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SMPhoto

Lives in United States Austin US, TX, United States
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Joined on Jun 26, 2007

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On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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cheie: I almost shot myself in the foot when i learned about the FZ1000, being an owner of the RX-10, but then i remembered how pleased i was with the RX-10, then i moved my foot before pulling the trigger. Honestly I would probably be happy with using either camera, as i have other cameras which can cater for other situations. The zoom range is surely a plus point for panasonic regardless of the aperture size decrease, but then that's no worse than my Canon 7D + 70-200 F/2.8 IS II + 1.4x extender III which maxes out at F4 too... (ignore the relative aperture size when considering sensor size).

Anyway, well done Sony for starting this battle, and well done to Panasonic for creating a very commendable contender. As for price, yes the Panasonic is cheaper by $100, but then i bought my RX-10 for $990 with 12 months interest free installments. That doesn't sound like a bad proposition either now, right?

Actually it's quite a bit different than 1.4x that reduces aperture 1 stop. The lens on the panasonic is essentially one full stop "bigger" than the Sony lens in that to double the focal length (with say a 2x) you typically reduce the maximum aperture by 2 stops. A 400mm f4 typically requires considerably more "glass" than a 200 f2.8. 300 f4 would have been more equivalent. I find it a pretty interesting Panasonic could achieve 400 f4 in a camera roughly the same size and weight as the RX10.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2014 at 16:42 UTC
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (649 comments in total)
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Higuel: PLEASE PLEASE! PREATTYPLEASE Dpreview: we are still waiting for a review!!! ;D

At the very least a studio test shot for comparison

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 22:02 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2979 comments in total)
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jkoch2: A wider 24mm equivalent focal length. Otherwise, resembles its two baggy pant pocket predecessors. For the near $800 price, couldn't they have added time lapse, or how about 4k video? The latter is being offered on phones, so why not?

The <$300 coat pocket LX7 is more bang for buck: smaller 1/1.7" sensor, yes, but as many or more controls, 24mm wide end, longer optical zoom, and time lapse too.

Any as-good-as-new RX100i models priced below $400 might also be viable options. I seriously suspect that many are as-good-as-new, since not many buyers of a (originally) $650 camera will want to bang it around much.

I disagree. While the LX7 isn't exactly a cutting edge design, or a camera I would want to purchase, to say it's a joke because of it's body size for 1/1.7" sensor is ridiculous. Certainly the RX100 is a standout camera (at a standout high price) in squeezing a relatively large 1" sensor into an amazingly small body, but unless you are going to consider every other compact a joke, why single out the LX7? It is smaller than the GX15 or P7800 (albeit missing their optical viewfinders), has a MUCH faster lens than S120, which is what Canon sacrifices to make it so small. Clearly Panasonic's focus is in the m4/3 mirrorless arena, so I doubt a 1" the sensor is in their future, but the LX7 isn't a bad 1/1.7" camera.

Direct link | Posted on May 30, 2014 at 17:12 UTC
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GPW: One good reason to buy OME is because they are BETTER. I hear a lot of "my images are not sharp", must be something wrong with my camera. When I ask what lens they are using I almost always get a third party lens response. THE CAMERA IS ONLY AS GOOD AS THE GLASS IT IS ATTACHED TO.

Last sentence is true, everything else is a misleading overgeneralization. Many OEM lenses are complete crap, and some 3rd party lenses are excellent. And this isn't limited to just cheap OEM vs premium 3rd party (such as the the $1000 Sigma 50mm 1.4), but also occasionally with premium OEM vs less expensive 3rd party (the Canon 24-70 2.8L IS mk I for example, with it's terrible field curvature problem was outperformed by the less expensive Tamron 24-70 2.8 VC lens). Bottom line is good glass is good glass, regardless of the name, and bad is bad. Certainly OEM professional grade lenses as a whole are a pretty safe bet, but it pays to do your homework with an open mind before investing.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2014 at 21:23 UTC
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (649 comments in total)
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dosdan: In the sample images at http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.uk/en/medium-format-digital/images/samples/PENTAX-645-Z.html

Photo #12 of 12. The detail in the ceiling is impressive when viewed full size.

http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.uk/media/f95ecf99690c704290803c82c6b35d30/forUnderA3size__IMGP0044.jpg

Dan.

