disraeli demon

disraeli demon

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Honestly, for my purposes, I'd be much happier with a system that pixel bins the 16mp output down to 8mp: I hardly ever print above 10 x 8" and I'm sick of 16mp RAW files eating up my hard drives (and anyone who is about to say "hard disk space is cheap" is welcome to put their money where their mouth is and buy me the replacement drives I'll need sometime before February.)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 23:55 UTC as 5th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (826 comments in total)

This looks like a really compelling package - unfortunately, I only upgraded from an LX3 to an LX7 this year, so it'll be while before I can think about getting one.

The only thing that disappoints me about the spec sheet is the lack of high-speed video; it's just about the only video mode I use on my LX7.

But otherwise, for me, it's a perfect set of design decisions; wide-to-short fast lens, step zoom, 12mpix sensor and hot shoe rather than built-in flash. Saving money now...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2014 at 23:56 UTC as 48th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1864 comments in total)

Could anyone tell me if the LX100 has the same step zoom and zoom/focus resume functions as the LX7?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2014 at 16:40 UTC as 32nd comment | 1 reply

High flash sync speed and wide-angle macro are the reasons I continue to use an LX7 alongside my GX7. If the reviews show the LX100 is as good as the specs suggest, then it looks like being the eventual replacement for my LX7 in a couple of years.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2014 at 19:19 UTC as 44th comment | 1 reply
On Photokina 2014: Olympus stand report article (75 comments in total)

I was hoping we might get a 14mm prime with clutch-focus but with panasonic providing a cheapo 14mm and a Leica premium 15mm perhaps it's not worth their while...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 15:12 UTC as 10th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1864 comments in total)

Congratulations to Panasonic for finally just putting a standard filter thread on the lens of a premium compact.

Anyone know what kind of mechanical shutter this thing has? High speed flash sync via leaf shutter is the main reason I still carry an LX camera.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 22:46 UTC as 319th comment
On Quick Review: Zenfolio's Photograher Central article (16 comments in total)


Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2014 at 10:06 UTC as 11th comment | 3 replies
In reply to:

Foroa: What means "Secondary reflector with two output settings" ?

Foroa - the secondary reflector is a second flash head (you can see it in the front of the flash below the Metz symbol). Imagine shooting a portrait of someone by pointing the main flash head straight up to bounce light off a ceiling. You get nice soft light, but it's coming straight down, so you also get dark shadows under the person's eyes and nose. That second little flash can fire to brighten up those shadows. You can control the power settings to make the shadows lighter or darker.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 10:30 UTC
On Sony a5100 First Impressions Review preview (589 comments in total)

Ha... Last year Panasonic copied the form-factor of the NEX-6 with the GX7, now Sony is copying the form-factor of the GF6... It's like musical chairs played with industrial design.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 23:04 UTC as 87th comment | 5 replies
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Deardorff: Once again Hasselblad shows their head is still firmly planted deep in their collective ass.

Where is the SQUARE format back?

Deardorff - I think many people underestimate the sheer technical difficulty of making large sensors. While I completely agree that a 6x6cm sensor would be optimal, making them reliably for a price that anyone could afford is probably beyond the abilities of current technology. That being the case, fitting the largest sensor of whatever aspect ratio into their backs is a sensible decision by Hasselblad.
What seems to me more of a drawback is the handling problem of using cameras designed for square format with a sensor that has a landscape and a portrait orientation - it's a shame there's no way to build a rotating mount into the back, but I'm guessing focus tolerances may exclude that.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 10:20 UTC
On Fujifilm updates X-mount lens roadmap to end of 2015 article (170 comments in total)
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cgarrard: Fuji aren't just building new lenses, they are building confidence with photographers in a camera system.

Take note, very important.

I've been really impressed by Fuji - I swapped from Nikon DSLRs to mirrorless back in 2011, before they were around, but if I was making the move now they'd provide a very tempting proposition

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 19:53 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (646 comments in total)
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Saldahna: Why don't we just look at this Camera like we do to a car? I have a SUV some others like Porsche an some Ford or wathever. To buy a camera is a very personal decision. The main thing is if you enjoy it, and that you feel comfortable with it. I like my MacBook Pro some may like Windows 8 etc.
I think this tests are just guidelines but they don't take you the decision for your personal preference. Don't forget you compose the picture, not the camera. And who is using a tripod ??? There are so many aspects. If I buy a Camera with 100 points and it does not match me, it is useless. Sometimes it is just the Name of a brand that you don't like, but that is no reason for a hick hack like in here. Some comments are just ridiculous. Dpreview is not Facebook! A bit more style would be good for this pages.

