kwa_photo

kwa_photo

Lives in United States Northern Front Range, CO, United States
Has a website at http://www.kwaphoto.com
Joined on Apr 20, 2008

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ttran88: Give me 24MP with A6000 AF and I will buy as my apsc camera system. The Canon of the APSC mirrorless world. Gotta love fujifilm.

I think 24mp is coming...probably debut with the X Pro "2" IMO. Their AF has taken huge leaps over the past few years from where they began. I don't doubt they'll catch up within the next 12-24 months. The last thing is video...the X Trans makes that a challenge, but they can do it...I hope.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 23:10 UTC
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darngooddesign: It bears mentioning that the new 35mm is supposed to be a weather sealed prime.

I hope so. That fact alone will have it added to my XT1 in place of my 35 f/1.4. I'm used to the f/2.0 with the X100 line and I'll trade some light for seals for general purpose/travel. PLUS, it appears to be smaller which is also nice for a single lens travel setup.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 23:08 UTC

Thanks Barney! This was great! I'd like to see DPR do more of these "real world" use studies with various systems, get them out of the test studio at DPR and into the hands of non-reviewers. This really helps paint a complete picture and the combination of the video + tech / DPR style review really sets DPR apart from others IMO. Thanks!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 20:48 UTC as 107th comment
On Sony announces US pricing for full-frame Alpha 7 II article (177 comments in total)

I keep getting tempted by the a7 series, but it's still lack of native AF lenses that hold me back. The kit zoom if "just okay" and would do in a pinch I guess....where's a 24-70 f/2.8 range? How about a 50mm f/1.4 of f/1.8 from Sony and not Zeiss? It's a nice small body, but the primes are pretty large (like the Zeiss 55). I'd be thrilled with something even like the Canon 50 f/1.8 just to keep it small, light and as a walk around lens. This system also screams out for pancake lenses as well.

As much as I admire Sony's tech, they keep pushing out bodies but not many appealing lenses (at least to me) to go with it. The IBIS is likely a way to say "use third party adapted glass"..I hope not. Come on Sony. You have a good thing going, stick with it, invest in the glass now.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 16:13 UTC as 36th comment | 2 replies

The sad thing is that ACTUAL Hassy's are great cameras and have great IQ. As nice as the RX100 m3 is, it's not even in the ballpark with Hassy. This is just nuts. At least when Leica does it with Panasonic, they are helping at least with the lenses to a certain extent and, while you pay a premium for it, it's much more reasonable too. Put this Hassy in the same class as the tricked out all gold clad Nikon. Yuck.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2014 at 20:22 UTC as 168th comment

I understand that as the camera lines grow that they cannot continually update ALL cameras. However, it would nice if they could (hardware permitting) do it for at least the preceding generation (X100s for example for Classic Chrome, Q, etc.) and leave out the older models or ones that are more than 24 months old (X100, X Pro 1, etc.).

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 20:15 UTC as 30th comment
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peckinpah: Good to see Fuji is still updating the X-Pro1. But why no Classic Chrome for us?

That would include my X100s which is X-Trans II and it didn't get classic chrome. No idea why...argh.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 16:21 UTC
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Just a Photographer: Too bad, no thethering options for Mac OS X.
While a large numer of (especially) professional photographers prefer to use Mac OS X over Windows.

That is a bad decision of Fuji NOT to support Mac OS X for thethering.

I agree....I personally don't know any photographer (outside of online) that are using Windows....we all use Mac. However, sure there are Win users out there. My guess is that if you look at photographers, it's probably a 70-30 or maybe a 60-40 split in favor of Mac.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 16:19 UTC
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Zaax: Oh crap, no classic chrome for the X-E1? I was really hoping to get that.

YES! I see no reason why that could not have been done. It's just a profile for jpg processing. Argh. I was hoping for this in the X-E1 & X100s

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 16:17 UTC

Bling bling bling! Not for me, but some will like it. It's an option and likely isn't costing Nikon much to make a small run of these to help clear some Df inventory. This is way better than Pentax making candy colored (and flavor named) DSLR's IMO :-)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 23:25 UTC as 132nd comment
On Sony debuts 21MP stacked CMOS sensor for smartphones article (94 comments in total)

I'll say this. Everyone just think about where we were with sensors 5-7 years ago. FF, APS-C, p&s, cell phone, etc. Now look at today. Back then, many would have not thought a 1" sensor could do what it does today. Nor would many have thought of a camera phone being anything that could compete with a "larger" p&s sensor. Yet, here we are.

In 5-7 more years, I'd be willing to bet that high end camera phone sensors will be producing IQ with very good resolution up to ISO 1600 and 3200. We'll see 1" sensors performing at levels of most APS-C (think a6000, XT1) of today and APS-C going beyond what standard FF does today. 4/3 will also progress. FF? Watch out. Look at that Sony A7S. I think ISO 56,000 will be a walk in the park for most.

PDAF and best AF tech today will also look pretty slow as well. It all changes, always does. Sit back and enjoy the ride :-) Of course, I could be completely wrong too LOL!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 21:35 UTC as 12th comment | 7 replies
On Sony debuts 21MP stacked CMOS sensor for smartphones article (94 comments in total)
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sebiruns: This is just silly. The details will be smeared. Any 8 megapixel DSLR from ten years ago will out resolve this crappy sensor. Adding more megapixels is just a bad idea. But sure, people will still buy it and think it is the best thing since sliced bread.

