monkeybrain

monkeybrain

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On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (395 comments in total)
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Serious Sam: I am only reading the first page, and you ask me to spend $2799.99 on a Samsung camera..... Nah I don't think so!!

Cheap Samsung lens does not equal low image quality. The primes are all excellent and good value (the amazing 30mm especially so). The wide-angle zoom is also very good and the kit lenses are some of the best.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 15:35 UTC
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (395 comments in total)
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Serious Sam: I am only reading the first page, and you ask me to spend $2799.99 on a Samsung camera..... Nah I don't think so!!

So what you're saying is, you're not very Serious (about) Sam(sung)?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 11:30 UTC
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (395 comments in total)
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KameraFever: You know who will not sneer away from this camera? Videographers, care least about about what the name badge. If the NX1 delivers the goods in great 4k video, they will be all over this. Did you see the secondary market revolved around the Panasonic GH series? The same thing will happen here.

The DR of the Samsung sensors is higher than the Canon APSC, and there are plenty of people using Canon video cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 11:26 UTC
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (395 comments in total)
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rgs_45: Samsung reminds me of Radio Shack some years ago. They make excellent products but people try to stay away from them and go for the brand names.

I still have a couple of pairs of Radio Shack speakers I bought 20 some years ago. They still sounds good today, even better than brand names. Majority of people are still loyally branded no matter what whether they admit it or not.

I love their smartphones and lcd tv's though :)

I think Samsung's massive profits in many areas - phones, TVs etc - show that people certainly aren't staying away in those areas (and just think, Samsung was nothing in those areas 15 years ago). With cameras like this Samsung is trying very hard to establish its own name as a brand in photography.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 11:24 UTC
On Samsung announces premium NX 50-150mm F2.8 OIS article (41 comments in total)
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kevin_r: If I'm not mistaken, Samsung will have used Schneider's technology in this one. Could be an interesting outcome with the image quality.

All Samsung's NX lenses have so far been developed by a Korean company that specialises in microscope optics. Very good at it they are too.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 11:20 UTC
On Samsung announces premium NX 50-150mm F2.8 OIS article (41 comments in total)
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Tan68: This i-Function button is another programmable button the camera will recognize ?

iFn works in this way: pressing the iFn button on the lens toggles the lens' focus ring to act as another dial. You can set what that dial does.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 11:18 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Overview preview (408 comments in total)
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caravan: I own the X100 and this update looks interesting.The absence of gimmicks,articulating lcd,zoom lens,is most welcome.

It's full of gimmicks! Autofocus! Metering! Flash! Back to my box brownie, I think.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 19:33 UTC
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Joriarty: This is a seriously good idea for people who are doing long backpacking holidays (like I'm looking to do myself). This is an awesome and lightweight way to make backups of my photos - the only electronics I'll need are my smartphone, camera, and this hard drive!

And a socket to charge them all.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2014 at 09:26 UTC
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luben solev: IMHO 5,6 & 7 are much better than the goose that won 1st place. But then beauty has always been in the eye of the beholder.

The seal fin is ordinary I suppose in the sense that it didn't require any special technique, timing, or equipment - as long as the seal was there and the right equipment was used it's a very easy shot to take. The interesting thing about it, and no doubt why it is a winner, is that few photographers would choose to focus just on that fin, creating a unique impression of the seal.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 14:53 UTC
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Outsider: Not my idea of wildlife.

What were you expecting, lions and tigers?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 12:03 UTC

The nesting gannets shot is superb. I advise also looking at the young photographers' photos on the BWPA website as well, some excellent shots!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 12:02 UTC as 38th comment
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Photoman: The price is like WOW! So many action cams are cheaper or just sell the pod for phones like Richard said below. I'm sure a GoPro is cheaper than this.

Cheaper in Japan? Stuff in Japan is expensive and Japan is probably the main target market for this.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 15:48 UTC
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-S1 article (316 comments in total)

My eyes! Me eyes are burning!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 09:10 UTC as 68th comment | 1 reply
On Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review preview (362 comments in total)

Does anyone else suspect that this model is really to introduce the new slightly larger design that can later accommodate a larger sensor more easily?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 11:24 UTC as 84th comment | 4 replies
On Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review preview (362 comments in total)
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Peter Bendheim: The haters are out in full force today I see. Good morning to y'all!

