Anfy

Anfy

Lives in Italy Rome, Italy
Works as a Nope.
Has a website at StudioMacro.it
Joined on Nov 5, 2001
About me:

I'd like to put a film roll in my Nikon F again, but I...

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On Sony a5100 First Impressions Review preview (572 comments in total)

Remember the old NEX-F3? Had built-in flash, and accessory port for the FDA-EV1S viewfinder. Why the newer cameras had either one or the other, but not both, goes beyond me.
Of course there is always the A6000, but:
- a slimmest body (due to a detachable viewfinder) sometimes is useful;
- why should I send my EVF to collect dust?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 16:26 UTC as 82nd comment
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 First Impressions Review preview (618 comments in total)

I think that on the "introductory" page there is a slightly incorrect statement:
"From the E-M5 it [the E-M10] gets a 16 megapixel Four Thirds sensor, and from the E-M1 a newer TruePic VII processor and a large EVF that automatically dims and brightens depending on ambient light",
which gives the impression that the E-M10 EVF is the same of the E-M1, whereas it is that of the E-M5 (albeit with the dimming capability of the E-M1).

Direct link | Posted on Feb 27, 2014 at 20:02 UTC as 39th comment | 1 reply
On Eye-Fi Mobi Wi-Fi SD card review article (100 comments in total)
In reply to:

Just a Photographer: Why should we still use Eye-Fi cards now in most places we can use a 4G network?

Next to that in todays world not only your phone has wifi already, but most (consumer) camera's have wifi too.

Few years ago these cards came in handy, but nowadays aren't these eye-fi card mostly redundant? Its only a matter of time before Eye-fi will be out of business.

Correct if I am wrong: the built Wi-Fi of most cameras for file transfer just works in connection to mobile devices like phones or tablets, not PC or Mac computers.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 08:24 UTC
On Sony a6000 First Impressions Review preview (899 comments in total)
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parallaxproblem: A confusing review:

- Is the body all metal as stated in the specs and in the 'body and design' section? This would be a big advance over the NEX-6 which has a metal top-plate but in which the rest of the body is plastic

- There is one more button on the back of the body and the position and function of the buttons seems to have changed in comparison with the NEX-6, why is this not mentioned and explained?

- What exactly is the difference in user experience over using the new, lower-res EVF over the older one?

- Why was no quick testing of the AF performed as this is supposed to be the area that has changed most!

Quote "While its 'NEX-like' design is getting a bit stale". Would you rather it took a 'faux-DSLR' style like some other mirrorless cameras? The problem is that earlier in the review you say "It's by no means the smallest mirrorless camera on the market, but it still travels well in a small camera case" which would no longer be the case if it received a 'hump'!

My personal experience with the Sony last gen EVF - the 2,359K-dot OLED unit mounted on the external FDA-EV1S - has been not so good, and I still prefer the last gen VFs of Olympus cameras (VF-2, built in viewfinder of E-M5), despite having a substantially lower magnification. So I can believe that resolution isn't everything, the optics coupled to the EVF, the refresh rate etc. are as well relevant.

Ciao!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 12:52 UTC
On Sony a6000 First Impressions Review preview (899 comments in total)
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Marvol: I'm looking forward to DPR giving this camera a silver award when they review it in November.

I think you missed the "november" part. ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 11:50 UTC
On Sony a6000 First Impressions Review preview (899 comments in total)
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parallaxproblem: A confusing review:

- Is the body all metal as stated in the specs and in the 'body and design' section? This would be a big advance over the NEX-6 which has a metal top-plate but in which the rest of the body is plastic

- There is one more button on the back of the body and the position and function of the buttons seems to have changed in comparison with the NEX-6, why is this not mentioned and explained?

- What exactly is the difference in user experience over using the new, lower-res EVF over the older one?

- Why was no quick testing of the AF performed as this is supposed to be the area that has changed most!

Quote "While its 'NEX-like' design is getting a bit stale". Would you rather it took a 'faux-DSLR' style like some other mirrorless cameras? The problem is that earlier in the review you say "It's by no means the smallest mirrorless camera on the market, but it still travels well in a small camera case" which would no longer be the case if it received a 'hump'!

So, DaveE1, you are implying that the DPReview statement on the EVF:
"One thing we were disappointed on the a6000 is its lower quality OLED electronic viewfinder (when compared to its predecessor). It's smaller and, more importantly, lower resolution (1.44M dots instead of 2.36M). If you've never used Sony's XGA OLED viewfinder then you probably won't notice, but if you have, it's a noticeable step down"
is pure speculation, or what else?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 11:41 UTC

Yes, it is better than the D610 at ISO 3200 and especially 6400, but not so much to justify the difference in price and lack of video and dual SD slot.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2013 at 23:33 UTC as 19th comment | 3 replies
On DPReview on CreativeLIVE article (144 comments in total)

Great, great to see you live after all these years (and to understand perfectly those british accents, on a lesser degree other inflections :-) ), but - as others have pointed out - who's who?

Ciao!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2013 at 22:36 UTC as 38th comment
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2372 comments in total)
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Anfy: On the Nikon D800/D800E review, at page 20, I read:

"We should note, however, that we had to work quite hard to get this amount of resolution. We used flash to eliminate any risk of blurring due to vibration, we focus-bracketed [...] and we used an excellent lens [...]
The fact that we had to go to these lengths, though, simply reinforces the fact that the D800 really does demand a 'medium-format mindset' to get the best results";

and, in the Conclusion/Final Word:

"Pushing these cameras to achieve their maximum level of detail requires an investment of both time (methodical preparation) and money (the very best lenses Nikon makes)."

