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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RobertSigmund: The best method at the moment is copying the negative/slide with the digital camera. Brings better results than scanners and is faster. You need a macro lens of course, and a slide copier. I have the old minolta slide copy unit 1000 for the Minolta ring flash. Very good device.

Only if you have super clean, scratch-free negs/transparencies.
I've used my D800 + 55/3.5 AI Macro + PS-6/PB-6 with excellent results, but it becomes a nightmare if there are a lot of scratches and/or dust to fix.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 18:24 UTC

No worries, Nikon will come out with a mirrorless FX body . . . . I just may have expired by then.

But seriously, they surely have the technology ready for a FX mirrorless camera, but likely don't want to pull a Sony and put it all in an ill-thought-out camera body.

In the mean time I'll use my D800 and A7R side-by-side.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 05:14 UTC as 39th comment
On Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 article (441 comments in total)
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mpix345: As amazing as the LX100 seems to be, I have to say that the more time passes the less interested I am. The lack of an onboard flash really is the killer for me, which I am now almost glad about, because if not for that fact I would have been willing to overlook the lack of touch screen and flip screen, which seem like ridiculous omissions from this level of camera.

Finally, that filter button just irks the hell out of me. Dedicated button for goofy filters? Seriously Panasonic? And not even an ND. SMH. And it's not even configurable to do something else, I don't think.

You tease us with this fast lens and generous sensor, but then fail to deliver some basic elements. Is that intentional, to create an easy path to the MKII version next year? I guess I hope so, but damn, I am tired of everyone playing that game.

Yes, the silly filter button . . . who uses these settings?
Hopefully it can be re-programmed.

Lack of flash is a downer, but I must admit the number of times I've used the on-board flash of my GX-7 is in the low single digits, so it's not that much of a loss for me.

Going to wait to see what kind of image sharpness this lens/sensor combo gives. I assume it will shoot RW2 files . .

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2014 at 17:30 UTC
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jhinkey: Nice interview and I like the sales rep - seemed down to earth.

No touch screen - that's OK with me as I've turned it off on every camera I have that has one - too many times it's become more of a hindrance than a help for what I do.

No built-iin flash - this is perhaps the most troublesome missing feature for me as for a compact travel camera a built-in flash certainly comes in handy. But I must admit that having a fast lens and OIS will certainly help in this regard.

No swivel EVF - I use it occasionally on my GX-7, but it's not something I'd miss terribly

No tilting LCD - I think this is particularly problematic for me as I use this a lot on my GX-7 and A7R.

The LX100 would be a no-brainer for me if it had the swivel screen (and perhaps built-in flash) as it would replace my GX-7 + 12-35/2.8 for my general compact video rig.

I may sell my 12-35/2.8 and get the LX100 in it's place.
I've been using primes mostly on my GX7 anyways and for general video it's been the 12-35/2.8.

This seems like it would be a great backpacking camera, especially if it had the tilt screen and built-in flash.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 17:42 UTC

Nice interview and I like the sales rep - seemed down to earth.

No touch screen - that's OK with me as I've turned it off on every camera I have that has one - too many times it's become more of a hindrance than a help for what I do.

No built-iin flash - this is perhaps the most troublesome missing feature for me as for a compact travel camera a built-in flash certainly comes in handy. But I must admit that having a fast lens and OIS will certainly help in this regard.

No swivel EVF - I use it occasionally on my GX-7, but it's not something I'd miss terribly

No tilting LCD - I think this is particularly problematic for me as I use this a lot on my GX-7 and A7R.

The LX100 would be a no-brainer for me if it had the swivel screen (and perhaps built-in flash) as it would replace my GX-7 + 12-35/2.8 for my general compact video rig.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 16:53 UTC as 10th comment | 3 replies
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Kirppu: I'm just wondering how will that complex design (all five groups can move, either together or independently) that has made this lens possible will stand the test of time. Will it last to the end of the warranty period or will it really be enough durable to last more than a year?

