viking79

viking79

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

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On Have your say: Best High-end ILC of 2014 article (74 comments in total)
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tecnoworld: Really interesting is the bad result of nx1. This shows the total lack of interest in nx cameras.

It should be priced at one half, to attract interest. Probably not even then it would.

All it shows is lack of awareness for the camera. These are popularity contests. There has been a steady influx of people over at Samsung, and with how fast they are reacting with firmware updates for this I imagine it will be a hit and hold its price better than earlier models. At least until cheaper 4k APS-C cameras come out.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2015 at 14:51 UTC
On 2014 Readers' Polls: The results are in! article (326 comments in total)
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PerL: I would say that this list show how much DPReviews members differs from the general market and what actually sells.

Considering the heavy discounts I have seen on Canon gear lately (6D with professional printer for around $1300 after rebates) I am guessing they are feeling the burn.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2015 at 14:41 UTC
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completelyrandomstuff: What is pale blue between Pentax and Panasonic in CSC? Ricoh? Leica?

Pentax only makes the Q compact system camera, those aren't DSLRs. Samsung doesn't get mention, because for whatever reason they don't break out Samsung models for CSC I would guess.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2015 at 23:11 UTC
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pew pew: the only thing is dislike about samsung is that they are copycats specially in phones but also in their cameras, the 1.2 firmware with changeable af speed for video is a feature they copied from sony cameras.

By this logic Sony copied Samsung with their entire line of camera (NX came to market more than 6 months earlier than Sony NEX). Adjustable speed autofocus is something any video camera should have. It isn't copying them, it is common sense.

Phones? Come on, rounded corners on icons are patentable? Only in the US.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2015 at 18:08 UTC
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ThePhilips: Sony should make 35mm and 50mm f/4.0 (or darker) pancakes.

P.S. And 24mm too.

Not darker for sure, but I would take a small 50mm f/2.8. I wish the 35mm f/2.8 was Sony branded as opposed to ZEISS and $250 or so.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 11, 2015 at 03:44 UTC
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dougster1979: If you have a tiny body, you will still have to use large lenses(full frame). Smaller lenses = 4/3rds, APSC.

Lens size is dictated more by field of view, depth of field and aperture than by format size. A 135mm f/4 lens can be extremely small (large format film camera) for a very large sensor size. Granted, by nature it has to be further from the sensor so the system is larger for a larger sensor, but the lenses aren't always larger.

Actually, equivalent lenses for larger sensors are generally smaller, especially standards and wide angles.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2015 at 23:54 UTC
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tkbslc: C'mon, a 24-240 superzoom? Is that really why people are buying FF bodies?

Nice to have options, Not one I would personally buy, but superzooms are generally pretty nice on full frame, I could see it being great with lower res A7S.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2015 at 21:22 UTC
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iAPX: Impressive new additions to Sony Alpha 7 lenses, they are incredibly capable with awesome sensors and they deserve the best in terme of lenses.

The sad point is that their smaller size/weight being mirrorless will be offset by the lens size and weight, I don't see the point to go mirrorless if at the end of the day, your bag is the same size, as heavy and as expensive than a full frame slr?!?

Mirrorless is not about small size, it is about a great feature set at lower production costs. You can't easily (or cheaply) put video overlays in an OVF, you have optical path calibration issues with mirrored cameras, etc. There are many advantages to mirrorless systems, and you will see all varieties from compact to large and professional.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2015 at 21:09 UTC

Thanks! The hands on photos are very helpful to judge size, the lenses aren't quite as bad (large) as I was initially thinking. They are definitely not compact though.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2015 at 21:07 UTC as 108th comment | 2 replies
On Toshiba announces world's first SDHC card with NFC article (52 comments in total)
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Cheng Bao: just tap on card? where is power supply?
If the card has to be inserted into a camera with power on, I don't know if camera body will block NFC

The power supply is in your phone or whatever device is reading the card supplies the power wirelessly.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2015 at 19:44 UTC
On Toshiba announces world's first SDHC card with NFC article (52 comments in total)
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ILikeToBokehBokeh: I think the current implementation of NFC in current cameras only activate the WIFI feature, which is somewhat clunky in itself. A device still has to create a direct link via wifi to view or download the pictures.

It would be interesting if this card allowed for the camera to use Android Beam to transfer the pictures to the phone directly. While this wouldn't be as useful as being able to transfer multiple pictures, it is a valid reason to have NFC on a card to be able to utilize older cameras that do not have NFC.

The advantage of NFC is I don't have to find and locate my app to launch it, just touch my S4 to my NX1 and it immediately opens the camera manager app so I can transfer photos or start remote viewfinder. You are right, not a huge deal, could just have a shortcut on the home screen and start the app on the camera, but NFC speeds things along.

I don't see much point in this card, but I guess it would be useful if you have a pocket full of cards and don't want to put them in the camera to see what is on them.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2015 at 19:33 UTC
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1318 comments in total)
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dagobah: This article gets it right. As a Pentax user that actually DOESN'T pine for FF, I often roll my eyes at the many vocal Pentaxians that clamor for it. I think APS-C is a worthwhile tradeoff in portability and cost vs. performance, and I am happy with it. I even think about going u4/3 (and own a less expensive Oly u4/3 but only one lens), because sensors of all sizes have become pretty amazing in the last few years.

