VaLeX

VaLeX

Lives in Romania Bucharest, Romania
Works as a education
Joined on Apr 9, 2006
About me:

Currently: only a Pentax K10D with 31mm Limited, 77mm Limited,

Previously: various medium grade zooms and older K and M mount lense on pentax bodies;
Previous compacts: Lumix Lx3; Lumix Fz20, Lumix Fz30.

Looking for: a good advanced compact & a full frame from Pentax;

Photo Interests: street/urban photography, family life, social anthropology, tourism, people ....

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This lens is the equivalent of ~46 mm in 35mm format, right? In other words, is the equivalent of the former standard 50mm. It should be mentioned explicitely somewhere ...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2014 at 12:13 UTC as 24th comment
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)

At this price, I doubt that Nikon wants to sell this camera. They just want to produce it and to show it off.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 10:42 UTC as 81st comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2978 comments in total)
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VaLeX: For some reasons, the specifications' page has no content as I'm typing these impressions.
1. Does this camera have Image Stabilisation?
2. You claim: "The lens is the big selling point of the RX100 III. With a maximum aperture of F1.8-2.8 and a focal range of 24-70mm equiv, you won't find anything as impressive on a compact camera." - Let's be serious - Take Fuji X20, Pentax Mx1, Oly ZX-2, they're quite similarly impressive. BTW, I'd love to see Fuji's X20 in the DOF / relative aperture chart.
3. How much customization of controls is possible with this camera? For instance, can one allocate exposure compensation to the ring on the lens?
4. Aside from sensor/resolution, I don't see a serious reason to buy this camera instead of my intended Fuji X20. I'm just waiting to see Fuji's X30, though ... (not to mention price considerations ...)

@zxaar:
I'm quite aware what does it mean to build a bright lens for an 1" sensor as opposed to a 2/3" or a 1 1/7 sensor. But still, in terms of speed alone (and not DOF / size) Sony's lens doesn't deserve the superlative tone from the fragment I quoted. You point that it starts at 24 instead of 28. I'd point that it ends at 70 (if only Sony could have get it at least to 85 ...). And indeed, at 24 it's 1.8. But at 30, it's already 2.8. That's quite steep, for me, and a bit pointless. If one shoots landscapes, one has to stop down the aperture anyway. Selfies wide open at 24mm? One has mobile phones for that ... If F2 was available in the 35-50 range, that would have turned this camera into something really nice.
Indeed Fuji is not so pocketabile as Sony, but keep in mind that Sony is not very pocketable either. Not to mention what kind of manual control one has on a Fuji.
Nevertheless, I'm not here to bash RXIII. It is a great camera. It has a lot of appeal for potential customers.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 08:18 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2978 comments in total)
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Mike FL: About the configuration [for less selfie distraction]. Do u like the current configuration? what if:

Option 1:
Replace the LCD screen with FULLY articulated.

Option 2:
If exchange the locations of the flash and EVF, will it help for the selfie [with flash on]?

Option 3:
It may be even better, if the Flash Pops up to the side, it will not only good for selfie, but increasing the distance between Lens and the flash. The trade of is that the camera may use one side strap attachment [like Oly TG-2].

...

With that lens, sensor and ISO, I see no point in selfies with flash ...

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 07:59 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2978 comments in total)

For some reasons, the specifications' page has no content as I'm typing these impressions.
1. Does this camera have Image Stabilisation?
2. You claim: "The lens is the big selling point of the RX100 III. With a maximum aperture of F1.8-2.8 and a focal range of 24-70mm equiv, you won't find anything as impressive on a compact camera." - Let's be serious - Take Fuji X20, Pentax Mx1, Oly ZX-2, they're quite similarly impressive. BTW, I'd love to see Fuji's X20 in the DOF / relative aperture chart.
3. How much customization of controls is possible with this camera? For instance, can one allocate exposure compensation to the ring on the lens?
4. Aside from sensor/resolution, I don't see a serious reason to buy this camera instead of my intended Fuji X20. I'm just waiting to see Fuji's X30, though ... (not to mention price considerations ...)

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 05:55 UTC as 728th comment | 8 replies

If egami's blog turns into a source of "news" for dpreview, how about having a piece of news on the Olympus 6-24mm F1.4-1.8 (1/1.7" sensor) - allegedly the lens of the future ZX-3?
http://egami.blog.so-net.ne.jp/2013-01-08
Or maybe Sony uses dpreview as a platform for launching "official rumors"? A special "partnership"?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 29, 2014 at 01:53 UTC as 17th comment | 4 replies
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Zvonimir Tosic: Every single camera manufacturer applies for various patents monthly. I wonder why is this one taken out and presented on DPR?
First I remember was a news "Sony is planning a possible firmware update", then this patent about a possible product from Sony — which in both cases is "news" about no news. A pinnacle of journalism, indeed.

