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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zodiacfml: Greatly needed by the 12MP FF of years ago but not so much today. What baffles me are MF cameras that didn't have such filters especially with their bigger pixels and larger lenses. Anyway, still a good patent that might be useful.

Exactly - one of my biggest gripes of the 12MP sensor in my D700 was the heavy AA filter. Many times I would have loved to been able to turn it off completely. I really think this may be more focused on video applications with high MP sensors, but we'll see.

Nikon also has a patent on using a special lens element to act as an AA filter - I wonder what will happen to that technology.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2013 at 16:01 UTC
On Samsung announces pricing for Android-based Galaxy NX camera news story (148 comments in total)

That's just plain crazy. The actual street price needs to be waaaay lower than that to get people to buy this (and it better be a stellar camera too).

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2013 at 19:26 UTC as 39th comment | 1 reply
On Did Sigma design the Olympus M.Zuiko 75mm F1.8? news story (200 comments in total)
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vodanh1982: Wow. the 75mm f/1.8 is the sharpest m43 lens and Sigma made it.

We don't know who made it though - just that it looks like it's a Sigma optical design.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2013 at 19:21 UTC
On Did Sigma design the Olympus M.Zuiko 75mm F1.8? news story (200 comments in total)
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jhinkey: It's one thing to design the optics, another completely to design the mechanical and electrical components and figure out how to get it manufactured to the price point and quality level that is desired.

Sigma has likely had the capability to design excellent optics for years, but the mechanical/electrical design & manufacturing may be on Oly's side of things.

I think a lot of companies are capable of stellar optical designs, but getting them to be made small enough, cheap enough, reliable enough can be a skill that perhaps only a few have.

Yes, I know what Sigma has been doing all these years.
They know how to make decent optical designs with just OK mechanics/reliability (until recently).

My point is that it takes skill to make something of high quality AND keep the price down/reliability high and perhaps Sigma is behind on this aspect until just recently.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2013 at 19:02 UTC
On Did Sigma design the Olympus M.Zuiko 75mm F1.8? news story (200 comments in total)

It's one thing to design the optics, another completely to design the mechanical and electrical components and figure out how to get it manufactured to the price point and quality level that is desired.

Sigma has likely had the capability to design excellent optics for years, but the mechanical/electrical design & manufacturing may be on Oly's side of things.

I think a lot of companies are capable of stellar optical designs, but getting them to be made small enough, cheap enough, reliable enough can be a skill that perhaps only a few have.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2013 at 17:18 UTC as 22nd comment | 2 replies
On Sony A3000 preview (678 comments in total)
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jhinkey: Shot across the bow of Nikon and Canon.
As a Nikon guy I've been expecting this and I believe will push Nikon over the edge to bring out a new APS-C interchangeable lens camera line with a new mount and no mirror - the natural progression of their DX cameras.
It's my theory as to why Nikon has not put out a lot of high end DX lenses - they knew DX would be going mirrorless and require a new lens mount to make their bodies smaller, thus why put out a lot of expensive DX glass that would then only be useful via some sort of an adapter.

Interesting times ahead.

Exactly - CX has not done well, APS-C going mirrorless via Sony, Fuji, etc. will put a lot of pressure on Nikon to do the same with their DX lineup. You can bet that Nikon has been working on a mirrorless DX camera (and FX for that matter).

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2013 at 21:23 UTC
On Sony A3000 preview (678 comments in total)

Shot across the bow of Nikon and Canon.
As a Nikon guy I've been expecting this and I believe will push Nikon over the edge to bring out a new APS-C interchangeable lens camera line with a new mount and no mirror - the natural progression of their DX cameras.
It's my theory as to why Nikon has not put out a lot of high end DX lenses - they knew DX would be going mirrorless and require a new lens mount to make their bodies smaller, thus why put out a lot of expensive DX glass that would then only be useful via some sort of an adapter.

Interesting times ahead.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2013 at 15:10 UTC as 140th comment | 3 replies

My soon-to-be teenage daughters would love this. Instant pictures are better than printing them later.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2013 at 19:45 UTC as 13th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Real-world Samples news story (148 comments in total)
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chriswall: The harbour panorama is remarkable; presumably done in camera as a jpg.

