Lettermanian

Lettermanian

Lives in Canada Nova Scotia, Canada
Joined on Sep 15, 2014

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I was today years old when I learned about the Blue Aurora. Fascinating and beautiful.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2021 at 09:54 UTC as 10th comment

And the evolution of the lightograph will be... the GIFograph. App.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2021 at 23:55 UTC as 99th comment

Hmm, looks very Skynet to me... 🧐

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2021 at 19:29 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
On article Here's our wish list for the Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II (617 comments in total)
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biggercountry: I echo the article in wishing for 10-bit internal video recording, twin card slots, a proper battery grip, a fully articulated screen etc.

I am also hoping that the rumors are true about USB battery charging while the camera is powered on, as this would open up more possibilities for extended timelapses. Especially in the cold.

And this is a small thing, which could be fixed in firmware: keeping the shutter closed when powered off. Or at least providing the option to do so. I change lenses a lot in the field, and prefer to take my chances with the shutter mechanism than having to frequently blow dust and what-not off the sensor. Other mirrorless cameras do this. I think Nikon’s should too.

The Z5 has those power features already, so I can't see how Nikon would omit it from a Z6/7ii. As an FYI, the camera can't be powered by USB-C alone; the EN-EL15C battery has to be in the camera (charging) for the camera to operate via USB-C power. In the Z5 manual the Anker Powerbank 26800 45W is recommended as an external power source.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2020 at 14:20 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Nikon Z5 review (314 comments in total)

Coming from the Fuji X-H1, there are two features I'm liking so far about my Z5 (currently with 24-70 and 24-200, still deciding which one to keep):

- it's a great timelapse camera. Regular intervalometer, intervalometer with timelapse movie function (renders finished tl video in res up to 4k/30p while keeping individual image files, raw or jpeg), and timelapse movie mode by itself. Makes it so easy to get into timelapse shooting. All modes offer exposure smoothing for day-to-night or night-to-day transitions. It will continue to operate while the battery is being charged or with a power bank.

- tilt screen. Although I miss the option for the screen to tilt out in vertical position, it comes out further from the body than on the X-H1. This means the larger eyecup is never blocking part of the screen when shooting at low angles or with the camera tilted up.

All in all a great entry-level ff cam for those who don't need advanced video specs.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2020 at 22:37 UTC as 20th comment | 3 replies

New to Nikon (coming from Fuji) and just picked this up a few weeks ago, kitted with the 24-70 f4 (great lens), and just got the 24-200 (very good lens). In my area, it was almost $1000 cheaper than a new Z6 with one XQD card and reader. I'm still getting used to it, but have tried out some of the features that attracted me to it (aside from price and two regular sd card slots):

- in-camera timelapse features: ability to render a 4k/30p tl video with exposure smoothing for day-night sequences. Easy peasy process with good quality video.
- timelapse movie can also save the individual image files for further post processing. This feature is not available on the Z6.
- ability to operate camera with a USB power bank or computer while charging the battery. Also not on a Z6.

I think it's an excellent, "stills oriented" cam, living up to its purpose.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2020 at 13:17 UTC as 70th comment | 2 replies
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Guldborg: Here in Eorope (Denmark), the price difference between a Z5 and a Z6 is about 100$. In that perspective, the Z5 looks like an extremely difficult sell over a Z6. At least for now...

Pricing is so strange; in Canada the Z5 body is $1899 CDN, whereas the Z6 body is $2600, not to mention the $300+ necessary to have a single XQD card and reader. So practically, at launch, there is basically almost a $1000 difference separating the two. I'm in week one of owning my Z5, coming from Fuji. Nikon also has a $150 trade-in discount when you purchase the Z5 and trade in a working camera. So I got the trade-in value plus $150 off my Z5 👍🏻

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2020 at 01:13 UTC
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Astro Landscapes: Something I can't find anywhere is more information on how the viewfinder blackout compares to the Z6 and Z7. I just tried photographing surfers with the Z5 today, and no matter which shutter or playback/review settings combinations I tried, the Z5 would basically just stay a black viewfinder the whole time I jam my finger on the shutter in CH shooting speed, whereas the Z7 I was comparing it against has either zero blackout if it's instantly playing back the images captured, or nearly zero blackout otherwise.

And of course the A9 II smokes them all...

Which Z5 settings give the least viewfinder blackout when shooting fast action?

The Z5 is not built for fast action, so no matter what the settings are, you probably won't be satisfied with it. It's an entry-level full-frame stills camera, and as such its capabilities (or lack thereof) reflect that.

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2020 at 12:18 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Olympus 100-400mm F5.0-6.3 IS review (126 comments in total)
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djimjm: Just a comparison:
Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS 'Contemporary' (for Full Frame)
20 elements/16 groups
4 stops IS
min. focus 1.12m
Weight 1.1 kg
Length 197 mm
Diam. 86 mm
Public price 950 $
Product date Jul 20

Olympus 100-400mm F5.0-6.3 IS
21 elements/15 groups
3 stops IS
min. focus 1.3m
Weight 1.1 kg
Length 205 mm
Diam. 86 mm
Public price 1500 $
Product date Sep 20

These lens seem quite similar (except for the size of sensors they aim).
But the cost of the Oly is 1.5x
What can explain such a difference ?!