On the other hand, I have no plans to get rid of my Pentax-A 50mm f/1.2, just in case someday....

Pentax needs to release a full frame for legacy lens purposes. Those lenses are much better on a full frame body. A7II looks to be about ideal for those users now though, with in body stabilization.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2015 at 19:30 UTC
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1318 comments in total)
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Skulls: I think that the statement that FF produce better image quality is technically wrong.
It's the lenses that limit the performance of the APS-C sensors.

1. APS-C lenses should compensate the crop factor with smaller f-number ie: 24-70 f/2.8 for APS-C should be 16-50 f/1.9 for a Nikon and 15-40 f/1.8 for a Canon.

2. FF lenses usually have greater quality glass and layering which also adds to the problem.

Am I missing something?

APS-C only needs to compensate to an extent. Get the larger format if you need the added flexibility, that is what it is for. I.e., I think f/2.8 zooms on APS-C are generally fine. If you really need an f/2 zoom on APS-C, evaluate getting an f/2.8 zoom and a full frame instead. I found myself generally shooting at f/4 on full frame to get adequate depth of field, so not much advantage in using it.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2015 at 19:28 UTC
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1318 comments in total)

Great write-up Richard, definitely worth thinking of the entire system.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2015 at 19:24 UTC as 327th comment
On Panasonic Lumix CM1 coming to the US post (79 comments in total)
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Joe Ogiba: Sony 6.44" Xperia Z Ultra with QX1 APS-C E mount smartphone camera :
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8615/15947075285_4f58229370_b.jpg

20mp original image :
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7533/16112217541_5c7fcd7d4a_o.jpg

The QX camera I used was absolutely awful, choppy video, slow to do anything, and harder in every way than a point and shoot camera (or in this case E mount camera).

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 17:15 UTC
On Fujifilm announces XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR lens article (295 comments in total)
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mosc: Somebody at Samsung should give themselves a pat on the back apparently...

16-55 f2.8 665g WR APS-C lens no OIS
16-50 f2.0-f2.8 622g WR APS-C lens WITH OIS

Anybody really prefer the first one? Hard to imagine it being meaningfully sharper than the Samsung. I would have liked to see OIS and a lighter weight. The Samsung lens is intended for the NX1 body which has quite a grip. The Fuji XT-1 is a smaller camera and would pair better with a smaller lens.

@Mike, what makes the Samsung 16-50mm f/2-2.8 special is it has pretty good rendering for a zoom, and love the near lack of any longitudinal CA at 50mm f/2.8. This means no magenta/cyan cast in out of focus regions and little to no purple fringing.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 15:10 UTC
On Fujifilm announces XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR lens article (295 comments in total)
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mosc: Somebody at Samsung should give themselves a pat on the back apparently...

16-55 f2.8 665g WR APS-C lens no OIS
16-50 f2.0-f2.8 622g WR APS-C lens WITH OIS

Anybody really prefer the first one? Hard to imagine it being meaningfully sharper than the Samsung. I would have liked to see OIS and a lighter weight. The Samsung lens is intended for the NX1 body which has quite a grip. The Fuji XT-1 is a smaller camera and would pair better with a smaller lens.

If I had to guess we will see a larger DSLR replacement body from Fuji at some point I would hope? When I originally went mirrorless I didn't want 16-50mm f/2.8 lenses because the bodies were small and tiny, but with NX1 that is exactly what I want (and bought) now. I like having one system so I can still put on the 30mm f/2 and have a relatively small camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 15:09 UTC
On Fujifilm announces XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR lens article (295 comments in total)
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JackM: Great looking lens, but if you're going to attach this to your camera, you may as well be using a DSLR with a proper viewfinder.

To many, a proper viewfinder is an EVF, which shows real-time exposure and camera settings, any digital overlays you want, like focus peaking.

There are definitely benefits of an optical finder, but I wouldn't go back to one.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 15:05 UTC
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marc petzold: Dear RICOH, you badly missed the point - we, the Users don't need especially a very slow 18-50mm f/4-5.6 zoom, especially not colappsile - if i need something way handy, i take a DSLM mirrorless anytime with me, over a DSLR, when space is an issue. But a traditional DSLR-styled body, with small lenses, especially F4 starting range....for whom is it made for? Take a NX3000 for instance with the PZ 16-50, and you do have a very nice Zoom Range from 24.5-83mm, starting at F3.5 to F5.6. Or any small NEX 3N to NEX-5N,R,T or A5x00 Series (Alpha) with the matching 16-50/3.5-5.6 PZ (the IQ is worse than the Samsung equivalent).

Any individual can speak on a market, if they aren't a current investor in that market, the responses might indicate why not. I used to shoot Pentax, they didn't make what I saw elsewhere and went elsewhere. Nothing personal. I still like Pentax brand, but I do think a retractable zoom is a good idea, unique to DSLR and fits the Pentax theme of being small.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2015 at 22:36 UTC

You guys do a great job with your studio shots, thanks for the great work!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 23, 2014 at 00:42 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
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