57even

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On article Primer: Why would I buy a mirrorless camera? (558 comments in total)
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Nuno Souto: Once again, the elephant in the room has been missed...
Mirrorless is by design more precise for focusing for one very simple reason: it doesn't have to rely on a flipping mirror subject to imprecise stops potentially causing it to introduce errors in focusing.
What many slr makers try to hide is that the mirror mechanism is a major cause of failed focus shots in their hardware.
And it's been so since the days of film!
With mirrorless, that is simply impossible. Hence why I switched 5 years ago and have never looked back: if my Oly says it's in focus, it is.
And checking for sure in really difficult situations is as easy as twitching the focus ring: it immediately shows me a magnified section of the image where it's dirt easy to get precise focus on. Try to take a shot of an animal through reeds with a slr and then with a mirrorless camera and it'll become very clear why mirrorless is the way to go!

"My dslr focuses before the mirror flips up for the shot, like all dslr's. Maybe you mean mirrorslap for fuzzy images?"

Actually, when the mirror is down, there is a secondary mirror attached to the rear that reflects light into the AF sensor in the camera floor. Any misalignment of that mirror, or the AF sensor, and AF will be unreliable.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2015 at 01:48 UTC
On article Primer: Why would I buy a mirrorless camera? (558 comments in total)
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Nimbifer: What i want ... in addition to size/weight advantage:
* EVF to see image as it will be recorded
* silent operation (once we finally get global shutter without any moving parts/mech shutter stuff)
* zero vibration (once mech shutter is finally eliminated)

Improvements needed
* AF performance ... Despite DPR hype its still not there. Needs to improve by factor 10, especially tracking moving subjects
* better battery charge - especially larger, expensive FF models like Sony A7 mk II should really do 1000 shots per charge - there is space for a regular 12+ Watthrs standard DSLR-battery. And better battery tech getting available, so 20 Watthrs should be feasible already.
* lens lineup - still poor. Too big, too expensive as far as fuji X goes (esp. For only APS-C image circle) and Sony FE - not intereszed in overpriced zeiss badge, i want FF equivalent to canon EF-M lenses: as small as possible, optically highly competent and dirt cheap.

What i want ... in addition to size/weight advantage:
* EVF to see image as it will be recorded

Already done.

* silent operation (once we finally get global shutter without any moving parts/mech shutter stuff)

Most now support electronic first curtain and full silent mode. No vibration.

* zero vibration (once mech shutter is finally eliminated)

See above.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2015 at 01:40 UTC
On article Primer: Why would I buy a mirrorless camera? (558 comments in total)
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epx141: I will consider a mirrorless when it does not cost 4x the price of the equivalent DSLR and it mounts Nikon F lenses.

They already do. If you want AF as well, you'll have to wait for the adapter.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2015 at 01:38 UTC

After these announcements, they may as well close the still camera business down. Who would buy one if the commitment is not there to support the future product line?

Ironically, this commitment was never forthcoming, hence Samsungs never sold well in the UK anyway. Trying to get accessories or repairs was a joke.

Samsung make disposable consumer items. If they can't be updated over the web, they have no solutions.

It's a real shame, as there was nothing wrong with the technology.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2015 at 19:09 UTC as 83rd comment
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Jonathan F/2: Only amateurs shoot RAW!

So there is only one type of professional photographer?

I don't know a single pro fashion, advertising, portrait or landscape photographer who doesn't shoot raw.

Of course, if you just shoot news events, who cares?

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2015 at 21:37 UTC
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instamatic: You really don't need RAW most of the time - if speed of delivery is important - like stated here. Proper photography discipline and understanding of lighting will produce excellent JPGs out of camera probably like 95% of the time.

What struck me here, is that the size needs to be limited at 3500 px longest edge, which is about 8 megapixels. This goes contrary to some of the stuff one could read in the past, which stated, that stuff under 11 megapixels is not accepted, etc., etc. But then that probably applied to stock images.

All-in-all I think it's a wise decision, and allows the use of a smartphone alone to download and transfer images to the news agency.

