BryceM

BryceM

Lives in United States Auburn, United States
Works as a Software Engineer
Joined on Jan 12, 2006

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left eye: Introduce an option that is mirrored left to right : grip (& shutter release) on the left, EVF/OVF on the right, and I'd think this was a confident and experimental step forward. Could be done if all modular ...which I believe is what is waiting in the wings of the Fuji MF department, but not quite optional left-right, just modular bits as usual aimed at right-eye photographers.

Those of you who are right-eye photographers don't know what is being reversed and impeded with stuck-in-the-mud of a century, rangefinders and now 'rangefinder-style' cameras.

I'm a cross-wired left-eye/right-handed photographer who regularly shoots with both an X-Pro1 and an X-T2 - My big nose is always in the way no matter what camera I'm shooting, but I'm accustomed to that. Having the shutter button on the wrong side to put the viewfinder on the right side would likely be a much bigger detractor for me... I do like the new screen concept and look forward to trying an X-Pro3 . Lack of IBIS is disappointing as I've been expecting my next Fuji to have that feature, but it's no deal breaker for me.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2019 at 07:43 UTC
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2nd Wind: I have an aluminum (tube) tripod Fairfax Elevator made in the early 1950's, weighs
2 1/2 lbs and goes from 22" to 68" at full extension and is wonderfully engineered. Works perfectly and will rival or best any composite material tripod in the same rated usage. I've compared it side by side with very costly tripods and there was less flex in mine than in some costing hundreds of dollars. If I need maximum stability in windy conditions, I have an anchor rig I made from braided steel wire (Fishing leader line) and 5" long aluminum tent pegs. Each end of the wire has a fishing lure snap swivel for quick attachment. Three of these when necessary, create a rock solid and extremely light weight tripod. I paid $2.00 at a garage sale.

I feel the same about my Leitz Tiltall - It'll outlive me, and it's specs and construction compare favorably to the best modern tripods on the market: https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/62627927

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2019 at 05:02 UTC

I feel like it is the turn of the millennium and I'm drooling over the D1X and D1H again... :-) Then, as now, I know I don't need it, but that doesn't make stop wanting it! Maybe I'll get lucky and scoop up a well-preserved but suitably patina'd survivor for my camera collection after the pros have grown weary of these soon to be dinosaurs like I did with my D1H: My D1H was plucked straight out of the reporter's pool bin at a small mid-western newspaper and looks like it served a few tours in Afghanistan, yet still works perfectly.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2019 at 22:19 UTC as 11th comment

#NotTheOnion ;-)

Link | Posted on May 24, 2019 at 21:15 UTC as 51st comment
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BryceM: I sense more wishful thinking than actual market trend data behind this statement. Hopefully, the overall downward trend in the ILC market will be gradual enough to give Ricoh the opportunity they need to correct their miscalculation. They've still got a lot to contribute to the future of photography.

I own three Pentax SLRs and two Ricoh SLRs from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, and at least a dozen of their wonderful PK and M42 mount lenses that I still shoot today on my Fujica mirrorless bodies. Fingers crossed for them. My dream camera would be a Pentax LX-style mirrorless fullframe ILC that had OIS which could move the sensor backwards and forwards to enable fine autofocus assistance for older manual-focus glass. I think they'd sell millions of 'em :-)

Link | Posted on May 20, 2019 at 18:46 UTC

I sense more wishful thinking than actual market trend data behind this statement. Hopefully, the overall downward trend in the ILC market will be gradual enough to give Ricoh the opportunity they need to correct their miscalculation. They've still got a lot to contribute to the future of photography.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2019 at 18:31 UTC as 72nd comment | 1 reply
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BryceM: The highly regarded compact and inexpensive Samyang\Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 manual-focus prime may not fit into either the 'all-round prime' or 'portrait prime' categories above, but this lens is nonetheless an extremely good lens to consider for your Fujifilm system. It's a very well-regarded astro lens, with excellent optical quality and a very reasonable price tag. The lack of auto-focus on this lens is much less of an obstacle than one might think: On an extreme wide-angle prime like the 12mm/f2, *everything* is pre-focused from 1m on out to infinity. I've simply placed a strip of gaffer's tape on the focus ring in the infinity position, so that it's actually *faster* to focus than anything with autofocus :-) This lens isn't a niche solution for a certain kind of camera nerd - It's an excellent all-rounder for wide angle photography on Fuji.

Good correction - I scribed a mark at the sweet spot just a hair beyond the infinity mark.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2019 at 04:43 UTC
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BryceM: My all-mechanical late-70's Kiron 105mm f/2.8 Macro (purchased for 1/5th the price) will still be capturing wonderful images when this is just a doorstop...

Fair enough. I loved my Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 when I used to shoot Nikon DX. I sold it when I switched to Fuji before I'd become comfortable with all-manual adapted lenses.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2019 at 20:49 UTC
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BryceM: Strange see a list of the best lenses for the Fuji system that doesn't include the widely acclaimed Samyang\Rokinon 12mm/f2.

