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On article Throwback Thursday: Minolta DiMAGE X (102 comments in total)

I had a later Konica-Minolta branded version of this, the X50. Great little camera. Very small and very light and had a 5MP sensor, but a tiny battery. Still have the camera.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 16:59 UTC as 22nd comment
On article Dell announces 4K HDR10 monitor (86 comments in total)
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GodSpeaks: 27" is too small for a UHD monitor. I have a 28" monitor, and wish it was larger. I would say 32" minimum for UHD.

Way too small Hachu. And why 16:10?

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 03:16 UTC
On article Dell announces 4K HDR10 monitor (86 comments in total)
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Sergey Borachev: I will wait till the majority of people have 4K TV first before getting any 4K monitor.

Why? 4K video looks better on a 4K monitor, as do your photos.

So why must you wait for the MAJORITY of people to have a 4K TV? Buying a 4K TV does not necessarily correlate with buying a 4K monitor, unless, of course, you shoot 4K video.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 05:21 UTC
On article Dell announces 4K HDR10 monitor (86 comments in total)

27" is too small for a UHD monitor. I have a 28" monitor, and wish it was larger. I would say 32" minimum for UHD.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 05:07 UTC as 9th comment | 4 replies
On article Sony a9: Why being better might not be enough (765 comments in total)
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fatdeeman: Absolutely true, just look at the Samsung and the NX1, easily the best mirrorless camera on the market at the time and it did nothing to change Samsung's fortunes in the camera market.

The one thing the A9 has going for it is that it has a few features that didn't really exist before, the Samsung just did existing things really well.

It will be very interesting to see if Sony can make a significant mark on the pro market.

The lens issue is one of the truly significant ones and needs to be addressed, I think a lot of prospective customers are put off by the lack of choice. Although Canon lenses do work astoundingly well considering they are adapted they still lag behind native lenses.

It's going to be an interesting year.

The A9 will be a big hit with the Sony fanboys, but beyond that, meh.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 01:50 UTC

I own, and still use, the A850, a sibling to the A900. It was, and still is, an excellent stills camera (no video). Sony have yet to match those cameras.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 17:10 UTC as 48th comment | 2 replies
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x10x10x: M43 have to come up with a 'God' sensor, one that would retain the size but with an extremely high IQ, Olympus have an incredibly competent optics division, all their lenses outresolve their sensors, obviously. This 'God' sensor of course, is not technologically feasible now but it would definitely save the format. Who doesn't love Olympus sized cameras and lenses but feels the IQ due to the sensor is lacking.

I am perfectly happy with the IQ of my Panasonic MFT cameras.
Any new 'God' sensor would likely be available to everyone, especially if it were to come from Sony.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 09:10 UTC
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sunilkumar: should i be worried, i just got 20 mm 1.7 (and pentax 645 medium format film camera too)?

I would be. That 20mm won't work on the Pantax.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 03:48 UTC
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Under The Sun: They could start by simplifying the naming conventions for their cameras.

I presume you mean better differentiation. Rolling most under GX seems silly.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 03:35 UTC
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TwoMetreBill: They have to stop building cameras that their customers need to fight with on a regular basis. I finally gave up on a GH2, a pair of GH3s, the associated lenses and a FZ2500; all purchased new. For example, change what information is displayed on the EVF and the AF settings go crazy. The menu system is just plain nuts and gets worse with each succeeding body. Only a masochist could enjoy working with these cameras. Olympus does much better though with no shortage of problems and a company that is fast headed toward extinction.

Olympus menus are better than Panasonic? Seriously? Maybe you have your brands confused. Panasonic menus are simple and straight forward, one of the best in the business.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 03:33 UTC
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jhinkey: Looks like the beginning of the end and my Pany G85 and PL lenses will have to keep going for a long long time then. Too bad as I really liked the Pany camera externals and UI.
Lets hope for the best. This could make m43 be not quite as stable with just one camera manufacturer supporting it.

Did it say that Panasonic was discontinuing MFT? NO, it did not. Scaling back probably means no more small sensored compacts, and a thinning of the lines of 1" and MFT sensored cameras. Stop being so negative.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 03:23 UTC
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ottonis: At first, phonecameras cannibalized the compact point & shoot camera sales. Next, I guess, will probably be the 1" and m43 markets to lose share to the cameraphones.
As I see it, in the not so distant future, the marjet will dichotomize and consist of advanced (multi-sensor, multi-lens) phonecameras on the one side and people carrying their FF / MF cameras.

