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On Am I missing something here? article (563 comments in total)
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Black Box: Opinions are like... you know how the metaphor goes. And, just like the metaphor, this particular opinion should have been kept well hidden and only accessible to your doctor. It's SO (stereo)typical American. "We don't understand it, and that's why it's wrong". USA don't like MILCs. For you "bigger is better". You "don't get" MILCs while the whole world loves them.

MILCs are aimed at people who don't want to fiddle with buttons and rings every time they take a photo. Those who want their cameras compact. Those who rightfully think they'll look ridiculous walking around Paris or Tokyo bedangled with photo equipment. All of this makes sense to anyone who has at least once looked at the globe and thought, DAYEM, that's a big world!

Americans live and think in templates and cliches. A truck should have a 5.7L engine. A real man should have a BBQ grill. A serious camera should be big.

Trying to explain how wrong you are is useless - if you haven't understood by now, you never will.

"Americans live and think in templates and cliches..."

Are you American? Because your whole post is that, templates and cliches. Richard Butler is British, btw.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 16, 2014 at 10:08 UTC
On Am I missing something here? article (563 comments in total)

Yes, I don't think this makes any sense at all, but to a bunch of Nikon top execs. It's puzzling.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 16, 2014 at 10:03 UTC as 40th comment
On Nikon 1 V3: a quick summary article (580 comments in total)

For the price and size, might as well choose a m4/3. I just see no point in this line of cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 07:09 UTC as 207th comment | 1 reply

And it only took them a year and a half to establish that

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 06:10 UTC as 142nd comment | 3 replies
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Samuel Dilworth: Years of easy growth during the boom in digital cameras led to laziness, lack of innovation, and bad marketing.

If you walk through a camera store (nowadays a rare thing outside big cities) and handle a bunch of cameras, the abiding impression is of consumer-electronics ticky-tacky. Nothing is inspirationally designed or made until you hit Leica – which few of us can afford.

Why are there so few well-designed cameras at mid-market prices? Arguably there are none.

At the pricey end, the Nikon Df might have been a huge hit if it had lived up to its launch campaign, i.e. if it had been massively simplified, top quality, and equipped with manual-focus aids. We’ll never know, since it was just another Nikon misstep.

Of course smartphones and economic malaise have taken their toll, but cameras aren’t dead – their makers are just dead to their customers’ desires. Maybe they’ll start paying attention when their sales fall.

I'm not sure what you call "inspirationally" or "well" designed, but I can think of more than a couple of recent cameras to fit that bill: X100 (and probably some of the ILCs in the X series), K-5, OM-D and a few others.

I agree there's far too many models and hence a feeling of déjà-vu and boredom with what seems to be a never-ending trickle of iterations.

But still, in any defined period if time, there can only be a few exciting or inspirational cameras that rise above the mass of me-too products, and we have seen those in some of the models mentioned.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2014 at 23:41 UTC

Hey, don't you dare blame ME, Japanese camera makers!
Ever since I took up photography seriously about 5 years ago, I've done my bit buying a few (clearly more than I need) DSLRs, MILCs, lenses, etc

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2014 at 23:31 UTC as 65th comment

Did I miss a question about Nikon's QA issues which have plagued two of it's most recent models (D600 and, to a lesser extent, D800)?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2014 at 13:09 UTC as 168th comment
On CP+ 2014: Fujifilm stand report news story (30 comments in total)

Sorry, not a fan of having to click 17 times to read an article.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2014 at 08:29 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On John Stanmeyer wins World Press Photo of the Year news story (83 comments in total)

Fantastic photo. Stanmeyer is such a great photojournalist.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2014 at 19:48 UTC as 47th comment
On CP+ 2014: Hands-on with Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II news story (201 comments in total)
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HomoSapiensWannaBe: Will be interesting to compare with the Sony RX-10.

