57even

57even

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On CP+ 2014: Hands-on with Sigma DP2 Quattro news story (243 comments in total)

Nice one Sigma. This will instantly make every other camera on the shelf look more attractive.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2014 at 22:33 UTC as 34th comment | 2 replies
On Sony Alpha 7R Review preview (759 comments in total)

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.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2014 at 22:28 UTC as 169th comment | 7 replies
On Nikon 18-55mm F3.5-5.6G VR II real-world samples gallery news story (34 comments in total)

Not bad considering the price and build. Better than the non-collapsible version even?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2014 at 20:56 UTC as 8th comment

You've seen retro cameras, and cell-phone cameras, now Sigma brings out a retro-cell-phone camera, only without the phone part.

Weird....

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2014 at 14:05 UTC as 177th comment
On Fujifilm X-T1 Real-world Samples Gallery news story (187 comments in total)

The bunch of gearheads moaning about the quality of sample photos posted should be grateful I don't have time to personally critique your own galleries. Have looked at a few and so far have not seen much that would impress anyone.

As sample photos these are perfectly fine. As for the camera, the quality unsurprisingly looks very similar to other X cameras. So far so good, and thanks to Barney and co. for the information. Last I checked I still haven't paid a penny for the services of this site.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 00:23 UTC as 31st comment
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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kadardr: From a manufacturing point of view a mirrorless camera must be cheaper to produce than a DSLR (fewer parts, lesser complexity). From a cost perspective a mirrorless camera should be sold cheaper than a DSLR. Mirrorless producers should also invest into concept and product PR, what they do at full extent and it shows in the prices.
For their asking price Fujifilm gotta give supreme quality and sublime product support for life, and they really try their best (with moderate success so far).
What I am emphasizing here is that please wait until prices get reasonable, because the reserve in launch prices must be high.

The expensive component in mirrorless cameras is the EVF. You can pretty much set the price point by the spec of that one component.Why do you think all the cheaper ones don't have one?

I would hazard a guess they cost more than the sensors.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2014 at 19:25 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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Donnie G: If a camera design is done right, then there is no need to hype up any mythical marketing advantages of mirrorless ILC tech vs. traditional SLR tech in order to sell the camera to enthusiasts. The Fujifilm X-T1 is an excellent example of a camera design that is done right. No further hype required.

Judging by the responses, Fuji seem to have created a level of desirability few Japanese camera makers have managed in recent years. Desirability is a hard thing to quantify, but the fact it LOOKS like a camera should seems to be 80% of the appeal.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2014 at 19:22 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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JaimeA: Consider this: David (nuts about photography) and I had a talk last night. The inconspicuous Fuji X-M1 sells today for $700 (with the good kit 16-50 lens $800). (I am very happy with this camera.) The new X-T1 costs $1,300 (with the top-rated 18-55 lens $1,700); almost double the price. The sensor size, MP count and engine are the same in both and will produce the same results at any given time. Essentially, it is the same camera with new clothes. Of course there are some hyped improvements here and there, but do you really need them? Will they noticeably improve your shooting? He’s got a point there.

Was a time when all cameras had the same sensor. It was called film. I seem to remember there was a large array of film bodies for the 35mm format that ranged from a couple of hundred $$ to several thousand.

You say the extra features are over-hyped, I say it depends what you want to do. There is a much more logical argument that says beyond a certain point the sensor is irrelevant, especially if you don't print large or shoot in the dark. Nowadays they are all pretty good.

Given the same IQ, what become more important is the versatility of the camera and how many types of task it can perform. The X-T1 is much more versatile than the X-M1, and for many that's worth the price.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2014 at 19:18 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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Mike99999: I'm delighted to see another great alternative to the horrible APS-C Canon and Nikon cameras with non-existent lens selection.

So now the original OM-D has spawned two clones: on one hand the APS-C Fuji X-T1, and on the other hand the full frame Sony A7/R.

So with the Fuji you get a 24% larger sensor than the OM-D, but you have to give up IBIS and blazing fast AF.

Sounds like a great option for those who can't decide between an OM-D and an A7.

Though with the full frame alternative priced so competitively, that itch for the full frame magic might be unbearable. No matter what the equivalences say, the bokeh of the Fujinon 23/1.4 cannot even match the slow and tiny Zeiss FE 35/2.8.

Clone? EVF humps are not exactly new (Panasonic and Samsung have had them for years, and so have bridge cameras).

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 15:27 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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57even: Whether you like this camera or not is rather missing the point. It can shoot 8fps with liveview and predicitive focus tracking, and according to Fuji rumours who tested it, it actually seems to work. This is a first, but where one company goes others will follow. The key was EVF lag and this one seems to have the issue fixed.

The one area where DSLRs were untouchable was AF tracking. If that has finally been dealt with, then technically there is no reason for buying a DSLR over a mirrorless camera.

If you prefer an OVF, well fine. Can't help you there, but with the same size view as a FF SLR on an APSC camera, with live exposure and a focus check window, this particular EVF has a lot going for it.

Hi Andy - thanks for clarification. I guess a 1/8s lag is OK for something moving on a fairly predictable track.

Mind you the fact it tracks so well is a major improvement on most mirrorless - Nikon 1 excepted. Even my D700 was a long way from foolproof.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 15:24 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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peevee1: Oly, Fuji, Sony keep pulling away...

@Jogger

Is market share really the only reason you choose a camera?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 13:47 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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ProfHankD: In almost every way, very similar to the Sony A7. However, the A7 is 24MP FF for about $300 more. That's a pretty small price bump from the X-T1's 16MP APS-C.

