Sosua

Sosua

Lives in New Zealand (Aotearoa) Auckland, New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Works as a Product Manager
Has a website at www.samwaldron.co.nz
Joined on May 25, 2006
About me:

I'm an amateur photographer who is fortunate enough to spend a decent amount of time in the field shooting.

My first love is landscape, although i'm really enjoying shooting more people, travel and the adventures it brings.

I am working towards dedicating two months a year to travel and landscape photography and while it is nice to subsidise part of the costs, I do it for the love.

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On Fujifilm produces limited edition of 10,000 black X100s article (100 comments in total)

Gosh, thats beautiful, wish the X pro 1 (not that it isn't a nice looking camera in its own right) was this size and style, although I guess the variable magnification OVF required some change.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 12, 2012 at 02:39 UTC as 42nd comment
On Preview: Canon PowerShot G1 X large sensor zoom compact article (778 comments in total)
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Josh152: I don't understand all the people putting down this camera. A camera like this has been needed for years. That is a small camera with a decent sensor in it and a practical focal length range that still easily fits in a coat/cargo/vest pocket or in your camera bag with the rest of your gear. The is the first real alternative to a DSLR that actually makes sense.

With a traditional compact camera you have a tiny sensor with lots of noise and little to no DOF control.

With a mirror less interchangeable lens camera you are really just getting a DSLR with crappy ergonomics. They are no more convenient to use than a DSLR and once you put a practical lens on it it is almost as big as a DSLR anyway. There is very little practical differnce between using a MILC and a DSLR. Especially logistically speaking.

This camera strikes a perfect balance between all of the major camera types. The G1 X is the camera many people who bought MILC cameras really wanted.

Probably because its 550 grams, has a small sensor and has got a slow zoom glued to it.

One would be infinitely better off with a Panny GX1 or similar with a collapsible kit and the option for other lenses / EVF etc as needed.

This is basically a huge, expensive P&S with a lens which negates its slightly larger sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 11, 2012 at 02:19 UTC
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scottacus: Very interesting that there is a pancake in their lineup. Considering how relatively large and fat the X-Pro 1 is, it's not exactly crying out for a tiny pancake lens.

I wonder if this means there may be another, smaller X-series ILC coming in the next year.

An X series EVF only model could be smaller and cheaper for sure for those not interested in the OVF aspect...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 11, 2012 at 02:04 UTC
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diforbes: No 24mm or 35mm equivalent prime? No 24-70mm equivalent zoom? This camera is DOA for me under the current roadmap.

No 600mm F4 OMG what is fuji thinking. DOA for birders as well.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 11, 2012 at 02:03 UTC
On Fujifilm X-Pro1 preview (756 comments in total)
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burnymeister: Ordered with all 3 lenses. 'nuff said. :D

Jealous! I'll be a few months behind I think, keen to see how it does with RF lenses as well (until the 14mm comes out at least). Being specifically desinged for short back focus and sans-AA filter, hopes are high it will be among the better alt platforms as well as having some fine looking native lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2012 at 01:29 UTC

Fuji... you are making me want this camera. A+ for marketing. And fortunately it appears an excellent product too. Good times indeed, fortunately I have 5 m mount lenses as well.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2012 at 01:22 UTC as 70th comment
On Preview: Canon PowerShot G1 X large sensor zoom compact article (778 comments in total)

Canon.... This would have been ok if it was G12 sized perhaps which was already well oversized for a tiny sensor.

As it stands it is a massive point and shoot with slightly better image quality. I would rather a much more compact XZ1 or similar which would offset the odd sensor size no doubt with a two stop speed advantage.

Depth of field control with an f5.6 lens. Awesome.

Might as well cannibalize your own precious Rebel DSLRs before Oly, panasonic, fuji and Sony and Nikon do.

Predictably short sighted. Hopefully there is also a plan B.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2012 at 20:25 UTC as 118th comment | 3 replies
On IMG_0108 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Great to see a landscape shot with the S100 so we can judge its ability to hold relatively fine detail in nice light.

Oh wait, its at ISO 800, 1/400th of a second and F6.3. Was this the camera or the photographers decision?

This would have been far better at ISO 100, F4 and 1/100th.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 23, 2011 at 06:08 UTC as 1st comment
On Just posted: Our Sony NEX-7 in-depth review article (339 comments in total)
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tlinn: I can totally see myself moving away from my lifelong affiliation with Canon gear after a few more E-mount lenses and another generation or two of this body. I'll have to give up my tilt-shifts but my aching back is telling me it is worth it.

You can use TSE lenses on the NEX as well - practically any lens you want :)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2011 at 07:40 UTC
On Just posted: Our Sony NEX-7 in-depth review article (339 comments in total)

So many noob comments here. Hilarious reading.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2011 at 21:43 UTC as 35th comment | 1 reply

Awesome landscape lens - zero DOF control on M43 at 6.3!

