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On Sony a6000 Review preview (728 comments in total)

After reading few sections of that review I wonder what are the advantages of that new camera over Nex-7 and Nex-6. It looks like measured dunamic range is the same as Nex-7 and a little worse than Nex-6. The visible noise look very similar in all ISO levels. The usability may be an answer but having no experience in using any of those cameras I am not sure - A6000 has more scroll wheels than Nex-6 but it also has lower resolution EVF. Actually that new camera looks like Nex-7 rebadged as A6000. Is there any reason one would spend 800 USD for it rather than go and pick up hardly used Nex-7 for about half that price?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2014 at 05:46 UTC as 86th comment | 3 replies
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Nukunukoo: Now if only Canon can release a model with better DR with my PP, I'll be ready to go back to them!

Interesting. Reading between the lines it loks like you feel somewhat dissatisfied and cheated but nevertheless continue supporting dishonest practices of the manufacturer because of some minor advantage in captured dynamic range offered by its product? Really interesting.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 14:28 UTC
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digitalshooter: Right I can see all of the Sony faithful on the Sony forum ordering this camera!

Enthusiast camera at 12K, don't think so! Another slap in the face to the long time a mount user!

This is actually good news. I wouldn't mind offloading my A mount lenses to someone willing to pay extra. I might even be generous and ask only double regular sell price.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 04:54 UTC
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qwertyasdf: Fairly speaking, bad job, Hassy. It's a big step back from the Lunar and Stellar
Why no marble grip, diamond knobs? I guess everybody would love a camera that weighted a tonne.

Lean times. Even in Hasselblad products one can see cost cutting. Serves well new wave of upper classes. Executive shell with BestBuy innards to show sympathy with working classes. Are you being served?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 04:47 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1607 comments in total)
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ProfHankD: Rated lowest of the full-frame cameras? I have an A7 that I'm using for very technical work and I can't agree. Aside from any IQ arguments, I think the EVF alone should justify gold, as would the fact that it can use just about any lens ever made.

However, DPReview did catch my biggest gripe: the 1/60s A mode preference. Basically, all Sony models have followed the 1/focal_length rule, but they have a long tradition of assuming unknown lenses are 50mm, hence selecting 1/60s. Allowing the user to manually set the minimum speed would be a step in the right direction, but the real fix is to let the user tell the camera about the unchipped lenses and maintain a list of such lens data to select from instead of the "shoot without lens" choice. That lens info should go into the EXIF and be used to compute 1/focal_length, or perhaps even allow a user-specified default slowest shutter speed to be registered for each lens.

Well. I thought about such firmware feature since I acquired A900 few years ago. It would be more useful to me than many camera improvements to date. It seems however that it is beyond the skills of Sony firmware developers to implement it.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 14:16 UTC
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NancyP: Nothing here suggests that the damage is limited to CC customers. People who bought their software outright may also be at risk.

This is a good point. If I remember correctly one must create account in order to buy software like Lightroom or PS directly from Adobe. I do not remember what credit card payment system they use but they might be storing that information too if you buy online.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2013 at 01:10 UTC
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Valentinian: The sculptor's work was exposed to the public the same way a song is copyrighted and published. Anybody who sings that song in concert for a profit should pay something to the author.
Of course the USPS had to pay the sculptor.
As someone in this forum already pointed out, it is very strange that the US government didn't reserve all rights to reproduce and use in any way the sculptor's work when his work was commissioned and he was paid.
Isn't that what happens, for instance, when you enter one of your photos into a photographic contest?

I think you mentioned real issue. I also do not understand why, after spending huge sum of money, those that comissioned the sculpture did not ensure the sale agreement included all rights to its future use. I would still want the government agencies enforce the rule never to commision any future work from that artist. The predatory legal behavior should be discouraged. Unfortunately that would probably infringe some other misused law like equal opportunity or something.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2013 at 15:41 UTC
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smafdy: This is BS.

Did the sculptor put the snow on his sculpture? No. The environment, itself changed the entire nature of the photo.

As for the caption. it is just that — a caption.

I can't draw a picture of a Mustang without Ford suing me for copyright infringement, now?

As for the monument in question, it is a 3 dimensional work. A photograph, OTOH, is a 2D representation, and in now way, shape, or form, a "copy." In fact, it is impossible, as a matter of basic physics, for a photograph to copy anything that wasn't already 2 dimensional, in the first place.

