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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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.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2012 at 01:22 UTC as 70th comment
On article Preview: Canon PowerShot G1 X large sensor zoom compact (776 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.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2012 at 20:25 UTC as 118th comment | 3 replies
On photo IMG_0108 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.

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2011 at 06:08 UTC as 1st comment
On a photo in the Canon S100 Review Samples sample 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.

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2011 at 06:08 UTC as 1st comment
On article Just posted: Our Sony NEX-7 in-depth review (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 :)

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

So many noob comments here. Hilarious reading.

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?

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2011 at 06:41 UTC as 92nd comment
On article Just posted: Our Sony NEX-7 in-depth review (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.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2011 at 05:30 UTC
On article Just posted: Our Sony NEX-7 in-depth review (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.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2011 at 05:14 UTC
On article Just posted: Our Sony NEX-7 in-depth review (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.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2011 at 05:13 UTC
On article Just posted: Our Sony NEX-7 in-depth review (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.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2011 at 05:11 UTC
On article Just posted: Our Sony NEX-7 in-depth review (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?

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.

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!

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2011 at 21:02 UTC
On article Ricoh to make 16MP APS-C GXR zoom module (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.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2011 at 20:32 UTC as 29th comment | 4 replies
On article Variation Facts and Fallacies (230 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...

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2011 at 23:21 UTC
On article Variation Facts and Fallacies (230 comments in total)
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LightRoom: So let's see. We are paying a lot of money for a quality lens. But then for X Y Z excuses we are going to get an inferior lens? EXCUSE ME! What a load of bull! So typical of nowadays! If you are charging a wonderful price for a wonderful lens, I expect your lens to be wonderful.

But no, we should pay for full quality, when manufacturers to save costs move over to cheaper countries with cheaper workforce and lower quality checks, leaving a lot of people unemployed.

But we should understand? Well no, sorry. F U . Not only we don't understand, we don't want to. And we will not.

If a product is sold saying it ill meet certain standards it should. The rest is a load of lame excuses, and if you ask me, a fraud.

Have a nice day!

Lol, Lightroom - I'm pretty sure you won't be a good enough photographer to notice these minute differences in the real world.

Read it again...

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2011 at 11:46 UTC
On article Variation Facts and Fallacies (230 comments in total)
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MICHAEL_61: Very interesting. My conclusion: in order to buy a lens, get as many copies as you possibly can tested on your camera (preferably 10 at least) to choose the best one of them.

10 copies! Haha, perhaps if I had assistants to do such things.

I think you are missing the moral of the story however - its not to scare users about all the possible variation, rather that if its bad, you will KNOW about it.

Just enjoy taking photos.

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2011 at 11:43 UTC
On article Fujifilm X10 Preview Samples Gallery (113 comments in total)
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ybizzle: Fuji has forever rocked the foundation of compact cameras with the X10. You get m4/3 image quality from the 2/3" sensor plus low noise high ISO performance. There is just no competition for this camera right now. Glad I was lucky enough to buy one on release day.

Looks pretty good - for 6MP. But then again, most $600 cameras do.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2011 at 04:15 UTC
On article GX1: Interview with Panasonic US's Darin Pepple (31 comments in total)
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Sosua: Sweet sweater, its a pretty solid look and personally preferable to Richards polo and blazer, although that is also a solid look.

Mixed with the white collared (Polo?) lends a touch of formality while still keeping things 'fresh' and 'fun'.

Much like the GX1?

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2011 at 06:13 UTC
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