sportyaccordy

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On HTC One 2014 leaks, comes with "Duo Camera" post (25 comments in total)
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falconeyes: ok, this is interesting, #rear-lens-modules/smartphone jumping from 1 to 2.

The real party will start as soon as we see 3x3 lens arrays or 9 cameras. As this will be the barrier where the smartphone crop factor disadvantage (from the thin housings) will be egalized and even big cameras will be challenged to provide a reason to exist.

What is your beef with big cameras?

A 9 sensor array still won't
- give you a choice of lenses
- have the ergonomics of a dedicated camera
- have an OVF
- come anywhere close to full frame coverage

I think these are good developments but let's not get ahead of ourselves. Stand alone cameras will always exist in some form. However, 9 1/2.3" sensors do add up to 1 MFT sensor. So the lower end could be threatened.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2014 at 13:14 UTC

Impressive stuff, but I am holding out for phones with a sensor array. They're coming soon and will really move cameraphones forward without the hassles or cost of 1 big sensor

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2014 at 00:16 UTC as 8th comment

Insane!!!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2014 at 19:08 UTC as 7th comment
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KL Matt: Razor-sharp wide open. Wow.

Literally off the charts.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2014 at 13:51 UTC
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Rocker44: Sharpest wide-angle lens under a grand?
Good for the landscapers with the smaller A7/r body.

A little too tele for landscape work. But I am sure Sony has a real deal wide angle coming

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2014 at 13:16 UTC
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naththo: You need to watch out for vignetting at lower f stops like around F1.8 or F2 or F2.8 or so. That is very good lens I must say, very high level of sharpness but distortion is fairly significant that may be common through Sony lens even incorporated with Zeiss glass. I found that Sigma lens has a lot less distortion when combined with Nex 7 to compare to Sony fixed focal lens. Sony need to improve in manufacture over lens to have less distortion and vignetting that would be nice if they do so.

Most lenses of this type, regardless of quality, have heavy vignetting wide open.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2014 at 13:14 UTC

Holy crap. That's pretty cool. Not quite enough to pull me away from NEX but definitely noteworthy. Wonder how this compares to the Sigma 18-35 1.8 and what the max aperture vs FL curve is like.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 2, 2014 at 16:37 UTC as 42nd comment
On Nikon Df Review preview (1618 comments in total)

I'm really shocked. Hopefully a Df-10 is coming with everything fixed. This would have been much better with a cheaper FX sensor and a split focus prism, along with better sorted controls and a smaller body. It's amazing that this has no film but is so much bigger than the F3 it's supposed to emulate. Oh well.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2013 at 02:28 UTC as 320th comment | 6 replies
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)
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sportyaccordy: This should have been an F-mount mirrorless camera. W/video, the D610 sensor and a price tag of ~$1500 it would have made a lot more sense. It should have blended the old with the new like Fujifilm and Olympus' cameras.

No mirror = one less thing to break, less weight, more design freedom. Nikon could keep the F-mount, but design new mirrorless F-mount lenses that fill up that space with optical elements, making the lens "smaller" without sacrificing much optically. They could make a smaller sensor and use that space for an optimized focal reducer. There are a lot of good smart things that could be done with that space. That extra flange depth is hardly "bulky". I'd gladly deal with that bulk and still be able to use Nikon's huge lens library on a smaller, lighter, simpler body.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2013 at 19:41 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)

This should have been an F-mount mirrorless camera. W/video, the D610 sensor and a price tag of ~$1500 it would have made a lot more sense. It should have blended the old with the new like Fujifilm and Olympus' cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2013 at 00:05 UTC as 138th comment | 5 replies
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Adrian Tung: I've seen this camera up close, it is really big and bulky for an MILC-Android hybrid.

My personal opinion, not that anyone cares, would be:
1) should have been in NX300 form factor with optional EVF attachment
2) should have provided dual memory card slots -- one for Android usage (apps, music, documents, etc) and one for frequent removal and swapping (i.e. captured RAW photos)
3) offer cellular communication (GSM, etc)*

* more of a curio than a serious suggestion... but it would be neat to be the first, no?

