Optical1

Optical1

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Joined on Jan 7, 2011

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On Pictures emerge showing widely-leaked Fujfilm 'X-T1' news story (373 comments in total)
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HubertChen: What am I missing? The X-T1 has the viewfinder in middle of the camera, which is ergonomically bad, as now my nose is colliding with the display. The previous X-Models have the viewfinder in the corner of he camera, which is way better.

Other then than the bad placement of the EVF, what is the difference?

And do not get me wrong. I love the Fuji X-Cameras. They are very well designed and work like a charm. Just do not see the excitement of bad placement of the EVF and why to create a new camera family? If they want to increase sales, work on cost down of the wonderful X-Gestalt.

I couldn't disagree with you more. To me, there is no better place for a viewfinder than in line with the lens.

Is it different? Yes. Is it "bad"? Surely not.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2014 at 02:05 UTC
On CES 2014: Panasonic Stand Report news story (19 comments in total)

@RichRMA: it's the video capability. Panasonic is cutting edge here with 4k video - giving it an advantage over the competition. For stills alone it is overpriced in my estimation.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2014 at 08:20 UTC as 3rd comment
On Fujifilm XQ1 Preview preview (161 comments in total)
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Francis Carver: The heck is this?

Whoops! Yes, I used sensor diagonal times width, not width times height. Damn ipad late at night. Next time I'll wait until the morning. Thanks for the correction!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 19, 2013 at 08:49 UTC
On Fujifilm XQ1 Preview preview (161 comments in total)
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locke42: With the RX100 at practically the same price point, what's the point of this thing?

@plastek
I'm not joking in any way. I have carried a pocket camera with me for as long as I can remember. The s95 was a revelation for me. The image quality was noticeably better than the competition. The RX100 is another step up in image quality to be sure. The problem is that it is large enough that I notice it's presence in my pocket. Whereas my s95 went unnoticed and was there when I needed it, the RX100 I consider if I want to take. The RX100 IQ is unquestionably better, but ultimate IQ isn't the most important aspect of a pocket cam for me. In my case, the better camera is the one I have with me, and lately that hasn't been the RX100.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 19, 2013 at 08:38 UTC
On Fujifilm XQ1 Preview preview (161 comments in total)
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Francis Carver: The heck is this?

@DanielFjall

1" Sensor: 16mm x 12.8mm = 204.8sqmm
2/3" Sensor: 11mm x 8.8mm = 96.8sqmm
1/1.7" Sensor: 9.5mm x 7.6mm = 72.2sqmm

The RX100 is a little over twice the size, while the 2/3" sensor is ~35% larger than the 1/1.7" sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2013 at 09:00 UTC
On Fujifilm XQ1 Preview preview (161 comments in total)
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locke42: With the RX100 at practically the same price point, what's the point of this thing?

I think it might be a nice jeans pocket camera. The RX100 is too large and heavy for my own use as a pocket cam. I know that this may seem odd to some people, but I come from using a Canon S95, and I've found myself using the RX100 less and less due to the size. It just isn't comfortable to carry in my pocket. I would like the best IQ possible with a camera that l don't mind carrying. It looks like this camera might just be small and light enough to fit the bill.

One other point that is intriguing is the PDAF on sensor. That also has the potential to be helpful in the field.

One last thing, starting at 28mm is a bit maddening for me. 24 would be even better, but starting at 25mm is a plus.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2013 at 08:50 UTC
On Panasonic DMC-GM1 preview (639 comments in total)

So, does the 12-32 have a metal mount, or a plastic mount?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2013 at 06:50 UTC as 194th comment | 2 replies
On Panasonic DMC-GM1 preview (639 comments in total)
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Trollshavethebestcandy: Is it just me or was this born for the 12 mm Oly?

looking forward to that combination!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2013 at 06:42 UTC
On Panasonic DMC-GM1 preview (639 comments in total)
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manmachine242: There is something wrong with "equivalent aperture" comparison.

Q7 has 1/1.7'' type sensor, multiplier is 4.55.

2.8 x 4.55 = 12.74 (and not f/17 as chart shows)

@ Bart Hickman. It actually only shows the equivalent values at the extremes. It does not display anything relevant in between. Aperture values are generally not linear, and definitely not for the RX100. I have no idea what the 12-32 will offer, but the progression for the RX100 is roughly (in 35mm equivalent):

28: 1.8=4.9
31: 2.2=5.9
34: 2.8=7.6
42: 3.2=8.6
54: 3.5=9.5
65: 4.0=10.8
76: 4.5=12.1
96: 4.9=13.2

At the end of the day, the RX100 may still have the lower equivalent F-values for DOF, but until it is filled in, the graph is not very telling...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2013 at 06:36 UTC
On Panasonic DMC-GM1 preview (639 comments in total)
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manmachine242: There is something wrong with "equivalent aperture" comparison.

