PIX 2015
GabrielZ

GabrielZ

Joined on Feb 3, 2012

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On Oppo launches R7 and R7 Plus post (32 comments in total)

Oppo manufacture very high-end audiophile grade planar driver headphones, universal disc players and DAC/headphone amps that generally receive rave reviews. But this smartphone division of theirs is very lacklustre by comparison and nothing on the Samsung S6 series. A 6" 1080p display - that's very two years ago!

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2015 at 05:21 UTC as 5th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 offers 4K video article (128 comments in total)

Very slow flash-sync speed. But never the less, seems to be a major improvement on its predecessor. Gives Oly's E-M10 a run for the money. But Panasonic cameras like Oly's leave me cold somehow.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2015 at 16:20 UTC as 3rd comment | 2 replies
On Fujifilm X-T10 First Impressions Review preview (544 comments in total)
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VisualFX: "MADE IN CHINA". No purchase from me. Fuji had something going there for awhile, being Made in Japan. Now they are going cheap like everyone else. Whoever wants to support sweatshops and poor labour conditions and poor human rights, go right ahead and purchase this camera.

Didn't they say made in Thailand? None the less I agree. What I liked about Fujifilm cameras is that they were manufactured in Japan. It was one of my main considerations when purchasing the X-E2.

In my case for quality and reliability reasons. Now they seem to be going the Oly and Nikon way, which I don't like...Canon have recently announced that they're bringing their camera manufacturing back to Japan for instance.

I also think, that gradually Fujifilm are becoming like all the other Japanese brands. Their Kaizen firmware updates now seem to target only their latest model cameras, rather than older ones, which used to be one of their most endearing qualities. Again just like all the other main stream brands...a little disappointing.

For instance both the X-E2 and X-T1/T10 use the same sensor and image processors. So all the features now available on their XT series cameras could be added to the X-E2 via firmware. Such a move wouldn't effect sales of their latest I don't think.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 16:53 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T10 First Impressions Review preview (544 comments in total)
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flysurfer: "It's also worth noting that users now have the ability to toggle their AF point when shooting with Face Detect on, which is new."

It may be worth noting, but it isn't new, because the at least my X30, X100T, X-A2 and X-T1 also offer this feature. :)

Great work if you can get it!

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 20:21 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T10 First Impressions Review preview (544 comments in total)
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retro76: Honestly right now the Olympus EM10 is the camera to beat, especially @ $499. I purchased a Fuji XM1 before sending it back for the Oympus. I know it's subjective, but I really don't get the appeal of Fuji, it's a camera that reviewers seem to put on a pedestal, yet IMHO it's a camera that falls short in just about every category especially so compared to other brands I have used. Maybe I missed something in my short time using the camera, but it's a system that didn't impress me in the slightest, in fact it's the most clever marketing I have ever seen for a brand.

Very subjective...before purchasing my X-E2 I went for an Oly E-M10 based on its great for the price feature list, and good reviews. But when I received it, it left me cold despite the fact that it took good photos. Also the built-in flash on mine didn't work. Which is not something you expect in a brand new camera (another Japanese branded camera not made in Japan!) so I ordered a replacement, which took an absolute age to arrive.

So I got fed up waiting, added a little more money and went for a made in Japan X-E2 instead! Which didn't leave me cold, despite the lower specification. So yes, what one thinks of a particular camera is very subjective...you like the Oly but I didn't!

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 18:47 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T10 First Impressions Review preview (544 comments in total)

I like it. I'm an X-E2 user and this is its successor apparently. One little thing I didn't like though is that this camera is manufactured in Thailand rather than Japan. I know there's quality control and all that. But from my previous experience with Japanese brand cameras I've used over the years. The one's manufactured on home turf...so to speak...tend to be more reliable.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 16:25 UTC as 101st comment
On Fujifilm X-T10 First Impressions Review preview (544 comments in total)
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flysurfer: "It's also worth noting that users now have the ability to toggle their AF point when shooting with Face Detect on, which is new."

It may be worth noting, but it isn't new, because the at least my X30, X100T, X-A2 and X-T1 also offer this feature. :)

You've got a lot of Fujifilm cameras! A fanboy then? I'm not being cynical, I use an X-E2 myself.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 16:13 UTC

As this is a limited edition, why couldn't they've put in a little more effort and made the upper and lower panels real titanium instead of just paint?

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2015 at 06:11 UTC as 30th comment
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RStyga: Leica "upgrades" a $7,500 camera with Live View and 3" 921K LCD in 2015? At this rate they might catch up with the rest by 2050, give or take a decade.

