Timmbits

Timmbits

Lives in Canada Montreal, Canada
Works as a inventor
Joined on Oct 8, 2011
About me:

Deutscher, living in Montreal Canada.
Cycling, chess, design, inventions, nature, photography, are some of the things I like.

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On article Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on (718 comments in total)
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pedromeyer: I figured that with film every frame would cost me approx one dollar, taking into account the film, processing and contact sheets. Well, with today's reality that none of this costs extra, I amortize my LEICAs in about 60 days of shooting. After that it's all free cash flow, ever thought of looking at the cost of a camera in that way?

not really. I take way more shots on digital than I ever dared take on film. so it doesn't really compare.
it's all just fictitious "value". hardly anyone makes a mono, so it's not like there will be any form of price competition anytime soon.

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2015 at 07:00 UTC
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maximme: would be GREAT if

1. it has the wide angle of goPro
yet allows for some zoom in shots.

2. quick and snappy responce shot to shot

with an already very ordinary iq, I would worry that with add-ons, it can only get worse, not better. I do agree that it should do something out of the box, for this reason.

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2015 at 06:49 UTC
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davids8560: Has anyone handled both this camera and Nikon 1 AW1? What are the pros and cons as you see them? Thank you.

Am I the only one to think that there really should be a Sony RX100uw model?

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2015 at 06:45 UTC
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Timmbits: Contrary to what our @dpr friend may think, xtrans is not sharper than bayer. past image tests have shown this. it is a pattern that came out to do away with moiré. it is the only reason it exists. and this comes at the price of a slight sharpness disadvantage, because it has more green, and a bit less red and blue spots.
so to me it comes as absolutely no surprise, that it performs well.

Don, I had a Fuji for a while. But I don't speak of personal results here, because they can be skewed and not done against a test group. As you could have read, I was referring to TESTS done BY DPR. you know, tests where you take a same scene, with different cameras, and then compare? Please search the site to find that so you can see for yourself.

Link | Posted on Dec 26, 2015 at 06:40 UTC
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Timmbits: Contrary to what our @dpr friend may think, xtrans is not sharper than bayer. past image tests have shown this. it is a pattern that came out to do away with moiré. it is the only reason it exists. and this comes at the price of a slight sharpness disadvantage, because it has more green, and a bit less red and blue spots.
so to me it comes as absolutely no surprise, that it performs well.

@Don, when looking at something good, one can't really tell... but they occasionally do direct comparisons and that is when you will see - for example, I remember there was one between the x100 and other similar models, and the x100 was the least sharp in the bunch (at 100% magnification). and we all know it has a good lens. the reason is simple: there is this big huge blob of green nestled among fewer red and blue photosites. it is not disastrous, but it is less sharp, and when you examing closely, it is noticeable.

@martinot, you can still buy Sony, that has decent lenses, if you don't like the base models from Fuji that have a bayer filter.
I don't care as much about the label that is slapped onto the front (proof: I own a Samsung NX20). although I must admit, that the Fuji interface (buttons, menu) is my favorite among all cameras I've ever tried.

I think we just have to be at peace with the fact that no camera is perfect, not even the one we own.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2015 at 23:01 UTC
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thx1138: Poor choice of name for something that is supposed to repel everything. The Hoya Repulsion would have been more apt.

I call BS on the anti-fingerprint though, every company and their dog claims to have oleophobic coatings and none work worth a damn. Time will tell.

repulsion? you can't be serious...
makes one think of repulsive.

don't quit your day job, because they won't hire you in the branding department. ;)

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2015 at 05:05 UTC

YAY!
finally!

ever since they discovered the virtues of the lotus leaf,
ever since they had aquafuge coatings on eyeglasses,
ever since they came out with paints that have these characteristics...

it is about time they are implementing this on camera lenses/filters!

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2015 at 05:03 UTC as 8th comment
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Timmbits: Contrary to what our @dpr friend may think, xtrans is not sharper than bayer. past image tests have shown this. it is a pattern that came out to do away with moiré. it is the only reason it exists. and this comes at the price of a slight sharpness disadvantage, because it has more green, and a bit less red and blue spots.
so to me it comes as absolutely no surprise, that it performs well.

no, I am referring to, right out of the camera. I am not talking about software, I am talking about sensor color filter array pattern.

and I don't know why you mention optics, as the same optics are available on xtrans and bayer Fuji cameras.

we ARE talking about a Fuji XA remember? it has a bayer filter. and it is a Fuji. and it takes Fuji lenses.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2015 at 04:57 UTC

Is/was the XA1 a more solid build than this one?
If yes, what are the disadvantages?

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2015 at 18:51 UTC as 15th comment

Contrary to what our @dpr friend may think, xtrans is not sharper than bayer. past image tests have shown this. it is a pattern that came out to do away with moiré. it is the only reason it exists. and this comes at the price of a slight sharpness disadvantage, because it has more green, and a bit less red and blue spots.
so to me it comes as absolutely no surprise, that it performs well.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2015 at 18:47 UTC as 16th comment | 10 replies
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CameraLabTester: NIKON has reportedly purchased all of SAMSUNG's NX mirrorless camera technology.

3 December 2015

.

@plasnu, Samsung has also been refuting the stupid rumors that it is completely exiting the camera business, so...
I guess we won't really know, until the non-disclosure agreements expire.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2015 at 18:37 UTC
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Timmbits: At these prices (and size), would you purchase a NX1 or a full-frame Sony?