Yes, that's the thing. If you need a bag to carry it, it's not really compact enough for me.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2014 at 06:51 UTC
On CP+ 2014: Hands-on with Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II news story (201 comments in total)
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RichRMA: The big question is, will someone pay what this thing and its finder cost, over an interchangeable lens mirror-less??

@ Rooru S: Yes, but I suspect it's the pocketable ones that garner more attention. The G1X is probably too large to compete in that segment.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2014 at 06:49 UTC
On Sony a6000 First Impressions Review preview (604 comments in total)

Sony, stop churning out endless iterations of these bodies and start releasing compact lenses for them!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 06:59 UTC as 132nd comment | 3 replies
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Zigadiboom: Being a G1X owner I was looking forward to a faster lens, better AF performance and macro performance. Looks like Canon have delivered here.

But why take the swivel screen and all dials away! Why??

Cramming a F2-3.9 lens relative to such a large sensor into the size that they have does deserve a pat on the back. Well done Canon. Look out Sony RX100.

The only good reason to remove control dials is to make a much more compact body, which this one isn't. Not sure what Canon's rationale was for this decision.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 06:54 UTC
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nathondetroit: Dear Canon,

I’ve been buying your G-series cameras for several years because of the excellent external controls.

Unfortunately, I’m sick of them. Slap on a huge sensor and let me menu dive!

-SAYS NO ONE

Kind of agree. I don't think I'd like using control wheels on the lens. It's a much more interesting package than the G1X was, though. I'm intrigued, although I suspect I'll find the body a tad too large for the kind of compact I'm looking for.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 06:52 UTC
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onlooker: I am not sure I get the outrage. It's supply and demand. Millions of photographers, few decently established middle-man galleries. Who do you think dictates the terms?

If you really think it's a ripoff and that 500px will get rich off it, then it should be a good business opportunity. Get together other like-minded individuals, secure funding, start a new company, and spend the time and resources to get established, then offer other photographers a good deal.

Well?

Well, it's still a rip-off.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2014 at 18:47 UTC

Am I reading this right? The photographer gets a measly 30% while 500px pockets the remaining 70%???

Daylight robbery.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2014 at 09:24 UTC as 42nd comment | 3 replies
On Fujifilm X-E2 Preview preview (454 comments in total)

"I personally prefer the X100's system of holding a button on the left of the camera and using the four-way controller to move the point (a preference my colleague Andy insists is a character defect). "

And I wholeheartedly agree with Andy. For the life of me, I can't understand how anyone would prefer the X100's system to engage the AF points. It's awkward, and you never find the button on the first try. Sometimes I even have to take the camera off my eye to look for the bleeding AF button. With the XE-1 it's SO much easier.

Also, nice write-up, but you guys better get cracking on the full review of XE-2 before it becomes irrelevant as soon as the XT-1 is released.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2014 at 06:47 UTC as 38th comment
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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itchhh: This is what the Nikon DF should have been . . . . IMO.

@Plastek: Where do you get the "even more annoying body" from? This body looks WAY better designed than the Df's. No contest, really

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 17:33 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1594 comments in total)
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Mark9473: "Not so good for JPEG shooters, Auto ISO users, and photographers who want to quickly capture a moment"

Isn't that like 99% of us? ;-)

Also, taking just the average of the bars on the scorecard gives me a 74% average, not 80%. I wonder how they arrive at the overall score.

I agree it's a significant camera, the first full frame mirrorless and all that, but it appears there was a need to give it an award no matter what the test scores say.

It matters in a universo where you have no idea who may buy any given camera and what they are going to use it for. If you don't care about it, fine, but don't go around feeling superior because you shoot RAW.
Like I said, lots of amateurs and pros shoot jpg at the very least on ocassion, so pretending the jpg output doesn't matter is preposterous, specially in a camera in this price range.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 06:07 UTC
On Fujifilm launches updated grips for X-E and X-Pro cameras news story (118 comments in total)

Ridiculous price

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 05:58 UTC as 3rd comment
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