Fotogeneticist

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We need to stop using the term "mirrorless" to name these latest cameras. Imagine if we called cars "horseless carriages". The image follows a different path from the scene to the sensor to the finder. We used to call cameras with two lenses Twin Lens Reflex. Then Hasselblad ushered in the Single Lens Reflex. I propose Digital Sensor Reflex (DSR). The image goes directly to the sensor through the lens and the sensor "reflexes" the image to the finder. TLR --> SLR --> DSLR --> DSR.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2016 at 14:40 UTC as 81st comment | 6 replies
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (811 comments in total)

1/2000 sec flash synch! That's what I'm talking about. I'm a flash synch snob. Leaf or electronic shutters, all the way! Fill flash in broad daylight without ND filters. You don't know what you're missing if you don't know what I'm talking about. Name a FF DSLR that can do that. Not that many.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 07:22 UTC as 137th comment | 3 replies
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1191 comments in total)

Congratulations Hasselblad! First to realize the first rule of good camera design: sensor size to camera size. Who would have ever imagined a medium format camera that's smaller than a 35mm format camera?

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 16:36 UTC as 155th comment
On article Hasselblad to announce 'game changer' next week (460 comments in total)
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Fotogeneticist: Go back to the roots of what made Hasselblad popular in the first place... MODULARITY.

Imagine a compact, modular sensor/lens/drive/finder camera with a medium format sized sensor. That's what I dream of.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2016 at 08:29 UTC
On article Hasselblad to announce 'game changer' next week (460 comments in total)

Go back to the roots of what made Hasselblad popular in the first place... MODULARITY.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 20:21 UTC as 211th comment | 2 replies
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Spectro: I have my share of P&S and smaller cameras and I just don't use them. It is either cellphone or FF for me. Gave away my panny gm1 because I just didn't use it enough and the nikon s1 (has an underwater case so why I kept it) is sitting around as with other P&S I gave away. The old S1's aptiva sensor is crap (worst sensor to grace nikkor lens) also, glad nikon went with with sony's BSI. Got to admit the 18-50 looks cool (too much for me now), maybe it will cause a j5 fire sale which I am interested in for hike (plus small telephoto lens).

That's only because the "small" P&S cameras are not small enough. Small enough means it can fit in your hip pocket. If you don't think there's a high quality P&S that can do this, just check out the Ricoh GR. It fits in my right hip pocket of my jeans but the quality from it is APS-C. Small is not small enough unless it's pocketable. If it's not pocketable, you may as well have a full frame camera.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2016 at 10:38 UTC

Now make it with a CX mount and we'll finally have what we've been waiting for since the first V1 came out. Finally, Speedlight compatibility.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2016 at 10:34 UTC as 27th comment
On article Pocketable APS-C: Fujifilm X70 real-world samples (253 comments in total)
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Fotogeneticist: It's great to finally see a competitor to the Ricoh GR series. High image quality to camera size ratio. The Ricoh GR has been the only truly pocketable APS-C for years. I use mine for street photography as well as while I am cycling.

I looked at the Nikon CP A (as a long time Nikon user since the days of film), however, the customizability to facilitate the fastest operation for the controllable factors of exposure (shutter speed, aperture, ISO, ND filter, flash) were not there. On the other hand, my Ricoh allows me near instantaneous manipulation similar to my DSLR, but much smaller. Ricoh's interface is amazing and a result of listening to customer feedback. Ricoh can also go against the grain without worrying much through the creation of this excellent niche product. Next step should be full frame. Ultimately, it's all about IQ to camera size ratio. Find the innate quality of something and measure that against the innate utility factor (which is mainly "pocketability"--think how iPhone cameras are making compact cameras obsolete. That is the natural measure of progress of something. The first to understand this and get there wins.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2016 at 12:20 UTC
On article Pocketable APS-C: Fujifilm X70 real-world samples (253 comments in total)

It's great to finally see a competitor to the Ricoh GR series. High image quality to camera size ratio. The Ricoh GR has been the only truly pocketable APS-C for years. I use mine for street photography as well as while I am cycling.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2016 at 12:14 UTC as 7th comment | 2 replies
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TomasT: After 3 years it is still the smallest with an APS-C sensor.
And perhaps de sharpest. I just bought one!

