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On article Best cameras for travel in 2019 (320 comments in total)
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hoham: My definition of a 'travel' camera seems to have changed over the years. When I was younger, I could happily haul my NikonF2 & 3 lenses around. Now, some 30+ years later, I'm happy with the 'weight' of the FujiFilmX100t. This year(2019), I will get a 'new' travel camera that I can carry around all day, whether walking, riding trains/metros, but I'll get something with a zoom( i miss that in the fuji). For me, its been the weight&size on what makes a good travel camera as I've gotten older.

As a veteran of 49 cruises and many land trips, I know a little about "travel cameras". Weight and bulk have long been a concern for me. Today, we have a wonderful selection of excellent, small, and light cameras. I always bring two - to have a backup, and some variety of capabilities. Like a G7X II and an FZ1000. I have to admit my cellphone is sometimes #2 these days.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2019 at 17:05 UTC
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kevin_r: Goodbye, Pentax...R.I.P

Yes, Pentax is a competitor to Sigma; but so is every other brand for which they make lenses. I see it as a business decision to put their resources into brands that have more sales and will generate more income.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2019 at 14:24 UTC
On article Canon EOS 90D Review (954 comments in total)
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TonyPM: I'll wait for the full review and the full image gallery with better lenses than the 18-135 is USM. Same with the m6ii.

@Tony PM,
The lens used was not an 18-135 USM. It was an 18-135 STM. Canon may have sent it with the camera; but it's not the "official" kit lens. Agree that for ISO 500, the quality is terrible. In a couple of shots, the girl's hair turns into a solid mass full of noise.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2019 at 16:53 UTC
On a photo in the Canon EOS 90D sample gallery sample gallery (7 comments in total)
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Reactive: Agree. I wonder if it's due to another 'soft' example of the 18-135 lens, like mine. I'd like to see the same shot taken with a 70-200 f4 L.

The lens used was the older 18-135, the STM version. The 18-135 USM is the current model

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2019 at 16:40 UTC
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GiovanniB: Aircraft turbines must already be resistant against bird strikes to some degree. For example, they are tested by throwing frozen chicken or geese against them while at full RPM on a test rig. The turbine will be damaged but it must not disintegrate (no uncontained engine failure should occur). I suppose the damage caused by a multicopter the size of a DJI Phantom or smaller should not be tooo much different but I see it makes sense to test it. Maybe in a few years, Rolls Royce, GE, P&W etc. will have to shoot drones in addition to chicken onto their test turbines.

Btw. regarding velocity, if the drone approaches the aircraft at full speed head-on, the airspeeds add up ... so the 500 mph is maybe not totally unrealistic.

Back in the 60's; when use of live chickens at Pratt & Whitney was considered cruel, they didn't use thawed frozen chickens; but simply went to a local market and got fresh chickens. They also tested engines with other stuff found around flight lines like hard hats (metal back then), nuts and bolts, tools, etc. Birds have brought down a number of planes, including seagulls at Boston Logan airport.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2019 at 21:29 UTC

OK, this is fun. The L35AF was a fine camera; I bought them for my two teenage daughters, my parents, and myself. In time, every one of them failed.

A better camera of the type was the Ricoh TF500D (D for date). An unusual switchable, 2 position lens that was either a 35 f/2.8 or a 70 f/5.6. Very sharp optics at 35 mm. Comparable sharpness to the Olympus Stylus Epic, another long time favorite of mine.

I had a K1000; but much better was the KX. The Pentax Super Program was a favorite, #3 on my SLR list.

#2 on my SLR list is the Nikon N80. Quite advanced and highly automated, It was also a favorite of Galen Rowell. Very close to being #1

#1 is the Nikon FE2. Glad to see it on the list. It needed a hand grip, and a winder or motor drive added too much weight and bulk, so I made my own handgrip out of aluminum and hard maple. The handgrip, with a second hole for the attaching screw also fit nicely on a Pentax Super Program.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2019 at 19:28 UTC as 145th comment | 2 replies
On article Hands-on with the Canon EOS RP (790 comments in total)

OK, I like it; but now what happens to the M series? Does Canon really want to have two MILC lines with different mounts?

