LensBeginner

LensBeginner

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On Otus Readings: the Zeiss 85 F1.4 Otus Comparison article (192 comments in total)

Nice title! ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2015 at 14:15 UTC as 62nd comment
On Canon PowerShot G3 X: What you need to know article (556 comments in total)
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TheDevil: I think when cameras get this small they don't need an EVF, especially if they have a touch screen. My G7X works fine outdoors, the screen is bright and visible. The touch screen makes it pretty intuitive to pick your focus points. I also like how the screen flips up vertical like the G7X.

Sorry I don't buy it.
I'm a steady shooter, and am comfortable with pretty long shutter speeds with short focal lengths (about three stops lower than the rule of thumb, if not more), but with a mere 300mm-equiv I can't even compose or manual-focus well if I can't press the camera against my face...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 07:10 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G3 X: What you need to know article (556 comments in total)
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TheDevil: I think when cameras get this small they don't need an EVF, especially if they have a touch screen. My G7X works fine outdoors, the screen is bright and visible. The touch screen makes it pretty intuitive to pick your focus points. I also like how the screen flips up vertical like the G7X.

@TheDevil
the issue is not the distance from the face, but the absence of a third contact point (the zygomatic bone for instance) that allows you to hold the camera stable.

At arm's length the camera is actually /more/ stable than at close distance if you keep the neckstrap taut, but it's still unwieldy with long (equivalent) focal lengths.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 11:53 UTC
On Das ist Güt: Hands-on with the Leica Q article (63 comments in total)
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Coliban: What does that mean "Das ist Güt"?

Never heard.

I bet they just used English title capitalization, eg. "This is Good", disregarding (or simply ignoring) the fact that in German nouns are capitalized...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 16:46 UTC
On DPReview recommends: Best smartphone cameras post (352 comments in total)
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spigot: OnePlus One should at least be on the list. It had raw in Kitkat itself.

@vv50
you are not forced to buy branded phones in all countries in the world...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 19:29 UTC
On DPReview recommends: Best smartphone cameras post (352 comments in total)
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doctor digi: Hmm. No mention of the Xiaomi Mi4.

I'd recommend the Mi4 over any Samsung bloated and over-hyped device.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 19:23 UTC
On DPReview recommends: Best smartphone cameras post (352 comments in total)
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Lee Jay: Frankly, they're all essentially useless because they all have fixed focal length fixed lenses. Without a range of focal lengths available in a cell phone camera, I'll be carrying a real camera anyway, and so I'll use that instead, in all cases.

I could maybe live with two built-in primes and cropping (say, 24mm equivalent croppable to 60 and 80mm croppable to 200), but not one. I have to have some telephoto capabilities in my pocket camera. I often crop my current pocket camera (24-105) all the way in to around 300mm equivalent or so.

That is bound to mean that all fixed-lens, single-focal-length camera are useless... which is obviously not the case.

It only takes a little skill to "survive" a week with a fixed 40mm on APS-C and take great pictures...
I'd say that a 28mm equivalent or little more is perfect on a cellphone: you always have stitching for panoramas and portraits don't look too awful either...

Edit: That second argument is a non sequitur...
The vast majority of cellphone images are useless
and
Smartphones all have fixed lenses
thus
their pictures must be useless because of the fixed focal length

Sorry, that's ridiculous

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 18:14 UTC
On Google and GoPro unveil 16-camera 'Array' VR rig article (45 comments in total)
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LensBeginner: 16 * 400E = about 6400E plus the cost of the rig?
Not an absurd amount, actually...

I don't assume anything.
I'm thinking about the appeal to a single videographer/studio (who maybe already has some GoPros BTW).

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2015 at 21:00 UTC
On Google and GoPro unveil 16-camera 'Array' VR rig article (45 comments in total)

16 * 400E = about 6400E plus the cost of the rig?
Not an absurd amount, actually...

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2015 at 19:56 UTC as 15th comment | 2 replies
On Oppo launches R7 and R7 Plus post (32 comments in total)
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LensBeginner: Why is that that to get good things one has to buy the king-sized device?
It's the same for Xperias and Galaxys... and I don't want another tablet in my pocket, 5" should be enough for a cellphone IMHO.

@FantasticMrFox
(hey same on PF? :-) )
I never said anything about thickness... and I could forego screen res too.

@p51d007
Having much more features on phablets than on smartphones is not "choice", is steering the market.
You can hardly find top-of-the-range phones with a screen less than 5".
They have all the rights to do that, but to me that's bo***cks...

