Banhmi

Lives in United States Frozen Tundra, United States
Joined on Aug 15, 2012

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On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (109 comments in total)
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Banhmi: I recognize the equivalency issue here with this being MF, but how come Hasselblad doesn't launch this camera with faster lenses -- like, say, at least F2.5 instead of F3.5?

Can't imagine spending all that money on a camera body when the lenses appear kinda 'meh'. From my perspective, this doesn't seem that much better than an a7Rii until better glass becomes available, but I suppose I'm missing something here?

@Glen and Tazz - Thanks! 'contemplative photography' does sound like a lost art in an era of Instagram and Anthony Weiners. ;)

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 18:01 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (109 comments in total)

I recognize the equivalency issue here with this being MF, but how come Hasselblad doesn't launch this camera with faster lenses -- like, say, at least F2.5 instead of F3.5?

Can't imagine spending all that money on a camera body when the lenses appear kinda 'meh'. From my perspective, this doesn't seem that much better than an a7Rii until better glass becomes available, but I suppose I'm missing something here?

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 13:35 UTC as 17th comment | 7 replies
On article YI M1 Mirrorless ILC First Impressions Review (347 comments in total)
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Shiranai: You got the same thing wrong like a lot of news sites due to bad research.

The camera manufacturer is NOT Yi. Yi is a brand name like EOS or Instax.
The manufacturer is the well-known company Xiaomi, also responsible for smartphones, drones and robot vacuums.

I also doubt that Yi stands for "young innovators", that might also be some false information.

I know enough Chinese to say that if 小蚁 is not owned by 小米 then it is 山寨! :)

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 06:49 UTC
On article YI M1 Mirrorless ILC First Impressions Review (347 comments in total)
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Shiranai: You got the same thing wrong like a lot of news sites due to bad research.

The camera manufacturer is NOT Yi. Yi is a brand name like EOS or Instax.
The manufacturer is the well-known company Xiaomi, also responsible for smartphones, drones and robot vacuums.

I also doubt that Yi stands for "young innovators", that might also be some false information.

so... is YI / XiaoYi / Young Innovators owned by XiaoMi or not?

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 05:18 UTC
On article SanDisk 1TB SDXC card prototype unveiled at Photokina (94 comments in total)

Should come prepackaged with the Canon 5D MkIV.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 18:02 UTC as 31st comment

Barney-haters are missing the point: Canon used to be a thought leader and now it's not. In an era of rapidly changing digital tech, courage has been replaced by risk-aversion and complacency at Canon HQ.

Pretty shameful for a company selling "rebel" cameras.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 08:46 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply
On article Canon EOS M5: What you need to know (543 comments in total)

Canon FINALLY acknowledges that mirrorless is the future!

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2016 at 18:53 UTC as 68th comment | 11 replies
On photo Mirror on fire in the Landscape - Best of August 2016. challenge (2 comments in total)

This picture should have been #1! Beautiful!

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 20:00 UTC as 1st comment
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Najinsky: A couple of weeks back I spent about 4 hours walking around a large mall in Thailand, about 15 camera shops I guess, some dedicated camera shops, some electronic device shops, and some brand outlets (Sony/Panasonic).

It really smacks you in the face just how far ahead of the game Canon's retail operations are. They have the biggest presence, the most space, the best displays, the best coordination and the best draw.

It's hard to expose yourself to it and not want to walk away with a Canon, and this from a guy who reads review sites everyday, knows the weaknesses, and switched from full frame Canon 5 years back to experiment with M43, Fujifilm and Sony. A regular consumer has no chance. Resistance is futile.

The M5 will almost certainly sell in significant numbers just on the strength of this presence. It will have special appeal to those with cash and an interest in trying something different yet trusted and familiar.

The lens may not inspire, but are light, compact and they work.

I had noticed Bangkok has some pretty superior Canon stores... and now recognizing the connection to the almighty one (as bazzap pointed out), that makes perfect sense.

I may need to curtail my criticisms of Canon next time in BKK, I might be criticizing a royal camera! ;)

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 19:40 UTC
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Contra Mundum: Have they all gone nuts?
Sony A6300 - $1k
Fuji X-T2 - $1.6 k
Canon EOS-M5 - $1k
There aren't that many nincompoops in the world to throw that much money to these lowly cameras. Nowadays, the FF bodies look like an extremely good deal.

