MarkInSF

MarkInSF

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On article Pentax unveils blue and white K-01 in Japan (262 comments in total)
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attomole: What a pile of crap
Im holding out for the purple fade camo edition with the strawberry pentaprism and gold accented highlights.

Just move along to the K-50 aisle. You can have that one in crushed strawberry and antique gold. Or whatever they call those particular shades. Good little camera, too. If Pentax has figured out how to let people buy their cameras in their school colors, good for them. Some of the combinations are garish, but others seem quite nice.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 6, 2013 at 23:24 UTC
On article Just posted: Pentax MX-1 review (101 comments in total)
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rb59020: Ordered mine in black from B&H this afternoon as it is @ $399.00

From the artical:
■Excellent image quality in JPEG and Raw
■Fast autofocus
■10fps full-res burst mode
■1cm Macro mode allows extreme closeups
■Raw files contain a lot of extra detail in both highlights and shadows
■Dedicated Movie record button
■Built-in sensor-shift and pixel-track shake reduction

But still just a "74"?

Must of been the missing hot shoe. :-(

The lack of a hot shoe isn't minor. I also wish they had kept the control ring around the lens. It's an incredibly convenient location. At least they gave it a proper rear control dial instead of relying on a ring around the directional pad. Those never work well.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2013 at 22:23 UTC
On article Best DSLRs and ILCs for less than $1000 (277 comments in total)
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tecnoworld: of course, none of the samsung nx cameras has been taken into consideration, in your article. They are all APS-C (20Mp), have a great IQ (top in class) and offer a lot of functions. Besides the NX lenses are among the best around.

The nx1000 is now a bargain, selling for less than 300$ with the kit lens.
The nx20 is again quite cheap for what it is, offering a nice EVF (650$)
The nx300 is a gorgeous camera, for me the best mirrorless camera with no EVF; it has the best IQ, ultra-fast hybrid focus, focus peaking, very fast operations, touch screen for touch to shoot and touch to focus and many more. All for a price of about 750$.

Till when such big sites won't consider this line, also the users won't know about its existence and how good it is.

I guess if he can sneak in a body-only OM-D E-M5, the XE-1 could have been included, but I think neither should have been. Let's have them as typically sold, with lens.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2013 at 09:29 UTC
On article Buyers' Guide: Best DSLRs and ILCs for under $1000 (91 comments in total)
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Gesture: Rip Van Winkle says, shouldn't $700 be able to buy a good DSLSR or Compact System camera.

Huh? Well, yes.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2013 at 09:09 UTC
On article Buyers' Guide: Best DSLRs and ILCs for under $1000 (91 comments in total)
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CameraLabTester: The DSLR range with the MOST number of lenses available for it will always win, no matter how much over $1000 the price will be.

So there.

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If you're a pro with broad needs, it matters, but why would a pro spending the thousands on lenses be buying from this list? He wouldn't, unless the body happened to meet his needs (probably on clearance.) This is a list for enthusiasts with moderate budgets. Most brands offer the handful of basic lenses I'd ever likely own.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2013 at 09:07 UTC
On article Buyers' Guide: Best DSLRs and ILCs for under $1000 (91 comments in total)
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Adrian Van: These are the article writer's choices, and possibly based also on dpreviews reviews overall to date. However, my vote for "best bang for the buck", would be EPL5 which for nearly HALF the price of the OMD delivers virtually equal image quality in most lighting, and enough controls to satisfy a lot of people (also it is bit more compact body than OMD in size).

For an OMD you get more features and worth it to many, but not everyone needs these extras, as the EPL5 is very capable anyway! And it is lens choices that make the difference.

And the E-PM2 offers the same image quality and access to the same lenses for even less. They're all differentiated by features. You decide how much the fancy IS and build quality are worth (to get you to the E-P5), and then the evf.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2013 at 08:59 UTC
On article Buyers' Guide: Best DSLRs and ILCs for under $1000 (91 comments in total)
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Rainer2022: Of cause these are the writer's choices.

It's apparent he took at least one cam from every important brand. (Did I forget a brand?)

Maybe two canons and two panasonics were taken because many people own those brands.

Today, most new cams are worth their money. I feel happy there is the choice between so much of them. Everybody gets the cam which is made for him / his needs. Of cause, there are different opinions, what is good for someone. You can write your own opinion, but don't blame the writer for his choice, please. Don't take the world so serious. Photography is just a hobby for most of us, no need to make yourself miserable with it.

