Anastigmat

Lives in United States San Jose, CA, United States
Joined on Mar 27, 2004

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bluevaping: Pentamirror, eh no.

The pentamirror is a ploy that is used to try to encourage buyers to spend more money and buy the more expensive models. The mirror really does not save much in manufacturing cost, but it is irritating and annoying to experienced users.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 06:37 UTC

I thought the world is moving to full frame. It looks like the camera makers still hope that people will buy the APS-C models because of the big profit margin on these cameras.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 06:34 UTC as 11th comment | 5 replies

It is a tough decision. Do I spend a few hundred bucks more and get a FF camera instead?

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 06:08 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply

Knobs and dials are back in fashion. Pentax introduced push buttons with the Super A/Super Program. Now they are gong back to knobs.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 06:06 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
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lacikuss: Regardless of IQ 3 fps is a serious limitation for any photographer.

Only if you are shooting birds in flight or sports would 3 fps be a limitation. You need a 600mm lens to shoot birds with this camera.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 14:17 UTC

The 3 major disadvantages of cameras like these are price, price and price. Some minor disadvantages include the dearth of lenses. Zoom lenses are about as abundant as chicken teeth. The size of the camera and its weight will give you back and shoulder pain if it is carried around all day. The crime rate is such that you need an armed body guard to keep this camera from getting robbed.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 14:14 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply

The new camera should be a lot more profitable for Leica, as it has switched over to using a CMOS sensor, which is a lot cheaper to make than FF CCD sensors.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2017 at 23:28 UTC as 163rd comment | 1 reply

It is welcome competition not only to medium format cameras but also to the FF 35mm format. It would have been even better if Fujifilm found a way to reduce the bulk of the rear LCD, which seems to be the main reason for the depth of this camera. Hopefully more manufacturers, perhaps including Nikon and Canon, will bring out medium format mirrorless cameras of their own. Pentax will probably bring one out, because the 645 is simply too bulky in its current body with the mirror. Old lenses can be made to fit the new bodies by using a short extension tube.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 16:19 UTC as 98th comment | 1 reply

The new instant film will take off as well as a lead zeppelin.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 22:58 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies

A mirrorless camera that seems to be about as deep as a SLR. Looks like they did not take full advantage of the design and reduce the lens flange to sensor distance. Nevertheless, the lack of mirror flap should contribute to sharper images, especially at slow shutter speeds.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 22:51 UTC as 119th comment | 1 reply
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (2138 comments in total)
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photoshack: Being that I'd used Canon (largest investment, lots of lenses), Sony A7S II, Fuji X100S I have always gone back to FF Canon bodies. I don't care about GPS but could see why travel guys would need it, I don't care about Wireless (I had it, found it clunky and too slow to actually use and chewed battery.) Occasionally I use a Camranger on the Canon for wireless previews, long exposure but really that is more of a toy.

So while people are slamming Canon for its sticking with DSLR form-factor using that old mirror and being "big", I really don't see the problem...the others cannot compare when you are looking for the results. Granted I have looked at Nikons with some envy, but to me they are the real competitor not mirrorless consumer cameras.

So this IV seems like a good upgrade for those who need those features, and the extra MP and ISO range is very good.

Sony simply does not have the ability to make a mirror that flaps up and down fast enough for 10 fps or more. Canon and Nikon are the only camera makers who have the ability since they have been making pro cameras for over half a century. Sony's move to pellicle mirrors was less than a resounding success, and mirrorless is their next alternative. So, what does Sony fans claim? That the mirror is old fashioned and clunky.

If you can make a mirror fast enough for 10fps or more, then it ain't clunky. The format that benefits the most from mirrorless is medium format. The mirrors on those cameras are too large and they cause vibrations. Since few people shoot sports with a 1 fps medium format camera, and since removing the mirror reduces weight and the size of the camera, mirrorless medium format makes a lot more sense than mirrorless FF. Mirrorless APS-C also makes more sense than mirrorless FF.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 16:18 UTC
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (2138 comments in total)
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woerd: This sure will be a very good drsl body. Unfortunately the camera concept with mirror is becoming old fashion and chunky. I owned a number of full frame drsl bodies from Canon but i changed to Sony (A7RII) and i never wanna go back.
My opinion: unless you are an action shooter you better choose the Sony for it's new technologies and image quality.

