40daystogo

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Although the A6500 is my dream camera with IBIS, I am not interested at that price.

I was not interested in the A6300 because of its high price, and the A6500 is even more expensive.

My current A6000 gives superb image quality, and fast autofocus -- and my three Sony E lenses all have OSS. The IBIS would be nice for using my collection of Nikon legacy and current lenses, but not for the price Sony is asking.

Sony is getting greedy, as one other person below commented.

Canon's EF-M lenses are reasonably-priced, and in a few years time Canon will deliver the technology. Right now, the Canon M5 is too conservative in its technology. I really hope Canon and Nikon give Sony some competition in the mirrorless area, because Sony are price-gouging the market.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 05:51 UTC as 61st comment | 4 replies
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (814 comments in total)

Ansel Adams would have used this camera for his wilderness backpacking.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 14:26 UTC as 82nd comment | 9 replies
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (814 comments in total)
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Chris2210: It will be interesting to see what battery life is like - my guess is that it will be in a similar ballpark to the GH4 [I note that's 500 shots against its predecessor's 540]. That rating surprised me because I would have pegged the battery life of my GH3 as comfortably into the higher hundreds. It's certainly nowhere near as frustratingly short as most other mirrorless cameras where you certainly need to have a spare for a full days worth of shooting. The GH cameras do of course also benefit from the possibility of an additional unit in a grip.

I suppose it's a minor niggle, but having to switch batteries mid-shoot is a pain - hopefully this camera will have the stamina last a moderate day's worth of shooting.

Batteries for this Hasselblad won't come cheap, and unlikely to be cheap generic batteries on eBay.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 14:24 UTC
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Mark9473: "23 elements (in seven moving groups), seven of which are made from glass with anomalous partial dispersion"

I have zero interest in owning this lens, but I have to admire the skill that went into designing and producing it.

It would have taken skill to give maybe 90% of the quality but in a more realistic weight casing. The numerous comments here, mocking the size and weight, are an indication that most reasonable people, even professionals, are not wanting that size of lens.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2016 at 08:41 UTC

It'd be interesting if someone could tell us the street price of the early Leica M3, M2 and M4 in today's money, to see if Leica's back then were rich people's toys. Without seeing the data, I assume they were working-men's cameras, although maybe slightly more expensive? What if? What if Leica had pitched their prices at the Nikon and Canon price range, or just kept at the same market tier they were decades ago? Could Leica have survived?

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2016 at 08:39 UTC as 46th comment | 18 replies
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rsf3127: I am speechless about this mirrorless system.

Speechlessness doesn't prevent typing on a keyboard.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2016 at 02:15 UTC
On article Worth the wait? A look inside the Pentax K-1 (649 comments in total)
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40daystogo: First off, I think the camera is ugly - but then again, everyone's taste differs. (To put this in perspective, I love the design of Apple, Leica M's, Sony A7 series, Olympus Pen F - I hate Lumix's designs. This Pentax is even uglier than the Lumix's, that's how ugly this Pentax is to my eye).

Next, I think Pentax would have been better off bringing a Full Frame mirrorless system to take on Sony. There's no way that Pentax can compete with the market leaders Canon and Nikon, with Sony coming in 3rd. There just isn't room for another FF DSLR.

Whereas in the FF Mirrorless, apart from Sony there's no one else. All the other mirrorless systems have smaller sensors. Pentax should have tried to become No.2 in FF mirrorless behind Sony.

@MacroBokeh To an extent, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And, truly, that is the politically correct approach. But, if you consider Apple design vs Taiwan PC design, using that example, it is possible to acknowledge that some people have an eye for design, while other companies just never will get it. Using that empirical approach, the majority of the population fall into the "will never get it" category. When you read that, you naturally could be insulted by it. But you can see that it is an objectively true statement relative to Apple vs PC design. Using that example, Apple design is acknowledged as being the benchmark. There is an equivalent in camera design. That's all I'm saying.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2016 at 08:57 UTC
On article Worth the wait? A look inside the Pentax K-1 (649 comments in total)
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40daystogo: First off, I think the camera is ugly - but then again, everyone's taste differs. (To put this in perspective, I love the design of Apple, Leica M's, Sony A7 series, Olympus Pen F - I hate Lumix's designs. This Pentax is even uglier than the Lumix's, that's how ugly this Pentax is to my eye).

