NetMage

NetMage

Lives in United States Danville, AK, United States
Works as a Systems Manager
Has a website at http://scw.us
Joined on Jan 22, 2006

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On X-Transformed? Fujifilm X30 Review article (239 comments in total)
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halfwaythere: The most honest conclusion should've been: find 100$ or thereabouts and get yourself one of the much better alternatives.

Are there alternatives with manual zoom and EVF?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2015 at 20:11 UTC
On X-Transformed? Fujifilm X30 Review article (239 comments in total)
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mosc: I would like to see this sensor behind a reasonably bright superzoom. I think it could really do some wonderful telephoto work in the 500mm f6 neighborhood in a size that would still be very compact.

The LX100 is everything that the X30 wants to be with 3x the sensor. It's zoom range is a little less but it has more manual controls

From the shape of this lens it seems like the x40 could just be increased in all dimensinos to cover a 1" sensor with little change in the overall package. In front of a modern 1" sensor with the combination of aperture and zoom range that it would offer that may be a winner for Fuji (though the g7x is 1" 100mmeq f2.8 so it's not that much longer).

Another customer for the XS-2 if Fuji ever makes it?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2015 at 20:05 UTC
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misolo: The engineer in me is puzzled. It's odd that they give zero details of their key technology: how the "digital rangefinder" would work "without the need for calibration". The secondary digital image has to be (digitally) shifted laterally as the focus ring is turned. Somehow this digital shift will have to be calibrated to the mechanical action of the focus ring on the lens.

@misolo I don't think that's true - there is no coupling between PDAF sensors and the lens focus - the optical change that occurs as the lens is focused causes the sensor images to correlate (same with Dual Pixel). Same thing with a split image focus aid in an SLR - the act of focusing causes the split image to come together. I could see the two sensors having different image paths and only correlating when focus is achieved.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2015 at 00:52 UTC
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kodakrome: New 24 MP sensor and upgraded AF? Sounds like a nice, capable camera. Rebel cameras are all about hitting price points that a lot of people want and need to be in. Calling a $1,000 camera a "beginners camera" is no different than calling a $30,000 Honda a beginners car just because it's not a BMW. It's just silly.

@hetedik What makes you think this is their cheapest model? Canon lists the T6i with 18-55 at $900, the SL-1 with 18-55 at $700 and goes down to the T3 with 18-55 at $450.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 00:23 UTC
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prossi: Not gonna happen! Photography is a fringe hobby and becoming smaller by the day. It has been greatly enhanced by digital in terms of IQ but at the same time it has been trivialized and cheapened and will go the way of hi-end stereo systems. It used to take $5k worth of camera equipment to get a picture you can now take on your iphone while using the bathroom.
It's too late for Canon to develop a line of mirrorless cameras but mostly a new line of hi quality lenses to be sold side by side to the DSLR lenses and potentially compete with that bread and butter. The r&d costs are simply too high. Canon is having troubles with basics like sensors specs PLUS likes to toy with customers by not giving them touchscreens, easy social media connectivity and other basics that are common place on all the other cameras. They do that in an attempt to appear like 'purists' of photography, but in reality they nickel and dime trying to maintain profitability with a minimum effort.

@HowaboutRAW

That's definitely not true.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 00:14 UTC
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Poweruser: All this is just a 3D model and a website. Come on folks. It doesnt take a lot to make a concept of camera, rather than making a camera.

Did you read the article?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 23:48 UTC
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misolo: The engineer in me is puzzled. It's odd that they give zero details of their key technology: how the "digital rangefinder" would work "without the need for calibration". The secondary digital image has to be (digitally) shifted laterally as the focus ring is turned. Somehow this digital shift will have to be calibrated to the mechanical action of the focus ring on the lens.

Not so sure - since they are using twin sensors, couldn't they have a slight perspective shift that creates the overlaid rangefinder view optically?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 23:45 UTC
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Beckler8: Enough with the stupid minimalist design now. It has no place *anywhere* in my opinion but certainly not on cameras designed to be used by fingered humans.

Well, EC and ISO are nice things to have on knobs...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 23:38 UTC
On Opinion: Canon EOS 750D and 760D article (316 comments in total)
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Interestingness: I could really use that 760D to finally 'upgrade' my 50D. Really need something better above ISO 2500 but have been really disappointed with what Canon has done since then. 60D was a downgrade IMHO, 70D has focussing issues, 7Dii is too expensive for what I would need it for.

Am definitely going to take a wait-and-see with the 760D and read some user reviews. This *IS* Canon we're talking about - will they make the viewfinder teeny tiny? Wheel on back be cheap and feel like the S90? Cheap and creaky plastic build? Cripple it/take usable features away to try to steer someone up line? What did they do to protect their lineup from canibilizing their own lineup?

This will be my last kick at the can for Canon. Already sold off the lenses I don't need, the 50D is up for sale and am holding onto the couple of pieces of glass I like and use. If Canon drops the ball on this I'm out forever.

For similar reasons I went from the 50D to the 7D. Not the latest sensor tech, but a nice step up at a steeply discounted price versus original pricing or a 7D II.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2015 at 15:39 UTC
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kodakrome: New 24 MP sensor and upgraded AF? Sounds like a nice, capable camera. Rebel cameras are all about hitting price points that a lot of people want and need to be in. Calling a $1,000 camera a "beginners camera" is no different than calling a $30,000 Honda a beginners car just because it's not a BMW. It's just silly.