This is how I view the 1" sensors as well. I do have a Sony RX10 (20mp). I treat it like it's a 14-16mp sensor for normal use and down-sample it from the 20mp. The resolution is still pretty competitive but it really does seem to improve the overall IQ IMO. It prints to 13x19" (largest I've tried so far with it) very well.

If I'm at ISO 1600-4000, I treat it like a 10mp camera and down-sample to that and the noise is well "controlled" if you get my drift. Mind that I do not usually "crop to zoom" like some people do, I try and get everything right in camera first.

Following this logic, I see Simon's point. If you are staring at 20+ MP you can do this. However, if you are starting at 8-12mp, I really don't want to down-sample to 4-6mp.

I have an iPhone 5s. I don't down-sample at all. I take it for what it is. A camera on a phone that does a great job at low ISO's. That's it.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 21:28 UTC
On Amazon Fire Phone camera review post (61 comments in total)

It's interesting it has such a poor camera for a new release. They tried to put so much into it. It's not selling well anyway.

I love Amazon and shop with them a lot and I'm a paying Prime member. However, I just don't understand why they venture into these things (Fire phone, tablet, etc.). The Kindle is a great product. If you just want to read, that e-paper is great.

Their shopping apps for iOS and, presumably, Android are very good. I also make good use of the Kindle app and the Audible (owned by Amazon) apps as well. I wish they would focus on what they do best - sell other people's products and make a killing doing it :-)

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/fire-sale-amazons-hyped-phone-flopped/story?id=26425329 (Oct 24, 2014)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2014 at 05:51 UTC as 11th comment
On FroKnowsPhoto guide to DSLR video now available article (160 comments in total)

Whether a Fro fan or not, it doesn't matter. He's not my style but he has his appeal for many. I find it amazing how many people love to rip others apart.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 3, 2014 at 05:32 UTC as 22nd comment
On Price released for Brikk's 24k gold Nikon Df article (390 comments in total)
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Kim Letkeman: Glad to see that this site caters to the 1%. The rest of us are, of course, temporarily embarrassed millionaires and will one day be on the market for a gold plated camera so that we don't have to pixel peep the images to know that we are gods.

Kim, I agree. We can pick one up on the used market later for probably around a used Nikon price + the actual cost of the gold. Maybe around $8k? LOL!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 20:34 UTC
On Price released for Brikk's 24k gold Nikon Df article (390 comments in total)

This should be of high interest for South American drug lords, third world despots / dictators and middle eastern "royalty" as a way to show they are into photography to the subjects and or those they impose their will on. Now they can document it with a 24k gold plated camera.

Seriously though, I just don't get it. Even if I was a incredibly wealthy, I don't see why anyone would buy this at all. If money were not an object, I'd pick up some really high end medium format systems and play with the full Leica collection as my little cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 20:31 UTC as 228th comment
On Pentax launches K-S1 Sweets Collection article (231 comments in total)
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kwa_photo: I'm just lost on this one. I don't get it. Offer a couple of color options (maybe even three, fine), but Pentax is getting sort of nuts here. It seems like a production nightmare. Maybe the colors appeal to some people, but how many actually buy them?

I used to shoot Pentax DSLR's in the mid-2000's and I still sort of root for Pentax. I haven't seen a Pentax is a "mainstream store" since Circuit City went out of business years ago in the USA. I doubt most consumers are trolling photography sites....most seem to buy their cameras at Walmart, Sam's Club, Costco, Target, etc where they would be good to have, but they aren't there. So, who is buying a candy colored DSLR?

I was in a very large Fry's in the Phoenix area last year (I don't live there) and I saw Canon, Nikon and Sony DSLR's there. That was it. Anything else with interchangeable lenses were mirrorless from Sony, Panasonic and Olympus in that store.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 15:49 UTC
On Pentax launches K-S1 Sweets Collection article (231 comments in total)

I'm just lost on this one. I don't get it. Offer a couple of color options (maybe even three, fine), but Pentax is getting sort of nuts here. It seems like a production nightmare. Maybe the colors appeal to some people, but how many actually buy them?

I used to shoot Pentax DSLR's in the mid-2000's and I still sort of root for Pentax. I haven't seen a Pentax is a "mainstream store" since Circuit City went out of business years ago in the USA. I doubt most consumers are trolling photography sites....most seem to buy their cameras at Walmart, Sam's Club, Costco, Target, etc where they would be good to have, but they aren't there. So, who is buying a candy colored DSLR?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2014 at 22:10 UTC as 128th comment | 4 replies
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vroger1: With regards to the Leica Typ109- I don't think Leica will even try to show some "improvement" on the Pana. model (it's that good). You will pay the extra solely for the red dot- and the Lightroom.

What you get with the Typ 109 that differs, value is a matter of personal taste and needs:
- different styling, loss of integrated small grip. A much cleaner look.
- access to the Leica grip accessory which is larger than the LX100's stock grip
- 3 year Leica warranty
- LR5 if that matters to you
- different jpg processing if you do shoot jpg (personal taste as to rendering)
- DNG open RAW file format with Leica vs. Panny (I think it's RW2 and proprietary).
- the added cost of the Leica
- decreased cost of the Panny and accessories
- the Red dot in exchange for losing all of the other printed stuff cluttering the Panny body...again, a matter of personal choice.

Either way, it looks like a nice camera :-)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 20:27 UTC
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twadger: I'm looking forward to seeing the reviews for this camera, I don't much like it in silver though, it looks cheap.

Yes, the silver looks pretty ugly. Strange, I love it on Fuji's and Leica's cameras. The black looks so much better with the LX100. Part of it may be how the lens is silver on the outside but when it extends it's black, that just looks horrible.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 17:08 UTC
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