Although good adapters are abundant for DSLM cameras, a native M mount camera could put a stop, or at least a brake, to the Leica camera charade...

I believe there is some startup working on a digital rangefinder like camera with a native M mount. It appeared in the news sections here and elsewhere a while back.

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2015 at 04:00 UTC
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maxnimo: Why do they call it a 1" sensor when not even the diagonal is even close to 1" in length?

Very informative Joel, I didn't know that. Nice to learn new things.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 19, 2015 at 13:49 UTC

I think the new APS-C sensor is the one heading for the rumored Fujifilm X-Pro2! Here's hoping, looking forward to that camera a lot, as an X-E2 user myself.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 19, 2015 at 13:43 UTC as 8th comment | 4 replies
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (814 comments in total)
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GabrielZ: I shoot stills, very little video. I still don't get these video ratios. What's the difference between 4:2:0 - 4:2:2 - 4:4:4? What do those three numbers _:_:_ stand for?

Thanks, that was helpful.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 21:10 UTC
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (814 comments in total)

I shoot stills, very little video. I still don't get these video ratios. What's the difference between 4:2:0 - 4:2:2 - 4:4:4? What do those three numbers _:_:_ stand for?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 10:40 UTC as 63rd comment | 2 replies
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Just a Photographer: I think a 15.4" Surface Pro 4, with proper i7 processor, 512GB SSD, 32GB memory and 802.11AC would have been a better choice.

At least it would then make it an interesting device for photographers and illustrators.

@Just a Photographer & BattleBrat - You're right about a 10" tablet not being great for photo editing - that's what I do, I'm not an illustrator - a tablet would be used as more of a portable showcase.

But then I don't use tablets for photo editing anyway. Also when I wrote, who on earth would want that, I meant as a general purpose tablet like an iPad...such a device would be just too bulky for that kind of market.

Anyway according to Dianoda here, you're dream machine already exists in the form of the Wacom Cintiq Companion 2? For pros that seems like a good solution, I'm more of an enthusiastic amateur myself...the Wacom too specialised.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 17:17 UTC
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Just a Photographer: I think a 15.4" Surface Pro 4, with proper i7 processor, 512GB SSD, 32GB memory and 802.11AC would have been a better choice.

At least it would then make it an interesting device for photographers and illustrators.

You're describing a laptop - they already exist. Why on earth would anybody want a 15"+ tablet?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2015 at 20:01 UTC

This is what the Surface should've have been from the beginning. A good alternative to the iPad now. Microsoft, Samsung etc..have caught up with and are in places - surpassing Apple at their own game lately.

I hope Apple can counter these recent announcements with the upcoming large screened iPad 'Pro' and iPhone 6S. Next years iPhone 7 needs to be something very special!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2015 at 19:59 UTC as 33rd comment | 6 replies
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (829 comments in total)

Only a Silver award then. A little surprised by that. I think its that old-hat sensor, the same as the original E-M5 I think, together with its relatively high price compared to the competition, that's influenced the reviewers here maybe?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2015 at 17:12 UTC as 107th comment | 5 replies
On HTC One M9 comes with 20MP sensor and 4K video post (9 comments in total)

Rather underwhelming next to the Samsung S6/S6 Edge. And that dual-tone gold and silver finish seems rather fake Rolex chintzy to me. Samsung definitely make the better Android smartphone for the time being. But then I suppose they do have the much-much bigger R&D budget compared to little HTC.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 17:24 UTC as 1st comment

I'm an iPhone 5S user, Apple fanboy and really like iOS (7 and onwards) and won't be switching, but still think the S6, especially the Edge version pictured above, is gorgeous and so much more desirable a piece of kit than the iPhone 6 by a long shot! Bring on the iPhone 7 in 2016 Apple. I found the iPhone 6 to be very underwhelming when it was introduced last year.

The iPhone 6S maybe arriving at the end of this year with improved specs, but its still going to be an ugly duckling (those messy looking plastic antenna openings on the back especially) compared to this!

And what a fantastic specification too! Samsung really went full-out this time. Even though they seemed to of quietly dropped the water resistance of the S5, but thats still a relatively small price to pay for such an elegant design IMHO.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 16:57 UTC as 2nd comment
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GabrielZ: I was watching a review of the 645Z at TheCameraStoreTV channel on YouTube a while back, and was really impressed by the apparent image quality of this camera. Easily outdoing any FF DSLR I've seen lately. If I had the dosh I'd get one, despite the bulk!

@canonpro Back in the 70s, 80s and 90s all pro 35mm film SLRs from Canon, Nikon etc...came with a button or lever on the body to lock-up the mirror...very convenient.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 16:35 UTC
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