Michael Barker

Michael Barker

Lives in Canada Canada
Has a website at http://www.tonalscape.com
Joined on Sep 14, 2004
About me:

I am an amateur outdoor photographer based in the Toronto area. By day, I do software R&D at a computer networking devices manufacturer.


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On Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Review preview (429 comments in total)
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Chris62: Dissapointed camera - not much better than G5/G6 - next year will be far behind the competition.

@XVOYAGERX: Apples and Oranges. The viewfinder on the G7 is a lot larger, plus we are talking about different formats (mft vs cx) so depth of field is different. And interchangeable lenses are a big deal.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2015 at 21:10 UTC
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JEROME NOLAS: Where is promissed 16-80mm lens? Announced 2-3 years ago!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Leaks are one thing, announcements are another, and products delivered are yet another thing. NX-R was leaked in the same way, October 2012. http://photorumors.com/2012/10/01/nx-r-and-nx300-mirrorless-camera-entries-leak-on-samsungs-website/

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2013 at 12:43 UTC
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tecnoworld: I'm a fan of the NX line by samsung (using the nx300 with much joy, at present, and nx100 and 200 before that), but I can't really defend this camera.

It's bulky, ugly, plasticky, has no physical controls and, as much as it seems from the preview I read, it's also quite slow in operations, even if it has a great hardware.

I really hope this remains an experiment for Samsung and that they will release a "normal", "dumb" nx30 with rangefinder form factor anytime in 2014.

I was very impressed by some of the NX lenses, and the relatively nice array of physical controls on some of the other cameras, which had a Pentax-like feel. Samsung is distinguishing themselves in a new way here. I think they are going to catch some new fans, but are a long way from being able to satisfy everyone or most people. Good luck to them, but my preferences at the moment lean more toward the established, evolved tools.

I'm actually not at all surprised by Samsung's direction. The surprise to me was the results of my changing and congealing of my own needs and priorities, where I found that I have zero interest in being the first to experience whatever the next photography paradigm of gear-handling is.

But they say this happens to guys in their 30s.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2013 at 17:41 UTC

Another thought as well ... it should be interesting to compare with the Sony A3000 and try to justify the $1300 difference in price.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2013 at 17:34 UTC as 46th comment
On Ricoh announces 'HD' update to Pentax DA Limited primes article (192 comments in total)

I would have been more impressed if they added two different initials. Instead of HD, how about WR?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2013 at 17:20 UTC as 7th comment

Unusual priorities. A $1700 bundle, and there is no standard zoom available other than the basic 18-55mm. Not even a third-party option. And yet they have announced an NX fisheye.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2013 at 17:17 UTC as 47th comment | 2 replies
On Sony A3000 preview (681 comments in total)

Kodak digicams are no more - this looks like the replacement.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2013 at 13:35 UTC as 68th comment | 1 reply
On Leica announces X Vario zoom compact with APS-C sensor article (757 comments in total)
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JackM: The people here and in the Leica forum making excuses for this camera are the definition of fanboy.

DSLRs with 18-55mm quasi-permanently attached are common, and the reasons for Leica's premium pricing are well known, so what is there that is new to argue about or excuse, exactly?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2013 at 19:15 UTC
On Leica announces X Vario zoom compact with APS-C sensor article (757 comments in total)
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Najinsky: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.

It's that last bit that's giving me issues.

Take the bare faced lies of marketeers, abusing the hard earned reputation of a once great brand, with the sole aim of seducing and milking those guilty only of trust.

Is that something I can change or can't? Should I even try to get involved, if people want to buy it, it's their money.

"fast and precise autofocus"... "allows photographers to concentrate completely on composing their subjects... decisive instant... any situation."

Yet reports say 'reasonable'. Reasonable CDAF means, sometimes it locks, sometimes on the subject, but maybe the background.

Is this not deceitful? Are DPR complicit in this?

Should marketeers have to prove they are not trying to deceive buyers before DPR gives it free coverage?

Is that something we could change?

Should announcements be moderated?

Wisdom, please.

The often-heard comment that goes along with posting a press release of "we'll have to wait until we get one of these into our labs and see whether <insert manufacturer>'s claims translate into real world advantages" is hardly necessary, at least from the perspective of this audience member. I take it as a given.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2013 at 18:56 UTC
On Samsung introduces 10mm F3.5 Fisheye for NX article (101 comments in total)
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Michael Barker: This is soooo much better than anything Sony has to offer.


Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2013 at 18:44 UTC
On Samsung introduces 10mm F3.5 Fisheye for NX article (101 comments in total)
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AlpCns2: The NX lenses are very good indeed, with a nice and useful selection. An underrated system, actually.

@Emacs23: I'm very impressed with the 60mm f/2.8 Macro and it is not all that heavy. And I'd say the 30/2 is better than decent.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2013 at 18:35 UTC
On Samsung introduces 10mm F3.5 Fisheye for NX article (101 comments in total)

This is soooo much better than anything Sony has to offer.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2013 at 18:33 UTC as 14th comment | 23 replies
On Just posted: Sony Alpha NEX-6 Review article (330 comments in total)

The rear LCD appears to be at least 20% shorter in height than the rear AMOLED on my Samsung NX200. That's a pretty big loss when you shoot in square format a lot, as I do. Big sacrifice for the rangefinder mystique.

