micdair

micdair

Joined on May 25, 2012

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On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R Preview preview (114 comments in total)
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David25: Can someone tell me why the RX1R and older RX1 don't define the little black marks on the blue watch dials?

But some compacts like the LX7 do?

These are just reflections on the metal surface.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2013 at 13:56 UTC
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Steve Balcombe: I can just imagine the dpreview editors smiling to one another as they anticipated the cries of "what does this have to do with photography?" :-)

I'd still be quite interested in the answer to that question, though. :)

Direct link | Posted on May 30, 2013 at 09:28 UTC

Not my cup of tea. I'd understand this and found it interesting if done in streets of Baghdad or some other dangerous areas like interesting shots of mexican drug street wars etc...

I also somehow fail to find the "studio lighting" in most of these shots. Looks more like sort of lomo + flash to me.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2013 at 10:22 UTC as 167th comment | 5 replies
On Just posted: Sony Alpha NEX-6 Review article (330 comments in total)
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S.A.: heh so many negative comments as usual.... I've owned all Nikon and Sony. Nikon DSLRs and Sony whatevers... And this NEX 6 is the closest I've come to a do it all camera. As with all mirrorless, the autofocus leaves something to be diesired, but otherwise it's a swiss army knife of cameras. First thing I did was sell the lens. Would rather use primes and already had the 18-55.
Crying about the menus is pointless. The quick navi and the fn button take care of that. Hardly any need to go into menus. Love that I an use my triggers with the hot shoe. Love the wireless. I shoot in my little studio and just hit send to computer. Love it. WONDERFUL CAMERA!
Touchscreen lol. Use your cell phone then. No real advantage imho. Actually it seems a handicap if you ask me. Turned it off on the 5n after a few weeks. However, I can see no reason why they couldn't have included it for the gadget crowd. So ok, minus half a percentage point.

There definitely are situations - like taking shots close to the ground or overhead... - when using the viewfinder is not an option. Plus I would repeat the argument that the camera is equipped with the wifi, which means typing logins, passwords... Using the "onscreen keyboard" without touch screen is not the most comfortable solution...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 11:25 UTC
On Just posted: Sony Alpha NEX-6 Review article (330 comments in total)
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S.A.: heh so many negative comments as usual.... I've owned all Nikon and Sony. Nikon DSLRs and Sony whatevers... And this NEX 6 is the closest I've come to a do it all camera. As with all mirrorless, the autofocus leaves something to be diesired, but otherwise it's a swiss army knife of cameras. First thing I did was sell the lens. Would rather use primes and already had the 18-55.
Crying about the menus is pointless. The quick navi and the fn button take care of that. Hardly any need to go into menus. Love that I an use my triggers with the hot shoe. Love the wireless. I shoot in my little studio and just hit send to computer. Love it. WONDERFUL CAMERA!
Touchscreen lol. Use your cell phone then. No real advantage imho. Actually it seems a handicap if you ask me. Turned it off on the 5n after a few weeks. However, I can see no reason why they couldn't have included it for the gadget crowd. So ok, minus half a percentage point.

I wouldn't call touch screen useless. Especially with wi-fi/app enabled camera. Also it is very handy for focus magnification in MF mode (which is very popular on NEXes) or picking the AF point...

It's kind of strange to have the 5 series with and 6 (and 7!) without it.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2013 at 16:38 UTC
On Just posted: Sony Alpha NEX-6 Review article (330 comments in total)
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kecajkerugo: yet another great camera for a serious folks. Yet another reason to complain about for so may here on this (and others forums).
Is it better than OM-D? Is it better than X-E1? In some areas it is , in th others not . Differences are marginal these days. Try one which suites you and go out for shooting !

One of important aspects for me:
Nex-6 body £549.99
OM-D body: £949.98
here in Europe... that's a big difference, unfortunately.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2013 at 10:38 UTC
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kevindar: I am very happy about bracketting in NEX 5N, increased to up to 3 stops. the thing missing for me is auto iso in M mode. other than that, its a great camera.

Auto ISO in M mode does not make much sense to me... M is for Manual - what purpose would be setting both, apperture and shutter speed precisely yet leaving the ISO unpredictable...? I guess A or S mode should be probably used for that...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2013 at 15:13 UTC
On Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 sample images article (294 comments in total)
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Hugo808: Sooner or later someone else here will have the bright idea of checking pics from different cameras side by side. Then the astonishing truth becomes apparent - there aint hardly any difference between these products. Especially at base ISO in bright sunlight.

Sorry you had to hear that from an amateur and one who has used the same digital camera for 5 years and honestly can't get his friends with their regularly upgraded super duper stuff to show him the difference pictorially.

The trouble is that the "bright sunlight" is not the ideal condition for taking beautiful pictures... and even in these conditions the dynamic range may make a difference - although you won't notice it, it may influence the impression you get from the photo (and will allow some more freedom in post process of-course).

Surely the $3000 camera won't turn a bad photographer into a good one. It's just a tool.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2012 at 09:28 UTC
On Just deployed: New dpreview.com forums system article (699 comments in total)
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Andrewteee: I know there is no going back, but I prefer the old layout. It was much easier to scan. The new layout has too much chrome (vs content) and there is too much "air/space" around content. I think the color palette and the layout can be tweaked to improve on those challenges. As it stands now I find the forums hard to browse. For what it is worth...

I agree that scanning discussions for interesting topics is quite tiring now - for me it's probably mainly due to that strange interlaced design (two types of data in one column), maybe dimming the white color of 'infoline' with the name of the author could help a little.

I'm sure there are many important improvements in the code. It's just that the current layout and colors hurts my eyes much more than the previous one even though there is less info that fits on my screen...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 16:44 UTC
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Auke B van der Weide: if it cant break and lasts for 50years, it is pretty cheap.... and shooting with Leica, is shooting with restrictions (more fun) and with upper quality (very bright lenses (no distortion), solid body, no mirrors or autofocus to break)..... and ofcourse a lot of branding which is good for poor man's identity!

