jhinkey

jhinkey

Lives in United States Seattle, WA, United States
Works as a Aerospace Engineering Consultant
Has a website at www.hinkey.zenfolio.com
Joined on Dec 27, 2005

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That was one of the most incomplete and not very informative articles I've seen in some time. There were more upgrades from the D800(e) than what he even talks about. Half the words are not even about the D810 . . .

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 00:55 UTC as 74th comment
On Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G Lab Test Review preview (76 comments in total)

Disappointing off-center for us landscape-types. What's the impediment to designing a lens that is sharp across the frame when stopped down to f/5.6 or f/8? Wide open I can deal with sharpness fall-off, but at f/8 really?

Lots of lens bloat . . .

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2014 at 16:38 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply
On 1939: England in Color (part 3) article (90 comments in total)

Very very cool.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 9, 2014 at 00:06 UTC as 25th comment
On Portfolio: Photography student Luke Evans article (172 comments in total)

Interesting, but nothing that really grabbed me. Same could be said of my photography too I suppose.

Not sure why this guy is featured on DPR - seems like there are more interesting budding photographers out there that likely deserve more attention.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 22:06 UTC as 11th comment | 2 replies
On Nikon issues firmware update for D800/D800E article (38 comments in total)

That last bug got me an annoying number of times: "In some rare cases, the memory card access lamp remained lit for longer than usual, and some time was required before any operations could be performed" Turn it on and the yellow light stays on for what seems forever, especially when you are in a hurry.

Just for this alone I'll upgrade the FW.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2014 at 18:19 UTC as 3rd comment
On Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R real-world samples gallery article (272 comments in total)
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Jogger: Really makes the $1600 Panasonic "Leica" 42.5/1.2 look even less appealing and more of a rip-off. Is it $600 better than the Fuji?

Been loving my 42.5/1.2 for the past two weeks. Is it worth $1600 - perhaps not, but I jumped on one of the white/open box deals and grabbed one for $1299 - just inside my comfort zone.

I now have a lens that I don't hesitate to shoot wide open, even with the subject off to the side of the frame and I know it will be sharp.
AF is extremely fast and accurate. OIS is very very useful for candid portraits/shots in low light when the subject is still enough. OIS in video mode is handy too. Aperture ring a bonus.
It pairs well with my 20/1.7II and 75/1.8 Oly. I only wish the 20/1.7 and 75/1.8 had OIS as well (but my GX7's IBIS somewhat makes up for that).
The 42.5/1.2 is expensive for sure, but I wouldn't classify it as a "rip-off" by any means.

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2014 at 15:40 UTC
On Updated: Creating the Leica T article (197 comments in total)
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Antisthenes: > The incredible craftsmanship that goes into hand making
> a modern digital camera does not come cheap.

Let’s see:

a) Japanese robotic high-precision NC machining station (Makino)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DehW94gLRKM

b) Probably Japanese CMOS imaging sensor (Sony ?)

c) Probably Japanese lens manufacturing (Panasonic’s wavefront interference optical surface checkers ?)

The Leica T will certainly be a fine camera, but the results of this kind of “craftsmanship” can probably be bought for much cheaper by buying a Japanese camera, methinks ;-)

These cameras will not likely be a high production rate item compared to the competition, thus using CNC machining to cut out the body from blocks of aluminum is likely the cheaper way to go in the end (very little tooling and engineering costs) compared to other processes that require a lot of up front tooling/engineering. Cool, but not a process you'd use for making 100,000 of something like this.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 22:03 UTC
On A travel-sized large-format 4x5 camera? article (218 comments in total)

Ah, the sharpest, nicest image I've ever taken was with my 4x5 Toyo and Provia 100 with my beloved Fuji 400/8T . . . . don't miss the size and weight but man the IQ was amazing.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2014 at 23:40 UTC as 53rd comment
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tkbslc: I'd suspect most would find the 14mm f2.5 to be just as useful, slightly wider and much cheaper and compact.

m4/3 is already overcrowded in the wide-normal prime department. Not sure why we needed this one.

Because it appears to have much better IQ than the other offerings.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2014 at 15:08 UTC
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Dimit: People,have you realized that m43 is an expensive system afterall??
...an ''ok'' performance with profound limitations??
...a system worth getting it ALWAYS in fire-sales period??...preferably combo...

A very simpleton way of looking at the m43 system.

I'm getting IQ that is as good or better than my D80 or D300 Nikon bodies gave (which was very good) in a system that has excellent AF accuracy, very small, and very light compared to my current D800 + FX lenses.
Sure there are times that my GX7 can't match my D800 for IQ in many ways, but it makes up for it by being way smaller and lighter and thus can go places my FX gear really can't.
Plus, for video my GX7 + OIS lenses walks all over my D800 + FX lenses in just about every way.
Just because it's small doesn't mean it therefor must be inexpensive.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 21:28 UTC

Too bad an electronic chip is not included for m43 mount. MF I can deal with, but having to input the focal length every time you mount it is a pain.
Also, they cheaped out a bit with the 6 aperture blades - it doesn't make the best sun stars.
Samyang is making some really great stuff lately, but it seems like they just fall slightly short in some areas of design. Give me 7 aperture blades and a chip for m43 use and they'd likely have a runaway winner of a lens (assuming it optically performs). I know these things cost $$, but it can't cost that much to add a 7th aperture blade and install a chip for m43.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2014 at 15:41 UTC as 24th comment | 5 replies
On Am I missing something here? article (636 comments in total)
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justmeMN: "This could be a cultural difference, of course."

