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He should have added a little mirrorless cam with a 150€ zoom for comparison, but this probably would have been too serious...

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2018 at 16:09 UTC as 5th comment
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MannyZero: Camera makers are just the same as car makers and the same as G-7, G-8 countries.
They are not to compete against each other. It will kill the market. They just get together to plan the amount of cake layer for the next year. For the last 8 years they are selling nothing new than more expensive bodies housing a new app. I ask myself if we really NEED that amount of technology to shoot kids and dogs. If we really need cars with 230 mph to drive on 70 mph speed limited roads.

Look at all the bad pictures out there. People will not stop using their bloody phones. We really need better technology. ;-)

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2018 at 22:08 UTC
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The Squire: "... and within those parameters, the combination of 4K video and Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus was not possible."

Wow. Just, wow.

Finally they give us 4K in a mid-range camera, but they have to find some way to cripple it. Unbelievable.

I don't want to defend them as I am not a fan of Canon, but to me it seems logical that they do not need to artificially cripple their only mirrorless model because it does not really compete with their DSLR models. It rather is an extension of their product line that targets new customers.
So I believe it is simply a matter of cost. The M50 already is quite expensive for an entry model.

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2018 at 22:05 UTC
On article Sigma interview: 'This is just the beginning' (339 comments in total)

I don't own a Sony e-mount system. I even don't own a Sigma lens.
But I always enjoy reading your interviews with Mr Yamaki!
He is a very unique CEO and I truly believe that his employees take pride in working for his company.
There should be more of his kind...

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2018 at 21:27 UTC as 67th comment
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endofoto: Sony has improved the silicon sensor tech to its limits. However Apple acquired InVisage, the sensor company which invented molecular sensor but we did not see it getting ready for DSLR. Apple will use it for cell phones I guess. We want this 'quantum' sensor in our pro cams. It is advertised to have global shutter too.

It will probably take quite some time to make this new technology usable for smartphone sensors or even larger sensors.
Fortunately other companies do also do research on new sensor tec. Wasn't it Panasonic who made the first protype of an organic sensor?

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2018 at 15:16 UTC
On article Why brand market share shouldn't matter to you (552 comments in total)
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peterpainter: Of course it matters. It's like which football ('soccer' to those on the wrong side of the Atlantic) team you support. The arguments about which is best / the winner are pretty similar to those the BBC feedback for football games. Makes you feel so much better if your team is number 1. I'm OK with it all at the moment because although my DSLR's team is really struggling my bridge camera's team is right there at the top with a fighting chance.

Says it all imo... this "#1" or "being in the right team" bullsh.. is typical north american marketing hype.
I hardly ever come across such ads here in Europe. The only thing that comes close is the quality grading by "Stiftung Warentest" in Germany, an independent institution for product testing. Their standards are so high that manufacturers are lucky to receive a "B" grading (mark "2.0") and even display it on their labels. ;-)

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2018 at 09:27 UTC
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HowaboutRAW: "709.6-megapixel file to pixel peep". What's that in mega bytes, and is this guy willing to share a say 200 MB jpeg of this file?

@How: This report is about a 700 MP file, because the topic is resolution, not file size. File size is negligible, because it is largely :-) a result of file format and compression.
Everybody here understood this, except you, and now it's the reporter's fault? Come on...

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2018 at 08:06 UTC
On article Behind the scenes: Shooting Lamborghinis in the snow (84 comments in total)
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AshMills: It does highlight just how well photographed Top Gear is.

Oh, really?
Could this have anything to do with the budget? Maybe 1,5 Mio vs 10,000?

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2018 at 07:10 UTC
On article Behind the scenes: Shooting Lamborghinis in the snow (84 comments in total)
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fireplace33: Sometime last month DPR showed us a video of a photographer being hit by rally car. Most here agreed that it is a particularly stupid thing to do to stand on the outside curve of such a race track. Well this guy seems to have documented his "stupidity" too, by doing just that, starting in the video at 7:22

@fireplace: Didn't you read the article?
The risk in this situation is highly controled due to slow speeds and professional drivers.
It is proably much riskier walking the streets with a smartphone glued to your face... as many really stupid people do nowadays. ;-)

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2018 at 07:04 UTC
On article Canon EOS M50: What you need to know (430 comments in total)
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perry rhodan: There are many of my co workers and friends that did exactly What I did. After using canon or Nikon for decades all the online/review splatter about the dinosaurs canon and nikon. The greatest thing since sliced bread, the mirrorless, started to get under their skin. Like me they went the whole circle. M43-fuji x-sony ef/e. And in the end most of them returned to the ...olde school DSLR. For many reasons. And no, they are not all pensionados. And some of them are earning good money from it. As said, I went the same circle. Canon from 1978, Nikon from 1992, canon from 2002, then oly then fuji then Sony then oly then back with canon from 2013. Please stop ridiculing different preferences. You are only making a fool of Yourself.

