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Zoomer52: No mention is made on their site about how to adjust for the nodal point when you change lenses (or zoom to a different focal length). This is very important when trying to create seamless panos. And there should be precise etched markings (at least) to allow you to record the position for a particular focal length and return to it quickly and accurately. No mention is made of this at all, nor do any of the photos show etched markings.

This is just a motorized rotator with remote control. You will have to provide your own pano head.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2015 at 21:28 UTC
On Sony rides wave of US Mirrorless sales surge article (732 comments in total)
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AshMills: Come on Canikon, the time is NOW.

(Speaking as someone who uses FF Nikon professionally daily, and has just started collecting m43 cameras and lenses.)

Time is NOW? No more now that yesterday or tomorrow IMO.

There is a place for mirrorless and DSLRs. DSLRs sales may be declining, but mirrorless sales are not excactly booming either. Last I checked, they were in fact also declining, not just as much as DSLRs. Crises have happened in the past and will happen in the future. SLRs, bridges, compact cameras have seen ups and downs, but I don't see SLRs disappearing anytime soon.

Mirrorless do offer a sensible alternative to bulkier cameras when weight and size are a priority, and offer some distinct advantages, but I have yet to use an EVF that is as pleasant as an OVF, or a mirrorless with an AF as good as that from a DLSR (tracking included).

And when you see the cost and size of good Sony FE mount lenses, you sometimes wonder what you gain from leaving DSLRs. Why would everybody need to leave DLSRs just for the sake of going mirrorless?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2015 at 11:50 UTC
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NTONE: Looks really compact and great for bringing on holidays.

Is there something similar but with AF?

Yes, and it has been mentioned twice in the article ;-)

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2015 at 07:27 UTC

It would be interesting to see a comparison with Sigma's 12-24. To see how much better the Canon is and to see how much 1mm makes in field of view difference (assuming they are not cheating about the minimum focal length).

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 13:11 UTC as 15th comment


Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2015 at 12:58 UTC as 1st comment
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dtssound: Medium format mirrorless please.

I'd love a digital Mamiya 6 but I am not holding my breath.

If it ever appeared, it would not be cheap.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2015 at 12:57 UTC

I find it looks a bit like a Pentax67. So maybe they meant full 6x7cm frame ? ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2015 at 23:09 UTC as 158th comment | 1 reply
On Leica M9 users report sensor corrosion issue article (378 comments in total)
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straylightrun: Proof that high price =/= high quality

We're more talking about realibility and no, high price has never implied high reliability, especially if you're looking a relatively niche/lower volume/exotic products.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 09:28 UTC
On Leica M9 users report sensor corrosion issue article (378 comments in total)
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Mike FL: I have great respect to Leica's optical, but the FF sensor M9 is really noisy @ISO.1600 as seen from the DP sample. Again, do not forget it is from a FF sensor camera while you check the sample:


Any thought? Disagree?

Actually, base ISO is 160 ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 09:26 UTC
On Leica M9 users report sensor corrosion issue article (378 comments in total)

This is worrying - I have recently had very stubborn oïl spots on my M9 sensor and it is still not 100% clean after several wet cleaning cycles.

Last thing I'd want is corrosion now. I got a LNIB M9 at a great price two years ago (upgrading from a used M8 which was a good deal as well), but I fear I would be priced out of the Leica system if my M9 had to be replaced.

Good thing is that if I had to sell my Leica lenses, I would probably be able to buy a nice Sony A7 or Fuji X kit, but I would definitely miss the rangefinder.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 09:20 UTC as 68th comment
On Leica M9 users report sensor corrosion issue article (378 comments in total)
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The Squire: I thought, if there is a manufacturing defect, which this clearly is, that this is no limit on your statutory rights (in the UK) to return it for a refund or have it repaired. So I don't see how they can start charging for this after 3 years.