@djimjm I'm no apologist for Olympus or m43; I also believe their gear is quite expensive when comparing similar products from other brands and sensor formats. The truth though is that lens specs alone are basically useless until they're associated with a sensor format. The point of my initial reply was that while the focal length specs are the same, the fields of view produced by the lenses on their native mounts are drastically different. Perhaps this is one reason why the Oly is priced higher - the lens will give twice the amount of reach compared to the Sigma. How much money would have to be spent to get 800mm natively on ff? To me, it makes more sense if lens price comparisons begin with equivalent fields of view because that's what the photographer is actually interested in. The Canon 16-35 f4L is cheaper than the Fuji 16-55 f2.8 and a bit more expensive than the Fuji 16-80 f4, but it's a useless comparison because the fields of view are vastly different.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2020 at 14:24 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Olympus 100-400mm F5.0-6.3 IS review (126 comments in total)
In reply to:

djimjm: Just a comparison:
Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS 'Contemporary' (for Full Frame)
20 elements/16 groups
4 stops IS
min. focus 1.12m
Weight 1.1 kg
Length 197 mm
Diam. 86 mm
Public price 950 $
Product date Jul 20

Olympus 100-400mm F5.0-6.3 IS
21 elements/15 groups
3 stops IS
min. focus 1.3m
Weight 1.1 kg
Length 205 mm
Diam. 86 mm
Public price 1500 $
Product date Sep 20

These lens seem quite similar (except for the size of sensors they aim).
But the cost of the Oly is 1.5x
What can explain such a difference ?!

What's the size, weight and price of a 200-800mm zoom for full frame?

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2020 at 23:58 UTC

Meh, just bring back the Saturn V already...

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2020 at 12:14 UTC as 12th comment
On article Ricoh video details the next flagship Pentax APS-C DSLR (655 comments in total)

If they keep or even improve upon their astro features (star tracking) and AF capabilities, and offer better in-camera video features (timelapse video, star trails, etc), I might forgive their lack of an articulating screen and add this to complement my Fuji gear. The new 11-18 2.8 along with the new 16-50 2.8 looks like a very functional kit.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2020 at 04:00 UTC as 144th comment

I wonder if someone from the Tolkien family will buy one of these drones. I wonder if there's anyone else as geeky as me that understands what I'm talking about ;)

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2019 at 21:22 UTC as 71st comment | 1 reply
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Lettermanian: Please bring disabling or two-press function to the X-H1, Fuji.

Thank you, found it in the menu and locked it. Next time I'll double-check before I post... :0

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2019 at 17:26 UTC

Please bring disabling or two-press function to the X-H1, Fuji.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2019 at 22:04 UTC as 29th comment | 2 replies
On article This is the first ever photograph of a black hole (634 comments in total)

Look, there goes another camera sale, sucked into the inescapable void! When will it all end??!!

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2019 at 16:55 UTC as 115th comment | 1 reply

A perfect example of the non-apology apology: "We're sorry that you thought pictures marketing our camera were actually taken with our camera."

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2019 at 21:33 UTC as 115th comment | 1 reply
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Sacred: "this allows Sony's AF system to 'learn' and build up a model for detecting human and animal eyes in a very robust manner"... In year 2029 Sony's AF system will become self-aware... The Terminator becomes reality.

"EyeNet"? ;)

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2019 at 23:01 UTC

That's it. I'm never going to buy a Mooney M20.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2018 at 21:59 UTC as 52nd comment | 1 reply
On article Fujifilm X-T100 review (349 comments in total)
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Lettermanian: I think it's somewhat significant that this is Fuji's first ILC with EIS available (although only in video mode); that it is uncropped (found that out thanks to this review); and that Fuji mysteriously does not list it as a feature in their spec list, stating simply: "Image Stabilizer: Supported with OIS type lens".

To date I have found no information online from a Fuji source regarding this new implementation. There has been much discussion over the last year or so about the lack of IBIS in Fuji's lineup. Finally the X-H1 was released with a new body design to incorporate IBIS. The new X-T3 likely will not have IBIS, in keeping with the X-T_ form factor. Is it possible that EIS in the low-end X-T100 is an "unofficial" beta test for a (hopefully) much more advanced implementation in the X-T3? Can DPReview press Fuji on their EIS inclusion, and what its future might be in Fuji cameras?

Yes, I mentioned that above. DPR's review stated that video was uncropped in EIS mode, which might mean that the whole image circle is being compressed digitally, which might mean that a more powerful processor could handle more pixels than 1920x1080, which might mean that an X-T3 could have some form of stabilized stills, which would mean that non-OIS lenses could be used with EIS.

At least, that's my speculation. And no, I haven't been drinking...

Seriously though, it would be nice if Fuji actually released some info on their first implementation of EIS!

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2018 at 00:41 UTC
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