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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On Am I missing something here? article (637 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 (306 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 82nd comment
On Fujifilm X-E2 Review preview (306 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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MarkByland: It's because a majority of people don't trust the EVF in mirrorless cameras. It really is that simple. I hate the things. I appreciate the 1:1 visual analog connection to my subjects. It is some thing I depend upon for my photo making. It's not about the "quality" of the image so much as it is about the connection of the photographer with the subject. The EVF is horrible technology and I don't care what "advancements" or "innovations" Company $ (S) or Company F can come up with, it's still a major disconnect and, quite literally, a converted electronic view of the past.

Wow - that is one close-minded statement regarding EVFs. I'm glad you have your pulse on how the "majority" of people feel about EVFs.

If you are a sport shooter that needs fast frame rates, fast subject tracking, and can live with adequate focusing accuracy then OVFs are fine and EVFs may not be the right tool.

If you need to see accurate focus with fast lenses, accurate DOF, live histograms, level indicators, etc. then EVFs are the cat's meow.

The latest EVFs are really quite good and getting significantly better with every mirrorless camera generation.

Though I love the OVF of my D800 I sometimes curse it because it only shows me ~f/2.8 DOF, is pretty useless for focusing a f/1.2 optic, and the AF system wants to back/front focus depending on the lens I'm using . . . . OVFs are not the be-all, end-all of viewfinders technology - they are just the most familiar to people.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2014 at 19:56 UTC
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jhinkey: What are those dimensions they are listing on their web page - length x diameter?

8.5mm - 239×179mm
12mm - 182×136mm
25mm - 125×93mm

I hope not . . .

I think those numbers I quoted above might be the horizontal x vertical subject size at MFD.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2014 at 19:00 UTC

What are those dimensions they are listing on their web page - length x diameter?

8.5mm - 239×179mm
12mm - 182×136mm
25mm - 125×93mm

I hope not . . .

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2014 at 18:56 UTC as 30th comment | 2 replies

8.5mm sounds perfect as long as:
- It's not huge (diameter is OK, but super long is not).
- It has great central sharpness wide open and decent corners
- It's sharp corner to corner stopped down a bit.
- It's chipped
- Has very nice mechanicals (aperture and focus rings)
- Can have a hood put on it
- Can take filters

Yeah, yeah, I want everything . . . .

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2014 at 17:05 UTC as 39th comment | 3 replies

How about someone (I mean you Nikon, but Tamron too) build an excellent 28-105 or 24-105 instead of a likely IQ compromised 28-300 10x zoom. And no the 24-85AFS VR nor the 24-120/4AFS VR don't count as excellent.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2014 at 16:00 UTC as 10th comment | 3 replies
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jhinkey: Great, but how about a compact 50/2.8 to go along with that compact A7R? The A7(r) are very attractive cameras, but when you stick a 50/1.8 Zeiss on them the body/lens combination loses it's compactness that the A7R brings.

Sometimes you need an excellent f/1.8 lens and you have to pay the price in size and weight, but for many situations f/2.8 works just as well and with the high ISO DR of today's sensors there is not that much of a price to pay.

This is the reason I have a 50/1.8G AND a 45/2.8 AI-P for my D800 - the 50G is great for low light, but it's not very compact while the 45/2.8P is super compact and gives me very very good performance and f/2.8 DOF is fine. The 45/2.8P lives on the D800 because it makes it far more portable.

I use the 20/1.7 Pany on my GX7 (roughly equivalent to my 45/2.8P on FX) because the combo is so small and the 20/1.7 is a very very good lens.

I guess there's no money to be made in compact f/2.8 (or f/4) primes for FX these days . . .

A compact 20/2.8 & 100/4 would also be great to have with this system - that would be quite the trio and would cover a lot of situations.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2014 at 18:43 UTC
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jhinkey: Great, but how about a compact 50/2.8 to go along with that compact A7R? The A7(r) are very attractive cameras, but when you stick a 50/1.8 Zeiss on them the body/lens combination loses it's compactness that the A7R brings.

