SDPharm

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On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (657 comments in total)
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rbach44: Full frame user (switched from M43 once upon a time) not looking to troll but asking an honest question:

Looking at the 25mm 1.2 makes me think the same thing as when I saw the f.95 Noktons: Isn’t this just the wrong system for shallow DOF? Putting a big, heavy, and expensive lens on a system built around portability makes no sense to me…

Especially considering that the cost of this lens is the same as a used D600+50mm 1.8, which will provide similar DOF characteristics at little size/weight penalty when considering the whole combo. And that is not even considering the (at least in my opinion) poor ergonomics of a big lens on a small body, the IQ advantage of full frame, and the (presumably) poorer performance at f1.2 compared to a good ol’ f1.8.

Of course M43 has its other advantages, but doesn’t a larger format just make more sense for shallow DOF than shoehorning a very fast lens into a system that really just doesn’t excel in that area? Am I missing something here?

> doesn’t a larger format just make more sense for shallow DOF...

Sure. But these are special lenses that probably not many M43 users buy. It's not like everyone puts a gigantic lens on their M43 camera.

You can ask the same question the other way, why many people lug around a big FF camera when all they need (in terms of usability and image quality) is a little M43 'toy.'

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 17:19 UTC
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Fogsprig: Sorry, but bokeh simulation results seem crappy to me and I've used a lot of diabolically bad compact cameras in the past.
Everything else looks alright though.

One can not help noticing the irony of photographers focusing on the out of focus area.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2016 at 18:13 UTC
On article Lenovo Yoga Book features unique 'on-demand' keyboard (93 comments in total)
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szhorvat: I am not familiar with such input devices. Could someone explain why they may have chosen this design instead of one where we can draw directly on the screen and there is a real keyboard with real keys?

> Could someone explain why they may have chosen this design instead of one where we can draw directly on the screen and there is a real keyboard with real keys?

Stupidity?

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2016 at 18:36 UTC

Isn't it up to Library of Congress to sue Getty, since she gave them images to them? Unless, if she specifically retains the rights to commercial use.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 19:12 UTC as 84th comment | 1 reply

Good concept. Don't know how they are going to make it work. If everyone wants to try out a hot new camera, they will quickly run out of stock. It's going to be a logistics nightmare. But I guess that's why they, rather than I, are doing this.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 20:40 UTC as 9th comment
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justinwonnacott: The woman with the snake has to be on of the sleaziest, cheesiest promo pix for a major brand I have seen in a long time. Takes me back to the pages of Modern Photography in the 1970's or worse.

I know. It's time to show some male underwear models!

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 17:42 UTC
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SDPharm: One of the very few exciting new cameras out there (Hassy being the other one), once it gets out of vaporware phase.

To be honest, I'm not that familiar with the Quattro line other than it's Foveon sensor. But the DPR cons on DP kind of discouraged me:

* Woeful (and mandatory) Raw processing software
* Rudimentary AF
* Poor high ISO image quality
* No video

Even the Hassy is merely evolutionary, but making a (small) medium format camera into such a small body is cool. L16 is truly different, like how iPhone changed the way people take pictures. And it's easy to understand how it could work.

Lytro is exotic, but I'm sure it's that useful.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 17:51 UTC

One of the very few exciting new cameras out there (Hassy being the other one), once it gets out of vaporware phase.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 23:44 UTC as 23rd comment | 2 replies
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1196 comments in total)
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maxnimo: Would it still be good if it's "handmade in Sweden" by Syrian refugees or Somali immigrants?

FWIW, Steve Jobs is the son of a Syrian political refugee.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 18:43 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1196 comments in total)

Did I miss something? Why are all sample photos low res?

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 20:24 UTC as 83rd comment | 1 reply
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1196 comments in total)
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maxnimo: Would it still be good if it's "handmade in Sweden" by Syrian refugees or Somali immigrants?

> can you elaborate on this a little more?

No, please don't.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 18:33 UTC
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Mike FL: I do not think "Battery charger not included" is an real CON, why? b/c if "Battery charger not included", the battery can be charged inside of the camera.

I use $20 Watson charger which has:
- an USB output,
- can be powered by car outlet
- the battery plates can be changed for different kind battery

I can charge two battery same time, one is inside of the camera via charger's USB while other is in the charger. Otherwise, you have to bring two chargers, or wake up in the mid of the night to charge another battery while traveling.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=Watson+Compact+AC%2FDC+Charger&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ma&Top+Nav-Search=

This DPR reviewer is not living in the real world as the real CON is "can not charge battery inside of the camera".

