AllOtherNamesTaken

AllOtherNamesTaken

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AllOtherNamesTaken: According to Lenstip, the Tamron 15-30 is sharper, 1/3 the price, is stabilized, and has 5 times the warranty:

"When it comes to the duel with the Canon EF 16–35 mm f/2.8L USM II the Tamron wins hands down. The Canon was able to compete successfully only in the frame centre, on the edge of the frame it was definitely worse. Still it is possible to use filters with it, a quite important asset in this class of parameters.

To sum up the boasting of Tamron about the superior quality of their new lens proved to be true. The company managed to present a device which compares favourably with its rivals, is cheaper, has optical stabilization and a 5-year warranty period – it would be difficult not to recommend it. Independent producers have been proving for some time that they are no longer specializing in cheap equivalents of brand name lenses. The Tamron 15-30 mm is an excellent example of that strategy."

You give up 4mm, but you gain alot

Curious to see some more reviews down the road.

Posted in the wrong area by mistake, the personal attacks were very unnecessary. My apologies for the confusion.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2015 at 20:24 UTC

According to Lenstip, the Tamron 15-30 is sharper, 1/3 the price, is stabilized, and has 5 times the warranty:

"When it comes to the duel with the Canon EF 16–35 mm f/2.8L USM II the Tamron wins hands down. The Canon was able to compete successfully only in the frame centre, on the edge of the frame it was definitely worse. Still it is possible to use filters with it, a quite important asset in this class of parameters.

To sum up the boasting of Tamron about the superior quality of their new lens proved to be true. The company managed to present a device which compares favourably with its rivals, is cheaper, has optical stabilization and a 5-year warranty period – it would be difficult not to recommend it. Independent producers have been proving for some time that they are no longer specializing in cheap equivalents of brand name lenses. The Tamron 15-30 mm is an excellent example of that strategy."

You give up 4mm, but you gain alot

Curious to see some more reviews down the road.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2015 at 17:39 UTC as 57th comment | 11 replies
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (745 comments in total)
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s_grins: WOW!
the review came out really fast.

@ String - Obviously, what you say is true, but not only were the reviews not out when it mattered, but for the sake of completeness and comparisons, as well as very likely their click revenue, it would be better to have those reviews than not. They are the first google hit when you type "X camera review" into google - why wouldn't they want traffic from the Nkon/Canon Flagships? Why bother review anything at all then if eventually it won't affect people's purchase decisions? Imagine the time and effort they could save. I can understand not every P&S being reviewed and whatnot, but leaving out the flagships from the 2 biggest brands in the camera companies in the world is a glaring omission IMHO.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2015 at 14:42 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (745 comments in total)
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s_grins: WOW!
the review came out really fast.

Interesting that they still haven't reviewed the Nikon/Canon flagships.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 20:29 UTC

They finally added a chest strap and the AW cover to one of their best bags, good job Lowepro.

Took too long though, I have since moved to F-STOP and have seen the light. No other bag even comes close. Also, they don't look like camera bags and the entry port is against your back so theft is not really possible.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2015 at 17:16 UTC as 10th comment
On Olympus offers Stylus SH-2 with Raw support article (46 comments in total)
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AllOtherNamesTaken: $400 for 1/2.3" sensor? No thanks.

You could buy a Nikon 1-series and Lightroom 5 for $150 not long ago haha. Who in their right mind is spending $400 on these cameras?

Here is the review, which is on the first page of Google after an "Olympus XZ10 review" search, so either you are lying about trying to find it, or I am certainly questioning your competence.

http://www.pocket-lint.com/review/121258-olympus-stylus-xz-10-review

Obviously it is a link to a JPEG. I am surprised you do not know that a RAW file simply saved as a JPEG without any processing whatsoever is the only way to display such a file on the web, and is still representative of it's output. That is how DPreview shows it's RAW comparisons as well. Even the ISO 100 samples are very soft with visible noise.

I am done arguing with you over whether or not the 1/2.3" sensor in the XZ10 is so amazing, since you are the only one who thinks it is, and are blind to both physics and fact. You also refuse to post objective evidence of the 1/2.3" sensor being so amazing. There is a reason the RX100 series is probably the single most popular DSLR backup camera, and not 1/2.3" sensor cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 21:26 UTC
On Olympus offers Stylus SH-2 with Raw support article (46 comments in total)
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AllOtherNamesTaken: $400 for 1/2.3" sensor? No thanks.

You could buy a Nikon 1-series and Lightroom 5 for $150 not long ago haha. Who in their right mind is spending $400 on these cameras?

Also, in this easily found English review of the XZ 10, here is what they had to say about the amazing sensor and it's ISO capabilities as well as the lens:

"For a 1/2.3-inch sensor size the XZ-10 does a good job, but in the same breath it doesn't get us super excited either. Shots aren't the best going, but they do the job - it's the appeal of the wide aperture controls that goes some way to keeping shots at their best, particularly at the lower ISO settings."

