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On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2962 comments in total)
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tecnoworld: Once again sony is leading in the innovations field. And they exactly understand what customers want.

Almost anybody so 'serious' about photography to get a dedicated camera over a smartphone would also need an evf. They got it in a great way.

I've never been a sony user, but they are leaving competitors into dust, lately.

They're showing signs of starting to understand what customers want. They've got a history of screwing up their cameras lineups pretty badly, though, stripping features, burying things in menus, rolling out bizarre lens lineups with odd priorities. The A6000 was starting to look like the ultimate "NEX", fixing all the complaints about prior models and then I noticed that they removed the viewfinder level gauge feature. I'm much happier buying a Sony compact than buying into a Sony system (I've owned two). Not that this is about systems, but Sony still needs work on the "understand what customers want" part. (Maybe their Cybershot group knows, but the Alpha group doesn't ?)

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 13:43 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2962 comments in total)
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kona_moon: f/1.8-2.8 sounds impressive, but when you look at the plot of equivalent f-stop for the entire zoom range, it is almost a constant f/2.8 from 30mm up. Still, tempting.

Yes, and the RX100 goes from 1.8-2.8 over the 28-35mm range, and after that, climbs steadily to f/4 at 70mm equivalent. So it's really not all that much better. Sure, I'd take 1-stop at 70mm ... and I'd take 24mm. But I also like the tele end (even if it is f/4.9 on the RX100) so it's not a slam dunk. (The EVF and - assuming it has it - Auto ISO in M are the more compelling features to me).

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 13:32 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2962 comments in total)
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M H S: Oh no! Not this again.

The excessive focus on the alleged unsatisfying "shooting experience" is just ridiculous.

First and foremost, the point of the camera is to take good pictures (and videos). Furthermore, one person's "inert" experience is another person's "smooth" experience. Give it a rest DPR.

Shooting experience is very important ... it's also very personal. I find the RX100 to be a remarkably easy/intuitive camera to use after a few customizations. But it doesn't matter; people will buy the camera based on specs and reputation and realize the same thing.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 13:30 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2962 comments in total)

Re: lens speed ... the RX100-3 beats the earlier models by having 24-28mm. From 28-35, the older models are a match. From 35-70, the older models creep up to about 1 stop slower, according to the equivalence chart from the 2012 roundup here:
And then the older win at the tele end, regardless of speed.

So the new camera has WA and is up to 1-stop faster from 35-70. Nice, but to me, the bigger deal is the EVF.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 04:56 UTC as 750th comment | 1 reply

That's interesting ... for years, there was speculation that Konica Minolta would do something similar with its sensor shift stabilization (which sounds easier to control via computer). Yet that hasn't been done yet.
(Whoops : I just read the other comments that point to Hasselblad's implementation).
Doing the same via shifting lens elements is clearly a different technology, though.

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2014 at 14:56 UTC as 8th comment
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2242 comments in total)
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PowerG9atBlackForest: Can you imagine how a naked, clinically dead metall piece milled down from a massive block of aluminum will feel in your hands. Warm and cosy? - Cold like ice!

"Not to mention,what a waste of Aluminum"

Really, how much aluminum will it take to manufacture all the T's they're going to sell ?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 18:24 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2242 comments in total)
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Calvin Chann: I find the comments on here hilarious. People who have not held or used the camera are pontificating on it and stating that their current choice is better. If it wasn't so sad, it'd be funny.

Why would one need to hold a camera to know it's the wrong choice when there are so very many attributes/specs that can be known without holding it ?
Call it sad, hilarious, funny, whatever you want, but it's actually quite trivial to rule out some product choices without having to see them in person.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 16:54 UTC

How can this be photography in its purest form ? I thought the Nikon Df was photography in its purest form ?

Apparently, it's for people who drive Audis.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 14:03 UTC as 74th comment

I'm going to start a kickstarter campaign ... I'm not sure what the products will be yet, but I have a name: Crapture. Dedicated to helping you make the worst photos imaginable. I know I'll have a lot of competition, but I think if I misfocus on it, I can help you succeed at failing miserably.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 4, 2014 at 14:22 UTC as 7th comment
On Ricoh to offer limited edition Pentax Q7 Premium Kit article (88 comments in total)
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Zvonimir Tosic: Do not dismiss that which you do not know.
Best part is that this entire Q7 system — a camera and 7 lenses (incredibly good prime lens, excellent 70-210mm zoom equivalent, a fisheye lens, standard zoom, etc.) — weighs less than 1kg. Or with this bag, perhaps a bit more.
*That* is why this miniature, yet incredibly capable system, was designed in the first place.

You say "best part" like there are other good parts ...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2014 at 11:43 UTC
On Mockups emerge of new Olympus OM-D 'OM-G' article (332 comments in total)


Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2014 at 16:38 UTC as 213th comment
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Charlie boots: Great effort, lots of expense, poor result.