BTW, I have two camera, Pana and Oly having battery charger included, can not charge the battery inside of the camera.

> In-camrea charging ability is function/feature...

Yep, a very good point that many people missed.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 16:59 UTC
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Mike FL: I do not think "Battery charger not included" is an real CON, why? b/c if "Battery charger not included", the battery can be charged inside of the camera.

I use $20 Watson charger which has:
- an USB output,
- can be powered by car outlet
- the battery plates can be changed for different kind battery

I can charge two battery same time, one is inside of the camera via charger's USB while other is in the charger. Otherwise, you have to bring two chargers, or wake up in the mid of the night to charge another battery while traveling.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=Watson+Compact+AC%2FDC+Charger&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ma&Top+Nav-Search=

This DPR reviewer is not living in the real world as the real CON is "can not charge battery inside of the camera".

BTW, I have two camera, Pana and Oly having battery charger included, can not charge the battery inside of the camera.

> Charging in camera is not the cleverest thing to do and not the way forward...

That's what they used to say about laptops and cell phones batteries.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2016 at 18:27 UTC

We need a scream triggered shutter...

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2016 at 18:23 UTC as 8th comment
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Silat Shooter: Like others here, I think the score should be a little higher. I agree with the shortcoming, especially the lack of weather sealing and mic jack. The viewfinder is very usable but also agree that the 16:9 frame and in 4:3 a good amount of non-used black area is a negative.

But what this camera does well, it does very well. It's a great little discreet shooter with a terrific touchscreen and AF system. The IS function is also outstanding. The video out the camera looks amazing too! I really like the camera! The ingredients are here to build on a better hybrid take everywhere camera body for Photokina...GX9, GH5...

> if it had weather sealing it would be one less thing to be concerned about...

Of course, that's most people's thinking. To take advantage of this fear, manufacturers simply throw a few rubber bands in a camera and charge $200 more for it. I was simply saying I have not seen evidence that non-sealed equipment performed any worse.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2016 at 19:40 UTC
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Silat Shooter: Like others here, I think the score should be a little higher. I agree with the shortcoming, especially the lack of weather sealing and mic jack. The viewfinder is very usable but also agree that the 16:9 frame and in 4:3 a good amount of non-used black area is a negative.

But what this camera does well, it does very well. It's a great little discreet shooter with a terrific touchscreen and AF system. The IS function is also outstanding. The video out the camera looks amazing too! I really like the camera! The ingredients are here to build on a better hybrid take everywhere camera body for Photokina...GX9, GH5...

> I agree with the shortcoming, especially the lack of weather sealing and mic jack.

Weather sealing does not help you take better pictures. I have seen no evidence suggesting weather sealing makes any difference in real life usage.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2016 at 00:46 UTC
On article Virtual Reality: It's not just for gamers anymore (155 comments in total)

You hear it here first, business idea: micro paint sprayer to put mustache on people when they are enjoying their virtual reality.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2016 at 16:37 UTC as 20th comment
On article Hands on with the Hasselblad H6D 50c/100c (267 comments in total)

The title says hands-on, but I don't see any hand on the camera. :(

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2016 at 19:03 UTC as 57th comment | 1 reply
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PeaceKeeper: I love my $99 used GX1. It serves as a great body to match with the 20mm f/1.7 lens when I don't want to carry anything too large.

This is the camera I was waiting for as a replacement, but I was really hoping they'd put the new sensor in it for this price. IBIS? Awesome. EVF? Awesome. Just not sure it's gonna be enough to tempt me. The GX1 still makes REALLY great files. I have the EVF for it, too. The GX1 is very comfortable to hold, as well. This one looks... less comfortable.

Hmm.

Maybe it will drive used GX7 prices down.

> This is the camera I was waiting for as a replacement, but I was really hoping they'd put the new sensor in it for this price.

A new sensor would be the least productive addition to any new modern cameras.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 22:23 UTC
On article Taking it easy: Canon EOS 80D shooting experience (296 comments in total)

> It can be hard to get excited about enthusiast level DSLR updates...

What irony.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2016 at 22:57 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
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