viking79

viking79

Lives in United States Marion, IA, United States
Works as a Software Engineer
Has a website at http://viking79.zenfolio.com
Joined on Nov 27, 2007

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On Pentax launches K-S1 Sweets Collection article (215 comments in total)
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KZMike: Is this an admission that the non-sweet 'variety' is a sales bust and now this to boost sales. . .likely so, if the photo 'enthusiast' is not buying, then the 'fashionistas' might sweeten up sales stats. . .

No, Pentax just does that with certain models. K-x, K-r, and others. If the normal version wasn't selling they likely wouldn't waste money making different colored versions.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2014 at 23:08 UTC
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vadims: Good grief. People, lens mounts are *designed* to break if excessive force is applied -- to prevent bigger damage.

Another FUD product.

Agreed, didn't see any mention of camera mount being plastic in the linked article, only internal lens construction.

The Sony A7 and A7R use mounts fitting of a an entry level camera. Glad they fixed that on the A7S and glad someone stepped up to the plate on this. Looking to see if this fixes lens wobble issues with some of the lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2014 at 20:39 UTC
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (745 comments in total)
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Yamyung: Did you know, that authentic Korean pronunciation of Samsung is indeed Cam'Cong? (camera conglomerate:D) C does not stay for K!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0UovyM8Ni0

삼성 are the two hangul syllables, pronounced roughly like SAHM (삼) -SOHNG (성), literally the name translates as 3 Stars (tristar) as I understand it. Not to be confused with triforce, from my favorite video game series.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2014 at 18:50 UTC
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1666 comments in total)
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Swiss Forester: I am looking forward to a full frame mirrorless (EVIL) camera from Canon!!

But that has already been done by Sony, so I think this will have to be something totally new or their ad will backfire.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2014 at 14:12 UTC
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Retzius: What kind of warranty would come with the item? I don't think the manufacturer would extend the warranty to the purchaser since they weren't the original buyer and rental items tend to get "beat".

Personally, I am more worried about getting a good sample of a lens than I am about the warranty. It is a good question though, I would imagine it is the same as buying a used lens, but at least you get to try it first.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2014 at 20:29 UTC
On Photokina 2014: Quiet but significant article (165 comments in total)

Where is the report on cut in half gear? :) Those are always fun.

Thanks for the coverage and interviews.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 19:33 UTC as 50th comment | 2 replies
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (745 comments in total)
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JackM: For as amazing as this camera looks on paper for sports, they completely missed the mark with the 50-150mm lens. It's not long enough for field sports. You need 200mm very often (300mm in FF terms). So you're off to buy an adapter for a suitable 70-200/2.8 then. AF will probably suffer.

Supposed to be released next year. They had samples at Photokina. Obviously I wouldn't buy the camera for that lens until it is actually available.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 14:35 UTC
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (745 comments in total)
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stevo23: Impressive, but I'm curious what the market is. It's heavy as is it's lens and it costs as much as one of the full frame cameras with lens.

Actually, most of the Samsung lenses are very good, maybe 2 or 3 not so good lenses. I would put most of them on a comparable level as Fuji (Fuji has more large aperture primes so can't really compare those).

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 14:33 UTC
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (745 comments in total)
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JackM: For as amazing as this camera looks on paper for sports, they completely missed the mark with the 50-150mm lens. It's not long enough for field sports. You need 200mm very often (300mm in FF terms). So you're off to buy an adapter for a suitable 70-200/2.8 then. AF will probably suffer.

It is for wedding shooters and indoor action, very important focal length. I can't give up 50mm wide end for indoors shooting. There is a reason the 70-200mm is so popular on full frame and why they don't make many 100-300mm lenses.

I agree, maybe not long enough for outdoor shooters, but that is what the 300mm f/2.8 is for, and I imagine others will come as well.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 18:21 UTC
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (745 comments in total)
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stevo23: Impressive, but I'm curious what the market is. It's heavy as is it's lens and it costs as much as one of the full frame cameras with lens.

Here is with 35/50mm lens field of view:
http://camerasize.com/compact/#520.408,487.395,572.100,ha,t

And with full frame 70-200mm field of view it clearly shows that the Samsung is smaller than equivalent range Sony and has a much better grip for holding the camera/lens, and the A7 is not bad for grip, but the Fuji is not good at all for grip.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 15:17 UTC
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (745 comments in total)
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stevo23: Impressive, but I'm curious what the market is. It's heavy as is it's lens and it costs as much as one of the full frame cameras with lens.

I see very clearly where it fits in, and I am excited to see it offered. I am sure you will see similar from Fuji and Sony in the Future. Look at all the huge lenses coming out from Fuji, I can only imagine those are for a camera coming in the next year, not one that is available today. Sure they are nice on the cameras today as well, but a bigger camera would make using those big lenses easier.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 15:12 UTC
On Sony shows off upcoming full-frame lenses at Photokina article (324 comments in total)
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Marcelobtp: The A7 was a marketing strategy to say we have the smallest FF, no one will do it smaller then ours. But the small and light will not balance well with fast af lenses for a FF sensor. Oh god, theres a gap between a7 and a77 size. if sony don't do it quickly someone will. Please small lenses sony this system is faded to fail in its purpose.

