.

Sigma is moving in a right direction unlike Leica with its latest fiasco

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2013 at 06:24 UTC
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technotic: Did dpreview miss off a zero?

This can ironically help Nikon and Canon to sell more crop-sensored cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2013 at 06:22 UTC

crop crowd just had an orgasmic moment

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2013 at 06:18 UTC as 124th comment
On Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Preview preview (352 comments in total)
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wansai: There is no way this is coming in at $1000. I'm going to guess around the $1800+ mark, possibly in the $2000 range.

yep $799, you can preorder at B&H already

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2013 at 05:37 UTC
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