Not similar in any way at all, unless the fact they are both mirrorless is all that matters. You may as well say the D7100 is similar to the Canon 6D because they are both SLRs.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 13:34 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)

Whether you like this camera or not is rather missing the point. It can shoot 8fps with liveview and predicitive focus tracking, and according to Fuji rumours who tested it, it actually seems to work. This is a first, but where one company goes others will follow. The key was EVF lag and this one seems to have the issue fixed.

The one area where DSLRs were untouchable was AF tracking. If that has finally been dealt with, then technically there is no reason for buying a DSLR over a mirrorless camera.

If you prefer an OVF, well fine. Can't help you there, but with the same size view as a FF SLR on an APSC camera, with live exposure and a focus check window, this particular EVF has a lot going for it.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 13:31 UTC as 350th comment | 6 replies
On Pictures emerge showing widely-leaked Fujfilm 'X-T1' news story (373 comments in total)
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RezaTravilla: ugly........

Just not as ugly as most other cameras on the market.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2014 at 14:39 UTC
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera news story (921 comments in total)
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srados: I do not understand why FUJI FILM does not drop FILM from name and call themselves FUJI.

Because Fuji is the name of a mountain in Japan and used for many companies.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 17:30 UTC
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera news story (921 comments in total)
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Woodlink: The shutter button doesn't look like it will accept a cable release…perhaps Fuji is planning some expanded use of wifi for this?

It takes any electronic release that uses the standard (Canon) socket.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2014 at 16:39 UTC
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera news story (921 comments in total)
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Jim in Hudson: I don't understand this recent fascination with top plate dials, unless it's mostly for looks. Back when dials were the way to control cameras, it was all there was. The major disadvantage was having to take your eye away from the VF to make a change (well, you had to change film to change ISO). There was no superimposed (or bottom strip) indicator of settings. Now, basic camera controls do the same and you can see exactly what you're changing with speed, aperture, and ISO without ever taking your eye off the subject. Of course you need a logical and easy layout to the button and wheel controls but it doesn't take much to learn.

Well basically, on a DSLR you have to do everything with one hand because there are no major controls on the other. This means quite a few functions require doubling up on the main dials and require buttons to be pressed. Fine when you just want to change one setting, but if you have to change ISO, aperture and EV comp you have to do all that with the right hand and potentially 2 button presses, or at least 1.

On the Fuji, all settings are visible in the VF if you want, but you don't have to move the left hand from the lens to reach the aperture control or the right hand to change EV and now the left hand can adjust ISO as well if you need to.

And when you put the camera on the tripod and cant remember what all the setting are, you don't have to switch on the LCD or look through the VF to remember. They are all marked on the dials.

The only reason this doesn't work out so well on the Nikon DF is than Nikon dropped the aperture ring.

If you don't believe me just try it.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2014 at 16:37 UTC
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera news story (921 comments in total)
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QuarryCat: With this look of Contax RTS - it could be a success!

it took Fuji two years to make a real camera and it will take perhaps one ore two more, to make a fast camera, like the OM-D E-M1.

Sony is looking very old and slow with its Alpha 7 Bodies.
Canon, Nikon and Pentax still don't want to make a real modern, fast camera.

Only part of Sony making money though. That and music.

Nothing lasts forever. Canon and Nikon are working on mirrorless AF for when the market switches. They only make money off the hoards of cheap SLRs they pile into white good stores.

In fact they lost a train load of money in the UK when the biggest store tanked. But when the market for mid-level cameras switches they will have no advantage over the competition since they will have to source everything from the same places.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2014 at 14:33 UTC
On Adobe leaks 'Lightroom Mobile' app news story (210 comments in total)
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Holger Drallmeyer: Am I missing something? LR runs on Surface tablets for a long while already. And what about $99 a year? Isn't that a huge rip off? I probably just don't get it.

Why would I waste money on an iPad Air? It does not replace my phone, my laptop or my desktop, and 90% of the functions it does perform work quite well on an iPhone as well.

A Surface Pro can replace all other computing devices if you are a Windows user. If it weighs more than an iPad it weighs much less than a Macbook Air, even with the optional keyboard.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2014 at 21:44 UTC
On Adobe leaks 'Lightroom Mobile' app news story (210 comments in total)
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abortabort: Two points:

1) Who says this has anything to do with iOS? I know DPR like to bury their heads in the sand as they wait for iOS as a platform to mature enough to run proper photo editing apps that there are already tablets that run full LR, PS etc which get completely ignored because there is a new app that can apply some crappy filters to crappy JPEGs.
2) But since when,have you been able to buy apps or subscriptions through a third party website? I may be wrong but this does not seem like it is iOS related to me.

They dominate the current tablet market, but not mobile computing market.

Microsoft tablets (SP2) can replace a regular laptop and even a decent desktop. They will run any Windows app, drive a high res display, and connect to high speed storage. There are also a lot of convertible laptops on the market that will double as a tablet.

The direction of business computing is rapidly heading for this hybrid form factor (convertibles or tablets with keyboards). Sadly OSX has no touch screen support, so you are stuck with iOS.

Mobile operating systems are only likely to survive when they offer serious competition to OSX and Windows. They are a long way off that. But Win8 can already run on a (large and heavy) tablet. In a couple of years, the hardware will be lighter and smaller, but I will only need one computing device.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2014 at 21:34 UTC
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