aftab

aftab

Lives in New Zealand (Aotearoa) Thames, New Zealand (Aotearoa)
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joyclick: Shame cannikon !

Don't worry about Canikon. Think Sony, Olympus, Panasonic and Fuji. Samsung's top selling camera is NX500. It ranks 31st in B&H top selling mirrorless camera list. NX1 is 42nd. Most people don't think a Korean TV and cellphone maker makes serious cameras (I am not one of them). It will take a lot more than few upgrades for Samsung to change people's perception and catch up with smaller Japanese companies, let alone Canikon.

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2015 at 06:38 UTC

They mentioned Canon twice (without any disrespect) even when they didn't need to. I liked this openness and honesty.
Answer regarding cross type points was interesting. I wonder what would be the extra cost for, say, doubling the cross type points?

For me the take away points are:
Technology is nearly mature, there will only be incremental upgrades in near future.
Everyone is working under economic constraints, this is more true for Nikon than few others.
Similar to Canon, they believe that OVF is their strength and at the moment they should play by their strength and not invest in mirrorless heavily.

Overall, not an extremely interesting interview, but not boring either.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 00:28 UTC as 119th comment | 2 replies
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (810 comments in total)

Milestone? Big deal? Time will tell. But one thing is certain; it is a refreshing twist to an existing concept. So refreshing that it makes it first of its kind. The writer of this article is sees it that way. Many would disagree with him. But I find it quite offensive to call the article an advertorial.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 12:33 UTC as 106th comment
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (810 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: “The Canon XC10 may be the first true 'convergence' camera.”

If you have your head buried in the sand and don’t realize that the FZ1000 came out last year for 1/3 the price.

You can't win Barney. :)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 20:07 UTC
On DPReview Recommends: Selfie-Sticks article (137 comments in total)

Some elitist comments here. Not surprising.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2015 at 22:30 UTC as 53rd comment | 2 replies

I am sure this is a very capable camera and your video is testament to that. I would have loved to see how it performed with smaller moving subjects such as BIF. I was in Galapagos few months ago and was shooting with FZ1000 and 5DIII. I did much better for BIF with both of my cameras than my friend did with a6000. I don't mean to say that my experience is the final word on these cameras.
May not be relevant here, but I find it interesting that Sony market share in Japan for mirrorless has fallen from over 40% to less than 30% in 2014.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2015 at 07:45 UTC as 104th comment | 2 replies

Droooool. :)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 04:15 UTC as 72nd comment
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aftab: He seems more clueless than my cat.

In three years, you will know.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2015 at 19:42 UTC

He seems more clueless than my cat.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2015 at 08:43 UTC as 32nd comment | 2 replies
On Panasonic DMC-CM1 to go on sale in UK article (154 comments in total)

I think Panasonic is testing the waters with this device. They should be serious about phone market with similar and other innovative devices. I always thought Panasonic should have gone FF along with MFT with their mirrorless. In collaboration with Leica they could have produced some amazing FF lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 24, 2014 at 20:36 UTC as 54th comment
On Samsung NX1 real-world sample images article (330 comments in total)
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rwbaron: Looks good so far but I don't get the love for the zoom's bokeh as it seems rather nervous IMO. The detail and sharpness in the shots is excellent and I look forward to seeing RAW files in the comparator.

Sorry Bob, misunderstood you. I thought you were talking about IR.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 21:57 UTC
On Samsung NX1 real-world sample images article (330 comments in total)
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aftab: Few observations.
1. The lens is great. Combined with high MP the camera renders excellent detail in good light.
2. JPEG engine is below average, seems to be struggling with noise in low light. The monument scene is ISO100 and the sky and water are full of posterization, a sign of heavy NR. Despite this black/dark areas are full noise starting from ISO200 (first series, sides of the building).
3. Incidentally, all RAW images involve some shadow lifting and NX1 sensor appears to be way behind Exmor or Toshiba (D7100) in this regard. Lady in the beach for example (ISO200), side of her hair got shadow lifted and any modern Japanese sensor would have done better.
4. While skin tone is good some colors appears unnatural. Monument night sky for example.
5. Barney is a very good photographer. I like his sense of composition.
6. There is more to sensor technology than BSI and 60nm manufacturing process. Samsung still needs lots of work to do.

