LukeDuciel

LukeDuciel

Lives in China Beijing, China
Joined on Mar 21, 2010

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On Fujifilm X100T (beta) real-world samples article (75 comments in total)
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princecody: Does it focus faster than the S? Better build quality?

@Peter.

The cameras you listed does not seem to fit what you expect as full metal or well finished.

Pen, QL, Minolta(whole 135 except XD), Yashica, they all uses quite a lot plastic structure and glued joint. And yashica PCB board surely does not look good, if you really tear them a part.

For me, there is simply no "good old times". Product is always a balance of what design wants vs. cost.

In the old times, top manufacture was even more limited to rich guys or professional agencies. Look at old Canon and Nikon. You get milled brass on top-of-line A1, F2, F3 etc; while the "ordinary man" cameras have significantly less impressive stamped alloy plates (nikon FM, FE) or even plastic covers (canon AE). But hey, the ordinary cam still takes great photo, right?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2014 at 08:34 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T (beta) real-world samples article (75 comments in total)
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princecody: Does it focus faster than the S? Better build quality?

well it's a series made product meant for profit. What do you expect? even your beloved little-red-dot Leica starts to use the ugly alloy.

Oh, their recent M-A gets back to brass though, Hefty little thing, with a 3800euro price tag, "cheapo", right?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2014 at 23:01 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T (beta) real-world samples article (75 comments in total)
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Kim Letkeman: Same sensor, same lens. Not much new in this model it seems where IQ is concerned. But I'm surprised at the struggle with tack sharpness in these images. The second statue is backfocused, none of the portraits have truly sharp eyes / eyebrows ... is it really that hard to lock focus on the subject with the X100T? Note: The baskets are nice, but that's rather a large target in a fairly flat plane :-)

I would second the comment of rjx. X100s AF is totally reliable in good light. In something dim as a pub, I am not sure.

But knowing I have 50% focus-missed shot out of D3+afs 35 combo in night events shooting. So it could well be the problem of me.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2014 at 22:58 UTC
On Opinion: Bring on the 70-200mm equivalents article (281 comments in total)

I do hope the mid-long zoom had a bit more reach, especially when I try to do landscape. The 200mm or equiv. 200mm is just a tack short. Equiv 300 would give much ease.

But I kinda agree with the author on the portability issue with full frame 70-200 lens. I have done some events with canon and nikon 70-200 2.8 IS/VR. Oh the sour hands.

I am currently on the fence of how to put together a CSC system. I love the IQ esp. color reproduction of X-Trans from Fuji. But the whole system portability of M43 is really really tempting.

hmmm... what should I do....

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 16:34 UTC as 67th comment | 1 reply
On Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 article (344 comments in total)

Is there any sample photo available from this cam?

I have not been very satisfied by Pana's automatic white balance performance, although my impression was mostly from GF1, 2 and (to some extent) the camcorder AF100.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 16:26 UTC as 91st comment | 4 replies
On Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 article (344 comments in total)
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Random Asian Guy: I wonder can the flash be used with any other system. Would love something tiny like that just for a bit of fill-flash on the A7s.

I doubt that. This little thing needs to draw power from the body, (I guess) via a proprietary port.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 16:24 UTC
On Photokina 2014: Hands-on with RED's Epic Dragon article (46 comments in total)
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dougster1979: If 100fps at 16mp filters down to everyday(affordable) cameras, say in a couple of years. Could it be the end of Still cameras?

You are right, on a pure technology level, Sony F65 has achieved this even earlier.

I should have added "on consumer level". Say, a cam in size and feature set like LX100.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 15:01 UTC
On Photokina 2014: Hands-on with RED's Epic Dragon article (46 comments in total)
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dougster1979: If 100fps at 16mp filters down to everyday(affordable) cameras, say in a couple of years. Could it be the end of Still cameras?

In near future, I believe there will be one camera that produce pictures. Whether you want motion picture or still picture, it delivers.

Look at the smart phones or even the RX100 series from Sony. Pictures picked from multiple shots; composed from multiple shots; algorithms to synthesize information from the sensor grows stronger and stronger.

Image is all about capture info, process it and present it.

As the speed of sensor and processor flies up, camera will eventually grow out of the daguerreotype procedure.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 13:55 UTC
On Size matters: Hands-on with Canon PowerShot G7 X article (162 comments in total)

For me, the design choice on G7X actually makes more sense than RX100III.

Canon delivered a seemingly much more direct photographic control with a much more useful zoom range.

EVF on a camera of this size does not make too much sense in ergonomics.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 10:41 UTC as 15th comment
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Mauro.B: I hope they nailed auto white balance, as in my M240 it is still the weakest link. And offer exposure compensation on the back dial, too.

Well, considering that 99,999% of Edition 60's will spend their life behind glass, my comment is totally useless.

this one shoots RAW only.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 11:02 UTC
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magneto shot: LCD'less is one of my wish list. My other was setting a possible shots of only 36,64,128. Limitations such as these gives u all the glory and film shooting experience, makes u a better photographer definitely without the fuss of film development.

just buy this one and get a 512MB sd.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 11:02 UTC
On Zeiss introduces Distagon T* 35mm F1.4 ZM lens article (54 comments in total)
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Serious Sam: I am sure it is worth 2,290.00 but SERIOUSLY!!!!

