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 Casio Japan introduces Exilim EX-ZR3000 and EX-ZR60 article (62 comments in total)

I still have my Casio CFX-200 calculator watch from high school! It even works!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2015 at 00:53 UTC as 21st comment | 2 replies
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1227 comments in total)
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what_i_saw: So much for the mirror less cameras being small in size. At this rate soon the smallish to normal sized DSLR will be at par on size and feature front. And with their usual fast focusing abilities + comparatively cheaper lenses, soon we will have to take a re-look at them.

@what_i_saw
What is it about m43 that brings out the cherrypickers. It's always the same. Compare a new m43 body to a basic DSLR and complain that the m43 is too expensive\big\small or whatever. Try comparing the D3300 to the GM5 or GF7. But hey, if a basic camera turns your crank...go for it. I'm curious why you'd even look at a flagship camera loaded to the gills with features if all you need is a basic no frills model...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 03:46 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1227 comments in total)
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Sabud: Wow! What a tank, heavier than the X-T1;)

With a substantially better side door than the flimsy bendy one that the X-T1 has.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 11:42 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1227 comments in total)
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what_i_saw: So much for the mirror less cameras being small in size. At this rate soon the smallish to normal sized DSLR will be at par on size and feature front. And with their usual fast focusing abilities + comparatively cheaper lenses, soon we will have to take a re-look at them.

Right....With the introduction of the GX8, suddenly all the other m43 bodies ceased to be available to be purchased. If you must have a tiny body...get a GM1 or GM5. Then you can start complaining that the camera is too small and the buttons too tiny....

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 11:40 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (1183 comments in total)
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DualSystemGuy: The only glaring omission remains the lack of PDAF, which is surprising since Sony is no stranger to the technology. Until it has that, there is no way it is a "do everything" camera, at least in my mind, and a shame because it has great frame rates. For a travel camera, pocket camera, 3rd backup for a DSLR, or for casual snaps it's looking to be one of the best. Everyone has different needs of course, but I wouldn't go around recommending these cameras as a 1-camera solution to anyone but an amateur or casual user (not that there's anything wrong with that.)

Yeah. Future models will most likely have:
- PDAF
- GPS
- Weather-resistant body
- Wireless charging
- 8K video
- 5-axis IBIS
- Touchscreen
- Integrated PS4 console
- avalanche beacon
- beer cooler via integrated Peltier element
- pizza warmer via integrate Magnetron
- integrate beer bottle opener
- emergency car jumpstarter
- defibrillator

Direct link | Posted on Jul 13, 2015 at 18:28 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (1183 comments in total)
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justmeMN: $948, and no touch screen?

I don't understand the objection to a touchscreen. It's not like you HAVE to use it.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 13, 2015 at 18:00 UTC

Someone at the factory decided to use invisible ink?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2015 at 19:34 UTC as 60th comment
On White House ban on photos and social media has ended article (63 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 (63 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 21st comment | 1 reply

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 (310 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 (1043 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 (1043 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 213th 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 (310 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 (310 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 (1263 comments in total)

Another nail in the DSLR coffin...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 20:19 UTC as 232nd 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
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