Seriously though, interesting lens - big, weathersealed, but slow and inexpensive - quite an odd mix - is this just one for the rainy video guys?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2011 at 06:41 UTC as 92nd comment
On Just posted: Our Sony NEX-7 in-depth review article (339 comments in total)
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ksgant: I'm sorry, I guess it's me, but this is like the other offerings by Sony, just a noisy mess. While I applaud the form factor and them trying to approach the digital camera form in a new way, I just can't get past the IQ and bad handeling of noise.

But as I say, I seem to be alone in that regard as it's getting praised all over the place...with people seeming to just look past the noise.

I own a D7000 and NEX-5N the NEX-7 has essentially the same total noise performance and more detail up to about 800-1600 - this affords you luxuries when actually printing your images. If you just want to look at images at ISO 6400 and 100%, perhaps a D3S would be the ticket and an F1.4 lens.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2011 at 05:30 UTC
On Just posted: Our Sony NEX-7 in-depth review article (339 comments in total)
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S.A.: Shouldn't have gotten that number considering the auto focus system/price. Autofocus is fundamental. It should be considered as one of the most important features, just behind image quality. The rest is icing. Especially when you are reviewing a 1300 dollar system. The camera doesn't deserve that number. 81 and gold my azz.

Agreed - Autofocus is for noobs and sportshooters. Fortunately i'm neither.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2011 at 05:14 UTC
On Just posted: Our Sony NEX-7 in-depth review article (339 comments in total)
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RRJackson: It's a pity there aren't better lens offerings from Sony for the NEX system. It's a very nice camera with no compact high-quality optics to make it worth owning.

Just slap on a Leica and you're away laughing. Samsung have a pretty good 30mm F2 pancake, but that's about it unfortunately.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2011 at 05:13 UTC
On Just posted: Our Sony NEX-7 in-depth review article (339 comments in total)
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thx1138: really can't believe the conclusions on IQ for the NEX 7. The IQ above ISO 800 is mediocre even when using ACR 6.6. What is the point of 24Mp if you have to resize to 16MP to get a decent result. Did the reviewer even look at the high ISO results. Even at ISO 800 it looks worse than the GH2 which has higher pixel density. The 7D is ridiculed by some for it's noise and it's got nothing to worry about.

If you stick to ISO 400, NEX 7 looks like a great camera, but I expected far more. Should have just used the 5N sensor and dropped the price by $100.

The point of 24MP is printing, and if you have ever printed large before you will have a solid workflow in place and value detail over a little color noise - NEX-7 is the APS-C king.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2011 at 05:11 UTC
On Just posted: Our Sony NEX-7 in-depth review article (339 comments in total)
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ksgant: I'm sorry, I guess it's me, but this is like the other offerings by Sony, just a noisy mess. While I applaud the form factor and them trying to approach the digital camera form in a new way, I just can't get past the IQ and bad handeling of noise.

But as I say, I seem to be alone in that regard as it's getting praised all over the place...with people seeming to just look past the noise.

? Its got better IQ than any other APS-C camera on the market. You are comparing to a D3S?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2011 at 05:09 UTC
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Charlie Jin: Sony lacks pancake lens (currently only one, which is not really useful range). Whatever NEX does, I won't buy this bulky thingy (including lens)

Pancakes are an optical compromise with naturally poor ergonomics, it's funny how they are the be all and end all for some these days. There is no way I would even carry around a little small GF3 and 14 2.5 in my pants pocket so it's all much of a muchness. The only truly pocketable enthusiast camera is Canons S90/95/100.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2011 at 20:30 UTC
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frosti7: as reported at SAR a month ago :)

I would rather they did away with this whiz- bang black magic EVF rubbish as well as those new fandangled digital gobbledy-gook sensors and pesky internal combustion engines. Today's young people don't know a hard days work!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2011 at 21:02 UTC
On Ricoh to make 16MP APS-C GXR zoom module article (136 comments in total)

Ahhhh, so this appears to be what Ricoh meant when they said they would be 'filling a gap'? Not for me, but. Good to see they have now got the 16mp chip on board - a shame it didn't make it to the M mount.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2011 at 20:32 UTC as 29th comment | 4 replies
On Variation Facts and Fallacies article (231 comments in total)
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Ho72: As someone who's been involved in manufacturing for 35+ years, I understand variation in both the manufacturing and assembly processes all too well. It's really no small achievement that mass-produced items are nearly identical, within microns, on a consistent basis. Modern machining and measurement methods, both computer controlled, are largely responsible, but credit must also be given to the engineers who design things that are "manufacturable", at least most of the time. :)

I've had one bad lens out of the dozens I've bought. It was well regarded and tested OK out of the box, but then it stopped being able to acquire critical focus in the middle of a shooting session. Apparently something within the lens shifted after it passed its initial shakedown. Sent it back and that was that (always know your dealer's return policy before the purchase).

Bad lenses are rare, but the people who examine them with anal zeal are not and this article won't cure them, sad to say.

'anal zeal' - love it haha - you're right though - the quest for perfection will not be put in perspective by this article for the anal and zealous...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2011 at 23:21 UTC
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