57even

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57even: For those that seem to find it hard to accept any criticism of Canon, I don't think it is this article that is 'unbalanced'.

Canon's sensor tech has lagged for years, but now they are doing something about it by moving the ADC on chip (about 6 years after everyone else). Previous mirrorless iterations were pretty lacklustre, and DPReview said as much, now they have done something about it (about 6 years after everyone else).

There is a whole emerging enthusiast market out there that is avoiding DSLRs, and Canon needed to give them an entry point. Finally, they have.

Nikon need to get their act together even more. The 1 series was a flop by all accounts. Even though the tech was pretty good, a 1" ILC is overpriced and under-specced. Good for a fixed zoom, not for a system.

It cost Canon very little to have a foot in both DSLR and MILC camps. If one takes sales from the other, Canon still get the revenue.

What way would that be? The only growth market right now is mirrorless.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 23:14 UTC
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57even: For those that seem to find it hard to accept any criticism of Canon, I don't think it is this article that is 'unbalanced'.

Canon's sensor tech has lagged for years, but now they are doing something about it by moving the ADC on chip (about 6 years after everyone else). Previous mirrorless iterations were pretty lacklustre, and DPReview said as much, now they have done something about it (about 6 years after everyone else).

There is a whole emerging enthusiast market out there that is avoiding DSLRs, and Canon needed to give them an entry point. Finally, they have.

Nikon need to get their act together even more. The 1 series was a flop by all accounts. Even though the tech was pretty good, a 1" ILC is overpriced and under-specced. Good for a fixed zoom, not for a system.

It cost Canon very little to have a foot in both DSLR and MILC camps. If one takes sales from the other, Canon still get the revenue.

It's only a loss if they don't cover the cost from sales. All the parts are bought off the shelf or common to other cameras.

In other words, the only reason they didn't was some internal politics. They are afraid that if they finally admit that mirrorless is 'OK' after all, then it makes their DSLR line look a bit pointless and clunky. Which of course, it is.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 22:58 UTC

For those that seem to find it hard to accept any criticism of Canon, I don't think it is this article that is 'unbalanced'.

Canon's sensor tech has lagged for years, but now they are doing something about it by moving the ADC on chip (about 6 years after everyone else). Previous mirrorless iterations were pretty lacklustre, and DPReview said as much, now they have done something about it (about 6 years after everyone else).

There is a whole emerging enthusiast market out there that is avoiding DSLRs, and Canon needed to give them an entry point. Finally, they have.

Nikon need to get their act together even more. The 1 series was a flop by all accounts. Even though the tech was pretty good, a 1" ILC is overpriced and under-specced. Good for a fixed zoom, not for a system.

It cost Canon very little to have a foot in both DSLR and MILC camps. If one takes sales from the other, Canon still get the revenue.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 13:58 UTC as 68th comment | 4 replies

Easily the best thing about going mirrorless was that I have not had to invest in a complicated carrying solution for a while now. Just some inserts and a cheap canvas satchel bag and I'm done. Looks anonymous and, unlike most camera bags, I actually have some large pockets I can use for other useful stuff.

Now I just have to dispose of a bunch of useless rucksacks. Must get around to putting them up on the for sale forum.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 11:49 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1296 comments in total)
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agentlossing: Looks like a nice pro-grade camera, as long as the pro doesn't mind using APS-C. That's a lot of money when combined with some of Fuji's better primes, but I guess you gotta find writeoffs where you can! I can't personally imagine spending this much, but then I'm not the target market, obviously.

@Bluebomber

To decimate means to kill 1 in ten of a Roman legion as punishment or a large proportion of an enemy population.

How is this appropriate? Are we in a war?

I don't shoot sport or wildlife, so there's nothing interesting for me in the Nikon camp.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 20:19 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1296 comments in total)
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agentlossing: Looks like a nice pro-grade camera, as long as the pro doesn't mind using APS-C. That's a lot of money when combined with some of Fuji's better primes, but I guess you gotta find writeoffs where you can! I can't personally imagine spending this much, but then I'm not the target market, obviously.

"The D500 will decimate it in every possible way, except maybe video and IQ".

So, in other words it won't 'decimate' it at all.

Do you know what 'decimate' means you silly boy?

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 19:06 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1296 comments in total)
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justmeMN: The "No 4K, no sale!" crowd will be disappointed that they can't complain. :-)

They can complain that it overheats in boost mode all the time... as it probably will.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 14:24 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1196 comments in total)
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57even: Landscape and location photographer's dream camera.

I assume there will be a few more lenses in the future.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 09:41 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1196 comments in total)

Landscape and location photographer's dream camera.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 19:04 UTC as 103rd comment | 2 replies

Panasonic seem to be turning out lots of nice, functional, easy to use all-rounders.
I tend to recommend them a lot to friends and family looking for a compact but good quality camera. The good lens range with lots of affordable options and adapters is a real bonus.

In fact, I don't think I have recommended any other brand for a while now.
I'm a huge Fuji fan, but even I fully admit that the terms 'all rounder' and 'Fuji' don't really mix. A little experience and effort is required, and a definite preference for stills over video. Most people don't have such clear cut preferences.

It's the difference between a camera that most people would really like (Panasonic), and one that some people will totally adore and others will find frustrating (Fuji).

And a much under-sold virtue of M43 is the fact that the 4:3 aspect ratio is perfect for most iPads, which I suspect is the preferred viewing medium for many users.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2016 at 17:26 UTC as 36th comment | 2 replies
On article Virtual Reality: It's not just for gamers anymore (155 comments in total)
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57even: I can see a big future for VR in some areas, such as CGI gaming, videoconferencing, remote control, tourism and real-estate, and it will probably develop in many directions we have not even imagined yet.