Sometimes you need an excellent f/1.8 lens and you have to pay the price in size and weight, but for many situations f/2.8 works just as well and with the high ISO DR of today's sensors there is not that much of a price to pay.

This is the reason I have a 50/1.8G AND a 45/2.8 AI-P for my D800 - the 50G is great for low light, but it's not very compact while the 45/2.8P is super compact and gives me very very good performance and f/2.8 DOF is fine. The 45/2.8P lives on the D800 because it makes it far more portable.

I use the 20/1.7 Pany on my GX7 (roughly equivalent to my 45/2.8P on FX) because the combo is so small and the 20/1.7 is a very very good lens.

I guess there's no money to be made in compact f/2.8 (or f/4) primes for FX these days . . .

Yes, 35mm is not a 50mm. A 35/2.8 is a good start, but an equally compact (and high IQ) 50/2.8 would be fantastic for this system.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2014 at 18:41 UTC

Great, but how about a compact 50/2.8 to go along with that compact A7R? The A7(r) are very attractive cameras, but when you stick a 50/1.8 Zeiss on them the body/lens combination loses it's compactness that the A7R brings.

Sometimes you need an excellent f/1.8 lens and you have to pay the price in size and weight, but for many situations f/2.8 works just as well and with the high ISO DR of today's sensors there is not that much of a price to pay.

This is the reason I have a 50/1.8G AND a 45/2.8 AI-P for my D800 - the 50G is great for low light, but it's not very compact while the 45/2.8P is super compact and gives me very very good performance and f/2.8 DOF is fine. The 45/2.8P lives on the D800 because it makes it far more portable.

I use the 20/1.7 Pany on my GX7 (roughly equivalent to my 45/2.8P on FX) because the combo is so small and the 20/1.7 is a very very good lens.

I guess there's no money to be made in compact f/2.8 (or f/4) primes for FX these days . . .

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2014 at 17:04 UTC as 71st comment | 7 replies

Glad to see continued innovation from Fuji. Between their camera bodies, lenses, and sensors they seem to be building quite the system. If I had to choose just a single system to shoot with these days it would be Fuji.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2014 at 17:03 UTC as 32nd comment | 2 replies
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1614 comments in total)
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jhinkey: Looking forward to the Nikon equivalent to the A7 - hopefully it won't have the A7's flaws.
For whatever manufacturer that puts out a compact FX mirrorless body I think one of the missing links are compact primes.
I'm not talking about a compact 50/1.8, but rather a set of compact primes something like 85/2.8, 50/2.8, 20/4, etc. that are very very good wide open. Though there are many times f/1.8 comes in handy, most of the time f/2.8 or f/4 works just fine, especially with the high ISO performance of today's FX sensors.
I realize that you can't have a compact tele because of the physics or compact f/2.8 ultra-wide angle primes due to telecentricity issues, but a set of compact wide angle to short tele primes would really make FX mirrorless much more portable.

Yep, you are unfortunately probably right that I'll have to wait for a long time. Hopefully Sony introduction of the A7(r) will force the issue with Nikon (and likely Canon as well).

In the mean time I'm enjoying my D800 + FX glass (both modern AF and legacy MF glass) and my m43 system (GX7+ some great glass + adapted glass).

I'd love to just have a compact mirroless FX body with some compact f/2.8-ish primes able to use all my F-mount glass . . . .

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 19:18 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1614 comments in total)

Looking forward to the Nikon equivalent to the A7 - hopefully it won't have the A7's flaws.
For whatever manufacturer that puts out a compact FX mirrorless body I think one of the missing links are compact primes.
I'm not talking about a compact 50/1.8, but rather a set of compact primes something like 85/2.8, 50/2.8, 20/4, etc. that are very very good wide open. Though there are many times f/1.8 comes in handy, most of the time f/2.8 or f/4 works just fine, especially with the high ISO performance of today's FX sensors.
I realize that you can't have a compact tele because of the physics or compact f/2.8 ultra-wide angle primes due to telecentricity issues, but a set of compact wide angle to short tele primes would really make FX mirrorless much more portable.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 19:09 UTC as 205th comment | 8 replies
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