I'm afraid the times of these mechanical beauties are gone with the digital era. I got 50 years old camera repaired recently for no price but I wonder what will happen with the current cameras in 10 years' time... Electronics are sensitive and can't be repaired with a few tools and skillful hands. Even expensive cameras like this one are not made to last (unfortunately) :(.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 11:46 UTC

Wow, a stripped-down camera for the price of small car :).

I know it's FF and I'm sure it takes nice pictures but still... (and 230k LCD for that price?)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 10:31 UTC as 37th comment
On Sony NEX-6 Hands-on Preview preview (229 comments in total)
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Dqqq: I was about to buy a Nex-7 body yesterday but I'm going to pre-order the Nex-6 with lens now.

-EVF
-hybrid AF
-touch screen
-Flash (probably not very good but at least its built-in)
-Standard hot shoe
-secondary control wheel (which a firmware update will probably allow to control more settings)
-a more compact lens which covers my 2 current e-lenses - almost (16mm and kit)

Wish it had a plug for an external mic, but at least i have a place to mount it now! (coming from a 5n)

The three new lenses could shake things up and breath some new life all of the nex's

No touch screen for NEX-6, confirmed by Sony to Dpreview already. They were right in the preview. :-(

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 20:24 UTC
On Sony NEX-6 Hands-on Preview preview (229 comments in total)
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micdair: No touchscreen would be a big no to nex-6, I still wonder if that's true. It does not make sense on 1000$ camera - with such a few controls and with wi-fi and apps...

I wouldn't care about the touch screen if there would be enough of normal controls (actually I would prefer it this way). But it is not the case.

Also the camera is equipped with the wifi and the "apps" support. Although I'm not too excited about either I'm very curious how user friendly could this be without the touch screen. Just a simple task - like a password input for example - would be very complicated... it just does not make sense.

Also there is some contradiction between what some sites states about presence of the touch screen and what's stated on Sony's site...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 20:02 UTC
On Sony NEX-6 Hands-on Preview preview (229 comments in total)

No touchscreen would be a big no to nex-6, I still wonder if that's true. It does not make sense on 1000$ camera - with such a few controls and with wi-fi and apps...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 14:01 UTC as 79th comment | 2 replies
On Fujifilm X-E1 Preview preview (410 comments in total)

So nice and so out-of-my-budget, unfortunately. :-(

I wonder if Fuji has some plans to come up with the model from the lower segment - to compete with 5 and 3 NEXes or EOS M...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2012 at 08:43 UTC as 120th comment | 5 replies
On Sony NEX-F3 preview (57 comments in total)
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gskolenda: BEWARE: If your thinking of wanting to use this camera for video!!
All of the Nex cameras have major problems with sporadic overheat and shutdown issues that have not been resolved by Sony!

I wish DPReview would do some better testing on video of all there cameras, Video is becoming just as important as photos! Especially on the Web.

Actually almost all the cameras with HD video ability are overheating (including the DSLRs). They are simply not built for that. Also all of these have the 30min restriction to avoid duties.

I'd recommend everyone wanting to use any camera (not just NEX) as a HD video camera to check it's limitations and possible tweaks with other users, that's for sure.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2012 at 10:38 UTC
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OneGuy: I'd love "Mr. Wiki Leaks" to leave the protection of the foreign embassy and make himself available to formal scrutiny.

Theft is accountable: photos, docs, private files. Money, too. Until then, screw Wiki.

Suing for what? Is the dpreview suing any other site with the "review" in it's name?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2012 at 12:30 UTC
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Harlz: Australia isn't on the list, awwww... looks like fun for those involved!

I don't think someone picked the countries that are or are not important. It's more likely a question of the wiki volunteers/supporters in each country willing/being able to arrange the event.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 31, 2012 at 09:18 UTC
On Just Posted: Sony Alpha NEX-5R hands-on preview article (127 comments in total)
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parubok: Wi-Fi? Do we really need it in this camera?
How does it affect the battery life? (because 5N, which I own, is not so good in this respect).
GPS could have been more useful IMHO.
Apps are interesting (if done right - open API, open SDK etc). But knowing Sony - I'm not very optimistic.
Now - are the apps going to make their way to, say, 5N (via firmware updates)?

One more worried about the capable camera turned to "cool gadget" here...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2012 at 08:37 UTC
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RAG64: "This new concept of PlayMemories Camera Apps is the world’s first application download service in an interchangeable lens camera that allows consumers to install new functions on demand, tailoring their cameras to fit their personal shooting needs. Available apps at launch, outside of “Direct Upload” as mentioned earlier, will include “Picture Effect+”; “Bracket Pro”; “Multi Frame NR”; “Photo Retouch”; and “Smart Remote Control. A variety of other apps including “Time-Lapse” and “Cinematic Photo” are also planned for release."

So let me see if I get this right: the purpose of a NEX apps store is to allow me to pay extra money for extended capabilities which would have otherwise been included for free by Sony with the camera upon their development, added to the software package or made available by 3rd party hacks...? Cool! :P

Got to agree, this stuff makes me worry. I'm afraid this will tempt the camera maker to cripple the camera down just to squeeze further money out of the customer. That would be extremely frustrating.

Also the approach of incomplete device may result in less thought-out, less comfortable handling. Nothing forces you to make a well-advised camera, you can throw out the app later if the customers will complain too much...

I don't want the camera to be turned into computer. Imho the photography is about taking pictures not tweaking the apps and tuning the OS.The camera should allow the user to focus on the subject with the least distractions possible...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2012 at 08:25 UTC
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