Baxter Bad

Baxter Bad

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Ben Raven: HELLO, SONY -- A7r Electronic First Curtain Update !
PRONTO !

Get on this same EFC shutter firmware update for the A7r.
You've already got it in the A7 . . .

Let us say 'Ba-Bye' to shutter shock and clunk-clunk.

Thank you for your prompt attention.

Ben, when the cameras came out, I read or watched dozens of previews and in one of them, the reviewer mentioned the reason as they understood it from a Sony rep. Or maybe it was a Q&A page? Anyway, I just spent half an hour backtracking to find the link for you, but there's so much much noise out there right now over this issue, whatever I saw is buried. I'll keep looking, because now it's bothering me.

There's speculation that the A7R sensor is based on the D800E sensor, which doesn't support EFC. Which makes sense to me, but it's not the reason I recall.

EDIT: I just read Stephen's comment about the speed limit - that's the reason I recall being stated by Sony. (Thanks, Stephen.)

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2014 at 17:33 UTC
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Ben Raven: HELLO, SONY -- A7r Electronic First Curtain Update !
PRONTO !

Get on this same EFC shutter firmware update for the A7r.
You've already got it in the A7 . . .

Let us say 'Ba-Bye' to shutter shock and clunk-clunk.

Thank you for your prompt attention.

I believe Sony has explained why they didn't include EFC on the A7R, don't think adding it via firmware is possible.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2014 at 16:39 UTC
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Michael Ma: No 24p. I guess no one cares.

No one at Olympus.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2014 at 16:36 UTC

An extra $50 for the ZS40 nets you 24-720mm, raw, evf, 920k lcd, gps and an all-black color option (as well as panda).

But can Panasonic's OIS keep up with 5-axis Jesus? I don't know, but I have hundreds of sharp photos taken handheld at 1200mm equivalent with my $279 FZ70 that tell me I don't care.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2014 at 10:35 UTC as 27th comment | 3 replies
On article Nikon 1 V3: a quick summary (596 comments in total)

In an alternate universe, the Ricoh GX100 might have evolved into something like this. No snap focus, but with such fast AF performance it might not matter.

I really miss my ol' GX. I wonder if the UI on this thing can even come close.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 21:32 UTC as 94th comment
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Baxter Bad: All this confusion about the ergonomics. Maybe Sigma polled its customers and learned that 95% of DPs are being used for landscapes and studio portraits, so they decided to make the next versions highly specialized for tripod work.

We get a wide body that lets you change the battery without taking the camera off the tripod. A "reversed" grip with all the controls on the back (including focus) and offset for easy access - we never have to reach for the focus ring. Optical finder only - perfect for landscapes, removable for the studio.

Well, that's my guess about the design rationale. Or maybe all the employees were playing too much Flappy Bird.

@HowaboutRAW - Reading is fundamental. Pass the word to SeeRoy.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 18:39 UTC
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Baxter Bad: All this confusion about the ergonomics. Maybe Sigma polled its customers and learned that 95% of DPs are being used for landscapes and studio portraits, so they decided to make the next versions highly specialized for tripod work.

We get a wide body that lets you change the battery without taking the camera off the tripod. A "reversed" grip with all the controls on the back (including focus) and offset for easy access - we never have to reach for the focus ring. Optical finder only - perfect for landscapes, removable for the studio.

Well, that's my guess about the design rationale. Or maybe all the employees were playing too much Flappy Bird.

@SeeRoy - It's optional (clips onto the hot shoe). I see you're really interested in this product.

@HBowman - I owned a DP2 Merrill, a DP1s and a DP2. Not all tripod heads are the same or have controls that won't hinder battery access. The width of the Quattros should clear every tripod known to humanity. Or... maybe Sigma plans to introduce an accessory that uses the tripod mount and requires the extra clearance?

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 12:48 UTC

All this confusion about the ergonomics. Maybe Sigma polled its customers and learned that 95% of DPs are being used for landscapes and studio portraits, so they decided to make the next versions highly specialized for tripod work.

We get a wide body that lets you change the battery without taking the camera off the tripod. A "reversed" grip with all the controls on the back (including focus) and offset for easy access - we never have to reach for the focus ring. Optical finder only - perfect for landscapes, removable for the studio.

Well, that's my guess about the design rationale. Or maybe all the employees were playing too much Flappy Bird.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 03:45 UTC as 25th comment | 7 replies
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MrJabbee: seriously, i think i'm going to throw up

the form factor is absolutely disgusting

ergonomics? in a rectangle? i guess i can only guess, because i never held such a shape before

Aww, Jabbee. You strain your hand so much more in other activities, holding this should be no problem. Man up.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2014 at 23:51 UTC
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mike kobal: obviously inspired by old cordless phone receivers, if sigma really managed to improve on image quality, processing and af speed, i will get one, love the foveon output, even if it had a rotary dial.

Probably the best design analogy so far, kudos.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2014 at 23:47 UTC
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whtchocla7e: If an external EVF is an option, I'm interested.

It's not. Just saved you a thousand bucks, you're welcome.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2014 at 23:44 UTC
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Kevin Purcell: The Sigma claim that the three layers are blue, green and red is just not true. It's marketing BS along with the 39MPx claim.