Additionally, and as an aside, I have visited this monument, and feel the sculpture compares unfavorably to those which surround it. The work looks hurried and of fairly low quality. Gaylord has milked the taxpayer, twice.

I find that reasoning flawed. Why should artists be specially protected? Noone forced them to sell their work cheaply. They could demand high price and potentially face less or no buyers. If they consciously accepted lower price they should live with that like every other grown up human being.

Regarding the issue of USPS paying the legal costs. I would hope few things happen:

Person(s) responsible for issuing stamps without fully checking legal ramifications (if they are found guilty of negligence) should pay consequences

If sculpture was erected using public money so should person(s) who did not ensure it can be used by goverment agences without any limits

The artist should be blacklisted from any other public art spending. If he bites the hand that feeds him let him find another mecenas.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2013 at 13:39 UTC
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thx1138: I have a strong feeling Canon will issue an identical report with regards their EOS M. Interestingly both parties were arrogantly late to the mirrorless segment and both offer flawed (in different ways) cameras that do not standout or offer a compelling reason to buy. It will intersting whether Canon bother with a EOS M2 or whether the 100D was an indication they will stick to DSLR's.

I would venture to speculate that all companies - Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic and Fuji, will release reports of falling sell figures of mirrorless cameras. Wasn't there a report few weeks ago stating that mirrorless camera shipments fell about 18% globally? If only Canon and Nikon accounted for that drop that would mean that somehow those slow and ridiculed giants in a short time captured more market share than "innovative" and sexy "upstarts".

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2013 at 01:46 UTC
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1201 comments in total)
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Fox Fisher: Why people are obsessed with sensor sizes? If you insist saying that APS-C is always better than m4/3 then Medium Format should be above all... Lets all go buy a medium format then.... as you can see comparing a camera with just a sensor size is irrational. It's all comes down to individual buyers taste and use and the end of the day.

Spec wise it's a great camera. It fills the boxes where Olympus E-P5 left empty. It will be painful to sell my beloved RX100 for this awesome camera with awesome lens selections.

I think sensor size matters. I use mirrorless camera solely as a body for old MF lenses. Smaller sensor means it is harder to find lenses with wide enough angles of view. There is always option of stitching multiple exposures but to do it properly it requires more skill than I currently possess. FF mirrorless would be perfect.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2013 at 14:05 UTC
On Camera shipments continue to fall article (136 comments in total)
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Atlasman: The industry (SLR) is stalled by Canikon and their lack of interest in producing mirrorless systems: the future of photography.The old pond is drying up!

Mirrorless cameras maybe the future of photography but if the numbers are correct it looks like consumers do not think the current crop of mirrorless cameras are the glimpse of that future. Report shows same drop in shipments for both SLR and mirrrorless cameras, so I guess market is saturated and there is no much innovation in both areas, real innovation that would compel users to buy or replace camera bodies.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2013 at 13:42 UTC
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chekist: Though it is not clear what the outcome of the collaboration would be I am excited to see what could happen when two of the most innovative companies join forces.

Going by past experience some probable results can include innovative products that don't sell or corporate scandals of the highest magnitude ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2012 at 19:32 UTC
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micahmedia: ...this is sad. The new digi OM looks good. Real good. It's a shame the hard workers that comprise the rest of the company will suffer the poor decisions of the board members.

On one hand I definitely can. I was using DSLR without that feature for a few years with no issues.

On the other hand I can not. In the same way as I can not imagine using camera without features I have mentioned in my previous post.

I am not sure I agree with your definition of innovation. It seems to me you are contradicting yourself. Art filters are not standard in professional cameras. There are also few different implementations of sensor cleaning solutions. The common goal in photo industry should be and hopefully is delivering cameras with better image quality. Applying your definition of innovation would mean that any company that comes up with new and better sensor is not really innovative.

If however I apply term innovation as defined in wiki or other dictionary sites then I can see many innovators in camera market. Olympus somehow does not seem to lead the pack. Of cause I do not have knowledge on the number of patents registered by each company, so it is just my 2c

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2012 at 04:25 UTC
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micahmedia: ...this is sad. The new digi OM looks good. Real good. It's a shame the hard workers that comprise the rest of the company will suffer the poor decisions of the board members.

