Calvin Chann

Calvin Chann

Lives in Portugal Estoril/Cascais, Portugal
Works as a Finance
Joined on Oct 30, 2002
About me:

Way too much equipment ;)

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Eyecup is a definite. The grips, nah!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2014 at 18:20 UTC as 2nd comment
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z news story (480 comments in total)

Full review please.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2014 at 18:15 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z news story (480 comments in total)
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Zvonimir Tosic: 645D (and now same shaped Z) is unbelievably comfortable to use. Because of its unique ergonomics and weight distribution thanks to its elongated body, it is more comfortable to use it than any modern DSLR with a longer lens.

Because it pushes the centre of mass forward, towards the natural *resting position of human arms*. Modern DSLRs and mirrorless, being thinner, push the centre of mass further back, which induces extra stress on arm and shoulder muscles even when camera has a small lens on it.

It takes more stress on your muscles and shoulders to hold a DSLR or even mirrorless in front of your eyes with arms close to body than to hold a heavier 645D with arms in their natural resting position away from the body.

Try it yourself if you don't believe it.

Like the 645 film cameras were before the 645D. Fantastic handling cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2014 at 18:07 UTC
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Calvin Chann: Sorry, but being a NEX5n,7 and A7R owner I don't want more bodies. I want more lenses!

@HowaboutRAW, I enjoyed using the 5n very much. It was bought in anticipation of the NEX7 with the Tri-navi and the extra resolution. As it turned out, I also enjoyed the NEX7, but the lenses for the NEX system were very slow in appearing and just generally slow. The A7R was bought for what it was, a showcase, and while I do like it, I never really gelled with it. Maybe the awkward shutter button has something to do with it.

Now that you mention the alternative APSC models, I have a X-T1 which I am very happy with shooting. As far as mirrorless goes the X-T1 and E-M1 vie neck and neck. Each have a good selection of lenses, both zooms and fast primes.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2014 at 15:30 UTC
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zodiacfml: for me, sony did it again and again. the rx1, rx100, rx10, a7 series.

Yes, Sony have done a bang up job pushing the envelope with the RX100, RX1 and the A7 and A7R, but what I really want from them are fewer bodies (with longer lives) and more lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2014 at 15:22 UTC

Sorry, but being a NEX5n,7 and A7R owner I don't want more bodies. I want more lenses!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2014 at 10:10 UTC as 51st comment | 8 replies
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Roger Engelken: So far, more than one hour trying to update the firmware and no luck. You just have to LOVE this technology. I certainly do not. Fortunately the camera still comes on and shows version 1.1.

I have to say that I would much prefer to download the update and then point the updater software at a local file rather than wait for the app to make the download.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2014 at 07:45 UTC
On Samsung announces tiny NX mini mirrorless camera news story (77 comments in total)

As soon as you have to put a lens on it, I don't really see the point of this.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 10:37 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply
On Chicago-based Calumet Photographic closes U.S. stores news story (195 comments in total)

Sad to see another one fall

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 12:03 UTC as 53rd comment
On Chicago-based Calumet Photographic closes U.S. stores news story (195 comments in total)
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gerard boulanger: Internet shopping. The last camera I bought in a store was 10+ years ago.
Business and shopping habits are changing very fast. I guess it's a matter of value added, if there is none, why buy in a store when I can buy it cheaper online and return it if I don't like it?
I feel sorry for the Calumet business and the employees, but I am afraid this is just the beginning...
Before internet business websites, I needed to go to a photography store to understand how that camera work, feel and look, what are the pros and the cons. Today, one hour spent on specialized websites (DPR and other) and I can get a pretty good idea and avoid bad surprises.

I've always had a problem with this model. After an item has been shipped to you and you've "tested" it for a couple of weeks and shipped it back because you don't like it, someone else has to buy it as new? If you think that's not a problem, consider how you would feel if you were the second or third person to have received the item.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 12:02 UTC
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (819 comments in total)
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Edmond Leung: An excellent pro camera!
Pro market only belongs to Nikon and Canon; others are just peanut.
I am wondering why Sony doesn't enter this market. They have very strong pro cameras in the broadcasting and movie industries.
Is the pro market of the still camera too small for them?

It takes time to win over the pros. That and you need an extensive lens range, which Sony doesn't have because they concentrate too much on making new bodies.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 14:04 UTC
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (819 comments in total)
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ondrejbobek: Not bad, but 1D-X has faster fps, more sRAW options and stiil better(?) AF fort sports (much, much faster USM lenses)... hopefully better colors are true (from D600/D4/D800 its really hard to work with this "in tests great sensors").

Thought Nikon sensors were made by Sony

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 14:03 UTC
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (819 comments in total)
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DWM: "While large, the D4s' viewfinder still falls short of Canon flagship EOS 1D X as well as the less expensive 5D Mark III."

Really?

How about "The size of the viewfinder is quite large, and in use is essentially indistinguishable from the high end Canons." (Which is clearly the case).

The Canon-centric comparisons get tiresome after a while.

Who else are you going to compare to, if not Canon?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 13:57 UTC

Strange cameras interest me. I'm strangely interested...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2014 at 17:59 UTC as 37th comment
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Raist3d: That's a real nice pose of him (real nice pose) with the Quattro. Good interview.

I have to give it to Sigma. A few years back I remember several of their lenses were just optically sub par to the OEM respective big brands (Nikon, Olympus, etc.) but they have dramatically improved their quality overall and it has shown.

That's great. Looking forward for the Quattro Foveon to solve several issues I saw with the Merrill.

Used to have an old 28-70 f2.8 for EF mount. Never got used to it because all the rings were the opposite to all the Canon lenses I had. Eventually bought the Canon version.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2014 at 17:56 UTC
On Readers' Choice: Best Gear of 2013 Awards news story (217 comments in total)
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duckling: Olympus? Two years in a row? Who'd have thought?

I've never really been an Olympus user, so apart from a couple of XA's that I bought some years ago, I took a punt with the E-M1. Have to say, it's great in use but I only wish it had the FF sensor from my A7R.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2014 at 15:37 UTC
On Sony a7R teardown! Roger Cicala gets his hands dirty news story (136 comments in total)

Painful but strangely exciting

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2014 at 11:14 UTC as 56th comment

Boy have all the fanboys come out to play. Why don't we wait to see how they perform before we start slating them. Doing it now just shows your ignorance.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2014 at 21:04 UTC as 68th comment
On Fujifilm unveils XF 56mm F1.2 R portrait lens for X system news story (254 comments in total)
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jennyrae: well done Fuji for making performance specialty lens. make other people jealous and wish it not made by Fuji.

Why would people be jealous. I think most main stream manufacturer's make a specialty high performance lens.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2014 at 15:41 UTC
On Fujifilm to release X100S in solid black news story (25 comments in total)
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mcshan: By popular demand...you asked for it and here it is !

Too late! For me at least.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2014 at 15:34 UTC
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