Marty4650

Marty4650

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On Sigma announces dp1 Quattro article (199 comments in total)

I just don't get it, as many others have rightfully pointed out.

Since this is a single focal point fixed lens camera, why wouldn't an optical viewfinder that slid into the hot shoe make more sense? Like the ones Leica and Voigtlander make for rangefinder cameras, or the one Olympus made for their 17mm f/2.8 lens?

Of course it would... but that would be simpler, cheaper, and much less grotesque. Which would defeat the whole "Quattro Concept." And it wouldn't get enough laughs.

The camera does have a hot shoe, so why not provide a slide on EVF like so many other manufacturers have? That would also be simpler, cheaper and much less grotesque, and it would provide an eye level EVF that would provide the added benefit of tilting upwards.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2014 at 11:29 UTC as 36th comment | 7 replies
On Sigma announces dp1 Quattro article (199 comments in total)
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webber15: Marty,,the camera design is not grotesque at all,,I personally think it looks better than the previous generation,,,seriously,,just look at that Nikon d810 to the right of the screen and tell me it actually looks good,,,its not attractive at all,,just porposeful,,you seem to struggle with "change"...

Taste is highly objective. Some actually do prefer bizarre styling, while most don't.

I think market share will show what most people prefer.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2014 at 11:20 UTC
On Sigma announces dp1 Quattro article (199 comments in total)

Sigma really has found their market niche.

Their cameras are designed for people who really value "being different" above all other considerations. It doesn't matter if they cost too much or perform too little as long as they are bizarre in some way.

No one can ever accuse Sigma of running with the herd. And the odds are, no one will ever be stealing their camera designs.

They probably should stick with what they do best.... making lenses, and leave grotesque camera designs for someone else.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2014 at 08:20 UTC as 45th comment | 7 replies
On SanDisk unveils 512GB Extreme Pro card article (160 comments in total)
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Marty4650: In a couple of years when cards with this much capacity are selling for $19.95, they will completely replace flash drives, CD Rom, DVD and BluRay storage devices. A card this big can replace a remote storage drive.

A card with this much storage ability can store 90,000 jpegs from a 16MP camera, 9,000 raw files, or 1,875 hours of video at 30 fps.

The only problem right now is the price. But we all know, it will come down over time.

There are some applications where the smaller size of a memory card compared to a DVD is a big plus.

How about putting your entire record collection on one SD card? Or an encyclopedia? Or every photo you ever took? Or a few dozen movies? Then storing it all in a case the size of a matchbook.

Imagine small tablets with multiple SD slots, or a SD card slot on your car radio?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 00:12 UTC
On SanDisk unveils 512GB Extreme Pro card article (160 comments in total)

What ever happened to the XQD memory card?

It wasn't that long ago that the Nikon D4 was the "first camera to use the XQD card," was it also the last?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2014 at 21:13 UTC as 30th comment | 3 replies
On SanDisk unveils 512GB Extreme Pro card article (160 comments in total)

In a couple of years when cards with this much capacity are selling for $19.95, they will completely replace flash drives, CD Rom, DVD and BluRay storage devices. A card this big can replace a remote storage drive.

A card with this much storage ability can store 90,000 jpegs from a 16MP camera, 9,000 raw files, or 1,875 hours of video at 30 fps.

The only problem right now is the price. But we all know, it will come down over time.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2014 at 21:07 UTC as 31st comment | 4 replies

There are two ways to look at this camera.

Either, it is a very expensive fixed lens camera, or it is a bargain priced mini version of the Sony RX1.

I like to look at it the second way.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 18:37 UTC as 6th comment
On Fujifilm X100T Overview preview (431 comments in total)
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jadmaister2: I'm just wondering which 4 people have already owned, and presumably sold, this camera??

For sure... one of those four is the same guy who "already owned" the new Fuji 56mm f/1.2 APD lens.

That's the lens that was announced earlier today and "will be available in December."

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 18:33 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Overview preview (431 comments in total)
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AbrasiveReducer: This camera is a classic and it shows in the small number of improvements with each new version. I personally wouldn't spend good money for a camera with a fixed 35mm lens because it reminds me of the very good and super cheap Olympus, Canon and Yashica film compacts (even looks like them). But if a 35mm lens is all you need or you're carrying a second camera with zoom or interchangeable lenses, the X100 is pretty impressive and they've really done great things with the leaf shutter.

