samfan

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samfan: Remember the times when DSLRs didn't need any patches?

It's also funny how everyone scrambled to get their high end cameras out before the Olympics even with game breaking bugs. Looks kinda moot now eh.

Digital cameras have always been computers. You could play Doom on Kodak cameras in like 2000.

Today you buy a highest end camera and it can't even perform its main function.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2020 at 17:02 UTC
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Johans81: What is the Worst ”phenomen” (fxxck up) Canon had releasing new digital cameras, was it the 1d3s autofocus Issue ?

1D3, ya I still remember that. I got my hands on a review sample and the AF issue was obvious immediately.

I reported on it on forums and got absolutely wrecked by Canon fans how I don't know what I'm doing and what a pathetic loser I am for comparing such artwork masterpiece of a camera to my lowly Nikon D200 (which was still new and focusing just fine).

Of course later the reports piled up until even Canon confirmed the issue.

Crap I'm still bitter about that.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2020 at 13:47 UTC

Remember the times when DSLRs didn't need any patches?

It's also funny how everyone scrambled to get their high end cameras out before the Olympics even with game breaking bugs. Looks kinda moot now eh.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2020 at 13:43 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
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samfan: I wish I hadn't forgot to charge my D200 battery. Taking photos outdoors these days is like documenting the apocalypse.

My country is the safest it's ever been in history. Streets are deserted. I was out for a ride earlier to pick up a friend who missed a night bus and in 1 hour I have seen about 15 cars and 3 pedestrians.

Now Italy, or parts of it, are worse off obviously.

But for people who, for example, always stay inside due to phobia of crowds, have a unique opportunity to take a peaceful walk (within safety reason).

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2020 at 03:32 UTC

I wish I hadn't forgot to charge my D200 battery. Taking photos outdoors these days is like documenting the apocalypse.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2020 at 18:07 UTC as 156th comment | 2 replies
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Kszchopstix: I guess Darth Vader, Kyle ren, Supreme leader Snoke and Palpatine are Samsung users.

Star Wars characters indeed use droids.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2020 at 10:28 UTC

But that means Joinson himself can't ever use an iphone on screen.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2020 at 10:27 UTC as 31st comment
On article Nikon D3500 review (418 comments in total)

Okay I know this camera is not exciting and not of much interest to the average DPR reader.

But would it hurt to describe that Guide mode just a little? Provide a screenshot or 2? Just to know if it's as crap as the old guide mode or if it's actually useful for beginners this time around.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2020 at 05:35 UTC as 14th comment
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Zoom Zoom Zoom: :
Apple will jump into this maybe in 5 or 6 years, then claim it's a brand new revolutionary technology they just invented and patented, and finally give it a super innovating fancy French-sounding name. Then all the ardourous fanboys will turn apoplectic, the internet will go berserk, and all wanna-be YouTube reviewers and personalities in a video-feeding frenzy doing reviews for the next year cycle..

..and finally the world will be a happy place again because, till its from Apple, its not news.

On the other hand, Apple will also make it actually work well, and probably include some simple usability feature that will make everyone go "d'oh why haven't we thought of that!".

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2019 at 14:27 UTC

Seriously. So much fuss about a few millimetres.

On-screen buttons, notches, pop-up cameras, unsafe under the screen fingerprint readers, now also cameras under the screen.

I don't know guys but but I'm quite happy with a few millimetres of cameras and sensors above the screen, and even happier with the separate fingerprint sensor that's both safer and has additional features.

But then we live in the times where a nano SIM is too big to fit in a humongous device, never mind a headphone jack.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2019 at 14:18 UTC as 3rd comment

Haha I watched LGR just a fee days ago.

It annoys me that even back in 1998 there was such an open OS for cameras. I actually remember reading a review of one od these back then, with the mention that it can run Doom so man I wanted one of those (even tho I hadn't even played Doom up to that point).

And where are we now? Nothing but closed proprietary systems. A handful of cameras with Android which is completely not suited for that task even tho it was originally made for cameras.

Oh well.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2019 at 13:37 UTC as 11th comment
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samfan: A good list. Somewhat controversial, as every list is, but I can agree with the importance of most of them, maybe apart from the Galaxy NX and the Leica T.

Yep I had the NX10 for a few weeks for a review and it was surprisingly good. Samsung was always dismissed as a microwave maker, but they'd learned a lot from Pentax - NX were basically Pentax DSLRs in MILC form. And very good lenses in practical focal ranges. Not every lens maker gets the importance of a ~45mm eq. FL.

Compare to Sony, who completely trashed Minolta's legacy and their cameras are still more like VCRs.

Also had Nikon V1 and S1 for a few years. V1 was annoying as hell and Nikon bungled so much about the series it's insane, but stil no other cameras offer that combination of speed, size and (discounted) price. I got the V1 brand new with a lens for 200€, S1 used with a lens for 120 and the tele zoom lens for about 100€. That was an unbeatable combo for light travel. Well as long as the light was good.

Marc, I'd had the V1 for 5 years and yes it was annoying as hell.

Dreadful UI where you needed to go into the menu to switch between modes, but a dedicated button to switch between mechanical and electronic shutter.

A nice metal body but with dinky cheap buttons and a useless mode switch that needed to be taped to stay put.

Yes the EVF was good but there was no way to preview exposure or focus with a non-chipped lens and I'm not sure now, was there even WYSIWYG exp preview in manual mode?