I am using Chrome with Vista64. I opened it in Internet Explorer, in it the image appears darker than that of Chrome, so posterization effect is slightly hidden, but it is still there especially in the lower quarter of the frame. After reading your comment I downloaded the picture and viewed with Faststone and windows image viewers, not much difference. So, the difference in our perceptions could be coming from different monitor we are using. Mine is a 24" calibrated HD monitor.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 18:56 UTC
On Samsung NX1 real-world sample images article (330 comments in total)
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jennyrae: imaging resource has pictures with production firmware 1.01. but imaging resource is going redo High ISO shots due to lighting problem. although initial shots at High ISO look very promising and cleaner (less noisy) by 1/2 stop than 7D MK2. in comparison, D7100 look terrible in terms of color fidelity and noise management at High ISO.

Thanks for the explanation.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 18:09 UTC
On Samsung NX1 real-world sample images article (330 comments in total)
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rwbaron: Looks good so far but I don't get the love for the zoom's bokeh as it seems rather nervous IMO. The detail and sharpness in the shots is excellent and I look forward to seeing RAW files in the comparator.

Comparator never shows RAW files.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 08:30 UTC
On Samsung NX1 real-world sample images article (330 comments in total)
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victor china: so from brightening shadows in ACR,how does the dynamic range look like ?
worst comparable better to D7100 ?

my impression is that the color shift is similar to what i used to get from my D3 when opening up shadows.

I think DR will be good enough for most users in most situations. But it doesn't appear to be as good as D7100. Look at the lady in the beach, left side of her head or the background greens, these are shadow lifted areas. D7100 would do way better than this. This was not even a low light situation. You can also look at the airplane museum shot, people and other areas are shadow lifted, they are full of noise. From what I have seen, D7100 would be significantly better.
I think NX1 sensor is pretty noisy, it shows lots of noise in ISO200 and ISO400 JPEG shots (under the wings of the bird,
BETASAMPLE_ISO400_SAM_0435-ACR ) in daylight.
Samsung appear to have tweaked the JPEG engine. In an effort to combat noise they rendered plastic images even in low ISO when the samples first appeared in the web. Now they they have gone less heavy handed with NR, but this shows the real picture of their 28MP BSI sensor.
Samsung, its not that easy!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 08:24 UTC
On Samsung NX1 real-world sample images article (330 comments in total)
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jennyrae: imaging resource has pictures with production firmware 1.01. but imaging resource is going redo High ISO shots due to lighting problem. although initial shots at High ISO look very promising and cleaner (less noisy) by 1/2 stop than 7D MK2. in comparison, D7100 look terrible in terms of color fidelity and noise management at High ISO.

I agree Rishi, they are neck to neck. On one hand 7DII gets more light and on the other hand D7100 understates actual ISO more than 7DII does. For ISO6400, measured ISOs are 4516 for D7100 and 5105 for 7DII.
Anyways, the question arises, why did 7DII get more light? A mistake?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 05:53 UTC
On Samsung NX1 real-world sample images article (330 comments in total)

Few observations.
1. The lens is great. Combined with high MP the camera renders excellent detail in good light.
2. JPEG engine is below average, seems to be struggling with noise in low light. The monument scene is ISO100 and the sky and water are full of posterization, a sign of heavy NR. Despite this black/dark areas are full noise starting from ISO200 (first series, sides of the building).
3. Incidentally, all RAW images involve some shadow lifting and NX1 sensor appears to be way behind Exmor or Toshiba (D7100) in this regard. Lady in the beach for example (ISO200), side of her hair got shadow lifted and any modern Japanese sensor would have done better.
4. While skin tone is good some colors appears unnatural. Monument night sky for example.
5. Barney is a very good photographer. I like his sense of composition.
6. There is more to sensor technology than BSI and 60nm manufacturing process. Samsung still needs lots of work to do.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 05:45 UTC as 54th comment | 5 replies

Amazing!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 12, 2014 at 10:23 UTC as 81st comment | 1 reply
On Tune in to DPReview Live this Thursday and Friday article (238 comments in total)

Enjoyed all of it so far. But real inspiration was Art Wolfe and Lytro. Among the manufacturer spokesmen most likable were Sony and Panasonic folks.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2014 at 11:18 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1656 comments in total)
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aftab: Most comments here remind me what the ad meant by 'cynic', 'critic', 'pessimist', 'so called experts' etc. :)

Or maybe, just maybe, Canon will surprise you. :)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2014 at 10:54 UTC
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