SteveY80

SteveY80

Joined on Dec 29, 2012

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On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)

I'm fond of my bargain priced J1 with its 18.5mm f1.8 lens, but there's no way I'd upgrade to a much more expensive model considering the extremely limited selection of lenses.

To me a 10-30mm F3.5-5.6 lens isn't very appealing on a 1" sensor camera. Where are the fast zooms? Why isn't there a macro lens?

Adapted lenses aren't really a solution as they add to the size and remove the autofocus speed advantage.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2014 at 15:53 UTC as 7th comment
On Sony SLT-A77 II First Impressions Review preview (637 comments in total)
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maxeythecat: Sorry but GPS belongs in your car, not your camera. ' Nuff said.

A natural history internet circle I belong to asks that the location where pictures were taken be included with any images submitted.

A year after taking the shot, I'm not necessarily going to remember the location of a butterfly I snapped while walking in the countryside. The sky behind a bird in flight doesn't generally contain any famous landmarks to use as a reference for its location.

If nothing else a GPS would save some detective work, like having to look through landscape shots taken on the same day to work out where I was.

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2014 at 00:28 UTC
On Sony SLT-A77 II First Impressions Review preview (637 comments in total)
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new boyz: I have no complaint about using pre flash as focus assist. When focus lamp is needed, you're doing flash photography anyway. Serves as red eye reduction mechanism as well.

My ring flash doesn't have a focus assist lamp, making one on the camera useful occasionally.

The biggest issue, though, is that using the flash generally doesn't work that well. At least that's my experience of this feature on the A57.

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2014 at 00:19 UTC
On Sony SLT-A77 II First Impressions Review preview (637 comments in total)
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photogalleryonline: Does it allow manual control of the Iris (Apetrure) during Video shooting? How does the 12 fps work compared to the A77 which had some terrible blackout (image review) while shooting at speed thus impossible to track/pan anything at speed?

Whether there's still a slideshow when shooting at faster speeds is definitely one of the things I want to know.

I've been looking at various hand-on tests, and despite them talking about the high burst speed, none have made it clear whether this old SLT problem has been solved.

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2014 at 21:39 UTC
On Sony SLT-A77 II First Impressions Review preview (637 comments in total)
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cgarrard: Bummer, no dedicated AF assist lamp. That's kind of a big thing to me that I always appreciate. Can live without but, why take it off, did it really cost that much to keep it on Sony? These little nagging decisions just p$ss off enthusiasts for the A-Mount. Sorry.

My A57 uses the flash in that way too. In my experience it doesn't work very well.

It seems strange to me that my £100 compact has this feature but a £1000 semi-pro camera like the A77II doesn't...

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2014 at 20:10 UTC
On Sony SLT-A77 II First Impressions Review preview (637 comments in total)
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ppapageorgiou: This camera is at a point on the product line that's now pointless. Who needs a high-end APS-C camera? They should discontinue the A77, revise the A65 instead, and maybe introduce a cheaper full frame like an A85.

APS-C definitely has an advantage for wildlife photography.

Even with a long lens it's often necessary to heavily crop when shooting a bird in flight or a skittish little creature.

At the same distance, with the same lens, a 24mp APS-C sensor will provide a much higher resolution cropped image than a 24mp full frame like the A99.

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2014 at 20:01 UTC
On Never lose your lens cap again with HACkxTACK article (165 comments in total)
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maljo@inreach.com: Magnets and digital cameras?
Nope.

Unless you're still using 3.5" floppy disks, I think the days when you needed to worry about putting weak little magnets near your electronics are long gone.

Not that I'll be buying this when I have perfectly convenient pockets to store my lens caps...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 21:36 UTC
On Lomography launches Russar+ for L39 and M mount cameras article (120 comments in total)
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bawbaw: These will be useless on digital RF with the deep rear element design, even the modern voigt wideangles are really bad on the M9/240. I was pretty sad when I saw the voigt 21mm on my M9, that having been my goto lens on film.

For about the same price there is better and more sensible L39/M mount wides ,used zeiss zm 21mm for one.

Like the Petzval before. It's cheaper to buy an original used and leave the disappointments to the cool kids that have made the lomography guys snake oil well grow deeper and deeper. Keeping in mind pre lomography these were about £30 on ebay if that.

I tried use a vintage L39 lens of similar design on a Nikon 1.

Despite the adapter ring adding some depth, the large rear element prevented it from fully screwing in. With the fixed internal filter protecting the sensor there's very little space inside for a lens like that to fit.

