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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jhinkey: Great. I can sleep better at night now.
But seriously there are at least a 1/2 dozen other things that could be improved/fixed via firmware on the A7RII alone - where are those?

By Thematic (17 min ago)

and considering his current gear list shows he doesn't even own the camera - jhinkey the keyboard jockey strikes again with a negative comment.

Strikes again? Really. Nothing wrong with a non-positive (negative) comment.

My point is that there are plenty of things that could and should be fixed via a firmware update with this excellent photographic tool, but we get this one instead. Sure there are folks who care about this firmware update from Sony, but I bet there are far more users like me that have their own long list of things that need improvement that would really make this great tool shine even brighter and be even more useful.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2016 at 23:16 UTC
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jhinkey: Great. I can sleep better at night now.
But seriously there are at least a 1/2 dozen other things that could be improved/fixed via firmware on the A7RII alone - where are those?

ttran88:

Nope, it took me 5 minutes to jot those down.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2016 at 23:09 UTC
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jhinkey: Great. I can sleep better at night now.
But seriously there are at least a 1/2 dozen other things that could be improved/fixed via firmware on the A7RII alone - where are those?

Ah, my gear list is not up to date.
I've owned the A7RII since right after it hit the shelves. Owned the A7R before that. Been using it along side my D800 for quite a while.
You want a firmware upgrade list smart a**es:
- Adjustable EVF/LCD switching sensitivity
- Put the focal length used in IBIS when using a non-CPU lens into the EXIF
- Use the IBIS focal length to adjust the min shutter speed when in A-priority mode - when using a non-CPU lens
- Leave the histogram active in the display when adjusting ISO, shutter speed, etc. Why can't we see the histogram change as you change a setting instead of guessing at how much the histogram will shift as you adjust things?
- 14 bit mode with electronic shutter
- 14 bit mode when using LENR
- Faster start-up - the A7RII is waaay better than the A7R, but still slow compared to my m43 mirrorless cameras
- Why do I have to turn the camera off after using the dust removal function?

There, 8 things w/o working hard at it!

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2016 at 23:09 UTC

Great. I can sleep better at night now.
But seriously there are at least a 1/2 dozen other things that could be improved/fixed via firmware on the A7RII alone - where are those?

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2016 at 21:53 UTC as 20th comment | 18 replies

Nice article. Hopefully the full image set will be available for public viewing sometime soon.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2016 at 15:56 UTC as 30th comment
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jhinkey: Still a kludge of an approach since distance matters a lot with many lenses. Also, what about manual focus lenses that have CPUs where you want to use the green dot in the viewfinder to confirm accurate focus - that indicator needs major upgrades to really be useful.

Also, could this not be added to older models via a firmware upgrade? Doubt that will happen.

Yep to the above. On-sensor PDAF is the future such that many of the inaccuracies in lens focusing can be gotten rid of. On-sensor PDAF has its own issues, but these are becoming less and less as the technology improves.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2016 at 23:15 UTC

Still a kludge of an approach since distance matters a lot with many lenses. Also, what about manual focus lenses that have CPUs where you want to use the green dot in the viewfinder to confirm accurate focus - that indicator needs major upgrades to really be useful.

Also, could this not be added to older models via a firmware upgrade? Doubt that will happen.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2016 at 15:07 UTC as 48th comment | 3 replies
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(unknown member): It just gets so stupid that every focal length is lied to the audience face.... "50mm f/1.8", "12mm f/2" and "150mm f/1.8".

Seriously, just state the real focal length of the lens.... We do know what field of view it will give us and everything else. There is no logic or reason to convert anything.

Yeah, this focal length "conversion" needs to stop. Just state the actual focal length. Anyone remotely interested in a Pen-F doesn't need a conversion. Don't reduce these types of things down to the sophistication level of those that wouldn't (or shouldn't) buy such a camera.
Great story, video and stills, but it's neither a review or a field test, either of which would have highlighted how the camera did or didn't hold up in the field for the intended purpose. A review or test implies an objective evaluation - however nice this production is - it was not.
Don't stop making these, just don't call it what it isn't.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2016 at 21:31 UTC

Amazing that something this complicated can be designed, manufactured, and sold for so little money.
AND
still be taken apart (if you know what you are doing).
amazing.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2016 at 17:15 UTC as 5th comment

Anyone (i.e., DPR staff) know if the IBIS works while using focus magnification while manually focusing?