Not really.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 03:21 UTC
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wildbild: I just read the article again, and the more I think about all the arguments made, I think it is missing the point of medium format cameras. They are not about specs in the first place.
I want to be clear: the camera I have have used most for my personal work is a $10 flea market purchase, a Olympus mju1. This being said, I enjoy working with medium format cameras immensely. And this is not for resolution in the first place, nor for shallow depth of field, nor out of focus rendition, nor exposure latitude. The most important factor is their seriousness. Carrying such a beast is a constant reminder of the commitment to quality — it changes your mindset. I think that this is the factor that makes medium format photos stand out more than any of the technical parameters mentioned by Rishi.

Have you actually seen the Fuji GFX in the flesh? I have. It is barely larger than your average DSLR. So no, not a beast at all. Actually quite impressive that they could shrink the size, and I assume weight, that much. Now if only they could shrink the price to match.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2017 at 04:43 UTC
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Frank_BR: MF where? MF was the format derived from the 120 and 220 films, which had a nominal width of 6 cm (56mm or 2 1/4 inch to be exact). To be MF at least one dimension must be equal to 56mm. True MF formats were 6x4.5, 6x6, 6x7, 6x9, etc.

3.3 x 4.4 cm is not MF! It is fake MF. It is a digital age fraud. Maybe it should be called e-FF (enhanced FF) or so. Never MF!

PS1: Excellent article, one of the best I've read in the last 3.3 or 4.4 years. Congrats!
PS2: Wake me when Fuji makes a true MF camera ... zzzzzzz ...

I agree, these sensor are nowhere near medium format in size. I call them super 35 (nothing to do with the motion picture Super 35 format).

For the price difference between a D810 and these Super 35 MF cameras, I say it is not worth the cost.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2017 at 04:38 UTC
On article Atomos introduces Ninja Inferno off-camera recorder (62 comments in total)

Now let's wait and see what BlackMagic will bring to the table next month.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2017 at 04:24 UTC as 16th comment

I agree with the article, that these new MF cameras are really just overpriced hype. To start with, the sensor is nowhere near medium format sized. It is in fact, more of a super 35 sized sensor. So where is the big advantage?

Back before Nikon introduced the D800/E, I was shooting with the Mamiya 645AFD. I had a complete kit with multiple lenses, etc. When Nikon announced the D800/E, I sold off my Mamiya and bought the D800E. Best decision I ever made. Zero regrets. Plus the sensor on my Mamiya was 36x48mm, or DOUBLE the size of a 35mm FF sensor.

Oh, and the Nikon was a fraction of the price of the Mamiya, Hasselblad or Fuji. There is no question in my mind, that the high MP FF cameras have at least one foot very firmly planted in medium format territory.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 02:06 UTC as 258th comment

This is the thin edge of the wedge. How long before this ban is made worldwide?

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 01:27 UTC as 50th comment
On article GoPro to cut 270 jobs as part of restructuring effort (79 comments in total)
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brn: I don't understand their business model. Their core customer base is enthusiasts. Competition has appeared, but they target general consumers. The key is to continue to put out a better product, in order to maintain the enthusiast base. GoPro is perfectly capable of doing that. Expand to professionals (which they've done), but hang onto your base.

Instead, they announce that they're abandoning enthusiasts, in favor of professionals only? I'm not surprised repeated downsizing is the result.

The final result is going to be the demise of the company.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2017 at 01:04 UTC
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DDWD10: It's alright, but I really think Panasonic will have to implement some form of PDAF to bring it to the next level. It will pay off in video AF too.

No one who is serious about video is using AF.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 01:00 UTC
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sh10453: A great camera, no doubt, but after 3 Panasonic cameras I'm sticking with Canon, and Canon's L glass.
I hope the 6D-II will be out soon.
For lighter gear, I still like my A6000, especially using it with Canon lenses.

I don't care much for Panasonic's customer care. I have been disappointed in all 3 cases, as well as in other products (high-end home telephone systems).

My experience is the exact opposite. I have nothing but praise for the service I received when I had to submit my camera for service. Panasonic bent over backwards to resolve my issue, and did so without charge.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 00:58 UTC
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