digby dart

digby dart

Lives in Antarctica Early 21st Century Earth., Antarctica
Works as a Aesthetician.
Joined on Apr 22, 2007


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On article Just Posted: Fujifilm X100S first-look preview (146 comments in total)

I hope someone at Fuji is reading these comments, for old blokes who cut their teeth on film with a 50mm lens, most of us had a 35mm as well. From what I understood this was the Cartier Bresson kit, 2 cameras, each with a fast prime.

50mm is likely closest to what the eye sees.

This x100s looks like closing in on getting the camera part just right, maybe another 1-2 generations away, though even now a 50mm f1.4 (or faster) fixed lens equivalent version would be just the ticket and the one I would likely buy first - later with a 35mm equivalent over the other shoulder.

For me at least, photographs don't get better, only the gear does. In any event very well done Fuji, you are developing the X series into something very special indeed.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2013 at 16:56 UTC as 8th comment | 2 replies
On Fujifilm X20 hands-on preview (201 comments in total)

The X-Trans sensor will make the X20 a far simpler camera to use than the X10, like a miniature X-Pro1. The increased focus speed will also be a big win over the X10.

Doing the math, the x20 X-Trans should out resolve a Nikon v2, though not quite the 4/3 cameras though the 28-112mm fast f2.0-2.8 lens on the x20 should more than compensate for that.

Given the X20 price point, its looking very good.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2013 at 16:33 UTC as 49th comment
On article Just posted: Fujifilm X20 hands-on preview (127 comments in total)

Its good to see Fuji building upon each model in the X-series, improvements appearing across the range, successes being repeated. This is proving to be a real development strategy, with no holding back on available technology.

Where X series mistakes or the unforeseen has happened Fuji's warranty has followed through, they seem to be after getting everything in the x-series just right - they want to be the best.

The x20 2/3" X-trans should out resolve a v2 1" sensor by some margin, not enough to bridge the 4/3 gap, however the very fast x20 f2.0-2.8 lens should easily make up for that - all with the x20 being a fraction of the price of the other two.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2013 at 13:25 UTC as 17th comment | 4 replies
On article Fujifilm X10 Preview Samples Gallery (113 comments in total)

Great selection of frames, skin tone, dynamic range, high ISO - it's all illustrated competently by the photographer. This is very much a traditional professional photojournalist camera in a very small case - due to the lovely film like quality output. Digital photography has come of age for the common person.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2011 at 00:39 UTC as 9th comment
On Fujifilm X10 Hands-on Preview (425 comments in total)
In reply to:

maksrossi: But the sensor cleaning is possible?
Is an important issue.
The canon g9/12 suffer from dust on sensor pumped by the zoom movement only remouvable by service repair.


Direct link | Posted on Nov 3, 2011 at 11:19 UTC
On article Fujifilm updates firmware for X10 compact (47 comments in total)

I want one.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 3, 2011 at 09:17 UTC as 10th comment

dpreview used to be a place were those interested in photography could catch up on the latest photography news and read impartial reviews of gear from a variety of manufacturers, that didn't seem to change much when Amazon bought the site some years back - however the recent push for this new Nikon system has really confirmed a change in the flavour of this site.

In short order the Nikon 1 system has been given its own forum, supported by a seemimgly endless series of articles advertising the system - articles now often followed by links to Amazon to purchase into that same system.

Most of the response to the Nikon offering has been negative, dispite this the push goes on undaunted. Disappointing.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2011 at 15:47 UTC as 67th comment | 5 replies
On article Just Posted: Sony NEX-7 Hands-on Video Preview (82 comments in total)

Excellent video presentation, short and to the point with ample professional polish. Makes one look forward to the final review/preview.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 19, 2011 at 14:22 UTC as 9th comment

Perhaps in the coming months when dpreview does the full review on the v1 camera, another on the j1 camera, mini reviews on all the new lenes Nikon offers for this system, an interview with the chief Nikon v1 designer and various other Nikon v1/j1 stuff - the expensive yet slow glass, the expensive yet small sensor cameras will seem increasingly better value, beckoning a time when we all want and must have one.

