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On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 flips for selfies article (387 comments in total)
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cainn24: I hate it. I don't care if it's irrational, or if six thousand million other people love it, I hate it. I feel that the encroachment of all this social media friendly nonsense somehow spells the beginning of the end of the unadulterated enthusiast camera tradition, and that bothers me deeply.

Yeah, and you probably also bemoan the fact that cell phones can access the internet, too! LOL.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2015 at 14:46 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 flips for selfies article (387 comments in total)
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samfan: This selfie craze still isn't over? Geez.

People like to occasionally have photos of themselves in them. In the past, you had to hand the camera over to someone else to take the photo for you, or stick your camera on a tripod. "Selfie" simply means that you can now do it all on your own, and without a tripod. Having a photo of you and your friends in it is not a "craze". People have been doing it since the beginning of photography. Technology has simply enabled us to do it more easily.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2015 at 07:20 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 flips for selfies article (387 comments in total)
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Beat Traveller: Specs aside, it looks absolutely ridiculous when the LCD is flipped up. Like someone taped a TV to a Nikon FM2.

Who cares? It's not like you're going to walk around with the LCD flipped up like that all the time. You're only going to flip it up for selfies and whatnot. But, frankly, I think it's a brilliant design: functional while giving a classic camera silhouette.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2015 at 07:16 UTC
On Budget X: Hands-on with Fujifilm's new X-A2 article (159 comments in total)
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greypixelz: How come Fuji are not capable of creating small bodies? That thing looks chunky!

Is there any objective you're trying to reach with a smaller body? You're still not going to fit it in your pocket. If that's the case, then you might as well give it a bit of size to make it more comfortable to hold.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2015 at 00:41 UTC
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nerd2: Samsung has the best APS body yet (28MP BSI sensor, 240fps sensor readout, 15fps continuous shooting with AF tracking) AND they have a very solid lens lineup already, and they are not terribly overpriced like fuji or m43 offerings. See.

10mm f2.8 fisheye - $299
16mm f2.4 pancake- $269
20mm 2.8 pancake - $263
30mm f2 pancake - $299
45mm f1.8 prime - $256
60mm f2.8 macro - $469
85mm f1.4 prime - $763
300mm f2.8 prime - coming

Oh they have enough zoom lenses too - 16-50 f2.0-2.8, 50-150 2.8, 12-24, 18-200 etc.... Why still people don't consider samsung seriously?

I've been using Samsung's NX system. I'm impressed. There's ar really nice selection of lenses, all very well priced, and the quality is excellent. I think you have to be really foolish and short-sighted to dismiss Samsung. They have the resources and ambition to play the long game and eventually be a serious force in the camera world. The current generation of aging photographers may dismiss Samsung, but I think the upcoming generation of photographers that has grown up with Samsung as a household name won't be so dismissive.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2015 at 03:50 UTC
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mediasorcerer: that nx1 is HUGE for a mirrorless, when samsung gets the quality of ther lenses up to fuji/ oly/sony zeiss standards then it may help there sales, but the nx1 was a poorly thought out mirrorless camera as its way too big/ its a dinosaur and way too expensive, the lenses are huge too, defeats the purpose of milc.

no firmware can change these facts/nor marketing spin, thats why its a flop of a camera.

for the money, your way better off with ff canikony or equiv.

No, the NX1 is not "huge". Eventually, mirrorless cameras will be considered to be full replacements for DSLRs, which means that some photographers will expect a larger pro body. So within a system, you're going to have large mirrorless bodies along with small mirrorless bodies, large mirrorless lenses along with small mirrorless lenses. It's simply an aspect of covering a range of user preferences, all within a single mirrorless camera system. Besides, the NX1 is a pro body capable for shooting at 15fps with tracking. Any DSLR that can come anywhere near that kind of shooting speed is going to be much larger and more expensive.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2015 at 03:44 UTC
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Caerolle: "Mirrorless to outsell DSLRs 'in three years'"


The worst thing is how most of the effort seems to be put into video for most mirrorless these days, rather than stills.

And finally, Samsung, like Sony, is well short of a compelling lens system. Plus, I heard their lens opening or flange distance or something really intrinsic to the mount is all wrong. Well, and being Samsung, I would guess they have a bunch of useless 'whiz-bang' features that are far more trouble than they are worth, and get in the way.

