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On X-Transformed? Fujifilm X30 Review article (294 comments in total)
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naththo: Fuji X-A1 shows much more details than the Fuji X100T in JPEG. Also same story goes to RAW. So it shows that X-Tran sensor is still struggle to be in compete with conventional CMOS sensor unfortunately. Thats why most camera manufacturer prefer to stick with conventional CMOS sensor nowaday.

@oscarvdvelde
Thanks for that info :)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2015 at 07:12 UTC
On X-Transformed? Fujifilm X30 Review article (294 comments in total)
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jonby: I agree with the others who suggest that this camera really needs a 1" sensor. Many will value the photographer-oriented control ethos and viewfinder, but most of these people will want image quality which is a little better than this. No doubt including a 1" sensor would require a slightly bigger lens and/or drop in max aperture, but I think most would take this to get the better IQ.

I think this is the only fixed-lens digital to incorporate a manual zoom ring (unless I'm missing one?) - a unique selling point which seems a little under-reported in this review. This is a feature which I value highly as I find motor-driven zooms unresponsive, power-hungry and prone to failure. Put the bigger sensor in it and it becomes a viable DSLR backup/lightweight substitute - I'd take it over the LX100 because of the manual zoom.

+1... I was set on getting the LX100 until I tried it in store and the power zoom just spoiled the whole "experience" for me...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2015 at 21:09 UTC
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Ross the Fidller: "Olympus's forthcoming 300mm F4 lens offers a focal length equivalent to 600mm. Although not as fast as a 600mm F4 would be for full-frame, it's highly portable by comparison."

Saying "Although not as fast as a 600mm F4 would be for full-frame" in the above is just nonsense!

@Rishi

Just to finish it off...
I like your work here and I think you are helping to step up the game at dpreview. Yet you seem very stubborn with your "FF is best unless you accept compromises" absolute mindset... Not everything is mathematics...

In my case, I love the look of f/1.4 lenses wide open on APS-C or MFT sensors, yet find the look of such lenses wide open on FF quite cheesy and unpleasant. So, for portraiture and video, MFT or APS-C is exactly what I want. FF is actually a hindrance, specially for video work due to focus issues, and because for stills, bokeh is usually better wide open. Sure I can use a 2.8 lens wide open on FF and be happy with the DOF, but then we are gathering less light, etc...
If I was a landscape or a studio shooter then maybe I'd want FF, but for the little landscape that I do I find Foveon sensors to be really satisfying...

Just my 2c, and you don't have to agree with me anyway... Peace...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 03:34 UTC
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Ross the Fidller: "Olympus's forthcoming 300mm F4 lens offers a focal length equivalent to 600mm. Although not as fast as a 600mm F4 would be for full-frame, it's highly portable by comparison."

Saying "Although not as fast as a 600mm F4 would be for full-frame" in the above is just nonsense!

@Rishi

Btw, you seem to love "more pixels", yet you seem to have no appreciation for the pixel density that MFT provides... The thing that Mr Ogawa was trying to say about being able to provide higher image quality (with a smaller image circle) certainly rings true to me, and probably falls on deaf ears for most FF shooters out there...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 03:24 UTC
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J A C S: The "Editor's Note" leaves a bad taste in the mouth. If you had something more to say, you should have said it during the interview.

This remark is not restricted to this interview only.

I think what we are trying to say is that it's not about the content of the Editor's Note, it's fine to have an opinion or a bias or whatever, but save it for later, as it reads awful straight after the interview, whatever the content...
But it's your website, do as you please, as others have said...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 02:21 UTC
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J A C S: The "Editor's Note" leaves a bad taste in the mouth. If you had something more to say, you should have said it during the interview.

This remark is not restricted to this interview only.

@Barney
I hope you understand what I said about English has nothing to do with what you brought up...
And why bring the word trolling to a civil discussion?
I meant bias as in "we are all humans and we all have our biases", that's what I meant, no rights or wrongs, and not in a negative light...
Anyway, if you say things like "I don't completely believe Mr Ogawa when he told us...", is that not a sign of personal bias?
In any case, you sound so sure of the conclusions you drew that any person that won't agree with the summary baffles you???
Nice...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2015 at 07:51 UTC
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J A C S: The "Editor's Note" leaves a bad taste in the mouth. If you had something more to say, you should have said it during the interview.

This remark is not restricted to this interview only.

It is not about being critical. It's about "translating" the interview for us like it wasn't in English, or chewing the food for me so I can swallow it better...
It reads cocky and presumptuous...
We all have our own bias, so like JACS said, perhaps save it for later?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 21:22 UTC
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Ross the Fidller: "Olympus's forthcoming 300mm F4 lens offers a focal length equivalent to 600mm. Although not as fast as a 600mm F4 would be for full-frame, it's highly portable by comparison."

Saying "Although not as fast as a 600mm F4 would be for full-frame" in the above is just nonsense!

