deep7

Lives in New Zealand (Aotearoa) New Zealand (Aotearoa)
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Joined on May 10, 2008
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God makes it, I see it and photograph it. Sometimes that works well!

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left eye: The more I look at it, the more it looks like a 1st year prototype from a M.A. in industrial design; I'd give it an 'A' though.

Maybe that's what I like about it.

The fact it seems to look dated already [after a few days] is maybe because the design needed to evolve for a few extra months, to calm down, to resolve.

To this day, I've never used a camera that fitted me better than the E300. It also produced my most lucrative ever photo, one that has made me a lot more money than the camera cost.

Such epic design but it got slammed by an unimaginative press, held back by massive inertia. The technologically advanced E330, by comparison, was cramped and uncomfortable, with a minuscule viewfinder, and I struggled (then) to get the best from it. Now, with modern processing software, those 7.5MP sensors (I have an L1) seem quite special.

I like fresh-thinking design and this Hasselblad shows a deceptively clean result of that.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2016 at 01:41 UTC
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AKH: "Much bigger sensor" ...hmm, it is 8 mm wider and 9 mm taller than an FF sensor. So it is 1.7 times bigger than an FF sensor.

In comparison an FF sensor is 2.25 times bigger than an APS-C sensor and 3.8 times bigger than a Micro 4/3 sensor.

1.7x sounds much bigger to me! Picture someone 1.7x as big as you...

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2016 at 20:14 UTC
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Indohydra: I still do not understand why someone would choose this camera over any number of high end mirrorless full frame cameras already on the market. (i.e. Sony A7Rll, Canon, Nikon FF) The 50 MP in itself no longer seems compelling. What am I missing here? This is not like moving to mid format on film. The advantages are not there. No one has suggested that these images are capable of greater detail or range or ISO. Is there something about the larger frame size alone that is of interest to anyone here? How or why would you use it?

First: Canon and Nikon do not make "mirrorless full frame cameras"!! Only Leica and Sony currently make those.

2nd, Pixel count is one thing, pixel size another and this has bigger and, theoretically, better pixels. Actually, not theoretical because the sensor is already in use and proven to be of very high quality. Do some research and see for yourself.

3rd, your thinking should continue down - why not use 4/3 cameras, or even 1" cameras? For nearly any use, they can do a great job... In which case, I partly agree with you.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2016 at 20:10 UTC
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (789 comments in total)
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rgarijo: First camera (AFAIK) that uses the new USB-C connection standard. I hope other mainstream manufactures follow suit.

I knew there were adaptors that went the other way. I guess this is the first time I've seen a gadget that actually uses the new design! I'll look into. One day in the distant future when I need it, by which stage, there might be yet another new standard....

Seriously, I'm not being snarky. It would be great if there was a single standard and it seems Apple are pushing hard that way on their laptops. It's just that some new standards leave me high and dry.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 05:07 UTC
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Phileas Fogg: Interesting camera. Still pricey for me, especially with lenses. But it's time all 'pro-grade' cameras put at least flip up and down screen. My OMD EM-1 is imo a pro grade camera and I like the flip up and down screen options I have with it.

Should/had - you're making an imperative out of your opinion. That's what I object to. It's just an opinion. It adds cost or bulk or a point of weakness to cameras which are already bulky and expensive or, in this case, deliberately designed to be as small as is realistically possible. Pros and cons.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 02:55 UTC
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Phileas Fogg: Interesting camera. Still pricey for me, especially with lenses. But it's time all 'pro-grade' cameras put at least flip up and down screen. My OMD EM-1 is imo a pro grade camera and I like the flip up and down screen options I have with it.

No, Eric, I didn't draw that line. Hasselblad did. If this is a hit, I have very little doubt that other, more complicated and therefore larger models will show up and the people who don't like this can buy those. Some features, though, will only come from other manufacturers.

Anyway, the point was to rebut the assertion that all "pro-grade" cameras HAD to have a moving screen, not to say that they aren't useful. Maybe they should all have a built-in flash as well? That could be useful too.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 01:09 UTC
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qwertyasdf: Does it also have a focal plane shutter, or only in lens leaf shutter?

In lens only.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 00:34 UTC
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rgarijo: First camera (AFAIK) that uses the new USB-C connection standard. I hope other mainstream manufactures follow suit.

Can that connect to a normal USB port? It does sound quick.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 20:59 UTC
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aarif: Finally my birding camera has been born

Leave it by a nest and trigger it from your iPhone. Do it right and you'll see the eyes on the mites on the feathers...

