Humboldt Jim

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It's all about Me. Instead of boring others about what you are doing by talking and texting, now you can bore people with "Me videos" It's the Me generation, look at Me, look where Me is, look what Me is doing!

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2013 at 22:16 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies
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Simon97: How are the newer EVFs in bright sunlight for eyeglass wearers? My only experience is with an old 4mp camera from 2004. The EVF becomes too hard to see unless I cup my hand around the eyepiece. OVF, of course doesn't have this issue.

Brighter is almost always better but the design of the lens (ocular) and eyecup seem to have more effect on eyeglass friendliness than the LCD.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2013 at 21:54 UTC
On article A Serious Rangefinder Compact Camera (137 comments in total)

Control concept is good but can't see the advantage in the OVF. Takes a lot of space and is heavy. Also, this is not even a rangefinder style camera because real rangefinders need to have widely spaced lenses for the rangefinder to work effectively. Therefor the whole top of the camera is taken up by the rangefinder and not "humped" on one side.

I say scrap the retro OVF pretense and go with state of art EVF.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2012 at 04:58 UTC as 25th comment
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Humboldt Jim: Can we assume that a 1" sensor system can be stopped down to ƒ16, or even 22 without diffraction problems?

Ye gads! what did I start? Let me re-phrase and re-state. The smallest absolute aperture for ƒ8 and a 1/2.3 sensor is the smallest possible size for preventing significant diffraction effects AT THE APERTURE. What would be the corresponding value be with the same size aperture and a 1" sensor?

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2012 at 05:41 UTC

Can we assume that a 1" sensor system can be stopped down to ƒ16, or even 22 without diffraction problems?

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2012 at 17:25 UTC as 31st comment | 10 replies
On article Olympus releases SP-820UZ and SP-720UZ 14MP superzooms (42 comments in total)
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raywes: Why no Articlated LCD, I don't get it. Why bother.

Even worse, an EVF housing with no EVF. I can see myself (not really) trying to follow a moving subject at full zoom holding the camera at arms length. Ridiculous!


Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2012 at 21:03 UTC
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Reilly Diefenbach: Your tax dollars at work. More welfare for the military industrial complex. I really don't think it's for shooting Yosemite.

Maybe not this prototype, but given the depth of field and resolution, it seems highly suitable for shooting Yosemite. Just bring a car battery, large capacitor and patience and you have a 21st century view camera, bulk and all!


Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2012 at 17:57 UTC
On article Pentax K-01 Hands-on Preview (376 comments in total)

Proof that mirrorless is easy. Just remove the viewfinder and mirror and you have the latest in trendy high end fashion cams.

Funny how "mirrorless" is not used to describe the Olympus E-M5 even though it lacks a mirror.


Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2012 at 00:00 UTC as 135th comment | 1 reply
On article First impressions shooting with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 (264 comments in total)
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Antony John: The camera has been around since approximately 1826. Over the intervening period it went through various itterations until around the late 1950s when the ergonomics were refined such that all manufacturers produced the same body shape (SLR or rangefinder 35 mm) because it was a proven design - and so it continued for another 30 years.
Enter the digital age and cameras changed, more so SLR than other types. Why, well because it was the 'new camera age' and thus design had to change in unison to show that the camera was 'different' - not because the changes were better but simply because the camera manufacturers could. Sod ergonomics and ease of use etc.
The Oly OM-D and similar shaped cameras from other manufacturers are simply a return to 'what works best' and I'm really surprised it took so long to get back to that position.
So, when others denegrate the Oly OM-D it's simply because their brand has not yet woken up to this basic truth and they're just venting their spleen in anguish.

Yes; When it was first decided to wind the 35 mm film horizontally instead of vertically, the die were cast.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2012 at 17:53 UTC
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Guidenet: I would have thought they'd have easily caught this during testing. They must have rushed sensor production before the testing was over just like a lot of people purchased before reviews and early adopter experiences came in. Everyone rushing to get the latest.

Now, if you were the Fuji boss for the year, how would you get out of this, knowing it was a sensor issue and not fixable via software? You could financially cripple the company by taking them all back. You could bluster through it and give people software to fix it in post and a free leather case. Might work but expensive.