Next, I think Pentax would have been better off bringing a Full Frame mirrorless system to take on Sony. There's no way that Pentax can compete with the market leaders Canon and Nikon, with Sony coming in 3rd. There just isn't room for another FF DSLR.

Whereas in the FF Mirrorless, apart from Sony there's no one else. All the other mirrorless systems have smaller sensors. Pentax should have tried to become No.2 in FF mirrorless behind Sony.

@MikeF4Black I'm passionate about gorgeous design whereas you're not. My choice of emotive words is to indicate the level of enthusiasm I have for beauty in design.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2016 at 00:01 UTC

Surely Sigma must realise they are losing sales by omitting OSS/IS from the Sony APS-C lenses. I myself would love to get some Sigma primes for my A6000 -- but cannot because of the lack of OSS/IS. Now, if Sony brings ISIS to their APS-C range, then suddenly Sigma lenses become an option for me, but not without IBIS/OSS/IS.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 23:59 UTC as 67th comment | 2 replies
On article Worth the wait? A look inside the Pentax K-1 (649 comments in total)

First off, I think the camera is ugly - but then again, everyone's taste differs. (To put this in perspective, I love the design of Apple, Leica M's, Sony A7 series, Olympus Pen F - I hate Lumix's designs. This Pentax is even uglier than the Lumix's, that's how ugly this Pentax is to my eye).

Next, I think Pentax would have been better off bringing a Full Frame mirrorless system to take on Sony. There's no way that Pentax can compete with the market leaders Canon and Nikon, with Sony coming in 3rd. There just isn't room for another FF DSLR.

Whereas in the FF Mirrorless, apart from Sony there's no one else. All the other mirrorless systems have smaller sensors. Pentax should have tried to become No.2 in FF mirrorless behind Sony.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 13:45 UTC as 131st comment | 16 replies
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40daystogo: I like how just the word OLYMPUS appears on the frontplate of the camera. I don't like the word OLYMPUS PEN that they use on the PEN series. Why can't it, there, be just OLYMPUS as well? Looks more stylish without the word PEN.

Nixyx, yes, I realise that, but as a person who never used Olympus before I do not have any emotional connection to the PEN name, so, to me, it just looks like bad design.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2016 at 08:12 UTC
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40daystogo: Disappointed at lack of IBIS and the higher price. So I am glad I will NOT need to upgrade my A6000.

Sony updated the things I don't care for, but ignored the one thing I needed.

I desperately wanted IBIS, so if no IBIS I'll wait for next update. I need IBIS because so many of Sony's prime lenses don't have OSS. I also need IBIS for use with legacy lenses. I also need IBIS to use Sigma's non-OSS lenses.

Don't like the weight increase (I'd accept weight increase for IBIS, but not for other features).

The A6000's fast autofocus was fine for me, so I don't care much for the slightly better focus of the A6300.

I don't do much video, so don't care for the 4K video feature.

If Sony raise prices to Fuji level, I might switch to Fuji.

Happy to continue with my A6000 until Sony's next update. A6000's image quality is so good that I don't need to update until Sony bring out APS-C IBIS. So even if the next update around 2018 lacks IBIS, I still won't upgrade.

If Sony was targeting the video crowd, then they should have provide an articulating screen to allow the user to video themselves. Such screens are not just for selfies, but would be very useful for producing documentaries where the person speaks to the video camera.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2016 at 06:18 UTC

I like how just the word OLYMPUS appears on the frontplate of the camera. I don't like the word OLYMPUS PEN that they use on the PEN series. Why can't it, there, be just OLYMPUS as well? Looks more stylish without the word PEN.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2016 at 06:15 UTC as 14th comment | 4 replies

Disappointed at lack of IBIS and the higher price. So I am glad I will NOT need to upgrade my A6000.

