Dennis

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Rssrsvp: I still feel that in lieu of these 2 choices offered in the beta trial there should of been a medium gray color given as an option. That is the type of background shade that makes everything easy to read and is soothing to the eye.

cameralabs shows up as black on white in my browser ...

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 02:10 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1176 comments in total)
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chkproductions: To me, it's a game changer in size vs. format. A camera the size of a Sony 7x packing 50 meg is remarkable. I used every version of film 'blads when I shot boating catalogues. And then the cost is a high-end bargain. Obviously real world tests will validate it. Wish the screen was articulating.

Yes, A7RII is FF not MF. I was responding to the comment that "A camera the size of a Sony 7x packing 50 meg is remarkable."

If it's remarkable, it's because of the sensor size, not the 50MP.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 15:16 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1176 comments in total)
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chkproductions: To me, it's a game changer in size vs. format. A camera the size of a Sony 7x packing 50 meg is remarkable. I used every version of film 'blads when I shot boating catalogues. And then the cost is a high-end bargain. Obviously real world tests will validate it. Wish the screen was articulating.

The A7RII already packs 42MP; 50 isn't much more ...

Anyway, I'm definitely not the target market for it, so can't say much about it, but agree with others that it is nice to see the name attached to something new after the Lunar fiasco. And it's also interesting to see that someone thinks the medium format market is worth investment (with rumors of a Fuji competitor to follow).

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 14:22 UTC
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String: Wow, 1hr in and no one has yet commented on how evil Adobe and their subscription services are; Things are looking up!

"And what on earth makes you think I (or anyone else) cares what you own?"

That was kind of the point. You don't care, don't know, but find my buying habits hilarious. If you're going to hang out on the news page waiting to ridicule people for what they choose to talk about, at least do it without making up nonsense.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2016 at 21:44 UTC
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String: Wow, 1hr in and no one has yet commented on how evil Adobe and their subscription services are; Things are looking up!

String,

You must be fun at a party. You make stuff up then laugh yourself silly about it ! Please feel free to cite evidence that suggests that "those who complain about $10/month have no problem with buying the latest and greatest body ..." I agree, that would be a little ironic (maybe not hilarious), but there's no reason to believe it's true, except that you seem predisposed to think ill of people who object to subscription pricing.

In case you're polling, you missed me. I have the RX100-I, not the RX100-II, nor the RX100-III nor the RX100-IV. I have the Nikon D7000, not the D7100, D7200 or D500. I have the A6000, not the A6300. I have a 2005 Ford Focus, a 2007 Honda Ridgeline and a 2005 Ford Explorer.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2016 at 15:45 UTC
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razadaz: As has been already commented you can only improve a product so much. I get the impression that Adobe is trying to justify its subscription model to existing users. I doubt that any of these additions would make existing owners rush out and take out a subscription.

Precisely my objection to the subscription model. If the product is mature, it's time to reduce investment and move onto something else. That's easier said than done if you don't have any good ideas for new products. So it turns into a big welfare program.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2016 at 14:51 UTC
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Jeff Seltzer: Enjoyment and recall are two different things. Also, it's one thing to take a few snapshots, it's entirely another thing to practically view the entire experience through your mobile phone. And, from a research standpoint, it's a very difficult thing to measure anyway because of the difficulty in controlling for confounding variables and setting up a proper test vs. control design. Here's what I do know: when I go to a concert or event for my kid, I enjoy taking a few pictures to preserve the memory. However, I find it incredibly strange when others take our their iPhones, and view the entire event on that 3" screen instead of just watching it "live" in front of them. I also find it strange that people in museums take pictures of paintings. Why? Also, food...again, why? What exactly are you going to do with those pictures??

My primary use of my phone as a camera is to take fleeting pictures that I want to share, then forget, kind of like a visual text. I prefer to use "real" cameras for keepers. So maybe people who snap pictures of their meals or things they see at a museum are doing so for the purpose of sharing them instantly or soon - to say "hey, check out what I just ate/saw" ?