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 20:57 UTC
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AC Wild Images: Hello all, I shoot with a Nikon D810 - normally for studio but also landscapes. I have been using it recently for wildlife (where i would usually use the D4) and have been amazed by the results in good light. As I am often in the bush i like the sound of the ISO capability of this camera but......am I correct in reading that the autofocus is 'slow' compared to DSLR'

Actually, some modern CDAF systems are quicker than PDAF systems...

I guess we will find out how fast this Hasselblad focuses soon enough. Obviously, no matter how clever they are, they still have to push around more glass than a micro four thirds camera has to move, so it's unlikely to be a record breaker. I'll bet it's pretty snappy though. I'd also bet most people who would use them would trade a few milliseconds for the reassurance of dead accurate focus!

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 20:51 UTC
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Phileas Fogg: Interesting camera. Still pricey for me, especially with lenses. But it's time all 'pro-grade' cameras put at least flip up and down screen. My OMD EM-1 is imo a pro grade camera and I like the flip up and down screen options I have with it.

That would be at odds with the minimalist ethic. I have an EM1 and wouldn't care if the screen didn't flip. I had an E3 with a fully articulating screen and would have preferred a fixed screen. It's a matter of personal preference and maybe the inevitable models that follow will get weighed down with stuff like that anyway?

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 20:32 UTC
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The confusion of not using full names? On Luminous Landscape, I got similarly confused and discovered they meant focal plane shutter. If that's the case, no, it doesn't have one, which is actually a strength in terms of getting a steady image out of such a small body.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 20:28 UTC
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Alex Efimoff: Why people are so excited about the camera and how many real professionals amongst those?

People are excited because it gives an option not available before (small, portable, interchangeable lens camera with better quality than all cameras of a similar size (provided you can use a focal length that suits) at a surprisingly reasonable price point. They don't actually have to be professional photographers to justify buying it. Some professionals will relish it - I've already seen some stating they've put orders in.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 07:19 UTC
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capanikon: Looks great. Finally we can start moving away from the teensy so-called "full frame" format.

Just like suckers who buy 35mm format when APS-C will do? This is still bigger than either, though better described as medium format than large format. Hmm, could be people who buy this camera will be anything but suckers.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 02:06 UTC
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Mike Ronesia: This is very intriguing. I have been shooting M4/3's for years and always considered MF as the only logical next level in my upgrade path. I'm not a full time pro, but I make about 30k a year shooting occasional evenings and weekends. I have never seen enough difference between FF and M4/3's to justify the move, and the Pantex MF did not impress, but this could finally be the system I've been waiting for.

I fully get this. All camera gear involves compromises - splitting between the advantages of a small format when its advantages matter and a large one when its features are preferable just got to be that little bit easier.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 23:23 UTC
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deep7: The rate of comments on this news story suggest Hasselblad may well sell a good number of these cameras - and they deserve to! Great design, competitive price, proven sensor. I really like what they have done.

The two current lenses fall into focal length "holes" for me, though I understand many people are happy with the field of view of that 45mm. However, I like the balance of size/speed they have chosen.

My own preferences run to smaller bodies with zoom lenses but I do like the idea of heading out for the day with one of these and a 60-65mm lens and just having fun. It will be interesting to see how lens development proceeds.

I hope they sell far more than that!

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 21:55 UTC
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capanikon: Looks great. Finally we can start moving away from the teensy so-called "full frame" format.

I have m4/3 cameras and I'm very happy with that. No need for sympathy, I love being able to choose for myself, thanks anyway.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 21:53 UTC
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Nixyz: No built-in selfie pod for this price point?

It's okay - you've been saved! WiFi plus iPhone for selfies. Phew.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 21:13 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1189 comments in total)

The rate of comments on this news story suggest Hasselblad may well sell a good number of these cameras - and they deserve to! Great design, competitive price, proven sensor. I really like what they have done.

The two current lenses fall into focal length "holes" for me, though I understand many people are happy with the field of view of that 45mm. However, I like the balance of size/speed they have chosen.

My own preferences run to smaller bodies with zoom lenses but I do like the idea of heading out for the day with one of these and a 60-65mm lens and just having fun. It will be interesting to see how lens development proceeds.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 21:07 UTC as 77th comment | 6 replies
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Marksphoto: not so game changing imho. If i have f1.4 lenses I am in the same boat as these 3.5 and up lenses... with less weight and I dont have to break the bank...

Careful, peterwr, you'll be pushing some pretty touchy buttons! I sort of agree with you though. The concept is just physics but it's become religion here...

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 20:54 UTC
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