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BJN

BJN

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jiayaw: Can someone explain how this provides an advantage over arca swiss plates? I can have dedicated arca plates for each of my camera and telephoto lens and have better stability and still end up paying less than what I'd need to pay if I were to get this...

GlobalGuyUSA, look up the Kirk SQRC-HEX.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2015 at 19:13 UTC
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joelakeland: I started comparing at 1600 and to my eyes the Olympus OM D EM5 II is better there. Plus, I threw up the GM5 as well and both the Panasonics STILL look like they have a green tint to them compared to the a6000 and EM5 II.

A bit disappointing to me as far as the level of improvement over preceding Panasonic models. I'm sure it will be fine as other top M43 cameras are, but, its lone trump card is a bigger file(can't say as to DR yet).

I wouldn't call the GX8 and epic fail nor would I characterize it as an Olympus killer. It's somewhere between those things. Better imaging pipeline in the Olympus cameras, as it has long been. A smidge more detail at low ISOs with the GX8, but, in real world printing an Internet posting, does it matter at all???

"I wouldn't call the GX8 and epic fail nor would I characterize it as an Olympus killer. It's somewhere between those things." You really narrowed it down there, thanks!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2015 at 22:03 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 makes leap to 20MP article (168 comments in total)
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rfsIII: Does anyone know what this sentence means? It sounds intriguing, but it makes no sense the way it's translated.

"The aperture filter is capable of controlling a wider frequency range. It adjusts the amount of sharpness according to the frequency level, resulting in faithful stereoscopic effect."

It sounds like jpeg sharpening uses frequency domain processing. And it sounds like they are saying that the sharpening is controlled to accentuate depth cues by keeping soft elements and sharpening just the sharp areas. But that's a pretty technical word dump and it's not very clear.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 17:00 UTC
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iAPX: Looks unnatural at best

Yellow light of the setting sun on one side, blue light coming from a different direction on the other.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2015 at 13:13 UTC
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mpgxsvcd: Useless for astronomy with its 4 second shutter speed limitation. That is the area where it had the most potential.

Had the most potential for you, I presume you meant. I'm getting one and astrophotography never crossed my mind.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2015 at 22:30 UTC
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canonpro: Biggest problem of this over the Sony, the Olympus does not have a removable battery, its built in. So when your battery runs out (or when it final craps out) your kinda of screwed.

Yes, according to IR, it runs on USB power.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2015 at 22:28 UTC
On Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? article (1085 comments in total)
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kona_moon: The only reason I have not jumped onto the a7 bandwagon is the lack of COMPACT lenses. What good is a compact FF camera body without equally compact lenses? I will continue with my RX1 until the whole system becomes COMPACT.

What tradeoffs in performance are you willing to accept for compact lenses? Slower apertures and optical flaws that need to be corrected via image processing? It's hard for me to make sense of getting the most out of such a powerful sensor with compromised lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2015 at 19:40 UTC
On Leica Q First Impressions Review preview (576 comments in total)

Rectangular lens hoods are common in Leicaland since they intrude less into a rangefinder's view. Since there's no optical finder to justify the squared-off, non reversible hood, I can only assume that this one represents style over function.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 15:19 UTC as 158th comment | 3 replies
On Lily Camera flies itself and follows its owner article (155 comments in total)
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pboehi: 20min of flying time is very short - having this device accompany me in the mountains during the day would be great, but this would mean several hours in the air...

Most quadrocopters get less than 15 minutes of flight time. But at least with those you can carry extra batteries and swap them for more flight time. And people forget about the annoying noise factor. Having a loyal companion that sounds like 10,000 angry hornets isn't exactly in keeping with a day spend in the mountains.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 9, 2015 at 21:15 UTC
On Lily Camera flies itself and follows its owner article (155 comments in total)
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Indulis Bernsteins: Not the only one...
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The Lilly is only $499 at an intro price that requires you to buy based on faith and wait months for delivery. The Lilly is waterproof, but that means the battery can't be swapped - so you get one use and have to wait at least two hours to fly again (assuming you have immediate access to charging, which you won't most of the time). At the real $1K price I think the limitations become a lot more of a barrier.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 9, 2015 at 21:11 UTC
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InTheMist: Kind of a major screw-up, Apple!

It does sound like an idiot operating system that can't protect existing library files, assuming that it's only metadata in the Leica files that causes the import problem.

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2015 at 17:38 UTC

Olympus back in the OM days offered bodes with titanium metal top and bottom plates. I've read that this is just titanium colored. Is Olympus offering more details?

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2015 at 05:25 UTC as 31st comment
On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (1114 comments in total)

And "we're be curious" to so see you test the low-light capabilities of the new D7200.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2015 at 21:20 UTC as 57th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (1114 comments in total)
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Scottelly: I'm trying to figure out why the old Sony A77 can shoot at 12 fps, but this "new" camera can only shoot at half that speed, even though both cameras are 24 MP. Anyone got any ideas what's up there? They're about the same price, right?

The pellicle mirror isn't a new technology...film cameras had them. There's light loss for the exposure with a semisilvered mirror, and the light to the viewfinder isn't very bright.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2015 at 21:11 UTC
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RPJG: Do any of these action cams have proper timelapse functionality yet?

By "proper", I mean shutting down the camera between shots so that battery life isn't (laughably) the same as when taking video?

You can't shut down the camera, just power down some components. The timer and logic have to keep running.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2015 at 20:25 UTC
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Papi61: No 4K? Deal breaker. Match the Hero 4 Black on specs and offer it for $150-200 less and then many people will be interested.

And GoPro has a reputation as a camera maker? I suppose they do, just not as one with anything great going for it but popularity and form factor.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2015 at 20:22 UTC
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Artak Hambarian: IMHO ballheads are inferior to orthogonal heads, i.e. Pan and tilt or gimbal heads, especially in combination with leveling bases. The same Acratech has the so called Long Lens Head and the Panoramic Head. I use my Induro BHL3 all the time in combination with Wimberley Sidekick, all seated on FLM levelling base on a Manfrotto 055 PRO CF legs. Mark: any plans to compare orthogonal heads?

It depends on what you need to do. And an upside-down ballhead levels for panning in one step without the bulk and weight of a leveling base. I run an upside-down Markins in addition to a Novoflex P0. I also have pan tilt and micro adjustable heads. Horses for courses.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 01:50 UTC

Serious camera wood.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 01:20 UTC as 71st comment
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (814 comments in total)
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R N: Anybody remember the early Nikon Coolpix models? They had the swivel idea for the grip. Then the industry - including Nikon - went with making cameras that were digital versions of old form-factor designs. It's nice to see this idea come back.

In the early days of digital there was a sort of heady optimism about the opportunities to innovate on what a camera could be. With convergence, maybe it's time again.

Yeah, I had one. I'd rather have an articulating display than an articulating camera. But the point of this design is different - to change up how you hold and control the camera. In the Coolpix, the camera body would do the tilting, Canon looks to be doing the opposite.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 21:47 UTC
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noirdesir: You got me there for a minute.

Published March 31, and I saw it elsewhere.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2015 at 02:49 UTC
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