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BBQue: Is this real or is this photoshopped? The transition seems a bit too smooth...

Totally too smooth.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 01:18 UTC

Please don't rush anything on my behalf. I'm just fine.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 22:59 UTC as 71st comment

He likes the MFT format because, "'s really small and compact..." so let's build and strap on a huge heat sink rather than consider a GH-series camera that doesn't have the heat dissipation issue.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2017 at 17:37 UTC as 52nd comment | 4 replies
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stevo23: Interesting idea in many ways.

It's nice that folks are "discovering" the idea of hyperfocal settings. The Kodak Brownie used hyperfocal optics when it was first introduced in 1900.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2017 at 16:26 UTC
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photostarts: I think the video on Kickstarter says it all: "...with a focus set to ETERNITY." Eternity? Infinity? What's the difference? I'm out.

In focus to the end of time.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2017 at 16:21 UTC
On article Review: Nikon D7500, speed and capability (449 comments in total)
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chshooter: The D7500 once again proves that DSLRs are not dead yet, not even remotely. Here you have a camera that does everything well, maybe except video, and just works.
There are no issues with lenses, no missing accessories, image quality is great and buffer and AF are way better than with the mirrorless competition.

Nikon still has professional level gaps in APS-C lens offerings, and the poor video implementation is inexcusable considering the competition.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2017 at 21:34 UTC
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PLShutterbug: Very interesting. Not sure how excited I am at the prospect of banging a precision mechanism into my palm to release the filter ... a release lever in v2 would be nice.

Assuming it is a precision mechanism. The more monkey motion, the more suspect the alignments and tolerances. The extension operation appeared to have some play in the video. I'm dubious that having a flat filter reflecting surface so close to the sensor won't produce reflection artifacts.

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2017 at 01:35 UTC
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OlyPent: It's like going back in time with adapted G lenses. Remember lenses in the 70's that had two aperture rings? The one to set the aperture point where you wanted it, the other to turn and actuate the diaphragm just before you took the shot, so you wouldn't have to focus stopped down, or "feel" for the right f-stop? That's how these more advanced adapters work.

That was called a preset aperture. This adapter doesn't have a preset function, just the same unmarked single guess-your-aperture ring. The second ring on this controls the extension tube capability. I'd like an adapter with a preset function.

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2017 at 01:30 UTC
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T3: I think the fact that we're even talking about the focus capability of adapted lenses is pretty extraordinary. Up until very recently in camera history, the only "focus capability" of adapted lenses was manual focus! So I find it a rather silly thing to be complaining about. It's like complaining about that the new Image Stabilization feature in a body or lens only offers 2 or 3 stops of stabilization instead of 4 or 5 stops, when the prior alternative-- up until that moment in history-- was having no Image Stabilization at all.

If Sony had the lenses people need, there wouldn't be adapters, tests, and silly discussions like this.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2017 at 15:35 UTC
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Ed Ingold: So long Canon lenses don't perform up to snuff on an A9 body. How do Sony lenses do on a Canon body? Even if the Canon AF is slow on the A9, what is the image quality? Does anyone care with sports photos, where the largest print is a magazine page at 100 dpi? Do the fifty or so pro sports shooters dictate what 100M or more non-sports shooters need? The A9 won't make coffee either. Does this mean coffee-drinkers should take a pass?

A demo of the A9's tracking capability was a football toss. You could read the label on individual frames. At that distance, a Canikon might miss if the ball were sitting on a bench. You can't track unless the subject is inside the lines, and the AF area on a D5 is about 25% of the image area. It's close to 95% in the A9, and there are 700 sensors.

Every new feature in a camera incites two other features bloggers wish it had. Personally, I'm waiting for the A9R, and if it gets 5 fps at 50+ MP, I'm happy. That will do me for HDR bracketing.

Canon has plenty of Canon lenses and third party lenses in the mount. That's the point. There wouldn't be adapters and tests like this if Sony had a complete system.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2017 at 15:34 UTC
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lacix: Unbelivable! - So its not the adapters fault, but the Sony A9 falls short. - This guy must have a law degree of some sort.

It's the Sony system that falls short when you have to even consider adapters and Canon lenses.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2017 at 15:28 UTC
On article Now we know: Sony a9 is sharper than we thought (394 comments in total)

That's coarsely. Coursely shouldn't have passed a spell check.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2017 at 17:20 UTC as 99th comment

More shotgun mics. If only people knew how bad shotgun mics are when mounted on a camera and aimed at many common subjects, maybe we'd get some other more versatile on-camera mic products. Some things are popular because they're popular, not because they're good.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2017 at 19:26 UTC as 6th comment | 4 replies
On article Olympus TG-5 gallery updated (70 comments in total)
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Ben Herrmann: On the surface, these images look great - with a nice color tonality and clarity typically missing from cameras of this genre. But regardless of MP count, you can't escape the limitations of these small sensors.

Enlarge each image to 100% and you'll see the typical compression artifacts, noise, or what have you that has plagued most of these much smaller sensors, regardless of brand. But Olympus did a great job on this one. I can definitely see bringing this camera along when a heavy duty pocket camera will do.

And has RAW capabilities which will help quite a bit in order to achieve the best IQ possible for the genre.

Shooting raw with a grab shot camera makes much more sense that relying on filters and in camera settings that you evaluate via a tiny, low accuracy LCD. Be attentive to getting the shot and exposure at the lowest practical ISO, then deal with tuning later with far better tools than any camera can provide.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2017 at 19:14 UTC

Spare me the AI nonsense. Add-on timelapse and photo stacking may be useful if they're well implemented. I'm happy to let project backers find out first.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2017 at 21:01 UTC as 115th comment
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mpgxsvcd: Isn't that just a fancy way of saying "Program Priority mode"?

With matrix metering.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2017 at 20:57 UTC
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rfsIII: Ah, panoramic photography—I remember it well. Those were the days when sites would publish huge charts containing the nodal points of every lens made and there were millions of brackets and panning heads.
But the software was not quite ready and early DSLR panos always looked very odd to me because they were rendered a little too accurately. All those swooping lines.
The real question: Will this gadget produce better photos than the panoramic mode on the iPhone?

If you're happy with phone noise performance and resolution, pan away. No phone can match the quality and dynamic range of a large sensor camera stitch.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 05:49 UTC
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Niala2: You might also consider Acratech GP heads "for this aproach" (or/and RRS, Photo Clam Pro Gold II, etc., or just add flat paning devices such as at Sunwayfoto). Should not be special or luxury or nec+ultra, but standard commonsense in the first place.

Mounting any of those heads upside-down is relatively easy, provided you can remove the clamp. Having the panning base at the top of an inverted head saves you from having to add the bulk and weight of a panning clamp or secondary panning base under a clamp. You also have one fewer action that can slip on you when you're trying to get the pan locked down.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 05:42 UTC
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MauriceRR: Pffff.
Arca-swiss p0, guys.
Even less expensive, and you have the original.
It's time saver for who need panoramas or shooting leveled. One of my best investment.

I don't care for my P0. The clamping action makes it hard to hold the head level when locking it down. The action isn't very smooth, so it's hard to be precise with it.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 05:37 UTC
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CekariYH: I don't get it, upside-down, I have used that for years so whats new with this?

I use Markins heads upside-down on the top of the column or Gitzo platform. With that configuration there's no need for a heavy leveling add-on underneath the head to quickly set up a level pan. But you can do the same with any ballhead with a removable clamp and 3/8" threading.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 05:34 UTC
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