I am not sure corrosion could be qualified as manufacturing defect. By definition corrosion is a process, no a pre-existing defect. I think we need more information to really understand the issue. The filter in front of the M9 sensor is very thin and may be much more fragile than on other digital cameras...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 09:14 UTC
On Medium well done: Two takes on the Pentax 645Z article (250 comments in total)
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bluevellet: I've considered the Pentax 645Z. I think Pentax did a great job making the price reasonable (for medium format) and coming up with a decent amount of lenses, particularly how niche this product is,

One major hurdle is (almost) no retailer presence. Even online, it's hard to find and I have to go abroad for it. I'm not comfortable buying something this expensive without even a test drive.

I mean, just look at DPR, no link to buy it anywhere.

It is listed as available and in stock on my retailer's website (in Belgium), as are numerous lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2014 at 16:17 UTC
On Medium well done: Two takes on the Pentax 645Z article (250 comments in total)
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tinternaut: But will Pentax sell enough of these to realise the economies of scale to bring the costs down? It's taken years to bring the 35mm full frame format down to a level many now consider affordable. In the UK at least, the cost of a modest Pentax 645Z system is about the same as that of a Ford Focus. There's nothing "consumer" about that.

As for the second opinion, above, I imagine if I picked up a D800, tomorrow (as a Four Thirds system owner), I'd start taking bad photos. That's just part of the process.

Given the volumes involved in MF, I doubt Pentax will ever sell enough 645Z to bring the costs down to "consumer FF" levels. But the prices are already very close to high-end 24x36 cameras. A 645Z doesn't cost much more than a D4s or Leica M, and you can get a 645D (previous generation) at much reduced prices. Trouble is, if you want high-quality latest-generation AF lenses, they will cost you a lot as well.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2014 at 15:34 UTC

Would be tempting at a regular price, but there still a few settings I'd like to select on the go, like the lens type for uncoded ones.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 09:02 UTC as 30th comment
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b534202: Does it at least have a battery indicator?

It looks like there is in the viewfinder, activated by the repurposed movie button.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 09:02 UTC
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (1444 comments in total)
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Sisung: Picture samples!


Ouch, indeed!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 14:20 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1418 comments in total)
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Skulls: When you decrease the number of pixels that increases their individual size and more light is received by the sensor, right? Why then the ISO range is still 12800?
6.5 fps in FX mode means 7.5fps in DX mode... well, I have sony a6000 with the same amount of pixels and it can shoot 11fps, with about the same buffer size of 22 shots, 1/4000 max shutter speed, with the same ISO range, it weighs 344 grams and it costs 600 euro. It is APS-C but still... where the price difference comes from?
Am I missing something?
P.S. And the Sony has got a AEL button which can be programmed to be AF-ON!

For a lot of us, how good it will be at 1600-6400 ISO is more important than how far it will go before being unusable. And the two are not automatically linked: a Sony a7s is usable up to very high ISO but isn't particularly better than other FF cameras in the 1600-6400 range.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 09:16 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1418 comments in total)
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photo nuts: Wow... 109 comments within a short space of time...

I am seriously impressed with the D750 specs. Great release.

Only considerably slower than a D700 with an MB-D10 and pro EN-EL4 batteries.

Even though it is not really a D700-level camera in terms of build/ergonomics, this D750 looks like a well-balanced offer and I still might be tempted.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 09:07 UTC
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keeponkeepingon: Lars or Chris from interrealtime:

It would be really great to know how this differs from or compares to the alternatives.

For example cortex camera has been out for some time now and gets better reviews on the app store:



Cortex Camera seems to capture 100 video frames, then align and combine them to provide higher resolution (from the FULL HD capture) and lower noise. It seems to be mostly useful for low-light, static subjects. It does well what it does but, for daylight photography, I would expect the regular app to deliver much more detailed images.
NightCap Pro seems to be much more versatile (and cheaper).

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2014 at 15:06 UTC

Fascinating content, but I agree that minimum 45$ for a print or download, restricted to personal use, is a bit steep. Especially coming from a public institution....

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2014 at 11:53 UTC as 5th comment
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