LightBug

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pshummer: To me, Nikon's new mirrorless bodies should accept F mount lenses and this is the only way they can attract current Nikon users and new customers to their new system. I have no interest in investing in new mirrorless lenses and I hope Nikon will do it right and they have once chance to do it right at this stage in the game. Their back is against the wall and their "Mission Impossible Part1" has just started and I have a strong feeling that we'll see some great products from them. Nikon, you've got to have a do-or-die mentality. Show us what you've got. Show us what Nikon-ish mirroeless camera is all about!

What could a mirrorless F mount camera do that a F mount DSLR cannot?

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 07:13 UTC

Title is misleading. It's the combo of A9 plus adapter that are being evaluated, title seems to suggest A9 is solely responsible for the performance reported.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2017 at 17:32 UTC as 110th comment | 21 replies

Why no Pentax Kp?

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2017 at 19:08 UTC as 31st comment | 1 reply

On page 10 of Fuji's earnings report, it showed electronic imaging had 69.8 Billion Yen revenue in FY2017/3, but its operating income is not shown, so not sure if it's making money or not. Overall imaging solutions made 10.8% profit, so at least they have sizable funds to invest in future development. Report says company will improve margin of electronic imaging products by selling higher value products, so their approach seems consistent with other manufacturers in this shrinking sector.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2017 at 07:48 UTC as 20th comment
On article 2017 Roundup: Fixed Prime Lens Cameras (464 comments in total)

GRII has been on my shopping list for some time now, but nobody seems want to part with it at fire sale prices. Must be something special...

Link | Posted on May 19, 2017 at 07:01 UTC as 12th comment
On photo Limenitis reducta butterflies in the Pentax Cameras challenge (2 comments in total)

Great shot Antonio! One has to open full size to appreciate the details in this pixel shift capture!

Link | Posted on May 19, 2017 at 05:48 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
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LightBug: Unless one has deep pockets, suing in court could backfire unless one is certain of victory. One never knows how a court will decide.

ASML is a $55 billion dollar company, Nikon is a $6 billion dollar company. ASML can probably fight in court for long time, Nikon may not have resource to do that. Nikon should have sued years ago, now seems like not a good time with them in financial trouble.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2017 at 08:29 UTC

Unless one has deep pockets, suing in court could backfire unless one is certain of victory. One never knows how a court will decide.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2017 at 05:48 UTC as 28th comment | 5 replies
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sirhawkeye64: Since Zeiss and ASML have a "counter argument" I think more likely they don't actually have anything to combat Nikon with. They knew they were using technology outside of the license period since they couldn't get a new contract / license signed and they're just stalling, hoping that Nikon will settle for some small amount. I mean, it's like an apartment lease. Do I have a right to live in my apartment after my lease is up and I don't re-sign another lease? No. Can the landlord come after me if I do stay in my apartment after my lease is up? yes.

Leases are converted to month to month contract after expiration of initial contract where I live.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2017 at 05:45 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Fixed Prime Lens Cameras (464 comments in total)
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GDMitchell: Well this is the second Fujifilm compact I've owned in the last few years and it's the second camera I have been really disappointed with. I was looking for a larger sensor camera to port around instead of my Pentax Q7. So far the results from the X70 have been dramatically inferior to the minuscule sensored Q7 and I cannot understand why. The X70 autofocus is very poor in all light an the lcd is so weak as to be almost unusable in sunlight. when you consider it is only spring here in the UK I am amazed how hopeless the screen is even when tilted away from the light source. The RAW images are a pain in the neck because LR doesn't recognise them so I have had to use a DNG converter and frankly I wish I'd shot Jpeg because the colour is blown out all over the place on the RAW images, If I cannot get any or the settings to resolve this quickly I can see this camera ending up on eBay. Hopeless reintroduction to a once great brand.

Have you tried the GR?

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2017 at 09:00 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S Review: Modern MF (905 comments in total)
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Robin Ducker: Say what you like but DPR has awarded Gold to a camera that has difficulty focussing, cannot meet the MF necessity of having high speed flash sync, is applicable to a very limited range of subjects, has less than a handful of lenses and costs 3 times as much as competing Gold winning cameras while offering only a performance improvement that is hard to quantify, while probably missing 80% of the subject shots.

Lack of objectivity is hard to deny.

I find it quite refreshing that for once (in a long time), AF is not the make or break deciding factor of a gold award on this site. Most cameras work great today, for 90% of the time when we do not need state of the art auto-focus technology.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2017 at 04:59 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S Review: Modern MF (905 comments in total)

DPR should be applauded for embracing the presence/emergence of MF cameras. Even though the same IQ already existed in Pentax 645z and other more expensive cameras, with formal reviews of Fuji G50S and Hasselblad X1D, DMF should see more adoption that will in turn help make it more affordable.

Disclaimer, I already have full set of Pentax 67 and 645 lenses ready to pounce once the price of these sensors drop to about half of what they are today :)

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2017 at 04:27 UTC as 45th comment | 1 reply
On article Pentax KP Review (662 comments in total)
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Andrei L: I'm just disappointed that they don't seem to want to invest in the AF area, which is a shame for such a well rounded crop camera. Sure I do MF and zone or anticipate, but every now and then I'd wish some 3D tracking that's functional. That's basically the only aspect that has never been properly addressed by Pentax. I don't want a D5500 or A6500 or Panny just for AF and video.