If you have invested in glass from one brand, you have to choose your next cam from the same supplier; like it or not - so the fact, there is one cam chosen from each brand was a good decision.

If you really see a very good cam and you are not convinced with your system (me canon-owner thinks of 18MPIX APS-C) just switch :-)

Panasonic is pretty far down in sales, well below Nikon and Sony. Given that the different brands offer various features and have varying strengths, spreading around the attention does make some sense. Cameras have reached such a high degree of competence that I'd have a hard time coming up with ten bad cameras. Value strikes me as what varies the most, with some cameras seeming overpriced compared to others.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2013 at 08:54 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot RX1R Preview (120 comments in total)
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Create Dont Imitate: The end of the AA filter... finally.

I'll take the AA filter, please. The reduction in resolution is minor.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2013 at 22:41 UTC
On article Sony unleashes Cyber-shot RX100 II with BSI CMOS sensor (174 comments in total)
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Ben O Connor: God what specs! What a cam!

The most serious treathe to Olympus XZ-2. Come on olympus! Now give us the XZ-3 which has same sensor body & specs with ep-5, smilar amazing lens as XZ-2 which is 20mm on the wide, 120mm on tele end. And not above f2.8

Please :)

I think Panasonic realized they couldn't compete directly with this, so they made the LF1 by pouring as much as they could into a small body at a reasonable price. Of course I'd rather have the Sony, but the LF1 would be a good travel camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2013 at 00:10 UTC
On article Sony unleashes Cyber-shot RX100 II with BSI CMOS sensor (174 comments in total)
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Treeshade: RX100 sits comfortably between more expansive pocketable APS-C and those cheaper large sensor compact. Wouldn't the price up mean direct competition with Ricoh GR? GR is slightly larger (worth for the grip) but with much larger sensor and more control. So, is the 28-100mm zoom enough to differentiate the products, or is Sony playing purely on reputation?

Not sure why you would want a GR or RX100 II to back up a NEX-6. It's not as if the NEX is all that big or that there are significant differences in features or iq. I suppose they are just slightly more pocketable, but the difference is very modest.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2013 at 22:40 UTC
On article Sony unleashes Cyber-shot RX100 II with BSI CMOS sensor (174 comments in total)
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thomas2279f: Looks good... where's Canon and Nikon equivalents of RX-1 & RX-100 ?

Uh, Canon already sells the G15 and the G1X. The first is cheaper and simpler, with a smaller sensor, the second is bigger and has an even bigger sensor. It's a bit too slow and can't focus anywhere close, but the iq is very nice. Canon is the only make with a fairly complete line. Sony needs a line between this and their p&s models. Fuji also has a decent lineup with the XF1 and X20, though the latter is a big step behind the new Sony.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2013 at 22:34 UTC
On article Sony unleashes Cyber-shot RX100 II with BSI CMOS sensor (174 comments in total)
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Jefftan: $750 crazy price for 1 inch sensor
How much bigger is NEX-3N at $450

but IQ must be much better
can't understand Sony pricing

The collapsing 16-50mm lens is quite small. As is the 3N. Sure, it won't fit in a shirt pocket like an RX100 II, but it fits easily in a jacket pocket. The 16-50mm had to be optically compromised to be that small, but the cameras do a good job of fixing most of it. It would be nice to have better optics, but for this line the size was more important. I don't doubt the RX100 II is doing some digital correction at some focal lengths, too. As it should.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2013 at 22:29 UTC
On article Sony unleashes Cyber-shot RX100 II with BSI CMOS sensor (174 comments in total)
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Jefftan: I would buy a GR or NEX-3N and anyone care about their money should

With the wide angle fixed lens of the GR stabilization wasn't essential (though it wouldn't have hurt). It's a nice camera, but in a very different category. The Sony clearly offers more features, but the GR appears to be a very pleasant camera to use, with nice controls and menus and very nice iq. But I'd rather have the Sony for most uses.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2013 at 22:23 UTC
On article Sony unleashes Cyber-shot RX100 II with BSI CMOS sensor (174 comments in total)
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marike6: Lots of knee jerk comments about the NEX-3N being a better value.

The NEX-3N is obviously less expensive (and cheaper build quality-wise). But it's an CSC so you can mount any lens on it. But I'm wondering if these people below have actually used the NEX-3N.