Done: https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/buying-guide-best-lenses-for-fujifilm-mirrorless-cameras?comment=8308935557

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2019 at 00:09 UTC

The highly regarded compact and inexpensive Samyang\Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 manual-focus prime may not fit into either the 'all-round prime' or 'portrait prime' categories above, but this lens is nonetheless an extremely good lens to consider for your Fujifilm system. It's a very well-regarded astro lens, with excellent optical quality and a very reasonable price tag. The lack of auto-focus on this lens is much less of an obstacle than one might think: On an extreme wide-angle prime like the 12mm/f2, *everything* is pre-focused from 1m on out to infinity. I've simply placed a strip of gaffer's tape on the focus ring in the infinity position, so that it's actually *faster* to focus than anything with autofocus :-) This lens isn't a niche solution for a certain kind of camera nerd - It's an excellent all-rounder for wide angle photography on Fuji.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2019 at 00:08 UTC as 45th comment | 4 replies
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BryceM: Strange see a list of the best lenses for the Fuji system that doesn't include the widely acclaimed Samyang\Rokinon 12mm/f2.

I actually have a strip of gaffer's tape fixing my 12mm/f2 at infinity because on an exteme wide-angle prime like the 12mm/f2, *everything* is pre-focused from 1m on out, making it actually faster to focus as a general walk-around prime than anything with autofocus :-) This lens isn't a niche solution for a special kind of camera nerd - It's an excellent all-rounder for wide angle photography on Fuji.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2019 at 22:05 UTC
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Drogers23: Awesome now please add 3rd party options into the mix! The rokinon 12mm f2 for example definitely should be mentioned

Always in my bag. When I moved to Fuji from Nikon DX, this little beauty replaced my Tokina 11-16/2.8 perfectly - Better optics, faster, more compact, and less expensive.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2019 at 16:39 UTC
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a user: Wish there was an affordable wide-angle zoom. Canon and Nikon both have lenses with similar focal lenghts and OIS, at 1/3 the price. They may not be as good as the Fuji but it would be great to have such option on Fuji X system as well.

Have you looked at any wide-angle primes? The Samyang\Rokinon 12mm/f2 is spectacular, compact, and inexpensive.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2019 at 16:35 UTC

Strange see a list of the best lenses for the Fuji system that doesn't include the widely acclaimed Samyang\Rokinon 12mm/f2.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2019 at 16:33 UTC as 63rd comment | 6 replies

My all-mechanical late-70's Kiron 105mm f/2.8 Macro (purchased for 1/5th the price) will still be capturing wonderful images when this is just a doorstop...

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2019 at 18:29 UTC as 5th comment | 2 replies
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DarnGoodPhotos: Mamoa is such a nice, genuine guy that it’s obvious to me that he bought those cameras because he enjoys using them instead of for status.

He seems confused on one point - they're for taking pictures, but he seems to think they're accessories for him to be photographed with.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2019 at 17:43 UTC

I've been running the QNAP TS451+for a few years now without a hiccup. I do have most of it's flashiest features locked down in order to reduce its' attack surface though. Whisper quiet and 100% reliable so far. It also pushes the latest copy of designated shares to an Azure cloud storage account setup to provide disaster recovery and ransomware insurance.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2019 at 18:34 UTC as 16th comment
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santamonica812: Really weird introduction paragraph,

". . . The Mavic Air is a compelling offering, positioned between the consumer and professional-grade drones that DJI currently offers. When used correctly, it can produce content difficult to distinguish from its professional-grade cousins. If you're in the market for a drone that delivers features close to the Phantom 4 Pro or Mavic 2 series while keeping size and cost factors in check, the Mavic Air is the perfect aerial companion for you. . . ."

NO NO NO. Was the paragraph written by some hack from DJI Marketing? The Mavic Air is NOT "the perfect" companion for almost everyone. Now, it might be a very good product, overall. It might be the "best" choice for many people. But it is not perfect. And, as the review goes on to state, there are many failings of the Air.

I cannot imagine that the above paragraph was written by the same people who wrote the rest of the review

[continued] . . .

It could've been written by anyone who has ever owned one (like me) and figured out how to obtain footage that pleases them. I live mine, precisely because it fit all of my feature/performance/portability/price parameters.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2019 at 00:58 UTC

Of course, it practically goes without saying that the video we just saw didn't contain a single pixel of imagery captured with any of those "super-refined lenses"...

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2019 at 19:53 UTC as 6th comment

As the owner of a GS9+ and before that a GS7 Edge, all I can say is that they make great hardware, but greedy and uninspiring software. My next phone will likely be a Pixel, because Samsung's appetite for vacuuming up all my private data to store in their buggy and insecure cloud is insatiable, and their software behaves like a viral root kit when you try to disable it... Google is very nearly as greedy with the private data, but not quite.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2019 at 00:55 UTC as 43rd comment | 1 reply
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