Cipher

Lives in Canada Winnipeg, Canada
Works as a Shooter
Joined on Oct 30, 2002
About me:

Nikon D700
Nikon D800
Olympus OM-D E-M5
Panasonic GF1
Panasonic G3

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There sure is a lot of denial going on. I'd rank this break through the same as when Olympus came out with the E-M5. Nikon and Canon better get serious with their mirrorless plans if they have any. The mirrorless camp has far more interesting releases that anything from DSLR camp in a while. The last time I was excited about a new DSLR product was when the 36MP D800 was announced. Since then it's been pretty incremental updates from Nikon and Canon. A month ago I pulled out my D800 from storage and, to me, it felt like a dinosaur. Sure it has great ergonomics, but having it around my neck I felt like a rap singer with a giant gold necklace. Now if Sony would only do something about the price of the A7R II....

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2015 at 18:57 UTC as 168th comment | 14 replies
On article Casio Japan introduces Exilim EX-ZR3000 and EX-ZR60 (68 comments in total)

I still have my Casio CFX-200 calculator watch from high school! It even works!

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2015 at 00:53 UTC as 25th comment | 2 replies
On article The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 (1296 comments in total)
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what_i_saw: So much for the mirror less cameras being small in size. At this rate soon the smallish to normal sized DSLR will be at par on size and feature front. And with their usual fast focusing abilities + comparatively cheaper lenses, soon we will have to take a re-look at them.

@what_i_saw
What is it about m43 that brings out the cherrypickers. It's always the same. Compare a new m43 body to a basic DSLR and complain that the m43 is too expensive\big\small or whatever. Try comparing the D3300 to the GM5 or GF7. But hey, if a basic camera turns your crank...go for it. I'm curious why you'd even look at a flagship camera loaded to the gills with features if all you need is a basic no frills model...

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 03:46 UTC
On article The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 (1296 comments in total)
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Sabud: Wow! What a tank, heavier than the X-T1;)

With a substantially better side door than the flimsy bendy one that the X-T1 has.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 11:42 UTC
On article The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 (1296 comments in total)
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what_i_saw: So much for the mirror less cameras being small in size. At this rate soon the smallish to normal sized DSLR will be at par on size and feature front. And with their usual fast focusing abilities + comparatively cheaper lenses, soon we will have to take a re-look at them.

Right....With the introduction of the GX8, suddenly all the other m43 bodies ceased to be available to be purchased. If you must have a tiny body...get a GM1 or GM5. Then you can start complaining that the camera is too small and the buttons too tiny....

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 11:40 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Review (1570 comments in total)
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DualSystemGuy: The only glaring omission remains the lack of PDAF, which is surprising since Sony is no stranger to the technology. Until it has that, there is no way it is a "do everything" camera, at least in my mind, and a shame because it has great frame rates. For a travel camera, pocket camera, 3rd backup for a DSLR, or for casual snaps it's looking to be one of the best. Everyone has different needs of course, but I wouldn't go around recommending these cameras as a 1-camera solution to anyone but an amateur or casual user (not that there's anything wrong with that.)

Yeah. Future models will most likely have:
- PDAF
- GPS
- Weather-resistant body
- Wireless charging
- 8K video
- 5-axis IBIS
- Touchscreen
- Integrated PS4 console
- avalanche beacon
- beer cooler via integrated Peltier element
- pizza warmer via integrate Magnetron
- integrate beer bottle opener
- emergency car jumpstarter
- defibrillator

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2015 at 18:28 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Review (1570 comments in total)
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justmeMN: $948, and no touch screen?

I don't understand the objection to a touchscreen. It's not like you HAVE to use it.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2015 at 18:00 UTC

Someone at the factory decided to use invisible ink?

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2015 at 19:34 UTC as 62nd comment
On article White House ban on photos and social media has ended (63 comments in total)
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Mike FL: "phones... are permitted. Tablets...also prohibited".

What's wrong with tablets? Too big? but phone is getting bigger and bigger day by day...

