Low Budget Dave

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On article Opinion: Pour one out for Samsung cameras (324 comments in total)

The NX1 is an amazing camera. It is not even all that dated; the technology is still competitive with the best that Sony, Canon, and Nikon have to offer.

But very few people will buy a camera from a company that desperately wants out of the camera business.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 11:42 UTC as 54th comment | 6 replies

There are certainly newer cameras, but there aren't many that are better. BSI APS-C with a boatload of MP? Check. 4K Video Recording at 24 fps? Check. High-density Tilt-Touchscreen Monitor? Check. XGA OLED Viewfinder? Check. Hybrid Autofocus with a boatload of Phase-Detection AF Points? Check. 15 fps with AF? Check. Smallish body with weatherproofing? Check.

I can't think of any other camera that checks those same boxes for anything less than double the price. Even the A7R2 falls short if you want touchscreen. Even the GH4 falls short if you want ASPC or BSI.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2015 at 00:59 UTC as 57th comment | 6 replies
On article 2015 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $500-800 (276 comments in total)
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QizmoGeek: I have owned the A600, SL1, D3300, D5300 (mentioned a few times in the discussion string), X-T10 not to mention the prior versions of the EOS M, Rebel and Lumix noted in this review roundup. I happily sold my A6000 after having it about a week. Why? Basically, the a6000 is way over-hyped in my opinion and really lacks image quality. I have a pocket RX100ii which provides higher image quality than the A6000, hands down. Most of the cam's on this list also beat the A6000 in IQ. It is, however, great for videos (if you don't need a mic). I'm currently shooting the X-T10. It'i my first Fuji and I am totally surprised with the image quality. It blows the a6000 (an most on this list) out of the water (clarity) and in low-light has no issues with IQ when high ISO is needed. If you are looking for a video cam that takes good pics, go with Lumix or Sony. If you are looking for a camera that takes great photos, you might want to try the Fuji X-T10. It's fun to shoot with as well.

I agree with DPR that the A6000 is a great camera for the money. Still, they should mention that you should throw away the kit lens and put on the 35MM prime. The kit lens is soft, the colors are flat, and the AF in low light is miserable.

Once you put on a good lens, the price nearly doubles, but the A6000 IQ easily rises up to the levels of the more expensive cameras.

So if all you have to spend is $600, then skip the Sony and get a Nikon starter camera. But if you have enough for the A6000 plus a decent lens, then it will hold its own with $1000 worth of any other camera/lens combo.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2015 at 04:26 UTC
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buybuybuy: Waayy overpriced at $949, despite alleged "improvements."

The general rule is that any camera company that introduces a new feature (that people want) can charge an extra $50 or so for every month that it beats the market.

So if Sony has an ISO 3200 that is cleaner than (for example) Nikon J1 at 800, then you can take the price of the J1, and add $500. Because Nikon will be able to buy the sensor from Sony, and duplicate the feature, in about 10 months.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 17:22 UTC
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jwkphoto: I'd love to see some lower priced good quality lenses for my A6000. The 16-50 kit lens copy I have is not bad, I've already made sharp 16X20 prints with it.

These lenses look like they are standard Alpha lenses with an extended rear case to make for the longer FL. Why not make E mount lens cases shorter for the shorter body depth, something like my 16-30 is now. It would reduce weight, cost and increase lens quality .

It seems to me, Sony is trying to get rid of it's Minolta heritage, the best flash foot design ever, the best auto fill flash, in body stabilization among other things.

The thing that bothers me about the Sony lens map is that there is so little for the A6000. The crop-sensor E-mount cameras are great cameras for the money, but the lens selection is terrible.

Let's say you get tired of the 35mm 1.8 and want a fast zoom...

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2015 at 09:32 UTC

I wish Sony would make some new lenses along these lines for the A6000. Comparable ASPC lenses would be smaller, and might even be cheaper.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2015 at 13:32 UTC as 60th comment | 5 replies
On article Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path (1594 comments in total)

Anyone who buys a thousand-dollar FF Sony lens and then puts it on their A6000 will be disappointed.

The lenses are too big, too expensive, and sometimes too slow to be useful on the A6000.

The little A6000 is a great camera for the money, but it is not an upgrade path for the A7. You can buy the A6000 plus the 35mm 1.8 for about $1000, and spend many happy years shooting with it.

Alternately, you could spend an extra $1400 on the full-frame 24mm F2 to do the same job without OSS, and carry around an extra pound of lens.

You could emulate the same "upgrade path" by carrying around a big rock in your camera bag next to your APSC.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2015 at 21:25 UTC as 390th comment | 2 replies
On article Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path (1594 comments in total)
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veroman: In the 15+ years I've been shooting digitally, I've shot with nearly every species of digital camera, from 2MP full frame to 2MP point and shoot; from 24MP APS-C to 24MP full frame, etc. I've also shot with a very wide variety of lenses, including full frame lenses on cropped sensor bodies.

