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Ross the Fidller

Ross the Fidller

Lives in Australia NSW, Australia, Australia
Works as a Violin Maker
Joined on Oct 31, 2010

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On iFixit tears down Sony's new a7R II to find its secrets article (292 comments in total)

"Enough variety to adjust the sensor on five distinct axes. Not a small feat for a full-frame camera."

Not trying to be pedantic, but I don't believe it to be moving in five directions as such but compensating for those movements on five axis' of the body. That is, I think the sensor would remain in the same plane all the time with just lateral movements (including rotational) to correct for the various camera/lens movements.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2015 at 00:09 UTC as 34th comment
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LastChance4U: Hey politician!

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Oh dear, I'm a little slow today. :(

I guess it's a bit like subtle body language & not reading it properly, or worse still not taking in the subtle hints from the spouse & coming undone because of it.

I remember years ago when working in the earlier days of computers (in the 80's) someone had produced an image using characters (ASCII art) like the above of a beautiful (nude) woman over several pages of continuous feed paper. It was pretty clever if it was done manually, but then maybe there was a more intelligent program that helped there.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2015 at 22:06 UTC
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LastChance4U: Hey politician!

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Of course it can be copied easily! I did wink [ ;) ] or maybe I should have been more creative & done the same thing to show 'tongue in cheek'. :) (BTW, that's a smile)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2015 at 11:33 UTC
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Sangster: This is one of the reasons why I love travelling to Asia.

And a certain part of Asia totally thumbs it's nose at copyright by producing goods deliberately copied from other's designs.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2015 at 04:05 UTC
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LastChance4U: Hey politician!

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Is that a copyright image? ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2015 at 03:58 UTC
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Pat Cullinan Jr: Like to have some scoop on "pinpoint focusing." Is this just a marketeer's selling phrase, or does it denote a discrete technology?

It means it gets the optional smaller focus point similarly to what the E-M5 got in later firmware as seen here.
http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries/data/500/M1158124-s.jpg

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2015 at 03:20 UTC
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Pat Cullinan Jr: You can get it for < $500 on the web. Only always deal with sellers having an approval rating of 99.8% or 99.9%.

It's available for AU$579 with a bonus battery at one place (Cambuy) in Australia. I had mine with me yesterday & am pleased I have bought the camera when it came out as it is such a useful camera to take anywhere with its reasonably bright 10.7 X zoom lens & all the other advanced features (for a compact). It makes a great addition to the rest of my (OM-Ds) kit.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2015 at 03:15 UTC
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macaddict: Suggesting that better battery life is an important draw to DSLRs seems like quite the stretch. Slipping a fresh battery into the compartment is a minimal inconvenience.

That's true & when a mirrorless camera can use a battery grip (& is still smaller than a DSLR) that uses the grips battery first & then the camera's, it is easy to replace that externally accessible one at a convenient time without the camera suddenly dying on you. Not too much hassle at all.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2015 at 01:11 UTC
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kgreenhough: I'll start by saying that I made the switch from a Canon full frame outfit to a Fuji X-T1 system about 6 months ago. I truly don't understand the obsession with compartmentalizing everything to do with gear. Do I miss my full frame DSLR sometimes? Yes. Is there anything I'd be uncomfortable shooting on my X-T1? Hell no! For a anyone who needs the reassurance, no camera system is perfect. But feel free to keep your hilarious and irrelevant opinions about which gear is pro, amateur, enthusiast, etc.

"But feel free to keep your hilarious and irrelevant opinions about which gear is pro, amateur, enthusiast, etc."

That level of distinction would only apply to the level of cameras within each system (& brand), but then a true 'Pro' photographer could still produce a 'Pro' level of image from an entry level camera anyhow. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2015 at 01:05 UTC
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DesmondD: I still haven't found an optical viewfinder that doesn't give me motion sickness. I recently looked through a Sony 7S and had to stop looking through it after 10 seconds. Looking TTG "Through The Glass" is still the best for me.
I know not everyone is like that but I'm thankful it's still an option.

"I still haven't found an optical viewfinder that doesn't give me motion sickness." Don't you mean you haven't found an EVF that doesn't.....???

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2015 at 00:57 UTC
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Dennis: I was hoping the new model would come in at 16MP. 80MP is going to be a noise monster and no good trying to take pictures of my daughter playing in the back yard in the evening. And my 5-year old computer would choke on those 80MP files. No sale here, sorry.