8 megapixels = 4K roughly (diff aspect ratio though).

Way more than enough for newsprint, but they are clearly future proofing their image database for online viewing.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2015 at 13:25 UTC

True or not, Samsungs are the worst marketed cameras in the UK. Even in the few stores that sell them (Samsung seems to sell them all through electrical retailers with whom it has existing links) don't have many display models or lenses to test.

As a premium product they would do better to push it through professional retailers and offer the right incentives and support in terms of backup and service.

Even Fuji have managed this. All Fuji models and lenses are available in most dedicated camera stores, and they service their own products rather than farming it out to some hapless third party.

The enthusiast camera market at whom the NX1 is aimed are not going to buy their cameras from a white-goods store or TV shop.

Which is a shame, because I tested an NX1 and was highly impressed with the camera.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2015 at 20:00 UTC as 307th comment
On article What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (743 comments in total)
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57even: It is not perhaps surprising that mirrorless does not replace DSLR...yet.

To gain market share, mirrorless majored on the big flaw of DSLRs - size and weight. A lot of the compromises more or less derive from that. Less room for buttons, less room for large batteries, and less reserve power for really fast processors.

So, they appeal to people who want the same IQ in a smaller size, but can live without the continuous shooting, all-day battery performance, such as photojournalists, travel and street photographers. Sony's venture into FF has also offered solutions for landscape and studio photographers.

But the bulk of the pro market is involved with events, sport or advertising, and these issues are a big deal, as well as lens range, flash etc. But breaking into this market would require breaking the dominance of Nikon and Canon, which is a whole different challenge.

We are in a state of transition, waiting to see what the big two may do. Who will blink first?

The comments on this site get weirder by the day...

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2015 at 07:44 UTC
On article What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (743 comments in total)
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57even: It is not perhaps surprising that mirrorless does not replace DSLR...yet.

To gain market share, mirrorless majored on the big flaw of DSLRs - size and weight. A lot of the compromises more or less derive from that. Less room for buttons, less room for large batteries, and less reserve power for really fast processors.

So, they appeal to people who want the same IQ in a smaller size, but can live without the continuous shooting, all-day battery performance, such as photojournalists, travel and street photographers. Sony's venture into FF has also offered solutions for landscape and studio photographers.

But the bulk of the pro market is involved with events, sport or advertising, and these issues are a big deal, as well as lens range, flash etc. But breaking into this market would require breaking the dominance of Nikon and Canon, which is a whole different challenge.

We are in a state of transition, waiting to see what the big two may do. Who will blink first?

Carefully designed not to compete with their DSLR line or appeal to pro photographers.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2015 at 01:02 UTC
On article What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (743 comments in total)

It is not perhaps surprising that mirrorless does not replace DSLR...yet.

To gain market share, mirrorless majored on the big flaw of DSLRs - size and weight. A lot of the compromises more or less derive from that. Less room for buttons, less room for large batteries, and less reserve power for really fast processors.

So, they appeal to people who want the same IQ in a smaller size, but can live without the continuous shooting, all-day battery performance, such as photojournalists, travel and street photographers. Sony's venture into FF has also offered solutions for landscape and studio photographers.

But the bulk of the pro market is involved with events, sport or advertising, and these issues are a big deal, as well as lens range, flash etc. But breaking into this market would require breaking the dominance of Nikon and Canon, which is a whole different challenge.

We are in a state of transition, waiting to see what the big two may do. Who will blink first?

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2015 at 23:20 UTC as 93rd comment | 7 replies
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arhmatic: The entire idea of "camera bags" is dead to me. this is really a thief magnet and nothing else. Just get any bag you want ant fit it with padding per your needs.

That's exactly what I do. There are loads of foam inserts and dividers.

My tatty old canvas satchel is as dog earned and weather-beaten as I am. Nothing too tempting in either case ;-)

But hey, some folk like to look the part...

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2015 at 22:08 UTC
On article DxO ONE real-world sample gallery (181 comments in total)

Pricey but not bad. IQ is a big step up from an iPhone.

