Cipher

Cipher

Lives in Canada Winnipeg, Canada
Works as a Shooter
Joined on Oct 30, 2002
About me:

Nikon D700
Nikon D800
Olympus OM-D E-M5
Panasonic GF1
Panasonic G3

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On White House ban on photos and social media has ended article (44 comments in total)
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Mike FL: "phones... are permitted. Tablets...also prohibited".

What's wrong with tablets? Too big? but phone is getting bigger and bigger day by day...

Just install Skype on the Samsung 12 inch tablet and tell them it's your phone.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 20:56 UTC
On White House ban on photos and social media has ended article (44 comments in total)

So they'll have a secret service guy with a 3 inch ruler asking everyone to zoom their lenses for measurement?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 20:54 UTC as 15th comment

Personally I think it's all about being in an exclusive club. If Leicas weren't so expensive and everyone could afford one, it would not be perceived as a status symbol by so many. It's like wanting an Aston-Marton. "Look at me! I'm sooooooo elite!". Leica's marketing team is good...very good. They're probably the same people who came up with bottled water. greeting cards, Apple, Beats Headphones (now part of Apple), designer jeans, diamonds...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 18:26 UTC as 97th comment
On Sony RX100 IV compact shoots 4k, uses a stacked sensor article (303 comments in total)
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QuarryCat: I like the design and handling of the Panasonic LX100 much more - a good camera is more then a sensor.

@ QuarryCat - the LX100 is only marginally better than the Sony RX100 at high ISOs. Look at the studio comparisons on DPReview. However, the LX100 lens is better. As for using a smartphone, the sensor in the RX100 is around 7 to 8 times the surface area of the best phones that have a large 1/3" or 1/2.3" sensor. In any high ISO situation, the RX100 absolutely blows away a smartphone.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 16:19 UTC
On Alpha dog: Hands-on with Sony a7R II article (958 comments in total)
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Cipher: Canon and Nikon execs aren't going to be sleeping very well tonight.

@ DigitalWalnut
"@lcf80 and Sony shooters won't have in-lens stabilization, optical viewfinders, all-day battery life or dedicated phase AF sensors any time soon. They're two different markets, albeit with some overlap."

Actually, many of Sony's FF E-mount lenses have Optical Steady Shot. As for the optical viewfinder, DSLR users don't get a live histogram or focus peaking in the OVF. Batteries? They barely weigh anything, so just bring a couple extra.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 00:25 UTC
On Alpha dog: Hands-on with Sony a7R II article (958 comments in total)

Canon and Nikon execs aren't going to be sleeping very well tonight.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 20:50 UTC as 192nd comment | 15 replies
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Don Sata: The lens is too big, what's the point of making a fixed focal length compact with that huge lens?

You have two fewer plastic caps to lose!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 20:44 UTC
On Sony RX100 IV compact shoots 4k, uses a stacked sensor article (303 comments in total)
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QuarryCat: I like the design and handling of the Panasonic LX100 much more - a good camera is more then a sensor.

The RX100 is much more jeans pocketable though.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 20:23 UTC
On Sony RX100 IV compact shoots 4k, uses a stacked sensor article (303 comments in total)

Wow...maybe it's time to upgrade my RX100 MK1!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 20:22 UTC as 74th comment | 1 reply
On Sony a7R II has 42.4MP on full frame BSI CMOS sensor article (1256 comments in total)

Another nail in the DSLR coffin...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 20:19 UTC as 231st comment
On Sony rides wave of US Mirrorless sales surge article (732 comments in total)
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zakk9: These statistics are misleading. USA represents only 17.58% of the mirrorless market (April 2015). Worldwide, that market has changed very little the last 12 months and is still just around a third of the DSLR market. This is marketing from Sony's side. Nothing wrong with mirrorless cameras (unless one needs a DSLR), but showing the whole picture sometimes gives another impression.