I've taken pictures at museums, to remind me of a trip ... I try to get pictures of the people I'm with, some wider shots to give me the sense of the place, maybe a few exhibits. The shots that do NOT include people tend to be pretty forgettable; easy candidates for deleting.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2016 at 12:06 UTC
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mosc: Lenses should not be sold with focal lengths and f-stops.

They should be sold with field of views and aperture sizes.

This is a 53 degree 8.6mm AF prime m43 lens.

Everything else is meaningless without context of the sensor behind the lens. If the lens was flawless, 53 degrees and 8.6mm aperture would tell you everything about it's optical performance and those numbers are easy to compare against any other system.

"Everything else is meaningless without context of the sensor".

Focal length is meaningless without context of the sensor, but field of view isn't ?

What's the field of view of a 100mm lens ?

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2016 at 19:23 UTC
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EthanP99: Theres no FE mount, only E mount. Just like theres no EF-s mount and no DX mount

You're technically correct, of course ... just a bit pedantic.

So when you're talking about e-mount lenses, if you want to differentiate the FE 50/1.8 from the "non-FE" or "APS-C" 50/1.8, do you refer to the "regular E-mount" 50/1.8 ? Or the "APS-C 50/1.8" ? Or do you assume that if you omit the FE, everyone knows that it's the non-FE version because otherwise you would have said FE ?

It's a dumb naming scheme - I get that Sony wants to emphasize compatibility (just like Nikon wants users to know that all F mount lenses are somewhat compatible). But at least you can explicitly refer to a DX lens or an FX lens. (Some people use DX for other brands to make it easier).

So .. no, it's not remotely hard to understand that E mount is one mount and that FE means FF compatible. Is it really hard to understand that when someone says FE mount, they mean E mount FE ? (As opposed to E mount APS-C only) ?

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2016 at 22:12 UTC
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EthanP99: Theres no FE mount, only E mount. Just like theres no EF-s mount and no DX mount

They're alpha e-mount full frame compatible lenses. As opposed to lenses that are alpha e-mount APS-C compatible but NOT full frame compatible. Versus alpha A-mount lenses (some of which are full frame compatible and some, labelled with a DT, not full frame compatible).

FE works for me.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2016 at 21:47 UTC
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rrccad: yes, sony's making more profit at the expense of mount marketshare.. they are turning more boutique to make a dollar.

what happens when people decide what they have is "good enough" and no reason to upgrade?

while DSLR's for the most part have hit that "good enough" stage, MILC's are getting pretty close to that.

it's hard to argue that someone with a A6300 or a A7RII will see the need to upgrade next year, or in two year's time, as both cameras are excellent.

however it's good to always see sony recover from 5-6 years ago when it looked like they weren't going to be around too long.

and their latest innovations such as the GM line certainly shows they see a future.

I also notice that this sony advertisement missed the fact that they went from 8.5 million units to 6.1 million units shipped - a trend that Sony certainly needs to stop.

"what happens when people decide what they have is "good enough" and no reason to upgrade?"

That's the great thing about having relatively small market share. There are tons and tons of people who *don't* own a "good enough" Sony yet ;)

Link | Posted on May 3, 2016 at 00:15 UTC
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Jonathan F/2: All you people who keep saying 30mm is an odd focal length for M43 are a bunch of lemmings. Apparently you've never shot with a 58mm or 60mm lens. 58mm is an awesome focal length, acting more like a wide telephoto. 50mm is actually the awkward focal length since it's neither wide or long enough for anything.

@Dave Oddie: Yes, I believe that m43 users aren't seeing any "love" from Sigma ... they're not seeing lenses designed for a 2X crop, but lenses designed for 1.5X and if someone likes them, fine, maybe they sell a few. 60/2.8 would be nice, but I suspect most m43 users would opt for an existing lens (Oly's excellent 45/1.8 or the 75 if they want something longer). 19/2.8 is also a nice FL, but there's the faster 20mm available from Panasonic in addition to Oly's 17/1.8. I own the Sigma 60 for e-mount (it's slower than I'd like) and wouldn't mind the 30/1.4 (I currently own the Sony 28/2). I'm pretty sure I would not own any Sigma lenses if I were a m43 owner.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2016 at 11:42 UTC
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Jonathan F/2: All you people who keep saying 30mm is an odd focal length for M43 are a bunch of lemmings. Apparently you've never shot with a 58mm or 60mm lens. 58mm is an awesome focal length, acting more like a wide telephoto. 50mm is actually the awkward focal length since it's neither wide or long enough for anything.