Bottom line: if highest image quality is the goal, then full frame or medium format are the routes to take, no question of it. As good as my micro four thirds gear is, my full frame Sony A850 is significantly better. No contest.

As far as full frame lenses on crop bodies goes, the writer left out the important fact that full frame lenses on APS-C bodies provide superior sharpness and clarity at the edges of the frame. After all, you're only using the center to mid-edges of the full frame glass while, with a dedicated APS-C lens, you're using the whole glass, edge-to-edge.

There are other aspects of this topic that weren't touched on in this article. I'm sure other posters will mention them.

Kodak 315 had a 2MP CCD. I thik the 420 had the same.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2015 at 21:02 UTC
On article Fujifilm announces XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR lens (295 comments in total)

I hope they sell a bunch of them. Maybe they will convince Sony that this is a valid lens choice.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2015 at 11:15 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On article Fujifilm announces XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR lens (295 comments in total)
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Limbsjones: There is very little difference in image quality going from M4/3 to APS-C...i don't see why people are flocking to fuji...fuji have a larger uglier bulkier system with lenses that are just growing in size, and they are trying to match the speed and quality to what Olympus and Panasonic are putting out...it's insane really...go full frame or go m4/3...aps-c is still this awkward middle.

When shooting in low light, I can see a difference between m4/3 an APSC. I can see another difference in the jump from APSC to full frame.

I shoot APSC, even though it is a compromise. But every camera is a compromise in some way. Everyone should shoot with whatever camera makes them happy.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2015 at 11:10 UTC
On article Zeiss launches Loxia full frame lenses for Sony E-mount (269 comments in total)
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Ruy Penalva: I don't understand why Zeiss insist on doing MF lens. Wake up Zeiss!

Clearly, these lenses weren't made for me.

It wouldn't be a problem except that they don't make any lenses for me. I suppose I could buy their A-mount 135mm and a converter, but alternately, they could just make an e-mount, maybe?

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2014 at 23:51 UTC
On article Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions (255 comments in total)

Comments on DP Review crack me up sometimes. When someone posts a stunning image, about half the comments are about the camera. When someone posts an image to illustrate a camera feature, we write in with questions about the subject.

When someone posts a photo that simply could not be taken (at all) with traditional cameras, someone will write in to claim it could have been taken with their camera phone.

Indoor sports pics are about the most demanding thing you can do with a camera, unless you are using it to hammer in your tent stakes. The need to focus fast in low light reduces most cameras to tears. Freezing the action (or shooting handheld) with a boatload of pixels leaves the tears blurry and black-and-white..

Delta 3200 (35mm) film used to have a nice gritty look to it. You could push it to 6400, and it wasn't great, but still had more texture and "feel" than almost any digital. Not so any more. The high ISO files you published had a lot more to work with than even high-ISO film.

Now I want an 810. It is out of my price range for an "armature" photographer, but nice to know it can jump through hoops when needed. Thanks for the article.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2014 at 17:44 UTC as 25th comment

I don't even understand how camera companies are able to lose money. The markup is huge, and they come out with new products every 20 days or so.

Canon and Nikon make a pretty reliable profit even in a down market, but everyone else breaks even. I don't get it. It costs them a couple of hundred dollars to make a product that they are selling for a thousand.

Where is all the money going? Those commercials with Ashton Kutcher must cost a lot more than I thought.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2014 at 12:00 UTC as 10th comment | 2 replies
On article CES 2014: Best of the show (minus the bendy TVs) (42 comments in total)
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JWest: Great to see Samsung getting the recognition they deserve. Their NX system ticks all the major boxes - a great quality APS-C sensor, fantastic ergonomics, and a remarkable range of glass. It's always been mystifying to me that they don't get a lot more attention.

Samsung has the manufacturing and technical ability to dig into the market share of Nikon and Canon if they want to. As it is, they are putting big sensors in small packages, which is a pretty good start, but hurts Sony and Oly more than Canon and Nikon.

The problem so far is that they don't make any revolutionary cameras. Each model (so far) is basically a Sony with a few improvements.

I am looking forward to seeing how the NX30 matches up with the next round of Sony cameras. It sounds like the NX30 might be the camera to beat this year.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2014 at 22:42 UTC
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Bjorn_L: How is this the first weather resistant superzoom? The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 has been out for 4 months and is also sealed.

I think Fuji has discovered over the years that it is better to make a marketing claim that is not technically true than to let others make the claim.

If you do a Google search for "world's fastest autoocus" (for example), it turns up a bunch of Fuji marketing claims. People who read the footnotes discover it is only for certain lighting conditions, with certain features turned off. But many people never read the footnotes.

Similarly, Fuji can make the claim that they made the first weatherproof superzoom, knowing that they can argue over the definition of "super" easier than they can admit that Sony beat them to the market. And if the customer ends up happy with the camera, then it won't matter.