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 17:12 UTC as 5th comment
On article Small but mighty: hands on with the Panasonic GX85/GX80 (315 comments in total)

OK, so now that IBIS works in 4K video, does this mean it also works in other video modes AND during image magnification for manual focusing?

This was the one major bummer with my GX7 - no IBIS in video and the IBIS was not active during manual focusing with my 75/1.8 Oly or some of my longer legacy glass. As a result the image is jumping around in the viewfinder while you are trying to get good focus.

This might be worth the upgrade from my GX7 for this capability alone!

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 18:17 UTC as 40th comment

Glad the author was operating his drone responsibly - there have been too many incidents, just in Seattle alone, of people operating them in a negligent manner that have come close to disaster.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2016 at 17:18 UTC as 20th comment

Nice camera, but I wish they would:
- Keep the zoom range the same
- Make the 960 FPS imaging sharper - it's pretty soft
- Make the body quality a little better - it feels pretty "cheap", especially the flex in the tripod socket and the tilting scrren
- Allow it to resume back to the focus point and zoom setting after going into power save sleep mode (even when using the AC adapter). At least I can't find how to do this
- Image zoom function when trying to get critical focus while in video mode - can't seem to figure out how to do this w/o getting out of video mode, focus with image magnification, then go back into video mode

Not sure the big price bump is worth the increase in zoom range, but pretty much the same camera otherwise.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 16:44 UTC as 85th comment | 3 replies

It's not super expensive, it's heavy and it's big, but if it's great wide open then the 2nd two can be somewhat overlooked. Time and reviews will tell.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2016 at 18:59 UTC as 12th comment

Looks interesting. It's going to be all about how good it is wide open as well as the ghosting/flare performance.

Native E mount version?

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2016 at 23:46 UTC as 27th comment
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Tugela: Curiously, if these are manual lenses, why do they have electronic contacts on the mounts in the pictures?

So the camera knows what lens is on it and perhaps even the focus distance. For the Canon there would be aperture control and for the Nikon the body knows what lens it is (focal length) and maximum aperture. Plus a lens profile can be automatically applied in post processing if the lens information is stored in the file. Lots of good reasons.

I myself own two manual focus Nikon lenses that have original CPUs attached - they are called "AI-P" lenses. I wish Nikon had made more of them.

IBIS on some bodies needs to know the focal length too so it can work properly.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2016 at 23:43 UTC
On article Great Eight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review (537 comments in total)
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sixscrews: I have used the GX7 and GX8 and find the GX8 a clear winner over the '7 - the size is not a problem for me as I like the larger 'feel' of the body. I spend three weeks in Europe in the fall of 2015 and shot ~5k frames with my GX8 - lovely images.

I also like the compatibility with the wide range of Lumix lenses - one of my favorites is the G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH - incredible landscape lens, tack-sharp to the edges with the GX8.

I also own a Nikon D800e - and it has spent a lot more time in the case than the Lumix GX8.

You imply that your GX7 was not compatible with all the Lumix lenses?

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2016 at 20:47 UTC
On article Great Eight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review (537 comments in total)

Yesterday I handled a GX8 with the 42.5/1.2 attached (one of my favorite all time lenses) and it immediately felt as though someone took my GX7 and simply scaled it up without moving the buttons back to where they should be.
I have average hands and it felt like many of the buttons were much harder to reach with my thumb and index fingers whereas on the GX7 they were in the right place.

On the plus side it was definitely easier to hold on to and the EVF seemed fantastic.

They really need to slim this back down to the GX7 size and provide an optional grip if one needs at bigger body to hold on to. Putting the small flash back on the body would be a plus too as that comes in handy every once in a while.

Still no full time IBIS when trying to manually focus non-OIS lenses - they really should include this with a firmware update.

Will wait for the GX9 before upgrading.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2016 at 20:44 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply
On article Great Eight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review (537 comments in total)
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jhinkey: I'm pretty sure the GX7 has an electronic shutter too . . .

Specifically what are you referring to? And does the GX8 have better image quality than the GX7 when using its electronic shutter?

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2016 at 20:44 UTC
On article Great Eight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review (537 comments in total)

I'm pretty sure the GX7 has an electronic shutter too . . .

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2016 at 17:34 UTC as 116th comment | 3 replies
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