Marty4650

Marty4650

Lives in United States NC, United States
Works as a Retired Industrial Engineer
Joined on May 20, 2005

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On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2078 comments in total)
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superstar905: Richard, I am impressed that you come here and respond to criticism levelled at the review. That is big of you, and speaks to your confidence in what you have delivered. I wonder if the camera should have gotten a silver or a Gold based on factors others have mentioned specifically lack of direct access to functions without having to menu dive, lens ecosystem, etc. That said, this camera is clearly an upgrade, and clearly the best in its class and for those complaining about the price (I'm not thrilled about it either), just look at whats being charged for the Olympus Pen F and X-Pro 2 both of which are inferior to the a6300.

@Greg.... I agree.

But consider this. No score, rating, award, or number of stars will ever be perceived of as "correct" by everyone. Someone will always disagree, because we are all different in our wants, needs, and preferences.

Dpreview, like everyone else, tries very hard to weigh and balance a products different attributes then give it a rating of some sort. But how much value does "better video" have for someone who never shoots video?

One category that is completely overlooked is "style." You cannot convince me that this is an important factor in desirability, but since it is highly subjective and impossible to measure and score, it is omitted.

It might be better if there were no scores applied, but then we gearheads would have nothing to quarrel about. And all that bickering is what results in 100 million forum posts that help generate site traffic and ad revenue....

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2016 at 14:21 UTC
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2078 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Sony could help themselves a lot if they were to just create a very good 16-50mm lens for APSC. It doesn't need to be a powerzoom or a pancake, just a very good lens. Perhaps an f/2.8-4.0. Much like the normal 18-55mm kit zoom lens Fuji makes for their X series cameras.

Sony already has a very good 35mm f/1.8 and a 50mm f/1.8 lenses for APSC. The piece that is missing is a good normal zoom lens that doesn't weigh a ton because it was made for the FE full frame cameras.

There is no real point in making outstanding APSC cameras without some pretty good lenses designed for the crop sensor.

Panasonic proved they can make a good, cheap, and compact kit lens. Their 12-32mm lens is a real gem.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2016 at 00:10 UTC
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2078 comments in total)

Sony could help themselves a lot if they were to just create a very good 16-50mm lens for APSC. It doesn't need to be a powerzoom or a pancake, just a very good lens. Perhaps an f/2.8-4.0. Much like the normal 18-55mm kit zoom lens Fuji makes for their X series cameras.

Sony already has a very good 35mm f/1.8 and a 50mm f/1.8 lenses for APSC. The piece that is missing is a good normal zoom lens that doesn't weigh a ton because it was made for the FE full frame cameras.

There is no real point in making outstanding APSC cameras without some pretty good lenses designed for the crop sensor.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 21:49 UTC as 192nd comment | 7 replies
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2078 comments in total)

USB charging is a great idea, but it makes absolutely no sense to omit a separate battery charger too. Especially for a camera that costs $1,000. They really should throw a charger into the box too.

It's really NOT a deal breaker, since you will probably want some spare batteries too... and you can buy two spares PLUS a charger for $29.90 at Amazon.com.

http://www.amazon.com/Battery-Charger-NEX-5TL-Replacement-Batteries/dp/B0047PADD8/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1459978465&sr=8-6&keywords=Spare+battery+for+Sony+A6300

Sony could easily raise the price to $1,049 and include an OEM charger and two OEM spares with the camera. This would also give them a competitive advantage over other models that don't include chargers or spare batteries.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 21:37 UTC as 194th comment
On article Look Sharp: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85/GX80 video preview (130 comments in total)
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MrTaikitso: Do you have to have a beard to work at DPreview? ;)

Market calls for a hispstermatic custom themed camera for the cereal cafe crowd. Pentax? Your move guys!

Barman, mine's a manly silver GX8, shaven but not 5 axis stirred.

I'll show myself out...

Jeff.... that rules me out!

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 21:30 UTC

The entire Lytro experiment was considerably more interesting than the "Hassleblad rebranding Sony NEX products and charging 800% more for them" was.

But Hasselblad still gets the award for entertainment value.

Lytro wins for innovation and risk taking.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 16:52 UTC as 45th comment | 5 replies
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (668 comments in total)

I't different. And I am sure lots of people will love it.

I still prefer the old style colors, but that might be because I am old myself!

However, it is nice to have a choice. Those who prefer black background with white type can have it, and those we prefer white background with black type can have it too.

Even though it seems impossible for anyone to complain about having the option, I bet someone does!

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2016 at 22:02 UTC as 477th comment
On article Power Zoom: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100/TZ100 Review (295 comments in total)

A "Gold Award" might seem like too much.... until you compare it to the other travel zoom cameras in it's class.

This new travel zoom from Panasonic looks like the best one of the bunch. Hence, the award is well deserved.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2016 at 19:17 UTC as 97th comment
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InnAtElmwood: Yahoo's changes to Flickr over the years has angered many loyal users. Their attempts to make it the Facebook of Fotos never worked. They have tried to bring it back to the place users desire, but they still have a way to go. With the layoffs and neglect they have put on Flickr, Yahoo has not helped themselves keep this product relevant to users or investors. That said, I hope it survives since I spend a lot of time there and no other site (500pix, Picassa, Tumblr) comes close to its relevance to photographers.