However, for me the benefit of the rectangular frame is what it edits out. I can see the problems on a film set, so it has limited applications for video and stills imaging...

Can't wait for the first VR Google Earth maps and flight sims though.

It's good for all sims. I have a friend who used it on War Thunder and said it was absolutely mind blowing... ;-) I'd love a full blown VR flight sim.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 21:39 UTC
On article Virtual Reality: It's not just for gamers anymore (155 comments in total)

I can see a big future for VR in some areas, such as CGI gaming, videoconferencing, remote control, tourism and real-estate, and it will probably develop in many directions we have not even imagined yet.

However, for me the benefit of the rectangular frame is what it edits out. I can see the problems on a film set, so it has limited applications for video and stills imaging...

Can't wait for the first VR Google Earth maps and flight sims though.

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2016 at 07:33 UTC as 19th comment | 2 replies
On article Benchmark Performance: Nikon D810 review (1989 comments in total)
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zodiacfml: "Second, Nikon implemented ISO 64 on the D810 by actually extending the saturation capacity of pixels (we're not sure how) relative to ISO 100"

I hope someone has an answer here as I a really wonder why modern cameras has lost "true" and low ISO settings. Is it because of tuning to higher sensitivities?

I'd rather have this camera feature than cleaner files at high sensitivities.

Looking at Bill Claffs read noise data the D800 ISO 100 has the same RN as the D810 at ISO 64. This would imply the same saturation capacity so I guess what actually happened was that they lost a little fill factor using a dual gain photosite and reduced the sensitivity.

Which is puzzling because this is not reflected in DxOs DR data but it is in Bill's - his data shows DR in the 800 to be identical but offset by 2/3 stops.

In other words DR is the same at ISO 100 as the D810 at ISO 64. Now why is this not the same as DxO?

Did Nikon use a different tone curve to change exposure for middle grey? In other words, did they just recalibrate the ISO?

Link | Posted on May 20, 2016 at 01:50 UTC

Very sad indeed. One the real pioneers of the online 'magazine-style' blog before blogging was even heard of.

71 sound like middle age these days. A reminder to us all not to put off doing the interesting things now while you still can.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2016 at 20:41 UTC as 137th comment
On article Benchmark Performance: Nikon D810 review (1989 comments in total)
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zodiacfml: "Second, Nikon implemented ISO 64 on the D810 by actually extending the saturation capacity of pixels (we're not sure how) relative to ISO 100"

I hope someone has an answer here as I a really wonder why modern cameras has lost "true" and low ISO settings. Is it because of tuning to higher sensitivities?

I'd rather have this camera feature than cleaner files at high sensitivities.

It would be better to get more DR at ISO 100, which would also translate into more at ISO 3200.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2016 at 00:34 UTC
On article Benchmark Performance: Nikon D810 review (1989 comments in total)
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zodiacfml: "Second, Nikon implemented ISO 64 on the D810 by actually extending the saturation capacity of pixels (we're not sure how) relative to ISO 100"

I hope someone has an answer here as I a really wonder why modern cameras has lost "true" and low ISO settings. Is it because of tuning to higher sensitivities?

I'd rather have this camera feature than cleaner files at high sensitivities.

All cameras 'clip' minimum ISO saturation to cut out the non-linear part of the photon response curve.

However, this does mean there is some leeway to be exploited. If your ISO amplifier has enough range you can start at a lower point and still have enough amplification steps to get past the ISOless point at ISO800.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2016 at 16:49 UTC
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Kevin Fitzsimons: I've been a Canon user for almost 30 years and my aging body can't take carrying the large bodies and lenses any longer. I'm now using a Think Tank roller camera case, but I'm also building my Fuji X system. When Fuji comes out with a pro flash system, I'm making the switch. I was hoping Canon would introduce a pro level mirrorless camera, but I don't think it's going to happen.

Funny. For years these forums have been lit up with problems regarding DSLR AF.

I never found DSLR AF very reliable. Fast? yes. Reliable? Not so much. And in video mode, verging on useless.

Must be why so many pros who rely on cameras to make a living are quite happy using Fujis...

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2016 at 12:31 UTC
On article Crossing the Bridge: Canon XC10 Review (260 comments in total)
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57even: Finally, a proper video camera that does stills.

Can't you tell?

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2016 at 00:34 UTC
On article Crossing the Bridge: Canon XC10 Review (260 comments in total)

Finally, a proper video camera that does stills.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2016 at 18:35 UTC as 70th comment | 2 replies

There is one advantage to signal amplification over ISO-less cameras. The amplified signal still uses all 14 bits. If you underexpose a low ISO shot and brighten the shadows, the dark shadows are quantised, so they have less tone and colour depth.

At very high ISO, this means you are trying to expand a handful of tones/colours crammed into the lowest few bits into a full spectrum image. 14 bits is overkill in this instance (because of noise) but even so, you get better tonal range and colour depth from an amplified 14bit signal than a pushed 14 bit signal where all the mid-tone colour information is in the first 4-5 bits.

The Nikon DF and D4 also have lower base ISO DR than the D750/D800, but less data to process. I guess the ADCs on the D5 are faster and noisier, hence the poor low ISO DR.

Also, a lot of PJs use JPEGs - uploaded on location. RAW DR is not particularly useful in this instance.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2016 at 10:21 UTC as 12th comment
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