zodiacfml

zodiacfml

Lives in United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates
Joined on Jun 28, 2010

Comments

Total: 629, showing: 261 – 280
« First‹ Previous1213141516Next ›Last »
In reply to:

Sdaniella: folks have to remember triple layer for triple color capture for imagery has been around as long as the film era (kodachrome involves triple layers too), so it isn't a brilliant step to translate 'triple layer capture' from light sensitive film emulsion to electronic light sensors for 'digital film'. all that's happened is going from analog to digital, nothing more. key is, there are umpteen ways to do it, but only a few will be effective.

sdyue

wow. thanks for the reminder but you make it sound that layers of pixel technology is just trying mimic film . a good background for you to read is how the Foveon company started.

Direct link | Posted on May 27, 2013 at 06:14 UTC
On Leica teases 'Mini M' for 11th June release article (304 comments in total)
In reply to:

massimogori: Autofocus? Is that so difficult?

there is no mount.

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2013 at 13:57 UTC
On Leica teases 'Mini M' for 11th June release article (304 comments in total)
In reply to:

Najinsky: I glanced at nearly all the comments and don't understand why I seem to be the only one concerned about focussing manual focus glass. That's what the rangefinder part of the M is for.

So take away the rangefinder, and you get a camera that takes manual focus lenses, without the part that helps you focus?

Let's hope it comes with some stellar focus confirmation aids.

That is why it is not going to be interchangeable and without the rangefinder. As I mentioned in an earlier comment, Leica wouldn't simply allow use of their interchangeable lenses on any other of their cameras except the M.

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2013 at 13:54 UTC
On Leica teases 'Mini M' for 11th June release article (304 comments in total)
In reply to:

40daystogo: My dream Leica camera would be, firstly, affordable, and have a full frame sensor or APS-C with a non-interchangeable 24-90 Leica zoom lens with at least f2.0 or preferably f1.4 aperture. That would cover most of my photographic needs. i.e. their X2 with zoom lens.

I am disappointed with the Sony RX1 and Leica X1, X2 series because I need a good zoom lens, rather than fixed focal length.

The Leica zoom lens on the Panasonic LX5/LX7 - Leica D-Lux 5 etc is really sharp, and I'd love a Leica camera with non-interchangeable zoom with a decent sensor size.

I don't know with a quality zoom lens on a large sensor. The best you can have with are the 24-70mm f2.8s. Or the, Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 APSC zoom lens. So you see, once you use a zoom, everything is larger and heavier, and more expensive.

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2013 at 13:47 UTC
In reply to:

PhotoKhan: If it can offer any technical advantages without the "guess-what-color-when-and-how" surreal kaleidoscope amusingly offered by Sigma and hilariously ignored by SigmaFovFans, then, yes, let's see it!

@cinemascope
agreed. processing a nicely exposed Foveon RAW file, just takes an increase in saturation and I'm done. with conventional cameras though, i'll just never get what i want since I'm limited to Lightroom and I have no mastery with it.

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2013 at 13:38 UTC
In reply to:

jozhua: its obvious that there is money to be had with this three layered foveon style sensor and that is why Canon and Sony are pursuing it. that is all. they already have capable cameras with very capable processors and sensors that they can conventionally improve along. time will tell.

Yes. Current cameras take ISO 3200 images pretty well with plenty of resolution. Only a few would need better than that. Once, the market is saturated with capable cameras. They will then release these layered sensors and market them as revolutionary and a step forward since they will have 100% pixel sharp images.

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2013 at 13:33 UTC
In reply to:

l_d_allan: I think I would be more interested in a Canon dslr with:
* a monochrome sensor,
* an accessory RGB color filter pack for color scenery

Conventional sensors are monochromatic. They just add the color filters on top of it.
Foveon/Merrill sensors can be monochromatic with the use of the latest SPP raw editing software. Search/learn about them if you're into BW.

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2013 at 13:27 UTC
In reply to:

dpLarry: If Canon or Sony produce multi layered sensor it doesn't need to have that many pixels. Since each pixels records 3 colors of information instead of one..

agreed.