Fortunately that old lens cost me about $20, not $650...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 16:57 UTC
On Sony Australia releases a3500 with new kit lens article (144 comments in total)
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Michel J: Why an E-mount when we can have a real DSLR with A-mount for the same price?

I doubt that this camera, with contrast detect autofocus, matches the focus speed of an SLT/DSLR...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 21:51 UTC
On Sony Australia releases a3500 with new kit lens article (144 comments in total)
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Paul1974: The physical dimensions of the lens are clearly smaller, so that seems like a good thing to me. Not everybody wants ultimate image quality. Some people value the ease of use of a small camera.

Surely if size is a priority to someone they'd buy one of the genuinely small mirrorless cameras, not a "DSLR" style body that just happens to have a smaller than usual kit zoom?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 21:48 UTC
On A Stitch in Time in the Visual Puns challenge (3 comments in total)
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Steve Throndson: Very nice photo, and perfect for the challenge theme. I can't believe you got 'point-five' votes. I voted four stars because it was clearly the best in the challenge. (well, the 'fork in the road' was pretty good too)

Thanks!

As for the 0.5 votes... I've seen been plenty of other challenge winners received the same kind of voting. I suspect that there are often one or two entrants who vote "tactically" by giving other entries a low score.

Of course it could just be a matter of personal taste, and there was genuinely something they hated about the winning shots, who knows...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2014 at 08:23 UTC

My J1 is just a secondary camera that I stick in my jacket pocket when I don't want to lug around my Sony A57, so big $1000 zooms don't really appeal to me. Unlike pretty much everyone else (it seems to me) I am interested in the new 10-30mm though.

I don't care about power zoom, but the greater zoom range compared with the 11-27.5mm (1mm at the wide end really does make a difference), the integrated lens cap (convenient for quick, one-handed, point-and-shoot snaps on the street), and the smaller size compared with the old 10-30mm (which renders the J1 a lot less pocket friendly), make it a nice kit lens upgrade.

Of course I'd be more excited if it was f2.8, but as long as it's sharp wide open I'll be happy enough.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 17:35 UTC as 10th comment
On Sony a6000 First Impressions Review preview (899 comments in total)
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SteveY80: I'm surprised that the EVF has been downgraded compared with the NEX 6...

I guess it's probably the same 1.4mp model that's in the RX10, and by all accounts there's nothing wrong with that, but I'd have thought that they'd be showing off their best technology in this camera.

That seems strange to me. I've played with an NEX 6 and used an A77 and didn't notice any problems with refresh rate or lag. Plenty of people use higher resolution EVF cameras like the A65 and A77 for shooting sport or birds in flight.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 04:36 UTC
On Sony a6000 First Impressions Review preview (899 comments in total)

I'm surprised that the EVF has been downgraded compared with the NEX 6...

I guess it's probably the same 1.4mp model that's in the RX10, and by all accounts there's nothing wrong with that, but I'd have thought that they'd be showing off their best technology in this camera.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 04:19 UTC as 273rd comment | 5 replies
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera article (921 comments in total)
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edur: FINALLY!!!

This is the way a camera should be controlled.

Shutterspeed, aperture ... and ISO.

The three primary parameters of exposure.

Why did it take this long for camera makers to ditch PASM, and place ISO alongside shutter speed and aperture? This is much simpler and straight forward.

Thank you Fujifilm!
This will be my next camera.

I'm much more familiar with the conventional PASM controls of my Sony DSLR/SLT cameras, but I agree that this seems like a faster, simpler and more elegant layout.

With Fuji's controls there's no need to check a display to view settings, and everything important can be immediately changed without switching modes.

It's a shame that the lack of aperture rings on most modern lenses would make it impractical for other camera makers to copy it completely.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2014 at 02:28 UTC
On Pixel Peeper in the Closeup pixels ! challenge (2 comments in total)
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rostamiani: Weird pixels ... What's your device ?

It's a pretty old 40" Samsung PLS LCD TV.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2013 at 15:12 UTC
On Preview:nikon-coolpix-a (442 comments in total)

I think the people comparing this to the Fuji X100 are ignoring how much smaller this camera is. You could slip this into a coat pocket easily; it's a really slim and neat compact camera. While the Fuji is smaller and lighter than a DSLR, it still needs a separate camera bag.

Having said that, I'd still much rather have the Fuji if I was in the market for a fixed lens camera. I love its retro look, and for me its great viewfinder easily outweighs any size difference.

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 at 14:41 UTC as 120th comment | 2 replies
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