Beckler8

Beckler8

Lives in Canada NB, Canada
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On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (494 comments in total)
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Beckler8: One important video advantage of this type of camera, which you lose with SLR and ILC options, is power zoom. Makers of those cameras continue to (effectively) ignore this feature, for no good reason.

Except they're already catering, massively, to video users. So power zoom is then needed - just as it exists in every single video camera ever made.

As for the sony lenses, nice options - just very few, and I don't think it's variable speed.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 14:37 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (494 comments in total)

One important video advantage of this type of camera, which you lose with SLR and ILC options, is power zoom. Makers of those cameras continue to (effectively) ignore this feature, for no good reason.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 14:13 UTC as 73rd comment | 6 replies
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1234 comments in total)

I'm pleased others here are also talking about 4K video. HD-only can't really be justified on a top-end SLR and especially when 4K TV's are now readily available. Essentially you're forced to decide whether you want higher quality video or stills (i.e. GH4 or D810). Who will be the first to have both? (Not counting Canon 1DC because of 10k price.)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 12:40 UTC as 242nd comment | 3 replies
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (724 comments in total)

The loss of the hotshoe (combined with no mic input) is slightly devestating. Minor innovation would allow both. If not on the body then slide-out or some sort of module that plugs into the side with a hotshoe. There is certainly a way.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 23:44 UTC as 93rd comment | 1 reply
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (724 comments in total)
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Beckler8: 2.9x zoom!? What am I ever going to do with that sort of telephoto ability! Seriously though, that should be listed in the 'Cons' category, since "Bright maximum apertures across zoom range gives huge flexibility" is listed in 'Pros', and that's done at the expense of increased zoom range, is it not?

Well of course you're not incorrect in saying this lens suffices for you. But that doesn't make it a 'Pro'. It should probably be left out of Pros/Cons then because for me (and others I'd assume) it's a Con. Not having that extra zoom reach means you miss out on a *hell* of a lot of opportunity, esp. in video.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 22:11 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (724 comments in total)

2.9x zoom!? What am I ever going to do with that sort of telephoto ability! Seriously though, that should be listed in the 'Cons' category, since "Bright maximum apertures across zoom range gives huge flexibility" is listed in 'Pros', and that's done at the expense of increased zoom range, is it not?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 20:55 UTC as 103rd comment | 8 replies
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2978 comments in total)
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Beckler8: This is more like a variation than an upgrade model. Video gets a big upgrade but audio, with no hot shoe and no mic input gets a huge downgrade. (Don't bother mentioning external recorders.) As the review points out, some will like the lens variation. Others, like me, would much prefer more/longer zoom range at the expense of lens speed. Not everyone wants maximum low-light performance at the expense of being able to do nothing zoom-wise...yes, 2.9x zoom is essentially nothing, esp. in video where presumably none of the smart digital zoom is usable. I'd gladly trade the flash for the hot shoe too! There must be a way to have both though. Anyway on a camera of this stature then, there needs to be 2 (or more) versions, catering to different preferences.

@Wally Well I wouldn't count the RX10 (not same class) or original RX100 (no feature advantage I don't think). Plus the new ones have incremental improvements. No, you want the latest features but in the combination you prefer. Why not have multiple variations? Would add somewhat to the price but it also lets them gauge exactly what customers want the most. If I"m spending $800 (!) on a compact, I'll spend $830 to get a much more desirable configuration for me.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 15:02 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2978 comments in total)

This is more like a variation than an upgrade model. Video gets a big upgrade but audio, with no hot shoe and no mic input gets a huge downgrade. (Don't bother mentioning external recorders.) As the review points out, some will like the lens variation. Others, like me, would much prefer more/longer zoom range at the expense of lens speed. Not everyone wants maximum low-light performance at the expense of being able to do nothing zoom-wise...yes, 2.9x zoom is essentially nothing, esp. in video where presumably none of the smart digital zoom is usable. I'd gladly trade the flash for the hot shoe too! There must be a way to have both though. Anyway on a camera of this stature then, there needs to be 2 (or more) versions, catering to different preferences.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 13:39 UTC as 631st comment | 3 replies
On Sony Alpha 7S in low-light: See video at ISO 409,600 article (244 comments in total)
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Lee W: Not bad to be fair...

@Horshack Don't be silly. This is actually much more impressive! :D

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 17:38 UTC

Whatever your application, just be sure you have no interest in looking at your footage 10 years from now. Because you'll wish it was at least in 4K. And don't bother with the comments saying that there isn't much difference. There is.

I'm sure this thing has some legitimate uses but to the hobbyist just wanting a high-quality video camera, this holds zero interest.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2014 at 16:52 UTC as 15th comment | 3 replies
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Review preview (486 comments in total)
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wootpile: Meh..big, expensive.