Problem with cameras like the A7RII is that there are very few lenses made for it. Using lens adapters defeats the advantage of compactness the camera and lenses specifically designed for it have. New lenses are also more expensive. Besides, long lenses designed for this camera aren't any shorter and they are in fact longer because the shorter lens flange to film plane distance of the camera means the missing extension has to be added to the lens. So if you carry several telephotos, they will all have extra length built into them. I guess it isn't a problem for most people who buy into mirrorless because they are unlikely to use long lenses, which are used mostly for wildlife and sports.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 16:09 UTC
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (2138 comments in total)

This camera is nice and capable, but manufacturers have to introduce cheaper FF bodies, ideally for less than $1,000 or the sales slump of DSLR cameras will continue. Most people already own an APS-C model or two, and those who don't can get one real cheap on the used market. The only real upgrade is FF, but the price is still too high for the budgets of most photographers.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 16:02 UTC as 388th comment | 1 reply
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cdembrey: Android phone already outsell iPhones—why would Apple do anything to cut iPhone sales?? Short answer is that they wouldn't.

Apple fought the FBI in the past. Why would they now sell-out to them now?? @Brian Hedrick said: " They may have patented it for the sole purpose of PREVENTING it from being implemented." Sounds about right to me.

Lots of paranoia among the Apple HATERS.

Apple is trying to stop the bootlegging of music. They are planning to stay in the music streaming business. Heard that they are buying Jay Z's music streaming service Tidal. Tidal does not have a lot of customers but it has music found nowhere else. Apple is hoping to get into the business of exclusive content, content that other music streaming services won't have. If people can record and sell bootlegged music videos with the iPhone then they will lose exclusivity.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 06:17 UTC
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Greg OH: I'll bet the cop who shot Walter Scott wishes he had this.
http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/walter-scott-shooting/walter-scott-shooting-grand-jury-returns-murder-indictment-against-cop-n371626

Yup. They will send out signals to disable iPhones in the future when they are out on a job.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 06:11 UTC

That is one way to reduce iPhone sales.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 06:09 UTC as 12th comment
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Anastigmat: I am glad somebody did the obvious and come out with a mirrorless medium format camera. The medium format requires a big mirror, and it reduces sharpness because of vibration caused by the mirror flopping up and down. It also makes the camera much heavier and deeper. Wide angle lenses are also less sharp because they need to be reverse telephotos. The main advantage of a mirror is that there is no delay which is very important when shooting sports. But since no one shoots sports with a 1 frame per second medium format camera, that is not an issue. Mirrorless medium format is definitely the future. Mirrorless 35mm won't be the future because of the need for 10 fps shooting.

One more way that mirrorless makes sense for medium format is that the pentaprism also weighs a lot. Getting rid of it lightens the camera even more.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 01:44 UTC
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MustyMarie: Mirror-less may be the future, but small in hand I hope is NOT!! Some of us, not trump (small you know what too- yes brain!!), have big hands, those mirrorless Sony are just too small for my hands and not fun to use, plus the menus are not so great, ie - NOT ergonomic for many of us.

These H mirrorless look larger, maybe better for us with larger hands, be interesting to see how they are in real world use.

Mirrorless will shrink the depth dimension. It will not shrink the height or width of the cameras.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 01:43 UTC
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Zvonimir Tosic: For those waiting for 'pancake' lenses for this Hassy; it won't happen. Ever. Unless you want it to be f22 pinhole-cap lens?

While marketing can fool you into .. "look kids, we have shrunk the flange distance: quickly go buy our camera now!" .. mood, they cannot distort the laws of optics same as they can twist our minds into the mirrorless fad.

Front element of any decent lens still nees to sit at a certain distance from the sensor, and there is no way around it. (Unless you want *&^_@ image quality).

Slim down the camera, but the lens must grow bigger then. Really good pancakes are a trait of the SLRs, not of the larger format mirrorless cameras. With mirrorless fad, you will get a slimmer camera body, but almost always some 'beer can' or 'tomato tin' of a lens.

PS. Check the Fuji 27mm/2.8 and Pentax DA40/2.8; Pentax lens is half the height of Fuji, and still there are no optical cheats in it; only but 100% tele-centricity.

We will likely see more compact wide angle lenses, because they can be made the same way that wide angles are made for rangefinder cameras like the Leica M series. They can stick their rear end into the camera body if necessary. We will likely see fisheye lenses for medium format cameras.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 01:42 UTC

I am glad somebody did the obvious and come out with a mirrorless medium format camera. The medium format requires a big mirror, and it reduces sharpness because of vibration caused by the mirror flopping up and down. It also makes the camera much heavier and deeper. Wide angle lenses are also less sharp because they need to be reverse telephotos. The main advantage of a mirror is that there is no delay which is very important when shooting sports. But since no one shoots sports with a 1 frame per second medium format camera, that is not an issue. Mirrorless medium format is definitely the future. Mirrorless 35mm won't be the future because of the need for 10 fps shooting.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 01:38 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
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