Q7 has 1/1.7'' type sensor, multiplier is 4.55.

2.8 x 4.55 = 12.74 (and not f/17 as chart shows)

@Richard Butler:
Thanks for the quick response!!! I will look forward to seeing the updated graph when you all have the capability to chart this information. It would be great to have a resource that indicated the relevant aperture for a given focal length. I regret being so negative sounding in my post. You guys work hard to get us this information. Thank you!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2013 at 06:12 UTC
On Hasselblad Lunar interchangeable lens camera now shipping news story (371 comments in total)

This is truly horrible.

If they had at least put their ugly cladding on an RX1, it would at least have stellar IQ, and may have sold - but a NEX-7 with the kit lens, really!?

What a waste!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2013 at 21:00 UTC as 171st comment
On GIF creator receives honor, still chafes at mispronunciation news story (159 comments in total)
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Low Battery: Jif makes it sound like a cleaning product.....

...or peanut butter...

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2013 at 18:49 UTC
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yabokkie: a 42.5mm f/1.2 FourThirds is a 83mm f/2.4 equivalent on 35mm format (bring you every result the same) and thus worth about 60% of popular 85/1.8 ones, about 300 dollars compared with Nikon G.

@Yabokkie:

You have no knowledge of power. Value is in the eye of the beholder. For you, you won't purchase either of these lenses because you don't perceive their value. For those of us who are involved in the system - these lenses fill holes in the lens lineup - to us the value is different. It is obvious that you have little understanding of the trade offs that are inherent with different systems. Equivalence is largely irrelevant. Stop calculating and go shoot a crop sensor camera - you might actually start to understand why folks are switching to them.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2013 at 09:58 UTC
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yabokkie: a 42.5mm f/1.2 FourThirds is a 83mm f/2.4 equivalent on 35mm format (bring you every result the same) and thus worth about 60% of popular 85/1.8 ones, about 300 dollars compared with Nikon G.

http://admiringlight.com/blog/full-frame-equivalence-and-why-it-doesnt-matter/

It will probably be priced with a premium, but your logic is flawed. Not everyone has the same "equivalent value" you suggest...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2013 at 06:42 UTC
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marike6: I'd like to see Panasonic get rid of the ribbed, knurled focus ring. They are dust magnets. In three days, my new PL 25 1.4 had so much lint on the focus ring, it looked like a used lens. Even the 42.5 1.2 prototype seems covered in lint. The tight ribbing of the AF ring just collects it.

Yep. I couldn't agree more.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2013 at 06:16 UTC
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yabokkie: a 150mm f/2.8 FourThirds is a 294mm f/5.5 equivalent on 35mm format. compared with Canon and Nikon 300mm f/4 ones, this lens should worth about 750 dollars.

Considering Sigma's 150/2.8 is $1100 and the least expensive 300mm SLR lens is $1300, I can hardly see where you get your $750 price.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2013 at 06:14 UTC

Z10 is a stupid name...I can't believe they haven't introduced a BlackBerry Pi model to help resurrect the company.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2013 at 22:11 UTC as 1st comment
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Mike Ronesia: " Panasonic's second constant aperture zoom for Micro Four Thirds"

Isn't it the 3rd?

Looks like this one might be on my list before the 12-35. I've been liking what I've been seeing from it so far.

Yup 7-14 @ F4 and the 12-35 and 35-100 at F2.8.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2012 at 21:27 UTC
On Mirrorless Roundup 2011 article (429 comments in total)
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filipe brandao: I really don't understand why dpreview is clinging on to a marketing catch word ("mirrorless") instead of promoting a more clear classification of cameras.
Classifying these cameras as "mirrorless" is the same as saying a pencil is a inkless pen. Its confusing and forsakes a hole history of photography in which most of the cameras didn't have mirrors in their system. One should ask why isn't leica m9 included in this group.
Cameras have always been classified by how they allow the photographer to view/focus on the subject and their format. Any effort in this direction would help to clear the marketing confusion in which we roam.

This argument about the name mirrorless is senseless...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2012 at 21:02 UTC
On Mirrorless Roundup 2011 article (429 comments in total)
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CannonO: Sooo.... Sony seems to be best across the board from what I gather here and on other sites.

I strongly disagree with you Zader. Sony has some strong-suits but it is hardly better across the board. Although sony's IQ is at or near the top, their lens selection is middle of the pack at best. While they have 8 lenses now, micro four thirds has 24 distinct lenses. Outside of the NEX7, Sony's 3 and 5 series cameras have limited tactile controls, and a touch screen does not cut it if you are routinely adjusting settings. NEX does have some nice attributes: focus peaking, PDAF adapter for Alpha lenses, but it is hardly better across the board.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2012 at 20:50 UTC
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