When you are wrong, what do we get?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 23:47 UTC
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PhotoKhan: (continued)

Under this light, titling an article "Does the arrival of the EOS M3 mean Canon is finally taking mirrorless seriously?" makes as much sense as asking if Apple was not taking small form factor tablets seriously, a couple of years ago (too much r.e.s.p.e.c.t for that one, I guess).

Damien says that "We still see brands working in this area unsure about who they should be marketing to"?...Well Canon isn't. They are primarily marketing the M to EOS users.

In all probability, Canon has always taken mirrorless seriously. Reviewers simply are not understanding what they are doing.

The answer to the Apple question is no,and their latest small tablet release shows that continues to be true.

The answer to the headline is also no, and the M3 and Nikon 1 show neither company are taking MILCs seriously. If they were they wouldn't be willing to give up 30% of the ILC market to other manufacturers.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 15:52 UTC
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Anastigmat: The USA has a different culture than the Japanese. Japan is a small crowded country. Its roads are narrow, and the cars have to be small. The USA is a big country, and people prefer to buy big cars, big SUVs and big trucks over smaller vehicles. The same mentality also exists when it comes to cameras. Most enthusiasts and pros prefer the large bodies of a EOS 1 series or equally large Nikon F-F6 and D1-D4 bodies. They tend to avoid compact cameras like the Nikon FG and EM, not just because they are entry level but also because they are viewed as too fragile. That difference has also affected mirrorless camera sales. In Japan, the mirrorless cameras are a hot seller because people appreciate compact things that take up less space in their tiny apartments. In the USA, the tiny size of the mirrorles is actually a marketing disadvantage. That may be why Canon is not bringing the M3 to the USA. It simply won't sell as well here as in Japan.

A lot more tiny Rebel cameras are sold than all 1-series put together.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 15:32 UTC
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justmeMN: I don't fault Canon for not aggressively rushing into a money-losing sector.

Mirrorless proponents like to say that it is cheaper to make but the price of mirrorless cameras doesn't seem to reflect any cost savings - the Nixon 1 is ridiculously priced, the Fuji's expensive, Sony perhaps on par with DSLRs. Where's the ridiculously cheap CSC cameras to match entry level Canon's?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 15:30 UTC
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qwertyasdf: I never think that CSCs were "help compact camera users progress toward something more capable and flexible".

It's about removing the mirror box - that bulky, precision mechanical, production cost.

Except cameras with mirrors are cheaper than MILCs in most cases so there is not evidence mirtorless is cheaper.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 15:22 UTC
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Hugo808: Another problem is; profits are down with the big two and how much does it cost to develop a MILC?

I imagine heads rolled at Canikon when it became obvious their mirrorless offerings were not going down well with the punters. But how could they get it right without making their own product lines less attractive to the serious buyer of any MILC they came up with?

That's their problem, coming up with a challenge to the now established herd with the money they've got left that doesn't make everything else they've got redundant. Good luck with that but I wouldn't want to be responsible...

They need to take a page from Apple and realize a sale to a customer no matter the model is better then losing a customer i.e. cannabalize themselves rather than letting others eat their lunch.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 15:21 UTC
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Howard: Let's put the senor in 80D and 7D III (or 8D) please.

And get rid of Dual Pixel? And this probably has half the output rate of the 7D so drop the 7D III to 5fps?

Don't think that would sell very well.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2015 at 00:55 UTC
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Timmerdude: After more then 40 years of use Canon products I moved to the Panasonic GH4 because of video.
Canon is not listening to it's customers.
They will be losing more and more customers!

Perhaps don't compare Canon's new entry level camera to the top of the line camera from Panasonic that costs twice as much, but rather wait for a higher model from Canon?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2015 at 00:52 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2340 comments in total)
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AbrasiveReducer: Whoops! The problem is, the person who desperately "needs" 50mp is the same person who also wants lots of dynamic range.

Same for the ISO. Nobody needs 100,000,000 ISO but having a low ISO range suggests one thing: noise.

What a brag fest we will be treated to between the D810 owners and the 5Ds owners. DxO says this; DxO says that. Oy vey.

@Ryan for you, perhaps so. Not for everyone.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 23:31 UTC
On Hands-on with Canon's 'not-coming-to-USA' EOS M3 article (532 comments in total)
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StevenE: What a con job Canon did on us in North America. Offer nice little lenses, and withhold a decent camera to use them. I bought the lenses ONLY thinking there was a decent camera body coming some day. I'll never trust Canon like that again. Now I'm stuck with one of the worst camera bodies I have ever used if I want to make use of those lenses.
Bad Taste In mouth ... must reach for SONY

How many times party E-mount lenses are there?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 17:09 UTC
On Canon 7D mirror box filmed at 10,000fps article (175 comments in total)
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ProfHankD: Nice video! I think most DSLR users are not aware of the moving slit, which is a cloth curtain that moves left-right in many old SLRs (and why we still call them curtains). The temporal artifacting, nearly identical to electronic rolling shutter, is also something I think many people don't know about. It's also worth mentioning that there is a very different artifacting for leaf shutters used in compact cameras: the iris goes from open to closed and then open again, effectively varying the aperture diameter through the exposure interval (which actually can improve bokeh, but causes strange temporal artifacts within the bokeh for fast-moving objects).

BTW, a high-speed video looking at the other end of the camera is interesting too: the lens in a DSLR typically has to stop down to the desired aperture as the mirror is being lifted. In fact, in some cameras that's what's still in progress in the short interval between the mirror being up and the shutter curtain starting the exposure.

Are in lens leaf shutters at a nodal point to minimize those artifacts?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2015 at 16:55 UTC
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