Valiant Thor

Valiant Thor

Lives in United States CO, United States
Works as a Research Scientist
Joined on Jan 25, 2012

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On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (304 comments in total)

•1080/30p video recording = Fail. I agree with steve below. Most of the hot new mirrorless do 1080 60p, except my E-M10 for which I have forgiven it since it is such a cool camera.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2014 at 02:34 UTC as 46th comment | 1 reply
On Never lose your lens cap again with HACkxTACK news story (161 comments in total)

What if you lose your tie tack? What if I like wearing turtle neck shirts? Will the magnet interfere with your pacemaker? Will people be asking me "what the hell is that on your chest?" There are some serious, unanswered questions that need to be addressed here.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 04:40 UTC as 39th comment | 1 reply
On Never lose your lens cap again with HACkxTACK news story (161 comments in total)

Another commerce-induced solution to a non-existent problem.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 04:35 UTC as 40th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon 1 J4 sports new sensor, improved AF system, and Wi-Fi news story (206 comments in total)

Screw Nikon. They finally make a decent J Series camera and they're not selling it in the USA? I guess if you want one you'll have to buy it on ebay from one of the Jap sites at a 30 to 40% premium. I wonder if anyone at Nikon has an IQ above room temperature.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2014 at 03:58 UTC as 2nd comment | 2 replies
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venancio: a 12mp pro gear... what if canon or Nikon come up with an 18-24mp counter offer, would this put A7s as yesterday's dream? anyway, there's too many new gears coming within this year that i'll just wait a little longer before making a move, but boy, can sony really churn up a lot of new sensor ideas! many is a lot! : )

If Nikon and Canon had some ham, they could have some ham and eggs; if they had some eggs.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2014 at 23:50 UTC
On Canon launches XF205 and XF200 HD professional camcorders news story (69 comments in total)
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Zerg2905: I am not in the target audience for these. Sorry. Cheers! :)

We're sorry you read posts that don't apply to you, then feel the need to actually post a comment regarding how sorry you are and end the post with "Cheers. Signing off with Cheers typically means that the poster is a borderline alcoholic that just really didn't have anything better to do.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2014 at 01:00 UTC
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wansai: i'm pretty sure a travel camera is not aimed at ppl like us. it's no point comparing stats and specs since this is for vacationers, moms, pops etc...

You don't. You just have to imagine what it would be like to have one.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2014 at 13:11 UTC
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stevez: Not sure what Olympus is thinking here. Everything I read lately indicates that the compact camera market is dying. Perhaps super zooms are excluded from that? On the plus side, it might be a good camera for someone graduating from a phone camera.

Maybe they're trying to revive a lagging market by releasing some high-quality, compelling cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2014 at 13:07 UTC
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (819 comments in total)
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mgblack74: You a7, Canon and D4 users are right. There is no need to be concerned about the D4s. It's an inferior camera to what you're using now. And hardly improves on what the D4 offers and hardly justifies it's price. DPR got it wrong, so did Nikon.

Feel better? That's what you wanted to hear right?

Most people will never use 400,000 ISO. But like the power rating of a car, the top end number gives an indication how the camera performs at lesser values. We really don't need more than 50hp to cruise at highway speeds, but most are way beyond that. An ISO rating of. 400,000 means more mortal values of 3200-8000 will be usable to the point of understatement.

The level of measure beating here is what amazes me. The back and forth of debate over 1% of 1% of what the camera can do makes a Star Trek convention look like a room of well hung thoroughbreds. Your 1Dx is amazing. Your 5DIII is amazing, your Fuji is amazing, your a7/r is amazing with its 3 system lenses. The D3s, D4 are still amazing too. It's a good time to be shooting. And cost? It's irrelevant. People buying this have not just picked up photography. They are likely selling something in irder to upgrade. $6500 is not $6500. It's $6500 minus was they sold to subsidize it. Many are making money with it and will pay it off in one week. So talk about cost is pointless.

I'm looking forward to getting my $1300 D4s soon. ;-)

Your reply was amazing! I know this to be true because I was amazed!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2014 at 17:43 UTC
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (819 comments in total)

I needed a basic camera for selfies and facebook/twitter photos and this was perfect! A little hard to use and heavy, but not too bad. Be sure to get the fisheye lens for that classic duck face look, plus it makes your arms look thinner.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2014 at 17:40 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply
On Chinese government orders Nikon to stop selling D600 news story (227 comments in total)
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Valiant Thor: Coming from a country that puts melamine in dog food and baby formula and toxic acidic chemicals in flip-flops that burn the skin off your feet, that's the pot calling the kettle black.