Alpha.... they make money two ways:

1. Paid subscriptions, which are ad free
2. Free accounts, which are full of ads

If they really have "115 million active users" then just a small percentage of them having paid subscriptions adds up to a lot of income. And advertisers could have a very large audience among the free account users.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2016 at 13:47 UTC
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Archiver: I've been with flickr for almost a decade (has it been that long already??) and I'm firmly entrenched in it. The discussion forums, the active photo pools, everything is so rich and well established. I cannot imagine finding an alternative, although a lot of people did when Mayer's leadership brought in a lot of changes.

Flickr's main problem is they try too hard to be FaceBook or Google+. They keep trying to turn a pretty good photo hosting site into a very mediocre social medial site.

They have one distinct feature that makes them unique among photo hosting sites - their thousands of very active groups, each one with their own discussion forum.

They should leverage that strength rather than trying to be more like someone else.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2016 at 15:54 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony RX10 III (307 comments in total)
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Marty4650: OK, lets put this in context.

In 2005 I paid $600 for a Panasonic FZ30. This was a nice 12X bridge camera with a pretty small sensor. The video was horrible, and the LCD was low resolution and very tiny.

But it was a great camera in it's day, but this new Sony beats it in virtually every category. Except price. Even when accounting for inflation, this camera costs a lot more than my FZ30 did. But you actually do get a lot more. The zoom range is larger, the aperture is faster, it has WIFI and NFC, the video quality is probably outstanding and it is even weather sealed.

If there is anyone left who wants a bridge camera, then this new Sony will be hard to beat.

Bridge cameras were very popular when DSLRs were very expensive. They were an "all in one solution" for people who wanted a very versatile range at a very reasonable cost.

But today.... not so much. Putting larger sensors in them has made those bridge cameras much better in terms of image quality, but they are also larger, heavier, and much more expensive than DSLRs and MILC cameras that can easily beat their image quality.

There will always be a market for high end cameras like this one, but I think that market shrinks a lot when an entry level DSLR with two lens kit can be had for LESS than half the price of an RX10 III.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2016 at 13:44 UTC

Any photo hosting site with "115 million active users" will be wanted by someone. Flickr may change hands, but it will still be around.

My only concern is that pricing and storage limits might change under new ownership. Right now, Flickr is a real bargain. (In fact, a "free account" gets you 1 TB of storage!) My Pro account is grandfathered at $24.95 a year for unlimited storage and no ads. All of that could change, when Flickr changes hands.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2016 at 00:11 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
On article Hands-on with the Sony RX10 III (307 comments in total)

OK, lets put this in context.

In 2005 I paid $600 for a Panasonic FZ30. This was a nice 12X bridge camera with a pretty small sensor. The video was horrible, and the LCD was low resolution and very tiny.

But it was a great camera in it's day, but this new Sony beats it in virtually every category. Except price. Even when accounting for inflation, this camera costs a lot more than my FZ30 did. But you actually do get a lot more. The zoom range is larger, the aperture is faster, it has WIFI and NFC, the video quality is probably outstanding and it is even weather sealed.

If there is anyone left who wants a bridge camera, then this new Sony will be hard to beat.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2016 at 23:53 UTC as 17th comment | 6 replies
On article Ona launches Clifton leather backpack (120 comments in total)
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alcaher: I wish this company the worst with this new product and their other leather products... After all it seems they dont wish the best to all the innocent Cows and animals.

If no one ate cows, how many do you suppose would exist?

I suppose every major zoo would have a few, but a cow really doesn't make a nice house pet.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2016 at 12:36 UTC
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Marty4650: It's nice to know that Leica has expanded their lens selection for the Leica T up to four lenses now.

If I ever decide to sell a kidney for $9,000, I can buy the T and all four lenses.

Or, for the same money I could buy an Olympus Pen F and around 20 pretty nice lenses.

OK, then make it a Fuji XE2 and the same four lenses. Now you have spent $2500 rather than $9000 the Leica set will cost.

But we both know if you have to ask about the price, you can't afford to buy a Leica.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2016 at 20:55 UTC

It's nice to know that Leica has expanded their lens selection for the Leica T up to four lenses now.

If I ever decide to sell a kidney for $9,000, I can buy the T and all four lenses.

Or, for the same money I could buy an Olympus Pen F and around 20 pretty nice lenses.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2016 at 20:04 UTC as 34th comment | 8 replies
On article Leica Q In-depth Review (1114 comments in total)
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eMTi: LEICA...Leica...R.I.P.

Sincerely Yours,
SONY (RX1RII)
HA..HA..ha..ha..haaaaaaaaa....

nikos..... imagine how I feel. I can't afford a Sony RX1R II

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2016 at 17:33 UTC
On article iPhone SE is a compact-sized iPhone 6s (184 comments in total)
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dgmessenger: 'the most powerful 4-inch smartphone ever.'
With a 1.2mp 2007 front facing camera. Lol!!!!!

Believe it or not, some folks just aren't that big on taking selfies....

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2016 at 15:00 UTC
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Marty4650: This beautiful lens will be available on March 24, which is exactly one week from today.

But two people already "own it" and one person "had it" and got rid of it.

Yes it is.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2016 at 13:36 UTC
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