Can we have an Android version soon please?

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2015 at 23:08 UTC as 37th comment | 3 replies

Why does everyone tout every new cool thing as being 'the future'. It's just one more option. Sometimes it's transformational, sometimes it's not.

This is not the future of photography. The 2D image is alive and well if all the exhibitions and awards I have been to this year are any indication. It may be an interesting niche specialisation, but its not transformational. It's not 'the future' its 'a future addition'. Journalistic hyperbole by prepositional abuse.

When GB broadband is more commonplace, 3D VR is likely to be transformational for other applications such as conferencing, skypeing, collaborative/remote working, education, dramas and movies, gaming etc. I can also see a future for "virtual tourism" but that would be more interesting as an enhancement to Google Earth, rather than Flickr.

On the other hand, can you image what a virtual reality full of Amazon pop-up ads will be like? Virtual hell. I can see a big market for ad-blockers.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2015 at 09:51 UTC as 13th comment
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phazelag: The FZ1000 jpegs and raws all look better at 3200 and up. I wonder if Sony is not capable of getting the most out of their sensors. I expected cleaner with the talk of the stacked sensor.

I think the main driver for BSI on large sensors (given that you still can't place photodiodes too close together or you get diffusion and light scatter) is countering light fall-off due to angle of incidence. This seems to be true of the A7Rii.

May also lead in near future to a true global shutter sensor as well. ADU per pixel. Now that would be something.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2015 at 09:50 UTC
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papa natas: It's about a year now that I no longer use ANY of my cameras for informal shooting. Other than studio work, the Ipod5 & Ipad3 cover the rest, and they add fun to my shooting. I'm NO pro. I'm what I call An ARTISAN.

That's nice.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 13:35 UTC
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57even: Don't get all the complaints. Its a nice competent camera and an obvious travel choice for Canon users.

The sensor used should give it great AF, and there is an EVF option. Sure, some of the dedicated competition has more functionality, but anything better is either old (A600) or quite a lot more expensive.

Personally, I am glad to see Canon making large sensor mirrorless cameras. I still think Nikon read this market wrong, having tried and failed to get on with the 1 series, which are no cheaper despite the smaller sensor.

Well, Sony aren't making any more APSC cameras for a while, so an old one is all you got. Seems like no new lenses for it either, which was already something of an issue. I prefer the lenses for the Canon.

Sony will change their minds again in a few years. At least Canon are predictable.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 13:34 UTC

Don't get all the complaints. Its a nice competent camera and an obvious travel choice for Canon users.

The sensor used should give it great AF, and there is an EVF option. Sure, some of the dedicated competition has more functionality, but anything better is either old (A600) or quite a lot more expensive.

Personally, I am glad to see Canon making large sensor mirrorless cameras. I still think Nikon read this market wrong, having tried and failed to get on with the 1 series, which are no cheaper despite the smaller sensor.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 11:52 UTC as 32nd comment | 6 replies
On article iFixit tears down Sony's new a7R II to find its secrets (268 comments in total)
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57even: Actually looks like a nice bit of industrial design, particularly the switches and buttons.

I didn't realise the camera wasn't weather sealed. A little surprised at that for a landscape/outdoor camera.

@ET2

Your loyalty to Sony is unquestionable, but there is no moisture or dust sealing, per se.

The tight tolerances may lend it some 'resistance', but that's not the same thing as having seals around the lens mount and controls, which would add an additional level of confidence.

And confidence means a lot to someone forking out several thousand dollars for a landscape camera.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2015 at 12:49 UTC
On article iFixit tears down Sony's new a7R II to find its secrets (268 comments in total)

Actually looks like a nice bit of industrial design, particularly the switches and buttons.

I didn't realise the camera wasn't weather sealed. A little surprised at that for a landscape/outdoor camera.

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2015 at 21:56 UTC as 38th comment | 15 replies
On article Samsung introduces PM1633a, world's first 2.5" 16TB SSD (121 comments in total)

Personally, I would settle for a 4TB SSD which cost under $100...

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2015 at 00:21 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
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