I felt the same way until I realized that I use my 17mm f/1,8 lens (34mm equivalent focal length) on my Olympus EM5 around 90% of the time.

For many of us, 35mm seems to be an ideal focal length for street photography, event photography, and even some landscape photography.

If Olympus or Panasonic made something like the X100T for M4/3, I think they might sell quite a few of them.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 18:30 UTC
On Fujifilm announces weather-resistant XF 50-140mm F2.8 article (218 comments in total)

If you want the smallest lenses.... then... there is always Pentax Q. They have a telephoto zoom lens that weighs only 90 grams, and costs around $250. I think it is called the "06 Telephoto Zoom" lens.

Somehow, I think this Fuji lens on a Fuji X camera would do a better job of it.

If it is OK to bring up FF lenses, then it is also OK to bring up smaller formats too.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 18:17 UTC as 9th comment | 2 replies
On Fujifilm announces weather-resistant XF 50-140mm F2.8 article (218 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Forget about "dueling formats" for a moment... this looks like a great lens for Fuji X users who need a high quality telephoto zoom lens.

This solves a problem for them, and does it much more economically then selling all their gear and buying a FF DSLR plus brand new lenses. The decision to buy a MILC camera was already made, for lots of other reasons the buyer had.

When people select a system, they already know the pros and cons of each one. Especially when they are spending several thousand dollars. The option to "switch to something else" is a joke, because it assumes the buyer didn't consider it before they committed to Fuji X.

Dave, I'm not a Fuji X user, and I probably will never be one. I'm pretty much committed to M4/3. But I still get excited when I see high quality lenses like this one for any MILC system.

Competition is a very good thing for us customers. When one company ups their game, the others must follow suit. I suppose that means "everyone except Canon and Nikon" because they really aren't competing in the MILC market. However, they do the very same thing in the DSLR market, trying to stay ahead of each other and Pentax.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 17:45 UTC
On Fujifilm announces weather-resistant XF 50-140mm F2.8 article (218 comments in total)
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ravikiran532: Personally..this lens is unnecessary on any mirror less system not only fuji.... Unlike sony..most of them who use fuji [ even olympus]i..are either enthusiasts/ pros..they usually use primes.. so its better fuji adds few real macro lens[ not like 60mm 1:2] to its already fantastic primes... I am looking for 90mm macro

But its my perception.. I have seen many comments..in fuji fans pages..that they want/waiting for this kind of lens..it may be for them but certainly not for me...

Gear:
Fuji XE2,35mm1.4,18-55mm,10-24

If someone wants it, and is willing to pay for it, then it cannot be unnecessary. Fuji is approaching the point that Olympus and Panasonic are already at: a fairly complete lens catalog.

Once you reach that point, then you have to offer specialty lenses for people willing to pay the premium prices they command.

Panasonic is doing pretty well selling their $1,600 42.5mm f/1.2 lens. I suspect Fuji will do pretty well selling this lens too. The market for high end MILC lenses isn't huge, but it's still there. The manufacturers would be crazy not to go after it.

Your perception is correct. Many Fuji users want lenses like this. But if I was a Fuji user, I'd be like you and pass on it. Having the best cameras and lenses isn't a cheap hobby!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 17:36 UTC
On Fujifilm announces weather-resistant XF 50-140mm F2.8 article (218 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Forget about "dueling formats" for a moment... this looks like a great lens for Fuji X users who need a high quality telephoto zoom lens.

This solves a problem for them, and does it much more economically then selling all their gear and buying a FF DSLR plus brand new lenses. The decision to buy a MILC camera was already made, for lots of other reasons the buyer had.

When people select a system, they already know the pros and cons of each one. Especially when they are spending several thousand dollars. The option to "switch to something else" is a joke, because it assumes the buyer didn't consider it before they committed to Fuji X.

Absolutely no one bought into the Fuji X system because they thought it was the cheapest.

They knew it was fairly expensive, even when compared to similar APSC MILC systems from Sony and Samsung. So the "you don't save any money" chant is pretty much wasted here.

They already KNEW they weren't saving any money. But they wanted something else they weren't getting elsewhere.

That something else might have been the smaller form factor, the greater convenience for street shooting, the outstanding lenses, the better colors and DR, perhaps even the retro styling. It was one, or a combination of factors that made them pick Fuji-X over an APSC DSLR.

