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Papi61: "$700 for the 128GB version"

Wait, what? {facepalm}

And who the heck needs such high speeds on an SD card? Thanks to h.265, my NX1 streams 4K @ 40gb/s, while maintaining ProRes quality (requires stronger CPU, but then again, that's what Samsung provides.) My FZ1000 uses good ol' h.264, but it still streams at around 90 gb/s max.

In other words, Sandisk Extreme Pro 95 MB/s SD's are sufficient for both. About $95 for a 128gb card. Heck, you can get a 512gb card of the same type and STILL spend a lot less ($450 IIRC.)


Even XAVC 4k/30FPS is around 300Mbit/s, ca. 40 MB/s. Even for 4k@60FPS the current 95MB/s cards would suffice. But just IF the cards would bring it.

Just to remind:
The current UHS-I U3 cards are just obliged to deliver guaranteed 30MB/s. The U3 index shows the minimum guaranteed speed - the number multiplied with 10MB/s.

The serious manufacturers like Sandisk, Toshiba, Kingston, Lexar are nearly keeping their max speeds. But mostly under synthetic conditions.

If I would capture 4k Video on SDXC, I would feel better with the UHS-II cards.
However the pricing is quite different here. The Sandisk 64GB is available in GER at approx. 140 € (which I personally perceive being expensive). For what it delivers it is quite fairly priced, but the Toshiba MSP is completely insane.

Direct link | Posted on May 27, 2015 at 14:17 UTC
On Canon issues product advisory for Rebel T6i/T6s article (139 comments in total)
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russbarnes: Simply put, this is always the risk in buying a product early. Hasn't everyone learned yet? And in case you're thinking Canon's QC process is any different to Nikon, this proves 100% it absolutely isn't. I wonder if all the Canon apologists forgot about the 5DMKIII light leak and recall of the top of the line 1DX too? It's one model after another whoever you're buying from....Fuji have released endless firmware fixes (yes, they are fixes) for their products too. No more pre-orders for me, let the price settle, all the issues to be ironed out and buy after 6 months.

Firmware issues have the same root cause than the hardware issues - lack of QC.
Admittedly it must be emntioned that even with 6 Sigma you can't avoid failures.
But the trend of electronic companies to outsource the QC to its early adopters is more than visible.
And - by real bad luck it may also happen that a FW problem makes a recall necessary.

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2015 at 11:54 UTC
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ozturert: The results are as bad and as good as I expected. The price and optical quality are not in line, I think. I'd say the lens deserves max 600$.

I had a tryout at my retailers shop. Paired with an A7II it is not so bad. Limitations of a 10x zoom should be known, so either one is willing to circle around or not.

On you D700 it was "sharpness perception" - I doubt that the D700's Sensor was able to overcome the optical wakeness of the lens. The D800 ha 36MP, so sharpness drop to the borders/edges are much more visible.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 13:29 UTC
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theprehistorian: Looks alright to me for what it is. It's a bit of a dog's breakfast at the wide end, and full telephoto lacks acuity, but you can't have everything! Looks a decent enough lens if you really don't know what perspectives you'll need. It's not really my bag of fish, but critical image quality in the portraits is excellent. I'm just not sure superzooms are really in the spirit of the A7 cameras though.


"for non-critical shooting, e.g. on holiday" - that's exactly reason why I will go for that lens. And most of these photos will not be sized bigger than 5x7,5", so extreme borders and corners do not really matter.

For the critical shootings I have my primes with me (35,55, Canon 24TSE, and as soon as available the 90 macro).

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 12:00 UTC
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ozturert: The results are as bad and as good as I expected. The price and optical quality are not in line, I think. I'd say the lens deserves max 600$.