Other than that, way to go Samsung!

Oh, I imagine their menus suck, too.

And BTW, wasnt it Samsung that made those adds about cameras not needing to look like dSLRs? By putting their little cameras in a dSLR body or something?

I use a Samsung NX30. No, there lens system is quite good. A very good lens selection, very good quality, and very good prices. That's definitely one area where the Samsung system is surprisingly strong.

As for "whiz-bang" features, I love their i-Function button on their lenses. It's probably the most useful feature added to lenses since image stabilization.

As for their menus, I think they have probably the best GUI of any camera system. Their experience designing interfaces for smartphones and tablets definitely gives them an edge here. Other camera menus look like they were written in DOS. Samsung's is very graphical, and it makes other menus look very outdated.

I definitely wouldn't count Samsung out. They definitely know how to put out good products, as they've done so in so many other areas.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2015 at 08:58 UTC

I think 3 years might be a bit optimistic, but I do think it's only a matter of time before mirrorless outsells DSLRs. Maybe 5 years.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2015 at 08:49 UTC as 78th comment | 2 replies
On Sony issues firmware 1.10 for Alpha 7 II article (59 comments in total)
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marc petzold: I find it funny, that Sony does see the A7 Mark I as "Hobbists Camera", the same goes for the APS-C A77 Mk. II - but the same Sensor-equipped A7 II
is "Pro", because it does have IBIS and is much more expensive yet? Well done, Sony...way funny...


It's not unusual for cameras to be differentiated (in class or tier) solely by certain features, while retaining the same sensor. Camera companies have been doing it since the film era, where every camera had the same "sensor"...which was film.

Regardless, if you're the kind of guy who makes buying decisions solely based on how a company categorizes their products ("hobbyist" vs "pro"), then you're probably a bit gullible. I don't think these labels are worth paying attention to in the least bit. At the end of the day, these labels don't mean much. They are all just tools, and anyone can use them.

But, yeah, I can see how they can justify calling the MKII a "pro" body relative to the original "hobbyist" MKI. The MKII gets IBIS, faster AF, faster tracking, higher build quality, thicker grip, etc. Typical upgrades that you might expect with a "pro" body versus a "hobbyist" body.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2015 at 22:06 UTC
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Low Budget Dave: I wish Sony would make some new lenses along these lines for the A6000. Comparable ASPC lenses would be smaller, and might even be cheaper.

@Just a Photographer - that's ridiculous. Of course it's in Sony's interest to offer APS-C lenses for their APS-C bodies. Not everyone wants or can afford FF, so it's a bit futile to "force" APS-C consumers into FF. I think it's really an issue of limited resources within Sony. Sure, Sony is a big company, but cameras and lenses aren't the only thing they do. Their resources are stretched across a very large variety of products. Not every resource is being put into their camera system.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2015 at 18:22 UTC
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Just a Photographer: If this is what Sony produces for their A-series with e-mount then this whole system seems very unbalanced.

A small light weight camera with heavy and huge lenses. No wonder you will need IBIS to shoot with this system.

DSLRs have their own heavy and huge lenses, and we've been okay with it for years. The notion that every lens needs to "balance" with the body is simply ridiculous because lenses come in all shapes and sizes. Which is why the solution is simply to use proper hand holding technique: left hand supporting the weight of the lens at the center of balance of the whole rig, and right hand on the grip to "steer" the camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2015 at 18:18 UTC
On Canon announces five PowerShot compacts article (150 comments in total)

With this set of introductions, it looks like Canon is off to a good start for the year. But I think they confused about which year. 2005 rather than 2015?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 15:43 UTC as 13th comment
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1267 comments in total)
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deltaskyking: 10 frames per second - check
65 point wide viewfinder filling autofocus - check
Class leading fast autofocus - check
Pro level weather sealing - check
Excellent low light autofocus and image capture - check
Another B.S. "Silver Award" for Canon cameras from dpreview - check

@deltaskyking - anyone can cherry pick five favorite features to "check", and give a camera a "Gold Award." But a real review needs to assess the totality of a camera, not just five bits and pieces.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 17:59 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1267 comments in total)
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across_mountains: I have a 7D. I was hoping for the Mark II to have an articulated screen. Unfortunately, the 7D Mark II lacks it. While most of my photography doesn't need it, I've taken enough that I wish the Mark II had an articulated screen so that I wouldn't have to engage in Hail Mary picture taking. I'm disappointed.

