Karroly

Karroly

Lives in France Grenoble, France
Joined on Jan 13, 2009

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On Have your say in our 2014 Readers' Polls article (64 comments in total)
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pleytime: Why would anyone vote for cameras with no viewfinders? They're the worst possible cameras, especially in bright sun.

@67gtonr
Obviously, your camera is not a 900g body attached to a 1.5kg lens...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 22:52 UTC
On Samsung NX mini Review preview (97 comments in total)
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stevo23: Hmmm. Smart idea - 1" is the new compact and I see no more reason to make 2/3 or 1.7 sensors. As for it's performance, that's another question.

But this kind of makes one question the efforts of Fuji with their X30 series tiny sensor cameras. I think they are becoming obsolete already from a marketing standpoint. Take that excellent performance and put it into a 1" sensor compact and you've really got something Fuji...

A bargain ? I bought my XZ-2, new, 250 euros. That was a bargain !

Direct link | Posted on Dec 1, 2014 at 18:27 UTC
On Samsung NX mini Review preview (97 comments in total)
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stevo23: Hmmm. Smart idea - 1" is the new compact and I see no more reason to make 2/3 or 1.7 sensors. As for it's performance, that's another question.

But this kind of makes one question the efforts of Fuji with their X30 series tiny sensor cameras. I think they are becoming obsolete already from a marketing standpoint. Take that excellent performance and put it into a 1" sensor compact and you've really got something Fuji...

Price is $649 on Amazon US ?!
I live in France. Price here, including VAT, is 500 euros, about $620...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2014 at 07:45 UTC
On Samsung NX mini Review preview (97 comments in total)
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stevo23: Hmmm. Smart idea - 1" is the new compact and I see no more reason to make 2/3 or 1.7 sensors. As for it's performance, that's another question.

But this kind of makes one question the efforts of Fuji with their X30 series tiny sensor cameras. I think they are becoming obsolete already from a marketing standpoint. Take that excellent performance and put it into a 1" sensor compact and you've really got something Fuji...

"I don't think enough people want them to justify their existence much longer."
For sure, 1/1.7" cameras with small range and slow zoom have no future. But unlike you, I think there is still a market for cameras like the DMC-LF1 or Stylus 1... I would like to buy a Stylus 1, but price is still higher than a entry level DSLR. Is it a sign that there are many people who want it ? ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 29, 2014 at 03:16 UTC
On Samsung NX mini Review preview (97 comments in total)
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stevo23: Hmmm. Smart idea - 1" is the new compact and I see no more reason to make 2/3 or 1.7 sensors. As for it's performance, that's another question.

But this kind of makes one question the efforts of Fuji with their X30 series tiny sensor cameras. I think they are becoming obsolete already from a marketing standpoint. Take that excellent performance and put it into a 1" sensor compact and you've really got something Fuji...

"Why not use your smartphone?"
Because smartphone do not have 28-300mm equivalent F2.8 zoom lenses...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 29, 2014 at 02:40 UTC
On Samsung NX mini Review preview (97 comments in total)
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stevo23: Hmmm. Smart idea - 1" is the new compact and I see no more reason to make 2/3 or 1.7 sensors. As for it's performance, that's another question.

But this kind of makes one question the efforts of Fuji with their X30 series tiny sensor cameras. I think they are becoming obsolete already from a marketing standpoint. Take that excellent performance and put it into a 1" sensor compact and you've really got something Fuji...

"You're already at 1" and significantly smaller components."

- Everything that helps making a 1" sensor camera smaller, helps making a 1/1.7" cameras even smaller.
- Sensor performance still improves over years for the same size, too. In other words, if you are happy with the performance of a 1" sensor today, you may be happy with a 1/1.7" sensor tomorrow... I personaly like what my XZ-2 produces most of the time, given my type of photography, although I also own m4/3 and APS-C cameras for special cases... But I prefer to use the XZ-2 for its smaller size.
- There will always be people favoring small, trully pocketable size over performance. The Panasonic DMC-LF1 is a trully pocketable 1/1.7" sensor camera, unfortunately it does not reach the IQ of the XZ-2 and Stylus 1. So I keep my XZ-2...