Now, in the "Shooting with the Sony Alpha 7 and Alpha 7R" by Mr. Barnett I do not find trace, as to the A7R, of similar statements, though of course the A7R is much less bulkier than a FF Nikon.

Does the absence of a mirror slap improve things?

On the other side, is the A7R - which lacks an electronic first curtain - safe from any "shutter shock"?

Many thanks!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2013 at 21:07 UTC
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2372 comments in total)

On the Nikon D800/D800E review, at page 20, I read:

"We should note, however, that we had to work quite hard to get this amount of resolution. We used flash to eliminate any risk of blurring due to vibration, we focus-bracketed [...] and we used an excellent lens [...]
The fact that we had to go to these lengths, though, simply reinforces the fact that the D800 really does demand a 'medium-format mindset' to get the best results";

and, in the Conclusion/Final Word:

"Pushing these cameras to achieve their maximum level of detail requires an investment of both time (methodical preparation) and money (the very best lenses Nikon makes)."

Now, in the "Shooting with the Sony Alpha 7 and Alpha 7R" by Mr. Barnett I do not find trace, as to the A7R, of similar statements, though of course the A7R is much less bulkier than a FF Nikon.

Does the absence of a mirror slap improve things?

On the other side, is the A7R - which lacks an electronic first curtain - safe from any "shutter shock"?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2013 at 08:12 UTC as 147th comment | 2 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Review preview (561 comments in total)
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Anfy: It would be interesting to compare GX7 IBIS to that of the newer Olympus cameras, i. e. the 5-axis system; once DPR made this kind of tests.
Maybe a future addition to the review?

Yes, I already read the Tyson Robichaud article, and found the results surprising (I thought GX7 IBIS could be equal to E-M5, but not better, let alone vastly better). Kudos for Panasonic if this is true, but the E-M5 should fare a little better IMHO.
That was the main reason I was hoping in another test, this time by DPReview.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2013 at 13:33 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Review preview (561 comments in total)

It would be interesting to compare GX7 IBIS to that of the newer Olympus cameras, i. e. the 5-axis system; once DPR made this kind of tests.
Maybe a future addition to the review?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2013 at 08:29 UTC as 159th comment | 4 replies
On Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows article (1396 comments in total)
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vFunct: Mirrorless cameras are junk. They're like cell-phone cameras, with their visual preview lag, but they're not as useful as cell phones because they aren't pocketable.

There are only two useful camera classes: dSLRs and cell phones. Everything else is a useless compromise that isn't as good as either.

There are absolutely NO professionals that use mirror less cameras at a press event. Every press photographer uses either a Nikon or Canon, while the writers use iPhones.

Mirrorless cameras aren't as good as an dSLR or a cell phone, and therefore nobody uses them.

They are junk toys.

Troll alert!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 4, 2013 at 01:47 UTC
On Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows article (1396 comments in total)
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TFD: I guess when you lack any new ideas you dig up the old ones, I guess to be complete it should have lenses with aperture rings and manual focus only. of course given Nikon's poor user interface perhaps a shutter speed dial IS a step forward...

This is just another blatant marketing attempt, like Fuji's retro looking, non-rangefinder rangefinder cameras to eke out sales in a stagnant market, Especially as the mirorless cameras are not flying off the shelves.

Here you are:
http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Camera-Lenses/Manual/index.page .

Direct link | Posted on Nov 3, 2013 at 17:31 UTC
On Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows article (1396 comments in total)

"Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows": c'mon DPReview, I guess you have been playing with a pre-production sample for weeks now... ;-)

Seriously, I am hoping in a hefty Hands-on Preview (ore, better, a First Impressions Review) by November the 5th!

Ciao!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 3, 2013 at 15:09 UTC as 119th comment
On Lego party in the Lego Toys II challenge (4 comments in total)

!!!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 2, 2013 at 23:21 UTC as 2nd comment
On Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows article (1396 comments in total)
In reply to:

Kenri Basar: What does "DF" stands for? Digital film?

Dust Free? :-)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 2, 2013 at 13:18 UTC
On Canon EOS 70D Review preview (637 comments in total)

I know it has been asked before, but could you (DPReview) make four cameras - and not just two - to appear on the (new) Studio Comparison page?
It is a bit annoying to read the differences between the 70D and the D7100, then the E-M1 (so we have to manually switch to that camera), then again the D7100 (another switch) and so on, why are them all not displayed at the same time like in the old tool?

Ciao!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2013 at 09:50 UTC as 180th comment | 1 reply
On Olympus Stylus 1 Preview preview (324 comments in total)

They managed to put a flash on the EVF "hump": why it was not possible on the E-M5/E-M1 really I do not know.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2013 at 05:48 UTC as 107th comment | 1 reply

Since each lens has a shutter, is it possible to know the latest serial numbers so to get the latest batch to avoid the chance of possible oil/dust issues, or better, can we start to complain so that Lomography will release soon a revised Exper610mental lens kit and the original gets discounted? :-)
Joking aside, I think these kind of glasses, like the Lensbaby Composer with double glass (as well as other product of the same brand), the old Spiratone Portragon 100mm, the adpted Pentax 110 lenses, or the lenscap glasses (?) and a thousand other non conventional optics, are pure fun.
Not for everyone, undoubtedly, and not for every occasion, but a timeslip in the past for those, old as me, who remember the excitement when the Polaroid or Kodak instant print came out of nothing, or the all those hours spent in the darkroom where everything was really dark, with that damned tiny yellow/green or red light and the manual dodges and burns done with metal wires, paper or bare hands. :-)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2013 at 17:38 UTC as 21st comment
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