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2013 at 13:21 UTC
In reply to:

zodiacfml: I do hope Canon produce Foveon-like sensors on their cameras. I'm a big fan of previous Foveon sensors but the camera bodies are very bad.
I mean, the Merrill cameras are very high resolution but the usability is a step backward compared to the previous generation due to notorious battery life, slower write speeds, and still no EVF option. The images themselves aren't compelling due to excessive noise reduction and sharpening and I'm referring to low ISO images.

A lot cheaper Olympus E-PM2 or NEX 3n versus DP Merrill's is a no brainer.

@ Dougbm_2 It is because the previous Foveon sensors are low resolution but the DR, noise, and color are the best during their time, that is, if you're content with the resolution. Current generation Foveon/Sigma sensors are 15MP sensors, which I'm not a fan of. Current Sony sensors are nice though, which I think, it's time for me to move on with Bayer/CFA type.

@Kendall thanks for the images, the ice look nice but they are monochromatic where any camera can. Yet, I don't want to base judgement on flickr site which site which add sharpening to the web sized images and more likely, compressed jpegs. Let's just say you value resolution more than I do which I will never understand. What I understand easily though are the price and camera performance of alternatives such as of the E-PM2, and APS-C, AA filterless such as the Nikon Coolpix A and Ricoh GR.

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2013 at 13:19 UTC
On Leica teases 'Mini M' for 11th June release article (304 comments in total)

If I would think like Leica or any other company, this Mini will not be interchangeable. It's like them saying if you want our lenses, then get the M. Porsche don't allow more powerful engines on their Cayman or Boxster models so that their 911's remain above those.

Based on it's physically larger size, this might probably be a full frame with a fixed, prime lens of f2.0 to f1.8. Focal length might be a bit longer than X2, 40mm or longer. Price it $1,500 above the Sony RX1 and there we have the Leica Mini.

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2013 at 06:47 UTC as 53rd comment

I do hope Canon produce Foveon-like sensors on their cameras. I'm a big fan of previous Foveon sensors but the camera bodies are very bad.
I mean, the Merrill cameras are very high resolution but the usability is a step backward compared to the previous generation due to notorious battery life, slower write speeds, and still no EVF option. The images themselves aren't compelling due to excessive noise reduction and sharpening and I'm referring to low ISO images.

A lot cheaper Olympus E-PM2 or NEX 3n versus DP Merrill's is a no brainer.

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2013 at 04:23 UTC as 33rd comment | 8 replies
In reply to:

Ybor: I love advanced compacts, that is, until I open the image files. They are great for people moving over from a smartphone. Let's be honest here, m43 and APS-C ILC's have relegated these stylish underperformers as relics of the past in terms of technology.

I agree since I'm quite used to opening high quality files and I expect that not to get worse but better in the future.
One more thing is pricing. The makers have priced these serious compacts out of many non serious users and pretty close to the cheapest m4/3s and NEX. A Panny LX7 at $300 is just about right and so should the XZ-2. At current prices, they should have at least have a one inch sensor, don't care, if it's 10MP and slower lens. I hope one these get upgraded this year since the RX100 is already out for a while.

One thing I agree with marike6 though is how images at low ISOs look online, such as in DPR's sample gallery where image quality is close to larger formats. On a scene that is low contrast, it's almost guess work.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2013 at 13:12 UTC
In reply to:

icexe: Geez, relax people. She obviously didn't mean what she said. I'm so tired of overblown outrage over stupid meaningless crap nowadays.

And we wonder why our leaders seldom say anything of worth anymore when one tiny slip of the tongue mean your entire message is lost.

same sentiments here. besides, in my experience, pros have gone google + for their social sharing.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2013 at 02:24 UTC
On Just Posted: Olympus E-PM2 Review article (164 comments in total)
In reply to:

RAG64: Why do entry-level cameras always have to lack dials and other physical controls??? Are beginners more adept at or do they particularly enjoy digging through menus? Does that make handling of the camera easier? Does it make the functions more visible or understandable for people accustomed to letting the auto mode do all the "thinking"?

A pity, really, that this will probably keep many p&s upgraders away from the otherwise excellent EPM-2...

i don't remember an average consumer fiddling with the settings....all i remember them asking was what setting is the auto mode.
i shoot RAW and if i'm going to buy this camera, all i would want to know is how easy it is to use exposure compensation and live histogram, which, i fail to find in the review.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2013 at 02:15 UTC
On Just Posted: Olympus E-PM2 Review article (164 comments in total)
In reply to:

Ybor: This camera showcases the best use of a m43 sensor. It beats small-sensored advanced compacts.