I see lots of stitching artifacts in the clouds. Still, it's pretty impressive for a casual pano.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2013 at 17:56 UTC
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G3User: These images don't impress me. Camera manufactures strive to produce great images from their products and then this guys throughs a yellow instagram filter on them, very unprofessional. I would expect this from my teenage daughter but not a pro. The expressions of the 2 people at the top are not very nice, they are saying to the Frank " I have no respect for you, put that camera down".

Dude, it seems you've never seen the show. The staging, lighting, and post processing all seem to work to convey the mood and storyline of the show.

Those guys are in character - these are not candid shots.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 13, 2013 at 23:10 UTC

It's not the 1" sensor that put me off, it's the bodies and lenses - lack of controls/features on the bodies and lack of a selection of lenses.

The last good Nikon small-sensored camera in my opinion was the CP8400
- Metal body
- EVF
- Swivel flip out screen
- Built-in flash
- Excellent IQ decently fast lens
- Good ergonomics
- Optional grip
- etc.

The Nikon 1 V2 was a step in the right direction, but it was too late for me as I already bought into the m43 system to give me an option to lugging my FX Nikon gear.

Nikon is late to the small mirrorless game and didn't help itself with mediocre offerings.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2013 at 02:20 UTC as 171st comment

The people I know that would be in the market for a Nikon 1 system have already been sold a DSLR by Nikon - they've saturated the market with DXXXX series DX DSLRs and lenses - and there is no real compulsion for them to sell their DX gear and get a Nikon 1.

Nikon has failed in its marketing trying to get entry level DX users to buy into the system due to the price and DSLR market saturation. AND they've failed to convince folks like me (I have a full FX Nikon system) to buy the Nikon 1 because of the lack of sophisticated bodies and upscale lenses at launch (and present) that I'd want.

I bought a m43 GH2 because the sensor was good enough, the body features/ergonomics were very good (EVF as good as a DX camera, swivel LCD, external controls, built-in flash, etc.), there were plenty of great lenses available, and very good support for legacy glass.

Ashton didn't help either. Nikon has no one to blame except themselves for an anemic product and associated advertising campaign.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2013 at 00:09 UTC as 188th comment
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VadymA: The majority of Nikon customers are still waiting for D400... Hopelessly?

Hardly the majority . . . not even close.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2013 at 23:58 UTC

IQ came first - that was the no compromise issue.
Size, weight, (cost?) secondary within reason.
Today's best performing lenses are highly telecentric and thus are much longer in physical length than their film-lens ancestors and have much more complex optical designs.

I doubt I'd ever own one of these lenses - I hope that uncompromised IQ includes:
- Very good sharpness across the frame (into the extreme corners) wide open
- Excellent sharpness across the frame stopped down just a bit before diffraction starts kicking in
- APO-like performance
- Very good bokeh
- Very low residual spherical aberrations wide open so that it can used to shoot stars with fast shutter speeds/low ISO

As a landscape lens the weight is an issue for me unless I'm not far from home. It also appears to be pretty large so it takes up a lot of space either in the bag or while mounted on the camera thus limiting it's appeal in some circumstances.

Hope those that buy it are pleased with it's performance!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2013 at 18:22 UTC as 37th comment | 4 replies
On Nikkor 18-140mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR hints at mid-range DSLR news story (191 comments in total)
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Neodp: A. Beside overly costly(now), it's too slow. You don't just make/buy slow lenses; because you might be able to do higher ISO. We need both, fast, wide aperture, and cleaner, higher ISO. Clean up ISO 3200, and give us f/1.8, and now you're talking. How much money is wasted on "kit" lenses? How is that a value?

B. It not fast lenses, or the color depth of sensors, that can be beat back(in design balances), it's having ultra-wide, and ultra-tele, in the same lens. Until, tiny sensor somehow improve. The (current) necessity, and showing up under all photography types, is the good light (color & B&W) tonality! Also, including the better DR, and lower noise. Camera's are light gatherers. Make them so.

On the contrary - most people I know that have an APS-C DSLR love the all in one super zoom lenses because they never have to take it off.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2013 at 21:57 UTC
On Nikkor 18-140mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR hints at mid-range DSLR news story (191 comments in total)
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KGP: Well lets see what DX lenses has Nikon introduce the last 3 years:

1) 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6
2) Micro 40mm f/2.8
3) 18-300mm f/4.5-5.6
4) 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6

Is that a serious support for DX system?
Where is the wide pancake fast primes?
A serious ultra wide zoom?
A dedicated portrait lens @ ~60mm f/1.4?
An upgrade to the old 17-55mm f/2.8?
A tele zoom @ 50-150mm f/2.8?