Saldana - the problem is, that even within that niche of compact , small sensor cameras, you have a choice of models from other manufacturers that offer better enthusiast features (standard hot shoe, built in EVF), better IQ (including other 1" sensors) and a wider selection of lenses at that price point. I've handled a V3 and it's a beautiful object, but it still seems overpriced for what it is and the results it produces. To follow your car analogy, you're right that it's no good comparing small hatchback V3 to big SUV D810, but the trouble is, there are better, cheaper hatchbacks out there....

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2014 at 12:12 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (646 comments in total)
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Saldahna: I wonder how many of you guys have seriuosley tried to use the V3 and other cameras of the V series. I'm a SLR Shooter but my D800 and the holy trinity stay more an more at home, or will be used for Landscapes. Please try this camera by yourself before you judge.I've tried the Sony A6000 but the back screen is like a mirror....and the Lenses are to big. I want something small with power. That is the V3 with EVF and Grip. I love my DSLR but I also love these small V series cameras.

Oh drat... I tried to reply to this and for some reason it's appeared as a reply to Ryan2007's comment above. Basically, tried the V3 and was really impressed, but M4/3 gave me better features and IQ for a lower price with a much better selection of lenses. If I really needed tracking focus, it might be a different story.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 22:50 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (646 comments in total)
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ryan2007: The Cons to the review make this a deal breaker. A proprietary Hot Shoe, that was what the Minolta Film cameras used to be like and the selling point for Nikon Over Canon and Minolta at the time was how backwards compatible Nikon is.

With Fuji X, Sony, micro four thirds out there I think Nikon is banking on current Nikon users or just name recognition in the name Nikon that people will buy it just because of the name and being brand loyal is a #1 mistake and hand in hand with being emotionally attached to gear.

I also think just because others have a mirrorless camera they want a piece of that pie.

I've tried a V3 in store and it finally seemed to answer all the handling issues I'd had with previous V series cameras. I loved the body design, the feel of it, the snappy response... but the fact is, I don't use tracking focus that much and I don't need those high burst rates. I use a Panasonic GX7 that's much cheaper, has a bigger sensor, built-in EVF, IBIS, better noise and DR, proper hot shoe and has a huge selection of lenses (which are pretty small - I own five primes covering 24mm to 90mm FF equivalent, and with one on the camera I can comfortably fit the other four into the leg pockets of my cargo pants). With careful shopping, the whole shebang cost me about the same as the RRP of the V3 plus 32mm (and I know that's not comparing like with like, but I think it does demonstrate how disproportionate Nikon's initial pricing is, especially when you see how badly the Sony 1" sensor shows theirs up.)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 22:41 UTC
On Beyond the ordinary: Tim Dodd's Everyday Astronaut article (102 comments in total)

Hilarious! The very last one is my favourite.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2014 at 10:15 UTC as 61st comment
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TylerQ: Still not signing up. Monthly fees for software? No thanks.

The hidden math is what happens if you had already made the outlay for full Photoshop - I bought my copy back in 1998, and for the last 16 years have only upgraded every other version, unless forced by hardware changes. I got on the limited-time version of this offer last year because they promised they'd hold the price for that package - but I'm still paying about 30% more than buying a £140 upgrade every two years or so, for the privilege of losing access to software the moment I stop paying. Worse, there's no equivalent deal for Illustrator, which I occasionally find very useful, but not often enough to justify the Creative Suite or solo rental rates.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 22:35 UTC
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tkbslc: I might finally cave.

That's about 5 years of $10 a month to add up to the retail cost of buying the software retail before.

The problem is, once you've made that outlay, upgrade prices were pretty cheap I'm on the original limited-offer deal - same price as this - and it's costing me about 30% more than my previous strategy of buying every other upgrade.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 16:09 UTC

Is there any option to mix and match frames and filters with the new version?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2014 at 06:23 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On Leica M Monochrom now available in grayscale (sort of) article (137 comments in total)

It's a simple way for them to generate a small extra product line I guess, so fair enough.

A Monochrom sensor in a Typ-240 body though… that would be something.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2014 at 08:39 UTC as 46th comment | 6 replies
On Lytro Illum in the hands of five leading photographers article (166 comments in total)
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BarnET: I love the technology.
The technology might change the way we look at photography or fill a very small niche. How the lytro performs in tough conditions remains to be seen.

Nevertheless i will follow it's developments in the future.

Despite my diatribe below, I really do wish them well. I really hope they can build enough of a user-base to create a niche market - like Polaroid in the days of film. And I agree with MGJA (above) that they need to look beyond variable focus images to post-capture focus adjustment and DoF control. Now THAT sounds like the Future of Photography.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2014 at 20:49 UTC
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