"If you can't get a good photo with P or Auto mode, you're unlikely to get a stunning photo with more manual controls." Well put.
nunatak: my Gitzo's are keepers. but so too are my Benro and Sirui carbon legs. they're all solid.
Gitzo may add an iteration of "finish" to their products over most competitors, but when it comes to the critical functions of weight/support, Gitzo only equals some of their much less expensive Chinese made cousins.
all things being equal, i'd prefer to blow my budget on better glass than pay tribute to a slightly better finished set of legs. JMO.
I have one Gitzo 2 series tripod and quite several Benros.
Up to now the Gitzo rarely got used. I have been trying all sorts of home-made mods on my Benro tripods to suit specific needs and have not been able to break any of them. I might finally sell the Gitzo.
To me, I would rather spend more money on the ball head. After all, the tripod is three leg and a joint, it does not require super high accuracy engineering, neither can the design be varied much.
To the contrary, bad design, engineering and CNC gets you all sorts of problems on a ball head.
ZeneticX: a classic case of
german engineering vs china quality
Above: a classic case of
blind labeling and discrimination.
BigOne: DPReview is turning into a corporate troll. A few weeks ago they published absolutely talentless photos of military planes, which caused a lot of "stir". Now they show us absolutely meaningless photos of possibly the most hated politician in American history in one of the most tragic moments in American history. Don't you have cameras to test?
Part of the very mission of photography is to witness visual slices of human history. You can take these photo less meaningful than photo of a kid playing with a lollipop, nevertheless it is an important period of time for quite some people and surely deserves to be recorded and known to the public.
GRUBERND: and now a photo-centric version of this and i am a customer.
the i/o-port control, raw-dng all sound promising already. wired image download is also a must, i didnt see any mentioning of this.
but the rolling shutter is a real pain when trying to deal with still images, makes it only usable for very static scenes.
The Z cam will open their SDK. These startups have a much more flexible mindset than the old brands. Connected cam is their way to break into the market.
I would bet my money on Z cam over Pana or Oly for the above said usage scenarios.
there's more than enough M43 bodies in the market. This startup is clearly eyeing new areas like mouting on UAVs, or act as a real crash cam.
"What I like so much about shooting with Fujifilm cameras that use this sensor is the minimal amount of fussing I need to do with my images in post. "
I cannot agree more.
LukeDuciel: Manfrotto Pixi mini - my top pick for super lite, pocket-able mini tripod.
I use it for shooting night sky during hiking and travel. Max load is D810+1424, normal load is something like A7 + a midsize lens. The D810 combo can sit pretty stable when positioned properly. A7 is easy to handle for Pixi.
I have tried many options in my quest to find the best performance to bulk / weight ratio.
The ones I can remember:
- JOBY DSLR (name? not sure) RUBBBBISHIt is heavy for its size and has a tendency to slowly change shape when loaded. The ball head (I think it's X2, bigger than the X DP reviewed)is OK enough that I kept it for using on my other self-mod carbon tripod.
- an OEM plant product seems like the ProMaster here.Legs are fine. Center column is total waste. Need to watch out for the quick release clamp. My sample had some issue and cannot hold the plate very firm. Finally returned.
I might search and try the FLM. But the leg fixing seems quite some fussing in the field.
@Alan53I had the same view before I got the Pixi in hands. I was buying it for my RX100 to be honest.
But to my surprise, the push lock is not so bad, surely much much firmer than all the gorilla funky legs. I guess the secret is the ball size. I did not measure, but the ball size on Pixi is much larger than the ball of Jobo X2.
Well, of course the Pixi won't hold my D810 set as firm as full size ball head. It is even weaker than the Jobo X2 with full metal locking mechanism. BUT, it is good enough to raise the D810 combo off ground or and hard surface and give me freedom of angle. That's enough for me on the go.
My other combo for hiking is a mod of Benro flat tripod. I trimmed it down to ~0.7kg including ball head for a max height of 70ish centimeter. Good enough for my goals and lighter than all other options I can afford.
Manfrotto Pixi mini - my top pick for super lite, pocket-able mini tripod.
Does this mean Sigma set off to do a 24-50/2 but failed?
A wave of new possibility. It is very much welcomed.
DxO does not have the stiffened mind set of the traditional Japanese cam makers.
Utilizing iphone's computing power and screen makes quite big sense for me.
lumigraphics: A Sony a5100 and pancake lens is reasonably close to the same size and a lot more flexible (I own an a5100, a6000, iPhone 4s, and iPhone 6.)
Yes its easier to carry the iPhone and a camera module than another gadget, but just saying.
nuh. the a5100 combo is already far more bulky than RX100, not to mention the DxO thing is much smaller than RX100. There's no comparison in this department.
I wish Ricoh could build a native equiv. 21mm version of this.
riveredger: Tilt screen, built in EVF, a 23mm f/2 lens and I would love one
GM5, and 17mm lens. Go
LukeDuciel: Yes I want one. But no I will not buy one.
For the money, I would buy an A7R2 and slap on my M-mount lenses; then I still have quite some bucks left for a decent trip.
And for guys that looking at RX1, I would seriously suggest trying one before you make the order (or be prepared to return the ones you buy online).
The RX1 / 1R (esp. 1R)'s IQ is top notch and nearly unbeatable in 35mm FF term. But the form factor, operation and UX (errr~~~) is kinda miserable. It is practically operating an RX100 with a much heavier and big lens barrel, which is probably bearable as an Point&Shoot but not so much as a serious photog's tool.
@abortabortIf you are happy with RX1, go shooting and post some pics. I got no objection.
For me, I have tried RX1R, retruned it and bought X100s instead.
RX1's menu is a mess as my RX100. But the latter I just use Auto/P mode and don't care about "operation". As to the "holding" part, RX1 is much squeezed and worse than the peers like X100 or GR. The electronic focusing ring has nearly zero practical use (well, if you insist on shooting flowers and alike, it might be slightly useful).
ARB1: So, are Nikon and Canon just sitting on their hands, especially Nikon geeezzz. I would by a Nikon like this in a second since I've been a loyal Nikon guy for decades, but damn, how long should one wait?
Nikon has to fight with Sony's internal demand for the sensors.
With the ever declining sales of DSLR, I highly doubt how powerful Nikon can be in front of Sony. It is totally different era vs. the days of D3.
We might see this sensor creeping in D820 in the next cycle, in late 2016 maybe?
futile32: I wonder if this will finally convince Sigma and Tamron to get on board with the FE lenses. I know it probably not that beneficial for them given Sony is only a piece of their market, but damn I want some Sigma Arts in FE mount.
It comes down to economics for Sigma. They will have to modify the optical formula for their ART lenses for FE, otherwise, we would see FE ART lenses as the already very big ARTs soldered to an extension tube at the mount.
Yes I want one. But no I will not buy one.
SONY's sensor at 1in and 35mm FF is just un-beatable for now.
The price tag reflects the fact that no other brand can challenge RX100's proposition.
I am actually recommending RX100 to everybody who does not want fussing with camera and asked me about "buying a better camera".
LukeDuciel: How does the size of M-M compare to M9? I feel it is smaller? is it?