Alex Permit

Alex Permit

Lives in United States United States
Joined on Sep 12, 2002
About me:

Currently own:

Nikon D3s 14-24mm f/2.8G, 24-70 f/2.8G, 24-70mm f/2.8G, 70-200 f/2.8 VR2

Sony nex 5, 6, 7, SEL1018 10-18mm, 50mm, 55-210mm F4.5-6.3, Zeiss 12mm f/2.8

Leica 28mm f/2.8 ASPH

Voigtlander Nokton Aspherical 35mm f/1.2

Fuji x100, x100s

Canon 10D, Canon 20D, 16-35 f2.8L, 50 f1.4, 85 f1.2L, 70-200 f2.8L IS, 24-70 f2.8L, 28-135 f3.5 IS

Panasonic GF1, GH1, Panasonic 20mm f1.7, 14-45, 7-14, 14-140, 45-200

Panasonic ZS3, TZ5, Minolta A2, Minolta Xg, Canon s400

Epson 3880, Artisan 810, Canon MP970, HP D7560, HP 8450, HP L7680

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Its a bit pricey for what it is. They are clearly milking their great brand reputation built from true photographers workhorses like the HV, Stellar, and of course the crown jewel Lunar.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2014 at 18:12 UTC as 25th comment
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Reality Check: As interesting as this sounds (especially to those of the recent digital age, and some Sony engineers apparently) this is just OLD technology/concept revisited...
We tried this back in the film days (in concept) for the very same reasons - smaller/simpler/cheaper lenses with better performance across the image frame, etc..
What was determined back then (as is being 'discovered' today) is the very limited beneficial uses provided. Wide angle lenses, due the intrinsic field curvature of the elements used in their design, are almost the only area of benefit. Just about anything longer than ~50mm would itself have to be -redesigned- in order to project effectively, which would of course exponentially consume any cost savings of simpler/cheaper wide angle lenses.
Sony has provided theoretical information to suggest greater sensor performance, noting signal noise reduction etc, but nothing that could not be accomplished by putting R&D towards 'fewer' 'larger' and 'better' photosites..

Right on the money. I'd add that it made more sense 100 years ago then it does today. Bending film is easy. Bending silicon is not.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2014 at 03:48 UTC
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Alex Permit: Even at the "EGA" resolution provided, the image looks awfully blurry. Not sure I'd call it "historic". Maybe a better word would be "retro". Like a photo from a 10 year old cell phone.

But the whole point of using a curved senor is to achieve high image quality with a simpler lens design. That's not been demonstrated in this picture.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 17:48 UTC
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scooper1: Has it really escaped everyone's attention that there's hardly an object in focus in the sample image? What on earth is that image supposed to prove?

Proves the technology doesn't work. At least they're being honest.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 23:41 UTC

Even at the "EGA" resolution provided, the image looks awfully blurry. Not sure I'd call it "historic". Maybe a better word would be "retro". Like a photo from a 10 year old cell phone.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 23:40 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies
On Nikon 1 V3 stock shortage prompts official apology article (288 comments in total)

They overestimated demand for V1 and V2. Guess they "overcompensated" by under producing the V3. Can't really blame them.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 03:55 UTC as 81st comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (722 comments in total)
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felicity: I'm confused. The review says the Panasonic GM1 is larger but the spec comparison show is smaller - and considerably lighter.

That said, since they are not direct competitors, I can't choose them for a 'review comparison'. Thoughts on how they would compare on focusing speed, low light functionality, IQ? For sake of argument, assume it is with the kits lens.

Gm1 without a lens is smaller in every dimension. With a lens its much deeper.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 01:47 UTC
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carlos roncatti: Maybe the biggest company to fail in history? ( i have no idea thats why im asking)...can someone point others? one of the best marketing phrases in history (IMO): you press the button, we do the rest...

Most prominent "recent" example that comes to mind would be the Radio Corporation of America, aka RCA.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2014 at 05:40 UTC
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carlos roncatti: Maybe the biggest company to fail in history? ( i have no idea thats why im asking)...can someone point others? one of the best marketing phrases in history (IMO): you press the button, we do the rest...

Here's the first set of the companies in the Dow Jones Industrial Average:

Central Pacific Railroad *
Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad
Northern Pacific Railway (Preferred)
Central Railroad of New Jersey *
Lake Shore Railway
Pacific Mail Steamship
Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad *
Louisville & Nashville Railroad
Union Pacific Railroad
Chicago & North Western Railway
Missouri Pacific Railroad
Western Union
Delaware & Hudson Canal *
New York Central Railroad

Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2014 at 05:28 UTC
On Samsung NX30 Review preview (404 comments in total)
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JaimeA: I do not intend to influence your decisions. I am reporting our personal experiences and what was published in the Wall Street Journal and others. The current issue of Vanity Fair also carries a sizable story on patent abuse. Samsung has a constant stream of lawsuits and not only in America. If you buy Samsung we recommend you get the insurance.

Are you just upset because Linda's Galaxy died? Or are you trolling?