If anyone wants to tell them "A Canon Rebel 1200D would have been cheaper," well, they already knew that and they picked Fuji X anyway.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 17:27 UTC
On Fujifilm announces weather-resistant XF 50-140mm F2.8 article (218 comments in total)

Forget about "dueling formats" for a moment... this looks like a great lens for Fuji X users who need a high quality telephoto zoom lens.

This solves a problem for them, and does it much more economically then selling all their gear and buying a FF DSLR plus brand new lenses. The decision to buy a MILC camera was already made, for lots of other reasons the buyer had.

When people select a system, they already know the pros and cons of each one. Especially when they are spending several thousand dollars. The option to "switch to something else" is a joke, because it assumes the buyer didn't consider it before they committed to Fuji X.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 12:50 UTC as 17th comment | 48 replies
On Fujifilm X100T Overview preview (431 comments in total)
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NotaTogYet: Had been on the fence about picking up the 100S for a while now, then fuji went and dropped the idea of the T in my lap. Ah well, I've succumbed, so the preorder is in. I'll let you know how I get on with it once it arrives in November.

This camera was designed for people like you. Those people who were really tempted by the X100s, but wanted a little more for $1300. So they were on the fence, and the X100T pushed them over the line, and made them order one!

You will probably love this camera!

But you really aren't a true gearhead, because you resisted too long. A real gearhead would be someone who bought an X100s a few months ago, then saw this preview and immediately preordered an X100T, and listed their almost new X100s on ebay.

You really have to admire people like that. I know the camera makers do.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 09:28 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (434 comments in total)

This camera is pretty much just an improved EPL5, and it is selling at the same initial price as the EPL5 did. Wait six months, and it will be $100 cheaper.

If you want a bargain, then buy an EPL5, because the price should drop even more now when the EPL7 is available.

What do you get if you choose the EPL7:

* Fresh styling that might appeal to you
* Newer processing engine, which should be better
* Four aspect rations, rather than one
* "0-second anti shock system"
* Much better LCD screen
* 1,037,000 dot screen vs 460,000 dot screen
* Better screen articulation
* More focus points (81 vs 35)
* 3-axis IS vs 2-axis IS
* Built in WIFI

But what do you lose?

* Cost more
* Slightly bigger and heavier, but not by much

All things considered, it looks like a nice replacement for the EPL5 with everything improved except image quality. The IQ should be the same for both cameras. If you really are on a tight budget, then the EPM2 is probably your better choice.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 21:31 UTC as 34th comment
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (434 comments in total)

Should the lack of an accessory port be a negative for the EM10?

Ask yourself why the accessory port exists....

1. To attach a flash
2. To attach a Penpal WIFI connector
3. To attach a microphone

The EM10 has all three built right in, making the accessory port totally unnecessary. And by removing it, Olympus "toned down" the hump, which was actually makes the EM10 look more like an OM1 than the EM5 does.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 04:25 UTC as 40th comment | 9 replies
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (434 comments in total)
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joe6pack: flip-down is only good for hand holding. You cannot put the camera on a table and take group-photos like flip-up cameras.

Yes, you would have to rotate the picture 180 degrees in post processing. But that 's not hard to do.

Long before the invention of the tilt screen, photographers were holding cameras in odd positions when necessary to capture an image from a different angle.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 04:20 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (434 comments in total)
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joe6pack: flip-down is only good for hand holding. You cannot put the camera on a table and take group-photos like flip-up cameras.

I wonder.... can't you set the camera upside down on a table, with the screen facing up?

OK, you might need to put a bean bag or a towel under it, because the top isn't flat... but it could work.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 22:17 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (434 comments in total)
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Andrew Butterfield: I can sort of understand the conclusion here, since it took me a week or two to get my E-M10 set up to how I liked using it. But now it is, I'm extremely happy. Everything is just how I want it. Okay, so I spent nearly two hours trying to find something in the menu once, but you get over these things. And so will the average user. If you're the sort that likes setting things, you will be able to figure out even how to set up an Olympus camera.

Andrew, I sometimes wonder if Olympus intentionally makes their menu system so convoluted and difficult to navigate. It takes quite a while to master it, and once you do, you are loathe to switch to anything else.

Perhaps what we think was a blunder was actually well planned?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 15:12 UTC
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