JConrad

JConrad

Joined on Jun 21, 2013

Comments

Total: 14, showing: 1 – 14
In reply to:

RichRMA: An APS sensor module mounted to a smartphone. Probably the stupidest invention in some time. Sony really does want to commit financial suicide.

But all the current E-mount cameras can already be controlled via smartphone. This adds no new features, barely saves any weight (and while smaller horizontally, it's thicker than current cameras), and LOSES a lot of real functionality. So you save less than 70g in weight and lose real camera controls and a non-laggy screen to gain, what exactly? The a5000, a5100 and a6000 can all do the same remote shooting as the QX1.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2014 at 11:17 UTC
In reply to:

GodSpeaks: What is the point in these cameras, especially the QX-1? Why would I want to use such a camera?

Cell phones have enough power issues, without adding constantly on WiFi and screen to actually be able to use the QX 'cameras'.

Are quadcopters so sensitive to weight that the 218g body of the QX1 is notably better for this use than the 284g body of the a5100?

Also, this won't make a great quad-copter camera because the WiFi in these cameras only works to about 25 feet or so.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2014 at 11:15 UTC
In reply to:

Charlie Jin: I actually saw a professional photographer who used this camera (previous model) in a city event. There were so many people around the mayor's announcement, but the photographer just had a nice long pole which was attached with this Sony camera at the top. He was controlling all the stuff using his smartphone, since they were wifi-connected. He was behind the crowd, but I guess that it is him who got the best photo shot. He was also taking pictures of the event from high angle, without any more facilities. I asked him about the stability, and he said there was no problem since there was a optical image stabilizer and he was wearing a belt to stabilize the pole. Very nice.

Paul - this camera is a whopping 67g lighter than the a5100. That's it. 67 flipping grams. That's almost nothing. What exactly are you saving here? That's the problem here, you save almost nothing in size and weight, gain exactly ZERO features over existing sony E-mount cameras, and lose the ability to, you know, use it like a real camera.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2014 at 11:14 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2300 comments in total)
In reply to:

Couscousdelight: Olympus does the same, and no one seems to complaint.
Personnaly, i don't like this at all, they sell prime lenses which in fact are not real primes... optically speaking.

I don't want a prime lens who need computer assistance to deliver full perfromances.

You do realize that the word 'prime' simply means that it's a single focal length lens, right?

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2014 at 12:36 UTC
In reply to:

bluevellet: Pricey on its own, but a fair deal with the GM1.

I still think the Lumix 14mm and the 20mm pancake primes make more sense size-wise on the GM1. This new 15mm prime looks better suited for bigger m43 cameras.

Nice touch with the aperture ring too, more m43 optics should have that feature.

Actually this should handle better than the 20/1.7 on the GM1. The GM1 is so small that the 20/1.7 is actually quite large on it, since it has a wide diameter...it tilts the camera back and makes the grip smaller. Since the 15/1.7 has the same diameter as the 14/2.5, the extra length doesn't pose much of an issue. The GM1 handles really well with the 12-32 kit (of course), the 14/2.5, 17/1.8, 9-18mm, Oly 25, and Oly 45.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 15:22 UTC
In reply to:

Lee W: What about LR?

Adobe's done plenty of Lightroom RC versions....I can't remember a time when they haven't done a Lightroom RC in addition to the camera RAW version.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 21:16 UTC
On Fujifilm X-M1 Review preview (217 comments in total)
In reply to:

ecm: Hm. I looked through the samples and thought, "The Fujifilm is getting it's butt handed to it by the likes of the Olympus E-M1 and Canon 100D" - and then I read the article's conclusion.... there's a disconnect between what I see in the comparometer and what their conclusions are.

I suppose it could be the lens - I've been fooled before by a fantastic lens on a so-so camera here at DPR - but it looks more like over-agressive noise reduction to me. The green feathers are a blur at any ISO.....

I also recognize that ultimate sharpness and detail is not everything; it's something that I crave, but others might prefer the warm almost "creamy" smoothness of the Fuji's output - with the right subject and at the right enlargement it would be quite nice.

A lot of it is that X-Trans requires different sharpening algorithms. The detail is there, but at default sharpening, appears soft. Adjusting up reveals tremendous amounts of detail, easily as good and in many cases a little better than my E-M5. DPR however, normalizes sharpening for all cameras. While good in theory, when comparing a Bayer sensor vs an X-Trans, it doesn't work well.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2013 at 18:07 UTC
In reply to:

Jogger: I've never considered Fuji to be premium.. they sell expensive cameras and lenses like other makes. But, its hardly a premium brand.

