LaFonte

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On article Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review (476 comments in total)
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v_roma: I love the new design and I have always loved the way the Fuji X10 and X20 handled, particularly the manual zoom. In fact, the haptics alone have me tempted to get the Fuji X30 despite the small sensor size since it solves my main gripe by far with the previous two models, which was the crappy viewfinder. All that said, it is a shame that Fuji did not go with a 1" sensor. I am sure there are all kinds of reasons but, in the current environment with 1" compact options multiplying plus the announcement of the LX100, a 2/3" sensor on a camera larger than a NEX 6 is hard to make sense of.

I don't see need to stuff big sensor in a small body for enthusiastic.
Even the small sensors in $600 cams should produce a significantly better image than a high end smartphone otherwise people will stop buying them as they already stop buying the low end PS.

I think camera makers are still lucky the smartphones are not there yet...

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2014 at 06:25 UTC
On article Canon introduces social-oriented PowerShot N2 (9 comments in total)

This is stupid sorry to say it as I see it, to make "social-oriented" camera. The best social-oriented camera is called smartphone and it is already in pocket of everybody who is into this self absorbing social thing.

No matter what you do, you can't make N2 work better "social-oriented" than run of the mill smartphone.
I gave my wife this social oriented sony HX50 which can so easily connect to smartphone. Guess what she is still taking pics with her smartphone because it is simply more convenient and good enough for the FB crowd..

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 17:43 UTC as 5th comment
On article Hands-on with the Pentax K-S1 (349 comments in total)
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Mr Darma: I'm inclined to believe that this will go the way of the K-01 (which was a much better camera than it's fate). As a dedicated lifelong Pentax shooter with 5 bodies and 30 lenses, I gave up on APS-C and am back shooting film on my MZ-S, PZ1-p and ZX-5n.....patiently waiting for the much rumored and perhaps never to happen full frame K-1. I wish the effort by Ricoh/Pentax had been directed thus rather than on this blingy little thing.

In my neck of the woods pentax is not successful at all. No big box store like best buy carry any of the K or Q and the specialized photo stores have just extremely limited stock of the latest model if any (like a single K-3 in stock). And of course nobody carries ricoh at all here.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 16:31 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Pentax K-S1 (349 comments in total)

The only problem I have with pentax is their naming conventions. It is total mess with adding letters and numbers that are in descending order after the K. All the K-x, K-r, K-s.. get some system!

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 15:47 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply
On article Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review (510 comments in total)

Hopefully it is build a bit better than other PLs. My PL-2 lost its shutter button after a week. Fortunately I did found it and then superglue it back, but seriously...

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 15:40 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply
On article Photokina 2014: Fujifilm stand report (20 comments in total)

Looking forward the new fw for x100s

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 15:25 UTC as 6th comment
On article What is equivalence and why should I care? (2163 comments in total)
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LaFonte: Reading many of the comments I got finally completely confused. There are totally contradictory statements which shows that we (as a group) actually don't have any idea how sensor technology works. If this was a class it would be a big fail for the teacher.
DPreview, maybe it would be a good idea for a future article by some expert with down to earth way of style to explain how imaging sensor works, how the electrons bounce and what not, how the ISO is calculated, what is the cause of ISO noise etc... Someone who is not a forum poster with expensive words please so we can actually understand.

Well duh, I assume everyone knows those basics. But how about to dig deep, how photon excites the well, how the well size affect effectivity, a crosstalk between pixels wen electrons jump and all that bananas.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 03:57 UTC
On article Get more accurate color with camera calibration (265 comments in total)

How does it relate to the WB set in your camera? I assume if you going with a calibration you don't use AWB, right? or it will mess up the whole thing. So you set your WB to say daylight, shoot the target and then stick with the daylight WB no matter what? I really want to know.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 03:05 UTC as 12th comment | 3 replies
On article What is equivalence and why should I care? (2163 comments in total)

Reading many of the comments I got finally completely confused. There are totally contradictory statements which shows that we (as a group) actually don't have any idea how sensor technology works. If this was a class it would be a big fail for the teacher.
DPreview, maybe it would be a good idea for a future article by some expert with down to earth way of style to explain how imaging sensor works, how the electrons bounce and what not, how the ISO is calculated, what is the cause of ISO noise etc... Someone who is not a forum poster with expensive words please so we can actually understand.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 02:54 UTC as 188th comment | 4 replies
On article What is equivalence and why should I care? (2163 comments in total)
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nigelht: Physically masking a 36MP FF sensor to the same size as a m43 sensor results in an equivalent 9MP m43 sensor.