The US has always been a very small market for Mirrorless. So this indicates that attitudes are changing regarding Mirrorless in North America. Since the US is a huge market for consumer electronics This bodes well for Mirrorless and not so well for traditional DSLR.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 18:50 UTC
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nerd2: So they just dissuaded people from buying their top camera+top lens combo which weighs MORE than equivalent DSLR setup. Awesome marketing :D

@Nerd - If you're going to compare a budget DSLR then you need to pick a budget m43. You cherry pickers always pick the largest m43 and then compare to a budget DSLR and say they're almost the same weight as if there are no smaller m43 bodies available. Try finding a DSLR the size of a Panasonic GM5.
@string - yes, we do know of equivalence. It's been beaten to death over and over by over and over and over and over and over by folks like you. Yet we hardly hear of it in APS-C forums. I wonder why? You guys are so predictable. When cornered, bring up the equivalence argument!

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2015 at 01:58 UTC
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nerd2: So they just dissuaded people from buying their top camera+top lens combo which weighs MORE than equivalent DSLR setup. Awesome marketing :D

Nerd2 forgot to mention that he lives on the moon and his D810 barely weighs anything!

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2015 at 14:59 UTC

They really need to push mirrorless cameras as something a hipster would use.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2015 at 21:35 UTC as 49th comment
On Fujifilm makes XF 90mm F2 R LM WR official article (136 comments in total)
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Pandimonium: The compact lens advantage on mirrorless seems to disappear above 35mm.

@Pandimonium -"I was comparing focal length. Not FOV." Then why even bring this up? It's like saying that a foot is a foot. It's not like 90mm is going to be different between an APS-C to a Full Frame to M43.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 18:47 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (494 comments in total)
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PB47: Compliments to the hand model. She's always got the best nails. And this is one snazzy camera. Seems to be pretty good value.

She? Those are George Costanza's hands!!!

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 13:44 UTC
On Fujifilm makes XF 90mm F2 R LM WR official article (136 comments in total)
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Pandimonium: The compact lens advantage on mirrorless seems to disappear above 35mm.

@Pandimonium - You need to compare a Pentax 100mm f1.8 size...not a 77mm on APS-C. The Olympus 75mm gives 150mm FOV on a m43 body.

So the closest is:
Pentax-D FA 100mm f/2.8 (a APS-C lens).
63.5 diam x 81.3 mm length (2.5 x 3.2 in.) 340 g

M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm 1:1.8 (a m43 lens)
64 mm Ø, 69 mm length (2.5x 2.7 in.) 305 g (10.8 oz)

On m43, a Panasonic 20mm is close to the Pentax 77mm on FF. But the Panasonic is a bit faster and waaaaaaaaaay smaller. 2.48 x 1.00" (63 x 25.5 mm) and 87g.

And this 100mm Pentax is an f2.8...make it a an f1.8 and it'll be even bigger. If you want 150mm f1.8 on a full frame...that'll be pretty massive. Sorry...but maybe in another universe where the laws of physics are different, you can't make the lense smaller.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 13:33 UTC
On Fujifilm makes XF 90mm F2 R LM WR official article (136 comments in total)
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Pandimonium: The compact lens advantage on mirrorless seems to disappear above 35mm.

@Pandimonium - "The compact lens advantage on mirrorless seems to disappear above 35mm."

Unless you have a m43 system camera...which is also mirrorless...

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 12:08 UTC
On Hands-on with new Olympus PRO 8mm and 7-14mm lenses article (279 comments in total)
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King Penguin: So this Fisheye is larger and heavier than my FULL FRAME Nikkor 16mm AF 2.8D......mmmmm, the benefits of M43....LOL.

Sorry M43 guys, but facts are facts!

Comparing a F2.8 to a weather-sealed F1.8? Can you say FAIL?

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2015 at 11:02 UTC

Looks like the bottom of a petri dish.

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2015 at 15:58 UTC as 51st comment
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