@kimvette - people used to say the same thing about pop-up flashes. People would say, "If you want a *fragile* built-in flash, get an XXD body. Because Canon will never put a *fragile* built-in flash into an of their *serious* DSLRs." Then Canon came out with the 7D which had a pop-up flash. And amazingly, those *fragile* built-in flashes are doing just fine. Why? Because they really aren't that fragile, because they stay closed most of the time, especially in situations where damage is most likely to occur. The same goes for a *fragile* articulating screen: it stays closed most of the time, especially in situations where damage is most likely to occur. You only take it out when you need it, but it's always there for you. Maybe you only flip the screen out only a few times a year. What's wrong with having it there for those occasions? It's not as if the articulating screen is *fragile* even when it's closed!

My guess is that we'll finally see a "flippy" screen on the 7DIII, in 5 yrs.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2014 at 02:18 UTC

So if this technology becomes a reality for Olympus, does that mean that it might eventually make it to Sony sensor shift cameras as well?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2014 at 20:24 UTC as 24th comment
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Noham: Noticed that it weights a good 130g more than the other – ny reason for this ? The body made looks pretty much the same as the A7r – is it the stabilization mechanism that is adding the weight ?

In addition, the front panel is now magnesium alloy instead of plastic, and the "lens mount has also been reinforced, for more stability when using heavy lenses."

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2014 at 17:07 UTC
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TheDevil: I like that they made the grip bigger. I have big hands and I hated the ergonomics of the first A7. I just wish they would have used the extra real estate and jammed a higher capacity battery in there.

@quezra - I think it's inevitable that mirrorless cameras will move to larger batteries. Inevitable. It happened with DSLRs. It'll happen with mirrorless. And it's an even more pressing issue with mirrorless, because of their higher power consumption. Higher shooting capacity will be used as a selling point. As soon as one mirorless manufacturer starts touting higher shooting capacity in their new camera (by switching to a higher capacity battery), other mirrorless manufacturers will follow. Then it becomes a market pressure issue. So it's going to happen, sooner or later. Plus, I think it will happen (larger batteries, higher shooting capacity) as more and more people turn to mirrorless cameras as DSLR replacements. Right now, I use both DSLR and mirrorless, because DSLRs still have much better battery life. Mirrorless can't compete there. Mirrorless manufacturers will eventually want to close this shooting capacity gap. And they'll do it by finally upping the battery size.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2014 at 18:45 UTC
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TheDevil: I like that they made the grip bigger. I have big hands and I hated the ergonomics of the first A7. I just wish they would have used the extra real estate and jammed a higher capacity battery in there.

I definitely agree that these mirrorless cameras need bigger batteries. Mirrorless bodies consume more power, and yet these cameras have smaller capacity batteries than their DSLR counterparts. The NP-FM500H battery for the Sony A77 SLT has a capacity of 1650mAH while the capacity of the NP-FW50 battery for the A7 is only 1020mAh. It doesn't make any sense. Larger power consumption devices need larger capacity batteries, not the other way around. And it makes even less sense to keep using a smaller battery if the camera now has a deeper grip that can accommodate a larger battery. So I'm right there with you, TheDevil. Bigger battery, please!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2014 at 17:28 UTC
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justmeMN: Since I don't live in Japan, I don't get excited about cameras that are only available there. :-)

Obviously, the Sony A7 II isn't going to just be limited to Japan. That's more like something that Canon would do with their mirrorless, LOL!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2014 at 04:00 UTC
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bcalkins: I'm all for improvements in technology and image quality over time, but still waiting to see an article with the title "Skilled photographer upgrades to new camera and others notice dramatic improvement!"

Why does it have to be about "dramatic improvement" that "others notice"? Why can't it be about improvements that only the user notices? I think those kinds of improvements are just as important.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2014 at 03:58 UTC
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