LukeDuciel

LukeDuciel

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

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On Fujifilm X-T10 First Impressions Review preview (528 comments in total)

"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.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 02:54 UTC as 25th comment | 5 replies
On Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed article (132 comments in total)
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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) RUBBBBISH
It 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.

@Alan53
I 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.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 02:37 UTC
On Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed article (132 comments in total)

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) RUBBBBISH
It 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.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2015 at 03:59 UTC as 24th comment | 4 replies

Does this mean Sigma set off to do a 24-50/2 but failed?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 09:56 UTC as 104th comment | 1 reply

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.

Horray!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 03:29 UTC as 52nd comment
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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.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 03:27 UTC
On Ricoh GR II: What's new and what does it mean? article (199 comments in total)

I wish Ricoh could build a native equiv. 21mm version of this.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 02:49 UTC as 46th comment
On Ricoh GR II: What's new and what does it mean? article (199 comments in total)
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riveredger: Tilt screen, built in EVF, a 23mm f/2 lens and I would love one

GM5, and 17mm lens. Go

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 02:48 UTC
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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.

@abortabort
If 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).

Direct link | Posted on Jun 15, 2015 at 02:23 UTC
On Sony a7R II has 42.4MP on full frame BSI CMOS sensor article (1256 comments in total)
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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?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 02:20 UTC
On Sony a7R II has 42.4MP on full frame BSI CMOS sensor article (1256 comments in total)
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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.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 02:15 UTC

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.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 02:08 UTC as 57th comment | 3 replies

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".

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 06:03 UTC as 55th comment
On Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on article (622 comments in total)
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LukeDuciel: How does the size of M-M compare to M9? I feel it is smaller? is it?

thx @xtoph

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 02:27 UTC
On Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on article (622 comments in total)
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LukeDuciel: How does the size of M-M compare to M9? I feel it is smaller? is it?

nevermind. M9 is a bit thinner

M9 139 x 80 x 37mm
MM Typ 246 139 x 80 x 42mm

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2015 at 09:17 UTC
On Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on article (622 comments in total)

How does the size of M-M compare to M9? I feel it is smaller? is it?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2015 at 09:12 UTC as 36th comment | 3 replies

Looks like the hood has the same thread-on design as the 35lux.

I hate it. it just cannot stop loosening itself.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2015 at 03:01 UTC as 38th comment
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Photomonkey: Yes it is expensive. It is a Leica.

It is a testament to the brand that it has lasted these many years. Great brands selling at similar prices have exited the stage over the years. Zeiss, Alpa, Rollei etc. These are legendary brands as is Leica. Arguably, they expired because they did not charge enough to support their expensively produced excellence.

Leica have survived and thrived despite a few near death experiences because the quality is undisputed and their careful moves into digital have broadened the appeal of the line. They have also wisely refused to discount their brand.
If you do want to spend less and get a Leica you can, but it won't be an M.

sorry optics and quality did not save Leica. LVMH did, and turned it into a luxury brand, i.e. to get excessive margin from affluent people.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2015 at 02:58 UTC
On Oppo launches R7 and R7 Plus post (32 comments in total)
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Felix E Klee: When reading RGBW, I was thinking about W, which lets R, G and B through. At first sight, that increases sensitivity. Why do most cameras filter RGB separately? It's quite a waste of photons. They get absorbed in the filters. It should be possible to filter combined colors, such as red and green, i.e. yellow. That would give the same information, with much less waste. Looking at the Wikipedia article about color filter arrays, I see that Kodak used CYYM filters in a few cameras. Why isn't that the standard? What's the disadvantage?

Or is the RGB filter array for the Bayer pattern nowadays realized using small prisms, that redirect different frequencies to different pixels, thereby not wasting any photons in absorption?

What you gain in light sensitivity, you lose in color info. Early test of Huawei P8 (using the RGBW) has confirmed this.

This is not the 1st gen SONY RGBW sensor. If my memory serves, the 1st gen was used by LG G2, which was an utter failure. Let's wait and see how this 2nd gen plays out.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2015 at 05:19 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T10 First Impressions Review preview (528 comments in total)

I found it super ugly when the 1st photo leaked. But now it looks kinda OK.

In comparison to palm size, I expected to be similar size vs. X100s, except for the hump in the middle.

To me, the look feels a bit like the Kodak Retina, which was a beauty in retro sense.

Any how, the cam looks like a solid choice for prosumers.

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2015 at 06:47 UTC as 68th comment
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