If you think of cameras in terms of image quality (i.e., mainly sensor size) to camera size ratio, the Ricoh GR and GRII have little competition. I've owned the Ricoh GRD, GRDII, and the GR. Unlike some of the dinosaurs here, I'd rather like to see a full frame GRIII (as long as small size and max aperture are not compromised). I stopped upgrading my GRDs until the GR came out solely for that reason. Sony and Fuji understand this formula as well. Leica understood it way back when. It is where camera design naturally gravitates toward for mainstream use.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2016 at 19:35 UTC
On article Video: Cristina Mittermeier delivers PIX 2015 keynote (51 comments in total)
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Tronhar: I got two things out of this video: neither of which have anything to do with what equipment she uses or how well known she may or may not be. The significance of her messages is in their veracity.

1. I know we will not not destroy our planet, but it will change to the point where life as we know it will no longer be sustainable, and that is a tragedy for all species including our own. Denying that, or hoping someone else will sort it is not a solution and we all have a part to play.

2. Not only is a picture worth a thousand words, it does it in a hundred languages. There is a wealth of data on climate change, and there is no debate among 98% of scientists that we are in the middle of it. But the average person is not swayed with tables and graphs, they are moved by images showing these events in action. One such effort by James Balog in his series, Chasing Ice, shows in dramatic fashion the acceleration of glacial melt on a global scale. This is the power of photography...

Personally, I don't care as much about climate change as I do about the more tangible, immediate reality of pollution on what I drink or what I eat. Throughout history, the world has experienced dramatic climate change. Some of that change (all caused by nature) nearly wiped off all life on Earth. And the last ice age was not so long ago in terms of the total age of our planet. Perhaps the levels of man-made pollution now equals or exceeds that of natural volcanic activity or maybe it's less than the combined volume of dinosaur fart gas. I don't know. But I know that it's getting harder and harder to find fish that isn't poisoned with heavy metals. That is a reality and one that I care about. Whether we believe in global warming or not, I think we have reason to worry about pollution for more immediate reasons.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2015 at 05:42 UTC
On article LowePro expands ProTactic lineup with four new bags (23 comments in total)

The only other types of bags that I consider tactical are the sling type bags with side entry access. However, most of those bags are strapped for the wrong shoulder IMHO. There should be an option for which shoulder the strap hangs on.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2015 at 19:46 UTC as 4th comment
On article LowePro expands ProTactic lineup with four new bags (23 comments in total)
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Johannes Zander: Still no bag developed for all those proactive armchair photogs that coukd hang over the armrest!
I dont like the prominent buckles and logo of these

That's another thing. Tactical means stealth. Why not use the subdued logo style of the "Stealth" series of bags?

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2015 at 19:44 UTC
On article LowePro expands ProTactic lineup with four new bags (23 comments in total)

Having climbed up the sides of ships during small boat transfers with my photography gear, I'd say these are no more tactical than any other backpack style camera bag. Points for the Molle straps, but true tactical means you can access all necessary gear one handed while the other hand is occupied by something else. It means you can access that gear quickly, with the least amount of encumbrances, NOT only that you can hang more gear on the bag. The most tactical bag I've used is the Lowepro Flipside. Although my Flipside is all tattered from deployments (the bottom pocket for the all weather cover ripped off), I just can't seem to justify getting anything else. The best thing about this bag is that you can simply rotate it on the belt in front of you, unzip it with the same hand, and rest it horizontally on your hip without any of the contents falling out. As an active duty photog, I'd rather see a Flipside with at least 2 Molle panels. Now that would be tactical.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2015 at 19:41 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review (1000 comments in total)
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Fotogeneticist: An amazing camera with every function that a photographer needs and more. Yeah, a tilt screen would've been useful, touch screen... etc. Personally, I don't use those, so not a problem for me. The 4/3rd sensor is somewhat misleading, but I see the benefit of the suboptimal use of the sensor area in that it allows the use of different aspect ratios, which provides better results than cropping the main intended format... HOWEVER, what is with the 1:1 aspect ratio? The 1:1 aspect ratio mode is merely a crop of the 4:3. While I rarely shoot 1:1 except with my old Hasselblad, I could see a use for it with some of my subjects. It's a shame the 1:1 ratio was so poorly implemented.