For the three reasons above, I think we will see 1/1.7" sensors for a while...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2014 at 23:05 UTC
On Samsung NX mini Review preview (97 comments in total)
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stevo23: Hmmm. Smart idea - 1" is the new compact and I see no more reason to make 2/3 or 1.7 sensors. As for it's performance, that's another question.

But this kind of makes one question the efforts of Fuji with their X30 series tiny sensor cameras. I think they are becoming obsolete already from a marketing standpoint. Take that excellent performance and put it into a 1" sensor compact and you've really got something Fuji...

What do you mean ? Making a 1" sensor camera with a shorter zoom range to make it as small than the Stylus 1, then use "digital zoom" to get the same magnification ?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2014 at 06:37 UTC
On Samsung NX mini Review preview (97 comments in total)
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stevo23: Hmmm. Smart idea - 1" is the new compact and I see no more reason to make 2/3 or 1.7 sensors. As for it's performance, that's another question.

But this kind of makes one question the efforts of Fuji with their X30 series tiny sensor cameras. I think they are becoming obsolete already from a marketing standpoint. Take that excellent performance and put it into a 1" sensor compact and you've really got something Fuji...

One good reason to make 1/1.7" sensors is the Olympus Stylus 1 camera. No hope to make such a "small" camera (although not pocketable) featuring a 28-300mm-equivalent zoom lens with constant F1:2.8 aperture and a 1" sensor...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2014 at 02:24 UTC
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Chris Noble: Hasselblad: Hassle + blah = Bad.

= hasslebad

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 00:31 UTC
On High-end pocketable compacts 2013 roundup article (264 comments in total)

From your review :
"if you need one (an EVF...), then the LF1 is the camera for you but, if it's just a feature you'd quite like to have, the decision is less clear-cut "

I would have concluded exactly the opposite. If you NEED a viewfinder then you need a large, clear, sharp, easy to use one, so look for another camera. If you just use it occasionally (in bright sun, or to reduce camera shake when required), then this one is OK...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2014 at 18:13 UTC as 42nd comment | 9 replies
On Readers' Showcase: Documentary and Street photography article (112 comments in total)
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Jurka: Those pics are empty.

@geraldPP,
Please read my post carefully before saying I am unfair. I never said your pictures do not tell any story at all to everyone, but ONLY TO ME. I am free to see no stories in those street pictures. You are free to see no stories in my pictures as well. No problem for me ;-)
By the way, I have never pretended my pictures tell a story. I can put pictures in my gallery for other purposes...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2014 at 08:05 UTC
On Ghost Town: Shooting in Kolmanskop article (71 comments in total)

I like these pics...The warm tone, the geometrical and graphical elements, the opposition between the soft curves of the sand and the straight lines of the rooms, the lighting. They look good in black and white, too... (I did the test).

Direct link | Posted on Oct 19, 2014 at 21:47 UTC as 27th comment
On Readers' Showcase: Documentary and Street photography article (112 comments in total)
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Jurka: Those pics are empty.

@InThe Mist,
I agree with Jurka. Virtually none of these pics tells a story to me.
Moreover,
Do we need to be a cooker to express our views about a restaurant ?
Do we need to be a musician to express our views about an orchestra or a music band ?
Do we need to be a movie director to express our views about a movie ?
Do we need to be a painter to express our views about Picasso or Rubens ?
Of course not. Not only we are free to do so, but I hope you are able to see what is good or not for you, although you are not an expert. If not, then you may be fooled by any charlatan, counterfeiter, swindler or self-proclaimed artist...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 19, 2014 at 21:13 UTC
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Tal Shachar: film is an environmental disaster, go digital now!