Just install Skype on the Samsung 12 inch tablet and tell them it's your phone.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 20:56 UTC
On article White House ban on photos and social media has ended (63 comments in total)

So they'll have a secret service guy with a 3 inch ruler asking everyone to zoom their lenses for measurement?

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 20:54 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply

Personally I think it's all about being in an exclusive club. If Leicas weren't so expensive and everyone could afford one, it would not be perceived as a status symbol by so many. It's like wanting an Aston-Marton. "Look at me! I'm sooooooo elite!". Leica's marketing team is good...very good. They're probably the same people who came up with bottled water. greeting cards, Apple, Beats Headphones (now part of Apple), designer jeans, diamonds...

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 18:26 UTC as 98th comment
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QuarryCat: I like the design and handling of the Panasonic LX100 much more - a good camera is more then a sensor.

@ QuarryCat - the LX100 is only marginally better than the Sony RX100 at high ISOs. Look at the studio comparisons on DPReview. However, the LX100 lens is better. As for using a smartphone, the sensor in the RX100 is around 7 to 8 times the surface area of the best phones that have a large 1/3" or 1/2.3" sensor. In any high ISO situation, the RX100 absolutely blows away a smartphone.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 16:19 UTC
On article Alpha dog: Hands-on with Sony a7R II (1118 comments in total)
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Cipher: Canon and Nikon execs aren't going to be sleeping very well tonight.

@ DigitalWalnut
"@lcf80 and Sony shooters won't have in-lens stabilization, optical viewfinders, all-day battery life or dedicated phase AF sensors any time soon. They're two different markets, albeit with some overlap."

Actually, many of Sony's FF E-mount lenses have Optical Steady Shot. As for the optical viewfinder, DSLR users don't get a live histogram or focus peaking in the OVF. Batteries? They barely weigh anything, so just bring a couple extra.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 00:25 UTC
On article Alpha dog: Hands-on with Sony a7R II (1118 comments in total)

Canon and Nikon execs aren't going to be sleeping very well tonight.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 20:50 UTC as 227th comment | 15 replies
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Don Sata: The lens is too big, what's the point of making a fixed focal length compact with that huge lens?

You have two fewer plastic caps to lose!

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 20:44 UTC
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QuarryCat: I like the design and handling of the Panasonic LX100 much more - a good camera is more then a sensor.

The RX100 is much more jeans pocketable though.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 20:23 UTC

Wow...maybe it's time to upgrade my RX100 MK1!

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 20:22 UTC as 74th comment | 1 reply

Another nail in the DSLR coffin...

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 20:19 UTC as 235th comment
On article Sony rides wave of US Mirrorless sales surge (733 comments in total)
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zakk9: These statistics are misleading. USA represents only 17.58% of the mirrorless market (April 2015). Worldwide, that market has changed very little the last 12 months and is still just around a third of the DSLR market. This is marketing from Sony's side. Nothing wrong with mirrorless cameras (unless one needs a DSLR), but showing the whole picture sometimes gives another impression.

The US has always been a very small market for Mirrorless. So this indicates that attitudes are changing regarding Mirrorless in North America. Since the US is a huge market for consumer electronics This bodes well for Mirrorless and not so well for traditional DSLR.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 18:50 UTC
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nerd2: So they just dissuaded people from buying their top camera+top lens combo which weighs MORE than equivalent DSLR setup. Awesome marketing :D

@Nerd - If you're going to compare a budget DSLR then you need to pick a budget m43. You cherry pickers always pick the largest m43 and then compare to a budget DSLR and say they're almost the same weight as if there are no smaller m43 bodies available. Try finding a DSLR the size of a Panasonic GM5.
@string - yes, we do know of equivalence. It's been beaten to death over and over by over and over and over and over and over by folks like you. Yet we hardly hear of it in APS-C forums. I wonder why? You guys are so predictable. When cornered, bring up the equivalence argument!

Link | Posted on May 24, 2015 at 01:58 UTC
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