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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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 21st comment | 1 reply
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1180 comments in total)
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Joe Ogiba: Maybe the 7D Mark III will have 15fps and 4K like the Samsung NX1 by 2020.

NX1 High ISO RAW looks to be about the best APS-C camera in the market right now. And it still pulls about 14 stops DR at base ISO. What is not to like? (lack of telephoto lenses).

Comparison link (high ISO):
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/image-comparison?attr18=lowlight&attr13_0=canon_eos7dii&attr13_1=samsung_nx1&attr13_2=nikon_d7100&attr13_3=sony_a6000&attr15_0=raw&attr15_1=raw&attr15_2=raw&attr15_3=raw&attr16_0=6400&attr16_1=6400&attr16_2=6400&attr16_3=6400&normalization=print&widget=1&x=0.2739457989933666&y=-0.6619623281623502

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 21:54 UTC
On Leica M9 users report sensor corrosion issue article (379 comments in total)
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Joe Mayer: The spot sure looks as though it has crawled along the glass. Anyway, I find the response from Leica very odd. Actually if I were a Leica owner I'd be very concerned as after waiting 3 months to get this "fixed", "Leica has confirmed that these replacements could be susceptible to the same problems in the future". Are they kidding? Do they not understand the concept of fixing a problem? I had always had the impression that Leica held themselves to a higher standard than to just slap a band-aid on a problem and then replace that band-aid every so often even if that band-aid is free. Maybe Leica customers have no issue being treated like this. I'd be demanding a new sensor that won't be going wormy on me.

My guess is it is an issue with the Kodak sensor, and there aren't exactly a variety of full frame CCD sensors on the market which fit Leica's needs. A new camera can have a new sensor designed in, this would have to find a drop in replacement.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 14:32 UTC
On Medium well done: Two takes on the Pentax 645Z article (242 comments in total)
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tinternaut: But will Pentax sell enough of these to realise the economies of scale to bring the costs down? It's taken years to bring the 35mm full frame format down to a level many now consider affordable. In the UK at least, the cost of a modest Pentax 645Z system is about the same as that of a Ford Focus. There's nothing "consumer" about that.

As for the second opinion, above, I imagine if I picked up a D800, tomorrow (as a Four Thirds system owner), I'd start taking bad photos. That's just part of the process.

Exactly, Pentax has already brought the cost way down, and not cut many features in doing so.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2014 at 14:52 UTC
On Medium well done: Two takes on the Pentax 645Z article (242 comments in total)
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tinternaut: But will Pentax sell enough of these to realise the economies of scale to bring the costs down? It's taken years to bring the 35mm full frame format down to a level many now consider affordable. In the UK at least, the cost of a modest Pentax 645Z system is about the same as that of a Ford Focus. There's nothing "consumer" about that.

As for the second opinion, above, I imagine if I picked up a D800, tomorrow (as a Four Thirds system owner), I'd start taking bad photos. That's just part of the process.

The 5D one released at just over $3000, and so did the 5DIII. Full frame prices really haven't come down much. If you look at Sony A7 series, they are cheaper because there is not much to them, small bodies, no prism, no mirror, no focus system (separate from the sensor), etc. Sure, they have come down a bit, but not much and they also drop features and bank on profiting from lens sales. So bring down cost of medium format? It will be a mirrorless system if that happens and they will still be expensive (relatively)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2014 at 14:46 UTC
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SteB: Olympus are the most innovative of all the Camera manufacturers. Remember live view first appeared on an Olympus camera. Olympus film SLRs had TTL flash metering long before the other manufacturers. When Olympus innovates, all the others soon follow. The original Olympus OM 35mm film SLR was the first compact film SLR, soon all the others followed. They may not have the resources of the bigger manufacturers to sustain their technological leads, but they are always ahead of the curve with innovation.

They do have a lot of innovations, but certainly aren't the only ones innovating.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2014 at 15:08 UTC
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AKH: Maybe start making a sensor that is on par with the best APS-C sensors 😊

You will never get this given similar sensor technology. You can make a new m4/3 sensor that is as good as an earlier generation APS-C sensor, but as soon as you apply that same technology to the APS-C sensor you are where you were before, ~2/3 less flexibility from the 4/3" sensor depending on which sensor you crop to match. There is a point where the 4/3" sensor is good enough, but the APS-C will always have the size advantage no matter what you do.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2014 at 15:06 UTC
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JDThomas: Just curious as to why DPReview is posting re-hashed content from RUMORS sites? Seriously guys, you are supposed to be the paragon of photography websites and you using content from websites that are the equivalent of The National Enquirer.