A7 still is a great camera. I expect Sony might also release an A99 class mirrorless camera. I.e., something more like an SLR. Just speculation of course, but I imagine they will with all the lenses they are releasing. The A7 is amazing for using any old SLR lenses, like Canon new FD lenses match very well to it, very compact and light with a 35mm f/2 or 24mm f/2, for example. Nice to be able to use those lenses in their native format.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 02:31 UTC
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Marty4650: Sony is pretty much the "Anti-Canikon" because they innovate constantly while the big two sit on their laurels and take very few risks. There is nothing bold or innovative about tweaking out another digital Rebel model every ten months, or making minor improvements to last year's Nikon DSLRs.

Because of this, Sony is all over the map, supporting various systems and lens mounts. It can be pretty expensive for them, and it can make it harder for them to be profitable. But they are the only company that has the potential to replace one (or even both) of the big two in the future.

I wouldn't say they are the only one. I think Fuji, Samsung, and Sony will all be in there. Companies get turned over every time there is a major technology shift if they don't have products to fill the new market.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 14:20 UTC
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Treeshade: Sony: "Before we introduced the A7S we didn’t know who would buy it."

Nikon: "So maybe if there is enough demand we may be able to provide another type of mirrorless camera with larger sensors."

Agree completely. When I read Nikon's statement I realize their issue. They are afraid to risk money investing in a system that doesn't fit what their core photographers want.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 14:17 UTC
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Bob Nospum: "We have one system - the Alpha system. Of course the origin of A and E mounts might seem different from a customer’s point of view, but they are fully compatible with one another using adapters. I don’t want to separate those mounts into two ‘systems’. "

Sigh... I guess if they keep saying it it must be true. This customer thinks that Sony's insistance that "one way adapters" and "similar sounding model names" define a system comes off as either complete ignorance or marketing BS.

Telling customers that they are wrong to think of the two mounts as two systems when it is obvious to all involved that they are, does not seem to be a good way to win customers respect and loyalty.

I disagree with Sony here too, and the NEX 6 is still the best selling CSC on Amazon. Those customers might be confused when they go to replace their NEX 6 and can't find a replacement.

Also, it is very difficult to distinguish now. Before it was easy to say Alpha and NEX, but now I have to use E mount, then there is confusion from FE vs normal E mount. I suppose it just means switching to E and A instead of NEX and Alpha, but still annoying.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 14:16 UTC
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Horshack: Q: We had an issue with the A7R with shutter vibration reducing resolution in certain situations. How do you incorporate feedback like this from your users?

A: We take the feedback and make note of it, and we use it to improve the next generation of products.

Reading between the lines this means the A7r will not be seeing a firmware workaround for the shutter vibration issue. Sony might want to consider a different firmware support strategy if they want to be seen as a maker of serious cameras and camera systems.

The A7R functions as designed, how much more can you ask for? My guess is a firmware update would not be feasible with the A7R.

I do think an Auto ISO minimum shutter speed would go a long way though, and would help me work around any shutter vibration issues.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 14:11 UTC
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Dennis: That was a better interview than the Nikon one; I don't like a lot of what Sony does, but this executive seemed to have much better market awareness and a strategy to pursue.

Sony's market is growing, Nikon's market is shrinking. It is easy for Sony to talk candidly. I appreciate it too.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 14:10 UTC
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kangoo1707: Sony's exec on A7R vibration: "We take the feedback and make note of it, and we use it to improve the next generation of products"

Nikon's exec on D600 oil: "It’s impossible to say for certain that we could avoid this kind of thing in the future, but we have certainly minimized the risk. As for handling such an issue differently it’s difficult to say since we cannot predict what might happen...we are trying our best to avoid that kind of problem again."

how come Nikon's exec doesn't know for sure that the oil issue can be fixed or not?

He is honest.

You can't ever say for certain that "we will never have that issue in the future", really the best answer you can hope for is what the Nikon guy said, and that is we have implemented changes to minimize the chances that this will happen in the future.

Sony guy said they would take it into consideration.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 14:05 UTC
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Johannes Zander: ...so Nikon will be studying for a while... and then we will get a FF mirrorless, right.
Ok, I am waiting... taptaptap...

He just said "larger sensor mirrorless", could easily be m4/3, APS-C, FF, didn't say specifically full frame, I would take larger to mean larger than 1", their current mirrorless offering.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2014 at 17:51 UTC
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photoway: Hi,
On my side, as à "Pro" photographer... the D750 is not exactly matching my needs to replace my D700 's
I was hopping to have the D4S sensor in the D800 Body... with all "PRO Specs" packaged inside (like Almost the D700 was in regard to the D3)
(Not need a fragile, flip screen,... but Need a 1/8000 sync and 1/250 (320) flash Sync)

and I need 2 lighter (and cheaper) bodies to carry arround ( than the D4's)
Please Nikon, please....!

On the possible "D400" side, Still Waiting too, for my familly photos to a real good replacement for the D300s

Richard -
(have a look at my new gallery : http://www.photoway.com/photos/

Show me a camera where the "Fragile flip screen" has broken without gross user negligence? Even on cheap entry level cameras the flip screen is the least of my worries. If you don't like the flip screen, don't use it and you aren't out anything. The screen is just as protected, etc.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2014 at 17:34 UTC
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