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Didn't they just release the original version, like only a year ago? <shrug>
At its price point I guess the optical quality at 600mm need only be just marginally better than cropping the image from a similar-price-point 70-300 lens at 300mm. <shrug>

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 23:48 UTC as 5th comment | 3 replies
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sdh: This article's comments are possibly the biggest s__tshow I've ever seen here.
Every thread is essentially,
"this article is bad because where I'm from water is wet"
"No you're wrong, the sky is breezy"
"You both don't get it, ice is cold"
"How can you all be so clueless. The desert is dry."
Such pointlessness...

I have no problem with the article itself; it's just an account of one person having his gear lifted by street thieves. What I find silly is the swarming beehive of emotional reactions to the story based on whatever any one extrapolated from it, or someone else's comment on it.

I'm a white male and I have to admit, sometimes I prefer white beans over black beans in my salad. There are people out there who are capable of seeing racial offense in that, LOL. :-)

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2016 at 01:58 UTC

This article's comments are possibly the biggest s__tshow I've ever seen here.
Every thread is essentially,
"this article is bad because where I'm from water is wet"
"No you're wrong, the sky is breezy"
"You both don't get it, ice is cold"
"How can you all be so clueless. The desert is dry."
Such pointlessness...

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2016 at 12:57 UTC as 42nd comment | 3 replies
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marc petzold: I still have my Fujifilm F11, S6000fd(S6500fd) with Super CCD Sensor - and guess what, they do still take decent pictures, even nowadays. Also, my oldie, but goldie Olympus WideZoom C-8080 WZ....it's Zoom Lens was sharper than the EOS 20D with the 50/1.4 on the DPReview here back in time. :) Very decent, but without RAW feature, is the Fujifilm F200EXR with huge sensor (back into that day for its compact camera class). The s6000fd/s6500fd 6 MP SuperCCD Sensor could be compared with a usual 8 to 9 MP ordinary Bayer Sensor...and what's more, it can do RAW, and does have the same huge 1/1.7" Sensor back in it's day like the legendary Fujifilm F30. Besides this, i do have & had the Sony S75/S85, DSC-V1, DSC-V3, DSC-R1. (the last 3 ones still in mint condition and also working)

Thumbs up for the Sony V3! I still have mine, in fully working condition. I last made "real" use of it in 2011 when it was the only portable-enough camera for a hiking day. It's totally eclipsed by my Canon G15 since 2013 but I'll still never give away the V3. It was my goto camera for the 2nd half of the 00's; so much nostalgia there. :-)

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2016 at 17:04 UTC

I remember vividly my first experience with a digital camera - early 2000. I was on a vacation and a guy asks me to take a snap of him in front of a clocktower. He was kind of flustered because the batteries were beyond their last legs. (Like when the camera claims the battery is done and shuts off, but then you wait a couple minutes and magically the battery is good for another 30 seconds). The guy must have taken a whopping 50 photos already that day! So I'm kind of ogling over this nifty new "live image" device while he's chiding me to be quick about taking the picture before the battery craps out again.
I remember laughing after the fact, wondering why people waste their time with embryonic technologies(*), and happily made snapshots the rest of my trip with my Minolta Vectis 40 APS P&S.
Like Ron Burgandy in 1981, I guess some people have no foresight! :-)
(*) And yes Im well aware that no tech would ever mature if not for early adopters!

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2016 at 16:56 UTC as 14th comment

Cool article. I always enjoy looks back to the early 00's when digital cameras made that breakthrough of quality & affordability for average, non-gear-geek consumers. Pre-digital, I had always had a casual interest in the art of photography but was never inclined to make the effort to improve, beyond trying to take nicer snapshots on vacations. The immediate feedback of digital, the elimination of the unpredictability of the film development process, and the ability to shoot hundreds of pictures at whim with no consequence beyond recharging batteries was a game changer for me.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2016 at 16:40 UTC as 15th comment
On article Power Zoom: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100/TZ100 Review (342 comments in total)

What's the max flash sync speed for this camera?

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2016 at 12:57 UTC as 20th comment

"100,000x thinner" is really the wrong way to state it.
Unless you mean lenses will be like 1000 ft thick.
Sorry, if this were like Yahoo news it could slide but not here. :-(

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2016 at 14:40 UTC as 29th comment | 7 replies
On article Rice Hill: Shooting in Riisitunturi National Park (31 comments in total)

Beautiful photos, excellent work!
I'm curious about something. I assume you look for scenes where the snow doesn't have signs of human traffic. When you snowshoe or skin through places like this, do you strategize your route so that your own track doesn't clutter potential scenes, or do you just go "wherever" and only look forward left & right for the best compositions?
Thanks for presenting! I also appreciated the accompanying comments.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2016 at 13:51 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
On article 2016 Roundup: Compact Enthusiast Zoom Cameras (355 comments in total)

Some random thoughts on this article:

- The G7x's 24-100 lens gets praise for its "long range" but the same lens in the G5x, and longer-range lens in the G1x II, don't get similar praise.

- The Fuji X30 feels out of place here due to it's smaller sensor size. But then accepting that disparity, then there are a few other models that belong in this comparo too. For example: Olympus Stylus 1s, Nikon P7800, Canon G16. Even if some of those models are a bit dated now, they're still same class as the Fuji X30 IMO.

