Richard Murdey

Richard Murdey

Lives in Japan Kyoto, Japan
Joined on Aug 21, 2002

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On article Sony Alpha SLT-A68 real-world samples (90 comments in total)
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Daft Punk: I have had a Sony A58 around for a few years and a few A mount lenses acquired from eBay.

Here is the thing, photo gear-snobs, get this - the A58 is actually a fantastic little camera and at the price they fetch, probably the best value camera on the planet.

It has been used as a "family camera". Passed around kids and grand kids, taken to the beach, used at birthday parties, most of the time I do not even know who in my extended family has the camera and what they are doing with it.

And you know what, that little cheap A58 has delivered some of the best photo memories of ANY camera in our ( rather large ) collection. There are prints of kids and family on walls all over the country, taken with that cheap little Sony, and video's too, sitting on people's iPads nationwide.

The A68 is a natural successor to the A58. I would choose this camera in a heartbeat over ANY Canon Rebel.

Dont knock it unless you have experience of it. :)

Is it really an advantage? One would imagine so. Putting it on sensor comes with a lot of restrictions. As you say, there would be no point to SLT over mirrorless otherwise.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 12:46 UTC
On article The price is right: Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D Review (233 comments in total)
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AKH: "long in the tooth"? -I bet the D3300 trumps it in every respect. Fps 5, focus points 11. IQ is probably also better in every area, but we will see that when Dxomark finish testing.

Okay, I agree, but two points:

1. The Canon is manufactured to be sold cheap. Really cheap. Much cheaper than the release price of $500. Nikon D3300 is still over $500 (outside of refurbs) a year on from release and formally discontinued.

2. The target market cares far more about $50 than it does about 2 AF points.

I think you can see where this is going...

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 08:29 UTC
On article The price is right: Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D Review (233 comments in total)
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Gesture: Fair review. I would also consider Pentax K-50 or K-S1.

$500 gets you a K-50 double zoom kit. (B&H)

It would seem a no-brainer, unless you absolutely have no need of the telezoom.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 08:22 UTC
On article The price is right: Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D Review (233 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Just a friendly warning to budget conscious DSLR buyers.... if you are on a very tight budget then you might be better off buying a high end fixed lens camera. Even if it is used, or an older model.

The whole point of interchangeable lenses is "buying more lenses" and most decent lenses cost more than this camera does. If your budget doesn't allow for additional lenses, then why do you need an ILC?

I think ILCs have been oversold. People who don't need them are buying them, and they may never need the ability to swap out lenses. Bottom line.... buy what you need, not what everyone else tells you to buy.

Sure, if you are never going to take the kit lens off the camera there's little point of owning a dLSR.... or an APSC sensor if push comes to shove.

But what compact fixed lens camera is as good a picture-taking tool (I'll accept nominally equivalent aperture) and still under $500? Ignoring the used market all the models that come to mind are more expensive than that.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 08:17 UTC
On article The price is right: Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D Review (233 comments in total)
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ThrillaMozilla: I'm not so sure the price IS right, considering that it has the same specs as a stripped down SL1, except that it's bigger, heavier and has Wi-Fi. It's also priced the same.

As for the nearest competitor being the Nikon D3300, that camera is quite different, and it doesn't even have wi-fi. The actual closest competitor is the SL1.

"plasticky" does not mean the same thing as "made of plastic"

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 08:05 UTC
On article Sony Alpha SLT-A68 real-world samples (90 comments in total)
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Daft Punk: I have had a Sony A58 around for a few years and a few A mount lenses acquired from eBay.

Here is the thing, photo gear-snobs, get this - the A58 is actually a fantastic little camera and at the price they fetch, probably the best value camera on the planet.

It has been used as a "family camera". Passed around kids and grand kids, taken to the beach, used at birthday parties, most of the time I do not even know who in my extended family has the camera and what they are doing with it.

And you know what, that little cheap A58 has delivered some of the best photo memories of ANY camera in our ( rather large ) collection. There are prints of kids and family on walls all over the country, taken with that cheap little Sony, and video's too, sitting on people's iPads nationwide.

The A68 is a natural successor to the A58. I would choose this camera in a heartbeat over ANY Canon Rebel.

Dont knock it unless you have experience of it. :)

The SLT isn't quite the same as mirrorless, you get the advantages of always on liveview with the advantages of a dSLR's off-sensor PDAF.

You also get the disadvantages of the dSLRs mirrorbox, the mirrorless disadvantage of EVF (compared to optical viewfinder) and the unique SLT disadvantage of 2/3 stop (is it, or 1/2?) less light to the sensor.

All told though as a knockabout familycam it's easy enough to see why it has its fanbase.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 07:59 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1189 comments in total)
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StMal: only 2 native lenses. and its not that fast. dslrs lenses are faster

f/3.2 is fine? Glad to hear that. Thank you for your contribution to this discussion about what the real advantages are of using an MF sensor and a slow lens vs. a FF sensor and a fast one.

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2016 at 23:41 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1189 comments in total)
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StMal: only 2 native lenses. and its not that fast. dslrs lenses are faster

@Dr_Jon

It's DR + pixel count. Same size pixels give same DR, but you get a lot more of them on MF. For straight light gathering (photons on sensor), you'd be better off with a FF camera and f/1.4 lens.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 23:49 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1189 comments in total)
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StMal: only 2 native lenses. and its not that fast. dslrs lenses are faster

It's true: you can put more light on the lens, and have narrower DOF, with a FF dSLR. Do you get 50 MP and 14bit DR? No.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 12:44 UTC

Been awhile since I've witnessed a flame war of this magnitude around here. And that's saying something.