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2019 at 16:08 UTC as 39th comment | 2 replies

I really would have liked to see some technical pros and cons for the two methods of IS. Canon had it first, back in the 1990's, and their in-lens system was patented. Nikon was next, and either found a way around Canon's patent, or reached an agreement with Canon. Minolta was next and used the IBIS system because they couldn't find a way around the patents. Back them, ILIS was superior in terms of the amount of stabilization available. If you look at the number of stops the ILIS systems had around 2006, it was around 3.5-4 stops. If I recall correctly, Pentax fell well short of that with less than 2 stops of correction; but has since caught up. In general IBIS moves more mass and requires more power. Further the heat is dissipated in the camera. ILIS requires less power and the heat is dissipated in the lens.
The action by IBIS in a DSLR is not visible to the user. That drove me nuts in my Sony SLT. IBIS belongs in a mirrorless camera, where you can see the effect.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2018 at 19:47 UTC as 55th comment | 4 replies
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princecody: Can the 1 inch compact pocket camera still exist with new smartphone tech?

It really depends more on how many of us are willing to spend for that 1" sensor camera, and are serious enough about their photography to need one. I see the smart phone camera as the equivalent of the Instamatics and box Brownies of the past, and the low end digital P&S models. An easy to use camera for the snap shooter. Once the smart phone got decent cameras, those same buyers left the major camera brands. The result was that there were not enough buyers left to make them viable products.
What helps the 1" sensor models is the high prices. You need to be pretty sure about your photography needs to justify that kind of price. We can argue indefinitely that camera phones aren't a match to 1" sensors. For most folks, they couldn't care, and are happy with their phones.


Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2018 at 04:06 UTC

Regardless of your personal preferences, Fuji's disclaimer against FF cameras gives APS-C buyers security in knowing their Fuji will not be abandoned. It makes them somewhat future proof, and a safe use of their (probably limited) funds.


Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2018 at 01:44 UTC as 54th comment

I find all the fuss about mirrorless almost funny. Point and shoot cameras have been mirrorless for decades; and rangefinder ILC's like Leica and Contax have been around even longer. Argus C3 anyone?

I agree with several other posters in this thread that the important part is the Z mount. Nikon has been putting band-aids on the F mount for decades. Resulting in a number of lens interfaces, many of which have little future compatibility. They should have followed Canon's EF mount change with their own long ago. If they had, I might still be shooting a Nikon.

It will be interesting to see how Canon manages the mount for their FF mirrorless.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2018 at 00:12 UTC as 144th comment | 5 replies
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fuego6: Next... Muller is working on an "industrially designed" device to make a backup of your Cassettes and 8-tracks!! Sign up for updates at his product page!

I've been copying cassettes to CD's for years. A good quality Cassette recorder/player, and a CD recorder works very well. I used an Onkyo TA-240R cassette deck and a Sony CDR-W1 recorder/player. It was surprising how well this system worked comparing the final CD to the original LP that was recorded to tape and then CD. The key was finding out what brand and type of cassette worked best with that CD recorder.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2018 at 01:50 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI first impressions (273 comments in total)
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Andrew Butterfield: I'd still be interested if I could get it for under a grand. Just reading a partial test at the Les Numériques website. They think it's pretty decent, but point out that the minimum focusing distance is a poor 8cm at the wide end, and a whole metre at the long end! They were a bit disappointed by the IS too, which they said gave just two stops advantage. Lens sharpness up to f/8 looks 'good enough' though, even at 200mm equiv. The lack of an ND filter is a great pity even given the dimmer lens compared to the M5, but nothing I've read so far is a total dealbreaker, just things the M7 can put right.

I have the G7X II, and for more reach use the 1.6x Digital Multiplier which gives 160 mm at f/2.8 at 8 MP. For snapshots it's fine. The G7X II replaced my G15 and S90 and I'm quite happy with it.
Along comes the RX100 VI and it gets to 200 mm. I lose lens speed, it costs too much, and according to Les Numeriques I lose a good bit of image stabilization. Before the G7X II, I had an RX100 mk I. I had heard all the stories about weak IS, so I tried measuring it myself. Two stops is what I found. Not enough, even with the RX100 I. Much worse with a 200 mm lens and an f/4.5 aperture.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2018 at 19:59 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix ZS200 sample gallery (83 comments in total)
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Simon97: Nice to have the 24mm equiv. on the wide angle. Having a reach out to 200 would be plenty for me and less demanding on the optical design. All in all a good performance. People forget how awful those 1/2.3" sensor super zoom cameras are especially when zoomed in even in bright sunlight.

