ThePhilips

ThePhilips

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On All-in-one: Ona Capri bag review article (168 comments in total)
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ThePhilips: Any "manly" variant available?

I spent some time looking for a messenger bag (for laptop plus something like bottle of water/lunch box/camera) but found nothing suitable. All bags which can hold laptop (2-3cm thick) and a camera (10cm thick) are too large. All bags of an acceptable size are not thick enough.

Not really. They have messenger bags for laptops only up to 13". 15" is pretty much the standard size for power users, gamers and IT pros.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2014 at 18:02 UTC
On All-in-one: Ona Capri bag review article (168 comments in total)

Any "manly" variant available?

I spent some time looking for a messenger bag (for laptop plus something like bottle of water/lunch box/camera) but found nothing suitable. All bags which can hold laptop (2-3cm thick) and a camera (10cm thick) are too large. All bags of an acceptable size are not thick enough.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2014 at 18:16 UTC as 46th comment | 6 replies
On Sony Alpha 7 II real-world sample gallery posted article (239 comments in total)
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aris14: Το DPR guys...
Pls make this simple test.
Take the 5-5 top cams of a certain category.
Choose 5 or 6 nice spots.
Have a tripod.
Shoot the same spot with one cam after another.
Post the results w/o writing which cam's pic is each pic on the list.
Let us enjoy.
Thx in advance

Ludicrous.

How are we supposed then enjoy the fullness of the full frameness of the full frame camera?!

How are we supposed then ridicule the puny frail cameras with the teeny-tiny sensors?!

This is a gear forum. Every bit of information should be included, from the ambient temperature, humidity and MSL, to the three sizes of the every female model, to the full medical record of every person who touched the camera and lens! Otherwise we would be at loss whether the photographs are equivalent!!!!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2014 at 11:02 UTC
On Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II article (270 comments in total)
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HornOUBet: I'm actually thinking about selling the 6D and buying the X-T1...though the Sony is tempting...
http://camerasize.com/compact/#380.21,520.359,579.396,ha,t

> I bought it, and I'm not sure it is now.

It is not. Just checked. I assumed that it is weather-sealed since it is a kit for weather-sealed camera. But it is not. :(

Grave omission on Fuji's part. By all reviews, it is a very good lens.

Meaning that the A7's kit is not as far behind.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2014 at 19:21 UTC
On Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II article (270 comments in total)

Lenses are still too large for my taste.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2014 at 17:48 UTC as 16th comment
On Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II article (270 comments in total)
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Stephen787: It is amazing how sony put an ibis in such a small camera.
After living with electronic shutter from sony A7s, i will never again buy any camera without that feature.
Therefore A7II is not for me. The next version with electronic shutter, i will buy that one.
Is sony the same company that going bust? How do they do that!

"No, the company going bust is Olympus. Their medical endoscope business keeps them alive."

Their medical business is highly valued. (Cameras are something like 10% of their business.) Actually Sony was one of the companies queued up to buy Oly. But Oly refused, accepting only the loan from the Sony.

"Several of their board members are under investigation for fraud."

Ex-board members. Otherwise, *the* longest running fraud cover-up in history! :)

"Sony is not doing great but largely because of their TV and phone business."

Sony is doing bad across the board. There are only few profitable businesses keeping them afloat.

Oly, which is small and (currently) highly valued is in very very different place, compared to an enormous multinational like Sony, whose assets keep depreciating one by one.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2014 at 17:42 UTC
On Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II article (270 comments in total)
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HornOUBet: I'm actually thinking about selling the 6D and buying the X-T1...though the Sony is tempting...
http://camerasize.com/compact/#380.21,520.359,579.396,ha,t

If these are your only options, then it is no contest: Fuji's "kit" lens would easily trump IQ of all other. Needless to mention that Fuji's kit is also weathersealed.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2014 at 17:20 UTC
On Real-world test: Going pro with the Samsung NX1 article (365 comments in total)
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Johannes Zander: This is a very infomativ video.
The camara is very interesting.

With what camera did you shout the underwater footage?

I think as a gear review site, you should mention all the gear used in the "production." E.g. along with the people who made the video, also mention what they have used.

For example, I wish to know what was the camera which tried to join the salmon in the water?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 21:19 UTC
On Enthusiast compact camera roundup (2014) article (185 comments in total)

Pana FZ1000: "Very quick focusing".

Can we please stop calling it "quick" or "fast"?

It is "normal" speed of AF. As it is supposed to be.

No, waiting for a camera to confirm the focus, or the lens motor to hunt back and forth, is not acceptable in this day and age anymore.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 21:34 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
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ThePhilips: As cameras' high ISO performance improves, a need for a proper flash lessens.

Otherwise, as an amateur, I was always surprised by the lack of advancements in the lighting equipment. Flash designs, and the accompanying technics, are very old. The problems with them - are as old. Yet pretty much nobody tries to improve something there. Flash is still the same largish expensive-ish clunky device I have hard time to justify to buy and dedicate the space in my bag for it. As if interchangeable lenses weren't enough of the hustle.

Pana m43 uses the same flash system as the Oly 43/m43. And of course GX7 has a proper hot shoe. (Or you are mixing up the Canon G7 X and Panasonic GX7?) And as far as I know, the built-in flash of GX7 can be used as a master to trigger slaves, up to 3 groups. That I "know" - but from spec sheet, not personal experience. I bought GX7 mostly for the ergonomics - but it is an enthusiast level body with piles and piles of bells and whistles. Including the built-in flash which can be thumbled back by 90 degrees to fire at the ceiling.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2014 at 20:22 UTC
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ThePhilips: As cameras' high ISO performance improves, a need for a proper flash lessens.