This lens exists. This is better for everyone than if it did not exist. Hooray!

Who cares that it doesn't tempt me away from my D600 and Zeiss 25/2.8? Certainly not anyone who is considering buying this PanaLeica. If you are invested in a small format ILC, you've already faced up to the fact that equivalent wide-of-standard lenses are going to come at a premium. You can choose to invest in and use a larger format when you need to, you can choose to bite the bullet and take slower, smaller equivalent lenses, or, now, joy, you have the option to buy your way out of the problem.

It's win all around. There is nothing for anyone to get upset about here.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2016 at 12:16 UTC as 37th comment | 1 reply
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Jesaja: Hey Sigma and Tamron, come back to K mount battle field.

Thanks to the K-1 that is at least a remote possibility.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2016 at 08:22 UTC
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Marcelobtp: The problem with Pentax is not having enough money to bribe all reviewrs, neither investing hard on under development countrys. South America, India, etc...

It appears there is crossover between Pentaxians and BvS fans.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 06:16 UTC
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whakapu: Ya gotta love Pentax. They're the anti-Canon. Where Canon's first thought is "how can we hobble this camera so it won't take sales from the next model up in our range" Pentax just seem to think "what else can we cram in this puppy". Why would you buy a K3II now? Pop-up flash, flippy screen, smaller form, hybrid AF, more advanced SR, more compact, possibly better noise reduction, and lower price against top screen, faster shooting and maybe better build. Pentax don't seem to care which we buy.

You can also consider it desperation. With a catalog full of ancient, noisy screw drive lenses, and hobbled with a geriatric 11 point, LED-lit AF module, from an purely picture-taking point of view their cameras face a severe handicap. They have little choice but to try and attract customers by packing in little-used but impressive-on-paper features like pixel shift or 1/6000 shutter speed, or offering genuine value by including a real pentaprism.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 06:13 UTC
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madecov: I'm a Nikon shooter now, but once owned Spotmatic. This seems to be a smokin deal on a well spec'd body. Dual control wheels at $600.00
Pentax-Ricoh seems to know how to deliver value

Yep, Pentax: delivering tons of features in cameras with AF/responsiveness that consistently falls way short of the competition since 2003.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 06:03 UTC
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zzzxtreme: Do they make cheap apsc 28mm (2.8 or faster) af lens?

Does anyone?

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 05:57 UTC
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M Jesper: Had a toploader type bag like this once, it was beautiful.
Then i bought a bunch of primes. Never used it again. :-(

I'm never serious, but I'd always choose a satchel bag over a holster case when travelling.

1) They don't look like camera bags.
2) Extra lens or water bottle. Choice!

Link | Posted on May 8, 2016 at 23:48 UTC
On article Two in one: LG G5 camera review (79 comments in total)
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odpisan: I wonder

WHEN

Pentax
(or one of unimportant market-players like Canon or Nikon)
;o)))

gets the right

IDEA:

a FF camera which can be used also as cell-phone.
We have already everything in DSLRs which are small computers as cell phones are ..

Is it so dificult to include bluetooth headset & some cell-phone functions too?
:o))))))))))

"a FF camera which can be used also as cell-phone."

You mean with a data connection to a mobile network for uploading images, or are you seriously wanting to take calls on your Pentax K-1?

Link | Posted on May 7, 2016 at 07:16 UTC
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Will B Milner: Cool stuff. But am I right in thinking the lens is letting it down? The 645Z/D810 shots are razor sharp across the frame. (apologies I haven't read all the comments)

Also High ISO on the K-1 looks pretty good too...

How can it be let down by the lens if the image becomes sharper using pixel shift!?

Link | Posted on May 6, 2016 at 14:07 UTC
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Ian Leach: So we are comparing a designed in 1999 diminutive 77mm ltd lens against the hunk of glass which is the Nikkor 85mm 1.4G.

Actually it is only available in black or silver. :D :D :D

(It is prized for its OOF rendering more than its sharpness but as we can see from the pixel shift, it is more than up to the task.)

Link | Posted on May 6, 2016 at 06:49 UTC
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jaxson: It does remind us also, that resolution has rather been hijacked to mean image size of late.

There is an increase in optical resolution, as in the ability to resolve detail from a given image size.

The pixel shift process results in the same image dimensions, but a higher resolution.

Totally awesome feature for stills product photography and static landscapes.

Personally I'd love to see them use that fancy sensor shift for real sensor stabilisation during video also. A feature they had working well previously (years ahead of the competition on the K-7/K-5 models), but which chose to remove in favour of an extremely poor software based alternative 'Movie SR' in all modern variants.

Great to see the Pentax K-1 arrive, with Pentax now offering an upgrade path from the tiny Q > APS-C > FF > MF
Very few other brands can offer such a diverse model range now, and many with weather sealing and sensor shift technology. Great stuff Pentax!

Ok, got it now. I agree, Olympus using pixel interpolation to jack up resolution is not nearly as aesthetically satisfying as Pentax using pixel binning to essentially *remove* pixel interpolation.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2016 at 05:09 UTC
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