Have you taken a look at it? The built quality is very high and the AF (on an A7II) is quite fast.
Compared to the competitors FF super zooms entry price (Canon 2.499 €, Nikon 999 €) not much overpriced for my understanding.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2015 at 15:22 UTC
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (1444 comments in total)

I tested it a little bit during Photokina 14.
First of all it feels very solid, built quality is on a very high level, same goes for the lenses. Played a little bit with the 1650/2.8, 50150/2.8 and the 85/1.4.
Focussing was quite fast and accurate, and the jpegs ooc looked pretty good.
There was also a video set up where I could play with the video recording.

Of course this was more playing than testing, but I was very impressed by what Samsung has done here. In the meantime I read that they already updated FW by listening to customers - also a plus.

I am very interested in how DPR will judge it after a real testing.

If one is not biased by brands, one can get a complete and premium package with the NX1 and the good lenses.
However it will likely suffer from the high price level. Admittedly fair for what you get, but you need to be unbiased enthusiast willing to invest 4,5k to get the full package (NX1, and the three lenses I indicated above).

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2015 at 21:26 UTC as 75th comment

Ridiculous with how much impertinence some guys here demanding DPR to do what they want to read.
Paying nothing and demanding tea to be served in Dresden China for free....

DPR is informing related to every brand and that's just fine. So this article is I assume very well perceived, independly of the market share of individual camera models.
I at least appreciate the article and the work the guys spent on writing it.

If you don't like an article please don't flood with inappropriate criticism.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2015 at 14:02 UTC as 4th comment
On Nikon D750 flare investigated: Why we're not worried article (364 comments in total)

A very proper follow up of DPR.

In fact the current topic handles a real issue with the camera, although not for everybodies usecase a critical one. Whether to request the fix or not - up to the user.

The trend of many guys to go for any new camera on the market to be the first one finding issues has two sides.
First of all it is positive because flaws are going to be known, and the way of addressing it to the manufacturer leads in most cases to commitments for resolutions.
On the other hand objective investigations are going to be bashed and exaggerated by opposing fanboys. Which leads into uncertainties on product interested people.

In that sense such objective articles like this one are quite helpful.

Maybe in future the manufacturers are going to adapt their quality processes prior product releases. Maybe just hoping...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2015 at 07:46 UTC as 83rd comment
On Sony Alpha 77 II firmware update improves AF speed article (152 comments in total)
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karlwunsch: Please, DPReview, make a head-to-head comparison of a77II and 7dmk2.

Of course there is nothing wrong with asking for a comparison.

My catch question intended to get some arguments for discussion.
There are no real standardized test routines the score and the judgement of a camera is mainly based on the personal impression of its test engineer.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2014 at 16:38 UTC
On Sony Alpha 77 II firmware update improves AF speed article (152 comments in total)
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karlwunsch: Please, DPReview, make a head-to-head comparison of a77II and 7dmk2.

Got it.

But again, what is the sense of its outcome?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 23:48 UTC
On Sony Alpha 77 II firmware update improves AF speed article (152 comments in total)
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karlwunsch: Please, DPReview, make a head-to-head comparison of a77II and 7dmk2.

Why are begging for a comparison inter-brand?

What interesting results could come out?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 23:37 UTC

Well done Sony. The IBIS and the XAVCS are reason to jump onto this horse.
Hope they'll bring an A7RII, too, because I'd directly go for that camera.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 14:30 UTC as 178th comment
On Sony launches support program for pro photographers article (116 comments in total)

Why is it mandatory to be a pro photographer?

I am advanced enthusiast, owning A900/A99/A7R/A7S and all G/Z lenses except 35G/70300G/500G.
Not enough to be recognized as a support-worthy customer. Unbelievable.

F..k o.f, Sony...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2014 at 15:22 UTC as 30th comment | 4 replies
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1656 comments in total)

I would interpret this advertisement saying that they did something what nobody believed Canon would ever do.

Coming up with a WL portable printer or another DSLR would make no sense in my mind.