@DStudio. I think Dennis was having a big sarcastic shot (joke) here & probably should have added a wink or something at the end, for those that take everything seriously.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2015 at 01:00 UTC
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toni2: Canon are doing really bad with rebel line (750d, 760d...). It hasn't microAF adjustment. So it is really easy to have bad focused images, and you can't adjust that.
And Canon M3 hasn't electronic viewfinder and has a EF-M mount (it isn't EF-S compatible).

Really, I don't understand Canon. Well, I understand Canon marketing people: make waste time and money to it's clients.

It seems that Canon don't want to put microAF in the rebel line. It is software disabled (firmware) because people from Magic Lantern says that it is hardware enabled from 550d...
So If Canon don't want to put microAF in the rebel line, the only way would be to put an electronic viewfinder and always use live view AF.

To blackcoffee17
I think toni2 means that by using Live View with EVF it uses Contrast Detect-AF which won't have this back or front issue.

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2015 at 22:01 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 offers 4K video article (128 comments in total)
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pocoloco: If it just had image stabilazition...

"If it just had image stabilazition..." it wouldn't have 4K video, but I would spell 'stabilisation' the correct way. ;) :D

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 23:29 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 offers 4K video article (128 comments in total)
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BaumBoyPhoto: It's too bad it still has that blasted 29.59 time limit in video recording. The lack of that limit was a big point for the GH4.

"... that blasted 29.59 time limit in video recording" has to do with your gov't's tax laws, not the manufacturer, otherwise it would be priced higher because of the higher tax (import duty) put on video cameras.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 23:24 UTC
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SeeRoy: As the owner of an EM5 (I guess we have to retrospectively assign it a "MK1" label) this sort of nonsensical product says a great deal about Olympus, and indeed the entire camera business. If the MK2 itself is anything like the MK1 then addressing the cosmetics with a "limited edition" - for people stupid enough to care how the top plate looks - whilst failing to address the fact that the camera has only two good attributes embedded in a host of failings, is to treat the consumers as fools: probably correctly.
1) The files are excellent, other things being equal.
2) The camera is small and light.
However the general handling, firmware and ergonomics are pitifully bad.
There's also the fact that in an industry where the replacement cycle is engineered to a frequency of about 18 months, the idea of "collectability" (as in film era hardware) is just a joke.

As 'stupid 'as you might think it is, why didn't you go for the 'Elite' E-M5 (Mk I) when it was offered? It came in black with the updated leather look instead of the pattern finish on the grip & the knobs may have been slightly different too. Thankfully, not everyone thinks like you. I think that was also the model to introduce version 2.0 firmware too that the rest of us also got.

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2015 at 10:04 UTC
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white shadow: This special edition model is really for Olympus fan.

It would have been better if they are improving on the tracking focus of the EM5 Mk2 instead.

And you don't think they've been working on that?!?!

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2015 at 07:31 UTC
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Paul Auclair: like the camera strap.
new firmware update mostly for underwater shooting?. i did not know there was so many folks using OMDs underwater.

It will be to go with the new 8mm fish eye lens. I guess they call it a "fish eye" because it sees underwater like a fish. ;) And it's obviously desirable for under water photography.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2015 at 07:29 UTC
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Dylthedog: Lovely machine Oly, but it's time to get a new sensor with 24MP and leading edge dynamic range.

Until then, you won't tempt me away from my E-M10

Unfortunately new larger sensors don't come every day & you won't get 24MP (yet). The most you'll get is 20MP (4/3's) at the moment from Sony.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2015 at 07:21 UTC
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Al de Wet: Why should I consider this? Panasonic offer the FZ 200 and the FZ 1000 which seem to be better?

"By Hachu21 (1 week ago)
FZ200 is no better. It offer a longer range, true, but nothing more.
Stylus 1s has a bit bigger sensor, much better evf, magnesium body, ..."
No, the Stylus 1(s) does not have a magnesium body! It is plastic & that helps to keep the weight down.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2015 at 11:30 UTC
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John McCormack: Be aware that there is little support for the firmware in the 1s. Olympus updated the the Stylus 1 firmware last year for the US market and changed the headers in the file output such that some software (ACDSee are you listening?) cannot read the newer RAW ORF files. Bummer. Otherwise the camera is great.

I'm not sure what you mean as the 1 & 1s are basically the same camera (except for a leather look grip & radial grooves in the dials) with the same firmware 2.0 now.??? The other improvement was to up the battery specs to the BLS50 which is still physically the same (& same voltage) as the BLS5 battery.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2015 at 11:20 UTC
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