Or it is a way of confirming a rumor without breaking an NDA?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2014 at 02:17 UTC
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ecube: Will this gold plated edition improve the performance and picture quality over the standard edition? I doubt very much it will. If you could afford to buy this edition, how ofter will you use it? I am guessing the owner of this toy will have it boxed in an air sealed glass for viewing. I assume half of the buyers of this toy might consider this an investment, which would make sense if the gold content is at least 18karat and substantial, however, a mere 5 grams at the current open market price of $1,195 / ounce of 24karat would amount to $210, assuming the gold plating is 24k. This is not for me for any purpose. I am highly satisfied with my D800 and D5100 with my collection of Prime Nikkors.

Good luck to those "collectors"

I assume you didn't even read or view the post and are instead referring to the totally different gold plated Nikon Df?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 23:36 UTC
On Sony debuts 21MP stacked CMOS sensor for smartphones article (94 comments in total)
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Rosember: Interested in small sensor tech or not, every photog should be grateful to the smartphone industries. Compared to photography alone smartphones is a BIG revenue business - and lots of $$ are spent in making these little cams better. Bigger sensors will benefit from this development, too - and get cheaper as well as the development costs will be returned mostly by smartphone buyers (uhh, us again?). :)

What developments came first to large sensor?

Large sensors were mostly CCD, small sensors CMOS. CMOS trickled up to large sensors, just now hitting medium format.

The larger you go, the fewer users of your sensor, the slower it will change to market. The 5D has about a 5 or 6 year product cycle, a cell phone 1 or 2.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 14:28 UTC
On Pentax 645Z added to studio comparison database article (139 comments in total)
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Jogger: I wonder if we will ever see a true 645 medium format sensor. The one in this is not 645.. the sensor in the "MF" Leica S2 is marginally larger than FF.

Yet the 645Z looks a lot more detailed in those shots. It makes the A7R look blurry and out of focus, and that is extremely high resolving camera. Bigger sensor means higher resolution (even given same pixel count). Now, arguably, how much resolution do you need? I am fine with APS-C, but darn that 645Z is a beauty.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 19:02 UTC
On Samsung NX1 real-world sample images article (330 comments in total)
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Ad B: Hi,

was it forbidden to make pictures above ISO1600??
These pics can be made by every pretty good camera.

At the Photokina I tried the NX1, at the cameramonitor it had better pics at ISO12800 as my E-M5 with ISO6400.
To make a compareson at lower, usefull ISOs, you need a bigger and better screen (a computer).
(Or Dpreview...)

@Just a Photographer, Samsung is still tuning the high ISO, not that it is bad or good, just not final. These are JPEGs. I can't wait to get RAW files in studio comparison tool. The firmware is already available on their site, and they upgraded to 1.01, which I think used to say they updated high ISO performance but now it just says "First Firmware". Anyway, they distribute cameras and ask for feedback I imagine.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 21:43 UTC
On Samsung NX1 real-world sample images article (330 comments in total)
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zakaria: Good job Samsung mean while it is a pricy camera. Nikon d750 is better to get.

The NX1 body only is $1500, much cheaper than the 7DII. This comes with a grip, extra battery, and a 16-50mm f/2 to 2.8 (yes f/2 to 2.8) lens which retails for $1300 US. I own the lens, it is great, every bit as good or better than the Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 which is an excellent lens.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 21:41 UTC
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (933 comments in total)
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WACONimages: Just found out there hasn't been any full Samsung review since the Samsung NX30 10 months ago... How come?

What are you talking about? NX30 was last camera released by Samsung (maybe NX3000 was in there), and the full review was done only 6 months ago. http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/samsung-nx30/

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2014 at 19:45 UTC
On Sony launches support program for pro photographers article (114 comments in total)

I have never understood "pro" support. Have spare gear.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2014 at 20:27 UTC as 17th comment | 4 replies
On Price released for Brikk's 24k gold Nikon Df article (389 comments in total)

Wow, when Retro goes bad. Gold plated camera bodies (Canon, Nikon, Pentax and others made them in the 80s), something I never wanted to see, ever. They were poor taste in 1980 and they are still in poor taste today.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 21:43 UTC as 200th comment
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citrontokyo: Love all the complainers here.

This is the perfect landscape lens. It's DC, not SDM. It's WR where the 17-70 is not. It's 16mm where the kit is 18. It's 85mm where the 16-45 is, well...

Anybody who claims it doesn't do this or that clearly isn't thinking.

Exactly. Both Canon and Nikon sell premium 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 class lenses, and many Pentax users have been complaining they don't have one of those. Now they do and they are still complaining. As long as image quality is great I think this lens will be a huge hit. Looks to be a much better value than 20-40mm and serve a similar purpose (landscape and good light general purpose lens).

As you mention 16-45mm f/4 is actually very small aperture since it is only f/4 at 45mm. I imagine this lens won't be better, but still pretty comparable to the 16-45mm over shared zoom range, but goes to 85mm.

Not every lens needs to be f/2.8 or larger aperture. Hopefull this lens outperforms the 16-50mm f/2.8 at f/5.6 and it will be a huge hit. If not, well, wait for discounts :)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 14:51 UTC
On Pentax launches K-S1 Sweets Collection article (231 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 (933 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
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