The ability of one group to propagate ideas to the masses until they believe those ideas to be their own is a long proven strategy. If one doesn't like the message, don't read it, don't listen to it, don't look at it; this is an equally long proven defence of that same strategy.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2011 at 12:33 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply

dpreview is fast turning into a Nikon v1 advertising site, the system has had so much coverage I am beginning to feel like I have experienced the disappointment of owning a V1 first hand.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2011 at 02:58 UTC as 27th comment | 2 replies
On article Leica M9 comparison shots added to dpreview database (149 comments in total)

I am always fascinated by how small the Leica lenses are, for that matter how small their full frame camera is too. For all the hype the kit looks rather innocuous, take away the red dot and not many people would notice you, not like the attention a d3 brings. I saw a fellow the other day with an m6 decked out with a 35mm, just looked like a fancy instamatic, no one except me seemed to take much notice as he snapped away.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2011 at 15:16 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Nikon V1 comparison shots added to dpreview database (220 comments in total)

Dispute the poor quality and very ambitious pricing, look on the bright side, in the final review this may be the first interchangeable lens sub full frame Nikon that dpreview isn't compelled to again include their now famous Nikon aps-c caveat:

"...an odd quirk that first appeared way back on the D300. ...what it won't then do is readjust the diaphragm 'live' if you change the aperture setting. ...This behavior is, simply, a bug (albeit a long-standing one)..."

You know, I have never been able to find that important snippet of information in any of the Nikon asp-c camera manuals, odd that.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2011 at 14:33 UTC as 37th comment
On article Leica M9 comparison shots added to dpreview database (149 comments in total)
In reply to:

ksgant: Thanks for posting this. I had the M9 loaded in the shopping cart at B&H and was a split second away from hitting "buy" when I saw this post. You just saved me $7K and countless thousands for lenses.

Seriously though, for $7K I was at least expecting parity with image quality. I understand the "feel" of the camera and how well it's put together and the look of it and all, and if you're a long time Leica shooter, this may make sense to you. But I'd be interested in seeing how many new adopters that Leica gets now a days in relation to people just staying with the system because they have so much invested in lenses.

lol... Arrogance at its finest.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 12, 2011 at 16:20 UTC
On article Leica M9 comparison shots added to dpreview database (149 comments in total)

Excellent comparison dpreview, especially against the d3s, quantity verses quality at its finest. That infamous Leica look lasts to iso 400 in these samples at a pixel level, thereafter one cannot swim in the Kodak models eyes. From iso 800 the Nikon low light performance strides ahead, all be it with a continuing sterile brisk walk.

Leica continues to be beautiful gear, mockingly simple and effective - my Mercedes may not be as fast as a Subaru WRX, though its still wonderfully timeless to drive her and feel the rich ambiance along the way. I had similar feeling viewing this compassion between the Nikon and the Leica offerings.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 12, 2011 at 16:17 UTC as 18th comment

I really hope this live view 2/3 sensor delivers at 6mp in the 2 exr modes, 24-620mm with fast glass would be a dream with all that room around the manual focus and manual zoom rings. Velvia, Provia and Reala modes roll off like film, a huge bonus. I hate waiting, so much promise, too much anticipation - lol.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2011 at 02:29 UTC as 13th comment

Fast quality glass with a beautiful camera thrown in for $600, that's the Fuji promise - if the sensor delivers this will be a very exciting enthusiast camera. In the 6mp modes this little baby has the potential to fly.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2011 at 01:12 UTC as 92nd comment

Fuji really seem to be on a mission to change the enthusiast camera landscape, many will be looking very closely at the quality of this new 2/3rd exr sensor as x10 examples become more prolific. Given the pre order prices I've seen, if the sensor delivers, the x10 will be a bargain.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2011 at 19:39 UTC as 62nd comment
On article Sony SLT-A77 studio comparison samples (226 comments in total)

The sensor is clearly straining under the weight of that translucent mirror and all those pixels, low shutter lag live view comes at a price. That said, seeing what the sensor sees is a revelation in photography, in old terms its seeing what the film sees which is fundamentally a mighty step forward in the pursuit of photographic excellence.

Perhaps the poorer high iso performance will be offset by the improved perception of final outcome that low shutter lag live view gives, only time will tell. Some of the a55 shots I've seen with better glass have been stellar.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2011 at 16:00 UTC as 22nd comment
On article Nikon J1 real-world samples gallery (336 comments in total)

This is the 6th consecutive news item about this new Nikon, surely there must be some other photographic news worthy of a news post. Nikon have had a very good publicity run and the reaction had been overwelmingly poor.

Perhaps much of the unfavourable response spawns from the anticipation of something very special from Nikon in response to the game changing Fuji X100. The sales pitch plays on that anticipation, yet the offering itself delivers something well short - indeed both Nikon and dreview seem to be pushing this system very hard here, as if this community was the intended audience for thex system.

Small sensors behind slow lenses are not likely to win over photographers.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2011 at 12:51 UTC as 99th comment | 3 replies
On article Nikon V1 and J1 - hands-on first impressions (245 comments in total)

Perhaps Nikon think if they ignore the Fuji X100 it will go away.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2011 at 02:25 UTC as 77th comment | 4 replies
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