- The article feels more cobbled together/cut-pasted from previous reviews, rather than a new & comparative evaluation of the group.

Edit: And separately I'm hugely disappointed to read the criticism of the Pana ZS100's lens, as I was/am considering it as my next "carry everywhere" camera.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2016 at 15:50 UTC as 60th comment | 2 replies
On article 2016 Roundup: Compact Enthusiast Zoom Cameras (355 comments in total)
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dpr4bb: Compromised lenses galore...

I was thinking the same thing skimming the Likes & Dislikes for each model. 2 of the 4 Canons and 1 of the 2 Panny's receive criticisms about the lenses. :-(

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2016 at 15:40 UTC

I've been wondering for years now if DSLR makers would ever go this route. Good to see someone making a first pass, but I can't help wondering if it's a bit late. I'm hoping that on-sensor phase focus systems are on the brink of becoming commonplace, at least for mirrorless/live view systems.

And as for optical VF cameras, it seems to me that it should be possible to design a sensor with embedded phase-focus pixels, where only the focus pixels are active all the time (for focusing), while the rest of the sensor is idle until exposure time, at which point the whole sensor wakes up, the mirror flips, etc etc.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2016 at 04:29 UTC as 79th comment | 2 replies
On article Power Zoom: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100/TZ100 Review (342 comments in total)

Two thoughts here:

1) Can the reviewer(s) comment on how this camera's AF performance with moving subjects compares to the well-regarded embedded-phase-sensor systems in Sony's recent Alpha models?

2) To Panasonic: Why On Earth do you not equip this otherwise seemingly-excellent camera with a rubber handgrip!?!?

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2016 at 18:34 UTC as 33rd comment | 1 reply
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2156 comments in total)

Still hoping Sony produces an A5xxx update that includes much of the tech they've put into the A6xxx line, along with bringing back the extra control dial from the NEX 5R/T. Hoping...

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2016 at 18:30 UTC as 77th comment | 1 reply
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2156 comments in total)
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sdh: Perhaps not directly applicable to the A6300, but I just feel like opining.
I'll start by saying the proliferation of on sensor PDAF is awesome. Period.
But there's a big part of me that still loves the view through a decent OVF. The geek in me would love to see a DSLR with OVF and phase focus pixels embedded solely in the main sensor. I get that it'd be a niche product and the only real benefit I can think of would be elimination of focus calibration problems in traditional DSLR phase systems. But I just think it'd be a cool concept.

As for the A6300, I enjoy my NEX 5R and really admire where Sony has taken the NEX/Alpha "6" line.

True. But the tilt & selfie screen and functions of the body design, not really technological progressions. Same with touch focus and shutter, that's not technology that's targeting a certain user experience, which I assume Sony would preserve in A5100 successor(s). The "6" series is aimed at photographers Sony thinks will want to use the camera more traditionally (ie non-touch screen). (Or I guess it could be cost cutting too!)

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2016 at 17:54 UTC
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2156 comments in total)

Perhaps not directly applicable to the A6300, but I just feel like opining.
I'll start by saying the proliferation of on sensor PDAF is awesome. Period.
But there's a big part of me that still loves the view through a decent OVF. The geek in me would love to see a DSLR with OVF and phase focus pixels embedded solely in the main sensor. I get that it'd be a niche product and the only real benefit I can think of would be elimination of focus calibration problems in traditional DSLR phase systems. But I just think it'd be a cool concept.

As for the A6300, I enjoy my NEX 5R and really admire where Sony has taken the NEX/Alpha "6" line.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2016 at 21:16 UTC as 369th comment | 4 replies

This looks like a pretty sweet camera but I'm disappointed it doesn't have a dedicated exposure bias dial like the Canon G15/16 and Nikon P7700.
I hope either the top plate dial or lens barrel ring can be customized to directly set exposure bias without having to enter a mode.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2016 at 19:06 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
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sdh: The exposure bias dial appears to jump directly from +3 to +5 (and -3 to -5) with no steps in between. Am I seeing things?

Ok then more generally, the exposure increment (or decrement) per click of the wheel changes when you go past +3 or -3. Between +3 and -3 it's 1/3 EV per click, but beyond +3 and -3 it's 1 ev per click. I've never heard of that before but I guess it's clever. You probably don't care too much about 1/3 EV increments when you're on the order of +/- 4 EV of bias.
That said, I don't think I've ever used more than +/- 2 EV bias. But if camera makers think ppl want dials that go further then, shrug, whatever...

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2016 at 03:57 UTC

The exposure bias dial appears to jump directly from +3 to +5 (and -3 to -5) with no steps in between. Am I seeing things?

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2016 at 04:14 UTC as 34th comment | 2 replies
On article Good genes: Samsung NX500 review posted (523 comments in total)
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sdh: Does the camera's 3" screen show a 3" image in stills (3:2) or movie (16:9) mode? I hope Samsung didn't cheat the way Sony did with the NEX/Alpha cams, where you only get a 3" image in 16:9 mode, and the display is smaller in stills (3:2) mode.

Good on Samsung! And thank you for the reply. :-)

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2015 at 23:09 UTC
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