The Lotus Eater

The Lotus Eater

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Joined on Mar 5, 2010

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Horshack: Contrast the entrepreneurial spirit Mr. Maki exemplifies vs what Nikon is about to demonstrate with their forthcoming release of the safe and overpriced DF camera. Hats off to Sony.

One Direction sell a heck of a lot more records than most other artists. Doesn't mean they are any good.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 10:24 UTC
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wombat661: "as they get older, get married and have babies I expect they will probably want to buy a better camera."

If you want to cater to the new parents crowd, then that better camera would not be a mirrorless. Babies moves very fast you need all the help you can get to get those candid shots. SLR with good focus tracking is very helpful here.
New parents thinks their babies will sit still for them to adjust the camera. The optimal window to get the right shot with the right expression is about half a second.
Told my in law to get a camera with fast focus. They looked at me like I was nuts. They though babies are so small they do not ever move. A month latter, they told me how frustrated they were with slow focus. Went out and got a SLR.

True, but your J1 has much greater DOF and much smaller and lighter glass to shift.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 10:12 UTC
On Fresh from Tennessee: Sony A7R real-world samples news story (154 comments in total)
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Tord S Eriksson: Well, I was impressed by the ease the camera handled colours in low light, and the very subdued noise, no matter what setting! The rest (choice of subjects, and so on) wasn't so impressive.

Oh, I wish you had had Steve Huff to take the photos, someone with a little imagination, outside the box. 50 pictures taken in neon light doesn't say more than a handful, but some portraits, close-ups, in short something interesting, had been appreciated!

The photos of the Jack Daniels guy going through the motions made my day, while those of our four-legged hoofed friends were the worst I've seen in a long time!

Tord (sure that's the right spelling?), a lot of people think photographers and journalists are arseholes. Congrats on reinforcing that view.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2013 at 11:20 UTC
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dopsgp: Busy day for toilets in Solms. Leica execs cr-pping bricks now.

The 5D Mark IIIs and D800s of this world are hardly beauty queens. Besides, would you really reject a camera based purely on looks?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 15:24 UTC
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ianimal: A lens roadmap is what I want to see now.
85mm, 24mm primes when?

http://www.sony.jp/ichigan/evolution/e_roadmap/images/roadmap_img_03.jpg

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 15:17 UTC
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Peter Jonkman: Sorry Sony, but the Leica M9 was the first fullframe mirrorless camera. :)

"1 According to survey conducted by Sony as of October 2013, for non-reflex interchangeable lens digital camera equipped with auto focus function."

The key words being "auto" and "focus". ;)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 15:01 UTC
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peevee1: LA-EA3 does not support autofocus AT ALL, even with the A7 which supposedly has OSPDAF! $200 for what?
Only expensive and light-robbing LA-EA4...
Sony really, REALLY wants to sell you those overpriced FE lenses.

Oh, I get it now. You're a troll!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 14:00 UTC
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RAG64: Why offer a 'kit' lens for the A7? Why not a HQ power zoom or prime?
Surely somebody buying a FF camera won't be compromising on the glass just to save a few $$...

Well you can turn the zoom ring, but it's electronically assisted. That's the problem.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 13:58 UTC
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peevee1: "All told, Sony plans to offer a total of 15 FE lenses by 2015"

Good plans, but it means that APS-C NEX and A-mount are going to be abandoned. Good thing about APS-C A-mount because it does not make much sense, but NEX customers who trusted Sony their money over the last 3 years but waited for higher-quality lenses will be disappointed.

I'm agreeing with you, peevee1. 2+2 definitely equals 5, right? Right?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 13:57 UTC
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peevee1: "All told, Sony plans to offer a total of 15 FE lenses by 2015"

Good plans, but it means that APS-C NEX and A-mount are going to be abandoned. Good thing about APS-C A-mount because it does not make much sense, but NEX customers who trusted Sony their money over the last 3 years but waited for higher-quality lenses will be disappointed.

That's right, 2+2 definitely equals 5.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 12:23 UTC
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RAG64: Why offer a 'kit' lens for the A7? Why not a HQ power zoom or prime?
Surely somebody buying a FF camera won't be compromising on the glass just to save a few $$...

No thanks to power zoom if the 16-50mm PZ is anything to go by. For still photography, the power zoom is a pain in the a**e.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 12:22 UTC
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jon404: Gee, those lenses are EXPENSIVE!

That new Pentax K-3 looks like a much better deal.

Gee, that Ford looks like a much better deal than that Mercedes.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 12:16 UTC
On Preview:canon-eos-70d (1333 comments in total)
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misolo: And, just like that, Sony's SLT technology became obsolete.