I don't understand how this can happen to an amateur user, because with current systems image quality is on such a high level that other things like size, handling and price are much more important and easier to choose from.
Maybe for many it is more "G.A.S." than actually changing needs... ;-)

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2018 at 10:47 UTC
On article Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 / TZ200 (126 comments in total)
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morepix: Wouldn't want a camera with such a slow lens. Someone should bring back the 1/1.7" sensor for compact long-zoom cameras. I still have an Olympus Stylus 1, with 28-300mm at f:2.8 all the way. AND a tilting LCD.

morepix: Don't give your Stylus1 away too early. The comparison above is slightly misleading, imo.
Here you can see how they perform indoors in daylight. I compare Stylus @400 with ZS100 @1600, because the Lumix rapidly loses 2 stops when zooming in a little.
My M43 has a hard time with the kit zoom against my Stylus. I need to use primes for better results.

PS: I also assume that Stylus1 has the better lens, but that's to be seen in a review. I would also like to see a new 1/1.7 sensor with current technology... would probably improve one stop.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2018 at 07:47 UTC
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lotzi: It is puzzling for me that so many people give advice to Panasonic about what type of camera they would prefer, even down to the latest specifications, which they would have instead of this particular one.

Folks, there are about 20 cameras with 1 inch sensors that you can buy. Try to image them arranged in a 3D grid by size, zoom, and lens brightness. Now if two cameras are close to each other in the grid and price, then we can discuss which one is better (eg LX10 vs RX100M2, or FZ1000 vs RX10M1). If the price is different, we can argue whether the extra cost is justified (for a particular person). One can also argue where in the grid your needs are.

But wishing that the camera would sit somewhere else in the grid - what is the point in that? The ZS200 actually extends the grid in the direction of long zoom, pocketable camera direction - there is simply no comparable camera in the 1inch sensor range, and it will easily beat the 1/2.3 ones.

"and it will easily beat the 1/2.3 ones"
Maybe... but I think a current 1/1.7 sensor with a constant F2.8 lens could be better.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2018 at 23:12 UTC

Looks nicely built, but is totally uninteresting to me.
The slow lens renders it useless indoors: F4.3 at 50mm totally wastes the potential of the large sensor. And who needs 360mm in such a tiny camera?

My preference would be a 5x zoom with F2-F2.8, e.g. 28-140mm.
Canon gets it right with the G7X and a little competition would have been nice...

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2018 at 23:02 UTC as 21st comment | 3 replies

The trailer does not look good in my opinion:
Harsh contrasts and blown highlights.
Not sure if this is due to limitations of the iPhone or intended by post processing. :-)

I also noted strong perspective distortion in wide angle shots.

But all of this is still much better than the shaky camera some other idiotic directors use. ;-)

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2018 at 09:52 UTC as 18th comment

What's the point?
You can do this with practically any camera (p&s, SLR) to improve IQ. Some model even do this automatically in a special low noise mode.
My Lumia phone even lets me set imaging parameters like ISO, etc with the standard photo app.
And NO, it does not show what phone cams are capable of: it simply works around their flaws.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2017 at 19:14 UTC as 7th comment | 2 replies
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Michael_13: Who will buy this lens?
... and who wants to look at these terribly distorted pictures?

Wayne, you're right, I missed the VR. This is the clue.
But isn't a 250° result too hard to handle? I guess that it needs to be distortion corrected to some extent.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 04:33 UTC

Wow, these look like scenes from a crazy shooter game like Doom. Astonishing.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 22:54 UTC as 16th comment

Who will buy this lens?
... and who wants to look at these terribly distorted pictures?

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 22:26 UTC as 20th comment | 9 replies
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JEROME NOLAS: Big, heavy, expensive. All I asked is sharp12-50/60 constant f4, short, light weight, rasonably priced...where is Sigma & Tamron when you need them?

Yes, some more nice Sigmas for mFT would be great, but I guess that the sales volume is just too low for mFT. Designing one lens and adapting it for two mounts of the mass market (CaNikon) is economically much safer than offering specialized lenses for a small niche market.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 06:37 UTC
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Michael Engelen: Why all the rants about f4, price or bokeh? You want this lens, you'll buy this lens.
It's like with an expensive car. You pay more for something less convenient or less fast -- just because that's the price for owning it. To own a Porsche is probably not reasonable, but maybe it's nicer than owning a Mercedes or a BMW.
I think it's great that Olympus offers this lens 😎

WalPhoto: Well said!
For many it is simply easier to fight about "tec-specs" than to take beautiful photos and compare the results. :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 06:23 UTC
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