Skipper494

Skipper494

Lives in Canada Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Works as a Retired engineer/scientist.
Joined on Apr 20, 2004

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On X-Transformed? Fujifilm X30 Review article (317 comments in total)

Too heavy, too large, too pricey and despite the EVF and slightly larger sensor, the BSI-CMOS sensor in my Samsung EX-2F will probably out perform it for a lot less money..

Direct link | Posted on Apr 28, 2015 at 13:10 UTC as 4th comment
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cpt kent: Seems to be a lot of folks exclaiming brilliance without questioning. Sources? References? Research? Further reading?

There are a lot of sources touting the good of flu vacine, but the facts are that the UK government and others are suing the drug companies over useless vacine. There are always sources on both sides of an argument, each with their own agenda.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 28, 2015 at 03:37 UTC

All very fine, but in film days we got grain from particles in the film, nothing from die film. As an engineer with quite a lot of experience in sensor design, I can assure you that most noise comes from the proximity of photo sites, or wiring, (even poor software) which is why lower resolution large sensors have less noise and more dynamic range.

Compare the Nikon D700 and the Sony NEX 7, for instance. Consider how good the Fuji S2 Pro was in it's day. Compare a lower resolution 1/1.7 sensor with a higher resolution 1/2.33, such as the Nikon P7000 with the Pan FZ35.

Frankly, too much emphasis is put on high numbers and marketing, instead of good photography results.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 28, 2015 at 03:34 UTC as 21st comment | 10 replies

Another variation on a theme. No RAW is a deal breaker. The Nikon 7700 is a larger sensor and no doubt better due to the smaller range zoom.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 03:39 UTC as 56th comment
On BETASAMPLE_ISO800_SAM_0205 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Happy days! When in the RAF, I flew one of these all over the Mediterranean-Middle East and North Africa. Nice shot.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 20:39 UTC as 1st comment
On ISO6400_SAM0020_B photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

This is the edited version? An exercise in noise, I presume.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 20:31 UTC as 1st comment
On Samsung NX1 Review preview (1163 comments in total)

H.265 codec is a 'Pro' and a 'Con'? The unedited RAW SRW file is a 2.9MB jpeg?
Let's get real here and give us an SRW file we can look at. I would love to buy this camera, but I have a camcorder and don't need all that video stuff.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 20:23 UTC as 239th comment | 1 reply
On Fujifilm X100T Review preview (647 comments in total)
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Skipper494: Easily outperformed by the older Sony NEX 7 or the later Sony a6000, both with interchangeable lenses and lower in price.

The A has 50% larger photosites (16MP to 24MP), so the dynamic range will be greater and the noise should be less, but this depends on how and how much the RAW files are compressed, which unfortunately they are.
I was shocked to find that NEX 7 RAW files are actually compressed (page 92 in manual), thus negating much of the sensor's performance. It appears that Samsung uses little, if any compression. One needs to check the size of RAW files, as this severely limits the possible enlargement and should be listed in the specs. NEX 7-24.4MB; D700-25.4MB.
Best regards,Skipper.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2015 at 13:42 UTC
On Sony NEX-7 In-Depth Review preview (4 comments in total)

Your review is incorrect. The NEX 7 does not have an uncompressed file option. The manual clearly states that ARW files are compressed and this is born out by the size of the files. This results in artifacts at fairly small enlargement.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 5, 2015 at 17:21 UTC as 2nd comment
On Enthusiast mirrorless camera roundup (2014) article (309 comments in total)

How can a M4/3 sensor possibly compete with the NX1 and its APS-C sensor?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 4, 2015 at 22:57 UTC as 10th comment
On Fujifilm X100T Review preview (647 comments in total)

Easily outperformed by the older Sony NEX 7 or the later Sony a6000, both with interchangeable lenses and lower in price.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 4, 2015 at 21:28 UTC as 19th comment | 4 replies
On X-Transformed? Fujifilm X30 Review article (317 comments in total)

Like most Fujis since the S2 Pro, overpriced and underperforming, compared to the competition. A Nikon P7700, or even the P340 is a better buy. Although considerably larger, the Panasonic FZ70 is a fantastic camera.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2015 at 02:06 UTC as 24th comment
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (745 comments in total)

No comparison to higher resolution APS-C offerings from Sony and Samsung.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2015 at 04:10 UTC as 128th comment | 3 replies
On Nikon releases ViewNX-i image browsing software article (100 comments in total)

I think it's better to convert to 16-bit tiff with View NX2 and process in whatever program I prefer.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 04:11 UTC as 34th comment
On Enthusiast mirrorless camera roundup (2014) article (309 comments in total)

Agreed. Always persona bias comes into the mix, never objectivity.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2014 at 04:50 UTC as 39th comment | 1 reply

Another holster that's backwards. Their site shows it worn on the right, so the camera grip is to the rear, very awkward.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 4, 2014 at 04:56 UTC as 15th comment | 2 replies

I agree with others, why compare chalk and cheese? Comparing a M4/3 with a FF is absolute nonsense, particularly harping on video when we all know that video cameras take much better video. It would also be nice to see 'professional' standard sample photos, instead of the usual snapshots. For instance, I chose a Fuji S2 Pro long ago after downloading the extra sharp London Bridge shot.

We expect to see the ultimate capabilities of cameras in these reviews, not amateur examples. That an a7S was used to shoot a Chev commercial is hardly a recommendation, an Airbus or even a BMW, maybe.

My Pan M4/3 system is sitting in its bag, waiting for a buyer, but my NEX 7 and Samsung NX20/200 are kept busy.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2014 at 03:12 UTC as 62nd comment | 6 replies
On Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review preview (471 comments in total)

For this kind of camera, I'll stick to my Nikon P7000

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2014 at 00:04 UTC as 73rd comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2962 comments in total)

Comparing the RX-100 III and Olympus XZ-2 is comparing chalk and cheese. Make a 3' enlargement from both and see the difference. Let's get real here and compare similar sensor cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2014 at 02:34 UTC as 101st comment | 2 replies
On High-end pocketable compacts 2013 roundup article (264 comments in total)

I'll stick with my Nikon P7000. If I need anything smaller, the Nikon L22 is fine.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2014 at 18:50 UTC as 51st comment
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