As they didn't extend the EOS-M series and witnessed the success of Sony's A7x I could imagine they are coming up with a FF ML.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2014 at 17:29 UTC as 686th comment
On Photokina 2014: Sony stand report article (77 comments in total)
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abortabort: Still no word, despite visiting and reporting on the Sony booth, from DPR about the prototype lenses announced and previewed at photokina? No I supposed that would go against what DPR believe in.

I don't mind this this ignorance anymore.
Had a chance to put my fingers onto a 7DII at the Canon booth.
Nice one, but in my eyes not more than an A77II, but clearly ahead of the D7100. That's different class to be honest.
And read what they wrote about the NX1 - blabla "cheap dials".
The NX1 is a competitor for the top class APS-C.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 06:44 UTC
On Photokina 2014: Sony stand report article (77 comments in total)
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ephankim: Why aren't all the lens prototypes (28/2, 90/2.8 G Macro, 35/1.4 ZA & 24-240) included in this report?

They were all only shown in a closed showcase. For "normal" visitors no hands on possible.

I tried to get an answer related to the G macro - wanted to know whether it's an all IF design or the tube extends at higher magnification.
Impossible. Three Sony guys couldn't answer, and the third one asked his boss - nothing. Same went for my question related to the awkward ADI of the new 32 flash gun (and all others...) - when used as fill flash it overexposed by roughly 1 1/3 stop. Again no chance.
That's really annoying that they don't have properly trained guys around.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 06:40 UTC
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (1444 comments in total)

I visited PK14 today, and was very interested in the NX1.

The person I talked was quite competend on specs and usage, and because I was an early bird this morning, there was no big crowd at their booth.
So I had a chance to try it with the most interesting "S" branded lenses - the 1650/2.8 OIS, the new 50150/2.8 OIS and the 85/1.4.

It feels very solid, the lenses are very good. And I don't think that the dials are "cheap".

The also prepared a nice scene for video capability presentation. And they showed the NX in diferent pro-alike rigs. The recording was live streamed onto a big screen, and the 4k looked pretty well.

Can't judge it overally professional, but what I have seen, and what I did with it - kudos!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 19:31 UTC as 201st comment
On Canon PowerShot G7 X First Impressions Review preview (947 comments in total)

Regarding battery life just respect basic rule number 1.

1) Always, absolutely always keep a spare battery in your camera bag.
2) Always, absolutely always keep a spare memory card in your camera bag.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 06:39 UTC as 196th comment | 3 replies
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Absolutic: just like with Sony E lenses, the same story repeats. They are releasing a large number of slow 18-1XX (now 28-XX or 24-XX) all in one lenses. No 85 even on the map. I guess the 90/2.8 that you won't get for almost a year is supposed to be your 85. Or use 85 A size lenses with LA-EA4 adapter. I am not even talking about 135FE. not even 85 on the map. Clearly Fuji has a much better lineup now and it is here now. Fuji also has 90/2 (135 equivalent) on the map. Sony is just repeating themselves with their lens history of E mount

Hm. Somehow incoherent what you are mentioning. Comparing apples and oranges.
Actually I don't care what FB you are - although apparent - but I don't like this bullshitting from one brand to other in an unobjective way.
At first you compare an APS-C system with a FF system. Secondly you compare a system that's longer than 2 years on the market with one that's not even a year available.
I don't see a 85 from Fuji. But if you compare the 56/1.2 as a 85 equivalent, then Sony has the 50/1.8 or the Zeiss 55/1.8. And a 90mm is also not available from Fuji yet, and if it is to come, then the Sony does so, too.

If you like Fuji more - fair enough - go and be happy with this gear; it's actually a pretty good one.
But please stop doing what I mentioned above...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 20:27 UTC

Additionally for first/second quarter 15:

FE 28/2 (+16mm Fisheye Converter, + 21mm UWA converter)
FE 35/1.4 ZA
90/2.8 OSS G macro
FE 24-200/3.5-6.3

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 15:39 UTC as 25th comment
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