Nikon has left DX unsupported, just aiming to the entry level target group. The game is on the FX right now, and maybe in the mirrorless segment if something better than the 1 series finally breaks through.

My opinion is that Nikon knows that DX will go mirrorless soon and hence has not put a significant effort into DSLR-DX-specific lenses.
A mirrorless DX Nikon will need a whole new set of lenses (plus an adapter to work with the old).

We'll see what happens in the next couple of years.

As a D800 user I've started putting together a m43 system because Nikon did not have a serious contender in the Nikon 1 system compared to m43 or even the APS-C mirrorless cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2013 at 21:52 UTC
On 17 Signs That You Were Alive Before Digital Photography news story (149 comments in total)

I'm glad you only limited it to 17 items since I'm sure I would have know the next 17 more that you could have come up with and you didn't really go all that far back (I'm 49 years old).

I still have some film stuff left over, not because I'm collecting it, but rather I just haven't bothered to get rid of it yet.

My kids look at some of my old slides on a slide table and they can't understand how you make a big picture of them on a computer.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 2, 2013 at 16:46 UTC as 62nd comment | 1 reply
On 5 Reasons why I haven't used my DSLR for months article (590 comments in total)
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NancyP: Different cameras for different uses? Fine.

Yep, I'm with you. I'm in the process of pairing down my DSLR gear to the minimum and investing in m43 bodies and lenses due to the size, weight and IQ they have which is very much good enough for about 1/2 of what I do. It won't replace my D800 in many situations, but now my D800 doesn't need to come out all that often.

Now I'll have my FX gear for when focusing speed and IQ are a must and a m43 kit for everything else.

It's nice to have good options and be able to exercise them when appropriate.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2013 at 01:46 UTC
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jhinkey: I tried the Panasonic and the Nikon waterproof cameras and bought the Panasonic.
That being said it was certainly the lesser of two evils. Neither gave very decent image quality and the autofocus was pretty bad. Battery life is terrible.

I wish someone would make a waterproof camera that I would be the intended target audience for - i.e, someone who owns a DSLR and m43 camera and knows what fantastic and horrible image quality and af performance is.

I would not expect DSLR or m43/APS-C mirrorless quality from these ruggedized cameras, but at least give me LX-7 like image IQ, OIS, and AF performance in a waterproof/rugged package. These cameras are barely one step above smartphone image quality.

Yes I know it will not be inexpensive to produce such a thing, but that's OK as I'm willing to pay for the convenience of a small form factor over the hulking behemoth that is putting a DSLR or m43 mirrorless is in a waterproof housing . . .

It's not the casing, but the electronic components that they use which bring these cameras down.
Slow AF, slow lenses, poor OIS, poor battery life, lack of RAW support, etc.
We're not talking about a dive quality casing where you can take it 10 meters underwater, but just as they've advertised it's usage - near the surface pressure capability and drop-resistance.

I think they've made them poor performing to make up for the increased cost of making it water proof and damage resistant to keep the price point low.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 6, 2013 at 15:29 UTC
On Nikon Coolpix AW110 preview (86 comments in total)

I tried the Panasonic and the Nikon waterproof cameras and bought the Panasonic.
That being said it was certainly the lesser of two evils. Neither gave very decent image quality and the autofocus was pretty bad. Battery life is terrible.

I wish someone would make a waterproof camera that I would be the intended target audience for - i.e, someone who owns a DSLR and m43 camera and knows what fantastic and horrible image quality and af performance is.

I would not expect DSLR or m43/APS-C mirrorless quality from these ruggedized cameras, but at least give me LX-7 like image IQ, OIS, and AF performance in a waterproof/rugged package. These cameras are barely one step above smartphone image quality.

Yes I know it will not be inexpensive to produce such a thing, but that's OK as I'm willing to pay for the convenience of a small form factor over the hulking behemoth that is putting a DSLR or m43 mirrorless is in a waterproof housing . . .

Direct link | Posted on Jul 6, 2013 at 04:07 UTC as 45th comment | 3 replies
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