You won't see increased noise in this masked sensor which indicates that "total light" has little impact on noise or DR because it should be well understood that these characteristics are based on sensor/adc design and pixel size.

The "idea of equivalence" doesn't tell you anything about the noise potential low light performance of the sensor (relative to same generation sensors). The pixel size does. Larger pixels = less noise.

"Equivalent aperture" only addresses DOF equivalence.

"You won't see increased noise in this masked sensor..."
"Yes, you will."
Such statement is exactly why this topic is such a mess. Me personally I have absolutely no idea why masking part of the sensors wells would then magically increase noise in all the unmasked wells. Absolutely no idea. Somebody is just pulling my teeth here with all the contradictions.
There is for sure a definitive answer to all these statements, unless we of course start talking about light as a wave and then we will never finish.
So where is the definitive expert capacity on this topic to put all this mess into order.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 02:47 UTC
On article Surf's Up: Clark Little's incredible wave photography (55 comments in total)

Those are really something!

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 02:08 UTC as 4th comment
On article Light Field Cameras - Focusing on the Future (142 comments in total)

I thing the guy behind it must be a marketing genius to get so much venture capital behind him. Some nifty way of persuasion. Seems they got even more capital that Sigma could scram for foevon. In our local store they have one open box lytro camera for more than a year... nobody really wants it, yet the money keep raining in! He is a genius for sure.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 02:03 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
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munro harrap: I think it is better to await a full review with timings battery life and actual files you can download (from Sigma?) before lending them a thousand dollars!!!
They can make an absolute fortune this way investing your loan to them- and it costs them not a penny.

I had a DP2M. Great lens, very nice, but an hours battery life is a joke. Yes with its tiny shutter lag and fast AF it should have taken on and beaten the Nex7.

Here again you are forced to buy three cameras rather than one camera and three lenses, AND you have to buy three separate viewfinders as well, because if the hi-resw screen is as wobbly as the DP1,2, and 3s were, it is useless except for tripod mounted stills.

You can buy a NEX and those same lenses for it and no more worries!!! And no more loans to Sigma. The lenses are just fine on a NEX, bar the 19mm (DP1) which is only OKish stopped well down.No better than the Nex kit lens... check DXO if disbelieving...

Man you must be hiding under the rock when you think you can make absolute fortune on a short term loans these days! Hahaha...
The fact is that many camera stores do not even offer sigma because they fear of high percentage of returns on low selling item.
This loan is to simply go around the dealers blockage with easy return policy and I guess it will cost sigma a lot of money in logistics - hence I don't think this deal will last too long. Soon you will hear, sorry we no longer accept the loan.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 00:29 UTC
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andrzej bialuski: Has anyone here ordered this Test Camera?

I did 2 days ago and got an order confirmation from Sigma, but no shipping date. nor a way to check status of my order.
Is your experience similar to mine?
Did Sigma sent you a link to check your order online?

My bet would be that there were thousands like you and the logistic went poof. Many times companies that do not sell directly don't prepare for the real world of shipping and returning.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 00:25 UTC

The ISO 100 is a total blast, but it goes downhill so fast after that! As an amateur I can't stay with ISO 100 for my normal shooting and the higher ISO noise defeats the purpose of a special sensor.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 00:13 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon 1 V3 stock shortage prompts official apology (288 comments in total)
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plasnu: Finally, the mirrorless cameras have become popular in US and Euro.
According to CIPA, between Jan-May 2014

The shipment of Mirrorless +38%
The shipment of DSLR -13%
The shipment of Compact -40%

http://www.cipa.jp/stats/documents/e/d-201405_e.pdf

The cellphone workflow far outshines the small compact cameras. Take picture, quick adjustment, send it to your mom. Soon or later bigger cameras will have to compete with that workflow, the current wifi features are abysmal at best.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 00:11 UTC
On article Nikon 1 V3 stock shortage prompts official apology (288 comments in total)
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caravan: Great Price,too bad it has a tiny sensor,articulating LCD,touch screen,and zoom lens.