Exactly - and how will the centering be? My experience has been that lenses with lots of moving elements tend to either not have the best of centering or the centering can get worse over time.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 15:00 UTC

Hopefully the lens IQ does not let it down - otherwise it appears to be a fine camera by the specs and the externals. Looks like the LX7 is on the selling block.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 14:58 UTC as 28th comment

If I only could have one system it would be the Fuji - these guys seem to be doing things right (for stills photography).

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 06:49 UTC as 30th comment
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marcio_napoli: Yeah, right.

Just right, Sony, keep them coming, those bizarre, freakish gadgets you're trying to sell.

If one is serious enough for APS-C, yeah, go ahead... show you're tremendously serious about your photography, and plug it to your cell phone, to have the largest sensor-that-makes-zero-sense-plugged-to-your-pocketable-telephone.

Yeah, makes tons of sense.

As long as they can make $$ with these they will or at least if they think they can eventually make $$ with these will keep coming.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 04:14 UTC
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jhinkey: I can see a lot of potential uses for the QX1 - uses where you want a compact imaging device with a big sensor and can use some decent (and potentially fast) glass.
I see a lot of creative types jumping all over this.

Yes there are small cameras, but none with an APS-C sensor and interchangeable lens mount with the diameter of a typical bullet camera.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 04:08 UTC

Actually, one of the reasons that people don't buy cameras is that the one device they have with them all the time (i.e., their cell phone or tablet) has a camera that's good enough most of the time. Many people hate having to carry around another gadget, even if it's an APS-C or m43-based compact camera.

This device is more compact than a camera to carry around and they can significantly improve their pictures without needing a full blown dedicated camera.

I think it will sell and sell well . . .

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2014 at 23:58 UTC as 36th comment | 3 replies

I can see a lot of potential uses for the QX1 - uses where you want a compact imaging device with a big sensor and can use some decent (and potentially fast) glass.
I see a lot of creative types jumping all over this.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2014 at 23:49 UTC as 38th comment | 4 replies
On Opinion: Do we really need the Fuji X30? article (312 comments in total)
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brownie314: Is this camera so bad that DPreview needed a propaganda piece on it to try and excuse it for not moving to a 1" sensor like all of its competitors?

Hipster - one of the most over-used, mis-used, and mis-understood word these days. Someone using something that has a style that was used 30 years ago doesn't automatically make them a "hipster."

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 23:13 UTC
On Opinion: Do we really need the Fuji X30? article (312 comments in total)
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Jogger: We basically don't need any dedicated compact camera that doesnt have a large sensor, isnt a superzoom, or isnt ruggedised. Flagship phones are already using 1/2.3 sensor and some have even larger.

Even the best cell phones can't touch this 2/3 sensor for IQ. But only the photo buff will care. I have FX and m43 gear that has great IQ, but my wife thinks the images (in good light) that come from her Samsung S5 are more than good enough to share with her friends and family. So it all comes down to if you care enough about IQ to have a camera of this size. For some people the answer is yes, for others no. If I owned a camera like this (I do own a LX7) I'd certainly want to upgrade to the X30, not for the sensor, but for the EVF and lens.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 23:11 UTC
On Opinion: Do we really need the Fuji X30? article (312 comments in total)

"Design is disproportionately important to all X series cameras and I suspect a very large percentage of users are drawn by the way the cameras look and handle before they study the specification and read the test results. There's nothing wrong with that. Retro cool will be a winning factor for the X30 as much as it was for the X10 - and there will always be room for nice looking cameras that make it easy to take good pictures. "

Drivel at best. This article could have been so much better. The reason the shape and form of these cameras end up looking somewhat similar to cameras of decades ago is those film era cameras had great ergonomics for taking pictures and were not concerned with fashion statements. Just because something looks similar to something made in the past doesn't make it "retro" - what works works and will keep on being made that way - seems like all the modern, non-retro camera designs that attempt to be way different fail due to usability/silliness issues.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 16:42 UTC as 93rd comment

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 (80 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 (173 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 12th 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
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