ambercool

ambercool

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Joined on Aug 18, 2008

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On Pentax K-3 Review preview (445 comments in total)
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Danyel39: Hi I own a K-5 ( Silver ) and one month ago I received my K-3 ( Silver ).
I don't know what will be the future of APS-C but I'm unhappy with the results of the Image Quality Compared. Olympus is almost there, for my personal opinion D7100 is performing better and when compared to Sony 7R........
I photograph mainly during the night ( color rendition and low light capabilities are crucial ) and I'm starting to think that maybe time has come to sell everything and check both Nikon ( D4s, DF, D400 ? , ) and Sony 7R.
K-5 was my first camera and loved it but it seems to me the future is going into another directions. Image quality of Sony is unbeatable. low light capabilities of some nikons also. Don't know.
Can someone cast light on my considerations ?

You say you shoot mainly during the night so I would think that the first two things that would come to mind for you is Full Frame and fast lens. Even full frame has trouble with night shooting as you compare all ISO to darkness and shadows you're going to see visible noise past ISO 800 no matter what sensor you are using.

I would start looking at all my full frame options and f/1.2 or lower. Good luck!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 07:17 UTC
On Nikon 1 J4 sports new sensor, improved AF system, and Wi-Fi news story (206 comments in total)
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Langusta: Just when I started to think that they couldn't create an uglier camera in N1 system...

Still looking for the body to be razor thin for starters.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2014 at 08:44 UTC
On Nikon 1 J4 sports new sensor, improved AF system, and Wi-Fi news story (206 comments in total)
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Treeshade: Checklist for successful P&S:
1. Small-ish size with flash -- check!
2. Larger than 1/2.3" sensor -- check!
3. Huge megapixel number to impress buyer -- check!
4. Dirt cheap -- waiting for the Xmas fire sales
5. PINK BODY WITH PINK LENS -- MISSING!

C'mon, metallic orange is ugly unless it is a limited Rilakkuma edition.

Link to the orange color please.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2014 at 08:40 UTC
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vadimraskin: What is the point in small camera that needs big lenses? Balancing it is a pain!

Why argue with ignorants man?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2014 at 07:48 UTC
On Pentax Q7 Review preview (239 comments in total)
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BeaniePic: Oh dear and they actually think this is a good idea for a high quality imaging capture product. Well some one will fall for it I'm sure...

Just ordered one to try it out.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2014 at 18:39 UTC
On In photos: Swimming with jellyfish news story (18 comments in total)

WoW!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 5, 2014 at 08:26 UTC as 13th comment
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Elliot H: insightful

Definitely great insight. I love listening to people who have real life experience and it's so refreshing to see even a glimpse of their vision.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2014 at 19:35 UTC
On Am I missing something here? article (564 comments in total)
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BurkPhoto: Nikon and Canon are both missing the mirrorless boat. The Olympus and Panasonic offerings are much more ingenious and mature.

Even Sony, with their a7 series, has a better approach. Why haven't Nikon and Canon seen the light and given us mirrorless full frame cameras that are a cut above everything else?

The SLR design was never right for digital. I even hated it the first time I picked up a Canon SLR in August, 1968. That stupid mirror blacked out the finder during exposure, and I've been ticked off about it ever since...

Sony is big on cannibalism so I think they care more about competition and winning with their technology. With 4/3rds the path is split between a standard which seems to work out in the end if it's accepted; however, I think this article makes a good point about Nikon possibly protecting their DSLR sales.

I'm not going to be biased or bashing here, but if Nikon made the 1 system just as good as their DSLR line and cheaper, then I would guess most people would move towards it. Maybe taking it slow and pricing it that way was not the worst idea. Cannibalizing Nikon's products might destroy itself in the end.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2014 at 19:12 UTC
On Panasonic announces Leica DG Summilux 15mm F1.7, and GM1 kit news story (278 comments in total)
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mcshan: The 20mm is a favorite of mine. It is really sharp. Will this lens be as good? I have not upgraded since the EPL1 (!). With all the good lenses available I may have to finally make the jump.

I am sad and embarrassed... there are those who have joined after me and have 25,050% more comments than me... :(

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2014 at 03:56 UTC
On Panasonic announces Leica DG Summilux 15mm F1.7, and GM1 kit news story (278 comments in total)
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Poweruser: Although 15/1.7 sound spectacular on paper what you are really getting is a moderate wide angle (35mm terms) with almost no option to work with selective depth of field. Unless you really close up, compact camera / phone style.

Would it matter if this lens was f2.8 instead? A fast aperture at this focal length helps the smaller m43 sensor to gather enough photons in bad light. Picture-wise at 15mm it doesnt make a difference at all.

I'm surprised that some posters can't see the benefits of a 15/1.7... oh well... not everyone can see diamonds in the rough

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 05:01 UTC
On Panasonic announces Leica DG Summilux 15mm F1.7, and GM1 kit news story (278 comments in total)
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rhlpetrus: One more reason for anyone looking for a compact system to go for m43, congrats to the users of the system (and to future ones).