I know what you are getting at, but I would rather say "a real noticeable jump in resolution". There are a lot of factors that affect IQ other than number of pixel. A lot of high end MF sensors are also known for excellent color, dynamic range, per pixel sharpness, etc.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2014 at 03:55 UTC
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (649 comments in total)
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BozillaNZ: So int he end Pentax still can't produce any full-sized sensor cameras! It's either Cropped 35mm or cropped 645, Pentax is for Croppers! It's sensor is far smaller than theactual '645' model number suggests, no matter how you fans spin it.

645 doesn't refer to the lens mount. It refers to the 6mmx4.5mm size of the negatives that the film version created on 120 film. Same size as all medium format cameras that created vertical negatives on the roll. Mamiya had a 645 too, with different lens mount, there's an old one in my closet. As opposed to 6x6 square (Hasselblad, Bronica) or 6x7 horizontal (Pentax 6x7) negatives.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2014 at 03:50 UTC
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (649 comments in total)
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kadardr: This CMOS-based MF camera outshines D800 class in just a few domains, e.g. like large-scale prints. If any manufacturer comes up with a 48-55 MP FF-size sensor, the advantages may be diminishing fast. The MF class attraction is more the CCD-based sensor's quality and image style than size itself. The MF CMOS sensor may take these cameras more to outdoor shooting sessions, but the CMOS rendering is not what everybody wants in this class. No wonder Sony tries to implant this sensor in every current MF camera.

You forgot that CMOS also much less expensive to produce to produce. Much less. That's an advantage, at least to the manufacturer. Shoot a D800 now, but used to have Fuji S5. If they could have gotten that SuperCCD up to FF with legitimate 20-30+mp resolution instead of 6, nothing in the DSLR world would be able to touch it.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2014 at 03:41 UTC
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (649 comments in total)
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dosdan: In the sample images at http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.uk/en/medium-format-digital/images/samples/PENTAX-645-Z.html

Photo #12 of 12. The detail in the ceiling is impressive when viewed full size.

http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.uk/media/f95ecf99690c704290803c82c6b35d30/forUnderA3size__IMGP0044.jpg

Dan.

Not cropped I don't think, because they are all that size. The files name is also interesting as "ForUnderA3..." I suspect these are medium res jpgs. Personally they make it hard to really get much idea of the IQ potential. Honestly, looking at them, I'm not seeing anything at all that impresses me compared to my D800, which honestly I would expect out of that sensor. I'm guessing these are medium rez, in camera Jpgs, which for hte life of me I can't image why you would post as samples.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 03:23 UTC
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (649 comments in total)
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venancio: very impressive picture quality output as shown in some web sites... at $8,500 a piece, there's no telling that this can trigger the rumor of a 50+ mp D4X, if we can base Nikon's desire for profit with a Nikon 1 V3 MSRP... however, all things being equal, this could be the D4X killer, price-wise... yeah, I know, Nikon can always resurrect the D4X with options of faster fps, greater ISO range or better video capability... on the lighter side, I want this camera if I can find a need for it, think how this would look on me as a carry around - walk around camera... the beads on my forehead are beads of excitement in carrying something this heavy...

Competitor, yes, killer, I doubt it because most looking at D4X (assuming there is one) likely will already have a substantial investment in glass. I can definitely see it being attractive to someone new to professional photography, or someone with a older Pentax 645 glass.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 03:18 UTC
On Samsung NX mini First Impressions Review preview (562 comments in total)
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Helena777: Another nail in the coffin of standard P&S. I am amaze that still are P&S in the shops.