"Also, "a country" is a pretty broad term here. It's not like the government mandates melamine in food. Sure, they could probably use some better inspection of manufacturers. Which is exactly what they're doing with this camera."

Brilliant! It's nice to see that the Chinese government is willing to interfere in the important stuff like camera sales and leave the trivial stuff like toxic clothing and poisonous food alone.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 04:36 UTC
On Chinese government orders Nikon to stop selling D600 news story (227 comments in total)

Coming from a country that puts melamine in dog food and baby formula and toxic acidic chemicals in flip-flops that burn the skin off your feet, that's the pot calling the kettle black.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 21:43 UTC as 72nd comment | 5 replies
On Nikon 1 V3: a quick summary article (580 comments in total)
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mdmiataman: I have an APS C Nikon D5100 and three lenses, a Lumix GX7 and three lenses and my waterproof Olympus TG-2. I have all the bases covered. Why would anyone spend $1200 for a smaller sensor camera than a M 4/3 with limited lens choices is beyond me.
My Nikon DX lens choices are about 50, and Panasonic and Olympus M 4/3 choices are about 40 and increasing in numbers monthly.
Nikon 1 V3 is a waste of time,.. and money !!!
..to quote Ken Rockwell, " It's always better to spend your time and money on learning art and photography, not by spending it on more cameras. "

"Even a broken clock is right twice a day! :)"

Not if you're not looking at it. If a tree falls in the woods, does it make any sound if there is no one to hear it? If a man and woman argue alone in the woods, is the man still wrong all the time? On a journey of 1000 miles, 528 is just a little over half way. Think on these things.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 00:22 UTC

Hasselblad has always claimed they listen to their customer's feedback, however it seems that they think that they understand what they thought that we said, but I'm not sure that what they heard is what we meant.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2014 at 03:46 UTC as 54th comment | 2 replies
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 First Impressions Review preview (622 comments in total)
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radissimo: The main dealbreaker for me is that uncomfortable on/off switch, believe or not that was the reason why I sold my E-M5 :-(

It's really an off/on switch which is probably why you couldn't handle it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 27, 2014 at 22:20 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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CFBMD: Ok... I'm going to be the odd ball out. I was so excited to order the Fujifilm X-T1.... It has been a while since I had been so excited about a camera. Last time I felt this way I ordered the Nikon D2x the day it was available and never looked back. As a matter of fact that and my iPhone are my only cameras. Now many years later my old Faithful D2x keeps on working but outdated so I bought the X-T1.
I rushed out to the UPS dispatch since I missed the truck. Got my Fujifilm X-T1 and held it. The fist thing my 8yo daughter said was "ooh, it's so little" Not a good way to start. Feels solid, well built....but petite. Don't know how I feel about that. Also, I'm having a hard time adjusting/accepting the EVF. My biggest dilemma now... to return it or not?
I just cant believe I lost seep over this...for crying out loud... I am an OBGYN and used to stressful situations every day....why is this stressing me OUT!

For someone coming from a D2x, I guess I would have waited and gone with the new Lumix GH4. The Fuji is an outstanding camera and I have tried several of their models myself but ended up returning all of them due to various issues. For me, the Fuji menus and buttons were just too wonky. To each his own but for me, Panasonic and Olympus are hard to beat right now. Over the past several years I sold off all of my Nikon and Canon gear and put the money into a complete collection of Panasonic and M.Zuiko glass. If fact I just found out that my new Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm shipped from Adorama today (price was a big ouch!).

Direct link | Posted on Feb 27, 2014 at 02:15 UTC
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LFLee: I have an explanation why north American mirrorless market is weak: all those burgers make our hand so fat we can't press one button on mirrorless without touching other buttons... the camera is too small for our fat fingers and hands.

No mystery at all. The USA is currently around 26th in literacy and is fast becoming a population of TV watching, smartphone addicted, fast food eating, video game playing, WalMart shoppers. Clear-headed and critical thinking is rapidly becoming a scarce resource.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2014 at 23:38 UTC

Who the hell cut their hair? I'll never be able to look at my Nikon the same anymore.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2014 at 23:16 UTC as 48th comment | 1 reply

The only way they could say less would be to talk longer.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2014 at 03:27 UTC as 84th comment
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DonSantos: wow. worst design I've seen in a long time.

Thanks for that. We all value your taste and acutely perceptive evaluative ability. I'd love to see a camera that you designed which would probably look like a cross between a Kodak Instamatic and a Polaroid Pronto.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2014 at 00:16 UTC
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