Really, I think rear LCD size should be advertised in square millimeters, but again, I'm not a 16x9 shooter most of the time.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2013 at 12:33 UTC as 52nd comment | 4 replies
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cgarrard: I like this announcement. I gave myself a couple of hours to think about it before I decided to have an opinion.

I like the idea of a well featured compact DSLR with a decent optical finder, and based on the specifications it seems Canon has nearly nailed this one.

My only concern is the use of Canons decent but aging 18mp sensor, it seems Canons semi-conductor facility isn't able to keep up with competition. Surely the sensor is decent, but it's lacking in DR and the CDAF off it doesn't seem capable enough to keep up with competition.

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People complain whether the megapixel count stays the same or increases - it's amazing.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2013 at 12:26 UTC
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highwave: I think this picture bellow tells the whole story that needs to be told:


Basically it's not all about the height/width of these small cameras that matters the most. It's the depth. And as clearly seen in the picture above, this is just another fat SLR camera regardless of its height/width.

I mean, just look at the current Fujis. Those are chunky mirrorless cameras no smaller than a typical SLR in height/width. But with a prime they are still considered small laying flat saving space.

When you get something like a typical micro four thirds and slap on the magnificent 20mm f1.7, you can easily through it in your slingbag and it totally disappears. Even the relatively largish OM-D E-M5 can be slipped into cargo pants.

Now go and try doing stuff like that with this so called mirrorless competitor SLR.

No cake Canon. I was hoping for some spectacular creativity. This camera is just downright lame.

Put a zoom lens, large sensor, large rear standard aspect ratio LCD, flash, EVF, decent battery and grip either on or in the camera and you get almost the same size whether the camera has a mirror or not.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2013 at 12:25 UTC
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klavrack: It should sell well to folks that want DSLR capabilities w/o the weight. On the other hand, we Pentaxians would like to point out the K-30 as a great alternative. From our biased perspective, it's a much more capable camera w/o many relative weaknesses. Good for Canon, though, if it puts pressure on everyone else--competition benefits buyers of all brands.

klavrack, the K-30, (which is a semi-pro model like K20D or K10D), or even the K-r, is quite a bit heavier than the SL1 (Super-Light 1). So I'm not so sure about their "alternative" status. The K-r/K-x/K-m is obviously due for an update.

The SL1 is significant because it is a Canon, and all that goes with that, the lens/flash/accessory choices both 1st and 3rd party, the extensive repair/service network, refined interface and documentation, marketing/distribution/pricing/bundling, software compatibility, resale value...

The blogosphere might eventually wakeup from their love affair with new camera shapes, which isn't necessarily shared by the global consumer. The DSLR, a word that has not lost its charm, offline anyway, is not yet dead.

"He is not yet dead!
That's what the geezer said,

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2013 at 13:36 UTC

Heckle me all you want folks, I'm gonna say it anyway:

*Camera of the Year*

And yes, one of the biggest reasons is that it is a Canon.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2013 at 15:47 UTC as 42nd comment | 7 replies
On CES 2013: Hands-on with Samsung NX300 article (150 comments in total)
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micahmedia: For those who don't understand why a lack of EVF option is a deal breaker, I offer this: http://camerasize.com/compact/#34,394,375,318,ha,f

Only one of these cameras doesn't offer an EVF option.

For those who say "well, Samsung does offer something with an EVF", note how big the NX20 is. It will never get any smaller. That's the beauty of a detachable EVF--even if the EVF adds bulk, it can be removed to pack smaller.

And also, for those who don't understand the need for an eye-level finder, I offer this explanation: perspective is about camera position. Especially with wide lenses, position is everything. It's inherent to wide angle because of both rectilinear distortion, and the large difference in what's included or excluded in the frame when holding the camera out in front of you. Those couple of feet difference from the position of your eye to the position of the lens are a big deal. Sure, sometimes the arms length thing is just right.

But better is to have both options.

micahmedia, the Samsung offers a significantly larger OLED, obviously.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2013 at 15:55 UTC
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JEROME NOLAS: So who will buy Nikon 1 now???

Who will buy Nikon 1? People who want small telephoto lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2013 at 13:29 UTC
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thewhitehawk: I find the lack of wheels on this camera body... disturbing.

On a more serious note, this camera looks more comfortable to hold than most mirrorless cameras, however, I have to say that that large pixel count raises a few yellow flags in my head. Over the years I have observed that whenever Samsung tries to compete with other companies in terms of megapixel count, they tend to sacrifice many other things (see their old Ultra range for reference).

I hope they can prove me wrong, as Samsung tends to be one of the most disruptive companies when it comes to mobile devices, and it would be great to see more competition in the mirrorless camera market. But it will take more than a 3D lens and 20 megapixels to convince me, that's just my opinion.

Don't forget that the wheel on the lenses is assignable (iFn). And of course there is a touchscreen now.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2013 at 13:16 UTC
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