I'll have one until there's something else that will fit in front jeans pocket comfortably. I may not use it much, but still will own one. As a primary FF DSLR user, it's easy to think interchangeable lens is great, and maybe for those who have no other camera it could be, but realistically, how many ppl who buy a camera like the NX Mini with 9-27 kit will ever put a different lens on it? I bet <20%. If not, they are really better off with a compact of equal IQ like Sony RX100 -smaller, no dust worries, etc.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2014 at 21:30 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1600 comments in total)
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mgblack74: This was announced right around the same time the Nikon Df was announced. DPR declared in its first impressions that the Df was silly and that seemed to taint the full in depth review. People continually question the Df's value. But it comes with a charger. It has the ability to take every lens Nikon ever made by flipping a switch. It's battery lasts (and has been verified by Df users) over 1500 shots. It's SOOC JPEGs are exemplary.
Reading the a7 review, however, I get the sense that the score and opinion is heavily weighted in the fact that Sony was brave about putting a FF sensor in a small form factor and is giving course credit to Sony for creating this turning point in digital imaging. From a DSLR perspective, there are so many things you need to work around in order to have a semi pleasant shooting experience with this. I can't believe that Sony has the audacity to make people buy an external charger. It's like a car maker selling you on a great price but then you have to buy a 4th wheel. To travel with this camera you would need 4 batteries minimum to feel safe about getting caught without power. Coming from an NEX or FF Aplha? You're buying an adapter. Have a host of other brand lenses? You're buying an adapter. Suddenly that svelte camera looks like a DSLR with a 400mm lens attached. Kudos to Sony for shoe horning a FF sensor into a camera that size. And people lusting over this will quickly get disappointed in its weight distribution (can't wait to hear what an 85 1.4 feels like on there). All the benefits of this camera are negated by the pieces you need or the work arounds you need to use it as it is now. I see the buyers of this camera as the sect that wants their mobile phones to have 8" screens. Sounds great until you actually use it. Then it becomes a functional disaster. A 6D or D610 or even a Df runs operational circles around this thing.

"As for JPEG - how many people who spend $2k++ on a camera shoot JPEG?"

Quiet a few pros I know. A lot more in fact. Depends on the need for fast turn around. Though admittedly, they aren't working in a market space that would likely be drawn away from a 1DX or D4 to a camera like the A7 though.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 16:16 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1600 comments in total)
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Sean65: Seems to me that Sony, Olympus,Fuji et al all started to grab market share by producing small cute cameras but are now slowing growing into small SLR cameras.

Lets face facts here, if you're serious about photography and want serious features you also want a camera that is comfortable to hold. and that is exactly why SLR design is so good.

Maybe we're seeing the end of cute retro at last.

"SLR design is appalling, but it has no choice due to the bulky, noisy, heavy mechanical mirror box

The A7 is very small compared to FF DSLRs but feels so right in the hand and due to its weight it's not uncomfortable to carry around for hours in my hand."

I suppose to each hand it's own. I don't even like holding a non-Pro DSLR without an attached battery grip to add size and hand holds to it. Maybe I'm just more of a Sofia Vergara type than skinny supermodel type....

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 16:08 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1600 comments in total)
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Anastigmat: Sony should hire somebody to design the body. Ever since the D900, they have the dubious distinction of being the brand with the least attractive full frame models on the market. The 7R carries on that tradition. It brings back the origami style seen in the Japanese autos of the 1970s. There are more lines and creases and folds than you can find on Keith Richard's face.

Hey!, I liked my T90….

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 16:01 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1600 comments in total)
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Zvonimir Tosic: No new camera concept should ever deserve a straight Gold. Remember the Fujiflm X100? Wonderful potential, but lots of annoying bugs and idiosyncracies. It won a high Silver Award still, thanks to its promise. But in a next iteration, the X100S won the Gold, because the X100S is a polished up X100. It lived up to its promise.
To Sony, the idea of incremental improvement on same concept is strange, as no single system camera of theirs ever got a refinement without radical technology and concept change, that has moved it into a totally different category. The A7 cameras are no different. So the Silver award was a generous gift.