Totally agree. I have the FZ1000 and FZ300 and for fine detail in hair another low contrast subjects, the FZ300 has to drop down to ISO 500 to match the FZ1000 at ISO 1600. My G7X II is quite comparable to the FZ1000, also with the 1" sensor.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2018 at 01:22 UTC
On article Canon EOS M50 Review (1257 comments in total)

Here's what I see. First, I don't shoot video, so I could care less about 4K implementation. However, as a stills only camera, all the Canon mirrorless models fail on lens selection. I could adapt EF or EF-S lenses for the extra cost of the adapter. Canon first came out with in-lens stabilization in the 90's; but it is a problem for using shorter focal length primes. Without IBIS, the cost and size of primes goes up. Panasonic has implemented both IBIS and in-lens IS. That allows smaller, lighter, and less expensive primes. Yes, Canon has some good inexpensive primes; but no stabilization. Nikon: are you listening.
If there were some lenses I cared about, the M50 might be attractive; but as it is, I'd rather carry my G7X II.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2018 at 17:16 UTC as 242nd comment
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belle100: Poor Sony.

Canon's Imaging products (which includes professional and broadcast video) is only about 38% of sales. Cameras are even less. Olympus makes most of it's money from medical instruments. Fuji camera sales are tiny compared to the total corporate sales. Panasonic and Ricoh, too. Nikon is the only major company where camera sales are a majority of sales. Check your facts.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2018 at 15:37 UTC

A good chance to thank you for all the cameras you helped me buy, and for all the mistakes I might have made that you helped to prevent. Your site was one of my "suite" of review sites. The others were DPReview, Imaging-Resource, Steve's, and Camera Labs from new Zealand. There were others, of course, that I dropped in on once in a while; but those five were the regular ones, and each gave me a little different "take" on the cameras I was considering. Now, years later, I'm buying back models I once had and liked a lot. Prices are way down, so it's financially feasible, and it's fun. They are not just to look at, they all work well and get a workout now and then. I suppose I should save some of the reviews on them.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2018 at 21:20 UTC as 16th comment
On article A letter from the Publisher (333 comments in total)

That all sounds right to me. So press on!
However, there is one thing about reviews that has always bothered me, so I will rant a bit. It has to do with the default settings on cameras which DPReview and others all use for their comparison shots. Since the defaults vary a lot from brand to brand, and even model to model within a brand; it can be misleading. I have long wanted to see the cameras under test set to an optimum by the reviewers so that we can see what the camera is capable of. As maybe a worst case, I suggest you look at the comparison of the Canon 40D to the Nikon D200. The D200 at default looked very soft. So soft that DPREview broke with their normal procedure and showed a second set of studio shots with increased sharpening.
I do wish you would take this under consideration.
Best Regards,

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2018 at 15:39 UTC as 130th comment
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veroman: The kit that I took with me on a recent trip consisted of:

1) A Leica Digilux 2
2) A Canon G7 (the original)
3) An Olympus E-1

They're all at least a dozen years old, and they all still take great pictures.

A friend of mine showed up one day with a G7. He had been using a Panasonic LC-1 with outstanding results. But his portfolio of comparison shots with the G7 showed it was a bit better. I loved the G7 in my hands, and couldn't wait to get my own.
However, when I finally got my G7, I found the OVF had a basic design defect. Normally and OVF like that converges with the lens axis at infinity. On the G7/G9, they converged at 5 feet. Anything more than 5" you shot too high. Canon was unable to fix it. The first camera where I defaulted to the LCD. All the previous and later OVF's were OK. The G7 & G9 were the exceptions. Still it took great photos.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2017 at 03:34 UTC

A nice story and fun to read. DCResource was one of my go to sites for good insights into cameras I was interested in. DPReview was one of the others, as was I-R. If all three agreed, I'd start to get serious about acquiring one. Your site is still up and it's still a good resource for older models.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2017 at 01:05 UTC as 60th comment
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