It is not tiny, but neither as good as the sony 1". The Pentax Q was tiny sensor and the price wasn't that far from N1.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 00:08 UTC
On article What is equivalence and why should I care? (2163 comments in total)
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forpetessake: There has been more than 1000 comments so far. What can be learned from them?

1) Many people don't read, at least don't engage their minds while reading, but nevertheless they are quick to reply. They don't read the replies to their replies either, or unable to comprehend them, because they keep repeating the same fallacies again and again.
2) Many people have difficulty understanding simple laws of physics and elementary school arithmetic. It's really shameful state of affairs. Blame expensive government schools for that.
3) the previous 2 problems are exacerbated by a "choice-supportive bias" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choice-supportive_bias). Notice that most (if not all) of the objections are coming from the people with small sensors (m4/3, 1").

Now, the really ugly thing is that most of those people are your average voters. I shudder thinking people with such cognitive faculties go to the voting booths.

It is all upside down.
I am thankful for the article that spells the relation of different parameters and it can be printed and used when one actually needs it.
The comments, that is a different story.

@ mostlyboringphotog: As for the equivalent FL, I read many comments and I don't think there is a single one that would have trouble to understand what the article explained about FL. I think most people (and me) had problem about the second part and that is "equivalent exposure" and most notably why do we should care. Because the F number works fine. Why do we need to recalculate it to equivalent aperture? We don't. F number is not broken. It is only when you want badly to match DOF of two different cameras with different sensor size.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 22:37 UTC
On article What is equivalence and why should I care? (2163 comments in total)
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forpetessake: There has been more than 1000 comments so far. What can be learned from them?

1) Many people don't read, at least don't engage their minds while reading, but nevertheless they are quick to reply. They don't read the replies to their replies either, or unable to comprehend them, because they keep repeating the same fallacies again and again.
2) Many people have difficulty understanding simple laws of physics and elementary school arithmetic. It's really shameful state of affairs. Blame expensive government schools for that.
3) the previous 2 problems are exacerbated by a "choice-supportive bias" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choice-supportive_bias). Notice that most (if not all) of the objections are coming from the people with small sensors (m4/3, 1").

Now, the really ugly thing is that most of those people are your average voters. I shudder thinking people with such cognitive faculties go to the voting booths.

I didn't read a single comment that would claim that small sensors are better or equal to a bigger sensors of the same or similar number of pixels. Or what else you mean by objections? Objections to what? To the article? The article math and statements are fine.

But for some reason this thread is full of comments asserting that photographers with 1" sensors absolutely for some weird reason think that their sensor must be better or equal much larger sensors. (like you mentioned in your 3) But where are those people?

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 22:20 UTC
On article What is equivalence and why should I care? (2163 comments in total)
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nigelht: Physically masking a 36MP FF sensor to the same size as a m43 sensor results in an equivalent 9MP m43 sensor.

You won't see increased noise in this masked sensor which indicates that "total light" has little impact on noise or DR because it should be well understood that these characteristics are based on sensor/adc design and pixel size.

The "idea of equivalence" doesn't tell you anything about the noise potential low light performance of the sensor (relative to same generation sensors). The pixel size does. Larger pixels = less noise.

"Equivalent aperture" only addresses DOF equivalence.

But still, in general, larger the pixel sizes, the higher efficiency, the more data for the a/d to bump up the ISO = less high ISO noise, no? Irrelevant of how big is the whole sensor. Could be tiny sensor with few pixels or huge sensor with much more pixels of the same size. Noise would be the same.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 22:01 UTC
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