It seems like a collection of short clips that abruptly switch from one to another randomly. Music, if it can be called that, is terrible. As a first documented flight through ice caves they could have created a more memorable legacy. Title should be, "how not to make a movie of the first documented flight through ice caves"

I'm inclined to agree. There's been some great stuff posted here recently (St. Louis time lapse), but despite the promise of this one, there's just nothing interesting about the end result.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2014 at 13:22 UTC
On Hungarian law bans photos taken without consent article (321 comments in total)

Guess everyone will switch to video instead.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 19:39 UTC as 110th comment
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straylightrun: $1000 for a 70-300 telephoto lens.....?


State of the art lenses aren't cheap. I don't know how well built this lens is or how good it is, optically. Canon's L lens is around $1500 and Sony's 70-300G (similar to the Canon, optically, but not built like a pro lens or with the same AF) is $1000. Nikon's FF 70-300 is an outdated lens that could stand to be updated with new optics.
I'm not suggesting that it's wise to spend $1000 on lenses for a 1" sensor ... but the price may not be outrageous (all depends on how good it is).

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 14:35 UTC
On Am I missing something here? article (626 comments in total)

$1200 for the camera, EVF and kit lens ?

You have to ask, when you consider price and what else is in the market, how many people is this camera the best choice for ?

Oh well, it's not like Nikon has cornered the market on lousy strategy.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 12:27 UTC as 175th comment
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Nathan Cowlishaw: Nikon is a stinking bully. I'm glad I abandoned their DSLRs in 2008 when joining Micro Four Thirds and Sigma is a good company. Go Sigma! :)

Not only have they infringed on Nikon's patents; they were also notorious for reverse engineering Minolta's lens mount rather than paying to license it (which could have been prohibitively expensive; I don't know), resulting in incompatibilities every few years. To Sigma's credit, they offered free upgrades, when possible. (I unfortunately had a lens, years ago, that was "too old" to upgrade to work with a new Mnolta AF body - and this was all pre-digital). I appreciate that Sigma is offering some excellent lenses these days, but I'm not convinced that they're "good guys" any more than any other company.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2014 at 13:22 UTC
On CP+ 2014 interviews: What we learned article (94 comments in total)

It's disheartening when the executives draw conclusions about our preferences from our buying habits. When 50mm lenses sold well, manufacturers designed new 50mm lenses specifically for APS-C, rather than 58mm or 60mm or 70mm or anything that resembles a portrait tele. So here we have the claim that westerners buy based on size. Because the SL1 didn't sell well ? (As pointed out, it's very expensive as an entry level product). Based on mirrorless sales ? There are loads of possible reasons that mirrorless hasn't sold well to date; sluggish AF performance and lack of viewfinders in affordable models come to mind. Also that much of the US has little exposure to mirrorless models - I can't think of where I can go see a Panasonic or Olympus m43 body without taking a day trip to NYC. There are probably closer places, but it would involve googling and at least an hour drive to somewhere I've never been. Ditto Fuji. Companies need to understand what we want; not what we've bought.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2014 at 15:21 UTC as 19th comment | 3 replies
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1645 comments in total)

"uto ISO in manual mode, so you can specify the shutter speed and aperture you need, and let the camera set the ISO to match. But then the X-T1 ignores the exposure compensation dial,"

Argghhhh ! How hard is this to figure out ? 2+ years ago, I chose the Nikon D7000 over the Canon 7D for this reason. This is trivial stuff ! Nothing that isn't already being don in other exposure modes.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 00:09 UTC as 92nd comment | 2 replies
On Miggo Strap and Grip review article (86 comments in total)
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miggo: Hi you all

Thanks for all the comments. Some really cracked us up (especially the one about grandma's bra strap), some a little less, but all in all we got some really important feedback.

A little about miggo:
We're 3 partners, and we founded miggo after we left KATA – the camera bag manufacturer.
After years of developing camera bags, we decided to go against the flow and try to introduce camera-carrying solutions which are not simply square black bags.

Miggo is the first of many products to come.
We introduced it on Kickstarter 3 weeks ago and we were happy to see it succeed and receive considerable support from many people.

Yet with all due respect to Kickstarter, receiving feedback from photographers like you is more important than almost anything else.
We'll be happy to hear your ideas or anything else you care to share with us.

My mail is:
You can also find us on Facebook


Guy, congrats on your successful kickstarter campaign, and I applaud your courage in coming over here and facing us wolves :) I don't have any constructive feedback for you, because the product is nothing I can see myself using, even with modification (I use a simple handstrap or a Blackrapid strap) but I wish you well and will be curious to see what else you come up with.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2014 at 22:07 UTC
On Miggo Strap and Grip review article (86 comments in total)
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Dennis: And people blast Sony for having a kit lens that's too big for the NEX ... now there's a wrist strap that's a bath towel with a mounting plate sewn into it ! I think they should call it the "Linus" (in honor of the Peanuts character) - it's a camera strap and security blanket all in one.

I appreciate the review, as well. My comment was mostly trying to be funny (though I really don't see many people wanting something like this). I use a tiny wrist strap with my RX100 and used a similar owe with my NEX with the kit zoom or smaller lens (and with the 18-200, carried it in a bag). I have a wrist strap to put on my D7000 that I haven't tried yet, and a Blackrapid strap that I do use fairly frequently with it. I found out about that at Photoplus Expo, and it would be nice to have more awareness of cool gadgets and accessories.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2014 at 02:27 UTC
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