No brand of mirrorless camera sells will in North America and Europe. We don't have a "if it's a little smaller it must be better" mentality.

I don't think that's the reason mirrorless doesn't sell well.
I believe it's because:
- Nikon & Canon have sold people hard on APS-C DSLRs that are more than good enough for the vast majority of casual photogs that there is little reason to switch. I.e. the potential customers are already pretty happy with what they have and it's expensive to switch systems.
- Advertising - or lack thereof it seems. Very little to no advertising of mirrorless systems here in the US and I suspect Europe as well. If the potential customers don't know about your product before they walk into a camera store or buy something on line they will buy the same system they had previously.
- And yes, to some extent, we in N. America equate smaller with inferior performance

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 15:54 UTC
On Fujifilm X-E2 Review preview (302 comments in total)

If I had to choose just one system to have (currently D800 and GX7 systems) I would pick the XT-1 or XE-1 and the Fuji lenses. Fuji seems to be doing a great job on the bodies and their growing lens selection for the X mount.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2014 at 21:59 UTC as 79th comment
On Fujifilm X-E2 Review preview (302 comments in total)
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4054: @DPReview,

As tough as the crowd is, I'm sure everyone loves your reviews.

I'd like to share an idea. Time & budget permitting, I was wondering if you guys would entertain the thought of including a 'Tips and Tricks' section for the particular camera - the best settings and uses for certain types of shots (portrait, landscape, night time, increase in body sharpness to prevent, etc).

Now I know this adds an additional layer of work and time - but no other review web site does this (and probably because it would be so exhaustive) but since you guys already do a pretty comprehensive review, you guys might have insights that others may not. Could help and differentiate it from the other websites that do exactly the same thing.

Just a thought,
4054

Why not have the users supply these tips and tricks to dpreview and then they organize/post them in some way.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2014 at 21:23 UTC

The GUI looks cool, but definitely lacking features that made NX2 useful.
Hopefully they will be added back in, otherwise it's not really useful to me and I'll have to fully convert over to using ACR. May have been a bad move to let Nik go Nikon.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 20:55 UTC as 44th comment

Maybe it's the processing, maybe it's the apertures used, but it seems the sharpness down at the pixel level is not all that great and I see sharpening halos around many objects. At these apertures the sharpness across the frame seems pretty even at 10mm (even into the corners) which is no small feat for sure.
The ghosting/flare characteristics seem pretty darned good for an UWA zoom!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 17:05 UTC as 4th comment | 2 replies
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Marty4650: Why wouldn't anyone who makes cine lenses slap a M4/3 mount on them in order to reach a new market?

It's pretty easy to do, if there is no auto focusing involved.

Zeiss does the very same thing with some of their $4,000 cine lenses. These Kowa lenses should be considerably cheaper than that.

Isn't that what Sigma does with some of their m43 mount lenses?
They are actually design for APS-C sensors, but Sigma puts a m43 compatible mount on the.
You can certainly have an image circle larger than the m43 standard . . .

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2014 at 00:26 UTC
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Dave Oddie: Lenses like the 8.5mm are what all the smaller formats lack. You have to go with a zoom in most cases as far as I am aware on m43 and aps-c with most primes being no wider than 14mm. (Unless you want a fisheye)

The Samyang is not native to m43 and is much, much bigger than it needs to be for m43.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2014 at 00:04 UTC
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Francis Carver: Kowa Prominar 8.5mm F2.8 MFT

Focal length: 8.5mm
Max aperture: F2.8 / T3.0
TV distortion: 0.12%
Angle of view: 93.5° x 11.7°
Minimum focus: 0.2m

Something is wrong with the posted specs of this lens. If one of the angles of view is 93.5°, how the heck can the other corresponding angle of view be only a minuscule 11.7°?

I can see it being 71.7 degree, but for the life of me cannot see how a lens can give you angular fields of view of 93.5° x 11.7°.

Quick, someone solve this, pls.

Keeps us on our toes!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2014 at 00:02 UTC

Seems like Nikon has spent a ton of advertising $$ over the years convincing people how great their APS-C DSLRs are and now they are surprised that people equate quality with size?

In the US at least there has been a serious lack of PR on mirrorless systems.
I now quite a few DX-shooting folks that are complete amateurs and they've never heard of m43 or the Nikon 1 system. If you don't advertise the technology and the camera systems no one will buy it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2014 at 20:01 UTC as 117th comment
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