"But for all its good, it's the pictures that lack that extra buff of polish. Some shots we took were great, while others were a little soft - as the lens seems to introduces optical issues - and the standard sensor size can't quite match up to its larger rivals."

And here is a 100% RAW crop at ISO 1600 which by today's ISO standards looks horrible:
http://www.pocket-lint.com/assets/images/phpu9o9vy.jpg

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 18:16 UTC
On Olympus offers Stylus SH-2 with Raw support article (46 comments in total)
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AllOtherNamesTaken: $400 for 1/2.3" sensor? No thanks.

You could buy a Nikon 1-series and Lightroom 5 for $150 not long ago haha. Who in their right mind is spending $400 on these cameras?

If you think that 1/2.3" sensor is amazing, then keep enjoying it :). Everyone else with a definition of "amazing" set at a much higher (and easily achievable) level will continue avoiding grossly overpriced 1/2.3" sensor cameras. I have seen ISO 1600 RAW output from the very best 1/2.3" sensors including the XZ10 and it is anything but amazing compared to larger sensors, so please do not tell me what I have and have not seen.

Also, RAW is not always truly RAW, as many companies still bake NR into their RAW files, especially in small sensor P&S cameras where noise is such an issue anywhere beyond base ISO.

Suggestion:

Create an objective RAW comparison of your own to show us all how Olympus has managed to defy the laws of physics and create a 1/2.3" sensor that "shames" or even comes close to the 1" Sony sensors. Since you are likely the only one who believes that, I'm sure there would be many people who would like to see the results.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 18:13 UTC
On Olympus offers Stylus SH-2 with Raw support article (46 comments in total)
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AllOtherNamesTaken: $400 for 1/2.3" sensor? No thanks.

You could buy a Nikon 1-series and Lightroom 5 for $150 not long ago haha. Who in their right mind is spending $400 on these cameras?

It sounds like you're talking more about the lenses. The 1" sensor in the RX 100 II will absolutely embarrass any 1/2.3" sensor at any ISO. Again, no offense intended whatsoever, but if you are happy with 1/2.3" sensor output at 1600 ISO, our standards are very different. Those senors start showing visible noise beyond ISO 160-200 or so in RAW, and the JPEG engine already starts removing detail with NR at extremely low ISO's. It's simply physics taking over, not a put-down to Olympus or anyone else. I would bet the 1" Sony sensor looks better at ISO 1600 than any 1/2.3" sensor looks at even ISO 400. Even my 1/1.7" sensor cameras REALLY started to fall off around ISO 200-400, requiring heavy NR for a clean shot.

One reason why fast lenses are so important on 1/2.3" sensor P&S cameras is because their sensor performance is so poor, you need to keep ISO as low as possible at all times. Thankfully the small sensor also ensures most everything is in focus even at small apertures.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 17:07 UTC
On Olympus offers Stylus SH-2 with Raw support article (46 comments in total)
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AllOtherNamesTaken: $400 for 1/2.3" sensor? No thanks.

You could buy a Nikon 1-series and Lightroom 5 for $150 not long ago haha. Who in their right mind is spending $400 on these cameras?

With all due respect, we must have very different definitions of "excellent" as I have never seen what I would call 'excellent' output from a 1/2.3" sensor. Do you have a link to these objective tests where it shamed the 1" sensor in the Sony RX II?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 15:21 UTC
On Olympus offers Stylus SH-2 with Raw support article (46 comments in total)

$400 for 1/2.3" sensor? No thanks.

You could buy a Nikon 1-series and Lightroom 5 for $150 not long ago haha. Who in their right mind is spending $400 on these cameras?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 15:04 UTC as 10th comment | 14 replies
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Paul B Jones: Good questions and honest straightforward answers. Lots of peculiar comments though. Why the personal animosity? Did Canon hurt peoples' feelings somehow? And why the assertions that Canon knows nothing about markets and marketing when year after year after year it is number one in camera sales? All very peculiar.

Honest? Haha

"If another company made a sensor that we believed to be truly the best quality, we would not hesitate to use it."

Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 21:50 UTC

"If another company made a sensor that we believed to be truly the best quality, we would not hesitate to use it." Right.....

Canon offered a maximum pixel count of ~22MP for seven years before the launch of the EOS 5DS and 5DS R. Why did it take that long to increase resolution?

"I wasn't actually aware that it had been seven years!"

"Looking at all of the mirrorless cameras out there, there’s nothing that really frightens us. "

No wonder they are so behind with their sensors and mirrorless offerings. Those are some rather concerning comments. They are in their own little world thinking they are the best at everything with no competition.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 21:39 UTC as 130th comment
On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (859 comments in total)
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Aur: Nikon HQ

Nikon engineer: "We can increase video to 4k, add in USB 3.0 chip, give the screen tilt, make a lighter carbon frame, add.."

