viking79

viking79

Lives in United States Marion, IA, United States
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Joined on Nov 27, 2007

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Everlast66: That's great, so DPR and all other 4 users will be able to upgrade ...

The influx of people in the Samsung forums on these boards, all NX1 related, is quite astounding. I have been there for several years and the new message rate is much higher now. Almost all NX1 related.

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2015 at 13:24 UTC
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Paul Petersen: I will have my interest piqued when they manage to build 4/3 & APS sized sensors with ExmorR technology to catch up with Samsung.

I think it is funny how clueless people are about the Samsung NX1 sensor. It really is a great sensor, better than any current Sony besides the latest crop (remember NX1 has been out for 6 months now), and even then it is basically tied for all performance metrics except it offers 4k video and faster sensor readout, all while maintaining high ISO and dynamic range. Usually getting faster sensor readout will cause a loss of quality, even when not using that faster readout (look at 1" sensor in Nikon 1 meant for high speed vs Sony sensor in RX100 series cameras). I would go so far as to say that the Samsung NX1 sensor is the best all around APS-C camera on the market.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2015 at 13:47 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?

4/3" sensors (micro-4/3) are the same arcane sizing. Basically, anything that is 4/3" or smaller seems sized that way. Nothing wrong with it, but doesn't really make sense.

All that matters is that a 4/3" sensor is larger than a 1" is larger than a 2/3" etc.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2015 at 13:44 UTC
On Fujifilm XF 16mm F1.4 moves from roadmap to retailers article (228 comments in total)
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evogt500: Is Fuji still using micromotor technology for their autofocus?

Define micromotor? Usually modern CDAF cameras use linear or stepper motors. It really all depends on how much torque is necessary, etc. An 85mm f/1.4 will probably have to use a different focus motor than a 16mm f/1.4.

So motors are a lens by lens item. Some might have steppers, others might have linear, or even more than one motor, etc.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2015 at 21:46 UTC
On Fujifilm XF 16mm F1.4 moves from roadmap to retailers article (228 comments in total)
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stevo23: Once again, Fuji and the lenses. This looks like a well thought out one.

$1000 for a 16mm f/1.4 is not really that high given competition. Nikon or Canon 14mm f/2.8 lenses are more expensive and two stops smaller aperture. Granted those are for full frame, but people use those on APS-C too. Price seems fair to me given AF and aperture, and imagine image quality will be great, Fuji has been pretty good to date.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2015 at 21:39 UTC
On Samsung NX1 Review preview (1233 comments in total)
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tbcass: The king is dead. Long live the King. As soon as the NX1 was crowned the D7200 comes out and beats it. As other manufacturers come out with new products the NX1 looks ordinary so let's not get so excited about every new product that comes along. In the end the difference in IQ between these cameras is very small.

http://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Compare/Side-by-side/Nikon-D7200-versus-Samsung-NX1___1020_976

Hrmm, you can shoot the NX1 at various frame rates (including slower for better buffer performance) so not sure what your point is. Bottom line is competition is good, and Samsung just released (almost 6 months ago now) the best (given high readout and same high ISO capability as best competition) APS-C sensor on the market whether you like it or not.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 20:06 UTC
On Samsung NX1 Review preview (1233 comments in total)
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Stanny1: At current Samsung NX1 pricing, you might as well go full-frame with the Sony Alpha A7.

No, for almost any use case I prefer using my NX1 to my A7R or A7. The use case I prefer with the A7R is shooting legacy lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 18:21 UTC
On Nikon 1 J5: What you need to know article (493 comments in total)
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Richard Franiec: At times I try to imagine where all of largish sensor "advanced enthusiast compact" cameras will be in 3 years. Possibly they will share the demise of small sensor cams which were considered "advanced" just a few years ago. The World is shooting and sharing with smartphones which seems more than adequate for the purpose. And their users can make calls and receive Emails at the touch of a button. Each time I see new 1" compact I feel sad to see so much wasted efforts since the enthusiasts market is drifting toward the top shelf offerings from M4/3, APS-c or FF. Some of these could be on the chopping block sooner than we thought, mainly to the lack of consumer support.

More important is connectivity, yes, they share with their phones, but if they can take a photo with a real camera and quickly transfer it to the phone to share, they will do that too. I do it regularly.

Any new camera should have NFC/Wi-Fi built in, and I see this does. I use these frequently on my NX1.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 15:24 UTC
On Making 'Art': We go inside Sigma's lens factory article (192 comments in total)
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FamlilyPhotographer: The optical quality is awesome...but the weight is damn heavy....i cant travel w 35 art and 50 art anymore :((
make it lighter plzzzz

Yeah, but the same is true for focal length (it is fixed parameter of lens). Aperture is meaningless without some accompanying information, like field of view and focal length. If used on APS-C the two would be identical in terms of focal length/aperture, but one is a lot larger because it is designed to cover a full frame image circle and designed to do it very well.

The Fuji is much smaller in part because of the APS-C sensor, but also because they can put it much closer to the sensor. A full frame camera would use a 50mm f/2 in order to be equivalent, and that would be a smaller lens on the full frame camera.

