Marty4650

Marty4650

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

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Maverick_: Leica, Here's a free 100 million dollar advise. Close your camera division. You aren't making sense and you are ruining the Leica name. Be only a lens company, like your other German partners (zeiss and others).

You are dragging your name in mud. First by attaching Leica name to Panasonic cameras and charging them for 6 times the price. Then by making cameras that no one wants. No one!!!! (that one fat guy in Canada doesn't count).

PS: I am not a Leica hater, I happen to have a 1953 FIII in perfect condition.

I hope you realize that Leica is one of the MORE profitable camera makers today. Granted, on a smaller scale, but they have profit margins that are the envy of the industry.

You really don't "close down" anything that makes a healthy return for investors.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2016 at 20:00 UTC

What?

No touchscreen?
No auto HDR?
No WIFI?
No 50 frames per second?
No sweep panorama mode?

How can you take a selfie with this thing?

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2016 at 18:40 UTC as 295th comment | 1 reply

I'm holding out for a BMW with a mechanical crank starter. Price is no object. Call me when they make one.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2016 at 18:34 UTC as 297th comment | 1 reply
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donutlover: The best part is that you have to send in the card to a lab to get the photos processed. Takes about 10 days to two weeks.

Hopefully, you will need to insert the camera in a black bag to change the memory card too...

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2016 at 18:29 UTC

The ultimate retro camera for hipsters!

It could be even more retro if a fake film wind lever was added as a thumb rest, around the shutter button.

I'd buy one but I just don't look that good in skinny jeans.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2016 at 18:27 UTC as 303rd comment | 3 replies
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Marty4650: For God's sake.... exactly how many digital cameras does someone need?

I have around six or seven, plus at least a dozen lenses, and they all work pretty well. How many more cameras do they think they can sell me without offering some truly spectacular improvement over what I already own?

The technology has matured, the market is saturated, and everyone who ever wanted a camera now owns one that works well enough for them. And many people today don't even feel they need cameras because their smart phones are good enough for them.

The digital camera boom ended five years ago.

The number of people who upgrade automatically to get improvements they can't see is rapidly diminishing. Today, the only way to sell a new camera is when an older camera breaks beyond repair or gets stolen or lost.

@ AbrasiveReducer.... You pretty much nailed it. Cameras can ALWAYS be improved in some measurable way. Whether those improvements mean very much to the "ordinary user" is debatable. Right now, a ten year old Canon Digital Rebel is more camera than most amateurs need for their facebook postings and email attachments.

Everything else is just a "want" for them if they don't make a living selling photos.

DPR readers aren't the "mass market." We are a select group of photographers and/or gearheads and our wants really don't mean very much to mass market sales.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2016 at 19:17 UTC

For God's sake.... exactly how many digital cameras does someone need?

I have around six or seven, plus at least a dozen lenses, and they all work pretty well. How many more cameras do they think they can sell me without offering some truly spectacular improvement over what I already own?

The technology has matured, the market is saturated, and everyone who ever wanted a camera now owns one that works well enough for them. And many people today don't even feel they need cameras because their smart phones are good enough for them.

The digital camera boom ended five years ago.

The number of people who upgrade automatically to get improvements they can't see is rapidly diminishing. Today, the only way to sell a new camera is when an older camera breaks beyond repair or gets stolen or lost.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2016 at 14:14 UTC as 39th comment | 5 replies
On article Miggo wants to 'DSLR your iPhone' with the Pictar grip (135 comments in total)
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aramgrg: Can you lunch the inverse of it? Like "Phone your DSLR"? That would be better

Yes... we all need DSLRs that can "drop calls," and post to Facebook and Twitter.

And someday, we might have a real problem with people "text messaging with their DSLRs while driving."

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2016 at 17:57 UTC
On article Miggo wants to 'DSLR your iPhone' with the Pictar grip (135 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Here's the MAIN problem with cell phone add ons.... cell phones are disposable commodities. This device will only work with iPhones, and probably with ONLY their current model. Apple is notorious for making new phones that don't work with accessories you bought for your last iPhone.

Fortunately this thing seems reasonably priced, but you would be foolish to buy any expensive add on that cannot be used with your NEXT cell phone.

And an even bigger problem might be that ANYTHING that makes a cell phone into a better camera defeats the whole purpose of having "one small, convenient, and pocketable device that can be used as a camera." Because once you have to carry around extra parts they become just as inconvenient as real cameras are.

This is like trying to turn a blender into a meat grinder. You are better off buying a meat grinder if you want it done right.

Making the connection wireless was a smart move, but there are other things that could change in future phones that could render this device useless.

The iPhone 6Plus will not work with this device. Neither will a phone that is much thicker, or even somewhat thinner.

I suppose it is nice that it will still work with an iPhone4, even if very few of them are still in use.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2016 at 14:37 UTC
On article Miggo wants to 'DSLR your iPhone' with the Pictar grip (135 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Here's the MAIN problem with cell phone add ons.... cell phones are disposable commodities. This device will only work with iPhones, and probably with ONLY their current model. Apple is notorious for making new phones that don't work with accessories you bought for your last iPhone.

Fortunately this thing seems reasonably priced, but you would be foolish to buy any expensive add on that cannot be used with your NEXT cell phone.

And an even bigger problem might be that ANYTHING that makes a cell phone into a better camera defeats the whole purpose of having "one small, convenient, and pocketable device that can be used as a camera." Because once you have to carry around extra parts they become just as inconvenient as real cameras are.

This is like trying to turn a blender into a meat grinder. You are better off buying a meat grinder if you want it done right.

Revenant.... I could say the same thing about your comment.

I think we were typing them at the same time!

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2016 at 13:31 UTC
On article Miggo wants to 'DSLR your iPhone' with the Pictar grip (135 comments in total)

Here's the MAIN problem with cell phone add ons.... cell phones are disposable commodities. This device will only work with iPhones, and probably with ONLY their current model. Apple is notorious for making new phones that don't work with accessories you bought for your last iPhone.

Fortunately this thing seems reasonably priced, but you would be foolish to buy any expensive add on that cannot be used with your NEXT cell phone.

And an even bigger problem might be that ANYTHING that makes a cell phone into a better camera defeats the whole purpose of having "one small, convenient, and pocketable device that can be used as a camera." Because once you have to carry around extra parts they become just as inconvenient as real cameras are.

This is like trying to turn a blender into a meat grinder. You are better off buying a meat grinder if you want it done right.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2016 at 13:23 UTC as 73rd comment | 6 replies

Amazing how much miniaturization goes into these tiny cameras.

Somehow I think it might be cheaper to buy a used NX-Mini than to even attempt replacing a motherboard or a sensor on it. Most digital cameras today are throw aways. Even some of the higher end models aren't worth repairing after they are several years old.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2016 at 15:03 UTC as 18th comment
On article Swirly bokeh: Lensbaby announces Twist 60 lens (120 comments in total)

I think I finally understand how this works.

If a lens really does a bad job at anything..... flare, blur, aberrations, etc... then it becomes a highly desirable "creative tool." And someone will prize it for these characteristics.

And if the original bad lens can be had on ebay for $20, then someone will come along and create a new version of it for $300.

I give Lensbaby a lot of credit for finding this product niche, and milking it for everything it is worth. Seriously, this is capitalism at its finest.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2016 at 18:38 UTC as 21st comment | 10 replies
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2126 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 (2126 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 (2126 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 200th comment | 7 replies
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2126 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 202nd 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 (722 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 521st comment
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