@Contra - In addition to T3's comments, one also needs to consider cost of body *plus* cost of lenses. So, before you buy an FF body, make sure you know what FF lenses you want, and how that compares to APS-C -- FF lens are typically higher quality + (much) higher price.

While APS-C lenses might not typically offer the ultimate in quality, the 'Challenges' section of the DPR website will show time-and-time-again that these lower quality/price lenses can produce plenty of great pictures!

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 19:16 UTC

Tokina, please make an 11-16mm for E-mount.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2016 at 10:09 UTC as 5th comment
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Bombastic: I guess I'll depend on Sigma to deliver reasonably priced optics for my a6300.

@Bombastic I fully agree with the sentiment that Sony-branded lenses are overpriced and that Sigma lenses like this should be celebrated. OTOH, some of the Sony lenses (e.g. primes) can still produce some pretty great pictures and OSS means they'll generally be preferable for video. Personally, I also kinda like how the Sony 35mm F1.8 keeps the camera 'small' -- it still fits it in some of my coat pockets.

All that said, for people who don't do serious video, I would definitely recommend the Sigma over the Sony.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 07:06 UTC
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wtang: Why is there a need for an news article like this to "sell" people on the new iPhone 7? There hasn't been a similar article to try to and "sell" people on the merits of any other smartphone. Why does the iPhone 7 need and get this kind of editorial promotion/marketing? Just genuinely curious.

For me, one of the strong points of DPR and its staff is their capacity to discuss the *relative* performance of photography devices -- mentioning why certain aspects of any given product are stronger or weaker than that of its competitors. That seemed to be missing in the above article and I think that leads to readers questioning the content.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2016 at 18:07 UTC
On article 6 tips for shooting fall color (80 comments in total)
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Najinsky: Always wondered if Autumn was such a difficult word for our American cousins to use, why dont they simply call the other seasons, Cold, Grow and Hot?

@Najinsky - I suspect the writer didn't realize many Brits find the term odd -- I didn't realize it and, actually, I have a fair number of brit/aussie/nz "mates" as I spend a fair amount of time in East Asia.

But btw, per Oxford dictionary: "Americans call it fall, originally a British expression first recorded in 1545" while autumn is "a word borrowed in the 14th century" "from Old French autompne". So see, we Americans are in fact using the British term --- while you Brits are using a *French* term!! ;)

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/autumn

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2016 at 12:30 UTC
On article 6 tips for shooting fall color (80 comments in total)
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Najinsky: Always wondered if Autumn was such a difficult word for our American cousins to use, why dont they simply call the other seasons, Cold, Grow and Hot?

We'll stopping calling autumn fall when you guys stop calling the cookies biscuits.

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2016 at 07:02 UTC

Interesting, but ultimately, this is going to be another extremely niche product.

I still feel strongly that the right product for most photogs isn't a 'serious camera smartphone' but a 'serious camera with Android'. Imagine if paying, say, $300 premium on the Canon 5D IV got you a 'Canon 5D IV Android' -- connected to your Gmail account, Flickr App, etc? Maybe this is a stretch for Canon, but surely Sony, who already makes smartphones, could throw a touchscreen on an a7III and let me do basic post-processing and photo-sharing right on the back of my camera?

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2016 at 04:24 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On photo Foggy Road in the The winding road challenge (4 comments in total)

@ms18 -- Thanks! In case anyone is curious, this picture was taken at Point Reyes, CA.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2016 at 17:34 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Foggy Road in the The winding road challenge (4 comments in total)

@thejohnnerparty Thanks!

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 03:07 UTC as 3rd comment
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Wild Shooter: Ummm, how is this a selling point to any consumer? has to be the first patent I've seen that actually steers people away from the product.

@h2k, continuing with that logic, maybe we should also have a 'feature' where you can't record sound in certain government or business controlled zones? Or maybe Apple can make a 'feature' that gives businesses and governments full control over which apps are restricted in which locations? IMO, it's a very 'slippery slope' into a world I do not want. Also, I somehow doubt Lady Gaga would endorse this feature! :)

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 17:35 UTC
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Wild Shooter: Ummm, how is this a selling point to any consumer? has to be the first patent I've seen that actually steers people away from the product.

I agree with zkz5, Apple has been a "pioneer" in creating products that are wanted by governments, rather than consumers.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 07:04 UTC
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