Unless Canon have matched Sony PDAF performance in live view with its new Dual Pixel technology, then no, it hasn't made SLT obsolete. If Sony is dumping the SLT mirror next year however, it means they may have made SLT technology obsolete.

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 at 22:15 UTC
On Preview:canon-eos-70d (1333 comments in total)
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The Lotus Eater: Canon chickened out putting an EVF into this camera. The obvious reason is that they would have upset a lot of people, and that's fair enough, but how much more can they improve their APS-C OVFs? EVFs are getting better and better, and many EVFs already surpass APS-C OVFs in terms of both view and functionality.

How good is Canon's on-sensor PDAF? If it is as fast as the off-sensor PDAF module, then Canon should have removed the OVF, mirror and PDAF module. Does the fact that they haven't indicate that it isn't as fast, or is it purely for the reason of avoiding alienation? If the latter, then one could argue that it is a compromised design.

Not true, Ross.

Lag is rarely an issue (you should be more worried about shutter lag).

EVFs show a discernible image in low light, OVFs show darkness.

Have you used a modern EVF? There is more clarity in modern EVFs than a lot of smaller and darker APS-C OVFs.

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 at 15:46 UTC
On Preview:canon-eos-70d (1333 comments in total)
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The Lotus Eater: Canon chickened out putting an EVF into this camera. The obvious reason is that they would have upset a lot of people, and that's fair enough, but how much more can they improve their APS-C OVFs? EVFs are getting better and better, and many EVFs already surpass APS-C OVFs in terms of both view and functionality.

How good is Canon's on-sensor PDAF? If it is as fast as the off-sensor PDAF module, then Canon should have removed the OVF, mirror and PDAF module. Does the fact that they haven't indicate that it isn't as fast, or is it purely for the reason of avoiding alienation? If the latter, then one could argue that it is a compromised design.

Certainly for some, 007peter, but the reason a lot of people buy DSLRs is because they think they take the best quality photos.

I also think many people would buy whatever Canon put out, regardless of OVF/EVF, as long as it took their existing lenses.

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 at 15:40 UTC
On Preview:canon-eos-70d (1333 comments in total)

Canon chickened out putting an EVF into this camera. The obvious reason is that they would have upset a lot of people, and that's fair enough, but how much more can they improve their APS-C OVFs? EVFs are getting better and better, and many EVFs already surpass APS-C OVFs in terms of both view and functionality.

How good is Canon's on-sensor PDAF? If it is as fast as the off-sensor PDAF module, then Canon should have removed the OVF, mirror and PDAF module. Does the fact that they haven't indicate that it isn't as fast, or is it purely for the reason of avoiding alienation? If the latter, then one could argue that it is a compromised design.

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 at 13:09 UTC as 419th comment | 9 replies
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tbaker: I don't see what advantage this really offers over say a OMD, or NEX-6 since this the lenses on this camera are still going to bigger. While the aforementioned mirrorless cameras maybe around the same size, the offer smaller lenses. Sure, in the case of the Sony the lens selection is a bit lacking(at least in the E-Mount since you can uses adapted A-mount).

"You get an ovf"

But not a good OVF, a pentamirror APS-C OVF. The NEX-6 EVF has that one beat in magnification (1.09x), coverage (100%) and brightness. The jury is still out on FF pentaprism OVFs vs EVFs, but APS-C pentamirrors have had their day.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2013 at 13:18 UTC
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starwolfy: My wife has a Canon 100d with the kit and 40mm pancake lens.
It is impressively small and light and I've found the IQ quite impressive for a low entry level camera. It's definitely a great camera.

The problem is that 40mm on APS-C is in no-man's land.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2013 at 10:36 UTC
On Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM available in July for around $799 news story (327 comments in total)
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xiod_crlx: I love prices here in UK!!!!! THE ARE SO NICE!!!

$800 USA -> £800

it is not THAT sad with current pound->dollar rate of ~1:1.6 like it used to be - few years ago the rate was 1:2.1 effectively doubling the price (!)

but still, it is huge overpayment...

you can opt for grey market-no-manufacturer warranty to chase the lower price, but for honest, normal users it is a robbery IMHO

"much better maintenance of things like public roads"

Hahahahahahahaha!!!! Good one.

http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/society/uks-potholes-now-a-tourist-attraction-2013042666803

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2013 at 12:14 UTC
On Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM available in July for around $799 news story (327 comments in total)
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The Lotus Eater: The Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN for my NEX was the best £99 I ever spent.

This new Sigma 18-35mm could equal that, albeit at significantly higher cost, as I'd barely ever change lenses.

BTW, I wonder how much this lens will be in the UK. $799 is £510, right Sigma?! ;)

Ah yes, at the top! Sure it didn't say that before, though I was half awake at the time.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2013 at 10:53 UTC
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