Granted, it would be silly to get the ART 35mm f/1.4 for a Fuji X series camera when the Fuji 35mm f/1.4 is pretty great by f/2 and much smaller and autofocus.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 14:30 UTC
On Making 'Art': We go inside Sigma's lens factory article (192 comments in total)

Great story, and well worth the read. Thanks for documenting it.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 15:31 UTC as 58th comment
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Beckler8: I'm disappointed the 24-240 isn't a power zoom lens. This reduces its versatility as a video lens.

If past releases are indicators of future, they will have no less than 5 super zooms for the A7 within 2 years, all slightly different and no idea which is which. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 16:52 UTC

The price is normal for a 10x or so zoom range name brand full frame lens. Remember, full frame has about 1 1/3 stops advantage meaning this lens should cost significantly more than a 10x APS-C zoom, and even more than a m4/3 superzoom. Nikkor 28-300mm is about the same, but this is the first 10x I have seen which goes to 24mm on full frame (I imagine thanks to heavy software corrections). Who knows, maybe it will perform better than the ZEISS 24-70mm, it honestly wouldn't surprise me if it does as well (the bar is pretty low).

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 14:37 UTC as 13th comment
On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (1112 comments in total)
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Scottelly: Well it's ABOUT TIME! At least Nikon FINALLY did it . . . made a camera that can follow the D300s with a reasonable size buffer and good, professional level features.

Still . . . now they need a D400 that features faster shooting speed. 6 fps just isn't up to snuff. They need to introduce an 8 fps D400 with an even bigger buffer, 4K video capability, and everything that this camera has . . . but with UHS-II memory card slots, so the buffer will empty in just 10 or 15 seconds, rather than the 30 seconds it will take to empty the buffer of this camera. They could include GPS to help differentiate it from this camera even more.

This D7200 will sell well though. That bigger buffer is a major selling point. (The most important upgrade they put into this camera, as far as I'm concerned.) This is a camera that I'd consider buying . . . but I'd rather get a D400 with an even bigger buffer, more fps, and faster memory card slots. I'd pay $300 more for an upgrade like THAT . . . maybe more.

And to think, it only took them two years to install a larger RAM. What, do they have 1 engineer working on the camera half time?

Eric

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2015 at 19:55 UTC
On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (1112 comments in total)
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fakuryu: What is it with all the negativity on this camera? It has the same AF of the D750 which is rated to be better than the D810 and D4S and finally a deeper buffer.

Aside from a bit slower burst rate, just give this thing a magnesium body and you can call this a D400

The negativity comes from people hoping for a revolutionary upgrade. In 4.5 years they basically have a camera only slightly better than the D7000 and in 2 years they basically do a buffer upgrade and some other small stuff. That is all fine and dandy if the market had been sitting still for the last 4 years, which it has not been. The D7000 was an amazing camera value when it was launched, not so much any more.

WiFi in APS-C cameras started 3 or 4 years ago, and Nikon is just now integrating it. With 4k video, that has been in the last year, but here we have a D7200 with no 4k video, that means no update for another 2 years. Granted they might release something else in that time, like maybe a different model with 4k, but Nikon went from being the first good about $1000 camera with video (Nikon D90), to lagging behind the competition.

Eric

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2015 at 19:48 UTC
On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (1112 comments in total)
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MylesP: Since a lot of people use the D7100 as a wildlife shooter I was really hoping Nikon would please the crowd and surprise us with an AF-ON button. Even a tilted screen would have been nice. Just *something* above and beyond the absolute bare minimum they could do while still calling it a new model.

They didn't even do that for their D750... you give Nikon too much credit :)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2015 at 19:39 UTC
On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (1112 comments in total)
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Papi61: No 4K video. Considering it's 2015, that's going to be a serious dealbreaker for a lot of people...

I am split on this, I tried to play 4k video on my 3 year old iMac and it can't do it. However, the monitor isn't 4k anyway. What is amazing about 4k is I can get an 8 MP still image pulled straight from the video of pretty high quality, and it wasn't that long ago that DSLR cameras were only 6 MP, and honestly most people wouldn't notice if you snuck in a 6 MP sensor in place of their 28 MP sensor. I agree, should be a standard feature, especially if going for video users.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2015 at 19:36 UTC

Now that is a good looking phone! I will take the Edge please. :)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 19:48 UTC as 3rd comment | 15 replies
On Sony Alpha 7S Review preview (481 comments in total)
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HowaboutRAW: "Unless you fall into a very small niche of users that absolutely require a fully electronic shutter, silent shooting mode (which does have some noise implications,"

That's an understatement.

The noise different is big.

I we talking image mottling/noise or audible noise?

Biggest issue I see with silent shutter is that you get artifacts from the very slow sync speed, get rolling shutter artifacts with even slowly moving subjects or cycling lights.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 16:31 UTC
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Yxa: Why is it called Super 35 its smaller than the still 35mm
It should be called sub par 35 (that would be more true)

Yxa, it is a video camera, since film runs vertically through the camera you get smaller frames than 35mm stills. A link to fractional sensor sizes has nothing to do with Super 35mm, which uses APS-C for the reasons Zorgon mentioned.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 13:54 UTC
On More things we found cut in half (CP+ 2015 edition) article (137 comments in total)

Great shots! I love the cut in half Otus lens, interesting because it is actually entirely metal. Even the best mass production lenses use a large amount of plastic. The 'samich' made me jump as I was expecting another lens. Nice one, looks delicious :)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2015 at 19:32 UTC as 36th comment | 1 reply
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