Incompatible hotshoes.

Yes I had the Franiec grip too but I still preferred to use S1 which was actually better designed.

The V2 looked so much better but obviously 800 € for V2 vs. 200 for V1 was quite a no brainer.

I liked the concept, there's still nothing like it on the market. But the actual cameras (V1 and V3 anyway) were bonkers and the lens selection was abysmal.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2019 at 14:31 UTC

A good list. Somewhat controversial, as every list is, but I can agree with the importance of most of them, maybe apart from the Galaxy NX and the Leica T.

Yep I had the NX10 for a few weeks for a review and it was surprisingly good. Samsung was always dismissed as a microwave maker, but they'd learned a lot from Pentax - NX were basically Pentax DSLRs in MILC form. And very good lenses in practical focal ranges. Not every lens maker gets the importance of a ~45mm eq. FL.

Compare to Sony, who completely trashed Minolta's legacy and their cameras are still more like VCRs.

Also had Nikon V1 and S1 for a few years. V1 was annoying as hell and Nikon bungled so much about the series it's insane, but stil no other cameras offer that combination of speed, size and (discounted) price. I got the V1 brand new with a lens for 200€, S1 used with a lens for 120 and the tele zoom lens for about 100€. That was an unbeatable combo for light travel. Well as long as the light was good.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2019 at 15:28 UTC as 239th comment | 2 replies
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(unknown member): Will it ever receive a security update? Are these review sites even interested if it ever will? With all these internet review sites interest in this sort of equipment is ephemeral and superficial and any long term issues in ownership well below the radar.

My Moto G6 has been bugging me about a security update for about 2 months now.

The update is dated February 1 2019. So, they aren't too fast about it.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2019 at 15:01 UTC

Motorola makes some pretty groovy phones. I'm quite addicted to some nice features of my G6.

Sadly it doesn't have the recognition of Samsung not the cool factors of Xiaomi and the likes. I hope they'll persevere tho.

Anyway still not a fan of popup cameras. Ugh. Though I guess the built-in privacy protection is nice in a way... I have to wonder tho where are the light level and proximity sensors hidden in these cases?

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2019 at 05:37 UTC as 2nd comment | 3 replies
On article Gear of the Year 2019 - Carey's choice: Sigma 45mm F2.8 (173 comments in total)

Good old Sigma.

They keep making lenses that are special and not only ultra sharp with bi character, like everyone else is doing.

This sounds like a lovely lens. Kinda like a resurrection of the old APS-C 30/1.4 from over a decade ago, but apparently better.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2019 at 05:25 UTC as 31st comment
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David Chien: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Xj0eR09MqPM

Lol. Nice try at a paid ad.
The lg g8x got crushed the moment the Huawei Mate X was launched. Absolutely no point for the screen gap when the Mate X does it all from tablet to phone mode so nicely.

But, your bargain hunters all know, lg phones depreciate fast, so in two years, this will be the $100-200 bargain (much like the G7 is this year at under $150 used).

Why would you use the second screen at home? Everyone has much bigger screens at home already. The point of phones is to have them with you at all times.

I second the opinion that this is stupid. If it was a 100 € accessory for a 200 € phone, then okay. How much this costs we of course don't know but I'll eat my hat if it's not pricey. The crazy expensive dual screen phones make much more sense.

LG keeps trying gimmicks like this. It's a nice attitude but very few of the gimmicks make much sense.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2019 at 22:45 UTC

Ahead of its time it is not, as a smartphone like this has existed a few years ago already, I don't remember the brand tho.

Yes this one is detachable, but that means you won't have with you a lot of times when you want it unless you have it on all the time, and since it's using the USB port, it interferes with other uses of the port.

No mention of price in the review, but since it's designated as flagship and it's LG, it's probably expensive. Might as well just buy the Samsung Fold then, which gives you one uninterrupted screen.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2019 at 22:15 UTC as 22nd comment

Machine translation from Japanese is notoriously unreliable. Anyone has a proper translation?

I mean of course Oly wouldn't confirm rumors even if they're true, and whoever issued those statements possibly doesn't even know of any plans, whatever they are. We also know the camera makers' standard responses, so maybe any information is pointless anyway.

It would be surprising if Oly shut down the cameras tho. They're surely too proud of their legacy and the tech probably has other uses elsewhere in the company.

On the other hand, if they barely sell anything... The M1X kinda sounded like a desperate "hey we're still relevant!"...

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2019 at 19:07 UTC as 89th comment | 3 replies

Every other camera maker that still exists has had experience with film cameras.

The Nikon Z50 is still pretty similar to the Nikon F100 in its basic handling, and Canon M100 still obviously shares DNA with APS IXUS compacts as well as film EOS. Leica non-M's and Olympus aren't as similar to their old film cameras, but the old control philosophy is still there.

Meanwhile Sony has threwn everything left of Minolta out and started from scratch. If anything, their cameras have more in common with VCRs and CD changers than cameras. Even tho they're getting better.

On the other hand, the "how much of a camera are you willing to pay for" isn't a bad philosophy on its own IMO. Pro photographers still want small, cheap cameras for backup, and the more those have in common with what they use otherwise, the better. And just because someone has a tiny budget, doesn't mean they only want the most rudimentary controls. It's just that, well the basis has to be solid in the first place.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2019 at 09:17 UTC as 53rd comment | 1 reply
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