aftab

aftab

Lives in New Zealand (Aotearoa) Thames, New Zealand (Aotearoa)
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"Significant decrease in sales of image sensors, reflecting a decrease in demand for mobile products"

Does it mean that cellphone market has started the same downward trend that camera market started few years ago or it just means that some cellphone heavyweights, such as Samsung, are now making their own sensors instead of buying from Sony?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2016 at 06:53 UTC as 58th comment | 2 replies

You have made an argument, "It is also true of course that it's your own skills, rather than the limitations of technology, that are most likely to hold you back. But again, this doesn’t mean that just any camera will do." That is, we all have different needs. Just because camera X suits Bob, it doesn't mean that it would suit Jane.

Given this argument we would expect you to recommend some cameras for best IQ and some for best AF and so on. But you still do, "Just look at the mid-range interchangeable lens camera category. There is no camera that's best at everything so in the end we selected the Sony a6000. It no longer offers the very best image quality or the very best specs, nor is it the stand-out leader for video at this point."

Jane wants best IQ and Bob wants best video, but you end up selecting something that doesn't suit Bob or Jane.

Clearly, you appear clueless as you make a point in one minute only to stab it at the back the next minute.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2016 at 09:24 UTC as 58th comment

Sorry Richard, this has to be one of the most poorly written articles in DPR. Let's start with your first few sentences.

"It's often said all modern cameras are good. And it’s true: That's the reason most of the cameras we review get some kind of award. But it's also close to meaningless. It seems to imply that it doesn't matter which camera you buy, .... "

No, it doesn't imply that. It's meaning is very clear. It simply says, all modern cameras are good. It is not meaningless at all.

Then you go on to say, "It is also true of course that it's your own skills, rather than the limitations of technology, that are most likely to hold you back. But again, this doesn’t mean that just any camera will do."

I am pretty sure even a child knows that. I don't think anyone has ever said Sony RX100 or EOS M3 would be good sports cameras. You are trying to counter an argument that doesn't exist.

Expected better from you.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2016 at 09:01 UTC as 59th comment | 1 reply

Best camera for snorkeling it seems. Very tempting.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2016 at 23:24 UTC as 69th comment
On article Top 5: Hands-on with Nikon D500 (784 comments in total)
In reply to:

getagrip15: A7rii owner here...this thing looks pretty awesome. If I had a need for better autofocus tracking I'd probably pick one of these up. I just don't do a lot of that type of shooting right now. I bet this thing is gonna be great though.

See, not all of us mirrorless owners are idiots :)

Not all mirrorless users are fanatics or feel the urge to defend their decision all the time. Same goes with DSLR owners.
I love OVF.
But I do admit that mirrorless has its advantages. We should just be happy that we are so spoiled with so many options. No need to put down the other.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2016 at 05:44 UTC
On article Top 5: Hands-on with Nikon D500 (784 comments in total)

Mirrorless fanatics are a jealous and insecure bunch. This is an amazing camera capable of taking amazing pictures in all lighting conditions supported by wide variety of lenses. Why is it so hard to admit?

I am primarily a Canon user, have no intention of buying this camera, but feel really good for Nikon shooters. Awesome job, Nikon.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2016 at 03:06 UTC as 107th comment | 5 replies
On article Nikon fills in the blanks on professional grade D5 DSLR (554 comments in total)

Nikon's video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ompG691JEWU

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2016 at 22:22 UTC as 82nd comment

Last month I went to Queenstown, New Zealand's most visited tourist spot. My friend wanted to buy a GoPro. Someone told us that we could get one from New Zealand's largest drugstore chain, there was a shop only a minute away. So, we walked in. There were only two kinds of cameras there; GoPro and cheap Canon P&Ss. Out of curiosity I asked them about cheap models from other brands. They replied, they don't keep other brands as they don't sell well. I asked, if many people still bought P$Ss? Apparently, they do. I was surprised.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2016 at 20:20 UTC as 9th comment
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aftab: I wonder how many units they will have sell to make this camera profitable.