This cost more than my whole X-Mount set put together. I really admired you Zeiss and Leica boys(and girls) has that much money to throw into a camera/lens.The CV is about 1.2K, this one is double its price and the SUMMILUX again 2.5 times the price of the zeiss. I am certain you will not see the image quality increase proportion to the money you spent even I don't own a single one of these......

performance never goes linear with price. That's for sure.

Different people just have different value. Buying a Leica, for me, is more about the kinda sense of fulfilling/rewarding myself. Not really for the top notch optical quality.

Well, Zeiss is a bit different. I would expect Zeiss to balance better from a performance / price PoV. But in this lens, I don't know whether that is still true...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 10:49 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 article (216 comments in total)
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Naveed Akhtar: GM1 is an excellent camera am very happy with it .. so this should be no worse but do we really need an EVF for this size/weight gain??

well. for a p&s style shooting with the kit zoom. the evf is not really of much benefit.

what attracts me now is GM5 + the tiny 15 1.7. For me shooting with an prime needs an EVF.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 09:09 UTC
On Nikon D750: What you need to know article (103 comments in total)
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Spectro: Actually the d750 body is magnesium alloy and carbon fiber (reinforced thermoplastic composite) not to be mistaken with polycarbonate/plastic (molded). Carbon fiber has obviously been used in expensive cars (Lamborghini), cyclist racing bike (my next bike someday) and in the newer boeing 787 airplane. Magnesium alloy is most of the back and structure while the carbon fiber is the front plate. I haven't played with the d5300 yet, but that is mostly carbon fiber body. The d750 is actually thinner then the d610 from a few top view photos, the lcd screen on top is narrower.

http://d750.org/

Spec wise I like it, would improve more hits then the d6xx AF system, but too early to upgrade as I try to skip a generation (not a pro). Like the wifi and tilting screen as I use those on my sony a7. 4k would future proof it but it is a low property as I use my camera for image and only a few video clip here and there (usually during the holidays).

Just don't hold your breath for the allegedly "carbon fiber" . Per my experience with the marketing wordings, it translates into fiber enhanced plastic.

When you do something "carbon fiber", you can make the fiber as your main structure bearer for tension (think plane and race car chassis) and other polymer is there to hold the fiber tufts together.

OR, you can do a chunk of plastic (PC, PP or even PET), and chose to use different fiber, including carbon fiber, to enhance the structure.

I have been using a 5D II. At its glorious days, Canon also claim the front panel using some xxx fiber thingy. I believe the D750 is using a similar front panel material vs. 5DII.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 07:56 UTC
On Zeiss introduces Distagon T* 35mm F1.4 ZM lens article (54 comments in total)

Distagon on a M mount lens. hmmm......

It smells like Zeiss is guessing people being willing adapt this to full frame CSCs (only SONY now though).

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 21:30 UTC as 14th comment
On Nikon announces AF-S Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G ED article (73 comments in total)

the 20 1.8 is indeed the lens I am currently itching for.

when is this going to hit the stores?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 14:03 UTC as 2nd comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1169 comments in total)
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Mike FL: I'm thinking that Pana may be release a LX8 some time later with sensor smaller than M43, otherwise Pana will have no high-end P&S to fill the $300-$500 price range.

It may be the reason that this M43 LX is LX100, but not lot of people will buy a $900 P&S. They may be still interested in LX7 over LX100, but LX7 is kind of aged.

Possible?

Have you considered RX100? what you describe sounds a lot like RX100.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 13:52 UTC

Sensor choice is more for eye-ball grabbing I guess.

In my mind, a 1/1.7" curved sensor with a large aperture lens should be the balance point for the phone to be still more "phone with a strong camera" rather than "camera that can call".

Now SONY, pls.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 13:29 UTC as 32nd comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1169 comments in total)
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Mike FL: I'm thinking that Pana may be release a LX8 some time later with sensor smaller than M43, otherwise Pana will have no high-end P&S to fill the $300-$500 price range.

It may be the reason that this M43 LX is LX100, but not lot of people will buy a $900 P&S. They may be still interested in LX7 over LX100, but LX7 is kind of aged.

Possible?

not really. the mkt for "high-end" P&S is dead. Those people are Pointing & Shooting with iPhone now.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 13:15 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 article (216 comments in total)
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Black Box: WHY is Panasonic doing this over and over again! As soon as consumers (US!) like something about their camera, they take it away. As soon as enthusiasts liked the GF-1, Panasonic turned it into a point-and-shoot. People loved GM-1 as a stylish accessory. WHY turn it into a revolting pile of grey!?

Didn't read beyond the first page. DPR, GET RID OF THE SLIDESHOW FORMAT!

+1 for the stupid one pic one paragraph thing.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 13:03 UTC
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