Indeed, it seems that the "rumors" part of the forum is making its way on the first page of dpreview.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 29, 2014 at 01:44 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (451 comments in total)
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Daniel from Bavaria: Looks like a great alround and very good travel camera to me.

For sure very appealing for many people.

Travel camera for me = weather proof. Not this one!
In fact I find both the screen and the lens barrel quite flimsy.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2014 at 13:57 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (451 comments in total)
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alex carlan: There is a tendency in DPreview's photos to shoot either at basic ISO, or at huge ISO (above 1600). I'd like to see more pics in the ISO 400-800 range, because there's where I'll be using the camera, if I'd buy it.

I wouldn't be so sure. Take an indoor pic, in yellow tungsten low light, at ISO 800 with most cameras nowadays and you'll see significantly different rendition of noise in shadow areas ...
I concur with Alex: more photos in the 400-1600 range, for me.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2014 at 13:55 UTC
On Pentax K-3 Review preview (485 comments in total)
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Sergey Borachev: I will buy the K-3 right now if a weatherproof version of the 18-35mm f/1.8 could be available. That would provide something truly unique like no other camera or brand can, combining the nice IBIS and weatherproof features in the Pentax and the great performance of that fast versatile zoom from Sigma.

For the moment, a K-mount version of the 18-35 F1.8 is still not available, let alone a weatherproof one :)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 04:28 UTC
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VaLeX: I'd love this camera with a non-detachable 27-95 F2 lens, with zoom controls like the Fuji X20, a bit of grip and a minimal optic viewfinder. ..

Fuji's sensor is not comparable with this one. Nor its speed and autofocus. And Fuji's lens is F2-F2.8 - not the same thing, in terms of DOF, as an F2 lens on a bigger sensor, lilke the 1" sensor in Nikon's. But I guess you already know that.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2014 at 13:13 UTC

I'd love this camera with a non-detachable 27-95 F2 lens, with zoom controls like the Fuji X20, a bit of grip and a minimal optic viewfinder. ..

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2014 at 04:36 UTC as 67th comment | 2 replies
On Samsung NX mini First Impressions Review preview (563 comments in total)

Samsung affords suicidal projects. They're big enough!
What's the point of having interchangeable lenses, if they're not bright?
What's the point of having interchangeable lenses, if you don't have quick access, through dials and clicks, to essential functions?
What's the point of having interchangeable lenses, if the camera is a posh gadget for showing off? To much complications for such an intended user ....
At least Pentax, with their Q line tried to produce some bright lenses. Nikon - as well!
I'm only curious, now, how's the sensor performing.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 05:32 UTC as 151st comment | 2 replies
On Fujifilm UK X Signature service officially launched article (125 comments in total)
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plasnu: Is this a rumor?

Yeah, but we're lazy, and the site is complicated. Providing a link in the text of your story would have helped.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2014 at 06:14 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II: a quick summary article (535 comments in total)
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monkeybrain: Possibly the best lightweight hiking camera to be made yet?

No weather sealing mentioned! Such a pity!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 14:57 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II: a quick summary article (535 comments in total)
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Richt2000: Nice for family snaps / low light / high ISO.

But only 12mp? Is it still 2004?

If 12 mp translates into better DR than recent m4/3 camera, I have no problem with this resolution! It's just enough (unless you want to crop severely).

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 09:53 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II: a quick summary article (535 comments in total)

Why on Earth didn't Canon make this camera weather-sealed weather-proof or any other resistance to light rain, dust and sand? With such a sensor and lens, this would be the camera to take on world trip!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 09:51 UTC as 126th comment | 2 replies
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nathondetroit: Dear Canon,

I’ve been buying your G-series cameras for several years because of the excellent external controls.

Unfortunately, I’m sick of them. Slap on a huge sensor and let me menu dive!

-SAYS NO ONE

Well it really depends on how customizable those lens rings are. If I'm in aperture priority, and I want to zoom with a ring on the lens, I have the other ring to change aperture values. But it's kind of inconvenient - a small wheel for my right thumb would have been much more ergonomic.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 09:08 UTC
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VaLeX: I'd like to know more about:
1. Sensor size: in relative terms, how does it compare with APS-C, m4/3 and Sony's 1"?
2. How are the control rings on the lens working? Fly by wire? How fast and responsive are they?
3. I don't think I've missed something, but the camera is not weatherproof, right?

OK, so it's slightly bigger than m4/3. That's good to know - this were to set my standards. Let's hope image quality stays at the same level with m4/3.
If only they made it weatherproof - this could have been the ultimate travel camera.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 08:58 UTC

I'd like to know more about:
1. Sensor size: in relative terms, how does it compare with APS-C, m4/3 and Sony's 1"?
2. How are the control rings on the lens working? Fly by wire? How fast and responsive are they?
3. I don't think I've missed something, but the camera is not weatherproof, right?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 04:40 UTC as 83rd comment | 6 replies
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