For me, the answer is obvious.

If Samsung had made this a Full-Frame, they might not be at this point right now.

I am still with an NX20.
everything that came out as a replacement was larger, with limited extra benefits. so I just live with it. I have a 30mm and a 45mm lens, (and a 500/1000mm), and I think I'll just stick with that.
I think there has been a slow, constant shakeout in the camera industry, and it certainly isn't over yet. Aside from Sony, I haven't seen anyone come out with anything notable, maybe a sign that it has just gotten started, and will be accelerating.
So I'll wait on the sidelines.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2015 at 18:34 UTC
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Mike FL: "No 4K, No buy!" goes once:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/electronics/7242008011/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_e_1_5_last

"No 4K, No buy!" goes twice:

http://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Electronics-Mirrorless-Cameras/zgbs/electronics/3109924011/ref=zg_bs_nav_e_5_7242008011

Say "No 4K, No buy!" one more time:

NX1 will be dead? No?

IF it were true, everyone would be bound my non-disclosure, and couldn't confirm it even if they wanted to. Not before a certain date, or until order is given.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2015 at 05:48 UTC
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Timmbits: I really don't care.
Samsung is pulling out of cameras.
I don't buy stuff from companies that pull out of a sector on a whim, or because their unrealistic timetable to rule the world is taking a bit longer than expected.

Well, it's like Google. they come out with new services (iGoogle, Froogle, etc etc), and just when you invest time and effort to adopt it, learn to use it, integrate it into your life, they discontinue it. it just p!sses me off. Samsung is discontinuing a great line of cameras, I invested time and money on the platform, and now, I will have no upgrade path for new camera bodies to use my collection of really nice lenses with. It is this same company that made this decision, and I do not support such a philosophy. And because of this, I will not give them more of my money. I will not reward their more lucrative business units, with my money, after they made me waste time and money on another unit that they are closing on a whim. You make me lose time, and money , then you aren't getting it from me anymore. There are so many other choices out there. I will explore those instead, searching for a more reliable supplier-client relationship partner. That is why.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2015 at 04:28 UTC
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Gesture: If Samsung retreats from APS-C, who stands to gain? Sony? Fuji? ??

I think they are capitulating to Sony.

I also think that if Nikon or Canon buy the division, they could pose serious competition to Sony in mirrorless.

I don't see Canon doing this: they are still too entrenched with their mirror models, and are determined to delay the transition for as long as they can.
Nikon seems to be the better candidate here.
Ricoh/Pentax don't seem to have the financial ressources to buy. And Panasonic/Olympus would be admitting defeat on everything they have said about MFT if they bought them.
So Nikon is your only plausible option.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2015 at 02:47 UTC
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Sdaniella: let's see ...

Nikon ditches Sony APSC+Coolpix dcam sensors in favor of Samsung NX APSC+smaller dcam Sensors

Sony keeps on supplying sensors to other smaller dcam/dslr/medformat mfrs

Nikon develops it own FF senors instead, or expects Samsung NX tech to include FF versions, like what Sony did before.
or
Samsung develops FF (FX1?) sensor tech exclusively for itself, and opts to shift to an EF Canon mount! :D

will anyone make a mirrorless camera sensor that can flexibly move forward/backward according to optimal lens focal plane? (FF down to APSC, 1", etc?)
will Samsung do it, if its feasible?
a smaller sensor area closer to the lens rear gets more intense light focused per unit area than one larger one sitting farther back for identical fov
... requires a lens design capable of having multiple focal plane distance (which is a default reality, if I understand basic optics)

wishful thinking and
speculations abound

when you bring it closer to the lens, it becomed more challenging to develop a lens that can focus the image that close, without barrel distortion. the sensor doesn't care where you place it. you can place any sensor anywhere you want. the limitiing factor is the lens!

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2015 at 02:43 UTC
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ZJ24: How things can change (2010 article):

http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/latest/photo-news/samsung-to-out-sell-canon-and-nikon-by-2015-18787

"Samsung chiefs have told AP that the company is determined to secure the number one spot in the mirror-less micro system camera market by 2012, and to be the best selling camera brand overall by 2015."

of course, if you have an unrealistic timetable with an impossible goal, you are setting yourself up for failure.
(it would be akin to saying samsung tablets will outsell ipads in two years from now. rather myopic and unrealistic)
maybe if they had given the nx500 a VF, made the NX1 a FF instead of APS, it may have helped a lot... but with Sony offering a mirrorless FF of similar size and price to the nx1, Samsung clearly had bad planning and made bad decisions for their mirrorless products... I think Samsung counted on the competition (especially Sony) doing nothing. instead Sony did more and more.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2015 at 02:33 UTC
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CameraLabTester: NIKON has reportedly purchased all of SAMSUNG's NX mirrorless camera technology.

3 December 2015

.

that would be a smart move.
Nikon wouldn't have to reinvent a whole new mirrorless line. reduced R&D costs and product ready to go to market, and beat Canon to market with a new mirrorless lineup.
If it were true, I hope they will also introduce a FF version of the NX1 (it could accept Nikon lenses, that wouldn't be bad).

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2015 at 02:30 UTC

At these prices (and size), would you purchase a NX1 or a full-frame Sony?

For me, the answer is obvious.

If Samsung had made this a Full-Frame, they might not be at this point right now.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2015 at 02:28 UTC as 12th comment | 4 replies
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