Andrei, if AF tracking is that important to you, go Canon or Nikon. I'm not convinced XT-2 has any better AF than Pentax from the samples I have seen, though I can be wrong there. Every brand has its trade offs, life is too short to wait for things to happen.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 23:42 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S Review: Modern MF (905 comments in total)
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Miki Nemeth: It is written in the AF & Video section "Shooting in AF-C is with either lens is a headache-inducing experience, as the camera continually hunts (as is the nature of contrast detect). Shooting in AF-S is advisable."
The GFX is not worse at all than any other Fuji/Panasonic/Olympus cameras. For video continuous AF the purely contrast detect systems, no exceptions, are totally unreliable and unusable. In this regard the GFX is not worse and not better than the much raved-about GH5, for example. For these contrast-only systems either MF or AF-S is the only way to shoot videos following a sequence of "focus - shoot - stop - refocus - shoot - stop - refocus ..."
Which is completely fine; just forget about video continuous AF (this is the highly recommended "switch off Continuous AF" on all Panasonic cameras, for example), adapt your shooting style, and you will not be disappointed, since the image quality is stellar: the GFX gives you MF look to your videos.

Thanks Miki Nemeth! I'm glad I visited this thread, really good information you provided that can help many to make the right buying decisions.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 16:31 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S Review: Modern MF (905 comments in total)
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Bombastic: I think FF should be renamed to 0.59 Frame.

Whoa, one learns new terminology everyday 😜

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 07:26 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S Review: Modern MF (905 comments in total)
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Miki Nemeth: It is written in the AF & Video section "Shooting in AF-C is with either lens is a headache-inducing experience, as the camera continually hunts (as is the nature of contrast detect). Shooting in AF-S is advisable."
The GFX is not worse at all than any other Fuji/Panasonic/Olympus cameras. For video continuous AF the purely contrast detect systems, no exceptions, are totally unreliable and unusable. In this regard the GFX is not worse and not better than the much raved-about GH5, for example. For these contrast-only systems either MF or AF-S is the only way to shoot videos following a sequence of "focus - shoot - stop - refocus - shoot - stop - refocus ..."
Which is completely fine; just forget about video continuous AF (this is the highly recommended "switch off Continuous AF" on all Panasonic cameras, for example), adapt your shooting style, and you will not be disappointed, since the image quality is stellar: the GFX gives you MF look to your videos.

I had assumed video autofocus was perfected on mirrorless platforms, kind of surprising to hear they are not usable.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 07:23 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S Review: Modern MF (905 comments in total)
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MWorsdorfer: It begs the question why Dpreview chose to only scrutinize Fuji's GFX this way and not however Hasselblad's X1D. No comment there about comparisons to full frame bodies etc. In my view there is no doubt that the GFX has notably better image quality than the competitors unless I'm blind.

I would think GFX, 645z, and X1D all have similar IQ due to sharing the same sensor.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 05:55 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S Review: Modern MF (905 comments in total)
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samfan: Isn't a bit odd to say that the FF market is crowded so it made sense to go MF?

FF is made by Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony and Leica, so 5 companies.
MF is made by Pentax, Leica, Hasselblad, Phase One and now Fuji, so also 5 companies.

Had Fuji gone with FF, it would be 6 vs. 4, but then Leica and Pentax have pretty much no market share (they are both more competitive in MF) so more like 4 vs 4.

I always say, one major advantage of FF, especially MILC, is the ability to use old lenses with their original angle of view. That's the main reason why a lot of people have been buying Sony FF MILC (not saying it's true for everyone, their FF lenses are nice as I've heard, but it was the original push for a lot of people).

I'm not a fan of Fuji but if they'd make a FF rangefinder like the X-Pro, with the ability to use M lenses with their original FOV, that would be tempting. MF, not so much.

@samfan
I am personally thinking about A7R exactly to use my Pentax 35mm lenses on it for landscapes during hikes. For landscapes, manual focusing is fine, and I don't think I'm alone in that thinking.
When 645z or the G50S becomes justifiable (I'm no pro), I already have a good set of AF and manual Pentax 645 lenses ready to use with either. You are right, Pentax 645 lenses can be found for bargain prices.

@shakenmartini
I have used 645D, its autofocus seems accurate, I shot it hand held no issue. Not sure what you would be using MF format for, I used it for family portraits so nothing that really demands most advanced autofocus.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 05:52 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S Review: Modern MF (905 comments in total)
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samfan: Isn't a bit odd to say that the FF market is crowded so it made sense to go MF?

FF is made by Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony and Leica, so 5 companies.
MF is made by Pentax, Leica, Hasselblad, Phase One and now Fuji, so also 5 companies.

Had Fuji gone with FF, it would be 6 vs. 4, but then Leica and Pentax have pretty much no market share (they are both more competitive in MF) so more like 4 vs 4.

I always say, one major advantage of FF, especially MILC, is the ability to use old lenses with their original angle of view. That's the main reason why a lot of people have been buying Sony FF MILC (not saying it's true for everyone, their FF lenses are nice as I've heard, but it was the original push for a lot of people).

I'm not a fan of Fuji but if they'd make a FF rangefinder like the X-Pro, with the ability to use M lenses with their original FOV, that would be tempting. MF, not so much.

Legacy lens adaptability can be a double edged sword, yes you will attract some more initial users, but you may not have a sustainable income stream to maintain the line if few buy native lenses.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 21:36 UTC
On article Pentax KP Review (662 comments in total)
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Andrei L: I'm just disappointed that they don't seem to want to invest in the AF area, which is a shame for such a well rounded crop camera. Sure I do MF and zone or anticipate, but every now and then I'd wish some 3D tracking that's functional. That's basically the only aspect that has never been properly addressed by Pentax. I don't want a D5500 or A6500 or Panny just for AF and video.

The camera industry is shrinking, any company would be wise to weigh their investment to benefit most users. For 90% of tasks Pentax AF is adequate. If you really need help for that remaining 10%, a second body like D5500 is pretty affordable option.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 15:27 UTC
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