I thought the same, if not for the flash sync speed of the XZ-2 or the LX7, I'd thought of them as rip-offs compared to this compelling small camera. Additionally, the PM2 makes Nikon's 1 look worse to me.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2013 at 02:11 UTC
On Just Posted: Olympus E-PM2 Review article (164 comments in total)
In reply to:

abortabort: I have an E-PM2, E-PM1, E-P3, NEX-5n and EOS-M... right now, not including models I have sold off. The E-PM2 is my favourite of the bunch by far. It is cheap, it is fast, it is small, it is light, it has a great selection of lenses, it has great IQ, it makes great use of a limited number of buttons, it can take an EVF or OVF, it has good build but isn't heavy (unlike the EOS-M).

Overall it beats all those other cameras and I think is the perfect embodiment of what a mirrorless camera should be. It doesn't have the most features, but it is small and they don't limit the important stuff, like customisations, AF and fps speeds, no IQ. It fits everything that is most important into a small package.

In lots of ways it is better than the GR and Coolpix A when you have a 14mm attached.

Oh and it is WORLDS better than the E-PM1 it replaces. Easily one of the most overlooked cameras that I have had the pleasure to use - Really surprised to see a DPReview on it... Well done guys!

The only thing that stops me from drooling over this compact camera, is flash sync speed. I quite disagree on the GR and Coolpix part though, I'd get those in a heartbeat if installed with a normal focal length lens.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2013 at 12:19 UTC
On Olympus to axe V-series point-and-shoot cameras article (124 comments in total)
In reply to:

zodiacfml: I'm not surprised. Companies have milked the bottom end for too long without innovation and fought through it by lowering prices and just left it there. This story is not far from the serious compacts such as Canon's S, Panny LX, or Olympus' XZ. I don't find the point of having manual controls on a compact with image quality close to a cheap compact.

Or maybe, these companies left these compacts unloved to force people to buy on bigger and more expensive cameras for better image quality.

I don't know how much sales/profit Sony gets from the RX100 but it sure does get some love from consumers.

Ok, I was a bit exaggerating and I love the LX and XZ but these are serious cameras and a larger sensor is already possible for these two. It's just that the makers chose to delay them. Now, with the low prices of the Panny LX despite impressive specifications, many people share my sentiments.

@Kirppu It's amazing, people still buy these cameras with 16MP where the image quality sucks so much even at reduced sizes. To me, they have image quality similar to webcams. The IQ on the latest smartphones are far better. There is no value anymore on these supposedly dedicated imaging devices.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2013 at 12:36 UTC
On Olympus to axe V-series point-and-shoot cameras article (124 comments in total)

I'm not surprised. Companies have milked the bottom end for too long without innovation and fought through it by lowering prices and just left it there. This story is not far from the serious compacts such as Canon's S, Panny LX, or Olympus' XZ. I don't find the point of having manual controls on a compact with image quality close to a cheap compact.

Or maybe, these companies left these compacts unloved to force people to buy on bigger and more expensive cameras for better image quality.

I don't know how much sales/profit Sony gets from the RX100 but it sure does get some love from consumers.

Direct link | Posted on May 17, 2013 at 02:11 UTC as 24th comment | 3 replies
In reply to:

CameraLabTester: Honestly...

would you want to have this camera, if it were given to you as a gift?

That is called, The Desirability Test.

.

given as a gift and i have to use it, a bigl yes. why would i refuse it, unless I'm contented with the IQ from a smartphone and with instant sharing.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2013 at 09:11 UTC
In reply to:

PicOne: Might this mean that DPR will wake up a bit and perhaps attempt a review of a Merrill compact?

@rallyfan you have a point, from a Sigma fan here. As a non-Merrill owner, I couldn't believe the Merrill's have less battery life and camera/SPP performance compared to the previous generation.
Yes, it does have plenty of resolution but not many value it. I value image quality, but resolution is only 20% to 40% of image quality.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2013 at 00:45 UTC
Total: 629, showing: 261 – 280
« First‹ Previous1213141516Next ›Last »