The point that I don't get are those that complain about sensor size. There are plenty other options out there in the Fuji range for larger sensors starting from the X100s. So go get one.

It's like being mad at a car company because their compact car doesn't come with a V8 like their other models. Choose another model or another brand. Cameras are not swiss army knives--they can't possible have every feature in every model. There are plenty of people who will more than like the X30, as there are plenty people who do like Canon's G16. Such a fuss about nothing.

But if most other manufacturers are putting V8s in their compacts then you have to wonder why Fuji isn't. There are strong rumours that Nikon, Panasonic and possibly even Canon (hard to believe that last one) will soon have premium compacts with 1" sensors.

You know the real reason Fuji put such a small 'engine' in this model is because they have a lot of those engines in stock since the X30 was probably planned as an upgrade while they were still developing the X20.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 10:49 UTC
On Samsung NX3000 real-world samples article (143 comments in total)
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Petak: How is a camera without a viewfinder a rangefiner-style camera? I'd say it's closer to a tv-style camera :-)))

techno, how do you know only 5-10% would want a DSLR shape? Surely the Olympus EM-5 etc wouldn't have sold so well if that was true? Are there surveys or sales figures that compare style and DSLR style?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2014 at 13:31 UTC
On Samsung NX3000 real-world samples article (143 comments in total)
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Petak: How is a camera without a viewfinder a rangefiner-style camera? I'd say it's closer to a tv-style camera :-)))

techno, I think you're completely wrong about the formfactor. You are an enthusiast but enthusiasts are a minority of camera buyers. The general public perceives a proper camera as looking like a DSLR (even see Samsung's marketing stunt of hiding the NX300 in a DSLR body and then its pictures being perceived as better quality). Along with their big zooms, this is one reason why bridge cameras are popular, they must be better because they look more professional! Samsung's choice to make the NX30 more like a DSLR (they increased the grip size a bit) was thus partly to satisfy this marketing (important because people don't take Samsung seriously as a camera maker) and to help when shooting larger lenses on the body.

Also, on the NX10 and NX20 the viewfinder hump (with popup flash) hardly adds any significant bulk to the camera. They're also about the same size as the em-5.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2014 at 11:52 UTC
On Samsung NX3000 real-world samples article (143 comments in total)
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brownie314: I like what Samsung is doing with their cameras. However - I have seen lots of samples from Samsung cameras and the default processing, especially of skin tones, always seems to bluish and not attractive. I know different cameras have their "look", but to my eyes, Samsung does not have a good look SOOC.

@badi: yes (although I was talking about adjusting colours in the 'Picture Wizard' colour settings which affect jpeg output, not actually WB) but WB and skintones are different. Generally I find the autoWB on my first generation NX cameras to be good in outdoor shots and under different artificial lighting. Skintones is highly subjective I think and I assume most discussion on the topic is centred on the skintones of the average white person, so one camera might be good for taking pictures of some people but not others. I do agree with the post by captura that Panasonic (I admit I've only used compacts) seem to have the worst skintones.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2014 at 11:37 UTC
On Samsung NX3000 real-world samples article (143 comments in total)
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justmeMN: At least in the US, Samsung has a brand problem. Why buy a Samsung, when you can buy a camera from a Real Camera Company?

Samsung does have a brand problem in the US and to a lesser extent in Europe as well. However, it would be foolish of Samsung to try to establish their camera business more in America: it's a mature market where DSLRs dominates dramatically over mirrorless. Far wiser to pursue China and India.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2014 at 11:57 UTC
On Samsung NX3000 real-world samples article (143 comments in total)
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brownie314: I like what Samsung is doing with their cameras. However - I have seen lots of samples from Samsung cameras and the default processing, especially of skin tones, always seems to bluish and not attractive. I know different cameras have their "look", but to my eyes, Samsung does not have a good look SOOC.

It's easy to change the default colour balance. These things are all subjective of course, but I think Samsung would be wiser to try to emulate the 'Canon look' as this is what people most probably associate with the 'correct' look of a photo.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 16:33 UTC
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