I would have liked to see this sensor in a Nikon p7800-ish package with 650 buck pricetags.

Interesting. Hopefully the horrible AF & AE drifting (for video) seen in Nikon compacts will be fixed? I was ready to get the 7800 but was forced back to sony because of that nonsense. Why do you never read about that in reviews? Especially the ones here which are 60 pages long yet still pretty useless, esp. regarding video.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2014 at 01:01 UTC
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1048 comments in total)
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Beckler8: Gigantic DSLRs like this are becoming more and more niche - really just for certain pros that need specific types of performance. They should make a more versatile version, call it the D4V or whatever, that has many more video features like 4K, power zoom and AF that actually works. At least then hobbyists can justify the massive price and size because then suddenly it's a cinema camera as well.

I would agree overall. I just think more and more pros can use mirrorless now and certainly for hobbyists like myself they're just making more and more sense. I always intended to get a top SLR but its getting hard to pull the trigger now because relatively speaking, they're *losing* too much versatility to other cameras but are still as logistically impractical as ever.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 15:03 UTC
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1048 comments in total)

Gigantic DSLRs like this are becoming more and more niche - really just for certain pros that need specific types of performance. They should make a more versatile version, call it the D4V or whatever, that has many more video features like 4K, power zoom and AF that actually works. At least then hobbyists can justify the massive price and size because then suddenly it's a cinema camera as well.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 14:45 UTC as 205th comment | 5 replies

Highly disappointed they decreased EVF resolution. :( Maybe an a7000 is coming...or is that just the a7 already?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 16:56 UTC as 9th comment
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showmeyourpics: I like and own Panasonic camera gear but this one is an absurd design straight out of marketing genius. Let's use a really small 1/2.3 sensor to reduce size and weight and then let's pack it up with 18MP (= noise fiesta). Let's add an EVF, which is a really good idea, but let's make it miniscule with only 200K dot (the Nikon P7800 EVF needs 921K dot to be just decent). And, dulcis in fundo, let's slap on a 24-720mm nice and dark (f/3.3-6.4) zoom lens on a very small body that weighs nothing and will probably be a stability nightmare (at 720mm and f/6.4, one will have to crank up the ISO setting through the roof to get a workable exposure time, but the noise will turn the picture into mush). There are MUCH better balanced compacts out there for the enthusiast photographer, everyone else is better off sticking with a good smart phone camera.

I can't agree with most of this. These types of cameras offer extreme versatility with really quite good image quality except in lower light, and have very nice video too - all while remaining pocketable. The megapixel count, yes that's out of control and damages low-light capability for no reason.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 03:45 UTC

I like all the meaningless talk here about larger sensors and faster lenses. That exists already in Sony RX100 type models. Those have very small zoom ratios and so represent trade-offs, as does this one. So do all cameras. This class offers a unique feature set - a combination you can't find elsewhere. Maybe don't dismiss an entire class because you happen to want a different set. You might as well just say 'this is no SLR so this is garbage'. Oh wait, people do say that.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 01:38 UTC as 7th comment | 3 replies
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peevee1: This is art. Buying expensive camera and lens to photograph super-boring subjects with super-shallow DoF is not.

I appreciate your point, but it's only your opinion. You don't decide what art is - no one does.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2013 at 23:29 UTC
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2381 comments in total)
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Beckler8: Great camera, to be sure. But why so incredibly stupid-looking?!

But this one's particularly ridiculous. What's with the giant prism-box? Why try to pretend it has a mirror when the lack thereof is the main feature? Really...idiotic.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 23:51 UTC
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2381 comments in total)

Great camera, to be sure. But why so incredibly stupid-looking?!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 21:02 UTC as 474th comment | 4 replies
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Review preview (507 comments in total)
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futile32: best in class... silver.... 79%.... interesting....

I own the RX100, hands down an amazing camera pocketableness asside. My only quibble about using it for my everyday 'keepers' was no tilting display (for waist level shooting) and no EVF. Both of these objections have (sort of) been handled with the MK2. I do wish the EVF was part of the body, but I am still amazed at how they managed to fit in what they did. Can't have it all.

Seriously though, this camera should be graded for what it is intended for and for its target audience. To complain that it has too many options/filtering and no in-camera raw conversion is just a joke.

The review complaining about the tilting screen's limited use, makes no sense. It's *quite* useful and if one doesn't think so, their shooting skill is limited. There are many shots you simply cannot physically get because you can't see the screen from a 90 deg. angle! Sonly likely opted for simple tilt (no swivel) bucause it has almost no impact on size - the main advantage of this camera.

Anyway I don't really like this site, alas. Such a long-winded review (as usual) that leaves out some things and says really stupid others.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2013 at 11:42 UTC
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