I have had no problems with my three Samsung tv's nor has my wife had a problem with her two Galaxy's. Avs forums has no systemic reports of issues with current Samsung TV's.

There was a problem with TV's manufactured between 2006 and 2008. Thats a long time ago, and a very different product line.

If you have issues with a manufacturer because one of their products had an issue, try googling "d600 recall". Its more recent and a more relevant product.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2014 at 20:22 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2979 comments in total)
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Vmo9: A release date would be helpful. I look forward to user reviews. Fast lens, hotshoe probably not necessary.

Amazon has june 20 release date

Direct link | Posted on May 17, 2014 at 05:52 UTC
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Richt2000: Way way way too late a fix for this camera.
Mine suffered so bad from shutter I ditched it with a few weeks and replaced it with an E-M5...

Too late by only a few weeks? Way way too many ways.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2014 at 23:51 UTC
On Lost 1960s moon photos recovered from analog tapes article (43 comments in total)
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bobbarber: What strikes me, as a guy who was alive back then, is that we went to the moon in the first place. No, we didn't have cell phones, and the only computer in school was a massive apparatus in its own room which you had to program with terse text commands. But we weren't quite as backwards as it might appear to the current generation. Making it to the moon was a serious accomplishment. That, and the Beatles.

Today, your cell phone has more computing power than all of NASA had back in 1969 when it sent two astronauts to the moon. The Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) that controlled the command module had approximately 64Kbyte of memory and operated at 0.043MHz. It was more basic than the electronics in modern toasters that have computer controlled stop/start/defrost buttons.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 20:21 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (451 comments in total)
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Donnie G: Alright, who's the comedian who came up with the term "mirrorless" cameras? Who the heck walks into a Costco, Walmart or Best Buy and says "Hey, can I buy a mirrorless camera? Or, Hey, can I buy a stepless ladder?" Sounds like something important has been left out of the product, doesn't it? I mean I understand what those folks are trying to say: "Mirrors! We don't need no stinking mirrors." I get it. But they need to come up with a new product description or catch phrase to help sell these cameras they claim to love so much. And please no, don't use E.V.I.L. either, unless you want to continue to have warehouses full of "marketless, SLRless" cameras for sale. :)

Its like saying wireless lan, sugarless gum, or smokeless tobacco. A key feature that essentially defined a product is later seen to be cumbersome, fattening, or even bad for you.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2014 at 03:16 UTC
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mervis50: Without getting into specs or what Canon should or shouldn't be doing, I know for myself I would much rather shoot with a more traditional form factor such as these models. A proper handle for one-handed shooting, a big eyepiece and cup to brace against the face, leaving the other hand free to work the controls.

Even with the best capabilities a video camera that's built like a stills camera is just not ergonomically sound.

But the sound will not be ergonomic. High quality sound is as important as high quality video.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2014 at 21:35 UTC
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jackspra: Or nikon

Nikon??

Canon, Sony, JVC, Panasonic are the leaders in this segment. Nikon is a no-show

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2014 at 21:31 UTC
On Camera from NASA's moon missions sold at auction article (110 comments in total)
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Alex Permit: $900,000 for a camera that two years ago sold for $42,000? Sounds like a money laundering scheme.

Haha. That was a great scene. Lasertag is more believable then a moon camera.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 01:24 UTC
On Camera from NASA's moon missions sold at auction article (110 comments in total)

$900,000 for a camera that two years ago sold for $42,000? Sounds like a money laundering scheme.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 19:14 UTC as 29th comment | 3 replies
On Hungarian law bans photos taken without consent article (325 comments in total)
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alpha90290: I think the law is targeted at Paparazzi . Now the politicians don't have to worry about sex scandals when they went out with their mistresses since nobody are allow to take their photos :)

Best explanation I've seen yet!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 21:41 UTC
On Hungarian law bans photos taken without consent article (325 comments in total)
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larrytusaz: If I were rich, I'd travel to Hungary, break this law, then DARE them to do a thing about it, and sic as many lawyers on the resulting case as there are grains of sand on the beach.

That declaration aside, in a way I'm not surprised. I don't know about the rest of the USA, but in eastern TX, I swear you can't take a picture of ANYTHING without people flipping out, especially if you're a male. Dumb idiots swear every man with a camera is a pervert out to feed the pedophile pond, as if someone pleasuring themselves to a photo, as sick as that may be, is really harming anyone to start with. (I'm referring to "street photography" or "incidental" candid/tourist photos, not something where kids are forced to undress against their will.) Regardless, even stopping and taking a photo of an old barn risks raising the tempers of neighbors who think you're stalking the landscape trying to abduct somebody. Paranoia has really taken over--but I click away anyway, as should every photographer.

I don't know if you've been following political developments in Hungary. Ever since Fidesz took power in 2010, its been slowly turning into a police state. I'm not saying you would be accused of being a terrorist for flagrantly violating the law and shooting your mouth of at the authorities, daring them to do something about it. But I'm not saying you wouldn't.

And I'm not saying that one of your gun wielding neighbors would shoot you because they think you're up to no good. But I'm not saying they wouldn't. People have been shot for less.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 01:39 UTC
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