The dimension of the native sensor could have accommodated a higher resolution crop than it does, at least based on the diagram above.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 04:37 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review (1000 comments in total)

An amazing camera with every function that a photographer needs and more. Yeah, a tilt screen would've been useful, touch screen... etc. Personally, I don't use those, so not a problem for me. The 4/3rd sensor is somewhat misleading, but I see the benefit of the suboptimal use of the sensor area in that it allows the use of different aspect ratios, which provides better results than cropping the main intended format... HOWEVER, what is with the 1:1 aspect ratio? The 1:1 aspect ratio mode is merely a crop of the 4:3. While I rarely shoot 1:1 except with my old Hasselblad, I could see a use for it with some of my subjects. It's a shame the 1:1 ratio was so poorly implemented.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 01:43 UTC as 141st comment | 3 replies
On article Readers' showcase: Landscape photography (90 comments in total)
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Michael Piziak: I wish HDR was never invented.

Poorly done HDR can be an eyesore, but HDR used to overcome the disadvantage sensors have compared to the eye is a necessity in some scenes. With all tools, you must fight the tendency to misuse it.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2014 at 05:53 UTC
On article Ricoh GR comparative review (43 comments in total)

Here's the advantage most people don't notice:
Flash sync speed: 1/2000 sec!!! This means you can use fill flash in bright daylight without a neutral density filter! You can capture things no other camera can. This is better than every professional D-SLR on the market. And with the standard hotshoe (unlike my Nikon V1), you can do some off-camera flash using a wireless transmitter like a Pocket Wizard. This is a professional's tool. Perhaps once my Nikon V1 dies, I'll get one of these.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 05:24 UTC as 4th comment
On article Ricoh announces Pentax K-3 Prestige Edition (166 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Ricoh clearly lacks the vision needed to cash in on commemorative editions.

They bundle a $1,000 camera with a $215 battery grip, and two Pentax batteries worth another $100, and then give the whole package a stunning finish. Then they sell this gorgeous $1,315 bundle for only $1,399!

That's right. A lousy $84 more than an off the shelf regular version.

Hassleblad would have given it an exotic wood grip, named it "The Constellation Edition" and sold it for $9,000.

Leica would have sold this for $20,000, or roughly a $10,000 premium over their usual price, and had a waiting list for it.

But Ricoh only tacks on 84 bucks!

(Seriously, this is a great deal. If I was in the market for a K3, I'd order one of these special editions immediately.)

I wish I was back in the Ricoh camp. I've been a fan of Ricoh since the original film GR21 cameras. They know how to make cameras for photographers, not just pixel peepers or hipsters. I got into digital with a Ricoh RDC almost 17 years ago. Then I jumped on the GRD and GRD2 10 years later as soon as they were released. If I wasn't spending all my money on cycling these days, I'd probably be purchasing a Ricoh GRD APS-C. And Ricoh knows how to do firmware updates. You buy a Ricoh and it's firmware support doesn't necessarily end when the latest camera comes around. They actually listen to their customers. I still remember when we were asking for a full press snap mode and not so long afterwards, it showed up in a firmware upgrade.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 04:12 UTC
On article Nikon 1 V3 Review (651 comments in total)
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DuxX: A good camera with incompetent sensor. The minimum size of the sensor for any serious camera should be APS-C. Sorry Nikon.

DuxX, as Andy points out, the word "never" is where you are wrong. My APS-C from 12 years ago is nowhere as good as the quality of my 1" sensor from 2 years ago. You're missing a key element, and that is technology improves. And the cycle of improvement has gotten so fast. With my old Nikon V1, I'm taking photos that are giving my D700 full frame camera a run for its money. Not quite the same at high ISO, but close enough to get me high quality landscape photos that I would feel comfortable printing at 13x19. See my V1 photos at https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotogeneticist

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2014 at 22:13 UTC
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