The probablility of a photon being absorbed in the top layer is highest for the blue, next most light for greenish and least likely for the red but all three do get some absortion in that layer. It's a desaturated bluish cyan.

In the middle layer a lot of the blue has been filtered (but not all) so that middle layer is a desaturated greenish yellow (some blue, some red and mostly green). The bottom layer is orangish red (mostly red, a little green and a very little blue).

To get to real RGB primaries you have to stick these (noisy) signal though a color matrix to remove the crosstalk between the colors (giving even noisier RGB signal out).

This is the major reason for Foeveon sensors poor high ISO performance (noise goes up quicker than you'd expect) and poor color fidelity (because your original primaries aren't very good).

Chewie, take the professor in back and plug him into the hyperdrive.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2014 at 23:42 UTC

Wild. Looks like it was designed by a Modernist architect, with Sixties build quality to boot. Retro... and futuristic... at the same time! Glad to see something that's not another clone of my grandpa's camera.

If the technology delivers, this could be the one that gets me to break out the tripod and put some time again into slow photography.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2014 at 17:29 UTC as 128th comment
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Baxter Bad: Read the interview with the photographer on 500px. She doesn't claim to be a poor farm woman to whom a fairy gave an enchanted 5D2.

She was an architect who stopped working to raise her kids, but instead of sitting around letting the husband foot the bill for everything, she put her creativity to work and is making money with her camera only a year and a half after discovering photography.

She refers to the location as a cottage, not a farm. She and her family can afford a country home, not incredibly surprising as they seem to be professionals.

She sketches her photo ideas before having her kids pose for them. This is an art project, not a bunch of snapshots.

She doesn't deny manipulating the images. She states plainly that she does a lot of work in post, but doesn't go into the specific techniques, which she covers in her seminars.

If the photographs were presented as some kind of documentary on rural Russian life, that appears to be the press' fault, not hers.

@Antony - For some people, the truth behind the image has everything to do with their ability to enjoy it.

Having done some due diligence, I can now appreciate these images for what they are rather than some pre-conceived idea about what they should be.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2014 at 16:27 UTC

Read the interview with the photographer on 500px. She doesn't claim to be a poor farm woman to whom a fairy gave an enchanted 5D2.

She was an architect who stopped working to raise her kids, but instead of sitting around letting the husband foot the bill for everything, she put her creativity to work and is making money with her camera only a year and a half after discovering photography.

She refers to the location as a cottage, not a farm. She and her family can afford a country home, not incredibly surprising as they seem to be professionals.

She sketches her photo ideas before having her kids pose for them. This is an art project, not a bunch of snapshots.

She doesn't deny manipulating the images. She states plainly that she does a lot of work in post, but doesn't go into the specific techniques, which she covers in her seminars.

If the photographs were presented as some kind of documentary on rural Russian life, that appears to be the press' fault, not hers.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2014 at 15:19 UTC as 223rd comment | 6 replies
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Baxter Bad: At $750, the world spat on the Pentax K-01 and five people bought it. At $300, giggly impulse buyers fell over themselves to sing its praises, and of course, the design wasn't so bad after all.

When the GH3 comes down to $899, it should be able to resurrect the dead and steal Angelina Jolie away from Brad Pitt.

I wasn't criticizing the K-01 design... I was speaking in the voice of those who did when it was announced, then softened their position after the price dropped. C'mon, don't you guys read any fiction? Step away from those tech manuals!

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2013 at 13:41 UTC
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tbaker: Make sense, since it an over priced camera with no real redeeming features.

Go ahead, give us a list of what you consider to be redeeming features in a camera, so we can compare it to the feature list of the GH3. I dare you.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2013 at 22:10 UTC

At $750, the world spat on the Pentax K-01 and five people bought it. At $300, giggly impulse buyers fell over themselves to sing its praises, and of course, the design wasn't so bad after all.

When the GH3 comes down to $899, it should be able to resurrect the dead and steal Angelina Jolie away from Brad Pitt.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2013 at 22:07 UTC as 37th comment | 4 replies
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Maverick_: Just what I thought. The GH3 has not created sufficient buzz. There is very little mention of exciting consumer articles on Pana GH3 here or elsewhere. And overall the world has been very lukewarm to this camera, versus for example the huge publicity and buzz that was create for the OM-D.

Also MF3 is a gigantic failure as a pro camera, no Pro (ok just a couple of guys) uses it for photo, only for video.

Also I believe that the future of photography does not include MF3. In another 5 years this format will disappear.

As the price of FF sensors drop, we'll go back to the time of film when all SLR cameras cheap or expensive shot 35/mm film. Also as our phone cameras become better every year, there would be no need to have a small camera in the next 5 years. The phone camera will take care of it.

So the not so distance future will see only FF DSLRs and Phone cams. And for those who whine about size, FF can be made small and light, just look at what Sony did with the RX1.

I hope MF3 doesn't disappear, half of my music is in that format.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2013 at 21:54 UTC
On article CP+ 2013: Panasonic interview (199 comments in total)
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Baxter Bad: Stop worrying about selling image quality and F-numbers and make something sexy. Your cameras are for old people.

If they were selling Hello Kitty cameras, they'd probably have enough money to do what I was thinking: update their old L1 as an X100s competitor, for starters.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2013 at 00:45 UTC
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