Or maybe people have different opinions and experiences than you. 60mm equivalent is awkward. 45mm equivalent is quite nice. But that's just me. I won't call people who prefer something else names. But, FWIW, 75mm equivalent stinks, too ;)

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2016 at 00:06 UTC
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2125 comments in total)
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expressivecanvas: I've been agonizing over whether to buy an a6000 for well over a year now to complement my a7 kit (and so I can share lenses between bodies rather than a line of lenses for each). The a6000 (and probably this a6300 too) is a great camera but every time I hold one, I just can't bring myself to buy one. It is not comfortable in my hand, therefore I am not comfortable, and it feels like a fiddly little thing. If the body was styled more like a smaller a7-type body or even anything more ergonomic and stylish than a utility box, I'd buy one in a heartbeat. I truly WANT to like the 6000 series but it is very uncomfortable and utilitarian-like.

Sounds like you ought to stop agonizing over it, then !

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2016 at 14:57 UTC
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2125 comments in total)
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(unknown member): Rishi Sanyal commented that the a6300 might be the at least 1 full stop better in RAW SNR in comparison to a6000.

>By Rishi Sanyal (1 month ago)
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>If it's the same sensor in the X-Pro2, the high ISO performance is >significantly improved. At least one whole stop in Raw, which we'd certainly >hope in fact since the original a6000 was an under-performer in this regard.

I don't see any such thing, I have to be frank. Minor DR and SNR improvements - yes. Anything noticeable - no.

Adam, I'm not seeing it. A6300 at 12800 looks worse than A6000 at 6400. Both cameras at 6400 are close - A6300 looks a little less noisy, but at any ISO, A6300 images look softer to me. After also finding out that the silent shutter mode has a total elapsed time of 1/20s (thanks Jim Kasson) I'm finding it a less compelling upgrade for me. The higher res EVF,virtual horizon, and slow motion video are the remaining features that interest me, but they're not enough to justify an upgrade.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2016 at 18:36 UTC
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Rooru S: Always thought the STF name was exclusive to Minolta/Sony... oh well, they're chinese, they always copy stuff.

Minolta/Sony called it "Smooth Transition Focus" while, in this press release, Venus refers to "Smooth Trans Focus", so clearly, they're not copying ;)

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2016 at 19:38 UTC
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Tons o Glass 0 Class: The "bird" flying around the photo booth really does it for me.

They had a biker in a half pipe at Photoplus a few years ago ... oh how the mighty have fallen :)

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2016 at 06:11 UTC
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Tieu Ngao: Please stop complaining or whining. There will never be a perfect camera for everyone. Therefore having more choices is always a good thing. The whole industry is declining and we should appreciate the fact that the manufacturers are really working hard.

You don't get it ! It doesn't have to be perfect for everyone. It just has to be perfect for ME !

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2016 at 01:53 UTC
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Debankur Mukherjee: With these types of lenses the need for full frame bodies will diminish.........

The size & limited range of this and the 18-35/1.8 would push me towards FF if I needed that kind of speed.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2016 at 15:41 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 First Impressions Review (990 comments in total)
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Ruy Penalva: This clearly shows DSLR is not a dead format. Is Sony made that sensor? At what amount sensor shift stabilization can cope with long focal length at tele range? Can sensor shift stabilize shutter shake?

Hmmm ... the combined genius of the companies that brought us the 'Q' and the GXR make a DSLR and that's evidence that it's not dead ?

(I agree that DSLRs are far from dead ... but I don't think anyone needed a Pentax DSLR to prove it).

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 01:55 UTC
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