I'm affraid Ross is right and I was quite shocked and sad to read that caption here...
It is like saying that a 25mm f/1.4 FF lens gathers more light than a 50mm f/1.4 FF...
300mm f/4 and 600mm f/4 are different focal lengths but will meter the same wide open...
And if they meter the same, how is it "faster"?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 21:15 UTC

I am so happy that we have an excellent middle ground system that doesn't go to extremes for marketing purposes and is very good at what it is...
I have nothing against FF but I am so tired of FF evangelists spreading the gospel like it is the best thing since sliced bread.
Even if FF was cheaper than m4/3 I'd still happily pay more for m4/3 because this is what I want...
Like I prefer compact Asian cars as opposed to American guzzlers, or like I'd rather buy organic food even if it costs twice...
I also have been noticing a constant undertone in recent reviews here along the lines of "sure it is not as good as the likes of FF but bla bla" which is getting very tiring... I recall dpreview being a lot more neutral in that regard in the past...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 21:07 UTC as 6th comment | 11 replies
On 06_Dan00118_f1.4 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (16 comments in total)

Yeah too shallow DOF... noticed after posting, but it was too late to edit...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2015 at 19:48 UTC as 3rd comment
On 06_Dan00118_f1.4 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (16 comments in total)
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cinemascope: I think this is a good example of too much DOF. To me it looks like her face was photoshopped into an out of focus body, almost South Park like... Creamy background nonetheless, but an easy one to render like ruicarv79 has said...

I think her eyes and smile make this photo... :)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2015 at 09:50 UTC
On 06_Dan00118_f1.4 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (16 comments in total)

I think this is a good example of too much DOF. To me it looks like her face was photoshopped into an out of focus body, almost South Park like... Creamy background nonetheless, but an easy one to render like ruicarv79 has said...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2015 at 08:41 UTC as 4th comment | 5 replies
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cinemascope: This is just like the transition from FILM: a leap in technology where many manufacturers were caught unprepared and hesitated. Canon and Nikon have emerged victorious out of that turbulence and have been happily sitting on their laurels ever since. They have a vast back catalogue of lenses that seamlessly transitioned to the digital age, for which they still get good money, and for which the R&D has long been paid for. It is a dream come true cash cow... What other business these days gets away with selling 10 or 20 year old designs of anything? And with very little marketing effort? Updating cameras and a couple of lenses every so often is relatively easy... It's no wonder they want to keep this going for as long as possible... The moment they "accept" that mirrorless is the future, the cash cow is off to the butcher...
The effort that companies like Panasonic, Olympus and Fuji have been putting out is tremendous, specially when you consider how little share of the market they have.

Very ironic indeed...
I often wonder if the camera business is a thing of pride for the Japanese? Photography seems to be deeply embedded in their culture...
Sometimes it feels like these companies must succeed at photography at all costs, "or shame on you" :)
Surely there are better investments out there for giants like Panasonic?
Nonetheless, I'm very happy they all keep going... :)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 22:19 UTC

This is just like the transition from FILM: a leap in technology where many manufacturers were caught unprepared and hesitated. Canon and Nikon have emerged victorious out of that turbulence and have been happily sitting on their laurels ever since. They have a vast back catalogue of lenses that seamlessly transitioned to the digital age, for which they still get good money, and for which the R&D has long been paid for. It is a dream come true cash cow... What other business these days gets away with selling 10 or 20 year old designs of anything? And with very little marketing effort? Updating cameras and a couple of lenses every so often is relatively easy... It's no wonder they want to keep this going for as long as possible... The moment they "accept" that mirrorless is the future, the cash cow is off to the butcher...
The effort that companies like Panasonic, Olympus and Fuji have been putting out is tremendous, specially when you consider how little share of the market they have.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 21:32 UTC as 141st comment | 2 replies
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cinemascope: Guess they dropped AA battery support? What was the last Pentax to accept those?

Thanks :)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 03:29 UTC

Guess they dropped AA battery support? What was the last Pentax to accept those?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 01:14 UTC as 56th comment | 2 replies
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RedFox88: So its the smallest and also the slowest 18-50something zoom too!

@audiobomber: Pentax does! The 20-40mm Ltd :)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 01:12 UTC
On Ricoh WG-5 GPS updates rugged series article (42 comments in total)

Why are all these waterproof cams styled like 1990s Casio watches? :p

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 00:41 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2344 comments in total)
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afterswish1: In what way is the pricing on these and similar cameras silly? What other full frame cameras are significantly cheaper?

Sony? 6D? D610? Soon we will have FF for about 1k, so you are paying an extra 2k for the lovely extra buttons on these top models...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2015 at 10:48 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2344 comments in total)
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cinemascope: Canikon are probably very well aware their days of silly pricing are numbered, and it seems they are both trying to milk the upper 3k price bracket as much as they can, while they can... Nikon also removed the "pro" features from the D750, so they can artificially justify keeping the D810 above the magical 3k a little longer... At least Nikon does spend on R&D. Maybe Canon thinks they're the new (L)eica?

Nikon outsources production but not design apparently. And I'm not sure there's anything new in this sensor, just a re-hash of existing tech most likely? Most R&D is probably spent by the marketing dept, finding new ways to see the impossible...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2015 at 10:27 UTC
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