They were FF, the other cameras were APS-C. How is that substantially different from the A7 compared to Sony's established NEX line up? Larger sensor, new lenses to take advantage of it. Not to different to me. Sure, there are some other new technologies in the A7, but there were in the D3 as well. New AF system, radically better ISO performance strategies. In fact, I would argue that in terms of IQ, Sony should have had an easier path since both A7 models are using well established sensors.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 05:36 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1600 comments in total)
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Zvonimir Tosic: No new camera concept should ever deserve a straight Gold. Remember the Fujiflm X100? Wonderful potential, but lots of annoying bugs and idiosyncracies. It won a high Silver Award still, thanks to its promise. But in a next iteration, the X100S won the Gold, because the X100S is a polished up X100. It lived up to its promise.
To Sony, the idea of incremental improvement on same concept is strange, as no single system camera of theirs ever got a refinement without radical technology and concept change, that has moved it into a totally different category. The A7 cameras are no different. So the Silver award was a generous gift.

For the most part, I would agree. With a few exceptions. I guess it depends on how "new" it has to be, but I would say the Nikon D3 and D700, which were their first foray into FF DSLRs deserved it. Game changing cameras that are still outstanding to this day.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 02:08 UTC
On Fujifilm announces XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS wideangle zoom article (172 comments in total)
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slncezgsi: I am sorry to say, but neither price nor weight are surprising for this lens (since than optical performance and mechanical quality are there). If you want small and compact get a couple of primes or move to smaller sensor (price will most probably not change though).

I think it's safe to assume that the lens will be in the same mechanical and optical quality range as the other top level lenses in the X system, which are very good

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2013 at 19:32 UTC
On Fujifilm announces XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS wideangle zoom article (172 comments in total)
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rhlpetrus: I held an X-Pro today in a store. What an ugly and chunky piece of hardware, can't understand the excessive laudatory remarks around these forums.

Loving many cameras can lead to a life of shallow relationships... but I think she's a classic looking girl myself

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2013 at 19:27 UTC
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Mondo Circus: It looks awsome but to be honest the bokeh makes me queasy and anxious. I saw video of the bokah and it really doesn't work well in a moving image. To get a nice background bokah you really are going to have to think carefully. A pro portrait photographer would have to pack a regular lens along with this in case the background doesn't produce a pleasant bokah.

The color image on this page is the best I've seen but it's a very specific location.

More importantly, I've read in a review that it's design ensures that dust will get into your camera. I'd really rather not deal with that all the time.

Gotta side with you on that, the B&W sample image makes me feel carsick...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2013 at 21:59 UTC
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Keytsa: What's the fastest ultra telephoto lens on market, regardless of mount, and still acceptable in price? This one is F5...

200mm 2.8 lenses are not fast ultra telephoto lenses. Only the 600 f4 mentioned fits the description. 400 2.8 lenses to me would also fit the description because of their ability to take a 1.4x well. Both are very expensive. The sigma 120-300 f2.8 is the longest really fast zoom, but even with a 1.4x is only 170-420 f4. There is no such thing as an inexpensive fast ultra telephoto lens, especially in the FF world. I wish that Tamron would have been able to maintain a constant 5.6 out to 600, but it would have undoubtedly driving the price/weight up some.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2013 at 21:44 UTC
On Canon announces EOS M2 in Japan article (619 comments in total)
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Anastigmat: I am glad Canon uses the APS-C format for its mirrorless cameras. Pentax and Nikon are making huge mistakes using sensors smaller even than M4/3. Moving in the other direction is Sony, with its full frame mirrorless camera. In a few years, you will find that the only M4/3, and the Nikon and Pentax mirrorless cameras for sale are found inside glass cases in your local pawnshop.

True, but a great percentage of professional photographers sold 16x20 prints to clients from 6x4.5 cameras, myself included, more than anything because of the economics of shooting 6x7 for things like weddings, portraits, etc., and those clients were perfectly happy with the results. 35mm could do acceptable 16x20s, but IMO only under the best of circumstances, such as 25-50 speed slide film enlarged directly on positive to paper prints, like Cibichrome, otherwsie I never thought much of it. My point was that fewer and fewer people are printing large these days. Unfortunately, if it's good enough for Facebook, or the Apple TV, it's good enough for most people.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2013 at 20:34 UTC
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