I agree 100%. Only thing that would further sweeten the pot would be a "cap lens" to enable carrying it in my pocket. My NEX C3 fits in my pocked without a lens easily.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2013 at 16:03 UTC

This could almost work. I think for this application I would rather have a fixed focal length collapsable lens though. Make portability and IQ the primary objectives.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2013 at 16:01 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
On Samyang offers lens kits for videographers article (22 comments in total)

You know, on the outset these sound like great lenses, and I'm sure they are. But I think I will pass. The 16 2.0 for example sounds FAST. But on APS-C it's equivalent to 24 3.2 35mm. Meanwhile, I can get a Lens Turbo and an old 24 2.8, which would translate to a 16 1.8, for less money. A lowly 50 1.8 becomes a 33 1.2. Etc. etc. Plus I would be getting 2 lenses in 1 with each lens. Not saying these lenses are worthless or that the speed booster combos would be a match in IQ, but for me right now, ehhh. I mean a 24 2.0 an 50 1.4-1.8 would cover the span of a standard zoom with max apertures reaching 1.0 depending on the combo. Plus it's all MF anyway.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2013 at 14:59 UTC as 9th comment | 3 replies
On Will consumer DSLRs be 'dead in 5 years?' post (132 comments in total)
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Fransv: Why are phones such a succes? Right, because user interface is appealing. Why not make WiFi or bluetooth transfer easier to social media. Room enough in SLR-bodies I would think.

Unless the DSLRs are given full connectivity, it doesn't matter. Most folks aren't connecting to WiFi everywhere they go and a Bluetooth connection will always be a clunky pain. They just need to put better cameras in phones.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2013 at 02:54 UTC
On Will consumer DSLRs be 'dead in 5 years?' post (132 comments in total)
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Peter Kwok: Will DSLRs be killed by mirrorless, or BOTH of them will be killed by smartphones?

Current DSLRs are better than mirrorless in two areas, phase detect AF & real time optical VF. With better electronics & software, mirrorless will catch up on both areas in less than 5 years.

Consumers always favor convenience over picture quality. The current boom of DSLR is not normal. Back in the film day, consumers bought a lot more Kodak Instamatic cameras than SLRs. The SLRs had a short boom in the late 70's starting with the Canon AE-1. When 35mm P&S offered AF, consumers went back to the smaller P&S. Meanwhile, Polaroids sold well because it was fun passing photos around with friends.
Smartphone are today's Polaroids, except their photos are a lot better. They are killing off cameras, starting from the small P&S. The big full frame cameras (DSLR or mirrorless) will survive. However, without the profits from consumer DSLRs, the development of lens & bodies will be reduced.

OSPDAF removes that advantage. A mirrorless EF or F mount APS-C camera will put the nail in the mirror.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2013 at 02:48 UTC
On Will consumer DSLRs be 'dead in 5 years?' post (132 comments in total)
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marike6: Just got back from B&H in NYC, where everybody was walking around with their cameras. The overwhelming majority of people, lots and lots of people, were carrying FF and APS-C DSLRs, quite a few with high grade pro zooms.

Lots of armchair predictions about the direction the camera market is taking. But if DSLRs are dying, the huge number of people I saw walking around one of the world's largest camera shops apparently didn't get the memo.

Oh marike marike marike. If these folks have cameras already, who is going to buy them in the future?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2013 at 02:44 UTC
On Will consumer DSLRs be 'dead in 5 years?' post (132 comments in total)

Phones are successful because people HAVE to replace them often, and they can do a hundred different things. If Nikon wants to stay alive, it needs to make smartphones.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2013 at 23:05 UTC as 34th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon video hints at long-desired 'digital FM' article (554 comments in total)

They need to dumb down the sensor and cut the price by 1/3 or even 1/4. This is crazy

Direct link | Posted on Oct 26, 2013 at 17:42 UTC as 84th comment | 5 replies
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2381 comments in total)
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Kendunn: Just what the world needs, another lens mount! Cameras do look impressive, though.

It's not semantics. It's the same mount. E-mount has had full frame lenses for a long time for their video end. You just want to complain and don't know what you're talking about. Congrats

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2013 at 15:48 UTC
On Samsung announces curved Galaxy Round post (144 comments in total)
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Greg VdB: Seems like they looked hard to find applications for this revolutionary design... Then again, I imagine that's to be expected in a super-competitive market segment where law suits and patents rule.

The only thing that would make me consider one of these gigantic smartphones would be innovations that actually make them pocketable again. Like the flexible (foldable/rollable) screens that have been hinted at. I'm not holding my breath though...

That's the funniest part... everything that they put on this screen, they could apply to a flat screen. It's a joke. Bring on the pocketable APS-C phone please.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2013 at 02:10 UTC
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