In 2013, Leica estimated that about 6000 units of MF cameras are sold every year.
http://www.popphoto.com/gear/2013/05/leica-talks-future-medium-format-forbes
So, we can safely assume that less than 10,000 units are sold every year.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2016 at 22:55 UTC

I wonder how many units they will have sell to make this camera profitable.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2016 at 11:01 UTC as 50th comment | 10 replies

Looks like a pretty cool lens. I want one. :)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 30, 2015 at 18:16 UTC as 34th comment

Image #1, really noisy including girl's face and neck.
Image #3. If you like this image Barney, then its your choice. But to me lifted shadow doesn't look like shadow at all. Grass simply looks like painted in blue instead of being in shadow. A problem often seen when people try to lift shadow unnecessarily to show the DR of these sensors.
Image #4, extremely noisy.
Image #5, so accurate focus can't be achieved unless you activate certain focusing mode? And DPR has been praising Sony's latest focusing capability as something never seen before?
Image #6, again terribly noisy.
Image #7, noise is expected due to high ISO.

Of course you like this camera.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 22, 2015 at 11:48 UTC as 34th comment | 1 reply
On article Gear of the Year Part 4: Dale's pick - Samsung NX1 (407 comments in total)

Why are the images so noisy (except #4)? First image is unbelievably noisy for ISO100. Did you lift shadows or something?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2015 at 21:44 UTC as 18th comment

Impressive. For RAW users it would be useful if saving as JPEG and then working on it again can be eliminated or if a folder of saved JPEG images can be batch processed.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2015 at 19:36 UTC as 59th comment | 1 reply
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aftab: Looks like there is focus issues with Canon 50mm/1.2 ( image 13 and 15).

I see 8 people have liked Dan's response to my comment. I am sure more will come. That's how the blindness goes. Why would the photographer focus on the collar, not on face? Makes any sense?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2015 at 11:25 UTC
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aftab: Looks like there is focus issues with Canon 50mm/1.2 ( image 13 and 15).

Look at image 15. Focus seems to be at the front part of the jacket collar which is sharper than face. Of course, it is possible that photographer has focused on the collar, not on the face.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2015 at 21:34 UTC

Looks like there is focus issues with Canon 50mm/1.2 ( image 13 and 15).

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2015 at 20:45 UTC as 24th comment | 6 replies
On article Nikon announces development of flagship D5 DSLR (442 comments in total)

I wonder if Nikon has more than one prototype in testing phase and waiting to see what Canon announces. And hence no specs.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 18:21 UTC as 72nd comment | 1 reply
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aftab: This is what Samsung was hoping?

http://photorumors.com/2010/11/19/samsung-got-balls/

Despite taking heat from cellphone and Sony, Canon still dominates P&S market as they did for last several years. It appears that they don't have any intention of giving it up. They have just released two 1 inch sensor P&S.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2015 at 09:01 UTC
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zzzxtreme: sony seemed to do well. what samsung did wrong ? how did sony do it ? or just bad timing ?

Sony kept throwing stuff on the wall to see what sticks. They tried lots of cameras and found success in RX100 series, A6000 and finally the money maker A7R series. Sony was earlier in the game too. And finally Sony as brand has been around for decades. Samsung came to party pretty late and they haven't got that many cameras as Sony does. None of their cameras became popular. Other than cellphone and TV, hardly anyone takes Samsung seriously. Camera market is dominated by Japanese big boys, all of them have been around for decades. It is funny that Samsung wanted to dominate camera market by 2015 and now they are on the verge of extinction. Forget the power of camera ecosystem and support structure, Samsung underestimated the power of brand and trust it generates in camera market. If Samsung sticks around they may have some reasonable market share in 10 years, but that seems more and more unlikely at this point.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2015 at 08:51 UTC
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