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2015 at 08:18 UTC
On Oppo launches R7 and R7 Plus post (32 comments in total)

Why is that that to get good things one has to buy the king-sized device?
It's the same for Xperias and Galaxys... and I don't want another tablet in my pocket, 5" should be enough for a cellphone IMHO.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2015 at 20:42 UTC as 8th comment | 4 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 offers 4K video article (128 comments in total)
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BaumBoyPhoto: It's too bad it still has that blasted 29.59 time limit in video recording. The lack of that limit was a big point for the GH4.

I agree, that's utter BS.
I had to buy a sh***y camcorder to record our performances instead of a good quality camera precisely because of that.

Be it the result of sensor overheating or EU tax policies.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 22:34 UTC
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LensBeginner: At a cursory glance, I'm not particularly liking the overall style and composition, but perhaps when dealing with this subject matter there are other priorities.

I've always been fascinated by photojournalism and, more generally, documentary photography, even though this particular subject is a little bit too extreme for my taste...

Of course, kudos to Dpreview for bringing it to the general attention.

I was talking about the stills.
I've not yet seen the video, and I don't know if I'm going to.
As I said, a harsh topic...

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2015 at 22:54 UTC

At a cursory glance, I'm not particularly liking the overall style and composition, but perhaps when dealing with this subject matter there are other priorities.

I've always been fascinated by photojournalism and, more generally, documentary photography, even though this particular subject is a little bit too extreme for my taste...

Of course, kudos to Dpreview for bringing it to the general attention.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2015 at 20:17 UTC as 28th comment | 2 replies
On Sources of noise part two: Electronic Noise article (234 comments in total)

Ok, now how do I know if my camera has low/loweer/high/higher up/downstream noise so I can put this article to good use (by deciding to use high ISOs or to underexpose at low ISOs, for instance)?

Edit: got it, looks like I have to do the test myself since apparently dpreview started using this test rather recently and there's nothing in the K-01 review..?

Interesting article, I always like it a lot more when I get something to perfect my technique.

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2015 at 23:27 UTC as 49th comment
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II article (521 comments in total)
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Jim in Hudson: WiFi -- convenience item
GPS -- adding permanent and sometimes useful information to the image file itself.

There are times I wished I had the Pentax GPS unit but I never bought one and adding location info via Geotracking or map placing into software is by no means the same thing. OTOH, I've never bothered to take my FLUcard out of its package.

@Cane

gps could also be useful near home, e.g. in the woods.
It's sufficient to trek a couple miles away from the main roads and putting a picture on the map becomes suddenly much more difficult...

I don't spring load chickens on social media, just the idea seems weird to me... ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 28, 2015 at 21:50 UTC
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JEROME NOLAS: Can you explain in two sentences, it's too long... :)

Nice summary! :-)
I read it all, however, and it was definitely worth it.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 27, 2015 at 19:11 UTC

Very clear explanation, much appreciated.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 27, 2015 at 19:08 UTC as 153rd comment
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II article (521 comments in total)
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Class A: "...we're disappointed by ... the disappearance of the built-in flash..."

Really? P-TTL is so bad at controlling more than one off-camera flash, why would you put up with such a bad optical triggering system (that does not even support HSS through the built-in flash and requires line-of-sight)?

Using a dedicated radio trigger on camera with direct control over manual flash levels right from the camera position is so much better and adequate for a camera in this price bracket.

Class A:
the added GPS module is bulky and robs you of the hotshoe (and you can't use the pop-up flash with it anyway).
The added Wi-Fi module (i.e. flucard) is small and goes in the (second) SD card slot, so camera size remains the same.

Plus, the flucard costs a little more than half the money the y ask for the gps module.

If they had done the reverse, we'd have much more complaints, I reckon...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 12:58 UTC
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II article (521 comments in total)
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KL Matt: No built in flash is a bummer for triggering an off-camera flash without having to lug around a second one. Also, I use mine for fill in daylight backlit people shots infrequently, and it's really handy to be able to just pop it up. Plenty of power for that purpose. The GPS would be way cool to have, but what will turning it on do to battery power? In any case, this camera will likely bring down the price of the K3, which is probably where I'm headed now that the K5 IIs is no longer available for a reasonable price (missed my window of opportunity there).

@jpino
Actually, they already do...

Those accessories are called "Pentax O-FC1" (FluCard) and Pentax O-GPS1...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 12:47 UTC
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