gaiaswill

gaiaswill

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gaiaswill: "[I]t becomes all the more impressive if you were to actually try to go out and find that set of primes that fast for APS-C cameras, because nobody has bothered to make them for you."

This is why I left APS land for Micro 4/3. I got sick of companies not supporting their own crop systems because they're not premium enough--PanOly are "all in" and the lens selection shows it.

Not everyone can afford/justify getting full frame.

The context is for SLRs but your point is made. The X-series lenses have made me want to stray, as have the Pentax Limiteds. The 20mm f/1.7 keeps me in though. (Yes, really.)

I've come to think that having a company supporting just one format is probably best for the people using that format. Canikony have their R&D resources split like mad among their lines. Any progress is slow and inconsistent.

It's not how big a stick you have, but how hard you swing it.
(-The Online Photographer)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2013 at 21:10 UTC

"[I]t becomes all the more impressive if you were to actually try to go out and find that set of primes that fast for APS-C cameras, because nobody has bothered to make them for you."

This is why I left APS land for Micro 4/3. I got sick of companies not supporting their own crop systems because they're not premium enough--PanOly are "all in" and the lens selection shows it.

Not everyone can afford/justify getting full frame.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2013 at 19:16 UTC as 42nd comment | 6 replies
On Just posted: Hands-on preview of the Canon EOS 100D/SL1 article (379 comments in total)
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David Franklin: Well, most of these comments just prove that the internet is the true home of the great critical thinkers and corproate product analysts of the 21st Century. Not.

This camera is probably a very good idea. I hate to seem to "defend" a billion-dollar corporation, but so many comments here that this camera is not enough of an innovation for them is merely a reflection of their own narrow and relentles search for the "next thing" that conforms to their own narrative.

To me, smaller is better, with a 40mm pancake for vacations and weekend walk arounds. Takes my Canon lenses and HAS AN OPTICAL VIEWFINDER, so I don't have to view on an LCD, hold the cam awkwardly and put an extra layer between my eye and the world. I know about the add-on optical and shoe-mounted EVF's, and the more expensive cams with built-in EVF's. They make mirrorless cams more tolerable, but also, more expensive, and still don't compare to the viewing experience of even the puny optical viewfinders of the Rebel series.

The 40mm is nice gem but not ideal as a solo APS lens, for me and I suspect for many others.

If the SL1 was released 2-4 years ago, it wouldn't attract nearly as much negativity, since NEX and m43 didn't hit their stride back then. Same goes for the EOS M. See a pattern?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2013 at 02:09 UTC
On The Lightroom catalog article (315 comments in total)

(I am not a pro.)

I am currently storing all my images on my main hard drive. I will be getting a NAS in the near future and would like to move all my images there. How can I preserve the validity of my catalog when I move the photos?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 28, 2012 at 21:14 UTC as 84th comment | 2 replies
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Trollshavethebestcandy: First!
Does this do better with 5 axis ibis or the lens stabilization?

100-300 f/2.8 would be a bit... big. Now f/4 on the other hand would be easier on size and cost and still have headroom for a teleconverter...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 02:55 UTC
On Canon EOS 6D preview (1035 comments in total)
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Donnie G: I'm sure there'll be plenty of blog debates about the differences between Canon's approach to entry level FF vs. Nikon's, but all things considered, the 6D offers a feature set that neither copies the competition or infringes on the 5D MkIII's intended target buyer. Canon's 6D is meant to appeal to 1st. time DSLR buyers and buyers stepping up from smartphones and point & shoot cameras and APS-C bodies, but who still want their WI-FI and GPS built in, just as it was in the cameras they are upgrading from. Those buyers will also appreciate being able to continue to use the same EYE-FI and other SD media that they already own. This buyer is already in the habit of uploading immediately to cloud storage and social media sites and they have no intention of changing their workflow. The 6D allows them to do it their way right out of the box. The camera's going to sell like crazy. Count on it!

I kind of agree as to the intended target. Disagree that they'll actually hit it given Nikon and mirrorless systems exist. Also, casual upgraders would appreciate a flash. Smartphones have had them for quite a while now and savvier types can appreciate always having a fill light.

IMO, it's pretty shameful to have a lesser AF system than the current Rebel. Focus and recompose works... I guess... except that DOF is going to be even thinner on the larger sensor.

It seems modeled after the 60D, and the reception seems similar: one step forward, one step back.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 00:07 UTC
On Nokia 808 Review: Damian Dinning of Nokia Responds article (214 comments in total)
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Sergey Borachev: I am also impressed, by both the way the response was communicated and also by the throughful design details as explained when trade-offs have to be made. For example, the display brightness not reliable as a visual way to determine the photo's brightness in very dark or bright conditions. I think the design choice was a good one for a phone camera.

While I am happy to read such details in addendum, it appears that clarification such as these should be been sought before a review is published, to give the maker a chance to explain so that anomalies do not just look like faults, and, also to give the reviewer a chance to eliminate misunderstanding, factual errors or wrong implications in their review report and adjust them. It does not mean giving away any review independence and their right to report anything as they see fit, as the reviewer can still stand firm on any issues found and as reported, but it could make the review better, and more professional. Thanks.

I think followups like these are preferable. There is no need to hamper a review waiting for a manufacturer response that may never come.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 2, 2012 at 00:31 UTC
On Review: Nokia 808 PureView article (354 comments in total)
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JWest: It's very impressive that Nokia have followed through with such an innovative product, which must have taken quite an investment in R&D. It's such a shame that we can't expect to see a camera like this on an Android phone any time soon.

Out of interest, is there any reason not to shoot with it in 38MP mode all the time? Correct me if I'm wrong, but (fantastic though the specs are) it sounds very much like any other digital zoom, just with a much more detailed initial image to work with.

They touched on it on page 2. 3 sec processing time instead of 1 sec. That's pretty significant.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2012 at 22:46 UTC
On Just Posted: Nikon Coolpix S9300 Review article (56 comments in total)

I'm more surprised it doesn't get a silver award. Seems like almost everything gets that nowadays.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2012 at 21:01 UTC as 23rd comment | 2 replies

I actually rather like it. Kudos to Oly. But I guess I'm in the niche that likes the idea of a macro zoom.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2011 at 07:45 UTC as 81st comment | 1 reply
On Microsoft releases Camera Codec Pack with RAW support article (89 comments in total)

It's 64-bit support. It may be incomplete, but damn, Canon doesn't provide that for ANY model. Grade appropriately.

Nobody asked or expected Microsoft to do this. What I'm more curious about is why MS felt they should do it anyway.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2011 at 22:11 UTC as 21st comment | 2 replies
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