Sony updated the things I don't care for, but ignored the one thing I needed.

I desperately wanted IBIS, so if no IBIS I'll wait for next update. I need IBIS because so many of Sony's prime lenses don't have OSS. I also need IBIS for use with legacy lenses. I also need IBIS to use Sigma's non-OSS lenses.

Don't like the weight increase (I'd accept weight increase for IBIS, but not for other features).

The A6000's fast autofocus was fine for me, so I don't care much for the slightly better focus of the A6300.

I don't do much video, so don't care for the 4K video feature.

If Sony raise prices to Fuji level, I might switch to Fuji.

Happy to continue with my A6000 until Sony's next update. A6000's image quality is so good that I don't need to update until Sony bring out APS-C IBIS. So even if the next update around 2018 lacks IBIS, I still won't upgrade.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 22:26 UTC as 172nd comment | 2 replies
On article Top 5: Hands-on with Nikon D500 (783 comments in total)
In reply to:

OliverGlass: Question DPReview....
Has Nikon finally incorporated a Real Time Exposure Simulation done via Live View? It's available even on enthusiast point and shoots. Nikon, for some unknown reason, made a silly implementation of this on past Nikon bodies like the D800 series where the exposure preview in live view was "off by a couple of stops" when fiddling with the shutter speed or using filters --- it wasn't the exposure you'll be getting post capture.

Thanks.
Oliver

@Rishi, I think that @OliverGlass means by "real time exposure simulation" is where, when you're taking a long exposure star light, night photograph, the camera gives you a real time visual indication of what the photo looks like with the amount of exposure so far, so that you're not guessing, but can wait until the real-time indication reaches the correct exposure. I forget which camera has that - I think it's one of the Olympus mirrorless OMs?

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2016 at 07:02 UTC

Are the two images taken concurrently or one after the other, i.e. what if there is moving action in the scene such as people walking, or boats moving down a river?

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2015 at 00:55 UTC as 8th comment | 2 replies
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Coyote_Cody: Has Nikon sold any of these Nikon Df (in comparison to development costs) ? What real photographer wants this beyond nostalgia or utter retro ??

I adored the looks of my old Nikon FE, FE2, FM, FM2 -- but the Df, which is modelled of the FM2, looks like a Frankenstein, IMO, almost like a battleship.

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2015 at 11:41 UTC
On article Sony Alpha 7R II Review (2165 comments in total)
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RC Photography: Very nice review. Thanks Rishi Sanyal, Richard Butler, and Dan Bracaglia.

For anyone looking for a new system with $3400, this should be at the top of the list.

To TheGreatfulBread , I saw the D750 on eBay for $1600 recently. Anyone on a smaller budget looking at stills only could not go wrong with that.

I am a Nikon user for several decades with a good collection of manual-focus Nikon lenses. It's ironic, therefore, that I am attracted to Sony full-frame, instead of Nikon, because Sony offers the possibility of using those old Nikon lenses in stabilization mode, whereas Nikon FF does not.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2015 at 22:43 UTC
On article Studio tests and samples: Leica SL (beta) (754 comments in total)

I don't get it. The Leica SL's performance looks no different to the Lumix GM5 which only has a micro 4/3rds sensor.

I've owned a Leica M before, and another digital Leica - but these test results beg the question of the SL - "whether the emperor has clothes".

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2015 at 05:54 UTC as 39th comment | 2 replies
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zakaria: from what iam seeing this machine is the most beautifull dslr for my taste.
it is the k5 approch with 645z look.
with pentax unique features and this design pentax is a winner.

@samhain, I love older cameras too, and still hang on to my Nikon FE2 and FM2 for keepsakes, but in comparison to the FM/FM2, Nikon's DF looked like a Frankenstein. And this Pentax one looks like that to me, but each to his or her own.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2015 at 05:53 UTC
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