I am not a camera historian but by quick look on the net it looks like... Minolta introduced in body IS and followed with its own dust reduction system year after Olympus. Sony introduced EVF in SLR body. Fuji introduced hybrid viewfinder. Canon introduced first affordable DSLR, first full frame camera with video capability , Af micro adjustment etc. I bet Nikon came up with some ideas in the meantime as well. Most of those manufacturers introduced series of new sensor technology.

I do not see any clear innovation leadership from Olympus. If it was a leader it would make better products. Its cameras are good but do not separate themselves from the pack. If Olympus really is leading with number of digital camera related patents then it probably should think through where it puts R&D money to as its innovations seem not convincing to the buying public.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2012 at 05:11 UTC
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micahmedia: ...this is sad. The new digi OM looks good. Real good. It's a shame the hard workers that comprise the rest of the company will suffer the poor decisions of the board members.

That's fine and I can very believe Olympus makes good cameras. Just as about any major manufacturer. Their products do some things right, some just adequately and in some respects are lacking.

What suprises me are claims that Oly is some kind of the innovation leader. I do not see it. Their (low) market position does not seem to be caused by offering cutting edge but pricy products. If they exit camera market it will be sad for their current userbase but they will in time find comparable or better products on the market.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2012 at 23:25 UTC
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micahmedia: ...this is sad. The new digi OM looks good. Real good. It's a shame the hard workers that comprise the rest of the company will suffer the poor decisions of the board members.

Do I miss anything? What's so innovative about Olympus's camera business? When I check Oly forum I see only complains about old sensor developed and produced by Panasonic. Their m43 cameras seem to be tiny step upgrades one over another. What is so breath taking that they developed or produced recently, or within few last years for that matter?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2012 at 02:45 UTC
On Pentax announces K-01 K-mount APS-C mirrorless camera article (875 comments in total)
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KonstantinosK: Design-wise, the more I look at it, the more I like it and I think it looks brilliant. Its toyish plasticky semi-retro look is obviously intentional. It's like saying that a photographer should make fun of shooting and that he/she doesn't have to look like some serious pretentious artsy middle-aged single with a 5D and some huge lens on it. (Honey, if you're reading this, can I have a yellow one for Valentine's? Pity there's no red yet...)

I am not sure. To me the design says - "Look, I am original in a same as million others kind of way. I pitty you old farts with boring black boxes."

But seriosly, I have hard time finding anything original in that design. You do not like black? Paint your DSLR in any color you like. It was tried and offered many times already. Shapewise that new camera looks similar to previous models - boxy little thing - with some controlswhose placement seems to be an afterthought.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2012 at 17:43 UTC
On Nikon 1 System First Impressions article (255 comments in total)
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AnandaSim: What is sad is the company decision to amputate their design to achieve product differentiation and segregation within their own catalog. Nikon engineers must be as good or better than anyone else. However, from their product philosophy, they purposely cripple their D3100 and D5100 line by not having an AF motor so that it does not steal sales from their D90 and above lines. And I hear (I don't own one) that they cripple their D90 class with metering handicap for manual lenses vs their D3 etc..... These are not technological can't do, they are management and product design decisions.

Now, they are doing every other brand a favour by purposely choosing an in-betweener sensor size - it's not small with the advantages of small like an LX-5 class and it's not DX with all the advantages of DX.

It seems "normal" lenses, not try-hard-primes are difficult to make small for any crop bigger than a bridge camera size sensor. That big lens for this cam is huge.

And isn't any brand doing the same? What about Sony not providing feature to enter and store manual lens information? What about time that took them to allow to shoot manual lenses in A mode? Does Canon act differently? Does Panasonic or Olympus? Every company tries to keep their system closed in some way or other to force users buy their other accessories or limits features to force users buy their more 'advanced' and expensive products.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2011 at 00:55 UTC
On Five of the best tripods for under $450 article (83 comments in total)

Maybe the review should include actual field tests. I wonder how well the tripods with twist locks would fare in less than clean environment. My personal experience, having clogged two tripods of two different manufacturers with sand while shooting in South-West, is not encouraging.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2011 at 07:24 UTC as 38th comment
On NEW YEARS DAY 2 in the Interpretation: Face Off challenge (1 comment in total)

Is the other version the original? For some reason I prefer the light from the other picture and the crop from that one. Obviously I haven't been there and haven't seen the scene but the other picture gives that feeling of the warmth of the sun rays in the winter day. The darkness of this version looses it.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2010 at 20:22 UTC as 1st comment
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