mahonj

Lives in Ireland Dublin, Ireland
Works as a Machine Vision Engineer
Joined on Apr 14, 2009

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On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC RX100 VI review (412 comments in total)
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mahonj: "Not Good for":
Anyone with less than $1200 to spend on a compact camera.

@Widdldo - that's tax man.
No Tax in the US price, different in Europe.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2018 at 14:38 UTC

Good idea, it shows they are planning to keep the two approaches alive: fast and short and slower and long focal length.
They have to do the long focus one to stay ahead of multi lens phone cameras.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2018 at 09:04 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies

You still have to print the negatives.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2018 at 11:59 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC RX100 VI review (412 comments in total)

"Not Good for":
Anyone with less than $1200 to spend on a compact camera.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2018 at 14:33 UTC as 95th comment | 6 replies

IMO, it is really down to your budget.
If you can drop $1200 on a compact, get the Sony, else the TZ100.
The Tz200 is quite expensive and there are lots of TZ100's available used.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2018 at 19:26 UTC as 65th comment | 3 replies
On article DPReview TV: Sony RX100 VI review (357 comments in total)
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mahonj: All Sony have to do is to reduce the price after a month or two.
It is a lot easier to reduce the price than modify the camera.
I suppose it is just too compact to have room for a microphone socket.
I would like a version with a 100 or 125 mm long end and wider aperture (as an option).
But as they say, it is VERY expensive for a compact camera.
On the other hand, I'd rather spend money on this than a Leica.

Absolutely, and it is a good camera, if a little soft (according to the reviews).
But it isn't a "Real" Leica, it is a rebadged Panasonic.
If I were going to buy it, I would by the Panasonic as it is probably cheaper and the "real" version. (The lens is still badged leica). I have used Panasonics (Lx3, Lx5) and both were excellent, full stop, so I have nothing against Panasonic.
A Leica M10 will cost you $6500 before you put a lens on it. That is expensive and not really state of the art (whereas the Sony (and the Zs200) both are, in their own niches. [ IMO ]

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2018 at 22:08 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Sony RX100 VI review (357 comments in total)
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mahonj: All Sony have to do is to reduce the price after a month or two.
It is a lot easier to reduce the price than modify the camera.
I suppose it is just too compact to have room for a microphone socket.
I would like a version with a 100 or 125 mm long end and wider aperture (as an option).
But as they say, it is VERY expensive for a compact camera.
On the other hand, I'd rather spend money on this than a Leica.

The extreme cost of "real" Leicas.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2018 at 21:12 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Sony RX100 VI review (357 comments in total)

All Sony have to do is to reduce the price after a month or two.
It is a lot easier to reduce the price than modify the camera.
I suppose it is just too compact to have room for a microphone socket.
I would like a version with a 100 or 125 mm long end and wider aperture (as an option).
But as they say, it is VERY expensive for a compact camera.
On the other hand, I'd rather spend money on this than a Leica.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2018 at 20:49 UTC as 61st comment | 6 replies
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Bob Tullis: They're working on safety issues, currently. . . one tech lost a hand when the shutter triggered while cleaning the sensor. . . several may have permanent hearing loss from the sound of the mirror slap. Please take a moment to reflect upon those pioneering heroes of large format digital, and their sacrifices.

It is mirrorless, silly - no mirror slap.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2018 at 21:15 UTC

Nice to see Canon doing crazy, Out there stuff as well as the APS-C and FF sensible cameras.
Good for the brand - a little fairy dust never hurt anyone.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2018 at 21:14 UTC as 112th comment
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Marty4650: Think about this.

This camera is the 21st Panasonic compact camera rebadged by Leica since 2001. Before that, Leica rebadged 3 cameras by Fujifilm.

Of the 31 compact cameras sold by Leica since 1998, 24 of them were made by someone else, or 77% of them. All of these 24 cameras were essentially untouched by Leica, having only subtle exterior styling changes and branding to differentiate them from their original versions.

Odds are, none of those cameras ever saw the inside of a Leica factory. They were manufactured and branded Leica by Fuji or Pany, then shipped to Leica distributors.

In every case the Leica version commanded a 35%+ premium over the Fuji or Panasonic version, for what was essentially the same camera. Leica usually did provide better software, longer warranties, plus the added advantage of Leica prestige that enhanced resale value.

Leica found a way to leverage their brand name to get a premium price for someone else's products.

I'd call that "smart marketing."