All of the Fuji X lenses are really, really good. The 14/2.8 is the best ultra-wide lens I've ever used. Period (including several Canon Ls, the Panny 7-14, Zeiss Touit 12mm and more). The 35/1.4 and 60/2.4 are exceptional and the 55-200 is brilliant as well. Frankly, there isn't a bad lens in the lineup, and they all have a beautiful rendering with great bokeh and a wonderful contrast curve. Truly excellent lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2013 at 17:33 UTC
In reply to:

keeponkeepingon: I'v seen at least one review (digital rev?) trashing the ergonomic of the X-M1

issues included how you have to reach over a control wheel to get to the shutter button and a touch thumb dial on the back that was too easy to easy to hit accidently.

Could any users of the X-M1 comment on how good/bad it is to handle?

Thanks!

I couldn't disagree more with Kai on those points. I have never, even once, accidentally changed the top dial while pressing the shutter, or changed the top dial while changing the rear dial. To do the latter requires a ridiculously stupid amount of extra thumb movement and an intention to hit the top dial. I find the ergonomics on the X-M1 to actually be exceptionally good for a small camera. I also have the X-E1, and while the X-E1 ergonomics are a little better, it's also not as responsive as the X-M1, so I end up shooting with both pretty equally.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2013 at 12:44 UTC
On 6 things iPhone photographers want from Apple post (66 comments in total)

You can look at all the marketing speak around 'ultra-pixels' and the like, but aside from the Lumia 1020's PureView (which is really excellent), and maybe the Xperia Z1 (barely), none of the newer hardware, on either the Android side or Windows Phone side are actually better than the iPhone 5's camera.

Rumors are pointing to an f/2.0 lens, so that'll be nice...I'd like to see a slightly larger sensor and a little more robust camera app. Otherwise, I'm pretty happy with the 5's camera. I don't use it for serious photography, but it's nice in a pinch when I just need a snapshot.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2013 at 18:44 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply
In reply to:

yabokkie: I like high resolution, low aberration, light weight, and cheap f/1.8 primes for 35mm format cameras (like some recent Nikon AF-S/G ones), or f/1.2 primes for APS-C to get the job done.

tkbslc - Wait, what? What in the heck do you mean by 'sensors can't get more than f/1.4 worth of light?' What a bogus statement. The aperture of the lens has absolutely nothing to do with the amount of light the sensor can 'handle'. I assure you that an f/0.95 lens on Micro 4/3 gets a full stop of light more than an f/1.4 lens on m4/3...and that's a lot more than the difference to f/1.2.

Sensors are exposed and 'get' however much light is passed by the lens on to the sensor. The amount of light that's passed on is more based on the brightness of the light source. Interestingly enough, if I meter the blank white wall at my desk with my f/1.4 lens on, wide open, I get 1/60s at my current settings. If I remove the lens entirely, I get 1/180s, or 1.5 stops faster, equivalent to f/0.85. At this point, the lens mount is acting like the aperture. This defines the maximum possible aperture opening to the sensor, but that's about all.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2013 at 18:13 UTC
In reply to:

Gavril Margittai: What I would need is a phone that accepts an SD card so I can easily upload pictures to the web, also able to compress it to a smaller size, without destroying the original. There are plenty of photo editing apps. Should not cost that much. I already have a camera.
I prefer to photograph with a camera and use a phone/tablet for Internet connection.

I agree, but you don't need the phone to take SD cards...almost all new cameras have WiFi built in, which allows you to very easily transfer images to your phone or tablet. I use an OM-D, Panasonic GX1, Fuji X-E1 and Fuji X-M1, and I find myself bringing the X-M1 out a lot simply because it has WiFi (well, image quality is fantastic too)...get a good shot, ship it over to my phone and upload to Facebook. Works great!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2013 at 13:33 UTC
In reply to:

starwolfy: This lens sounds quite promising but "Nocticron" ?
That is name is...marketing $!/"@%* lol.

In Leica territory a Noctilux is "currently" F0.95
A summilux is F1.4
A Summicron is F2

So this lens is a mix of F0.95 and F2 all together (Since the use of "Lux" is impossible due to Nocti"Lux") ? lol
A F1.2 lens. Hmmm No ! A Nocticron of course ! xD

I'm not criticizing the lens...but just the name employed.

They've done this before, though. For lenses between the Summicron and the Elmarit, the f/2.5 lenses, they are Summarit. It's just Leica's thing. Since 'summi' is already used for Summilux, summicron and summarit, and 'lux' is in both Noctilux and Summilux, they did what makes sense: Nocti indicates faster than f/1.4, and the cron indicates that it isn't f/1.

Now, they've used f/1.2 as Noctilux before, but that was before they came out with the f/1 and f/0.95 Noctilux, which is what most people think of when they think Noctilux...so I don't begrudge them the new name.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2013 at 12:24 UTC

C1 is nice. I prefer Lightroom due to its ease of organizing photos as well as the way it renders skin tones, but C1 can really provide great detail on certain images. They do need to update how they do upgrades, rather than 'download full version and do full install', but otherwise, it's a quality product.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2013 at 21:18 UTC as 10th comment
Total: 14, showing: 1 – 14