What you couldn't do is to recall them and replace the sensor. What new sensor? Who could do the work? I bet the cost would be greater than a whole new camera production. Again, you'd financially cripple the company. Sometimes it's impossible for a company to do the right thing. The right thing for you might be completely wrong for owners of their other cameras. There has to be a compromise.

A generous buyback /sensor replacement/camera replacement program would be the only way to save face, retain customer loyalty and retain remaining credibility. Expensive in the short run, less so in long run.

Al that is needed is the "new and improved" fully tested sensor.


Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2012 at 20:02 UTC
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space2k: Well then. They are just going to have to give us loyal Olympians a 50% discount on the OM-D to make us forget about this.

Very few dSLRs have pentaprisms. They are mostly pentamirrors.

It is not the 4/3 format itself that puts it at a disadvantage, its lack of support for its potential.


Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2012 at 00:06 UTC
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topstuff: Wow. Imagine the size of a 600mm lens on a APSC or FF camera !

Can you imagine that on a Nikon 1 - it would be effectively a 810mm 6.3 lens !

Who wants FF ! Crop bodies rock !

If its on an Oly body image will be stabilized.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2012 at 23:42 UTC
On article Fujifilm reveals HS30EXR 30x CMOS superzoom with Raw (82 comments in total)
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cala1900: The EVF is one reason I've remained with Fuji and shall continue to do so.

It will be interesting to see if the new improvements introduced (Face Tracking Auto Focus) will improve the video experience. The manual zoom will still cause jerkiness while zooming in video mode.

And i like the new built in flash! it has double the flash range now. But otherwise, it sounds like the same HS20exr, dont you think?

No, I don't think it sounds like the same HS20exr. It is more like the logical evolution of the HS series. One thing I'd like to see devolve is the sensor back to a sensible 12 MP. OTOH, maybe just shooting at 8 MB is the more sensible approach, as said earlier.

Try cutting down on the caffeine to solve that jerkiness;-)


Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2012 at 16:41 UTC
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Alistair Simpson: More to do with "waterproof" cameras in general rather than these new releases: do any of them float? I'd like to buy one as a present for a relative who sails, and whose children sail too, but a camera that's waterproof and sinks like a stone isn't much use IMHO. Having read previous tests & looked at various manufacturers' websites, it seems odd that this feature isn't available.

To make it float it would need to be larger to hold more air. As it is there is an option to add a wrist strap/float. I prefer having an option as opposed to a permanently "inflated" camera.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2012 at 01:05 UTC

No under water scene mode(s)? Hello Fujifilm, anyone there that happens to be thinking?

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2012 at 21:27 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Fujifilm reveals HS30EXR 30x CMOS superzoom with Raw (82 comments in total)

Lighter weight and better cold weather performance by switching from NiMH to Li ion, better EVF and firm wear improvements have eliminated the deal killers that outweighed the positive of the manual zoom. The HS30 is now on my short list.

I handled the Canon SX40HS which was uninspiring to me. Unfortunately, I need to travel at least 200 miles to handle the cameras on my short list and I am not OC enough to do the order and return routine.

I have yet to see the enthusiasm for the HS 20 on the Fujifilm Forum as for the FZ150 on the Panasonic forum. Maybe the HS30 will change that.


Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2012 at 18:35 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies
On article Just Posted: Leica V-Lux 3 samples gallery (8 comments in total)

I'd like to see side-by-side samples with the FZ150. OTOH, that might be redundant.


Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2011 at 18:45 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon V1 and J1 - hands-on first impressions (245 comments in total)

Interesting that Nikon refers to users of the V1 and J1 as "consumers" and not photographers. Rather off putting.


Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2011 at 06:52 UTC as 5th comment
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qwertyasdf: Really beautiful compact!!!!!
But cannot give any credits to fuji....just looks like a camera from the 60s
Hope more dc makers make retro style cameras
Will fuji out a silver version, or a gold limited version...anyone? :P

I guess it all depends on whether it is to take pictures with, or of.


Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2011 at 19:45 UTC
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