I agree with Marty, the electronics companies needed "analog" credibility so they partenered with the old storied camera and lens companies. In my opinion, this was a really good idea (for the electronics companies) and kept money flowing into the lens companies.
As long as the electronics rebadged lenses were good enough, everyone wins, (except perhaps the designers in the electronics companies).
I suppose the trick is for the electronic companies to bring the lens brand equity back into the electronic companies. I certainly think Sony has achieved that, probably Panasonic too.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2018 at 21:48 UTC
On article Video: Diving into the demise of Kodak (227 comments in total)

read "The Innovator's Dilemma"
Basically (as he said) Kodak made the money from film and processing - the cameras were just a way of selling film.
The Japanese made their money from selling cameras, so they concentrated 100% on the cameras, and then suddenly, people didn't need film, and then they stopped needing paper either.
So Kodak was in deep do do's.
+ Bryce Bayer (in Kodak) invented the Bayer filter in 1976 to put the tin hat on it.
You could argue that even if they had a decent market share in low-mid cameras by say 2009, they would still have been crushed by smartphones, as the compact camera market has been.
Interesting how Fuji has survived - probably comes from living much closer to Nikon and Canon.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2018 at 18:22 UTC as 86th comment | 1 reply

Any sign of this coming to Android.
Alternately, what is a good camera application for Android (Galaxy Note 4)

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2018 at 21:03 UTC as 7th comment | 3 replies
On article Sony announces Cyber-shot RX100 VI with 24-200mm zoom (758 comments in total)

Let's see what the image sharpenss looks like in the full review.
They can manufacture bokeh with software or extra images out of focus and s/w.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2018 at 17:45 UTC as 118th comment | 1 reply
On article DPReview TV: Fujifilm X-T100 Review (361 comments in total)
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mahonj: Could we please have the conclusions in written form.
I do not have to want to watch a 20 minute video to get a quick impression of a camera I am unlikely to buy (even if it is very good).

I read reviews of cameras I am interested in, not just ones I am planning to buy. I really like the written format (and I am pleased to see that they will have one for this camera). I think Fuji are doing a good job with their cameras and I welcome the variety and fresh thinking they are bringing to the field. I just don't have a requirement for this kind of camera right now. If I read the review and liked it, I might recommend the camera to someone else, either way, it builds the image of Fuji for me.
And BTW, I am having a perfectly fine day!

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2018 at 11:11 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Fujifilm X-T100 Review (361 comments in total)

Could we please have the conclusions in written form.
I do not have to want to watch a 20 minute video to get a quick impression of a camera I am unlikely to buy (even if it is very good).

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2018 at 09:32 UTC as 35th comment | 5 replies
On article More information released on Yongnuo YN 50mm F1.4 II (84 comments in total)
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mahonj: Why don't camera manufacturers get into computational photography and enable their cameras to take "focus bursts" of say 3 images at different focus points (one being sharp). Then they could have as much Bokeh as they liked from F1.8 or smaller lenses. This would be particularly useful for companies with smaller ranges of lenses like Sony and Fuji.
The images could be reassembled in an App or photoshop like program on a PC / Mac.
The phone people are running rings around them.

@pradip, Exactly, hence do the processing on a PC or Mac as I suggested.
Next gen cameras could use a high power processor array that can be powered off most of the time to preserve battery life.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2018 at 11:36 UTC
On article More information released on Yongnuo YN 50mm F1.4 II (84 comments in total)

Why don't camera manufacturers get into computational photography and enable their cameras to take "focus bursts" of say 3 images at different focus points (one being sharp). Then they could have as much Bokeh as they liked from F1.8 or smaller lenses. This would be particularly useful for companies with smaller ranges of lenses like Sony and Fuji.
The images could be reassembled in an App or photoshop like program on a PC / Mac.
The phone people are running rings around them.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2018 at 09:19 UTC as 10th comment | 6 replies

Well done, incredible.
A 17000 ton train! You'd want to be careful stopping that.
The camels are cool - note that he has a rope going to the lead camel's nose.
It is no wonder it is paying close attention to him.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2018 at 07:52 UTC as 5th comment
On article How the 50mm lens became 'Normal' (73 comments in total)
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BJL: Some massive ignorance in this article: it assumes repeatedly and wrongly that the 35mm motion picture format has the same 43mm diagonal as the 36x24mm still format, whereas in fact the motion picture standard is smaller: about 24x18mm in the early days, so with diagonal of 30mm, and now a bit smaller still: the same 24 to 25 mm wide but less high for the wider modern aspect ratios. So if Ozü indeed used 50mm most of the time in his movies, the field of view was distinctly narrower than with the 50mm on Cartier-Breson's Leica.

And of course perspective and proportions on the human face depend entirely on the distance from camera to face, not on the focal length.

Exactly. Film frames were 18x24, Leica Frames were double that 36 x 24.
The 50mm lens only applies to the Leica FF format, so all the bit about film is BS.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2018 at 09:40 UTC
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