@Tal Shachar,
Do you really think that the "average" photographer of the film era shot 2,500 rolls of paper and used 1 ton of chemical and paper in his entire life ? You are not serious. I also know digital photographers that print many times the same picture until their process is calibrated, wasting paper and ink. Unless you are a pro photographer, you will certainly NEVER shoot 100,000 pictures with the same digital camera (if not with ALL your cameras) : the camera (or you) will die before for any other reason than the shutter death, or it will be replaced by a better one... So will be the disks, CDs, DVDs, or whatever support you recorded your pictures to. They will not last forever
for reliability reasons and uncompatibility with future hardware/software. So you will have to move your pictures from one support to another one more than once in your life.
Keep in mind my intent is not to defend films...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2014 at 00:28 UTC
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Tal Shachar: film is an environmental disaster, go digital now!

For me, and maybe some other commenters here, the point is not to continue an analog versus digital war, or to be "green" up to fanatism, but rather to point that some people do not seem to be knowledgeable about certain facts, the prerequisite to make wise choices when needed...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 13, 2014 at 23:59 UTC
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Tal Shachar: film is an environmental disaster, go digital now!

Unfortunatley this is not a valid argument. Electronics devices are an environmental disaster too : silicon wafer manufacturing, rare earths, coltan war in Africa ( http://www.consoglobe.com/coltan-metal-sanglant-dans-telephones-cg ), and nearly zero recycling... with piles of digital junk growing endlessly in third-world countries...( http://future.arte.tv/fr/la-tragedie-electronique ). Sorry for the french links, I am french...
Moreover, you keep your films and prints during your entire life when you throw away and renew your digital devices too frequently, even those required to store your digital pictures...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 13, 2014 at 21:41 UTC
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raztec: In the late '80s I cycled across N. Africa, the Middle East and Europe and can attest to the fact that what he says about traveling by bicycle is very true.

However, I can't imagine taking so much gear. The weight, while not as critical as in hiking, is still huge from my experience.

My only question is: would you take this much gear with you if you were to do it again? Wouldn't a simple Nikon FM2 (or equivalent) plus slide film have been sufficient?

@raztec,
I was able to take more than 1800 pictures (without flash) over a period of 6 months with a Pentax K-x DSLR and a set of ready-to-use (slow self-discharge rate) 2100 mah Ni-MH AA batteries. But focusing with this camera (either auto or manual) is not as reliable as with the "huge" split-image focusing screen of my analog SLRS. (I shoot truly still subjects mainly, so no need for fast AF...)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 13, 2014 at 21:20 UTC
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raztec: In the late '80s I cycled across N. Africa, the Middle East and Europe and can attest to the fact that what he says about traveling by bicycle is very true.

However, I can't imagine taking so much gear. The weight, while not as critical as in hiking, is still huge from my experience.

My only question is: would you take this much gear with you if you were to do it again? Wouldn't a simple Nikon FM2 (or equivalent) plus slide film have been sufficient?

@Eric Hensel,
During the film era, I am not sure a good photographer needed to carry 100 rolls of film... Because you never use several thousand pictures to make a slideshow or book... Only today, with "free" digital pictures, some photographers feel the need to shoot several thousand pictures during a single trip... But how many of these pictures will be used/kept actually? Even today, with my digital equipment, I "think" before I press the shutter release button. Thus, I do not bring from my vacation trips much more pictures than when I was shooting with films.
Moreover, when you are lost in the middle of nowhere for several days or weeks, digital equipment requires extra batteries and/or solar charger...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 12, 2014 at 22:30 UTC
On Ricoh announces WG-30W and WG-30 rugged compacts article (75 comments in total)
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cgarrard: Anti

Climactic.

Anti climax for sure ...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2014 at 00:39 UTC
On P1010070 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (12 comments in total)
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Karroly: Obviously, it is still hard to get a nice blurred background at wide angle end...

I understand that the purpose of this gallery is not to show aesthetical pictures, but rather what a camera can do. If the purpose of the blurred background is to make the girl pop out of the picture, then there is not enough blurr, IMHO, because you have to enlarge the picture to notice the blurr... There is also too much background that competes with the girl, and I do not know what the true subject is : the girl or the mountain ? There is an ugly shadow over the girl's eye that prevents to see it. This picture should have been taken at the tele end. But, again, this is my humble opinion only... And I make a lot of mistakes too and I keep on learning...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2014 at 16:42 UTC
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