viking79

viking79

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On Photokina 2014: Quiet but significant article (156 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 48th comment | 2 replies
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (644 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 (644 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 (644 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 (644 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 (644 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 (318 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
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (644 comments in total)
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tabloid: As a Sony a65 user….I must admit that the NX 1 (on paper) looks like a winner.
Maybe now Sigma and other lens manufacturing companies will look at the NX 1 in a different light.

I think that Dp should put this camera (NX 1) right at the very top of its 'in depth review' list.

I agree they should give it high priority. Honestly, cameras like 7dII will sell well with or without a review, people who want it know they want it. People don't know much about Samsung, having some reviews would help a lot, just be sure someone reviews it who is familiar with mirrorless cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2014 at 16:21 UTC
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Potemkin_Photo: Cow-towing? Or Kowtowing?
I didn't people still towed cows. :)

But I agree: no variangle touchscreen and no EVF = major FAIL.

0.1 x as good.

Theoretically you could, make some adapter like the Sony LAEA4, but with an SLR mirror and OVF instead. It would probably be an ugly thing, but someone could if they really wanted to.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2014 at 14:05 UTC
On Opinion: Bring on the 70-200mm equivalents article (316 comments in total)
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fedway: What I'm most excited about and the reason for me to consider buying the new Panasonic GM5 is its new 35-100 lens that gives it a crop factor of 70-200 equivalent. From the pictures the total system size probably makes it the smallest 70-200 equivalent on the market, and m43 IQ is just as good as apsc for my uses. And I can use the same lens on many more m43 bodies than just Fuji or Samsung bodies.

The Pentax Q 06 5-15mm f/2.8 is a lot smaller 70-200mm equivalent if you just care about that field of view and f/2.8 aperture (there is more to it than that).

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 18:39 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G7 X First Impressions Review preview (566 comments in total)

DPR: I imagine your click meter is messed up or it is being manipulated some how, as I can't imagine this camera has that many clicks relative to 7DII, could be wrong, but didn't think this was a point and shoot board :)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 19:13 UTC as 46th comment | 4 replies
On Photokina 2014 Video: The Samsung NX1 article (98 comments in total)
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Timur Born: Tempting camera and glass. But at least the pre-production NX1 has some serious issues. AF-C really is rather broken yet, sometimes lost in hunting land for several seconds on well defined targets. I demonstrated it to some Korean techs there and they thanked me for the feedback, and hopefully will get it working much better in the final release.

Probably connected to this issue is the shutter button half-press feel, or lack thereof. I often couldn't tell whether I was half-pressing or not and when I tried to find the right pressure point I often released the shutter unwillingly. The above mentioned AF-C issues where sometimes the camera didn't seem to do anything played into this.

Another issue for me is the viewfinder optics. I had to press my kaukasian long nose tight to the screen in order to get a clear view of the viewfinder. And even then the edges were problematic. Sometimes it was jittering.

Face Detection is a let-down for the processing power available.

Work in progress.

Should still try AF-On button. Also, what was the battery state of charge? I find the performance drops when the battery gets low (like 25% or less). I am not challenging you, just helping understand where you are coming from. I haven't used the camera yet.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 15:31 UTC
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