Still, I wish DP Review would at least make an attempt to comment on press releases, rather than just running them word-for-word. If Fuji made a claim like "better picture quality than Canon", odds are that DP Review would not publish the press release.

If Fuji said "first APSC fixed lens compact", odds are that DP Review would correct the error.

It is unclear to me if this claim is technically true. It would be helpful if the experts would shed some light on it.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2014 at 15:58 UTC
On article Have your say: Best Fixed-lens Compact Camera of 2013 (91 comments in total)

All of them take good pictures. The differences come down to usability, depth of field, autofocus and so on. I carry around a Sony RX100 because I like the size and autofocus speed, and am willing to give up the rest.

It would be interesting to see a comparison of autofocus speed and accuracy. I am told the X100S is blazing fast and that the Ricoh is not too shabby. The Sony gets good reviews, but some people claim it gets distrated too easily. As far as the other cameras in the class, I couldn't even start to guess.

Nothing is worse than carrying a pocket camera around all day and coming home with 100 pictures that focused on the trees behind your subject.

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2013 at 20:30 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon AW1 First Impressions Review (590 comments in total)
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jhinkey: At first glance this seems silly, but upon thinking what I use an AW camera for it makes some sense. My current AW camera is a Panasonic TS3 which has already failed me on vacation one time (after using it twice) and was replaced under warranty (second vacation it worked fine). In general it makes just OK pictures and the battery life sucks, especially if using video at all. Nikon equivalent is no better.

So having a large-ish sensored Nikon system that I can take kayaking, snorkeling, canoeing, swimming, etc. and not have to worry about it seems great. Just not sure of the cost - especially since the lenses are not stabilized which seems like a real requirement when bobbing up and down in the surf or in a kayak or . . . .

HA Raw: I looked up some samples from the DP review of each, and the D800 completely buries the V1 at every ISO.

The color is similar at 6400, but only in JPG. In Raw, the chroma noise on the V1 is overwhelming. The resolution on the D800 is outstanding, even at 6400, while the V1 is only usable for telephone-size screens.

I admit that a lot of people are obsessed with sharpness, and miss out on the artistic look that can be obtained from the V1. In addition, the V1 might deliver better images for hacks like me, because of the blazing fast AF. (Also, since it is smaller, I might actually have it with me, if I bought one.)

But for sharpness, dynamic range, color, and low-light capability, the D800 is hard to beat. If your V1 works better, then there is a chance that your D800 needs service.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2013 at 22:16 UTC
On article Nikon AW1 First Impressions Review (590 comments in total)
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jhinkey: At first glance this seems silly, but upon thinking what I use an AW camera for it makes some sense. My current AW camera is a Panasonic TS3 which has already failed me on vacation one time (after using it twice) and was replaced under warranty (second vacation it worked fine). In general it makes just OK pictures and the battery life sucks, especially if using video at all. Nikon equivalent is no better.

So having a large-ish sensored Nikon system that I can take kayaking, snorkeling, canoeing, swimming, etc. and not have to worry about it seems great. Just not sure of the cost - especially since the lenses are not stabilized which seems like a real requirement when bobbing up and down in the surf or in a kayak or . . . .

AS far as HA RAW claiming the ISO 6400 will be better than the D800, I can't imagine that will be true. (No matter how much you like grain...)

I have not used either, so I can't say for sure, but there are some laws of physics to deal with. Also, about a hundred thousand camera reviews from people who know a lot about image quality.

Faster AF, maybe.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2013 at 10:57 UTC
On article Nikon AW1 First Impressions Review (590 comments in total)
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jhinkey: At first glance this seems silly, but upon thinking what I use an AW camera for it makes some sense. My current AW camera is a Panasonic TS3 which has already failed me on vacation one time (after using it twice) and was replaced under warranty (second vacation it worked fine). In general it makes just OK pictures and the battery life sucks, especially if using video at all. Nikon equivalent is no better.

So having a large-ish sensored Nikon system that I can take kayaking, snorkeling, canoeing, swimming, etc. and not have to worry about it seems great. Just not sure of the cost - especially since the lenses are not stabilized which seems like a real requirement when bobbing up and down in the surf or in a kayak or . . . .

I think your comment was exactly right. This is a great camera for people who occasionally drop their camera. I, for one, never plan to drop the camera, so I rarely have the waterproof housing on when it happens.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2013 at 10:50 UTC
On article Nikon AW1 First Impressions Review (590 comments in total)
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Deardorff: 14 degrees? ABOVE zero???

That is not cold. They are claiming it won't freeze up in the cold so why isn't it good to 30 below which is what our winters generally hit when bad weather comes in.

Sounds nice, but I already use my gear in sub zero temps with good success.

I always thought "freeze proof" was an odd spec anyway. The thing that goes bad at 20 degrees (on my cameras, at least) is the battery life.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2013 at 10:43 UTC
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