Why is it ALWAYS that the usually negative or pessimistic person is the one that has never tried the lens. People shouldn't confuse quality vs. value. I don't care about value I just like quality so price doesn't matter. If value is a priority then at least try it first to see if your measure of quality fits your value.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 04:57 UTC
On Panasonic announces Leica DG Summilux 15mm F1.7, and GM1 kit news story (278 comments in total)
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peevee1: This or Oly 17/1.8 as a great "evening" lens?

And I wonder if Oly or Kodak/JKI will ever support the aperture ring?

It's pretty hot stuff to wear this at night. I like it when my lens sparkles and strangers come ask me questions...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 04:53 UTC
On Panasonic announces Leica DG Summilux 15mm F1.7, and GM1 kit news story (278 comments in total)
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Zoron: no built-in stabilization....so no for me.

I agree 1/30 or even 1/25 or 1/10 holding your breath is good.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 04:50 UTC
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (820 comments in total)
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mgblack74: You a7, Canon and D4 users are right. There is no need to be concerned about the D4s. It's an inferior camera to what you're using now. And hardly improves on what the D4 offers and hardly justifies it's price. DPR got it wrong, so did Nikon.

Feel better? That's what you wanted to hear right?

Most people will never use 400,000 ISO. But like the power rating of a car, the top end number gives an indication how the camera performs at lesser values. We really don't need more than 50hp to cruise at highway speeds, but most are way beyond that. An ISO rating of. 400,000 means more mortal values of 3200-8000 will be usable to the point of understatement.

The level of measure beating here is what amazes me. The back and forth of debate over 1% of 1% of what the camera can do makes a Star Trek convention look like a room of well hung thoroughbreds. Your 1Dx is amazing. Your 5DIII is amazing, your Fuji is amazing, your a7/r is amazing with its 3 system lenses. The D3s, D4 are still amazing too. It's a good time to be shooting. And cost? It's irrelevant. People buying this have not just picked up photography. They are likely selling something in irder to upgrade. $6500 is not $6500. It's $6500 minus was they sold to subsidize it. Many are making money with it and will pay it off in one week. So talk about cost is pointless.

I'm looking forward to getting my $1300 D4s soon. ;-)

You are absolutely correct! Pros don't really complain. They look out for the next camera that has what they need and purchase it because it's a business need for them. If not, then we just keep our current setup and move it along.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2014 at 19:06 UTC
On Samsung NX mini First Impressions Review preview (524 comments in total)
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select: I would never buy a Samsung camera... it's crap

All of the Samsung products I've used, one of the first was their flip cell phones, were low build quality. Maybe this will be different though.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 08:26 UTC
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declan79: no mentioned about 43 at all, its officially done i think no longer exist in Olympus future plan

What I want to know is when are the SHG lenses going down in price... :(

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 08:20 UTC
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Mahmoud Mousef: Dear Olympus engineers
Thanks for Pixel Mapping.

I first used Pixel Mapping about 15 years ago and I say thanks for giving this to the public so early in the digital camera revolution. I can't believe I bought a Nikon DSLR last year that didn't have it. What's worse, it came with bad pixels from the factory. I feel like I have been transported to some prehistoric place.

Thanks for dropping SmartMedia too :)
I have some great memories of Olympus cameras (C-4000 and E-520, which I still use)....so thank you to all involved.

Thanks for this too :)
http://www.olympus.com.au/Products/Digital-SLR/Lenses/Standard/35mm-f3-5-Macro.aspx

It's sadly an underrated lens.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 08:19 UTC
On Samsung NX mini First Impressions Review preview (524 comments in total)
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straylightrun: Well at least it still makes more sense than the Nikon 1 system.

I think the Nikon 1 system is ok. I was kind of getting tired of reading why people are bashing it so I purchased it myself last week. It's actually not a bad system. The only thing I would say it should be is much smaller than m4/3; however, if Nikon's lenses have to be substantial for IQ then I'm ok with that.

They could have separated their low and high quality grade lenses for the consumer to decide, but maybe the system is too young. This mini-NX seems to have taken on that task of actually being small. I might try it too, but if the lens quality is low then I'll stick with Nikon for a 1" system.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 08:12 UTC
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Dtech: The vignetting is a bit too much for my taste.

Vignetting is visible at nearly every F-Stop. Corner smearing is very noticeable wide-open.

I have countless shots like the one below. Don't pay attention to the graininess; I shot it at ISO 6400. This shot was taken at F/5.6 - F/2.8 is a lot worse.

https://copy.com/lTP9lKYFgn6ndht4

Sony needs to go back to the drawing board with this lens. When comparing it to my RX1 with the Zeiss F2.0 there is no comparison.

Well I'm not much of a tester really, and my tastes for vignetting are always positive. Maybe you should try one of the manual wide angle lenses. I honestly didn't go in buying the 35mm thinking it would be straight or free of non-acceptable vignetting.

I would think if that's the case then you should just stick with the RX1 and switch out for a different lens for different work or a super wide that's superb to be honest.

Thank you for your kind words by the way. :)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 07:40 UTC
On Samsung NX mini First Impressions Review preview (524 comments in total)

What's with all the hate before trying it first?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 07:32 UTC as 122nd comment | 3 replies
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