Otherwise, as an amateur, I was always surprised by the lack of advancements in the lighting equipment. Flash designs, and the accompanying technics, are very old. The problems with them - are as old. Yet pretty much nobody tries to improve something there. Flash is still the same largish expensive-ish clunky device I have hard time to justify to buy and dedicate the space in my bag for it. As if interchangeable lenses weren't enough of the hustle.

@ecube, I'm aware of the flash unique capabilities and occasionally use the built-in flash of my Pana GX7 for fill-in, and also for the portraiture when the background is too bright. But only occasionally. (Though most of my experience comes from the old times with a Canon P&S. One could extract magnitude more of IQ from the camera when one knew how/when to use the flash. Not much of a problem with the GX7.)

What I wrote above, reflects most of the decision process which went on in my head when I decided against buying a proper dedicated flash.

Though there are now some (smallish) flashes (e.g. Nissin i40) which seem to be OK for my wallet and also for my bag. So I might dabble eventually into the flash photography.

But honestly I prefer the unfiltered (however unflattering) look of the things as they are in the available light. Flash often changes the scene too much.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2014 at 18:49 UTC

As cameras' high ISO performance improves, a need for a proper flash lessens.

Otherwise, as an amateur, I was always surprised by the lack of advancements in the lighting equipment. Flash designs, and the accompanying technics, are very old. The problems with them - are as old. Yet pretty much nobody tries to improve something there. Flash is still the same largish expensive-ish clunky device I have hard time to justify to buy and dedicate the space in my bag for it. As if interchangeable lenses weren't enough of the hustle.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2014 at 13:30 UTC as 14th comment | 7 replies
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2702 comments in total)
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LionelA: Now this looks like a real camera, not like those fragile mirrorless ones

"Now this looks like a real camera, not like those fragile mirrorless ones"

:) LOL

Yes, it's funny how the look sells. Bigger is better!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2014 at 18:07 UTC
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Rod McD: Should we assume that all the existing FE lens image circles are big enough to allow for IBIS?

Read on interwebs, that people have measured Olympus 5-axis IBIS to move sensor in XY plane at most about 3mm.

But this is a smaller sensor. With larger sensors, it is unlikely that the latitude of the sensor movement would increase, it is likely to decrease. (Heavier sensor, larger motors == harder to maintain the precision of the movements.)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 13:25 UTC
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Stu 5: So will there be a new kit lens without I.S as it is no longer needed and improved optics. They will find it hard to justify selling this camera body with the current kit lens.

In-lens IS costs next to nothing. There is nothing wrong with having both.

In m43, with Pana stabilized lens and stabilized Oly body, you can choose where IBIS or In-lens IS should be used. Might be redundant, but definitely better than no stabilization at all.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 13:20 UTC

So Olympus has designed the IBIS for the Sony.

All what's left, is for Sony to persuade Olympus also to design Zuiko lenses for FE/E-mount,.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 13:17 UTC as 204th comment | 2 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (876 comments in total)
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photo perzon: I returned this inferior camera. The EVF wheel was stuck not giving adjustment until I rocked it by force. The jpegs are pathetic, not in focus. I took 400 pictures and less than 5 were sharp. And I have not one complain of my other 40 cameras including RX100, RX100III, Fuji X100, D700, D7000, D40, Coolpix A, GR, E-PL7, PL5, PM2, Stylus 1, GM1, etc., not 1 complain. I have heard of a bad batch in the forums, but I just never saw a more pathetic camera.

OK I am not a pro, but I have taken 90,000 pictures and only the LX100 was OOF jpegs OOC. Many have also complained.

BTW, owners on the Pana User Talk suggested to dial down the NR to -3 and set i.Resolution to standard for better sharpness.

I'm pretty sure Pana softens the JPEGs by default to compensate for the lack of AA filter.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2014 at 21:48 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (876 comments in total)
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photo perzon: I returned this inferior camera. The EVF wheel was stuck not giving adjustment until I rocked it by force. The jpegs are pathetic, not in focus. I took 400 pictures and less than 5 were sharp. And I have not one complain of my other 40 cameras including RX100, RX100III, Fuji X100, D700, D7000, D40, Coolpix A, GR, E-PL7, PL5, PM2, Stylus 1, GM1, etc., not 1 complain. I have heard of a bad batch in the forums, but I just never saw a more pathetic camera.

OK I am not a pro, but I have taken 90,000 pictures and only the LX100 was OOF jpegs OOC. Many have also complained.

> It's clear you've messed up

I always found it weird when people buy a new camera to replace old, configure the new totally different camera like their old, and then complain that (surprise) nothing works!

Otherwise, let's look on the positive side: there is somewhere now available a cheap refurb LX100!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2014 at 21:37 UTC
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Pat Cullinan Jr: We're doomed.

Relax. It's Google. They never finish anything.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2014 at 21:17 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (876 comments in total)
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ThePhilips: From LC1 to GX7, GM1, and now LX100. Pana definitely knows how to wow photographers. I wish they were doing it without decade long delays and without waiting for a crisis in the industry.

Marty and all. I'm well aware of all the innovation Panasonic introduced. Fastest CDAF FTW.

The problem is that Panasonic way to often likes to cripple their products in unexpected ways. Just recall their Lumix G series. They were all good - but from model to model, some common features were simply missing. G6 is pretty the first of G series which isn't handicapped in some fashion.

In other words, Panasonic, despite all the innovations, always manages to make a sub-par product. And the only explanation which comes to mind are the stupid business marketing decisions, rather than insurmountable technical challenges.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2014 at 09:15 UTC
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