CEO: "no no no, that will require actual work, just add 18 shots to the buffer size and call it a day, our customers are stupid, they'll think it's all new hardware"

Nikon engineer: "But our DSLR sales have dropped by 30% in the l.."

CEO: "la la la, I can't hear you"

Most would disagree that cameras like the D810, D4S, D750, etc. are "Pathetically obsolete". Not to say 4K wouldn't have been nice, but I don't even know a single individual who shoots DSLR video, and I for one am happy they have been focusing their improvements on the photography side. I realize I do not speak for everyone's needs, but any camera being "pathetically obsolete" due to the lack of 4K is a gross exaggeration. How many people even have 4K Tv's and displays to watch the content on? Incredibly few. I can only imagine what you must think of Canon's sensors if lacking 4K video is pathetic ;).

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 21:06 UTC
On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (859 comments in total)
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redhed17: "It finds itself in the same class as the Canon EOS 7D Mark II"

Maybe in the marketing it is the same 'class' as the 7DII, but from the spec sheet, it matches the 70D more closely imho.

Sensor aside, and all the Nikon DX cameras have better sensors than Canon, otherwise the 7DII wipes the floor as a performance/enthusiast/Pro, whatever you want to call it, camera.

1) Build quality is the same with the sole exception of Nikon using carbon reinforced thermoplastic on the front plate, and Canon using another metal skin piece. Both cameras are a plastic body with metal plating, both are weather sealed, and both have their lens mount screwed into plastic. Neither body is built like a D300, D810, or Canon 1-series.

2) Can you point me to the objective test where the 7D2 AF, currently plagued with issues, is ahead of the D7200? Very curious to see the results. Also curious to see the tests you found objectively showing the shutter differences.

3) Disagree for obvious reasons

4) Agreed, this is still up in the air. Sometimes little features like this get changed after announcement. DPR has reported it in 2 separate locations though, presumably after talking to Nikon reps.

Other than 4 FPS and a $500 price difference, there is very little difference between the two, except for a better sensor on the D7200 & spot metering at every AF point.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 18:18 UTC
On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (859 comments in total)
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Aur: Nikon HQ

Nikon engineer: "We can increase video to 4k, add in USB 3.0 chip, give the screen tilt, make a lighter carbon frame, add.."

CEO: "no no no, that will require actual work, just add 18 shots to the buffer size and call it a day, our customers are stupid, they'll think it's all new hardware"

Nikon engineer: "But our DSLR sales have dropped by 30% in the l.."

CEO: "la la la, I can't hear you"

Find me an industry that doesn't work like this. You are talking like Nikon is the only one doing this. *Cough* 2008 sensor technology *cough*

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 17:51 UTC
On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (859 comments in total)
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redhed17: "It finds itself in the same class as the Canon EOS 7D Mark II"

Maybe in the marketing it is the same 'class' as the 7DII, but from the spec sheet, it matches the 70D more closely imho.

Sensor aside, and all the Nikon DX cameras have better sensors than Canon, otherwise the 7DII wipes the floor as a performance/enthusiast/Pro, whatever you want to call it, camera.

It matches or beats the 7D2 in most categories including build quality, but sacrifices 4 FPS for $500. Seems like a pretty reasonable trade to me. Definitely in the same class IMHO, at least from a specification perspective. The 7D2 is also plagued with AF issues.

Also, Nikon basically added everything people were asking for (huge buffer, better AF, more small features) and kept the price the same. They were definitely listening to feedback. Also the -3.0 EV at every AF point could very well make it class-leading AF.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 17:47 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2360 comments in total)
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Balooziggy: Amazing to see all the Nikon trolls watching and commenting on Canon announcements even though the camera has not even made GA yet, I wonder what they worried about? IDIOTS !!!

Nearly every negative comment both here and across other forums are Canon users or dual system users.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 07:36 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2360 comments in total)
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alexander kooistra: always surprised about the pricing, 3699 dollar retail and 3999 euro. 3999 euro is about 4580 dollar us.
Look like a great cam for a specific market.

It's because there is VAT in the European pricing.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 07:34 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2360 comments in total)
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Jonathan F/2: I'm a Nikon guy, but sample pics look good to me. If I was a Canon shooter who needs high megapixels, I'd be excited. Plus who cares if it doesn't shoot faster when shooting in crop modes, you guys have a 7Dm2 for that!

Not everyone wants to buy $2000 camera with AF issues and 2008 sensor tech in addition to their $4000 camera with 2008 sensor tech just because it's lacking numerous key features of the competition which could have made it an amazing all-rounder for $3500.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 06:06 UTC
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