In spite of the versatile E-mount and larger sensor, the 3N has some issues that don't work in it's favor:

* no option to add an EVF (or flash)
* poor LCD. The 460 K LCD (the 3N's only VF) is grainy in low-light, hard to see in bright light
* Average at best AF performance
* video quality on NEX-3N is not what we expect from a Sony with heavy
moire/aliasing as extreme as any I've ever seen. The RX100's video is truly outstanding.
* the 16-50 kit lens is not wonderful (to put it mildly)

The NEX-5R or an old stock 5N could be considered good values vs the RX100, but with the 3N, all I can say is try before you buy.

The NEX-3N is a good entry-level mirrorless camera. Build quality is basic, features are appropriate for many shooters who would never have bought an add-on evf or flash, and the performance is typical entry level. I disagree about the 16-50mm power zoom kit lens. Sure, it's got terrible distortion, but the camera does a surprisingly good job of fixing it without too much ill effect. Sure, it's kind of soft off center, but so are plenty of other lenses. What's great about this lens is that it matches up with the NEX system so well. It's the right size, starts out at the right focal length, and has good zoom controls for video use.

But the RX100 II is clearly a more premium camera. Now that they've added the hot shoe/acessory port it can do more than a 3N. Image quality will be similar, with the faster lens helping make up for the smaller sensor. The old one didn't seem significantly better than the NEX-3N, but this is morning like a 5R in features.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2013 at 22:14 UTC
On article Sony unleashes Cyber-shot RX100 II with BSI CMOS sensor (174 comments in total)
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Digital Suicide: The only useful improvement over mk1 I see tiltable screen. I do lack one on my RX100. But what really bothers me about SONY, that they since launch of the first RX100 still no firmware update.

I guess a more sensitive sensor doesn't count for anything? I can see not caring about the WIfi. Sony hasn't done much with their WiFi implementations yet, but a better sensor is a decided improvement (if it really is better, but I trust Sony more than most on sensor claims).

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2013 at 22:00 UTC
On article Sony unleashes Cyber-shot RX100 II with BSI CMOS sensor (174 comments in total)

I'd love to know what conceivable drawback bsi could ever have. Oh, I suppose you could claim another surface (the sustrate) in front of the photosites, but that isn't necessarily a major problem. I'm surprised at Sony's 40% claim, because I doubt bsi alone would give that much improvement on a sensor this large, though it is rather packed with photosites. They likely made some other improvements, too. In any case, this looks like a killer camera that addressed most concerns about the original. Oh, a wider, faster lens would have been nice, but this will do.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2013 at 21:55 UTC as 16th comment | 2 replies
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Impulses: Oh man, I had already been planning on getting one by the end of this year... It'll be my first MFT lens. Hopefully they don't jack the price up (specially if there's no improvements on AF speed or propensity to focus hunt), otherwise I guess I'll be on the lookout for good deals on the old model.

I'd say it's perfect timing. You might get a slight price reduction on the old lens. It's a classic either way.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2013 at 21:39 UTC
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stealthhacker: fuji may be good at retro design, but their lens&accesseries are quite expensive. and the body is bulkier than its competitors.

Oh, and I looked it up. The NEX-5R is noticeably smaller at 4.37"x2.32"x1.54". And the 3N is even smaller, at 4.33"x2.44"x1.38", mostly because it has a small grip. Both are much smaller than the Fuji. Which is pretty average.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2013 at 21:18 UTC
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stealthhacker: fuji may be good at retro design, but their lens&accesseries are quite expensive. and the body is bulkier than its competitors.

Sure there are. The Sony NEX-3N is smaller than this, with a much more compact kit lens. The NEX-5R is of similar size, thinner through the body, but with a bigger grip (a good thing). This is a typically compact mirrorless model. They are limited by the need for a rear screen, controls, and a grip as much as anything. Those plus a lens mount and you have a modern camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2013 at 21:09 UTC
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limlh: At last, a company has produced a tiltable LCD only camera without making it look like a cheap P&S and without astronomical pricing. Good job.

There's something wrong with the comparable E-PL5? Similar retro styling, tilting screen, similar build quality. I do like the two Fuji control dials, an overdue feature (no, I don't consider rings around the button pad equivalent).

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2013 at 21:02 UTC
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